Easily Cut Out Pictures Using PaintdotNet

One of our readers posed a question to me yesterday and I thought that I would share the answer with all of you. The reader had been scanning scrapbook pages and wanted to know how they could separate the scanned pages into individual pictures. There are hundreds of ways to do this, however, I would like to show you how I would accomplish something like it. Plus, I have a free program suggestion, which makes this tutorial that much better!

The first thing we need to do is download a free program called Paint.Net. This is a pretty nifty program. Here is a little blurb from their website to give you a little background on the program.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design  project  mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the  Microsoft Paint  software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.

Once you have the program downloaded and installed on your computer, open up an image. In this tutorial, I am going to copy a piece of a picture and paste it into a new picture. Let’s say, for example, I want to cut my picture out below and make a thumbnail of my head.

Image In Paint.Net

If you look on the left side of the screen, there is a floating toolbar. Here, you will find lots of really cool tools you can use to edit your picture. Let’s find the “rectangle select” tool. You can see it highlighted in the image below.

Rectangle Select

Click the “rectangle Select” tool. Click and drag over the area of the picture that you would like to cut out. In the image below, you can see where I highlighted the area around my face.

Selected Area

In this tutorial, I don’t want to crop this picture because that would affect the original image, which I want to keep as-is. What I want to do is create a new image from the selected area above. To do this, I need to copy the selected area. Click the edit menu, as pictured below, and select copy from the menu.

Select Copy

Now, here is the really cool part. Let’s click the “New”  button in the upper left corner of the screen. Paint.Net actually recognizes the size of the image that you copied onto the clipboard. Notice in the picture below, there is a dialog box that pops up with image size already filled in.


Once you click OK, there will be a blank picture perfectly sized for the image that is on the clipboard. Now, all you have to do is go to edit and click paste, as pictured below.


There you have it! The selected area from the original picture is now a separate picture. I will point out that if you look in the top right corner of the screen, there are thumbnail images that show you all the images you have open. See the image below for an example.


Paint.Net is one of the easiest image editors I have ever used. I hope to do more tutorials soon. It has a lot of the functionality of Photoshop, but it also is intuitive for people used to using Microsoft products. Since it’s free, you can’t beat the price.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions. It’s always nice to hear from our readers. Please take a moment to share us with your friends as well.

Create Organization Charts Easily in Word 2010

Have you ever tried to come up with one of those cool organizational charts only to discover that it can be a real pain to do? All of the rectangles and lines going in every direction can get a little frustrating. A lot of people use a program like Visio to get this done. Visio is nice, but it can be a little complicated to use. Never fear, this tutorial will show you an easy way to create organizational charts in Word.

First things first; let’s open up Word 2010. Doing an organizational chart in Word requires a new feature called “SmartArt”. This is a great new feature in the Office 2010 family. To insert “SmartArt” into the Word document, click the “Insert” tab, and then click “SmartArt”. See the picture below for an example.

Smart Art

Once you click on “SmartArt”, you will see several options. In the picture below, you can see that there are several categories of “Smart Art”. The one that we will be using in this tutorial is filed under “Hierarchy”. We are going to use the one labeled “Picture Organization Chart”. I really like this chart because it not only lets you show the hierarchy, but it also let’s you add a person’s picture beside their name.

Picture Organization Chart

Once you have selected the picture organization chart, click OK. You will now see the screen pictured below.

Org Chart Options

Notice that you get several options when you insert the chart. At the top of the screen there is a “SmartArt Tools” tab with many options on the toolbar below. In the body of the document, you will see a small chart ready for you to fill in. To the left of the chart, you will see a window where you can type the text you want in each block of the chart. You will notice, above, that I typed my name in the first block. You can continue typing and the font will get smaller to fit in the block. There is also a small picture icon located to the left of the name block. If you click the icon, a dialog box will appear where you can insert the person’s picture in the block. See the example below to see how this looks.

Picture Added

You have a lot of options for changing the appearance of the organizational chart. If you want to add additional subordinates under a person, right-click their name on the chart, then find the “add shape” option from the menu that pops up, and finally, click where you want the new block to go. In this case, since we want a subordinate, we would choose “Add Shape Below”. See the picture below for an example.

Adding Shapes

By default, this chart was blue, however, there are many choices so you are not stuck with that color. If you look at the toolbar at the top of the page, you will see that you can change the layouts and the colors. Pictured below, you will see an example of some of the color changes you can make to your chart. Notice that as you mouse over the different options, the chart changes to show you how it will look with that change applied. There are more advanced options on the toolbar as well. For instance, you can change the shape of the blocks if you like. It’s all available on the “SmartArt Tools” bar.

