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KeePass Auto-Type guide

The auto-type feature of KeePass allows us to send a sequence of keystrokes to a target window. To auto-fill a form it is not enough to send keystrokes for only the username and password. We will have to send some extra keys like TAB and ENTER as well. KeePass has a default key sequence that works for most input forms. The default sequence is: username, TAB , password, ENTER and in that order.

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Winrar: Cleanup context menu

A default Winrar installation adds a large number of items to the explorer context menu. As you can see, the Winrar items are in a flat format. Cut, copy et al. have been pushed way down the list. Switching to a cascading format will shrink the Menu to a more reasonable height. Cascading format means a sub-menu for Winrar items. Go to the Options menu and choose settings. Select the Integration tab and tick the Cascaded context menus check box.

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Switch between speaker and headphones in Windows 10

Switching between speakers and headphones is a task one may want to perform quite often. Despite the very basic nature of this task, Windows had made it rather tedious and confusing for users. That is until Windows 10 came around. Let us see how to do it the Windows 10 way. Click on the volume icon in the notification area. It opens a small menu with two options as shown below.

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Windows 10 Laptop: Change what happens when you close the lid

In most Windows laptops, when we close the lid the computer goes to sleep. This behavior can be changed in the power settings. Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu. Click on Power Options Select the option Choose what closing the lid does. Here you can specify what closing the lid does. It is possible to specify different behavior for when the laptop running on batteries and when external power is available.

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Adobe Illustrator: Transfer color swatches between documents

Sometimes you need to transfer custom color swatches from one document to another. This is quite easy to do in illustrator. First, open the target document; that is the document to which you want to copy the swatches. From the Swatches Window, choose the Swatch Libraries menu. From the Swatch Libraries menu, choose Other Library. This opens a dialog box which allows you to open swatch files. Swatch files are just Ai files; you can open any Ai document using this dialog box.

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Compressing images to reduce file size using FastStone Image Viewer

Compressing or re-compressing images can bring significant improvement in web-page load times. Outside the Internet, compressing images individually may not be worthwhile. Enter FastStone’s batch compression feature, it allows us to compress hundreds of images with a few clicks. This article focuses more on JPEG files since JPEG compression settings are highly configurable in FastStone. A short section on PNG compression can be found here. It describes the PNG-8 option, which is a must try, even though it does not work for all images.

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Searching inside multiple unopened PDF files

It is often useful to search for a phrase inside multiple PDF files. You can search inside all files in a folder. I will demonstrate this feature in Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, and PDF-XChange Viewer. The basic idea is the same in all three software. Instead of searching using the small find box which you can invoke using CTRL+F, use a search pane which can be invoked using CTRL+SHIFT+F. The same shortcut works in all three software.

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Windows 10 Start Menu : Run as administrator using keyboard shortcut

Consider the steps needed for running an application as administrator using the Start Menu. After searching for the application, your hands will be on the keyboard. Then you have to reach for the mouse, move it to the already highlighted program, and then use the context menu. Turns out that there is a keyboard shortcut for running programs as Administrator from the Start Menu. First, search for the item in the start menu.

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Decimal to binary conversion

In this article, I will describe one of the easiest methods for converting decimal numbers to binary. It is especially useful when there are multiple numbers to convert. Make a list of all the powers of 2, starting with 2 up to the number you want to convert. Please note that this is an inclusive range. So if the number is a power of two, it must be included in the list.

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Windows Firewall: A possible workaround for the disappearing rules problem using group policy

Many Windows Firewall users seem to be facing a problem of disappearing rules. I too have been facing this problem for the last two years. Let us look at a possible workaround. Do I have this problem? How would you know if you have this problem? Do you have applications which keep triggering Firewall alerts, despite being granted full internet access? Then you probably do. Torrent clients are a prime candidate for such alerts as they receive incoming connections.

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