Saturday, December 24, 2011 8:07:37 PM
This is an update to the blog post I published on February 7, 2011, titled "Extra non working feature in Windows 7".
In that post I said that "in Windows 7, there are some features tha are 'extra' because the feature it depends upon has been removed. For example, Microsoft removed the classic theme but did not remove the option to "display full address in title" which depends on the classic theme. It even has the words 'classic theme only.'"
Apparently, I was wrong. There IS a way to get back "classic" theme (well not "true" classic but it is the Windows 7 version of the "classic theme".) To do that, right click the desktop (the screen with the icons on it) and click "personalize."
In the next Window that come up, scroll down until you see "Windows Classic" and click on it.
That will make Windows switch to the classic theme. To switch back click on the "Windows 7" in the aero theme section.
Note: You may not see the "AMD VISION Engine Control Center" option in the right click menu of the desktop. It only appears on computers with AMD Processors and ATI Graphic Card installed.
Friday, December 23, 2011 6:43:17 PM
If your graphic card supports DirectX 11 but Performance Information and Tools in Windows 7 is displaying DirectX 10 as shown:
You can request this hotfix provided by Microsoft to fix the error:
Note: The first screenshot was taken from the thread titled Windows 7 - DirectX 10 or DirectX 11? on the WindowsSevenForums. The second screenshot is from my PC. I forgot to take a screenshot before the "fix."
Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:16:49 AM
Recently I have faced a problem where the keyboard icon for the language bar keep showing up in the welcome screen despite me having only one keyboard.
To solve this problem, first check whether you have more than one keyboard language added. To check, open the Control Panel (All items view), and click on the Region and Language icon. Then click on the Keyboards and Languages tab, then the Change Keyboards button. Under Default input language, select the language you want to keep as your default keyboard language from the drop down arrow menu. After that, select the remaining languages that you did not select in step 3, then Remove them one by one.
Go to start > log off to test the fix. If you have only one keyboard listed or you are still facing the problem, try this solution provided by Elmer BeFuddled.
In the regional settings, click on "adminstrative" and then "copy settings." Note you must be logged in as adminstrator of the PC.
Then check check the Welcome screen and system acccounts box and the "New user accounts box." Then click "OK." The check boxes will not stay checked after clicking on OK. The check boxes are only to copy the Current user settings to the checked option for this one time. If changes are made to the Current user settings, you can go back and check the boxes again to apply the changes.
Credits go to SevenForums for the solution and the screenshots.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:02:57 AM
To make it easier for readers to find what they need, especially those that need help with computer problems, I am reclassifying my posts.
With this classification comes two new series, "fix it" series and review series.
The fix it series will deal with solutions to tech problems. Posts dealing with tech issues, posts, both new and old, will be tagged "fix it." All Fix it posts will start with "Fix it:" followed by the problem the article fixes. In addition, most old fix It posts and all new fix It post will be headed with the "tools" icon:
Furthermore, all posts dealing with product reviews are now tagged with
Monday, December 12, 2011 12:35:53 PM
This post will attempt to fix the two problems that I encountered (Microsoft Windows not searching content of RTF files and Microsoft Office not saving changes to "normal.dotm" file).
Windows is not searching contents of RTF files
I recently solved a problem where Windows is not indexing rtf files. It turns out Windows was using the Microsoft Office filter rather than the RTF Filter. To solve this problem follow the steps below:
- Open up start menu and type in CMD.
- Right click the command prompt icon and select "run as administrator" as shown:
- Say yes to the UAC prompt. In the box type in the following:
In Windows 7, copy the above items and paste it into the CMD Window (by right clicking anywhere on the black window and selecting paste).
Then hit "enter." Click OK to the pop up message.
- After that check to see if "RTF Text filter" is registered as the default filter to index the rtf files. To do that, open start menu and then type "index." Click on indexing options.
- In the next window that comes up click on "advanced" then click on "file types." In the box next to "add new extension to list" type in "rtf" and click add. You should see that RTF Text filter being registered as shown:
- Next rebuild the index. This can take a long time to complete. To rebuild the index first close the file options window. Then click Advanced, click the Index Settings tab, and then click Rebuild. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. If you have existed all windows, open Indexing and Search Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Indexing Options. Then click on Advanced, click the Index Settings tab, and then click Rebuild. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Microsoft Office not saving changes made to the default template
If you find that you changed your default template (perhaps you want to set "Arial" as the default font set for Microsoft Office), but Microsoft Office is not saving the changes, try the following steps.
