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  Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Permalink –

IE Shortcuts

Finger flicks


A selection of keyboard shortcuts for IE.

Here are a few:


  • F11 Toggle between full-screen and regular views of the browser window in Internet Explorer

  • ALT + HOME Go to your home page

  • ALT + RIGHT ARROW Go to the next page

  • ALT + LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE Go to the previous page

  • CTRL+ F Find on this page

  • CTRL + TAB or CTRL + SHFT + TAB Switch between tabs
More:

Browser shortcuts


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  Wednesday, November 08, 2017 – Permalink –

Windows Check Boxes

Select checks


Add check boxes to file views to make it easier to select several files at once, which can be useful if it is difficult for you to hold the CTRL key while clicking to select multiple files.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel>Appearance and Personalization>Click Folder Options.

Step 2: Click View tab and under Advanced Settings, Select Use Check boxes to select items






Change folder views and behavior


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  Wednesday, November 01, 2017 – Permalink –

Task Manager - Big Boy Style

In depth system examination



Here's a free gadget from Microsoft:


"Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work. "



"Process Explorer works on Windows XP +, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors"


Process Explorer


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  Monday, October 16, 2017 – Permalink –

Synch Time

Time Server


Things I've forgotten or never knew.

  1. Double click on the date and time on the taskbar to open the time applet.

  2. Click on the Internet Time tab.

  3. Choose a time server, and click on the Update Now button.

As long as you are connected to the internet, Windows will attempt to synchronize the time once per week.
You can type the name of a time server if you want to use one that is not listed. Only time servers that use the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) will work. Inserting an Internet address that uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) will not work. The time server time.windows.com is operated by Microsoft. The time server time.nist.gov is operated by the U.S. government. Other time servers provided by your computer's manufacturer might also be listed.



Also:
Time Flies Like an Arrow


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  Monday, October 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Clippy and Friends

Office Assistants


They were in the background, waiting to pounce.

Chris Pratley was there in the beginning:
Clippy and User Experiences


Stanford University:
Bob and the assistants
Social science research influences computer product design
..."They have found that to a very considerable extent people treat their computers and other computer-driven technology in the same ways that they treat people - as if the computer possessed reason, feelings, etc. People also treat pictures on screens as real objects, rather than as representations of real objects. This is relevant to anyone who wants to design technology or content that is as effective as it can be ..."


Also see:
Microsoft Bob
Clippy's Revenge


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  Thursday, October 05, 2017 – Permalink –

Screen Capture Gear

Better than PrtScn


You can add graphics to instructions using the built in PrtScn button, but there's not much versatility.

WritersUA by WinWriters, Inc has a discussion on some available apps that can help.



"Almost all of us need to include screen captures in our user assistance from time to time.

Of course, it's possible to do almost all of this by pressing + to copy the active window to the clipboard, and then pasting it into your favorite image-editing application.
However, for each screen capture this requires you to go through the same set of actions in order to crop, set the color depth, add borders or edge effects, and finally save it.
If you only take the occasional screen capture, then this is fine. But it can become extremely tedious and time-consuming if you have a large number of screens to capture."


Capture Tools


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  Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Permalink –

Put IE Back on the Desktop

Regedit ahead


  1. Click Start, Run.

  2. Type "regedit.exe" (Without quotes).

  3. Navigate to the following registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

  4. In the right hand pane, double-click {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} key.

  5. Enter dword value as 0 to enable the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop.





Internet Explorer Desktop icon missing


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  Sunday, September 03, 2017 – Permalink –

Attention Grabber

For Print Screen or lost spectacles


Those Apple type people have a gadget called "Mouseposé". You might have seen it in videos demonstrating applications. It darkens the screen and puts a spotlight on the point of interest.

Those of us who use real machines have a similar add-in.



It's not from Boinx.
It's the magnifier or "Dragnifier" from Ed Halley.


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  Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Permalink –

Folder Tree

DOS is back


"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."


