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1 year 20 weeks ago A Handy Cheat-Sheet For Google Power-Searching jmjsquared

Very useful & handy. Thanks.

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 GraveDigger

I still think that Microsoft's refusal to restore the start menu to the desktop will be a major hindrance in the acceptance of Windows 8 for most businesses and many home users. Sure, there are numerous free and paid-for replacements for the start menu (I use Stardock's Start8 utility) but their reluctance to listen to the number of people who are complaining about missing the start menu shows that Microsoft really doesn't understand that they made a terrible mistake. The Modern start screen and the UI are acceptable for mobile devices with touch screens like tablets and phones, but many of us are keyboard and mice users who have been accustomed to the traditional start screen and most of us have no intention of buying new machines that are touch based just because Microsoft released a new operating system.

I've installed Windows 8 on a two-year old laptop and with the addition of several utilities I get along quite well. But I'm not installing the program on my desktop (which is running Windows 7) for the high price that Microsoft is charging for the upgrade (over $100) when Linux is free and Apple is charging $30 for their users to upgrade to their latest OS.

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 NetPotion

Microsoft (again), completely missed the point - and dropped the ball.

I shouldn't have to downgrade, or pay for a third party app to restore the start menu, yet I *am* paying for a third party app to do just that. Compatibility issues have been an ongoing problem as well.

Obviously Microsoft felt that people were getting waaaaayyyy to comfy with using their computers & wanted to throw a wrench into the works.

8.1 is worthless from what I could glean via the review. It's just an overhaul of the crap a lot of us could care less about.

Thanks for restoring the start button though Micro$oft. Not that it makes it any easier to use your computer, but hey...it looks familiar. What more could a consumer want? Usability is overrated anyway.

FAIL

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 Anupam

Official "first look" at Windows 8.1 on Microsoft blog:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/30/co...

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1 year 39 weeks ago A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images gkramer

It's a slow process using this site, and some of the images are cropped automatically to incorrect settings

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1 year 36 weeks ago A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images ctrinity

I use ewallpapers.eu and hdwallpapers.in.
Both websites are clean and offer the wallpapers on different resolutions, including dual monitor.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Jojoyee

It's a creative idea Vic.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Anupam

Good one Vic. I have been using this technique since a long time. Also, even if you provide right answer, you could screw up the spelling a bit, so as not to make it a straight forward answer.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked SkiddMarx

LastPass password manager has a note field you can use to type in the security question and your nonsensical answer - very handy for keeping track of such things.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Anupam

KeePass has that too.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Peter A Bell

How would the hacker go about confirming the email address in order to gain access to the password reset facility?

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Pivnic

Vic, I feel as though I've been hacked...how did you know that Elizabeth Taylor was my favorite color. Back to the drawing board. ;)

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked blackgammon

I too am interested in a response to Peter A Bell's question "How would the hacker go about confirming the email address in order to gain access to the password reset facility?".

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

It was her violet eyes that gave ms the clue.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

You have asked a good question. The procedure to reset a password may vary from one email provider to the next but often you will have provided an alternate email address. For many people it is easy to find or guess their second address. At Yahoo, for example,they give a hint about the second address that makes the guessing easier. I suppose to be even safer you should try to keep your alternate address as obscure as possible. If your alternate is "yourname@aol.com" it won't be hard to guess.

For some types of site all you need to do is answer the challenge question.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Peter A Bell

In the case of email providers with the kind of lax security you describe, rather than take elaborate precautions to compensate for their deficiencies I think it might be advisable to avoid them altogether.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

I agree that email providers should have stringent security. However,many sites and services other than email providers use challenge questions as a security measure. Even if additional security tests are in place, it doesn't hurt to safeguard the answers to security challenge questions.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked mousepad

I've always thought that questions like mother's maiden name or city of birth and the like made for odd security questions. It's almost as if some non-forward thinker came up with a standard set of security questions that everyone else picked up and just started using without a second thought, such as...

Could the answer be found in the public domain?

