dotTech Professional Technologians Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:29:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to make Start Menu transparent in Windows XP, 7, and 8 [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:16:55 +0000

Windows Aero adds transparency to windows, but not the Start menu. However, you can still add a transparent Start menu to Windows, XP, 7 and 8 with StartMenu7. As Windows 8 doesn’t have a Start menu, StartMenu7 is an even better addition to …

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How to add sticky notes to app windows in Windows [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:45:47 +0000

Sticky Notes are one of the accessories included with Windows. With that accessory you can stick notes to the desktop. However, they don’t include any options that stick them to application windows. To add notes to software windows,…

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How to set up a 3D photo presentation in Windows [Guide] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:53:23 +0000

There are various ways that you can showcase your photos. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of software packages that have photo slideshow or collage options. With the Showcase image application you can set up photo presentations with a …

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How to add a blur or trail effect to images in Paint.NET in Windows [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:47:52 +0000

Paint.NET is a freeware package with loads of options that you can use to edit your pictures with. In addition, you can add quite a few more effects to the software with its plug-ins. Among the plug-in options that you can add to Paint.NET is…

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How to add a caption to a picture in MS Word 2007 [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:40:40 +0000

In Microsoft Word 2007, you can insert objects and photos to your document. This will also help you explain or discuss any topic through detailed charts and illustrations. Of course, it will also be much better if you can add photos with captions.…

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How to quickly save and recover previously opened tabs in Chrome [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:35:25 +0000

If you open lots of website pages, your tab bar will overflow with page tabs. One way that you can quickly clear up a cluttered tab bar is to add the Stash extension to Google Chrome. With that you can close and save all open page tabs, and then reopen…

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How to add events to Google Calendar via context menu in Chrome [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:28:56 +0000

The Google Calendar is a great Web app that you can add event notes to. To add notes to Google Calendar, you would usually open its page, select a date and then the Edit event option. However, the ToCal extension adds a Google Calendar note shortcut…

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How to download subtitles from YouTube online [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:23:09 +0000

In YouTube, you can watch different kinds of videos. You can even watch foreign videos with subtitles. The thing is there are videos that only enable subtitles via the “CC” button. Simply put, you’ll need to download the video file (usually…

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How to send self-destructing photos in Facebook [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:22:53 +0000

Whether you’re using SnapChat or not, you can still send self-destructing photos to your friends on Facebook. As a matter of fact, it is quite easy to do. You can even set the viewing time interval as well as the viewing period for your self-destructing…

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How to bulk rotate images in Android [Tip] Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:22:19 +0000

Smartphones and tablets have made it easier for users to download photos and take countless of screenshots. However, there’s a catch. You cannot really expect your device to automatically rotate your photos. You need to do that on your own.…

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What is a ‘Trojan’ virus and what does it do? [Guide] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:36 +0000

Perhaps you’ve heard of Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, the cause of the Trojan War in ancient Greece.  If you’re familiar with the story, you probably know that the city of Troy put up a good fight until they were defeated…

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How make windows transparent with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:58:24 +0000

Microsoft apparently added transparent windows to Vista and 7. However, those windows only have transparent borders. To add greater transparency to windows, check out the Peek Through utility. With that software you can also click-through…

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How to resize, move, and tile windows with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:52:41 +0000

This post covered how you can add new keyboard shortcuts to the Numpad. You can also add a few more with the  freeware WindowPad utilty. With that you can reposition active windows to alternative positions on the desktop by pressing hotkeys…

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How to create a photo mosaic online [Tip] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:39:48 +0000

If you are thinking of creating a photo mosaic without downloading any additional software, then you can look for free and reliable mosaic generators online. Speaking of which, a photo mosaic can be used in different ways. It would also make…

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How to browse Instagram like Pinterest [Tip] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:38:21 +0000

If you search online, you can find a lot of Instagram web viewers. Some may even allow you to like and add comments to photos. Speaking of which, did you know that you can also browse your Instagram feed just like the way that you do with Pinterest?…

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How to turn a web page into a widget in Android [Tip] Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:37:52 +0000

Have you ever thought of turning one of your favorite sites or web pages into a home screen widget in Android? If you think that is not possible, then you better think again. As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult to do. You just need to follow…

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How to translate text using hotkeys in Windows [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:59:03 +0000

When browsing the Web, you’ll probably open a few sites that aren’t in English. Consequently, browsers such as Google Chrome have their own translator tools. However, the Google Translator doesn’t have a hotkey that …

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How to paste text with custom hotkeys in Windows [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:53:06 +0000

Ctrl + V is the standard hotkey for pasting text into documents. However, if there are lots of alternative text snippets that you need to paste into a word processor, one hotkey is not ideal. With Quick Paste you can add custom paste hotkeys to

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How to add thumbnails and progress bar to tabs in Firefox [Tips] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:45:26 +0000

In this article, I told you about the Progre add-on that adds a progress bar to Firefox’s address bar. In a similar fashion, you can also add a progress bar, which indicates loading status, to Firefox’s page tabs with the Informational

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How to disable SSL 3.0 support in Chrome [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:40:28 +0000

After the Heartbleed incident, online users must brace themselves for another secure connection snag. This time, it’s POODLE.

