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How to Hide Text in Notepad !!

Well who knew we could hide files with notepad?  Often you do all the coding for webpages in notepad and you gotta keep some of those hidden. What you do is look for a utility to hide your text. You simply don’t need it. There’s an easy hack to hide the notepad files. Let’s see how?

Before I begin let me tell you the text files you create with this hack won’t show up even with Windows or DOS whatever be the file settings. These files will only be accessible if you know the exact file name used while creating the file. Let’s begin with the steps,

Step 1

Launch the command prompt. Go to Run and Type cmd and press Enter.

Step 2

Use DOS command to get to the desired folder.

Step 3

Type in the notepad VisibleFile.txt:HiddenFile.txt and hit Enter. (These are just examples change the VisibleFile.txt or HiddenFile.txt filenames according to your choice)

When you are prompted to Create a New file, click Yes.

Step 4

Enter the data you want to hide. Next save the file and close the notepad.

Step 5

Go to the location where you have saved the file. You can see the VisibleFile.txt file (non-hidden) there. Now you can add any text of your choice.

Step 6

In order to open and read/write the hidden file. Type inVisibleFile.txt:HiddenFile.txt in the command prompt and press Enter.

That’s done and you hidden file HiddenFile.txt will not be visible under Windows Explorer or DOS. Remember deleting the visible file or the hidden (VisibleFile.txt)) will also delete the file (HiddenFile.txt).

Configure Windows XP to Automatically Login!

Click Start, Run and type CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2, and click Ok. Select the user account from the list (the account to which you want to automatically logon). Uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option, and click Ok. Type the user account password and complete the process.

For Windows XP Home, don’t try to auto-login as the built-in Administrator, as you’ll receive an error message.

The Dell XPS M1330

This time I’m writing about a Laptop. In fact a powerful media powerhouse!

The Dell XPS M1330

The media powerhouse..!

Media powerhouse..!

The Dell XPX M1330 is a powerful laptop from the Dell house. The Dell XPS M1330 is a notebook that combines performance, features and compactness in one package. It is designed for those who need a mix of both cutting edge technology and style. The look of this powerful notebook will help you to stand out in a crowd! This attention grabbing crimson red notebook [also available in "Tuxedo" black or "Pearl" white] is loaded with Windows Vista home premium; the specs of this machine are as below.

  • 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor [up to 2.4GHz available]
  • 2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM [expandable up to 4GB]
  • 160GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD
  • 128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS
  • 13.3-inch WXGA screen with LED backlight
  • Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
  • Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n (Intel 4965), Bluetooth option
  • HDMI, VGA, 1394, two USB 2.0 ports, integrated media reader (MS, SD, xD), fingerprint reader
  • Integrated VGA webcam
  • Weight starts at 4 pounds with 6-cell battery
  • Media Center remote located in ExpressCard slot

Once you opened the stunning lid the M1330 provides more eye candy in terms of design. The buttons along the top edge are touch sensitive and light up with a soft glow when pressed, but it’s a little hard to use these buttons if you have big fingers, and there’s no on screen feedback to tell you you’ve actually pressed the button. The bright blue LED backlight along with the silver colored keyboard gives a pleasant look. But will the silver keyboard last, and not start fading?

The brain of this notebook is obviously an Intel chip. One of the fastest mobile CPU from the Intel family, the core 2 Duo T7300 having a clock speed of 2.0GHz, with 4 MB shared L2 cache and 800MHz FSB. One of the highlights of this Dell is the LED backlight display that is available as an option. This significantly reduces the power consumption and provides better color reproduction. However this will cost you an extra 4800 and you get only a VGA web cam with the LED backlight option, but the standard WXGA display gives you an integrated 2MP camera.

When it comes to performance this power machine will never dishearten you. Thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and the Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS video card with 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. I ran a gaming test with DOOM 3 with a resolution of 800×600 resolution with medium settings, and it gave me a decent game play experience.  Even though it won’t play the latest games, but will never disappoint you with older titles.

There are only two USB ports, but HDMI and FireWire are welcome additions. The HDMI output option will let you connect it to a LCD or Plasma TV that is HDMI capable. But you cannot connect this computer to your older analog TV models because of the lack of S-Video out port. The slot type DVD drive makes a loud noise when a disc is inserted and there is no eject button placed near the drive. 3 front port audio connectors along with memory card reader and 10/100 LAN are some of the other important features of this machine. The touchpad works well enough, the good news with the touchpad is that it’s responsive, has dedicated scroll areas and the textured feel is good.

