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Magnifier Reading on Windows 10

Microsoft seems to be crossing their T’s and dotting their I’s with their variety of tools and applications to suit everyone’s needs. Physical limitations are no match.

One crucial tool available is the Magnifier, which aids those who are hard of seeing. It shows the text larger than normal, so it can be read more clearly. To utilize this tool, Microsoft Support shares how to do so:

To quickly turn on Magnifier, press the Windows logo key+Plus sign (+). To turn off Magnifier, press the Windows logo key+Esc. 

If you prefer using a mouse, select Start  Settings   Ease of Access   Magnifier   Turn on Magnifier

Source: Microsoft Support
Source: Windows Support

One other tool that works well with the Magnifier is the reader. Once the Magnifier feature is open, the cursor needs to be placed wherever the reading needs to begin. Click and hold control, alt and enter to begin the reading.

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Computer Services – Smart & Safe Web Surfing Tips:

Karls Technology works hard not only to help fix any computer-related issues, but to advise users to properly utilize the software to avoid further troubles. Here are a few tips on Smart and Safe Web Surfing:


1) UPDATE your antivirus software, your web browser and your
operating system REGULARLY
2) Use STRONG PASSWORDS
3) Be SUSPICIOUS of emails, instant messages, files, graphics
and links from unknown senders, as they could be
contaminated with malware. BEWARE, as some websites and
pop-ups can infect your system with malicious content, as
well.
4) BACK UP – be sure to back up all the files that are of
importance and of personal value to you. Storing copies of all
your files will furthermore ensure that your data won’t be lost
in case your system crashes.

This article was previously posted on June 17, 2013, with some new, updated information.

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Firefox Update Fixes Crashes

Mozilla’s developer team has been hard at work updating Firefox after multiple reports of crashes.

Named 80.0.1, this update contains the correction of the browser crashing due to a GPU reset. And although these issues first began a few days ago, sources have stated that the GPU issues have occurred several months ago.

According to Mozilla’s release note, additional fixes included:
  • Fixed a performance regression when encountering new intermediate CA certificates (bug 1661543)
  • Fixed crashes possibly related to GPU resets (bug 1627616)
  • Fixed rendering on some sites using WebGL (bug 1659225)
  • Fixed the zoom-in keyboard shortcut on Japanese language builds (bug 1661895)
  • Fixed download issues related to extensions and cookies (bug 1655190)

Once the browser update is complete on your PC, it’s recommended you restart Firefox to finalize the changes in it’s entirety.

If you don’t have Firefox, you can simply download the newest version of Firefox on their website.

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Using the Calendar App Quickly

Accessible through the Taskbar

It’s no secret that Windows 10 holds quite the efficient Calendar app, which helps you remember important dates. But did you know you can quickly access it to create events without even opening the app? Here’s how:

  1. From your Taskbar, you’ll find the date and time. Click on it.
  2. Pick the date you’re needing to add an event to
  3. Enter in the necessary information
  4. Save it.

Once saved, the event will show up to all of your devices through your Calendar app. It’s so convenient.

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Delete Personal Information Properly When Selling Your Computer

This seems like a no-brainer when it comes to selling your computer, whether it be a PC or a Mac. No one wants any of their personal information compromised and fall into the hands of the wrong person.

But according to Kim Komando, a blogger named Josh Frantz spent roughly around $600 on different used devices for security research. What he found was absolutely startling.

“Frantz posted what he discovered on his rapid7 blog — and it was shocking! Of the 85 devices he bought, only two were correctly wiped. Most of the devices still had tons of information on them.

With help from a script he wrote, Frantz found 214,019 images, 148,903 emails and 3,406 documents. From all that, he was able to see email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.”

Source: Kim Komando

If you are ready to sell any device you have, make sure you use apps, such as Eraser, or Permanent Eraser to delete any and all information that could easily be stolen. You can also look up apps in the App Store to give you options of which disk eraser works best for you.

