Friday, February 26, 2010

My favorite Screensaver Slideshow Settings

Right-click on Desktop, select Personalize, then Screensaver (or copy this into your Window Explore address bar:  Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization).

Select Photos, Settings, then browse to find what you'd like to slide-show.

Theme:  Pan and zoom
Slide Show Speed: Fast
and check "Shuffle Contents"


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blackberry - How to disable Automatic Device Application Update during Sync

After a re-install of BlackBerry desktop, I noticed that each time I sync'd there would be an automatic device application check and update. So each time I stabilized a version, a new one would sneak in and my settings would no longer be as expected.

Finally, this is what works (2/27/2010):

You will need to remove the Blackberry Desktop Application (sorry, you really do... #fail by Blackberry) and re-install it (simply modifying the program will not work - more on that later), being careful to do these two things during the install:

1- Click the icon next to "BlackBerry Automatic Update" and change it to "This feature will not be available."
2- Later on in the installation, un-check "Check for software updates."

This article explains why (has to do with temporary files unavailable if you simply try to modify the program):;jsessionid=A480A2C982DC0E65C72C2DB3F691040A

Thanks JerryD!

(The info in this next link did not work for me, but saving for reference:

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Outlook 2007 - Doesn't see my Address Book

After you install Outlook 2007 you'll need to do this so that Outlook can find your address book:

Click Tools > Options > Mail Setup > Data Files > Address Books > New > Additional Address Books > Outlook Address Book.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to Remove Items from the Quick Launch Bar (Bar on bottom left of screen)

Go to:  C:\Users\rls\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch (where "rls" is your user name)

and simply delete the shortcuts you do not want to appear on the bar.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Outloook 2007 - Newly Installed but won't Open "Cannot open your default e-mail folders"

Purchased and installed Outlook 2007.  Received error message when opening Outlook for the first time:

"Cannot open your default e-mail folders.  Outlook cannot start because a data file to send and receive mail cannot be found.  To ad a data file, such as a personal folder file, double-click the Mail icon in Windows Control Panel."

If you don't see the Mail icon in the "classic view" control panel, click on this icon instead "View 32-bit Control Panel Items".  Voila - there is the mail icon.  Click it, then click "data files".  Add a new data file.  I put mine in C:\Users\abc\Documents\Outlook (you'll have a different user name than 'abc').

Restart Outlook. It should work now!
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