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How to Change Startup Background Color in Windows 8

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Its been almost year when Microsoft launched Windows 8, in the starting even I was a little reluctant to shift my laptop from windows 7 to windows 8.

But then as I bought a new laptop that came with Windows 8 genuine, so steadily I realized that Windows 8 is actually not that bad and actually has some really good and addictive features which may not let you go back to windows 7 back again.

The best part is that Windows 8 is really very customizable, you can customize almost everything from the theme to color, well sometimes it may get a bit tricky for you to reach the correct place where you will find all customization options to change the color of the background.

Well if you are one of them who have not yet explored this feature don't worry, you are at the right place on this article I will be giving you the complete tutorial on how to change the background color of startup menu in windows 8.

You can also create personalized start button on Windows 8 that will give your computer your own personalization.

Follow these steps:-

1. Just go to the search box and type ” start screen”

2. select the start screen setting option on the right of the screen

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3. Once you enter the start screen settings, your default selected tab would be “Lock Screen” change it by clicking on the “Start Screen” tab just next to it.

4. Now after selecting the Start Screen tab just simply click on Personalize.

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5. Once you enter the personalize tab, here you will get all the customization options.

This is the place in windows 8 where you can find all the options that will help you change the look and feel of your Windows 8 pc.

However, it is recommended not to use bright colors in the background as they tend to reduce the visibility of the menu and the app names.

If you use bright colors you may note a sudden battery drainage problem, I personally did experience it once I selected yellow as the background color, my battery which usually did last for around 4 hours, showed me red signal even in less than 2 hours, and this problem was automatically resolved once I changed the background color back to dark.

Do not forget to try out the other features you get here, you can easily change the complete look of your User Interface just by few clicks in the Personalize block.

So go ahead and try building up your own new windows UI, hope you enjoyed the article. You should also see the best antivirus for your Windows 8 Computer that will be going to protect you from virus & Malware attacks

Keep stalking for more tips and tricks.

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    November 24, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I know this i thought i will get some other trick.

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How to Install a Printer for Your Computer?

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Installing a computer printer, basically, involves two steps. One, installing the software which allows your computer to communicate with the printer and the other one is establishing the connection.

The connection between a printer and the computer can be made via two mediums. One parallel and the other way is via using a USB cable. Most of the printers used in recent time mainly support USB.

If you have an old system, then you will have to use the parallel connections. Since this is the only options provided on old computers.

In today's article, we will let you know the complete step by step guide on how to install a printer for your computer,
So, let's not waste much time and get started with the guide How to install a printer for a computer. 

How to Install a Printer For Your Computer

The guide on how to install a printer contains all the steps that will help you to learn to install the printer. In this guide, we have provided almost all the steps with the screenshot.

But before following the steps, make sure all the cables are properly connected on both ends i.e., the computer and the printer. If it is so, move to the steps given below. And if the cables are not connected, then before following further steps, make sure you do connect them.

In the guide on how to install a printer on Windows, I will let you know all possible ways to install a printer on your computer. First, we will begin with the Printer Wizard. The steps are given below.

Step 1: first of all click on the start button displaying on the taskbar and go to the control panel.

Step 2: In the control panel, pick the category Printers and Other Hardware. Check out the below screenshot I have mentioned.

Step 3: As sooner you click on the Printers and Other Hardware option a new window will pop up. Here you will have to click on the Add a Printer option.

Step 4: When you click on the add a printer option, an Add Printer wizard will pop up. Click the Next button to enter the Local Printer wizard.

Step 5: In the next window, you will be provided with some options. There would be two radio buttons; you have to select the first option that is Local Printer attached to this computer.

Also, make sure the checkbox beneath this radio button i.e., Automatically Detect and Install my Plug and Play Printer is selected. If it is not, click on it. Once done, click Next.

Step 6: In the next step, you will see a New Printer Detection dialogue box along with the message Windows is searching for the new plug and play printers to install. 

If the wizard is unable to detect your printer in the New Printer Detection dialogue box, click Next to install the printer manually.

Step 7: When you click on the Next button, you will see a dialogue box I have mentioned below.

In the Use the Following Port drop-down menu, select the port for the printer to use. Once done, click Next.

LPT1 is recommended. But you can choose any if you want.

Step 8:  In the next window, you will have to select the manufacturer and the model of the printer from the Manufacturers and Printers section. Once done click on Next. 

And if you have Software Disk for the printer, then you will have to select the option Have Disk and insert the disk into your floppy or CD-ROM drive.

