Windows Tips & Tricks (June 2012) – Part 1 - Removing unwanted entries from Windows boot menu

6/18/2012 11:19:24 AM

1.    WINDOWS 7

Removing unwanted entries from Windows boot menu.

After reinstalling Windows, it can sometimes surprise you with a Boot menu that you don't want.

Description: EasyBCD 1.7.2

You are asked to select from two identical choices. This menu is actually of no use and can easily be corrected. The Windows command-line tool BCDEdit allows for detailed configuration of the boot menu but is complex and not self-explanatory. A third-party tool like EasyBCD is recommended instead. You can download this tool from www. To install and use the tool, you will need administrator rights so that you can authorize the following instructions to select a particular user account and enter its respective password, if required. For the setup, run the downloaded file with a double click in Windows Explorer and follow the instructions.

After installation, start the tool with 'Start | All Programs | NeoSmart Technologies | EasyBCD | EasyBCD 2.1.1'. Confirm the following message with 'OK' to continue using it. This notification will pop up only during the first time the program starts. On the left side, you will see various options. Click on 'View Settings' to view the current settings in the boot menu. To remove any unwanted entry, click 'Edit Boot Menu' and mark the entry under 'Entry' and click 'Delete' and finally click 'Save Settings'.

Description: EasyBCD 2.1.1

TIP From the Control Panel of Windows 7 you can only change the display time of the boot menu. For that, click 'System and Security' and then 'System'. Next, open the left side of the following window: 'Advanced system settings'. Lastly, go to the dialog box 'System properties' through the 'Advanced' section to 'Startup and recovery'. Click 'Properties'. You might have to authorize it again by selecting a user account with administrator rights and giving the relevant password.


How to print comments with Adobe Reader

When you want to print out an entire PDF file including the comments, Adobe Reader can at times persistently ignore the comments.

Description: How to print comments with Adobe Reader

Changing the print settings is also of little help, and the printing comments function is not adequately covered in the program Help. However, the latest Reader version X offers many options to change the print specifications. The most sensible way to deal with several comments is to make a separate list. To do that, start by clicking 'File |Print'. In the combo box click on 'Comments and formulas' and select the setting 'Document and Markups'. Next, click on 'Summarize comments' and answer the question that will follow with 'Yes'. In this way, each and every comment is numbered and shown with the help of icons. The comments can then be seen on an extra page.

Often this lets the comments show up clearly arranged, or otherwise some comments might overlap others or cause a transparent overlap on the text of the document. Older versions of Adobe Reader do not have these functions as yet. To display the screen view, you have to adjust one basic setting before printing, which in case of the old versions is the only way to print comments. For this purpose, open the command 'Edit | Default settings' in Adobe Reader and choose the category 'Comment' on the left. Then activate the option 'Print notices and pop ups'. Now open the Print dialog again and choose 'Documents and Markups' in the upper field in the combo box. You will now get printouts exactly as they look on the screen.

TIP The category 'Comment' mentioned above does not exist in Acrobat Reader 9 and the setting in the Print options is also ignored. That is why comments cannot be printed in this version.

3.    WINDOWS 7

More gadgets for the desktop

Desktop gadgets are a handy way to check updates or look up information.

Description: Microsoft's website has a selection of new gadgets for you to choose from.

Right click on a free space of your desktop and choose 'Gadgets' from the context command. Now use the link, 'Get more gadgets online'. Microsoft will take you to a page with many more choices than those listed in the dialog box. For example you can show a battery meter, system shutdown controls, or even a useful translator tool. Click the thumbnail of any one you like and choose 'Download'. Save the file in the desired folder of your system. To install, double click to open the file in Explorer and follow the instructions of the setup. The new gadget can stay on your desktop as long as you like. Manage it through the 'Gadgets' dialog just like any other.

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