Office Hackery

Useful Hacks, Reviews, Tips and Tricks of anything under the moon and the sun.

Activate or Deactivate Startup Programs with MSConfig

No comments
Do your Windows computer takes time when booting up? Probably the reason is you may have a lot of startup programs. You can remove unwanted startup programs from loading by removing it using MSConfig (System Configuration Tool). To access System Configuration Tool, Go to Start > Run or hit WinKey+R then type "msconfig" on the textbox.

Activate or Deactivate Startup Programs with MSConfig

On the MSConfig dialog box, select the "Startup" tab to display the list of all startup applications. Uncheck anything that is unnecessary to have on boot up. If you are not sure about an entry, be sure to research about it before you disabling it.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Windows 7 Shortcuts Master List

No comments
If you already tried Windows 7 and so far you like what you see and looking forward on using it for good, then this Windows 7 Shortcuts Master List can make you be a more effective Windows 7 user. Windows keyboard and mouse shortcuts can dramatically increase user productivity by speeding-up windows navigation, folder manipulation, application switching and etc. The following list are compilation of Windows 7 shortcuts which are categorize by two types, one is keyboard shortcuts and the second is shortcuts by mouse interaction.

1. Windows Navigation
Keyboard shortcuts:
Win+Home: Clear all but the active window.
Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized.
Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.

Alternative shortcuts using mouse:
- Drag window to the top: Maximize
- Drag window left/right: Dock the window to fill half of the screen.
- Shake window back/forth: Minimize everything but the current window. (Aero Shake)
- Double-Click Top Window Border (edge): Maximize window vertically.

2. Taskbar Shortcuts
Keyboard Shortcuts:
Win+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.
Shift+Win+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
Ctrl+Win+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
Win+Alt+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.

Windows 7 Shortcuts Master List

Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
Win+B: Focuses the System Tray icons

Alternative shortcuts using mouse + modifier keys:
Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program.
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator.
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program (like XP does).
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group.
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group.

3. Other Useful Shortcuts
Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
Alt+Up: Goes up a folder level in Windows Explorer.
Alt+P: Toggles the preview pane in Windows Explorer.
Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard.
Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu.
Shift+Right-Click on a folder: Adds Command Prompt Here, which lets you easily open a command prompt in that folder.
Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.
Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out.
Win+G: Cycle between the Windows Gadgets on your screen.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Worksheet Spell Checking in Excel

1 comment
Spell checking is one of the common task to accomplish when your fine tuning a document. Like Word documents, you can also spell check Excel worksheets. Here's how.

1. Open your Excel document.
2. Select the worksheet or worksheets that you want to spell check.
3. From the Tools Menu, choose Spelling or just press F7. Excel will starts to check the spelling of your worksheet and then will display the Spelling dialog box for the possible errors.

Worksheet Spell Checking in Excel

4. Now you have a choice to edit your entries according to spelling suggestions.

You can also spell check a range of cells.

1. Select the range of cells you want to be checked.
2. Choose Spelling from the Tools menu, or press F7.
3. If you want, edit your entries according to spelling suggestions.

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Google Docs Batch Download Feature

No comments
Google Docs is a great free online service to store copies of your documents on the internet and be accessible virtually anywhere. For those who not yet aware about Google Docs, it is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. There are times that you need to download multiple documents offline so downloader software like GDoc Backup is very useful. However you can still download multiple docs even without a help of third-party tools. Google Docs batch export feature is now available by default. Here's how.

1. Select all documents you want to download then click "More Actions" and select export.

Google Docs Batch Download Feature

2. Google Docs will allow you to convert each file to a different format. Just click to continue if you don't want any conversion.



Google docs automatically download selected files and compress it to one large zip file.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Temp Folder Cleaner for MS Outlook

No comments
If you still don't know, all versions of Microsoft Outlook stores email attachments in a temp folder whenever you send or received an email. The temp folder can grow in size after some time and it can be a threat to your privacy if others can access those stored attachments. But no worries because you can delete all these temp files using the OutlookTempCleaner.

Temp Folder Cleaner for MS Outlook

OutlookTempCleaner is a free tool for Microsoft Office Outlook. that gives you easier access to the Temp folder and allows you to do the following:
- Determine the current size of the folder
- Empty the folder
- Perform Schedule Maintenance via logon/logoff scripts

OutlookTempCleaner requires the following to run.
- Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002/XP, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010
- Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 2008 Server, 7 or 2008 R2
- Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (detected during installation)

Download OutlookTempCleaner via [howto-outlook.com]

No comments :

Post a Comment

Classic Start menu on Windows 7

No comments
Although Windows 7 start menu is great thing to easily navigate and access installed applications, there are times the we missed the classic windows start menu style that was present in Windows 2000 and XP. Restoring classic the menu is logically practical for users who are not yet into adapting the newest windows 7 changes. With CSMenu, classic start menu on Windows 7 is now possible.

