Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Disable CD/ DVD Drives?

This is a very funny trick as well as very useful when you trying to prevent your friends from using your CD/ DVD Drive. If you can successfully do it, your CD/ DVD drive will not function until and unless you enable it. Let's have a try.
  1. First, right click on My Computer icon from desktop and select Manage. 
  2. Now you'll be able to a new window named Computer Management.
  3. Look at the left panel and hit on Device Manager. 
  4. Now the list of devices of your computer will appear. Search for CD/ DVD Drives.
  5. Now collapse the CD/ DVD section by clicking the arrow.
  6. Now right click on the Drive and choose Disable. 
  7. From now CD/ DVD drive will not be able to play any disk. But you can just open and close it. 

To enable the CD/ DVD drive, follow the same procedure. All you need to do is just choose enable in the step 6.

Note: In this way you can disable your Mouse, Keyboard, Modem, USB Port too! Choose Uninstall if you don't see the Disable option. If you uninstall your Mouse or Keyboard they may stop working. Don't be afraid. Just unplug the cable and plug it again. And restart your PC. 

Advice: This tip is only valid when this is necessary. Do not upset people by applying this trick. 

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How to Reduce Windows Start up Time?

A common complaint of PC users is My PC is Too Slow! And it takes a long time to start. And they would like to install Windows again. And after few days they face the same problem. Because the problem was not fixed at all! 

Actually I'd the same problem few years ago. But now I enjoy a fast start up!

Do you like to start your Windows faster? Then follow some simple steps below:

  1. Go to Run by pressing Start Key + R.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter
  3. Now you'll find a a new window named System Configuration
  4. Click on Startup Tab from this window.
  5. Here you'll find a list of option with check mark. 
  6. All you need to do is just deselect these options except antivirus, graphics driver, sound driver and few essential programs.

Definitely this work will reduce your booting time. And don't keep any unnecessary software installed on your PC. And remember, the fewer the number of programs installed on your PC the better the performance. And don't forget to delete the temp file (%tmp%), prefetch file (prefetch). Clean up your hard drive and run defragment operation once in a week. 

Note: This tip is applicable for all running version of Windows. Only Windows 8 is slightly different. After going to the Startup tab you'll need to open task manager to control startup programs. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to Backup Firefox Data?

When a person remove his operating system and install it again, he loses all programs that were installed previously. Sometimes we have many necessary web addresses, bookmarks saved in web browsers. And these information also lost.

But Firefox users should not lose anything. Firefox provides a way to backup all data stored on it. In this post I am gonna show you the way to backup your Firefox data. 

There are two ways to back up the Firefox data. One way is to copy the whole installed file from program file. Follow the steps below: 
  1. First go to My Computer.
  2. Then open your C Drive (or where your windows is located)
  3. Then Open Program Files Folder
  4. Now look for Mozilla Firefox install location. And copy the whole folder in your desired location.
  5. When you re install windows on your PC then go to that folder again that you copied earlier. And find a file named firefox.exe. Double click in this file and your Firefox will start. 

Note: In this way you can backup almost all browsers. 

Another way will work only for Firefox. Follow the steps:

  1. First, you need to open Firefox
  2. Now click on Troubleshooting Information located under help menu
  3. A new window will appear on the screen 
  4. Now hit on the button named Open Containing Folder next to the Profile Directory located under Application Basics Category. 
  5. A folder containing your important data (Bookmarks, Cookies etc.) will appear on the screen. You should copy all the items of this folder to a safe folder. 
  6. When you install Firefox next time, you can copy the files from this folder and paste them into your new Firefox by the same way. This will take your Firefox back to its previous stage. 
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Friday, May 11, 2012

How to Create a Master Password in Firefox?

Earlier I wrote about how to set a strong password either for online or for computer security. If you wanna know how to create a strong password, read this post

Today's world is based on online. Few years ago, only people with IT profession used to live with computer, internet and technology. But today, a very normal person has to depend on information technology. He has to create Email IDs, Online Accounts and he has to remember the passwords too! 

For different reasons a person naturally needs to have more than one Email ID. And he may have many online accounts. And to remember the ID and password as well as type them again and again is a boring job. To ease the users' work every browser offers to save password and username. 

To be honest, to save password is really helpful for users. But at the cost of security who wants to save his password? 

When you save your password and if someone has access to your computer then he might see your password! 

