Archive for December, 2008

Why on earth doesn’t MS Word have zoom in or zoom out options?

December 13, 2008

Time for a rant.

I can’t be the only person on earth annoyed about how MS Word doesn’t have the options to (let alone have any keyboard shortcuts for) zooming in/out by a certain increment. If you use Adobe Reader/Photoshop you will know what I’m talking about. Open up a PDF -> “oh, looks kinda small”, you think -> “Ctrl+=” -> Done!

But on MS Word 2007, to do the same you have to move your mouse all the way to a tiny slider at the bottom right of the screen to zoom in/out, and there’s no keyboard shortcuts to do this! I tried customizing my keyboard shortcuts to do this, but, alas, there was no command to zoom in/out. There were only commands like “Zoom100”, “ViewZoomPageWidth”.

Granted, you probably won’t have to zoom in/out in MS Word as often as in Adobe Reader, but I’ve still found it annoying enough to write a blog post about it. What do you think?

EDIT: Found just what I needed: Still sad that there’s no default for this in Word though.


How to Change the My Music folder on right hand side of Vista or XP start menu to any other folder

December 7, 2008

OK, I haven’t been posted in a LONG time, and I’m back to share something which I think more people should know about. I’ve been trying to customize my Vista installation to work for me whenever I have the time to do so ever since I decided to use it as my main OS. Truly, Windows would benefit from being more customizable, and one of the main things people want to change is the shortcuts on the right hand side of the start menu. While there’s no option within the OS to do this, it can be accomplished through modifying the registry.

Some very nice people at WinVistaClub have written a VBScript which modifies the “My Music” folder shortcut in the start menu to another folder of your choosing. It even updates the icon shown at the top of the start menu when you mouse over! Here’s the link and instructions. I’ve also attached that script here just in case that link goes down (That’s actually a .vbs file. WordPress won’t let me upload that filetype, so make you choose “save link as…” and change its extension to .vbs before executing it).

Hope this helps someone!