Thursday, March 31, 2016

Yahoo Mail archive button removal extension now available in Chrome Web Store

Yahoo! recently rolled out a new Archive button on the toolbar in Yahoo! Mail.  The frustrating part for many Yahoo! Mail users is that it took the place of the Delete button, moving the Delete button farther down on the toolbar and causing many people to accidentally archive emails that they wanted to delete.

There is now an extension available in the Chrome Web Store that will get rid of the Archive button and put the Delete button back where you're used to seeing it.  deArchive is free to download and hassle-free to use.  Simply install it and forget about it.

Once you've added it to Chrome, every time you log in to Yahoo! Mail, deArchive will remove the Archive button and replace it with the Delete button.

If you have any issues using deArchive, please leave a comment on this page and I'll try to resolve the issue.  For Yahoo! Mail users that don't use Chrome, you can set deArchive up as a bookmarklet (instructions here) and the only difference is that you'll need to click on it after you log into Yahoo! Mail to run it; it won't run automatically like the extension will.

A version of this extension for Opera will be coming soon.

Monday, March 21, 2016

How to manually input DNS information on a Mac

Often when you connect to a network, your computer will be provided with certain network information automatically, such as IP address, gateway, and DNS settings.  However, there are some times when you will need to type in the DNS information manually.  This post shows you how to enter DNS information for your network on a Mac.  (The wording may vary slightly depending on which version of Mac OS X your computer is running.)

- Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Select Network.
- Select the network whose DNS settings you want to change (if it's not already selected).
- Select Advanced.
- Select DNS.
- Click on the plus sign (+).
- Type in (or copy and paste) the DNS server's IP address.
- Press the <ENTER> or <RETURN> key.
- If you have a secondary DNS server, input that information as well by repeating the previous three steps.
- Select OK.
- Select Apply.

Friday, March 18, 2016

How to print the event log from an HP Color LaserJet CP6015 printer

To print the event log (useful for checking and diagnosing error messages) from an HP Color LaserJet CP6015 printer:

- Press the Menu button
- Scroll down to Diagnostics
- Press the Select button (the button with the check mark)
- "Print Event Log" will be displayed; press the Select button again

Saturday, March 12, 2016

How to restart the print spooler in Windows 10

Restarting your computer's print spooler is often a handy way of resolving or troubleshooting printing problems.  To restart your print spooler you will need admin rights on the computer; if you don't have admin rights, you can always just reboot the computer instead, which restarts all of the services.

To restart the print spooler service on a Windows 10 computer:

- Click on (or tap) the Windows button (formerly the Start button) on the taskbar
- Type "services" into the Search bar, and click on Services in the results or press the <ENTER> key
- In the Services window, scroll down to Print Spooler
- Click Restart to the left of the services list (or right click on Print Spooler and select Restart)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How to enable the favorites bar in Internet Explorer

To enable the favorites bar (bookmark bar) in Internet Explorer:

With the mouse:
- Right click on the tabs bar
- Select Favorites bar

With the keyboard:
- Press <CTRL> + <SHIFT> + <B>

Sunday, March 6, 2016

How to enable the bookmarks bar in Opera

To show the bookmarks bar in Opera:

- Click the Menu button in the upper left corner
- Hover over Bookmarks
- Click Show Bookmarks Bar

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to remove the Moments tab from Twitter

Twitter recently added the "Moments" tab to its header, causing other tabs to shift position.  Some users like the Moments tab, while others want to get rid of it.  With a couple of clicks, you can easily hide the Moments tab when you're using Twitter through your web browser.  (It won't work for the Twitter app, however.)

The JavaScript code below will remove the Moments tab from your Twitter header, transforming this:

into this:

You can save the JavaScript function as a bookmark and call it whatever you want -- deMoment, MomentKiller, JavaScript Twitter Moment Tab Removal Tool, etc. -- and when you log into Twitter, just click the bookmark once to hide the Moments tab.

Here's the code:

javascript: (function(){document.getElementsByClassName('moments')[0].style.display='none';})();

Saving it into a bookmark is easy.  In most browsers, you can just highlight the code and then drag and drop it onto the bookmarks bar.  (You can rename it once the bookmark is saved.)

When you run this function, the Moments tab will be removed from your Twitter header.  If you refresh the page, log out of Twitter and log back in, or click on certain Twitter links (such as Lists) the Moments tab will reappear.  If that happens, simply click the bookmark again to remove it.  As long as you stay on the "main" Twitter page -- including searching Twitter, sending or reading tweets, adding followers, and reading direct messages -- the Moments tab will remain gone.

This piece of JavaScript isn't like a plugin or browser extension; it doesn't continually run, so it won't affect your browser's performance in the least.  Each time you click the bookmark button, the code executes one time and ends.

UPDATE: This code is now available (in altered form) as the Chrome browser extension Mention It.  This extension removes the Moments tab from Twitter, and replaces it with a Mentions tab.  The extension runs automatically, so you don't have to click on it like you would with the bookmarklet described above.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How to enable the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox

In Chrome it's the bookmarks bar; in Firefox, it's the bookmarks toolbar.  If you want to enable the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox, here's how.

With the mouse:
Click View on the menu bar at the top of the browser window.  (If you don't see the menu bar, press <ALT> to make it appear.)  Hover over Toolbars, then click on Bookmarks Toolbar.

With the keyboard:
To do the same thing without the mouse, press <ALT>, then <V>, then <T>, then <B>.