Usually there are a few, more clever alternates so it may just be a matter of carefully choosing which question to use.

Good reminder about paying attention to the little details.

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked jmjsquared

On January 7th, I posted a comment on this article, which comment has since been removed by the Moderators.

To those who may have seen my comment, which included my attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor, please be advised that I was JOKING.

Specifically:
1. I did NOT co-invent the Interent with former Vice President Al Gore fifteen years ago.
2. I have NOT trademarked the use of "Elizabeth Taylor" as an answer to any security question asking, "What is your favorite color?"
3. I have no reason to believe that "Vic Laurie" is not Vic Laurie's real name.
4. To the best of my knowledge, Apple and I do NOT retain the services of the same law firm(s.)
5. I have NOT made any application for a patent on the word, “Mxplxqwb”.

Pardon me if those outrageous assertions caused any confusion or alarm.

Yours truly,

--- JMJsquared

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked West Swan

My favorite color is red wine :-)

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1 year 40 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked ianjrichards (not verified)

Hey JMsquared, most people understood your humor, indeed I thought it was very funny. Unfortunately there are a lot of literal minded folks who got confused by your post which is why our mods had to delete it. Sad but true.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

Not a comment, but a question re MS Word. I'm an old DOS user of Word Perfect 5.1 and it had some commands I sorely miss in MS. But I'm interested in finding out if there is some quick way of opening a document and having it take me to the last page of that document upon opening? Do you know of such a trick? Thanks.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

@gruff
I never bothered much with VBA but maybe you could create a macro for that. Maybe somebody who knows VBA will know if it is possible.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

I know nothing of visual basic, but you gave me an idea. At least I won't have to use the scroll bar or press Page Down a dozen or more times.

I just press Ctrl-G and the Go To window pops up. Then I just type in any page number that is more than the number of pages in the document, and press Go To. It takes me to the top of the last page.

Not as quick or easy as WP's Ctrl-Ctrl-Home, but it's faster than what I was using. My mind must have been asleep at the switch. Thanks.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

There you go. A pretty simple solution. I should have thought of that.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

You've already provided a cornucopia of information. You're allowed to forget one or two. Besides, you gave me the idea and I've refreshed your memory. I'm sure a lot of writers would love this little trick.

Hmmm. How could MS forget to put an 'end of document' option in Go To?

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

Of course, once the document is open, you can also use Ctrl+End.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time jimbo433

Nice tip! Is there a similar command line switch for Excel?

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time MS_IT_Trainer

Wow, sounds a little complicated.

I would pin the program by clicking on the Start menu, open the Microsoft Office program folder and right clicking on Word and select Pin to Taskbar and also Pin to Start Menu. You'll find when you open a document it will appear on an arrow next to the program icon on your Start menu, which when you click will show you a list of all your recent documents. If you hover over one that you use frequently, you can click on the grey pin to turn it blue and keep it pinned to the top of the list.

If you right click on a program icon you've pinned to the Task bar a similar list of recent documents appears.

I should add this works for most programs, not just Word.

I would also use Ctrl + End to go to the end of a document.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

Making a shortcut is very simple.

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1 year 15 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

I'm not an Excel expert but I am not aware of an Excel version.

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1 year 13 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time brunetu

The article may have complicated the instructions by being overly verbose which should make it easier for the uninitiated in theory, but in practice it makes it seem a daunting task.

When I say uninitiated, I mean people like my mother and most of my (especially female, don't ask me why) friends who aren't interested enough or haven't spent enough time trying to understand even the file system (for instance that a user's personal folder - "My Documents" in Windows - is actually stored at a different location), nevermind shortcuts.

To them, the way MS_IT_Trainer described would probably appeal more. But the tip is interesting and the article is more likely targeted more at the more-enthusiast user anyway.

By the way, I know this is more of a tech-website, but it would be nice to see (somewhere where people would notice it all the time preferably) a link to resources for the newcomers to the PC world, which would help them approach the basics of an operating system. Many of my friends would be interested in something like that. Of course, even better if it is in their native language.

