Technical Tips

These are a few of many technical commands / tips I've found.

By Reza Ganjavi




[VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: COM.MICROSOFT.EXCEL doesn't show in finder but you can do a go to folder and MICROSOFT.EXCEL is opened under Containers. Or go straight to microsoft.excel and the rest applies.]



Sep 2022:

Book1.xlsx was autosaved in:

/Users/rezaganjavi/Library/Containers/ Support/Microsoft/Book1309848733274476592




unsaved excel is auto saved in:

/Users/rezaganjavi/Library/Containers/ Support/Microsoft

as file:


This compressed xar file has contents that describe the contents of the file - for example each image in the file is stored in an images folder, etc. etc. -- CONCLUSION: for an unnamed, unsaved Excel file there is no single autorecovery file but a database.

There is no easy way to open the xar with excel (convert the package contents to one spreadsheet) -- main chance is to have excel detect it on startup and convert it as recovered file.

This xar file is renamed constantly as each autosave kicks in (if the unsaved file is changed).

next name was:



if excel is aborted on restart prompt it gives user recovery option - if cancel is selected then the temp file is deleted.


you cannot drop xar files from a backup into excel's current folder and expect excel to consider them as recovery options. it must have other internal record keeping that tells it things unknown to us.

Macbook Pro 2021

Sucks! The 16 inch is WAY too thick. And it has only 1 ONE usbc port!

Mac vs. Windows

It's the difference between a kid's bicycle (PC/Windows) and a Ferrari (Mac). Incomparable.

You're talking to a computer scientist Gary. MacOS makes Windows look like a cheap toy. It's a fact. Want to share notes on features? I'm just comparing OS's. Cost of horsepower is a different topic. Macs are more expensive but well worth it if you want a real operating system and not a hack job that started in Bill Gates' garage and evolved from there on a very cheap bad foundation. Windows is a lousy patch work.


Disk Utility resizing time meachine takes forever. Forget it. Erase and redefine TM partition and take another backup on expanded partition.


Option+Command+Delete to bypass copy to trash.


Undo, stop, remove notifications.

Firefox Preferences > Privacy & Security > Permissions, and under Notifications click on Settings. From there you can see the sites you have blocked. Can click on "Block new requests”. I wiped everything from the list and just enabled block new request. It worked like a champ. No more annoying notification requests from various sites.


save location of screen print screenprint Press Command + Shift + 5. Click on Options

change location of mac screenshots: in terminal type: defaults write location ~/Desktop/screenshots

defaults write location ~/Desktop/


If you use Thunderbird and want to make all fonts bigger can do: Use the config editor under preferences/advanced/general -- and set layout.css.devPixelsPerPx to 2.7or whatever -- default is -1 (tiny).


Calendar data for Mac OS X is stored in the Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/Library/Calendars folder. MUST REBOOT AFTER RESTORE


Turn off Driver Mode to make keyboard work while driving: Maps / Settings / Navigation / Google Assistant.


Command option R -- to reinstall the operating system -- applications stay untouched.

Then turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold Command (⌘)-R

MAC OS: REVEAL / COPY The Path Of a File

- Easiest is to do Command-i.

- Right click (or 2 finger click) - hold down option - option appears to copy full path.

- Another useful shortcut is to click on a search result while keeping down cmd+option: directly open the folder of your file in the Finder.

- When you’re browsing through Spotlight search results in OS X Yosemite, just tap and hold the Command key on your keyboard and you’ll see a preview of the result’s path appear below the right side of the window.

- 5 ways:

MAC OS: Chrome not saving passwords.

Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome ---------- and go into the directory called Default --------- Delete the files "Login Data" and "Login Data-journal".

Anyway I don't recommend storing passwords in Chrome because Google has access to them.


I tried various recovery software for Mac. I found Disk Drill to be the best. And Stellar to be the worst (crashed multiple times, poor user interface...). Stellar seems Indian. EaseUS is also pretty bad — didn't like the interface and how it organizes the files. EaseUS is Chinese.

Both Stellar dn EaseUS have a misleading banner that says no risk money back guaranteed but they put you through hell to get you a refund. I had to threatend both with legal action and credit card dispute if they don't live up to the expectation they set.

Both proposed refund 1/2 blah blah — I said no — I need a full refund — I did not find their software useful and had uninstalled it.


How to Index Your URL’s With the New Version of Google Search Console / How to Request Indexing a Website or URL With the New Version of Google Search Console

New page are taken from Site Map. If there's issue can delete and resubmit the site map"


Remove outdated content from Google Search CACHE

MAC OS: How to Change File Dates / How to fix grayed out folder after partial copy

[Some pages say this requires XCODE to be running but I did it without XCODE]

METHOD FOR CHANGING DATE which is the solution when a partial copy fails and the folder is grayed out:

- Go to Terminal.

- Type: SetFile -d 01/01/2021 [or any date you want]

- drag and drop the folder from finder into the terminal command [e.g.: "/Volumes/disk1/\folder1"

- press return



1. Click “Terminal” on the Dock to launch Apple’s native terminal emulator application. Alternately, click “Applications” on the Dock, then click “Utilities” and “Terminal.” A terminal window appears.

2. Type the following command at the terminal prompt:

touch –t

Type the year in place of “YYYY,” the month in place of “MM,” the day in place of “DD”, the hour in place of “hh”, minutes in place of “mm” and seconds in place of “ss.” If you leave off the seconds, the time will default to zero seconds. For example, type “touch-t 201202101510.23” to change a file’s date to February 10, 2012 at 3:10:23. Type a single space following the command, but do not press the "Enter" key.

3. Click the blue icon of a smiling face on the Dock to switch to the Finder.

4. Open the folder on your Mac containing the file whose date you want to change.

5. Drag the file into the Terminal window, right after the space following the “touch” command.

6. Press the “Enter” key on the keyboard to change the file’s date according to your specifications.



Terminal. Type cd ~/.Trash and press Return. Then, type sudo rm -R followed by a space (don’t leave out the space character—it’s essential). Don’t press Return yet. Next, click the Trash icon in your Dock to open a window displaying the contents of the Trash. Select everything in that window and drag it into the Terminal window.

sudo rm -R [paste items from trash here to force delete]

There are keyboard shortcuts you can use force your Mac to empty the trash that you should try first. You can Control-click on an item in the trash and select Delete Immediately, or you can try holding down the Option key while emptying the trash. Enter the following command into terminal without hitting Enter afterward. sudo rm –R Please note that there is a space after R. Drag the files from trash into the Terminal window. Hit Enter. Enter your administrator password. You will not see the password being typed into Terminal. It will look like nothing has changed. Hit Enter again.

cd /Volumes/(backup drive name)/.Trashes/ for example cd /Volumes/orange/.Trashes/ ------------ or just "sudo rm -rf /Volumes/BackupDriveName/.Trashes/*"



Thunderbird doesn’t accept username password of gmail. Solution:

BUT, new TB has different requirement: If you have 2FA enabled (and you should), this enabling less secured app doesn't work - you have to go to:

for TB on mac select MAIL on MAC

Generated app password

How to use it

  1. Open the “Mail” app on your Mac computer.

  2. From the Menu bar, select “Mail” → “Preferences…” → “Accounts”.

  3. Select your Google Account from the list.

  4. Replace your password with the 16-character password shown above.

Just like your normal password, this app password grants complete access to your Google Account. You won't need to remember it, so don't write it down or share it with anyone.


  • Run in safe mode: shift-power

  • repair disk permissions in terminal: diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`

  • run task manager with keyboard: CMD+OPTION+ESCAPE

  • Trackpad - click on the “More Gestures” tab, then uncheck the box next to “Swipe between pages” to make it 3 finger otherwise 2 fingers does it too often / when I don't want.



disable command= preferences/keyboard/shortcuts/app shortcuts/ under finder make new called Find by Name... -- for command=

diskutil resetUserPermissions / `id -u`

sudo mdutil -ai on (enables spotlight)

sudo mdutil -E (erases spotlight)

sudo mdutil -ai on ------- a = all volumes ----- i = on/off

sudo mdutil -Ei on /Volumes/2_ExFAT --------- E = erase and rebuild ----- i = on/off

sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/4_ExFAT -------- turn on indexing on volume

sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/2_ExFAT --------- gives you status if enabled or not

sudo mdutil -E /Volumes/1_ExFAT

to recover outlook - go to /Users/rezaganjavi/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/Outlook/Outlook 15 Profiles -------- and replace the For365 folder from backup:

to mark up photos for website : use panorama --------- use %DemoPro best for straight lines --------- ^Q for red line -- then save screen -- then ^X to erase

cmd option escape ------- to exit time machine

Alias: control shift

Chrome: control shift plus

adobe: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist set true to false: =onOSstartup=false -- then it won't start up creative cloud

spotlight1 Mac Spotlight can't find search content of WORD files (Docx) -- solution: remove Microsoft Office.mdimporter from /Library/Spotlight.

spotlight2 force reindexing of spotlight - sudo mdutil -i on /

spotlight3 El Capitan works the same as Yosemite, FYI. Click the Spotlight icon to display the search term entry window, then type something, anything. The Indexing… progress bar appears

Disabled Dr. Cleaner's auto start and problem was solved. Then added Dr. Cleaner to login programs and everything works. So don't use Dr. C's internal auto start at startup.



Since OS X 10.8, display of notifications - alert banners/dialogs, badges, and notification sounds - are now the responsibility of the operating system, not the application. The simple fix for this bug then, is to disable and remove all notification sound options from Thunderbird, on OS X 10.8 and above, and let Notification Center deal with it. For the majority of users, and according to Apple, that is the correct solution.

