Disable Opera mouse gestures

The Opera browser uses mouse gestures that allow the user to navigate through tabs and tab histories with the help of mouse-clicks and -movements. This can be a hindrance however if you are used to control the browser with its own graphical interface and often just play around with your mouse out of boredom.

To disable these gestures you simply need to open an Opera window and go to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts and uncheck the Enable mouse gestures checkbox.

View wireless network passwords on Windows

You can only do this to view passwords of connections that you are or have been connected with, you cannot use it to retrieve passwords of connections you have never been logged in with! That makes it a tool to remember what password you set here or there.

To view a password, left-click the connections icon in Windows' taskbar and go to the Network and Sharing Center:

4On the left pane, click Manage wireless networks. You will see a list of items here, these are all the wireless networks you have been in so far with your machine. Right-click any of then and select Properties. In the appearing window, switch to the Security tab. You can see the encryption type as well as your password here. Just click on Show characters so the clear text will be visible:


Change the languages Google searches results for

Usually Google restricts its results to the language you have set for the page itself, which is the one spoken in the country it locates you in by default.

You can easily change these settings by clicking on the cog wheel icon on the top right and going to Search Settings:

Next, click on Languages on the left pane and add any of the languages listed by checking the box next to them. If you want to use one language only, you need to change the language the page is displayed in - the same language will then be selected for the results.

Afterwards click on Save on the bottom right corner.

Using document templates in Linux

The usual thing you find when you right-click your desktop to create a new document is the option to create an empty text document. This selection can be widened however by using the Templates folder in your home folder. Any document that is put in there will be selectable; this is also possible with pictures and other formats. Pinguy OS for example provides and excellent working system out of the box and comes with multiple file templates installed:

The string Untitled is put in front every newly created document from a template. To remove an item from the list, just remove it from your Templates folder. By making a document invisible in the Templates folder it is also removed from the list.

PowerShell script for toggling network configuration between dynamic and static on Windows 7

Changing network configuration can be a real pain if you use your computer, a notebook for example, in more than one different network where you need a static configuration instead of a dynamic. Although Windows offers one alternate configuration it is quite circumstantial to access. The following PowerShell script will change network configurations with only a few clicks. It toggles them between dynamic and static, while it uses either static values you can enter or the ones the DHCP used itself before (default) (if you haven't executed any PowerShell scripts on your computer before, you will need to change your execution policy first - follow this tutorial to do so):

Get-WmiObject win32_networkadapterconfiguration | foreach-object { if($_.dhcpenabled -eq "true") {$akku = $_}}
if ($akku) {
$wmi = Get-WmiObject win32_networkadapterconfiguration | where{$_.ipenabled -eq "true" -and $_.dhcpenabled -eq "true"}
$ip = ($wmi.IPAddress[0])
$gate = $wmi.DefaultIPGateway
$subnet = ($wmi.ipsubnet[0])
else {
$wmi = Get-WmiObject win32_networkadapterconfiguration | where {($_.DefaultIPGateway) -and !($_.dhcpenabled)}
$akku = ""

This script will use the same values the DHCP used for your static configuration - you will want to set your own IP, Gateway and Subnet though. To do that just replace the bold printed values with the appropriate IPs in double-quotes (e.g. "").

To actually execute the script, you need to paste it into a notepad document and save it as .ps1 file. It has to be run with administrative rights, so either run it from an elevated powershell or create a link to the file's context menu that runs it in elevated mode.

If you experience issues with the character set, make sure that all double-quotes in the copied text look the same. If not, rewrite the appropriate ones.

Add language packs on Windows 8

Before Windows 8, language packs other than the one your Windows shipped with were reserved for users of the more expensive versions. This however will change in future as one can read on the msdn blog and see on the Windows 8 consumer preview.

Up to now the number of language packs is limited to a few languages but according to the large number of listed languages in the menu, there are much more to follow in the final release.

