Odd bits & pieces (unorganised)

1. Enable Images to load by default in Thunderbird 17.

Step 1 – Click Preferences -> Preferences.

Step 2 – Click the Advanced Tab -> then click Config editor button at the bottom right of the pop-up window.

Step 3 – Promise to be careful.

Step 4 – In the search window copy and paste: mailnews.message_display.disable_remote_image

Step 5 – Change the value from true to false.

Step 6 – Close and exit.

2. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install.

Step 1 – Disable the hibernation tool (will remove sleep and hibernation functions).

Obtain CLI admin rights by typing CMD.exe in the search bar of the start menu and right clicking “CMD.exe” and choosing the option to open as an administrator. OR

Type cmd in the search bar of the start menu and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. OR

Scroll through to All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt and open as administrator.

Step 2 –  C:\Windows\System32>

powercfg -h off

Step 3 – C:\Windows\System32>

exit

Step 4 – There is no step 4, unless you want to enable the hibernation function again. In that case, type “powercfg -h on” at the elevated command prompt.

C:\Windows\System32>powercfg -h on

3. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install by removing system restore & backups.

Step 1 – Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> System Protection ->

Step 2 – Select (highlight) the offending HDD and click configure.

Step 3 – Choose the “Turn off system protection” button and click apply.

Step 4 – Delete all the restore points by clicking “Delete”.

Step 5 – Click “OK”

4. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install by using the MS Disk Cleanup.

Step 1 – Open “My Computer” / Windows Explorer.

Step 2 – Highlight the offending HDD and right click.

Step 3 – Choose the “Properties” button & select “Disk Cleanup” and run the tool with all options selected.

5. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install by deleting programs.

Step 1 – Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a program.

Step 2 – Delete any unwanted gumpf.

Step 3 – Reboot, especially after a good solid purge like MS Office.

6. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install by selectively syncing Dropbox folders.

Step 1 – Right Click on your Dropbox system icon.

Step 2 – Choose “Settings” or “Preferences”.

Step 3 – Uncheck folders to increase available HDD space.

7. Shrink a Win 7 x86 or x64 install by deleting SP1 backup files.

Step 1 – Open a elevated command prompt as described in 1.

Step 2 – Run the following command with admin rights “dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded”

C:\Windows\System32>dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

Note – Will usually only work with a machine “updated” to Win 7 SP1 and not a “fresh install” of Win 7 SP1.

8. Force a line-break in an Excel cell.

Step 1 – In Windows Excel it is Alt-Enter (ie: Alt + ↵ )

Step 2 – In MacOS X Excel it is Command-Option-Return (ie: ⌥ + ⌘ + ↵ )

9. Repeat the last task in Excel.

Step 1 – In Windows Excel it is ???? (ie: ???? )

Step 2 – In MacOS X Excel it is Command-Y (ie: ⌘ + Y )

10. Fix Google Chrome Tabs (not spreading evenly across width of a high-res screen) in Windows 8(8.1).

Step 1 – Open Chrome, in the address/omnisearch bar, paste the following and hit enter:

chrome://flags

Step 2 – Change the HiDPI setting to “Enable” & refresh the browser.

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