Lounge Life

Learning to use Visual Basic for Applications

Lounge member ADAMESKI wants to streamline the repetitive process of filling out forms at work. He thinks a couple of VBA commands show potential, but he’s unable to make them work.

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Changing our ways with our many credentials

Lounge member Photorer stores almost all his Internet usernames and passwords (295 of them) in his principal browser — Google Chrome. He’d like a recommendation for a program that will let him export all these credentials to a colleague.

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Advice from fellow travelers on the Internet

A General Windows post started with a question about an ominous “X” and a red line through the https: portion of a Web address. What did it mean? asked Lounge member lumpy95.

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What kind of computer does an older woman want?

Lounge member Double Tap is deeply annoyed that the WOW! computer his 90-year-old mother bought can use only an HP inkjet printer. He wrote to the Non-Microsoft OSes forum for advice — he wants to hack the WOW!’s Linux operating system to make it accept a Brother black-and-white laser printer.

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Technology, terminology — and talk about both

Lounge member RetiredGeek had encouraging news to report in the Networking forum: his newly purchased cable modem was not only going to save him money, but his download speeds were notably faster. Speedily enough, discussion turned to speed-testing tools. Faster still (from across the pond in the U.K.) were nomenclature questions. Do we all understand exactly what “cable modem” means in the U.K. and the U.S.? Is “Mbits” the same as “Mbps”?

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In praise of the now-rare Easter egg

Maybe the recent holiday made them do it, but Lounge members hanging out in the General Productivity forum went hunting for Easter eggs this past week. Some of their find s— of the software kind — are colorful, indeed.

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Patience an elusive virtue among computer users

Lounge member cmptrgy has created a couple of desktop shortcuts for shutting down and restarting the computers he maintains for a nonprofit organization. He wants a message stating that the shutdown shortcut will take fewer than 30 seconds — or, ideally, fewer than than 15 seconds.

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Keeping tools of the always-changing trade

Because Lounge member mrjimphelps couldn’t get online recently, he was forced into an investigation of causes. He discovered quickly enough that not one of his USB devices was working.

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Updates can cause as well as fix trouble

When Lounge member IreneLinda posted in the Graphics/Multimedia forum about Windows Live Movie Maker’s frequent crashes, she was frustrated.

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