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Intelligent Google Drive Chrome Extensions Every User Should Know

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Know These Google Drive Chrome Extensions for Better Usage

If you’re a regular user of Google Drive while on the Chrome browser, you want to get the most out of this service they offer. With 15GB of free online storage and an option to upgrade to give you more space for business or personal use, along with a productivity suite containing Docs, Sheets, and Slides, when you add some intelligent extensions this becomes an exceptional tool needed in both homes and offices. This is all offered by Google Drive Chrome.

1) Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google Drive allows you to store almost any file. However, without this extension installed, Google Docs is unable to open a Word Doc until it is converted to the Google Docs format. With this extension, you can permanently convert your files to Google format or open, edit, and save your DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, and XLSX files.

2) Save to Google Drive

At times when it may not be as simple as you want it to be to add things to your Google Drive. This extension allows you to add individual parts, such as images or texts, or an entire web page to Google Drive for you to access later. Save PDFs, audio, video, and even Microsoft Office documents. If you wish, convert these documents automatically to Doc, Sheets, or Slides format. To save, simply hold-down or right-click items you wish stored and choose “Save to Google Drive”.

3) Checker Plus for Google Drive

Checker Plus not only works with Google Drive but also for Google Calendar, Gmail, and Google Photos. This extension allows you full access to all files stored on Google Drive as well as images on your Google Photos. This is the fastest way of searching and browsing files stored without having to access the site for Google Drive itself.

4) AbleBits

AbleBits has several incredible add-ons available for Google Sheets. These add-ons make working with Sheets much easier while enhancing your productivity.

These add-ons include:

  • Merge two sheets
  • Remove duplicates
  • Merge values from adjacent cells
  • Change table style, generate random values
  • Work with text, formulas, and format
  • Find and replace data in notes, links, formulas, and values
  • Split full names into different columns
  • Find fuzzy matches and correct typos in your sheet
  • Generate random values
  • Keep in mind extras like these are costly for Microsoft Excel, but free for Sheets.

5) Draftback

Draftback makes it simple to look up your revision history. All changes you made are basically played back for you. Everything is kept private unless you desire to make your playback public.

Install these intelligent Google Drive Chrome extensions and get a boost in work output.

Become an Internet Pro with These Awesome Browser Tricks

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Awesome Browser Tricks Everyone Should Know

The majority of us put Internet browsers to use on a daily basis. They are a way for us to see and discover everything the world wide web has to offer.

Due to the amount of time we spend on our browsers, it can be assumed you’re an Internet pro. However, not very many of us are. There is always more browser tricks for you to learn to enhance your skills.

Here are some awesome browser tricks to help you surf like a pro:

1) Dead Webpages

While searching online, you may stumble across some sites which are no longer online. This happens for various reasons. Paste the dead link into archive.org if you have this problem. Many times they have old versions of sites available to view.

2) Tab Restore

Everyone has accidentally closed a tab, and many times you may not remember what site you were on. This can be frustrating, and in the past, you would have had to go through your browser’s history to find and reload it. This is no longer the case with most browsers who offer “Recently Closed Tabs” list.

A faster way than going through history, press ctrl + shift + T and your tab will reload.

3) Use Your Browser as a Notepad

We all have been in need of paper and pen, but there is none to be found.

Bookmark this code to use the browser window for a notepad:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

Simply enter this code into your browser address next time you’re in need.

Be sure to copy any notes taken before closing any windows, these are not able to be saved.

4) Google’s Reverse Image Search

You may have an image saved someplace on your PC, but have no memory of where it came from. You can find out with Google’s reverse image search. Go to images.google.com and either drag and drop the image you have saved or click the camera icon.

5) Clearing Cache

A cache is a temporary storage of such things as images and web pages, with a purpose of reducing lag, bandwidth, and server load. There are times that sites are able to be loaded from the cache. However, a cache can end up corrupted. When this happens, you can simply clear and reload the proper version of the cache. To do so press ctrl + shift + R. 

6) URL Highlight Browser Tricks

Oftentimes, keyboard shortcuts are quicker to use than a mouse. Everyone knows the popular ones, such as cut and copy, but try this awesome one.

