Hide/Show Extension Toolstrip in Google Chrome

Some add a menu or icon to the extension toolstrip, at the bottom of the screen. On some PCs and netbooks, this may turn out to be space consuming.

Google Chrome Extension Toolstrip

You can hide or show the extension toolstrip using a simple   in . To hide or show the toolstrip use the key combination, Ctrl + Alt + B.

Hide Chrome Toolstrip using Ctrl + Alt + B

Using the above key combination will either display or hide the extension toolstrip, depending on whether it is visible or not.

Hopefully this should help you reclaim some extra screen real-estate on netbooks and laptops with smaller displays.

How to Fix an Old Photo in Photoshop in 3 Easy Steps

Retouching pictures is an art in itself and image fixing can have many facets. You may have to restore an old picture, alter the lighting and color temperature, or do something very simple like removing the date or time signature automatically added by your camera to ruin your otherwise beautiful composition. (Usually, you can avoid this by switching the option off, but it helps to know how to remove it in case you, like I have on many occasions, forget to do so).

In today’s post, I will reveal a secret much guarded by photography studios and discuss how to do something that many people unknowingly consider rather complicated.

Let us start by assuming that you have an old picture. (Imagine a really old picture… like that of your grandparents’ when they were young and you will know what I’m talking about.) It is likely that even if you have it on disk, it’s a scanned version of an original which could do with some work. But then, you have your heart set of getting it framed, after all, it is such an adorable picture that brings back great memories for your mom and for that it needs to be fixed first. Here is how you can do it yourself:

The original sample I’ll be using to demonstrate is this it is an old photo of my own grandparents:

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Step 1: Open the picture in Adobe Photoshop and double click on Backgroundin the Layers tab to unlock it and make Layer 0 (circled).

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Step2: Select the Clone Stamp tool from the tool box and choose a suitable brush from the Brushes tab (circled). A brush size of 15 px seems suitable for my purpose, so I will go with that. Feel free to change according to your picture requirements though!

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Step 3: What I will be attempting to do is to clonecertain undamaged portions of the photograph (which are similar to the damaged portions) and stampthese onto the damaged parts (the torn areas in this picture). To do this you need to press and hold the Altbutton on your keyboard and then click on the area you want to clone from. You will find that the cursor changes its shape to a target sign (circled) when you press and hold Altand becomes normal again once you select your area. Now click the way you would for an ordinary brush over the damaged areas similar to the cloned portion to fix them.

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As you can see here, I’ve removed most of the damaged areas in the top left portion of the picture:

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Here is what the final restored image looks like:

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Perfectly easy, right? Once you’re happy with the results just save the picture with a .jpg extension and you’re good to go!

Another application of this technique is when you want to remove time or date signatures from pictures taken using a digital camera.

The key here is to (a) Get the brush size right and (b) To click over the right areas, with these becoming instinctive once you get the hang of things! So go ahead with confidence and have fun breathing new life into all your old pictures!

How to Use Check Boxes to Select Items in Windows Vista and Windows 7

When Windows Vista arrived, Microsoft made a few changes to Windows Explorer and added some new features. If you’re still using Windows XP, I can recommend QTtabbar or ViSplore to get some of these new features. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, keep on reading.

One of the most useful features that I’ve found for the new Explorer is the ability to select files using a check box.

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You may not immediately find the Folder and View options that you were used to seeing in previous versions of Windows Explorer. I’ll show you how to find them once again and enable the check box feature.

First, start Windows Explorer by double clicking Computeron your desktop or typing Windows Explorerin the Start Menu search box and launching it.

Once Explorer opens, click on the Organizemenu and choose Folder and search options.

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When the Folder Options dialog opens, select the Viewtab and place a check-mark in front of Use check boxes to select items.

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Click the OKbutton to finish up and you will now have this feature enabled.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments about this or any other Windows 7 feature.

How to Disable User Account Control in Windows 7

Why do you want to turn off a feature that Microsoft believes will keep you safer? Are you insane, are you ignorant, do you hate Microsoft, or are you simply aggravated by constant pop-ups?

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Whenever an action is performed that Windows feels can put the system at risk, the User Account Control feature (UAC) will respond with a nice little pop-up window that the user must respond to. This occurs even if the user is logged into an administrator account.

The account controls in Windows XP were already good if they were used properly. By properly, I mean that you should never use your PC while logged into an administrator account unless you are truly performing administrative tasks. I feel that there is no need for the new UAC in Vista and Win7 since standard user accounts are already restricted from making system changes.

Just remember, an administrative account isn’t there for you to surf the net, chat with your friends and answer email. Log into a standard user account to do that. If you haven’t created a standard account for yourself, do it soon. Now that I’m done preaching, I’ll tell you how to easily disable UAC in Windows 7.

To disable UAC in an account:

• Click your Start button
• Type “UAC” (without quotes) into the search box
• Click on “Change User Account Control settings”

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• Slide the bar all the way to the bottom and click “OK”

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That’s it. Now you’ll stop getting those UAC pop-ups.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments on User Account Controls.

How to Create a New User Account in Windows 7

When you first install Windows, you’ll be prompted to set up new users. Later, if you want to add more users, or remove existing users, you can do so easily by following these instructions.

• Log in to an Administrator account
• Click on the Start button and choose “Control Panel”
• Click on “Add or remove user accounts”

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• Click on “Create a new account”

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• Fill out the account name, select the user type and then click “Create Account”

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That’s it folks. Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments on User Accounts.

Display Images/Thumbnails With Related Posts in WordPress

I am a big fan of Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) which is the best WordPress related posts plugin available today. However, quite recently I started using a widget from Linkwithin. The plus point of Linkwithin widget was that it displayed images along with the related posts.

