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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ctrl + tab (first in, first out history) for excel sheets? on: April 02, 2007, 03:02:31 AM
I have magnaged to get some runtime errors. I deactivated all my other addins (that's how interested I am in this ctrl + tab functionality!), and have gotten rid of the runtime errors. However, the history doesn't work as expected (like normal windows ctrl + tab)... in my system, it just goes to next open sheet, not the last used. Example, imagine I have sheets A B C D E. I work on A, then click on C, and want to go back to A by doing ctrl + tab. The current implementation (at least in my system) goes to D (the SheetNumber ++), not to A.

Are you using Navigate.xls?

If so, CTRL + TAB Navigates through your open worksheets (as mentioned above)
CTRL + ALT + TAB Navigates back through your recently viewed worksheets (I think as you're requesting)

The keypresses are certainly editable.

Last night I aslo implemented a forward as well as a backward navigate through your view history.

I'll pop it up later

1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ctrl + tab (first in, first out history) for excel sheets? on: April 01, 2007, 07:37:51 AM
Hi: I've made a few changes to the original Add-In, as detailed below...

Thanks Perry, that is an interesting piece of code.

I'm pretty adicted to it now: some of my workbooks have got quite a few sheets in them and if you expand the sheet tab area you loose scroller width.

With a shortcut to get to the find box, it can make switching between sheets pretty snappy. I'd still prefer to have something like ctrl + tab, though.

I've added code so that clicking the "refresh" button is not necessary (so I removed the button)  Wink

I've also added other code to:
  • Navigate through WorkSheets of the open WorkBook [CTRL + TAB]
  • Navigate backwards through the History [CTRL + ALT + TAB]

kfitting posted almost the same code I wrote last night  smiley, which navigates through the WorkSheets of the current WorkBook using CTRL + TAB keypress. I'm not sure if that's what you wanted or not?

Using CTRL + ALT + TAB will navigate backwards through the history of viewed WorkSheets.

As usual, to use this Add-In, load it through the Tools / Add-Ins menu.

- Perry
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ctrl + tab (first in, first out history) for excel sheets? on: April 01, 2007, 05:49:28 AM
Try the code below.

Nice work: this was my next attempt too  smiley

If it works as you want, I'll tell you how to get it to be present whenever you start excel (it's not intuitive and I don't know it off the top of my head... it involves making a personal.xls file and putting the following code in the workbook code module in an event function... if this works I'll step through that!)

You just make an Add-In (like the one I attached to my first reply, and you can either let Excel add it in automatically by saving it in ...\Application Data\Microsoft\AddIns (Depending on your windows version); alternatively you can save it anywhere and load it manually.

- Perry
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ctrl + tab (first in, first out history) for excel sheets? on: March 30, 2007, 10:36:45 AM
but why are excel addins so pricey?

I think $30 is pretty standard for a professional Add-In (don't know how professional the one you mentioned is), probably because they're aimed at the business market: but there are lots of good free ones about too (although I couldn't find a ready-made menu for you).

- Perry
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ctrl + tab (first in, first out history) for excel sheets? on: March 30, 2007, 10:33:07 AM
Try the attached.

I found the code at

Unfortunately I added a sort routine before I realised you wanted "first in first out": sorry. You can always add the original code back in if you like, but I thought that a sorted list was better (especially if tabs are turned off).

Anyway, hope that helps,
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: backup question: how to backup/sync my HD and USB HD #1 to USB HD #2? on: March 29, 2007, 10:41:45 AM
Sounds like a job for Allway Sync or SyncBack  smiley

I tried SyncBack some time ago to back up to my FTP, but had problems getting it to work so I opted for Corban (which does the job nicely for me). Though I have used SyncBack quite successfully in other situations.

I'm about to give Allway Sync a go (for my very similar scenario) to see how it goes.

But they both should do the job. I have no idea which is better though: anyone else??

- Perry

1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: screen capture tool that appends captures to single image? on: March 23, 2007, 05:30:09 AM
i think he meant something like this: Re: Photo panorama creation

I'm pretty sure Nod5 just meant "stitching" as in joining together, not the positioning & blending that happens with panoramas.

There are some added benefits of this method, especially if the images are not going to be commented/referenced individually. For example: I wanted a block of images, 5 wide and 2 high, which are examples of my desktop for inserting into Word. They wont be titled, they'll just sit there together... it'd be easier (in Word) to have them as a single image to import and move where I like.

I know I could import all 10, position them, and group them, but this sounds nicer  Wink

To me it sounds like something that should be run from within ScreenShotCaptor, or accessible from the Context menu?

