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Monday
Jan202014

How to find start up folder in Windows 8

You may notice in Windows 8 the Startup Folder is hidden by default, to get it back so that you can have applications or documents automatically run when Windows starts up: 

1. Right-click a blank area of the Start Screen then click All apps.

2. Click Run. 

3. Enter shell:startup in the Run Dialog that appears and click OK.

4. The Startup folder will appear.

You may put shortcuts of programs and documents you want loaded on startup into the folder.

Monday
Jan132014

Fix broken Fax in Windows 8.1

Since Windows 7, Windows has had fairly comprehensive abilities to send and receive faxes using compatible modem hardware either internally via PCI, or via USB.

Unfortunately, due to a bug in Windows 8.1, you may get the feture setup but unable to complete receiving an incoming fax or not able to complete sending without problems.

In addition, received documents contained in the faulty profile may temprarily disappear when the modem "falls off".

Through the Microsoft TechNet, a solution has been found here.

Simply download the FXST30.dll file from that thread, and replace the "broken" verison in C:\Windows\System32\

Wednesday
Dec112013

ScanSnap many pages as single PDF to Evernote

Found this page with information on getting scanning to Evernote working smoothly.

If you don't do this tweak, when you scan multiple pages, no matter if you pick the PDF or JPEG option from the "QuickMenu", you'll end up with one page per note, not what you expect.

Wednesday
Dec112013

Set Final Draft Default Template or Stationary

A very imporatnt but non-obvious setting in Final Draft:

“You would like this template to open whenever you launch Final Draft, open it, go to Tools > Options (Windows) or Final Draft menu > Preferences (Mac) and choose On Launch: Open New Document. Restart the program and your "My Template" will be the default blank document.”

http://kb.finaldraft.com/article/1001/1036/Can-I-set-a-new-Final-Draft-default-font

Monday
Nov252013

Compare screen sizes and aspects

Display Wars lets you plug in aspect ratios and inches diagonal to compare relative screen sizes, very handy!