Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Supercharge your Send To menu, or ActiveWords it!

It would be nice to put everything you like on the "Send to" menu on the right click menu, wouldn`t it? And indeed you can! But how?

In fact you can put any shortcut to the "Send to" menu. Find the folder you want to have there. Make a shortcut and cut it. Then just navigate to document and settings folder, select the correct user, enter the "Send to" folder ( usually hidden ) and paste the folder in it. Voilà! A new folder in the "send to" - menu.

But there is a even more cunning way to do it. Just make a shortcut of the "Send to" folder, and place it in the "Send to" folder. Then if you want a particular folder in the "Send to" menu, just make a shortcut, and "Send to" the "Send to" folder.

AND yes, of course you can compose the most cunning ActiveWords to use it:


My name: Send to (ST)
: <CTRL>x</CTRL><WINSTART>e</WINSTART><WAIT FOR WINDOW:TITLE=My><F4>C:\Documents and Settings\CURRENT USER\SendTo<RETURN><CTRL>v</CTRL><RETURN>
Presumptions: The wanted shortcut must be selected before triggering.

Happy sending!

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posted by Ronald Ryland @ 12/27/2005 11:37:00 pm   0 comments
Monday, December 19, 2005
Opera magic!

I love Opera!

Kinda harsh statement?

Not really, we are talking about the Norwegian browser Opera. Not the singing italian guys..

Just like in ActiveWords, Opera can be configured extensively. And the two together is a real winner!!

But even Superman have his flaws, and so has Opera. Mostly small troubles with badly programmed css and IE optimized pages. Earlier I had to copy the link, open IE, past the link and push GO! And back again... But ActiveWords to the rescue!

This code copy the link in opera, and sends it to Internet Explorer:

<CTRL>l</CTRL><CTRL>c</CTRL><"<ProgFilesDir>\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"><WAIT FOR WINDOW:TITLE=Microsoft :TIMEOUT=60><F4><ctrl>v</ctrl><RETURN>
My word: iee
(I use “ie” to open IE)

This code copy the link in IE, shuts it down, and returns to Opera:

<ONLY:iexplore.exe><F4><CTRL>c</CTRL><ESC><WORD:avv><WORD:opr><WAIT FOR WINDOW:TITLE=Opera:TIMEOUT=10><F2><CTRL>d</ctrl>

My Word: opr
(I use “op” to open Opera)

Happy Surfing the Opera Way!

posted by Ronald Ryland @ 12/19/2005 02:15:00 am   2 comments
What can ActiveWords help you with??

What can ActiveWords do?

- Universal text substitutions.
is one of the main advantages with this program. No matter where you write on the desktop, or in a window; ActiveWords will track your typing. Word, notepad, or web mailer? ActiveWords can help you correct your misspellings or types out words used on regular basis.
I use it extensively on every signature I make. In Word, Opera, on the web, ActiveWords picks it up and types it out for me.

- Open every program you want, even files, folder, windows settings, etc.
Only the imagination sets the limit.
Thanks to ActiveWords I no longer rambles around the Start Menu to find my programs or settings. With help from drag and drop and auto sensing, you can in no time be the Commander of your PC. Type "word" and F8 (default trigger) and voilà! Ready to write a commercial bestseller! 

-Surf the internet from the keyboard - rest your mouse.
ActiveWords makes it easy to associate different words to different websites. There is even pre made plugins which makes it easy to search a myriad of search engines. The flexible buildup of the program, makes it possible to give all websites within a field of interest, the same ActiveWord. Then you get a editable, flexible, searchable directory with all links YOU relates to a theme.

- Send email.
With ActiveWords you can give every contact a active word. Either by a agent for Outlook, or manually. The same ActiveWord can contain different email adresses, post address, general info, whatever you wish. And YOU decide what to type out, or activate. Just by typing a name and push the trigger button YOU choose, ActiveWords opens your email client, fills in the correct address and you are ready to write!

- Manage Windows
Thanks to the add-ins, ActiveWords have built in shortcuts to control most functions in windows. Try to write "display", activate the trigger, and you goes straight to display settings. Easy peasy! Why not use "max" and "min" to maximize and minimize your windows?

