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su 22 Oct
2017

PC TipsPaper pickup roller on HP laser printerOur HP laser printer stopped picking up paper from the horizontal paper tray.  We cleaned the pickup roller with a micro-fibre cloth, no difference.  Oh poo, gonna have to buy a new printer.  An online H-P maintenance page said to clean the roller with water ... that did it!

th 28 Sep
2017

PC TipsIt's taken three attempts for BT to actually dispatch a router/hub, hopefully it will arrive today.  Worth tracking online and complaining sooner rather than later, we complain via the online chat.

th 14 Sep
2017

PC TipsAcronis softwareWhen upgrading a hard or solid state disc Acronis is really useful for cloning the old disc to new and these days the software doesn't have to ... more here

fr 25 Aug
2017

pc tips/the Internet has spawned a social media page.

th 24 Aug
2017

PC TipsIt worried us for quite a while that the Windows 10 accent system colour kept changing all by itself on a desktop.  It was happening because we'd set the background to slide show and when the graphic ... more here

th 27 Jul
2017

FreeviewAlthough there's no mention of it on their websitePC Tips Freeviews's channel on Freeview (100) says Wednesday the children's, news, text and streamed channels are moving.  If like us you ... more here

we 19 Jul
2017

PC TipsEmbarrassing how long it took us to work this one out <blush>. SpamFighter SPAMFighter's Block/Unblock/Empty Spam Folder buttons suddenly greyed out so they couldn't be used.  Uninstalled- ... more here

tu 27 Jun
2017

Firefox a free web browserWe have a couple of laptops here still running Windows XP.  We've given up trying to persuade no longer updatedPC Tips browsers Explore and Chrome and email client Outlook Express to run and replaced them with the still maintained and free Firefox and Thunderbird respectively.

su 4 Jun
2017

PC Tipsrecycled tip from May 2007Here's a bit of good clean fun.  Whilst holding down the Windows key press and release R.  This will pop up the Run window.  (The Windows key is usually second left ... more here

th 11 May
2017

PC TipsShould have ignored our own advice, connected two different (admittedly by the standards of flat screen elderly) tvs as a second monitor on a desktop, some the of the screen lost at top and bottom and an image sufficiently soft that though it didn't matter much with graphic it made reading text very hard going.

mo 24 Apr
2017

PC TipsIn the last 18 months we've had three monitors and two tvs fail.  When the third monitor failed it occurred to us that one of the failed tvs had an hdmi input and still gave a picture with the internal dvd player if not Freeview... just saying.

su 2 Apr
2017
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A euro keyPC TipsIf like us you've got a euro sign on the $4 key but don't know how to get at it the trick is theThe angry dog key angry dog key (Alt Grrrr) immediately to the right of the spacebar; whilst holding down Alt Gr press and release 4 ... € see, it works!

th 9 Mar
2017

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PC TipsGoogle pops up what you're looking for, you click the hyperlink and a vast sprawling page of text appears, rather than endless scrolling to find what brought youGoogle Chrome find box there go Ctrl + F (F for Find) and your browser will open up something like Google Chrome's find box on the right or Internet Explorer's box.  Your entered text will be highlighted and you can click through the occurrences on the page.  Ctrl + F works with Word, Excel and loads of other apps too.

tu 14 Feb
2017
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PC TipsWindows XPYesterday we did a clean install of XP Pro plus Service Pack 3 on a desktop.  Went well except it didn't want to talk to Windows Update.  As we have a netbook here happily running XP with Internet Explorer 8 we judged the problem to be the new install was running Internet Explorer 6 but all download attempts from the Microsoft site got won't run on your system messages.  Left the machine turned on and auto updates sorted it out ...

fr 3 Feb
2017

PC TipsDipping a toe in the world of Apple we bought a second hand iPhone 5S ... knew that battery life is an issue but didn't know it's that much of an issue.  Deciding if we're brave enough to change the battery ourselves.

sa 21 Jan
2017
recycled tip

selecting a file groupPC TipsHere's one from 2011; when defining a group click on a file, then click on another whilst holding down the Shift key and all the files in between will be added to the group.

th 5 Jan
2017

nearthecoast PC TipsAt ntc the main desktop pc has two monitors so we've haven'tShow Task View button felt the need for virtual desktops, indeed they just confuse us ... but we are easily confused.  Before meddling with virtual desktops ensure the task view button is visible and note that Windows key + Ctrl + f4 closes the current desktop.

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