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I'm having a major problem with windows not maximizing properly in many of my programs (very likely all programs but I don't want to try any others) I'm running in Win98 SE.

The problem is that the MINIMIZE and MAXIMIZE and RESTROE buttons are not working properly. This has occurred in MS-Excel (from Office XP) and AutoCAD. I have both AutoCAD LT 97 and LT 2002 (for Win XP compatability) on my computer and the problem occurs in both versions.

What I consider "proper" layout is for the window MINIMIZE and MAXIMIZE buttons to be located at the upper right of the screen, just below the program MINIMIZE and MAXIMIZE buttons. Then your working window is filling the screen to the max. size.

What I'm getting is the active window title bar with the MINIMIZE and MAXIMIZE buttons in the work space. If I click on MINIMIZE that works properly. However, if I hit RESTORE or MAXIMIZE, the window only fills the workspace as stated above. Also, it can be draggeg around instead of being fully locked at max. size. Double clicking the title bar works the same as clicking the MAXIMIZE or RESTORE button. So, my windows are never fully getting maximized.

The program ICON button at the top left of the title bar will resolve this problem in Excel by clicking on RESTORE or MAXIMIZE in the pop-up menu. However, that is not the case in AutoCAD where those menu options work erroneously just like the buttons on the top right of the window title bar.

I've uninstalled and reinstalled AutoCAD and that did not fix the problem. I reinstalled Windows and that also did not fix the problem. I also installed the most recent Windows 98 updates.

I have one other program I've seen this problem in. It's an industrial machine tool path program for CNC routers called Enroute. There the windows open fully maximized if I OPEN a file, but not fully maximized if I IMPORT a file. Go figure.

I first found this problem in Excel and thought it was an Excel issue. Once I got it fixed there as described above I found I also had it in the other mentioned programs. We spent a good deal of time trying to figure it out on the Woody's Excel forum and I just simply stumbled on the resolution in the end by trying the menu pop-up RESTORE option at the top left of the window. The general feeling was that the icon buttons at the top right of the window and the program icon button pop-up menu at the top left of the window should do the exact same things. They don't on my machine in Excel, and do in the other programs.

I've searched the Microsoft knowledge base to no avail.

Has anyone ever heard of such a problem?

BH Davis

A while ago I was having trouble accessing Help in the VBA Editor. A message box appeared whenever a window opened in Help... it was an error regarding a file that made reference to Office 2003, although in the Office 10 path. Clicking OK took care of the situaiton. It was suggested here that I uninstall Office XP and Office 2003, and then reinstall Office XP and its SPs, then reinstall Office 2003 and SP.

I've done that. Now in Word 2002, when I access the help file, the mouse pointer appears as a sizing pointed when hovering over the input boxes for search or index. As a result, I can't type anything. The mouse scroll button does not work in the VBA editor, although it functions as expected in a Word document. If I enter a question in the Help field (upper right of VBE), an error appears saying the Help File is not installed.... yet F1 performs as expected.

I deleted and re-created the users on this PC to be sure any residual profile settings were removed. I do need to have full access to the Help File from time to time, and it would be nice to be able to scroll with the intended mouse control.

Any ideas what might be causing this? More to the point, any ideas how to repair?

Richard Barrett

Here is my problem:
I have a word document that i need to replicate bit by bit, I can't just save it under a new name.
This original document has in the "styles and formatting" box a format that is among other things: font 1pt; indent left:-1cm right -1cm.
If I click on the arrow on the right it says "select all seven instances" - which i have done.
I tried zooming the page (500% is max), I have tried changing the font size, making it purple (I did come up with a sign like a steering wheel, which is partly hidden - I have many "steering wheels" by the way , whenever a line ends without a paragraph sign I have one ) but I can't find all 7 instances. How should I solve this problem please?

Back in Word 6 I had a macro that did this, but then when the newer versions came out, it didn't work anymore, and I've never gotten it to work since. A couple of years ago, someone posted an answer to this, but it didn't work.