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1 year 19 weeks ago A Must-Have App for your Android Device Angels_thoughts

I think it's fantastic, but ONLY if the store/poster/item has the barcode updated correctly - lol my husband's pack of cigarettes rang up as a pack of men's underwear one time... oops!

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tony

Great-this will help me with my planning on my book. Shall look forward to see if its better than Freemind

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tboneman2

I think it's time computer software reviewers add one more standard feature to each review. It should be evident to anyone who has downloaded so called 'free' software in the past 6 months, that free doesn't really mean 'free'.

Virtually every software developer has gone to some sort of 'installer' package. Some are still pushing the meaningless "free download" (even the most expensive programs offer "free downloads", like it's a big deal. It isn't).

The Installer tool supposedly enables faster, safer downloads. In fact, what they do is load the customer with sneaky toolbars leading to even sneakier ads, and carefully worded and displayed ads that result in you downloading a program you didn't want, in addition to the one you did want.

It's gotten so bad no that software developers of PC Mag Editors Choice programs like Zone Alarm Free Firewall 2013 present a screen during the install that has two check boxes. Checking the 2 boxes, the company says, enables it to sell (and stick you with) advertising, which helps to offset it's future development costs.

Unless you place checkmarks in those 2 boxes, the program stops the installation. Period. This is 'free'?

IMO, reviewers need to point out (and not gloss over) these little downers. They are, in fact, a cost item. A lot of folks, including me, have decided we don't need the program bad enough to put up with this sleazy, 'put one over on ya', load you up with ads and other junk you don't want, marketing approach.

Websites like CNet and Downloads among many others are among the worst for this sort of misdirection sleaziness.

Marketing. Right. Marketing.

C'mon Gizmo. Set a new precedent by pointing out the hidden costs of free software.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? MidnightCowboy

In our full reviews we always indicate wrapped installers and bundled software in the product details when such incidences are known. This situation is quite fluid however so short of retesting hundreds of programs every week, which is impossible, we also have to rely on user feedback to inform us of any changes. We have also published specific articles about this issue.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? flashcraft

tboneman2, you, my friend, are a god. I couldn't have expressed my frustration with carefully "hidden" malware, myself. Gizmo's is a great site and I open their emails but I agree that it would be helpful to know in advance what kind of sneaky malware these malware sites like CNet are trying to infect your PC with. Thanks tboneman2.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? crosseyedlemon

I have about a dozen software review websites bookmarked and Gizmo gets full marks for it's diligence in warning users about potential problems with software downloads. Let's remember that the site relies on volunteers as well as input from community members before we complain too loudly.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? texastechy

Completely Agree Tboneman2. I am an experienced software user and even I get fooled sometimes by the way they add the sneaky toolbars or other unwanted spamware into downloads, tiny print, misleading agree buttons. CNET and Download.com are horrible for this and why I try to avoid them. Still love Gizmos though, they do a great job of educating and giving us heads up.

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4 weeks 4 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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4 weeks 3 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor atomMan

PSPad has a major shortcoming in that it does not have a true column edit mode - this is a limitation of the edit control that is used

although i like PSPad for it simplicity and UI layout, it has not been the most stable editor in my experience, nor has RJ TextEd

for me, i'll stick with Notepad++ which uses the very capable and stable Scintilla edit control

also, most any capable code editor has an FTP client, whether it be native or through an extension

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4 weeks 2 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor ExFiler

During the install using the RAR file, this app tried to install Conduit.

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4 weeks 2 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor MidnightCowboy

We indicate the bundled installer plainly in the article text. MC - Site Manager.

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4 weeks 1 day ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor rob.schifreen

Unfortunately, RJ TextEd triggers the VirusTotal scanners so I am not able to recommend it.

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4 weeks 1 day ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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1 year 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

This article should point out that one needs to install one of the Office programs it recommends BEFORE installing Oracle PDF Import Extension. Otherwise, Oracle will not install. Likewise, for clarity, it would be helpful to list the hyperlinks at the end in the order in which they need to be installed, not the reverse.

