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Saturday, October 23, 2021

How to Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 11

October 23, 2021 0
How to Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 11

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By default, Windows 11 hides most scrollbars when they’re not in use. If you’d prefer to always see scrollbars in windows on your screen, there’s an easy way to keep them on. Here’s how to set it up.

First, open Windows Settings. You can press Windows+i on your keyboard or find it in the Start menu. Open “Start,” search for “Settings,” and then click the “Settings” app icon.

When Settings opens, click “Accessibility” in the sidebar. In Accessibility, select “Visual Effects.”

In Settings, click "Accessibility," then "Visual Effects."

In Visual Effects, flip the switch beside “Always Show Scrollbars” to the “On” position.

In Visual Effects settings, switch "Always show scrollbars" to "On."

And that’s it! Close Settings, and you’ll always see scrollbars in your windows (unless an app handles its scrollbars independently). If you ever want to hide them again, launch Settings and navigate to Accessibility > Visual Effects, and then turn “Always Show Scrollbars” off.

As an aside, if you’re still using Windows 10, you can find this setting in Settings > Ease of Access > Display. Switch “Automatically Hide Scrollbars in Windows” to “Off.” Happy scrolling!

Disable the Print Spooler Service on Windows 10

October 23, 2021 0
Disable the Print Spooler Service on Windows 10


A home printer printing colorful spreadsheets next to a potted succulent.

Disable the Print Spooler Service From Windows Services Panel

You can use the Windows Services panel to disable Print Spooler services from running automatically, especially when you use word processors or similar apps.

Warning: You will not be able to print or fax with your PC while the Print Spooler service is disabled. When you’re ready to print again, you’ll need to reenable it with the same method you used here.

Press the Windows+R to open a Run dialog box. Next, type “services.msc” and hit Enter to launch the Windows services panel.

Type "services.msc" and hit Enter to launch the Windows services panel.

From the Services panel, scroll down and double-click on “Print Spooler.”

Scroll down in the Services panel and double-click on "Print Spooler."

When the Print Spooler Properties window opens, select the drop-down next to “Startup Type:” and pick “Disabled.”

Select the drop-down next to "Startup Type:" and choose "Disabled."

Select the “Stop” button to halt the service and select the “Ok” button to apply the changes.

Select the "Stop" button to halt the service and select the "Ok" button to apply the changes.

Close the Services panel window. That’s it.

Turn Off the Print Spooler Service Policy Using Group Policy Editor

If you need to use the printer, you’ll need to connect it to your Windows computer to print locally. But first, you need to disable a printer policy that bars all incoming remote connections using the Group Policy Editor.

Note: This method won’t work if you’re running Windows 10 Home because you can’t access the Group Policy Editor.

Click Start, type “gpedit” in the search box, and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

Click Start, type "gpedit" in the search box, and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

Select “Computer Configuration” from the left pane.

Select "Computer Configuration" from the left pane.

Select “Administrative Templates” under that section.

Select "Administrative Templates" under that.

Next, select “Printers.”

Next, select "Printers."

On the right pane, scroll down to select the policy titled “Allow Print Spooler to Accept Client Connections” and double-click on it to open its settings.

Scroll down to select the policy titled "Allow Print Spooler to accept client connections" and double-click on it to open its settings.

Select “Disabled” from the policy window and select the “Okay” button.

Select "Disabled" from the policy window and select the "Okay" button.

Close the Group Policy Editor. After this, you need to restart the Print Spooler service for the changes to take effect.

If you’re concerned about your PC’s security, use your preferred antivirus application to run a scan to find and fix any problems on your computer.

Add Fonts in Microsoft Word

October 23, 2021 0
Add Fonts in Microsoft Word

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Download the Font Files

Before you can add a font in Word, you’ll need to download the font file. When you download a font from an online resource, they’re usually downloaded as a ZIP file, which you’ll need to unzip. The font files themselves will usually be TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) files—both of which work with Word.

There are many sites where you can download font files for free, but make sure you trust the source before downloading anything. If you download anything from an unknown source, you run the risk of getting infected with malware.