Here's what I'd like to get back:

a single macro (which I would make an icon for and put it in my toolbar) with 4 functions:
1) click it and it would change Paragraph | Line Spacing to single
2) shift-click it and it would change line spacing to solid--so if the text for that paragraph was size 40, the line spacing would be changed to Exactly 40, or if text was size 24, line spacing would change to exactly 24.
3) control-shift click on the icon to reduce the line spacing by 1 point (exactly 24 down to exactly 23, etc)
4) control-click on the icon to increase the line spacing by 1 point

Right now I have 2 separate macros for this, but of the 4 possibilities between them, only 1 works. Here is the macro text that someone sent me earlier to increase-decrease by 1 point (it doesn't work)

Dim xx
Dim FP As Object: Set FP = WordBasic.DialogRecord.FormatParagraph(False)
Dim FF As Object: Set FF = WordBasic.DialogRecord.FormatFont(False)
WordBasic.CurValues.FormatParagraph FP
WordBasic.CurValues.FormatFont FF

Rem *** this section checks if line spacing is set for points,
Rem *** if not changes it to points ****

xx = WordBasic.Val(FP.LineSpacing)
If xx = 0 Then
xx = WordBasic.Val(FF.Points) * 1.2
End If

Rem ***** GetAsyncKeyState(16) checks on status of shift key. If it
Rem ***** changes, then it toggles from + to -

If GetAsyncKeyState(16) < 0 Then
WordBasic.FormatParagraph LineSpacingRule:=4, LineSpacing:=xx - 1
WordBasic.FormatParagraph LineSpacingRule:=4, LineSpacing:=xx + 1
End If
End Sub


Here is the macro to switch from Single Line Spacing to Solid. If the spacing is set to anything other than Single, then clicking this icon DOES set the spacing back to Single. But the part to change to Solid never works.

Dim xx
Dim FF As Object: Set FF = WordBasic.DialogRecord.FormatFont(False)
WordBasic.CurValues.FormatFont FF
xx = WordBasic.Val(FF.Points)

If GetAsyncKeyState(16) < 0 Then
WordBasic.FormatParagraph LineSpacingRule:=0, LineSpacing:=""
WordBasic.FormatParagraph LineSpacingRule:=4, LineSpacing:=xx
End If

Can anyone spot the errors? and hopefully combine them in to 1 macro

I have a ThinkPad laptop model 600E (397 MHz), 288 megs RAM (maxed out) and a 10 gig hard drive. When I installed XP, I installed the OS in a separate partition from the rest as described by CaptainCode in this post. I tend to keep a lot of windows open when I work 'cause I dislike waiting for the startup time. Some of these windows are pretty heavy applications, like Outlook, Word and Excel, and I try to remember to reboot once a day to clear things out. Sometimes I have to reboot more often when I observe that minimizing a window results in a slow down-wipe instead of the window just disappearing. Anyway, with all this going on, I was noticing what seemed an incredible amount of swapping going on when I clicked from, say, Outlook to Excel or Word to IE. For example, right now I have 4 IE, Outlook (editor=Word), Word, and two WIndow explorer windows open - one active, this one. At the time I had only 192 MB of RAM so I added another 64 megs, which helped a little.

So, I thought I'd be smart and repartition the hard drive into three partitions and give the paging file its own partition. I carved out 800 MB and set up a paging file of minimum size 400 MB and max 790. Well, I seem to be running into very similar swapping times. It appears to have helped some but certainly not as much as I had thought it would.

Am I expecting too much performance from my laptop? Or are there some thing(s) I could change to improve this?


I've just downloaded and installed this to play with, together with the "Googlebar" extension, but cannot seem to find the answers to the following:

1) How can you get rid of the short Google search box at the right of the navigation bar? (see Attachment)

2) "Customising Toolbars" has me fairly foxed , because the Help says to click on Customise (fine), but after that I can't do anything much and cannot even find the Done (as in "Click on Done to finish"), and have to click on the big red top-right X!

3) I presume that the "My Country" option on the GoogleBar is to search pages in the UK only (in my instance), but the resulting Search still references google.com not google.co.uk. Any ideas?

4) Has anyone seen any indications about whether Google themselves are going to "take over" the Google Toolbar for Firefox, because the Googlebar is nowhere near as sophisticated as the IE version?

The rendering of the Lounge seems to give different size type in different areas than does IE6, but that's no great problem.


