New Template Header

on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Darrin Goodman has designed an elegant new graphical header that can be easily incorporated into the CSU Extension Webpage Template.

More importantly, the header can easily be modified to incorporate both your county logo and/or local photos to give your website a personalized flair.

Three examples are at the top of this post, for Boulder County, Arapahoe County, and Jackson County.

Please don't try to customize the header yourself; there are graphic standards that need to be followed. We'll be happy to do it for you (and when I say we, I mean Darrin). Just contact Darrin Goodman at (970-491-2734), and let him know the graphics you'd be interested in including.

Windows 7 Expanded "Send To" Command

on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Many of you may use a right-click and the "Send To" command to quickly send a file or folder to your desktop, a flash drive, a zip folder, or an email recipient. This option is available in all recent versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7). A screenshot is below.

In Windows 7, however, if you hold down the Shift key while right-clicking on the icon, and then try the Send To menu, you'll see all sorts of extra options, allowing you to send documents to Contacts, Favorites, My Documents, etc. A screenshot is below.

Finally, if you want any of those to show up normally without holding down the Shift key, you can create shortcuts in the Send To folder. Just type the following into the location bar - shell:sendto - and then drag shortcuts to your preferred folders into this folder. In the example below I've dragged "Snagit 10" into the Send To folder.

Clearing a Printer's Document Queue

You're trying to print a document. It's not printing. You check all the usual suspects. The printer has paper and toner, it's plugged in and on, there's no paper jam, etc. No dice.

You can first go to the printer icon in your taskbar (or alternately, go to Devices and Printers, go to the File menu) and cancel the job. Or right click it and delete it. If it deletes successfully, try printing the document again. You've probably already tried that too.

Here's what to do if the document stubbornly refuses to leave the Document Queue.

1 - Turn off your printer.

2 - Right click Computer (in the Windows 7 Start Menu) or My Computer (on your desktop), and click Manage.

3 - In the resulting dialog, expand Services and Applications, then click on Services. Scroll down the resulting list to find Print Spooler.

4 - Right click on Print Spooler and click on Properties

5 - Click on Stop to stop the print spooler. (You should leave this dialog box open.)

6 - Now, navigate to the folder c:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS. A quick way to do this is to click on Start then Run and then enter "c:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS" as the item to run.

7 - Delete the contents of this folder.

8 - Back at the Printer Spooler Properties dialog (you left this open in step 5), click on Start.

9 - Turn your printer back on.

10 - Print!

Find Large Files and Folders

on Friday, June 4, 2010

There is a fast and handy download available at Treesize that allows you to see at a glance how your hard drive space is allocated. If you sort the results by size, you can see which files and folders are unnecessarily eating up your storage space.

I recently used this tool after installing Windows 7 and discovering I only had 3 gigabytes of space left. This tool allowed me to find a folder called windows.old that was taking up an extraordinary 40 gigabytes of space. I deleted it, and presto, 40 more gigabytes of space were freed up.

Thanks to Angie Asmus for suggesting the tool to me.