Archive for 24 abril 2010

How to prevent XP from automatically adding new icons to My Network Places
abril 24, 2010

You might have noticed that Windows XP adds new icons to your My Network Places folder whenever you connect to a resource on the network, and sometimes even when you don’t. That’s because the OS searches for shared folders and printers on your network and adds all the shortcuts it finds, and it also adds an icon for any share you connect to manually. If you don’t want it to do that, follow these steps:

  1. Right click Start and select Explore to open Windows Explorer
  2. Click Tools | Folder Options
  3. Click the View tab, and uncheck the box that says “Automatically search for network folders and printers
  4. In XP Pro, type gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy editor
  5. In the left pane, navigate to User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Desktop
  6. In the right pane, double click the policy “Do not add shares of recently opened documents to My Network Places
  7. Change the setting to Enabled
  8. Click OK

How to take ownership of a file or folder in XP Home edition
abril 14, 2010

If you’re denied access to a file or folder, it may be because your user account doesn’t have the proper permissions. If your user account is an administrator, you can take ownership of the file or folder and change the permissions. But in XP Home edition, how to do that isn’t obvious because the Security tab on the file’s properties sheet is hidden during a normal logon session. Here’s how to get around that:

  1. Reboot the computer and press F8 to invoke the startup menu.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select "Safe mode with a command prompt" in the startup menu.
  3. Log on with your administrator account.
  4. Navigate to the file whose permissions you want to change.
  5. Right click the file and select "Properties."
  6. Click the Security tab. If a security prompt appears, click OK.
  7. Click the Advanced button.
  8. Click the Owner tab.
  9. In the Name list, click Administrators group.
  10. Click OK.

Now the administrators group owns the file and anyone with an administrator account can change the permissions on it. You can also take ownership of a folder, which makes you owner of the files in it.

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How to make an application always open in a maximized
abril 14, 2010

You may have certain programs you prefer to always run maximized so they fill your whole screen, especially programs like Excel. It’s annoying to always have to maximize them manually and it’s easy to change them to open up that way every time. Just do the following:

  1. Right click the shortcut for the application.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Shortcut tab.
  4. In the Run field, click the down arrow and in the drop-down box, click Maximized.
  5. Click OK.

You’ll need to do this for every app that you want to always open in full screen mode, but once that’s done, it will save you some clicks

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Como reiniciar la Blackberry sin sacar la bateria
abril 14, 2010

Muchos habrán sufrido con una BB que se congela y hay que reiniciarla teniendo que sacar la Batería. Existe una manera mas sencilla de reiniciar la BB sin tener que sacar la batería. Solo tienen que tener aplastado los siguientes 3 botones en el orden que indico:

  1. Oprimir ALT
  2. Oprimir SHIFT (shift derecho)
  3. Oprimit DEL

Se tienen oprimido los 3 botones al mismo tiempo en el orden que mencione y su BB se reiniciará automáticamente. Sirve exactamente igual al comando CRTL+ALT+DEL de cualquier computador.

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Put command prompt selection on the right context menu
abril 14, 2010

Put command prompt selection on the right context menu

Here’s a handy tip: if you want to be able to right click on any folder and open a command prompt in that folder, you can do it – with a simple registry edit. As always, be sure to back up the registry before you make changes to it. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open your favorite registry editor and navigate to this registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell
  2. Right click and select New, then Key
  3. Name the new key CommandPrompt
  4. Double click on (Default) in the right pane
  5. Change the data value to Command Prompt Here
  6. Right click the new Command key and select New | Key again
  7. Name the new key Command, too
  8. Double click (Default) again
  9. Change the data value of this one to: cmd.exe /k cd %1
  10. Close the registry editor Now when you right click a folder, you should see the selection "Command Prompt Here" in the menu.

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How to take timed snapshots with your webcam
abril 14, 2010

If you have a webcam set up on your Windows XP computer and you’d like for it to automatically take photos at timed intervals (for example, so you can see what’s going in your office while you’re gone), you can do it with a free PowerToy from Microsoft.


2.- In the right column that lists the various PowerToys, scroll all the way to the bottom and click the link for Timershot.exe

3.- Click the Save button to save the file to your hard drive and pick a location where you want to save it.

4.- After the file has downloaded, double click it to run the setup program.

Configure the Timershot settings to use your webcam device.

5.- Under “Picture Options,” set the interval at which you want photos to be taken (for example, every 1 minutes).

6.- You can have the pictures automatically resized if you want, and specify a file name and location where you want the pictures to be saved.

7.- Click Apply Settings.

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