One of the things that has really annoyed me about running Firefox on Vista is that Internet Explorer looks really slick with the Aero Glass extending down onto the entire navigation bar... and Firefox just looks pathetic sitting next to it. Thanks to the Glasser extension from my new favorite person 6XGate, IE no longer holds the edge in slick UI.
Have you ever noticed that many files don't seem to work in the Preview Pane in Windows Vista's Explorer? Until recently the only way to work around this was a painful registry hack... but now there's a utility that will let you easily add file types to the preview list.
If you've been a reader of this site for any amount of time, you are probably familiar with the Keyboard Ninja concept... we like to feature all sorts of ways to quickly access applications or functions with complicated shortcut keys. But what about regular people? Isn't there a simpler solution?
After watching the project manager at work scroll painfully through 10,000 messages in her inbox trying to find one from the right sender, it occurred to me that a lot of people don't realize how easily you can use the keyboard to find a message in a sorted list.
Running into duplicate data in an Access Database can be quite annoying during the hectic workday, so I decided to write up a technique to help identify the duplicate records so you can manually handle them.
We've covered how to access the Windows Vista Calendar using the keyboard, but what if you wanted to assign a single keystroke to pop up the calendar? Yeah, sure, you can just click it with the mouse, but where's the geek fun in that?
My new friend Sue asked me the other day how to customize icons on Windows XP, so I thought I'd write up all the ways to change the icons, both by using the built-in methods and also with additional software.
One of the few things about Vista that just drives me crazy is the problems with Windows Explorer. I prefer to use Details mode for certain folders, but it seems like Vista constantly "decides" that the folder should show a different set of columns than what I had previously chosen.
If you've opted into one of the Google Experimental Search programs like the keyboard shortcuts experiment, you've probably seen the annoying survey box that doesn't seem to go away, even after you take the survey. Good thing Firefox is customizable, so we can easily remove it with a Stylish script.
Have you ever tried going through all of the menus required to delete the Recent Items in the Start Menu? It takes forever, especially when you want to hide whatever you shouldn't have been doing. As usual, there's a simpler way to do it.
AutoSummarize is a feature in Word 2007 that scores the document by giving points to sentences that contain frequently used words. You can then use the highest scoring sentences to create the summary or use the Auto function.
If you've used Windows for any length of time, you've likely tried to open a file with an unknown extension. Instead of getting a list of programs to open the file with, you get an annoying dialog asking you to use a web service to find a program. So how do we change this?
So you try to middle click on a link on a page and miss the link... then the round "Auto Scroll" icon shows up and suddenly the page is moving around and scrolling all by itself. It drives me crazy, so when it was mentioned in the latest Coding Horror article I figured I would write it up in case anybody else wants to disable it.