- Perry
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photo panorama creation on: March 22, 2007, 07:46:51 AM
Glad to have you back on the topic again... I know that I really enjoyed reading what you've posted previously, and it almost resulted in a purchase; but there was a little too much competition for the $$$ at that stage. thanks!!  Thmbsup

I know my back burner gets pretty expansive at times: I have to keep reminding myself that the computer was bought for me, not the other way around  Wink

- Perry
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photo panorama creation on: March 22, 2007, 06:35:22 AM
Here's another panorama maker, recently mentioned at snapfiles
Its Zoner Panorama Maker for $9.99, website

I don't know if this is needly reviving an old thread, but GiveAwayOfTheDay is giving Zoner away for free (for the next 19 hours anyway...)

I have not tried it either, and am probably unlikely to at this stage, but for anyone else who'd like to try, it's there...

- Perry
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: screen capture tool that appends captures to single image? on: March 22, 2007, 06:27:03 AM
funny you should post this -- i have thought for a while about adding such a feature to my ScreenshotCaptor program.. it's not that hard to imagine cases where it might be useful.. the only thing that has really kept me from adding it is the thought that it might be more useful to make a general purpose program for arranging multiple images in such arragements easily via drag+drop.. 

Like an export option? That would work nicely inside of ScreenShot Captor, as that would be the programme doing the capturing.

SnagIt (which we're given at work) has a not-too-disimilar feature where you can add multiple objects from the one screen to one image (via multi-click), which means you can "composit" your base image more easily if it requires more than one window... but that's not what Nod5 was wanting anyway (but I thought I'd mention it anyway Wink )
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF on: March 22, 2007, 02:08:52 AM
Could you try our product, ATopSoft DeskCake?
The web link is

Hey, Hi and Welcome! It certainly looks good, if not a little over-featured.

But I really like the look of AutoSave! It's AutoBackUp is similar to File Hamster (which really is a great programme!

- Perry
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text xpander that can handle RTF on: March 20, 2007, 07:53:26 AM
I'd assume that it's not just to expand the text with the current position's formatting, but to expand it with the "saved" formatting??  undecided

For example: If I want "clr" to expand into "Colour", there's no way a simple expanding is going to work.

- Perry
1438 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Save web page to directory based on web site in browser title on: March 20, 2007, 04:35:38 AM
I use SurfuLater to do this, either as a full page or as a bookmark (depending on what I want to do with the information).

But there are quite a few other similar applications that sit outside of the browser that should do what you want.

The beauty of an application like SurfuLater is that moving stuff around is really simple.

- Perry
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can anybody help with a word/excel mail merge query? on: March 15, 2007, 08:44:58 AM
I think you are right: you are asking the wrong question  Wink

I've just had a play with using a series of NEXTIF, SKIPIF, IF's, bookmarks etc but it's all too complex. It's just not the way mail merges are meant to work!

I'd suggest writing a macro to transform your original data source into a one line per person type file: that's the way mail merges should work.

Probably the easiest way to handle the different numbers of 'Pages' for each person is to concatenate them into a single field (possibly with linebreaks if that suits with your letter).

Let me know if you need a hand with the macro.

- Perry
1440  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of FirstDefense-ISR (Raxco Software) on: March 12, 2007, 07:37:40 AM
Are there any errors/interruptions when you create the archive?

What's the story on that?? I was trying to Archive my primary snapshot to an external HD and it always fails; whilst archiving other snapshots works fine??

- Perry
1441 Software / ProcessTamer / Re: MS Word2000? on: February 20, 2007, 04:47:28 AM
has anybody out there had success "taming" MS Word2000?
would much appreciate to hear which settings work.

Anything in particular? I use the Office2000 suite at home, without too many issues  Wink

- Perry
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: February 07, 2007, 07:24:08 AM
In the end, you'll probably be cursing and swearing and regretting that you didn't just buy some standard modular bookcases, though. At least I know I would.

Heck no... it's great fun (and tribulation which did result a quite a bit of cursing and swearing): but I'm glad I did it. Though when I built our bedroom cupboards it took a lot longer than a weekend!

- Perry
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: try my new experiment with HotOrNot pictures! on: January 30, 2007, 09:01:04 PM
I do appreciate that you went through it all just because I posted it here. The feedback I got is really useful.

No dramas: nearly fainted when I saw 479 though!!

Do we get to get an update on your results??

- Perry
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: January 30, 2007, 07:37:28 AM
i've thought of a way of doing what i requested by using directory opus. just create a 'collection' folder named 'notes' (or whatever) then just 'send to' this collection the txt files, regardless of their location.

That, or something similar, was what came to mind reading your post.

What about Projects? PSPad, as well as many other TextEditors, has the ability to manage projects. So the files can be anywhere on your drive and kept together in your project definition for easy editing... yes?

