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Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (11/28/08)

“File Not Found” Error When Trying to Run a PowerPoint Presentation from the Windows XP Desktop   Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a problem when I try to run a Microsoft Office PowerPoint slideshow that I have saved on the desktop of my Windows XP computer. I cannot get this stupid thing to work. It keeps giving me a “File not found” ...

Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Open an Alternate Home Page If the Default Home Page Isn’t Available?

Hey, Scripting Guy! In our company we hardcode everyone’s computer to use our intranet site as their Internet Explorer home page. All our users use laptop computers, however, and when they take the machines home with them and try to surf the Web they always start off with a Page Not Found error; that’s because they can’t reach our ...

How Can I Create a Custom Dialog Box?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I create a custom dialog box that presents the user with two options, and then runs the appropriate subroutine based on the option they chose?-- AM Hey, AM. Well, today is another day, which is good; after all, yesterday was anything but a banner day here in the scripting world, at least not when it comes to ...

How Can I Create a Shortcut That Opens Internet Explorer With the Address Bar Hidden?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I create a shortcut that opens Internet Explorer with the address bar hidden?-- WA Hey, WA. You know, any time a science fiction writer starts to run low on ideas he or she writes a story in which someone goes to bed and then wakes up in the morning to find that the world has completely changed overnight. Why? ...

How Can I Tell if Any Internet Explorer Windows Are Open to a Particular Web Site?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I determine if I have any Internet Explorer windows open to a particular Web site?-- N Hey, N. Before we begin the Scripting Guys would like to state, for the record, that we have never tried to obtain each other’s phone records nor have we ever even considered listening in on each other’s phone conversations...