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Lock Your Computer With Secure My Screen

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Create Multiple Aliases with Outlook.com Account

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Resolve Word 2010 Formatting Errors

I cannot tell you how many times I have received a phone call from an irate client, cursing Word and the person who created it because they “have tried everything under the sun” to correct some formatting and it just doesn’t work!

Below are some of the complaints I get over and over:

The line that will NOT go away! You can be typing along doing well and all of a sudden a black line appears in your document and you cannot seem to remove it. You place your cursor at the beginning of the line and try to delete it – not gonna happen! The line remains.

Well you are not crazy and it is not the the program, or the designer who created it, that is at fault. That black line that sits there in your document so stubbornly is actually called a paragraph border and it was created for you by Word’s AutoFormat feature. You may have keyed in three dashes in a row and tapped your enter key and Word thought you wanted a line all the way across your page.

Follow the steps below to remove it:

Place your cursor in the text immediately preceding the line.

On the Home tab of your Ribbon, in the Paragraph group, click the Border drop-down and select No Border.



It’s always a very easy fix when you know how, isn’t it?

How about the blank space at the end of a document? That is another one I get calls about.

The document is fine except for one page that has a huge amount of space at the bottom and you cannot make it go away!

I teach all my students that they have to enable the Show/Hide feature in Word. I would be lost with out it and you might be too!

So if your Show/Hide feature is enabled and you cannot find a hard page break, what else could it be causing that big old space at the bottom of the page?

Well Microsoft could have done a better job with their Block Protect feature in my humble opinion. Block Protect keeps sections of text together on the same page of your document.
The quickest and most simple thing to do is click CTRL + A to select all text in your document.
Then on the Home tab of your Ribbon, in the Paragraph group, click the little arrow in the right-hand corner to open the dialog box.
Be certain the three check boxes are unchecked.



Now you will be able to scroll through a document and be certain that all your page breaks are correct and there is no huge space at the bottom of any page!

The last problem that I frequently get calls about is the case of the highlighted text that the user cannot get rid of.

Usually when I get calls about this issue it is from law offices because they frequently use research documents from companies such as WestLaw which will highlight certain words in the document for them.

Unfortunately, those highlighted words are not highlighted in the manner that Word highlights them.

You cannot make the highlighting disappear by changing the font formatting because that is not your problem.

The problem is a paragraph problem!

This speediest and easiest fix for this particular problem is:
Select the text with your mouse.
Click CTRL + Q to remove all paragraph formatting.
If you need to preserve formatting other than highlighting such as indents, select the text and click the drop-down next to the Shading icon (paint can icon) in the Paragraph group of your Home tab.
Select No Color.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Use WhatsApp on Desktop via AirDroid and AirMirror

You can use WhatsApp on your desktop via AirDroid and by using its AirMirror feature. You can send and respond messages from the comfort your computer’s mouse and keyboard. Thenotification will be pushed to your computer in real time. Though there are other ways to accomplish WhatsApp on desktop, using AirDroid is the very easiest method and solves the main complaint about WhatsApp.




For your information, AirDroid is a file transferring and screen-mirroring app for Android and its built-in feature AirMirror allows you to mirror the whole screen of your Android device to computer (Windows/Mac), which means you can interact with all the apps installed, including WhatsAppusing the computer’s mouse and keyboard.

To use WahtsApp on desktop, AirDroid app must be installed on your PC [Download here] andAndroid phone [Download here]. Once installed, open the app on your PC and sign up an account, and then sign in with the same account on your phone. When you receive a WhatsAppmessage on your phone, the notification will be pushed to your computer. Click on the notificationto start the AirMirror feature.



AirMirror is still a beta feature, which supports only rooted devices with Android 4.0 and later. AirMirror is not yet available for Lollipop (Android 5); however, the developer will add this feature soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How To Hide Notifications Temporarily In Windows 10?