Recolor the Chart

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Now you know an easy way to create a beautiful organizational chart, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Using Word’s “SmartArt” feature, you’ll look like a pro around the office!

If you find this tutorial helpful, please recommend us to a friend. As always, we love to get feedback from you.

Using Tab Stops In Word

Today, I would like to share a really cool trick that you can use in Word. A lot of people are familiar with using the buttons that position paragraphs to the center or to the right. It isn’t rocket science. You click in the paragraph you want to center, then click the center button (or CTRL + E if you like keyboard shortcuts), and there you have it. The real trick comes when you would like some of your text left aligned on one side of the page, but then you want other text right aligned on the other side of the page. Here is a perfect example. Let’s say Mona has a flower shop, and she would like to make a brochure that shows her goods on the left side of the page, but she would like the prices to be on the right side of the page. Not only that, but she would also like the decimal points to line up nice and neat. Let me show you a little-used feature that can help her accomplish this task.

The first thing that we need to do is to make sure that the rulers are visible in the Word document. In Word 2010, click the “View” tab, and then select the  checkbox  that says “Ruler”. See the picture below to see it highlighted.


You should now see the rulers on the top and left sides of the page. Hit the “Tab” key on your keyboard. Notice where the cursor lines up in relation to the top ruler. By default, it should normally line up in half inch increments. This is called a tab stop. However, you can affect the behavior of the tab stop and that is exactly what we’re going to do to get Mona’s flower shop brochure all fixed up.

If you look to the far left side of the screen, just above the left side ruler, you will see the button pictured below. This is the tab stop button.

Tab Stop Button

By default, it will have an “L” shape. This denotes a “Left” aligned tab stop. If you click this button you will notice that there are several tab stops from which to choose. Clicking the button doesn’t insert a tab stop, but, rather, sets it to the type of stop which you want to add when you’re ready to add the stop. To add a tab stop, choose the type that you want, then click with your mouse on the ruler at the top of the screen, and your new stop will be added. Let’s say, for example, that you choose a left aligned tab stop. If you click on the 1 inch mark on the top ruler, a little “L” symbol will be added to the ruler. Now, you have changed all the rules for the “Tab” key on your keyboard. Now, when you hit “Tab”, instead of the half inch increment, it will jump to the new stop you inserted. Also, any text that you type at that stop will be left aligned. If you hit “Tab” again, it will revert back to its default stops unless you add another tab stop to the ruler.

If you click on the tab stop button a couple of times, you should get a backwards “L” shape which denotes a right aligned tab. Once you have the right tab stop, click the 5 inch mark on the top ruler to add your stop. See the picture below for an example.

Right Tab Stop

Now that you have added this tab stop to the ruler, when you hit the “Tab” key that cursor will move to the 5 inch mark. Also, when you type, the text will be right aligned. Look at the example below.

Right Aligned

Here, you will notice a couple things. Notice that the item names in the left column are left aligned, but the prices in the right column are right aligned. I’ve added a black line to add emphasis to how the numbers line up under the right tab stop. Another really nice thing about this setup is that the decimals all line up neatly. You may ask, “Why didn’t you just type the item and then hit the right align button on the toolbar and type the price?” Well, if you hit the buttons on the toolbar the entire paragraph aligns right, not the particular piece you are typing. Tab stops allow you to align a portion of the paragraph a certain way. You may also want to know how to get rid of a tab stop. All you have to do is click the tab stop on the ruler and drag it off. This will make it go away.

I hope you find this tip useful. It is one of those seldom used, but very handy, little tricks that Word has included. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to respond. I appreciate hearing back from our readers.

How To Open or Play MKV Files?

MKV files are video files which are similar to AVI and MOV formats and supports several different types of audio and video codecs. The MKV file format is an acronym for Matroska Video File.

If you have recently downloaded a MKV file, you might not be able to open it with Windows Media Player. However, there are several other free video players which will allow you to watch movies that have an MKV extension.

Also Read: Ultimate List Of Tools To Organize Your Digital Life

In order to watch videos with the .MKV file extension, you should download the VLC player or DivX Player. You can download the above players from the following links:

Once you have downloaded and installed the software, you can then just double click on the MKV file and open it or use the “File -> Open” dialog provided by these players to browse and open your MKV file.

Hope this answers your question. Enjoy your video.