Linkwithin did a pretty good job with the widget. However, I was not entirely satisfied with it as the related posts were no where near as good as what YARPP showed.

To my joy, I did find a nice tutorial that allows you to create a custom YARPP template that will make it look quite similar to a Linkwithin widget.

Related Posts with Thumbnails/Images on Website

We also have it in action on this very blog and our also in our RSS feed. At the end of the post you will see a custom YARPP template in action, which displays images along with the related posts.

Related Posts with Thumbnails/Images in RSS Feeds

If you want to build a similar related posts section visit this tutorial from Build Internet to create related posts with thumbnails. You can choose to style your related posts in any way by customizing the CSS code.

If you are not keen to make code changes, you can make use of other plugins that perform the same job.

  1. Related posts with thumbnails
  2. Rich Related Posts

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Loading CSS Based on Screen Resolution Using Javascript

While working on the redesign of Techie buzz, I had several things in mind that I wanted to include in the design. One of the things was to make the design widescreen friendly by making use of a larger content area.

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Throughout the design process, I asked several team members to test the design on different browsers. However, all the testers had one thing in common, they were all using widescreen monitors.

Once I rolled out the new design, one of my friends and fellow bloggers Deepak Jain sent me a message saying that the design was broken on his PC. On further investigation, I found that he was using a monitor with a max resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The new design did not particularly work well on those resolutions.

Now I personally did not want to change the width to just fit properly in 1024×768 resolutions. To overcome that I came up with a much better solution.

  1. I separated all the hardcoded width for the layers, and copied it to a separate file.
  2. I then created a copy of the new file, and modified it to work in 1024×728 pixel screen resolution.
  3. I then wrote a conditional Javascript to include the CSS based on the screen resolution of the user.

Doing this made the them work properly on both 1024×76 pixel and higher screen resolutions.

Here is the code that can be used to include CSS based on different resolutions.

<script type="text/JavaScript">
    var screenwidth = screen.width;
    if (screenwidth <= 1024) {
      document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://cache.techie-buzz.com/ntc/regular.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />');
    }
    else {
      document.write('<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://cache.techie-buzz.com/ntc/widescreen.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />');
    }
</script>

Have fun with your next design. If you want more such useful and interesting tips, don't forget to visit the section.

How to Create a Sendto FTP in Your File Right Click Menu

This article is mainly for those of you who have a website or post files to web servers using FTP (file transfer protocol). Most of you may already be using an FTP client such as FileZilla to upload all of your files. This works great but sometimes you may want to upload only one or two files. It takes time to launch the FTP client and make sure it’s pointing to the proper location before you upload. I’ll show you a quick way to upload files by simply right clicking on them and using the built-in Windows Sendto menu. This will take a few minutes to set up, but one nice thing about this procedure is that it doesn’t require you to download and install any new software.

Also Read: 5 Free tools to upload content to your website.

These instructions are basically the same for Windows XP, Vista and 7 once you get to the Add Network Wizard. Perform the appropriate actions listed below based on your operating system.

While you are viewing your Desktop …

Windows XP: Double click “My Computer”.
Windows Vista/7: Double click “Computer”.

Windows XP: Open “My Network Places” and click on “Add a network place”

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Windows Vista/7: Right click on any empty area and select “add a network location” and click “Next” when the Add Network wizard pops up.

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Select “Choose another network location” and click “Next”.

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Enter the FTP address for the FTP server.

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Enter the user name and un-check the “Log on anonymously” box

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Finish creating the network location. It will try to connect to your FTP server. Once it does, it’ll ask you to enter your password. You can tell it to remember your password at this point if you want to.

When you have your new Network Place (FTP server) open, navigate to the folder where you most commonly upload files.  Right click on the folder and select “copy”

Windows XP: Open up the Start > Run menu and type in “sendto”. The Sendto folder should open. Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.

Windows Vista/7: Finding the Sendto folder is a pain in the rear. Typically it’s located at …
C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo.

Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.

Now when you need to quickly send a file or files using FTP, you can right click on the files, choose “Sendto” and then pick the shortcut you just created.

Be sure to comment below if you have you’re own ideas on how to easily upload via   FTP.

How To Open .001, .002, .003 Files?

Sharing huge files over the internet is quite a pain if you have limited bandwidth connection. Many users split large files into smaller parts and then share them on the Internet.

These large files can then be easily downloaded in parts and later rejoined to create the actual file.

Usually in many cases there might be several pieces of files called as filename.001, filename.002, filename.003 and so on. There may be any number of files but the extension will always be incremental so the next file in the above series may be .004 and so on.

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In order to join the files you will require to download HJ-Split. HJ-Split is a . Once you have downloaded it you can double click on the executable to launch it.

To join the .001 and other files in the series, select Join from the HJ-Split options and select the input file (this will always be the .001 file). Select the output directory and click on start to join the files into a single one.

After you have joined the files you can safely delete .00x files.

Download HJ-Split

How To Open XPS Files?

XPS files is a new way in which Microsoft Office 2007 and above store the documents in. XPS files are basically zip archives which contain the files that make up the document.

XPS files contain XML markups for each page the text, embedded images and so on.

XPS files can usually be opened by any software that can open zip files. Extracting the content may not actually show you the documents in a proper format.

Microsoft has a handy tool called XPS viewer which will allow you to open and view XPS file. You can also view the XPS files by opening them in Internet explorer.

If you are using or the XPS viewer is already installed so you can simply open the file in the XPS viewer or drag it to internet explorer to open it.

Download XPS Viewer