Monday, 10 October 2011

Emails go missing on iPad

Q Why are my emails appearing in my ibox but then disappearing before I get chance to read them but appear on my Windows PC in Microsoft Outlook

The answer to you this question is. When you access your POP3 account it pulls all the mail by default from your server inbox. So only the pop3 account has all of your received messages. To prevent this from happening go to Microsoft Outlook.
1. click tools
2. click options
3. click mail setup tab
4. click email accounts
5. click change on your email account
6. click more settings(bottom right)
7. click the advanced tab
8. under delivery CHECK the box that says (Leave a copy of messages on the Server)
9. click OK
Now when you use the pop3 account it should retain them in your iPad.

Monday, 19 September 2011

How to reset or renew your IP Address in Windows 7

How to reset your IP address in Windows 7
You can usually renew or reset your IP address (Internet Protocol Address) by just switching off your router/modem waiting for 30 seconds and switching on again. This normally aquires a correct address again
Only if you are still getting error messages and using Windows OS try this.

1.First click on Start then in the box "search programs and files" type Run.
This should bring up Run at the top click that to get the Run dialogue box.
Now type command press the OK button to get a black box (This is a DOS command box).
2.To determine what your IP address and default gateware are we need to run ipconfig.exe. After the line C:\USERS\YOURNAME> place the mouse and if necessary right click to get a flashing cursor then Type ipconfig.exe or just ipconfig and then press enter. The Default Gateway address and the IP Address will be displayed. Regardless of whether there are addresses listed here, continue with the next two steps.

3.You will need to release your current IP address and gateway in order to get a new one. If this turns out not to be the problem with your computer, this proceedure will not hurt anything by attempting it. Release your current IP by going to the bottom of the list and after C:\USERS\YOURNAME> again place the mouse to get a flashing prompt and then type in the following ipconfig /release and then press enter.(that is ipconfig, a space, a forward slash and release) This will release any assigned IP addresses and gateways from your computer.
4.Next you need to type in ipconfig /renew to get a new IP address or default gateway. On the screen your should see your new Default Gateway and IP Address. If you are using a router or your IP has not changed on your modem then the addresses may not have changed.
5.Type exit to leave the command prompt and get to Windows.

These changes should take effect immediately

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A good clipboard manager

I used to use Smartboard XP to retain text clips and assign them to a hotkey.
Running under Windows 7 I kept getting Invalid Index error messages and all the data was blank.
Removal and Re-Installation did not cure it or System Restore the only way was to use an Acronis Truimage recovery which seemed like overkill for a small utility.
My quest to find a replacement from the many freeware or shareware clipboard applications was difficult until I found a freeware application called CLCL

CLCL is clipboard caching utility.

All clipboard formats are supported.
Template can be registered.
Pop-up menu is displayed by "Alt+C."
Menu can be customized.
Item is paste automatically.
Picture is displayed on a menu.
Tool tip is displayed on a menu.
The format to leave and the format to save can be set up.
The ignored window can be set up.
The paste key for every window can be set up.
Function is extensible with plug-in.
Set up your own Hotkeys
and it is Freeware !

Sunday, 28 August 2011

How to Run a Program when Windows 7 Starts

Run a program automatically when Windows starts

If you always open the same programs after starting your computer, such as a web browser or e‑mail program, you might find it convenient to have them start automatically when you start Windows. Programs or shortcuts placed in the Startup folder will run whenever Windows starts.

1.Click the Start button , click All Programs, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Open.
2.Open the location that contains the item to which you want to create a shortcut.

3.Right-click the item, and then click Create Shortcut. The new shortcut appears in the same location as the original item.

4.Drag the shortcut into the Startup folder.

The next time you start Windows, the program will run automatically.

You can also make an individual file, such as a word-processing document, open automatically by dragging a shortcut of the file into the Startup folder.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Windows XP remove File Indexing Service.

On older computers this noticeably slows things down.
As it only speeds up searches it is not necessary.

IN XP Right Click on My Computer, right click on Drive C.
Right Click on properties
Ensure the tick is removed from "Allow Indexing Service to Index this disk for fast file searching.
The problem with this is that on a reboot it may default bak to having a tick in the box. If so try this.

