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Two Finger Scroll for Windows Laptop TouchPads

Mac users will be aware of two-finger scrolling for laptop touchpads. Here's one for Windows laptops. Two-Finger-Scroll is a project that lets Windows users to easily scroll a page up or down using two fingers simultaneously on their Synaptics TouchPads.

Currently supported gestures are are -
Two finger scrolling - scroll vertically by sliding two fingers anywhere on the TouchPad.
Two finger tapping - tap with two fingers to simulate a selected mouse button.

Note - I was unable to test this program as I didn't have a laptop at the time of writing this.
Hope you find this useful.
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Copy Text from Images

I had previously written about copying text from images. That method required a bit of work. Here's a website that does the same, but with lot less effort.

Free OCR provides a really easy way to get text from an image. Just upload your image and the website extracts the text portions from the image. The extracted text can be copied. It did a decent job when I tested it; about 80-85% of the text was correctly extracted.

Free OCR has a few limitations though-
It only accepts PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP files. You cannot use it for files greater than 2 MB in size. Images cannot be wider or higher than 5000 pixels. A limit of 10 images per hour also applies.

Off course, as the name suggests, its free!

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Preview Word Documents without Opening them

If you have a folder with many Word documents, this tip will come in handy, especially when you don't remember which file had the contents.

1. Open Microsoft Word.
2. Go to File >> Open. Navigate to the directory which has the word documents.
3. Select 'Preview' from the Views dropdown menu in the top-right of the dialog box. (See image below)

Preview Word Document without opening the file
4. Select a word file from the directory. You can see the preview in the right pane without the need to open the file.

Preview Word Document without opening
Tested on Windows XP with Office 2003. Enjoy!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Open Command Prompt from Context Menu in Windows

Here's a nice tool to quickly open the Command prompt for the current directory in Windows, with a right-click. The program is a shell extension for Windows that creates a "Open Command Prompt" in the right-click context menu.

Open Command Prompt from right-click context menu in WindowsThe program run on all Windows versions above 2000. The application is free, open source and uses very little memory.

[Download Open Command Prompt]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, June 12, 2009
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Embed Calender to Desktop Wallpaper

Big Huge Labs lets you add a calender to your wallpaper. Just upload your wallpaper image, specify calender month, position etc and hit the create button. A new image is generated which contains the calender.

Since the embedded calender itself is a part of the image, there is no need to install any application. Off course, you'll miss features that a calender application provides.
This can be pretty handy in offices where you aren't allowed to install software of view the Windows calender(some offices don't allow users to change the date).

Since the site allows you to only add one month at a time, it would be a good idea to embed for the next few months a well.

Via LifeHacker

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Xbox Project Natal - "You" are the Controller

If you haven't yet heard about it (which I doubt), here it is. This thing will be big, really big - provided Microsoft pulls if off. I'm actually talking of Project Natal which makes YOU (i.e your body) a remote controller for Xbox 360.
To give you an idea just watch this video -

Cool! Isn't it? This will be game changing indeed.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, June 04, 2009
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