Copy/Past stopped working over RDP

As I was working on another computer using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) I was copying some text over from one file on the other computer to my computer. Normally this isn’t an issue, but this time it was; it didn’t work.

I googled and googled and couldn’t figure out why until I read somewhere that it is due to a process called rdpclip which handles the copying and pasting over the remote desktop protocol on the client computer. In my case it had crashed so I had to start it (I was currently looking for it in the Task Manager so I just went to File => New Task and enter rdclip.exe). After starting it it worked like a charm.

If it is running I would suggest killing it and restarting it.

Sharing mouse on different computers

I recently found a pretty useful tool called Share Mouse which allows for you to, as the name hints, share your mouse (and your keyboard) across multiple computers.

Just go to their download page and download the version you need, install it and configure it by right-clicking on the new mouse icon in your task bar. You’ll need to have the program installed and running on more than one computer to get it to work.

Especially important setting is the security setting. Make sure to set a password for your computers so that only they are connected (in case a friend on the network decides to install the program as well):

 

 

You can also decide which way to place your monitors by clicking on the “Monitor Manager”-button:

This is an excellent program,free for personal use and pretty cheap for professionals!

 

UPDATE:

If you want a version which allows you to copy/drag items between screens/computers then MicroSoft are actually developing something of their own. They call it “Mouse without borders” and can be found and tested here. I’ve actually tossed out “Share mouse” and completely moved over to this!

Safely remove hardware short cut

Sometimes the “Safely remove hardware”-icon disappears from the taskbar which is quite annoying. I’m not sure why and I haven’t bothered to dig deeper into it, but if that happens and you still want to remove your hardware in the correct way you can run the following command either in the command prompt or by creating a short cut to it on your desktop:

%windir%\system32\RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

This will open the hardware manager dialog.

Resizing your command prompt

If you want to resize your command prompt click on the icon in the top-left corner of the prompt and go to properties:

Go to Layout and change the Width and Height of the Screen Buffer Size:

 

Now you can resize your command prompt:

Adding a printer in windows using IP

Well, I had to add a printer to my computer today and all the info I had was an IP to the computer. I hate adding printers normally but as long as you have its name the “add printer”-wizard in windows helps you find it quite easily.

This time I didn’t have anything else than its IP so I searched the intarnet for a solution and I found several which I thought I’d add here for the next time I have to do this and have forgotten it. This works pretty much the same for both XP and Vista (which I’m currently using since I hate myself):

  1. Open the printers section (Control Panel => Printers)
  2. Choose ‘Add Printer
  3. Choose ‘Add a local printer‘ instead of the usual other one
  4. Choose ‘Create a new port
  5. In the combobox, select ‘Standard TCP/IP Port‘ and press next
  6. Select TCP/IP Device in the combobox and enter the IP and port
  7. The rest is just standard questions so go through the rest and you’ve added your printer!

 

Taking a screenshot with the mouse/cursor visible

I just needed to take screenshots with the mouse/cursor showing (for a GIMP tutorial where I need to display what tools I’m using and how I’m using them). I couldn’t find a good free or freeish software to use until I stumbled upon IrfanView. This was a great software and it can be found here:
http://www.irfanview.com/

The program is free and simple enough to use, just launch it, select Options => Capture/Screenshot and you’ll get some options to set. The default is ok for a quicky so press Start and let is reside in the background. Do whatever you want to do and press Ctrl + F11 (or whatever short cut you entered, Ctrl + F11 i default) and you’ve captured everything!