Step 9: After you click on the Next button, you will be asked to enter the name of the printer. You will see a dialogue box, similar to the image I have mentioned below.

In the image above, as you can see the name of the printer is highlighted. If you want to edit it or change it, simply remove the previous one and type the name you want. And try to keep the name as short as possible.

And if you want to keep the printer as default, then leave the Yes radio button selected just below the name.

Once done, click Next. 

Step 10: As sooner you click on Next, you will see a new printer sharing dialogue box. If you want to share your printer with other users, then select the radio button, Share name.

This is the name which appears in front of anyone when they select this printer for printing their documents. If you don't want to share the printer, keep the radio button Do not share this printer selected and click Next. 

Step 11: As sooner you click on the next button, you are done. You will see a dialogue box, the Print Test Page. If you want to print a test page from the newly installed printer, keep the radio button selected as yes. And click on Next.

And if you don't want to print a test page, select the radio button No, and then Next.

As sooner you click the Next button, you will see a completion wizard saying, completing the Add Printer Wizard. Simply click Finish.

And you are done!!

This is how to install a printer for your computer. This was the most useful way to install the printer. Another way to install a printer is by using the CD drive.

For this, you will have to establish all the connection as mentioned above and then Insert the CD that came with the printer.

If the CD doesn't start automatically, you will have to go to My computer and open the CD drive. Once done, open the setup.

In case, the CD is not working, or you are facing any issues with the above method I mentioned, you can download drivers as well and install them to the computer.

And you will be able to install the printer on your computer.

These were the three ways to install a printer. I hope you found the guide useful. In the case of any confusion, you can drop the comment below.

And if you enjoyed reading the guide, have a look at the other tutorial by clicking here. You may find it useful too!

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How to Get the Google Chrome Standalone Installer

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If you are reading this article, you must be on some sort of Internet Browser. Go ahead, tell me what browser is it?

Chances are it is Google Chrome!

Chrome is hands down the most preferred browser right now and with good reason too. The only hindrance to it is that you will have to download it off the internet every time you use a fresh installation of your desktop OS.

Well, not anymore! We have for you the chrome standalone installer!

But, before we get to that, let us find out why we are listing Chrome as the first choice browser and not any other browser.

Why Chrome of All Browsers?

Well, the answer is relatively simple. Chrome is the best browser around.

“But on what grounds?”, you ask.

On several, actually. Chrome has been found to be the fastest and most stable browser around.

Competitors Firefox and Microsoft with their new Edge browser seem to be catching up, but Chrome is yet to give up its crown. Opera had a salient feature with data connectivity, but even that has been remedied with a chrome plug-in.

Another feature that Chrome offers is syncing tabs and histories and passwords between the mobile and desktop counterparts and this is one feature that no one yet has been able to implement so perfectly!

Why the Chrome Standalone Installer?

You all must be wondering, what is the use of having a google chrome offline download because it's an internet browser! It won't function without the internet!

Well, let me give you three scenarios where you'd have to download chrome offline!

  1. If due to work or some other reason you have to install the browser on many machines simultaneously, then the chrome standalone installer comes in incredibly handy!
  2. If you're on a very slow internet connection, then downloading Chrome every time you start from a  fresh install of your OS can be tiresome! The google chrome offline download the app will save you some precious time!
  3. If you're on a metered connection then installing Chrome via online methods will blow a part of your data cap away! Download chrome offline for such situations.

How to use the Chrome Standalone Installer

There are two main environments where Chrome runs. Windows and Linux. We will discuss how to use the Chrome Standalone Installer in both of these.

As an extra, a valid and up to date link to the Android apk for Chrome will also be provided should one want it available on their Android devices!

#1. Offline Installer for Windows

Windows come loaded by default with Intenet Explorer. However, most of us substitute it with Chrome right off the bat!

For the installation procedure to be completely offline we will need to follow the steps as listed below.

Step 1

The first order of business is to check the architecture of the system we are running. We have to find out if we are running the 32 or 64-bit architecture of Windows.

This can be done with relative ease by right-clicking on the Computer icon> Properties.

Step 2

Next up we head on over to this link for the single user and this one for all user installations. This installer works with all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 10.

We also have a choice of the operating system here, 32 or 64 bit and based on what we found in Step 1 we install the version of Windows relevant to us.

64-bit users of Windows offline will find it at this link.

Step 3

The installer is saved on a thumb drive and is ready to be utilized on any Windows-based PC.

#2. Offline Installer for Linux

Now things can get a wee bit more tricky for Linux users out there. There are 4 main versions available!

