If you’re trying to convert a PDF file to Word but the app fails, try these fixes …

The popular website “Addictive Tips” has a great “how to” article posted on converting PDF documents to Word documents. If you are familiar with this type of conversion (PDF to Word) you know that sometimes it is not as simple as it sounds and the results can vary.

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Conversion to PDF Failed: How to Convert PDF to Word Document (FULL GUIDE)

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing tools available for both Windows 10 and macOS. It is, unfortunately, not free. It went from being a one-time purchase to a subscription-based app which means not everyone has it. The DOCX format is not universal. 

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WinScan2PDF 7.07

This is a great little software program that let’s you scan documents easily without having to start up and complex scanning software. With WinScan2PDF it is no longer necessary! Start the scan directly from this desktop application and save the scanned documents directly as a PDF file on your Windows computer without any detours. The program is very small and easy to use suitable for beginners and advanced users.

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WinScan2PDF 7.07

WinScan2PDF is a tiny and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner. You can also directly scan your documents and save them as a PDF including multiple pages. [License: Freeware | Requires: 10|8|7 | Size: 175 KB ]

An Altarnative Scann Software for free is WinScan2PDF!

FREE QR Scanner: Barcode Scanner & QR Code Scanner

One app you should have on your phone is a barcode and QR code scanner. Here is a good one that is FREE…

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FREE QR Scanner

QR Code Reader Free can read and decode all kinds of QR code and barcode, including contacts, products, URL, Wi-Fi, text, books, E-mail, location, calendar, etc. 🔍 You can also use it to scan promotion and coupon codes 💰 in shops to get discounts.

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Some users reported that the 0x800f080d error prevents them from updating Windows to the latest version…

Here’s a good source to show you how to fix error 0x800f080d that prevents you from updating Windows to the latest version….

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Here’s how to fix error 0x800f080d on Windows 10

0x800f080d error usually appears when trying to install Windows Updates. Since this error prevents the installation of updates, it can be problematic, and in today’s article, we’re going to show you how to fix it. Error 0x800f080d can be quite problematic, and it can prevent you from updating Windows to — Read More @ Windows Report

Windows Repair Toolbox 3.0.2.7

You will find “Windows Repair Toolbox” under the “Tech Toolbox” category that is handily available at the top of the website. Download and run “on-the-fly” the best free software when it comes to diagnose and solve several kinds of Windows problems. With three exceptions, all the programs included in the toolbox are portable. The tools are categorized by their function, and the program will automatically download the correct version for the Windows edition in which you’re working. Additionally, it will also help you keeping those tools updated.

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Windows Repair Toolbox

A portable program that helps you repair a Windows system, by making the process faster, easier and more consistent.

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TreeNoote version 1.6 is now available! A version that makes your notes even more secure!

Secure, simple, and free! TreeNoote is available free for Windows and is under development for iOS, Android, MacOS, Linux. What’s new in this version 1.6: Automatic backup of your data with a choice of storage path and number of copies to keep; AND, the ability to restore your backed up data on demand.

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TreeNoote

A hierarchically organized note-taking app built to be secure, free, and portable.

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Considering how quickly phone manufacturers clone their competitors’ newest features, it’s amazing that this Samsung security feature has not made its way to stock Android or iOS …

The thing that Samsung has that Apple and Google lack is a simple feature that prompts you to enter your lock screen passcode before you can turn off or reboot your phone. Follow the source link below to learn more why this is critically important.

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Here’s Why It’s Harder to Steal a Samsung Phone Than an iPhone or Another Android

Pretend you’re a phone thief for a moment. You might be a pickpocket or a stickup kid, but you’re in possession of other people’s phones on a regular basis. Now ask yourself this: what’s the first thing you do after you steal a phone? Any real phone thief with half a brain would simply turn the phone

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.11.3

Windows Repair is one of those tech tools that is unique in that it can help fix some of those pesky Windows problems. As with any tech tool like this, back up your important files. I have included Windows Repair under the “Tech Toolbox” category at the top of the web site.

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Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and more.

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Google late last year announced pending changes to its Google Photos unlimited high quality storage policy. A quick check of the calendar reveals that the new policy is scheduled to go into effect in just a few weeks, so we wanted to remind you of everything it entails.

Google Photos free unlimited storage is ending soon

Starting June 1, any new photos and videos uploaded to Google’s sharing and storage service will count against the free 15GB of capacity that comes with every Google account (or the additional storage you might have purchased as a Google One member).

Need Custom Labels??? Create and Customize your own labels with Labeley…

Labeley is a FREE web app (that you work with from your web browser) that gives you the ability to “create custom stickers for all occasions, from birthday parties, weddings and other special events to kids camping trips, kids clothing, back-to-school programs and so on”. With Labeley you can create your own design(s) with the online label editor, save them for future reference, upload your own graphics (or pics) and when done you can have them printed (for a small fee) and sent to you.

