Record Mp3 Audio Directly From Sound Card

The build-in sound recording tool in Windows 7 is incomplete and records to only wma format. Why incomplete? Because you do not have an option to choose the device, line, pre-defined duration, volume, and bitrate. Most importantly you cannot save the audio in mp3 format. Read More

Create Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive From DVD Disc

With the advent of netbooks in mainstream markets, one of the most common problems faced by novice users is the lack of optical drives. While most other uses are fulfilled by a USB thumb drive, installing an OS is the major issue, since most operating system DVDs are not bootable by default, and hence just copying the OS image/disk to the flash drive is not enough. Read More

PowerPoint 2010: Quickly Change Color Of Applied Theme

PowerPoint 2010 includes a number of slide design-related tools to let you customize the slide theme as per your likings. In addition to pre-defined slide designs and themes, it also contains a number of effects that you can apply to your slide design. For instance, if you choose a slide design from a pre-defined list, you can also change the slide text and theme color according to your requirements. If you choose, let's say, the Solistice theme from the list that applies brown color to text box, you can change its font color and other elements' color from the Colors drop-down menu, accessible from Design tab. Likewise, you can customize any pre-defined theme by tweaking Effects and Fonts settings. Additionally, you can choose to apply the theme-specific tweaks to only selected slides or all slides present in your presentation. Read More

PowerPoint 2010: Embed Fonts In Presentation File

Embedding Fonts in the presentation file prevents all sort of font-specific compatibility issues. As PowerPoint 2010 provides an option to embed fonts, it’s is recommended to embed the if you’re using a new font which might not be available in other PC. In order to embed fonts, on File menu, click Options. Read More

Hide Spelling Errors In PowerPoint 2010 Presentation

It happens quite so often that we need to use mathematical symbols and other alphanumeric characters in the presentations, and PowerPoint shows such characters as spelling mistakes and mark them with a red squiggly line. However, you can bring Spell Check dialog anytime to ignore the errors or add the frequently used characters to its word dictionary. Since it's quite a tiring process to manually select each error and take it off the list of spelling mistakes, you can choose to permanently hide the spelling mistakes from the presentation. In addition, you can also turn off check spelling as you type option to completely disable the spell check feature. Turning spell check is not recommended, but it may come helpful in situations where you are creating a presentation that contains a lot of acronyms, special characters, mathematical expressions, code etc. Once turned off, PowerPoint stops checking the presentation slide content for spelling and grammar mistakes. Read More

Google Buzz Desktop: A Hands-on Experience [Review]

With the launch Google’s new Buzz service, the race for desktop applications has already started. Amongst the crowd is one Google Buzz Desktop. Though not officially supported by Google, the application sports quite a few features, including your posts, who’s following you, and the ability to search people and public buzz, among others. Read More

Comparing Directories Made Easy With Game Update Maker

Many a times you’d be left wondering as to which was the latest amongst the many copies of a particular file that resides in multiple folders. Or you may have created two similar directories, and now need only the updated files from both. Manually checking every file can be a tedious task, especially if they are in large numbers. Read More

Set Time Duration For Moving To Next Slide [PowerPoint 2010]

While giving a long presentation, it often becomes quite tedious to manually switch to the next slide. PowerPoint 2010 lets you set a time interval to automatically move to next slide in the presentation. This feature helps users rehearse the presentation and mark the significance of the slide content in the presentation. If you think that some points mentioned in a certain slide will take more time than normal to elaborate, navigate the the Transitions tab, and from Timing section, enable After option and then enter the time interval. It's recommended to use the timer while rehearsing the slide content to check whether the slide content can be covered in the defined time or not. PowerPoint lets you quickly switch to default slide navigation behavior with a click. All you need is to enable On Mouse Click option to disable move to next slide after specified time option. In this post we will explain how you can move to next slide after a specified time. Read More

PowerPoint 2010: Move To Next Content Place Holder In Presentation Slides [Shortcut]

Don't want to manually create new slides in your presentation, and looking for a quick way to  move through all content place holders including title bars and content placeholders using keyboard? Just like other Office suite programs including MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access etc., PowerPoint 2010 also offers a wide range of hotkeys to help users in performing mouse-intensive operations via keyboard shortcuts. As you may know that when you press Enter (carriage return) key, the cursor moves through the title bars and content boxes, but doesn't automatically create new slides. This behavior annoys many heavy PowePoint users, who want to quickly select content place holders and create new slides via keyboard shortcuts. Consider a situation where you need to quickly create presentation slides and add random content to check different slide-specific actions. Instead of manually selecting each content place holder in the slides, you can choose to use hotkey to select content box as well as create new slides. In this post we will explain how you can perform said tasks using only the keyboard shortcut. Read More