Step 1

Figure out if you're running the 32 or 64-bit version of your OS just like before and if you're using Ubuntu or Fedora. Unfortunately, these are the only two Linux distros officially supported by Google.

If you have any other distro you may check out community builds in the link here.

Step 2

Now head on over to this link and choose the version you want to download!

Step 3

And like before, put in a safe storage media for future offline installations!

#3. Offline Installer for Android

And now for the bonus round! Chrome is generally bundled with Android as part of the Google Apps package.

However, a situation with which Custom ROM flashers must be very familiar with is flashing a micro version of Gapps that doesn't contain Google Chrome!

For those times you have to download chrome offline!

Here is the link to apk mirror for the latest apk of Chrome on Android.

And that brings us to the end of this article! If you are considering to upgrade to Windows 10, you might want to check out this article first!

Be sure to leave your comments down below and I'll get back to you with the solutions to any questions you might have!

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How to Uninstall Programs on Mac

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We use our computers incessantly, sometimes more than 12 hours a day, almost every day of the year. The computer has ascended from a tool to a necessity and now accompanies every walk of our lives be it work, entertainment or something else.

Somewhere along the line though in the path to becoming our best virtual friends, our computers become overloaded with stuff. What stuff do you ask?

Well, that can range from multimedia to browser cookies to programs. And when that happens your computer slows down to a crawl because there is just too much in its hard drive!

Well if your Mac is stuck in such a situation, you can uninstall program Mac and have your buddy back up to optimum performance again!

Now if this is the first time you've faced such a situation, you might very well be thinking “How to uninstall on Mac?” The process of uninstalling programs on Mac is actually pretty straight forward.

True, there may be quite a few steps involved because not only do we have o uninstall applications on Mac but also remove a few other junk files as well.

So let's not waste any more time and get right into the heart of the issue, how to uninstall on mac.

How to Uninstall Programs on Mac

Below we will show you two methods on how to uninstall programs on a Mac. Now while the first one is way simpler, it does only work for apps installed from the Apple Store. So keep that in mind, for all other apps, try the second and longer method, it's universal!

#1. Uninstall programs on Mac using Launchpad

Step 1

First up we need to open the Launchpad from the Dock.

Step 2

Next up we need to Enable app deletion. There are two ways of doing this

  • Pressing and hold the Option key will bring up app deletion mode
  • Or click and hold any of the app icons till they start wiggling! Apps that can be deleted will appear with an “X” icon in the upper-left corner to signify that these programs can be removed.
Step 3

Finally, click on the “X” icon adjacent to the app to delete it.

Step 4

A confirmation window will appear. Click on Delete to confirm and then the app will be moved to Trash.
Step 5
The last step involves emptying your trash! To do this, you just need to right-click on the Trash icon and then select “Empty Trash” and then click on the confirm button to clear it!

#2. Uninstall programs on Mac using Trash

Step 1

To proceed with this process, we will need admin permissions. Hence, the first step is to log into the Mac with admin permission so that we can delete the files and folders necessary.
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Step 2

The next step is to open the Applications folder. Now we have to find the programs that we wish to uninstall. While some programs are relatively easy to find as they have just one single icon, some like Microsoft Office has multiple icons or program parts that need to be uninstalled.

Step 3

Now comes the deleting part! Select the program you wish to uninstall and drag it to the Trash. As an indication that the process has been successfully completed, Mac OS X will emit a sound like a paper being scrunched up.
 
For those of you who are strapped for time, you guys can use the keyboard shortcut of pressing Cmd + Del to move selected programs to the trash.
Step 4
 

The Trash is the safety buffer of sorts which protects you from permanently losing information. However, if you wish to clear your trash as well, I would suggest that you follow the steps of Method #1. Step 5.

Step 5

In this step, we will delete the remaining files and folders that have been left behind by uninstalling the apps in the previous steps.

To do so, we need to open the Library folder

Step 6

While these files and folders are inherently quite small in size, however, they are of no use to you unless you wish to reinstall those apps again. If you plan to reinstall the app, let these files stay.

If, however, you are never going to use that application again, there's no point in keeping these files as you're just wasting more memory.

For this step, we open the Library folder by using the keyboard shortcut of the Option key(long press) and clicking on the “Go” menu.

Step 7

The Library option should appear in the menu. Now we come to removing files!

If you find any photos or any files or folders with the program's name or developer's name in the ~/Library/, ~/Library/Preferences/, and ~/Library/Application Support/ folders, then you can check to see if it's the files of one of those programs that you have just uninstalled.

