How to Reset User Options and Registry Settings in Word

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If Word is acting glitchy and abnormal, resetting it might be necessary. Although Microsoft doesn’t provide a “reset” button to bring Word’s user options and registry settings back to default, a couple of fairly simple solutions are available.

Running Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard

The first (and easiest) solution is to run Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard that automatically resets Word’s user options and registry settings for you. To find the Wizard, go to the “Here’s an Easy Fix” section of Microsoft’s Troubleshooting page. Select “Download” and, once finished, open the application.

Note that all Office applications must be closed for the Wizard to work.

Microsoft Easy Fix

The Easy Fix window will appear. Read the basic information and select “Next.”

Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems

Let the Wizard run through its troubleshooting process. When it’s finished, select “Close.”

Troubleshoot complete

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How to remove Ubuntu and restore Windows on a PC

Removing an Ubuntu installation from a dual-boot setup and restoring Windows is something that users looking to stop using Linux want to know. Sadly, not a lot of information is out there for new users, and as a result, many that try to delete Ubuntu from a Windows/Linux dual-booting setup often break their computers.

In this guide, we’ll go over in-depth how to completely remove Ubuntu from your computer and restore the Windows boot manager. However, before we begin, please back up all critical data from your Windows partition to an external hard drive to prevent any data loss if an accident occurs. Be sure also to back up your data on your Ubuntu installation as well, as it will be deleted during this process.

Note: though this guide focuses on Windows 10, any recent release of Windows (7/8/8.1) works with the instructions in this guide, though the repair functions will differ.

Create Windows installation USB disk

Fixing a system so that it no longer loads up Ubuntu and only has Windows on it starts by creating a Windows installation disk, as the installation disk, in addition to coming with a fresh version of Windows, has some recovery utilities that we can use to remove Ubuntu.

To create a Windows installation disk on your Ubuntu partition, download a free copy of Windows 10 from Mircosoft, and follow this guide to learn how to create an installation disk. Or load into the Windows partition on your system, download Windows, and create your USB live disk with this app here.

When the disk is made, reboot your computer and load into the Windows installation system. You may need to access your BIOS settings to boot from USB.

Cleare out the Grub bootloader

With the Windows installation USB disk created and ready to go, it’s time to take the first step in uninstalling Ubuntu Linux: clearing out the Grub bootloader screen that appears during a reboot.

To get rid of the boot screen through the Windows installation USB, you need to select the “Repair my computer” button, followed by “troubleshoot.”

Once you select the Troubleshoot option, you’ll be taken to a blue screen with a few tools to repair a non-working Windows 10 install. Look for the “Command-prompt” option, and select it with the mouse to access the command-line in Windows 10 for your PC.

Inside of the command prompt window in the Windows 10 installation disk, only one command needs to be run. This command will set the Windows boot manager as the default boot option on your computer.

bootrec /fixmbr

After running the bootrec command on the Windows 10 installation disk, type in the exit command to return to the repair selection screen. After that, reboot your PC, and unplug the USB, as it is no longer necessary to get rid of Ubuntu.

Delete Ubuntu partitions

Now that the bootloader for Ubuntu is removed as default on your computer, it’s time to delete Ubuntu from your hard drive. The way to do this is with a partition editor that comes with Windows 10. To access the Windows 10 partition editor, start by pressing the Win + S key on your keyboard. From there, type in “partition,” and a search result should appear that says “Create and format hard disk partitions”. Click on this search result to launch the Windows 10 partition editing tool.

Inside of the Windows 10 partition editor, you’ll notice quite a few partitions on the main hard drive. These partitions are labeled by “volume” in a descending list. Look through the list and determine which ones are related to Windows. Once you’ve figured out which ones are Windows’ volumes, write them down on a piece of paper to ensure that you don’t accidentally delete them.

Note: with UEFI, ignore any Fat32 partitions, as the bootrec command re-writes the Linux boot, so deletion isn’t necessary.

After taking note at the Windows-related partitions, find the Ubuntu-related once. These ones will have no drive label, or any other information, other than “healthy primary partition”.

Select the partition in the graphic layout with the mouse. Once you’ve made the selection, right-click on the partition to open up the right-click mouse menu. From there, look through the mouse-menu and choose the “Delete Volume” option.