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1 year 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Be warned, when I downloaded OpenOffice, all the WordPad documents I had saved on my hard drive were automatically converted to OpenOffice. Not exactly what I had in mind! I'm sure there's some default setting I can change to fix this, but I was not presented with this option in the process of downloading OpenOffice.

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1 year 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Also, as an aside, "losing" was misspelled as "loosing" in the article.

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1 year 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed.

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1 year 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

A good comment Altinkerer. I've edited the article and hopefully it's now clearer.

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1 year 1 day ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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1 year 1 day ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I'm not so sure that if I were reading the article for the first time, I would gather from the new sentence, "[w]ith the Oracle PDF Import Extension installed on top of LibreOffice or OpenOffice, it produces a hybrid PDF / ODF file" that a user must have one of these Office programs installed before installing Oracle. I think that that point would seem obscure to me partly because this sentence is focused on trying to make another point--namely, what kind of file is produced; and partly because the term "installed on top of" sounds vague to me, probably simply since I'm not a techie. I guess it just depends on how broad an audience you're trying to reach! I do thank you for being so quickly responsive, though, and marking the Office program links as "Requirements" at the end does help (though I think listing these first would be even clearer). Oh my, I fear that too much editorial blood is coming out in me here...sorry!

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1 year 1 day ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Agree with you Altinkerer. I've added another paragraph to emphasize what needs to be done with some other minor copy-editing. Hope this improves clarity.

BTW, please click here if you're interested in joining us. We welcome all with some editorial blood. :)

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1 year 12 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I just opened up a copy of my Adobe Acrobat-created resume through Oracle PDF Import Extension added onto Apache Open Office, and the formatting came out severely messed up. How disappointing! Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

Or, if I were to fix up the resume's formatting in Oracle, and then edit it, is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? I'm trying to be able to edit my resume at home as needed and send it to prospective employers in a form that they'd be able to view perfectly formatted, without my having to buy Adobe Acrobat or MS Word. I only have WordPerfect at home, and usually, that's all I need. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word.

Is there some better solution?

Also, is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents, which automatically converted into OpenOffice Rich Text documents when I downloaded OpenOffice, back into WordPad form again?

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1 year 9 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Q. Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

A. To create a pdf file that you can edit without losing the layout accuracy, you will need to use OpenOffice or LibreOffice to export the file as PDF as described in this article. A pdf file created by Adobe Acrobat is not a hybrid file.

Q. Is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader?

A. Yes, so long as you edit the source document in OpenOffice and export it as PDF, including the option for creating a hybrid file.

Q. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word. Is there some better solution?

A. Unfortunately converting a file from one format to another is always subject to a loss in some features including layouts. This possibly includes saving a file using the same program but in a different version. Keeping only basic formatting in a file helps minimize issues in file compatibility.

Q. Is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents... back into WordPad form again?

A. In fact nothing have been changed except for the file association if I'm not mistaken. When you install OpenOffice, it probably changes your Rich Text documents (RTF) to be associated with it. You can change back the files to be opened with WordPad by default in a few steps below:

1. Right-click an RTF document in Windows Explorer and select "Properties" from the context menu.
2. Click the "Change" button next to "Opens with".
3. Select WordPad from the recommended programs and click OK.

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52 weeks 11 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Jojo, thanks for the edits. Things are much clearer now. Part of the problem, I think, is that you are explaining something that is inherently quite complicated and confusing. Thanks for your patience! I don't think I have the courage to officially do that kind of editing right now! ;)

Thanks, too, for the timely tips. I would've given up by now without you! I see that I got confused into thinking that "100% layout accuracy" was being promised for any PDF files that one imports into, as well as exports out, of Oracle/Office, rather than only for documents that someone makes from scratch in the latter and then exports. It sounds like another reader or two may also have fallen into that trap; it might not be bad to emphasize this distinction in the article. Unfortunately, "keeping only basic formatting in a file" is something that I just can't afford to do with a resume, in which looks count for so much. Otherwise, I would just make an RTF version and call it a day!