The system fan and heat sink in the M1330 do a great job managing heat when the system is under load. The fan did pull out significant amount of heat. Battery has two options, default 4 cells and the 9 cell battery. If you’re watching a DVD on this notebook you’ll get somewhere just over 3 hours of battery life with the 9-cell. If you go for the smaller 4-cell battery the run life will be more than cut in half, but you’ll have a lighter overall notebook.

The Dell M1330 pleased me on all fronts except a noisy slot-loading drive, and somewhat heavy weight with the 9-cell battery. Overall a value for money buy!!



Nokia 2626 : A brief review!

Nokia 2626 is an ordinary color phone from the house of Nokia designed for those who need a stylish, colorful, trendy, well priced phone. Nokia has included a FM radio for those who need music on the go. Starts with the design, the phone has no control buttons on its sides, except from the two loud speakers located at the top and right hand sides of the phone. And at the bottom side the charger input jack and the 2.5mm audio jack are placed along with the slot.

Nokia 2626
Nokia 2626

Nokia 2626 has a 27×27 mm display with a screen resolution of 128×128 pixels, having 65K colors. The picture quality is good in normal conditions but it gets washed out in the sun light. The keypad of this phone is pretty good and comfortable as well. The buttons are large enough to prevent wrong dialing of numbers. Nokia has placed shortcuts for activating silent mode and radio. One can simply start the radio by pressing longer the key “*”, by pressing the “#”key longer can activate the silent mode, and you can open the homepage by pressing and holding the zero key. It has a four way navigation key system, which is not so impressive; a person with large thumbs will face some difficulties with the not so easy navigation keys. The phone has two functional keys as well, while the left one is dedicated for menu, but you can even customize the right button function to lock the phone! The bright white keys are very good, making it easy to read the key captions.

This 91 g. phone has a quite powerful Li-Iron battery at 970 mAh. Offering a decent 300 hours of stand by and 3 hours of call time. If you use the phone for gaming, the battery can sustain up to 2hours! As per Nokia the battery can keep the phone up and running up to 3 hours in call mode and up to 300 hours in stand by mode. As a regular user of this phone I would say battery is the best part of this colorful phone, while on normal usage it can stay uncharged for 5 days! Bad news for gamers, the phone can only last for 2 hours if you play games on it. I felt that sending SMS can also bring the battery down, if you are a text addictive, the phone will turn you off. Nokia 2626 need around 2 hours to charge from empty to full.

It has a 300 entry phone book and can access the SIM card memory as well. User has the option to switch between the phone and SIM card memory. And like every normal phone this device also allows you to send the SMS and MMS in the conventional way. Like every other Nokia phones available on the Indian market this too a dual band phone. Can work under GSM 900/1800 MHz bandwidths. When it comes to memory this phone lacks so many things that an average user will look for, a very small 2 MB internal memory can do nothing and no option to expand the memory as well. It has a built in clock. This phone comes out with some preloaded games, ring tones, wallpapers themes etc…

The GPRS capability will make the high speed data transfer possible; you can browse the internet on the phone, but certainly can’t use the phone as a modem! You can’t connect the phone to your PC for browsing. The phone does not have any camera, it can support various picture formats like JPEG, PNG, BMP etc…

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List of keyboard shortcuts for windows.

When speed counts, the keyboard is still king. Almost all the actions and commands you can perform with a mouse you can perform faster using combination’s of keys on your keyboard. These simple keyboard shortcuts can get you where you want to go faster than several clicks of a mouse. You’ll work faster on spreadsheets and similar documents, too, because you won’t lose your place switching back and forth between mouse and keys. Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts:


Ctrl+Shift+> -Increase selected text in increments like the drop down font menu Ctrl+Shift+< -Decrease selected text in increments like the drop down font menu

Ctrl+] -Increase selected text one point

Ctrl+[ -Decrease selected text one point

Sift + F3 -Change case of the letters

Ctrl+Shift+W -Underline words but not spaces

Ctrl+Shift+D -Double underline text

Ctrl+E -Center a paragraph

Ctrl+J -Justify a paragraph

Ctrl+L -Left align a paragraph

Ctrl+M -Indent a paragraph

From the left Ctrl+T -Create a hanging indent


Copy -CTRL+C


Paste -CTRL+V

Undo -CTRL+Z

Delete -DELETE

Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin -SHIFT+DELETE

Copy selected item -CTRL while dragging an item

Create shortcut to selected item -CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word -CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word -CTRL+LEFT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph -CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph -CTRL+UP ARROW

