Enable Chrome Extensions Support on Mac OS X

Google today announced the beta version of  for Mac and Linux along with the launch of Google Chrome Extensions gallery. However, unlike Linux and Windows version of Chrome, the Mac version does not have support for Chrome extensions yet.

Thankfully TechCrunch discovered a hack which will allow users to install Chrome extensions on the Mac Version of Chrome.

For complete instructions, visit this page and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmark bar. Whenever you visit an extension page, click on the bookmarklet to enable the Install extensionbutton.

Note: You need to use the development version of Chromium on Mac for this to work.

How to Add WinHlp32 Support to Windows 7 and Vista

windows7looogoo The other day while I was playing around with an older program, I clicked on the built-in help feature and I received this message from Microsoft:

The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn’t included in this version of Windows …

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I went to the recommended site at Microsoft, and there they explained the following:

Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Isn’t that just sweet? Arghhhh!

Fortunately, they still offer you the chance to download and install the old help file viewer, which is named WinHlp32.exe.

Even if you haven’t gotten this helpfulmessage yet, you probably will at some time in the future. You can save yourself some time later and install the old help viewer now.

Here is the download for Vista, and here is the download for Windows 7. You’ll have to jump through Microsoft’s Genuine Validation hoop before you can get to the real download. Other than that, it acts like any other Windows Update.

If you need more help installing the old help, let me know with a comment below or email me.

How To Edit Images in WordPress 2.9

2.9 includes a really good basic image editor which can come in very handy. The image editor allows you to crop images, flip images and rotate them with ease.

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To edit images in WordPress, click on the Edit Imagebutton when the image is uploaded. Once you do that a new Image editor will be displayed.

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To select an area to crop, just click your mouse on the image and drag it as required, click on the scissor image to crop. You can also rotate and flip the image using the available buttons. Another interesting and useful function is the ability to undo or redo your changes.

The image editor allows you to apply the change to all the image sizes or just the image thumbnail.

How To Restore Deleted Posts in WordPress 2.9

Quite recently we told you about a new Trash feature that will be introduced in 2.9 and how you can disable or limit the trash functionalities.

A good thing about the Trash feature is that it will allow you to restore deleted posts and add them back to your site. In this post we will see how you can restore deleted posts in WordPress.

Browsing Trash Posts

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To browse trashed posts or page in WordPress you will have to click on the trash link at the top of the page in Edit Posts or Pages.

Restoring Deleted Posts From Trash

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To restore deleted posts from the trash, just browse under the post title and click on the restore link to restore the post.

The trash function in WordPress 2.9 is really useful and can come in pretty handy. What do you think about it?

Fix for XML-RPC Services are Disabled on this Blog

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Recently a reader started using Windows Live Writer after she read our of for Windows Live Writer. However, she got stuck with an error which said XML-RPC services are disabled by default.

Jasmine, the above error is because the Remote publishing is disabled by default in , we have written a post on how to enable remote publishing on WordPress platform to help you out. Have fun blogging.

Have a question? Ask it in our Forums or feel free to contact us about it.

How To Limit or Disable Trash Feature in WordPress 2.9

2.9 introduces a new feature which allows you to Trash a post instead of actually deleting it. If you use WordPress 2.9, you will see that the delete link has been replaced by Trash.

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Change Trash Retain Limit

By Default WordPress 2.9 is set to retain the Trash posts for 30 days, unless you manually delete it. To curtail the number of days trash post is stored for, add this line to your wp-config.php file.

   1: define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 7);

Doing this will limit the trash to only 7 days, change the number to limit to any other number of days you want.

Disabling Trash Feature Completely

If you do not want the trash feature, you can always disable it. However, you will need to add a line to your wp-config.php file.

   1: define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 0);

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Doing this will ensure that no posts are store in the trash. In addition to that, the Trash link will display Delete Permanentlyinstead.

How to Enable Remote Publishing in WordPress Blogs?

provides users with an option to remotely publish posts using external tools or devices like Windows Live Writer. However, for security XML RPC was automatically disabled in newer versions of WordPress.

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If you see an error like XML-RPC services are disabled on this blogor Blog Server Error – Server Error 405 Occurred. It means that XML RPC is disabled on your blog.

To enable Remote publishing or XML RPC publishing on your blog, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard.

Step 2: Expand Settings and Click on Writing.

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Step 3: Scroll down till you see Remote publishing and select the checkbox next to Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols. You might also want to enable the Atom Publishing Protocol

Step 4: Click on Save Changes and try again, you should now be able to publish posts remotely to your WordPress blog.

Disable Google’s Fade-in Animation on Google Homepage

Google recently changed their homepage to a barebone search box. You will see links and other options whenever you fade into the page. However, not many users like this, and would prefer to see the old homepage.

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If you are one of them, here is a script called Disable Google Fade-incan come in handy. Once you install the script, the fade-in effect will be completely disabled.

This Greasemonkey script should work out of the box on with Greasemonkey add-on installed. Most new versions of will allow you to install Greasemonkey scripts as , however, if you are using a older version, read our earlier tutorial on installing Greasmonkey user scripts in Chrome. , and Safari users, please refer to our earlier tutorial on running User scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

Disable Google Fade-in Script [via Google OS]

How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

Google recently announced that it’s offering a new public DNS server. It caught me by surprise. However, I’m not new to using public DNS services, and I gave Google’s new service a try. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows XP, I’ll show you how to set it up.

First, let’s get a couple of questions out of the way.

What is a DNS server?

DNS stuff can get pretty complicated, and I don’t want to go into details, so I’ll just give you a general idea. A DNS server is like a phone book. If you want to call someone using your phone, you may need to look up their phone number. Every website on the net has a 12 digit number (IP Address) that your PC needs to know in order to contact it. When you type a website name into a browser, your PC queries it’s assigned DNS server (the phone book), the DNS server reports the IP address (the phone number) back to your PC, and the PC initiates a connection with the site you requested. This all happens automatically and you really don’t need to know about DNS to use it. Most people are using a private DNS server that’s assigned by their Internet Service Provider, however, there are many open (public) DNS servers out there that anyone can use. Google’s new DNS server is only one among thousands.

Why would you want to use Google’s Public DNS?

I’m not sure that I completely agree with the reasons given at the Google Public DNS home page, but they state that their DNS service is faster, more secure and fairly private. Personally, I prefer OpenDNS, but that’s a topic for another time.

And now – on to the How toportion.

Set up Google Public DNS on Windows XP

How To Minimize Ribbon Menu in Office 2010 and Office 2007

Office 2007 introduced ribbons, a new feature which gave users easy access to several tasks and segregated them to provide one click access to otherwise hidden features. too sports the same ribbons.

However not many people liked the new ribbon feature and wanted to get rid of them. We did cover some tools to do it, which included the classic menu for Office 2007 and 2010. However, a hidden trick in both these versions can help you to minimize or hide the ribbon menu.

Hiding or Minimizing Ribbon Menu in Office 2007

To hide or minimize the ribbon menu in Office 2007, just double click on the active tab or use the   Ctrl + F1. In addition to that you can also right click the ribbon menu to hide it.

Hiding or Minimizing Ribbons in Office 2010

Office 2010 on the other hand provides users with a straightforward way to hide the ribbon menu. In Office 2010 applications, click on the up arrow button to hide the ribbon menu.

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To display the menu again click on the down arrow button. You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl + F1or the other options which existed in Office 2007 to hide or display the ribbon menu.

[via Office 2010 Blog]