Jul 4 2007

Use Vista’s Snipping Tool to Capture Screen Shots

Sorry For the huge pictures I’m trying some new blogging software called Windows Live Writer and I’m experimenting with picture sizes.

If you ever wanted to save a screen shot of something on your computer screen like a error message to send to someone for help or just a part of a window. Vista now includes a great little program called the Snipping Tool.

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You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:

Free-form Snip. Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.

Rectangular Snip. Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip

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    Jul 2 2007

    Changing Windows Explorer’s Default Opening Folder

    It used to drive my crazy when I opened Windows Explorer to navigate around my files and hard drives because it always opens to Documents then I would have to drill down to Computer so I could get to my hard drives, so I tried what I used in XP and it worked fine.

    I normally create a shortcut to Windows Explorer and put it in my quick launch bar for easy access. Click Start ?type windows explorer in the search box, when it pops up right click and drag it to the quick launch bar and choose create a shortcut here.

    Now right click the Windows Explorer icon and choose Properties.

    In the target box type in %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

    Then click Ok

    This will change Explorer to open in computer so all your drives will be visible. You may want to click the view tab a few times until you get the look you want.

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    Jul 1 2007

    Turn off Vista’s Unused Features

    You can turn off Windows Features to save memory and CPU cycles, on Feature you don?t use or need. Example: I don?t have a Tablet PC so I don?t need Tablet PC components running nor do I use Meeting Space. Here?s how to get rid of them.

    Click Start.

    Type Features in the search field and press enter.(This will open the Program & Features control panel)

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    Click continue in the UAC.

    Choose turn Windows Features on or off.

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    Clear the check box next to the Feature you want to turn off.

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    Jun 30 2007

    Changing the Registered Owner in Vista

    people-4.pngLike all versions of Windows it stores the name and organization of the registered owner, and unless you installed Vista your name and organization is most likely wrong. In the steps below we?ll show you how to view and change the registered owner.

    To view the registered owner and organization names for your computer. Click Start, typing winver, and pressing Enter. Is your correct name and organization showing up?

    Use the following steps to change the registered owner.
    As always before editing the registry make a System Restore point

    1. Click Start, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.

    2. Click Continue if User Account Control pops up.

    3. in the left pane, navigate down to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion

    4. In the right pane, double-click on RegisteredOwner.

    5. In the Value Data box, type whatever name you want to appear as the registered owner, then click OK.

    6. Double-click RegisteredOrganization, and type the new organization in the Value Data box.

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    7. Click OK.

    8. Exit the Registry Editor, then run winver again to see if the correct name shows up.

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    Jun 28 2007

    Disable Vista’s Balloon Tips

    computer21.pngAre you getting tired of Vista?s balloon tips popping up all the time. They can be informative and they can be turned off if you like, here?s how.

     

    For Vista Business and Ultimate:

    Click Start then type ?gpedit.msc? in the search box and press enter to launch the Group Policy Editor.

    Under Administrative Templates, click Start Menu and Taskbar and select? Remove BalloonTips on Start Menu Items?. Click Properties and then under the settings tab check the Disabled option.

    For Vista Home Premium:

    We need to edit the registry using the registry editor. A word of advice always back up the registry before making any changes. A system restore point will do.

    Login as an administrator. Click Start- type in ?regedit.exe then press enter. You?re now in the Registry editor.

    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion
    ExplorerAdvanced. In the right hand pane, right click in an empty space and choose ?New-DWORD (32 bit value) Type in ?EnableBalloonTips? in the field.

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    Right click the new entry and choose Modify. It should have a value data of 0. Click Ok and you?re finished.

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    Jun 26 2007

    Adding Additional Clocks To Your System Tray

    clock-2.pngA new feature in Vista is the ability to add 2 more clocks to the system tray area and view the calendar. It?s a great feature for travelers or people who need to communicate with others in different time zones, now you’ll be able to tell if you?re going to wake up someone when you call.

    Here?s how to add additional clocks.

    1. Left click the clock.

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    2. Choose change date and time settings.

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    3. Click Additional Clocks tab.

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    4. Put a check mark in Show this Clock.

    5. Select the time zone.

    6. Enter a name for your new clock.

    7. Click apply and you?re all set.

    Now when you click on the Clock you?ll see all your new clocks.

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    Jun 24 2007

    Changing Vista’s Appearance Settings

    utilities2.jpgAre you tired of the default look of Vista’s colors and appearance, well lets dive in and make some changes.

    1. Right click an empty area on your desktop and choose Personalize.
    2. Click Windows Color and Appearance.

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