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 #17-021: 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.

Secret Start Menu

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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Windows 10: The Best Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks – ExtremeTech

Windows 10’s best tricks, tips, and tweaks – PCWorld


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How can I download a video posted on Facebook?

May 22, 2017

This is a question I recently searched for using Google. What I found is that there is no easy way on Facebook to download a video that has been posted by another party; however, I did find savefrom.net that will download a Facebook video providing you have the URL for the video.

To get the URL, simply right mouse click on the video, click on “show video URL”, then click on the “URL” (to highlight it), then hit “Ctrll+C” to copy the URL to the clipboard (or you can right mouse click and select “copy” which will copy the URL to the clipboard). After you have copied the URL to the clipboard, go to savefrom.net and enter the URL in the input field at the top of the main page. This action should present a download button where you can initiate the download (which will either be in MP4-HD or MP4-SD file formats).

With safefrom.net you can also download audio, video, and other types of files from various websites and social networks such as youtube.com, vk.com, vimeo.com, and others.

Source: savefrom.net


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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Keeping You Safe With Google Play Protect – One of the biggest security risks you’re likely to face is simply losing your phone. To help in these times of need, we’re launching Find My Device as part of Google Play Protect. With Find My Device you can locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches… READ MORE


How To Unlock A Locked Account in Windows 10 – This tutorial explains how to unlock a locked account in Windows 10. A user account is locked when total number of invalid login attempts are reached. In that case, that particular user account is locked for 30 minutes (default lockout limit) or it can be more if you have manually set account lockout time… READ MORE

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Note-taking made easier for everyone—redesigning OneNote – As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “We will focus on designing and building products that our customers love and that are accessible to everyone and built for each of us.” In this update, we focused on making OneNote more usable for those with disabilities—such as vision and mobility impairments… READ MORE

Screenshot of OneNote’s new design showing the navigation all on the left hand side. The columns are labeled from left to right: Notebooks, Sections, Pages.


Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 6.044 – a free anti-malware app that deletes adware, PUP’s (Potentially Unwanted Programs), toolbars, and browser hijackers… READ MORE


How to add a second clock to the Windows taskbar – All modern versions of Windows allow you to add up to two additional clocks. To do so… READ MORE


How To Remove A Photo From Your Device But Not Google Drive – If you bought a device that doesn’t have a lot of storage space, this is a great way to make sure you don’t run out of space on it… READ MORE


Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy – PDF Anti-Copy is a free tool which protects PDF content by preventing users selecting or copying its text… READ MORE

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Identity Theft – Here is what to do if someone is using your information to open new accounts or make purchases…

May 1, 2017

If you are a victim of identity theft or know someone that is, the Federal Trade Commission has an identity theft website setup (identitytheft.gov) where you can report an event. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through various recovery plans and processes based on the type of identity theft you have been exposed to. Note: I also encourage victims to contact and file a report with their State Police so that there is record of the event (at the local level) and to alert the police to a trend that may be occurring in their jurisdiction.

Identify theft can occur through breaches of your credit card account; telephone, mobile or utility accounts; debit, checking or savings accounts; employment or taxes; government benefits or IDs (such as your Social Security Number); loans or leases; AND, other accounts such as internet accounts, medical accounts, insurance accounts, investment accounts, etc…

Clues that someone stole your information are:

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Source: Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft Recovery Steps


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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MusicWire – Portable App to search for and download music. All downloads are in the MP3 format… READ MORE

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Chrome to More Aggressively Highlight Insecure Sites – Starting with Chrome 62, the browser will show the “not secure” warning when users type any data into HTTP sites… READ MORE

How to snooze your Wi-Fi in the Windows 10 Creators Update – Click on the Wi-Fi icon in your taskbar, and when the panel listing all the available Wi-Fi connections appears, click the Wi-Fi tile in the lower-left corner. Next, the panel as pictured here appears. By default, your Wi-Fi will only be restored if you activate it manually by clicking the Wi-Fi tile. If you want it to turn on automatically after a set time, click the drop-down menu under Turn Wi-Fi back on. Here you’ll see options for turning it back on in an hour, four hours, or one day… READ MORE

