GMail Drive

on Monday, November 30, 2009

GMail drive is a Shell extension (an experimental tool) that creates virtual filesytem based on GMail allowing you to store and retrieve files from GMail.


Once installed, you can find a drive named GMail drive in Windows Explorer.  You can access the contents by login in.  Once you try to open the drive, a login message pops up and after you have entered your GMail address and password, you are taken to the virtual drive built around your account.

You can also drag and drop the files into the GMail drive.  When you create a new file in the GMail drive, an email is created and it appears in your email account and the attachment would be the file created by you.

How to Install Windows XP on pre-installed Vista

on Sunday, November 29, 2009

A friend of mine asked me whether Windows XP can be installed on a computer pre-installed with Windows Vista.  The answer is YES; but it is really time consuming and things can go wrong (Murphy's law) & you should be prepared for the toughest troubleshooting.  The main problem with the pre-installed PCs is that the company does not make any logical partitions.  They make the entire hard disk a single partition and then install OS over it.

Here is how we do it:

1.  Go to Computer Management under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel.

2.   Select the Disk Management under the Storage tab.
3.   Right click the existing partition C: and select "Shrink Volume".  Now the system will tell you choose values for the existing partition.  You can choose 10/20 GB or whatever you like; but never go for the default values.

Google Search Tips

on Saturday, November 28, 2009

Here is a small collection of Google search tips


1.   site:http://tricksntipscomputersninternet.blogspot.com registry    -    Searches for registry within the site
2.   cache:http://tricksntipscomputersninternet.blogspot.com  -    Searches Google's cache

Recover bookmarks from crashed Firefox

on Thursday, November 26, 2009

Here are the steps to recover bookmarks from a crashed Mozilla Firefox.

For version 2

1.   Navigate to the drive where you have installed Windows XP.
2.   Let me presume it to be in C drive for all the following steps.  Browse to the following folder
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles (%username% is the name with which you login to the computer)

Create PDF using Microsoft Office 2007


PDF  is one of the common and popular formats today.  You can save your files in PDF and XPS formats  using Microsoft Office 2007 by downloading and installing a small executable file from the Microsoft website.

Here is the link : http://tinyurl.com/ygmqjtb
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Create your own font.

www.fontcapture.com is a free site which creates handwriting fonts.    



All you have to do is to download the font template from the site, print it out and write on it with your handwriting.  You will have to then scan the sheet  (in JPEG or PNG format, using 200 dpi or higher) and upload it to the website. Name the font as you like and they will give you your own personalised font for free.


Remember that the quality of the font depends on how you fill the font template.  Fill it as if there are four imaginary lines on them (as in the transcription books in schools).


Do let me know about your fonts.

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Ophcrack - Windows Password Cracker

on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ophcrack is a free Windows Password Cracker which can be termed as the best password recovery software for Windows.  It is fast and easy to use for any user with minimum Windows skill.

Ophcrack is free
It can crack 99.9% of Windows Passwords
It just takes few minutes for the task
No need to install any software


How to do it?

Simplest way to check whether your SMPS is working

on Monday, November 23, 2009

Switch-mode power supply (SMPS) is the small unit behind the CPU tower which gives the power supply to the mother board and other devices in your computer.  If you see that your computer is not being powered on, you can suspect the failure of SMPS.  Ofcourse, there can be many other reasons.  But the most common fault would be with the SMPS.  Let me tell you how to check whether the SMPS is working or not.

Be away from harmful sites with WOT

on Sunday, November 22, 2009

WOT is a very good browser extension that all of us should have. WOT keeps you away from online scams like phishing, spyware, malware, identity theft etc.  It has currently indexed more than 24 lakhs websites as on date. Its actually a community based website rating site.  Whenever we browse to any of the harmful/reportedly harmful sites, WOT warns us that about the site with its statistics.  You can view the statistics of the site from WOT website.

It is compatible with IE & Mozilla.  I strongly recommend you to use it.

Disable Balloon tips

on Saturday, November 21, 2009

Balloon tips can sometimes be boring especially when you know what is going to be displayed.  Let me tell you how to disable these tips.