GMAIL: To never send message to Spam

add new filter - nothing in from, to, sub. has the words: type: "is:spam" - then click continue and select: "Never send it to Spam"

Matches: is:spam

Do this: Never send it to Spam

MAC OS: Sleep shortcut Mac Keyboard

In the “Keyboard” window, select the “Shortcuts” tab, followed by clicking the “App Shortcuts” and finally clicking the “+” button.

First we need to make sure the field “Application” is set to “All Applications” – after all, we’d want the sleep function to kick in, no matter what application we have open.

The field “Menu Title” is the one that is trickier. It should be the name as it appears in any menu.

So in my case I will use the word “Sleep” (English MacOS), which we found in the Apple Menu. You did write that one down if you’re using a different language – right? So in Dutch “Sluimeren” and in German it’s “Ruhezustand”. Double check the word if needed.

Finally we have to enter the desired keyboard shortcut. Click the field next to the text “Keyboard Shortcut:“, and press the key combination you’d like to use. If you mistyped, simply press a new combination again.


Lots of threads about this online. I found an easy fix to the black on black in replies:

PREFERENCES/COMPOSITION/HTML STYLE - turn off "USE READER'S DEFAULT COLORS" not replies show as black on white while keeping TB's dark theme.


Open the video editor

Open the video editor to trim or remove a section of your video.

Sign in to YouTube Studio.

From the left menu, select Content.

Click the title or thumbnail of the video you’d like to edit.

From the left menu, select Editor.

Select Trim & cut , then click NEW CUT. A red box will appear in the editor.

Drag the sides of the red box. Stop when the red box is covering the portion of the video that you’d like to remove. Anything not in the red box will remain in the video.

To confirm your edits, select Cut .

Click Save.

If you want to trim or cut your video at a specific time, you can enter the time into the box. To review your edits, select Preview. To undo a cut for that section, click UNDO. You can click DISCARD CHANGES at any time to cancel your changes.


Trick is you have to change the Telegram storage on Android in the App settings at the OS level and then within the app itself.

And on SD card it's no longer under the Telegram folder at root but under /Android/Data/org.telegram.messanger

The advantage of shifting the storage to external are a) more space b) can recover if a chat is deleted, with recovery software which needs a rooted device and rooting usually wipes out the internal storage (not recommended). Best is to get Telegram for deskptop and easily export messages from time to time.


Telegram stores all your chats on their cloud. Not a very cool thing!! But they do so, reportedly, until you manually delete a chat -- then it's also gone from their servers.

Note that CLEAR LOCAL DATABASE -- and -- CLEAR TELEGRAM CACHE -- do NOT delete the cloud version.


Using browser settings doesn't work on nasty video autoplays like on Stocktwits which hogs resource. Solution: "Disable HTML5 Autoplay" Addon! It works.

MAC OS: Hiding icons from dock while keeping the application open...

1. quit the application you want to hide from the dock

2. Go to your applications folder and right control-click on the app you want to hide from the dock

3. Click on "Show contents"

4. Open the "Contents" folder

5. Open the file Info.plist with TextEdit (right click -> "Open with...")

6. At the bottom of this preference file are 2 lines which say:



7. Just before these two lines type the following:



8. Save and close the file


Press the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.

MAC OS: Error: “Disk Not Ejected Properly” Alert after computer goes to sleep

Solution I found was to use Jettison -- that ejects them prior to sleep and remounts. Works most of the time.

Finder Shows Incorrect Folder Sizes and zero bite folders on a large folder

"Simply renaming a large directory (in the finder using the normal select->edit text mode then paste the new name UI flow) containing large subdirectories (photos libraries) INSTANTANEUOUSLY causes this problem for me with some or all of the subdirectories (photos app libraries) themselves as well as the enclosing renamed directory reporting 0KB or less than the correct sizes immediately. These never seem to fully correct by just waiting without actively doing something like copying everything to a new location or multiple reboots/days transpire etc. Restarting the finder is definitely not enough, nor is toggling the finders calculate all folder sizes for any of the problem items or containers thereof... Problem occurring on MacOS 10.14.6 HFS+ external hard drive, macOS is on internal APFS SSD of course."

Solution: just wait...

Someone else wrote: "I had the same issue and got here after a search. I used the Terminal and did a `du -h --max-depth 1` which gave me the correct sizes and fixed the size in the Finder as well"

Save file list

to save list of files in a text file, copy and paste finder window. macos rocks !

Change File Date/Time

To change the Modified timestamp to the current date and time, type "touch -m" in Terminal, followed by one space. Then drag the file from Finder into Terminal and press "Enter."

To change the Modified timestamp to any other date and time, use the following format to specify the year, month, day, hour and minute:

touch -t YYYYMMDDhhmm

Your Mac uses a 24-hour clock, so if you want to change the timestamp to January 15, 2021, at 11:50 pm, you type: touch -t 202101152350

Enter a space after the time and drag the file into the Terminal window. Press "Enter" to make the change. To change the timestamps on multiple files to the same date, select them all and drag them all into the Terminal window at the same time.

If you want to change the Created timestamp to one date and the Modified timestamp to another, use the -t attribute twice. For example, suppose you want to change the Created timestamp from January 2020 to 2019, but you want the Modified timestamp to stay as January 2020. Use the -t attribute to change both to 2019 and then use it again for 2020. The Modified timestamp is updated, leaving the Created timestamp at 2019.


Excel - add column for list of filename extensions:

add this next to the column of filenames: =REPLACE(RIGHT(A2,5),1,SEARCH(".",RIGHT(A2,5)),"")


stop saving image files as webp -- strips the signal that Firefox handles WebP format to discourage recompression (doesn't break any sites) -- uses a canvas to offer different formats for saving an image

This is what I use and it works great: Don't "Accept" image/webp

GOOGLE MEET Change background

Must use Chrome and go to settings / enable hardware acceleration.


