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Better Ways to Send Attachments Via Gmail

Sending attachments via Gmail is pretty straightforward in Windows, but it’s not great if

  • you want to send your attachment direct from the program (Word etc)
  • you want to send more than one attachment per email
  • you’re used to dragging and dropping attachments

Here’s how to make it easier.

Sending files direct from a Windows application

Affixa is a small program that sits between you and Gmail, turning Gmail into the default email client for mailto: links (links on webpages that launch whatever is your Windows email program).

Affixa is relatively painless to install.

Now , for example, you can send a file straight from Microsoft Word via Gmail.

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You can do the same thing right clicking on a file in Windows Explorer (or whatever it’s called in Windows Seven) and then selecting Send to/Mail recipient:

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Affixa will alert you when the email is ready:

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Sending multiple files via drag and drop

If you’re a drag and drop person, you can add files to Gmail using Affixa’s basket, a small app that sits in the system tray into which you can drag files, or groups of files.

When you’re done collecting the files, hit the email button at the bottom and Affixa adds them to an email:

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That email is then put in your Gmail draft folder. (Be patient; this can take a while. Probably too long.)

Another option, if the files are all in the same folder, is to use a Firefox extension called dragdropupload which lets you drag multiple files straight into Gmail (and Facebook and Flickr).

Once the extension is installed, create a new Gmail email message and then drag the selected files into the light blue area around the Subject field.

You’ll know if you’re doing it right when the mouse turns to a thumbnail of the files with the number of files above it in blue:

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I find this works more quickly than Affixa. 

The basic version of Affixa is free; a more fully featured version costs £2 a year. The Firefox extension is free, but its author Sankazim welcomes donations via PayPal.

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How to Close All Windows With One Click

Here’s a tip for Windows users who find themselves overwhelmed with open programs cluttering the screen.

One way is to minimize them all by hitting the Windows key and D at the same time.

Minimize is the opposite of maximize: a maximized window fills your screen so a minimized one takes up as little space as possible. In Windows that usually means reducing it to a little rectangle on the bar at the bottom of your screen.

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Just to confuse you further, some programs don’t minimize like that, they instead appear as icons in the system tray, which is the little rectangle on the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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That’s one way to clear up your screen, but the programs are still running, meaning they’re hogging memory and will still need to be closed at some point.

So here’s a small, free program which will close—not just minimize–all your windows in one go.

It’s called CloseAll, it is the brainchild of Alexander Avdonin, and it can be found here: http://is.gd/6o0i

So first, download the program.

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It’s a small file, but is saved in zip (compressed format) so you need to unzip it first.

Usually it’s enough to double click the file once it’s downloaded.

Then click on the Extract all files link to the left of the window.

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Follow the extract wizard and, when you’re prompted for a folder, type in C:\CloseAll\ . (Don’t include the period.)

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When the extraction is complete, click the Show extracted files box and click the Finish button.

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You’re pretty much done, but to make things easier, click on the red cross icon that says CloseAll.exe

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and, with the mouse button still depressed, drag it to the Start menu button on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

You should see the Start menu itself pop up. With your mouse button still depressed, move the cursor to some point on the Start menu and release it.

You should now see the CloseAll program, with the red cross icon, on your Start menu.

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Now click on the CloseAll icon and all your open windows will close—prompting you, if necessary, to save any unsaved work.

One word of warning: Not all programs like to be closed in this way, so experiment a few times.

But this tool can be a life-saver if you feel your day is getting out of control, or you’re trying to save battery power, or you just want to free up some memory.

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How to Fix Drag and Drop Problems in XP

Won’t happen to many of you, but here’s what to do if you suddenly find that you can’t drag and drop stuff in Windows XP.

First off, don’t panic. There’s lots of pages out there suggesting you have a virus. Not impossible, but unlikely.

Second, check that you haven’t got your escape key stuck. Do this either physically—something may be wedging it down—or else virtually—a program may have set it as on. This has happened to lots of people, if this post is anything to go by.

If that doesn’t work for you, try this.

Download this ZIP file from here.

What you’re going to do is change your registry, so back it up first.

Open the files inside the Zip.

The one you need is the dragndropx.reg.

Once you’re backed up, double click on it, and select yes from the resulting dialog:

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Your registry should now be fixed.

Try dragging something—an icon, a file, some text—and you should be good to go.

(Note: I have a feeling this problem is caused by overzealous registry cleaners.)

If you’re still having problems, you may have something more serious: Run a good virus scan as your next step. If there’s still a problem, then it could be your mouse driver. Here’s some more (mostly inconclusive) chat about this.

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How to Remove Swear Words from Webpages

Here’s how, in an age when it’s impossible to view YouTube without encountering the profane and incoherent, to make surfing the web more palatable for grandma or the tykes.

Install Firefox.

Download the extension FoxReplace.

Once it’s installed (and Firefox reloaded), go to the options in Tools/FoxReplace:

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Select FoxReplace options…

You’ll see a window like this:

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Now enter those terms that you find offensive by clicking the Add button on the right.

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The top half of the window lets you decide whether you want to ‘censor’ specific webpages. Leaving this blank means all pages you visit will be affected.

Add the word you want sanitized in the text box next to Replace. This may be the only time in your life you get to type these words, so savour it. If you find a particular expletive is used in different tenses, just use the root. The suffixes—ing, ed etc—won’t look so offensive once the root has been cleansed. So to speak.

If you want to replace the word with something more acceptable, enter it in the right hand column. Otherwise leave it blank. I use [charming expletive] but this is merely my taste.

When you’re done thinking up the worst words you can think of, click OK.

You’ll now be back in the Firefox browser. Try visiting a page you know is full of ribaldry. You should see something like this:

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or this, in a Facebook group:

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You can set FoxReplace to replace these words automatically or manually. Select Auto-replace on page load from the Tools/FoxReplace menu. \

With many thanks to Amit Agarwal who goes into more detail about some of the functions of this extension.

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How to Make Add-ons Work in Firefox 3

I’ve been resisting upgrading to Firefox 3 because my add-ons, plug-ins, extensions, whatever you want to call them, didn’t appear to be compatible.

I half expected all this to be fixed by the time the official browser came out. But it’s not. Rather than wait for the developers to come up with new versions, there is a work around, from Lifehacker. It comes with lots of caveats but it’s worked for me, so far.

Here’s how:

  • Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and click the "I’ll be careful, I promise!" button.

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  • Right-click anywhere. Choose New>Boolean.

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  • Make the name of your new config value extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false. (Copy this text and either drag or paste it into the window)

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  • Make another new boolean pair called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set the value to false.
  • Restart Firefox. The extensions should now work
  • You may need to reinsert the icons into your navigation toolbar: to do this right click on the toolbar and select Customize:

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  • Drag the icons you want from the Customize Toolbar window to where you’d like them to be on your Navigation toolbar:

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  • Click Done when you’re done.

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