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How to Save Images from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

save images from ms office filesHave you ever tried to figure out how to save an image from a Word document someone sent to you? It’s easier than you think even if it doesn’t look that at first. All you need to do is right-click on the picture and select “Save as picture…”, then save the image whenever you want to. But what if you have a document with lots of images that you want to extract in bulk? This simple trick will help.

To extract images from a Microsoft Office document (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), you need to have Windows built-in extractor for .zip files or any other app that extracts .zip. The do the following:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (or File Explorer on newer Windows version) and find the file you want to extract the images from
  2. Select the file and press F2 to change the file extension to .zip, then press Enter. You will get a warning from Windows where you should click on “Yes” to proceed
  3. Now your MS Office file is an ordinary .zip file. Right-click on it and select “Extract All” to extract the content
  4. Choose the destination folder for the extracted content, otherwise a new folder with the same name as the file name will be created in the folder where the original file is located.
  5. To view the extracted files, go to the destination folder and open the subfolder called either “word” for Word documents, “xl” for spreadsheets and “ppt” for PowerPoint documents
  6. Double-click on the “media” folder and you’ll find all the images from the file there

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How to Fix Corrupt Windows System Files

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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Has your computer been behaving abnormally recently? If you feel that your PC has become buggy and has too many errors, you may have too many corrupt or missing Windows system files. Luckily, it’s often possible to fix these errors with the help of a command line utility called Windows Resource Protection. This utility will scan your PC for corrupted and missing system files and will try to fix the errors in your system files.

How to Run the Windows Resource Protection Tool

To use the Windows Resource Protection utility, follow these steps:

  1. Log in as the administrator
  2. Click on Start, go to Administrative Tools and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Use the following commands:

    sfc /scannow to scan your system and attempt to repair corrupted files
    sfc /verifyonly to simply scan for errors without running any repairs

Hopefully, this will fix corrupt Windows system files and make your computer more stable. If it doesn’t, try running our recommended Windows repair tool to scan for system errors and repair them in one click.

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What Is Thumbs.db and How to Fix Thumbs.db Errors

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Most people have no idea about all the hidden files Windows creates. While a lot of them are needed by your system, quite a few are junk files that you can delete to make your computer faster. Thumbs.db are such files.

What Are Thumbs.db Files?

Thumbs.db files are thumbnail database files (you can tell that by their name) and Windows uses them to save any thumbnail images that appear in a Windows Explorer, so that it can cache the images and speed things up and load the thumbnail images instead of generating them every time you open a folder. (more…)

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Disable Thumbnail Generation in Windows to Fix File in Use Errors

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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You’re trying to delete a file on your Windows PC only to get a “File in Use” error. This is one of the most annoying errors that has been nagging Windows users since the very early days and, even though Microsoft made tremendous progress with the OS, still hasn’t been fixed. In this post we’re going to show you how to fix the “File in Use” error without the help of any software. (more…)

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Optimize Google Chrome for Using Less Memory and CPU on Windows

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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Have you noticed that Google Chrome is not as fast and light as it used to be? That’s because Chrome transformed from being a simple browser into a whole Web apps platform and it’s only natural that it needs more system resources that it used to originally. But what if you’re on an older computer and can’t afford to have a memory and CPU hungry app installed? You could always switch to a lighter browser, or you can follow these steps and optimize Google Chrome for using less system resources.

Prevent Chrome from Running Apps in the Background

Even after you exist Chrome, it usually continues to run in the background, which means that it continues using RAM and CPU resources. In addition to that, having too many background apps shortens your battery life if you’re on a laptop. (more…)

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