Monday, 13 March 2017

Opening Startup folder

How to open the Startup folder in Windows 7 and 10

1.    Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to open the Run box.
2.    Type and enter “shell:startup” (no quotes and no spaces).
3.    Click “OK”.

The Startup folder will open.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Photos not loading in Outlook

Photos do not load in Outlook 2016 and no option to download.

Control Panel --> Internet Options --> Advanced --> Security -->

Uncheck the box: 'Do not save encrypted pages to disk'.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Microsoft server 2008 R2 quota service reporting wrong %Used

If the in built quota management in Server 2008 R2 is misreporting the amount of space used in a folder you can use the tool dirquota that comes with the File Server Resource Manager,

It has many features but to clear the problem discussed you can rescan the folder using the following in an Administrator Command prompt

dirquota quota scan /path:path_to_folder

Then to view if the scan has been successful use

dirquota quota list /path:path_to_folder

This should show what the use is now and the management console should now show the correct size when refreshed.

Monday, 25 April 2016

SWP Italian Language Error

A license error message subsists when upgrading license file due to expired Italian languauge dictionary entry.

Close Scientific Workplace.  Remove the old license.lic file from C:\swp55\licenses and copy and paste the section between the asterisks (from the recent license file e-mail they received) into Notepad and then save it to the same location as a license.lic.  Then start Scientific Workplace as administrator (right-click the SWP icon and ‘run as administrator’ – this only needs to be done once).

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Deleting Windows 8 Wi-fi Profile

Deleting a Wi-Fi profile in Windows 8, must be done at the command prompt.

To do these tasks, open Command Prompt, then type the appropriate command from the following.

To show all wireless profiles on the PC type:
netsh wlan show profiles

To delete a profile type:
netsh wlan delete profile name="ProfileName"

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Word Count in PDFs using Acrobat Pro

To count words in a pdf file you need to run Acrobat Pro and use the javascript console.

To enable the javascript console, this web site gives a great introduction:

Once you have the console up and running you should copy and paste the following in the console window, then highlight it all and press CTRL-Enter to run it.

var cnt=0;
for (var p = 0; p < this.numPages; p++) cnt += getPageNumWords(p);
app.alert("There are " + cnt + " words in this file.");

The above code will count everything and view symbols as splits in words, which can make for interesting counts for documents containing maths, so another way to do this is to count the number of spaces. To do this use the following code

var cntLetters = 0;
var cntWords = 0;
var cntSpaces = 0;

for (var i = 0; i < this.numPages; i++ ) for (var j = 0; j < this.getPageNumWords(i); j++, cntSpaces++) {
if (this.getPageNthWord(i, j).length > 0) cntWords++;
cntLetters += this.getPageNthWord(i, j).length;}
app.alert('There are ' + cntWords + ' words in this file' );

On completion you will get a window like below

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Using Dropbox and other cloud storage services

Please read the LSE's advisory page on using cloud storage - disk space made available by third parties over the internet.  The advisory page particularly focuses on Dropbox, the types of data you may store in Dropbox, and the data you should not.