Category Archives: How To

Printer Won’t Feed Paper

I have a Canon printer and it starting having trouble feeding the paper in. I found this really odd thread (please follow the link, as you won’t believe me otherwise) that suggested, amongst other things, the following:

  • turn the printer upside down and shake it
  • shove a slightly thick piece of paper (or cardboard) through it
  • clean various parts with alcohol

Almost all of the people who posted found something stuck inside their printer and shaking it or shoving thin cardboard or thick cardstock (e.g. a thick Christmas card) was enough to dislodge the thing that was stopping the feeder from working properly. Examples of things that were stuck in there include: pens, insects, needles, paper clips, food, SD cards, parts of Christmas trees, coins, paper, pills, toys, etc. Many people who tried out this solution said they were convinced nothing was stuck back there… until they tried this.

Even if you don’t have a printer problem you may find the thread interesting to read just for the number and variety of things that people get stuck in their printers. (Some of the posts are obviously just making fun of the idea. I’m pretty sure a moose wouldn’t fit back there, for example.)

Shaking and pushing through cardstock has made my printer “attempt to print” which it was refusing to do before, but it is still not completely fixed. It looks a bit dusty in there, but nothing came out after the shaking/pushing episodes. (Note, I tried both more than once.) I don’t print very often, so I shall have to wait and see if this fix sticks.

Blank Screen on Dell Vostro After Windows 10 Upgrade

This is a problem with the graphics driver and the BIOS.

1. The problem is caused by the computer selecting an external monitor (which may or may not be present) as the main monitor for the laptop. If you have an extra monitor, attach it to the Vostro and the screen will probably show up there.

2. Update the BIOS to A12. You can find the update on the Dell site. You might need to go looking for it specifically. When I used the Dell site to search for updates (of any kind), it led me to update the BIOS, but only to A09. I had to go back to the site and search for further BIOS updates in order to find A12.

3. You can try upgrading the graphics driver, but I don’t think that helped in my case. Disabling the graphics driver will force the screen back to the laptop monitor, but you will be using a very basic, generic graphics driver in that case, so you will have limited functionality. The above BIOS update is the only thing that worked for me.

Touchscreen Not Working in Chrome After Windows 10 Upgrade

After I upgraded my computer to Windows 10, my touchscreen stopped working in Chrome. I actually didn’t notice it for quite some time, which tells me that maybe I don’t need a touchscreen. Anyway, here’s a workaround that can fix the problem.

Type the following into the address bar in Chrome.

chrome://flags

A huge list of settings will appear. Click on “ctrl” and “f” to do a page search for the word “touch”. That should take you to:

“Enable Touch Events”

Change the setting from “Automatic” to “Enable”.


Edit: Typing this into the address bar will get you to the right place quickly.

chrome://flags/#touch-events

How To Turn Off Cursor Animations in Microsoft Office

I don’t know. Maybe some people like how the cursor flies around the screen in Office 2013 applications. I do not.

Here’s how to stop the insanity.

  1. Open any Microsoft Office 2013 program.
  2. Click on the “?” thingy at the top right hand corner of the window.
  3. In the search box, type “turn off office animations”.
  4. Follow directions.
  5. Breathe.

How to Get Rid of that Stupid Black Bar on Top of Google Chrome

If you move your mouse up to the top of your screen in Chrome, does a black bar come down to obscure the tabs? Is it super, dooper annoying? Yeah, it is.

The problem is that you are using Chrome in “Windows 8 mode”. There is no good reason to use Chrome in that mode, so here’s how to fix it.

  • Open Chrome.
  • Click on the three bar thingy at the top right of the screen that lets you see the options for Chrome.
  • At the bottom you will see “Relaunch Chrome in Desktop Mode”. Click it.

From now on, Chrome will launch in regular desktop mode unless you switch it back to Windows 8 mode. No more stupid black bar.