Superman with a GoPro

Double Google Chrome Icon on Taskbar | Windows 8.1

Woke up this morning and noticed that I now had 2 Google Chrome icons on my taskbar.

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Rather annoying because if you click on the wrong one, another web page opens and the grouping of windows should happen with only one icon. It was a simple fix, I just did it in the wrong order.

First, right click and unpin the Google Chrome icon that doesn’t have the grouping of Google Chrome windows. Now, just right click and repin the icon that is left in the task bar.

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Seems to be an easy fix, however if it doesn’t work for you, the Trouble Fixers has other solutions.

She Called it Food

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Geek Tool of the Day | Microsoft Fix it Portable

Microsoft Fix It Solution Center will automatically diagnose and repair common software problems in Windows, Internet Explorer or other Microsoft products.

I have used it numerous times  since it’s release in 2010 to fix printer issues, CD/DVD not found, and Internet Explorer issues just to name a few.

1.  Click here to download Fix It portable. (Provided  by Microsoft)
2.  Run the MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe file you just downloaded.

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3.  Accept the license agreement and specify a folder where Portable Microsoft Fix it will be downloaded.

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4.  Once the download completes, you will find a folder named Fix it portable.
6.  In the ‘Fix it portable’ folder, there will be a file ‘Launch Fix it.exe’. That’s your Microsoft Fix it portable edition.

Copy that folder to your USB flash drive and keep it handy for the next Windows issue you have.

Approach Shots Tips | One Move to Pure It

Get used to this left-arm rotation with half shots. Shorten your back-swing, then rotate your left arm through. It will feel as if you’re directing the clubhead out toward the ball. You’ll start striping it.

Thanks go to Mike Malaska

User Support Editorial Report – February 2014

Latest Technology

Solar Cells on Your Smartphone:

SunPartner Technologies hopes to finally bring to the consumer market its Wysips Crystal technology, which overlays “invisible” solar cells onto the smartphone display. The company claims that Wysips, which stands for “What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface,” can capture energy from any light source, natural and artificial, indoor and outdoor, and convert it at a rate of 15 to 20 percent efficiency. This translates to an additional 1o minutes of talk time for every hour the cells are exposed to light. And the kicker is that the company assures everyone that human eyes won’t even notice the thin layer of solar cells that’s embedded into the touchscreen.

                                  

Tips & Tricks

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Personalize Your Windows 8.1 PC
Where is My Outlook PST File Located?
How to Default Applications in Windows 8.1
How to Use the Signature Editor in Outlook 2013
How to Choose Wired over Wireless Connection on Your Laptop

Computer Safety

Avoiding a Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks:

In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity.  Read on

Bonus Video of the Month

User Support Editorial Report – October 2013

Snipping Tool for Windows 8.1

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I use the Snipping Tool regularly and shared it with a business client the other day. It has always come in handy for a quick snip.

This tool is available in Windows 7 – 8.1 and it is easy to share,  save, edit or email a screenshot. You can also use the available markup tools and change the settings of the Snipping Tool to customize how you like it.

To open Snipping Tool

  • Open Snipping Tool by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer up, and then clicking Search), entering Snipping Tool in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Snipping Tool.

You can capture the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.
  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip.  Choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.
  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window.

Tip

  • You can add notes to a snip by writing or drawing on or around the snip.

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
  2. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.
  3. Tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.

Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, tap or click the Save Snip button.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then tap or click Save.

Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:

  1. Tap or click Tools, and then tap or click Options.
  2. In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, and then tap or click OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, tap or click the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then choose whether you’d like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.

Conclusion

The Snipping Tool is great tool to start using today.
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