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

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in microsoft excel how to define a default language for columns

Hi I'm working on a dictionary and need to have English words in one column and Persian translation in another. but it takes time changing language every time I want to type the English and Persian ...
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Ubuntu Server 20.04 Autoinstall

I'm trying to do an hands-free autoinstallation with the brand new Ubuntu Server 20.04. Apparently, they changed their method from preseeding to the new cloud-init-based autoinstall method. I followed ...
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How automated calls know what number is pressed? [closed]

When we call on toll-free number of a company, we get an automated voice which tells us to press 1 for something and 2 for something else. How do they know what number I press on my phone. This was ...
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How to Run Batch File when the Active Window is Fullscreen (and on Exit Fullscreen)

As the title states, I want to write a script that detects when a program enters or exits fullscreen; these two triggers will then run one of two .bat files that start or stop the Rainmeter.exe ...
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Continuously ping a target and return status with notification

This is for CTFs (Capture The Flag) like hackthebox and tryhackme. I'm using Kali Linux and Manjaro Linux. I'm trying to make a module for polybar. I want to have a script to ping a server (once ...
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UI Automation Events on Powershell

I'm trying to listen UIAutomation events using Powershell, and wrote somethings like this. $propChangeHandler= [System.Windows.Automation.AutomationPropertyChangedEventHandler] # <summary> # ...
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Manipulate Afx OLE Control in External Window by Powershell

I have to perform automation by manipulating (including get and set text from) an accounting system using Powershell. The process has a window which contain a grid-like container (the one with blue ...
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How to create an auto-reply to unknown senders in gmail? [migrated]

I want to send automated replies to emails I receive on my gmail account, if I haven't corresponded with the sender before. This basically mimics an out-of-office / vacation reply, but only triggers ...
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Enable disabled item in context menu

In specific application, when i right click, it shows context menu. However, some items are disabled, and some enabled: Is there any way, using WinSpy or any other similar tool, to manually enable ...
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Mac - How to trigger an action when a specific process uses the network?

I would like to know if there's a way to trigger an action (in my specific case: an HTTP request to an API) when a process starts/stops sending network traffic. I understand that this is a broad and ...
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Can we execute a BATCH(.bat) file from a .dll? I am not able to do so

I have an application where you can create custom dll's for the purpose of alerting and monitoring. I need to run a batch file through that custom dll so that previously running environments could ...
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How can I setup the Cygwin X server as a service?

I've read the Cygwin/X user's guide; I've installed Cygwin, the X-related packages, and am able to run X and apps on X. However - that's all manual. I need to invoke startxwin and need to call xhost +...
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How to automatically set external monitor britghtenss to minimum whenever it is switched on?

I have an Acer laptop running windows 10, and I occasionally connect a Lenovo external monitor through HDMI to see things in a bigger screen. Unfortunately, the external display defaults to brightness ...
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How to disable Windows 10 smart idle?

I'm trying to perform some automation on Windows 10, and I have to wait for html 5 notification from Chrome browser but it doesn't show up if I'm not using my computer. I tried to run some random ...
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Solution to open a windows server multiple GUI session for same user

I am working on a Computer vision application. which launches an application on a remote server and navigates through GUI application to check if it's working fine. How I do it now is I installed my ...
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How to create a VM in vCenter from remote source?

For a KVM machine, you can use remote source for installation using virt-install. Is same possible for a VM in VMWare vCenter?
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Print all open tabs in a Chrome window

I have to print frequently a couple of dozens of PDF pages open in one Chrome window. The manual process involves Cntrl+P for print; hit ENTER to proceed with the pinting; press Cntrl+DwnPg to go to ...
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Can I access host win32 APIs from a guest virtual machine?

Problem Extract information from a Windows app running on host OS by using win32 APIs from inside of Virtual machine. Details I need to run a background job on a clients' machine and I want to script ...
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Batch file to search for multiple file names from a .txt document. Photography sorting batch file [closed]

I'm hoping there's a way to automate what would be a very tedious process. I've been given a .txt list of 201 photo file names that have the following naming scheme: P1020181.JPG and am hoping there ...
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How to Expand inbetween Numbers in VBA

I need to expand Some numbers from one to another Like when input is 399207 and 10 = Output 399207 399208 399209 399210 Input: 422209 10 904L1009 10 356608 11 ...
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Automatically producing names of images in Excel

As described here, Excel introduces generic filenames of images loaded into a spreadsheet. I wonder if it is possible to create a VBA script, or something else, that would book-keep these names in ...
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How to iterate through directory and concatenate names of folders into string

Similar to this question, but with folder names instead of with file names. The current code I have for concatenating files is setlocal enabledelayedexpansion set colorFileNames= for %%f in (%CD%\...
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How Can automatically run a command by clicking a file instead of typing it out each time?

So i want to display all local IP-addresses in CMD simply by running a file.. instead of typing ipconfig | find /i "IPv4" each time I know there was a way but I forgot.. Or just link me the file ...
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How to iterate through folder and add names of files to a single string variable

I'm writing a batch file to automate downloading a game called dwarf fortress with a bunch of other files and images. I have everything working, but now I want to provide the user with the ability to ...
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How can I disable Windows sounds from cmd? [duplicate]

I mean setting this: manage audio devices->Sounds tab->Sound Scheme->No Sounds. How can I do this from cmd? If it is not possible from cmd than what are the options to do it programmatically?
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Automating text in microsoft word

At my work we have a lot of information that we have to set in for each of our customers. Is there a way, in word preferably, to set up boxes for each of the selected text fields below?: So I could ...
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How to Run Scripts from the Installation Media Within an autounattend.xml file?