- Scripting
ActiveWords can run several functions one after another, without the security concern of macros. It is almost only the imagination that limits your possibilities. With one trigger, you can open Word, insert a text, save it where you want, and close it again. BTW: ActiveWords cleans your word format in no time at all! (Look in a later post!)

Like a not so unfamiliar company once said: What are you going to do today? Enjoy! Just Do It!

Good luck!

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posted by Ronald Ryland @ 12/19/2005 01:52:00 am   3 comments
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Get control in Win Xp with command line tools and ActiveWords


Incredible effective, if you only know what to write!

Command line is not everyone`s cup of tea, some cannot remember the intricate commands, even fewer is familiar with it anymore. Some people don"t know it exist anymore. Some fear them, almost. Like a ghost. But here comes ActiveWords to the rescue! (At least if you uses ActiveWords Plus: SE cannot script in any way. )Fumbly things like turning on and off the firewall is done in a blink of an eye. At first I make a script to trigger the command line. This AW I will use in all command line actions.

1. Press "add" on the monitor bar / action bar and up pops the ActiveWords Wizard
2. Choose scripting from the list in the wizard, choose next.
3. Enter the following in the "Action" field: <"cmd.exe">
4. "Description" is very important when you search after ActiveWords, and I fill in "command line" in this field. Choose next.
5. I use the ActiveWord "dos" to easy association.

The command <" PATH "> executes the program. You must enter the entire path, such as c:/program files/opera.exe. Or use ActiveWords` special <"<ProgFilesDir>\path \program.exe"> . Some "native" programs in Windows can be started up from the Run option in the Start menu, like notepad, cmd and wordpad. All these you can apply in ActiveWords too. But if your want to use switches, always use a additional .exe ending.

BEWARE! Any spaces before a command will cause the script to "misfire"! 

The Scripting language in ACTIVEWORDS is very straight forward, and easy to compose. It`s only emulating key presses. Then the only ting you have to know, is how to press the buttons.

All the following script hereafter assumes the script above:  <dos> :

In code it will be:  <"cmd.exe"> 

Here is a heap of useful scripts, for your easy cut and paste, into the wizard scripting-guides Action-field. Assume ActiveWords at your own wish. Many of the commands have similar functions, and it could be convenient to gather them under the same ActiveWord. 

I have collected all ActiveWords concerning firewalls under "firewall" and ActiveWords then collect everyone in the same directory. All commands together at your fingertips. But it is VERY important to use the description field to describe the action.

Turn off Windows "native" firewall:
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode disable<ENTER>
My word "firewall"

Turn on Windows "native" firewall:
Action: < WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode enable <ENTER>

Turn on Windows "native" firewall and allow port / program exceptions:
Action:
<WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode enable enable<ENTER>

Turn on Windows "native" firewall and do not allow port / program exceptions:
Action:
 <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode enable disable<ENTER>

Add ports to the exception list:

TCP:
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall add portopening TCP <INPUTBOX:TCP portnr?: Enter TCP portnr"> <INPUTBOX:Wanted Port name?: Enter name"> <ENTER>
My word "newtcp"

UDP:
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall add portopening UDP <INPUTBOX:TCP portnr?: Enter Nr"> <INPUTBOX:Wanted Port name?: Enter name"> <ENTER>
My word "newudp"

LAN / Wireless

Turn on Windows "native" firewall on LAN(Local Area Connection):
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE interface= "local area
connection"<ENTER>

Turn off Windows "native" firewall on LAN (Local Area Connection):
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE interface= "local area connection"<ENTER>

Turn on Windows "native" firewall on wireless network: (Wireless Network Connection):
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE interface= "wireless network connection"<ENTER>


Turn off Windows "native" firewall on wireless network: (Wireless Network Connection):
Action: <WORD:dos>netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE interface= "wireless network connection"<ENTER>

Technorati Tags: Command line , Scripting, ActiveWords, Firewall, Wireless, LAN , Open ports, TCP , UDP.

posted by Ronald Ryland @ 12/18/2005 11:45:00 pm   0 comments
This blawg is about ActiveWords as a supertool, to manage Windows XP, and together with other effective tools as Mindmanager and Opera. Combined with GTD, your PC is then turbocharged.
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