Often you will have pictures in one format and want to explore using it in a different manner.
Built into Office 2003/7/10 is a mini app called Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
1. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Picture Manager
2. Browse to the images you want to convert and select them
3. Go to File > Export
4. Under Export with this file format, click the dropdown and select one of the formats (TIFF, PNG, JPG, BMP. . .)
When you Right-click the desktop, a “Context” menu appears. Some programs like to sneak in and add shortcuts to their very important applications.
If your context menu has been cluttered up, here are some instructions and tips to clean it up.
"If you want to leave your Task Manager showing on your desktop for a period of time, it can be nice to hide the title bar and gain that space for displaying more information. To do this, simply double-click on the empty area to the right of the tabs. Once it has switched views, you can switch back quickly by double-clicking anywhere on the border."
"...the Hosts file is like an address book. When you type an address like www.yahoo.com into your browser, the Hosts file is consulted to see if you have the IP address, or "telephone number," for that site. If you do, then your computer will "call it" and the site will open. If not, your computer will ask your ISP's (internet service provider) computer for the phone number before it can "call" that site.
Most of the time, you do not have addresses in your "address book," because you have not put any there. Therefore, most of the time your computer asks for the IP address from your ISP to find sites."
What is a Hosts file? MVPS.org has a Hosts file that you can download and install. It includes a BAT file that renames the old file before it saves the new one. Hosts
"Important Notice - 2K/XP Users
In most cases a large HOSTS file (over 135 kb) tends to slow down the machine. This only occurs in W2000 and XP. Windows 98 and Windows ME are not affected.
To resolve this issue (manually) open the "Services Editor"
Start>Run (type) "services.msc" (no quotes)
Scroll down to "DNS Client",
Right-click and select: Properties
Click the drop-down arrow for "Startup type"
Select: Manual, click Apply/OK and restart.
If you want to see Google AdSense entries, you may want to edit the MVP list. One of the entries is: 127.0.0.1 adwords.google.com #[Gmail ads]
Plus other Google entries.
"Cipher.exe is a command-line tool. Microsoft has developed an improved version of the Cipher.exe tool that provides the ability to permanently overwrite (or "wipe") all of the deleted data on a hard disk.
This feature improves security by ensuring that even an attacker who gained complete physical control of a Windows computer would be unable to recover previously-deleted data."
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard.
Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.
"You've finished your report, presentation, or cost analysis using a Microsoft Office program. The information is rich with data and detail. Now comes the final step: printing it and showing the world your hard work on paper. This is the point at which printing can give you a headache. Right when you want to wrap up your work, project, or school assignment, questions start popping into your mind"
Do you remember all of the clip art that was available locally with Office XP?
When you have an Internet connection, you have access to the Office Online collection, but if you would like more clip art installed on your machine:
A small amount of sample clip art images was included The 2007 Office systems and Office 2003 and is part of the "local collection" that is searched when you do not have Internet access to the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. Office 2003 no longer included a media content CD with additional clip art. However, the Microsoft Office XP Media Content CD can still be installed locally or on a network share.
The Office XP Media Content CD contains approximately 35,000 clips that are a subset of the clips that are available on the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. The Office XP Media Content CD was included with Microsoft Office XP Professional, Microsoft Office XP Standard, and Microsoft Publisher 2002 Deluxe Edition.
To install the contents of the Office XP Media Content CD on a computer, follow these steps:
Exit all programs that are running
Insert the Office XP Media Content CD into the CD drive or into the DVD drive
(Hold down the SHIFT key to prevent the program from automatically starting. If Microsoft Windows Installer automatically starts, click Cancel)
Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
msiexec.exe /i CD_drive:\CAG.MSI ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
(CD_drive is the letter of the drive that contains the Office XP Media Content CD)
To check on the latest version of a piece of software, you can poke around Tools, Tasks, About or some other menu.
To check out your whole machine including programs that weren't written by Microsoft, or Adobe, look at CleanSofts Update Notifier
What is Update Notifier?
The Update Notifier is a small utility that scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates. Also you can see the latest updates for applications from your Watch List.
It will show you updates for programs you forgot you ever installed.
It's a simple download app that is not "installed".
Umpty ump definitions and references — maybe even a googol.
