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Thu
27
Apr
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Start Menu Goodies: Windows XP

When you click your Start button, Windows XP by default, displays two columns. On the left, you see programs, etc. Then you see a faint horizontal bar, followed by a list of recently used programs. On the right, you see locations – Microsoft Office, M ...y Documents and lots of other “stuff.” Now if you’re an advanced Windows user, you might know that you can put any program you want at the top of the left side of the Start menu by navigating to the program, right-clicking on it and choosing Pin to Start Menu. This works no matter how you get to the program. Any way that ..."/news/1134/start-menu-goodies-windows-xp" class="more-link">view more)

Thu
30
Mar
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Create a Custom Sub-Menu in MS Office

Do you copy and paste a lot of information from the web? If you do, then you probably know that it can be a real hassle to always click Edit -> Paste Special (when necessary) when using an MS Office application. So why not just put that Paste ... Special in a sub-menu? To do so: Launch any MS Office Application (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Frontpage, etc). Right-click any menu or toolbar and select Customize. Select the Commands tab on the Customize dialog. Select New Menu from the Categories list. 'New Menu' will appear in the Commands list on the right. Click and Drag it to the target menu, where ... (view more)

Thu
23
Feb
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'Vista Start Menu', and 'Net Manager'

Vista Start Menu Each time you start programs from the Start menu, you use the interface that has not changed for 10 years. No wonder that it becomes more and more difficult to use it due to the increase in the number of programs! Vista Start Menu ... is a completely another approach to the interface. It is much easier to find and run the program you need. Everything is visual and extremely easy to use. Your applications are arranged in a table with icons divided into groups, which makes it easier to work with a lot of programs. And one more really important nuance: when you remove programs or ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jan
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CLCL: a Powerful Clipboard Manager

Working at a computer can be very distracting. I've read that most people only stay focused on a task for an average of six minutes while using a PC. Personally, I get distracted even more than that! And this is especially true whenever I'm cutting ... and pasting things from the web. Often times I copy a graphic into the clipboard, get distracted for awhile, and then overwrite the clipboard with something else. Fortunately, I've managed to find a solution to this dilemma. CLCL is a clipboard manager , or more aptly put: a clipboard extender. It keeps a history of the most recent items copied ... (view more)

Tue
16
Aug
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'Four Great Context Menu Extensions', and 'Xp Clean Menu'

Four Great Context Menu Extensions Context menu shell extensions for Windows Explorer: one to select all, one to go back, one that toggles the hide - display file extensions setting and one that toggles the hide - display hidden files setting. ... http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=52524 Xp Clean Menu According to the author, "The purpose of this menu system is 1 clean adware and spyware (these are not viruses or Trojans), 2 clean out all junk and collected files, 3 clean out windows compressed and archived files, 4 clean out the bad locations and shortcuts (including the ones we just ... (view more)

Fri
17
Jun
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MetaProducts Links Organizer Review

Synopsis: Do you have a bazillion Internet Favorites (bookmarks) stored in your web browser and aren't sure which ones work and which ones don't? Is your Start Menu ultra-cluttered with so many program links, that the list goes off the screen every ... time you click "Start"? If so, then you *need* Links Organizer! Links Organizer was developed to provide quick access to most kinds of links on your system -- from Start Menu and Desktop, to Internet Favorites and Bookmark links. Using Links Organizer, you can inspect, edit and exchange links between categories. It also includes a links ... (view more)

Tue
08
Feb
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Organize cluttered Start Menu?, Part 2

Last week , Infopackets Reader Diane M. asked how to organize items in her cluttered Start Menu. In my response, I suggested that Diane right-click over top of the "Program Files" and use the Windows Explorer to "Explore All Users" of the Start Menu ... to sort her icons. Shortly after emailing my response, Diane wrote in again: " Dennis: thanks for your response. I went to Start -> Program Files, right-clicked, and chose to Explore ... but I did not see the 'Explore All Users' option. I am using Windows XP; would that make any difference? All I want to do is take one ... (view more)

Tue
08
Feb
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Sort Start Menu alphabetically -- and apply to all users?

Infopackets Reader Fred G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I love your newsletter. I just finished reading the last issue of the Gazette (regarding how to sort the Start Menu) and have a related question. I know there is a way to alphabetize your all ... programs menu -- but is there a way to apply this setting for all users that log into the computer? If so, can you please list the instructions again in the newsletter? Thanks again and keep up the great job! " My response: As far as I understand, the Start Menu appearance (with respect to how it is sorted) is different for each user account ... (view more)

Tue
10
Aug
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Windows XP Search function Missing?

Infopackets Reader Dilsia M. writes: " Dear Dennis, Something happened to my Search companion in Windows XP that allows me to search for files and folders in My Computer. When I try to use the Search function, Windows tells me that a file necessary ... to run the search function cannot be found and that I have to run setup to fix it. Rover the doggie doesn't appear, either. Do you know how I can resolve this issue? " My response: I get asked this question from time to time, so it's worth answering once more. RE: When I try to use the Search function, Windows tells me that a file ... (view more)

Wed
23
Jun
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PowerUp XP Platinum

Infopackets Reader Bill C. writes: " Dear Dennis, After reading your review, I downloaded and installed WinOptimizer Platinum Suite . So far, it freed up almost 1.5 gig of space on my system. I was impressed. I also happened to come across another ... program called PowerUp XP Platinum, and was wondering if you would consider writing a review? It looks equally as good. Thanks in advance! PS: I have been enjoying your newsletters for quite some time. They're always informative and to the point. Please keep up the good work! " My response: Thanks for the kind words. I did a bit of ... (view more)

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