How To Remove The Formatting When Copying and Pasting Text Into Gmail

June 20, 2017

Some of the simplest of things is the best to learn… Have you ever pasted text into Gmail that you may have copied from, say a website, and it keeps the original formatting of the text? Below are the steps to take to remove the formatting and convert the text to plain text only.


Geek Squeak #17-024: Creating a USB thumb drive loaded with Windows 10 installation media is very easy thanks to Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool….

June 8, 2017

Found this great mini-tutorial on how to install Windows 10 on a USB drive, for Windows 10 install purposes, by using the Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool at PCWorld.  With a prepared USB drive you can install the latest version of Windows on a new PC or have an install drive ready should your own Windows 10 PC malfunctions… READ MORE

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Geek Squeak #17-021: Save Your Butt With Gmail’s “Undo Send”

June 7, 2017

A feature that I activated in Gmail, many moons ago (back in 2015), is the “Undo Send” feature. You can activate “Undo Send” in your Gmail settings by clicking on the “gear icon” (top right side), then click “Settings”; then, scroll down until you see “Undo Send”.  Click in the box, next to “Enable Undo Send” and then select the delay time before the email is sent.  In my case I selected the maximum setting of 30 seconds. MAKE SURE you then scroll to the bottom of settings screen and click on “Save Settings”.

Now that you have activated this feature, when you go to send an email, at the top of the screen you will see what is displayed in the screenshot below, with the option to “undo”. If you click on “undo”, the email will not be sent.

I highly recommend that you activate this feature. I don’t know how many times, using that feature, that I have canceled sending an email, to make a correction and/or had second thoughts about sending the email.


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My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

May 31, 2017

There are so many different way to navigate Windows 10 to get a specific task done. Many of those ways require multiple actions from the end user which can be hard to remember. PCMag recently posted an article, “Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10” (see source link below) that will make using Windows 10 easier and more interesting.

My two favorite hidden tricks inside Windows 10, from the PCMag article, are the “Secret Start Menu” and the “Secret Desktop button.  To elaborate:

Secret Start Menu – If you go to the “Start Menu” icon in the bottom left corner and “right mouse click” you will be presented with a smorgasbord of commonly used Windows 10 program commands or utilities (such as run, settings, device manager, etc…). The only command that I do not see anymore is one for the “Control Panel”. This may be due to the UI changes taking place in Windows 10 as it continues to mature. I will say I go to this “Secret Start Menu” on a constant basis.

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Secret Desktop Button – On the bottom right side of the screen, to the right of the time and date, there is a very thin vertical button that is virtually unseen. If you take your mouse pointer and place it in the right corner of the screen (on the button) you magically see the desktop. If you “left mouse click” at that location the desktop will be launched and the programs you had open will be minimized to the taskbar. This is very handy when you need to get to something on the desktop. Also, when you “left mouse click” at the same location, you can toggle back to whatever it was you were working on. Again, this is another secret feature in Windows 10 that I have trained myself to use on a regular basis.

SOURCE: PCMag – Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10


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Google Chrome Tip: How To Open A Search In A New Tab When Using The Omnibox

May 26, 2017

In Google Chrome, where you type in a web address, you can also perform a search. This is called the “omnibox”. Many folks I assist in the home environment are quite surprised when I show them this feature. When typing in the omnibox, whatever it is you are searching for, you will also notice relevant suggestions to assist you with performing the search.

Now that you know how to search from the omnibox there is another tip that will improve your productivity when performing that search. If you type in the omnibox, whatever it is you are searching for, and hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard and then hit the “Enter” key, your search result will open in a separate tag.  To me, this is a “must know” tip that will allow you to stay on your current page tab (without losing it), perform a search, and get the results on another page tab.


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
(17-011) 

Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft – You can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up a receipt at a restaurant that has your account number on it. If a thief has enough information, he or she may be able to impersonate you to purchase items, open new accounts, or apply for loans…. READ MORE


Google Photos rolling out Archive feature to hide images in the main feed – With Archive, you can remove images from the main Photos tab without deleting them from your library. Those who already have the feature should see a new Archive option in the navigation drawer just above Trash… READ MORE

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HTTrack Website Copier for Windows – HTTrack is an offline browser utility that allows you to download a website from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting html, images, and other files from the server to your computer. It arranges the original site’s relative link-structure… READ MORE


Sneaky teen texting codes: what they mean, when to worry – If your teen has a smartphone, chances are they spend several hours a day on text and social media. If you ever look at what they’re actually doing on there, you’ll likely see a lot of innocent “Snapstreaking,”… READ MORE

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All the movies and TV shows hitting Amazon Prime in June 2017 – The sixth month of the year brings a bunch of new movies to Amazon’s streaming video service. Sure, there are plenty of household names, such as “Apocalypse Now,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Magnolia.”… READ MORE


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Learn How To Find and Use The Windows Snipping Tool

May 18, 2017

A forgotten feature (or app) in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 is the Windows screen capture utility, called the “Snipping Tool”. Personally, I use a third party screen capture utility called FSCapture; but, there are more times than I can remember where I was away from my computer (such as at work) and needed to quickly capture something on the screen and did not have FSCapture available.

