Category Archives: Tips And Tricks

How To Copy Selected Text Automatically In Firefox

Earlier this month, we had discussed about an extension for Google Chrome that will help you to automatically copy selected text- Auto Copy. Today, I am going to discuss about the same trick in Firefox.

This is an about:config tweak. To open the preference editor of your browser, direct your cursor to the address bar and type “about:config”. A warning message will appear like this – “This might vide your warranty!”. Ignore the message and enter the editor.

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In the filter box, type the following text- “copy”. You will get a preference named clipboard.autocopy. Change the value of that preference from “False” to “True” by double-clicking or right clicking on it. You are done!

I also found a good addon which does the same job. If you think it is risky to edit the preferences you can try this too! – AutoCopy

Delete and Disable Recent Items from All Windows 7 Jumplists

Jumplists are among the most useful new features present in Windows 7. However, they can be a cause of concern for the privacy concious. The jumplist for most applications display recently opened files and/or frequently opened files. It is fairly easy to get an idea about what you have been up to, by just glancing at the jumplist entries. Unfortunately for users, how to disable this feature isn’t very obvious. In this article I will show you how to delete Recent items as well as permanently disable this feature.

How to Clear Recent Items List

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Windows stores the Recent items list at the location %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations. Paste this path in Windows explorer and hit enter.
Simply delete all the files present in this directory to reset the jumplist for all applications.
If you don’t feel like doing this manually, you can always rely on CCleaner to take care of all privacy concerns.

How to Disable Recent Items in Jumplists

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Right click on an empty portion of the taskbar and select Properties from the context-menu. Browse to the Start Menu tab and uncheck the box next to “Store and Display Recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar“. This should make Recent items disappear from the jumplists.

Did you find this tip useful? Do you have any other Windows 7 related questions? Don’t forget to let us know.

Advanced Gmail Keyboard Commands That Save Time

I am a heavy user, and prefer to use the keyboard shortcuts to save some time while dealing with emails. One of my favorite tricks is to quickly archive labeled emails in Gmail. In addition to that I also use several other quick keyboard shortcuts to achieve things that would save me more than a few seconds. Here are few of the keyboard shortcut commands, which will be helpful to you.

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Quickly Archive Labeled Email in Gmail

To achieve this trick you will have to enable the Go to labelfeature in Gmail Labs. You will find instructions for doing it on this post. Here is the key combination you will require to use to quickly archive emails from a certain label.

Press g + land type the label name, then press Shift + 8" together (*) and press ato select all email, finally press eto archive the selected email.

Archive Label Email Command: g + l > type label name > * + a > e

Quickly Mark All Unread Emails as Read or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the unread emails on a page and mark them as read or archive them

Mark as Read Command: * + u > Shift + i

Archive Command: * + u > e

Quickly Mark All Read Emails as Unread or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the read emails on a page and mark them as unread or archive them

Mark as Unread Command: * + r > Shift + u

Archive Command: * + r > e

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Office 15 Already in Works. Office 2012?

or Office 14 will be shipping in June 2010, however, it looks like Microsoft has already began planning on the next version of Microsoft Office called Office 15.

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A post on the Microsoft Access blog, has the title Office 15 and SQL Server. The blog post focuses on the new changes that will be included in the next version of Office.

Hello everyone! As Office 2010 nears shipping, we are starting to plan Office 15.  One area that we are considering improving is our SQL Server support.

However, this is not a new thing @Microsoft. Microsoft has been known to plan future products ahead of its time, rather than wait and watch the current reactions.

Most of the times, Microsoft tries to incorporate feedback received from beta testing into completely new products, rather than adding new features to current one.

Though the official name for Office 15 is not yet available, we guess that it could be named Office 2012, as most Microsoft products are usually released within 2-3 years of the previous ones.

Currently Office 2010 is available for downloads, you can try out the public beta of Office 2010 till October 2010. So give it a try.

[via Ars Technica]

Recover Data From Dead Laptop’s Hard Drive

Quite recently my laptop stopped working altogether. The laptop would boot but I could not see anything, the whole screen turned blank. I tried every trick in the book, but could not get it to work.

Now the only options I had were:

  1. Get a new laptop
  2. Send the laptop to an authorized service center for repairs

Both these were fine, but I still had important data in my laptop, most of which was backed up, however some of it was more recent and was not backed up.

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Now, I am bit paranoid about sending my laptop with a hard drive filled with important and sensitive data to a service center, and since the laptop did not display anything I could not even get it on a network. So how did I manage to recover data from the laptop? Keep reading to know more.

Windows 32-bit and 64-bit FAQ

Many users who read our blog might have seen us using text like, works on 32bit Windowsor works on 64bit Windows. However not many people might actually know what 32bit or 64bit Windows means, or how they differ.