Anyway, I started following the steps listed for creating a hybrid file, but the "Create Hybrid File" did not come up in the PDF Options window. I know that Oracle PDF Extension is installed on my system, because it is listed in the Extensions Manager of OpenOffice. Could you please tell me how can I get this tick box to show up?

Also, this is confusing to me: "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, if the file is exported out of the location, it winds up right back in there? I guess what you're saying is the PDF version goes out and the ODF version comes in. Is that right?

It seems hard to believe that documents imported from Adobe into Writer/Oracle can become mangled in their formatting, but not the reverse. Anyway, I will try and see for myself, if I can get through the "Create Hybrid File" problem. Thanks!

P.S. Too bad that some of the formatting features I would want the most in OpenOffice are grayed out--I guess because I'm using the freebie version. It's easier for Oracle to promise "100% layout accuracy" when there are minimal layout features available in the program it supports! However, note to the wise: I was able to get horizontal lines for my resume in OpenOffice by copying them from my Adobe Reader version and then doing a lot of hand tweaking.

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51 weeks 6 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

While LibreOffice still keeps this line "Create hybrid file", I note that OpenOffice has now changed it to "Embed this document inside the PDF". They still work the same. Give that option a try.

"If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, LibreOffice or OpenOffice opens up a hybrid file like it does the normal odt file for editing. When this file is exported as pdf, the odt file is embeded into a pdf file.

Hope this helps.

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51 weeks 4 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

By gum, I think I got it! I created a file with this extension/suite using a bunch of varied formatting including lines, bolding, different font sizes, and bulletted items, saved it in the way you described, and was able to open it unchanged in Adobe Reader. The one thing I realized (which I guess should have been obvious to me from the start) is that one must export it this way each time directly prior to its being opened in another PDF reader. That is, it's not enough to go through these steps once and then just save from on, expecting the program to continue saving all the new material you create in hybrid form.

I think my main confusion with the concept "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer" is that to me, the term "export" means that something is sent out, whereas in this case, the "exported" file is just being converted into a different form and then reappears in exactly the same place that it came from originally. But I guess that's the software's terminology problem, not yours. Or maybe I'm being too much of a narrow-minded literalist!

Anyway, having achieved victory, I can overlook the weird sideline confusions. On to creating some targeted resumes...and the next step: employment!

Thanks,

Altinkerer

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51 weeks 4 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Good to hear that it now works for you Altinkerer.

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50 weeks 9 hours ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Himagain

Equally as valuable as the great reviews we get here is the personal support of the Editors themselves in clarifying any misunderstood points.
All of which is topped off by the intelligent friendly commenters to found here as well.

I've just downloaded Foxit and PDFX from the great reviews - will play with both(do like the idea of ocr conversion, I must say!)

THEN found this review!
Like most intelligent, good looking people, I am trying to escape Windoze and have dicovered Libre OpenOffice recently AND its amazing built-in PDF capabilties, all for the same price - FREE!

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45 weeks 2 days ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I finally followed through your instructions for changing my WordPad docs that became associated with OpenOffice, back into WordPad-associated files. I was just curious why you suggested opening one of these RTF documents in Windows Explorer. Instead, I simply right-clicked on one of the documents (not "in Explorer"--I don't even know what this means or how one would do it) and then followed the rest of the procedures you mentioned, after which all my RTF docs changed back into WordPad.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 mikmik

That WinAero is a decent downloads site.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Yes, they have some interesting stuff.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 rangergord

Terrific tip and great site. Thanx

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 LukeSBE

Does it work on Vista?
(can't try it out right now - I'm at work...)

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 gkramer

why not simply disable UAC? I have - never seen a message from it.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

The developer does not say it works on Vista but I haven't tried it there.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 cptdoom

now how do I pin this to the taskbar?

