Readers offer their best tips for opening iWork files in Windows, and keeping your Wi-Fi from going to sleep in Windows.About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in — the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got your own tip? Email it to tips at lifehacker.com.au.
Open iWork Files in Windows (or Macs Without iWork)
Ripperzane tells us how to view and print iWork files if you don’t have a copy of iWork handy:
If you need to print a .pages document, you can just rename the extension (.pages) to zip (.zip) and, if using OS X/Windows/Linux, just extract the zip & look for a folder called “QuickLook” which has a PDF of the document right there!
Handy to have this in your head!
My hatred for iWork’s handling of file types aside, this is a pretty handy tip. You might even be able to do this with Numbers and Keynote files as well.
Keep Wi-Fi From Going to Sleep With Your Computer
Twignation lets us know how to keep your Wi-Fi from having to reload when you wake up Windows:
To stop your Wi-Fi from turning off in Windows 7 when you go in sleep mode, go into Device Manager (Start Menu > right click Computer > Manage > click Device Manager in left column) and under network adapters, look for your Wi-Fi adaptor and double-click o it. It should look something like “Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN”. Next, a window will pop up with its properties. Navigate to power management and uncheck allow the computer to turn off this device to save power and click OK. Now when you wake from sleep, you don’t have to wait for your internet to reconnect.
Note: Your battery might drain faster when this is on.
Status 4 Ever Restores the Old Firefox Status Bar
PrairieMoon shares an add-on that restores a feature of Firefox 3 in version 4:
I found the answer to my own question re. disabling the link target tooltips (they are in the lower left in FF4b11 and now 12)
I installed Status 4 Ever, which put all that stuff into (statusbar classic). Then I disabled the statusbar. No more link info tooltips.
Of course, many people will want to keep this feature around, but it’s not for me. So I poofed it.
This gets rid of the link target tooltip if you hide the status bar, but if you show the status bar, it puts the link target in the status bar Firefox 3-style. Currently, in Firefox 4, the target links show up above the status bar (now called the “add-on bar”). which is pretty annoying.