Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Windows Explorer slow opening folders with a lot of zipped files

I have a lot of zipped files on my pc. When I use Windows Explorer to view a folder containing a lot of zipped files, it takes a LONG time to open. I believe this is because Windows is traversing through these zipped files so it can display them as folders. I found a way to configure Windows to not do this. At the command line, enter:

regsvr32 /u zipfldr

Now Windows Explorer opens all folders very quickly.

If you want to undo this, at the command line enter:

regsvr32 zipfldr

I found the solution at

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Excel outlines with sharing turned on - no!

Just figured out that you can't create Outlines in Excel (at least in Excel 2002) while sharing us turned on. The "Group and Outline" menu options are disabled. To create an outline, you have to turn off sharing, create your outline, and then turn sharing back on. Note that when you turn sharing off, you lose the history of changes.

Monday, September 25, 2006

HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx4700 - hard reset


Periodically I see something or learn something that I want to share or think others may be interested in. Tonight that happened again, and this time I couldn't find the answer to my question with Google. So it's time to start a blog.

My wife gave me her HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx4700 (again). I had previously "upgraded" it to Windows Mobile 5 (WM5). So after she gave it to me, I tried to hard reset it (the latest phrase may now be "clean reset"). Hard resetting with WM5 turns out to be different than with previous versions of the operating system. You still press the power, calendar, and task buttons concurrently and then press the reset button in the hole on the bottom. But this is where it changes. When you do this, you will see three lines in red:

Enable KITL
Clean Registry Hive
Format Storage

Next to each one of these lines is "No" or "Yes". You can move through the lines by pressing the calendar button, and you can toggle the "No"/"Yes" by pressing the task button.

To hard reset the device, make sure "Enable KITL" is set to "No". Set the other two to "Yes". Next (get this!) press the record button on the side of the IPAQ - and wait. It will take a while.

Good luck!