Classic Start menu for Windows 7

If your unsure about installing, here is a short video by thomas to guide you through it.



Revert back to classic start menu, download CSMenu.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Customize Windows 7 Logon Screen

No comments
One common task users do when they upgrade Windows version is to try to change its look based on their preferences. Now with the release of Windows 7, all system's look is customizable except the logon/password screen. This is when Tweaks.com Logon Changer for Windows 7 become handy. The free app provides an easy way to customize the logon screen background with just a few clicks. Simply download the free application, run it and click Change Logon Screen.

Customize Windows 7 Logon Screen with Tweaks.com Logon Changer

The app will ask you for the location of the new background image and then it will show you a preview of the new background on a logon screen. To restore the default Windows 7 logon screen, just click Revert to Default Logon Screen.

Download Tweaks.com Logon Changer for Windows 7 or read more about it.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Install Multiple Software using Ninite

1 comment
Earlier this week, Microsoft officially released Windows 7 and most probably your already thinking on upgrading your PC. But doing a clean install, and tedious re-installation of your favorite apps from start can make you think twice before upgrading. On this blog entry, I want to share a cool app that can do unattended installation of multiple applications. Meet Ninite, a cool multi-apps installer tool that can install a large selection of popular freeware and open source applications.

All you have to do is tick the apps you want to install, download the Ninite installer, then leave it to do its job while your doing something else fun.

Installing Multiple Software Programs With Ninite

Ninite app installs everything with default settings and deny any extra option (like browser toolbars) the app installers might try to add. Ninite is a portable app which doesn't even installed on your PC.


Upgrade now and use Ninite to install your favorite apps.

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Add Copy To / Move To on Right-Click Menu in Windows 7 or Vista

No comments
Normally to copy a file or folder into another location, you right-click the file then select Copy and right-click it the destination folder then select Paste. What if you can just Right-Click the file and Windows shows a pop-up dialog where you can choose your destination. This is possible with a registry hack that will let you add a Copy To Folder or Move To Folder to the right-click menu.

Add Copy To / Move To on Right-Click Menu in Windows 7 or Vista

After you apply the hack, you should see now the new menu shortcuts on your Right-click menu. Click it to display a pop-up dialog box where you can select the desired folder.

Download Copy To / Move To Registry Hack

No comments :

Post a Comment

Create shortcut for Shutdown / Restart / Lock in Windows 7 or Vista

1 comment
Most of computer users like shortcuts simply because its the fastest way to perform a task. Isn't great if we have shortcuts to shutdown, restart or lock windows on our desktop or quick links? In Windows 7 and Vista, this is very easy. To create shortcuts for Shutdown, Restart or Lock, just follow these simple steps.

1. Right click on the desktop, Choose "New" then click "Shortcut" from the popup menu.
2. In the shortcut location dialog, type the command to perform the task you require as show below.

Create shortcut for Shutdown / Restart / Lock in Windows 7 or Vista

Here are the list of the commands you can use:
Shutdown Computer - "Shutdown.exe -s -t 00"
Restart Computer - "Shutdown.exe -r -t 00"
Lock Worstation - "Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation"
Hibernate Computer - "rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState"
Sleep Computer - "rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0"

3. Now click the "Next" button on the above dialog then name your new shortcut with any label you want.

Thats it! your shortcut is now ready. You can also change the default icon of the shortcut if you want :)

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Prevent Force Reboot after a Windows Update

No comments
When an update on you computer is completed, Windows Update pops up to tell you to restart your system. After several attempt and if you just ignore the message, Windows will going to forcibly reboot your computer in 5 minutes. To disable this behavior, follow these easy steps. Although you will still get the message, it won't force you to shut down.

1. Open the regedit.exe from the run dialog. On Registry Editor, browse to the following key.

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU"

Prevent Force Reboot after a Windows Update

If above key doesn't exist, create a new one.

2. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value and label it as NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and set the value to 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on. If you want to restore the setting, just delete the value.


You can also download the registry hack that you can just double-click to disable and enable automatic reboots.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Auto Login on Windows 7 or Vista

1 comment
If your running a home computer that your the only user and do not want to log in every time you reboot your computer then here is a simple tip to activate automatic login in Windows 7. First, go to Advanced User Accounts Control Panel by typing "netplwiz" in the start menu search box, then hit enter.