To add a language pack, open the Charms menu by pointing to the top or bottom right corner of the screen and click on Settings. Afterwards open the Control Panel from the menu and select Add a language from the Clock, Language, and Region menu. There, click on Add a language in the menu bar:

From the next screen, choose one of the many language tiles listed alphabetically and click on add (as mentioned before, not all of them are already installable). If the language pack for the language you chose is available you can double click the new entry in the menu to open its Options window. Click on Download and install language pack to get started.

After the installation, log out and in again to use the installed language. You can always switch between languages in the same menu.

Install SpeedDial Screen For Firefox

Apart from the usual Bookmarks and Bookmarks Toolbar, the SpeedDial screen introduced a great visual option for quick access to your most commonly used websites. It currently is the main new-window-replacement on the Opera browser and can be downloaded as an add-on for Firefox.

It can be downloaded on the Mozilla Firefox add-on page here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/speed-dial/

The screen is highly configurable in terms of when to show up, which actions to perform on click and keyboard input, largeness of panels, number of panels etc. You can also put them together to groups which are then displayed as tabs in a seperate group bar.

Tweak Opera For Better Usability

Like any other browser Opera has many options to let it be configured precisely to your likings. This is done through the usual interface as well as through a configuration page just like Firefox' about:config.

A great deal of options is already offered in the preferences accessible by going to Opera > Settings > Preferences.... Apart from the usual actions such as form premades, text formating and search engines I'd like to point out a few that might come handy:

In Preferences, go to History on the left pane and set Check images to 24 hours. This lengthens the time span that images are stored in the cache, so they don't need to be reloaded from the page if you reaccess it.
Afterwards, go to Browsing on the left pane. The option Smooth scrolling gives you a better feel about scrolling, but will most likely cause speed issues with some sites. It's up to you what you prefer but if you go for performance better disable it.
Close Preferences now. If you need more space for tabs, you may consider right-clicking the tab bar and choosing Customize > Appearance.... Go to the Toolbars tab and set Wrapping to Wrap to multiple lines. This will expand the space you have for tabs vertically.

If you want more options, enter opera:config into the browser's url bar. This will give you a long list of them which, howeverm want to be handled with care.
If you don't like Opera's mouse gestures for example which appear on holding the right mouse button, simply go to User Prefs > Enable Gesture and untick the box.

Documentation for most of the values can be found here: http://www.opera.com/support/usingopera/operaini/

Jump to Page by Entering Keyword Into URL Bar on Firefox

If you like being lazy and want to browse sites you don't have in your bookmarks already in the fastest possible way, there is a Firefox option that lets you determine what happens with expressions entered into the url bar.
There, you can enter the Google url that will open the correct search result for the keyword you entered into the url bar without having to enter those nasty "http://"s and "www."s and ".com"s. Meaning, if you just type faqforge, it will open this site right away.
To enable this feature, enter about:config into your Firefox url bar to access the configuration. In the filter field, type keyword.url. Double-click the only remaining entry to change its value and set it to


Close the configuration afterwards and test the settings by entering some sitename into the url bar.

Disable Plugin-Container in Firefox

Plugin-container is a Firefox process designed to 'out-source' the plugins used by the browser. Firefox' model is based on the use of plugins to add functionality, however this goes along with a chance of instability due to a malfunctioning plugin - this would cause the whole browser to collapse since the plugins were all included in one central Firefox process. With the implementation of the plugin-container, the plugins are seperated from the browser process, making it more stable. Now if a plugin crashes, Firefox remains unharmed.
It is known however that this feature causes serious performance issues with many users, that's why it might be a good idea to test what happens if you deactivate plugin-container (the plugins are not disabled that way, they are just stitched to the main process again).
To do so, open Firefox and direct the URL line to about:config. This is the internal configuration of Firefox, be sure to take the warning that will be shown seriously.
In the search bar on top, enter dom.ipc. A few boolean entries will be shown whose name begins with dom.ipc.plugins (on Firefox 9 there are two, while there are five on some older versions).
Set all of them to false to disable plugin-container:

If this results in performance improvement for you, leave the settings as they are, if there is none however, it is recommendable to switch them back to improve Firefox' stability.