This tutorial details how to hide notifications temporarily in Windows 10. As I’ve stressed in a number of my recent write-ups covering Windows 10 , one of the most important features of Windows 10 is its improved support for the modern style apps that were introduced with its immediate predecessor, Windows 8. These modern UI apps can run in the background, and support real-time desktop notifications.
As useful as these notifications are, at times they can get a bit too much to handle. In one of my previous articles, I’ve talked about how you can turn off these app notifications entirely. But what if you want to have them there, but don’t want them to show up for a little while (say, a few hours?)
Well, today’s your lucky day. Thanks to the incredibly customizable OS that is Windows 10, you can conveniently hide app notifications for a few hours. Head past the break to see how you can hide notifications temporarily in Windows 10.
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How To Hide Notifications Temporarily In Windows 10?
Hiding app notifications temporarily is a fairly straightforward process, and takes no more than a few minutes. Detailed below is a step by step walkthrough, illustrating how to do it:
Step 1: While on the Desktop or the Start Screen, bring up the Charms bar using theWindows Key + C keyboard shortcut. Following that, click on Settings.
windows 10 charms bar
Step 2: The Settings flyout will now appear from the right of the desktop. It consists of direct shortcuts to desktop, personalization etc. on the top section, and system status notification icons in the bottom section. Click on the Notifications status icon in the bottom section. Once you do that, a pop-up menu comes up, with three different preset time duration choices for hiding notifications: 1 hour, 3 hours and 8 hours. Simply click on the time duration of your choice. Here’s a screenshot:
windows 10 temporarily hide notifications
That’s it! As soon as you select one of the preset time durations, Windows 10 will suppress all active notifications from appearing on the desktop, till the selected time duration is elapsed. Quite simple!
Also Check: Choose Apps That Can Be Used For Sharing In Windows 10

Conclusion

Real-time system and app notifications form an essential part of the entire Windows 10 user experience. They are simple, extremely useful, and keep you updated of everything important. However, there might be times when you don’t want to be bothered by these notifications for a while. In those cases, the ability to temporarily hide notifications can come in really handy. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think of it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Talk.to – Seamless chatting across Facebook and Google and Send free SMS!

One of the common chores while browsing the internet is chats. You have chats open in Facebook, chat boxes in your Gmail window, even in Windows Live. It surely is a big task managing all your friend’s chats and miss a few pings that you wish you could reply to. For those chat addicts, chatting with friends all at one place would be great. Though it is not the first app, Talk.to certainly aims to integrate all your chats in one place in an elegant interface and seamless experience.
Talk.to is available on Chrome desktop browser as well as on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. After installing from the Chrome Web Store, Talk.to acts as a webapp that you can access from the list of other webapps. Talk.to supports Facebook, Google Talk, Windows Live and Pingpong.
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One can set up the respective accounts with ease. While integrating Facebook, remember to check whether you want the app to post on your behalf that is visible to your friends. It is highly suggested that you choose “Only me” option from the dropdown.
Talk.to imports contacts from the accounts you have integrated, displays them on the right sidebar. Online users have a neat green indicator adjacent to their name (Google Talk contacts will have a red indicator if they are busy). You can start chatting with any of the contacts in the list. All the active chats appear on the left and you can choose to close them through the close indicator. The clean interface is refreshing and offer little distraction while you chat.
Talk.to also opens up whenever somebody from either of the accounts pings you. It has its own notification sound and in chrome it appears in the bubble notification. You can also carry over a chat in Talk.to from Google, Facebook, etc. All the chat history will be stored in the sites, so you won’t miss any of the previous conversation.
Talk.to also allows you to send SMS to the contacts if they are not online or are not responding. The app though does not import the contact details, so you will have to enter the number yourself. Even then this feature is handy and you get up to 200 SMS free with additional 5 free SMS every Sunday to your credit.
Talk.to has groups, where other users of Talk.to can join in to discuss. This is handy especially when all your friends are on different networks. One can create a group and invite users to the group. The best part is this is not temporary, so you can chat to multiple users any time. Talk.to has also integrated search box, that let you search for contacts and groups from all the accounts you have logged in.
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On the mobile platforms, Talk.to offers nearly the same functionality. On Android, Talk.to has widget support that show notifications and active chat windows open. Future versions will have group chats and smiley packs in the mobile version.
Talk.to is free to download on all platforms. A standalone app is available for Windows users, though the webapp on Chrome browser is a pleasure to use. Download Talk.to for seamless integrated chat experience.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Educational Search Engine to Find Online Courses: RedHoop

RedHoop is a free educational search engine for self learners. It finds you online courses and books from different websites for any topic, like: computer science, arts, languages, medicines, media, and many more.
You can also add the relevant courses to your study list on RedHoop account to keep track of your study. Once you complete the course, you can mark it as read tokeep a list of all the courses that you have completed.
The search can be customized, so that you can easily find the course that you are looking for. You can find both paid and free courses, along with course duration.
RedHoop Homepage
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Number of MOOC offering websites are rising very fast and that makes finding the right courses on different websites a tough task. RedHoop is a good solution in such cases, as it not only find you the courses from different sites in one place, but also lets you choose different filters on the search results. It doesn’t even require any sign up to use its searching services. Just type the course that you are looking for, and it will show you all the websites that provide that course.