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Schedule web pages to open automatically with Open Me Later! for Chrome – Open Me Later! is a free Chrome extension which enables scheduling a page to open automatically, as the date and time you specify… READ MORE

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Amazon Echo – The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home… READ MORE

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Using Minitools Partition Wizard To Extend The System Reserve Partition

April 21, 2017

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Ran into an issue when I went to upgrade my Minix NEO Z83-4  mini PC to the Windows 10 Creators Edition. The update would not install and I kept getting Windows error code (0xc1900200) when using the  Windows Update Assistant. I ended up researching the issue and found that the “System Reserve Partition” (64MB) was too small. I decided at this point to wait until the update made its’ rollout to my computer (to see what would happen) and when that day did come, the update started to install but soon failed. After concluding I needed to find a way to expand the system reserve partition, I went to the MiniTools Partition Wizard (free edition). What I ended up doing with this partition tool, to make the System Reserve Partition larger in size, had me sweating bullets. I backed up my computer, just in case this did not work out as intended.

MiniTool Partition Manager

In a nutshell, I used the Minitool Partition Wizard to delete an unidentified 16MB partition on the drive (which I had to do in order for this to work), then took 250 MB from drive C:.  I then took the 64MB System partition and added the 16MB space from the partition I had deleted and added the 250MB that I removed from Drive C:, giving me a total of approximately 330MB for the System Reserve Partition. At this point, I crossed my fingers (and toes) and rebooted.  The PC rebooted with no errors or problems detected.

Since the Creators Update had attempted to install previously I went into the Windows Update Settings, clicked on “Check For Updates” and the Windows 10 Creator’s Update started the installation process (which is a time consuming process with numerous reboots). I probably could have used the Windows Update Assistant tool to download and install the update, as well… In the end,  I was able sucessfully to install the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Hopefully, as a result of expanding the System Reserve Partition, using MiniTools Partition Wizard, I will not have to worry about doing this again when future major updates occur.


MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAKS’

Multiple security holes discovered in Linksys routers – 

The flaws could allow attackers to:

  • Cause a Denial of Service (DoS) by sending requests to an unamed API. Admins would be locked out until the attack stopped.
  • Use CGI web server scripts to reveal connected devices and computers, dump the WPS Wi-Fi PIN code, and list firmware version and configuration settings.
  • Create a hidden “backdoor” account with root privileges and the ability to run commands.

Source: Naked Security

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech – Check out this article at PC Mag that provided ingenius ways to repurpose your old tech… READ MORE

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Kaspersky System Checker 1.1.0.228 – Kaspersky System Checker is a handy system diagnostics utility that allows you to check your PC system for different kinds of issues. The software then provides a detailed report about possible threats, hardware problems, and system-related issues… READ MORE

Microsoft To-Do: the end of Wunderlist – Microsoft launched a preview of To-Do, a new cross-platform task management service the other day that is “designed to make it easy to plan and manage your day”… READ MORE

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 #1 Hot New Release – Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop… READ MORE

How to create a single-column Start menu in the Windows 10 Creators Update – To do this, open the Settings app and go to Personalization > Start. Scroll down past the preview to the list of on/off sliders. Turn off the one that’s labeled Show app list in Start menu. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get to your app list… READ MORE

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Learn How To Triple Mouse Click To Select A Block or Line Of Text

April 18, 2017

There are occasions; when working with text, that we need to copy (or cut) blocks of text (or paragraphs). Typically we will hold down the left mouse button and drag (highlight) the text that we desire to copy (or cut) and then paste the text into another application or another location within the document. This method can sometimes be quite clumsy; especially if it is a large block of text.

An easier and faster method of doing this is simply left mouse click (quickly) 3-times anywhere inside the block of text (or paragraph) that you desire to highlight and copy (or cut). Like magic, the block of text will be highlighted… This trick also works if you want to quickly highlight and copy a web address in your browser’s address bar.

You may have to experiment with this; but, I have found that tip works in just about any application where text is involved (such as your web browser, word processor (such as MS-Word), etc…) and is a good tip to train yourself to use.

BONUS TIP:  Need to copy just a word?  Simply double click anywhere on the word and it will be automatically hightlighted.

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