I've made some PowerShell (.ps1) and Batch (.bat) scripts that I would like to make part of an automated Windows installation. I have already configured everything else within my autounattend.xml file ...
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Using Excel, how can I automate incoming weekly reports/audits to pull data and insert into a new report?

I'm trying to figure out where to start with this so I appreciate any suggestions on something I can do some further research on. My work relies heavily on reports & audits weekly (sometimes ...
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Subtract a Vlookup value from another cells value only if a cell has a value

I am attempting to automate a spreadsheet and subtract a vlookup value from another cells value only if that cell has a value. Both values are times (hh:mm:ss) where Q3 will always be larger than the ...
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Adding DWORD values in Regedit without knowing the keys' location

I recently added a few additions to my registry to disable Nagle's algorithm and so I want to create a reg edit file with these additions so my friends can use without having to go into it themselves. ...
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Is there a way to automatically turn on MacBook Pros when power is plugged in for 2015 and lower models?

I would like to automatically have my 2015 MacBook Pro start up when external power is provided. The reason is so I don't have to get up to press the button on my Mac and I can just have my Google ...
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Setting User Mode server to run at user profile login in windows 7

I have a server, starting automatically as a service and would like to do the aforementioned in the subject line. Can anyone help point me in the right direction? I have opened up the properties for ...
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VNC Server free edition does not start on boot on Windows 7

I am using RealVNC Free Edition on Windows 7, and would like my VNC server to start up when Windows boots. I see such an option in the Services Control Panel applet: I have the RealVNC service with ...
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How would I automate command line software that only takes processes one image at a time?

So, I have about a few thousand pixel-art pngs from a pixel-art game which I want to upscale. I've found out my software (2dimagefilter) but the software only takes one image in both the GUI and CLI ...
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Outlook Rule to flag unanswered emails after a specific amount of time

The company I work for is slowly trying to re-structure our email system, specifically how we respond to emails sent to our main support distro. Now instead of pretty much everyone responding to ...
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MS Word - How to format entire document on template that you make?

Look at this image I have a document with over 125 questions written the same way as the first half of the image, and I want to convert all of them to the same way as the bottom half of the image, ...
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How to run python script on exception and reboot daily, windows server?

I've got a python file I want to run 24x7 on a VM, Is there any way to script something where there is a check if the program is not opened or has stopped with an exception to restart it and close ...
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Should I virtualize my PC or otherwise automate my PC install?

As I went through a new install/setup of my PC (typically Ubuntu), I wondered if there is an easier way. I should explain. First, at work, I work on what I think is a Citrix system. Not sure ...
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Is it possible to cover only UDEV events with udev rules?

When I look at the output of udevadm monitor for an USB device, there are KERNEL and UDEV events. Can I only address the UDEV events with a udev rule? $ udevadm monitor | grep "mouse" KERNEL[122....
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Is there a way to automatically apply capitalization rules in MS Word?

In MS Word, is there a way to automatically capitalize titles or headlines, after one of the commonly used capitalization rules, like you can find them here: https://capitalizemytitle.com? The most ...
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Automate sharing Internet between network adapters on Windows 10

I use a VPN for my console, and I do this by starting a VPN connection on my laptop and sharing the VPN Internet adapters Internet with my Ethernet adapter. The issue is that upon reboot, errors ...
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Outlook Automatic Replies when OOO in Clendar

Is there a way that you can set outlook to send automatic replies if your calendar has an "Out of Office" set in your calendar?
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How to edit the placeholder installation filepath in an exe?

I have this piece of software with a simple 1-2-3 installation. It sits on a shared drive at my workplace, in a folder we use as a software repository for deploying to user's workstations. Oddly ...
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Automation applications for file management?

I'm trying to research available applications that would be useful in the automated copying of files located within set SharePoint directories and depositing them in one central location. An ...
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Best practice for using Ansible from both CLI and AWX/Tower

Although the question creation form warns me that my question appears to be subjective, I still hope there are some good answers to this question that might help a lot of people. Are there any best ...
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How to get printer properties

I need to generate a JPOS for a printer, however every printer has a unique String identifier that goes into the JPOS generation. I want to know if there's a way to get this property String through a ...
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Create multiple text files that follow a pattern

I want to create hundreds of text files that follow a pattern like this (example): The book [title] written by [author] is about [description] ... and the variables will be extracted from a csv ...
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Jenkins with .net core, angular 8 and postgre

My question is related with automation. In our project we are using BackEnd- .Net Core 2.2 (right now in localhost but will be dockerize) FrontEnd- Angular 8 (right now in localhost but will be ...
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Specified cells with update date of a specific cell

What i want to do is this: IF(C19 CHANGED VALUE; E24=TODAY(); DO NOTHING) I understood that this has to be done in VBA. The examples online work diffrently from what i want to do (those work with ...
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Any way to Auto-Unzip a folder on a Chromebook?

I was wondering if there was any way to auto-extract/unzip a folder from the Chromebook download folder? The format of the download is a .zip file from repl.it, where the format for the download of ...

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