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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 7 years 2 months ago Jojoyee Try this cfajohnson: Step 1: Add "Workspace Switcher" to the panel Right-click an empty spot of the panel > Add to Panel > Select "Workspace Switcher" > Click "Add" Step 2: Add a workspace Right-click Workspace Switcher on the panel > Preference > Adjust "Number of workspaces" view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 6 years 11 months ago scottghall

One of the problems with the Cinnamon printer management screen, is (System Settings --> Printers) is that it insists on discovering network printers, or you can't add them. You can enter an address and click on "Search by Address" all day long, and you still won't get there. I have an HP Jetdirect connected to a LaserJet-6L for which the standard foomatic driver works fine. What this screen needs is the older Gnome screen where you enter the address, then the make, then the model, then the driver. The printer add screen won't do it.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 6 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee Update The tips and tricks in this article have been updated for Linux Mint 16 Petra (MATE Edition). Please leave your comment if any of them doesn't work for you. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 6 years 4 months ago d_neur

February 22, 2014 - 7:52 AM
Thanks for all your hard work Jojo Yee.
I am a new user to LinuxMint15 with KDE and wanted a shortcut on my panel for a specific text file I use frequently. I did not find a clear tip or trick to help me (maybe I did not search carefully enough). The steps below work perfect for me.

1) Open Kickoff Application Launcher- the Lm icon in the top left corner.
2) Move mouse cursor over "Recently Used" tab, this opens a list of apps and files.
3) Right click the file you want to add to panel, a small menu opens,
"Add to Desktop, Add to Panel, [seperator], Clear Recent Applications, Clear Recent Documents".
4) Click "Add to Panel", and a small icon appears on the panel.

Happy Shortcutting - Max

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 6 years 3 months ago panorain

I just wanted to thank you for the nice tips.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 6 years 3 days ago danielson

I'm surprised nobody has posted a comment yet.
This is probably the most exhaustive hacking tip for LinuxMint 17 yet!

A definite keeper! :)

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that work well for Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Edition as well. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 6 months ago dsiddens

Thank you, Jojo Yee. I'm looking for exacting, step by step, instructions for upgrading my Linux Mint 13, 64 bit to LM17 or 17.1

Thank you, Doug

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 3 months ago bibzgi

Useful article Jojo Yee. Thanks!

Xubuntu (or other distros with Xfce) worked well for me for years until I read some good reviews about the Mint distro discussed here and decided to test it out. It's been going on a week now and I am lovin' it.

LM has come a long way from years ago when it was not much more than a polished version of Ubuntu, IMO.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 3 months ago noomi

The system will then shut down within the minutes or at the time specified. To cancel a scheduled time, enter sudo shutdown -c in the Terminal.

imran

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 3 months ago Ratzo Yes indeed there seems a real lack of concise easy step by step instructions on how to upgrade , tho this is indeed very good article and I have used a number of the suggestions thanks Jojo view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 3 months ago brotherbob

Great job, clear and to the point.
You might want to add one more tip concerning pinning a group of home>documents>text file to the panel?
I recently had this feature and lost it somehow. When I minimized my group of document text files, they appeared as one tab on the panel. Within that one tab when clicked on the panel, (menu bar) it opened the last file I was looking at along with all the other files open in tab form along the top of the bar listing all open previous text files.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 3 months ago bibzgi

Everything was splendid with Cinnamon except getting a dark or black window.

It turns out that it is easy by going to the Themes under System Settings and clicking on "Add/remove desktop themes" and then entering words like "black" "dark" "midnight" etc.

Currently, I'm using "Black Out" for Desktop, and "Zorba-black" for Controls and Window Borders.
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For me to switch from Xubuntu to Mint Cinnamon was like a leap in faith.

For those like me who have the cheap (US $199) Acer Chromebook, you can get the tailored LM Cinnamon ISO from HughGreenBug's website.

Amazingly, Cairo-Dock works just fine in this Chromebook.

Since my screen size is rather small, I find it more comfortable to not use Cairo-Dock.

The AwOken Icon theme is worth testing out if you crave a dark theme.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 1 day ago jim7fl

Great consolidation of tips and tricks in a very concise but clear series of steps with suggestions. My only suggestion would be to yell at the mint designers/changers who change the menu choices regularly. For instance, the menu choice referred to often is "system settings", but that is nowhere to be found. it has been changed to "preferences". I like the change, but the tips need some editing to show the new choice names for the newcomers who cannot figure it out... :)

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 1 day ago jim7fl

my personal favorite when i'm in the terminal is "sudo shutdown now" You had better be prepared after you enter the password, you will NOT get a chance to save any open files.... However it is a great command for when you have to leave right now and do not want to wait for suspend of hibernate before you head out the door.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 5 years 1 day ago jim7fl

Over a year later, I cannot resist. This is an excellently written clear and concise set of easily understood instructions which make the arcane and esoteric understandable to us common folks. :)

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 4 years 11 months ago Jojo Yee

Thanks for your comments jim7fl. System Settings is directly available in the left most column of the Menu. It is one of the favorite icons by default unless you have removed it.

By the way, I've now updated this review to reflect the changes in the latest version Linux Mint 17.2.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 4 years 9 months ago vandamme

That's too many versions to upgrade. Better off saving all your data (you do that anyhow, right?) and nuke it. I just keep a list of apps and install new versions after upgrading. Download the latest Mint, install in the partition that had the old Mint. If you have a separate /home partition you won't even have to reload your data. This avoids a lot of problems, in fact Mint used to insist on reloading for every new version, but now you can upgrade one level at a time.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 4 years 8 months ago william1967

Thank you for the article. There aren't that many articles explaining how to customize a Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop, this is very helpful in that respect. Can you explain how to install and change new window borders, icons and controls for a customized look of the desktop?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - MATE Edition] 5 years 8 months ago zep321

JoJo

Great article.