To protect users' privacy Firefox provides an option to set a Master Password. If you have master password then nobody can see your saved password without entering the master password. And before signing in to any site you must enter your Master Password. 

Setting a Master Password

  1. First of all, make sure you are using Firefox Browser. Or download it from here.
  2. Then go to the Option under Tools menu. 
  3. Now hit on Security Tab and then click on Use a master password.
  4. Here you will see a new window asking you to enter Master Password. Set your desired password and hit OK. 
  5. Now nobody can use your accounts or view your passwords without entering Master Password.

If I Forget Master Password!

If you forget or can't remember your master password then visit the following page. It will give you an option to reset your Master Password. But remember, it will delete all existing password too! 

Copy and paste this link in your address bar. Now click on Reset button located at the bottom of the windows.

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How to Show Text Boundaries in MS Word?

When you install MS Office on Your Computer, by default there are some settings that may need to be changed due increase to your convenience. 

The most common problem for every user is to show text boundaries in MS Word after installing Microsoft Office Pack. Text Boundaries show the printable area for text so that a user can easily  understand the layout of the page. 

By default, MS Word shows no text boundary in the document. And this is very bothering personally for me. So, in this post, I'm gonna show you how to set text boundaries in MS Word document.

For Office 2000/ XP/ 2003 Users: 

  1. At first open MS Word. 
  2. Then go to the Options under the Tools Menu and hit on the View Tab. 
  3. Now at the bottom of the window you will see an option named Text Boundaries
  4. Now simply place a Check Mark on Text Boundaries. Your Problem gets solved! 

Note: Make sure you're using print layout option. To show your document in Print Layout, go to the View Menu and select Print Layout

For Office 2007 Users: 

  1. First you need to open MS Word and then click on Office Button located at the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Then hit on Word Options > Advanced > Show Document Content > Now place a check mark behind Show Text Boundaries

Note: Make sure you're using Print Layout option. You can use print layout by moving to the View tab and select Print Layout. Or look at the bottom of the screen and select print layout located at the left of the zoom option. 

For Office 2010 User: Slightly varies from MS Word 2007

  1. First, open MS Word and then click on the File menu located at the upper left corner of the screen. 
  2. Then Move to the Options > Advanced > Scroll down to the Show Document Content > Now place a check mark behind Show Text Boundaries. 

Note: Make sure you're using Print Layout option. You can use print layout by moving to the View tab and select Print Layout. Or look at the bottom of the screen and select print layout located at the left of the zoom option. 

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

How to Enable or Disable Registry Editor?

In my previous post I showed how to enable Windows Task Manager. 

To know how to enable Task Manager Click here

In this post I am gonna show how to enable or disable Registry Editor. For this purpose I'm gonna use Group Policy Editor to recover Registry Editor. 

Registry Editor works as registry editing tool provided with each and every version of Windows operating system. It can be disabled, blocked or locked to prevent the regedit from being run or executed by users in order to protect important system registry. A virus can also disable Registry Editor.

Registry Editor can be opened from Run by typing regedit. If it is disabled then you will see the following error message: 

Don't worry if you lose control over Registry Editor. Because if you can follow some easy steps then you'll be able to recover it. Lets try it: 
  1. First of all you should open Run by pressing Start + R
  2. Then type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  3. Now you'll see Group Policy Editor Window.
  4. Locate Administrative Template under User Configuration.
  5. Now double click on System and then click twice again on Prevent access to registry editing tools.
  6. Now a new windows will open and you should select disable and then hit on OK button.
  7. Now you're almost done! Restart your PC and then type regedit in the run to open registry editor. 
Note: If you wanna disable Registry Editor intentionally then follow the same procedure. All you need to do is just select enable instead of disable in the step 6. 

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How to Enable Task Manager?

Windows task manager may be lost due to the virus. A virus often take over the control of your PC and disable many functions. And this is very irritating.

When task manager lost due to the virus it creates many problems. When a user press Ctrl+Alt+Del task manager appears on the screen. But if it is lost then he may get a error message like this: 

In this post I am gonna show you how to recover the task manager if this happens. It's a quite easy procedure. Just follow the steps:

  1. Open Run (Press Start + R) 
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit enter
  3. Now you will see a windows named Group Policy Editor
  4. Now hit on Administrative Template under User Configuration
  5. Now double click on System and then double click on Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
  6. Double Click on Remove Task Manager
  7. Now select Disable to activate Task Manager and hit OK button
Note: If you wanna disable task manager then follow the steps again and in the last step, choose enable and hit OK button. 