To disable the indexing service:

1.In the "Start" menu, choose "Run."
2.Type "services.msc" and press Enter.
3.Scroll-down to "Indexing Service" and double-click it.
4.If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing the "Stop" button.
5.To make sure this service doesn't run again, under "Startup Type:", choose "Disabled."


To disable it, go to the Control Panel and click Add/Remove Programs. Click the Add/Remove Window Components. Simply unclick the Indexing services and click next!

Windows 7 Removing Blank Startup Items in MsConfig

Removing Blank Startup Items from MSConfig
1. First, enable the item if it’s already disabled, and then click Apply. This moves back the entry to the "Run" registry key, which you can edit manually.

2. Note down where the blank entry is located in the registry, by expanding and viewing the Location column. (Hint: HKLM represents HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry branch, and HKCU means HKEY_CURRENT_USER)

3. Click Start, Run. Type Regedit.exe and press ENTER.

4. Navigate to the registry branch that you noted in Step 2.

5. Right-click on the value which has blank data, and choose Delete.

Additional Note: If the (Default) or unnamed value has blank data, you’ll have to delete that as well. Right-click on the (Default) and choose Delete. It should now read as (value not set

Monday, 27 June 2011

Microsoft Money Program Still running

Error message in Microsoft Money after closing down
This operation cannot be performed
You then try to open Money and it says
Program still running
It isnt running as Task Manager will show under processes. (Ctrl/SHIFT/ESC )

In my case the mny file was corrupted by closing down and then opening too quickly at the same time it was still backing up to a NAS drive.
The fix procedure to repair the corrupted Money data file. You need to reboot to open Money again.

Step 1: Repair file in Microsoft Money 2004 and later versions that you can access
Open the Money data file that you want to repair.
On the File menu, point to Repair Money File, and then click Quick File Repair.
Money performs the repair on the file.
If you have a Windows Live ID password or another password that is associated with the data file, you will be prompted for it now.
Test to see whether you experience the same symptoms,

Option 2 is Standard File Repair on the same menu but this time rename the money file in the same location.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

bigseek pro taking over

I seem to have my default Google UK homepage being changed over to a different and useless Search Engine.
BigSeek Pro is within the URL.
I clicked on IE then Tools then Manage add Ons and removed it from the search engines leaving only Google and Bing. It still came back

Found out it came with a Video Download Toolbar
Removed this and deleted the toolbar and now have Google UK back.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Nvidea control panel goes back to "other applications control settings"

Using dual monitors but I had to keep adusting the brightness and contrast on monitor 2 (a Samsung 23333.)
I found that it kept defaulting back to "Other applications control colour settings" rather than "Use Nvidea settings."

Try this to start with as a diagnostic:

1 Right click on the Desktop and open the NVIDEA control Panel. Look at "Choose how colour is set". It will probably be on "Other applications control colour settings " if you installed monitor software.
2. Type Colour Management to go into Windows Colour Management. Ensure under Devices that no Profile is loaded as this will over ride the Nvidea settings.
3. In the Advanced tab, in Windows Colour System Defaults, set the Device Profile set System default (sRGB IEC61966-2.1).
4. In the Devices tab, check [ ] Use my settings for this device, then click [ Add... ] and choose sRGB IEC61966-2.1. Set this as the default.
5. Try a reboot to make sure it retains the NVIDIA settings and not the "Other Applications Control Settings".

Mine now retains the setting on start up.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Keyboard Shortcut assignments do not work.

I have only just worked out that all the extra kets on my Digital Media Keyboard by Microsoft do not work because I am using a Belkin KVM switch to change over between two PC's.
If I plug the keyboard in directly it works.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

How to Print an Excel Spreadsheet to show the formulas within the cells

Q Is there any way to have Excel show or print the formulas rather than me having to move the cell pointer to check each formula in the formula bar?

