Firefox Location Bar: Change Default Search Behaviour

Mozilla Firefox Upgrade The WebDescription

When you type something in plain text (i.e. not an address beginning www, etc) into the address bar in Mozilla Firefox it tends to perform a little bit of magic.

 

After hitting enter you’ll usually end up either on a web page that’s quite relevant to what you typed, on the Google Search Results page with results of what you typed or else you’ll end up on some other search engines results page like Bing or Yahoo with results of what you typed.

 

The default behaviour of Firefox is to do an “I’m Feeling Lucky…” Google Search but sometimes this can get altered to another search engine by something you’ve installed, manually or perhaps by installing a Firefox Add-On that unknowingly altered the behaviour.  Very annoying.

 

Fear not, the instructions below give you a step by step solution to resetting the default behaviour or you can choose to customize the behaviour however you like.

 

Solution

Edit Firefox’s Hidden Configuration

  1. Open a new Firefox Windows (CTRL + N) or a new Tab (CTRL + T)
  2. In the address bar type about:config > press Enter
  3. If you get a very amusing warning from Firefox saying something like ‘Here Be The Dragons’ then click the I’ll be careful, I promise button and tell ’em I sent ye
  4. Here Be Dragons! Firefox about:config warning

  5. In the filter text entry box at the top of the screen, type keyword will see only the preferences with the word keyword in them
  6. Firefox about:config keyword.url setting

  7. Now to reset Firefox to the default behaviour which is a Google I’m Feeling Lucky search then copy the following to your clipboard: 

    https://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

  8.  

  9. Now double-click the keyword.URL configuration option and paste the above address over whatever is there
  10. Optionally, you can paste in your favourite search engine’s URL and that should work too.
  11. Click OK and you’re done!

HOWTO: Restore Normal.dot Microsoft Word File

Restore Fix Microsoft Office Word Normal.dot FileDescription

Normal.dot is the file Microsoft Word uses as the default blank page.  So when you open up Word there you see it…normal.dot.  Ah but what if it’s not blank any more?

 

Normal.dot is just a MS Word template like any other and can therefore be edited and saved so that when you open Microsoft Word you don’t see a blank page anymore but instead you see the one you edited.

So maybe you like the page that opens up every time with MS Word but maybe you also want that blank page that you originally had too.  Well that’s also possible.  This solution applies to all Microsoft Word 2008, 2003, 2002, XP and some previous versions also.

 

Luckily there’s an easy way to get you original normal.dot back and also keep the edited version which you can later use as a template to start the odd document or two that you really intended it for.

 

Solution

Step 1 – Save Your Existing Normal.dot As A Template (optional)

  1. First let’s save your existing non-blank normal.dot file as a new template so you can use it in the future if you wish.  Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Word should open and display your edited non-blank normal.dot file.  Click File > Save As
  3. Change the File Type to either Document Template (*.dot) or  Word Template depending in your version of Microsoft Office.  (Also on Mac it’s Word Template)
  4. Enter a unique name for your template in the file name field
  5. Click Save

 

Step 2 – Restore Your Original Normal.dot File

  1. Close Microsoft Word
  2. Open My Computer
  3. Click Tools > Folder Options
  4. Click View tab
  5. Click Show hidden files and folders > Click OK
  6. In My Computer, open your Local Disk (C Drive)
  7. Open Documents and Settings
  8. Open the folder with the same name as your Windows username
  9. Open Application Data folder
  10. Open Microsoft folder
  11. Open Templates folder
  12. Right click on normal.dot file > choose Rename
  13. Enter a new unique name such as broken.dot and hit enter to confirm the rename
  14. Open Microsoft Office and your orignal blank normal.dot will be automatically recreated for you

HOWTO: Disable Print Confirmation Balloon in Windows XP

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Description

This HOWTO explains how you can disable the often quite annoying little balloon that pops up every time you print to a network printer or sometimes a local printer from Windows XP.

 

The notification usually says “This document was sent to the printer” and contains information such as the name of the document, printer and date/time and page information.