Use Educational Search Engine RedHoop To Find Online Courses:

You can follow the link available at the end of this review to reach the homepage of RedHoop. You get a search column on the homepage, where you can search for the topic of courses or books.
If you want RedHoop keep the list of your courses and search history, then you need to create a free account. So, I’d recommend you to sign up with this website. Sign up needs you to provide some of your basic details.
RedHoop Signup
Now, to search for the courses, enter the keywords in the search column and then click on the search button.  RedHoop will search multiple websites and will provide courses that match your search query.
RedHoop searches courses from some famous online course providers, like: Edx, Coursera, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, Udacity, General Assembly, Tuts+, Treehouse, CreatorUp, Open2Study, Udemy, Grovo, MIT OCW, NOVO ED, Code School, Learnable, Pluralsight, Skillfeed, CreativeLive, Digitl-tutors, SkillShare, TrainSimple, Craftsy, CreativeBug.
Most of self learners know about them, but going to each site and then searching for the courses is not really convenient.
The search result will also carry the course description, price, and  provider’s name with each course.
You can use different filters, like: Price, Duration of Course, Level, Certified Courses, Category, Provider, etc. You can also use the sorting options to view search results.
You can click on the courses to view more details of the particular course. Click on “Take This Course Now” button to reach the course page.
RedHoop Search

Adding Course to Your Study List

If you find a course interesting, you can add it to your study list, so that you can access it from your account anytime. This is like online bookmarking service for online courses. To use this service, Click on “Add to Study List” button, present on the course description page.
RedHoop Course
You can view your study list from “Study List” option available at the top right corner of the page. Study list gives you the options to: “Go Study”, “Save For Later”, “Done Studying”, and “Delete”.
  • Go Study: takes you to the course page.
  • Study Later: lets you keep courses, that you want to study in the future.
  • Done Studying: marks the page as studied and it will still be kept in the list, so that you access it again, if you want.
  • Delete: simply deletes the course from the list.
RedHoop Study List

Searching Books on RedHoop

If you are looking for books related to any topic, then you need to click on “Books” tab. RedHoop will find you the top five books from Amazon, related to that topic. Filter and sorting options are not available in the books section. When you click on any book in the list and you’ll land on that book’s page on Amazon.
RedHoop Book Search

My Take on RedHoop:

I wish to have a little more from Redhoop, than just courses and books. This service can be a better educational search engine if could find us more study content, like: videos and articles as well.
RedHoop is a wise thought. The option to keep the courses in the Study List makes it even better.
Go to RedHoop.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines.
Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Muzei Android (1) Muzei Android (2)
Coming from the famed developer of DashClock, Muzei speaks quality and finesse from the first launch. The concept behind the app is that it works with different “sources”, and by default, it picks from a library of popular works of art, alongside providing you the ability to include your local photo library as well.
Since Muzei is open source, Goolge Play Store is riddled with extensions that expand on the source collection and allow you to include the likes of 500px, Reddit, Flickr, Facebook, and a variety of others.
Muzei Android (3)
What sets Muzei truly apart is the way the developer has left things open ended for the development of extensions. Most of the customizations are dependent on the sources that you add. The app allows you to get notified when a new wallpaper gets applied, and configure the change interval. Also, remember how some wallpapers are so color/texture-rich that they tend to cloud the icons on the home screen? Muzei addresses that by dimming the wallpaper by default, which can be then brought to focus simply by double-tapping the home screen. A simple and elegant solution, if you ask me.
Overall, Muzei is one of the finest wallpaper apps I’ve ever used, including the famous 500 Firepaper. The app is well thought out, elegantly built and does everything that it promises, and some more. A must have if you’re a fan of Android customization. This free app requires Android 4.2 or above to work.

