Sunday, 30 December 2007

How to secure Firefox stored passwords


I've always enjoyed Firefox handy feature of saving login and passwords for web sites. But I've never aware that without using Master password, other people could easily view our stored passwords in plain text.

Go to Firefox Tools -->> Options.

After that go to Security tab, then click on Show passwords.


See? You can see all your stored passwords that simple.

How to prevent this?

You can set a Master Password by clicking Set Master Password. Remember by setting a master password, you need to provide your master password for every session of Firefox before using your stored passwords. Anyway, that's a lot better than someone easily sneak away all your confidential.

Friday, 28 December 2007

How to make your Document as Final in Word 2007

I love Windows Vista and Office 2007. No matter what other people are saying, Microsoft introduces a lot of great new features.

Do you know that in Word 2007 you can mark your document as final so that other people could know that no editing should be done?

Here's the step to do that. Yes it's easy!

  • First click on Office button and then go to Prepare.

  • After that click Mark as Final.

mark as final for word documents

  • You will see the following dialog box telling you that the document will be marked as final and saved. Just click OK.

  • After that you will see another dialog box telling you more about Mark as Final info. Just click OK.

Now your document has been marked as final. No more accidental editing could occur and your collegues could also aware that they shouldn't edit the document anymore.

You can differentiate normal document and mark as final document easily as in Mark as Final document, you couldn't type or edit anything. Also, if this any help, the Word Status bar also telling you as follow.

I hope this tip could help you make more productivity.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

How to resize attachment in Outlook new mail before you send

Do you know that you can resize the picture attachment in Outlook 2007 new mail before you send? Outlook 2007 has the option but that is hidden. I don't even notice until my Jennifer pointed me out yesterday. Outlook 2007 buried this feature in their new introduction of Ribbon.

Resizing picture attachments before sending the mail is very nice to the people who use Outlook 2007 as their main mail clients (I know there are a lot of people including myself).

So here is the procedure.

First attach the pic as you normally would.
And then click the insert tab, after that click on the option button as in the following pic.

You will get the attachment options dialog box as in the pic below.

Choose the size you want to resize.

That's it! No more Paint or Photoshop to resize the pic attachment and no more trouble sending big photos.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

How to make Word 2007 to save default in Word 97-2003 format

Microsoft has introduced new file formats in Office 2007. I've already told you guys about how to open docx files for those who still don't have Office 2007.

But for me, as a Office 2007 user, sometimes I forget to save the file in Word97-2003 compatible mode and save it in 2007 new format and then send to my friends and coworkers, who are still using Office 2003 or older. After a couple of times happened, I've got to find a way to change Office 2007 default save file format. After a dozen times of accidentally sending a Word 2007 document to co-workers still stuck on Office 2003, I've decided to make Word save in the Word 2003 format by default.

Here is the procedure:

1. First click on the Office button and then choose Word Options as in the following picture.

2. After that Choose the save on the left column. And then from Save files in this format drop-down menu, choose Word97-2003 Document (.doc) as in the following pic.

After that click save. From now on, Word 2007 will always save file in Word 97-2003 format. No more incompatible format saving any more. As you can guess, even though I told you only about Word 2007, you can apply this tip in Excel 2007, Powerpoint 2007 and any other Office 2007 applications.

Friday, 21 December 2007

How to add ads code into Blogger Beta

If you've ever tried to insert the Google Adsense code directly into your Blogger XML Template as you want ads between post (not in the widget sidebar or anywhere else), you'll be stunned like me when you get the following error message.

Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message: The processing instruction target matching "[xX][mM][lL]" is not allowed.

This is because Blogger uses more strict and standardized XML. The above error simply mean the Adsense code is not standardized XML. To solve this, we need to replace all the html character such as '<' with '>' '"' with '"'. Check the example below: This is original code.

This is XML standardized code:

You can use your text editor to replace all the HTML manually. Hey why don't you check out Blogcrowds HTML parser. It is very easy and convenient. Be warned that changing the ads might violate the TOS of your specific ads company. So be sure to check with them to play safe.

Firefox 3 beta 2 Download Available!

Now Firefox 3 comes into second beta phase. Previously, many people complained about the Firefox add-on compatibility on Firefox 3 beta 1. Now it is improved on Beta 2. Many popular Firefox add-ons added support to Firefox 3.

For incompatible add-ons, you can use Nightly Tester Tool to force them work with Firefox 3 and they work!

For me, I just want to try Firefox 3 without touching my old Firefox 2 setting. So that I download portable version and trying now. So far, Firefox 3 looks like it will survive memory leaking issue that killed Firefox 2.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Useful Windows Vista shortcuts

With Windows Vista, noticably Windows+tab is 3D Flip cycles through opened Windows. There are many more shortcuts you can execute to make computing with Vista a lot faster. Here is the list.


