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Windows 10 Sound Problems

Windows 10 is smart.  Somtimes it's too smart for it's own good!  I've run across a number of people who have had issues with the sound not working.  This is especially true if you have a laptop and use a dock to connect it to multiple montiors.  I've also seen it happen if you have a desktop and connect a usb cable to your monitors so you can plug in a usb drive to the side of the monitor.

Symptom: No Sound yet the volume is at 100%
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Cause: Windows 10 is being "helpful" and switched your default speaker to be your monitor speakers. Please know - you monitor DOESN'T have a speaker!
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Solution: Tell Windows what speaker you are actually using

  1. Click this
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  2. In the list that pops up select your real speakers (Sometimes it's not evident so you'll need to select one at a time and test the sound.)
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    NOTE: Make sure to turn the volume up on the item you just selected. 

The many joys of Internet Archive

Internet ArchiveI attended a fun NFLS webinar last week and was reminded all over again about Internet Archive, a "non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more." Have you been there?

Here's just a tiny sampling of what you might find:

Definitely worth a look around!

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine also allows you to view more than 310 million webpages saved over time. Run into a dead link? Wonder what a webpage used to look like? Pop it into the Wayback Machine!

Here's what the SCLS webpage (www.scls.lib.wi.us) looked like back in 1997:
1997 SCLS website

SCLS libraries interested in looking up your page - try www.scls.lib.wi.us/<3-letter delivery code> 
1997 Internet Search Engines

 

 

 

And here's the SCLS 1997 list of internet search engines:

(remember the days before Google?)

 

 

 

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Firefox Screenshots

Recent versions of Firefox have included a new screenshot utility.  You might find it useful when you want to capture content within a web page.  With Firefox 57 or newer, click the Page Actions button at the right side of the Address Bar then click Take a screenshot.

Page-Actions

At this point, you have four options for your screenshot. 

  • Select a predefined section of the page
  • Click-and-drag your mouse to capture a section of the page
  • Capture the entire visible part of the web page
  • Capture the entire page without scrolling

Now you can save the screenshot to your PC or you can have Mozilla save your screenshot in the cloud for a user-specified duration.  The screenshot will be given a unique URL that can be shared with others.

Mozilla has provided more information that you may find helpful.

Microsoft Word Tips

WordWhile preparing for a recent presentation I invested some time looking into a few Microsoft Word shortcuts that would help speed up my work. Here are a couple tips I found interesting, maybe not huge timesavers, but still interesting shortcuts I didn’t know about.

Converting to plain text
When you copy a block of text into Word from another source like a webpage or even another Word document, all the formatting is kept from the copy. One way to remove this formatting is to highlight the text and press Ctrl + Spacebar; the rich text will be converted to plain text. I’m going to try this tip for this TechBits article, so if it works, this paragraph will stay, if it doesn’t then you will never know that it failed here because I’ll delete this paragraph never speak of it again.

Moving text
Another useful tip is to move text without using the copy paste commands. Most people know the shortcut of Ctrl X to cut, Ctrl C to copy and Ctrl V to paste. But have you tried highlighting the block of text you want to move, pressing the F2 key, clicking the mouse cursor where you want the text to move to, and hitting enter? This will quickly move the text. Maybe the novelty of this one hasn’t worn off on me yet. I found myself doing this for a few minutes again today, amazed that it works!