Category: Computer Tips

Add a Picture or a Video to Facebook Messenger

Add a Picture or Video to Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has a plethora of capabilities! You can even send images and video to each other!

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Adding images to a Facebook Messenger Conversation

You can add images from your device in Facebook messenger without the use of any third-party apps. Facebook makes it very simple to do.

Steps to add an image or video with Facebook Messenger

1. Navigate to the Facebook Messenger window

2. Click the image button

3. This will open a file explorer window for you to choose a file to upload.

*Note that you can only use image and video files.

4. Click ‘open’ to queue the image to be sent

5. Click send if you are ready to send it or add another image or video or add a comment

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Hopefully this helped you add an image or video to your Facebook conversations!

If you are wondering how to use the Facebook Clipboard function check out our step-by-step guide!

 

Where is the Facebook Clipboard?

The Ultimate guide to Facebook Clipboard

If you are trying to find where you recently saved a Facebook item, you can easily find it by going to your 'My Collection' screen.

You can get to this in several ways.

Facebook Collections

The easiest way is by going to this link: Facebook.com/saved

How to get to your Facebook clipboard / collection from Home

Remembering Facebook.com/saved shouldn’t be too difficult, but follow these next steps to find it from the home screen.

Navigate to the 'Explore' menu on the left of you home screen

The menu on the left of the Facebook home screen is home to a lot of helpful tools. Under shortcuts we can find the ‘Explore’ menu.

facebook clipboard saved collection menu

Under the 'Explore' menu you'll find 'Saved'

Clicking on the save menu will bring up the Facebook My Collections screen.

Anything that you have saved on Facebook will show up here, where you can organize it in to different collections.

facebook save collections

How to save to Facebook Clipboard

Saving to the Facebook Clipboard is extremely easy.

Find a piece of content that you like on Facebook and then click the ‘ellipses’ or the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the content.

facebook context menu

Click on 'Save post' to add it to your collections

You will receive a confirmation above the post telling you that the content was saved to your saved items and that you can add it to a collection. Navigate to your Facebook Saved section to organize content into your collections.

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Hopefully this helped you navigate to this under-appreciated feature of Facebook!

If you were wondering about saving items to your computer clipboard to paste to and from Facebook, check out our How to copy Text to a clipboard  step-by-step guide!

 

How to copy text to a clipboard

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How to copy text to clipboard

Copying text and content and pasting it to another place on your computer is one of the most basic ways to transfer data around your PC. In this short guide, I’ll tell you what a ‘clipboard’ is, how to copy data, cut data and how to paste it.

What is a computer clipboard?

Just like a real life clipboard, you can attach documents to a clipboard and then take it somewhere else. 

On your computer, it does the same. You can copy text, images, lines of code, etc. and attach it to your clipboard to bring to another app or program and then you can ‘paste’ the information to the new program.

Your clipboard is a type of memory storage that the computer temporarily allocates to your content.

How to copy data to your clipboard

Assuming you are on Windows- you can do it a few ways. You can highlight your text and then right click with your mouse and choose ‘copy’. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + C.

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How to cut data to your clipboard

You can cut out data from a document by highlighting your content and right clicking and choosing ‘cut’ or you can use the shortcut CTRL + X. 

What's the difference between 'copy' and 'cut'?

Imagine you have a document that you want to take with you. If you make a copy, the original document can stay where you found it while you go and take the copy somewhere else.

If you cut a document, you are permanently taking a piece of that document out of the original and storing the cut portion.

You would use copy when you want to keep the original intact and just copy some data to another program and you would use cut when you want to remove data from one program and move it to another.

 

What else can I copy and cut?

You can copy and cut just about anything you want on a computer! You can copy and cut text, images, lines of code, elements, URLS, shortcuts and documents.

How do I paste from my clipboard?

Pasting is just as easy as cutting and copying! You can right click on the area you want to paste to and choose paste, or you can use the shortcut CTRL + V.

This will paste whatever you had stored in your clipboard.

Can I copy my screen?

Copying your computer screen is a tiny bit more trickier than just copy and cutting, but definitely doable.

We call this a ‘print screen’ or ‘screenshot’.

You can ‘copy’ the image of your screen by pressing the ‘print screen’ button on your keyboard.

For more you can check out our Ultimate Guide to taking a screenshot!

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I hope this quick guide helped you learn the difference between copy and cut and what a clipboard is and how to paste data from it! Please leave a comment if you have any questions about the methods discussed in this article!

How to Make VLC Fullscreen

How to Make VLC Fullscreen

If you need to download the latest version of VLC Media Player, you can find it here.