I have a drawing of our warehouse and each location is shown on there. I also have a database that lists each location, along with information about the location, size, what kind of products can go in there, that type of thing. Is there an easy way to tie this information together? I tried using the database wizard and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right or not but I'm not getting what I want. What I would like to be able to do is to click on the location, number or shape and open up a window that gives the detail on the location. Is this even possible? Thanks for any help that you can give me.

Had a problem with several MSWord files that I was unable to rename, delete and when opened from Explorer were always indicated as in use by MSWord. Checked permissions on the files and folders, checked Read-Only flag and it was cleared. The file was not open in MSWord and I was trying to change the file name, or delete, in Explorer.

I started Task Manager and found a copy of Winword running. I terminated the task and was able to rename the file. I then clicked on the file again, tried to rename, system said the file was open in Winword. Started Task Manager again and sure enough Winword was again running even though I had not started MSWord. Hmm, what was going on.

I could find no reason why Winword was starting. Then I resized the explorer box to full size. On the right was the preview screen. This preview was what was starting Winword (MSWord) and because Winword had the file open for the preview the file could not be changed or deleted.

I turned off the preview in Windows Explorer and all is well.

I'm using Outlook 2010 on a Win 7 64-bit system with the reading pane located at the bottom of the page. Sometimes when I single click on a message, it will expand to full size as if I had double clicked it, which is not what I want it to do. Similarly when I try to close that message by clicking on the X button in the upper right hand corner, it will occasionally completely shut down Outlook requiring me to open it again from the beginning. However, this process is totally random and I have no idea what to expect each time I perform this task.

I've already done a Repair of the entire MS Office Professional under Programs in the Control Panel, but that hasn't helped it at all. Is there anything else you can think of to suppress this misbehavior?

Not all but some windows that come up in response to clicking on a button on the window we are currently on come up larger than the screen and offset to the right (so that the minimize, maximize and close buttons are off the screen). In order to view the whole window or get to the control buttons, we are able to drag it to get to the maximize button which then brings it to the correct full-screen size. These sub-windows (for lack of better terminology that I can think of) are consistent (like Verizon Wireless' user windows and Symantec Firewall's tracking windows, for example, to mention two that come to mind).

We are running Windows98SE on a ViewSonic E771-2 monitor with Matrox Millennium G400 display adapter. The monitor is several years old and the adapter less than six months old--but this was happening with the previous adapter also. I only just realized that these sub-windows were not supposed to be that way when I logged onto my Verizon account at work and the sub-window appeared as it should--ON the screen.

I have looked for adjustments in the monitor's and display's properties but have not found anything that has either helped or that might be an adjustment for this.

In Microsoft Office 2007, OneNote 2007, fully updated, I am trying to increase the print margin top from 0.5" to 1.1".

Going to File>Page Setup opens a Page Setup pane on the right side. The default print margin top is 0.5". Changing the paper size from auto to letter allows access to the print margin top setting.

I change 0.5" to 1.1", there's no place to save, so I click on the x to close the pane. Re-opening the pane shows the print margin top as 1.1". The page on the screen also shows a commensurate increased margin top.

But when I print, the top still prints at 0.5". I've tried closing OneNote and re-opening it; same result, 0.5" top margin.

I found nothing searching on the internet about this specific situation.

Anybody have any thoughts? Thanks.

I can't seem to get Windows 7 to resize photos to about 640 x 480, place in body of email and also attach to the email - all at once - from any of my MY PICTURES folders.

I do a lot of photography and send small-file versions attached to an email and also visible IN the email to editors. Windows XP takes care of all of this for me with a couple of clicks. I select the photos from the My Pictures folder, click "email this photo", click "make smalller" and one more click and the photos are in the body of the email and also, the smaller size files are attached to the email.

Using Windows Live Mail, I can't find a way to make this work. If I select the photos to email, they appear in the body of the email I want to send. Then have to pick "larger with text" (I think that's the choice) to get something that looks like it is probably 640-480. This size is necessary for an editor to really SEE what I am sending. I don't mind doing that. But I want the smaller size file to attach to the email as well.

To get that same photo to attach to the email, I dragged a copy from the folders in My Pictures to the email - and it attached, all right - all 5 MB of it instead of the usual 50 KB or whatever that would have been attached without my doing a thing other than telling Windows to email the photo in a "smaller size."

