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Repair Word Documents

It happened with my colleague who was working on Word and then saved the file (similar to what all we do) but very next day when she went to take a print of the Word documents, the file was corrupted saying The name or file path is invalid.
And it’s very common to happen, isn’t it? But for these situations (desperate if any) are tools to retrieve the texts of broken files when saved.

Repair My Word is a very light of software that can save them in moments of anguish and sweat. It is completely free, and may resolve some common errors such as:

  • The name or file path is invalid.
  • Word can not open the document.
  • Word can not open the document: user does not have access privileges.
  • Word Document contains unreadable characters.

I hope it will help you and solve the problems with these file types.



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IM apps are very popular, there is however a whole bunch of them out there and it can be hard to decide which one will suit you the best.

We already put together an AppGuide to help you out with your decision, but some of you asked for a purely objective feature chart comparison. Well there it is (click to enlarge).

[via AppAdvice]

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TweakMe – a free utility for Windows that brings all the common tweaks and settings under one hood. You can configure common Windows settings, Internet explorer settings, Windows performance, Windows media player settings, user ccounts and so much more.

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Here is how the utility looks in WIndows:


Configure Common Windows Settings with TweakMe

Tweakme works with a simple checkbox interface. You select the checkbox for an option and forget the issue. TweakMe will see which settings you have chosen and will automatically apply the changes in Windows. You do not have to move around in the control panel and search the settings yourself.


There are a lot of important tasks that you can easily configure with TweakMe. Some of the most important tweaks are listed below:

  • Disable the Windows baloon tips.
  • Show hidden devices in Windows device manager.
  • Disable auto restart after Windows update.
  • Lock the taskbar.
  • Disable taskbar context menus.
  • Remove tray items from taskbar.
  • Clear the temporary internet files when browser is closed.
  • Disable update check in Windows media player.
  • Disable copy protection for protected Cd’s.
  • Disable the desktop cleanup wizard.

Now imagine how difficult it can get if you have to remember the procedures of all these tweaks and apply them yourselves.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

TweakMe is an all in one tool to configure the common settings in Windows. The best part is that it is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It requires no installation and it does not save it’s own settings in the registry. Hence you have nothing to lose when something goes wrong. Just start TweakMe again and uncheck all the checkboxes.

Techie-Buzz rating: 4/5 (very good).

[via Techie-Buzz]

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TCP/IP Manager is an open source application designed to help computer users keep track of their network configuration in different locations, and switch from one network to another easily.

Often network settings such as IP address, Gateway IP, DNS servers are different at different locations. At work your computer might have a local IP address which is different from the one at home. The office network is also likely to use different DNS servers than the ones you use at home. A person who brings his laptop to work has to change the network settings before connecting to the office network and then change them back when he gets home.


TCP/IP Manager solves this problem by allowing the user to maintain different sets of network settings under different profiles, and easily switch from one profile to another with the click of a button. The user needs to create a profile for each location and enter network settings like IP addresses, subnet masks, DNS servers etc. To change profiles simply click on the icon on the system tray and choose the profile you want to use from the menu.

[via Instant Fundas]

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Windows only: TVTrigger is like TV Guide for your desktop—if, in addition to keeping you up to date on your favorite shows, TV Guide also automatically found and downloaded the latest torrent of said show as soon as it’s released.

(Click the image above for a closer look.)

This weekend we highlighted an application called FreeGuide, which is essentially a personalized TV guide for your desktop. TVTrigger is a little like that, except rather than personalizing your listings by channel, TVTrigger lets you choose favorite shows—and then automatically downloads the latest for you as soon as it’s available.

We’ve seen similar tools before—like previously mentioned TED—but TVTrigger takes things a step further. It’s got full episode lists, cast lists, plot synopses, can play trailers of episodes, and fully integrates with BitTorrent searches and downloads. Although TVTrigger has a built-in BitTorrent client, you can choose to open torrent files with your preferred BitTorrent client if you don’t want TVTrigger handling your downloads.

It’s a little rough around the edges at spots, but TVTrigger would probably feel a whole lot friendlier for beginners than the normal BitTorrent procedure. TVTrigger is a free download, Windows only.

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Windows: Want to give Google Public DNS a go to see if it really speeds up your web browsing, but don’t want to muck with your router and network? Google DNS Helper offers single-computer tryouts of the search firm’s servers.

We’ve previously detailed how you can try out numerous public DNS servers on a machine to see which servers do the fastest job of converting names to IP addresses. In the U.S., at least, Google doesn’t usually win in the numbers alone, but you might want to see for yourself if there’s an effect noticeable to the human eye.

A coder going by the name of Prasannah has released a tiny, no-install-needed Windows app that switches just the computer it’s running on over to Google Public DNS, and backs up your DNS configuration before it does so. Browse around, see if web sites pop up any speedier, and when you’re ready to switch back, just hit the other button.

Speed, of course, isn’t everything, which is why we still consider OpenDNS a speedy, but also safe, DNS solution. Still, if you want to try out Google’s (surprisingly) ad-free, optimized DNS experience, this app is the way to go. Google DNS Helper is a free download for Windows systems only.

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Windows: If you’re on the hunt for which folder and files are chewing up the most hard drive space, Disktective is a free and portable app that makes short work of it.

Disktective scans any drive or folder you point it at and returns a list of the folder and files sizes container therein and a pie chart displaying the portion of the disk or folder in use by the folder or files in question. Once you scan you can drill down through any sub-folders and the chart will automatically update to reflect the ratio in the new folder.

If you want to visualize your data as a radial map, check out previously reviewed OverDisk, and definitely check out our guide to managing your diskspace with the popular WinDirStat and JDiskReport. Diskective is free, portable, and Windows only.

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