It is strangely difficult to make VLC Media Player Fullscreen- but it’s really easy to do once you know how! Check out this quick step-by-step guide on how to maximize VLC Media Player!

Open VLC and go to the top bar and open the 'view' menu

vlc fullscreen view menu

In the view menu do the following:

  1. Click fullscreen interface
  2. Click Minimal Interface

Quick Shortcuts to Maximize VLC

VLC on Windows

Press F11 to maximize

VLC on Mac

Command + F to maximize

And that's it! Fullscreen VLC Media Player!

You can press ‘ESC’ to go back to the normal view settings when in fullscreen.

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Did this help you? it’s a quick fix to make your VLC media player fullscreen! Let me know if you have any questions.

How to Save a Webpage as a PDF

How to Save a Webpage as a PDF

Saving a webpage is extremely useful for when you want to save something that doesn’t have a built in PDF function. In this tutorial we’ll cover the most basic way to save ANY webpage as a PDF.

Using Microsoft Print to PDF

Hands down the easiest way to save ANYTHING as a PDF, especially a webpage is using the default Microsoft Print to PDF. This will appear in your printers menu when you go to print a document.

If you have Microsoft Print to PDF, then it will show up in your printer menu like below.

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Enabling and Disabling Microsoft Print to PDF

Microsoft Print to PDF is default on Windows 10 now, if you do not have it, or maybe you think it might be turned off, you can turn it back on with the below instructions.

Open Windows Features

You can open the Windows Features settings in Windows by going to the start menu and typing ‘Windows Features’, it should pop up. If it doesn’t, you can also find it in the control panel.

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Check the box next to Microsoft Print to PDF

Check the box next to Microsoft Print to PDF and then it should show up in your list of printers. If you still don’t see it then your computer does not have it. 

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Using Google Chrome Print Dialog

Almost just as easy as Microsoft Print to PDF is printing to PDF using the Google Chrome print dialog. We’ve all seen this dialog before, it shows up when you try to print something using Google Chrome.

Go ahead and try printing using Google Chrome.

You will see the below window and you can select your printer from the drop down menu. The best part about the dialog is that you can choose ‘Save to PDF’. Which makes it extremely simple! Click save at the bottom and you’re done!

Google Chrome Print Dialog

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I hope this guide helped you save a page as a PDF! It is very easy to do once you know how.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or concerns. I will be writing future articles about more print dialog tips and tricks and I will make sure to update this article!

How to Edit Text on Any Webpage

How to edit text on any webpage

Why would I want to edit the text of a website?

There are tons of interesting applications for editing the text of a website. You might want to edit your bank account balance to say you’re a millionaire and then take a screenshot and impress your friends, or more useful, you can edit fields which are ‘greyed out’ and you can edit their values. The best part is that it is extremely simple to change the text on a webpage.

What do I need to get started?

You will need a web browser that allows you to inspect source code live in the browser. We’ll walk through the how to do it Chrome.

 

Using Chrome to edit the source code of a webpage

The Chrome browser is the browser I would recommend for this as it has a very powerful suite of development tools for editing the text of a website. For the first example, we’re going to edit my bank account balance to make it look like I have $1,000,000!

1. Right click on the webpage you want to edit, more specifically WHAT you want to edit.

bank balance edit text right click

2. Click on 'inspect'

You can also use the shortcut “CTRL + SHIFT + I”

When click ‘inspect’ it will show you the following. What you are looking at is the source code of the webpage. If you aren’t familiar with source code and web development, don’t let this deter you, as it is fairly easy for what we are doing. 

Look at the code below. You can see the bank balance of $652.96. 

bank balance edit text webpage

3. Double click the value you want to edit.

Once you double click you’ll notice the field becomes editable.

bank balance edit text webpage double click

4. Type in the new value

As you can see below I have edited the bank balance text to $1,000,000.

bank balance edit text webpage double click edit

5. Exit out of the inspect window

Wow! Now I can impress my friends with my millionaire status!

Now this example is silly and not terribly practical, but the next section can be used for something much more useful!

bank balance 1,000,000

Edit non-editable grayed out fields

That’s right! You know when you are trying to edit something and it won’t let you edit it? You can use this technique to edit those fields! In the following example we’re going to edit our WiFi network name!

Edit your WiFi network name when it is grayed out

1. Right click on the Wireless Network Name (SSID)

WiFi Network

2. Double click on the value after value="

inspect wireless network edit

3. Edit the value to the name you want to use

You can see below that I changed the wireless network to value=”The Faster Fixer is the best!”

inspect wireless network faster fixer

4. Close out of the inspect window and click apply to save

inspect wireless network faster fixer is the best!