We all know/knew that a nibble is four binary digits or half of a (eight-bit) byte and that a crumb is jargon for two bits (two binary digits). However, there must be some other definitions that don't pop into mind right away.
That's where Whatis, an IT-specific encyclopedia comes in.
Forgetting your password can be an annoyance or a catastrophe. Here are ways to get back to work.
Note If you have not created a password reset disk, and you have also forgotten the password for all user accounts, you cannot log on to your existing Windows installation for security reasons. This information applies to starting Windows XP typically, to safe mode, and to Recovery Console. In this case, you must perform a "clean" installation of Windows XP, re-create all user accounts, and then reinstall all your programs.
Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages
To turn these off:
If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages
Give it a value of 1
To turn on:
Locate and then click the following registry key:
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type verbosestatus, and then press ENTER.
Double-click the new key that you created, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
Quit Registry Editor.
NOTE: Windows does not display status messages if the following key is present and the value is set to 1: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableStatusMessages
"When you right click certain files, you'll see a selection to "open with," and when you click it, you'll see a list of programs to choose from. You can remove some of the applications from this list if you will never use them to open this type of file, or you can clear the list completely, by editing the registry.
Open the registry editor. (Start>RunRegedit will do it)
Go to the following key: HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts
Scroll down the list of file extensions to the one for which you want to edit or clear the list.
Click the + to expand OpenWithList
In the right pane, you should see a list of programs (for example, Word.exe, notepad.exe, etc.).
Click the one(s) you want to remove. Press the Delete key.
If this doesn't remove the program(s) you want to remove,
Go to: HKEY CLASSES ROOT
Scroll to the desired file extension
Click OpenWithList, and remove the program there
(The settings under HKEY CURRENT USER apply only when your user account is logged on. The ones under HKEY CLASSES ROOT apply to all users).
Windows has a feature that allows you to create a screensaver from images saved in a folder. You can use pictures you already have or use a PowerPoint slide show.
Open the PowerPoint presentation. If you want to save a specific slide, select it in Normal view.
On the File menu, click Save As.
Select an empty folder or create a new empty folder in which to save your presentation or slide.
In the Save as type box, click Device Independent Bitmap, and then click Save. You can keep the original presentation file name or create a new name.
Click Every Slide or Current Slide Only, and then click OK.
Your presentation or slide is saved to the folder that you selected. After you close your PowerPoint presentation, you will use Windows XP to open the presentation or slide as a screen saver. (Animations that you may have added to the original presentation will not play when you create the screen saver. )
Close your presentation.
Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Display, or right-click an empty part of the desktop and choose Properties.
On the Screen Saver tab, click My Pictures Slideshow (Photos in Vista).
Under Screen saver, click Settings.
Under How often should pictures change?, set the slider at the interval you want between pictures, or, if you are making a single slide a screen saver, move the slider to Less (three minutes) to avoid a distracting flicker on the screen during the transitions.
Under Use pictures in this folder, browse to the folder in which you saved the presentation or slide.
If you saved a single slide, clear the Use transition effects between pictures and Allow scrolling through pictures with the keyboard check boxes. (screen saver transition effects in this screen saver option are predesigned and do not include the transitions that you set when you created the presentation.)
To preview your new screen saver, on the Screen Saver tab, click Preview
Washington State University was thought of as a primarily agricultural institution in the past. Now they have burst into today's IT scene with an improvement on an old product.
"Paint.NET originated as a Computer Science senior design project during the Spring 2004 semester at Washington State University.
Paint.NET v3+ is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions.
It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP."
We can't forget that, even with blogs and google, there are still news groups out there helping to solve common problems.
Microsoft has a site that organizes a number of groups and makes access easy on the web.
"The Web-based Newsreader allows you to participate in discussion groups directly in your Web browser; you don't need to install or configure anything. You can use the Web-based Newsreader to read, post, search for, and reply to messages in discussion groups from the part of Usenet that concerns Microsoft products and technologies."
"This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs."
The Registry contains information that Windows continually references during operation, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer and the types of documents that each can create, property sheet settings for folders and application icons, what hardware exists on the system, and the ports that are being used
" Have you ever tried to shut down Windows, only to have the shutdown sequence hang, or to have the computer reboot instead of shutting down? Shut down problems are one of the most common types of problems with the Windows operating system. At the same time though, they are also one of the problems that is most seldom resolved because shut down problems tend to take a back seat to more serious issues. Troubleshooting operating system shut down problems is easier than you might think though. In this article, I will share some techniques with you that you can use to resolve shut down problems on machines in your office."