Keyboard ShortcutDescription
Windows + EWindows Explorer
Windows + DShow Desktop
Windows + BFocuses selection to the first icon on the notification area, use arrow keys to navigate and Spacebar to select
Windows + FFind Files and Folders (AKA Search)
Windows + Tab3D-Flip cycles through your standard applications (only available for Vista versions with Aero enabled)
Windows + Ctrl + TabLaunches 3D-Flip but stays on the desktop so that you can scroll in directions
Windows + MMinimize all windows
Windows + Shift + MUndo minimize all windows
Windows + ROpen Run window
Windows + Pause/BreakSystem Information
Windows + F1Windows Help
Windows + UEase of Access
Windows + SpacebarDisplays Windows Sidebar (provided enabled)
Windows + LLocks the computer (needs password to reactivate)
Windows + TTabs through applications on the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + EscapeLaunches the Task Manager

My daily work become faster after I've got used to the Windows shortcuts. Hopefully this list could help your life a lot easier too.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

How to disable Windows XP error reporting

For the users of Windows XP, you may get the pop-up windows that appears every time some of programs crashes. You have the option to choose whether you want to report the error to Microsoft or not. We usually click No and the message disappears, and we get on with our work.

Well, I have always just clicked NO, and moved on. I never even bother to click YES. I just wanted to get on with my work, so that I find a way to stop the computer to avoid showing that popup. Well, now I've got the tip to fix the problem. It is a simple fix.

  • Just right click on the My Computer and click Properties.
  • Once the System dialog box is open, click the Advanced tab
  • And then click the Error Reporting tab at the bottom.
  • Check the box that disables Error Reporting.

That's it. I never have to look at that annoying popup again!

Monday, 17 December 2007

How to copy Windows error message

We all got different error messages on Windows. We can get the solution by googling the error messages. The annoying part of that is we have to manually type the error message as we can't select the text in the error message box.

I've got much easier way. Simply just click the error message window and then press Ctrl+C. All the error message text including Windows title will be on the clipboard. Just paste it in the Notepad, select the message you want and then start googling. No more manual typing.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Speed up when you open my computer

When you open my computer or Windows Explorer, you notice sometimes it take more time than normally it would.

There could be many reasons behind. But one of the reasons includes Windows search for Network folders and printers. By making Windows not to search for Network folders and printers, you can speed up your computer a bit. Note this tip apply only to Windows XP not Vista.

For me, I am using my laptop at work and at my home with different network folders. Each time I opened Windows Explorer, it would search for the unavailable network folders and printers. Searching the unavailable folders and printers take more time than available one. As Windows don't have any idea of whether I'm at home or at work, I disable at Folder options.

If I need to open my Network folders or to use network printers, I manually connect it again.

Friday, 14 December 2007

Windows XP ClearType tuner

Do you know that you can fine tune ClearType by using Microsoft ClearType Tuner. Note that the tuner can only be used with Windows XP.

If you don't know what is ClearType, let me give you a brief explanation.

Some of the fonts may look ugly, jagged edges. Who wants to look at that all day long? Through the use of a Windows feature called ClearType, you can take advantage of smooth fonts. These fonts have smooth edges that blend into the background, creating much more readable characters.

Those of you with LCD monitors can also adjust your settings with the ClearType tuner.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Windows XP SP3 RC1 available

Windows XP User can start download Windows XP Services Pack 3 first release candidate straight from Microsoft. All Windows XP users can enjoy this direct download link of XP SP3 from Microsoft.

I'm not sure how long this link would last. So that if you're one of those who want to try new product earlier than others, grab it while you can.

Many people reported that XP SP3 speed up their computer and provide more stability and security.

Here are the facts I know about XP SP3.

  • File size of SP3 is about 336 MB.
  • Installation process could take around 15 to 30 minutes.
  • SP3 is cumulative, so users can install SP3 on top of Windows XP SP1 or SP2.
  • SP3 is able to update any version of XP, including XP Media Center.
  • SP3 will not upgrade Internet Explorer to version 7. The Service Pack does include updates for both versions of Internet Explorer, but the main version of IE that you’re running will remain untouched.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Windows services you can disable to improve startup speed and security

Windows services run in the background when you start the computer no matter who's logged in.

I'll tell you the services which I think can be harmful for a system especially if your computer is over a network such as Internet/ University/ Office as bad boys can be anywhere.

To start the services management console, Go to Start Menu -->> Run and then type services.msc

After that disable any of the following services.

  • 1. Stopping Windows Messenger Spam

  • Have you ever see a popup with a "Messenger Service" in the title bar while you're surfing the net. If you did, that means someone is using the Messenger for sending adware to your system.

    To stop it, disable the "Messenger" service from the Service Manager.

  • 2. Disable NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing

  • It allows for someone to remotely access to your computer through NetMeeting. Unless, you're regularly NetMeeting often, you should disable this.

    Disable the "NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing" service from the Service Manager.

  • 3. Disable Protected Storage

  • This service stores the passwords and the auto complete function with Internet Explorer. Unless, you want to use it, I recommend you disable it.

    Disable "Protected Storage" service from the Service Manager.

  • 4. Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

  • This service provides supports for Remote Assistance. If you use this service rarely or not at all, it is recommended to be disabled.

    Disable "Remote Desktop Help Session Manager" service from the Service Manager.

  • 5. Remote Registry Service

  • This service allows for your system registry to be accessible remotely. If you don’t require the assistance of someone to remotely have access to editing your registry settings, then disable this service.

    Disable "Remote Registry" service from the Service Manager.

There you have it, 5 simple services which you can disable to improve not only security but also startup speed for your system.