Making a process run completely or in part without the need of any user input once the process is started.

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Windows 7: Automatically login and lock

I want to configure Windows 7 to login automatically after the computer is switched on. That's not because I'm lazy and don't like typing passwords. That's because I want programs that are configured ...
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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook?

I'd like to assign basic tasks to the function keys (or other keys if it's easier) on my MacBook. For example I'd like the following to happen when F1 (or whatever key) is pressed: Launch Safari ...
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Keeping up to date with updates?

I really like keeping up to date with the latest updates for my software. I have Windows set to automatically download and install updates. But what about my other programs? How do I keep my ...
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How can I take hundreds of smaller images and create one big tiled image?

I have 251 images that are 128x128 in size; I need to create one big image that includes them all tiled together. The image will be 32128x32128 in size if all goes well (Paint.NET says it will be ...
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Unattended installation for windows 7 x86

Are there any pre-created Autounattend.xml files for Windows 7 unattended installation x86? I have been experimenting and creating the XML file but I am always being prompted to choose which hard disk ...
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Is it possible to make a (Windows 7) executable automatically run when I put in my thumb drive? [duplicate]

I have portable apps on a thumbdrive, and want to automatically run the "menu" app (E:\Applications\Windows\Start.exe) when I insert that drive. I realize (or think I realize, based on a foggy ...
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Automatically deleting 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp'

I'm trying to find a way to automatically clean/delete the temporary files from C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp\ at shutdown/boot on my Windows XP Professional x64 SP2 machine. The ...
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Automating keystrokes and actions in Windows

I want to be able to either record key strokes or enter them in manually and be able to replay them. For example: Copy Manually highlight the text I want to copy. Ctrl+C Alt+Tab Manually ...
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How to automate installation of application

Before I went and ask it here, I came up and have red the contents of the links below: http://superuser.com/questions/69751/ ...
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Outlook 2010: How to turn Out of Office on automatically when Outlook is closed?

Is it possible to make Outlook 2010 turn on the "Automatic Replies" feature when I close the application? I like to turn on "Out of Office" at the end of the day but in a hurry it's easily forgotten. ...
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How to bring application to front every 15 minutes on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a free or cheap little app called Desktop Task Timer LE that I've been using to track my time as I work on various projects. I'd like to have it pop up as the foreground app every 15 minutes to ...
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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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Good PowerShell guide, getting started through more advanced usage

Does anyone have a really good tutorial or getting started guide for Microsoft's PowerShell? I'm a long time Linux/Unix user, and very familiar with scripting languages, command-line usage with bash, ...
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Open registry directly to a given key?

I need to open a registry key such as the following in regedit. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar Is there a tool which will navigate to the key for me, without my having to navigate the folders ...
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Are there any tools to periodically check if a web site is available?

Either online or local applications (Windows XP preferably). I'm specifically looking to be notified by email if the web site in question goes down. I've tried the Firefox add on, Mr Uptime, but it ...
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Automate GUI tasks?

I have a Windows application which is deadware, and it lacks the option of exporting data into a file. The only way to extract data is to copy each line into the clipboard, and paste it in an editor. ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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Is there a tool for automatically checking English grammar?

I need to run through a document and check that it contains proper English grammar. My toolset for spell-checking for words include ispell and OpenOffice, but they seem only to do spell-checking. ...
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Auto program resizer

There are a lot of programs, which cannot remember what was its last window size. I need a program, which works in the background, and I can configure it, to resize all launched programs/windows on ...
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Cannot get Windows snipping tool to auto run with AutoHotKey

I am trying to get Windows 7 sniping tool to run when I hit my PRINTSCREEN keyboard button with AUTOHOTKEY. I have been unsuccessful so far though. Here is what I have for the AutoHotKey script. ...
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How to perform some action every time computer with Windows starts?

I'd like to perform some task (start a program) on a computer running Windows every time it's (re)started. It's remote computer and just placing shortcut in autostart doesn't work because it's run ...
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Is it possible to auto-run an extension for all new Chrome windows created?

I've finally found an extension that does what I want for new Chrome windows, called "ResizeWindow". It fixes that problem that new Chrome windows other than the initial one are not opened in the ...
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Is there an app or script that will extract .rar files for Mac OS X? [closed]

...after it completed download that runs similiar to how zip files unextract itself when the download finishes and actually throws the zipped copy in the trash? I usually use unrax but lately with all ...
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Sending mail from the command line, in an automated way

I want to be able to send a text file through an SMTP server of my ISP (port 25) to an email address on the internet, like my Office email address, or my GMail address. I have a basic Ubuntu 9.04 ...
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How can I automatically let my Windows boot and shutdown?

I want my PC to boot at 9am and shutdown at 10pm every day, is there a way to do that on Windows? Of course maybe don't go off completely, but hibernate or something like that.
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Automate mouse button click with script or macro

I'm searching for a script or macro program which pushes the 4th or 5th mouse button every 5 seconds. This script or macro program is for a friend who uses Windows 7 on an Asus notebook. I cannot try ...
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Is there a windows app or simple scripting way to persuade windows to shutdown after a process ends?

