As long as you’re running an up to date version Windows 10 you can bring up the windows emoji keyboard with a simple keyboard shortcut:
Windows Key + . (Full-stop/Period) or Windows Key + ; (Semicolon)
Annoyingly you can only select one emoji at a time. Once you’ve selected an emoji, the keyboard disappears. So if you wanted multiple thumbs up, for example you’ll have to copy+paste or bring up the keyboard again.
I bought a cheap (£39.99) Connect 8″ Tablet with Windows 10 from eBuyer. It’s pretty good considering the price. One problem i have had, when switching between front and back cameras, is getting the following message…
Close other apps It looks as though another app is already using the camera. If you need it, heres the error code: 0xA00F4243(0xC00D3704)
After much searching online and reinstalling the camera/driver not solving the issue, there are two ways to get this to work:
Method 1: Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update… (Recommended)
In our office users were complaining of printers randomly going offline even though other users’ computers on the same network were able to print just fine. Usually they would just reboot the PC or disconnect from ethernet and connect to the office wifi instead and it would start working again.
After much exploring of network and IP related settings the solution actually turned out to be ridiculously simple!
Windows Vista and all versions of windows thereafter automatically enable SNMP for networked printers, and if there’s no response to an SNMP message then it stupidly assumes that the printer is offline. If you didn’t know, SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is used to get info from network devices (such as printers, switches, routers, servers etc). Many network printers support SNMP and will happily reply to SNMP requests. In this scenario i discovered that some do not.
Our printers are all reasonably old Brother HL53250DN or HP CP2015 devices (or similar) which seem to have difficulty with SNMP. Essentially Windows will report the printer as offline randomly because it has just tried to get a response via SNMP with no luck.
The easy fix is to just ask Windows politely to not use SNMP to detect printer status.
1. Right-click on the printer in the Printers window 2. Choose the Ports tab 3. Select “Configure Port” 4. Untick the checkbox “SNMP Status Enable” The printer should then start showing as online again.
This fix has worked on many versions of Windows on the various PCs, laptops and servers in our offices.
Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Windows 10 Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2012
If you tried the steps above but the issue presents itself again then you may be able to edit the registry (if you’re comfortable to do so)
To do this… 1. goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print 2. Add new DWORD “SNMPLegacy” with value of 1 and restart the PC/Server (if safe to do so)
The issue can occur even if the printer does support SNMP but a firewall or network setting is getting in the way. This happened in one of our other buildings using an older router setup.
If you had this problem and it helped you out please tweet or comment below stating the Windows version and printer model you had the issue with.
So you want to pin a batch file or shortcut with a custom icon to the start menu / taskbar in Windows 7, 8 and 10?
Easily add a batch file (.bat) to the taskbar by following these steps:
1. Rename your .bat or .cmd file extension to .exe 2. Right click the newly renamed .exe file and select pin to taskbar 3. Rename the file extension back to .bat or .cmd 4. Shift+right click the newly pinned .exe taskbar icon and choose properties 5. Change the file extension from .exe to .bat or .cmd and change the icon as needed. (for lots of system icons here use the path: “%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll”) 6. The shortcut will work immediately you’ll need to reboot or just kill explorer.exe in task manager and re-run it to update/refresh the icon if you changed it.
I use the method above to launch .vbs scripts from the taskbar. Here’s how to create a .bat file to run vbs scripts…
Open notepad to create a blank text file and add one of the following lines wscript.exe yourscript.vbs (wscript just runs the vbs as a Windows process) or cscript.exe yourscript.vbs (cscript runs the vbs in a command/console window) then save the text file as a .bat file in the same folder as the .vbs script file.
Been struggling for a while with an HP CP2025 colour laser printer.
Essentially the CP2025 would print single pages perfectly fine. However, but when trying to print multiple page documents or multiple copies of the same file, the CP2015 would give a “Misprint” Error and then require the user to tap the OK button to continue.
It appears that some HP CP2025 models have some sort of defect in the paper pickup roller for paper tray 2. This defect causes a slight delay/hesitation when loading the paper which causes it to go slightly out of alignment, the printer responds to this mis-alignment by automatically going through a cleaning cycle. As this misfeed happens on the first printed side it spits the paper out without printing side 2 and requires the user to press OK to continue.
SOLUTIONS: If all trays have the problem…
These settings need to be changed only in printers using the webpage (type the printer’s IP address into your browser) ToolboxFX or EWS utility. (Note: Leave the OS printer driver / printer properties with default settings.)
Screenshot of the webpage
In System Tab and Paper Handling: Default Paper Size: A4 or Letter Default Paper Type: Plain Manual Feed: Off Tray 1 Size: Any Size Tray 1 Type: Any Type Tray 2 Size: A4 or Letter Tray 2 Type: Heavy 111-130g Tray 3 Size: A4 or Letter Tray 3 Type: Heavy 111-130g
Remember to click the [Apply] button!