Help please!! What am I missing? How do I get Windows 7 to reize the photo, size down the file, and attach it to my email all at one time? I used to do this by going to My Pictures and then clicking "Email this Photo" on the left side of my screen.

This is major for me, and seriously impacts my time and ability to earn my income. The more hours I spend messing with resizing in photoshop, the less time I have for my work!

Thank you for any instructions, workarounds, suggestions.

Maybe you've heard this one before? Very similar to the problems reported all over the tech forums (mostly from two or three years ago)
Unfortunately, most of them never have any resolution on them I've been trying to find a solution/help from various places with no success. When my copy of Windows Secrets arrived late last night I hit myself on the head and said "That's where I should have started!"

Here's the basics:
I have a 7 yr old computer that I am going to replace real soon, so I just need to keep the current one limping along for right now. It was built by Voodoo PC (before they were bought by HP) and had Windows XP installed (no SP!). I have added a few disk drives, replaced one drive, added DVD writer, etc. and yes, replaced the PSU as well about 2 years ago. It has been updated to SP1, SP2 (using a MS XP with SP2 install disk) and about 3 years ago I updated it to SP3. I did replace one of the hard drives last year because the event viewer kept saying that there was a write problem with the paging file every 4 or 5 days, late at night. I still get the same problem, so I suspect it may be more the SATA controller for that disk, rather than the disk itself. That particular disk is in an external case now and is connected (legally) to my DISH DVR. 2GB RAM, 6 TB of data spread across 7 drives, dual (aging) video cards in SLI, dual DVDs (one reader, one read/writer).

Other than having tons of photos I have taken, lots of imaging software, and Gigabytes of e-mail, there is not a lot installed.

Upgrading to Win7 is out, because the hardware just wont support it, at least not the way I want it to.

So here's what happened:

Last week I installed MALWAREBytes because my ISP indicated there was some "unusual activity" on my ISP (of course we have multiple PCs and my ISP did not indicate which PC was the problem). It found the usual "problems" which are false positives in the tools used to debug (and Decrapify) my daughter's PC from two years ago, one year ago, and six months ago ("No Daddy, I don't download anything, I just watch videos on YouTube.") I also checked for rootkits using a few tools from trusted vendors, but found nothing.

Normally my PC is on 24/7. And every so often when left on for more than 5 days, the system would be "hung" when I turned on the monitor. (screen saver frozen, keyboard not responding). Rebooting went normal and I am able to log in again with no problems. (Event viewer says there was an error writing to the Page file on "D", about the same time my AVG Scanner was running.)

HOWEVER Sunday was a different story. I can no longer type in the password on the Windows Logon Screen!

I have read quite a bit of the advice already given, so here is what I know and what I did:

Both USB and PS/2 keyboards have the same identical symptomsBoth USB and PS/2 keyboards will respond during the boot process, running BIOS setup (I can use the arrow keys and type in the date and time in the appropriate places), and in choosing which Windows to boot in after pressing F8 (normal/Safe/Safe with Network/Safe with Repair console, etc.)I can use my WinXP with SP2 Boot Disk to boot with windows and run the Recovery Console, Keyboard works fine!I can use my BartPE Boot Disk, with Win XP SP3 slipstreamed to boot, and use the command window for directory maint, Keyboard works fine! (as does the mouse).
As I said I can boot into the Windows logon screen, and Windows Safe Mode logon screen, but as soon as I try to type in a password, nothing.

And yes, the USB Mouse works fine. Yes, I can click in the password field. Yes, I can see the blinking cursor in the password field. Yes, I get only one beep from the BIOS boot (normal for this machine).

And yes, (see list above) I can boot using a BartPE Boot Disk and the keyboard works fine.

Additional info about the setup: C: drive has windows XP, SP3 installed. Drive D: is where my programs are installed. The windows environment variable that normally points to "C:Program Files" points to "D:Program Files" so that applications normally install onto the D drive. There are a few programs that ignore this and thus there are a few (less than 10) that install themselves into C:Program files.

