How To Refund Games On Steam

Steam lets you refund a game if you don’t like it, or it’s not what you were expecting. Like any online market place though, there are certain conditions that you have to meet if you want to refund games on Steam. Steam also refunds in-game purchases but again the same conditions as those for the game refund will apply.

Payment Methods

Steam accepts a lot of different payment methods and its refund policy on games covers almost all of them. As per Steam, if you use one of the following payment methods to buy a game, you can get a refund.

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Visa

Refund Conditions

In order to refund games on Steam, you need to have bought it with your own account. You cannot refund a game that someone else has bought. It will likely lead to questions as to how you have access to someone else’s account.

You must not have played the game for more than 2 hours. That’s 2 hours of game play, not ownership. This means that if you have a game that you’ve never played but bought maybe over a month ago, you can refund it. Steam normally tells you that you must not have owned a game for more than fourteen days but it will normally refund a game as long as you haven’t played it for more than two hours. Keep that in mind when you apply for a refund.

The Steam client keeps track of how long you’ve played a game. If you’re tempted to alter it in anyway, don’t. Steam has anti-fraud measures in place and you will get caught. The same rules apply to in-game purchases. Pre-release purchases can be refunded too provided they meet the above conditions.

You can also refund non-game items from Steam. This is a complete list of what you can refund and what conditions apply.

Refund Game

In your browser, visit this page, and sign in with your Steam account. Click Purchases.

Next, select the game that you want to refund, and click the ‘I would like a refund’.

Steam will offer to help you resolve any technical issues you’re having but you still have the option to ask for a refund. Click the refund option again. Steam will check if you’re eligible for the refund. If you’ve owned the game a long time, it won’t tell you you can’t get a refund. It will send the request to support and someone will look into it. Steam is usually generous with refunds but if you try to use refunds to get free games, your account can be banned.

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How To Apply Formatting To All Instances Of A Word Or Character In MS Word

MS Word has a neat tool called the Format Painter. It lets you select any text, and copy its format. You can then apply it to any other text just by clicking on it. It’s incredibly useful but you have to manually find and apply the format. If the format change you need to apply is to all instances of a word, for example, you want to make all instances of the name NASA bold in a document, there is a much quicker way to do it.

The find and replace feature can be used to apply formatting to a phrase or word. Here’s how it works.

Apply Formatting To A Word

Open the MS Word document and on the Home ribbon, click the Replace button.

This will open the Find & Replace dialog box. Click the More button to reveal additional options. First, check the ‘Match case’ and ‘Find whole words only’ options. This will make sure that the exact instance of the word is chosen.

Next, look at the very bottom and you will see a dropdown labelled Format. Click it and from the dropdown, select Font.

A window called Replace Font will open. Go to the Font tab and select from the various format fields how you want to format the word that you’re replacing. You can change the font, the font style, the size, the color, and more. Click Ok, and then click Replace all on the Find and replace window to replace the word with its formatted version.

This works best for words, but can also be applied to recurring phrases. If you have to apply formatting to text that is all different from each other though, it’s best to use the format painter.

Format Painter

To use the format painter, you need to first select the word, phrase, heading, or paragraph that you want to copy the format of. Then double-click the format painter button. It’s on the Clipboard toolbox, next to the Paste button.

When you double-click the button, your cursor changes so that the same paintbrush icon appears next to it. Next, click the word or paragraph, or heading that you want to apply the formatting to. Sometimes it will be enough to just to click inside a paragraph but it’s best to select the text that you want to apply the formatting to.

When you’re done, just click the format painter button again to turn the feature off, or you can tap the Escape key.

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How To Disable Smart Lock From The Lock Screen On Android

We’ve talked about smart lock on Android quite a bit. It’s an unlocking mechanism on Android that will keep your device unlocked if it’s in your pocket, if you’re in a particular location, or if a trusted paired device is connected to your phone. Smart lock on Android has quite a few options and leaves iOS with its support for just the Apple Watch as s trusted device way behind. Of course, there are also risks that come with using smart lock e.g., if you lose your device you may remotely disable Smart lock. If you have your device on hand but still need to disable smart lock quickly, you can disable it from the lock screen.

Android supports a lot of options under smart lock and any one of them can prove to be a problem even if you have your device in your hand. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to disable smart lock from the lock screen.

Disable Smart Lock

When you have smart lock, or even just a PIN set up on your device, a pad lock icon appears at the bottom of the lock screen. It indicates the lock state of your device. If the pad lock icon is open, it means the device is unlocked. This pad lock also doubles as a switch for turning Smart lock off. All you need to do is press and hold on it.

This will disable smart lock and the only way to enable it is to unlock your device manually i.e., by entering the PIN or password for your device, or by using fingerprint unlock if supported and configured on your device.

That’s basically where this feature falls short; the fingerprint unlock isn’t disabled. On iOS, you can quickly disable Touch ID and Face ID by pressing the power button/side button five times in quick succession.

