SOLVED: Amazfit Band 5 Gold or Garbage? 2 Week Review

We needed by corporate Christmas presents and decided that it was enough of the chocolate and wine baskets.  It is time to encourage some healthly living.  Given the currently work-at-home requirements many of us have, our staff decided that a fitness bands / watches would be the best category.  After a thorough review of all fitness bands under $150, including the Samsung Galaxy Fit, Xiaomi Mi Band5 and various Fitbits and Honor Bands, we settled…

SOLVED: Video: Top 10 Microsoft Edge Features You Should Be Using

In this video we explore the 10 features in the Microsoft Edge Chrome based browser that you should be using but probably aren’t. We cover: Immersive Mode with Read Outloud PDF Markup Reopen Closed Tabs Home Page Daily News 9 Dot App Selector for Office365 Apps Coupons & Competitor Pricing Changing your search engine to Google or something else Cross platform experience on Mac, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux improves consistency Defender Smart Screen, even…

Why You Need a VPN When Working From Home

Commercial properties face plenty of digital threats—and continuing so. At the same time, however, they’re protected by robust cybersecurity networks designed to keep every connected device secured. In 2020, a lot of people work from home. Not everyone is an office worker conducting business remotely, but anyone operating from their own local network—even if it’s private—is at risk from digital attacks. Despite remote workers carrying higher cybersecurity risks, as their data is worth more, too…

SOLVED: Keyboard Shortcut for Quick Print

We recently needed to print the same document 50 times but needed to clear a bizarre hardware error between each job.  Every time the error was cleared, so was the print queue so the work around was to simply print the document separately 50 times.  Because Office products like Word now use a “back stage view” printing requires FILE > PRINT > PRINT each time which after a few times becomes monotonous.  So we wanted…

SOLVED: Microsoft Lists vs ToDo vs Planner vs Project Whats the Difference?

If you are a Microsoft 365 user you know there has been an explosion of new apps including three that plan things todo in lists (see what I did there!).  There are definitely similarities between the products but they each have different use cases. Lets start with the similarities. What is Microsoft SharePoint? Lists, ToDo and Planner are all running of a Microsoft SharePoint in the background.  SharePoint has been around for more than a…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Easily Swap Rows & Columns in Excel

In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to easily swap / switch / rotate / transpose rows and columns in Excel.  The process is to: Select the rows and columns you want Right click and select COPY Right click on a cell in an open area of the worksheet (or a different worksheet) and select PASTE SPECIAL Select the TRANSPOSE option We also demonstrate that some of the instructions given, even by Microsoft,…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Easily Remove Third Party Menu Items From Word Excel PowerPoint

Do you have garbage addins, like PDF tools, Printer tools, Camera tools or other junk cluttering the menus in your Office products like Word Excel and Outlook? Get rid of them. We demonstrate how to disable and how to permanently remove junk menu items in Word Excel and PowerPoint. These add menu items from Adobe, Samsung, Cannon, HP, … and others are: not helping your machines performance add visual clutter which slows YOU down most…

SOLVED: How To Configure Advanced Settings on AmazFit Band 5

If you have an AmazFit Band 5, there are several buried settings you are likely to want to change.  Here are the top 10 advanced setting we think most consumers will want to modify: 1 – How To Change Watch Faces on AmazFit 5 Swipe up or down on the device until you see the MORE icon Swipe DOWN to the very bottom and click SETTINGS Click BAND DISPLAY Swipe up or down to select…

SOLVED: How To Easily Remove Old Driver Files From Windows

Unless you are  very new to using Windows, you will know that Microsoft has made enormous strides in driver management over the decades.  The Driver Roll Back feature has saved our butts a few times.  However, there is still one area that is seriously lacking and that is the removal of old or unused drivers. Fortunately someone with the affable moniker LostInTheDark wrote a dandy freeware utility to manage the Windows driver store and posted…

SOLVED: How To Completely Remove & Reset Your Windows 10 Print Subsystems

If you are having problems with your printers or queues, there are several steps to take to clear the system and we will go through them in order of easiest to most difficult: 1 – Easy Print Resets Click START and type PRINTERS Click on the printer you want to remove and select REMOVE DEVICE button   2 – Intermediate Print System Resets Remove Windows printing Features: Click START and type FEATURES, then click on…

Invalid Clipboard Format Error Partially Solved

We wrote our own bookkeeping software in Visual FoxPro many years ago and several weeks ago we found that when we print we receive OLE ERROR CODE 0X8004006a: Invalid Clipboard Format and the system outputs a blank page. The problem occurs with soft printers like the MICROSOFT PRINT TO PDF and to hard printers like our Samsung C460FW, but only from this one app.  The printers all seem to function without error on other apps…

SOLVED: How To Stop Skype From Automatically Starting

It seems that every few years we have to create a new cookbook of how to stop Skype from starting up automatically at login.  This is definitely a frustrating situation as Microsoft knows better than most they should not force software on users.  Today the problem is that there are several different versions of Skype; the full desktop client, the Universal Windows App and the web client. The web app is easy enough to avoid;…

SOLVED: In Simple Terms, What Do The Advanced Settings In A BIOS Do?

What is BIOS? BIOS is the acronym for Basic Input Output System.  A BIOS is the firmware (meaning that it is changable code stored in a physical chip) that tells the operating system SOFTware what the physical HARDware is capable of.  Without a UEFI / BIOS, Windows, Linux, Android, MacOS, iOS… would not know if the system needs a keyboard, has a touch screen, has unused memory slots, requires the hard drive to be decrypted…