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Right-click the EXE file and choose "Pin to Taskbar".

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 courtenayguy

Am I doing something wrong here?
I tried the link above for WINAERO and it took me to VisualBee, where, after bypassing a pile of software it wanted to add to my pc, it downloaded VisualBee for Miscrosoft PowerPoint, and something called a VisualBee V.1 toolbar!!
I used REVO UNINSTALLER to remove both, and the toolbar wouldn't go away when I opened my CHROME browser.
This is the 2nd instance where I downloaded software from a TECHSUPPORT email, and it loaded junk! I can't believe the gurus there are putting this stuff out for the community to use?
Or am I doing something WRONG?

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Our links do not take you to anything called VisualBee.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 dadwhiskers

I have found UAC to be an absolutely worthless nuisance, and turning it off is the first thing I do with an install. Just use a good AV, don't go to p0rn etc. sites, and there'll never be a problem. Karma, I think that's called.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 BearPup

I guess I'm in agreement with disabling UAC. Given that most (?all?) people simply click on "yes" to allow the program to run anyway, I'm not sure it serves any useful purpose. It seems that after the first few times, it becomes just a nuisance that people get 'trained' to ignore.

A more useful line of defense is when one of my security programs, i.e., my antivirus or firewall program gets triggered and asks for permission to do something. Better yet, Microsoft should design it so that a randomly selected security warning gets triggered, e.g., three times running my antivirus program gets triggered, then my secure search bar, then my firewall, etc. . Now that would get my attention!

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Disabling UAC removes a line of defense. That may be OK for experienced people but I think average PC users should keep UAC.

If you want to debate the usefulness of UAC, try posting in the forum. You could start an interesting thread there.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 Sgluber

Totaly agree!

The continous use of UAC takes (almost) everyone to click always on "Yes" with no reading of the prompted window.

The time show us that UAC is one more useless (or nearly useless) "security feature" from Microsoft.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 cptdoom

I meant the shortcut that I created, not the actual program

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 Anupam

Are you sure you clicked on the right link?

The link on this article is not wrong, and it takes you to the WinAero page, and there is no VisualBee anywhere there.

And anyways, even if you did go to wrong page, you should be careful enough to see that this article mentions WinAero, and not VisualBee, and you should not have downloaded it, and even if you downloaded, you should not have installed it.

You did something wrong at your end it seems.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 courtenayguy

I must have clicked on something else! Amazing..tried it again and all's well. I'm no rookie at this, but I must have been careless somewhere along the way on this one! Thanks...and sorry for misleading YOU!

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 Anupam

Thanks for posting back, and its OK... it happens sometimes. Glad this time it went fine for you. Still, it's strange to think what might you have clicked on that time, which led you to the wrong link. Well, be careful :).

We always make sure that whatever links we post are safe, and we also try to inform users of any bundled extras that might be there in the setup. Still, we can also miss things sometime, and make mistakes. We always appreciate anything that we might have missed, and is bought to our notice.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 benedict1

Windows 8 system. Tried this on the program Search Everything which I use all the time. I made the elevated icon per instructions but it doesn't work. Killed it and tried again. Same result. What am I missing? This is about as simple as it gets but for some reason I am stuck.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 gleasonll

I tried creating a new shortcut and modifying an existing shortcut. Neither of them worked. I just get a flash of a black box, and then nothing.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

All I can say is that it worked for me on Windows 8 64-bit. I made two different shortcuts with no problem. The program itself has to go through a UAC challenge, of course.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

What is your operating system? It works fine for me on Windows 7 or 8.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 Joe A.TT

I'm with Vic on this. It is irresponsible to give average users the impression that they should just turn-off UAC. IMHO, it would be far better to point out that there are several options available in configuring UAC, and these should only be selected to match the experience of the user.