Microsoft recommends using DaFont, but Font Squirrel and FontSpace are also good sites for downloading fonts. If you like the fonts available in Google Docs, you can even download Google fonts to your PC.

How to Install Font Files to Word on Windows

Adding a font in Word on Windows is easy and only takes a few clicks. First, locate the font file on your PC and then right-click it. In the context menu that appears, click “Install” to install it for the current user, or “Install for All Users” to install the font for every user profile on the PC. You must have administrator privileges to install a font for all users.

Install the font in Word on Windows.

The font is now installed on your Windows device and will appear in different apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. If you want your new font to be the default when you create a new document, be sure to set it as the default font in Word.

How to Import Fonts Into Word on Mac

To add fonts in Word on Mac, locate the font file and then double-click it.

Open the font on Mac.

The Font Preview window will appear. Click “Install Font” in the bottom-right corner of the window.

Click Install Font.

The font is now installed on your Mac and will appear in different apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

You can now use the installed font next time you use Word. However, if the recipient of that document doesn’t also have that font installed on their device, the font will usually be displayed in a default font. If you want the recipient to view the document with the font you used, you’ll need to embed the font in the document.

Customize the Safari Start Page on iPhone and iPad

October 23, 2021 0
Customize the Safari Start Page on iPhone and iPad


First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and open a new tab by tapping the tabs button (two overlapping rectangles), then tapping the plus (“+”) button.

In Safari on iPhone, tap the plus button to open a new tab.

You’ll see Safari’s “Start Page” by default. To edit what’s on the Start Page, scroll down if necessary and tap the “Edit” button.

On the Safari Start Page, tap "Edit."

When you tap “Edit,” a “Customize Start Page” window will appear. Use the switches beside the listed options to turn them on or off. Here’s what each option does.

  • Favorites: This displays items from your Favorites list (like bookmarks).
  • Frequently Visited: You’ll see a list of frequently visited websites.
  • Shared With You: This gives you a list of items shared with you from other people through the Messages app.
  • Privacy Report: This shows a report on the number of trackers Safari has blocked recently.
  • Siri Suggestions: This displays suggestions from Siri related to what’s in your history and bookmarks.
  • Reading List: This shows items from your Reading List.
  • iCloud Tabs: This shows Safari tabs that are synchronized across iCloud from your other devices.

Turn on any items you want to see on your Safari Start Page.

While also in the “Customize Start Page” window, you can use the “three lines” handle beside each item to tap and drag the Start Page items in the list. This will change the order of how the items will appear on the Start Page.

Use the three-line handles to change the order of the Start Page items.

And if you turn the switch beside “Background Image” into the “on” position, you can select a background picture that will display behind the content on your Start Page. Tap an image in the thumbnails or tap the plus (“+”) button to select a custom image from your photo library.

Select a Start Page background in Safari on iPhone or iPad.

If you want to make your Start Page as minimalist as possible, switch off every item on the “Customize Start Page” list. (Unfortunately, you’ll still see the “Edit” button.)

When you’re done, click the “X” button to close the Customize Start Page window. The changes you’ve made take effect immediately. Happy browsing!

Map a Network Drive on Windows 10

October 23, 2021 0
 Map a Network Drive on Windows 10

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Turn On Network Discovery

If you want to map a network drive on your Windows 10 PC, you’ll need to enable network discovery first. To do so, open Control Panel and then click “View Network Status and Tasks” under the Network and Internet group.

Click View Network Status and Tasks.

Next, click “Change Advanced Sharing Settings” in the left-hand pane.

Click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

On the next screen, click the bubble next to “Turn on Network Discovery” to select it.

Click Turn On Network Discover.

Click “Save Changes” and then network discovery will be enabled.

Map a Network Drive

With network discovery turned on, you can now map a network drive. First, open File Explorer and then click “This PC” in the left-hand pane.

Click This PC.

Next, click “Map Network Drive” in the Network group of the Computer tab.

Click Map Network Drive.

