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Ask HTG: LAN-to-LAN Messaging in Windows 7, Multi-Monitor Full Screen Video, and Alternative File Copiers

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Once a week we roundup some of the answers we’ve sent out to reader questions and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at inter-LAN messaging with Windows 7, multi-monitor full screen video, and alternative Windows file copiers.

How Can I Send Messages Between LAN Computers Using Windows 7?

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Dear How-To Geek,

Is there a way for me to message other computers on my network using Windows 7 Home Premium without installing any other software?

Sincerely,

LAN Chatting in Chattanooga

Dear LAN Chatting,

Unfortunately the answer is no. Windows XP had the NET SEND command, Windows Vista had the MSG command, and Windows 7 Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate also have the MSG command—seen in the screenshot above—but Windows 7 Home was left out in the cold. There is no simple command-line based messaging tool for LAN-wide messages included with Windows 7 Basic and Home, and recreating the command line experience is a hassle (as you need a replacement for both the command line tool msg.exe and for the messaging services running in the background).

If you’re not hung up on a command line interface, a simple GUI-based application you may want to check out is LanToucher. It’s free, styled like a regular IM client, and compatible with net-send/pop-up messages so older PCs on the network won’t even need the app installed to receive the messages.

How Can I Keep Video Full Screen in Google Chrome on my Secondary Monitor?

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Dear How-To Geek,

I have two monitors and I use Google Chrome. How can I keep video full screen on the secondary monitor? As it is now, the second I click onto the primary monitor the video on the secondary monitor returns to regular size instead of full screen. What can I do?

Sincerely,

Full Screen Longing on Long Island

Dear Full Screen,

The first thing you need to do is upgrade Adobe Flash Player. If your videos aren’t staying in full-screen mode on their own it’s highly likely you’re using a version below 10.2 (which was the version Adobe rolled out multi-monitor support).

If you’re using an up-to-date copy of Adobe Flash Player and for some reason videos are still not staying in full screen mode when you work on another monitor, you may wish to try out a simple extension like Multiple Monitor Full Screen.

Are Alternative File Copiers Worth It on Windows 7?

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Dear How-To Geek,

Back when I ran Windows XP, I used an alternative file copier because the the built-in file copier was garbage. Now I’m running Windows 7 and fairly happy with the file copier. Still, I have this nagging feeling that there are better file handlers out there. Is it worth using them?

Sincerely,

Copy Contemplating in Connecticut

Dear Copy Contemplating,

Earlier this fall we put a few file copiers through their paces, including the default Windows 7 copier, TeraCopy, and SuperCopier. The general verdict was that the Windows 7 file copier was plenty fast and held its own against the alternatives, but it lacked the features. Check out our full review here to compare the tests and feature sets of the various copiers.


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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/28/11

Comments (2)

  1. Roi

    Unfortunately there are no good alternatives to the Window file copy. Teracopy is quite buggy and the other options are sloowwwww.

  2. Clair Black

    I do enjoy getting your daily HTG.

    I am looking for a template for a PPT presentation of putting jpg files inside and/or the shape of a Christmas ornament. Has that been done yet?

    Thank you, Clair

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