Posts tagged: Tips

How to delete auto-complete email addresses in Outlook 2003

By , March 17, 2008 11:39 am

Whenever you attempt to type an email address (that had been used previously), you’d notice Outlook will provide a drop down list containing previous similar addresses you had used. So after some usage, the list gets longer and you want to clear the history and finding no setting in Outlook and you start to uninstall and reinstall Outlook. So here’s a faster way or you.

  1. Close Outlook.
  2. Launch Windows Explorer, type %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook in the address bar and hit enter.
  3. locate files with extension *.NK2 and delete them (usually named Outlook.NK2).
  4. Launch Outlook.

Another method which allows you to delete selected history.

  1. In Outlook, type the address that you wanted to delete.
  2. Once the drop down list appear, use your arrow key and navigate to the address to be deleted.
  3. Hit Delete key on your keyboard to delete it.

How to automatically clear IE7 browsing history when you logoff/shutdown?

By , February 18, 2008 11:56 am

This is especially useful when you have a computer that can be accessed by multiple users or public. To do this, you must first prepare a batch file to execute the various commands to clear the IE cache.

There are various cache that you can clear.

Temporary Internet Files
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

Cookies
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2

History
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

Form Data
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16

Passwords
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32

Delete All
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255

Delete All – “Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons”
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

Simply create a file clearIE.bat and type in the command you want, corresponding to the cache that you want to clear. You can also combine multiple commands in the same clearIE.bat to achieve the result you wanted.

Next, fire up Group Policy Editor. Go to Start, Run, then type in gpedit.msc and hit OK.

There are 2 parts after this, depending if you want to clear the cache during logoff or shutdown.

To clear cache during logoff

  1. Inside Group Policy Editor, expand User Configuration > Windows Setting > Scripts (Logon/Logoff).
  2. On the right panel, select Logoff, right click and select Properties.
  3. On Logoff Properties window, click on Add.
  4. On Add a script window, click on Browse, navigate to the location where clearIE.bat is at, select it and click Open.
  5. Click OK, Apply then OK.

To clear cache during shutdown

  1. Inside Group Policy Editor, expand Computer Configuration > Windows Setting > Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).
  2. On the right panel, select Shutdown, right click and select Properties.
  3. On Shutdown Properties window, click on Add.
  4. On Add a script window, click on Browse, navigate to the location where clearIE.bat is at, select it and click Open.
  5. Click OK, Apply then OK.

That’s all. Just do some logoff and shutdown to make sure that the batch file is working.

Changing Windows Vista boot screen

By , November 22, 2007 12:30 am

For those who had used Window 95/98/XP and like to customize how your OS looks like, you would have known that it is possible to change the boot screen to some image that you liked instead of the default logo. Like wise, it is possible with Vista. Although I don’t have any idea why you will want to go thru the trouble to get it done.

To change Vista’s boot screen, follow the steps below.
Warning, changing of system files might potentially corrupt your system. Do it at your own risk.

  1. Login to your Vista using an account with Administrative rights.
  2. Download and install Vista Boot Logo Generator (Yahoo for it. Yes, no Google here. I like going against the norm XD).
  3. Launch Vista Boot Logo Generator. Prior to that, you will need to prepare 2 images (800×600 & 1024×768) in 24bit *.bmp format.
  4. Inside Vista Boot Logo Generator, select the images you had prepared by clicking on the Browse for image… button.
  5. Click on File then Save Boot Screen File As and use the default file name.
  6. Next, fire up Windows Explorer and navigate your way to C:\Windows\System32\en-US.
  7. Right click on the file winload.exe.mui and select Properties.
  8. Click on Security tab then click on Advanced button.
  9. Click on Owner tab than click on Edit button.
  10. Under Change owner to: box, select Administrators group account and click OK.
  11. On the Advanced Security Settings for winload.exe.mui window, click OK.
  12. On the winload.exe.mui Properties page, select Security tab and click on Edit.
  13. Inside Group or user names: box, select Administrators and check Allow for Full control in the Permission box below.
  14. Click on OK for all.
  15. Next, backup the original winload.exe.mui to another location. Then replace the original with the winload.exe.mui that you had generated using Vista Boot Logo Generator.
  16. Last, click on Start then Run.
  17. Type msconfig then click OK.
  18. Click on Boot tab, select No GUI boot then click OK.
  19. Restart you computer.

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