Friday, December 26, 2008

[Windows Vista] Hidden Apps - Sticky Notes and Windows Journal

This tip is for you if you have a Windows Vista based PC/laptop. Enable the Tablet PC option (it is an optional component).
Once Tablet PC option is enabled, go to Start Menu and search for note or notes, and you have access to Sticky Notes application!
You can find it All Programs >> Accessories >> Tablet PC >> Sticky Notes.


This Sticky Notes does not have a very impressive appearance - black font color on yellow background color. Background/foreground color change option is not available. UI is very much non-Vista. However, it allows you to scribble your notes, and record your notes


If you search for Tablet, you will find another hidden app - Windows Journal!
It has a very book like appearance, and you can add images as well. And you can change the background and font color. And multiple pages. And option to save the Journal entries.
When you first run Windows Journal, it gives you option to install Journal Note Print Driver.


[Windows Vista] Have you found the snipper yet?

If you use Windows Vista OS, this tip may come handy for you as there is a hidden snipper tool available in Vista. All you need is to 'uncover' it.

Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Programs
Click on "Turn Windows Features on or off"
Scroll down to "Table PC Optional Components" and check it if unchecked.

Now, hit the start menu and type in "snip" to find and run the snipping tool.

You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:
• Free-form Snip. Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.
• Rectangular Snip. Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
• Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
• Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.

After you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the mark-up window, where you can annotate, save, or share the snip.


Links: Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

Monday, December 22, 2008

Download McAfee Antivirus for Free - till 12/31


A single license of McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 costs around $40 but you may have it for free via this link. Enter coupon code VSPPROMOCF and click Checkout.

The code is valid through December 31, 2008. You will also receive free upgrades to McAfee software for the next one year.

This release of VirusScan Plus is available for download on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista systems only.

Link: McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009

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