The Map Network Drive window will appear. In the text box next to “Drive,” select the drive letter that you’d like to use. You can use any letter that’s not currently used on your device. Type the folder or computer path in the “Folder” text box, or click “Browse” and choose the device from the pop-up that appears. You can also select “Reconnect at Sign-in” if you’d like to connect each time you log in to your device.

Select the Drive letter and folder.

Once you’ve set that up, click “Finish” and the network drive will be mapped on your device.

Delete Your Photos on Facebook

October 23, 2021 0
Delete Your Photos on Facebook

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Delete Individual Photos on Facebook

To begin deleting individual photos from your account, launch a web browser on your computer and access the Facebook site. Log in to your Facebook account if you haven’t already.

On the Facebook site, in the top-right corner, click your name.

Click your name on Facebook.

Facebook opens your profile page. Here, from the tabs bar beneath your name, click the “Photos” tab.

Click "Photos" on the profile page on Facebook.

In the “Photos” tab, click the “Your Photos” subtab. This opens the page where your uploaded photos are displayed.

Select "Your Photos" from "Photos" on the profile page on Facebook.

On the “Your Photos” screen, find the photo to delete. Then, in the top-right corner of that photo, click the pencil icon.

From the menu that opens upon clicking the pencil icon, select “Delete Photo.”

A “Delete Photo” prompt will open. Here, click the “Delete” button.

Select "Delete" in the "Delete Photo" prompt on Facebook.

And your selected photo is now deleted from your Facebook account!

Delete Photo Albums on Facebook

To delete a photo album (which deletes all the photos in that album) in your account, launch Facebook and access your profile page. On this page, click the “Photos” tab and then choose the “Albums” subtab.

Click "Albums" in the "Photos" menu on Facebook.

On the “Albums” page, find the album to delete. Then, in the top-right corner of that album, click the three dots.

Click the three dots in the top-right corner of an album on Facebook.

From the three-dots menu, select “Delete Album.”

Select "Delete Album" from the three-dots menu for a photo album on Facebook.

You’ll see a “Delete Album” prompt. Here, click the “Delete Album” option.

Click "Delete Album" in the "Delete Album" prompt on Facebook.

And your selected photo album is gone for good.

Get a Link to a Photo or Video on Instagram

October 23, 2021 0
Get a Link to a Photo or Video on Instagram

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Get a Photo or Video’s Link on Instagram

The instructions to get a link to a photo or video on Instagram are the same for all Instagram-supported devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook computers, as well as iPhones and Android phones.

To start, open Instagram and find the photo or video for which you want to get a shareable link.

At the top-right corner of that item, click or tap the three dots.

Select the three dots at the top-right corner of a post on Instagram.

In the menu that opens after selecting the three dots, choose “Copy Link.”

Select "Copy Link" from the options menu for a post on Instagram.

The link to your selected photo or video on Instagram will be copied to your device’s clipboard. Use the “Paste” option in any text field on your device to view your link.

Your shareable Instagram link should look something like this:

A link to a photo on Instagram.

You may now send this link to your friends and family. They can click or tap it to access your shared photo or video on Instagram. Happy sharing!

Add Images to Questions in Google Forms

October 23, 2021 0
Add Images to Questions in Google Forms

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Add an Image Question in Google Forms

All question types except File Upload offer an image option for your question. So you might add an image to a Paragraph question and ask respondents to describe it, or add one to a Multiple Choice question and ask respondents for the correct depiction.

You can add an image before, during, or after you set up the question. To the right of the Question text box, click the Image icon.

Locate your image using the tabs at the top of the window that appears. You can upload one, use your camera, enter a URL, or choose one from Google Photos, Drive, or an image search.

Locate your image

When the image pops into your question, you have a few options by clicking the three dots on the top left of it.

Click the three dots to adjust the image

You can align the image, add a caption, replace it, or remove it.

Adjust the image using the context menu

After you finish inserting and adjusting the image, you can complete the question and click the Preview icon on the top right to view it as your respondents will.

Preview image question

Add Images as Answer Options in Google Forms

Along with basing a question on an image in Google Forms, you can use images as answer options for Multiple Choice and Checkbox questions.

