How to copy path AND filename in Windows 7

In order to share a file using UNC names you have to join together the file’s name and the file’s location or path. In Windows XP this meant clicking on the file as if to rename it and copy the name then click in the Address bar and paste the name at the end of the path. It is a small inconvenience but, an inconvenience none the less. At first glance it appears this shortcoming was carried over in Windows 7.

Hold down the Shift key and then right-click on the file. A new option in the context menu is available named “Copy as path”. This will copy the path and file name adding quotes around the address. You can then paste the address anywhere you need it.

Context menu in Windows 7

Import GAL photo using Powershell

Powershell commands to import contact photo into Exchange Global Address list.

# Import GAL Contact photo - put photo on NAS share
$s = New-PSSession -Name T01 -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://dellr710/PowerShell/ -Authentication Kerberos
Import-PSSession $s

$alias = "mickey"
$photo = "\\files1\IT\Miscellaneous\Employees\GAL Photos\mickey.jpg" 
Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity $alias -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path $photo -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))

$alias = "minnie"
$photo = "\\files1\IT\Miscellaneous\Employees\GAL Photos\minnie.jpg" 
Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity $alias -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path $photo -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))

$alias = "donald"
$photo = "\\files1\IT\Miscellaneous\Employees\GAL Photos\donald.jpg" 
Import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity $alias -Picture -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path $photo -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))
    
Update-OfflineAddressBook "Default Offline Address Book"

Exchange PowerShell can import pictures up to 10KB while the AD attribute supports a max size of 100 KB. Recommended thumbnail photo size is 96×96 pixels

Resources:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/03/10/gal-photos-in-exchange-2010-and-outlook-2010/ — READ THIS ONE
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ilvancri/2009/11/17/upload-picture-in-outlook-2010-using-the-exchange-management-shell-exchange-2010/
https://tahoeninjas.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/uploading-high-resolution-user-profile-pictures-in-office-365/

How to permanently disable Shadow in Windows 7

Out of the box Windows 7 adds a Shadow around all windows whether active or not. In most cases this enhances the display and makes it easier to focus on the active window. However, in some cases it can be distracting or you just don’t like it and want to remove it.

The first thing you need to do (and probably tried) is to change the Visual Effects under Performance Options like so: go into System Properties and click the Settings… button under Advanced:

Then uncheck the option Show shadows under windows and click OK:

After unchecking the option and closing the window the display immediately changes and all is good. Until you restart Windows. After restarting Windows the shadow most likely returned. If it didn’t then you are probably using Windows with administrative privileges which you should not do!

The problem appears to have surfaced way back in 2009 with Vista. It appears the registry setting to make the change permanent is being applied to the account entered when prompted by UAC. You would think 2 years later this would be fixed.

Then change the option and make the effect permanent you don't even need elevated privileges so, the UAC prompt should not even be called (at least not until you make a change that does require elevated privileges). Fortunately, the fix is quite easy:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog
  2. Copy and paste the text SystemPropertiesPerformance into Run
  3. Make the change and click OK

Now, when the computer is restarted the effect will remain as set.

Credit: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1431776