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Wed
17
Feb
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Turning Off Auto-Start in PowerPoint

A reader recently wrote with a PowerPoint inquiry: " I often receive lovely PowerPoint files and when I open the file it automatically starts as a slide show. But I would like to view each slide on the "Presentation" panel (on the left) in order to ... save a few individual slides. How do I turn off the feature that makes my presentations auto start in a slide show? " My Reply: The reason your PowerPoint files open automatically is because they were saved as a .pps file (PowerPoint Show), rather than a .ppt file, (PowerPoint Presentation). The .ppt file extension is the default file extension for ... (view more)

Fri
15
Jan
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Airport Full Body Image Scans can be Transmitted, Stored

Contrary to U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assurances, full body scanners used in U.S. airports can store and transmit digital strip search images of people. The TSA has asserted that these scanners have zero storage capability ... and that any scanned full body images won't be printed, stored or transmitted and will be deleted immediately once viewed. However, those assertions appear to be false. (Source: theregister.co.uk ) Full Body Scanners Have Storage, Transmission Capabilities A redacted 70-page document (PDF) obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) ... (view more)

Tue
08
Dec
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Migrating to Win7: How to Mount Your XP Drive Image

I've decided to put together step-by-step instructions on how to use Acronis True Image 2010 to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1. We currently have a sale on Acronis True Image on our website at 25% off . The ... proceeds will go directly to support our site. 2. Most folks will have time during the holidays to perform the Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade . It will take a few days to do because it will require you to do a fresh install of Windows. But before that you need to backup what you have and then be able to access the data later after Windows 7 is ... (view more)

Thu
23
Apr
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Can't login to Windows XP? How to Reset Your Password

Infopackets Reader R. Thomas writes: " Dear Dennis, I forgot my user password (with administrator access rights). I tried booting into safe mode, hoping that it would login me in as the 'Admin' user, but I forgot the admin user password, too! How ... can I get past this? " My response: There are a number of ways to get past this. In fact, you can use a hidden Administrator account in Windows XP to reset your main user password. In this article, I'll explain how you can login as the administrator in Windows XP using Safe Mode. If that doesn't work, I've linked to another article ... (view more)

Mon
12
Jan
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'Open Firefox In Private Browsing Mode', and 'MoveMe'

Open Firefox In Private Browsing Mode Being in Private Mode while surfing the Internet is a must nowadays, especially if you surf from a public computer. However, in some situations it's even important to erase your tracks using a home computer. ... This guide will direct you through steps leading to a safe, secure, and above all: a private PC. http://www.webtlk.com MoveMe MoveMe allows you to resize, move and center any dialog, window, or form on-screen with easy key shortcuts. It even allows you to hide/show the taskbar with a simple key combination. http://www.damnsoft.org Today's fresh ... (view more)

Thu
14
Aug
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'Xnview', and 'User Mode Process Dumper'

Xnview XnView allows you to preview and do all sorts of fancy manipulation and conversion of images from the context menu. XnView supports more than 400 graphics formats, and -- perhaps best of all -- is completely free to use. ... http://www.freewaregenius.com User Mode Process Dumper The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes -- making it a handy tool any serious user will want to try. http://www.microsoft.com Today's fresh software picks were provided courtesy of Bob Helmer at ... (view more)

Tue
17
Apr
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Apple Plans Touch-Sensitive Mouse

No one can deny that when it comes to design, Apple is the reigning champion. But although the company has mastered almost everything from MP3 players to GUI (graphical user interface) screens, it never produced a truly amazing mouse. But this may ... soon change -- Apple has filed a patent application for an innovative new touch-sensitive mouse. (Source: theinquirer.net ) In early December of 2006, iPhone interface designer Brian Huppi filed the patent application for the next-generation Apple mouse. The mouse is capable of switching between operational modes depending on how the device is held ... (view more)

Wed
06
Sep
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Extend Selection Mode: MS Word

Many times I hear from people complaining that when they are trying to select a large block of text using Word, the text scrolls too quickly to accurately highlight the text. When you try to select a block of text that spans multiple pages in a ... large document, the pages start to fly by at a speed that makes your head spin! Stopping where you want to end your highlighting is next to impossible. If you go past and then try to go back, the pages scroll just as fast in the opposite direction. What to do? That's where Extend Selection Mode comes into play! There are a couple of ways to invoke ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jun
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Forgot User Password (WinXP)?

Infopackets Reader Ali H. writes: " Dear Infopackets Team, I've somehow managed to lock myself out of my Windows XP machine as my passwords no longer work (for both my user account and the administrator user). Is there any way I can login to Windows ... without having to reinstall or format my laptop? All my important documents are in my laptop. Please help! " Doug's Response: Actually, this isn't hard to get cleared up. First, you should try booting into Safe Mode. Doing so will let you into the system without having to enter a password. To do so: Turn on the machine. Press F8 repeatedly on the ... (view more)

Tue
30
May
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Remove SpySheriff (Removal Instructions): Simplified

SpySheriff is a mock antispyware application that uses fake security alerts to dupe users into purchasing the program. SpySheriff is typically installed through a security hole in MS Windows that automatically downloads a Trojan to your PC. The ... Trojan then issues bogus security alerts in the Windows taskbar. When you click on a fake security warning, SpySheriff is downloaded and installed to the system. SpySheriff also locks the Windows desktop to a black background with a warning message stating that "your computer is at risk." How to Remove SpySheriff (Removal Instructions) Below ... (view more)

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