Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rotating Computer Screen

Few weeks ago I went to a cellphone store and this store had a computer where clients could look for information. However, the screen looked like this:

So it was useless for clients, fortunately there's a way to solve this easily, just press at the same time keys 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' and the arrow indicating where the top of the screen is going to be.

Now you can rotate your screen anytime you want.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Getting a Value Giving Column and Row on Excel

Many times it's interesting to see how business requires you to use functions from Excel that you don't even know they exist. In this post I have the following mission: I want to know the value of a cell when I write the column and row, consider that column and row can have any identification.

To get the value from a table you must use 2 functions: Match and Index, Match function gives you the position of a given value in a range, therefore it's necessary to first get the position of the column and the row.

Once you have both positions use them into Index function that is going to give you the value located in the position you put related to a given matrix.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Turning Horizontal Visio Swimlanes into Vertical Ones

In one ocassion, a friend at work called me because she had a problem with Microsoft Visio, she was trying to draw a process flowchat but using swimlanes, this was not a problem until she realized that it would be better to use vertical swimlanes instead of horizontal ones.

But, when she tried to drag a vertical one it just put together to the previous swimlanes created before.

To avoid creating a new visio document and lost your work just go to 'Cross-Functional Flowchart' ribbon and select 'Orientation' and 'Vertical'.

And it's done, now you can work with vertical swimlanes or if you like it you can turn them back to horizontal ones.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Looking for Installation Folder of ClickOnce Applications

If you are using ClickOnce applications then you have to know that they are not installed in the common "Program Files" folder, due to the arquitecture that this Microsoft technology has, that's the reason because you don't find the program folder when you need to locate it.

First at all, it's necessary to set Windows to show hidden folders, otherwise you won't be able to find the application folder, so you can get this by going to "Control Panel", "Folder Options" in "Appearance" section. In the window that appears just go to "View" tab and pick the "Show hidden files, folders and drives" option.

Now, you must navigate through the folders to reach the common one that is used by Windows to store this type of applications, consider that Windows creates a random name for this repository.

Looking inside you'll notice that the names of the folders have some part of the application name in them, with many numbers and letters.

Well, you found the application folder, congratulations.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Making Queries to Compare Dates in SQL Server

It's time to share a little tech knowledge!, when you are working with databases, SQL Server specifically, it's a good practice to keep in some tables records that could be used as auditing information, for this purpose you need to save date of the performed operation necessarily.

However, when the audit comes, you open your database to make a query against it but you think at that moment whether you should use <,>,= operators or you could write the date as is or you must use it as text and so on.

Well, too much thinking, the answer is to use the "between" keyword and putting date as text including time as shown.

select * from Scheme.OperationAudit where AuditDate between '07/01/2013 00:00' and '08/14/2013 23:59' order by AuditDate asc

Remember that date format depends of format used by the server, this is easy to know by using 13, yes, put 13 first in the date and if the query shows error then the month is not first (because there are just 12 months).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Avoiding Conversation Mode in Outlook

One time ago I'd been using Lotus Notes in the office, but we moved to Outlook, which I consider is much better that the other tool, however I looked into the web version and I found something that for me is very annoying.

When you select a mail you have to display the conversation tree, and when you see it you don't understand very well what this is about (at least I can't), I know that the tree show the conversation flow but I still can't get it.

Fortunately, If you want to get back to the old-style mail you have to click on "Conversations by Date" that is located in the right superior corner and select "Off" under the "Conversations" label.

After doing so you will have your mail as usual.

I think that it's interesting the conversation view of mails but as I don't get used to it, I don't wan to use it.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Resizing Images Without Distortion

I work a lot with PowerPoint and this tool is perfect when you want to make a presentation because it's very useful to put images inside with ease. But many times when you copy an image an paste it in a slide it's not in the ideal size.

Then you try to resize the image to get it ready for the presentation, for example, I copy this image, a print screen.

After that this image is pasted in the presentation.

If you try to resize this image in PowerPoint you will realize that this application gives you free control about it, so if you are not careful with your movements you can distort the image.

Ok, to avoid this it's better to not have much control of the image so you need to lock the ratio aspect. To reach this just right-click on the image and select "Size and Position...".

And click on "Lock aspect ratio".

Once you set that value you will notice that you can resize the image but maintaining the ratio between height and width and keeping the good aspect of the image.

This is absolutely useful, fixing images size sometimes can drive you crazy and even more when you have many images to resize, as a shortcut you can avoid navigating into the menu by just keeping "Shift" key pressed while resizing.