Archive for the ‘Windows XP’ Category

How to have multiple “instances” of PowerPoint

November 5, 2006

Sometime, you want to view two ppt files at the same time for easily comparing the contents. Because PowerPoint is a single instance program, we have no chance of creating multiple windows of PPT.

Here is the trick to cross over it:

   * Use another account or create a new one (i.e.  you should have at least 2 active account), e.g. user myaccount

   * From a higher level account, run the PPT using the other account: 

runas /user:myaccount “c:\program files\microsoft office\office11\POWERPNT.EXE”
  NOTE: You can create a batch file for this


Remove an entry from the ContextMenu (when right-click)

November 4, 2006

Run regEdt32

    * In the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder, you will see a list of every file type that is set up on your PC.

    * Expand the * folder

    * Expand the Shellex and ContextMenu Handlers folders (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers)

    * Look through the list until finding the entry you want to remove.

Prevent Windows to reboot

November 4, 2006

After Windows Updates, the restart message or auto-restart process always occur unwantedly. To remove this, run Regedt32

   * HEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies … Microsoft\Windows

   * Right-click on Windows and create a new Key. Type WindowsUpdate.

    * Right click on that new folder, and create another new Key, named AU (which stands for Auto Update)

     * Go to right-hand panel, create new DWORD value. Enter the string: NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers

     * Double click to that entry and change the Value data to 1 with a Base button of Hexadecimal selected.

Disable MSN Messenger to start-up at boot time

November 4, 2006

Run this command in Run dialog (Windows-R):

     RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Outlook or Outlook Express may try to launch MSN Messenger, to disable this option:

   * Outlook: menu Tools, Options, then Other  –> clear a check box that reads Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook. Problem fixed!

   * Outlook Express: menu Click on Tools | Options | General  –> clear the check box next to Automatically log onto Windows Messenger to keep it from starting up.