Read this post to activate Registry Editor (Regedit) 

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

MS Word 2010 Exam: Practical Sheet

MS Word is a popular word processing program all over the world. The latest version of Microsoft Office is 2010. In this post I'm giving you a practical test sheet for MS Word 2003.

Your job is to make a sheet like the pdf file in the download link. 

If you are capable of making a sheet like this, then your MS Word practical knowledge will be considered as very high. So, let's try it.

Download the file from here. 

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Friday, May 04, 2012

How to Make a Strong Password?

Password has been integrated to our daily activities. The whole world is being operating through computers, networks and Internet. And lots of information are there. And we have to keep those information password protected. 

But there are some people who may hijack your information for their own benefits. And if you use a password which is easy to guess or break, then you might be in trouble. So, it's important to build a strong password for your digital devices, web accounts or network access. 

In this post, I would like to share some tips which may help you build strong passwords. Try to apply these tricks: 

  1. Password Should be Long Enough: A long password is always stronger than a short one. Use at least 10 characters (or more) in your password.
  2. Make it Complex: To be strong, the password should be complex. Combine letters, symbols, numbers or special characters (!, @, #, %, &) in your password. And it should not be easy to guess. 
  3. Use Space within Password: You can also use space in your password. Space is considered as a character. 
  4. Avoid Dictionary Word: Different password hacking tools may guess your password if it's a dictionary word of any language. So, if you avoid dictionary (or use with special characters or numbers) word then it's safer. 
  5. Use Different Password for Different Account: Maintaining separate password for each account is difficult. But in case of highly secured accounts, you must use unique password. 

And also keep in mind the following:

  • Password should be strong and complex but easy to remember for you.
  • Avoid repeated and adjacent numbers or characters i.e. abcdef, 123456, 222222, ssssss etc.
  • Passwords are usually case sensitive. So, use both upper case and lower case in your password. 
  • Avoid personal information like Birth Day, Driving License or Passport Number, Spouse's Name etc. 
  • And please, never use your mobile/ telephone number as password.
  • Avoid writing your password somewhere. Try to keep it in mind.

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Thus you can create variation from same word. And you can also put numbers or symbols with them. 

Test your Password Strength with Password Checker

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

How to Measure the Rank of a Website?

The ranking of a website depends on several factors. It depends on Google Page Rank (known as PR), Alexa Traffic Rank, Number of Backlinks, Social Sharing and so many. And to check the status of a site, there are hundreds of extensions available for Internet browsers. And some websites also help you measure the site's worth ie. Stat my Web

But my personal choice for this purpose is Web RankToolbar. You can install this toolbar with your browser. And you can check the status of any site within seconds. Today I'm gonna show you how to install this toolbar on Firefox and Google Chrome.

Follow the steps below:

  1. First, make sure you are using Google Chrome or Firefox.
  2. If you are a chrome user then click here. And Firefox users can use this link.
  3. Chrome users will get several toolbars with Web Rank SEO. You can choose either the first one or any other toolbar as you like and then hit on Add to Chrome. And Firefox users should click on Add to Firefox button
  4. Then click on install. Firefox should be restarted. But chrome doesn't need to be restarted. 
  5. Now you are almost done. Chrome users must see this like an icon at the upper right corner. And Firefox users will get it like a horizontal bar. 

This is really a handy tool for the webmasters and bloggers. As they often need the check the status/ranking of different sites. 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

How to set a password on logon screen?

Most of the computer users are familiar with user account password. It can be set during the windows startup. It prevents the unauthorized access to a computer. But this password can only protect you from a normal user. An expert can easily break this and have access to your computer.

But in this post I am gonna show you a trick that can add an extra layer of security of your computer.

  1. Follow the steps below:
  2. Press Start + R to open Run
  3. Type syskey in the Run and press enter
  4. Now hit yes and then update (Make sure that Encryption enabled option is selected)
  5. Whenever you hit on update immediately a new window named Startup Key will appear
  6.  Now select Password Startup
  7. Type your password here and confirm it then hit ok.

Note: Remember, if you enable this password once then it can’t be disabled. You can change the password only. You can also hide the password box during the startup. 
To do so, repeat the steps 1 to 4 and in the step 5 select System Generated Password and Store Startup Key Locally. In this way you can deactivate the startup password.