Can anyone suggest a way of asking Windows to shut down after it has finished doing something? For example it would be handy sometimes if burning a DVD or copying a lot of files to be able to set it ...
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Sound Recording Application that Starts/Stops Automatically

I'm looking for a sound/voice recording application that I would just let run on my PC all the time. It would either start/stop based on whether there is "anything worth recording" or maybe just ...
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Grep tool for XML

I am looking for a good tool to perform grep-like operations on XML - for example, extract certain attributes only. Grep itself can't handle it - any DFA-equivalent tool can handle only non recursive ...
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Software to automate the download of a list of URLs

Let's say I have a list of URLs as follows: http://creamteam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/10-Chinatown.mp3 http://mp3muffin.com/train/burbs.mp3 ...
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How do I create an unattended installer for various applications in Windows?

I have had to reinstall my operating system today and there a ton of programs that I need to install, not to mention quite a few configurations to make after installing them! I heard some people are ...
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Run script in OS X 10.6 on network connection. (like /etc/network/if-up.d/)

Is there any way to run a script when a network interface comes up in Mac OS X? I've tried putting a script named ip-up in /etc/ppp but it doesn't seem to fire when I disconnect and reconnect to a ...
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How to get Thunderbird to archive messages automatically

I want Thunderbird 3.1.1 to automatically move old messages to archive. The definition of "old" should vary by folder. E.g., messages in the "Meeting minutes" folder should get archived after 7 days, ...
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Automatically change time based on current location

I often move between 2 time zones, and expect my Windows 7 laptop to somehow automatically change the system time, being spoiled by the same feature on my cell phone. I always assumed that desktop ...
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Convert a series of PNGs to an animated gif or video file

I have a series of PNG image files that I want to convert into animation. What is the best way to convert them into a GIF? Also I have tried various tools to convert them into a video file (like ...
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Mac OS X “hosts” file, can I include other files with it?

I am working on some automation scripts to configure my network settings, hosts file contents, and /etc/resolver files, when accessing different networks I frequent between. There are some ...
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Unexplained systematic forwarding to spam (and search engines) in Firefox/Chrome

I have a nuts issue with Firefox. Each time I do a search on Google, then right-click a link to open it in a separate tab/window, Firefox stalls for a couple of seconds, then opens some ...
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How to use the keyboard's mute button to mute only the speakers, not the headphones?

I have a Microsoft Comfort Curve keyboard (KU-0459). It features a set of buttons for volume control. The interesting one is "mute". I also have a set of USB speakers (Logitech S-150), and a set of ...
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File-based encrypt-and-sync solution for Windows

There exists many syncing and backup solutions out there, but I have yet to find a setup that will cover ALL the following behavior: I want the ability to designate local folder B as the "encrypted ...
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automate installation of your softwares

I'll be re-install my Operating system in my desktop, It would be a clean version of windows7. I wonder if there's a software that lets me install my application automatically or an easier way to ...
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Automate Excel Text Import Wizard?

I receive files on occasion in a fixed width format. I need to import them into Excel but Excel doesn't perfectly pick up the columns. I can do it manually each time with the Text Import Wizard, but ...
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How do I automatically rename and move movies?

I'm looking for some software which will take a video file, work out the correct name of the film, rename it and then move it to another drive on my computer inside a folder with the same name. So for ...
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Noise Activated Software

I read about a piece of software a while ago that a guy developed that would listen for his dog to start barking or making noise, and then play back a prerecording message of him telling the dog to be ...
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Programs to automatically download album covers and insert them in to ID3 tags? [closed]

Let us assume that I have a perfectly tagged MP3 collection - at the very least Artist and Album Name are all intact. The only lacking thing is the album covers. What tool should I use? I note there ...
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automatic backup of files after change is made

I want to backup few folders on a regular basis on Windows XP. The best would be automatic backup after any change to the files is made. I like sugarsync but I cannot sync files from program files ...
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Execute a program when a USB stick is removed

The title says it all. Basically, I want to unmount a TrueCrypt volume when the USB stick with the keyfile on it is removed (and, ideally, shut down the computer as well). There used to be a program ...
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URL to reboot a WebSTAR DPC2100R2 cable modem with curl?

Does anyone know what the magic URL is for rebooting a WebSTAR DPC2100R2 with curl? I used to have a SurfBoard, and the curl command: curl ...
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Automate VMware to switch to full screen VM after host boots

What I want to be able to do is boot up my Windows 7 laptop, have VMware Workstation automatically load and once that's loaded have it automatically boot one particular VM and have it automatically go ...
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Excel data into PowerPoint slides

I have already found some helpful sites but I'm still unable to do what I want. My Excel file contains few columns and multiple rows. All the data from one row would be in one slide but data from ...
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Are there any command line options to Adobe Acrobat (NOT Reader) for conversion?

See title. I'd like to convert a bunch of XML files to PDF using Adobe Acrobat (9.0). Currently, I'm opening each of these files with IE and then convert them manually using the Acrobat Plugin. I'm ...