Word track changes bubbles are too small

When using Office 2003/2007/2010 in compatibility mode you may find the the bubbles for tracking changes are too small to be read. Here’s how you fix it: 1. Open the Styles Pane by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S 2. Click on the Manage Styles button in the bottom of that pane 3. In the Manage Styles dialog > Edit tab, set the sort order to Alphabetical and select the style called Balloon Text and click the Modify button 4. Change the size to something much larger eg 12 and click OK and OK to return to the document.

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The Outlook double spacing when using stationary issue

Are you using Outlook stationary but are being driven absolutely mad because no matter what you try, you still get double spacing when typing in the email body. I’ve finally figured out a solution. Navigate to: XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationery Vista/Win7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Stationery Find your stationary file (<stationaryfile>.htm) and then right click on it and choose edit. In the styles section of the ribbon, right click on the “normal” style and choose modify. Click on the reduce line spacing button, highlighted: The select the new documents based on this template radio button and once you click OK and save, this should fix your problem!

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Outlook Favourite Folders disappearing

If your Outlook favourite folders have disappeared and you can’t get them back again, there are three ways you can fix it: 1.You can create a new mail profile. This resets everything you’ve customized unfortunately, so it is, in my opinion, a last resort. 2. You can close outlook and then go to Start > Run > OUTLOOK.EXE /resetnavpane 3.You can navigate to the folder that Outlook stores settings in. In Windows XP it defaults to: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook and in Vista and Win 7 it is found at: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook In this folder you will find a file called Outlook.xml. You should exit Outlook completely then rename the file. […]

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Repeating “backup your file encryption key” notification

The past couple of days whenever I booted up I was getting a notification telling me I needed to backup my file encryption key. It turned out that this was being caused by a file I had downloaded. If you are getting this notification, its fairly simple to fix, if not immediately obvious. You need to find the files or folders which are encrypted. You can do this by using the following procedure: 1) Type “Command Prompt” in the search box and right click to run as Administrator. 2) Type the following command: cipher /u It will then list any encrypted folders and files that are on your system. 3) You can […]

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Printing blank pages on a Deskjet 5550 from a 2003 Terminal Server

One of my users has been having a problem with their local Deskjet 5550 whilst using terminal services on a 2003 server. They can print fine locally but when printing from the terminal server they are just getting blank pages. Here’s how I fixed it. Log off from the terminal server. Go into your printers and faxes window, and right click on the Deskjet 5550 and choose properties. Go the the advanced tab and click “new driver”. When presented with the driver selection box choose HP Deskjet 990c, and then OK through the rest of the installation. When your user logs back into terminal services they should be able to […]

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How to create a Windows Vista / 7 installation disc (bootable) using ImgBurn

This guide was originally posted here. ImgBurn is an invaluable and free tool for anyone planning to deploy Windows 7 Enterprise via bootable DVD to remote offices. As the Enterprise DVD comes as an upgrade only disk, you will need to create a bootable version to be able to install from DVD without being in Windows. Using a double layered DVD you can deploy Windows Vista and 7 images that require barely any user input. You can download ImgBurn here. This guide will take you through the steps in burning a pre-prepared Windows Vista / Windows 7 installation source directory to a disc. Note: Instructions wise, Windows 2008 should be […]

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Installing the Exact E-Synergy Office Add-in on Windows 7 with IE8 or IE9

Download the Office Integration Tools MSI from your synergy installation. Extract the MSI using a tool such as uniextract. This procedure must be done with the user logged in.  Give the user admin rights on their pc.   Turn of User Account Control in the Users part of Control panel.  Copy the following files from your extracted package  to c:\windows\system32. You will be asked if you want to replace MSFilter.dll. MSFilter.dll SynergyOfficeAddin.dll MSCAL.OCX mapiprop.dll eSynInt.dll  Open an administrative command prompt (right click on command prompt and run as administrator)  Enter the following commands:  regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\synergyofficeaddin.dll regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mscal.ocx regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mapiprop.dll regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\esynint.dll Turn on User Account Control again.  Remove the users admin rights.

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How to load drivers for CanoScan Lide scanner in Windows 7

Have you plugged in the scanner and installed it to find that it doesn’t work? You will first need to download the driver deletion tool from here.   Then you will need to download the Lide 60 drivers,  canoscan toolbox and winrar: CanoScan Toolbox Lide 60 32-bit Driver Lide 60 64-bit Driver Winrar  For 32-bit machines: – Use Winrar tool to extract lide60vst11110a_xpen.exe file. – Open the folder create names lide60vst11110a_xpen – Looking for SetupSG.exe you can find inside the folder – Extract it the same way again and you will find the driver – Right click Computer – Select Manage – Now choose Device Manager – Plug in the scanner so […]

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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Managing windows is probably one of the most fertile areas for keyboard shortcuts because otherwise, you manipulate them solely with the mouse. Here’s my top-20 list of must-know shortcuts for taming your windows; you’ll never have to move your hands from the keyboard. For completeness, I’ve included many keyboard shortcuts you might already be familiar with; skip down the list to see the ones you don’t know. Switch between open windows Alt + Tab Minimize/restore all but the active window Windows key + Home Minimize all windows Windows key + M Maximize window Windows key + up-arrow Minimize/restore window Windows key + down-arrow Make all windows transparent so you can […]

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How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

Before Windows 7 users had to use third-party tools like Tune-Up-Utilities in order to change the logon screen background. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to withinwindows for finding out this excellent feature, and intowindows where I found this article. Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen. 1. Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge). 2. Now, head over to the following folder: C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows 7 Installation drive) […]

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