Highlight the current website URL by pressing ctrl + L. Easily share your links with friends or co-workers.

After learning these neat tricks, you can take to your browser like a pro. Make sure to also check out how to configure and set up your Microsoft 10 browser.

Warning Signs to Watch for with a Failing SSD

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If in the market for a new desktop or laptop, it is recommended to choose one with a Solid State Drive (SSD) rather than a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD). An SSD is more stable, faster, and uses less energy, making them untouchable compared to an HDD. However, this does not mean they can never fail. Dealing with a failing SSD does come with warning signs.

An expected lifespan for an SSD is 5-7 years, with many failing before then. Knowing how you can protect yourself and what you need to look out for is part of getting the most out of them.

Possible Failures of an SSD

Due to no moving physical parts in an SSD, there are no HDD issues, However, other components than storage are susceptible to mechanical failure.

The required power supplies and capacitator are vulnerable for malfunctions. Another problem may be limited cycles of read/write.  This does not mean to become paranoid, with read/write problems mostly occurring as in older SSD, and you can always retrieve your data.

Failing SSD Warning Signs

Unlike an HDD where a there is a whirring noise to alert you there is an issue, SDDs have none. The most reliable and hassle free way of knowing your SSD is running smoothly is by installing software which monitors and checks for flaws.

Windows users – Crystal Disk Mark

Mac OS X users – Smart Reporter Lite

Other Warning Signs

Bad Block on SSD

SSDs have bad blocks in same way as HDDs have bad sectors. When trying to save or read a file, it ends in failure after a long wait, eventually giving an error message.

Usual Signs of Bad Blocks

  1. Applications freeze and crash often.
  2. Files unable to be read or written to drive.
  3. Runs slow, more often when retrieving a large file.
  4. Need to repair PC or file system.
  5. When moving files there are frequent errors.

Files Unable to Be Read or Written

Your files can be affects by bad block in two ways:

  1. While data is written to the drive, a bad block is detected by the system, refusing to write any data.
  2. After data has been written to the drive, a bad block is detected by the system, refusing data to be read.

First case shown, there is no corruption to your data because it has yet to be written. Many times this this is resolved automatically.

Second case shown, your date will be difficult to retrieve. Many times, there is no retrieving it.

Do you think you have a failing SSD?

If you notice any of the warning signs, you need to consider replacing your SSD. Shop around and look at all your choices before making a final decision.

Disable Microsoft Upload Center on Windows

Remove the upload center with ease.

Remove the upload center with ease.

Easily Disable the Microsoft Upload Center

A feature introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 is Microsoft Upload Center. This feature still lives on in Office 2013 and 2016. It is an add-on to Office.

Older versions of Microsoft Office were made to save documents, along with other Office files to the local hard drive. With the incorporation of OneDrive and cloud storage having so much emphasis in modern versions, Microsoft has included Upload Center. The purpose of it is to help when uploading documents to cloud storage, basically OneDrive.

When on default setting, if Save is clicked on a document, a copy is saved on your system while Microsoft Office tries to upload it to your OneDrive account. You may not notice anything unless you have a slow connection.

If you are one that uploads tons of documents to OneDrive at one time or you are frequently having to deal with weak wireless connections, MS Upload Center is most likely useful for you and you should probably not disable it. However, if you work only occasionally on a file in Office or never use OneDrive, t is irrelevant and to save resources you can disable it.

Removal of Notification Icon

If you want the icon removed from your system tray but do not mind Upload Center running in the background, you do not have to stop the program to remove the icon. Right-click Upload Center icon and select Settings, under Display Options, uncheck Display icon in notification area. Keep in mind that it is still running, use the start menu to access this program now.

Disabling the Microsoft Upload Center

There are different processes for disabling the Microsoft Upload Center depending on what version Windows and Office you are using.

If you are in use of Office 2010, type into the Search bar MSConfig on Startup tab check and disable the entry MSOSYNC. If any instance of Microsoft Office 2010 is noticed here, you can disable is since there is no reason for it to run at startup.

Another method reported to work for users on Windows 7, Office 2010 is editing the registry. This needs to be done with caution as to avoid damage to your computer.

