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Ctrl-T — • View topic – Everything window is ‘Always On Top’

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/17

If you use everything search from VoidTools, then don’t be surprised that pressing Ctrl-T makes it “Always On Top”:

Ctrl-T sets

Ctrl-T sets “Always On Top”

Of course this is not defined in “Tools” -> “Options”.

I forgot in which version this was introduced, as in the past I never stumbled over it on keyboards that have Ctrl and Alt reversed.


via: • View topic – Everything window is ‘Always On Top’


Posted in Everything by VoidTools, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Windows 10 1511 update broke the Hyper-V networking – Fix network connection issues

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/04/11

After updating a Windows 8.1 machine that had Hyper-V running, none of the VMs could access any networking: Windows 10 build 1511 completely broke the vSwitch infrastructure.

This is what I had to do:

  1. Reinstall network devices using netcfg –d command (Source: Fix network connection issues – Windows Help)
  2. Reboot host
  3. Create a new vSwitch in Hyper-V (as the old one was gone)
  4. Remove the network adapters of the VMs (they were in a limbo state)
  5. Add new network adapters to the VMs connecting them to the correct vSwitch.

This was the umpteenth time Hyper-V let me down, so in the future I’m back to VMware or Virtual Box.

Windows 10 also broke Everything Search Engine and UBCD4Win.

And Windows 10 moved a lot of things away from the Control Panel, which means that things that basically worked for more than a decade are now gone. For instance, Windows updates now must be run with a shortcut like this:


Note that’s for a DUTCH system. For a US-English system of course the shortcut is different:


This feels like “1998 wants its VBA translated languages back”.

Of course I could get around this by building a table translatingto a text language code from the numeric language code* from the below command, but that’s not the point: Windows 10 makes life harder.

reg query “hklm\system\controlset001\control\nls\language” /v Installlanguage
returns codes like 0407, 0409, 040D, 0413, etc.


*: Heck if Microsoft cannot even update their 2002 Table of Language Culture Names, Codes, and ISO Values Method [C++] and has trouble keeping the various .NET version pages updated**, how could I?

**: these are the only .NET versions the table is documented

Posted in Everything by VoidTools, Hyper-V, Power User, Virtualization, Windows | 1 Comment »

How to automate Adobe Acrobat XI Standard to re-compress a lot of PDFs? – via: Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/09/21

A while ago I asked compression – How to automate Adobe Acrobat XI Standard to re-compress a lot of PDFs? – Super User.

Back then it saved about 80% of the total file size. Very substantial.

Recently I needed to convert another (smaller, but still substantial) bunch of PDF documents and saw I forgot to post the solution here:
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, Everything by VoidTools, Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

Finding your Windows files quickly: Everything Search engine

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/30

More than 4 years ago, I wrote about the Windows filename search replacement: Everything. Since then, Everything has even gotten better: though the “stable” 1.2 version dates back to 2009, a new series of 1.3.x betas has appeared since early 2013 that are just as stable, are faster and have far more features.

Some new features I like a lot:

  • Support for Recent Changes, for instance searching for rc:today gives you files that have changed today.
  • The extended search syntax now includes the ability to search for attributes (even compressed, offline or encrypted) and timestamps (even relative ones like dm:last10minutes) for datecreated (dc), datemodified (dm) or recentchanges (rc).
  • Allow for boolean operators ! (NOT), & (AND) and space (OR) and grouping them with < and >.
  • These search prefixes: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Everything by VoidTools, Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

Windows filename search replacement: Everything

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/09/13

When searching for files, I almost exclusively search for filenames.
This becomes easier when naming files carefully (like “20100525 – PSO – KONING en HARTMAN – Windows Embedded Standard 7 Seminar – WES7.pdf”, “The Delphi Developers Guide to”, “20090226-Jeroen-Pluimers-BASTA-Shoot-M-Up” or “bo.Windows.Forms.SendPololuCommands.csproj”).
I know those filenames are long, and sometimes you bump into tools that suffer from MAX_PATH pathname length issues, but most built-in Windows functionality is OK with this, and the quality tools are too.

Finding files that I know is crucial for me, regardless of the file attributes (hidden, system, et cetera) or filename extension. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Everything by VoidTools, Power User, Windows | 3 Comments »

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