To fix this problem, I uninstalled the "PDF Complete special edition" provided by HP. To uninstall the program, go to add and remove programs (called programs and features in Windows Vista and above) by type in "add remove" into the start menu and selecting "add or remove programs". Then scroll down to PDF Complete special edition and right click on it. Then click uninstall. Wait for the uninstallation to complete and test to see if problem still exists.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:26:25 PM
Ever encounter a body of text that when pasted
is broken at the wrong place?
I found a website that fixes this extra breaks by removing all the breaks. http://www.textfixer.com/tools/remove-line-breaks.php
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:47:55 PM
Suppose you find something being typed in all caps like in the following example that you want to use, what would you do?
SOME USEFUL TEXT YOU WANT TO USE BUT IT IS IN THE WRONG CASE
The conventional way is to use the "insert" button and retype the sentence in the proper capitalization i.e. capitalize the beginning of each sentence only. But imagine a whole paragraph in caps lock and the task would be very tedious. Don't you wish you could just change the capistalization? Well you can!
Just copy the text into Microsoft word and click on the Aa button (). Then select "sentence case." That should fix the problem!
This has been another useful tip from Tyw. Until next time, stay safe!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:19:22 PM
This hack does NOT work in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).
Ignore this bit. This is to help people find stuff faster using "ctrl" F. This is just a list of keywords. Size, icon, Internet Explorer 9, bigger, smaller, big, menu.
This "fix it" article will attempt to enlarge the size of the command bar in Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 Unlike Internet Explorer 8, in Internet Explorer 9 and later, there is no easy way to enlarge the icon size.
Is your the icon in your version of Internet Explorer 9 as small as in the below screenshot?
And do you want to make it large again as in the below screenshot?
Well then I have a solution for you, but it ain't pretty.
You would have to manually edit the registry. Open up registry editor by typing in "regedit". Then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\CommandBar. After that right click on SmallIcons and select modify. Change the value from 1 to 0 [don't type in this part ("zero")] to renable large icons. Or else, just download the below file zip and merge the included registry key with your registry. The zip file also contains the registry to make your command bar small again.
The file reads:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
In Internet Explorer 8, to make Command bar icons larger follow the below procedures
- Right-click the Command bar
- Point to Customize
- Click Use Large Icons (after clicking there should be a checkmark in front of it)
To make the icons small, follow this procedure and click Use Large Icons again.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:51:02 AM
Review of Internet Explorer 9
This is my FIRST post using Internet Explorer 9! It certainly is snappier than Internet Explorer 8. Pages load faster. Another feature that I like is HTML5. Now I can do anything that Firefox and Opera users could. Plus HTML5 video is a great thing as it doesn't rely on Flash or any other plugins (which can be found to be quite buggy).
The interface looks cleaner. I also certainly like the tear tab off feature (chrome also do this). However, I'm not so convinced of the pin to desktop as doing that will make some of ad ons (like Norton Safe Web and Norton Identity Safe for passwords/WOT) to not work. Essentially, the tabs oppened by those pin to desktops are in my opinion less safe. Also, please note, activex filtering can block usefull apps like WOT or Norton safe search from loading.
Internet Explorer 9
Another thing is that IE9 notifies you at the bottom of the page rather than at the top. For example, in the bottom screenshot, IE9 is notifying me of a popup.
Fix it: Unmuting Internet Explprer 9 (Enabling the "pop up and clicking sound") and enabling "Quick Tabs" in Internet Explorer 9
Another thing I fogot to ad is that IE9 disables system sound by default. So all those of you familiar with the popup sounds, would have to enable it manually. Go to Gear menu, internet option, advanced and look for "play system sound" under accessibility (see screenshot):
In addition, QuickTabs is disabled by default in IE. To enable that go to gear-->Internet options-->Tab settings.
Check on "Enable Quicktabs." Then restart the browser.
Despite the mainly positive feedbacks, I have one complaint. Internet Explorer deletes favorites without first asking for confirmation. In Internet Explorer 8, if I click delete, it would ask whether I wanted to delete it or not. But in IE9, it just deletes it. Also, unless you delete favorites using the star favorite menu rather than the organize favorites using Ctrl+B, the deleted favorite will not end up in the trash bin.