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Change The Defaullt Folder To Save Outlook Messages And Attachments

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The default location of saving attachments on MS Outlook is in your My Documents folder. If you want to replace this, you can do so by following these easy steps.

1. Go to Start > Run. In the Open/Search box, type regedit, and then press ENTER.

2. For Outlook 2003, find the following subkey in the registry editor:
HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options

And For Outlook 2007, locate the following subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Options

3. Right click the Options folder, click New > String Value.
4. Type DefaultPath, and then press ENTER.
5. Double-click the DefaultPath value and enter the path you want to use for your Outlook saved items in the Value data box, and then click OK.

Change The Defaullt Folder To Save Outlook Messages And Attachments

6. Close Registry Editor.

Thats It!

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How to Set Up Windows 7 To Narrate Any Message Upon Logon

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With the latest release of Windows, we can make our computer talk using the built-in Narrator. If you want your computer to welcome you upon logon then you can configure narrator to do just that by creating a simple VB script. Here are the steps you can follow.

1. Open your Notepad program.
2. Copy and paste the following commands.

Dim TextToNarrate, Narrator
TextToNarrate="Officehackery, Welcome to Windows"
Set Narrator=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
Narrator.Speak TextToNarrate


3. You can change the text "Officehackery, Welcome to Windows" to any message you want.
4. Save the file and rename its extention to .VBS
5. Copy the file to the following path.
"C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup"
6. To find the correct path you can go to Start > All Programs and Right click the Start Up folder and click Open on the popup menu as shown below

How to Set Up Windows 7 To Narrate Any Message Upon Logon

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Excel Tip: How To Move And Select Sheets With Keyboard

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Here is quick tip on Excel Sheets navigation without taking off your hand from the keyboard. To switch or move from one worksheet to another just use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl+PageUp and Ctrl+PageDown

To select multiple sheets, hold the Shift key and press the same keys above. For example, to select sheets from first to last and vice versa.

Shift+Ctrl+PageUp and Shift+Ctrl+PageDown

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Test Your Typing Skills With Typing Test

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One computer skill that I admit that I'm not good at is Typing. If you think you are good at it then you can put it to the test with an online Typing Test from keyhero.com. Just go to the website and hit the Start button. Typing Test will give you a piece of text from popular movie or book for you to type. While typing the text, the text will turn green if you typed it correctly but if you make any mistake its turns red and alert you with a loud beep. Your score is shown in real time below the text box.

Test Your Typing Skills With Typing Test

After you finished the test, you can compare your score against other online users and see tips on how to improve your typing.

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Related Topics
Free Online Typing Tutorial

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FacePinch Is A Search Engine For Facebook

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If you wanna know what Facebook users are talking about, you can search for it by using FacePinch. It is a free website that ables you to search and see the public status messages of Facebook. No need for registration or even a Facebook account.

FacePinch Is A Search Engine For Facebook

The site is useful to check out hot trending topics, and view popular and recent searches in Facebook.

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Create Virtual Drive With Drive Tweaker

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If you don't want to work with long folder paths e.g. "C:\FOLDER1\FOLDER2\FOLDER3", then you can make it short by creating a Virtual Drive for that path e.g. "X:\". Drive Tweaker is an opensource software for Windows that allows users to create virtual drive, customize drive icon, lock drive, set background for drive and etc. To create a virtual drive, just launch the application, go to Virtual Drive tab and click Add. On the AddDrive pop-up, enter the Target Directory, select the Drive Letter then hit OK.

Create Virtual Drive With Drive Tweaker

Drive Tweaker works on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. I tested it under Windowa 7 x86.

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Integrate Google Docs With MS Outlook Using Harmon.ie

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If you use both MS Outlook and Google Docs and would like to work on both in a single environment then you can do so by using Harmon.ie Add-On for Microsoft Outlook. Upon installation, Harmon.ie will add a sidebar to Microsoft Outlook which eliminates the need to use e-mail attachments. It transforms your Outlook into a collaboration console, with full-featured access to your Google documents. From the here you can find, share, and work on Google documents directly from your Outlook.

Integrate Google Docs With MS Outlook Using Harmon.ie

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Video: How To Clean The Inside Of Your Computer

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Like other home appliances, one of the neglected enemy of computer is dust. Too much dust on your computer can reduce its life and efficiency. You can hire some professional to do the cleaning for you or do-it-yourself with the help of the following video. To follow this video, you need a can of compressed air/duster, a screwdriver and a lot of patience.

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Block Any Windows Application With App Admin

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Do you need to block a bunch of applications? You can do so with a small portable tool called App Admin. All you need to do is launch the application, click Add, locate the executable file of the application you want to block, and then hit Restart Explorer to apply changes. You can also drag and drop any application you wish to block.

Block Any Windows Application With App Admin

App Admin works on all Windows version. I test it under Windows 7 x86 system. The developers website is in Turkish language, you can translate or just look for the App Admin download link.

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Extract Text Or Data From Your Corrupted MS Office Documents

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You can get corrupted documents in several reasons. Common reasons are hard drive failure and virus infections. This could be really frustrating if you spend so much time to complete the document and in the end it turned to trash. But worry no more because you can still salvage some data from those corrupted documents using Save Office Data website. With this solution, at least you won't have to start from scratch.

