Archive for April, 2008

Unnecessary “Save Changes” Dialog – Microsoft Word

Posted in Misc Tips with tags , on April 15, 2008 by Atul

Its really irritating to close the unnecessary “Save Changes” dialog that pops up every time I close an MS Word file, even if I just opened it to glance the first page. The workaround lies in (equally unnecessary, to me atleast) Smart Tags. To workaround this annoyance turn off/uncheck “Embed Smart Tags” from Options > Save.

uTorrent and Sygate Personal Firewall

Posted in XP on April 15, 2008 by Atul

uTorrent always showed a yellow sign when running behind Sygate Personal Firewall. Turning off the firewall solved this problem. And yet I wanted to keep Sygate ‘on’ just to stop installed software from unnecessarily calling home….for forced updates or whatever else.

This tip from forums worked just great:

Sygate Personal Firewall > Tools > Advanced Rules > Add

Rule Description: Give any handy name to the rule e.g. P2P

General Tab > Action > Allow this Traffic

General Tab > Advanced Settings > Apply Rule to Network Interface > All Network Interface Cards

Hosts Tab > All Addresses

Ports and Protocols Tab > All

Applications Tab > Check uTorrent from the list (or if your application is not there than “Browse for it”).

Now uTorrent has no problems with incoming connections even with Sygate running. Of course, this is in addition to configuring and prt forwarding your router.

Associate .doc files with Open Office Write

Posted in Misc Tips, XP with tags on April 15, 2008 by Atul

I have Open Office installed in my PC but Windows insists on using Wordpad to open MS Word document files. To configure .doc files to open with OOO writer each time, i utilize the “assoc” command from the command prompt.

Now,  .odt is a native Open Office format. To check its association therefore, I type assoc .odt on command prompt.

C:/assoc .odt

Assoc then tell me what program is set to open a .odt file. The result reads something like:

assoc .odt=opendocument.WriterDocument.1

Note that the words subsequent to “=” symbol signify the default program. Now, I want to configure Windows so that .doc files are also opened in Open Office Writer by default. Again in command prompt I type:

C:/assoc .doc=opendocument.WriterDocument.1
Command Prompt assoc