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Get, Access and Browser Special Folders in Windows Vista, XP


Windows uses a lot of special folders to store different types of user data in order to customize the user experience of the operating system. For instance, there are special folders for storing application settings and files, other special folders are used for storing Internet files, saving temporary files, storing shortcuts to other files, and so on.

If you want to see the data stored in different Windows special folders, you have to know the exact path to that special folder. If you do not know the exact path, then it is very difficult for an average Windows user to get to that special folder.

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Crack, Recover or Remove Lost or Forgotten Password in Excel


Passwords are your key to security. We have often advised against the use of weak passwords and not to repeat them at different websites and applications. But using strong passwords has its own inconveniences and hassles.

There are many instances when you may need to crack or recover a lost or forgotten passwords. For instance, an employee might have just left your company and that important client spreadsheet created by him last Friday had a password only known to him. Or you yourself had a locked an important Excel file with a strong password and you are not remembering it just because it is already six months back. Orone of your family members has put a not-so-easy password on your important file.

Or may be, you just want to break the Excel password of a colleague’s file.

We just found a nice tool to crack or recover passwords from Microsoft Excel Files with ease.Petri IT Knowledgebase Team has come out with an Excel Password recovery, which does the job of cracking Excel Passwords in a few clicks.

They have a useful step-by-step guide to help you out for recovering excel passwords. This guide outlines how to use a simple Excel password recovery application to crack lost or forgotten passwords, allowing you to unlock password-encrypted Microsoft Excel documents quickly as possible.

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How to Enable Windows Task Manager after a Malware Attack


With the rapid proliferation of Internet, more and more Malware attacks are being faced by us. Some of them can be detected, stopped and removed by inspecting the processes running in your system through Windows Task Manager (Use Ctrl+Alt+Del) and then click on Task Manager Processes.

Now comes the interesting part. If you know this fact, then the creators of the Malware also know this fact. And hence they try all ways and means to disguise themselves and make it difficult for you to discover them. One of the tricks used by them is to disable your Windows Task Manager so that you are not in a position to check for the malicious processes being run by the malware.

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So what do you do then ?

If this happens to you, then you can easily Enable Task Manager by following these simple Registry Tweaks.

Follow these steps.

    • Click Start > Click Run
    • Type REGEDIT > OK to open the Registry Editor utility.
    • Browse to the following key:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system
    • Righ pane will show the value: DisableTaskMgr. Right click on it and select Delete.
    • Repeat the above steps for the following key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
    • Close the Registry by choosing File | Exit
    • Now you should be able to use Task MAnager. If it is still not opening, try to reboot your system in Safe Mode and repeat the above mentioned steps.

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Search MS Office 2007 Commands easily with "Search Command" Addon


The ribbon structure of commands in MS Office 2007 is liked by most for it provides you easy accessibility of most of the MS Office commands. But still there are lots of commands and features in MS Office products, which are not easy to search. I always had wished that there could have been a search feature, which would have searched the appropriate command for my requirement.

Now, at last, there is a MS Office addon, which does the job perfect for me.

Welcome to Search Command Addon, from officelabs.com. It is just a 2.4 MB download, which is free. You can download it and install it on your system. This will add a Search Command menu item on the menu bar of your MS Word, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint. If you click it, a new ribbon is opened, which has a search box on the left side.

2You can type any of your query here. For instance, I was looking for the command on how to watermark an MS Word page. So, I typed a query "Watermark", and it was instantaneous to give me most of the buttons related to Watermark command on the ribbon.

This also has the capability to suggest you the appropriate command, if you are not knowing the exact name of the command / functionality you want to use.

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How to Clean Recent Document List in MS Word 2007


Recent Document List is a useful feature in MS Office products as it allows you to access your recently opened files quickly.

But this useful feature sometimes becomes a security concern if you are working on a system which is accessible to others, while your are away from it. For instance, if you are working on an office computer, then, somebody else may spy upon you and see the files, which you have recently worked upon.

The best option is to clean the recently opened document list.

How to do that ?

A few simple steps.

  • Open MS Word 2007 > Click the round Office Button on the top of the menu.
  • Click on the ‘Word Options’ button at the bottom of the pop up box.
  • ‘Word Option’ window will open. Click on the ‘Advanced’ Tab.
  • Scroll down to find the ‘Display’ group. Look for the ‘Show this number of recent documents’ to ‘0’ or any other desired value.
  • Save the settings.
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    Make Windows Run Faster – Speed up Internet Explorer


    Windows Internet Explorer is still the most popular Internet Browser despite the availability of much better and secured browsers like Firefox and Opera.

    With the rapid increase in the bandwidths and rapid proliferation of Internet, most of the time Windows users spend a large part of their PC time on Internet. Hence small tips to increase the speed of your Internet Browsing, will actually make your windows run faster.

    There are lots of tips available on this blog on how to make Windows faster and how to make your firefox run faster. Just Search. With this tip we are telling you how to make Internet Explorer run faster.

    make your windows run fasterRelated:Make your Windows XP Computer run faster, How to Speed Up Windows XP

    How to speed up IE to run your windows faster

    It is an old trick, but still useful. This is a simple Registry edit, which hardly takes you two minutes to configure. Follow these simple steps.

    • Go to Start > Run.
    • Type regedit and hit Enter.
    • Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Internet Settings
    • Increase the values (DECIMAL) from default to a higher value e.g. 10

    That’s it. Simple.

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    Auto Login for Windows XP and Windows Vista


    This blog had earlier carried a post about how to Auto logon for Windows XP.

    With many people now switching over to Windows Vista from XP, I thought it appropriate to write a tip on how to Auto logon in Windows Vista. This is also a simple trick.

    Click on Start Menu > Run.

    Type netplwiz in the Dialog Box and hit Enter. Following Window will open.

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    Uncheck “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” check box.

    Click Apply.

    You will be prompted to enter the Username and Password of the account to which you want to activate Auto Logon in Windows Vista. [If no password, then simple press Enter].

    Click OK.

    Simple steps, but very useful. These small tips here and there save you lots of time and hassles and make your digital life more productive.

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