Windows Tips n Tricks

Nikhil Rastogi

Make Adobe Reader Remember Last View When Re-Opening files

If you read a lot, especially PDF documents on the computer, don't you wish there was a way to quickly open the page you last closed? Well, apparently there is a way and all it requires is a simple setting to enable it.

1. Open Adobe Reader, click on Edit | Preferences

2. You should be in Documents category, if not then click on it.

3. Click on Restore last view settings when reopening documents.

That's it you are done. Now go to any page, close a PDF document and open it, your last viewed page will be remembered even if you change the location of the document.

Make Office 2007 More Compatible

Microsoft's new Office 2007 formats are much smarter, smaller in size and aren't compatible with older version by default. For compatibility you'd need Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack. However, you still may have trouble opening your .docx file that has been mailed across. For maximum compatibility save the document in .doc format itself in Word 2007; this goes for other applications in the suite as well. However, it can be a pain to always remember to change the format, so here is a sure shot way to enable this by default in the options.

1. In Word 2007, click the circular Office Button in the upper-left

2. Now press Word Options

3. Click Save on the left.

4. On the right hand side now you'll see Save files in this format

5. From the drop down menu select Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)

 Now all your saves by default will be in .doc format that is unless you are already working on a .docx format. The same process applies for Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007.

How to fix printer job queue issues
How many times has it happened that you want to cancel a print job but when you give a command Windows does nothing? In short, neither can you print anything, nor cancel the existing print job. The easiest remedy - restart the PC, but here's a way to do the same without restarting the PC.

1. First and foremost we need to stop the service which is responsible for printing. Hence hold on Win key + R to bring up the Windows Run command. Type in services.msc, press Enter. In Vista simply hit the Start Orb and type in services, click on the option to open up.

2. Now once in the services window click any of the options on the left side, hit P on the keyboard till you come to Print Spooler option. Right-click and click Stop to disable it. You've just stoped your PC from printing anything further, but your printing job has yet to be flushed.

3. For that navigate to C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS and delete all the contents in the folder. You've now flushed everything from you print job.

4. Back to services, now Right-click and click Restart to enable printing on your PC again.

5. Refresh the print queue. Your problem should have been solved.

There's a great little freeware application called Print Flush 1.3. It's a batch file that does the same thing mentioned here with just a click of the mouse.