Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Is A Black Screen With Command Prompt Only

If you ever find yourself in a situation where Windows Server 2012 R2 decides to spontaneously switch from regular GUI Windows to Windows Server Core, here’s how you switch it back. I was working with a vendor on a software sandbox installation and near the end of the day after hours of work, we rebooted…
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Fix: Corrupt Windows 2012 RDS Basic Color Scheme

This is a bizarre issue that has happened on multiple occasions with Windows 2012 servers in a Remote Desktop Collection. Out of nowhere, the screen colors go haywire. It seems somehow the “Windows Basic” color scheme gets corrupted. Black text becomes yellow text. White backgrounds become black backgrounds. The right-hand scroll bar becomes black with…
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Office: Quickly Remove Text Formatting From Copy-Paste

Here are two quicker methods to copy-paste formatted text as unformatted text in Microsoft Office Outlook or Word. 1. After pasting text, highlight that text and press Ctrl + Space to remove all font and style formatting¬†(Office 2003, 2010 and 2013 confirmed). 2. Alternatively, paste the text using Ctrl + Alt + V and choose…
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Use WMI Filter To Apply Group Policy To IP Subnet

Using a WMI filter, you can apply a group policy based on the client’s TCP/IP subnet. 1. In Group Policy Management, right-click the WMI Filters folder and click New. 2. Name your new WMI policy, give it a description if you wish. 3. Click the Add button, leave the Namespace at the default setting “root\CIMv2”…
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Fix: Windows 10 Taskbar Won’t Auto Hide

If you have your Windows 10 taskbar set to auto-hide, yet it refuses to do so, here is what you can do to make it behave. 1. Open the Task Manager. (Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Esc) 2. On the “Processes” tab, find “Windows Explorer” and click it to highlight it. 3. Click the “Restart” button in the lower…
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Scroll Inactive Windows When You Hover Over Them

SCENARIO You have two application windows open in Windows 10. In one window you are doing data entry. In another window you have multiple pages of information you are referencing, requiring frequent scrolling. You can only have one active window at a time, but you would like to keep the “data entry” window active while…
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How To: Transparent Command Prompt In Windows 10

Say you have limited screen real estate, and you would prefer not to toggle between a command prompt and (for example) a browser tab. Maybe you are referencing command line instructions on a website and you would simply like to stay in the command prompt window and have it overlay the website. This can be…
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