Step 8
 
To delete these items, just drag them to the trash and we explained above how to clear the Trash as well!
Congratulations you have just successfully uninstalled a program on Mac!

Hope this article has helped you to remove programs from mac! For any other comments, questions or queries on this topic leave them in the box down below.

We have some more exciting content for you that you can access by clicking this link right here! 

If you found the content of this article useful, then make sure to share it on all your social media platforms so that even your friends and family can use their Macs in the best condition possible! Adios and I’ll see you in the next one!

 

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How to Change Mac Hosts File

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The denizens of the modern tech world eat, live and sleep on the Internet. Always connected is the name of the game and it's no doubt a scary thought to even imagine us being stranded without internet connectivity.

However, this nightmare often makes its way into reality as we find ourselves in situations where connecting to the internet seems nigh impossible.

While it could sometimes be due to hardware faults from your end or your ISP's, more often than not. it's something to do with your software configuration.

What does one do in such situations though? Well, one of the first things you should do is find your Mac hosts file and see if it has been tampered with.

So today I'm going to share with you one of the few easy ways you can change your the hosts file on your Mac. This simple method will not only save you from malicious attackers but also help you block websites without involving any third party software!

Why the Mac Hosts File Is So Important?

Well, the Hosts file for any Operating system is a vital tool. We discuss it at length in this article. While the host's files mac can differ a bit primarily in where they are found and how they manage the access of the computer to the Internet, they are similar in the way they operate.

Let's go through a tiny recap then shall we?

So, the Host File is an internal address book for your computer. The host's files Mac can be used to both edit and

The best way to work with the Hosts file is by using the Terminal application found in your Mac's utility folder. You'll need to know the IP address of the device you'd like to send your Mac to or the domain names you're trying to keep your Mac away from.

How to Change Mac Hosts File?

Without any further ado, let us begin!

Step 1

We are going to use the Terminal. So our first step is to open the app by double-clicking on Terminal.

Step 2

Next up, we have a bit of code so you can copy-paste it from here directly!

sudo nano /etc/hosts

and once you're done with that, hit return.

Step 3

In this step, you'll be asked to enter your password. This is the admin password that you use to login to your Mac.

Step 4

You will now find yourself in the Nano text editor. You should see something that looks like a wall of text.

Step 5

Now comes the most important part! To add a new device or domain, we must position the cursor just after the text you see by using the arrow keys and then begin typing in our new entry.

If you want your new entry to map to any particular IP address which is on your local network to a particular domain of your choice, you can do that easily.

Just type in the IP address followed by tab button on your keyboard and finally type in the domain name.

And that's it you're done. In the next step, we will detail how you can block a specific website by editing the host's file on a Mac.

Step 6

If you'd like to block a particular website and make sure that the  URL doesn't go through to its destination, or if you're trying to keep your Mac protected by restricting access to certain sites, use the IP address “127.0.0.1.

This will make that specific website always revert to your Mac. This is a fail-safe mechanism for keeping certain websites out f reach of whoever is using that Mac.

Step 7

Now that you're done with your editing you'd want to save your work. For that, hold down the control and O keys to save the file.

Step 8

Hurrah! You're almost at the end! Just hit ctrl+X to exit the editor and you're out of the nano text editor!

Step 9

The hard part should be over by now. Now that you're back in front of the command line, type

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

followed by return. This flushes your Mac's DNS cache so that it doesn't get confused by any changes you've made to the Hosts file.

Precautions

While this a relatively simple procedure, it never hurts to be safe! For your safety, we advise you to make a copy of your host's file before you start making any edits.

That's all from us for today. If you have any questions regarding this topic or anything else regarding hosts files and Macs, leave a comment down below.

I'll be glad to help you out! If you're looking for something else to read about Macs, do check out this article where we discuss how you can show hidden files!

If there's anything about Macs that you'd like to have us address, leave that in the comment section as well! We will try to feature it in an article as well!

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How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode?

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Something goes wrong with your computer? You should know about Start Windows 8 in Safe mode: this can help your computer to cure itself.

Windows 8, more specifically in older windows there was a simple workaround for booting your computer into safe mode. All you had to press the F8 key on your keyboard.

Windows 8 is different concerning how to boot in safe mode. Because the steps are completely distinct from the older version of Microsoft Windows.

This is because Windows 8 has it is own Automatic repair mode, which gives more options to troubleshoot your computer. However, you may have many concerns about where is the safe mode in Windows 8.

