Posts Tagged ‘open’

Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 8

Thursday, December 6, 2012 posted by CSch

The times are over where you just hit a key and typed everything you needed in to get there. Now you need to learn key combinations or know how to get to the items you need by clicking your way through. System items such as the Group Policy Editor that are usually hidden deep within some system folders are an especially hard case - that's why I'll show you the easiest way to get there here.

First,
- open the Charms menu by hovering your cursor over the top-right corner and
- click the Search charm. Afterwards
- click on Settings on the right pane and
- enter policy:

Update: The Local Group Policy Editor is only included in Windows 8 Pro, but not in Windows 8 Home. Thanks to Mahmood and Dave for pointing that out.

Show battery capacity for notebooks on Windows

Friday, April 20, 2012 posted by CSch

Notebook batteries lose part of their capacity over time depending on their treatment. To see at how much maximum capacity your battery it, there is a command line tool that you can use from an elevated command line. To open such, search your main menu for cmd, right-click it and choose Run as administrator. In the command line, enter following:

powercfg -energy

The tool will then observe the system for 60 seconds and will then save an energy report in the default location if not specified otherwise, which is C:\Windows\System32\. You will not be able to open from there so just drag and drop it to the desktop or some other none-system folder. Somewhere near the middle of the document you will find the battery information. Mine look like this:

Battery:Battery Information
Battery ID 206SANYODell
Manufacturer SANYO
Serial Number 206
Chemistry LION
Long Term 1
Design Capacity 93240
Last Full Charge 85892

The ratio of the last two values is the current capacity of your battery:
85892 / 93240 = 0,921
which is about 92% capacity.

Reset Folder Options on Windows XP

Thursday, October 13, 2011 posted by CSch

If you have ever tried to set another default application for opening file folders on Windows XP and to turn it back afterwards, you will have run into a really nasty bug.

If you try to restore the default settings of an application to open a folder, the folder will no longer open as before (normal explorer window, further folders open in the same window) but will open a search window on doubleclick.

You cannot achieve the former behaviour by trying to reset it in the control panel. What you have to do is to create a new opening action for File Folder and set it as default. Afterwards, open Run... and enter regedit to open the Windows Registry. On the left side of the registry, there is a list of directories. Browse this list to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory > shell and click on the plus-button next to shell to unfold the actions to open file folders with. Now look for the new opening action you have previously created and set as default. Rightclick it, choose Delete and confirm your choice. It is not enough to delete this entry in the Control Panel, it has to be done in the registry. Close the registry after deletion and try out doubleclicking a folder. It should now open like it usually used to.

Change Default Application to Open Files (Linux Mint)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 posted by CSch

The default application is the one you open a file with on doubleclick. In some cases installed programs automatically turn themselves into the default application for files you were happy with, which you might want to change. To do that, rightclick a file of the chosen format and choose Open With... -> Other Application or Open With Other Application:

On the window that opens, choose an application or command and check the Remember this application for "..." files checkbox to apply your selection for all files of the same format:

Hit Open afterwards.