Go to this location on the Registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Now you need to delete the value OfficeSyncProcess and restart.

For users of Office 2013, you can use Task Scheduler to attempt to remove Upload Center. In the Start menu enter Task Scheduler for it to open. In the left pane click Task Scheduler Library. Browse for Microsoft Office 15 Sync Maintenance for USERNAME and once found rick-click on it to disable.
Hopefully you have found a solution to disable Upload Center, however if you have not there are benefits of keeping your documents saved in the cloud.

Top Problems with Internet Explorer, And Ways to Fix Them

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Know the Answers to All of Your Internet Explorer Problems

Although Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 has come with their new browser, Microsoft Edge, there are still time when Internet Explorer is needed. There are some people that have decided not to upgrade, at least not yet. Internet Explorer has been improved greatly which has brought many users back, however as with any technology there are glitches and problems. Here are some common problems and how to solve them:

First thing, always want to do is check for Windows update, there is a possibility you have missed one.

404 Error: Page Cannot Be Displayed

If having 404 Error try resetting your browser. Go to Tools, and select Internet Options>Advanced>Reset. A dialog box will appear “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” and select Reset>Close>OK. Restart your computer for default setting to take effect for Internet Explorer.

Issues with Display

If a website images are not displaying or it is blank, text is jumbled or broken, or menus are out of place, there might be an issue with compatibility between the website and IE. In the Compatibility View list you can add this website. Go to tools, Compatibility View setting, the text field will automatically have the website you are on displayed, click Add.

If there are still issues, clear your browser cache. Doing so also deletes your Compatibility View list. Go to Tools, then Internet Options>General, click Delete underneath Browsing history. Put a check in the box Temporary Internet files and website files the select Delete.

Videos Will Not Play

There may be an add-on required in your browser to play the video you are trying. Also be sure you are not trying to view the video while InPrivate Browsing is being used. This may block required add-ons or info needed to play the video.

Another way to try fixing the issue is using Compatibility View.

Freezes or Crashes

There are many ways of addressing this problem. One way is by turning hardware acceleration off. Your computers graphic card is used for accelerating tasks which are graphics-extensive, such as online games or streaming video. Go to Tools, Internet Options>Advanced, now put a check in the box Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering. Hit OK, and restart your browser so the changes will take effect.

Another way is by running Internet Explorer Performance troubleshooter. So a search and hit Troubleshooting. Select View All>Internet Explorer Performance. Using the Advanced link you want to Run as administrator. You receive result that are more accurate when ran in admin mode. Make sure there is a check in the box Apply repairs automatically, hit Next and follow all directions that follow.

These solutions should fix your issues, and if they do not, you can reset IE back to its default settings described in “404 Error”. Internet Explorer can be a pain, but with the right knowledge; you’re able to handle the problems without a worry.

Setting Up Windows 10 Default Browser – Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has a new browser, are you ready for it?

Microsoft has a new browser, are you ready for it?

What is the Default Browser for Windows 10

Microsoft Edge, previously known as Project Spartan, is a new internet browser from Microsoft. This browser supports HTML5, along with parts of technologies that are outdated such as Silverlight and ActiveX.
Edge promises to be faster, modern, and reliable than Internet Explorer. With browser extensions being added at some point, Edge will be more completive with Firefox and Chrome.  So if you’re just getting used to that Start menu, make sure to have a browser to go with it.

Import Favorites

Click on your browsers top right corner three-point menu, next go to Settings > Import favorites from another browser, choose which browser you wish to import from, then click Import.

Set Custom Home Page

Microsoft Edge has the ability of opening more than one home page same as Internet Explorer.
Go to Settings > Open with and choose what you prefer from the four choices given. When choosing A specific page or pages > Custom you can enter multiple pages you want Edge to open each time it is launched.

Change Default Search Engine

Bing is the default search engine for Edge. To change this go to Settings > Advanced settings > Search in the address bar with. From the drop down menu, select < Add new > and choose one that is given. Search engines are added to this list by visiting their websites.

Add Home Button

There is no home button set by default on Edge. However, you are able to turn this feature on by going to Settings > View advanced settings > Show the home button. Beneath the on/off button is where you enter the site that is associated with the home button.

