Combine multiple images to 1 multi-page file - IRFANVIEW

IrfanView is a small, efficient, yet powerful utility used to view and manage image files. It supports various image formats, which Windows may not support natively. For example, IrfanView supports gifs and ico file types. For more information about IrfanView, please visit: IrfanView Website

Lets say we have 5 tif image files that we need to convert to a single multi-page file for email or whatever other reason you may have. This process is very simple.


single-page images

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Microsoft Access – Fix File import Truncation error

If you attempt to import a table to Access from a file and get the “ImportErrors” table/report created (see image below), you know your table did not import correctly.  

Let me briefly tell you why I got the error:
I tried to import a .dat file and convert it to an Access table. While importing, Access noticed that it was unable to import some of the fields due to an error, and notified us which fields we need to fix in an “ImportErrors” table/report (as shown below). Open the newly created table to see what the errors are with the import:

 


Import error table

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Stop Drop and block Popup ads! Quick and easy method.

It is impossible to browse the internet these days without running into advertisement. However, developers spend a lot of time putting together their website, and they deserve that money, right? Right…but not when they abuse their “power”. That’s right, some developers misuse advertising and get greedy, and cover your screen with more ads than actual content and popups. Don’t you hate those pop ups? You accidentally click the wrong link and before you know it, your computer is full of popup ads!

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TechSide - Robocopy Command Line

Robocopy Command Line Tutorial

For: Windows

In an earlier blog entry, I showed you how to use Xcopy. This time I will show you an even more powerful Command(CMD) line utility called Robocopy, which is short for “Robust File Copy”. The Robocopy command line utility has even more advanced options (or switches), and was apparently released to replace Xcopy in newer Windows versions. I’m running Windows 10 and I have Xcopy commmand line and Robocopy commmand line, pre-installed on both of my Windows machines.

…[Robocopy Command Line] strengths include the ability to copy all NTFS file attributes and to mirror the contents of an entire folder hierarchy across local volumes or over a network.

Robocopy Command Line Syntax

robocopy Source Destination [File[ ...]] [Options]

To see the full list of options, type robocopy /? in the command prompt. The syntax of robocopy command line is different from other copy commands in that it accepts folder names as its source and destination — meaning you cannot use *.* or ?. However, certain files can be selected. If we want to copy a file named myinfo.txt from C:\draft” to “C:\published” then we can run the following command:

robocopy c:\draft c:\published myinfo.txt

Robocopy Command Line Key Features

robocopy command line syntaxGood Robocopy command line picture

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Microsoft Surface RT! Actual Start button update

I have had the Microsoft Surface RT since it first released, back in 2012, as it was given to me as a Christmas present.  I was very disappointed when I found out that it utilizes an ARM processor and cannot run all the usual Windows applications.  Only apps that will work on the RT are from the Windows Store (unless it’s jailbroken, but I didn’t want to do that — not worth it for a few extra applications).  Even still, I have used the Surface more then I initially expected — It comes pre-installed with the basic MS Office applications (Excel, Word, OneNote, etc.) right out of the box — so it was good for note-taking.  If I needed to use any actual Windows Software to perform a task (Photoshop, etc.), I can just Remote desktop into my PC using the RDP app for the Surface RT.  I used my Surface more in college than my laptop because of the size–it was easier to carry around.

One major issue I had with the Surface RT was the Windows 8 start button behavior.  Push the Start button and you get the following screen:

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Microsoft’s new “Start Screen” for Windows 8

I hated clicking the Start button and getting the above screen.  “What happened to the original Start button Windows is so well known for?”  This is one of the reasons I never upgraded any Windows 7 desktop/laptop to Windows 8.

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Use mklink command to backup any folder to Dropbox

If you use Dropbox, like me, it can sometimes be annoying that it will only sync folders/files that you specifically place in the “Dropbox” folder.  This can get annoying at times when you have a folder in another location that you wish to also have backed up to Dropbox, yet do not wish to move it physically.  It turns out, there is a really neat trick that you can utilize to allow you to sync any folder with your Dropbox folder.

All you really need is the Windows Command Prompt.

How to Sync any folder with Dropbox:

You need to make sure you do not make any typo’s because you will have to use the Windows Command Prompt.  I will first have you setup the command in a text editor, such as Notepad.  (I will be using “Sublime Text” – which is practically the same thing only better.)

Open Notepad/Sublime Text:

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Add apps to right-click menu - Windows

Tutorial should apply to Windows Vista/7/10

Please be careful when editing the registry.  Create a backup in case you accidentally delete/modify the wrong value — it can damage your Windows OS.

When you right-click an file, such as a .txt file, Windows will give you a few options you can perform with the file – this is called the Context Menu.  I currently have Notepad++ as my default text file editor so all my text files open with Notepad++.  However, sometimes I prefer to open them with my new, favorite editor “Sublime Text.” It is an awesome text editor, especially for coding.  Currently, right-clicking a .txt file does not give me the option to open it with Sublime Text.  (of course I could always make Sublime Text my default text editor, however this tutorial is about showing you how to add any application to the right-click context menu).

Currently if I right-click my .txt file I get the following menu:

context-menu

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Adding applications to "Send to" menu - Windows

Send To

When you right-click a file, a context menu pops up for that file. The “Send to” option in the menu allows you to send the file to printer, or open with another program you don’t normally use. All you have to do is add the program to the “Send to” option in the menu. There are already some programs that appear in the default send to menu, however most of the time the application you want isn’t there. Below, I am going to show you how to add items to the right-click send to menu.

To remove or add your own items (shortcuts) easily, simply navigate to the following directory to find all ‘Send To’ items:

C:Users\[YourUsername]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

Navigating to this directory can be a headache for some. The quicker way to access the ‘Send To’ directory is:

  1. Hit [WIN]+R keys – this should launch Windows Run
  2. Type “shell:sendto” in Search/Windows Run without the quotes and hit [Enter

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Powerful "power user" menu - Windows

Are you a power user?

Although I have been using Windows since Windows 95, this feature is relatively new (atleast to me) so I thought I would share.

The Power User Menu is available in Windows 8 and in Windows 10. It is a menu that allows you the user to access management/configuration/etc. “power user” Microsoft Window tools.

To open the Power User Menu, just press the WINDOWS + X (WIN+X):

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[win] + X – Power User Menu
The above menu should appear in place of the start menu.  The menu can also be customized by modifying the contents of the various folders located here:

C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

Or, by accessing the Windows registry (run > regedit.exe) and modifying the contents here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Compatibility\Inbox\App.

That being said, please be careful and backup your registry if you do make any changes.  I am not responsible if you end up changing the wrong items in the registry.

God Mode – Windows Vista/7/8/10

I recently built a computer this past December (2015) — I will share more about it in later posts.  Anyhow, I decided to put Windows 10 on it to see how I would like it compared to Windows 7 — I wasn’t a big fan of Windows 8.  Anyhow, I came across this neat trick I thought I would share with you.  This should work with Windows Vista/7/8 & 10.

The trick is called: GODMODE.

No, not like god mode in video games.  God Mode in Windows basically is a collection of settings, all in one place.  Settings such as:

  • Administrative Tools
  • Backup and Restore
  • Color Management
  • Devices & Printers
  • Fonts
  • File History
  • Indexing Options
  • Personalization
  • Region
  • etc.

Almost like the Control Panel — But on steroids:godmode

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