Windows Auto Login - Advanced User Accounts Control Panel

From the User Accounts dialog box, uncheck the checkbox with label "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" and then hit apply button. Windows will ask you for a username and password. Enter the windows account info you want windows to use every single time you reboot your computer.

Auto Login on Windows 7 or Vista

Aside from Windows7, This tip also works on Windows XP and Vista.

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Batch Resize Images with FotoSizer

No comments
Digital Cameras nowadays produces fairly large size of images that make sharing of photos on the internet more difficult. Picture taken at high resolutions are too large to send over the Internet, with some photos can be as large as up at 5 mega bytes each. If you multiplied 5MB to atleast 10 photos or more then uploading can take forever specially on slow internet connection. With the use of FotoSizer, you can make things easier by reducing those images into acceptable internet size. FotoSizer is a freeware batch image resizer tool that can shrink JPEG image files, along with other supported formats, and dramatically reduce internet transfer duration.

Batch Resize Images with FotoSizer

Fotosizer enables you to resize images using a custom width and height in pixels or based on a percentage of the photo's original width and height. It resizes your photos in just 3 easy steps - 1. Select your photos resize, 2. Select resize settings, then 3. Start the resize!.

Download freeware FotoSizer. It supports Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista

No comments :

Post a Comment

Free Web-Based Project Management Tool - Gantter

No comments
Have you ever been into a situation where you need to create a gantt chart but unfortunately you don't have Microsoft Project at Home? Most home users usually cannot afford the Office package that includes Microsoft Project - which is the most common project and task management software available in Windows PC. But we call ourselves blessed because we are already on the new era of internet age when opensource and freeware are readily available. So how about a free web-based project management tool called Gantter.

Free Web-Based Project Management Tool - Gantter

Gantter interface is almost the same with Microsoft Project so if you already familiar with MS Project, surely you can find your way around easier. Just like in MS Project you start by adding tasks, setting dependencies between them (Finish-to-Start, Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish, Start-to-Start), indenting them to create summary tasks. Then you add resources, modify their calendars if necessary, assign resources to tasks.




You can also open Gantter projects in MS Project because Gantter saves the result in MS Project's XML format. It also supports importing projects created in MS Project.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Convert A PDF to Text Using PDF Text Extractor

1 comment
I was looking for a tutorial manual in MS Word format but unfortunately the only available copy on my drive is in PDF form. So instead of writing the whole document from scratch, I tried using a tool that can convert a pdf file to text. I tried using PDF Text Extractor, which can extract all the text from a pdf file.



PDF Text Extractor is a advanced application designed to process pdf to text conversion It is standalone software and does NOT need Adobe Acrobat. It process at very high speed and you can convert multiple pdf files to text files at one time. It only runs on Windows platform and current supports version Windows 7/ Vista/XP/2003/2000/98/ME/NT.

Download PDF Text Extrator.

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Keyboard shortcut to Windows 7 Jump Lists

No comments
One of the highlight feature of Windows 7 is the Jump List. They are designed to make it easier to find what you want and perform common operations associated with an application. Jump Lists appear on the Start menu as well as on the Taskbar when you right-click on an icon. To quick access a particular jump list, you can use the shortcut key WinKey+Alt+[number].

Keyboard shortcut to Windows 7 Jump Lists

In the example screenshot above, WinKey+Alt+1 was used to open Internet Explorer jump list. Number 1 was pressed because it is sitting on the first position on the taskbar. You can also cycle between jumplists by pressing WinKey+Alt+1, WinKey+Alt+2, etc.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Create Resumes Online with CeeVee

1 comment
CeeVee.com is cool and fast way to build your resume online. How cool? If you have already filled out your work portfolio on Facebook, you can easily grab those information through "Connect with Facebook" login. Your resume will be automatically filled with the most pertinent contact and experience portions. CeeVee also makes the Resume editing easier by providing sectional editing that leaves the page looking good.

Create Resumes Online with CeeVee

You can also share your resume online. CeeVee can provide you a custom URL like ceevee.com/yourname and badges that you can embed to your website. Interested visitors can look at your resume and can easily print or save it to PDF.

Get your free CeeVee Resume.

1 comment :

Post a Comment

Hide Applications Interface in Windows

No comments
When I'm in the office, I have some applications that I don't want to display an interface while running. I'm talking about Apps like game bots which are common target of prying eyes at work. So to make it unnoticed, you can hide it using Hide App. This is a portable software program that can hide applications so that they do not display a program window upon execution. This is useful if the program does not require some degree of user interaction.