Your Top Sites Customized

Content can fill the New tab page like it does in Firefox and Chrome. To set this up, go to Settings > Open new tabs with you can choose either show Top sites, or A blank page, or Top sites and suggested content.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Efficiently browse using these keyboard shortcuts which Microsoft Edge supports:
CTRL + Enter when only entering a name for a website (e.g. computerrepairblob), this shortcut completes it with http:// and .com.
SHIFT + Enter to add …. and .net.
CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to complete an address with .org.
CTRL + 1 brings you to the first tab, CTRL + 2 bring you to the second tab, and so forth.
CTRL + D allows you to add a favorite.
CTRL + G opens up your reading list.
CTRL + H opens up the history.
CTRL + I to open favorites.
CTRL + J opens up Downloads.
CTRL + K to clone the tab you are currently on.
CTRL + N to open a new window.
CTRL + T to open a new tab.
With time, Microsoft will introduce more features similar to your favorite browsers such as Firefox and Chrome to Edge.

Make Life Easier Using Hidden Features in Word

So many features you might not have known about.

So many features you might not have known about.

Hidden Features Do Exist in Word

Majority of people only use the very basic and obvious features Microsoft Word offers. There are times when a feature that could of saved you time and frustration is pointed out to you by somebody that you did not know existed. Here are a few features you may not know about that can make life easier when working with Word:

1. Hide the Ribbon

When using Word you do not want distractions, and the ribbon can be one that we can make disappear. To toggle the view press Ctrl and F1 together. You can tweak this by selecting Ribbon Display Option > Auto-hide Ribbon. If you would like it set it read mode simple select from the Ribbon menu, View > Read Mode.

2. Outline View

From the Ribbon menu click on View > Outline. You can reorganize a report fast with the use of outline view. There is a special toolbar that comes up for demoting or promoting selected text.

3. Write Equations

Being able to write equations has always been in Word and was called “Equation Editor”, now known as “Equation”. This tool is more advanced now in the latest version. To get to it select Insert > Equation. Older documents can be converted to the new format and the equation editor used without a problem.

4. Convert Tables to Graphs

Easiest way to accomplish this is select Insert > Object. Choose Microsoft Graph Chart from the list that popped up. Easy as that!

5. 24 Items in the Clipboard

The place copied text is saved temporarily is known as the Clipboard. As you know already, you can only copy text one piece at a time before being replaced by the next selection you copy. In Microsoft Word however, this is not the case. Select the tiny dropdown arrow that is next to Clipboard on the Home tab, or press Ctrl and C twice for the shortcut to open your Clipboard Panel. This panel shows you up to 24 items previously copied. You can move these anywhere within your document. This works across all documents for Office.

6. Inspect the Document

When sharing documents it is wise to have any personal information removed that may be hidden. Users that are malicious might use it against you. Select File > Info > Check for Issues. Now select Inspect Document. After you choose what to look for hit OK. You are then shown what items were found and can select Remove All to remove the information from the document. Now you can share your document freely.

Hopefully, using these features make using Word more productive and easier for use.

Evernote -VS- OneNote

OneNote and Evernote have many differences.

OneNote and Evernote have many differences.

Evernote -VS- OneNote Differences and Similarity

Apps for taking notes are handy and practical in several situations. You can make lists or when a good idea pops into your head, you can write it down just in case you forget. OneNote and Evernote are two software solutions that takes notes and offer features that are useful for everybody needing to keep information on track. Both are offered for free. Both offer features for individual and businesses. We will look at each of these apps to see their comparison.

Some Features of OneNote

OneNote division of pages and notebooks are neat. Many platforms are supported. However, features are inconsistent across various platforms. Few of the features that Evernote lacks, OneNote has an integrated thesaurus and dictionary. Desktop apps give the ability for the user to position text where they want, and draw diagrams. Sections can be assigned a password, individual pages cannot have one. Media content can be added, for instance audio and video recordings. Screenshots, pictures, and scanned images taken from Facebook, OneDrive, the hard drive, and Flickr can be added.

