Fix: This connection requires an active Internet connection

Solution to the message:
"This connection requires an active Internet connection"

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Since using Vista, I occasionally had a problem when trying to connect to a network using VPN.  Vista simply did not think I had an active Internet connection – when in fact I did.  I resolved this a while back for myself.  I have since noticed a few other posts on the Internet now that suggest opening the Network Connections dialog and connecting from there; or to create a shortcut to that connection.

Another better option (in my opinion) that has resolved this permanently for me is to simply change the order of the network connections and make your physical network connection the first in the list.  To do this:

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Click Network and Internet.
  3. Click on the Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Manage network connections.
  5. If the menu bar containing the Advanced menu option is not visible then Click Organize > Layout > Menu Bar to enable the menu bar.
  6. Click Advanced > Advanced Settings.
  7. Select the Adapters and Bindings tab.
  8. In the Connections list, re-sequence the list of connections so that your primary method of connecting is first.
  9. Click OK to save.

I have sequenced my network adapters in the following order starting with my physical network LAN adapter and then my wireless as shown here:

NetworkAdaptorNetworkSettings

Note: You may need to exit and re-open the Connect to a network dialog before the connection becomes enabled.

Another option is the open your Network Connections and then right-click on the connection you wish to use and select the Connect menu option.  This works, but requires that you work around the problem each time having to navigate through the dialogs, or to create a shortcut link.  I find this less desirable, but it should work if necessary.

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Create an IE Favorite to quickly resize your browser

Often times when editing or designing a web page or a site I use my full screen to take advantage of all the real estate my screen has to offer.  I also often times need to quickly see what a page will look like in a smaller screen resolution such as 1024×768.  Here is a quick tip to quickly and easily resize your IE browser to a specific size.
  1. Create a shortcut in your IE Favorites or in you Links folder.
  2. Rename this shortcut/favorite to “Resize Window to 1024 x 768″.
  3. Edit the properties of the shortcut and place the following line of javascript in the URL property.

    javascript:window.resizeTo(1024,768)

  4. Note: You may receive a warning prompt. Simply proceed.
  5. Save the properties and then click your new favorite “Resize Window to 1024×768″.

Your current window should now automatically resize to 1024 x 768.  I have a shortcut/favorite for both 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, and 1152 x 864 so I can quickly and easily resize my browser to a specific resolution.

Other common lower resolution sizes are:

javascript:window.resizeTo(800,600)
javascript:window.resizeTo(1024,768)
javascript:window.resizeTo(1280,720)
javascript:window.resizeTo(1280,800)

Important: When using IE 8 or later (using tabs), this will only work when you have only one tab in your IE browser. This will not work when you have multiple tabs open in the same IE window.

Send Email Link for IE

I try not to have any (OK, many) obsessions; however, one is my consumption for information.  Because of this I have to strictly monitor myself from deviating from my present task.  I am sometimes easily distracted.

To help me remember about “something I found interesting“, I have a nice little custom link button labeled “Send” that I use in my Internet Explorer browser to quickly send myself an email.  The email contains a subject and the link to the website in the body.  Yes, you can do this by clicking, File > Send > Link by E-Mail, but this is to many clicks for me.  Yes, I am impatient and have to work on this also.

This works with one click – much better.  Your Links toolbar needs to be turned on to easily access the buttons in IE.  I have my located immediately after the Address bar as shown here.

sendbutton 

Simply paste the the following javascript code into the URL of the link properties.

javascript:navigate(‘mailto:YOUR-EMAIL@HERE.COM?subject=LINK:%20’+escape(document.title)+’&BODY=’+escape(location.href))

The only thing you need to customize is the YOUR-EMAIL@HERE.COM portion.  Here is a sample of the properties dialog.

To create a link button you can drag the “e“ icon in the address bar to the Link toolbar.  To get the properties, right-mouse-click on a link you want to edit.  Here is a sample of the properties dialog.

  sendbuttonprops

Warning: For me these emails are subtle “tasks” to learn more.  Your inbox may quickly fill up.  :)