Extract Text Or Data From Your Corrupted MS Office Documents


From the website, just choose the corrupted file from your hard drive and then hit Submit File button. You can extract data from corrupted file types:

Documents: doc, docm, docx, dotm, dotx, odt, ott rtf, stw or sxw
Spreadsheets: xlam, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx, xlt, xltm, xltx, xlam, ots, ods, stc or sxc
Presentations: ppsm, ppsx, pptm, pptx, sxi, sti, odp or otp

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Reduced Energy Consumption On Computers With SmartPower

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Saving Energy is everybody's business. Many company whether big or small promotes energy saving consumption in several ways. One drive we had is reducing electric consumption on desktop computers by means of auto hibernate. The idea was, if a computer goes idle for several minutes, it will auto hibernate itself which eventually save energy and money in the long run. We had deployed a simple script for this project. If you want to apply this project to your own company or even at your home, you can take a look at SmartPower software. It is Windows service that automates the hibernating and resuming of Windows PC that depends on configurable rules.

Reduced Energy Consumption On Computers With SmartPower

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How To Add Rain Effect To Your Photo Using Photoshop

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One of the best subject to capture is rain drops. Like other moving water such as falls and rivers, you can capture different actions by using either fast or slow shutter settings. But if the weather is not cooperating and you badly needed a rain scene, then your next best option is to make your own rain by using Photoshop software. Today I will show you the step-by-step procedure to apply rain effect to your photos using Photoshop. Here is the original image that I'll be using for this tutorial.

Rain Effect Original Photo

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Open PST Files Without Outlook Using Kernel Outlook PST Viewer

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Almost everyone who utilize Microsoft Outlook as their email management tool is most likely have already used PST files to backup and store their emails. If your in situation where you need to open your PST file but there is no Outlook installed on the local computer, you need not worry because you can still open it by using a Free Kernel Outlook PST Viewer.


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Find What Font Is On The Image

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Do you want to find out the font face used in an image or website? Here is a simple web application to help you with that. It is called "What the Font". All you need to do is upload the image file or specify the URL of the image. Click "Continue" button and WhatTheFont will find the closest matches in its database.

Find What Font Is On The Image

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How To Remove Face Imperfections With Photoshop

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I have been hooked to digital photography for some time now. Like other amateur or professional photographers, I also do some post processing on my photos but I admit not many because I prefer to retain the original composition. Most fixing or post processing I did were on portraits. I usually remove obvious blemishes, pimples, wrinkles and other imperfections. But if these photos are for a client or a friend, I always asked permission first before I do it. For my example, I will show how to remove a birth mark on a baby's forehead (the picture of the baby here is not mine and was grabbed from the internet).

1. Open your photo in Adobe Photoshop (I'm using version 5)
2. On the toolbar, choose the Healing Brush Tool (If its not the default brush, right click the icon to choose from the list of brushes available)

choose the Healing Brush Tool from Photoshop Toolbar

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Separate Video From Your Browser With Detach Video

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When watching online videos, you usually see the whole browser window unless you opt out for full screen mode. With the help of DetachVideo, you can literally detach any online video from its current browser and watch it like watching from a video player. This app is portable so there is no need for installation. Its usage is simple, just hold your mouse over a video and press F12.

Separate Video From Your Browser With Detach Video

You can also change the hotkey by right clicking its tray icon and click Settings from the popup menu. Although the developer claims that it works on any video on any browser. I only successfully tested it under Firefox with a YouTube video. The application should work on all Windows-OS based systems.

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Fast Search Documents By Content With 7sDocs

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Although Windows 7 allows you to search documents by content, you may get frustrated waiting for it to finish. Windows 7 content searching performs slow because of the search index that needs to be updated for every new search keyword. This is where 7sDocs becomes helpful because it was designed for quick search files by content data. 7sDoc can text search files such as DOC, XLS, RTF, TXT, HTM. To start using 7sDocs, first you must go to Configurations and add folders where your documents are stored. It will initially build the index on these directories. After that, you may now type the keyword on the main form and hit Search.

Fast Search Documents By Content With 7sDocs

On the search results, you can click the blue link to open the document that contains the data your searching. You can also filter the extensions to be indexed under Configurations. 7sDocs runs on all versions of Windows including Windows 7 where I tested this application.

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The Windows 7 Guide: From Newbies To Pros (eBook)

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Even before Microsoft officially released Windows 7, many users already embraced the change by installing its Beta versions. But since then there are still lot of users who are hesitant to move from Vista or XP because of the adjustments they might do on Windows 7. If your one of them, then I suggest to you that you read a free ebook guide from MakeUseOf.com, "The Windows 7 Guide: From Newbies To Pros".

The Windows 7 Guide: From Newbies To Pros (eBook)

With this guide, you can upgrade to Windows 7 and start using it with ease. It has 8 chapters in all starting with beginners topics such as Learning the New Taskbar, Using and Customizing Windows Aero, and ending with Advanced topics such as Networking and Gaming.


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Automate Repetitive Tasks With Do It Again

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Performing Monotonous Task every single day is boring and inefficient if you have other things to do. For example, copying the contents of a folder to another folder or sending the same email everyday. Would it be better if your computer can do it for you instead of doing it manually? If your answer to this question is a big YES then let your computer Do It Again for you. Do It Again is a free software that allows you to automate a set of actions/tasks and repeat them whenever you want.

Automate Repetitive Tasks With Do It Again

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