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  Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Permalink –

Hints and Tips

For Windows

A number of suggestions to use with Windows.

Ramesh Srinivasan
Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience


Ramesh's Site


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  Thursday, March 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Simple-Safe Passwords

Memorable and protective

A new approach does away with the need for long strings of letters and numbers.


TechnologyReview.com


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  Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Permalink –

Reliability Monitor

Track the behavior of your system

"This utility provides you with a canned set of preconfigured counters that you can easily use to monitor the reliability of your system over time. An overview of Windows Reliability Monitor and show you how to use its System Stability Chart to track the behavior of your system over its lifetime."
TechRepublic.com


Windows 10


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  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Permalink –

Shuffle Windows Media Player

Sort repeat

You have control over how Media player shuffles, repeats, and sorts content.


YouTube


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  Saturday, February 04, 2017 – Permalink –

Cut the Shortcut Arrow

Clean icons

If little things bother you, try this suggestion to remove the arrow that appears on shortcut icons.

HowToGeek.com


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  Friday, January 13, 2017 – Permalink –

Edit Control Panel

Add items

”Have you ever wondered where the Display Settings icon or Network Connections folder went in the Control Panel’s Classic View? For that matter, why can’t you search for them using the start menu search? Because they are prohibited from loading in the registry - that’s why.”

HowToGeek.com


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  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Permalink –

Increase DLs

More bits

This is a registry hack that controls the number of downloads you can have at one time.

HowToGeek.com


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  Friday, December 30, 2016 – Permalink –

Resize Alt-Tab

Registry hack

Here are the instructions about how to size the thumbnails in Vista/Win7 to fit your screens resolution.

Windows 7


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  Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Permalink –

Undelete Deletes

Get it back


"It’s happened to most of us. You delete a file and realize you need it back. This guide will explain when you can get that file back and how to go about it."


 How to Recover a Deleted File


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  Friday, December 16, 2016 – Permalink –

UAC-Administrator

Full control

If you are overly confident about your skills, you might want to look at Greg Schultz's discussion on Administrator power.
”You should use the real Administrator account very sparingly - never make it your default modus operandi! Please note that you use this technique at your own risk.”
TechRepublic


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  Thursday, December 08, 2016 – Permalink –

Tipsy Windows

More suggestions

A lot of XP stuff, but many suggestions that are still useful.

Marvs Windows Tips


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  Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Permalink –

Cap On

A note

Here's how to have Windows notify you if the Cap Lock key is struck.
HowtoGeek.com


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  Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Permalink –

Stop Logging In

Just stop

If you work in a secure environment, you can stop Windows from asking for your password.

Stop Asking


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  Monday, October 31, 2016 – Permalink –

Free Design Tools

Simple and free

Mauricio Duque has collected a list of 45 no cost design programs.
"Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop."

Snap2Objects.com


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  Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Permalink –

Convert Graphic Styles

Straight forward

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. . .)


Converting WMF's


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  Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Permalink –

Temp Files

Where they live and breathe


Ed Bott discusses temp files; care, feeding, and cleaning.


Ed Bott


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  Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Permalink –

Flip Text

This text is right side up


uʍop ǝpısdn sı sıɥʇ

This site accepts your perfect prose and turns it around.
(with Unicode)

RevFad.com


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  Monday, October 10, 2016 – Permalink –

Onscreen Keyboard

Tap or Click?


If you would like to have a keyboard on your screen that can be activated with your mouse you're in luck

Type osk in Start Run




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  Monday, October 03, 2016 – Permalink –

Context Clutter

Registry mop


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.


HowToGeek.com


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  Monday, September 26, 2016 – Permalink –

Clean PC

Wash and dry

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Here are some suggestions for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall cleaning:

PC Gamer


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  Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Permalink –

Name That File

Rules, more rules


There are still some restrictions on what a file can be named. Here are a couple of links that give more details:

VLaurie.com

MSDN.Microsoft.com

Microsoft.com


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  Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Permalink –

Taskmanager Look

You control


"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."



DigitalTrends


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  Monday, September 05, 2016 – Permalink –

Keyboard and Key Tips

Finger it out



2007-13 apps look different because of the ribbon, but the keyboard can still be used to speed up tasks.
Microsoft has an online courses that may help

After completing this course you will be able to:
Accomplish tasks by using sequential shortcut keys, known as Key Tips, shown on the Ribbon.
Navigate around the Ribbon using the TAB key and arrow keys.
Accomplish tasks by using key combinations — keys you press at the same time - exactly as you've done in previous versions of Office.
Office.Microsoft.com/Training


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  Saturday, September 03, 2016 – Permalink –

Print Spool Cleaning

When all else fails

When you can't get a document out of the Print queue, here's a suggestion:

Type "services.msc" at the Command prompt. That will open the Services
Window.

Scroll down the alphabetical list in the right window pane until you come
to "Print Spooler"

Right-click this entry, then select "stop".

Open Windows Explorer.