Hide Applications Interface in Windows

To hide applications, upon startup, enter the path of the application you want to hide in the form and click "Ok" button to apply changes. Currently HideApp only supports .exe, .bat and .com files.

Download HideApp.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Lock your private folder with My LockBox

No comments
If not all then most of us have private photos, videos and documents on our office computer. These files could be vulnerable to jerk admins because they can steal your private files without you knowing. You can prevent them from doing so if you can use a folder protection program like My LockBox. It is a windows freeware that can protect a single folder on your computer with a password. The protected folder is hidden from anyone including your company's Administrator. It is impossible to access the locked folder from the local computer and over the network

Lock your private folder with My LockBox

My LockBox installer will ask for your password and folder location at the end of the installation. You should use an easy to remember password because once forgotten then you may say goodbye to your private folder.

- To lock a folder, open My LockBox from Start menu. Then on My LockBox, enter the folder location (if you haven't selected it during the installation) then click "Lock" button to start the protection.
- To unlock the locked folder, open the application and simply click the "Unlock" button.

Download My LockBox via [fryan0911].

No comments :

Post a Comment

How Does a Router Work?

No comments
To share internet connection to two or more computer at home or at the office, you will be needing the help of a Router. Most common router nowadays are wireless routers because it is easier to setup and move around. If you wanna know what happens inside the router, I suggest you read this article by Guy McDowell that explain how does a Router work.

How Does a Router Work?

The article uses 3 computers as a sample to explain the routing principles. The explanation is in simplest form and easy to comprehend even if you don't have experience on network technology.

Believe it or not, the router can only talk to one of these things at a time! The process I’m about to talk about just happens so fast that it seems to happen all at once.


How does a router work? via [MakeUseOf]

No comments :

Post a Comment

How to create Windows Search Shortcut

No comments
Normally you can access Windows Search from the Windows Start Menu. But if you want to create shortcut of it on your desktop or pin the search shortcut to the Windows 7 taskbar then follow these easy steps.

1. Right click your desktop, on the popup context menu, click New > Text Document (actually you can use any object such as Bitmap Image)
2. Now rename the new object. Change its extension to ".fnd" (the file name itself does not matter).
3. Upon renaming, you will notice that the new object's icon will change to search icon as shown below.

How to create Windows Search Shortcut


You can drag the shortcut anywhere you want. Just double click it to call the Windows Search form.

No comments :

Post a Comment

What is a browser?

No comments
Recently, Google started educating masses about web browsers by creating the website What Browser. The website contains information about web browsers not only about their own Google Chrome but also about Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer. Here is a 1 minute video that explains what is a browser and how important it is.



So if your one of the masses who still confused about browsers then you can now start learning from What Browser?

No comments :

Post a Comment

Office 2007 Theme Builder

No comments
If you're working on a company then you might be using a standard theme across all documents. But if you don't use one and you consider creating a standard theme then Microsoft Theme Builder is might be the right tool for you. The Theme Builder tool enables the creation of document themes for Microsoft Office 2007.

Office 2007 Theme Builder

You can apply the same theme to PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and even Outlook emails. To install this free MS Office tool on your machine, follow these steps.

1. Download and install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0.
2. Download and install Office 2007 Primary Interop Assemblies.
3. Download and install the Theme Builder. (Once you install and open the application, look in the help menu for documents that will guide you through the theme creation process)

Theme Builder is a free download for Windows only.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Online ZIP Tool

No comments
My friend called me last night to ask for some documents. I was already on my way home and I had my acer aspire one with me so I decided to use my wireless internet. I had to zip several documents so I can attach it to my email as one attachment but my zip utility was having a problem. Luckily, there is ezyZip, a web app that can easily zip and unzip files online.

Online ZIP Tool

To zip files online, follow these simple instructions.
1. Go to ezyZip. The web app requires Java to run.
2. From the website, Select the archive filename and location you want the files to be saved.
2. Click the "Add File(s)" to select the file/s you want zip.
3. When your done, click "Zip EM!" to start zipping selected files.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Jump To Last Cursor Position in MS Word

No comments
By default, MS Word always open with the first page of the document being displayed. But what if you have more than few pages of document? It will be hard to remember exactly where you left off at the last time. The easiest way to make Word jump to the last cursor position in Microsoft Word documents is to use the keyboard shortcut [Shift F5].

The requirement is that the document must be saved as doc format. MS Word cannot perform jump to the last cursor position if it in txt or rtf formats.

