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Updating Twitter Using Google Chrome Omnibar

There are so many ways in which you can update your status, however some things are just so easy that we cannot help but let you know about them.

To update twitter from Omnibar, follow the simple steps given below.

Step 1: Right click on the Omnibar and select Edit search engines.

Step 2: Add a new search engine and enter the following text into it http://twitter.com/?status=%swithout the quotes.

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Step 3: Give it a easy to remember name and set a keyword for it, click Ok and your step.

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Step 4: To update twitter status from the Omnibar type the keyword followed by your message and hit enter, your message should now appear as a twitter status entry, take a look at the animation above to see how it works.

You can also use this on other browsers like that support keyword based searches.

Hat tip to Life Hacker.

Repair Corrupted Zip Files

Quite sometime back we told you about a on how you can repair corrupted zip files using the command line, however there were not many tools that allowed you to do in on Windows.

We came across a freeware that will allow you to repaid corrupted zip files on Windows, this can come in pretty handy when you have download zip files from the Internet, but it refuses to open by giving you a error message saying that the zip file is corrupted.

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This may occur even if there is just a minor corruption while downloading the file. DiskInternals ZIP Repair helps repair zip structure and extract the contents of the archive. Full automation of the recovery and a wizard-like interface make zip repair no more than a snap.

If you have downloaded a zip file and it seems to be corrupted just fire the zip repair tool and follow the wizard to repair it and save both time and efforts you will spend in re-downloading the file.

Download ZIP Repair [via Technospot]

Cleanup, Customize & Speedup Right Click Context Menu In Windows

Many softwares you install add context menu options to the right click menu, though this is done to provide users with a easy way to access application features, however if you have a lot of context menu items it can considerably slow down the right clicks.

This can be quite a hindrance since finding applications and disabling the right click context items can be quite a pain.

Fortunately for every problem there is a solution, likewise to speedup the right click menu in Windows.

ShellExView which we had mentioned earlier is one such that will help you manage your right click context menu items, you can easily enable or disable the context menu items for all softwares from a single interface.

MMM is another freeware that will allow you to customize your right click menu, it classifies the context menu items into different categories.

Filemenu Tools is another freeware utility that will allow you to easily customize your right click context menu, it also allows you to add some in-build functionalities that can come in handy.

Do you use any other software or utility to customize your right click menu? Do let us know about them.

How to Set a Timer for Automatic Shutdown Without Using Any Software

[Windows] Generally, while watching movies or reading an eBook, I fall asleep. This must also be a case with many of you, watching movies on your laptop and then lying asleep the next minute, with only ghosts left to watching your boring movie.

Many download junkies also queue files for overnight downloading. And in places where an uninterrupted supply of electricity is not present, these poor download junks have to wake up early to switch off their PCs and avoid data corruption.

As usual, we Techie Buzzers can’t see the plight of such poor souls. Batman is here to help, Gotham shall not worry!

How to Set a Timer for Automatic Shutdown

Setting up a timer for automatic shutdown is no big deal, in fact many people would already know about it, but if you don’t, read on.

There is no software to install and no tweaks to be made. An automatic shutdown is inbuilt into Windows and ready to be explored. Let’s check out how we can set a timer for automatic shutdown.

  1. Right click on the desktop. Select New → Shortcut.
  2. A New Shortcut dialog box will appear.greenshot_2009-08-02_01-17-12
  3. In the location box, this is how you will enter the details: shutdown.exe is for calling the shutdown executable. s is the command for shutdown. f is for performing a forced shutdown. If an application stops responding when shutting down, this command will force shut it. Using this command is not compulsory, but recommended. And next, the t command is for specifying the time the shutdown will take place. After you put the t command give a space and then enter the time in seconds. So in the above example, the computer will be shut down in 6 hours. Let’s put the whole command in one line:shutdown.exe -s -f -t seconds
  4. Click next and the shortcut will be created on the desktop. Give it a name and click it whenever you wish to initiate an automatic shutdown. If you want to change the time, right click on the shortcut, select properties and change the time from the dialog that opens.

Tip: This command can also be initiated from the Run box or CMD.

Tip 2: If you want to display a message that displays when the countdown is in progress, you can append a c command with a message attached. Like this:
-c Computer is shutting down

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Tip 3: If you want to restart the computer instead of shutting it down, replace the s with r. Similarly, if you’d like to logoff, replace s with l.

How to abort Shutdown

If you just woke up from sleep and feel like working on your laptop a bit more, there is no easy way you can abort the shutdown. The cross on the top will not work and you won’t be able to kill the process from task manager. But still there’s a way to stop the timer and stopping the bomb before it blasts.

  1. Click the WinKey + R
  2. The run dialog box will appear. Type shutdown.exe a
  3. A stands for abort. The shutdown timer will vanish.

So this was it, let us know how you make use of this feature in the comments!

Upload Photos From Picasa To Facebook

I use Picasa desktop tool to keep my photos organized and upload them to Picasa Web albums, however I use too pretty often and was looking for a tool to upload photos from Picasa directly to Facebook.

