Category Archives: Software Tips

How to set FireFox homepage and disable top sites/recommended/highlights [SOLVED]

Question: Help! How do I disable the “Top Sites” “Recommended by Pocket” and “Highlights” when I start Firefox? Also, how do I set my OWN homepage? Thank you. Answer: In the Firefox address bar, type about:preferences and press Enter. That takes you to preferences. Now you can: Set your preferred Homepage for new windows Set your preferred page for new tabs Disable Top Sites by unchecking (under the “Firefox Home Content”┬á heading) Disable Recommended by Pocket Disable Highlights I hope

How to shutdown laptop during windows 10 initial setup (Set Up Windows)

Question: I reset a laptop (Lenovo X1 Carbon G6) using Windows 10 and I want to ship it to a new owner in a pristine condition where it will let them set up Windows 10 to their liking. However, after I booted it to test that it booted okay, I am now at the initial Windows let’s start with region setup screen and I cannot shut down ­čÖü Can you tell me how to turn off my PC during the

How to check WiFi speeds in Windows 10 [Solved]

Question. How can I check wifi speeds in Windows 10 Pro? Answer. Here are two methods to check Windows 10 wifi connection speeds: #1 Graphical User Interface (GUI) method Press Windows Key + R and type ncpa.cpl Press Enter Double-click the WiFi adapter that you want to check The Wi-Fi Status window will display: #2 Command Prompt text method Open a Command Prompt (or Press Windows Key + R and type cmd) Type netsh wlan show interfaces and press Enter You will

EXCEL: How to extract text before a comma, space or period [SOLVED]

Excel tip:┬á If you try to extract text before a space ” “, comma “,” or period “.” in Excel you may try something along these lines: =LEFT(A2,(FIND(” “,A2,1)-1)) However, if you have non-matching records, i.e. something without a space in the previous example then you will get the following result: #VALUE! Since that is probably not what you wanted, try the following: =IFERROR(LEFT(A2,(FIND(” “,A2,1)-1)),A2) Which will result in either (A) the shortened result (where applicable) or (B) the original

Adjust WordPress Divi theme footer text [SOLVED]

Question: I am trying to adjust the footer text on a Divi based theme but cannot find it anywhere in the PHP code! How do I adjust the footer text in a Divi (child) WordPress theme? Answer: Good question! You can adjust the footer text via the theme customizer: #1┬áLogin to the WordPress admin area and go to┬áDivi ->┬áTheme Customizer #2 Choose: Footer #3 Choose: Bottom Bar Voila, your theme’s footer text has been edited. I hope this helps! ­čÖé

How to adjust Picasa collage output size [SOLVED]

Question: I am creating a collage in Google’s Picasa application and I cannot get it to be the right aspect ratio for my paper which is 8.5×11 inches. Can you help? Answer: If you go to collage settings in Picasa, you can select the “Page Format” and choose something other than the default HDTV. Please see this screenshot for an example: I hope this helps ­čÖé

Photoshop CC fix D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing from your computer… [SOLVED]

A question from reader Henry: Hi. Today I did a fresh install of windows 7 pro on my lenovo thinkpad. Then I try to install adobe photoshop cc but I got an error when running the application: “D3DCompiler_47.dll is missing from your computer….” I reinstalled everything but that did not help. Can you help me with this dll problem?┬áThanks, –Henry Dear Henry, It looks like you are encountering the following error: Please find the following update for your Windows 7

Cinemagraph apps: Plotagraph, Zoetropic, Plotaverse +more

If you are looking for an easy way to add some pizzazz to your still photos, you may want to try making a cinemagraph. In the past, it required quite a bit of time to craft a cinemagraph utilizing fairly expensive programs. Now, however, it can be done on your phone in just a few minutes (or your laptop, tablet, PC if you so desire) at minimal to no cost. As an example, I tried Zoetropic on my Note 8 (Android) and within about