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Windows 10 changed date format on Excel

By |2017-02-08T01:18:28+00:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|

Having recently installed Windows 10 on my main PC I hadn't had many problems.  Until I went to use some previously created Microsoft EXCEL documents. It was then I noticed that Windows 10 had completely changed the date format on Excel from English UK to American US date format. So instead of showing dd/mm/yyyy it shows the US version mm/dd/yyyy on all of my Excel Documents. Thankfully there is an easy solution - which is to install the "English (United Kingdom)" language pack. It sounds crazy that we have to do that - but it saves having to alter the cells on all of our documents and its quick and easy to do. Windows 10 changed date format on Excel Don't Panic Its easy to change all of your documents back to UK date format on Excel First go to Control Panel in Windows 10 Set the view to small icons so that you can see the folders Click - Language You will see English US highlighted Click - English UK Download and Install Click - Yes Go back to the Control Panel click MOVE UP on the UK [...]

How to remove multiple entries of local disc on iPhone iOS8

By |2017-02-08T01:18:29+00:00August 16th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

It seemed that when I transferred my photos from my phone using Windows 7 explorer that I would get more and more Local disc entries on my phone - so I set about finding out -  How to remove multiple entries of Local disc on iPhone iOS8 These little files are just annoying little icons they don't really take up much space just 0.4kbs per item but when  you start to get loads I guess its a waste of space. I really don't know why the Local disc icons are created in DCIM sub-folders on the iPhone but there they are. That is beyond my Techieminx ability :)  But they are annoying to get rid of it seems you can't just delete them using the PC. How to remove multiple entries of local disc on iPhone iOS8 My folders ended up looking like this..   The solution is pretty simple - all you need to go is to go to your iPhone Settings Find and tap Safari Tap Advanced Tap Website Data And scroll though these until  you find items like These [...]

20 Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome

By |2017-02-08T01:18:39+00:00April 5th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

I recently posted some more in-depth tips for Google Chrome and due to the popularity of that post here are 20 Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome. Its good to get into the habit of using keyboard shortcuts if you can, its just faster and simpler to do many things. I like Google Chrome - Google say its fast, simple and secure - although, its true there sometimes are some issues,  it can be a little temperamental - like the The webpage is not available error - there are usually ways to fix Chrome. One trick is always to keep an eye on your chrome extensions, but that's for another post. These are for Windows only but for Mac I believe you replace Ctrl with the ⌘ symbol. 20 Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome Do not type / this is just to show the next key. Web-page keyboard shortcuts Print a page - Ctrl/P Save a page - Ctrl/S Stop a page loading - Esc Find (to search on a page) - Ctrl/F Window and Tab ShortCuts for Chrome Zoom in - Ctrl +  (or [...]

How to Delete GooglePlus and keep Gmail

By |2017-02-08T01:18:41+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

Many people use Gmail for emails and they don't want  Google+, YouTube, or a Google profile - well here is how to delete GooglePlus and keep Gmail. You might not have even noticed that by signing up for a Gmail account you actually have a Google+ profile - you can tell by looking at the top right of your screen when you are logged into your email If you have a Google Plus account, it will look like this - you can see the +Michelle  thats Google Plus, when you click on it it will take you to your profile. The 1 denotes that I have one message on Google Plus. And the box with the plus inside allows you to send a message to Google Plus directly from your email. If you don't have a Google+ account all you will see here is your email address and the 9 Google boxes - So, there might be many reasons that you do not want a Google Profile or a Google Plus account and you just want it gone. How to Delete GooglePlus [...]

5 tips you’ll wish you knew for Google Chrome

By |2017-02-08T01:18:46+00:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

I found out recently that people just don't know all that you can do on Google Chrome, so I have put together this list of 5 tips you'll wish you knew for Google Chrome.  Only 5 tips here but if people do find these useful I will post some more great tips for Google Chrome. I love Google Chrome, since this web browser came out in 2008 I haven't gone back - and it just gets better and better. I do use other browsers but I always use Google Chrome for everyday use. Yes, Google Chrome has its problems like sometimes randomly crashing but this is usually due to running some conflicting software, which you can easily find out by type in the the address bar about:conflicts. Or problems such as "webpage not available" which we wrote about recently. So, now to the tips, these are all using Windows on a PC - of course some of these you may already know but hopefully there will be something here that will make you think, darn, I wish I knew that before! [...]

