How to invert colors in Google Chrome

How to invert colors in Google Chrome

For some people it’s really hard to use Google Chrome – or any other browser – with the default color scheme. At night in bed, as an example, you’re better of using dark colors instead of bright colors so you won’t hurt your eyes. So this is how to invert colors in Google Chrome for easier reading.

Google Chrome’s high contrast extension

If you’re using Chrome (and you better be), Google has a great extension for color inverting, which leads to a high-contrast webpage and easier to read text. After installing this extension, it adds a small button in the toolbar. Pressing the button causes webpages to become “inverted”, which means white becomes black, and black becomes white:

How to invert colors in Google Chrome
How to invert colors in Google Chrome

The extension has 6 modes:

  • Normal
  • Increased contrast
  • Grayscale
  • Inverted Color
  • Inverted Grayscale
  • Yellow on Black

Unlike other extensions which try to change the default colors, this extension is unique in that it applies filters to the page, inverting everything except photos.

Having trouble reading in the dark? Try using Google Chrome’s High Contrast extension.

Outlook error: Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window

Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window

One of my coworkers had some issues running Outlook 2007. When she started Outlook, there was an error saying “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.”. I tried running Outlook in safemode with no success.

The Problem:

Usually it happens when the file that maintains the navigation pane is corrupted. The file name is “Profilename.xml“, where profilename is the user’s outlook profile name.

This is the navigation pane:

Navigation pane in Outlook 2007
Navigation pane in Outlook 2007

The Solution:

In order to fix the Outlook error: “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window”, all you have to do, is to reset the navigation pane’s settings:

Click Start + R (Run) -> type Outlook.exe /resetnavpane -> Enter.


Invert two-finger scrolling direction in a Dell laptop

So I just got my Dell Latitude E6530. It’s an amazing, powerful laptop – though pretty heavy.

I know it sounds stupid, but the most exciting thing for me in this laptop is the keyboard backlight. I’ve had laptops with the latest-and-newest CPUs, dedicated graphics cards, SSD drives, fingerprint readers etc. But I never had a backlit keyboard 🙂

So there’s that.

But like everything in life – nothing’s perfect.

When I started using it, it took me some time to understand why I can’t use the touchpad normally.

The Problem:

The scrolling direction was inverted (Mac style), which means If I wanted to scroll down, I had to two-finger scroll up. If I had to scroll up, I had to two-finger scroll down. I don’t know why Dell decided to do so, but it’s pretty annoying.

So I researched the internet for a decent solution (mostly in Dell’s forums) that does not require any 3rd party software.

The following solution will work with almost every ALPS mouse found in Dell laptops, HP Laptops etc.

The Solution:

In order to invert two-finger scrolling direction in a Dell laptop, all you have to do is to change a value in the registry (I must warn you – this shouldn’t cause any problems but do it on your own risk). So this is how it goes:

1. Run Registry Editor: Start + R -> type “regedit” and enter.

2. On the left side, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Alps\Apoint

3. On the right side, change the InvertScrollFlag value from “3” to “0”.

4. Save changes and restart your computer.

5. Enjoy scrolling the right direction!

invert two-finger scrolling direction in Dell laptop
invert two-finger scrolling direction in Dell laptop

Download Windows 8 Official ISO

The Windows 8 Official ISO images hosted on Microsoft’s servers are genuine and official versions, and the downloads from the server are totally free and definitely legal. Yes, there’s a catch: this is a trial version. You can download Windows 8 official ISO but it will work for 90 days, and it’s designed for hardware and software developers to test their products on.

If you’re interested in downloading Windows 7 – Click here.

Anyway, without a genuine and legally purchased product key, you can’t get Windows 8 activated, and as mentioned – Windows 8 will only run as evaluation copy for up to 90 days.

Links to download Windows 8 Official ISO (32bit & 64bit):

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Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013

If you use Microsoft Office 2013 / Office 365 – you probably noticed that unlike previous versions of Microsoft Office, “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” is not included in Microsoft Office 2013.

