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How to Fix a Corrupt Powerpoint File

by Barbara J. Feldman July 29, 2008

Getting a dreaded “corrupt file” error is very frustrating, but PowerPoint users have a number of ways of recovering. For example, if the error appeared after a Windows crash during a Save operation, you can usually find a *.tmp file that contains your uncorrupted PowerPoint. Or sometimes, part of your presentation can be recovered in […]

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How to Create a Screencast

by Barbara J. Feldman May 14, 2008

Jing Project is a free tool for both Mac and Windows users, that lets you capture your computer screen as a static image or a screencast, and then share your screen capture as a URL. Which means that not only are they providing the software to create the capture, they are also providing free hosting. […]

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How to Get Text Listing of a Folder’s Contents

by Barbara J. Feldman April 15, 2008

If you’ve ever wanted to print a text listing of files in a Windows folder, this week’s tip is for you. First, create a simple batch file (you can put it in your Windows folder) called filelisting.bat with a single line in it (without the quotes): “dir /a /b /-p /o:gen >filelisting.txt”. Then modify the […]

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How to Add Folders to Your Send To Menu

by Barbara J. Feldman April 8, 2008

With the Send To function on the right-click contextual menu, Windows users have one-click access to various destinations such as Mail, Desktop, and My Documents. You can easily add new shortcuts to frequently used folders such as My Pictures or My Music by following these instructions for Windows XP. Vista users will also need this […]

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File Extensions

by Barbara J. Feldman September 18, 2007

The part of a computer filename that starts with a dot and is followed by three characters is called the extension. It usually tells your computer what kind of file it is, and what program is needed to open it. If, however, your computer meets a file extension it doesn’t understand, you’ll need to do […]

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Docx File Format

by Barbara J. Feldman June 8, 2007

By default, Microsoft Office 2007 uses a new file format with the extension “.docx”. If you are trying to share files with users of older versions of Office, this can be a problem. Depending on whether you are the creator or the receiver, there are two ways to solve this problem. To create a more […]

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