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Aside from the sleek, user-friendly layout, Labeley comes with a variety of design options that make label creation easy and fun. Users can choose between different:

– label shapes
– borders
– ribbons and graphics
– colors and fonts

or they can revamp their own design by simply uploading it from their personal computers. The best thing is, they don’t even need to create an account if they want to remain anonymous.

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Mounting an external hard drive isn’t as simple as plugging it in …

When we buy an external hard drive you typically can plug it in and all will be ok; however, there are other factors to take into consideration, such as the proper file format standard. Follow the source link below to c|net to learn more about the “formatting facts” for Windows and Mac.

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So you’re setting up an external hard drive. Formatting facts for Windows and Mac

Formatting an external drive forces you to make some important decisions that will affect how and where you can use the drive, including whether it’ll work on a PC, Mac or both. Manufacturers often advertise that their external drives are compatible with both operating systems out of the box, and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, it’s more nuanced than that. 

Kaspersky Rescue Disk 18

Kaspersky Rescue Disk 18

Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a safe way to remove viruses from a computer without the risk of getting infected. Boot from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to scan and remove threats from an infected computer without the risk of infecting other files or computers…

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture

A screen capture utility is a “must have” on any PC (or flash drive); especially if you are a writer, blogger, graphic designer, desktop publisher, etc… I have tried and tested many of the capture utilities and the one that has set well with me is “FastStone Capture”.  FastStone Capture went commercial after version 5.3; however, the freeware version is still available at various sites around the internet.  This little utility is a well thought out screen capture utility. It  is no wonder the author opted to go commercial with it. I highly suggest purchasing this screen capture utility if you can; but, if you can’t, follow the instructions below to get the last “FREE” version.

Before I tell you where you can get FastStone Capture (the last freeware version), let me give you some hightlights. The download that I will refer you to is a download for the portable version that can be installed on your flash drive or into a folder of your choice on your PC. This way, if you do not like it, simply delete the folder; but I’m telling you this little app rocks and is very easy to use.

FastStone Capture uses very little screen space and provides (6) different screen capture modes (see below) that can be activated by clicking one of the mode buttons in the application or by using hotkey combinations on your keyboard.

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1. Capture Active Window

2. Capture Window /Object

3. Capture Rectangle Region

4. Capture Freehand Region

5. Capture Full Screen

6. Capture Scrolling Window

With FastStone Capture you have the option of sending the captured result to a built in graphic editor, to the clipboard, to a file, to the printer, or to an email (as an attachment).  The output file can be saved to the most common graphic file formats (e.g. gif, png, bmp, jpg, tif) or as a PDF file. Settings are also available that allow you to auto capture to an edge/watermark or to prompt you each time to assign a caption or label to your captured result.  This little app also features a built-in graphic editor, a screen magnifier and a screen color picker.

If you do not have this app, I suggest you get it now…  You can download FastStone Capture (last freeware version) [ HERE ] .

If you would like to take a look at the paid (current version), CLICK HERE

Kudos to the author of FastStone Capture for making such a wonderful application.


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thilmera 7 – Windows Advanced System Monitor

This system monitor is a new one to me and will have to test further. The developers description of thilmera is that it is a system monitor that compactly displays the usage, operating rate, and temperature of CPU, GPU, disk, memory, network, input/output sound, etc. in real time. I can see this being a great diagnostic tool.

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thilmera – Windows Advanced System Monitor

thilmera 7 is a system monitor for Windows that displays the performance and status of your PC in a compact size in real time.

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Microsoft just rolled out a beta version of its Edge browser to Linux.

This is great news for those who own Chromebooks with Linux support and those who prefer Microsoft Edge over Google Chrome.

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Microsoft Edge Beta now available on Linux, including Ubuntu and Fedora

Microsoft Edge for Linux has slowly made its way through different levels of testing by Microsoft. Edge Dev has been available for Linux for some time, and it recently gained the ability to sync passwords and favorites. Now, you can grab Edge Beta for Linux.

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CCEnhancer 4.5.7 for Windows

This tool has turned into a popular option for folks who already use CCleaner by turning CCleaner into a very powerful program cleaning option. In a sense, CCEnhancer is an add-on to CCleaner, by adding support for over 1,000 new programs. The tool uses the winapp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs.

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CCEnhancer 4.5.7

CCEnhancer is a small tool which adds support for over 450 new programs into the popular program CCleaner. The tool uses the winapp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs. 