Go to System Preferences / Keyboard / Dictation - Usualy key: Fn Fn



To dictate on Mac offline, go to Accessability / voice control / enable it and select UK English to download the pack (US English uses Siri and only works online).

~~~ UPDATE - DECEMBER 2021: MOTEREY: off-line dictation is working with American English also so you can say PERIOD instead of FULL STOP :-)

MAC OS: Hide all icons

Terminal: defaults write CreateDesktop false

relaunch finder from task manager (activity monitor - or apple icon) or in terminal: killall Finder

To enable all icons:

Terminal: defaults write CreateDesktop true ----- and relaunch finder

MAC OS: No sound after sleep

Haven't found a solution. Workaround: Go to system preferences / sound / output / select another device and then select main output again. This enables sound.

MAC OS: Default background on restart

Open Terminal and type open /Library. The Library will open and you will see 58 folders. Open the one labelled Desktop Pictures and add the wallpapers you want to it. Then choose the wallpaper. Trust me, it works. 🙂

Keeping the touch bar awake on macbook pro

Forget it. It's probably bad for the touch bar lighting system, and the option to continually send a command to it to keep it awake requires compromising kernet security, so forget it. On Big Sur, the power button puts the system to sleep (stupid feature). So just have to relearn to awaken the touchbar by touching it!


diskutil core storage list

cd /Volumes/name

ls /volumes (to get a list of mounted volumes, e.g. external drives).

ls -l /Volumes sudo diskutil unmount force /Volumes/name

diskutil unmountdisk force /Volumes/name

diskutil unmountdisk force /Volumes/name

Instead of typing out the path to the volume, you can drag the volume into Terminal, and the pathname will be added to the command.

cd /Volumes -------- sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/name --------- sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/name ------------- sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/1_ExFAT

STATUS OF ENCRYPTION: diskutil cs list | grep -e Conversion -e diskname

google contacts / google voice

Google Voice does recognize Google Contacts however the contacts file has to be very clean. Export it. Put in Excel. Clean up. Save as CSV. Import.

Format for the field headers have to be exactly these:

Name Given Name Additional Name Family Name Yomi Name Given Name Yomi Additional Name Yomi Family Name Yomi Name Prefix Name Suffix Initials Nickname Short Name Maiden Name Birthday Gender Location Billing Information Directory Server Mileage Occupation Hobby Sensitivity Priority Subject Notes Language Photo Group Membership E-mail 1 - Type E-mail 1 - Value E-mail 2 - Type E-mail 2 - Value E-mail 3 - Type E-mail 3 - Value Phone 1 - Type Phone 1 - Value Phone 2 - Type Phone 2 - Value Address 1 - Type Address 1 - Formatted Address 1 - Street Address 1 - City Address 1 - PO Box Address 1 - Region Address 1 - Postal Code Address 1 - Country Address 1 - Extended Address Organization 1 - Type Organization 1 - Name Organization 1 - Yomi Name Organization 1 - Title Organization 1 - Department Organization 1 - Symbol Organization 1 - Location Organization 1 - Job Description Custom Field 1 - Type Custom Field 1 - Value Custom Field 2 - Type Custom Field 2 - Value Custom Field 3 - Type Custom Field 3 - Value

I have everything loaded in:

Family Name

Phone 1 - Value

Custom Field 1 - Type set as: E mail 1 Value

Custom Field 1 - Value set as the email adr.

(that's just the way it was exported)

Then delete existing contacts and import the csv.


Timemachine can get corrupted and no way to unmount erase etc. - even in Terminal many diskutil brute force commands don't work. Answer: In terminal do:

diskutil list

get the vol name - e.g. /dev/disk2

may have to unmount each sub disk e.g.

diskutil unmountDisk force /dev/disk2s5

what finally worked was:

sudo diskutil eraseDisk ms-dos FOO disk2

This resets the whole disk then can format it properly in DU.

more here:

mac os: remove access to calendar

  • System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click Privacy. Open the Privacy pane for me.

  • Select Calendars.

  • Select the checkbox next to an app to allow it to access information from your calendars. Deselect the checkbox to turn off access for that app.



FOR THE INTERNAL DRIVE: sudo mdutil -i on /

FOR EXTERNAL DRIVE: sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/name

WORKS BETTER TO ERASE AND REBUILD -- sudo mdutil -E /Volumes/name

Reveal the Spotlight Result’s Location in Finder: Simply highlight the desired result in Spotlight, hold the Command key, and press Return

in Spotlight - to see files created today etc.: "created:01/30/2017" --- OR created:01/30/2017-05/30/2017 --- OR modified:01/30/2017-05/30/2017

sudo mdutil -i on / -------- sudo mdutil -E /

MAC OS: Thunderbird

- Turn off Thunderbird and do not compact

- Locate the file containing the message (same name as the folder in Thunderbird, no extension) in your profile In this case the file name would be "Drafts".

- Delete the file with the same name and the extension .msf

- Open the file without extension with Notepad (or another text editor)

- Locate the messages (I hope you remember something like subject or sender)

- Change the status (X-Status) to all zero

- Save that file

- Restart Thunderbird



No way to bring it to main context menu from services but can bring all services up (all or none)

MAC OS: Pascal

Fpc in terminal to compile ------------ Xcode 5+ compatibility (OS X 10.9 and later; for OS X 10.8, see below) -------------- FPC 3.0.4 is qualified for use with Mac OS X 10.4 till OS X 10.11, and with macOS 10.12 and 10.13. Xcode 5 and later however no longer install the command line tools by default, which are required by FPC. To install them manually, open "/Applications/Utilities/Terminal", execute xcode-select --install and choose "Install". Afterwards, FPC will function correctly.

MAC OS: Delete .ds_store

mac - delete all .ds_store everywhere sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -depth -exec rm {} \; -------------------- I don’t know if related to that defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true


directory saved ~/Library/Containers/ Information/


to recover outlook - go to /Users/NAME/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/Outlook/Outlook 15 Profiles and replace the For365 folder from backup

file location: /Users/name/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office


mac - change file vault recovery key sudo fdesetup changerecovery -personal

test validate file vault filevault recovery keysudo fdesetup validaterecovery


to see content of trash sudo sh -c 'ls -al /Volumes/*/.Trashes/*/'


FIREFOX SESSION RESTORE: move one of the files in sessinostore-backup folder and rename to: sessionstore.jsonlz4. in the top folder

change location of firefox profile: terminal: /Applications/Utilities/ -P ----------- create new profile - choose from new location of profile -- same with TB thunderbird . ------ /Applications/ -profilemanager

Firefox profile location: Help/Troubleshooting/Profile folder

Firefox restore bookmarks: Click the Library button icon on toolbar. Restore from there.


change all subdirectories / files permissions to read write : cd /Volumes —————— chmod -R +rw 1_Main⁨Macintosh HD⁩ ▸ ⁨Users⁩ ▸ ⁨rezaganjavi⁩ ▸ ⁨Desktop⁩ ▸ ⁨Documents⁩ ▸ ⁨Firefox Profile⁩ ▸ ⁨nn2456hj.default-release⁩


to abort terminal process Control-C


How do I stop Google Chrome from signing me out?To find this new option, click menu > Settings in Chrome. Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click “Advanced.” Toggle the “Allow Chrome Sign-in” option here off.

Reopen closed tab chrome comman-shift-t

To restore mac chrome session : replace this from backup /Users/rezaganjavi/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome

chrome profile folder: Mac OS X El Capitan: Users/<username>/Library/Application

WORD single spacing

MS Word Single Spacing doesn't work. Solution: Set Paragraph Spacing before and after to 0 (under Layout).

Location of download folder on Google Podcasts for Android

Android/Data/ and just follow the folders from there.


disable safari exit prompt browser default:

in terminal type in one go both

defaults write DefaultBrowserDateOfLastPrompt -date '2050-01-01T00:00:00Z'

defaults write DefaultBrowserPromptingState -int 2


Terminal commands to disable Resume in Preview and QuickTime Player X:

defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false


add to mdutil section / make new section

spotlight gives "Error: Unknown Indexing State"


delete .spotlight-v100 (from all volumes one by one -- shift-command-. to see hidden files)

disable all indexing on all volumes

sudo mdutil -a -i off

enable all indexing on all volumes

sudo mdutil -a -i on

This rebuilds spotlight on all volumes which are not excluded in exception list. The error may still show up when getting status: spotlight gives "Error: Unknown Indexing State" doing command sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/[diskname] -- but it's irrelevant. if you click on spotlight you see it says indexing and test confirmed files that weren't found before are now found.


Enable the Hidden "Keep Both" Button When Copying Files in OS X ======== press option button

To view hidden files and folders:

press Command+Shift+Period

Changing File/Folder Permissions and Privileges in OS X --- GET INFO / unlock / set / click on apply to all subitems


delete multiple cells excel -- press function and delete

Now press Ctrl + Plus on the numerical pad. - excel select row - press control plus to insert row

Relative & Absolute Cell References in Excel

Place a "$" before the column letter if you want that to always stay the same. Place a "$" before a row number if you want that to always stay the same. For example, "$C$3" refers to cell C3, and "$C$3" will work exactly the same as "C3", expect when you copy the formula.


- Gmail POP will only download once, but you can used the recent command to get the last 30 days emails. For all other POP clients, replace '' in your POP client settings with '

- add recent: in front of gmail account "" and it re pop downloads inbox and sent items off web


- Word: can't paste into search box: I have the same problem. cmd+v doesn't work. However, I just found out that if I right click and choose "paste" from the list, it does do the thing! What a relief.

- Excel REMOVE DUPLICATE - select columns which ALL have to match to determine duplicate. For example if column A is irrelevant, uncheck it - so all other columns have to match but A is not counted in determining duplicity.

- Excel HIGHLIGHT DUPLICATES - home/conditional formatting/highlight cell rules -- and same for clear (main manu) -- has to select which cells to apply to.

- Excel only show duplicate rows. Color them via conditional formatting. Add filter. Select by color.


in terminal type "open $TMPDIR"

then open for temp files. ------------- same with excel AUTO RECOVERY AUTORECOVERY EXCEL XLS AUTOSAVE

my excel auto recovery is: /Users/name/Library/Containers/

2020: - excel autorecover recover excel xls -- ‎⁨/Users/name/Library/Containers/ Support/Microsoft

location of excel autosave aug 2020: Macintosh HD⁩ ▸ ⁨Users⁩ ▸ ⁨name⁩ ▸ ⁨Library⁩ ▸ ⁨Containers⁩ ▸ ⁨⁩ ▸ ⁨Data⁩ ▸ ⁨Library⁩ ▸ ⁨Application Support⁩ ▸ ⁨Microsoft⁩

