Install Windows Fonts in a Snap

Installing fonts in Windows is a little tedious. Many times one is installing these from a CD or a downloaded file and it takes a while to find that \Windows\fonts folder. By installing a shortcut to the Fonts folder in your Send To menu, installation can be done without all of that hunting.

  • Find the “C:\Windows\Fonts” folder. Open Windows Explorer (Windows-E). Make sure you have “Folders” selected in the toolbar and you can see your folder tree in the left pane. (A shortcut is to click the Windows key, then type “fonts”, then click the “Folders” button in the toolbar.)
  • Right-click on the Fonts folder in the left pane
  • Select Send to… | Desktop (Create Shortcut)
  • Find your “Send To” folder in your Documents and Setting profile. (A shortcut is to click the Windows key, and paste this into the search bar:
  • Drag the Shortcut to Fonts shortcut created earlier from your desktop into the SendTo folder. (You may need to reposition a few windows to get clear access to both. One way is to minimize all apps by hitting Windows-D, then restoring the SendTo app from your taskbar).

Now fonts are easy to install. Just find your new .TTF file, right click on it, then select Send To | Fonts. The font installs and is instantly available in any application you have open!

In XP, use Windows-R instead of the Windows key when searching for the folders mentioned.

Make Firefox A Snap: Part III

"Say, how did you get that active tab to be so pretty?"


I agree. It looks great; almost velvety. This, like the changes in Part I, is a UserChrome.css tweak. Simply put this text into your UserChrome.css file:

.tabbrowser-tab[selected=”true”] > hbox,
.tabbrowser-tab[selected=”true”] > .tab-close-button {
background-color: #000033 !important;
color: #fff !important;
.tabbrowser-tab[selected=”true”]:hover > hbox,
.tabbrowser-tab[selected=”true”]:hover > .tab-close-button {
background-color: #000099 !important;
color: #fff !important;



  • Be sure that the four instances of "true" are surrounded by quotation marks. The source site has this mistakenly posted with two apostrophes.
  • Pick your own colors. The 00033 color creates a dark blue, but any hexidecimal color can be used. (the second half sets up the color used when hovering over the tab)
  • Your UserChrome.css file can be found by clicking Start | Run, then
    "%appdata%" and press "Enter". (In Vista, simply hit the Windows button and type the phrase). Drill down through these folders: Mozilla | Firefox | Profiles | crazystringofletters | chrome. Double click UserChrome.css in the ..\chrome folder, copy, and paste the above text. You’ll need to close and reopen Firefox to see your changes.

Make Firefox A Snap: Part II

Now that we have the real estate cleaned up in our Firefox application, let’s really make this thing cook!


This is my Bookmarks Toolbar in Firefox and it allows me to hit several sites quickly.

Group 1

  • Gmail: I use Gmail and have it as a direct link from the bar. Any web-based mail client (like Yahoo Mail, HotMail, etc) can be bookmarked here, but I recommend putting it first in the bar since it is the most used. Simply go to your mail site and add the bookmark to the “Bookmarks” folder. It should automatically select the icon and will place text there. Hit OK. Now right click on the item in the toolbar and delete the text (Do I really need explanation of that great icon?)
  • Google Reader: In order to scan through about 50 different websites each day, one needs to be proficient at reading RSS feeds. More on that later, but since it is my second most used site, I put it second in the toolbar. No text needed since it has a unique icon.
  • Tiny: TinyURL is a great service for converting great big website addresses like: “” down to just ““. This is key for sending people links in emails that would normally wrap onto numerous lines, possibly rendering them useless. TinyURL simply databased my link and assigned it a preset in their system. With 36 characters per position, you can catalogue many entries without having to use more positions. These links actually go to TinyURL’s servers, though, so if their service is down (and I’ve never seen it go down), your link doesn’t work. Also, always be careful about clicking masked URLs. One could easily link a malicious site to an innocent looking tiny url entry.
    The TinyURL button I used is the company’s “button” from this page. Simply drag their link to your Bookmarks toolbar and edit the text to say “Tiny” instead of wasting space with URL. Now you can click that shortcut any time you want to quickly make a URL tiny. They actually have a Firefox extension for TinyURL, but I have found that piling on extensions can really slow performance down. This way works just as well..

