Monday, October 9, 2017

How to take a screen shot on a ZTE Overture 2 smart phone

To take a screen shot from a ZTE Overture 2 smart phone, press the down volume button and the power button at the same time.  Hold both buttons down for a second or two, until the screen shot is taken.  (Either button can be pressed first.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How to clear your Facebook search history from the Facebook Android app

To clear your Facebook search history from the Facebook Android app:

- Open the Facebook app
- Tap the search bar at the top of the screen
- Tap Edit
- Tap Clear Searches
- Tap Confirm

Sunday, September 24, 2017

How to prevent images from overflowing into your sidebar in Blogger

Blogger has a nice post editor that keeps most of the "programming" stuff hidden.  The graphical "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) editor makes it easy to create an attractive blog without requiring web developer skills or user experience expertise.

However, there are times when a little bit of HTML or CSS knowledge can help you improve the look and feel of your blog.  If you use any large images in your blog, this post is for you.

When you add an image to your blog post, Blogger allows you to set the size of the image, giving you control over how your post will look.  But for large images, Blogger won't by default prevent the images from overflowing out of the blog post "container" if you set an image to be larger than the post itself.  With a large image, you may find that it covers some of the text in your sidebar if you make the image too big.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to prevent that from happening.  All you have to do is add one rule to Blogger's internal stylesheet.

  • From the main Blogger dashboard page, select Theme on the left sidebar.
  • Click on the orange Customize button under the snapshot of your blog.
  • On the left side of the page, select Advanced.
  • A list of options will appear, beginning with "Page Text." Scroll down to the bottom and select Add CSS.
  • If you've never used this feature before, the editor window will probably be empty.  Type or copy the following text into the editor:
  • img {
        max-width: 100%;
  • Click on the Apply to Blog button in the upper right corner.
  • To the left of that button, click on the Back to Blogger link.

Once you've added this simple CSS rule, Blogger will make sure none of your blog's images -- even for posts you've already published -- exceed the width of the post.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How to mark your Facebook notifications as read

Facebook gives you two options for marking notifications as read without actually reading them:

To mark all of your notifications as read at once:

- Click on the globe icon at the top of the Facebook site to show the Notifications list
- At the top of the list, select Mark All as Read

To mark an individual notification as read:

- Click on the globe icon at the top of the Facebook site to show the Notifications list
- Hover over the notification that you want to mark as read
- On the right, an ellipsis (...) will appear, and underneath that will be a single dot (.)
- Hover over the dot
- "Mark As Read" will appear; click on the dot to mark the notification as read

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to use Google to search over multiple sites

Google has a lot of useful advanced search features.  One of them is the site: filter, which allows you to specify a specific website or domain to limit your search to.  Conversely, you can use -site: to exclude certain sites from your search results.

You can also use the :site filter to search over multiple domains or sites.  The OR operator is used when you want to do that.  For example, to search for "ducks" on Facebook and Twitter, you could type a query like this one:
ducks OR
And you would get results similar to this:

You can combine the site: filter with other filters (allintext:, filetype:, etc.) to narrow the scope of your search even further.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

How to save a file to the Document Server on a Ricoh copier

The Document Server on a Ricoh copier allows you to save files directly to the copier's hard drive.  This feature can be handy for things that you have to print out often, such as forms or cover sheets.

To save a document to the Document Server on a Ricoh copier or multifunction printer:

- Press the Document Server button
- Select Go to Scanning Screen
- Place your document on the glass or in the document feeder
- Choose any settings that you want to change (color, two-sided, etc.)
- Press the Start button

Before storing a document, make sure that the Auto Delete function has been disabled; otherwise, your document will be deleted after a certain number of days.  This easy guide will show you how to check the Auto Delete function and turn it off if it's not off already:

- How to disable the Auto Delete function on a Ricoh copier’s Document Server

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How to program TV Input for a DirecTV remote control

To program the TV Input feature on your DirecTV remote control, follow these steps:

- Push the slider to DIRECTV
- Press Select and Mute, and hold them down until the remote's LED blinks two times
- Press 9, then 6, then 0

The LED should blink two times, indicating that TV Input has been programmed.