As soon as you select the “Delete Volume” button, a message will appear that says “The selected partition was not created by Windows and might contain data recognized by other operating systems. Do you want to delete this partition?” Select the “Yes” option to remove the Ubuntu partition.

With the partition removed, right-click on the free-space that now occupies the old partition and create a new volume, extend the existing free space to Windows, etc. Then, reboot your PC.

As you log back into your Computer, you will boot directly into Windows, and Ubuntu Linux will be gone from the system!

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Charting Your Excel Data

For some time now, charting data in Excel has become not only simple but also automated to the extent that you can easily go from a tabular spreadsheet to a comprehensive area, bar, line, or pie chart in no time with a few well-contemplated mouse clicks. Then as you edit the data in your spreadsheet, Excel automatically makes corresponding changes to your charts and graphs.

That’s not the
end of the program’s charting magic, though. You can, for example,
change the chart or graph type at any point, as well as edit color
schemes, the perspective (2D, 3D, and so on), swap axis, and much,
much more.

But, of course,
it all starts with the spreadsheet.

Laying Out
Your Data

While Excel
allows you to arrange your spreadsheets in many ways, when charting
data, you’ll get the best results laying it out so that each row
represents a record and each column contains elements of or
pertaining to specific rows.

Huh? Take the
following spreadsheet, for example.

The far-left column contains a list of laser printers. Except for Row 1, which holds the column labels, or headers, each row represents a specific printer, and each subsequent cell holds data about that particular machine.

In this case, each cell holds print speed data: Column B , how long it took to print the first page of a print job; Column C, how long it took to print all pages, including the first page; Column D, how long it took to churn the entire document, sans the first page out.

While this is a
somewhat basic spreadsheet, no matter how complex your data, sticking
to this standard format helps streamline the process. As you’ll see
coming up, you can map the cells in a small part of your spreadsheet
or chart the entire document, or worksheet.

The typical Excel
chart consists of several distinct parts, as shown in the image
below.

Charting Your
Data

If you haven’t
done this before, you’ll probably be surprised at how easy Excel
makes charting your spreadsheets. As mentioned, you can map the
entire worksheet, or you can select a group of columns and rows to
chart.

Say, for example, that in the worksheet we were working on in the previous section that you wanted to chart only the first two columns of data (columns B and C), leaving out column D. This entails a simple two-step procedure:

  • Select the data you want to chart, including the labels in the left column and headers in the columns you wish to include in your chart, as shown below.
  • Press ALT+F1.

Or, to chart the
entire spreadsheet, follow these steps.

  • Select all the data in the spreadsheet, as shown in the top image below. Do not select the entire sheet, as shown in the second image below—select only the cells containing data.
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  • Press ALT+F1.

Excel does a
great job of choosing the appropriate chart type for your data, but
if you prefer a different type of chart, such as, say, horizontal
bars, or perhaps a different color scheme, maybe even a 3D layout
with gradient fills and backgrounds, the program makes all these
effects and more easy to achieve.

Changing Chart
Type

As with
everything else in Excel, there are several ways to modify your chart
type. The easiest is, however, to.

  • Select the chart.
  • On the menu bar, click Chart Design.
  • On the Chart Design ribbon, choose Change Chart Type.

This opens the
Change Chart Type dialog box, shown here.

As you can see,
there are numerous chart types, and clicking one of them displays
several variations across the top of the dialog box.

In addition to changing chart types from the Chart Design ribbon, you can also make several other modifications, such as color schemes, layout, or applying one of the program’s many pre-designed chart styles. Chart styles are, of course, similar to paragraph styles in Microsoft Word. As in MS Word, you can apply one of the numerous styles as-is, edit existing styles, or create your own.

Adding And Removing Chart Elements

Chart elements
are, of course, the various components, such as the title, the
legend, the X and Y axis, and so on that make up your chart. You can
add and remove these elements by clicking the plus symbol that
appears on the right side of the chart when you select it.

Beneath the Chart Elements fly out is the Chart Styles fly out, which displays when you click the paintbrush icon to the right of the chart.

Beneath Chart Styles you’ll find Chart Filters, which lets you turn on and off (or filter) various components of your chart, as shown here:

If those aren’t enough modification options, there are a slew of others in the Format Chart Area to the right of the worksheet that lets you change all aspects of your chart, from fills and backgrounds to gridlines, to 3D bars, pie slices, drop shadows – I can go on, and on. But I’m sure you get the point as to what’s available.

