July 1, 2020

How to Disable Notifications from Printers in Windows 10

I'm the type of guy that keeps multiple replacement toners on hand, for my printer, just in case. But when I get warned that my toner is low, I don't necessarily want to replace it immediately. What I noticed with my Brother printer is that it sure loves to remind me that my toner is low, and it chooses to make a pop-up appear with a bright yellow message, grabbing my attention. Of course there's a financial incentive for me to replace my toner as soon as possible - so I understand why they're doing this. It is of course entirely true that the print quality would be better if I replaced the toner immediately, no doubt about it. But my only objection is the…
June 28, 2020

How to Send Files by Gmail When They’re Beyond the Attachment Size Limit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMQHH6nGitA Description This video is a fresh take on my "Reducing Email Attachment Sizes With Compression" video, posted April 20th, 2011. Since then, things have changed - it was time to revisit it. As mentioned in the video, I had difficulty uploading the partial 7z files to Gmail as attachments. I'm not sure why - your mileage may vary. 7z would be preferable because it likely has more compression options, and even without instructions I like that searching for "7z" will inevitably lead you to conclude that it's related to 7-zip whereas "zip" is more of a household term. I'm not sure that all applications that handle zips can handle the multi-volume approach done by 7-zip. Transcription "So let's say you have to send a…
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June 23, 2020

How to Reduce Sponsored Ads In Windows 10 (4 Different Settings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcXXg6MpQ-0 Transcription "So starting with Windows 10, Microsoft got really comfortable with showing ads for apps, games, and, you know, Bing searches, things like that, in Windows. They're trying to, of course, push their own products, push people to buy stuff in the Windows Store because they get a cut, things like that. So from their perspective they think they are being helpful, they're offering us these "suggestions," but personally I find these suggestions really irritating, because I don't want sponsored content appearing everywhere as I'm working. So here's 3 different places where we can turn off these helpful "suggestions," and I'll also show you how to keep your lock screen clean in Windows, so that you don't have like these pop-ups where they suggest…
June 22, 2020

How to Maximize Screen Space in Excel Online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFrgxAo1_qg Transcript "Hi everyone. Let's say you're working in Excel Online, and you find that you're not able to see enough of the document at a time. Alright so, by saying, by Excel Online I mean in the browser, right? So this is an Excel document open in a browser. It looks a bit ridiculous of course because there's a giant smiley face, but the idea behind this example is that let's say I need to see many rows of data at a time, and I'm just not able to see them all in the browser... what can I do to improve the situation? In this case we're just going to use the smiley as an example. What do I do to see the full…
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October 7, 2019

Converting Old Office Files Into DOCX, XLSX, PPTX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAJ3QMYSVVM Transcript "Hi everyone. In this video, I'll be showing you how to convert old Office files into their newer formats. So by old files I mean the DOC extension, the XLS extension, or the PPT extension, how to convert those into their X equivalents. So DOCX, XLSX. So what happened is, in Office 2007, Microsoft introduced these newer formats, the X formats, so it's possible that when you encounter old Office files, that you sometimes have to convert them to the newer formats - there's a number of reasons why you'd want to do this, but let's say you need to do this. Let's start the Word document, let's open it up. Once it opens up in Word, it's actually really simple to convert…