WPF Cool tool – NoteScraps


NoteScraps is a cool app built in WPF. I came to know about the tool from one of the blog posts in MSDN.
I installed it in my office laptop. You do not require admin rights on the machine to install NoteScraps (I do not have admin right on my office laptop 🙂 ).

The best thing I liked about the tool is the UI is very simple and intuitive to use. If you want to delete a note, just delete the whole content of the note. That’s it – it will be deleted. I remember the first time my father used Notepad – he asked me the same question! Why the text file is not deleted when he has infact deleted all the contents.

Install the app and take a look

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Spell Checking in Live Writer


Initially when I wrote some blog entries using Live Writer, I was expecting that when I click on Publish, it will automatically do a spell check (similar to Outlook before sending a mail).
Actually by default Live Writer does not do a spell check before publish. You can click on the "Check Spelling" icon on the toolbar and do a spell checking any time. But if you want Live writer to do a automatic spell checking there’s a way –

Go to Preference setting from Tool > Preference

Check the "Check spelling before publishing" checkbox (by default this is unchecked). Next time when you will do a publish it will do an auto spell check 🙂

Vista User Account Management


I was trying to play with the new Vista Parental Control. For that I created one more user account called "Rinki" (Rinki is my sister’s name). The user management features of Vista are very user friendly. You do not need to be geek to use these features. Even my mother can do it!

I opened the User Accounts applet from Control panel. The first screen allowed me to change my password, change my account name and change my picture. This is image that’s displayed in the Vista login screen and in the start menu 

The first User Accounts screen also has option to manage another account –

Clicking on the "Manage another account" link shows the list of all user accounts –

Note that the image for user account "Rinki" is a default one. I selected Rinki and then clicked on "Change the picture" option. I selected a nice picture of my sister.

Bingo! The image of the user account is changed now –

So the next time, she will log on to my laptop (though I do not like that), she will be amazed finding her picture at login screen and on top of Start Menu. That’s the power of Vista. It touches all the users – even my mother!

Bye for now! I will keep on blogging about some cool features of Vista!

Five best features of Windows Live Mail Desktop


  • You can search the mails (in fact any folder) using the search box on top
  • Instant Messaging (IM) and Calling is integrated with the app.
  • The most amazing feature is you can blog an email just by clicking on an icon on the toolbar

  • Shows an image of the sender
  • The Active Search feature which automatically brings up some links to important words in the mail subject or body

Really Cool!

Windows Live Mail Desktop


I installed Windows Live Mail Desktop today from the Live.com site (http://ideas.live.com/). The biggest advantage of using Live Desktop is as it’s a desktop app it can work in offline mode. So you can check all your old mails even if you are not online. Cool!

It took couple of minutes to install.

Initially it showed me an error message saying "not connected to internet" couple of times. Finally after couple of tries, it asked me the hotmail user id and password –

After this it showed me a screen so that I can move my Windows Mail (Earlier Outlook Express – renamed to Windows Mail in Vista) to Windows Live Mail.

It also came up with a screen to import contacts from Windows Contact (new feature in Vista) and Outlook Address book.


It took couple of minutes to get all the mails from my inbox and finally it showed all the new mails. I liked the cool UI – it does not show the Window Title and menu bar if the windows is not in maximized mode.

 
As you can see the UI is similar to Outlook. Only it has an additional panel on right where you can do a research.

Cool! In the next blog I will talk with some more cool features of Windows Live Mail Desktop.

Goodnight and cheers.

Windows Flip 3D


This is one of the best features of Windows Vista. Instead of doing Alt + Tab to switch between different apps if you press Windows key + Tab all the application are shown in a 3D space piled one on another. To switch windows you can press the Tab key or use the up and down keys. You have to keep the Windows key pressed all the time. Terrific!