Category Archives: Tips & Tricks


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! :)

How to open .uif files in Linux.

The .uif files is created by Magic ISO, which is a windows application to create, edit, and extract CD/DVD image files. For windows there is a freeware tool called MaginDisk that can open UIF images. But in Linux, you have to convert it to an ISO image file to open it.

The fastest method to convert a UIF images to an ISO images is to use UIF2ISO. YUIF2ISO is a tool in Linux to convert a.uif file to .iso file. You can download and install this command line tool from here.

After downloading, unzip the tool and navigate into the src directory.


cd src

Now compile the source by the following command :


make install

Once you are over with the installation of the program, follow these steps to open your UIF images.

  • To open the file, first convert the .uif file to an .iso with the following command.

uif2iso abcd.uif xyz.iso

  • Now burn the ISO image with K3b or any other burning tool, or mount the ISO image with the following command

#mkdir iso_dir

#mount xyz.iso iso_dir/ \ -t iso9660 -o loop

Isn’t this easy enough :-)

Boost-up your firefox 3.0 browser

Firefox 3.0 is the most commonly used browser on the internet. Here is a tip to tweak your firefox to increase the browsing speed.

1) Disconnect your computer from Internet.

2) Open your Firefox and type ‘ about:config’  on the address bar and hit the ‘Enter key’.

3) You may see a warning message now, proceed by clicking on the button ” I”ll be careful, I promise!”.

4) You will be getting a list of  options, whose values could be changed on a double click.

5) Double click on ‘network.prefetch-next’ and change the value to ‘false’.

6) Restart the browser, you are done!

N:B :- Make the changes carefully.

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  :)

How to stop from redirecting to another Yahoo domain / country?

Yahoo! redirect its users located in select countries other than the United States from to one of our country-specific sites (e.g. is for Yahoo! India).  This feature is to provide the Yahoo! users with the most locally relevant Yahoo! experience.

How this is done?

Yahoo! uses  your computer’s IP address , which is usually the internet address of your Internet Service Provider (ISP), to determine your country location and corresponding Yahoo! site. From your IP Yahoo! finds out your exact location and pulls up the home page for your Country.

If you’d prefer to visit instead, click on the link located directly below the Yahoo! logo. If you have cookies enabled on your browser, it browser will navigate directly to on all subsequent visits.  If cookies are disabled, you’ll continue to be redirected each time you visit Yahoo! So you can prevent this either by enabling cookies or directly typing into your browser.  Visitors to will be shown the same site as
If you feel that Yahoo is redirecting you incorrectly, you can report them along with the following information’s.

Report Here

1. Your IP address.

Visit to find out your IP.

2. Your location (e.g. Mumbai,India).

3. The Yahoo! site you’re being redirected to (e.g.


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.

Make a private folder in windows XP

Make your Folders Private!

Before doing it make sure that you have a password protected administrator account. if you don’t have a password for the account, windows will ask you to create one at the time you check the “make this folder private” box.

•Open My Computer

•Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive (C:), unless you have more than one drive on your computer).

•If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.

•Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.

•Double-click your user folder.

•Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties.

•On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.


•To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

•This option is only available for folders included in your user profile. Folders in your user profile include My Documents and its subfolders, Desktop, Start Menu, Cookies, and Favorites. If you do not make these folders private, they are available to everyone who uses your computer.

•When you make a folder private, all of its subfolders are private as well. For example, when you make My Documents private, you also make My Music and My Pictures private. When you share a folder, you also share all of its subfolders unless you make them private.

•You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS For information about converting your drive to NTFS

Windows Welcome Music !

The Windows Welcome Music is a song that plays when the user is required to enter information during setup.It is an ambient mix of instruments like xylophones, steel drums, computer-generated notes and chanting and is approximately 5 minutes long.Here’s the way to find out the Windows welcome music !

Impress your friends with this little windows easter egg.

    1. Click Start
    2. Click Run
    3. Type in the following C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images\title.wma and click OK
    It will play in your default media player

Change Your IP Address in Less Than 60 Seconds

Have you thougt of changing your IP to change your identity on internet. Its possible in 60 seconds or less. This will help you if your IP has been banned from a game server, or on gunbound if your IP get’s blocked. This trick should work successfully on Windows XP and Windows 2000. The following are the steps to be done.

1. Click on “Start” bottom left hand corner of your desktop
2. Click on “Run”
3. Type in “command” and hit ok

Now you can see MSDOS window popped up.

4. Type “ipconfig /release” just like that, and hit “enter”
5. Type “exit” and leave the prompt there.
6. Right-click on “Network Places” or “My Network Places” from “all programs” on your desktop.
7. Click on “properties“

You should now be on a screen with something titled “Local Area Connection“, or something close to that, and, if you have a network hooked up, all of your other networks.

8. Right click on “Local Area Connection” and click “properties”
9. Double-click on the “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” from the list under the “General” tab
10. Click on “Use the following IP address” under the “General” tab
11. Create an IP address (It doesn’t matter what it is. I just type 1 and 2 until i fill the area up).
12. Press “Tab” and it should automatically fill in the “Subnet Mask” section with default numbers.
13. Hit the “Ok” button here
14. Hit the “Ok” button again

You should now be back to the “Local Area Connection” screen.

15. Right-click back on “Local Area Connection” and go to properties again.
16. Go back to the “TCP/IP” settings
17. This time, select “Obtain an IP address automatically”
18. Hit “Ok”
19. Hit “Ok” again
20. You now have a new IP address