There are a few different ways to upload photos to Facebook one is a Facebook photo uploader and another is a plugin to upload images to Facebook from Windows Live Gallery, however if you are a Picasa user there is another tool called Picasa Uploader which will allow you to upload images from Picasa directly to Facebook.

To upload images from Picasa to Facebook, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Download the Picasa uploader application, you will be prompted to launch the Picasa application when you click on the download link.

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Step 2: Add the Facebook Button to Picasa by clicking on the Add button.

Step 3: Follow the steps to authorize the application to access Facebook.

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Step 4: Select the photos you want to upload to Facebook, and click on the Facebook button from the bottom of the screen.

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Step 5: A new window will open up, if you have already authorized access to Facebook, you will see a screen where you can add information about the album.

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When the albums are uploaded you will have to personally login to Facebook and approve the uploaded photos, if you do not want to that everytime, just click on the enabling extended access, clicking on this link will show you a screen to authorize the application to upload photos.

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If you do not authorize the application to upload photos you will have to login to Facebook and go to your photos and then approve the images.

On the other hand if you allowed the application to upload photos to Facebook, it will show up in your albums.

Pretty easy right, this is definitely a great tool for Picasa users who also use Facebook and will definitely save them a lot of time.

Using Google Chrome as a Calculator & Unit Converter

There are tons of good things in which make it a really awesome browser, the lack of extensions is slowing going away and there are tons of Google Chrome Extension available to users.

Other than that there are quite a hidden gems in the browser including a truly awesome auto-spell check and corrector.

But did you know that you can use Google Chrome as a calculator and unit converter? And not just for basic calculations and conversion , but for pretty advanced calculations too? Well you do not have to use any additional extensions or enable additional features to use Google Chrome as a calculator.

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To perform calculations using Google Chrome, just type the calculation in the Omnibar (address bar) and you should instantly see the result for the calculation in the dropdown with a =sign, to copy the answer just scroll down to it and copy it from the Omnibar.

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Similarly you can also use the Omnibar to perform unit conversions as shown in the screenshot above, once again you can perform both simple and advanced conversions using the Omnibar, copying the answer is similar to how we did it in the calculation above.

This and many more features make Google Chrome a really must use browser, however we will explore more such hidden gems in future.

What do you think about the feature? Will you stop using your regular calculator now?

Though we already knew about this feature, the inspiration for this post came from here.

How To View Replies Sent to Someone Else on Twitter?

Replies in are usually messages that include a @username text in a tweet, however by default users can view replies to themselves and in some cases replies to someone else sent by someone in your follower list.

But how do you track replies that are sent out to a person other than you? Well there is very simple way to do that.

For example if you want to track the reply sent to my account @keithdsouza or our friendly RSS feed robot @techiebuzzer here are some simple steps.

Step 1: Go to http://search.twitter.com.

Step 2: In the search box just enter @username, in our example either @keithdsouza or @techiebuzzer.

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Step 3: Once you hit the search button, you will see all the replies sent to the user you are searching for.

Pretty simple right.

Remove The Delay That Is Caused While Opening “My Computer” Considerably

If you are using a slow computer you might have experienced that “My Computer” folder opens a little slow compared to other folders. This can be overcome to a great extent by following this process.

Why Does My Computer Open Slowly?

The reason behind this slow opening is that the My Computer searches for some network drives on your computer before getting opened. Check out the tips given tip and your “My Computer will open up a lot faster.

The Solution

Go to “Tools” in menu bar, there click on “Folder options…”. Select the “View” tab and uncheck the option “Automatically search for network option and printers”. This will increase your My Computer speed considerably.

Here is the illustration of what to be done:

How To View Browsing History As Drop Down In Google Chrome & Opera?

Web browsers store history about the sites you have visited in a window or tab to let you easily go back and forth, you can use the back button or use a Alt with either the right or left arrow key to navigate the history (learn more Alt, Shift, Ctrl shortcut keys).

However and offer users with a arrow to view the history as a drop-down list, however the arrows are missing in both and .

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However the missing arrow key for drop down navigation does not mean that the feature in itself is missing, to access the backward or forward history as a drop down list in Google Chrome and Opera click and hold on the forward or backward button instead of simply clicking on it.

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Once you click and hold for a second you will see the history as a drop down list, you can then select which webpage you want to navigate too from the list.

Ultimate List Of Office 2010 Tips & Tricks

has been made available to few users for testing, however the have already begun coming in from everywhere, like always we like to provide users with a single place to find the best tips & tricks for any products.

Likewise we have compiled and that will contain tips and tricks for Office 2010, and include tips for , Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and more.

This list is non-exhaustive so we will keep adding to it whenever we come across new content.

General Office 2010 Tips & Tricks

Outlook 2010 Tips & Tricks

Word 2010 Tips & Tricks

PowerPoint 2010 Tips & Tricks

Excel 2010 Tips & Tricks

OneNote 2010 Tips & Tricks

We will keep this list updated and add more tips and tricks to it when we come across them, you can find more tips and tricks at the section.

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