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How to Enable the Preview of PDF Files in 64-bit Windows September 11, 2013

Posted by Bilal in Windows.
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I am currently using a x64 machine running Windows 8. For opening the PDF file I had been using Adobe Reader. Later, I shifted to PDF-XChange Viewer by Tracker Software, mainly for its light weight and tabbed interface. This light weight  Installing PDF-XChange Viewer disabled the thumbnail view of the PDF files in the windows explorer. Things went on until I got stuck in a situation where I have to search for a PDF file. I had no clue about the file name; all I had was the idea about the thumbnail of the file, it was a colored document.

At this point, it became a requirement to re-generate the thumbnails for the PDF file. I tried the plain old trick; make Adobe Reader the default program for PDF file. But it did not helped …

I searched for different options but no result. Based on the search result, it seems that this issue is mostly appearing on x64 machines and running 64bit version of Windows 7 (and 8). In the meanwhile, I came to notice that if I change the folder view to Medium icons, the thumbnail of PDF file appears. If the icon size is increased by just a single unit (Crtl + Mouse Scroll Up), the thumbnail reverts back to the icon.

On further exploring, I came across a post on Adobe Forum about the same issue. The Adobe support engineer gave a workaround to check the thumbnail

1. Run Acrobat Reader. In Reader, click File > Open and navigate to the folder(s) containing your PDF file(s). If necessary, move the slider to show all your PDF files.

2. Cancel out of Open and exit Reader.

3. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folders(s) containing your PDF file(s).

4. Click Views and move the slider until you see PDF thumbnails

It was okay to get the thumbnail for a certain folder but u need to repeat the same process for each and every folder.  So, its also not a permanent solution.

On the same page, another user has shared his own solution blaming the Adobe for being too lazy to fix the issue. The comment is dated more than a year ago (Apr 15, 2012) and I am still facing the issue. A side question, does it mean Adobe is more busy in the {newly} purchased products than its own products ??

I simply tried the solution offered (link below) which is in the form of installer and it worked like a charm.

The solution, made by an individual and available for free can be downloaded from the link:

Thumbnail for PDF on x64

Additional Notes:

I tried to make the XChange Viewer back as default but doing so again shifted the thumbnails to icons. Well it was not a good change. I tried to make Adobe Reader back as default and the thumbnails were restored. It seems that the XChange Viewer does not support this feature. So after installing the fix, if you need the thumbnail, Adobe Reader should be made the default; else you can continue with the tabbed browsing of XChange Viewer with no thumbnails.

Another option is to give other PDF viewers a try e.g. Foxit PDF Viewer, also a freeware.

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Microsoft OpenDoor Expo Jeddah 2010 November 13, 2010

Posted by Bilal in .NET, General, Microsoft, Tech News, Tips & Tricks, Updates, Windows.
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Microsoft OpenDoor 2010 Saudi Arabia took place in two cities Riyadh (2nd and 3rd Nov) and Jeddah (7th Nov) at Intercontinental Hotel. It was the first time that Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer visited KSA and delivered the Key Note but his visit was limited to one day and it was in Riyadh only.

The registration was web based and no registration fee was mentioned. I happen to know about Professional Developer Conference (PDC) that used to have separate registration fee for students and professionals. Anyhow, for this expo, a bar code was issued to each participant against his Windows Live ID.

The Expo started with the keynote of Developer & Platform group Manager
Adel Al-Massarani about Cloud Computing and Abdurrahman Al-Qahtani
Manager Windows Phone Group, about the new Windows Phone 7. It was followed by the presentation of the Platinum Sponsors

Mobily was also a platinum sponsor but they are already making too much advertisement through different mediums. No time was given to the Gold Sponsors. All of the sponsors have their stalls in the lobby where attendees can easily get their information.

After that there were three options to go:

  • Track A for IT Professional
  • Track B for Developers
  • Track C for Technical Managers

Each track was taking place in separate hall. Attendees had full choice to attend any of the tracks at any time as per their taste.

I joined the Track B (Developers). It started with a presentation of Mohamad Halbi about Windows Azure Platform, the cloud service operating system. It was a brief but comprehensive overview of the Azure Platform right from the start to a live working demo. He showed how windows Cloud could be utilized to get a cost effective and reliable performance.

It was followed by lunch and prayer break.

The next session was about Microsoft Web platform by Abdurrahman Al-Qahtani. He demonstrated about the new Web Platform and also gave some working demonstrations.

After a break of about 15 min, the stage was conquered by Jerry Yasir about the advanced features in Microsoft Excel 2010 and its interaction with Microsoft Sharepoint 2010. He showed how we can get the graphical representation of data and its distribution/sharing with other people through SharePoint.

Then there was prayer break. Refreshment was available in the side room that can be utilized by anybody at any time.

Last session of the track was about Visual Studio 2010 from Architecture Point of view by Abdurrahman Al-Qahtani. He should that how the advanced tools in VS 2010 can help in understanding/designing the architecture of a system graphically using UML.

