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The Problem is Skype Click to Call Button.

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Skype Click to Call add-on that is installed in your browser when you install Skype. Skype released a new version of this add-on back in April that resolves this issue with Excel.

The following sticky goes into more detail about how to get the latest version of Skype’s Click to Call:

Text loses formatting when I use Cut, Copy, Paste, Paste Special or Format Painter in Excel

Automatically adjust Windows Times Zone [SOLVED]

Automatically adjust Windows Times Zone [SOLVED]

I found this as the best option, but it’s $20



Easy copy full file path of file and file name [SOLVED]

Easy copy full file path of file and file name [SOLVED]

There is a small, free utility called Path Copy Copy. Download it here.


Easy copy full file path of file and file name [SOLVED]
The Path Copy Copy contextual menu items.

The extension has a modular architecture wh

How to put Dropbox on a Network Drive Windows (Easy Training Tutorial)

  1. Create a folder on any local drive
  2. Hit the Windows or start button and choose Run:
  3. Type: CMD to bring up a command prompt window
  4. Load a command prompt and use the following :
    subst x: c:\Dropbox
    This will create what looks like a normal internal drive linking to that directory
  5. Open Dropbox and Choose advanced installation. Choose the folder you’ve created (x:\)
    Finish Dropbox installation
  6. Quit dropbox immediately after finishing installation
  7. Return to command prompt and remove the virtual drive mapping with
    subst x: /d
  8. Map the drive to your network drive/NAS.
    Open any windows window
    Press Map Network Drive
    Assign the Mapped Drive to X
    Choose the Network Drive Location you’d like Dropbox to sync to
  9. Re-open Dropbox

How do you delete the unnecessaryly bloated Pagefile.sys file in Windows XP

How to safely delete pagefile.sys or use it on Windows XP.

As to the pagefile.sys that is in use by the virtual memory if you have plenty of ram you can turn off or at least reduce the amount set aside:

  • click start
  • right click my computer
  • click properties
  • click advanced (tab)
  • under performance click settings
  • click advanced (tab) under virtual memory click change

here you can change the space available for each drive by choosing the custom button then entering the amount you want

The Best Screen Capture Tools for Mac and PC (Free and Paid)

Snipping Tool (Windows, Free)

Five Best Screen Capture ToolsIncluded in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and the Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet Edition, Snipping Tool fits into a perfect niche for many users. For those of you who don’t need high-powered screen capture tools, the basic functionality of Snipping Tool allows you to capture the whole screen, individual windows, or user-specified capture areas. Snipping Tool also has extremely basic editing functions, like the ability to highlight and write on your screen captures. It lacks the more advanced features included in other screen capture tools, but it does a great job filling the gap between the frustrating Print Screen and Paste style screen capture in earlier versions of Windows and more advanced applications. Snipping Tool is a solid choice if you’ve already got it on your system and your screen capture needs are minimal and far between.

FastStone Capture (Windows, $20)

Five Best Screen Capture ToolsFastStone Capture lives up to the fast in its name; this application is lightweight and extremely responsive. It doesn’t have a large interface, but within the tiny user interface is a screen capturing workhorse. FastStone Capture can capture multiple windows, regions, and multi-level menus. You can set it to automatically upload screenshots to an FTP server, send them by email, or embed them into a Word or Power Point presentation. In addition, this flexible tool includes a basic but very effective screencasting tool that supports audio input. FastStone Capture can be set to automatically prompt your for a caption with preset options, which makes bulk-producing screenshots a snap. Another small but handy feature is the built in color picker for easy color sampling.

Jing (Windows/Mac, Free)

Five Best Screen Capture ToolsJing is the spartan baby brother of another screenshot tool, Snagit, both of which are products produced by software company TechSmith. Jing fills a niche in the screen capture crowd, allowing folks who want to share their screen captures to do so as quickly as possible. When you install Jing and set up an account at, you can also set Jing to upload to your Flickr account or YouTube account. Once you’ve set it up, going from capturing a screenshot or screencast to sharing the URL for your hosted file takes a matter of seconds. Jing has basic annotation tools, but the real draw is speedy sharing. Upgrading to Jing Pro for $15 a year removes the Jing branding from your images and video and adds in a few features, like the ability to record your screencasts in MPEG in addition to Flash.

Skitch (Mac, Free)

Five Best Screen Capture ToolsSkitch is a screen capture tool in the same vein as Jing. Skitch the application is closely tied to, the screen capture hosting site. Skitch captures your screen, annotates it, draws on it with swanky graphics, and when you’re ready, sharing it online is as easy as saving it to your desktop. If you don’t want to use to share your screenshots, you can just as easily use your own FTP, Flickr, or .Mac account. The interface of Skitch is particularly user friendly; nearly all the editing functions are laid out in a ring around your screen capture, making it easy to find the tool you’re looking for.

