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Save Images from a Word Document in their Original Dimensions

Here's the easiest way to extract images from a Word document. With this tip, you can also get the images in their original dimensions i.e the file size, height, width, quality etc before it was inserted into the Word document.

1. Open up the Word document.
2. Go to File >> Save As Web Page. This opens the Save As box.
3. Select 'Web Page' in the 'Save as Type' drop down list.

4. Click Save.
A new folder is created in the same directory with a name that ends with _files. The images are saved to this folder.

Second Method:
There is one more way to get rip images from Word documents, but you may not get the pictures in their original dimensions with this one. You must have Active Desktop enabled for this method.

1. Open the Word file.
2. Drag the picture from the Word file to the desktop. This opens a confirmation box that prompts you to save the picture.

Click Yes.

3. A Save As box is displayed. Hit the Save button. The image is now saved to your desktop.
4. A final box is shown that asks you to add the Active Desktop item to the desktop. Click No.

I personally prefer the first method. It gives you all the images in a document at one go; plus it can retain the quality of the original image. Enjoy!
Tested on Windows XP with Office 2003.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Stop USB Drives from Automatically Launching Viruses

Yeah! USB drives have become a big nuisance in offices. Plug it in and if your antivirus fails to detect a malicious file in the USB, boom! The USB drive can be made to automatically start a program the moment it is plugged in. And this is exactly where USB Firewall come into the picture.

USB Firewall alerts a user when a USB peripheral tries to auto start a potentially malicious file. You can then delete the file with the delete button.
Just remember to start USB Firewall before you plug a USB into your PC. A must have tool if you don't have an antivirus.
It is Free!

[Download USB Firewall]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Edit and Print Web Pages Online

Not all websites provide printer friendly pages. A printout of most web pages will have unwanted texts, ads, images and other stuff. Wouldn't it be great to print only that is needed and remove content that you don't need?

Format, Edit and Print Webpages OnlineThis is where the website PrintWhatYouLike becomes useful. Just provide the url address of the webpage to PrintWhatYouLike. You can then proceed to format that page by removing unwanted stuff and keeping only the content you want to print. Just select the frames, texts or images that are not needed and hit the delete button. A right-click menu is also provided.
You can then print the modified page directly. All this is done online.

What's more, you also get to save some printer ink! Check it out.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, December 09, 2008
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Freeze First Column and Row in Excel

Excel's a great tool to work with data, especially lots of data. Having frozen rows and columns helps a lot while analyzing large datasets. Excel provides a very easy way to freeze rows and columns. Here's how -

Freeze both First Row and First Column
To freeze both the first row and first column together, select the cell B2 and click Windows >> Freeze Panes.

Freeze First Row and First Column in ExcelThe first row and column will remain static depending on whether you scroll vertically or horizontally.

Freeze First Row Only
To Freeze the first row, select the row below it i.e the second row.

Freeze First Row in ExcelNow in the menu, go to Windows >> Freeze Panes.
This completely freezes the first row. The row will always be still while scrolling down.

Freeze First Column Only
Select the second column i.e the B column. After that, go to Windows >> Freeze Panes.

Freeze First Column in Excel
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, December 02, 2008
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