In the last, there was a combined closing session of all the tracks in which winners were selected through a lucky draw. Gifts include 3 web-cameras and 1 XBOX 360 and another set of 2 web-cameras and 1 Xbox360 for the female participants.

And so, a wonderful Expo by Microsoft came to an end. We wish to see more such events in the near future by international companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc… Also, we expect to see Steve Ballmer in Jeddah next year.

 

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120 Run Commands In Windows XP May 31, 2008

Posted by Bilal in Tips & Tricks, Windows, XP.
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Click the “Start” button and then “Run” to open up the window where you can write the following commands called as “Run” commands in XP.

Accessibility Controls – access.cpl

Accessibility Wizard – accwiz

Add Hardware Wizard – hdwwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs – appwiz.cpl

Administrative Tools – control admintools

Automatic Updates – wuaucpl.cpl

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt

Calculator – calc

Certificate Manager – certmgr.msc

Character Map – charmap

Check Disk Utility – chkdsk

Clipboard Viewer – clipbrd

Command Prompt – cmd

Component Services – dcomcnfg

Computer Management – compmgmt.msc

Control Panel – control

Date and Time Properties – timedate.cpl

DDE Shares – ddeshare

Device Manager – devmgmt.msc

Direct X Troubleshooter – dxdiag

Disk Cleanup Utility – cleanmgr

Disk Defragment – dfrg.msc

Disk Management – diskmgmt.msc

Disk Partition Manager – diskpart

Display Properties – control desktop

Display Properties – desk.cpl

Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility – drwtsn32

Driver Verifier Utility – verifier

Event Viewer – eventvwr.msc

Files and Settings Transfer Tool – migwiz

File Signature Verification Tool – sigverif

Findfast – findfast.cpl

Firefox – firefox

Folders Properties – control folders

Fonts – control fonts

Fonts Folder – fonts

Free Cell Card Game – freecell

Game Controllers – joy.cpl

Group Policy Editor (for xp professional) – gpedit.msc

Hearts Card Game – mshearts

Help and Support – helpctr

HyperTerminal – hypertrm

Iexpress Wizard – iexpress

Indexing Service – ciadv.msc

Internet Connection Wizard – icwconn1

Internet Explorer – iexplore

Internet Properties – inetcpl.cpl

Keyboard Properties – control keyboard

Local Security Settings – secpol.msc

Local Users and Groups – lusrmgr.msc

Logs You Out Of Windows – logoff

Malicious Software Removal Tool – mrt

Microsoft Chat – winchat

Microsoft Movie Maker – moviemk

Microsoft Paint – mspaint

Microsoft Syncronization Tool – mobsync

Minesweeper Game – winmine

Mouse Properties – control mouse

Mouse Properties – main.cpl

Netmeeting – conf

Network Connections – control netconnections

Network Connections – ncpa.cpl

Network Setup Wizard – netsetup.cpl

Notepad notepad

Object Packager – packager

ODBC Data Source Administrator – odbccp32.cpl

On Screen Keyboard – osk

Outlook Express – msimn

Paint – pbrush

Password Properties – password.cpl

Performance Monitor – perfmon.msc

Performance Monitor – perfmon

Phone and Modem Options – telephon.cpl

Phone Dialer – dialer

Pinball Game – pinball

Power Configuration – powercfg.cpl

Printers and Faxes – control printers

Printers Folder – printers

Regional Settings – intl.cpl

Registry Editor – regedit

Registry Editor – regedit32

Remote Access Phonebook – rasphone

Remote Desktop – mstsc

Removable Storage – ntmsmgr.msc

Removable Storage Operator Requests – ntmsoprq.msc

Resultant Set of Policy (for xp professional) – rsop.msc

Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl

Scheduled Tasks – control schedtasks

Security Center – wscui.cpl

Services – services.msc

Shared Folders – fsmgmt.msc

Shuts Down Windows – shutdown

Sounds and Audio – mmsys.cpl

Spider Solitare Card Game – spider

SQL Client Configuration – cliconfg

System Configuration Editor – sysedit

System Configuration Utility – msconfig

System Information – msinfo32

System Properties – sysdm.cpl

Task Manager – taskmgr

TCP Tester – tcptest

Telnet Client – telnet

User Account Management – nusrmgr.cpl

Utility Manager – utilman

Windows Address Book – wab

Windows Address Book Import Utility – wabmig

Windows Explorer – explorer

Windows Firewall – firewall.cpl

Windows Magnifier – magnify

Windows Management Infrastructure – wmimgmt.msc

Windows Media Player – wmplayer

Windows Messenger – msmsgs

Windows System Security Tool – syskey

Windows Update Launches – wupdmgr

Windows Version – winver

Windows XP Tour Wizard – tourstart

Wordpad – write

sendto – Open SendTo folder in XP

msinfo32 – System Information

control userpasswords2 – Local machine accounts

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