How To Change iTunes Sync Media Location

I have a 250GB SSD and have partitioned it into 2 drives. However, I have to run regular cleanup of files and folder to make space. One of the biggest space constraints I face is in the primary drive where Windows is installed.

The reason is that I have a lot of apps and music on my and iTunes also takes up more than 35GB space. This has become a constant headache which I have been trying to solved. I did that by moving the iTunes Media folder location to another drive on an external device and now have lesser space constraints.

Well, moving your iTunes files and changing the sync location is definitely possible and in-fact very easy. All you have to do is to copy over the files from your iTunes folder and change the location in iTunes. I will show you how exactly it is done below.

Step 1: Locate Your iTunes Media Folder on your Computer. To do that open iTunes and then click on "Edit -> Preferences"

Copy iTunes Sync Media Location

Step 2: In the preference Window, click on the Advanced tab and copy the media folder location as shown in the above screenshot. Do not close the Preference window yet as we will require it for a future step.

Step 3: Open a explorer window and paste the location you copied in step 2 in the address bar. This will open the folder where iTunes stores the media files.

Step 4: If you want to clear up space, just cut the entire folder and move it to another drive or an external drive. Make sure to note the location of the folder in the other drive because we will need it in step 5.

Step 5: Now go back to the iTunes Advanced tab you opened in step 2 and click on the "Change" button and point it to the new location you copied or moved the files in Step 4.

That’s it. iTunes will now sync your music, movies, books and more to your new location. If you are using an external drive, just make sure that you attach it before you sync your device with iTunes.

Moving the backup location for iTunes is a little bit more difficult and I will be covering it in the next article. For Mac users, the steps should be similar and easy to perform as well. Just use the Finder instead of Explorer to move your iTunes media files over.

How To Download Facebook Videos

Many of your friends might be updating their status with videos or uploading new videos to their profiles everyday. However, there is no easy way to download the videos that your friends upload on Facebook to your PC.

If your friend has uploaded a video, you can easily use some of the tools to download YouTube videos to PC or Mac or tools to Download YouTube videos to Ubuntu, save those YouTube videos as MP3 files or even Download YouTube HD videos. However, what about Facebook Videos?

Well, don’t worry. There is an easy and simple way to download Facebook videos too to your PC or Mac. Just follow the steps below to download a Facebook Video to your PC or Mac.

Copy Facebook Video URL

Step 1: Firstly, you will have to get the link of the Facebook Video. To do that, just right click on the name of the video and copy the link address. The menu items might be different for different browsers, but you have to click on the option which says “Copy Link Address” in all of them as shown above.

Step 2: Once you have copied the link, go to the website http://www.downfacebook.com/ and paste the video URL in the textbox provided and click on the “Download Video” button. Please note that Facebook has updated their URL and it looks something like http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=115607558525777 now and it should work on the Down Facebook website.

Facebook Download Video Warning

Step 3: Once you click on the button you might be prompted with a Java alert box as shown above, just click the “Run” button on the alert and you will see a link to download the video.


Step 4: To download the Facebook Video to your PC, Mac or Linux machine, just right click on the “Download Video in MP4″ link and select the “Save Linked Content As” from the options. That’s it, you can now save the downloaded Facebook Video on your PC and watch it whenever you want.

You Might Also Be Interested In

How To Extract ISO Files or IMG Files

In the past, we had written a guide on How To Open ISO Files, however, we have been receiving a lot of questions of late on how can a user extract or play an ISO or IMG file.

Both ISO files and IMG files are compressed folders like zip or RAR files which can directly be burned to a CD or DVD. However, since they are plain archive files you can also extract them to your local disk or mount ISO files as CD/DVD drives.

Extract ISO Files

If you are looking to extract ISO files, you can either use WinRAR software or choose to use the open source software called 7Zip. Once you have downloaded the 7zip software, just right click on the ISO file and then select the "Extract files" option from the menu to extract the contents of the ISO file to your disk.

How To Activate Office 2010

Recently, we were asked by a user on how to activate on their PC. Office 2010 activation is a simple process and you can get it done automatically when you enter your Office 2010 product key, however, if you missed out on that, you can also activate Office 2010 separately.

Also Read: How To Extract Microsoft Office 2010 Product Key

Users can activate their Office 2010 installation using various methods as per their convenience. The most easiest way is to Activate Office 2010 over the Internet. Using the internet method is basically very fast and almost immediate.