Weezo: Share, Transfer And Gain Remote Access To Hard Drive Content

Weezo is a remote access/file sharing application that lets you gain remote access to the content on your computer, such as photos, music, videos and documents. You can either access the items in your computer from a remote location, or share them with your friends with safe, immediate and unlimited file sharing ensured. Weezo takes the concept of file sharing, and simplifies the process to such an extent that its just a matter of sharing a link and password to give your friends access to your hard drive folders. Other than sharing data, music, videos, documents etc, the application also allows you to give remote desktop access, remote startup and shutdown, and lets others view your webcam in their browsers (with your permission, of course). Even that’s not all, as Weezo is not only a file sharing service, but also lets you send whole folders and stream content from your computer. Read on to find out more about Weezo.
Before you can start using this program, you will have to configure the application. The configuration process is made quite easy by a very helpful Weezo wizard, that guides you through the whole process. First, enter your Account Name, Email address, Password and click Validate.
weezo.net Account
While configuring Weezo, the Windows firewall will ask you for permissions at some point. Click Allow Access to let the application communicate on Private and Public networks.
Windows Security Alert
Once the configuration process is complete, you will be asked to start Weezo in Simple Mode or Expert Mode. It is advised to select Simple Mode when using the application for the first time.
Weezo
The application does not come with any difficult options or configuration menus, and sharing content is pretty easy. The Resources pane at the left has different categories, such as Files, Music Sharing, Video Sharing, Webcam, Multimedia, Photo Album etc, while the sharing settings appear in the right pane. To share a file or folder, choose a category in the left pane (we selected Music Sharing), enter a folder name under Name, and drag the files and folders that you want to share under the area titled Files. AURL Link and Password will be automatically generated by the application. The URL Link can be shared via simply copying it to clipboard, generate a QR-code and by using Email, Facebook, Twitter orAddThis.

Weezo Music Sharing
Share the link with someone along with the password to enable access to your files and folders. The web-app of Weezo lets you view documents, play videos and listen to music directly form the browser, eliminating the need to download most multimedia content to the hard drive.
Weezo Music Sharing Webapp
All the other categories are as easy to configure as Music Sharing. Just select a category from the left side and follow the same process to share them with others. Weezo also allows sending content to various recipients. Select the Send pane from the right side, choose the folder that you want to send and click Create to create a New Direct Link to download the file.
Weezo Direct Link
Weezo works on all versions of Windows.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Easily Share WiFi Internet Connection in Windows



It happens at times, when one need to share WiFi Internet connection across multiple devices. It could be another laptop, tablet or a mobile device. To easily share WiFi Internet connection, a WiFi Hotspot should be in place. The WiFi Hotspot helps enabling the Internet connection sharing. That in turn let other devices get connected to the WiFi Hotspot with or without a WiFi access password.

Instead of making changes in your current network settings or creating an adhoc network in Windows, one can easily share WiFi Internet connection with a third party WiFi Hotspot software. One such software that I personally use and recommend is mHotspot. It works amazingly well with no-non sense features. So, in this tutorial, we will show you steps to easily share WiFi Internet connection without changing any network settings with mHotspot. Let’s see how it works:
Steps to share a WiFi Internet connection in Windows with mHotspot

1. Download mHotspot from here. Its available for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Android as well. Choose and download it for your respective operating system.

2. Install it with proprietary download.com installer.

3. Once installed, launch the software.

4. mHotspot homescreen comes up, in this window, add the following:


Hotspot name: Any name you desire and find easy can be added.
Password: Create a password.
Share From: From the drop down menu, select the Internet connection you want to be shared with other devices.
Max clients: You can maximum add up to 10 devices. Once completed with these requisites, click “Start Hotspot”.

5. Enable Wi-Fi connection on your devices, search for a WiFi network, click on the Hotspot name, enter the password and done! You are connected to the Internet. Congratulations. The connected clients (devices) can be seen with their IP and Mac addresses.


Configuration

mHotspot, being a free software, does not offer lot many customization options. But, you could monitor the data usage and choose to run the program at system start up.





mHotspot is a free software and does the job perfectly. Its ideal for a home or a small network (upto 10 pc’s). So, if you are looking to share WiFi Internet connection without much of a trouble, mHotspot does the trick for you. Happy sharing! :-)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Add Batch Attachment Management & Rule-Based Cloud Uploading To Gmail In Chrome

