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Normalize Sound Across Your Windows PC.

Are you always adjusting the sound on your PC? Here’s how to normalize the sound so that levels are maintained across media and playback devices/software. Please note, this technique may not be compatible with all sound drivers.


First, right click the speaker icon in your system tray and select playback devices.


Playback Devices




Choose the playback device you wish to normalize, which should also be the default playback device.

Select Playback Device



Click Properties and choose the enhancements tab. (If you can’t see the Enhancements tab, your sound hardware isn’t supported.)


Select the Enhancements tab


Find loudness equalization, tick the selection box and ’Ok’ your way out.

Choose Loudness Equalization


Your sound should now be equalized and volume levels consistent.

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Malware Locks Computers Then Asks For Payment for Alleged Copyright Infringement

Malware Demands Payment for Alleged Copyright Infringement (via @pcworld) targeting users in targets users in the U.K., Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands.

It falsely alleges that material protected by copyright has been found on the computer and subsequently has been moved to an encrypted folder “to prevent further damage.”

“To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of £50 (US$80),” it reads.

Also known as known as ‘ransomeware’ you can read more at PCWorld.

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Show Selective Formatting Marks in Microsoft Word

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

You are probably aware that MS Word allows you to show formatting by using the button on the ribbon in Word 2007.

Sometimes, it can be distracting to show all formatting when you only need to check one formatting element such as tabs or spaces.

Word 2007 allows you to show individual formatting elements; click the office button then options at the bottom right. Choose Display and the option to permanently show formatting marks is revealed.

Check the box of the formatting you wish to see and then OK in the bottom right corner. If you don’t need the formatting shown permanently, simply uncheck the box when you’ve finished checking your document.

Older versions of Word have a similar option; choose Options from the Tools menu; select the View tab; check the box of the formatting you wish to see and then click on OK.


Manoeuvring (Faster) Through Word Documents with the Arrow Key

September 16, 2011 1 comment

You are probably aware that you can manoeuvre through a Word document using the arrow keys; you are probably also aware that this can be a slow and tedious process.

Using the left and right arrow keys will move the cursor back or forward one letter at a time; the up and down arrow keys move the cursor one line at a time. Holding down the Ctrl (Control key) will speed this process by moving the cursor one word at a time left or right or one paragraph at a time up or down.

Give it a try; you’ll be surprised how much faster you can navigate document.

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Pin Folders to the Taskbar in Win 7

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

After reading

I realised there was another workaround for this problem.

Why you would want this function in Win 7 is debatable. You can pin the Windows Explorer ‘folder’ to the task bar and a list of recently used folders is displayed when you right click it. Presumably, the folders you use most are the ones you would pin to the taskbar, so there you are.

However, if there is some obscure folder, nested deep in the bowels of your folder architecture that you use often enough to want quick access, but not often enough for it to be in the list of recently used folders mentioned above, there is another workaround to have any folder (sort of) pinned to the taskbar. Open windows explorer (this special ‘folder’ can be pinned to the taskbar by right clicking it on the taskbar and choosing to do so) then you can drag and pin any folder to windows explorer on the taskbar (whether it is open or not) and when you right click windows explorer in the taskbar, atop the list of recent folders is a list of pinned folders that will always show.

No need to unlock the toolbar; no need to reactivate quick launch toolbar. Just another option; readers can try and choose their preference.

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May 13, 2011 1 comment

Need two windows open in PowerPoint? So did I recently. The only solutions I could find were either two presentations side by side in one window- not very efficient. Or there is a suggestion to open a second instance in another account- Very messy if you ask me; and I didn’t wan’t another account running. So I though for a bit and came up with my own workaround. Not a perfect solution. but here it is,

Download the free PowerPoint viewer from here- and open the presentation you are working from in the viewer and the presentation you are working on in the full version.

Of course, this has its limitations. You can only edit one of your presentations. I prefer it to the other solutions available. Let me know what you think.


Are you tired of all those useless search results you have to plough through just to find what you really want? Then use the ‘-‘(minus) filter; it can be used in any search engine, so if you aren’t interested in YouTube video or Wikipedia results, use –youtube or –wikipedia respectively.

Thanks to PCMech for this little used tip.