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Did this help you learn how to edit things that are running in your web browser? If you get fancy with it, you can disable and enable fields that are hidden, you can change variables and more. If you’d like a future guide on more of these little workarounds just leave a comment! If you need any help just ask!

How to check HTTP Responses (including status codes and free tools!)

How to check HTTP Responses (including status codes and free tools!)

What is HTTP?

HTTP is how the internet communicates and is the foundation of data communication. It stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. In essence, you use HTTP every time you navigate to a new website, or make a call to an API, or download an app.

What is an HTTP response code?

A response code or status code tells you if an HTTP request was successful. The values of response codes vary from 100-599. For a comprehensive list of all of the HTTP response codes, you can visit this link at W3.

You can check your page status with these codes.

Chances are you are having a very specific HTTP response that you want to look up. There are a lot of response codes, but let’s cover the basic list below to learn how to check HTTP response codes and how to read them!

Informational Status Codes (100-199)

100 Continue: A response that tells you that your request has worked thus far and that you may continue further if you need to. 

Successful Status Codes (200-299)

200 OK: Your request was received and has succeeded!

Redirection Status Codes (300-399)

301 PERMANENT REDIRECT: This means that the page you were trying to reach has been permanently moved to a new location.

302 FOUND (now means temporary redirect): This means that the page you were trying to reach has changed, but only temporarily. 

Client Error Status Codes (400-499)

400 BAD REQUEST: The server did not understand the request. This will be due to user syntax errors.

403 FORBIDDEN: This means that your device does not have authorization to access this content.

404 NOT FOUND: Exactly what it sounds like! You’ve probably seen this one before if you’ve tried to go to a page that doesn’t exist on a website. The server can not find the page you were looking for.

410 GONE: This response will be sent when the content has been deleted from the server and there is no redirect. Usually used for when temporary content meant to expire.

418 I’M A TEAPOT (no seriously): Okay, this one isn’t going to come up much, it’s a funny joke referring an April Fools joke in the Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol. Make no mistake though, it is a real protocol and some programmers may use it. This protocol is supposed to be used by teapots which are mistakenly asked to brew coffee. In-face Google has a fun little Easter Egg for this error code.

Server Error Status Codes (500-599)

500 INTERNAL SERVER ERROR: This means the server doesn’t know what to do with what you sent it. Trying again can usually solve this issue. Nothing is perfect!

503 SERVICE UNAVAILABLE: This means what it sounds like, the server is unavailable.

HTTP Response Code Checkers

httpstatus.io allows you to check headers of a website, check your redirects and status codes check your URL status and more. httpstatus.io is a bulk URL HTTP Status Code checker, so you can use it on more than one URL at a time!

For the below example I checked google.com and received the following readout:

google status code

Hey! We know these status codes! 301 permanently redirects us, 302 means the site was found and then 200 means it was successful!

Something interesting to note is that this redirect is from ‘google.com’ to ‘www.google.com’

If you put www.google.com, you only get codes 302 and 200. Pretty nifty huh? that allows you to follow redirect chains. 

A redirect chain shows you where the original request bounces around to and from. Redirects usually happen to quickly for you to notice, but it’s important to know on a step-by-step level when you are trying to figure out HTTP issues. Another good site for this is called WhereGoes.com, all it does is- you guessed it – tell you where something goes!

HTTP Header Check Tools

WebSniffer has a powerful header checker tool for more advanced requests. The first thing it does is connect to the site’s IP address and then it displays your HTTP Response Header.

See TheFasterFixer.com’s HTTP Response Header below! It even gives you the content of the page as well. WebSniffer is a fantastic way to troubleshoot your HTTP response issues and get HTTP header information.

the faster fixer http response header

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Hopefully this helped you identify some issues you may have had with your HTTP Response Codes. There are a lot more responses than the ones I’ve listed here. If you are having a specific issue, please reach out and let me know!

I plan on writing specific guides for ways to fix and troubleshoot each error code. I will add them to this guide as I write them.

Leave a comment if you have any questions!

What version of Microsoft Excel do I have?​

What version of Microsoft Excel do I have?

Right now you might be wondering to yourself, “how do I find what version of Excel do I have?”

It’s a good question too, because Microsoft Excel has been around since 1985! Now this guide is going to assume you aren’t chugging along with the 1985 version, but we will show you how to find the most popular versions still in use today.

Open up Microsoft Excel and click 'file'

You will find the ‘file’ menu in all Microsoft Office programs. It will usually be the first tab on the top bar- on the top left. See the below graphic for more information.