1.  Navigate through Start->Run->regedit to open Registry Editor.

2.  Once again navigate to
     HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
     You will find  the following keys in the right panel corresponding to the above location
     EnableBalloonTips
     StartButtonBalloonTip
     FolderContentsInfoTip

Software to record any sound from your PC

I had earlier mentioned about Freecorder which is a browser-based audio grabbing tool. My friends and readers have told me that the program works good but it eats up their viewable space in the browser.

So, for all of you I am here with a software which can record any sound that you can hear from your PC. Its called MP3 MyMP3 Recorder. It is indeed a free software and it can save the audio in wav and mp3 formats.

Mozilla Addon for speeding up Non-broadband connection

on Friday, November 20, 2009


ImgLikeOpera is a small addon which blocks the images that appear in websites and make your non-broadband connection a little faster.

It places Placeholders where it has blocked images, thereby allowing you to view the image if you want to..

Delete any files and folders

Sometimes, due to virus activities, certain files and folders remain in your computer almost immune from the user. Whenever you try to delete the files/folders, Windows pops up a message telling it cannot delete the file/folder or Access to the file/folder is denied.

Many of such problems can be solved by using an Antivirus.

Record your online activities for free.

ScreenToaster.com is a site which provides you a free recording of your online activities.  Its free and easy to use.  You can embed the video anywhere you like.

Convert docx to doc online

on Sunday, November 15, 2009

In Microsoft Word 2007, the default extension of a document is docx.  If you have a pre 2007 Microsoft Office installed on your PC, you will not be able to read it unless it is converted into a doc format.

Zamzar.com is one of the site which I found recently on the internet that does this action for you free of cost.  You will have to upload your docx file to zamzar.com and they will mail you the converted doc file to your email address.

Apart from the doc format, zamzar.com gives you a wide range of extension to be converted to

Give it a try at www.zamzar.com
Alternatively you can also visit  http://docx-converter.com

Print Web Pages with ease

Its sometimes really tiresome to print webpages with flash and other animations.  You will probably end up having wasted many pages. 

Printwhatyoulike.com is a website wherein you can enter the URL of the webpage you want to get printed and click on start.
The following page will display a variety of options for printing.

Printwhatyoulike.com is free and it saves your money and the environment as well..

Give it a try at www.printwhatyoulike.com

How to grab Audio files from various streaming sites

Freecorder is a browser-based audio recorder software and its free.  Yes, its toolbar does make your browser a bit cluttery. But its worth taking.

Freecorder can record everything that you can hear from your PC speaker.  It can record from your Microphone and it can extract audio from video files.



You need to just click on the record button to begin capturing audio files.
Its only 2 MB.

Safely Remove your USB drive !

on Saturday, November 14, 2009

Every one of us use USB drives... And after you have done with that, you ll have to click on the  system tray and then safely remove the USB.  Let me tell you how to create a shortcut to remove the USB drive.

1.   Right click the desktop and navigate:: New -> Shortcut

Delete all files in a folder quickly

on Sunday, November 8, 2009

Let me show you a cool way of having an option to delete all files in a folder in the right click menu...

This will not remove your folder but only the contents inside it...

Here is how we do it...

1. Start->Run->regedit
2. Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell

Windows 7

Windows 7 has come... Microsoft has announced great features that makes Windows 7 a lot more user friendly and capable than Windows XP.

The cost of Windows 7 if you are upgrading from Windows XP/Vista will be around Rs 7000/-

And the full retail version of Windows 7 Professional will be around Rs. 12000/-

If you plan to upgrade your computer to Windows 7, do check out the Windows 7 Compatible Centre by clicking here.














Another option is to download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which is about 8.3 MB and scan your Computer for testing Windows 7 compatibility.

Delete Recycle Bin!!

on Saturday, November 7, 2009

If you dont want to store your deleted files in the Recycle Bin; you can totally remove the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop.

How to do that...

1. Start->Run->regedit

Remove shortcut arrows from Desktop icons


This trick will not make your OS more faster or useful. But the shortcuts which you have placed on your desktop will appear as if they are real files pasted there are not shortcuts...

How to do it:-

Extracting images from pdf files


I just want to share with you a small utility which allows you to extract images from pdf files and can save them in jpeg, tiff, png, bmp and tga formats. This software can extract pictures from password protected pdfs also.