Import Tree command into Word

(Open Command Prompt as Administrator. Rather than "Insert>File", open the file with Word and choose the MS-DOS format))



Tree command


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  Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – Permalink –

BIOS Bias

A bootstrap script


Way down deep in the innards of a PC there lives a tiny control freak named the Basic Input/Output System.

And that's just the beginning.

"The BIOS software has a number of different roles, but its most important role is to load the operating system. When you turn on your computer and the microprocessor tries to execute its first instruction, it has to get that instruction from somewhere.
It cannot get it from the operating system because the operating system is located on a hard disk, and the microprocessor cannot get to it without some instructions that tell it how."

Here are a couple of links for more information:

How BIOS Works

Wikipedia-BIOS

What is BIOS


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  Saturday, August 19, 2017 – Permalink –

Slashed Zero

Oh!

ø

There is a discussion of the slashed zero at:
How to Insert a Slashed Zero (0 Overlaid with a /)

You can also download the Monaco font that has a slashed ø
(Monaco is an embeddable font)

Andale.ttf (Mono) has a dotted 0

Seagullscientific.com has a font called Crystal

Windows has a free font editor. Type eudcedit on the Start>Run line.
Vic Laurie has a description of the Private Character Editor- Eudcedit

You could also use the EQ field to create a strike through and assign it to an AutoCorrect entry.

{EQ \o (0,/)}

The easiest is, probably Alt+0216 or Alt+0248 It's a Latin "oh" with stroke, but it looks close.

The HTML character code is &oslash; ø


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  Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Permalink –

DNS Cache

Down the drain


Internet connection problems can, sometimes, be traced to a corrupted DNS cache.

Flushing this cache is an easy fix to many of these problems.

Here is how to fix that corrupted DNS cache.


  1. Click the Microsoft Start logo in the bottom left corner of the screen

  2. Click All Programs

  3. Click Accessories

  4. Right-click on Command Prompt

  5. Select Run As Administrator

  6. To view the DNS cache, type ipconfig /displaydns at a command prompt.

  7. In the command window type the following and then hit enter: ipconfig /flushdns

  8. You will see the following confirmation:

    Windows IP Configuration
    Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache
    .



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  Wednesday, August 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Icon Tile Opacity

See through


To make the background of desktop icons transparent, go to:

Control Panel > System > Advanced

Click Settings in the Performance section.



On the Visual Effects tab, check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop".


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  Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Permalink –

All Programs Sort

Alpha my Adobe


After a while, the list of programs on the All Programs list can get out of order.

Here's the super tech way to fix it:

Right click on the Programs menu and select Sort by Name.

Thank you very much.


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  Sunday, July 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Make Your Own Fonts

No molten lead required


Not satisfied with the billions of available typefaces for free or pay? Do it yourself.

"Okay. Fine. I'll let the secret out. This tutorial explains my personal font-making technique. It may not be the academically approved typographic design process, but it works for me, and it can be done on any Mac or PC with the proper software installed. You've been working with the alphabet since you were a small child. Now you can make a font of your own."


How to Make Your Own Fonts


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  Thursday, July 06, 2017 – Permalink –

Microsoft Bob

No second act



Bob
"Microsoft Bob was one of the most publicly scorned programs Microsoft has released. Microsoft, like other companies who made software for OS/2, BeOS, and others that flopped in the retail sector, learned a hard lesson; if you try to be a smart aleck in your user interface or application software, it won't sell. You might have a few loyal users that are supportive of your wit, but will they sustain your business?

And speaking of Bob's "creator," a lady named Melinda French was the Project Manager for Microsoft Bob and also came up with the concept of Bob's "personal guides" (and Microsoft Office has never been the same since 1996).

Ms. French went on to become none other than Mrs. Bill Gates."
Also see:

Melinda Gates goes public


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  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Permalink –

Face New Fonts

The free type


UrbanFonts offers over 8,000 free typefaces and dingbats.



The winner is the person who dies with the most ampersands.

UrbanFonts.com


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  Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Permalink –

Shortcut Controls

Switch them into shape


There are four ways that Explorer uses to display folders and file.