Main advantage for the OneNote app is its system, Optical Character recognition (OCR). OneNote identifies automatically imported pictures, screenshots, and scanned images. On the image that is in the note, right click and copy its text, now paste wherever you want. Paragraphs and text from documents are extracted easily.

Notes can be shared through e-mail with the desktop version, web version can be shared by e-mail and URL. Extracting text is done well with documents or scanned book, but not well with websites. Screenshots can be captured but not the text directly. Web and desktop versions are basically the same, with some features missing from the web app.

OneNote is a practical solution with a nice selection of features.

Some Features of Evernote

Features across various platforms are consistent and simple. Third party support for Evernote is wider than OneNote. Features for web clipping are excellent. You can have several notebooks for storing separate sections of images, audio, and notes. Video files can be stored but there is not an option for capturing video notes.

Plugins for browsers, named Evernote Clearly and Evernote Web Clipper allows you to organize and save copies of webpages. This is handy for researching online, storing updates and conversations from e-mails and social media, and capturing articles.

Desktop version of Evernote has a section displaying a list of what is in selected folders. You create and see your content on the right. Evernote does not offer as organization of sections or pages as clear as OneNote. Web version is similar but cleaner.

Main advantage is with its mobile app, being able to capture audio and combine with other notes.

Evernote is a good solution for notes with more consistency over platforms than OneNote. Evernote is better for general notes, and for better video features, consider OneNote.

Report Problems and Check Solutions Windows 8

Let Microsoft know where there is an error.

Let Microsoft know where there is an error.

Fix Windows 8 Problems Yourself

There are numerous problems that you might encounter with the software and programs on Windows 8. Some of these just need to restart themselves, while others might require more work on your end. If this should happen to you — you’re going to want to know what it is that you should do. You might also want to report these issues to Microsoft. That way, they will receive the problem and be able to update the system so you do not have them any longer.

Here are the ways to check for solutions to your common Windows 8 problems, as well as how to report them to Microsoft.

Report Problems and Solutions Center

Open up the Problem Reports and Solutions Center by clicking on the Start button. There, you will see the Control Panel. You will want to click on that and then System and Maintenance that is found in that panel. Click on the Problem Reports and Solutions button.

Look at the left panel and click on the Change Settings button.

Click on the Check for Solutions Automatically (this is recommended for all computers) and then click on OK. If there is a problem that is found on the system, you are going to be notified via a pop up box on your screen. They will let you know what the problem is and the necessary steps needed to solve and prevent the problem in the future. Microsoft might also let you know that they need more information in order to find or create a specific solution for your computer.

If there is a problem and there is no solution that is given to you, or you’ve already tried them all — a new pop up window is going to come on the screen. This is where it is going to ask you whether or not you’d like to send a notification to Microsoft letting them know about this problem that you’ve been having. You can either click ‘Not at this time’ or ‘OK and depending on what you’d like to do. You’re able to either send or wait it out until the next time it happens.

It is recommended that you send a notification over to Microsoft. This will better allow them to help you with the problem you’re having and even come up with solutions and fixes for the problem. Most likely it is a bug within the system that needs to be smoothed out.

Should I install Windows Updates

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Windows Update Settings

Your computer is worth more than you may think. With all the information that people put on their computer such as saved passwords, email accounts and other sensitive information a person with bad intentions could consider your computer to be priceless. When you choose not to install the security updates from Microsoft it leaves known loop holes open in your system that can be exploited. Most updates are created to fix or prevent issues within your computer. On the other hand there have been issues during and after updating. These problem are not normally caused by the updates themselves but by programs or drivers on your computer system. To avoid these issues you should know what you are updating and why you are updating it.

Setting up Windows Updates

  1. Select Start
  2. Click Control Panel 
  3. Select Windows Update
  4. (Left hand side ) Select Change Settings
  5. choose the option ” Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
  6. Click OK

This setup will allow you to see the updates offered by Microsoft but will not download or install them. Allowing you to pick and choose what to install and what you may need to look into before installing. Before installing updates you should make a backup of your system or at least create a restore point to default back to if something should go wrong during the updating process. Should you have any problems while updating  your computer  visit IQ Computer Services for assistance.