This pop-up is set to show by default for all network printers but is hidden by default for local printers so this solution is also handy if you for some strange reason want to actually see this yellow balloon for all of your print jobs.

 

 

Explanation:

Briefly, when you print any document from Windows XP to a printer that is on the network in your home or office (so is therefore not directly connected to the back of your PC), a small little yellow notification balloon pops up from down beside the clock (which is called the system tray) to confirm that the document has been sent to the printer.

What’s more annoying about this is that it only confirms that it has been sent to the printer but does not confirm if it has actually printed.

Solution

  1. Click Start
  2. Printers & Faxes
  3. Click File menu > Server Properties
  4. Click the Advanced Tab
  5. Print Server Properties

  6. To prevent notifications from showing for locally connected printers (i.e. a printer connected directly into the back of your PC or laptop), clear the check mark in the first box highlighted in yellow in the screenshot above.
  7. To prevent notifications from showing for a network printer, clear the check mark in the second box in the area highlighted in yellow in the screenshot above.
  8. After you have made your changes click OK.

HOWTO: Disable Restart Prompt After Windows Update

Restart Windows After Automatic Updates DialogDescription

This HOWTO explains how you can disable or to at least adjust the annoying interval that the restart reminder dialogue box appears after Windows updates your computer and we all know how regularly that is!

The default interval for this restart prompt or popup is 10 minutes.  This HOWTO explains how to switch this off completely or simply increase the time interval between reminders.

Explanation:

Following the download and installation of practically any update from Microsoft for it’s Windows XP, ME, 2000, 2003, Vista or Windows 7 operating systems comes the really annoying pop-up that forces you to reboot eventually after a ten minute interval through pure annoyance.

Solution

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type gpedit.msc
  3. Click OK
  4. On the left pane, browse to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update as shown in the screenshot.
  5. gpedit.msc

  6. In the right hand pane, double click the value ‘Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations‘ as shown in the screenshot
  7. gpedit_right

  8. Now you have a choice.  You can either disable the dialog completely by selecting Disabled or adjust the schedule to your preferred number of minutes by selecting Enabled and setting the minutes.  Make your change and click OK.
  9.  

    Disable Completely

    Disable Completely

    Adjust Interval

    Adjust Interval

  10. Now here’s the ironic and very ‘windows-ish’ step – you have to restart your computer now for this change to take effect 🙂

HOWTO: Add A Domain User as an Administrator in Windows XP

Domain Administrator IconNetwork User As Local Administrator

This HOWTO explains how you can add any user on your networks domain as a local administrator on a Windows XP PC.

It also explains the difference between a Domain User and a Local User for your information.

Typically a domain user is a user who has a user profile on a Primary Domain Controller (PDC – a server that manages the users and often other functions on a network).

When a Domain User logs into a PC on the network their username and password are validated by the PDC and if correct allow the user to log on to that PC.

A Local User is a user who has a user profile on the Windows XP PC that you are trying to log on to and is validated by that PC and not a Domain Controller.

This HOWTO explains how you can add a Domain User as an Administrator (i.e. will have full administration access) on the local Windows XP PC.

Solution

  1. Log on to the Windows XP PC as a Local User with Administration access.
  2. A helpful tip.

    The default local user in Windows XP should already have Administrator access by default.

  3. After you are successfully logged in and the desktop has finished loading:
    1. Right Click on My Computer icon either on your desktop or in your Start Menu
    2. Select Manage
    3. In the left pane, click Local Users and Groups
    4. In the right pane, double click on Groups
    5. In the right pane, double click on Administrators
    6. Click the Add.. button
    7. Type in the full user name including the Domain name like the example below:
    8. Example:

      DOMAIN1\joebloggs

      Be sure to change DOMAIN1 to the name of your own domain and joebloggs to the username of the user you wish to add.

    9. Click OK
    10. Click OK
    11. Close the Computer Management window
  4. Log off Windows
  5. Attempt to login with the username you just added.  Be sure to select the Domain in the Windows login box.