- Auto recovery - Go to Finder, then click “Go”, and then Go to Folder and then type in the following: ~/Library/Containers/

MAC OS:Find log messages and activities in Console

use Console app


- To add folder to doc, put it in the favorites list (on left side of finder) then right click (2 finger click) and choose ADD TO DOCK. Voila! Great way to reduce number of items on the dock but still have useful things in one place.

- open source photo editor:

- Delete hard drive partition: Highlight the 2nd partition, erase it, then highlight the hard drive, click on the partiton tab and highlight the 2nd partition and press the minus button.

- Enable rightclick create new word file -- new file menu app -- preferences -- open system preferences -- add to finger

- Open "Activity Monitor" (in the Utilities folder). Highlight the "appleeventsd" process. Click on the "Quit Process" icon. In the window that opens, hit "Force Quit". The process will be re-launched, but Spotlight (and Safari) will now work properly. I don't know what triggers the problem, so I don't know how long it will stay fixed.

- get file associated with process -- type this in term- inal - the number is the pricess ID: "lsof -p 79462"

- image capture and photos to transfer from iphone

- Commander One to transfer from Android

- Startup programs: mac startup programs are un preferences/users/login items

- mac edit web block list -- sudo nano /etc/hosts

- to compare two folders use Folder-Compare-Lite or diff -rq folder1 folder2

- sudo softwareupdate —background

- To show hidden files: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE --- killall Finder defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE ---------- EASIER: COMMAND-SHIFT-.

- OK, the solution seems to be to go into Advanced... from the USB ethernet adapter in Network (System Preferences) and then click Renew DHCP Lease.

- "This file is locked for editing" errors -- solution: unhide system files (show all) and delete temp files in same location as the excel files that are marked as readonly.

- I've found for windows that have shortcuts, e.g. cmd-shift-h, cmd-shift-c, cmd-shift-u, etc. or any other folder in the Go menu that you can set the size and position by: Close all windows -- Open the window you want and set it's size and position -- Close the window -- Now each time you use the shortcut the window will be to what you set.

- To save finder window folder mac - First you have to open new finder windows (not in Tabs). Before you click on a new finder window hold the cmd key (not the Option key). Now you can resize that window or move it around and it will remember that next time you open it.

- mac - expand all messages / scroll to next… etc facebook --- COMMAND CLICK AND THEN ONE FINGER SLIDE DOWN TO START SCROLL

- disk not mounting: Boot into Recovery, launch Disk Utility, and try Repair Disk on the external drive again.

MAC OS: Show or hide filename extensionc

For one file: Use "Hide Extension" from command-i panel.

For all files: Finder preferences: “Show all filename extensions.”


PDF Expert --- select whole document -- command shift f9 -- removes all cross reference hyperlinks -- word calls it "unlink fields" (control shift f9 on windows)

to change permission on group of files in a folder, select them all - then command option i -- then unlock if it lets you - either way, checkmark locked - then uncheckmark locked (not lock icon but locked attribute).

Go / Go To Folder --- then type /Volumes ---- this is where it shows you other names of volumes without a "1" that caused the system to make ones with "1" as suffix. Delete the zero bite old names. Change names. Reboot.

To clean up Mac Volumes / external disk list from a "1" attached tot he name: Go to MacHD / Volumes (hidden file so do a SHIT-COMMAND-dot (.) --- or go to Go To Folder and type /Volumes/ -- and delete zero bite folders with "1" suffix. And reboot.

sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/8_Lacie\ 1 -- turn on spotlight indexing on disk called 8_Lacie\ 1

sudo mdutil -E on /Volumes/8_Lacie\ 1 -- erase spotlight indexing on disk called 8_Lacie\ 1

Mac drag icon or a calendar item for example with three fingers: go to accessibility / pointer control/trackpad options/ enable dragging / three finger drag

tory and rename the folder to chrome.

Place the chrome folder inside your Thunderbird profile directory. To find your profile directory, you can do the following from within Thunderbird:

Help > Troubleshooting Information > Application Basics section > Profile Folder > Show in Finder

(Optional) To change the background and text area of the message composition pages, you can dd the following lines to your user.js file within the profile directory (this w

Libre office Calc: To search all sheets you must use the “Find and Replace” pop-up dialog instead of just the simple find box at the bottom of a sheet.


To restore sesssions, get this file from backup and replace it. Tab-Session-Manager1@sienori.xpi -- it's in firefox profil folder in extensions folder.

Best to take backup of sessions by exporting, and restore.


Tab session manager suppresses sessionstore.jsonlz4 --- disable tab session manager, copy backup of session from sessionstore-backups - rename it - copy to profile folder.

How to Fix Audio Video Sync on MAC

VLC: Use the shortcut keys on the MAC for the same and can get rid of all the troubles related to syncing of Audio with Video. Using some handy keys in the form of the F key and G Key are some keys to adjusting the audio according to the video.

Elmedia: select Decrease Audio Delay. Delay option in the Audio menu or ‘⇧⌘[‘


How to remove table in MS Word while retaining the text inside of it?

How to add Title for my Home Page separately so that it won't get repeated for other pages?

offline dictation not working: System preferences->Accessibility->Voice Control and click "Allow".

MAC OS: Clicking on Dock icon does not bring window on top

Answer: System preferences / Mission control / SELECT / when switching

MAC OS: Multi-display annoying windows jumping randomly

Answer: System preferences / Mission control / DESELECT: automatically rearrange....

MAC OS: Screenshots

Part of a screen: Shift, Command, 4 / select.

Whole current window or menu: Shift, Command, 4, and Space bar. click the camera.

Shift Command 3 makes an image file from each of your displays.

Same as above but add a control key to it and it saves it in paste buffer!

MAC OS: Reveal Path / hidden...

The Go to Folder feature

The Finder has its Go to Folder feature, which can be used for accessing hidden directories, but similar to the Terminal, you can drag a file or folder here to reveal its full path.

To do this, open a new Finder window by pressing Command-N, and then press Shift-Command-G to reveal the Go to Folder panel for the new window. Then drag a target file from another window to the Go to Folder text field, where it will be converted to a full text path that you can select and copy. Unfortunately you cannot drag a file from the same window once the Go to Folder panel is open, but you can drag from the desktop or another Finder window.

MAC OS: Hide / Unhide all icons

defaults write CreateDesktop false

killall Finder

defaults write CreateDesktop true

killall Finder

MAC OS: Finder: expand all subfolders

CMD-ALT-Click on the arrows expands all levels of the structure


  1. Option+click on the Apple menu and choose ‘System Information’ (called ‘System Profiler’ in earlier releases of OS X)

  2. From the side menu, look under ‘Software’ and choose “Applications”

sudo find / -iname *.app

MAC OS: Change permission on all sub-folders

chmod -R +rw mydir


Thunderbird - Phantom mail from 1/01/1970 11:00 AM or 12/31/1969 keeps reappearing in my inbox, often related to junk or deleting a message. I think this is probably msf corruption of some sorts. Removing the msf solved it.


To change icon in Mac of Microsoft office etc. – e.g. get info on excel – tap top image – paste new image.



To turn off Excel's prompting for office update, go to Help / turn off automatic update - the annoying prompt will go away when you do not want to update office because you like your current version.

To keep up-to-date with security updates, fixes, and improvements, choose check for updates -- go to top level library/ app support / msft / then delete MAU in its entirety.

"To address your requirement, you won't see this message if you remove the Microsoft AutoUpdate application found in "/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0" folder. In other words, you could uninstall MAU application if it's necessary to disable this notification."


Add a language on Gboard through Android settings

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.

Tap System. Languages & input.

Under "Keyboards," tap Virtual keyboard.

Tap Gboard. Languages.

Pick a language.

Turn on the layout you want to use.

Tap Done.

Type in a different language - Android - Gboard Help - Google ...


Firefox go to about:support, and hit the "Refresh Firefox..." button, from the upper right corner. Hope this helps.


TO CONVERT AIFF to MP3 on Mac Monterey and above, iTunes (Music) app, import (can drag drop), settings, type MP3, then File/ConvertMP3.


to convert webm to mp3 use vlc / file / convert


Monterey 12.3.1 if copy is not complete e.g. for lack of space, it can be resumed and it copies the rest. very nice feature.



If you don't want the popup to appear at all, you can set the pref ( in about:config) to make it not appear. We're adding UI (context menu on the button) for this pref in Firefox 102.

This was related to an issue I had - Download toolbar icon doesn't close if pressing accel-w to close a tab.


Here's the instructions for the Mac

Migrated FF to old version – migrating profiles was not easy.

To migrate to old version:

Rename existing profile to save it. Also make copy on external drive as backup.

Delete old FF program (83)

Install FF v82.

In Terminal run: /Applications/ -P

Delete all existing profiles

Create profile

Name the new profile the final name you want.

Finalize creating the profile

Run FF from profile manager

Exit FF

Delete the profile manually

Rename old profile as the name you gave profile manager

Run FF 82. You’re good to go with old bookmarks, sessions, open tabs etc.


This subject is more complicated... Firefox updates itself automatically even if you have the flag set in preferences to not do it.

So I tried the process again and then I got an error saying it can't be downgraded and you have to create new profile or quit.

Using an older version of Firefox can corrupt bookmarks and browsing history already saved to an existing Firefox profile. To protect your information, create a new profile for this installation of Firefox.


  • Do steps above (copy profile etc.)

  • After downloading Firefox v82, disconnect the internet. -

  • Terminal: /Applications/ -P to run profile manager

  • Delete all profiles

  • Create new profile with final name you want

  • Run FF

  • Exit FF

  • Rename temp profile to the final name

  • Now here's the trick: To get FF started in Terminal:

    • /Applications/ --allow-downgrade

  • That will run FF with new profile. Voila.

  • But, go to ABOUT:CONFIG pp.update.url — set to false.

  • Go to preferences to check update being disabled

You're good to go.

Good discussion but it doesn't solve it completely. The above experiment I did worked.,for%20this%20installation%20of%20Firefox.&text=If%20you%20create%20new%20profile,to%20use%20Firefox%20from%20scratch.