This feature to disable smart lock appears to be one that keeps your device out of nosy people’s hands but disabling fingerprint unlock keeps law enforcement from forcing you to unlock your device that way. There are ways to get something similar on Android but it involves using third-party apps or using Tasker.

There are rumors that a quick way to disable fingerprint unlocking may be added in Android P but those are just rumors. This feature is available on Android Marshmallow and above though, on some devices, it may have been removed by your device manufacturer.

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How to Upgrade Your Router’s Firmware, Plus Reasons Why It Needs to Be Done

Your router has its very own firmware that it runs in order to supply wireless or wired connectivity to your devices. The device is rarely used from an actual GUI but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require software to run it. It does and like any device that runs a firmware, it too needs to be upgraded from time to time. Ideally, you should upgrade your router’s firmware whenever an update is available. An upgrade will help eliminate bugs, make your router more secure, and maybe even add a new feature or two.

Router firmware upgrades are rare. Unlike desktop or mobile operating systems, or the firmware of IoT or wearable devices, a router’s firmware doesn’t upgrade on a regular cycle. Your router manufacturer will release an update when necessary.

Upgrade Router Firmware

Upgrading the router firmware is fairly simple process but because few people know their way around the admin panel of their router, it seems like the process is more difficult than it actually is. You may need to connect to your router via an Ethernet cable so keep one handy just in case.

Determine Router Model

Router firmware updates are specific to your router’s make and model. All routers do not run the same firmware. The firmware of a Cisco router will be different from the firmware of a Netgear router. The make and model of your router is normally written on the router itself. For aesthetic benefits, some manufacturers may write this information on the bottom of the router.

If you don’t want to get up and examine the router, or the model information is ineligible, you can look it up in your admin panel (check Download Firmware Update section).

Check For Firmware Update

Once you know what the model number of your router is, check on the router manufacturer’s website to see if a firmware update is available. The update may or may not be downloadable directly. Normally, the update is downloaded via the router’s admin panel and not as stand alone file to your desktop.

Download Firmware Update

If the updated firmware file can be downloaded, go ahead and save it to your desktop. If not, you need to access your admin panel.

You can access the admin panel for your router from your desktop using just your internet browser. You can use just about any browser that you have. The only thing you need to know is your router’s IP. To find the IP, open Command Prompt, or Terminal and run the following command.

ipconfig /all

In the information that this command returns, look for the Default Gateway entry and note down the IP address. Enter this address in your browser to access the admin panel.

Enter the username and password for your router’s admin panel.

Install Firmware Update

From this point forward, you’re going to need to dig around a bit to find the upgrade firmware section. Router admin panels don’t follow a template for their layout so the option to upgrade your router’s firmware may be inside the About section or it may be inside the Security section, or it may have its own Updates section.

Dig around for the option. It will allow you to check for an update, and download it. Some admin panels may ask you to select the firmware file. In this case, you have to select the file you downloaded to your desktop.

During the upgrade, make sure your router does not lose power. The upgrade won’t take too long but it should not be interrupted. To be extra safe, disconnect all devices from the router.

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How To Empty Standby Memory And Fix Game Stuttering On Windows 10

If you’re running the Windows 10 Creators Update, or the Fall Creators Update, and playing games on it, there’s a chance you experience game stutter while playing. This happens because of a bug in Windows 10 that causes your standby RAM to fill up for no reason. The game you’re playing may not need additional RAM but that doesn’t stop it from filling up and ultimately slowing your system down so much your game begins to stutter. The quickest way to fix game stuttering is it to empty standby memory. Of course, you will need to do this repeatedly because this is a bug and it will manifest again and again until Microsoft fixes it.

Empty Standby Memory

RAMMap is a utility that shows you how Windows is assigning physical memory and it has tools for clearing memory as well. If you’re looking for a tool that can empty standby memory, this is a good, free option. Simply go to Empty>Empty Standby List, and the stuttering should go away immediately.

As we mentioned early on that cleaning the Standby memory once isn’t enough. It fills up because of a bug and once you clean it, it will fill right back up again. It may take a little time but if this bug manifests on your system it’s not going to go away until it’s patched by Microsoft.

Create Scheduled Task

If you’re playing games then you will need to empty standby memory regularly to make sure there’s no stuttering and a scheduled task is the best way to go about doing this. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to schedule a task to empty standby memory using RAMMap. We recommend using a little app called Empty Standby List.

Empty Standby List is a single-purpose app. Run it, and it will empty standby memory. You can create a task in Task Scheduler that will run this EXE. When you run Empty Standby List, you will see a Command Prompt window appear and disappear after a second. That’s all the app has for an interface i.e., it’s basically just a console app which makes it ideal for use with a scheduled task.

Create the task to run regularly, or to just run when you’re playing a game and keep things clean while you play.

Microsoft is aware of this problem and a patch may be coming in the Spring Creators Update, whenever it rolls out. For now, both Windows 10 1703 and 1708 have this bug.

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