Although social networks and cloud storage services have made file sharing a tad easier, many people still use email to share photos and other files with their friends, family and colleagues. However, if you’re a heavy user of email attachments, you are probably aware of the hassle involved in managing them, for example, sharing a group attachments with multiple contacts or downloading multiple attachments to your local storage in one go. Not to mention, they also take a lot of space on your email account. MetisMe Attachments Management System is a Google Chrome extension for Gmail that aims to take care of this nuisance once and for all. It lets you manage your attachments in a super fast way, allows batch-downloading to local storage as well as manual and automated (rule-based) attachment uploads in bulk to Google Drive, Dropbox or Evernote.
MetisMe’s extension works in conjunction with your Gmail account, and thus, requires appropriate authorization in order to sort all your attachments. The app syncs the data between your email account and MetisMe servers via 128-bit AES encryption. Once the extension is installed, just sign in to Gmail and click Next when asked to grant the extension permission to access your account.
MetmisMe Start
MetmisMe then displays the permissions it requires to work. Click the Accept button at the bottom to get started.
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The concept behind MetmisMe is to provide access to all your email attachments from a single place. Hence, after the setup, it adds an Attachments section to the left sidebar of the Gmail interface.
MetisMe-Chrome-extension-for-Attachment-management
When you switch to this section, the extension automatically scans through your emails and presents a list of all attachments it finds along the way. These attachments can be easily sorted by type, filename, subject (of email), name, date and size, giving you a ton of flexibility and control.
That’s not all, of course. Like in all other sections, there are a bunch of options lined along the top of the attachments list. You can use the search bar at the top to search for desired attachments, then after you’ve marked one or more attachments from the list below, you can delete them and their corresponding emails, download them to local storage, forward them and upload to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive in bulk.
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That covers the manual management part of the extension. It also allows you to define multiple custom rules to automate the uploading of old and incoming attachments to the aforementioned cloud services. You’ll notice a new ‘MetisMe’ drop-down menu in the grey bar above the Gmail interface. Click it to create a new rule or modify existing ones.
MetisMe-cloud-uploading-rules
Selecting ‘Set Rule-Engine’ opens a separate window where you can specify multiple email addresses and/or mail subjects that will be subject to automatic cloud upload.  Any attachments that comes with emails from these addresses and/or with these subjects will automatically be uploaded to the cloud directory you specify below. Every rule can be applied to older mails as well. You can also set the mails themselves to be deleted after their attachments are uploaded.
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In a nutshell, an excellent extension that seamlessly integrates convenient and effective attachment management with Gmail. Note that during our testing, the extension did not seem to work with Google Apps accounts.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

LightMail Is An Elegant iPhone Mail App That Displays All Attachments In One Place


Apps like Sparrow gained popularity on iOS owing to the stock Mail client having a lot of shortcomings. Apple overhauled the email experience with iOS 6, but there are some new apps around that have managed to gain a considerable number of users. The Mailbox app experimented by combining mail and to-do lists, which is why people even put up with its waiting queue. LightMail doesn’t offer changes that are as dramatic as those introduced by Mailbox, but the new app is still great if you are looking for an improved version of the iOS Mail app. LightMail supports a few gestures for letting you respond to messages quickly, and comes with a section where attachments from all your mails are accessible in one place. It is also possible to easily insert attachments from past messages into mails you are composing on your iPhone.


LightMail iOS Menu LightMail iOS
Users of Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and other popular email services can start using the app simply by entering their email ID and password on the welcome page. In some cases though (like for Google app accounts), you have to manually configure accounts by filling fields like Port number, SMTP server, IMAP server, etc.
LightMail supports multiple email accounts. To add a new account to the app, swipe twice to the right and hit the ‘+’ icon. To get a list of all the options that are applicable to messages, just swipe across a mail from right to left. The options show up in the bottom bar, and let you do things like marking a message as read (or unread), bookmarking it, or deleting it from the folder.
LightMail iOS Attachment Options LightMail iOS Attachment
The attachments from all the messages you have ever sent or received can be viewed by hitting the clip icon. The attachments list even supports filters, which means it is possible to see only media files, documents or ZIPs. When you hit the same attachments button while composing an email, you can select multiple files with a single tap. The usual image attachment options are on offer as well, of course.
LightMail supports offline reading, and to download recent content for later use, users can hit the arrow icon located in the bottom bar.
The app is available as a free download, and is optimized for iPhone & iPod touch. LightMail supports push notifications and icon badges, which ensures users won’t be missing out on any of the features available in the stock Mail app.
Download LightMail For iOS
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Add Global Hotkeys Support To Windows Media Player With WMP Keys


Microsoft has been struggling for a while now, to get more people to use its Windows Media Player application. The application isn’t used by many people anymore due to lack of features that are usually found in other third-party apps like KMPlayer and VLC, both of which handle audio as well as video files much better than Microsoft’s offering. Yet, many casual users still rely on WMP because it comes with Windows and requires no further installation. Those of you who use it as their default app to play media files would be aware that it doesn’t support global hotkeys by default. Global hotkeys aid in quickly navigating the app via keyboard shortcuts without having to bring up the player’s window and use the mouse; for instance, you wouldn’t have to bring the app into focus in order to change a song or turn down the volume, with the appropriate hotkeys. WMP Keys is a Windows Media Player plugin that enables this feature. It  doesn’t boasts a truckload of options, but it still gets the job done and does it fairly well.