The usual path to the spool folder is:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Spool\PRINTERS

Delete every file within this folder to empty the print queue

Close the explorer window.
Return to your Services window.
Right-click the Print Spool entry and select
"Start" from the list. Close the services window and try printing again.

(You can also go to a command prompt and type net stop spooler or net start spooler to start and stop the service.)

See TopFreeStuff.com

For the brave, here’s a macro that will do the job:

@echo off
echo.
echo Purging the print queue . . .
net stop Spooler
echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
ping localhost -n 4 > nul
del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
net start Spooler
echo Done!
ping localhost -n 4 > nul



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  Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Permalink –

Time it Right

No need to wind your PC


Windows will go out to the Internet to verify or correct its time settings.


"If you wish to check your synchronization settings, look for the clock at the bottom right and double click on the time to bring up your time settings.
  • You can adjust your local time and date by hand on the first tab,
  • you can adjust your time zone location on the second,
  • and on the third, labeled Internet Time, you can view your current atomic clock sync settings."


Worldtimeserver.com:
Atomic Clock Sync Settings

National Institute of Standards and Technology:
Time and Frequency Division

Time signals can also be heard on shortwave radio or by phone.
"The audio portions of the WWV and WWVH broadcasts can also be heard by telephone.
The time announcements are normally delayed by less than 30 ms when using land lines from within the continental United States, and the stability (delay variation) is generally 1 ms.
When mobile phones are used, the delays are often more than 100 ms due to the multiple access methods used to share cell channels.
In rare instances when the telephone connection is made by satellite, the time is delayed by 250 to 500 ms.
To hear these broadcasts, dial (303) 499-7111 for WWV (Colorado), and (808) 335-4363 for WWVH (Hawaii). Callers are disconnected after 2 minutes. These are not toll-free numbers; callers outside the local calling area are charged for the call at regular long-distance rates.

The telephone service is very popular. The WWV number receives over 1 million calls per year, and the WWVH number receives more than 50,000."


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  Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – Permalink –

No Home in IE

Blanked out


You can open Internet Explorer to a blank page.

Sometimes your normal home page may be too busy, or slow to load when you just want to pop out to a different location.

This trick will give you a blank slate to paste in a new URL.

  1. Create a new Desktop shortcut
    (Right click an empty spot on the desktop and choose New>Shortcut)

  2. Copy the following, and paste it as the target for the shortcut:


    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" nohome

  3. Name the shortcut something like Blank IE



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  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Permalink –

Give Yourself a Tip

Take your own advise


If you still have Windows set up so that it shows a tip when you first sign in, you can add your own message, or change the ones the developers created.
  1. Go to start>Run and type in Regedit

  2. Find:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Tips]
    

  3. Create a new string value named by incrementing the existing value names and set it to the required tip text.

  4. The Data Type is REG_SZ (String Value)

  5. The Value Data: Your tip



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  Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Permalink –

Files DO have Extensions

Smarten your machine


For some reason, the powers that be thought that the general public was going to be confused by those suffixes at the end of file names.

To help us all out, they hid extensions by default.

I like to see .Doc (or .Docx). Here's how to get that information back
  1. Open Windows Explorer

  2. Go to Tools>Folder Options.

  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab

  4. Clear the checkbox to the left of the Hide extensions for known file types option

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box and return to Windows Explorer


Also see EdBott.com:
 Show or hide file name extensions

and
Configure Windows


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  Saturday, August 06, 2016 – Permalink –

Remote Access

Distance Computing


"There are lots of reasons why you'd want to access your PC remotely, and luckily there are also plenty of ways to do so. Crossloop is one of the simplest (it’s also free), but for those willing to venture further, you've got lots of options.

Excuse us while we get technical for a second. This list is divided into four main sections: VNC (Virtual Network Computing), NX, remote desktop and cross-protocol. If those terms mean nothing to you, you might want to skip to the 'other' section for the most straightforward applications."

Mashable.com


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  Friday, July 15, 2016 – Permalink –

Wipe it clean

Works, but dangerous


"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."

Support.microsoft.com:
Cipher.exe Security Tool

Using cipher.exe

File Shredder

Permanently delete data from your hard drive


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  Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Permalink –

Guided Help

Microsoft to the rescue


Guided Help is a program that you can download from some Microsoft Knowledge Base articles. Depending on the task, Guided Help can automatically perform the task that is described in the article, or Guided Help can guide you through the steps to perform the task yourself.

Guided Help performs the steps by interacting directly with the Microsoft Windows user interface, or by using functions that are included with Guided Help. For steps that interact with the user interface, you see the steps occur on the screen.

For some tasks, you can select to run Guided Help in one of the following ways.
  • Do it automatically: The whole task is automatically completed while you watch. You might be prompted for input if input is required.
  • Show me step-by-step: Guided Help points on the screen to where you must click or type to perform the task.
For Instance:

 Troubleshoot Windows 10


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