Formally known as “Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption”, POODLE exploits a browser’s SSL…

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How to zoom selected text on any web page in Chrome [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:43 +0000

Instead of zooming the entire page, you can just opt to zoom a text or paragraph from a particular web page. Such option can be very handy especially for advanced Chrome users. So if you want to enable such option in your Chrome web browser, all …

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How to send a quick email reminder in Android [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:20 +0000

Email reminders are great especially for those who often check their email accounts. Besides, it won’t require you to download and install any additional app. The thing is, it can be time-consuming especially when you’re in a rush. You…

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How to automatically save downloads to Dropbox in Chrome [Tip] Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:38:42 +0000

By default, Chrome lets you download and save any content from the web to your computer. Of course, this is good because you can easily access your files from your local hard drive. It’s just that if you are a bit low in storage space, then it would…

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How to password protect (lock) any window in Windows [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:43:11 +0000

You can add passwords to document files, but when you open them in a window there is no password mechanism in place. However, with the WinLock software we can add passwords to active windows. Then you can vacate the desktop without closing a password…

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How to open recently closed folders and apps in Windows [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:35:38 +0000

Most browsers now include a reopen option that opens recently closed tabs. Yet Windows doesn’t have a comparable option to reopen recently closed software apps with. Nevertheless, you can still reopen recently closed programs and…

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How to create 3D planet images in [Guide] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:20 +0000 is a flexible freeware software package that has plenty of options to edit your images with. You can also add additional plug-ins to the program. The plug-ins add extra tools to’s Effects menu. Among the…

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How set a custom UI for Wikipedia in Firefox and Chrome [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:20:13 +0000

Is Wikipedia one of your bookmarked websites? If so, you should check out the Wikiwand add-on for Firefox. That’s an add-on which revamps the Wiki pages with new menus and enhanced formatting.

To add Wikiwand to Firefox, open this page…

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How to add audio files to playlists in Chrome [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:10:42 +0000

Although you can play audio files in Google Chrome, you can’t manage your media files or create playlists within the browser. That is unless you add the Achshar Player app to the browser. With the app you can create playlists and search your…

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How to enable smooth scrolling for selected sites in Chrome [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:04:48 +0000

Once upon a time, there was a hidden smooth scrolling feature in Chrome. Unfortunately, it was later removed so you’re left without a choice but to look for an alternative solution.

Well, it’s not like the current scrolling behavior of …

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How to create a favicon online [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:04:31 +0000

Whether you’re a blog owner, forum admin or webmaster, you need to set up a decent favicon for your website, forum or blog. This will help you establish your online presence. The thing is you can’t easily generate a favicon (a little icon…

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How to search YouTube with advanced filters in Chrome [Tip] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:04:15 +0000

In YouTube, you can filter your search results by upload date, result type, duration, features, ratings and view count. However, if you want to utilize more search options, you will need to look for a supplementary solution such as using a third-party…

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How to use CCleaner’s advanced features [Guide] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:00:46 +0000

If you have read our previous article about CCleaner, you must be familiar with how to install and use CCleaner to clean and protect your computer through some easy steps. Like most other well designed cleaner programs on the market, you can …

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How to remove Exploit.CVE-2014-1761.Gen virus [Guide] Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:57:46 +0000

Perhaps you are constantly bothered by tons of junk e-mail, offers of free downloads, and fake web links.  It’s best to avoid these annoyances since they might cause you to lose control of your computer. A variety of computer viruses might…

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How to retain clipboard items after system reboot in Windows [Tip] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:17:56 +0000

The Windows Clipboard has a few limitations. First, you can only copy one item at a time to the clipboard. In addition, rebooting Windows erases copied items in the clipboard. However, with the ClipboardZanager 3 software we can both save multiple…

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How to add more options to Windows title bar [Guide] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:15:23 +0000

When you right-click on a window’s title bar in Windows, a context menu opens with Restore, Minimize, Maximize and Close options. So there aren’t lots of options to select from the system window menu. However, with Moo0 Window

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