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Open PDF files in different Foxit Reader windows (not tabs) [SOLVED]

Allow multiple windows in Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit is a very nice PDF reader, however, a few versions back they made a change that is limiting for multiple monitor users. Specifically, PDFs open in separate Foxit tabs rather than their own windows. This can make it tough to compare two documents side-by-side etc. Thankfully, there is an easy fix to allow multiple Foxit PDF windows: File -> Preferences -> Documents -> Check the “Allow Multiple Instances” box -> Click OK That is all there is to it!

Format FAT32 on 64GB, 128GB, 256GB USB flash drives on Windows

64GB USB flashdrive formatted at FAT32

Need to format a > 32GB USB flash drive as FAT32 but Windows won’t let you? No problem, here is a free and safe utility that you can use to format your thumbdrive:   (dl website) More details and background: Recently I needed to format a 64GB USB flash drive as FAT32. This was for use in a Chevrolet vehicle that requires FAT32 and 32K cluster sizes in order to read from high capacity USB flash drive. I ordered a

Fix GOM Player distorted sound

GOM Player Audio Filter Settings

If your GOM Player has very distorted/scratchy/popping noise during video playback, then here is a setting you will want to check: Preferences -> Audio -> Audio Effects tab -> Voice Filter -> Disable Setting the audio effects voice filter to ‘None’ resolved the sound issue for me. Previously the ‘cut’ filter had been checked and it was causing some terrible sound issues on certain videos, I am not sure how the checkbox ever got check but it could have been

Update Quicken 2015 to R5 for taxes

Quicken 2015 R5 release notes

Quicken has recently (3/24/2015) released their version R5 patch for Quicken 2015. If you like to have all your financial software up to date while doing taxes, you may want to backup and then perform the upgrade! There are a couple ways you can update, you can find info on both below. #1 Perform a “One Step Update” from the Tools menu in the application, after the update completes it should show you a notice about the new update: After

Delete recovery partition on Windows 8.1 [SOLVED]

DISKPART commands to delete recovery partitions in Windows 8.1

I recently updated my Dell XPS 2015 to a 512GB m2 SSD. That left me with the old 128GB m2 SSD which I installed into a USB 3.0 UASP enclosure. However, I still needed to delete the partitions off of the old SSD so I could do a clean format. Here are the steps to do so: Open Command Prompt as administrator, then run: C:\Windows\system32>DISKPART DISKPART> LIST DISK Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt ——– ————- ——- ——- —

Fix Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 scanner power problem [SOLVED!]

Check and see if this button has popped up

Q. Hiya. I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 scanner for my Mac and it will not power on I checked the power supply and it is a really expensive scanner, do you know how I could go about repairing it so it will power on again? -Shirley Barnes A. Hi Shirley! I know something you can try. I have the same ScanSnap ix500 for my PC and the scanner has a small button/switch that is normally recessed, but it pops

Fix Dell XPS 13 5GHz wifi speed issues [SOLVED]

WiFi speeds as they should be :-)

When I first connected my Dell XPS 13 to my ASUS router I was quite impressed by the 893Mbps connection speed. However, a few days later and I could not even see the 5GHz wifi network. I was stuck at 144Mbps and not loving it. After experimenting with the drivers, I determined that an automatic driver update had effectively disabled the 5GHz capability of the internal wifi card and that by reverting to the original (stock) Windows 8.1 driver I

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