If you are not familiar with the “Snipping Tool”; it is a built-in Windows Accessory (software app), once launched, that gives you the ability to take a snapshot of anything you see on your screen, whether it be full screen or just a specific region of the screen. After you take the screenshot, you can then save it to various graphic file formats (such as PNG, JPG GIF), that can be inserted in a document, sent via email, archived, etc… As a blogger, I would be lost without a screen capture utility and my productivity (and presentation) would diminish.

Typically, on Windows 10, the tool can be found under the Windows Accessories folder on the Start Menu; however, here is several ways to get to it, using the search box, on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7: 

For Windows 10 – Select the Start  button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 – Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 7 – Select the Start  button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture. After you are satisfied with the result, simply save it to the file format you desire.

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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WannaCry: here’s what we know now about the outbreak – There’s no question that Friday’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which spread like wildfire, was bad. Its ability to spread like a worm by exploiting a Microsoft vulnerability was certainly new ground for a ransomware campaign. But along the way, there’s been a lot of fear and hype. Perspective is in order… READ MORE


Windows Repair Toolbox – (Almost) everything you need to repair Windows problems in one small handy tool… READ MORE


The MP3 format is officially dead – the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – the German agency that invented the audio format and licenses some patents for it – has officially terminated its licensing program… READ MORE

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YouTube TV adds AMC, BBC America, and 5 new channels to its basic $35 package – YouTube TV launched earlier last month in five major markets around the U.S. Today, the cord-cutting solution from Google is adding seven new cable networks to its basic $35 package… READ MORE


Samsung Chromebook Pro Convertible Touch Screen Laptop, 12.3 – Very popular Chromebook that has turned into a #1 Best Seller at Amazon. Appears that they can’t keep them on the shelf. Check back often to see when they become available again… READ MORE


Upgrade already! If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re a menace to society  And if you’re an IT pro with decision-making capacity in an organization that continues to use XP, you should be fired… READ MORE


Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 3.9.31 – An all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions… READ MORE


Gmail: Everything you need to know! – Here’s everything you need to know… READ MORE


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How To Use Windows 10’s “Microsoft Print To PDF”

May 8, 2017

A feature that I really like in Windows 10 is the “Microsoft Print to PDF”. Typically when you print a document, the document is sent to your default printer to be printed. In Windows 10 you have another optional printer to select from called “Microsoft Print to PDF” that allows you to print a document to a native PDF file. What this means is that the document you desire to print does not go to a physical printer; instead, the document is printed (converted) to a PDF file that you can save to your computer, email to another party, etc… An example of how I use this is, when I make an online purchase, instead of printing the invoice to my printer, I simply select “Microsoft Print to PDF” and print the invoice to a PDF file that I then save on my computer.  You can save a lot of paper by printing documents to “Microsoft Print to PDF”…

In Windows 10, the default PDF viewer is Microsoft Edge; however, you can install another PDF viewer such as Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro and my freeware favorite Sumatra


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
(17-007)

[ OFF TOPIC – IMPORTANT ] The Most Important Things They Don’t Want You to Know About the Health Care Bill – I follow the Congress very closely and what I am seeing is unprecedented. We the people need to stop looking at politics as some type of team sport of taking sides and take an interest in following what is going on. Our politicians are taking advantage of us in an effort to dumb us down so that we are a nation of the poor and of the very rich. For example, the House of Representatives just passed a health care bill that many of them (who voted for it) will outwardly tell you, is not a good bill. This bill will hurt the very base of the people that elected our President and it is being touted as some type of a trophy. Please contact your representatives and express your displeasure; seriously, your life and the future of your financial integrity could depend on this. The bill still has to go through the Senate where it is expected to be basically rewritten. A good read on this is at the popular website LifeHackers, where details on how this will impact you is outlined —  “lawmakers plastered on a few lipstick-like changes to the bill: things that they hope will make it look prettier and deflect some criticism, but that do nothing to change the fact that this is a terrible bill and they all know it”… READ MORE

The 10 Best Camera Apps For Android – Despite manufacturer’s best efforts, default camera apps have not enjoyed the privilege of consistency. This gave birth to an entire library of camera based apps to squeeze every bit of power from that camera. Here is our pick for the 10 best best android camera apps… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords – According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each… READ MORE

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NirSoft unveils UninstallView 1.0 – NirSoft has released UninstallView (32-bit here), a portable tool which collects and displays information on your stored applications… READ MORE

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Turn Your Android Phone (or laptop) Into An Endoscope – I just did a search for endoscopic cameras on Amazon and was surprised to see the results (and really how inexpensive these cameras are). What these cameras do, is allow you to see in and around small narrow spaces, using a long snake-like waterproof camera attached to  your Android phone (or laptop) as the viewer and power source.  Amazing stuff at little cost… READ MORE


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