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Resize the Taskbar thumbnail preview in Windows vista
September 8, 2007, 7:40 am
Filed under: Downloads, Tips and Tricks, Windows Vista

Resize the Taskbar thumbnail preview in Windows vista

Microsoft has added many new features in Windows vista and one of is “Taskbar Windows thumbnail Preview“. Windows Vista’s taskbar thumbnail preview feature allows you to see the small preview of opened windows in the taskbar, just hover the mouse on the taskbar opened items and a small thumbnail preview will be displayed on the taskbar. But Windows vista doesn’t allow users to customize or resize the size of taskbar thumbnail preview. Some users may prefer bigger preview of windows or some other effects as well.

Andreas Verhoeven has created a free utility, very easy to use, called Thumbnail Sizer to customize the Taskbar windows thumbnail preview. Download Thumbnail Sizer, extract and run the exe file.This will open the small window containing the two slider to customize the thumbnail preview size, mover right/left to change the size of preview but do not move the both slider to extreme right as it will cause thumbnail preview of some windows not to appear on the screen when hover the mouse on the taskbar it just blink and go away, this happens once you move the sliders to extreme right then the size of thumbnail preview becomes 1024 X 1024 which windows can show properly therefore it thus blink and go away, you can also add the fade in animation effect. Check the option box “automatically start application every time windows starts” if you want Thumbnail sizer to every time Windows starts. Once done, close the Thumbnail Sizer.

Resize the Taskbar thumbnail preview in Windows vista

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Make windows Vista Experience Index score 9.9
August 28, 2007, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Windows Vista

Make windows Vista Experience Index  score 9.9
The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks.
Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware component is 2.6, then the base score is 2.6. The base score is not an average of the combined subscores. So higher score is better and my current Windows Experience index 3.0. Let’s make it 9.9, the ultimate. The results of Windows Experience Index are stored in an XML file and with easy modification in this XML file change your Windows Experience Index to 9.9.
Here is the procedure.

1. Navigate to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore.

2. Open the most recent file in that folder.

3. Parse the file looking for the WinSPR entry. These are the items you want to edit. The max value you can use is 9.9.

Make windows Vista Experience Index  score 9.9

4. Save the file and open the Windows Experience Index to see 9.9 score. Friends are u Watching 9.9……

Source: Steve Sinchak

Think twice no thrice before pressing Ctrl + C
August 26, 2007, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Windows, Windows Vista

Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V are the most common keyboard shortcuts used by every computer users in today’s world. While filling forms or logins we find it easy to copy and paste the information like credit card number, password or user name instead of typing these manually where the chances of mistyping are more but these shortcuts can run you into serious trouble. how ?

Every time your copy something is copied to clipboard and site using combination of javascript and ASP (or PHP, CGI) can access your clipboard and get all the copied text from clipboard like passwords, user name or credit number etc. which you have copied and pasted while filling forms or for Web site login and this is enough for anyone to misuse your login id or rip of your hard earn money. Visit this site to know what’s in your clipboard the end of this post you will find my blogger login ID and Password access by the site from the clipboard)

Now how to tackle this problem ?
First we have to see what’s copied to clipboard, run Microsoft Word go to edit and select clipboard and clipboard appears to right side showing the copied data.

Using Windows Vista:
If you re using Windows vista then when you visit above mentioned site a pop up will appear “Do you want to allow this web page to access your clipboard” if you allow access then only this website access your data copied to clipboard otherwise not. So Windows vista takes care of this problem itself.

Think twice no thrice before pressing Ctrl + C

Using Windows XP, 2000:
But if you re using windows other than Windows vista i.e Windows XP, 2000 then you can easily tweak this problem.

  • Open Internet options
  • Select security tab
  • Choose custom level
  • And in security settings, select disable under Allow paste operations via scripts.

Now you can easily do Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V safely. Just joking………..nothing is there i.e. Blogger ID and Password.

Create rounded corners image in Adobe Photoshop- Very easy
August 26, 2007, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

 Prism 7900 rectangular image

Rounded corners images look very good and beautiful give an edge over rectangular images and very easy to create rounded corner image from a rectangular image. The only thin you need is Adobe Photoshop. So lets get started.

Open image in Adobe Photoshop. To create rounded corners select the Rounded Rectangle Tool from Tool palette.

Rounded Rectangle tool

Now go to the radius option and give radius in Pixels more the radius more will be the rounded corners and then select the shape layers option if it is not selected.Create rounded corners image in Adobe - Very ease Now draw the rounded rectangle on the image. You will see rectangle filled by color go to fill slider and make it zero to show beneath image.