Skype Call Recorder!


I need not tell you anything about Skype. Skype is a free software which allows you to make telephone calls over the internet. Its not limited to that... Video calls and best sound clarity are few of the other advantages. So what if you want to record your conversations and store it in mp3 format?


Edit "Send To" Menu in WIndows XP!


The Send To sub menu in the right click menu enables you to move a certain file or folder to any one of the destinations included in it. Typically the Send To menu has the following items:-

Compressed (zipped) Folder
Desktop (Create shortcut)
Mail Recipient
My Documents
3 1/2 Floppy (A:)
CD Drive

You can further add the following items to the Send To menu

Drives (Local or Network)
Windows based programs
Printers etc..

This is how we do it...

FlashBlock : Another great firefox addon!


Flash animations are all over the web. Many at times they are very much annoying. They do eat up a major share of your bandwidth as well as your download limit (If you are having a limited Internet connection)

This cool addon lets you block all the flash animations that appear in a website.
What if you want to see the animation? FlashBlock leaves a placeholder over the blocked animations and if you want to see them, just click on them.

FlashBlock currently supports Macromedia Flash, Shockwave and Authorware.

Trouble with the Right click menu!!


This post is for a good friend of mine who told me that while right clicking drives, the first option in the right click menu he gets is "Search". He wanted to revert that back to "Open" . This is how we do it...

Browse to the following key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\Shell

Now set the value of Default in the right hand pane to "none" (without quotes).

Broadband Scheduler!

on Friday, November 6, 2009


Broadband Scheduler is a free software which enables the broadband internet connection at a user defined time. It can also disconnect the connection as per the timings specified by the user. Another advantage of this software is that it lets you load any one program automatically when it connects to the internet.

This is particularly helpful for those who have a limited broadband connection and have happy hours i.e., free download timings. So that you can keep the computer on and define the time using the Broadband Scheduler. You can also start your download managers or P2P programs at the same time.

Sorry ! A few issues with PhotoBucket!!!

on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My blog has some issues with PhotoBucket, the photo uploading site...

I will be rolling down this blog today evening and then, I hope by tommorrow morning, I will have every issues sorted out...


Thank you friends...

Increase Recording time of Windows Sound Recorder!!

on Monday, November 2, 2009



Windows Sound Recorder is a small utility provided by the Microsoft along with Windows that can record sounds for a maximum time of 60 seconds. So, for recording more than a minute, you ll have to use third party softwares??? Wait... we can make the Sound Recorder record more than one minute! Just follow the following steps....

1. Click Start -> Program -> Accessories ->Entertainment -> Sound Recorder.

2. Click on record and let the program record for one minute.

3. After it has finished recording, save the file. lets say that we save it as "C:\Time.wav"

4. Now on Sound Recorder, Click Edit -> Insert File and insert the file you have just saved. For us its "C:\Time.wav". Now notice the time in the right hand side of the Sound Recorder; It has moved from 60 seconds to 120 seconds. Insert the same file again and again till you have the desired time length.

Enhance your power of Googling with GoogleEnhancer!!

on Sunday, November 1, 2009


Are you using Firefox? And do you like to enhance the Google results by adding favicons, keyword highlighting and options like Search by date, Search by language and Search by file-type? Here is a firefox plugin called GoogleEnhancer to do all these for you...

Watch Videos in ScreenSaver!!!

I just want to share some information I got while surfing the other day... Have you ever thought about viewing clippings from your favourite movies as the Screensaver?

Yes! everyone is bored with those picture Screensaver!!!..

Change the Default location of My Documents!


Have you ever thought about what will happen to your valuable files you store in the My Documents folder in case of an OS crash??? There are chances that you lose them pretty quickly...

It is always better to save your files; especially important ones, in a location which is different from the partition where your Windows is installed. It is easy to do.. There are two ways of doing that... One a very simple method, the other a registry edit..

I shall describe to you about the easiest one...

Suppose your Windows is installed in your C drive and you want your My Documents to be shifted to a folder in D drive... Lets give the folder a name... "DocDuplicate" (this can be any thing you like...)

1. Right click My Documents icon in the desktop and click Properties..


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