Note: Tray 2 and Tray 3 availability will differ based on Models.
When I just changed “Tray 2 Size” and “Tray 2 Type” my CP2025 started printing properly again
2. Click on the “Utilities” tab-> select the sub tab “Migration & Optimization“.
3. Under the Cleanup Utility –> select the Download option.
4. Download and save it to the desktop then run the downloaded .exe file to uninstall.
5. Delete all entries from Start->Run->temp (usually “C:\windows\temp” depending on how your OS was installed) – Select all the files and folders and delete them (Ignore any files that you can’t delete)
6. Delete all entries from start->Run->%temp% (This is the user’s temp folder e.g. “C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp”) – Select all the files and folder under that and delete. (Ignore any files that you can’t delete)
7. Reboot the computer.
BEFORE YOU CONTINUE… Reset the Windows firewall to default and then disable the windows firewall before you start the installation.
To install the updates for the Total Protection Service, use the Silent installation method.
3. Under the “Installation” tab, select the second option “Silent installation” to download.
4. save the vssetup.exe file to your c: drive.
5. Now click Start –> type cmd.exe into the search field.
6. Then right-click on cmd.exe and click “Run as administrator” to open the command prompt in admin mode.
7. Type cd\ (and hit the enter key)
6.Type or copy this command and paste
VSSETUP.EXE /CK=012345678901234567890123 /P=VFB
You must put YOUR company key in the above command (replace the numbers after CK=) and then run the command (hit enter).
The letter after the “P” parameter, V is the virus scan, F is the firewall and B the browser protection. If you want to install all these features leave the command as it is. if you don’t want a particualr feature installed you need to remove the letter (V, F or B) from the above command.
Run a complete update from the M shield icon (right click) after the install is done with the above method.
I hope this helps you out. If it works for you tweet me to say thanks or
I needed to create a basic script to execute a user selected routine but needed a simple way to capture the users choice. Like a MsgBox but with multiple options.
Here’s some nice simple code for a VBScript Option Box in case you want to do the same.
First we create a very basic HTML file which will act as the dialog box. (the options and buttons)…
<TITLE>Make a selection</TITLE>
If MenuOption(0).Checked Then
ChosenOption.Value = "Option 1"
If MenuOption(1).Checked Then
ChosenOption.Value = "Option 2"
If MenuOption(2).Checked Then
ChosenOption.Value = "Option 3"
ChosenOption.Value = "Cancelled"
The hidden input above is used to store the users chosen option.
The VBScript below, opens the HTML file and loops while waiting for this chosen option value to change.
When this chosen option value changes the VBScript captures this chosen option in a variable so it knows what the user selected.
Set objExplorer = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
Select Case strSelection
Case "Option 1"
Wscript.Echo "You selected Option 1."
Case "Option 2"
Wscript.Echo "You selected Option 2."
Case "Option 3"
Wscript.Echo "You selected Option 3."
Of course, instead of echoing the selected option you would put the code you want to run under each case.
This is a nice flexible solution allowing you to easily add/remove options.
You can do away with the OK button and, in the HTML, add onClick="OKClick()" to the radio button elements, so the user only needs to click once on the option they want.
Because I’m so nice you can download the VBS and HTML files in this handy VBS Option Box Script Zip(851 bytes)
Note: make sure to put the HTML file in "C:\Script\" to test. (Or change the line in the .VBS file pointing to the location of the HTML file.
I’m still using Dreamweaver CS3 for some web stuff. It does all I need it to do, or at least it did until it suddenly just decided to not load anymore!
I tried rebooting, tried running as admin, tried running in compatibility mode etc.
Finally I found that there now appears to be a some kind of issue with Windows Aero, on my laptop at least.
So, after much frustration I finally got it to work.
If your Dreamweaver CS3 has stopped loading in Windows 7 you can get it to work by just changing these settings …
1. Right click the Dreamweaver shortcut and then click “Properties”.
2. Click the “Compatability” tab.
3. Under the “Settings” section:
Tick “Disable visual themes” and “Disable desktop composition”
(It does seem to work without ticking “Disable visual themes”, but a couple of times it didn’t start so I left mine ticked just in case.)
You’ll notice that you lose your nice aero transparency / colours etc but at least you can now use Dreamweaver CS3 on Windows 7 again!
You could disable Windows Aero completely, or just the Aero Peek feature, but seems overkill to change the entire OS appearance just for the sake of one misbehaving application.
If this helped you please tweet me (@alanhart) or comment below to let me know!