Group 2

The second group of icons are folders of sites I use frequently. The first group, “D”, is daily sites I check. “W” is the group of sites I check weekly. In Firefox, you can hit any of these folders with the middle button and open all the links in tabs. I have eight sites in my “D” folder, and the Open In Tabs shortcut insures that I actually will check these 8 sites.

For more than one computer, though, things get complicated. I want my desktop and laptop computers to always keep the same population automatically. If I add a great site on my desktop Firefox, I don’t want to hassle with wondering later where I put it, so I have identical installations on each computer. There are Firefox extensions to handle this now, but I found a fantastic system that not only keeps my computers in sync, it also allows me to access them from someone else’s computer.

While we are familiar with .com and .org sites, most don’t ever come across sites with the .us extension. This is one of them. is a site now owned by Yahoo which allows one to store bookmarks on Yahoo’s server. In the old days if you saw a site you wanted to bookmark, could could copy the URL, login to your account, and post the link with subject-related tags. Better yet, these posts are public, so society’s popular links can be found easily through’ page.

I don’t deal with the social aspect of very much, but do use it as a razor sharp bookmarking tool. The key is that each search result in has an RSS feed*. When one clicks on a tag (listed on the right of the screen), returns a list of all of one’s bookmarks associated with that tag. Since the result has an RSS feed, one can use Firefox’s Live Bookmark feature to create dynamic bookmark folders! Simply copy the search result’s RSS feed to a new bookmark in Firefox, and Firefox will update the folder each time it launches.

firefox_bkmrkbar If you look at my toolbar again, you’ll see a “D” RSS feed. When I launch Firefox, it goes to to check which links I’ve tagged as “Daily” and lists them in my “D” feed. So, I have a quick, up-to-date folder for my Daily, Weekly, basketball, and blog-related links quickly accessible.

Adding links to is a snap with with the Firefox extension. Not only does it put a quick tag icon on the toolbar, it also has a fantastic replacement for the bookmarks sidebar. If I click Ctrl-B, two panels open on the left side of the Firefox browser. The top one of the two displays all of my tags in along with a Search box. The bottom panel shows search results. The search entry box yields instant results below, so if I type “drill”, for example, I see two results in the search instantly: a link about picking a drill bit for a given screw size, and a link about basketball drills.

I’ve bookmarked 831 sites in the last 3 years and have command over all of them!

Next up: Highlighting that active tab so you can actually see it.

*RSS Feeds: News sites and blogs usually have a pattern like headline, story, headline, story…. If a website creator sets up the site with an RSS feed, one can use an RSS reader (like Google Reader) to quickly crawl out and grab these headlines and stories and put them into a consistent, easy to use application. It is almost exactly like USAToday’s and Wall Street Journal’s front page quick top news sections.

Make Firefox A Snap


I switched to using the Firefox browser several years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I found myself getting through massive amounts of info with time to spare. I follow about 50 web pages a day and get around 100 emails and I finally have a system that tames all of this very quickly. The first installment of this series gets your Firefox viewing experience maximized.

There is a great article at about cleaning up the top of your Firefox window. I followed her advice and am stunned at how much more efficient this is. After getting used to this layout, it is hard to use IE7 without noticing how much valuable real estate is wasted.

I won’t duplicate Gina’s article, but it instructs one how to get rid of the navigation toolbar by getting rid of unnecessary icons like back, forward, and stop when you don’t need them. I was never a big user of the Bookmarks toolbar, but after seeing how she both created folders instead of true links and abbreviated the titles, one can see how efficient the bar can be.

In the next installment, I’ll explain how to really make the Bookmarks bar even more powerful than Gina’s.

Paste Multiple Lines into Google Maps

Firefox users can paste addresses in multiple lines into single line search boxes (like those in Google Maps). According to this article at, simply follow these steps:

  • Type "about:config" in the location bar.
  • In the Filter field, type "singleline"
  • Double click the editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines entry and change the value to "2"

A couple of other Firefox tricks I’ve adopted are two keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl-L: Moves the cursor to the Address box ready to replace the current address.
  • Ctrl-K: Moves the cursor to the search box.