These devices aren’t limited to just computers. Phones, printers, tablets and other electronic devices acquire certain information that you would not want leaked. Take the appropriate steps to remove the goods, so the goods don’t become tainted when you sell your device.

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How to End Ads on Windows 10 Start Menu

If you were to see pop-up ads on your Windows 10 Start Menu, don’t be alarmed. They were specifically put there by Microsoft to recommend different apps for purchase from their store. Yes, it’s a way for Microsoft to make more money, and yes it may be annoying to most users.

But did you know that you can disable that feature? Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings on the Start Menu
  2. Go to Personalization
  3. Click Start
  4. Find the Show suggestions occasionally on Start
  5. Click the toggle off

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How To: Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

If you’re needing to troubleshoot Windows to understand the reasoning behind your PC not functioning properly, use Safe Mode. This allows Windows to load when the operating system won’t start up. And it only uses the bare minimum necessities, like uninstalling updates, running system restore, and malware scans.

Here’s how to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode:
  1. Hold the Shift button and then press Restart
  2. The blue screen will show up, then go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart > Press #4 from the list
  3. The computer will restart and you’ll be in Safe Mode
If you have Windows 8 or earlier, try these steps:
  • Windows 7 and earlier: Press the F8 key while the computer is booting (after the initial BIOS screen, but before the Windows loading screen), and then select Safe Mode in the menu that appears.
  • Windows 8Hold Shift while clicking Restart on the Power menu on either the login screen or through the Charms bar menu to begin the process.

When you get into safe mode, you’ll have the ability to run any troubleshooting tasks available to get the job done.

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How To Turn on Dynamic Lock

Windows 10 includes such a nifty little feature to help those who are somewhat forgetful when it comes to locking their home screen.

The feature, called Dynamic Lock, automatically locks your device or PC when your bluetooth (which needs to be connected with your computer) is out of range. Here’s how to enable this helpful feature:

  • Start Menu
  • Settings
  • Accounts
  • Sign-in Options
  • Dynamic Lock
  • Check box “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”

No Bluetooth? No problem!

If you’d rather not deal with bluetooth, you can still lock your screen automatically and have it put to a screen saver:

  • Start Menu
  • Type Change screen saver
  • Scroll to Blank
  • Choose allotted time for Screen Saver
  • Check box “On resume, display logon screen”
  • Click Apply, then OK

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Screenshot with Ease on Windows 10

While there are numerous ways to screenshot on your Windows operating system, including pressing CTRL (located on bottom left corner of your keyboard) + PRINT SCRN key (located near the top right corner). This screenshot will then be saved to your “Screenshots” folder in your Pictures. You would then have to upload your picture to a photo editor and cut out the part you only need.

But thankfully there is an easier way.

Use the Snip & Sketch feature. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click Start Menu + Shift + S. The Snip & Sketch tool will pop up.
  2. There will be 3 options to choose from, fullscreen screenshot, rectangle clip, and freeform.
  3. Click and drag the part of the screen of your choosing.
  4. At the bottom right part of the screen, Windows Clipboard will pop up. Click on it and edit if necessary.
  5. Last, just save it to your computer.

You can find all of your screenshots saved to your Windows Clipboard by simply clicking Start Menu + V.

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Receive Screenshot on your Mac without Floating Preview

Apple users! Heads up!

Have you taken a needed screenshot on your Mac to only see it temporarily on the lower corner of your desktop? This is just one of the many new features of macOS Mojave that pop up when you take a screenshot. And There is a simple remedy for it! Change your settings so that the file will go straight to your desktop with no floater.

  1. Press command + shift + 5
  2. Go to Options
  3. deselect Show Floating Thumbnail

How to take a screenshot on your Mac

  1. Press Shift + Command + 4
  2. Click and drag the area you want to screenshot
  3. Your screenshot will be place on your Desktop. It will be listed as .png file

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