How to fix – This webpage is not available

By |2017-02-08T01:18:47+00:00November 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Media, Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

From time to time you might get this page that pops up on Google Chrome, or any browser really - This webpage is not available.   This is the fix for the Chrome browser - Webpage not available but it will work on others also. Google Chrome for some reason cannot load the requested page, most of the time we probably just ignore it and move on to the next page that we want to view, however sometimes there is a simple fix. First check the URL - Do you have the correct extension such as .com or .co. uk Check the address in a different browser (such as Firefox or Opera - does it work there ? Then we know that its chrome causing the problem. Check the address in a different PC, Laptop or mobile. If that works we know again that its either your browser or pc. Fix "This webpage is not available" on Chrome by clearing your cookies It can be that a corrupted cookie file might be stopping this page or pages from opening 1 [...]

How to review and delete Facebook apps

By |2017-02-08T01:18:51+00:00November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: |

Some people have been asking How to review and delete Facebook apps.  Overtime we forget how many applications that we have allowed access to Facebook - For which our friends information and our own information is being stored by some of these apps and we might not even be using them any more. You probably don't even realise how many applications you have connected to your Facebook account - I know I add a lot but I had no idea how many.  Maybe it was a one off that you allowed an application to Facebook and you've now forgotten about.  Its good to check now and then and go through the apps that you don't want - especially if you have been having any trouble with spam or access to your account, it could be a rouge app. How to review and delete Facebook apps Its much simpler now that it was before - Facebook has recently made this much easier for us to go through and get rid of unwanted Facebook applications. Simply - log into your account 1 [...]

How to add the new header photo on Twitter 2014

By |2017-02-08T01:18:57+00:00May 9th, 2014|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , |

Changes have been made recently on our favourite social network, we now have a new header photo on Twitter plus there is a whole new web profile experience.  This new experience is rolling out to all users, however most are not editing their profiles because they have no idea how to add the new header photo on Twitter. About the New Profile and New Header Photo on Twitter People have complained that Twitter is just trying to be like Facebook because Facebook is more popular - but Twitter say they are just making your profile more dynamic and visual. The new web profile has these options.... Best Tweets - Tweets that get more engagement will appear larger now so these will be seen easily Filtered Tweets -  You can choose which timeline to view when looked at other profiles. Just select - Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies. Pin your favorite tweet - you can now pin your favourite tweet to the top of your profile   New Header Photo on Twitter And of course the biggest change - [...]

Heartbleed – Do I need to change my passwords ?

By |2017-02-08T01:19:01+00:00April 10th, 2014|Categories: Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , |

We are all asking because of Heartbleed - do I need to change my passwords. Its been said that many platforms are already sending out emails to customers suggesting that users change their passwords. Heartbleed is a bug that causes a vulnerability in OpenSSL which allows information to be stolen over the last 2 years.  It was called Heartbleed because of the name of the heartbeat extension that when exploited leaks information.  So its like the heart bleeding - get it? Argh darn Heartbleed - Do I need to change my passwords ? This is an email that I got from IFTTT  which stands for - If this then that - which is an application that allows you to connect different web applications or social networks and to create give a formula (recipe) that says something like - if someone follows me on twitter, send them a message.  I used to use this for various things, but I'm just not an auto girl - I like to do these things myself.  And I wasn't sure if it was worth breaking the Twitter rules.  [...]

Transfer books from Amazon Kindle to Kindle Fire HDX

By |2017-02-08T01:19:08+00:00December 11th, 2013|Categories: Tips and Tricks|

The Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet is one of the latest Amazon Fire tablets boasting a perfect-colour HDX display and a fast 2.2Ghz quad-core processor for console-quality graphics. Storage on this kiddy is either 16GB or 32GB however, you get unlimited Cloud storage for all of your amazon content.   Talking of Amazon content, we suspect if you buy a Kindle HDX you will still want to read your ebooks on your new Kindle.  We found it difficult to Transfer books from Amazon Kindle to Kindle Fire HDX as it wasn't as easy or the same as transferring from one Kindle to another. The Kindle Fire HDX doesn't come with any instructions in the box as such but it does have a special MAYDAY button which allows on-device tech support which a free.  There is also a help function on the device but this was explaining to us how to transfer the books one by one, and with hundreds of books this wasn't an option. So, with a bit of trial and error  we found a quick way to transfer files [...]

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