" Windows Media Encoder can capture the screen as you perform a task such as editing a photo; in fact, almost anything you can do on the screen can be recorded as a video. You can even narrate the demo as you record the steps you're performing. It's surprisingly easy to achieve good results in minutes. Probably the only reason the program isn't more widely used is that few people know it exists."
Joe Welinske put together a company called WritersUA, (formerly WinWriters). I have attended their sessions in the past and found them to be entertaining and comprehensive.
"WritersUA specializes in providing quality training and publications for the community of user assistance professionals. The world of user assistance comprises a variety of techniques and technologies to make working with software a better experience. This includes online Help, wizards, web sites, printed documentation, and improvements to the application user interface."
In Microsoft Windows, on mapped drives, the Drive letter may appear last.
My Financial Statements (Alpha1) (D:) 3 1/2 Floppy (A:)
To change the so that the drive letter comes first: (A:) 3 1/2 Floppy
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following subkey in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type ShowDriveLettersFirst, and then press ENTER.
On the Edit menu, click Modify.
Type 4, and then click OK.
Key: ShowDriveLettersFirst Type: DWORD Value: 1, 2, or 4 If the value is 1, the drive letter is displayed first for remote drives. If the value is 2, drive letters are not displayed. If the value is 4, the drive letter is displayed first for all drives.
"In Windows Vista, you can also use the ShowDriveLettersFirst and the ToggleCommentPosition registry entries to set the display order. However, if you set the ShowDriveLettersFirst entry only under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry key, the setting will not take effect after you change folder options. You must set the ShowDriveLettersFirst entry under both the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry key and the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry key."
Regedit.exe's functionality has been merged with regedt32.exe's.
In Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, Regedt32.exe is a small program that just runs Regedit.exe.
Regedit.exe is the registration editor for 16-bit Windows. It is used to modify the Windows registration database.
Microsoft recommends that you use Regedit.exe only for its search capabilities on a Windows NT 4.0-based or Windows 2000-based computer.
Regedt32.exe is the configuration editor for Windows NT. It is used to modify the Windows NT configuration database, or the Windows NT registry. This editor allows you to view or modify the Windows NT registry.
The editor provides views of windows that represent sections of the registry, named hives. You must use extreme caution when you use it to change registry values.
Missing or incorrect values in the registry can make the Windows NT installation unusable.
"A virus is a type of program that can replicate itself by making (possibly modified) copies of itself. The main criterium for classifying a piece of executable code as a virus is that it spreads itself by means of 'hosts'.
A virus can only spread from one computer to another when its host is taken to the uninfected computer, for instance by a user sending it over a network or carrying it on a removable disk. Additionally, viruses can spread to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer.
Viruses are sometimes confused with worms. A worm, however, can spread itself to other computers without needing to be transferred as part of a host. Many personal computers are now connected to the Internet and to local-area networks, facilitating their spread.
Today's viruses may also take advantage of network services such as the World Wide Web, e-mail, and file sharing systems to spread, blurring the line between viruses and worms."
When you click the Windows Explorer shortcut on your Start Menu, you are probably used to the fact that it always opens in the same folder. For example the My Documents folder. Vista opens to your personal User>Documents folder.
You can arrange for it to open to the folder of your choice by editing the properties of the Explorer shortcut.
Open Windows Explorer and locate your Start Menu folder (if you are using Windows XP, this will be in the c:\Documents and Settings directory under your profile). Right click the shortcut to Windows Explorer and click Properties. From the Shortcut tab, change the target so it reads as follows:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, c:\folder
where c:\folder is the path to the folder that you want Explorer to open.
If you leave off the /e switch, Windows Explorer opens in a single pane view.
Another switch is /n. It opens a new single-pane window for the default selection. This is usually the root of the drive that Windows is installed on. If the window is already open, a duplicate opens.
Here are a couple of areas to look at if your machine slows down for no obvious reason.
Do the three finger Vulcan salute (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) to bring up the Windows Task manager.
If you see a level 100% on the performance tab try these possible solutions.