  • word 2016 autorecover ~/Library/Containers/ Information/

  • Recovery : command-R-power

  • SetFile -d '29/05/2019 13:50:50' /Volumes/3_Secondary/Backup\ -\ only\ copy

  • textedit unsaved draft save text edit ~/Library/Containers/\ Information/

  • to find out owner of a property Grundbuchamt Baden Bahnhofstrasse 40 5400 Baden Tel.: 056 200 09 40

  • to see which program has a volume locked lsof | grep %LACIE_1

  • touch -mt 200801120000 /Volumes/Mac\ HD/Pictures/somefile.jpg

  • excel 2011 autorecover By default, AutoRecovered files are saved in: User>Documents>Microsoft User Data>Office 2011 AutoRecovery.

  • my excel auto recovery /private/var/folders/mc/q3vbxrtx0hdc9yjps4qzct680000gn/T

  • mac word journal files - may have autosave stuff - or interim files. top of disk - enable hidden files --- then: /var/folders/v_/4xwh941x54z2ysx97wp6kr700000gn/T -- in there there are and

  • multiple JPG to PDF Open your JPG files using Preview, and select your image(s) in the window's sidebar. Click File > Print

  • Selected Images. In the window that opens, click the dropdown menu located in the lower left corner. Then, select Save as PDF.

  • computer youtube video thumbnail under 2 MB

  • to get the path - drag into terminal :) /Volumes/3_Secondary/Backup\ -\ only\ copy ----------------- xcode-select –install ----------------------- to fix error: missing xcrun at: /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/xcrun

  • Malwarebytes after uninstall, the icon remains. To remove it, simply reboot.

  • Step 1: Type Keychain Access into Spotlight search ( ) at the top-right menu bar. Step 2: In the sidebar, make sure you click on Passwords, then search for the network you want the password for and double click on it. Step 3: Click on Show Password. Confirm your administrator username and password.

  • download folder on Google Podcasts for Android? Android/Data/

  • change volume name - right click (2 finger) and change volume name (in disk util

MAC OS: Sign out of Mac App Store:

Once in the App Store, look for the Store menu next Edit in the Mac menu bar. Click on Store then select Sign Out. As a warning, once logged out of the App Store any apps purchased via your App Store account may no longer function.

Protect MAC Against Hacking

For additional security and making sure your Mac can't get hacked, set a firmware password. Reboot with Command R - then go to Utilities from menu and set firmware password - a long, strong password. Also make sure you have FileVault password set, your disks are encrypted and have a good Mac OS password.

MAC OS: Right Click to Create New File on Mac OS X

Utilities available to add this feature.


Mac: Missing finder progress window for copy. Solution: finder/view/show progress window

option+ click on folder name to expand all its sub folders

Battery->Battery optimisation-> Select "Don't optimize" for Whatsapp --- Then RESTART. I tried it first without restarting, it didn't work. Only after restarting did it work. This might be because your background app refresh is turned of for whatsapp. You can easily turn it on by going to settings app -> general ->background app refresh. Then u can turn on that feature.

Also maybe u might have turned off notifications on your lockscreen for that go to setting -> notification centre-> scroll down and come to whatsapp and turn on "show on lockscreen"

- settings -> system -> developer options -> disabled doze mode

- settings -> battery -> Battery optimisation - > WhatsApp -> "dont optimize"

- Settings -> Apps -> Application List -> WhatsApp -> Data Usage -> Checked option: Unrestricted use of data

- Settings -> Wifi -> Configure Wifi -> Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep -> Always

Open settings on your phone

Go to the Battery section

Find the section “More battery settings”

You will see the option that interests us: “Stay connected when device is in sleep mode”. Activate this option to prevent WhatsApp from disconnecting when we lock the phone.


Is your web page mobile-friendly? -- but don’t trust Google in that. According to one of their experts, Mobile Usability warning on Google Sites - Page Not Mobile Friendly – can be safely ignored as the tool frequently gives false positives.

command option arrow to move between firefox tabs with keyboard

it only stores unreceived msgs – and can’t read them since decripting happens on client – ALSO ABOUT BACKUPS

- Turn off Thunderbird, do not compact.

- Using your OS, locate the file without an extension and with the same name as the Thunderbird folder where the messages were last (might be Trash) in your profile folder For example, the Inbox file rather than inbox.msf or inbox.sbd.

- Open this file with Notepad

- Change the digits after X-Mozilla-Status all to zero for those messages you wish to undelete

- Save the file

- Turn off Notepad

- Delete the file of the same name with the extension .msf. Example Trash.msf

- If you are religious, say a prayer to the deity or saint of your choice

- Say a prayer to Murphy

- Restart Thunderbird


THE FOLLOWING IS AN OLD FILE I HAD... Not written in it are a million things that make the Mac far superior to Windows.Some of it is XP related as I used WindowsXP for a long time. Windows 7 is a disaster, as is Windows 8, 10... a nightmare for power user. So I basically jumped from Windows XP when it was no longer good idea to use (far after support expired) to MacOS and never looked back. I do own a Windows7 system too which I only use for micky mouse stuff (watching video and apps that only run on Windows).


[Update: I upgraded from Mojave to Big Sur - no problem since most of the 32 bit apps I no longer need]


I should have known better not to go to a newly released OS. Many applications don't work under Sierra and there are loads of problems with it. It took me hours to downgrade back to El Capitan which is a solid OS. Given my setup I'll avoid going to Sierra as long as possible.

There are many online guides on how to downgrade but some of them are buggy. This is how I did it:

1. Download El Capitan from the Mac Store (it's free). Create a bootable flash drive. My drive is called RED in this Terminal command:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ --volume /Volumes/RED --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\

2. Take a full backup (not using Time Machine).

3. You better have a TimeMachine backup of your system or another Image backup before the upgrade.

4. Erase Sierra by restarting while holding Command-R. This puts you in a boot menu with access to DiskUtility which you can use to format your main drive where the OS is on.

5. Reboot using the flash drive you created above. Do this by starting the system while holding the Option key. It puts you in another boot menu where you tell the system to boot from the flash drive.

6. When booted you have a clean OS (El Capitan).

7. Use the TimeMachine backup to restore your system fully.

8. Use the backup of files before downgrade to bring it up to date.

It worked beautifully. TimeMachine is great. MacOS in general rocks and makes Windows look like a toy.

Good luck.

DEC 2015 -- WINDOWS 10

Vicious adware on browsers (firefox, IE, etc.) where you click a link, an ad window opens. Only program that got rid of it was Adware Cleaner:

Windows 7 image back up does not work for many people. You can back up but can't restore. HP backup before reimage also doesn't work - can back up but restore fails.

Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 but it's still a DOS patch work.

DEC 2015 -- WINDOWS 10 - Nasty Permission Issue (typical of Windows hack job)

"you require permission from" "to make changes to this folder"

You require permission from administrators to make changes to this folder. I'm an administrator on my pc but I can't delete files and it keeps on saying you need permission.

I am an Administrator, but I keep getting errors like, "You require permission from Administrators to make changes to this file."


There are many ideas out there but this is the most simple and best solution, thanks to takeownership people.


Solution: Delete any images from the sender's mail you're replying to.


filesearchex BY -- very nice software.


iMovie is too amateur -- Corel VideoStudio or Adobe Premiere Pro are better.


Seems like Presonus Studio One is very cool and some people prefer it to Logic Pro.

I'm trying to decide to stick with Protools or not

Salesman: Protools: old school, new pricing: $100 gets up to to P12 and can stay there.


Vicious adware on browsers (firefox, IE, etc.) where you click a link, an ad window opens. Only program that got rid of it was Adware Cleaner: adwcleaner_5.022.exe

But sometimes it's a nasty one like on Windows 10's Chrome there's a popup adware that's hard to kill -- e.g. Reimage Repair pop-up ad.

Solution is to run aadware cleaner first adwcleaner

and then run malwarebytes anti-malware.


Remove unwanted RunDLL popup such as "there was a problem starting c:\users etc.etc KitLogo.dll -- or dvp.dll -- best is to download a wonderful software called AUTORUNS by SYSINTERNALS -- and click to run it as administrator -- and it'll show kiklogo and get rid of it.


Folks, chill out... correct me if I'm wrong but if you like a post the person who posted it controls who can see it. Am I correct to assume if a friend shared a public post and set the privacy to friends only, if you click like, only that friend's friends will see your like and not your own friends (unless they're a mutual friend). It's simple.

If you don't want people to see your like of PUBLIC posts, don't "like" it. Public posts means everyone sees your likes including your friends.

Judie Green : If you make a comment or like something on someone else's post or photo then that person who originally made the post is in control of who is able to view it and all of the comments and likes.


How to stop MS project from displaying welcome screen? Options/General/Disable Display Help On Startup

Thunderbird 38.2.0 has a bug: it goes offline after standby. Went into to toosl/options/advanced/network/offline/remember previous online status -- still didn't help.


Facebook has old description of youtube video. Can run facebook debug script but my still not seem to work – but if you click POST FB fetches the updated description

AUG 2015 -- Thunderbird 38.2.0 bug

Thunderbird 38.2.0 has a bug: it goes offline after standby. Went into to toosl/options/advanced/network/offline/remember previous online status -- still didn't help.

When resume from standby, TB is always in offline mode. Only happens in latet version of TB (38.2.0) - I'm reverting to old version.

Just reverted to

and it does NOT have that problem. So this is definitely a 38.2 bug.

JUL 2015 -- Audacity echoes

Audacity echoes on recording.

Solution: edit/preferences/recording turn off "Play Through"

MAR 2015 -- Can't download quicktime

Firefox has problem downloading Quicktime. Try another browser.

MAR 2015 -- Post Facebook (or other url) on Yahoo






MAR 2015 -- Recover Audacity .AU files

MAR 2015 -- Make Youtube Video Play Continuously

where EZfdmWylQP8 is the video number

FEB 2015 -- Compare directories (folders) to see what files are missing from one of the other and much more...

great utilitiy:

WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

WinMerge is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions. WinMerge can be used as an external differencing/merging tool or as a standalone application.

