Tech tricks

March 2014

Boot straight to the desktop in Windows 8.1

3:00AM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Let’s face it, the Windows 8/8.1 Start screen has not exactly been universally applauded by computer users. Thankfully, if you use Windows 8.1, there’s a simple way to make your computer boot directly to the desktop – here’s how to do it.

Restart BlackBerry Hub without rebooting your phone

3:00AM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas If you own a BlackBerry Z10, Q10 or Q5, there’s a quick way to restart your Blackberry Hub without rebooting your phone. Here’s how to do it.

Reset most Firefox settings – without losing your bookmarks or passwords

3:20PM | Monday, 17 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas There’s a simple way to reset most of the settings in Firefox while at the same time keeping your bookmarks and saved passwords. Here’s how to do it.

Change default search in Google Chrome

3:31PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | By StartupSmart The Google search bar in Chrome is one of the most useful tools in the browser, but you can easily change it to a different search engine altogether – or even a website.

Is Firefox crashing? Here’s how to find its built-in troubleshooting guide

3:43PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Have you ever tried to support a user whose web browser keeps crashing? If they use Firefox, there’s a handy place to find all the crucial support information in one place.

Change a default app in Android

3:00AM | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas The first time you open a new type of file, Android will prompt you to select an app to load it in by default. If you want to change the default app later, here’s how to do it.

Test your mobile website from a virtual smartphone browser on your PC or Mac

3:00AM | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas If your business uses a mobile website, there’s a handy way to keep an eye on how it looks in a real mobile browser while you update it on your desktop PC or Mac.

View your cookies in Firefox

3:30PM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas In layman’s terms, cookies are small pieces of information stored in your web browser to help websites keep track of you. Here’s how to see a list of your cookies in Firefox.

Do a Google search for just PDFs

3:44PM | Friday, 7 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Have you ever been in a predicament where you remember reading or downloading a PDF on some website, but now you can’t find it? Well, there’s a simple way to track it down.

How to quickly get a definition or synonym for a word?

3:08PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas Have you ever been typing at your computer when you’ve come across a word you don’t understand? If you have a browser window open, there’s an easy way to find that definition or synonym quickly.