Snagit (Windows, $50)

Five Best Screen Capture ToolsSnagit is as far removed from the classic Print Screen school of screen captures as possible. Snagit helps you capture both still images and grab frames from video. You can capture your entire screen or regions of it, and thanks to a robust profile system, you can create profiles for all manner of capture techniques. Whether you only want to generate a screen capture after a menu is activated or you want every screen capture to be automatically uploaded to a server, you can create a Snagit profile to fit your purpose. On top of the highly customizable feature set, Snagit offers a built in editor for annotating your screenshots and adding basic effects. Finally, the app’s screenshot organizer keeps your grabs in order with date, name, and tag-based searching. Snagit also has the ability to easily capture images from objects that are larger than the screen.

Windows 7 Shortcut List of useful shortcuts (Printable)

1. Managing ‘Windows’ in Windows 7

Move and Resize Active Window
Win+Arrow Down Set window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored)
Win+Arrow Up Maximize window (if Restored)
Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow Up Maximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous state
Win+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow Left Move Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors
Win+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow Left Move window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors
Alt+Space Opens the title bar menu
Alt+Space+Enter Restore Window
Alt+Space+x Maximize Window
Alt+Space+n Minimize Window
F11 Turn full page view on or off
‘Maximized’ means full screen, ‘Restored’ means variable window size, and ‘Minimized’ means minimized to taskbar.

Switch between Applications

Open Task Manager and cycle through programs. Hold alt and continuously press tab to move forward between applications. Release keys to switch to application selected. Add shift to reverse direction.
Alt+Ctrl+tab, then use arrow keys to select application Open Task Manager and cycle through programs without needing to hold alt continuously. Press alt+ctrl+tab once, then continue with arrow keys and press enter on application.
Alt+Esc/Alt+Shift+Esc Cycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessed
Win+Tab Cycle through programs using Aero Flip 3D
Ctrl+Win+Tab Cycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3D
Win+g Cycle through Gadget Window

Manage Multiple Windows

Win+d Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state
Win+m Minimize all windows on current Monitor
Win+Shift+m Restore previously minimized windows on current Monitor
Win+Home Set all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active
Win+Space Preview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)

4. Navigating Desktop

Arrow Keys Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)
Home/End Select first / select last object on desktop
Enter Launch active icon
Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to select item
tab, shift+tab on empty desktop Navigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keys and enter or space to activate specific icons
a, b, c, … Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter

5. Windows Explorer

Win+e Start Windows Explorer (My Computer)
Alt+Arrow Up Go up one folder
Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right Go to previous folder / go to next folder
Tab/Shift+Tab Switch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)
Alt+d or f4 Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired
Ctrl+e or ctrl+f Jump to Search Box in Explorer
Ctrl+n Open new instance of Windows Explorer
F11 Maximize window

Navigate File List and Navigation Pane

Arrow Keys Navigate between files and folders
Enter Open folder or start application
Home/End Jump to first / jump to last item
F2 Change the file name of active item
f2, then arrow left/Arrow Right Move one character to the left / to the right in item name
f2, then ctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow Right Jump one word to the left / to the right of item name
f2, then home /End Jump to beginning / jump to end of item name
f2, then ctrl+a Select complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)
Arrow Left/Arrow Right Expand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)

File List

Alt+p Display or hide Preview Pane
Alt+v then d View details. Check View menu for more options
Alt+v then x View extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options
Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel Change size of icons
Select Items in File List and Navigation Pane
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Select multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)
ctrl with arrow keys and space Select multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selection
Ctrl+a Select all
a …z and 1..9 Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter

Manipulate Items in Explorer

Ctrl+c, ctrl+x, ctrl+v ctrl+c for copy, ctrl+x for cut and ctrl+v for paste
Ctrl+z Undo an action
Ctrl+y Redo an action
Delete Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection
Ctrl+Shift+n Create new folder
Alt+Enter Open Properties dialog box

How Do I Change Desktop Icon Size in Windows 7

Right click on any empty area on the desktop, and then click on View, and then select the size of the icons, either Large, Medium or Small icons.

For example, below is a quick comparison between the three different default sizes :

Small Icons Medium Icons Large Icons

But how about if you want to customize the icons size, for example, to set them larger than the default large size ?? well here is a hint on how to set the icons size to any size you want:

  1. Using the left click of the mouse, click on an empty area in the desktop. This step is to make sure that there is no application selected/clicked on.
  2. Using your keyboard, press and keep holding the CTRL button, then using your mouse wheel, roll it upward to make the icons size larger, or downward to set the icon size smaller


As you will notice, now I can have very large icons, as seen in the below snapshot

or very small icons

or any other size in between, depending how I roll the mouse wheel.

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

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

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system. For more details, go to A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista online.

How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?

To find out if your computer is running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, do the following:

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.
  2. Under System, you can view the system type.

Which version of Windows Vista should I install: the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version?

To install a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you need a processor that’s capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer (typically 4 GB of RAM or more). In such cases, because a 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system, a 64-bit operating system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time and switching between them frequently.