If a user falls into the habit of just "clicking through" the UAC prompt, then IMHO, they are likely to be the same type of user who don't "read the screen". Case in point is an experienced user knows that not reading the screen could cause them to install unwanted bundled components during a software download. IMHO, developing habits that contribute to letting your guard down is not a good thing.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 gleasonll

I failed to mention the I tried this on Win 7.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

I've made several shortcuts on Windows 7 64-bit. Maybe your security software is blocking it.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 gleasonll

I just tried making elevated shortcut(s) (new and modified)on my laptop (running Win 7) with the same results as I described on my desktop. A black box flashes by and then nothing.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Are you running in a limited account?

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 benedict1

It does work just fine! I forgot that when Everything installs unless you opt out it will run at Startup. Uninstalled, reinstalled and now it works fine. I just did it for Auglogics too and will use it everytime I get UAC popping up. Good program. Bad me.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Thanks for telling us. I always appreciate it when people tell us how things resolved.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 gleasonll

No, an administrative account.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

The developer's site does not say so but maybe the program uses some .NET framework. Have you removed .NET framework components?
Otherwise, the only other thing I can think of is that your security software may be blocking it.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 MidnightCowboy

I also agree that UAC should be left alone.

Despite the failings of all OS manufacturers, Microsoft did not invest this amount of time and money to turn out a product that is "absolutely worthless".

Here's a couple of others that also agree.

http://www.7tutorials.com/uac-why-you-should-never-turn-it-off
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=317697

For me, disabling security features demonstrates a lack of concern for security, period. Of course users are free to operate their computers how they see fit, but it is important not to rely on often flawed third party advice, but to research the subject for yourself. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 George.J

You've raised a very good point. This is true, which makes UAC less effective. An average home user will click on Yes, if the pop up's keeps repeating itself, This comes as a result of his/her reflex. This is especially if 99% of the programs on his computer is safe and if the annoying pop-up's comes up all the time, the rest 1% will also go unpunished.

Also for average users it's not easy to identify whether the program they are trying to run is malware or not. The pop-up's doesn't imply anything except whether they want to continue to run. Window's doesn't tell "Hey what you're doing wrong. This is malware".

Nowadays malware bypass the security feature by acting as an "innocent" application and making user to click Yes. Mind you there are many other ways to bypass UAC with the so called "smart" codes.

The next thing that they will try to learn to do is how to disable this annoying feature from the experienced users.

While the intention of Microsoft was good bringing UAC, it's often gives people a false sense of security and more annoyance. I never advise anyone to turn off the UAC, but neither does it protect you if you click continue without thinking of the consequences.

For UAC to be useful and to be less annoying this article by Vic is pretty good. :)

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1 year 27 weeks ago A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting DavidFB

Right - it will update your computer which will override the DNS settings on the router. This can be very handy if, for example, you want to use OpenDNS's kids-safe servers that will block unsafe, porn, etc sites on the kids computer but don't want blocks on the others. (or block all systems from the router but override on one)

Also, if you're wanting to access US-only services (like Hulu) from Canada or Britain, for example, some DNS servers present you as coming from the US, allowing access to those services. (like #22) These however are not fast DNS servers, so its handy to then switch it back to your fast ones after use.

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1 year 22 weeks ago A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting oscarsvensken

On the same topic, Google allows you to route your calls through its own DNS servers. It claims they are faster and more secure. More information's available here: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/

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1 year 22 weeks ago A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting clas

yes, been using dns helper for years and its always worked fast and easy....tried and true.

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1 year 22 weeks ago A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting Blakey

Received to daily e-mail > The current article with the highest user rating at Gizmo's is "A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting"

The article is 20 months old ,with current available speeds is it likely to be of any use to anyone now ?

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1 year 22 weeks ago A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting dadwhiskers

An interesting side note. Read the last paragraph of the "Readme" file in the Dns Jumper download from http://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v1-0-5/, focusing on the last two words, "Dns Changer". Then look at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNSChanger

and then google "Dns changer". It's just something I noticed that may have nothing to do with the Dns Changer script mentioned in the Readme, or with Dns Jumper, but it does suggest some questions.

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