- Perry
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: cost of running a pc (in the UK)? on: January 27, 2007, 10:16:02 PM
Should probably borrow a power rate meter thingy and check how much my own box uses.

I believe that this is the only "accurate" way to measure such things; it's something that I've been meaning to do for a while...

- Perry
1446 Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: desktop icon manager/grouping on: January 25, 2007, 07:45:36 AM
I stumbled across DeskSave and remembered this thread; not that I'm thinking that DeskSave is an answer here... just of interest:

Features of DeskSave 7.0:
  • Saves the icon layout according to current user and screen resolution
  • Restoring works properly, even if 'Auto Arrange' or 'Align to Grid' (Windows XP) is activated
  • Accepts command line parameters
  • Auto restore at resolution change or program start
  • Starts with Windows, if desired
  • New: Import and export function
  • New: Undo after restoration
  • New: Provides backups of current and saved layouts
  • New: Supports English and German language
  • Optional shell extension for the desktop, thereby easy access to functions without background process
  • Very small size (DeskSave.exe: 66 kB, Shell extension: 68 kB)
  • No setup routine, just unpack the archive and DeskSave is ready
  • Easy deletion of all saved layouts and all settings, DeskSave is completely removable
  • Supports Windows 9x/NT/2000 and XP

1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RSS reader with firefox engine. local copy of content, and newspaper CSS? on: January 25, 2007, 06:43:44 AM
Is there any other I'm missing? What do you use lately to read feeds?

Funny, I just stumbled across i-Fetch, have not tried it...

- Perry
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pegasus Mail to become DonationWare? on: January 25, 2007, 06:39:06 AM
Hmm, I wonder if mouser should approach David and see if he wishes to work with to help promote the idea of donationware? What do you folks think?

David's mentioned the following to the PMail usergroup:
Pegasus Mail will become completely free, manuals and all. It will be possible to donate to support it, though - and indeed, the program will issue gentle reminders to do so. 30 days after you install it, it will pop up one small dialog pointing out that it survives on donations and offering to take you to a site where you can make a small donation. Naturally, you won't have to donate - it's just an option, in an attempt to make the process as simple and painless as possible for those people who want to support development.

The same dialog will have options to issue another reminder in one month, three months, six months, or a year. Many people have told me that they would like to make small donations regularly - the reminder is intended to assist them in doing so. Some people are probably going to start shrieking "nagware!" about now, but frankly, if you think that one reminder each year constitutes nagging, then nothing is going to satisfy you.

Donations will almost certainly be done via PayPal (which includes both PayPal accounts and credit card payments). You will be able to donate a minimum of US$10, or more if you wish. The payments will be completely secure and private (we will not retain any credit card information here at all). We will probably look at making PayPal's "recurring payment" options available as well.

David's concept of DonationWare is somewhat different to what is espoused here, isn't it?

Certainly, I'd think that some moral support would be beneficial, as David also said:
Frankly, I am personally unsure how well donations will work. Don't take this the wrong way, but I believe that whilst many, many people have the very best intentions, only a few actually carry through on them - it's simply human nature, especially in a world as cluttered and busy as this one. Maybe I'll be proven wrong - I would like to hope so.

Pegasus has been going for 17 years apparently, it's interesting to hear some of David's observations of how the software landscape has changed: eg He's sure that it's almost impossible to to sell an email client now. I guess he doesn't just need moral support though...

- Perry
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Pegasus Mail to become DonationWare? on: January 25, 2007, 04:10:15 AM
It seems that not only is development of my favourite email programme going to continue, but it's also going to become DonationWare as well:
On January 3rd 2007, I announced that development of Pegasus Mail and Mercury would be ceasing because of funding problems. The result was an absolute avalanche of mail, phone calls, faxes and other communications wanting me to continue.
In response to the torrent of messages, though, I have now decided to restart development and distribution of both programs. To make this possible, it will be necessary to restructure the way I fund them in some way that will attract an adequate and sustained level of financial support. I and my test team are still working out the exact details of the changes we will make, but in a nutshell, it is likely that Pegasus Mail will become "donationware", while Mercury will become fully licensed based on numbers of mailboxes, with a certain base number of mailboxes provided free of charge. Public discussion (on the Pegasus Mail and Mercury mailing lists) will be solicited before any final decision is made.

1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you spend your time on the computer? on: January 24, 2007, 04:27:49 AM
I'll try and get these in [importance + time] order (top down):
  • Communications: Email, VoIP, IM
  • Learning: Forums, Articles
  • Home Accounting: Budgeting & Analysis [Excel]
  • Computer Management: Downloads, Upgrades, VoIP
  • Entertainment: DVDs, Streaming Radio (unmetered), CDs, Reading: News, Articles
  • Creativity: Graphics/Photos, Programming, Writing

Work is another issue though...

- Perry
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