  1. It will open a single pane window (no Explorer bar).

  2. It will allow the user to navigate out of the folder (i.e. to the folder’s parent and beyond).

  3. The default is for none of the items in a folder to yet be selected.

  4. If there is already an open Explorer window displaying that folder, then the operating system will switch to that existing view, as opposed to opening a new one.


You can display the alternatives by usinf=g switches.
  • /n forces it to open a new window, even if it duplicates a window that is already open.

  • /e uses Windows Explorer view (multi-paned).

  • /root,X restricts Explorer to showing only the contents of file folder X (and its sub-folders).

  • /select,Y automatically selects Y (either a file or folder).


For a complete explanation, go to:
CodeJacked.com


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  Friday, June 09, 2017 – Permalink –

Before Windows

The old days



Here's Guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces.

Remember GeoWorks?

GeoWorks



How about HP's NewWave.

I bought NewWave when it came out, because surely HP would be beat out those new guys at MS.


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  Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Permalink –

Auto Show

Also Dumb No Dot



A PowerPoint show can be set up to run automatically when it is opened.

To do this, you could go to File>Save As and choose PowerPoint Show (*.pps) from the Save as type: list.

Another way is to change the extension (the three letters that appear after a file name such as Report.DOC).

PowerPoint uses .PPT for normal files, .POT for templates.

A PowerPoint show uses .PPS.

Microsoft "dumbed down" Windows Explorer so that, by default, extensions are not displayed.

To see them:
  1. Go to Windows Explorer.
  2. On the Menu bar go to Tools>Folder Options
    (Organize>Folder and Search Options in Vista)
  3. Click on the View tab.
  4. In the Advanced settings list, remove the check mark from "Hide file extensions for known file types."
  5. OK your way out.
To change a regular PowerPoint file to a show:
  1. Locate the file in Windows Explorer.
  2. Right click the file name and choose Rename.
  3. Touch the End key on the keyboard and the Backspace three times.
  4. Enter the letters PPS
  5. Hit Enter.
You now have a PowerPoint show that will automatically run when it is opened.

(This also works with *.PPTX files


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  Thursday, May 18, 2017 – Permalink –

Wallpaper

Just some



There is a ton of free wallpaper out there. Here are some you might have missed.

Art. Lebedev Posters


Digital Blasphemy


Hubble Wallpaper


Visual Paradox


Prinz Online


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  Saturday, May 06, 2017 – Permalink –

Verbose Status


The whole story


If you have trouble with slow startup, shutdown, logon, or logoff, you might try this procedure.


This setting allows you to configure Windows so that you receive verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages!




  1. Go to Run and enter Regedit

  2. Find or create the key in

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

  3. To enable verbose status messages create a new DWORD value called "verbosestatus" and set it to "1".


  4. In order to see the messages, an additional value called "DisableStatusMessages" should be set to "0".


  5. Restart Windows.
VerboseStatus


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  Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Permalink –

Back Me Up

Tomorrow is too late



There is a company called the Argentum Corporation. They produce some commercial products to help organize files and facilitate backups.

They, also, provide a free Back up guide
"This backup guide focuses on backing up in general, assists you in finding important data on your computer, explains you how to locate the proper paths, files and folders that may be recommended for regular backup.
The following topics are covered in detail:
  • My Documents backup,
  • Outlook data backup,
  • E-mail backup (Outlook Express),
  • registry backup,
  • messenger backup (ICQ, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL),
  • system folders backup and more"



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  Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Permalink –

Hosts File

I've got your number


"...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


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  Friday, April 07, 2017 – Permalink –

Guess a Password

Check your own

Who'd ever guess password as a password?


BookofJoe.com


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  Friday, March 31, 2017 – Permalink –

Command Line

Control Line

"The Windows command line is a mainstay for systems administrators and power users but is relatively unknown to many PC users. The purpose of this site is to make the power and utility of the command line more familiar to a wider community of computer users. Also under-appreciated are the related resources of batch files and scripts and these will be discussed as well."

CommandWindows.com


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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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