Saturday, October 11, 2014

Unable to read downloaded compiled help (CHM) files?

A problem I keep running into and forgetting how to solve, so I will jot it down here for future reference.

You download some compiled help (*.chm) file from anywhere on the internet.  You open it and see the hierarchical Contents tree on the left panel, but no content on the right panel!

Steps to solve this:

  1. Open the files Properties
  2. Click the button Unblock, assuming it is displayed.
    • The button should disappear after you click it.
  3. Press OK.
You're good to go.

I think the reason the problem occurs is that later versions of Windows block them automatically as a security feature.   As with anything, make sure you are downloading them from a trusted site!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Windows 8 - Create a makeshift Start Menu

  1. Right-click taskbar
  2. Select Toolbars
  3. Select New Toolbar...
  4. Select folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
There are also some Start Menu shortcut items under the following:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

So repeat steps 1 to 3, and use the above path for step 4.   Don't forget to substitute <username> with your correct user name.

Sunday, June 08, 2014


Went to this event.

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