Select one of these question types on the top right of the question. Hover your cursor over the first possible answer and click the Image icon (mountains inside a square) that appears.

Locate the image as described earlier from your computer, camera, a URL, Photos, Drive, or an image search.

Continue the same steps for the remaining answer options and complete the question.

Multiple choice question with image answers

You can then click the Preview icon to see how the question and answers will look to your respondents.

Preview Multiple Choice question with image answers

When you create a form like a self-grading quiz in Google Forms, images give you just one more way to ask a question or list out possible answers.

Find the Function You Need in Microsoft Excel

October 23, 2021 0
Find the Function You Need in Microsoft Excel

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Access the Insert Function Tool

Open your spreadsheet in Excel and select a cell. If you plan to insert the function once you find it, selecting the cell gives you a head start. You can then open the Insert Function feature one of two ways.

  • Click the Insert Function icon (fx) on the left side of the formula bar.

Click Insert Function next to the Formula Bar

  • Go to the Formulas tab and click “Insert Function” on the left side of the ribbon.

Click Insert Function on the Formulas tab

How to Find a Function in Excel

When the Insert Function window opens, you’ll see a search option along with a drop-down box. This gives you two easy methods for finding the function you want.

To use the search, enter a keyword or phrase into the Search for a Function box at the top of the window and click “Go.” For example, if you’re looking for a function that will help you with time and date-related calculations, trying searching for “time.”

Search for a function

The drop-down list will also help you quickly find a useful function. Click it, next to the words “Or Select a Category,” and pick a category. You’ll see common options like Financial, Logical, Text, and more. By selecting a category you’ll see all available functions within it.

Choose a function category

One other category to make note of is Most Recently Used. As the name implies, you’ll find those functions you’ve used lately here. This can be helpful if you used a function say, last week, but can’t remember what it was. Check this category and the function might pop out at you.

Most Recently Used functions

In most cases, whether you search or select a category, this simply narrows down the choices for you. So the next step in finding the function you need is checking out the descriptions. Click a function in the list and you’ll see its description and syntax at the bottom of the window.

Function description and syntax

For example, you might need a quartile function. You can see that Excel offers a few different options. By selecting each and viewing their descriptions, you should be able to see the correct one for you.

Quartile function description

If once you narrow down the function choices and view the descriptions, you’re still unsure if it’s the right function for you, you can get additional help. Select the function in the list and click “Help on This Function” on the lower-left corner of the window.

Click Help on This Function

This takes you to the Microsoft Support website for the function which provides additional information and example uses.

Use a Function You Find

When you locate the function you want to use, be sure you have the cell selected where you want to insert it. Then, either double-click the function in the list or select it and click “OK.”

You’ll then see the Function Arguments tool open for you to set up the formula using the function.

At the top, enter the data set, number, array, or whatever the function calls for.

Enter the arguments

At the bottom, you’ll notice that brief description of the function once more, but you’ll also see additional details and the result of the final formula.

View the function and formula details

Let’s look at a simple example. Here, we selected the SUM function. In the Function Arguments window, we entered the cell range in the Number1 box. You can see to the right of the box, the values in those cells and you can view the result of the formula in two spots in the window.

Sum function arguments

When you finish adding all details for the formula, click “OK” and the formula will pop into your cell with its results.

Try Formula AutoComplete

One other way to find a function in Excel is by using Formula AutoComplete. This is useful if you know the function you want but aren’t sure of the variation you need.

When you type an equal sign (=) into a cell and start entering the first letters of a function, you’ll see a drop-down list of matches. You can click each option in the list to see its description display next to it. Then to use the function, double-click it and you’ll see the arguments it needs.

For example, we know we need a COUNT function, but aren’t sure which one. We enter =COUNT and see a drop-down list of options. The description for COUNTIF lets us know this is the one we need.

Use Formula AutoComplete

We double-click “COUNTIF” in the list and then see the arguments needed for the formula. This allows us to simply enter what’s asked for and complete the formula.

Formula arguments

Working with functions and formulas in Excel can be a little intimidating if you don’t do it often. But with helpful features like these, finding and using the function you need can be a lot easier.