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Take a screen shot of a wmv movie file

Posted in Video by Ed Ross on July 16, 2007

When I’ve tried to take a screen shot in Windows Media Player of a wmv file, I’ve found that the program gets snapped, but not the movie itself. You can take a screen shot from a wmv file by importing it into Windows Movie Maker. Just slide the preview screen to the part of the movie you want to grab, and press print screen. You can then paste the screen shot in a paint program and crop it to show only the video.

How to access the web via Microsoft Calculator

Posted in Windows by Ed Ross on July 4, 2007

Here is a tip from special guest expert, James Saunders:

This is a simple trick on how to access the web via your standard
Microsoft Calculator. When your browser(s) is/are messed up for some unexplainable reason or your computer has had Internet Explorer locked down by an IT Admin:

  1. Open your MS Calculator. This is normally found in
    Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Calculator.
  2. Open the help-window by pressing the F1 key.
  3. left Click on the little yellow Question mark icon in the top left of the help window.
  4. Click “Jump to URL”.
  5. Enter URL address (e.g “http://www.jlsnet.co.uk/”) and click OK.

The webpage will appear in the Help window and you can browse ad usual and use the back and forward buttons to navigate likewise.

Thank you James.