No comments :

Post a Comment

How to Change the Language of Comment Boxes in Word

5 comments
If you set the language of a Word document it doesn't include the Track Changes comment boxes. To change it as well, follow these general steps.

1. Open the Styles and Formatting dialog box.
- For Windows 2003 and earlier, click Format > Style and Formatting.
- For Windows 2007, Go to Home tab.

2. From the Styles dialog box, right click the format then choose "Modify".

How to Change the Language of Comment Boxes in Word

3. Select "Comment Subject" or "Comment Text" on the "Style for following paragraph" dropdown list.

Comment Styles in Word

4. Click the Format Option button.

Format option on Styles dialog box in Word

5. Choose the language you want to apply to comments.

Comments language in Word

Make sure that you the same steps on both Comment Subject and Comment Text.

5 comments :

Post a Comment

77 Windows 7 Tips

No comments
My 2nd favorite number is 7 but ofcourse that not what this blog entry all about. I wanna share to you an article that is related to 7 and that is "77 Windows 7 Tips" (posted at technet blog). Although Windows 7 will only be available at retails store on October 22, 2009, it is considered by many as the most anticipated Windows version ever. So it won't harm us if we can prepare ourselves from using it with the help of these 77 tips.

77 Windows 7 Tips

The article focus on the following topics.
- Make Windows 7 faster
- Get more done with Windows 7
- The best Windows 7 shortcuts
- Securing Windows 7

Here are some pointers from the article.
1. Pick Your Edition.
2. Upgrading? Go 64-bit.
3. Use Windows XP Mode.
4. Use Windows PowerShell v2.
5. Use AppLocker.
6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt.
7. Record Problems.

Read 77 Windows 7 Tips via [technet.microsoft.com]

No comments :

Post a Comment

Translate Any Website Language using Google Toolbar

3 comments
If you prefer to read a website on your local language then you may use the Google Toolbar to do so. Google recently announced the inclusion of advanced in-page translation to their Toolbar particularly for FireFox browser.

Translate Any Website Language using Google Toolbar

With the translate tool available right in your browser, you can simply click the translate button in the toolbar and have the page rendered into any of the 51 languages Google Translate currently supports.

Download the latest Google Toolbar.

3 comments :

Post a Comment

Automatically Shutdown your PC after download (Firefox Add-On)

No comments
You are downloading a huge file and it was almost completed but you can't wait for it to finish because you have to do something else (like going to sleep). Isn't great if your computer can automatically shut off after your download is completed? With Firefox + Auto Shutdown Add-On, it can be easily done. Auto Shutdown Add-On can automatically close the browser or shutdown the system when downloads complete.

Auto Shutdown Built-In Commands list

Aside from shutting down your computer, it can also execute custom scripts and other pre-defined tasks upon completion of the download.

Download Auto Shutdown via [Mozilla Add-Ons]

Read more about this Add-On at Fryan0911.com.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Social Media + Workout Plan

No comments
Being addicted to social media (constantly checking twitter, facebook, friendster and etc) can make you fatter because you sit on it for hours (+eating) without burning enough calories. Here is a creative and interesting Workout program that you can compliment to your addiction. The idea is every time you check out one of these sites you do the requisite exercises.

Social Media + Workout Plan

No comments :

Post a Comment

Convert Images Into Editable Documents with Google Docs

No comments
Do you know that you can translate scanned copy of document to editable one? This technology is called Optical character recognition (OCR) and it is now available online through Google Docs. You can upload an image containing typewritten or printed text (like a fax or scanned document) to your Google Docs account and it will turn that image into editable text. Here is step-by-step procedure to do it.

1. Go to DocList API OCR Demo.
2. Click the "Choose file" button to locate the image you want to translate.

Convert Images Into Editable Documents with Google Docs

3. Finally, Click the "Start OCR Import" to begin the OCR conversion.

This OCR feature is not officially part of Google Docs UI but you can access it through Google Code. You must have a Google Account to use this online service. OCR conversion supports JPG, GIF, or PNG.

No comments :

Post a Comment

How to Minimize all Open Windows Except The Active One

No comments
In previous Windows version before Windows 7, you can minimize all other windows aside from the active one by using the keyboard shortcut "Windows Key" + "M". But in Windows 7, Its cooler - no need for keyboard shortcut, just shake it... shake the mouse as shown on the video.



The trick is called Aero-Shake, a feature of Windows 7. To try it yourself, just click on title bar of the window that you want to keep in the foreground, hold your mouse and shake it like shaking a bottle of drink. All open windows, except the one you are holding, will now be minimized to the taskbar.

No comments :

Post a Comment