How Can I Save Word Documents as Text Files By Using a Script?

Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a series of Word files. I would like to open each of these files and save them as plain-text files. Is there a way to do that using a script?– CG Hey, CG. Yes, you can do this quite easily with a script; in fact, with very few exceptions anything… Read more

How Can I Tell Whether a Group is a Security Group or a Distribution Group?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there any way to tell whether an Active Directory group is a security group or a distribution group?– AW Hey, AW. As a matter of fact, there is; this script will tell you what type of group you’re dealing with:Set objGroup = GetObject _ (“LDAP://cn=Finance Managers, ou=Finance, dc=Fabrikam, dc=com”) Wscript.Echo objGroup.groupType… Read more

How Can I Return a List of Downloaded Controls and Applets for Internet Explorer?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there an easy way to find out what programs have been downloaded for Internet Explorer (the items that are in the folder C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files)? I can use a script to get the executable file names and dependent files, but I’d like to be able to get the names as they… Read more

How Can I Connect to a Folder When There’s an Apostrophe in the Folder Name?

Hey, Scripting Guy! I’m using the WMI class Win32_Directory to get information about folders on a computer. It works great, except when there’s an apostrophe in the folder name; then, it doesn’t work at all. How can I use WMI to connect to folders that have apostrophes in their names?– JO Hey, JO. Ah, the… Read more

How Can I Get a List of All the Domain Controllers in My Domain?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Is it possible to get a list of all the domain controllers in my domain?– KT Hey, KT. As a matter of fact, there are at least two ways to get a list of all domain controllers in your domain. The first way is pretty easy, but not guaranteed; depending on how… Read more

How Can I Grab a URL From the Clipboard and Then Open That Web Site in a Browser?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I grab a URL from the clipboard and then open that Web site in a browser?– CL Hey, CL. Interesting question, or, should we say, questions. That’s because there’s really two issues here. The first one is easy: can I use a script to open a specified Web site? As… Read more

How Can I Rename an Active Directory Group?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I rename an Active Directory group?– CL Hey, CL. This is actually pretty easy; as you’ll see, it only takes two lines of code. It’s not a hard problem, it’s just a little bit tricky. That’s because ADSI (at least when it comes to dealing with Active Directory) does not… Read more

How Can I Run a Script Under Alternate Credentials?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Is there a way for me to log on to a computer using a regular user account, but then run a script as a domain administrator?– WW Hey, WW. In answer to your question, yes, both WMI and ADSI provide a way for you to run a script under alternate security credentials;… Read more

How Can I Map Drives Based on Membership in a Group?

Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I map drives in a logon script based on a security group each user belong to?– RO Hey, RO. Considering the fact that this question has been asked by approximately 3,755,392 of our readers – oops, there’s another one; make that 3,755,393 of our readers – we decided it might… Read more

How Can I Rename Files Based on the File’s Creation Date?

Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a folder that contains a bunch of log files. I would like to rename each file based on the date the file was created; for example, if a file was created on December 1, 2004, I’d like to rename it 20041201.log. Is that possible?– CK Hey, CK. Listen, when it… Read more