A In Excel 2003 Hold down the CTRL key and press the button above the tab key.
This has 3 symbols on it but I dont know what they are.
It used to be the tilde key but this puts in dates on my version.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Free Font - London Underground or Tube

If you want a Freeware TTF that looks like London Underground download from here
To install unzip it , right click, install
Extract the fonts to a folder on your drive.
Double-click on every font that you want to install
Click on “Install”:

Freeware Font London Underground or Tube

If you want a Font that Looks like the London Underground , The Tube

London Underground Free Font

If you want a Freeware True Type Font that looks like the London Underground or Tube

Install True Type fonts to Windows 7

Installing a Font – Method 1

To install a font, do the following:
1.Download a font

2.Make sure the font is unzipped
3.Right click on the font file and select install

Installing a Font – Method 2

To install a font through the font manager, do the following:
1.Download a font

2.Make sure the font is unzipped

3.Click the Start button, type font, and click on Fonts

4.Drag the font file into the Font manager

5.Your font is now installed

Enjoy your new fonts.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Select Next Variable Hot Key Fix

In Dragon Naturally Speaking you may get an error message relating to next variable hotkey is in use by another application and asking you to go to Tools Options Hotkeys and change it.
This is not possible you need to add a line to the options.ini file for each user you have set up.
Here is the procedure
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is attempting to register a hot key, but a separate application has already registered that same hot key.


The Clear Variable Delimiters hot key is not configurable from the "Hot Keys" tab in the "Tools > Options" dialog. We recommend manually disabling the hot key(s) in the "options.ini" file. Each user profile will have a unique "options.ini" associated to that user.

To disable the "Select Next Variable Hot Key":

Exit from all open applications, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.1.
Using Windows Explorer, browse to:
On Windows Vista: "C:\ProgramData\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking10\Users\[USER]\current"
On Windows XP: "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking10\Users\[USER]\current"
Right-click on the "options.ini" file and select "Open With", then select Notepad as the program to open the file.
Under the "[Options]" heading, enter "Select Next Variable Hot Key=0,0".
For example, the "options.ini" file should now display:
Select Next Variable Hot Key=0,0

Click "File > Save" and then close the "options.ini" file.
Launch Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.1.
Note: Other potential hot keys that can cause conflicts may include:

Select Next Variable Hot Key
Select Previous Variable Hot Key
Transfer Text Hot Key
If the error message being displayed is referencing one of these hot keys, follow the steps above to modify the "options.ini" file, but replace the text in Step 4 with corresponding hot key. For example:

Select Next Variable Hot Key =0,0

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Windows 7 Boot Manager

I recently installed Linux Mint on a seperate partition to my Windows 7 operating system.
After removing Linux Mint I was left with a black startup screen asking what OS I wanted to load (bootloader)
1 Windows 7 (recovered)
2 Linux Mint

If none selected after 30 seconds the Windows 7 started to load.

Solutions to edit the Windows Boot Manager using bcdedit were confusing but a freeware utility called EasyBCD V2.0 was downloaded at

It was easily resoved with this.

EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies' multiple award-winning answer to taking control of your bootloader. EasyBCD extends and revamps the Windows Vista/Windows 7 BCD bootloader, and with EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring a dual-boot between Windows 7, Windows Vista, older versions of Windows such as XP & 2003, Linux, Ubuntu, BSD, and Mac OS X is a breeze. You just point & click and EasyBCD does the rest.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Flight Simulator X Windows 7 Addon Scenery Problem

I took ages to resolve this problem after re-installing FSX under Windows 7.
It used to be so easy to do under XP & Vista.
In FSX click settings....Addon Scemery. Locate the files in Addon Scenery.
When I came to do this the dialogue box when clicking OK asked again for a file location but you couldnt enter it. This put it into a loop where all you can do is cancel.
Someone helpfully on FlightSim.Com has posted a fix.
Just click on anywhere in the empty space in the middle of the dialogue box instead of OK.
The Scenery is then listed and exiting will load the scenery files.
Ensure in the Graphics set up that the scenery default is not on very sparse as it still wont show.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

If you create shortcuts and they disappear the problem is that these shortcuts are regarded as broken and are deleted by the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

The System Maintenance troubleshooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. The System Maintenance troubleshooter either fixes problems automatically or reports problems through Action Center. When there are more than four broken shortcuts on the desktop, the System Maintenance troubleshooter automatically removes all broken shortcuts from the desktop.
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WORKAROUNDTo work around this issue, use one of the following methods. Method 1 Keep the n...To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
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Method 1
Keep the number of broken shortcuts on your desktop to four or less.
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Method 2
If you must have more than four broken shortcuts on your desktop, you can disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

Note If you disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter, all the maintenance tasks that it performs are disabled. Therefore, we recommend that you use Method 1.

To disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter, follow these steps:
Click Control Panel.
Under System and Security, click Find and fix problems.
On the left navigation pane, click Change settings.
Set Computer Maintenance to Off.

If this utility has been updated you can go into Advanced then deselect the Automatically Fix box.
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Examples of broken shortcuts
You may create shortcuts on the desktop that frequently become "broken." For example, a desktop shortcut for a USB device may be regarded as broken if the USB device is not connected when the System Maintenance troubleshooter performs its maintenance.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

How to Disable the CAPS LOCK

Understanding How Windows Key Re-Mapping Works
Windows doesn’t have a default setting to allow for disabling the key, so what we have to do is re-map the key to something non-existent so as to completely disable it. To do this manually, you’d open up regedit.exe and browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

Here’s the format of the binary data in the Scancode Map key, with the important parts in bold and various colors:

00000000 00000000 02000000 00003A00 00000000

Here’s how it works:

•The first 16 zeros are just there to waste space.
•The “02″ in bold represents how many keys you are going to re-map plus 1. (It really represents the length of the data, but whatever)
•The orange bolded “0000″ is the key we actually want Windows to map TO, which in this case is nothing, or 0.
•The blue bolded “3A00″ is the key we are mapping from, in this case the caps lock key.
•The next 8 zeros are there to waste space as the null terminator.
You can map between multiple keys by incrementing the “02″ and then adding another of the colorful bold blocks in the middle. The 3A00 in the mix is the scan code. For example, if you wanted to disable the caps lock key and then change scroll lock into a caps lock key:

00000000 00000000 03000000 00003A00 3A004600 00000000

It might seem complicated, but it’s really fairly simple once you start working with it.

Downloadable Registry Hack to Disable or Remap the Caps Lock Key
Now that you’ve learned how these things work internally, you can download and extract the zipfile which contains the following files:

ChangeCapsToControl.reg Changes Caps Lock to be a Control key
ChangeCapsToShift.reg Changes Caps Lock to be a Shift key
SwitchCapsToScrollLock.reg Disables Caps Lock and swaps Scroll lock to be Caps Lock
KillCapsLock.reg Disables Caps Lock
DisableKeyboardRemap Uninstalls the preference by deleting the key

Once you’ve applied one of these registry files, you’ll have to reboot your computer for it to work. To uninstall, you can use the uninstall registry tweak, or you can simply delete the Scancode Map key entirely.

Download Keyboard Mappings Registry Tweaks

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Windows 7 Libraries Feature How to Disable it

Libraries" icon is always visible in Windows Explorer:
This might drive you mad and duplicate files in applications such as Picasa where you think you have two copies of everything.
You may end up deleting files which just appear again or delete the originals and the library link ending up with nothing.
Anyway I do not like it.
After following this tutorial, "Libraries" feature will be disabled in Windows 7 and its icon will also be removed from Explorer and Start menu.

A word of warning though
If you have a Homegroup on a Windows 7 Network disabling this feature will cause some problems of connecting your PC's and the error messages will not tell you this is due to disabling the libraries.

You just need to run a small Registry script to disable it. Download following ZIP file, extract it and run the "Disable Libraries in Windows 7.REG" file:
Copy this URL into Internet Explorer

After running the .REG file, log off or restart your system and you'll no longer see Libraries icon in Windows Explorer:
If you don't want to disable complete "Libraries" feature but only want to remove its icon from Explorer, then run "Only Remove Libraries Icon from Windows 7 Explorer.reg" file.
PS: There is also a restore script available in case you want to restore Libraries.