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sa 25 Jul
2020

PC TipsWindows 10 Update AssistantEvery two or three months we manually check the Windows update status via Settings.  This time we found feature 2004 update hanging since May.  When we manually started the upgrade it got stuck around 90%.  Running Update Assistant just got a Thanks for updating message.  Uninstalling, re-installing and then running Assistant again solved the problem though as so often the update did take forever.

tu 23 Oct
2018

PC TipsA chum complained to us that on the pop up print window (Ctrl + P) in web browser Chrome the Print button had changed to Save.  We fixed it by clicking on Change... where Print Destinations was set to Save as PDF and changing the destination to a printer.

sa 14 Dec
2019

PC TipsWe upgraded an aging laptop to Windows 10 from aging media.  It wasLaptop Windows 10 upgrade a bit of a struggle but in the end leaving it alone to sort itself out sorted it out.  It then kept failing during update.  The Internet thought the problem was an elderly version of Win10 and it should be re-installed from more modern media.  We downloaded an install to a USB stick (to make an install disc you need high capacity DL discs) and the re-install kept failing.  After three attempts we used the install's advanced options to reformat the destination hard disc, fixed it and the activation remained valid.

tu 11 Sep
2018

PC TipsOften an extra line at the bottom of the screen would be useful.  We sort of created one by setting the taskbar to auto hide (right click on theWindows 10 taskbar settings taskbar/Taskbar settings/Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode).  We didn't stick with it long, the task bar doesn't respond immediately and you then have to move the mouse to the wanted icon ... but it may suit you.

fr 11 May
2018

PC TipsWindows ME Quick Start GuideDo you recall Windows Millennium Edition?  Released in September 2000 (a year before Win XP) it was Windows 98 with some extra goodies like Movie Maker.  We always suspected that Lady KRJ thought everybody else's copy said Windows Kate ...

we 22 Nov
2017
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PC TipsIt seems that Microscoft have been pratting about with the photo viewer in the latest Win10 upgrade.  The slideshow icon has disappeared but user key f5 will do it; and there's now a different response to the magnifying glass zoom so useful to know that Ctrl + mouse wheel will zoom a pic.

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 changed so did the accent colour.  Fix it by Windows Key/Settings/Personalisation/Colours and uncheck the Automatically pick an accent colour ... box.

sa 21 Jan
2017
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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.

tu 25 Oct
2016

nearthecoast PC TipsThe thing about Windows is it's made mostly by Americans and they don't realise that in their foreign people do strange things like sometimes turn their computer off.  The Windows anniversaryWindows key + X menu update has made it even more difficult to turn the bloody thing off.  You can still do it from the keyboard but you need to know the shortcut Windows key + X/U/U.  We've also added on a desktop the shortcut described at CNet (Option 2: halfway down).

we 5 Oct
2016

nearthecoast PC TipsThe Windows 10 Anniversary Update took forever here, forcedCortana fix for How-To Geek multiple reboots with the last reboot leaving a desktop hanging and we had to force our own reboot.  If like us you've previously turned Cortana off annoyingly the update turns it back on and removes the on/off toggle.  How-To Geek have a download (halfway down the page) that's a one click fix.

tu 12 Jul
2016

Windows 10 Toggle KeysWorth repeating: turn on Toggle Keys PC Tipsand you'll hear a confirming higher pitched tone when you turn on Caps; Num or Scroll Lock, turn them off and you'll hear a lower pitched tone.  To set Toggel Keys in Windows 10 go Windows key/Settings/Ease of Access/Keyboard/Toggle Keys-On.

mo 27 Jun
2016

PC TipsTask View is accessed from the 'squares' icon by the WindowsTask View far right button and displays all open windows reduced size.  The keyboard short cut to Task View is Windows + Tab, click on a reduced window to select it or Windows + Tab again to toggle back to normal view.

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