After you download and install WMP Keys, just open Windows Media Player and head over to Tools > Plug-ins menu to manually enable the Wmpkeys Plugin . This is just a first-run task and you won’t have to re-enable the plugin every time you run WMP. When enabled, you can use the following hotkeys to perform these common actions by default:
  • Play/Pause: Ctrl + Alt + Home
  • Next Track: Ctrl + Alt + Right
  • Previous Track: Ctrl + Alt + Left
  • Volume Up: Ctrl + Alt + Up
  • Volume Down: Ctrl + Alt + Down
  • Fast Forward: Ctrl + Alt + F
  • Fast Rewind: Ctrl + Alt + B
  • Rate Track [1 to 5]: Ctrl + Alt + [1 – 5]
WMP Keys
WMP Keys also lets you replace these default hotkeys with your own. This feature is pretty handy, especially if the default keys create any conflict with any other app or Windows feature that uses them. To customize the hotkeys, open the Options sheet of Windows Media Player and click the Plug-ins tab. Under this tab, highlight Background, select Wmpkeys Plugin on the right, and click Properties to open the Settings console.
WMP Keys_Plugins
The Settings window allows customizing all the supported keys. Not only can you change the modifier keys such as Ctrl, Alt, Shift or Win, but also specify any key or combination of your choice.
WMP Keys_Hotkeys Settings
In a nutshell, it’s a pretty useful plugin to quickly enable global hotkeys support in Windows Media Player. WMP Keys is an open-source app and its works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit edition.
Download WMP Keys
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Filedrop Allows AirDrop-Like File Sharing Between Windows & Mac


AirDrop lets you share files from one Mac to another on the same Wi-Fi network. Unlike network sharing, Airdrop automatically discovers other nearby computers and lets you very easily share files between them using drag & drop. Filedrop is a free app available for Mac and Windows (and coming soon to iOS and Android) that makes the same drag & drop file sharing cross-platform. It searches the network for other Mac and Windows PCs running Filedrop, and these other computers then show up on your side in the app, allowing you to drag & drop files to any one of them for quick sharing. Likewise, your own computer also becomes visible to all other systems on the same network that are running the Filedrop app, and they can send you files in a similar manner. Transfer of files is subject to the receiving system’s acceptance. Being incredibly easy to use, the app greatly simplifies file sharing on the same network.


Install Filedrop on all computers that you want to use it on, and ensure they are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app takes a little time and a few attempts to detect the other computers. Once another Mac or Windows PC has been detected, the app allows you to drag & drop files to it.
Filedrop add files   Filedrop dra g drop
When you attempt to send someone a file, a popup appears at the recipient’s end, allowing the user to accept or decline the file transfer.  By default, the files saves to your Downloads folder but if you click the ‘Downloads’ link, you can select any other destination for it. Filedrop adds some nice firefly-inspired animations to the small screen that represents the other computer while it waits for you to accept or decline the file.
Filedrop accept
The file begins transferring as soon as it is accepted, with the download progress being shown in the little app window. When the transfer completes, a little badge on the download arrow shows the number of files received.
Filedrop progress Filedrop complete
Clicking the ‘Download’ button lets you view the complete list of downloaded files. You can then view them in Windows Explorer or Finder, or change the folder in which you want them placed by clicking the ‘Change Folder’ link below the file name.
Filedrop downloads
Filedrop is quite unique in what it does but it has shortcomings that prevent it from being a perfect replica of the AirDrop feature in OS X. Filedrop will not run in the background, which means its small translucent window will always be visible on your screen as long as the app is running. If you close the app, you cannot actively accept incoming files and when you launch it again, it will have to scan and detect other systems on the network all over again. Overall, the app is quite excellent, especially due to its cross-platform support, but these few shortcomings can prevent some from using it comfortably and consistently.
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