Discovery and Hulu have come to an agreement on terms for keeping Discovery owned channels on Hulu’s live TV lineup

Hulu Reaches Agreement with Discovery to Keep Channels on Hulu with Live

Discovery and Hulu have come to an agreement on terms for keeping Discovery owned channels on Hulu’s live TV lineup after reports last week that the channels would be removed from the streaming service. While the deal will keep the live channels on Hulu with Live, on demand content will be leaving the service, Bloomberg reports. That content will move to Discovery+.

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Windows 10’s News and Features feed for your taskbar is rolling out now as part of the operating system’s KB5001391 system update …

Head over to “LifeHacker” and learn “How to Customize Windows 10’s News and Interests Taskbar Feed”… Follow the source link below to learn more.

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How to Customize Windows 10’s News and Interests Taskbar Feed

Windows 10’s News and Features feed for your taskbar is rolling out now as part of the operating system’s KB5001391 system update. Like Microsoft’s News Bar app or Edge’s personalized highlights, the News and Interests feed shows the latest headlines from over 4,500 news sources and a wide range…

NEW TOOL from NirSoft – Web Browser Bookmarks View

Features I like in this new utility is the ability to export the bookmarks list to csv/tab-delimited/html/xml file, copy the bookmarks to the clipboard and then paste them to Excel or other spreadsheet application, and open a Web site from your bookmark in your Smartphone by using QR Code.

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WebBrowserBookmarksView v1.00

WebBrowserBookmarksView is a simple tool for Windows that displays the details of all bookmarks stored in Chrome and Firefox Web browsers. For every bookmark, the following information is displayed: Title, URL, Folder Name, Folder Path, Position, Created Time, Modified Time (Only Firefox), ID, Guid, Web Browser, and Bookmarks File.

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Visit “Chrome Ready” and Learn “How to enable startup sound on your Chromebook”

Windows-based PCs have a characteristic startup sound that makes itself noticeable every time you turn your computer on. While this is something that doesn’t come enabled by default on Chrome OS, there is surely a way you can get it working on your device right now. In this article, therefore, we’ll show you how to do just that. Let’s dive right in.

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Looking to create a keyboard shortcut to launch the Windows 10 Calculator app? If yes, you have come to the right place.

If you are always looking for a calculator, here is a good “How To” (by “Into Windows”) on creating a keyboard shortcut to launch the calculator that is built into Windows 10.

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How To Create Keyboard Shortcut To Open Calculator In Windows 10

The Calculator app in Windows 10 is powerful. In addition to basic, scientific, graphing, and programmer modes, it also offers options to convert currency, volume, length, weight & mass, temperature, energy, area, speed, time, power, data, pressure, and angle. So, there is no doubt that it is one of the best, if not the best, calculator apps out there for the Windows operating system.

A new report shows that US mobile customers are tapping into the technology’s speediest networks less than 1 percent of the time

The 5G technology is an exciting advancement in the data speeds that will make our phones feel more like our home computers and will open the door to technology like never seen before. BUT, are we there yet? According to this article at “Wired”, only 1% of the mobile phone customer base are actually hitting 5G speeds.

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Why Almost No One Is Getting the Fastest Form of 5G

US MOBILE CUSTOMERS are almost never able to connect to millimeter-wave networks—even though the cellular industry, and Verizon in particular, have spent years hyping the fastest form of 5G.

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Are Chromebooks worth it?: Why I recommend them for most laptop buyers – CNET

For a large majority of folks at home, a Chromebook will be sufficient, will be cheaper in cost, and will be easier to maintain. I personally own one, use it a whole lot and highly recommend these Chrome OS based computers.

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Most of my Chromebook conversations are with people buying them for kids. But these Q&A sessions regularly end with them asking “Should I buy one for myself?” And the stock answer is usually, “It depends on your needs.” But after just a little digging, many people realize they simply don’t need to do any more than what can be done on a Chromebook — Read More @ c|net

Niagra Launcher – A modern + minimalist Android home screen optimized for one-✋ access and staying focused.

Many folks don’t know that you can change the app launcher on their Android phone. There are many good launchers to choose from and one of the most recent (popular) is Niagra. What is cool about Niagra is that you can launch any of your apps from the home screen (with one hand); without having to scroll through screens as you most often do with other launchers.

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Niagra Launcher

The traditional home screen we know was made more than a decade ago, where phone screens were smaller than your credit card. Smartphones keep growing, but not your fingers. The minimalist Niagara Launcher makes everything accessible with one hand and lets you focus on what matters.

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In the near future, your new Chromebook will probably have Google Meet and Chat – the company’s video and messaging applications – pre-installed

In the near future, your new Chromebook will probably have Google Meet and Chat – the company’s video and messaging applications – pre-installed. In fact, should a new Chromium bug report find its way to the finish line, these two apps could very well be installed by default on all Chrome OS devices … Read More @ Chrome Unboxed

Chrome OS devices will soon come with Google Meet and Chat pre-installed

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