FEB 2015 - MAC sucks in so many ways...

Mac’s restart is not really a restart.

I used my powerful Mac for a few weeks when the other big computer was in the shop. I tried hard to like it. I do like Macs enough to have spent thousands buying a top of the line for music -- but for everyday office use Mac is a drag.

FEB 2015 - MAC control tab switch windows in same application

Windows has a nice feature to let you choose to group all of an app's windows or not and can switch with control tab. MAC doesn't allow that. Instead (not as good) in Mac within an app can hit Command plus the key above tab (~ key).

FEB 2015 - FACEBOOK doesn't show linked website thumbnail

Make sure if using domain routing it's done via HTTP and not FRAME so the destination domain name is not locked and is dynamic. This way Facebook can pick up the image.

And run the domain through Facebook Debug to reset FB internal database.


To remove Firefox addons

enter about:plugins into the location bar, there should be a full file-path be shown next to the outdated adcrobat addon

use windows explorer to navigate to that path & delete the appropriate file.


Audacity: make space key "play/stop and set cursor" (instead of just play/stop and set curser at the beginning of where playback started.

Preferences / keyboard

find Space. Below it is X. Click on that. click space bar and click set. Now instead of X, spacebar does that job. I set space to be the Play/Stop which space bar used to do by default.

Google’s blue arrows HOW TO MAKE GOOGLE NOT JUMP SEARCH RESULTS SCROLL How to Enable Smooth Scrolling Feature in Google

turn off instant search and you get rid of that nightmarish blue arrow forever 1. go to

2. from the google bar on the top right, select settings, then search settings

3. At the Google Instant option, select 'Do not use google Instant'


The menu bar and tabs may not be visible in Task Manager.

To switch Task Manager to its typical display mode, double-click the top border of the window.


Windows 98/ME: Windows\Application Data\Audacity

Windows 2000/XP: Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Audacity

Windows Vista and 7: Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Audacity

OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/audacity

Linux: ~/.audacity-data

Vertical line on Cannon ADF scans

Oct 2014 - Delete All Gmail Contacts more than 250 at a time



It works great.

Aug 2014 - Netzero Free Dialup

To disable internet explorer iexplore.exe can't be deleted but the rest of the stuff in that and subfolders can be deleted and IE is finally dead thank god.

Oct 2014 - Have windows remember window locations

Windows 7 won't remember my desktop folder locations

Aug 2014 - Export Youtube Tags

How to export tags from a youtube video – copy youtube tags

Go to the last dag – after it there’s empty slot for next tax. Control A – control C – you got it made!

Aug 2014 - Android

Google Play Services won't update

Solution: delete and re-add your google account


The "Local Folders has 1 new message" icon shows up in the tray along with the system sound for "New Mail Notification" but there are no new messages.


Tools>account settings under server settings make sure automatically download new messages is checked. Do this for each account.

Aug 2014 - Superstart addon for Firefox

I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to ungroup or delete a group

“please click a group, then drag the links out for the group, wait for a while and it will be placed out of the group, when there is only one link in a group, the group will become a normal icon.”


Aug 2014 - Remove SIM on a Galaxy

To take out a SIM card out of a Samsung Galaxy (or Note) use an eraser and gently push it on the SIM.

May 2014 - Security

Suggestion made to uninstall "file and printer sharing for Microsoft networks" from wireless properties.

May 2014 - Go back to old google maps

new google maps is a disaster.

Go back more permanently

To switch to classic Maps for longer than a single session, follow the steps below.

Go to the new Google Maps.

Click the Help button in the bottom right corner.

Click Return to classic Google Maps.

Click Yes in the notification bar that appears.

On the landing page that appears, follow the instructions to opt out permanently. Any feedback you could provide as to why you wanted to opt out will be valuable in improving the product for you in the future.

May 2014 - Switch Firefox from Beta to Prod (Release)

  1. Close Firefox.

  2. Go to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref

  3. Edit channel-prefs.js with Notepad pref("", "release");

  4. save it, exit, open firefox.

May 2014 - Avoiding Last XP Update

Got rid of a bunch of Firefox extensions.






And added

TAB MIX PLUS which includes session manager

April 2014 - Avoiding Last XP Update

I don't trust MS not messing up my system with the last XP update. I experienced speed issues and got message about end-of-life of XP. Promptly removed the last update.

As a poweruser I like XP -- it still sucks as an OS compared to better ones but in itself from a poweruser standpoint is FAR SUPERIOR to Win7 or Win8 both of which suck bigtime. I'd go full in Mac before I buy another Win7 or Win8 machine. No way in hell I'm going to Win8.

Bottom line is I'm staying on XP indefinitely -- probably for long time to come :) and MS can't do sugar about it.

Me and millions of others will never migrate away from XP because both Windows 7 and 8 suck big time (see below). I even removed my latest update because I don't trust MS. My system was sluggish after the last upgrade. Not that I love XP but it works. It's a lousy OS anyway compared to much better OS's but FAR better than 7 and 8 for a power user like me. Of course those OS's are better in some ways but XP overall including POWER USER experience beats its rivals hands down. My next OS will be MAC on all my my systems if I'm forced to dump XP.

I look for a lot more than not crashing in an OS. XP never crashes on me -- I love the stability.

For more on why 7 absolutely sucks (while internally it may be good) see

Mar 2014 - Avast Grime

Uninstall Avast Grime by going into control panel / programs / choose avast and click on change and uncheck Grime Fighter

Mar 2014 - VPN

I have lots of email accounts and when I travel gmail security check etc are painful to deal with so I looked for a VPN but decided not to use it.

I did some research on various VPN's. Hotspotshield sends the real IP as part of a header probably (maybe just to https sites) (not good).

PureVPN is out of Hong Kong. They have some new servers not yet in reference tables so locations are not up to date (not good).

Hidemyass is a solid software. Their openVPN + Autopath is supposed to be compareable to pptp speed but it doesn’t work because their autopath doesn't work (bombed every time with support on phone both on XP and WIN7. Furthermore their virtual servers don't download gmail (not good). Support is alright but they take a trial and error approach and are not very informed or scientific so it wasted a lot of my time.

Another issue is if you use a VPN many sites don't like the connection. So I decided not to use it.

Jan 2014 - Mac Pain

Try to change the rate (speed) of screen saver image change. It's like pulling teeth. Esoteric as hell.

Jan 2014 - InDesign Text Wrapping Around Photos

Control Alt W.

Jan 2014 - Audacity default MP3 storage folder



C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx\AppData\Roaming\Audacity\audacity.cfg

Dec 2013 - Put Firefox out of full screen


Oct 2013 - Shift display from vertical to horizontal etc.

Control + Alt + arrow keys

Oct 2013 - Firefox > Chrome

Dumped firefox for chrome on HP after hours wasted on sound issues on one of the systems -- Firefox seems like an old clunker compared to Chrome but still using it on my main laptop.

Aug 2013 - Paste Youtube Tags

enter all tags in WORD with commas in between and paste into Youtube tags !

Oct 2013 - Firefox session management SUCKS -- solution: Session Manager addon -- but it's still unreliable so best to manually save session to ensure recovery

10/20/2013 2:07 AM

Wated hours trying to figure out how to make sense of corrupted sessionstore.js file – most articles are on restoring sesseionstore.bak but that’s not my problem.

Nothing worked until I came across this:

“My sessionstore got corrupted so I'm doing this manually (the other solutions I found didn't work - I think sessionstore.js got corrupted which was why FF didn't load it in the first place)

I replaced all instances of "url":" with "^p^p"url":"" (2 new paragraphs).

And then I search for lines with ""title":" as there're many nonsense lines going to Facebook/Twitter/about:blank/Google+ pages

Hope this helps others

I need to use a Session Manager to save my last few sessions...”

Voila !! the title search puts me to all the urls for my open tabs before the crash.

Because of repeat issue with session problems I am thinking of dumping firefox altogether but only if Chrome passes my test. I used session manager before but it had too much overhead. We’ll see.

Since I don’t have the bandwidth to switch browsers I’ll give firefox a last chance but will use session manager.

[spoke too early -- title is 680 of them................... impossible to go through.............. back to square one

Sep 2013 - Mozilla best speed dial new tab

go to


put in there


and then restart when it asks you

new tab speed dial is now set up

just add the sites you want by clicking + button

I tried different new tab speeddials and this one is the best and fastest (others slow down a new tab opening, etc.)

Aug 2013 - XFAT

lessson: XFAT sucks - consumes far too much space. Only use for Mac portability not for archives.

You probably know that you can enter all tags in one hit if you copy them from WORD with each tag separated by a comma.

Sep 2013 - Firefox sessionstore.js

I hate the way firefox handles sessions and doesn't have native way of saving a session like Opera does. Using addons adds extra overhead and sometimes produces errors and lack of integrity of auto saved session.

sessionstore.js can get corrupted and deciphering through a corrupt java script file is no fun

solution I found was to move it to system with firefox which has session manager add on installed and that guy can read the corrupted sessionstore.js file ! Bingo!

Sep 2013 - Change drive letter (not recommended)

change OS drive letter windows xp


Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for "\DosDevices\C:".

Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.

May 2013 - Recover emptied trash bin of Thunderbird

To recover empties thunderbird trashcan:

If you haven't compacted folders, exit TB, copy the trashcan file itself (under TB folder).

Then download and run the reset mailbox utility:

Then download and install the import/export tool:


and it imports the output of the reset program as the recovered folder.

Jul 2013 - Control Tab Mac

Richard 06/29/2010 02:52 PM PDT

Here is an easier work around than getting a third party app, which I discovered by accident. I quit minimizing windows when I figured this one out. Instead of minimizing windows, hide them with command-h. Then to bring with back, use command-tab and highlight the hidden app and all its windows will reappear on your desktop. This is so much better than having to use finger gymnastics to add the option key, which is hard to use when you already have a finger on the command key.