The problem

As a matter of fact, this little program was very useful for many not-that-advanced users since it includes some basic and helpful features like crop, rotate, brightness, contrast, red eye removal, etc.

For some reason, Microsoft decided to remove it from Office 2013.

The solution

Actually, it’s really easy to get back Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013. In order to have it back on your computer, there’s a nice-yet-tricky solution. No, you don’t have to have any other pack of previous versions of Microsoft Office. For our issue, we’re gonna download and install “Microsoft SharePoint designer”, but we’re gonna use only 1 feature of this installer.

This software is free to download, and you don’t need any serial number / activation key.

So let’s begin:

1. Download the installer: (32 bit, 64 bit).

2. Download the installation pack and run it. Don’t forget to click “Customize“.

3. On this screen, click on every program on the list, and choose “Not Available” from the options list:

4. Next, click on the plus sign next to “Office Tools” in order to expand it, and click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” and choose “Run from My Computer”:

5. Click “Continue” and enjoy. Microsoft Office Picture Manager is now installed.


How to copy locked files in Windows 7

The problem

Are you familiar with this message from Windows?

File in use - Windows 7
File in use – Windows 7

We all are. Sometimes we try to copy a file which is locked by Windows (system file), a dump file or by a piece of software.

No matter what you try, you’re unable to delete or copy the file because it is locked, and Windows displays the above message. Pretty annoying, isn’t it?

Well – there’s a simple way to copy the file – kill the process that locked the file. But what if you don’t know which process / software locked the file, or you don’t really want to kill the entire process / close the program?

The solution – ShadowCopy

Well, I just came across a better (but still simple) solution using a 3rd party software called “ShadowCopy“ to copy locked files in Windows 7.

As the good developers say:

“Copy all your files – even if they are locked by Windows: ShadowCopy is a simple program that copies all files from one place to another. Other than usual file managers, such as Windows Explorer, it copies all files including locked and open files. This is made possible by using Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS).”

Lync 2013 Crashes on startup

The problem

So let’s say you have Lync installed on your computer (part of Office 365 Pro pack). And let’s say everything was working well until one day when Lync began consistently crashing upon startup.

This is what happened on my colleague’s computer. I tried everything: uninstalling Office 365, re-installing Office 365, clearing the registry of any trace of Office 365, used CCleaner to clean the system. Nothing solved it.

After this I tried creating a second user account (with administrator rights) on the system (Win7). It worked once but after logging in again – same problem.

Lync 2013 Crashes on startup.

The solution

At one point, I took a look at the error message I got. It says there was a problem with the “vdpsrc.dll” DLL File. I researched the web for the file, and found that it’s related to the Bluetooth driver. I researched the web again, found this article, uninstalled the Bluetooth software (by Intel) – And TADA. Problem solved.

Don’t try to disable the bluetooth adapter via device manager, it will not solve the problem. Yes. I also tried it.

How to search within files in windows 7

AstroGrep - Search within files

How to search within files in windows 7If you ever needed to search within files in Windows 7 – AstroGrep is the perfect solution for you. In this post you’ll learn how to search within files in windows 7.

AstroGrep is a Microsoft Windows GUI File Searching (grep) utility. Its features include regular expressions, versatile printing options, stores most recent used paths and has a “context” feature which is very nice for looking at source code.

Main features of AstroGrep and How to search within files in windows 7:

  • Regular expressions
  • Concurrent multiple file types
  • Recursive directory searching
  • A “context” feature that selects the lines above and below your search expression
  • Most Recently Used list for search paths
  • Somewhat versatile printing options
  • Double click to open file with editor of your choice
  • Store Most Recently Used file names and search expressions
  • Match Whole Word Only

Download now and you won’t regret it. Mark my word.

Download Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO from Digital River

The Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO images hosted on Digital River are genuine and official version, and the downloads from the server is totally free and definitely legal. It’s after all one of the official channel where end-users who purchase a license (product key) for Windows 7 get the setup installation files.

Anyway, without a genuine and legally purchased product key, you can’t get Windows 7 activated, and Windows 7 will only run as evaluation copy for up to 30 days.

Links to download Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO from Digital River:

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