If you see near 100% CPU activity on the Processes tab by an "Image name" of Cisvc.exe, you might want to turn that service off.
Description: Microsoft Index Service Helper, a service that monitors the memory usage of Microsoft Indexing Service (cidaemon.exe) and automatically re-starts cidaemon.exe if it uses more than 40 MB of memory.
It's needed if you've set up any of your drives or directories to be indexed. Without it running, you could potentially invite a memory "hole", as the indexing service would not clear its RAM usage, as it goes.
If you are not indexing anything, there's no need for it to run
1. Go to Control Panel Administrative Tools > Services 2. Click on the "Standard" tab at the bottom of the box 3. Click on the Name label to sort by Name. Locate "Indexing Service". Double click. 4. Change the "Startup type" to 'Disabled' 5. Click on "Apply" 6. click on "Stop"
When you print on an LPT printer port, 100 percent CPU usage occurs until the print job is completed. This slows down other programs until the print job is completed. In some case, other programs may slow down enough that they seem completely unresponsive. This behavior affects all power users who have many programs running at one time.
This behavior occurs because Windows 2000/XP does not have interrupt support for LPT printers.
To work around this behavior, print to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) printer port. If the printer does not have this capability, use a parallel-USB cable.
There's a lot of stuff going on in the background that you might want to know about.
That's where the Task Manager comes in.
"There are a couple of ways to show the Windows Task Manager: hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and press the Delete key - Task Manager will then open some versions of Windows, in others you will be presented with a small dialog box that has a button you can click to open the Task Manager; alternatively you can right-click on empty space on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu."
"Beginning in 2007, daylight saving time (DST) will be extended in the United States. DST will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual .This results in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than in previous years.
Unless certain updates are applied to your computer, the time zone settings for your computer's system clock may be incorrect during this four-week period. In particular, you must make sure that both your Windows operating system and your calendar programs are updated.
Home users: If you use Windows Vista or have Automatic Updates turned on, you may not be affected by the change in daylight saving time. If you want to confirm, follow the steps in the Daylight Saving Time Update Guide.
IT professionals and IT managers: The Daylight Saving Time Update Guide will lead you to KB articles and downloads"
"When you open the System applet (in the Control Panel), you will see some specific information listed on the General tab such as who the type of computer and the registered owner. However, you can edit the information to also have your specific information displayed. For example, if you sell computers, you can have your company information displayed to remind your customers how to access your support information.
Once you perform the steps outlined below, not only will you have your own company information listed but a support information button will also be available from the System Properties window. Users can click the button to get specific support information about your company, such as the URL they should visit to find support. So here is what you have to do:
Open Notepad and create a text file called oeminfo.ini. If you are running Windows NT/2000, save the file in the c:\WINNT\System32 directory. If you are running Windows XP, save the file in the c:\Windows\System32 directory. Add the following information to the text file you just create:
[General] Manufacturer=Your Company Name Model=Model of Computer SupportURL=http://supportWeb site LocalFile=c:\localhelpfile\file.htm
[Support Information] Line1=support information users should know Line2=who users should contact for support Line3=Phone number users should call Line4=fourth line
You can create as many lines as you need by incrementing the number for each new line required.
To take this one step further, you can even have your company logo displayed by creating a 172x172 pixel bitmap image. Name the image oemlogo.bmp and save it in your system directory. Now when you open the System properties applet, your company information should appear."
"Now, what I am going to show is how to have two different desktop screens in this configuration. Yes, you heard me right. The base display (say, laptop screen) shows different applications and the secondary display (say, projector) displays a separate desktop."
You are in a sales presentation. During the presentation, customer is negotiating the price. You want to refer to your price list, use Excel and calculate some discounts and so on.
You are in a technical presentation. Someone asks a question about a topic you are not fully clear about. You can now refer to the technical help / documentation or website, without disturbing the base presentation.
Assuming you have an Internet connection, you can even chat with colleagues, take approval from your boss, download additional deliverables and clinch a deal without leaving the presentation.
"To find out how many folders there are on your hard disk, you can open a Command Prompt and use the Tree command. You'll get a very nice looking graphical tree structure showing all the folders on your hard disk.
The only problem is that the display will scroll by your screen so fast and exceed the buffer size, so you'll never be able to see it."