I suspect the Windows keyboard driver has become corrupt, but I'm not sure. I was advised to replace the keyboard drivers, but haven't been told which drivers they are or where they (or the replacements) should be. I have compared (using the binary option of FC) the c:windowssystem32driversk*.sys files to those on a working WinXP installation, and they are the same. I have also compared the c:windowssystem32i8042prt.sys file to one on a working WinXP installation, and it too is the same. (When I boot to the Recovery Console using the WinXP SP2 disk or with the BARTPE Boot Disk, I have access to the USB Card Reader so I can pull off up to 2GB of data onto an SD Card.)

I have multiple PCs here, running XP, and a few running Win7. This machine will not run Win7, and it is not worth upgrading at this time (which is why it needs to limp along until I can build its replacement).

I have tried to replace the "c:windowssystem32system" file from the restore points, using the information on another site. However, all of the replacement files from 2 Restores prior are the same size and do not fix the problem. The newest one and the one prior are the same size as the "current" file (though different than the others). The one in the "restore" group is almost 2 years old!

I do have access to a WinXP SP2 Boot Disk (From MS), a WinXP SP3 update disk, a BARTPE Boot disk with WinXP SP3 slipstreamed.
I can also create a different Slipstreamed version for booting if that's what it takes. I also have access to a program to "reset or blank" the Password, but I'm not sure that is the way to go at this time.

So yes, the keyboard does work on this machine, at least until the Windows XP logon screen appears. The hardware itself is good.
But something just doesn't work.

If I can get this problem fixed, then I'm looking at being able to build my new PC in about a month and a half. (hopefully the new 3TB disk drives will be available by then!)

Thanks for any help,

Word 2010 Search (Ctrl-F) brings up the Navigation pane on the left with three options to display the "hits" in the area below the search box:
Left: "Browse the headings in your document" (headings only)
Center: "Browse the pages in your document" ("postage stamp" displays of "hit" pages)
Right: "Browse the results from your current search" ("hit" text on full-size page)

When I create a new document or open an existing one, the display focus is the left, "headings" choice. However, almost all of my searches are for strings within the text. I almost never search for headings. Is there a way to set the default focus to the right hand "results" choice?

Clicking on "results" after searching sets the preference only until I close the document. When I reopen it, the focus is back on "headings."

I tried editing the template, but the focus choice doesn't "stick" that way, either.

Is there a simple way to fix this? Or is there a complicated way (perhaps with a macro that traps the Find command and moves the display choice)?

Thank you.

Ken Shaw

Hi all. 1st, know that I am not a programmer or user of C+ anything, I just have done some investigation on my end and believe I know where to turn to for assistance, so HUMBLY, here I go:

A newly released game Warlock: Master of the Arcane is not quite working in Windows XP, nor is it supported in the games minimum system requirements. However, the recent pre-release demo did in fact work without a problem for XP users (its listed as Vista/7 only FYI). Now it does in fact work in XP, the problem is you get a recoverable crash what I think is the C+ debugger with the following error message:

Condition: sky::NewString("Error adding object to hash %s guid=%s", err.c_str(), guid.ToText().c_str()).c_str().LibStudioApplicatio n.cpp(117)

(please note I pasted this and am missing some periods, if this is incomplete I will paste exact error message!)

The reason I beleive this can be made workable is threefold:

1) The demo ran fine, and except for the size of the program, little has changed.

2) You can play the full game now without unrecoverable CTD, as you simply keep pressing 'n' or clicking no on the debug screen several times till it stops erroring and the game seems to play fine other than this annoying distraction, i.e. their doesn't appear to be any missing textures or wonked gameplay that myself and many others can detect.

3) I know from experience that their are several Microsoft DLL's and programs that are included in Vista and beyond that have working XP versions that simply require downloading and installing.

Again, I could be talking out my backside on this and making a fool of myself, and I apologize if that is the case. FWIW, this game is the closest thing to an updated successor to one of my most favorite PC games of all time, Master of Magic (way back in DOS days, remember those kiddies? With all the fun memory management skills one needed to posses to get the best games working?), hence me going to all this trouble. If the game actually crashed completely and had had the same problems in the demo, I wouldn't be here wasting you fine folks surely precious time.

I appreciate your help, and even your thoughts as to the plausibility of this being resolvable. And please, lets nip the obvious 'well duh, why don't you just upgrade to Vista/7 and be done with it, your way behind the times as it is' comments in the bud right now. Thats an entirely different argument for an entirely different forum, right?

Thanks in advance for your time, sincerely all . . .


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