When you click Text Options, for example, you get another barrage of effects you can apply to the text in your charts. The options are almost unlimited, to the extent that without some restraint, you could wind up creating some garish-looking charts and graphs – without even trying all that hard, which brings me to an important design guideline.

Just because you have all these fantastic design tools at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them….or, well, not so many of them at the same time. The idea is to make your graphics attractive enough to catch your audience’s attention, but not so busy that the design itself detracts from the message you’re trying to convey. It is, after all, the message that’s important, not your design prowess or the brute power of your graphics design software.

A good rule of
thumb is that, if it looks too busy and distracting, it probably is;
dumb it down some. Don’t use too many decorative fonts, if any, as
they’re not easy to read. When using business-oriented charts and
graphs, concentrate on what you’re trying to say and not so
much on how you say it.

Meanwhile,
charting tabular data can render it much easier to understand and
much friendlier than column after column of text and numbers.

How to View Saved Passwords in Chrome for Android

Android Google Chrome Saved Passwords

Google Chrome occasionally offers to save passwords as users type them into websites. Android owners can quickly access, delete, and export saved passwords through the mobile browser. Here’s how to view your saved passwords on your smartphone.

View Saved Passwords

Start by opening the “Chrome” browser on your smartphone. If the app isn’t located on your homescreen, you can swipe up to access your app drawer and launch Chrome from there.

Android Click Chrome App

Next, tap on the three vertical dots. Depending on your version of Chrome, these are either in the top-right or bottom-right corner of the screen.

Android Google Chrome Tap Three Dots

Select “Settings” near the bottom of the pop-up menu.

Android Google Chrome Tap Settings

Locate and tap on “Passwords” partway down the list.

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Will Your Favorite iPhone Apps Work on iPad?

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Everyone has their favorite apps. Although many of them will work on iPhones and iPads, they don’t all take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. We’re going to explain how to tell which apps should work well before you download them.

The Different Types of Apps

The App Store is home to millions of apps, but they aren’t all created equal. To determine whether an iPhone app will work on your iPad, you need to know a little about how apps and the App Store work.

There are four types of apps a developer can build:

  • iPhone-only: These apps are built for the iPhone and cannot work on an iPad at all. The number of apps that fall into this category is small, and they are usually those which require hardware that isn’t present in an iPad.
  • iPhone-specific: These apps are designed to work on an iPhone. They’re built with the iPhone’s screen in mind with interfaces scaled accordingly. They will, however, work in iPhone compatibility mode when installed on an iPad. When running in iPhone compatibility mode, apps appear on an iPad’s screen just as they would on an iPhone. Users can choose to have them appear the same size as the smartphone’s display or scaled up and stretched to fill the tablet’s larger screen.
  • iPad-only: These apps work only on an iPad. Few and far between, these are usually games or drawing apps not suitable for a smaller screen.
  • Universal: These apps are designed to work equally well on iPhone and iPad. When installed on iPhones, the app displays a smartphone-specific interface. When installed on an iPad, the app’s interface changes to one more suited to the larger display and potentially works with accessories like the Apple Pencil. These are the kinds of apps that Apple pushes developers to create.

The Best Apps for iPad Owners

So, will your favorite iPhone app work on your iPad? If it’s universal or iPhone-specific, the answer is yes. Ideally, you’ll want a universal app, especially if you also use an iPhone. You’ll get two apps in one, and both will make the best of the devices they’re installed on. An iPad-only app will definitely suffice if you don’t use an iPhone, though.

The last resort is to use an iPhone-specific app. It’ll run on your iPad in iPhone compatibility mode; it won’t be easy on the eyes, but that’s better than nothing if you’re in a pinch. We’d suggest reaching out to the developer and asking if a universal app is in the works.

iPhone-only apps cannot be installed on iPads at all, so you don’t need to worry about downloading one by accident. They simply don’t appear in the App Store on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPad

The easiest way to identify a universal app from your iPad is to look at the screenshots in the App Store. If you see iPad screenshots, you’re good—the app is either universal or iPad-only. You won’t be left with a blown-up iPhone interface either way.

Overcast iPad App Store Screenshot

You will also see a list of the officially-supported devices below the screenshots. Universal apps will display iPhone compatibility when the listing is viewed on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPhone

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