Donovan Smith's WebLog

Launching Process Explorer elevated

Process Explorer is an excellent replacement for the default Windows Task Manager.  Process...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 10/26/2009

Windows: Run elevated shortcut

You can launch any item shown in the Windows Start menu elevated by highlighting the item and either...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 09/10/2009

Excel Tip #4: Adjust the Width of the Horizontal Scroll Bar

It’s not obvious unless you are looking for it, but you can change the width of the horizontal...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 08/25/2009

Excel Tip #3: Worksheet Tab Color

For workbooks that contain more than one category of worksheet, you can use color to add visual...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/18/2008

Excel Tip #2: Identifying Precedent and Dependent Cells, Method 2

Excel can help you understand or troubleshoot cell references by identifying the cells dependent...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/07/2008

Excel Tip #1: Identifying Precedent and Dependent Cells, Method 1

Excel can help you understand or troubleshoot cell references by identifying the cells dependent...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/07/2008

Complex scripts in PDF

There is currently a bug in our SQL Server 2005 PDF renderer which may cause it to generate...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 10/24/2007

SQL Server 2005 SP2 Cumulative Update 4 is available

The latest SQL Server 2005 SP2 Cumulative Update (CU4) is now available.  You can get it by...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 10/17/2007

Rendering reports via Url Access

Querying Reporting Services for a report couldn't be easier with Url Access...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 10/12/2007

Unit testing a Katmai Reporting Services renderer

I am in the process of documenting the way my Katmai unit tests work. There’s nothing inventive...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 09/25/2007

PowerPoint Branching

I was experimenting with using PowerPoint to create self-guided training material and discovered the...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 09/24/2007

Home wireless network

A week or so ago, I finally upgraded my home wireless network to 54MBit/s via 802.11g. A bit of...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 08/22/2007

Vista: Open Command Window Here

Another useful but hard to discover feature of Vista's Windows Explorer is the ability to...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 08/01/2007

Vista: Copy as Path

Useful but hard to discover feature in Vista. To copy a filename with full path information to the...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 08/01/2007

Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ, part 2

This is a continuation of my work on FAQ for the PDF renderer. A compiled version of these postings...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/20/2007

Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ, part 1

I am working on a FAQ for rendering to PDF in Reporting Services. This is my first installment,...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/20/2007

Reporting Services: PDF Renderer FAQ

Fonts Have you first looked at our 'Designing for PDF Output' documentation? Reporting Services...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/20/2007

Having fun debugging Reporting Services...

Do you know about tracepoints? They're a way to simulate the effects of a Debug/Trace.WriteLine in...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 07/16/2007

Useful IE Shortcuts

Ones I use all the time are: Alt-D Moves focus to address bar and selects the current location...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/27/2007

Learning Chinese

Below is a collection of resources I've been using as I try and learn Mandarin. Do you have other...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/25/2007

TFS + Visual Studio = Better Together

In a world where TFS and Visual Studio work together, I’d like to see the IDE make use of more of...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/21/2007

Virtualization Notes

Notes on making virtual machines run faster inside of VirtualPC/Virtual Server Make sure the VHD and...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/20/2007

Virtual Files in Visual Studio

I’d like to see the idea of virtual files be added to the Visual Studio IDE. By this, I mean being...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/20/2007

Stuff I ...

... wouldn't want to live without OneNote Awesome tool to help that helps keep me organized. I love...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/19/2007

UPNP == Shared Gaming?

UPNP media servers like TVersity allow some degree of two-way communication between server and...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/19/2007

Smarter Intellisense

While I'm on the topic of improvements I'd like to see done to Visual Studio, how about smarter...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/19/2007

Persistent Notes

I'd like to have the ability to attach “notes” to the code that bubble up and down (for example,...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/19/2007

Improved Visual Studio Code Navigation

An area I'd like to see improved in a future release of VS is around code navigation. Specifically,...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/19/2007

about:blank

I like being able to specify multiple home pages that automatically load when I launch IE, but I...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 06/07/2007

Neat keyboard trick in Windows Vista

If you haven't hidden the Quick Launch toolbar from your taskbar, pressing the Windows key plus the...

Author: Donovan Smith - MSFT Date: 05/24/2007