Command-Tab to minimized windows

May 2013 - Turn off beep of wireless connection

Intel ProSet Wireless - open wifi connection utility -- then press control-P -- uncheck the 'Show Information Notifications' box..

Apr 2013 - Firefox duplicate Open New Tab button

put the existing open new tab button on another toolbar.

Then created a userChrome.css file in

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\k3t9u98e.default-1352740564937\chrome

and put this code in it:

@namespace url("");

#new-tab-button { visibility: visible !important; }

.tabs-newtab-button { visibility: visible !important; }

Then restarted firefox and brought the open new tab back to the tab toolbar - now I have a duplicate (second) open new tab button -- one on each side of tabs -- it's VERY useful.

Apr 2013 - Firefox Global Close Tab button

1. Type "about:config" in the address bar.

2. Search for "browser.tabs.closeButtons"

3. Change the value to 3.

Jul 2013 - Mozilla

Mozilla profile folder on Mac

Library folder. Open the "Application Support" folder, then open the "Firefox" folder, and then the "Profiles" folder.

Apr 2013 - Google doesn't work in Opera

Reason: corrupted profile folder - get one off backup or delete and reinstall.

search engine adr of amazon in opera

Apr 2013 - Turn off automatic update in Opera

From the menu, go to Opera > Preferences > Advanced Preferences > Security.

Apr 2013 - Best Opera version

I downgraded from Opera 12.15 to 11.52 -- 11.52 is much faster and is stable and doesn't have all the hangups of newer version. I think 11.52 is the best version of opera. It can be downloaded from

Apr 2013 - Opera tab bar

Opera Tab Bar below menu bar


enable show menu

Mar 2013 - New Gmail Account; POP3; Thunderbird can't delete Application Data folder on desktop:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\

profile was: lozu6adz.default

solution : find your prefs.js file -- in Drive:\Thunderbird

edit it and delete every line that has reference to that profile name (in this case "lozu6adz")

Mar 2013 - Gmail bundling mails into threads

you can turn off Conversation View:

so gmail behaves like you expect it and if you have new mail it doesn't bundle it up into a thread and just up the counter (hard to see / keep track).

To do so go to SETTINGS (top right of gmail screen there's wheel.

then in the GENERAL tab


Conversation View to Conversation view off

Feb 2013 - Load Thunderbird Address Book From Excel or other file.

Time to time my adr book shoots up north of 14000 -- time to clean up -- load up personal list of about 1000 addresses quickly from Excel.

I Built up a text file using WORD replace function to inset before and after the email adr in the following order

The import attributes are, in order:

First Name, Last Name, Display Name, Nickname, Primary Email, Secondary Email, Work Phone, Home Phone, Fax Number, Pager Number, Mobile Number, Home Address, Home Address2, Home City, Home State, Home Zipcode, Home Country, Work Address, Work Address2, Work City, Work State, Work Zip, Work Country, Job Title, Department, Organization, Web Page 1, Web Page 2, Birth Year, Birth Month, Birth Day, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3, Custom 4, Notes

each record is for example:


Import as text - works like a champ

Feb 2013 - Word URL doesn't work in PDF

Solution: use

Jan 2013 - Delete Thunderbird Tab -- even the main tab

Thanks a lot to this very valuable tip I gained a lot of realestate:

Hide tabs when there is only 1. Go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> General (tab) and click the "Config Editor..." button. If a cautionary dialog box pops up then click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button. Start typing in the filter line of the small window that opens. Type "mail.tabs.autoHide". You will see a seeting with this preference name in the list below. Double click it to change it to "true".

Jan 2013 - Outlook 2003 missing subject field in search

Field Chooser - frequenty used fields - missing subject - it's not missing - it's displayed but probably hidden among many other fields - if it's not on the frequenty used fields it's displayed - look and it's there.

Jan 2013 - Windows XP service pack 3 download

Jan 2013 - Thunderbird forward or reply sent message doesn't use default account.

Solution: set identity of non default account to default account (when non def is used only for receiving).

Jan 2013 - FREE OCR

Jan 2013 - google search in title bar returns a 302 error?

3xx codes are all redirect codes - you'll generally see them if you've (deliberately or accidentally) disabled automatic redirection. Go to <Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Network > Enable automatic redirection</em>.

Jan 2013 - Problem: Intel Pro Wireless prompts for "device ownership password".

Click on start and choose Control Panel->add or remove programs-> Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Software -> Modify -> Uncheck WI-FI PROTECTED SETUP

Jan 2013 - MISC

setup cannot copy the file ncprov.mf_

cleaned the CD and it worked.


error number 0x80240036



Jan 2013 - Remove items from windows startup

Run “msconfig”

Dec 2012 - Corel Video Studio Change Language To English

Corel Video Studio change language to English





remove the semicolon

set it to


there are 2 occurrences - change both

Nov 2012 - Some Cool Free Software

Free OCR:

Nov 2012 - XP - Admin account missing

XP Administrator account missing. Solution: log out. Log back in. Type Administrator and system will enable that account and create folders for it etc.

Nov 2012 - XP - Delete Admin user

to delete an admin user go to computer management / local users / users. It can't be deleted from control panel / users

Nov 2012 - XP - Annoying .NET Framework Assistant

Remove .NET Framework Assistant from Firefox

delete registry key:


Nov 2012 - XP - to add hibernate to shutdown menu

run regedit


Make or modify key called System

Add key Shutdown


Value # 1 box, type ShowHibernateButton

Right-click ShowHibernateButton - set value to 1.

Nov 2012 - Opera lost history

Opera prompts for new version install. Tabes / history / last session gets lost.

Only history that remains is

C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\profile\typed_history.xml

Nov 2012 - Speed up XP

Set properties on C drive to no indexing.

Start / Run / "services.msc" / turn off indexing service

Oct 2012 - Kaspersky

NDIS Miniport Driver

kaspersky anti-virus ndis miniport

Oct 2012 - Acronis restore image fails with message "operation has completed with errors"

Solution: put the image on another disk which the OS has an easier time reading. No idea why but LaCie is easier to read than Hitachi and the restore works off LaCie not Hitachi.

Oct 2012 - Open Office

open office 3.3 is way to go - doesn't have those ugly features of Office 2010

Oct 2012 - Opera migration

Windows 7's stupid "appdata/roaming" folder can be deleted.

Copy all files from xp's programfiles/opera to 7's programfiles(x86)/opera and it works.

Sep 2012 - Google.xx change to - make default search engine


Edit c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Add this at the end of the file (xx being the country you want Google NOT to default to)


Also: [THIS IS THE BEST SOLUTION] always goes to

Sep 2012 - Various

popup: Avast! has detected a secure connection from your mail shield... solution: go to email client and for each account disable SLL

Kompozer bug changes count.cgi |dd=31 -- solution is to go in settings /advanced and make DTD to transitional and turn on both special characters options. I have no idea why these make it work but it does!

<img src="|dd=31"></font></font>


Check the box 'Don't encode special characters in attribute values' and the other one

Make Windows7 look like / behave like XP:


When installing Firefox you get a dialog box stating:

You may not have the necessary permissions to use all the features of the program you are about to run. You may run this program as a different user or continue to run the program as the current user.

Solution: Click on Start

In the Start Search box, type UAC.

Click on Change User Account Control Settings

If it is currently set to Default, try setting it to Never Notify (drag the slider to the bottom) and click OK.

If it is currently set to Never Notify, try setting it to Default.

You can also try setting it to Never Notify, clicking OK then going back into it and changing it back to Default.

Install Firefox again.

Sep 2012 - Windows 7 Sucks

Try making a new folder in a window which is not that big and full of files. On XP just click anywhere and boom -- on the frikin 7 piece of crap you can't -- you also can't click on a new folder icon because it's not there and you can't right click on address bar where you can drop files on and so you have to maximiz the flillin window and go to bottom where maybe there are no files and then right click

windows7 explorer sucks bigtime.

can use instead:

I hate windows 7 because

the native explorer is a crap. you search for something then open the folder of result and that frikin search criteria is still there and you can't get a streight path (I didnt feel like spending 2 hours on it but think it's not even possible.

You can't avoid the frikin promopt: you need a admin priv to delete despite your account being admin

A simple properties on a file in a folder with lots of files is a nightmare to get right -- the sucker gives properties of the folder sometimes...

the taskbar is a disaster mixing the progs on it with open processes.

the start menu is pathetic. downloaded an xp mimick

thank god they provide a classic view (retro) vs. that piece of shit called win 7 interface.

Unable to create image: 0x8078002A -- The fix is to have the destination drive formatted such that it can't be used with XP (unbelievable). It's a bug in Win7 utility, end of story!

Just some basic things are so incredibly dumb and frustrating. Make a mistake of using Windows7 native search command in a folder. Brings up results. No option to open in destination folder. So you click on the result (a folder) -- the goal is to knew where the flock that is within this shit of an operating system -- search bar now changes to search results blah blah -- you know what? after a few times trying different things I'll just go back to FileSearchEx (which mimicks XP) instead of dealing with this shit opeirating system's commands -- with 2 clicks I did what I wanted while Windows 7 was just not capable of doing it. --- and now try to clear the "search results" from address bar ---------- forget it........ close the window and open a new one.

Open folder and click I to go to the first item with I in it - it's sorted by name - this piece of shit of an OS puts the cursor on the first FILE though folders are listed first. Jeez!!

Broken shortcuts are deleted from the desktop in Windows 7 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Pain in the ass trying to put desktop in a frikin folder view -- I open a folder on the desktop - on XP I'd just hit up arrow -- on this piece of shit OS (Windows 7) it's like pulling teeth ---

June 2012 - Tired of losing data from Notepad’s lack of autosave?

Download Notepad++

Download autosave plugin:

May 2012 - Insert signature in PDF

Very simple, scan the signature. Save it as a PDF. The copy paste from open PDF into target PDF.

Apr 2012 - WinXP Startup