To make this article up to date, methods we are discussing in this article will work similarity on Windows 10, so even if you upgrade to Windows 10 in future, you’ll know how to boot into safe mode.

Note: all of this should work exactly the same in Windows 10 as it does in Windows 8.

How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode.

We are going through a number of possible methods you can use to boot your windows 8 in safe mode. Also, some of the methods are comparatively easier than others.

This means you can use a method which suits you most. Also, you have more than one option to do so, let’s get started with the easiest method.

Windows 8 has a safe boot mode option but for that, you could have played some minutes with it is recovery options. Which you probably didn’t, because you do not see it obvious to find something in this deep.

Windows 8 Still have the safe mode in the recovery options.  So again I am trying to say in Windows 8 recovery options are similar to Windows 10’s.

Try with this one When your computer starts press Shift + F8 keyboard buttons simultaneously.  (only pressing F8 button will not help you in this case)  It will boot your computer into automatic recovery mode.

Also, you can press the SHIFT button and then click on the restart icon, which is located on the lock screen to access recovery mode.

There can be 2 situations, we are discussing them first, you need to find what applies to you, then follow the steps.

Is your Computer able to start and shows you the Login Screen

First, you need to check that if you can boot your computer, that means there is nothing that is preventing you from booting into Windows 8. That also applies to Windows 10.

All you need to Press the keyboard's SHIFT button and then click the Restart icon. It will take you to the troubleshooting options, from there you can start Windows 8 in safe mode.

Your PC does not Boot, and you have a bootable Media

For this, you need to create a USB recovery drive, then use it to get into Recovery options and finally use it to boot your computer in Safe mode.

Also, just in case if you have Windows 8 or newer installation disc or USB drive, you can use that it to boot temporarily into safe mode.

If You cannot Boot to the Login Screen

When your computer is not booting to the login screen, the chance is high that you'll be presented with the Recovery screen.

Sometimes, it does not happen automatically; you need to press and Hold the SHIFT button and hitting the F8 button rapidly. This will sometimes work to boot your computer in the ‘recovery mode', where you can use the Advanced recovery options.

The new Computers don't allow you to do this directly.

Stick to the next section.

Use the Advanced Troubleshooting Tools to Enable Safe Mode

All right, once you hit the troubleshooting screen, by either using the SHIFT + Restart method, keep pressing the F8 button, using an installation media, or coming through the advanced repair options. You'll see this screen, and from here you can troubleshoot your computer.

On the Troubleshoot Display, click or Tap on the Advanced Options.

Next, select the ‘Windows Startup Settings' option. You know at now there is no mention of Safe mode. However, in the next display, you can see it.

See the last line says ‘Enable Safe Mode,' the Last step is to hit the Restart button.

When your Computer reboots, you should be able to see the next screen from where you can choose the Safe Mode. Use the keyboard's arrow button to select an option.

Getting To Safe Mode From Within Windows 8 or 10

You can always use this option, but this requires you to boot into windows in the first place. If this fits your situation, that means you may want to troubleshoot your PC, rather than to fix a bricked windows.

Press the Win+R key, this will open the RUN box. Inside the box type MSConfig and hit enter impatiently.

In the next display, switch to the Boot tab, and tick the Safe Boot box, and choose minimally or others that suit you best. Read the next section to know about the other options.

You have some extra options to choose the type of Safe boot.

  • + Minimal stands for normal safe boot mode.
  • + Alternate Shell is more safe, and with command prompt.
  • + Network is a safe mode with networking.
  • + Active Directory possibility concern to repair a server that is a Domain Controller for your network.

After you choose the option that suits you the best, click either OK or Apply and when prompted make your Computer Restart.

If everything goes right, your Computer will boot directly to the safe mode and from there you can perform several tasks, that is all up to you, here we only limit yourself to guide you on how to start windows in safe mode. You should know what you are going to do then.

So this is it, now you can do several things like removing drivers and apps and change system settings.

Please note, that even if you restart your computer, you'll be again booted in Safe mode, to prevent this, press Win+R key and type MSConfig and disable the tick box that says Safe mode.

Then hit the ok button, now just a matter of restart your Computer will be booted into normal windows.

Conclusion.

That was all about it, Feel free to ask a query, for that you need to scroll and type anything related to this article. We'll be happy to help you. When you start Windows 8 in safe mode, you can do several things to troubleshoot your computer.

A quick tip: Here is how to start the computer in safe mode if it has windows 7 or older – When your PC start's press the F8 button and choose the Safe Mode.

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