Create rounded corners image in Adobe - Very ease

Now in Path palette and right click and choose Make Selection. In Make selection box let the everything default and click OK.

Now you will see that rounded rectangle turned in to a selection.

Create rounded corners image in Adobe- Very ease

Final step go to edit menu choose Copy Merged and press ctrl + N to open a new Adobe Photoshop document and increase the width and height of new document atleast by 3 pixels otherwise full rounded corners will not be visible this is happens because every time you open a document to paste something in it then Adobe Photoshop will open a new document of exact size of copied image, click Ok. Now you will see a neat and clean rounded corner image.

 Prism 7900 rectangular image

How to access mails of Gmail when your Office blocked the Gmail?
August 9, 2007, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Google, Tips and Tricks
Google Mail indeed one of the most common and widely used web mail available on internet worldwide. This web mail has many features to be highlighted.
AUTO FORWARD is also one of the most unique features that Gmail offers to its user’s. This feature allows user to forward the mail received in the Gmail inbox to any other one e-mail address. Although this feature is available with other web mails as well but what distinguishes Google mail with others is that Google mail retains, in the inbox, the mail so forwarded automatically. And also doesn’t populate the sent items box with any mail so forwarded.
Whereas in other web mails, the mail so received is forwarded to new address and nothing is retained in the inbox as if no mail has been received in the inbox.

To activate this feature in Gmail just follow the following easy steps:
1. Click on the “Settings” on upper right side of the inbox page of Gmail.

2. Then select the “Forwarding and POP” tab.

How to access mails of Gmail when your Office blocked the Gmail?
3. In the first half of the page select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to” and write the e-mail address in the space so provided.

4. At last save the changes by clicking “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.

Now, Gmail is all set to forward all your incoming mails to the requested e-mail id of your choice from where you can easily keep a track of all the mails in Gmail and can even reply to those mails.

Google Calender
August 8, 2007, 8:44 am
Filed under: Tips and Tricks

Google Calender

Google has one more diamond in its archive – GOOGLE CALENDER. Just imagine all your important appointments remembered online and that too in a very easy way. Great !! isn’t? We generally use a daily/Month/year planner to plan and save appointments and other related tasks so that we do not miss them. But one major problem is that we ourself need to remember to see the planner for any appointments. Most of us can not afford any personal secretary who would see and remind us for the upcoming appointment or friends/Wife’s birthday, marriage etc.

Google calendar acts as a personal secretary. We only once need to mark and save an appointment in the day planner and rest all is taken care by Google Calendar. This calendar will remind you by sending the message on your pre-saved cell number absolutely free of charge. If you are online and logged in at Google calendar, it will also give a popup of all the appointments saved in it.

The message so sent by the Google is free of cost.
All what one need to do is to have one Gmail Id and a cell number.

Just log into the GOOGLE CALENDAR and save the cell number first. Then add and save the appointments for day/month/year(s) whether recurring or not and start doing your work. The smart Google calender will itself let you know the coming up appointments for you by sending messages to your cell.

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When Windows denies you to eject USB Drive
August 5, 2007, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Windows

Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device

It sometime happens When you click on the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray to remove hardware, you may receive an error message ” can not remove it successfully “or “The device cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later “. The only option left is to shutdown the computer and eject the USB drive and then restart the system again but this process is lengthy. So why windows can’t eject the USB drive on some ocassions and shows an error message. Actually this occur due to open handles with any files in the USB Mass Storage Device are in use by another program which prevent the windows to eject the USB drive. There are two methods to eject the USB from Windows safely.

First Method:

Process Explorer: Process Explorer (Windows Vista compatible) is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more. When you zoom in on a particular process you can list the DLLs it has loaded or the operating system resource handles it has open. A search capability enables you to track down a process that has a resource opened, such as a file, directory or Registry key, or to view the list of processes that have a DLL loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

Process Explorer
1 Download Process Explorer. Size: 1.5 MB

2 Click Find, Find Handle or DLL in the tool menu.

• Type the drive letter of the USB device in the Handle or DLL substring textbox, and press Search Button.
• Find the process and its PID in the following box.
• In system process tree view, find the process according to the Find Handle or DLL dialog box.
• Press Ctrl + H to show Handles in Lower Pane View.
• Find the File according with the drive letter , and right click it, choose Close Handle.

Second Method:

Unlocker: Unlocker (freeware/Windows Vista compatible) is a very useful utility which unlock the file or folder which is being used by the another progam(s). Here is some examples:

Unlock files and folders using Unlocker

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Unlock files and folders using Unlocker
Procedure to eject USB through Unlocker:

1. Simply right click the USB drive icon and select Unlocker.
2. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear.
3. Simply click Unlock All and you are done. Download Unlocker