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Yeah, me too.

I can get pretty damn cranky when I have to work in Stoopidville.
Stoopidville = any GUI that was created by people who don't use it, or who do use it and see nothing wrong with it and don't understand why users of their GUI are committing suicide at higher than average rates. 

But I digress.

Windows Server has been around a long time, and early on, I gave them a pass for having statically-sized dialog boxes.  But every time I experienced a new version of Server, the same @#$ing boxes were the same #@$%ing size, couldn't be enlarged, and me got cranky(er).

I'm not one to accept everything "as is."

So, a long time ago (but same galaxy we're in now), I stumbled across an app called ResizeEnable.
It allows you resize windows not meant to be resized.

So windows that just have a red X can now be resized by dragging outward or inward on any of the four sides.

The cursor turns into a double arrow and wallah! you can now be a drag queen!

It's a self professed "hack", and doesn't work everywhere, but it does work on Window's Server and OS dialog boxes/windows.

At home, it's running on all my machines. 

Important notes/caveats:


1.  Some windows seem like they cannot be resized because the cursor doesn't change into a double headed arrow when placed over the left, right or bottom borders.
Go to the top border and you'll probably see it change to a double-headed arrow.
Resize the window by even 1 pixel using the top border, and this "wakes up" the other three borders.  You'll now be able to drag any border.
 
2.  It works nearly everywhere, but I do run across apps that refuse to be resized.  Somebody should write a letter to somebody about them.

3.  Some windows can be resized, but the fields become distorted or the fields themselves don't resize.  It's a hack.  Not a marriage vow.

http://www.digitallis.co.uk/pc/ResizeEnable/index.html
(the page shows an example of an XP dialog box, but it's worked for me all the way up to Win 10 and Server 2013)


Here's a copy of the About screen:
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About...
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ResizeEnable v1.4
(C) 2001/2002/2003 Digi Tallis Developments
http://www.digitallis.co.uk

ResizeEnable is a dirty system hack that makes some unresizeable windows resizeable.
Not all windows will respond correctly, but the majority of them will.

There are no fancy window resizing calculations happening!
The contents of a resized window will just stretch to fit the new size!

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OK   
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Cheers,

less cranky today than yesterday



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Somebody should write a letter to somebody about them.

That reminds be of an old comic strip that was in the newspaper called There Oughta Be a Law!”
It was was a cartoon by Al Fagaly and Harry Shorten that was distributed by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate from 1946 until artist Fagaly's death in 1963. It has also long been a popular catchphrase used to express frustration with the way things are. Anyway, I'll write the letter to help relieve your frustration, if you tell me where to send it.


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That reminds be of an old comic strip that was in the newspaper called There Oughta Be a Law!”
It was was a cartoon by Al Fagaly and Harry Shorten that was distributed by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate from 1946 until artist Fagaly's death in 1963. It has also long been a popular catchphrase used to express frustration with the way things are. Anyway, I'll write the letter to help relieve your frustration, if you tell me where to send it.




That's too funny... I've never heard of the comic strip... I'mma gunna havta look it up.

I admit <adopts a far away look, rubs chin...ponders the repercussions of admitting this... fck it. I'm doin' it.> that I picked up that "Somebody call somebody" phrase from what might possibly be the world's best example of why "stupid", "a loaded gun" and "alcohol" should never, ever, ever be mixed together.  No.  Wait.   I know someone who's a better example.     (The better example is paralyzed from the waist down from a "hunting accident."  Except the accident wasn't a gunshot; he just fell out of the tree he was in, after trying to reach for another beer.)



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That will come in handy. Thanks for sharing.
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That will come in handy. Thanks for sharing.


Glad to help!

Back in the old forums, youse guise turned me on to many things I still use today.
(Like Synergy - whoever mentioned that one is a God to me.  It's one of those apps that I MUST have running, and I have the last free versions of the installs "on ice." 

I did a 6 month contract stint at a hospital, and my cube was pretty well hidden.  They used Lenovo's ThinkCenter Tinys that had 3 video ports: 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI and 1 VGA.  The PC is the size of a cigar box, and gets mounted on the back of the monitor.  All monitors were VGA / DVI only.  Being in IT, I had 2 monitors.  Being in IT, and being creative, I configured a third monitor.  No one noticed.

So I added a 2nd PC with another three monitors and ran Synergy on both - six 22" monitors in an arc, with the ability to display 2 instances of apps, or heavily load one machine's processors while I did basic stuff on the other, etc.

(This being a hospital, and very security conscious, they of course didn't let me log in to both machines at once.  I'm kidding.  Their AD admin didn't know why their AD setup was the way it was, and didn't touch it.  She just entered and updated users all day long.)

ONE person (a programmer) caught on that I had "more monitors than usual" and when he asked me about it, he quickly realized I had to be running 2 machines and freaked when he saw the mouse move across all screens.  He HAD TO HAVE THAT FOR HIMSELF.  I dragged my feet getting Synergy to him as I knew once he had it, the cat would be out of the bag and I'd likely have to reduce the herd on my desk [frown]

So I waited until 2 days before my gig was up and gave him my hardware, plus Synergy.
The man was in his 50's but you'd think I'd just given a 3 year old a lifetime supply of toys and candy.
I remember setting him up and as I walked away, I looked back... he was staring at the 6 monitors like a 14 yr old boy stares at an 18 yr old girl's naked breasts. 

Minasi Forums v1.0 = Synergy = FTW

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I looked back... he was staring at the 6 monitors like a 14 yr old boy stares at an 18 yr old girl's naked breasts. 

Your experience never ceases to amaze me.
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Your experience never ceases to amaze me.


My chin hit the spacebar when I read your reply, 'cuz it sounds like you've been cruelly denied the emotional ecstasy one feels when their eyes drink in the glorious wonder of seeing the beautiful symmetry in person... perfectly shaped, upright, before time takes her toll...

"His lack of experience is a cruelty beyond comprehension", I thought.  "I'll fix that..."


So, I scoured the Internet for a great pic of a set (hint: these things are all over the place on the Internet) and found a gorgeous set just for you.  I've put it "below the fold" in case you need prepare yourself, first... 

(warning, not safe for the weak)


Cheers,

(and enjoy! [wink]~
~spammy


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