to turn off auto start programs in win-xp start/run/msconfig

Apr 2012 - Bad Sector

"having read a report from Google about the failure rate in some 100,000 Hard Disk Drives which they analysed in detail. ... One of the conclusions of that report was that a Hard Disk Drive marking off bad sectors is 40x more likely to fail in the near future (2 months)."

Apr 2012 - Delete Kaspersky Cache

Kaspersky cache can only be deleted if "self defense" is turned off. Even if program doesn't start with system its files are locked (good thing) but to remove them for disk cleanup / defrag optimization must disable self defense in options menu / advances.

Apr 2012 - Set Thunderbird as default email client in browser


"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe"



Mar 2012 - Simulate key stroke to prevent screensaver from enabling


If you have problems with your PC locking or going to sleep, caffeine will keep it awake. It works by simulating a keypress once every 59 seconds, so your machine thinks you're still working at the keyboard, so won't lock the screen or activate the screensaver.


Mar 2012 - Truecrypt

Bought a 2 TB Lacie drive. Inside the box it's a 500 GB disk ! The OS only sees 500 GB. You have to format it using the software they give you to see 2 TB (strange!)

Western Digital Elements has to be the worst hard disk ever made. So many people report the same type of crash. Shame the company is even selling it.

Truecrypt is a great tool but making an encrypted volume is a mistake -- it makes recovery much harder.

Mar 2012 - Flashing (reinstalling) a sony k750i

Tips: don't do it - the flight mode not worth it.

Some instructions here

to reverse it back to k750i OS have to download the firmware from


pain -- it took hours to figure it out - flash it to flight mode, find orig firmware and reinstall.

27 Jan 2012 - Turn off instant search in Google and make it work in Opera

To turn off Google's annoying "instant search" login, go to settings (top right wheel) and turn off instant search.

In opera - go to then >> Menu >>> Settings >>> quick preferences >>> edit site preference >>> network tab >>> browser identification >>> identify as Firefox

Sony Ericsson k750i doesn't work with 4GB card but does work with 2 GB card.

28 Dec 2011 - Block Site

To block access to a site, add the name of the site to the \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file, and set its IP address to

28 Dec 2011 - Opera Restore Search


26 Dec 2011 - Private Video Youtube

I had a private video forgot which of my chanmels it was on and forgot which video it was. All I had was the video ID.

Can look inside it as follows:

(replace VIDEO_ID with the ID)

18 Dec 2011 - Disk crash due to low power

Error 2000-0142 unmountable_boot_volume and other ugly messages (0F00-065D IDE Device failed - self-test failed read portion of the test - smart short self-test failed)

Immadiate solution can get the disk to book again (after this do a full disk check and replace if hardware is faulty).


- use recovery CD. Do a windows XP repair (R).

- chkdsk /r

that can take hours.

but afterwards system booted fine. Magic!!

18 Dec 2011 - Using both Excel 2010 Excel 2003

It's possible to have both Excel 2010 and Excel 2003 on the same XP-Professional OS. Key difference is Excel 2010 can handle unlimited number of rows whereas 2003 is limited to 65535.

To have .xls programs open with 2003 by default run these commands:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE" /unregserver

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\EXCEL.EXE" /unregserver

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\EXCEL.EXE" /regserver

the last command brings up an install screen but let it do its thing. It works like a champ. Can then have a shortcut to the 2010 version.

16 Nov 2011 - MS Office / Windows 7 Disaster

I hate Windows 7, and in fact ever version of Windows eccept XP Professional. Windows 7 does all this weired things in the background even in simple things like folder navigation. And it is still too unstable for my taste. Office 2010 - it's a disaster - Microsoft has made every package much more complicated and less usable and more difficult to use. Word Excel Powerpoint - all went downhill bigtime with the Office 2010. MS project too. User has to click more buttons than before.

16 Nov 2011 - MS Project Bug

MS Project 2010 Professional - TimeScale Issue - Tier Size Mismatch An upper tier has less time per tick. This bug puts the program in an infinite loop and there's no getting out of it. Make sure autosave is on so you don't lose your work.

24 Sep 2011 - How to rebuild Thunderbird .msf files

An easy way (and only way I know of without going through one by one) to rebuild all Thunderbird .msf files is to run the find-duplicate addon. It goes through all folders and rebuilds the index for each.

Thunderbird inbox can get corrupted. Solution: Delete .msf file and restart TB.

2 Sep 2011 - Format USB flash drive NTFS

To format a USB Drive to NTFS go to device manager, select hard drives, right click on the flash drive, go to plicies, select "optimize for performance" and then do quick format in NTFS. Without the steps above the default is FAT32 and the only option that shows up under Format.

10 July 2011 - Java version

How to tell installed Java version:

Open a DOS prompt and enter the following command:

java –version

28 June 2011 - Download gmail mail again

Gmail POP will only download once, but you can used the recent command to get the last 30 days emails. For all other POP clients, replace '' in your POP client settings with ''

03 June 2011 - Kaspersky Forced Removal

internal error 2753. avpinst.dll when installing or removing or upgrading Kaspersky Antivirus


download zip file :


03 June 2011 - Search Companion Blank - Windows XP Pro


Click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type regsvr32 jscript.dll, and then click OK.

Click OK.

10 March 2011 - Excel Tip

to anchor a cell press f4. it keeps it the same in formulas in moving rows or columns...

10 March 2011 - Expanding size of Truecrypt archive

Expand a TrueCrypt volume on the fly without reformatting. All kind of volumes (container files, disks and partitions) formatted with the NTFS file system are supported

09 March 2011 -

- LW L M S image size on Canon Camcorder HG-10. L M S is for large medium small. LW is for wide (16:9) aspect ratio. I select L. And Superfine.

- HG-10 records high def in all settings LP SP XP etc...

02 Feb 2011 -

- "unsent messages" file (folder) in Thunderbird is just the draft folder so if draft is empty, it can be deleted.

- When Canon digital camcorder "initialize HDD" command doesn't respond, restart and it should then work.

- Fat 32 can be read by both PC and Mac. To format an external disk using FAT32 or FAT 16, it can only be done with Windows XP command line (windows itself only formats NTFS).


format / FS:FAT32 drivename

it will prompt for volume name which you should have.


- "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" formats a external disk that was formatted on Mac so PC can access the disk and format it.

10 Jan 2011 - Force uninstall Turbotax

To force uninstall Turbotax 2009 run the installation package to extract the setup.exe (in a folder under Temp with ckz_ prefix). Move to c:\x The start/run c:\x\setup.exe /f to "flush". Then abort the reinstall and run uninstall and it works. Painful way to clean up after itself but it works.

25 Nov 2010 - Encryption Statistics

from a blog:

Howdy Says: hmm, i would like to create a word file for a 20 character password consisting of upper and lower case letters. how would i do that?

scg Says on blog: Howdy: Do you have 500 million quadrillion terabytes free on your hard drive? Assuming you already have a supercomputer available that can test 1 million passwords / second, are you willing to wait 47 billion times the current age of the universe to test the entire list? If not, a list of every upper/lower case password of length 20 is not going to be helpful since there will be (2*26)^20 = 2 * 10^34 combinations! If you wrote all of the passwords of length 8 to a file it would still be 400 TB. Testing those combinations would take over a year at 1 million tests/sec, which would require a cluster of many, many computers.

21 Nov 2010 - Firefox doesn't support opening multiple files

Can't get that to work, can't find any references. Drag&drop doesn't work; open doesn't work; just one file at a time. Primitive!!

21 Nov 2010 - Open multiple links with one click in Firefox

A very cool Firefox extension (dream come true) :

Multi Links lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time rather than having to do them all individually.

You can simply draw a box around a group of links by clicking and holding the right mouse button. You then drag the box around the links you want to open and let go of the right mouse button to open them using the default action.

Good job:

21 Nov 2010 - MS Office Speech toolbar doesn't appear in Word

In Excel it works but text-to-speech in Word doesn't work. I'm not the only one having this problem and haven't seen any solutions out there.

21 Nov 2010 - Firefox Can open .mht files:

Mozilla Firefox requires an extension be installed to read and write MHT files: Mozilla Archive Format:

21 Nov 2010 - Firefox Voice (Opera voice doesn't work)

I read that Opera has fixed the voice problem in their latest release but since Opera beyond 10.1 is a dog, I looked for an addon for Firefox. A nice easy one is here:

Download, install, right click on text and you can do other things while it reads to you.

20 Nov 2010 - Outlook is a Dog

The simple task of changing the location of a data file took me way too long. I tried all the intuitive things and they all failed. Check out these instructions from microsoft:

Method 2: Microsoft Office Outlook 2002

Open Outlook.

On the Tools menu, click Options.

On the Mail Setup tab, click the E-mail accounts button, even if you do not have an e-mail account specified. [I don't even use Outlook for email and I had to go through these steps]

Click to select the View or change existing e-mail accounts check box, and then click Next.

Click the New Outlook Data File button.

Under Types of storage, click Personal Folders file (.pst), and then click OK.

Browse through the folders to the new location for your .pst file, and then click OK twice.

Under the Deliver new e-mail to the following location list, click the Personal Folders file that was just added, and then click Finish.

If this is your default e-mail delivery location, you will receive the following message:

You have changed the default deliver location for your e-mail. This will change the location of your Inbox, Calendar, and other folders. These changes will take effect the next time you start Outlook.

Click OK.

On the Mail Setup tab, click the Data Files button.

Click to select the .pst file that was identified in step 4 in the "How to Identify the Name and Location of Your Personal Folder File" section of this article, and then click Remove to remove the local .pst file from your profile.

Click Close, and then click OK to close all dialog boxes.

On the File menu, click Exit.

Restart Outlook.

20 Nov 2010 - Thunderbird [Technical]

Moving Thunderbird profile location is tricky. The profile folder contains all emails etc. If you're the only user keep it simple and just use the default profile. But I like to have its location under my user area so my backups are simplified.