Highlight a block of text -CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document -SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Select all -CTRL+A

View properties for the selected item -ALT+ENTER

Close the active item, or quit the active program -ALT+F4

Opens the shortcut menu for the active window -ALT+SPACEBAR

Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously -CTRL+F4

Switch between open items -ALT+TAB

Cycle through items in the order they were opened -ALT+ESC

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item -SHIFT+F10

Display the System menu for the active window -ALT+SPACEBAR

Display the Start menu -CTRL+ESC

Display the corresponding menu -ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name carry out the corresponding command

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu -RIGHT ARROW

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu -LEFT ARROW

View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer – BACKSPACE

Cancel the current task – ESC

To prevent the auto play -SHIFT

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Hi all, here’s my new post. This time with MS Office ‘03

I was happened to read about an Easter egg in outlook 2000 and I tried the same in OE 2003, but it didn’t work. Though it didn’t I found a way to rearrange the menu’s in OE 2003. Here’s how

  • Open Outlook 2003. [ you can do this on word, excel, power point, access, InfoPath and publisher ]
  • Hold down the keys Ctrl & Alt.
  • Press on any of the menu item. [E.g.: press on the “File” menu]
  • You can see a ‘+’ sign along with the mouse pointer now.
  • Drag and drop it to a blank space anywhere on top of the page. [e.g. Drag the file menu and drop it right next to the “help”]
  • You can see the replica of the file menu next to the “help” [E.g. Two file menus on the same page!]
  • If you want to remove the same, press and hold the Alt key then click on the menu which you want to remove, and drag it towards the middle of the screen.
  • You can notice a “cross” mark on the pointer.
  • Now release the pointer.
  • Gone! :)

Removing Hidden software’s in Windows XP

You might have come across in situations like you really want to remove some additional windows xp components, for example windows messenger, but can’t locate the application in the Add or Remove programs at the control panel.

Removing Hidden software’s in Windows XP

Before doing this, make sure that you’ve enabled “show hidden files and folders” option that lies under “tools” > “folder options” in “My computer”

  1. click on start and select “Run”
  2. In the Run box please type in the following without quotes
  3. “c:\windows\inf\sysoc.inf” [ assuming your windows is located in C drive ]
  4. Now you could able to see a text file
  5. Search for the word “hide” and remove it [ remove only hide, DO NOT REMOVE ANY OTHER WORD, NOT EVEN A COMMA ]
  6. save the file and close it
  7. Go to Add or Remove programs in control panel then Select Add or Remove Windows Components, there you can find your unwanted software. Right away uninstall it  :)


You must have seen this a million times before; though it’s too old I still believe it should be useful for those who never heard this trick before. This is for people who use notepad to write down any info on a day to day basis or just like a Diary!

  1. Open a blank Notepad file
  2. Type .LOG as the first line of the file, followed by an Enter. Save
    the file and close it. [ make sure that you are typing the .LOG in capital letters ]
  3. Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the line after.
  4. Type your notes and then save and close the file.
  5. Each time you open the file, Notepad repeats the process, appending the time and date to the end of the file and placing the cursor below it.

Resetting Administrator password in Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003

Here we are posting two of the most successful method’s to recover/ reset your windows administrator password. Please Don’t use this information to access a system which is not yours without permission.

First Methode

The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account “Administrator” and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget your user account password then try this:

Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press <ctrl>+<alt>+<del> keys twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type “Administrator” (without quotes) in User name and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.

Now you can reset your account password from “Control Panel -> User Accounts”.

Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.

Second methode

If the above mentioned trick don’t work, then try following trick which is actually a loophole in Windows XP Setup and a big security hole:

A. Boot using Windows XP Setup CD and follow the instruction like Accepting EULA, etc.

B. When it asks to repair your existing Windows installation, accept it and press “R” to run the repair.

C. Setup will start repairing your Windows and will start copying files, etc.

D. After a few minutes setup will restart your system and when it restarts don’t press any key when it shows “Press any key to continue…” otherwise Setup will start from the beginning. Don’t press any key and setup will resume where it left.

E. Now it’ll start doing other tasks and will show a small progress bar with a few details in left side.

F. Look carefully at the details and when it shows “Installing devices”, press <Shift>+F10 keys in your keyboard.

G. It’ll open a Command Prompt window. Now type nusrmgr.cpl and press <Enter>.

H. It’ll open the same “User Accounts” window which you see in Control Panel.

I. Now you can remove or reset any account password without any problem.