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20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

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Computers are great! They can save us time and money, connect us with long lost friends and relatives and provide us with endless hours of entertainment. But sometimes, they don’t do what we want them to do, and we don’t always know how to fix that. That is why I created this guide to help you solve some common computer problems with ease.

(PSST! There’s a printable cheat sheet at the bottom!)

1. Did you delete a file by accident? Right click your recycle-bin, select “restore”.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

2. Having difficulty exiting a program? Hold the Alt button and press the F4 button.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

3. Is your keyboard or mouse not working? Try unplugging and plugging them back in. If that doesn’t work – reboot your computer.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

4. Is your computer’s Start button gone? Use the “windows” button on your keyboard.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

5. Is there no sound on your computer? First, check that windows is not on mute, and that the volume is all the way up. Then, check if your speakers/headphones are plugged in. If all else fails, try rebooting.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

6. Is a menu command grayed out? Push the “Esc” key 3 times. (This won’t always work, as some commands are disabled during certain processes).

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

7. Have you forgotten today’s date? Hover the mouse over the clock at the bottom right of the screen.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

8. Missing your Taskbar? Move the mouse pointer all the way down until you find it, then drag it up.

9. Desktop icons are a mess? Right click and select “Arrange Icons”.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

10. Is The computer stuck? Reboot it.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

11. Program frozen with a notification window? Close the notification. It will either unfreeze the program, or close it.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

12. Program frozen with no notifications? Right click its name on the taskbar and close it.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

13. Accidentally erased some text or even a file? Click Ctrl + Z to go back in time and cancel your last action, whatever it was.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

14. A program closed down? Check if it’s still in the taskbar – if not, start it up again.

15. Your browser is all over the screen and you can’t find anything? Press F11, this takes it into, and out of, full screen mode.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

16. The text on the internet browser is too small? Hold Ctrl and press “+” (Use “-“ to make it smaller again).

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

17. Double-click isn’t working? Try pressing “Enter”

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

18. LETTERS ALL COME OUT IN CAPITALS? Press the “Caps Lock” key.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

19. Is the text you’re typing going over the previous text? Press the “Insert” key.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

20. Your document is set on “read only”? Choose the “Save As” option and rename it.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

Remember – if all else fails, rebooting the computer usually solves the problem, but make sure you save everything first.

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users

As promised, a Super-Helpful Cheat-Sheet:

20 Useful Troubleshooting Tricks For Computer Users




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