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Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Information

Old 28th Sep 2004, 06:48
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Frequently Asked Questions and Useful Information

We are frequently asked questions about certain topics.

Some useful threads:

and finally

Things you should know about posting

More suggestions welcome, of course

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Old 6th Mar 2006, 22:10
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There have a been a couple of threads where Linux has been mentioned (explicitly or otherwise!).
For anyone considering Linux, there is a very useful website that details and de-mystifies the distributions here
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Old 10th Oct 2007, 09:53
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Frequently asked questions

bnt has recently suggested that Google is an excellent way to search PPRuNe for those pesky TLAs and abbreviations of 3 characters or less!

Simply place the search term(s) FIRST in the Google search list, then the site in the form site:www.pprune.org
- e.g. ppl caa site:www.pprune.org

You can also use the Advanced Search, and explicitly place www.pprune.org as the ONLY site to search.

Thanks for the tip bnt!

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Old 7th Mar 2008, 19:34
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Here's another little tip: if you're trying to describe a Windows system on the forum, but references to hard drives turn in to Smilies, such as C, check the "Disable smilies in text" box before hitting "Submit Reply".
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Hiron's Boot Disk for Windows
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Old 3rd Aug 2009, 21:14
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Use of the Windows Key:-

WINKEY Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1 Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + F3 Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
WINKEY + D Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows.
WINKEY + M Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + SHIFT + M Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + F Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY + CTRL + F Display the search for computers window.
WINKEY + R Open the run window.
WINKEY + Pause / Break key Open the system properties window.
WINKEY + U Open Utility Manager/Easy Access Center.
WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).
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Old 31st Oct 2009, 15:22
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Help with Malware

The nasty bagle worm can inhibit safemode by deleting the reg keys in XP. This link will provide reg files for XP SP 1-3 to restore the safeboot option.

Norman 2009 seems to be a useful malware removal tool - it can run from a USB stick/CDROM and does not need to be installed. It picks up malware that even the 'industry standard' Malwarebytes does not.
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XP Shortcut Icons

I've been 'losing a few' lately, icons for pdf files being a case in point, and after much Googling I have discovered:

1) XP does not have the old shelliconcache file that you used to delete and rebuild.
2) The way to do it is to boot into safe mode and then back into 'normal' - fixed.
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Current advice on antivirus/antimalware/firewall:

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Arrow Short cut keys

Adding more shortcuts

Windows +D to go directly to your desktop
Alt+Ctrl+Delete to view Task manager
Ctrl +B to bold, U for Underline and I for Italic
Ctrl + F to find text in document
Ctrl + D to change test property
F12 to save as file and Ctrl +S to save
Ctrl + Shift + Home to go top of the doc and End to bottom of document
Ctrl + w to close current file/tab
Ctrl + F4 to close current application
Ctrl and Scroll the mouse to minimize and maximize the page
F5 to refresh your Page

Alt D FF to filter colum
Shift+Space bar to Select row
Ctrt +Space to select coloum
Alt + D + pp to pivot table
F11 to diagram on new tab
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