Microsoft help states that:

The Activation Wizard automatically contacts the Microsoft licensing servers through your Internet connection. If you are using a valid Product Key that has not already been used for the allowed number of installations, your product is activated immediately

When you activate through the Internet, your product ID (derived from the installation Product Key) is sent to Microsoft. A response (the confirmation ID) is sent back to your computer to activate your product. If you choose to activate your product through the Internet and you are not already connected, the wizard alerts you that there is no connection.

You can also activate Microsoft Office using telephone. In this case you will have to go through a series of steps on the phone and follow them to activate your product.

You can telephone an Activation Center and activate your product with the help of a customer service representative.

However, the numbers you have to call will be given to you by the Activate by telephone wizard on your computer because there are several service centers across the world and you will be shown a local number which can be used to activate your product.

You will find some valuable information on activating your Office 2010 product over the phone at this link.

Don’t Forget to Check Out Some Free Alternatives for Microsoft Office And Tips and Tricks for Office

How To Remove/Uninstall Apps in Android

is one of the biggest platforms in the world and has tons of useful apps in the Market. However, there are times when you might not want to use an app anymore because it does not fit your expectations or due to some other reasons.


Uninstalling apps on iPhone and iPod Touch is pretty straightforward. However, to uninstall or remove apps on Android, you will have to go through an extra step.

If you are looking to uninstall or remove apps from Android, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1:  Go to Settings -> Applications and then click on the Manage applications option.

Step 2: Click on the application you want to remove and then click on the "Uninstall" button on the next screen.

On the next screen confirm that you want to remove the application and the application will be removed from your Android device. If you want to reinstall the same app again, you can just go to http://market.android.com and then install it remotely on your device from the web interface or browse the market on your device to install the app.

Find It Faster Using Microsoft Office 2010 Quick Access Toolbar

Who doesn’t like a good shortcut every now and then? I know I certainly do. If you are new to Microsoft Office 2010, then you may be struggling with the Ribbon Toolbar. It took some getting used to for me as well, however, I have become a fan. Let me give you a quick tip about a new feature in Office 2010 that you might appreciate. If you open up an Office 2010 application, you will notice there is a small toolbar located in the top left corner by default. You can see this toolbar highlighted in the picture below. This toolbar is called the “Quick Access Toolbar”.

Quick Access Toolbar

If you have trouble navigating the ribbon, you might appreciate this little feature. This “quick” toolbar allows you to add custom commands that you would find on the various tabs of the ribbon toolbar. There are a few rules you need to be aware of in regards to the “Quick Access Toolbar”. According to the Microsoft Office website:

  • You cannot increase the size of the buttons representing the commands by an option in Microsoft Office. The only way to increase the size of the buttons is to lower the screen resolution you use.
  • You cannot display the Quick Access Toolbar on multiple lines.
  • Only commands can be added to the Quick Access Toolbar. The contents of most lists, such as indent and spacing values and individual styles, which also appear on the ribbon, cannot be added to the Quick Access Toolbar. However, you can  customize the ribbon  to personalize the ribbon the way that you want it. For example, you can create custom tabs and custom groups to contain your frequently used commands.
I would like to take a moment to show you how you can add commands to the “Quick Access Toolbar”. If you look to the right of the toolbar, you will notice a black downward pointing arrow. If you click the arrow you will get a menu like the one pictured below.
Add Commands
Notice that there are several popular command choices already listed on the menu. For instance, the “Quick Print” option is one that I almost always select. If you don’t see the command that you wish to have quick access to, click the “More Commands” option. You will notice in the picture above that it is circled in red.
Once you click the “More Commands” option, you will get a dialog box like the one pictured below. There are two columns. The left side lists available commands from which you can choose. The right side shows you commands that are already added to the “Quick Access Toolbar”. In the example below, I chose commands that were listed on the “Insert Tab”. I selected the “Screen Clipping” command and clicked the “Add>>” button to move that command to my “Quick Access Toolbar”. I then clicked “OK” at the bottom of the dialog box to complete the action.
Add Command Dialog Box
You will see in the picture below that the “Screen Clipping” command has been added to my “Quick Access Toolbar”. Now, I only need to click the button to get this functionality, instead of having to navigate to the “Insert Tab” and try to find it every time that I want to use it.
Command Button Added
I hope you find this to be a useful tip. You will find this toolbar in most of the Microsoft Office 2010 applications. Hopefully it will help speed up your day and help you be more productive.
I would appreciate your feedback and maybe tips on how you might use this toolbar feature in Office 2010.