The Windows 32-bit and 64-bit FAQ tries to answer several common questions which can clear your doubts about it. For example, here is a sample question:

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

There are several other questions which relate to . For more questions visit the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows FAQ  by Microsoft.

[via Windows 7 Blog]

The Complete Media ToolKit – MediaCope

We have introduced you people to many applications for converting, cutting and ripping audio/video. Today we have gotten hold of such and app that can substitute all those apps we had introduced before.

MediaCope is an application, or rather an application pack that helps you to do many tasks inside one single window.

Media Cope is a combined application of different applications that we use daily.

Some of its features are listed below.

  • Audio/Video Player.
  • Audio/Video Cutter.
  • Audio Converter.
  • Video Converter.
  • Photo Cutter.
  • Photo Resizer/Converter.
  • Slideshow.

Isn’t that a combination of many applications you use? Here is the in-depth explanation of these features.

All these tools are arranged in a tab like view and you have click on each tab to use them.

Audio/Video Player

This is a normal video player. It has features like setting aspect ratio, capturing screenshots while seeing a movie. With options to set subtitle delay, audio delay, subtitle position etc., this player stands out from many other normal audio/video players.  

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Audio/Video Cutter

This is another excellent tool. It has almost everything that a cutter should have. Besides enabling you to change the aspect ration, it also helps you to save the cut video or audio in different formats. Some of the formats it has are mp4, 3gp, wmv, mpg/mpeg, avi, flv and many more.

Audio Converter

This audio converter is no less than any other individual converter. It enables its users to convert multiple files (audio) at a time, from one format to another easily. All you have to do is just add all the files that are to be converted and click “Convert”. It converts audio into almost all basic formats such as mp3, wav, aac, wma, flac, m4a and so on.

Video Converter

It is just like the audio converter. Even with this tool, you can convert multiple files at a time from one format to another. Some of the file formats that it converts are mp4, 3gp, wmv, vob, divx, avi and a lot more.

Photo Cutter

Again, this is an awesome tool. It helps you to cut images very easily. It has a browser on the side, wherein you can browse for the pictures you want to cut. You can set your own ratio for the final image. After your work with the respective picture is done, you can view the preview and save it onto your hard disk. It supports file formats such as jpg, bmp, tiff, png, wmf, emf.

Photo Resizer/Converter

You can convert your pictures as you resize them with this tool. You need to select one resolution out of the wide range of resolutions it has. After selecting the destination folder, click on “Resize” and your job is done! The image you added will be both converted and resized. Some of the image formats it supports are jpg, bmp, tiff, png, wmf, emf. Look in the below picture for the wide range of resolutions it offers.

Slideshow Maker

This is an addition to your normal media toolkit. This tool helps you to create a slideshow of select images with audio. It is just a typical slideshow maker wherein you can add the images, select audio and set the delay between the images. You are done!

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This is an awesome and “must use” tool if you work with lots of ¬†audio, video and images. Instead of downloading loads of individual applications, download this simple application pack. This is a alternative for all those individual apps put together. I am sure it takes no more than about 10% of the space that numerous other applications that you use take.

Techie-Buzz Rating : 4.5/5

Download MediaCope

Comment Spam Can Hurt Your Search Engine Ranking

If you go to any large blog, you will see comments that won’t say anything useful but would have 1 or 2 links pointing to their own website. If you are not sure what I am talking about, here is an example:

People think that these sort of spammy comments would actually increase their ranking in the search engines. Google explains that it is not the case. Google in fact has a lot of algorithms in place that can identify these spam comments and devalue the links posted through them. Webmasters should instead spend that time on genuine ways to increase traffic to their website. If you have previously posted such comments on other blogs, you can always try to delete them and submit your website for reconsideration.

In short, only post a comment if you have something worthwhile to say. It is also wise for webmasters to protect their site/blog for spam by using comment moderation, CAPTCHA or other strategies.

Nokia Announces A Trendy Nokia 7230

Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia announced a new and trendy slider phone named Nokia 7230. This phone is specially targeted at the youth segment. Nokia 7230 comes with 3G connectivity and 3.2 mega-pixel camera.

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“Sharing special moments and joy with friends and family is effortless, thanks to the 3.2 megapixel camera, large 2.4″ display and fast 3G connectivity. With the Nokia 7230 in your pocket, you also have quick access to email, instant messaging and social networks on the go, and the subtle illumination indicates if you have missed calls or messages from your friends”, the company says about the phone.

Nokia 7230 is made for the design-conscious consumer. This handset is optimized for socializing and sharing stuffs with your near and dear ones. The complete specs of this handset are yet not available. Nokia 7230 will be available in the first quarter of 2010. It is priced at 100 Euros (Approx. $150/ Rs.7,000).

This handset is definitely a value for money. Are you going to buy this handset?