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Click 'Account' in the file menu

The file menu is home to a lot of powerful features, whether you are using Excel 2016 or Excel 2007. I would recommend looking for more information in the file tab.

excel version file tab account

Once you've found the 'Account' menu, click on 'About Excel'

The account menu also includes information about Excel version updates, and allows you to change your Office theme. The Office theme I use is the dark theme as you can see in the screenshots. It’s much easier on the eyes when you work with these programs all of the time!

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Finding your version of Excel

And there it is! Your version of Microsoft Excel. Again, if you have Excel through a Microsoft Office Suite, then you will see the same across all of your Office programs. Looking at mine below, I am using Office 365, the 32-bit version.

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What does it all mean? Well, because I am using Office 365, which is a cloud based subscription service that stores most of Office in the Cloud and Onedrive, We can see that version listed here. Let’s break it down bit-by-bit to make it easier to understand.

Microsoft Excel for Office 365 is the program and service I’m using.

MSO stands for Microsoft Office

(16.0.11929.20708) is the version number and shows if there have been any updates or not. You can install the latest Microsoft Office updates here.

The end will either be 32-bit or 64-bit. Here’s a quick summary of the differences. The 32-bit version is lighter weight and can run on 32-bit system (or older systems to put it simply) and 64-bit means it can run and use more memory, which is great when dealing with large amounts of data. For most people, 32-bit will do the trick, but consider upgrading it to 64-bit if you think you might need the extra oomph!

I don't see this menu, am I doing it wrong?

Probably not! If you do not see this menu you probably have an older version. In that case follow the below steps:

  1. Go to the ‘help tab’ on the top bar
  2. Choose the last menu option ‘About Microsoft Excel’
  3.  It will display your current version!

Still don't see it, HELP!

Alright, then you may have Excel 2007 or 2010. In that case follow the below:

  1. Click the Office button in the top left on the top bar. It looks like this: 2007 2010 microsoft office button 
  2. Then click ‘Excel Options’
  3. Then click ‘Resources’
  4. Then click ‘About’
  5. And you should see your version number!

But I still don't-

Alright, if you STILL DON’T See your version number, then I’m impressed! You’ve navigated to this site with a dinosaur of a device. But hey, it’s possible.  I’m not going to go in to detail on how to find those version numbers, but I recommend upgrading if possible as the new Excel’s have A TON OF POWERFUL FEATURES that will make your life so much easier. But if you do need help still, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to find it out for you!

The Ultimate Guide to Taking A Screenshot on Windows (F12 and more!)

The Ultimate Guide to Taking A Screenshot on Windows (F12 and more!)

How do you take a screenshot?

One of the most asked questions I get are related to screenshots.

“How do I take a screenshot?”
“Where do the screenshots get saved?”

Today we’ll make it simple and easy so you can get back up and running!

There are a few ways to take screenshots so let’s take a look at a few of them!

Press the 'print screen' key on your keyboard

Print screen  or sometimes labelled as PrtScn is the key that will take a screenshot of your entire screen. If you have more than one monitor it will also capture that as well.

Every keyboard lists the print screen key a little differently, so here are a few examples of those differences:

print screen keyboard

The function or 'fn' key

Note that some keyboards may make you hold a function or ‘fn’ key before you can screenshot. This is very common on laptop keyboards.

But Wait! My computer doesn't have a 'print screen' key!

That’s okay! If you keyboard has an ‘F12’ key you can also print screen with that!

Taking a screenshot with the F12 key

Some keyboards, especially more sleek or compact keyboards have removed the print screen key altogether. In this case, we can use the F12 key to take a screenshot! It functions it exactly the same.

But wait! I don't have an F12 key or a Print Screen key!

it’s true. Highly compact keyboard models may not have a set of function keys or a print screen key. But don’t worry! In that case you can look in your start menu for either the ‘snippet tool’ or the new ‘snip & sketch’ tool.

Great! Now you've got your screenshot, but huh? Where did it go?

Don’t fret! Screenshots are saved to your clipboard.

Clipboard: a location in your computer’s memory that saves whatever you recently stored (via cut or copy). You can then paste the contents of this clipboard where you would like!

You can paste your screenshot to a lot of different programs:

-Microsoft Paint
-Microsoft Word
-Microsoft Outlook
-Most email programs

But can't I just have the screenshot save automatically?

You sure can!

Hold down the windows key or the and the print screen key at the same time. It will automatically save your screenshot to the Pictures>Screenshots folder! 

Simple right?

But I don't want to take a screenshot of everything!

You don’t have to! In order to take a screenshot of a specific area, you can press the following all at the same time:

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And voila! This will allow you to drag a rectangle around whatever you want to screenshot!

Okay but how do I paste my new screenshot?

When something is in your clipboard, you can paste it by pushing      and    at the same time!

That's it! You are now a screenshotting Wizard!

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