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How to insert landscape orientation in Word?

If you are writing a thesis, a report or an article that you need to insert a landscape layout in a specific page in Word document but your orientation all long is portrait and changing the orientation causes the whole layout to change.
Inserting landscape in a specific page in a word document can be done by inserting section breaks. Let’s just make a basic example.
Let’s say you have 3 page document and you want that first page in Portrait mode, second page in landscape and third page in portrait layout also.
First, click on “home” tab, click the “show/hide paragraph marks” option or see the icon below. Enabling this option the section breaks, spaces and tabs will be visible. But what we are interested is to see the “section breaks”.

In the first page position the cursor on the last area at the bottom of the page.
In Word 2010, click on “page layout” in the ribbon tab. Click on “breaks” and select “next page”. In the second page, position also the cursor at the middle or bottom of t…

List completed cron jobs in Centos

Listing cron jobs or log files within a specific time frame is quite hard especially if the log or logs are quite a big file.

But of course, doing the lazy way but a smarter way is always a good option.

Use SED or stream editor.

In Centos the log is in: /var/log/cron

/var/log - path for the file
 cron - is the file that keeps the record for cron jobs, there is no filename extension

To check the logs within the 24 hours time, sed can do it easily and quickly.

Here's one line, time saver command to check the cron log file:

sed -n '/Mar 10 00:00:01/ , /Mar 11 00:01:01/p' /var/log/cron

To redirect the output to a file:

sed -n '/Apr 10 00:00:01/ , /Apr 11 00:01:01/p' /var/log/cron > cron24_hours.record.log

You can replace /var/log/cron with any other files as long as it follows the time format of Month, Day of the month and the time in HR:MM:SS format.

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PowerShell move matching files in a folder

Requires PS 3.0
This is a two lines code snippet to move matching files in a source folder to another folder.

$SourceFolder = "C:\File_monitor_records\"
# Find all files matching *.csv in the folder specified  # Find csv files with 2016 in its filename Get-ChildItem -Path $SourceFolder -Filter *2016*.csv | move-item  -destination C:\File_monitor_archives\2016\

-Filter *2016*.csv –adjust or create your own pattern, use regex if necessary
Test the pattern before moving the files to make sure correct files are being moved. Check and double check, to avoid wasting time and effort.
This will just like matching files.

Get-ChildItem -Path $SourceFolder -Filter *2016*.csv

Move files and change file name:

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VB.Net remove line feed or new line

In or any programming language, if the program requires getting data from external programs, results or data from third party software that needs to be processed  may or may not have expected desired output.

For example, getting a string from a third party software. String is quite straight forward and it's quite basic.

But the issue arises,  if the desired output requires a specific string or text and other text should be discarded or deleted. Regex or any other methods might help on getting the specific text or data.

One basic issue, if the string needs to be formatted in one line but a line feed or a new line keeps breaking the line.

The first instinct that I think of, is to use "Trim" function but it doesn't solve the issue. Trim, Ltrim or Rtrim just delete spaces but it doesn't delete line feed.

In VB.Net a line feed can easily be removed by this code snippet below:

Dim strNoLineFeed As String = String_with_Line_Feed.Replace(vbCr, "").Replac…

Linux bash script copy folders and files from list

In Linux special characters such as "#", "-" and other special characters cannot be access directly either by manual copy or via script. For example this path below it has the sharp "#" key:
cp "/usr/dfiles/$line/Tasks/#msgs/*.eml" "/mnt/NAS/Tasks1/line/"
Even though the path is enclosed by quotation marks, Linux system will show "No such file or directory".

Since the system is unable to find the "#msgs" directory.

As a work around in this issue is to append "--" double dash before the cp command and everything will work fine.

So, this command below will work.

cp  -- "/usr/dfiles/$line/Tasks/#msgs/*.eml" "/mnt/NAS/Tasks1/line/"
Copying one folder is quite practical to do it by hand rather by script.
But if you are copying hundreds or thousands of folders, doing it manually is quite painful.
To copy hundreds or thousands of folders to another folder the pra…

Vbscript send email via Office 365

Sending automated email via Office 365 account requires the use of SSL or in some instances you need to use SSL and TLS both enabled on the script.

Below is an example that works fine using Vbscript.

This is useful if you need to automate email messages via Task Scheduler or Windows event attached to this script, when the event is triggered the script will execute the VBS file and send the message.

Modify the message subject, body and of course, the email domain name, user and password.

Open notepad copy and paste the code, save as "filename.vbs"

The quotes are important when doing save as via notepad or else the file will be save as .txt.

Enjoy! Cheers!

Dim xstrAll(), strMessage,intupper()

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'Send the mail

Sub SentMail

strMessage =  strMessage & "Your other message..."

strTo= "" 

Copy folder/file to multiple folders

Copy a single folder to multiple folders?

Copy a file to multiple folders?

This can be done easily using PowerShell script.

Script below requires PS 3.0, but it can easily be tweak for other version.

Here's the script:

$source_folder="D:\xfolder\United Folders"
dir -Directory "D:\Unity\Project_016\" | ForEach-Object {
write-host $_.fullname
Copy-Item -Path $source_folder -Destination $_.FullName

What the script does is the $source_folder is to be copied to all folders in the destination.

Basically, the "United Folders" is to be copied to the root of the sub folder in destination folder which is "D:\Unity\Project_016\".


After executing the script, the folders will look like this:
D:\Unity\Project_016\01\United Folders
D:\Unity\Project_016\02\United Folders
D:\Unity\Project_016\03\United Folders

It dep…

Excel formula fixed cell address

How to insert a formula with a fixed cell address? Absolute referencing will come to the rescue.

Absolute reference in Excel is prefix with a dollar ($) sign.

$A$1: This means that Column "A" and Row "1" will not change when copied to another cell.



The above formula when copied from one cell to another cell, $A$1 will remain the same.

While A$1,$A2 will change its location when copied to another cell.

 A$1: This means that column "A" will change while row location (which is number 1) will not change when copied.

 So this absolute reference will change like D$1, G$1 or E$1 depends on the location. So number "1" value will never change.

 $A1: The column "A" will not change when copied from one cell to another cell, while the row value which is number "1" will change.

So the above absolute reference will change like $A3, $A10, $A12 etc., Column "A" will be constant while the row changes.


PowerShell list processes by username

List all processes by username in PowerShell, requires that PowerShell to be run in elevated mode.

List all running processes for all users:

   Get-Process -IncludeUserName  | ft -AutoSize

     ft - Autosize --will not truncate the output

List all running processes and filter by UserName:

Get-Process -IncludeUserName  | Where UserName -EQ -EQ "This_User_Name"  | ft -AutoSize

Above script will filter the output to the specified username.

Get running word or winword process for the specified user and kill or stop the process.

Get-Process winword -IncludeUserName  | Where UserName -EQ "This_User_Name"  | Stop-Process -Force

-Force parameter will suppress the prompt whether to kill or stop the process, use sparingly in production environment

Requires PS 4.0 version to run above commands.

Cheers!! till next time.
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