I need some help from a linux expert.
While installing linux on my win 8 machine I accidentally wipes my win 8.0 system from the hard drive, Now I can only boot to linux using any media. HDD, dvd drive and usb drive. Nothing else will boot.
I posted this problem on the forum today and thought I would take the liberty of trying to contact you through this article.

Any help will greatly appreciated.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - MATE Edition] 5 years 8 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks for you kind comment zep321. Please refer to the link to the post that you've added to the forum. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/14342-bushwacked-by... view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - MATE Edition] 5 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that also work well for Linux Mint 17.1 MATE Edition. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 3 years 8 months ago etim

Glad to see you're dipping that toe a bit deeper into the Linux world, Mr. Giz, keep up the good work!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 3 years 1 month ago danielson

How about sudo apt-get autoremove to remove old Linux kernels installed automatically in system upgrade?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 10 months ago 64bitguy

Regarding Terminal Transparency/opacity issue...the actual correct fix can be found inside Terminal itself.
Edit>Profile Preferences>Colors>Uncheck (or Alter the settings from none to full) of "Use Transparent Background" option.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago pretapen

My problem is finding the EXACT version of Mint I am using.
Yes there are lots of ways for me to confirm that I am using Linux Mint 18 ( Sarah ).
But nothing I can find will tell me whether this is 18.1 OR 18.2.
I want to know especially when I upgrade to 18,3.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee Try this if it works for you: Go to "Menu", select "Preferences", then click "System Info". The detail of Operating System should then be indicated on the first line in the "System Info" window. view
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago pretapen

I did Go to "Menu", select "Preferences", then click "System Info
( both before and after your suggestion ) and what it shows is
“Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit”.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee

Your version of system should then be Linux Mint 18.0, before the release of 18.1, 18.2 and 18.3

https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago pretapen

Thanks. Can I upgrade to 18.3 without 'starting from scratch' with that huge download ?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee

It is possible pretapen. You may want to follow the steps here: https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3462

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 2 years 6 months ago pretapen

Actually I found that under Administration > Update Manager > Edit there was an option to upgrade to 18.3 Sylvia
and so in terms of the necessary clicking this update was just like any other.

I have now applied that update and on reboot System Info now shows “Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64-bit”.

Case closed.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - MATE Edition] 3 years 7 months ago eikelein

I am a "Windows man" since Windows 3 and have been a programmer and database administrator from 1964 into the early 2000s. I have access to an older Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with 2x2.1Ghz cpu, 4GB RAM and a 320GB HDD; the machine was shipped by Dell in November 2009 with Windows Vista 32-bit..

Here and in other places I keep reading that Linux Mint is such a great thing as a Windows replacement so I tried it today on that small 7 years old laptop. I had the interest and took the time to "try" Mint Cinnamon, MATE and XFCE on it, all in 64-bit edition(s).

The following are my admittedly totally un-scientific impressions, they do not represent any judgement on quality, stability or the like and I did not do any time measurements.

I must say I am impressed and at the same time sort of deflated.

Cinnamon and Mate offered me in Driver Update a required proprietary Broadcomm diver for the wireless card in an easy to understand and easy to handle GUI. Nice touch. XFCE needed in Driver Update some more "fiddling" but with a little bit of trial and error I got it to install the driver.

Either Mate or Cinnamon (I did not write it down, sorry) had in their menu two "typical" Linux insider oriented programs names, stuff like Banshee and Corealis(?) withOUT any comment or hint about what these programs are for. BAD style and definitely a turn off for computer illiterate end users.

XFCE seems to come with the Whisker(?) menu, definitely a HUGE plus! IMHO the best menu I have seen in a long time.

Installation for Cinnamon and Mate editions seemed to have taken longer to finish than for XFCE. Not a huge difference but IMHO hard to overlook when you have the comparison within 20 minutes or so.

Mate and especially Cinnamon were quite a bit less reactive than XFCE; the latter just felt more lively, more "tangy".

And here comes the deflationary part: Now Linux Lite (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Lite) is installed on this machine.
- Installation of LL was faster than Mint XFCE, not to talk about Cinnamon or Mate.
- The machine definitely reacts more lively.
- The programs that come with LL are more geared towards the "typical" non-technical Windows user; for example the database module of Libre Office does not get installed.

Why am I taking the time to write this looong comment? Today's experiences confirms to me (again!) that majority votes are suspicious and often suspect to needed correction.

Got to quit, it's late and the eyelids get heavy.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - MATE Edition] 2 years 4 months ago shields1954

Hello. Just an old electronics tech, 63. Switched to linux about 3 years ago and have tried probably 30 distros.. Every glitch you mentioned has happened to me, with the exception of linux lite. I am trying Mint Mate 18.3 as I type on a seperate hdd. Panel icons keep moving after reboot, wifi with broadcom was a mess, expected but had to jump through the usual hoops with Mint, Cinnamon XFCE and Mate. Since 2.0 on linux lite, I can count on 1 hand the problems except for those I caused by experimentation. Oh well, back to the other hdd with lite 3.8. Thanks.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - MATE Edition] 2 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy

Obviously it depends on what you expect from a distro but in preference to Mint (Cinnamon DE) I would recommend giving Makulu LinDoz version a try. Although the 2018 build is a development release, I've not managed to break anything with it yet. It's fast to use and highly tweaked out of the box.
http://www.makululinux.com/wp/lindoz/
Alternatively, my everyday system is MX-17 which runs flawlessly including Compiz, Emerald and Cairo Dock for lovers of the best eye candy Linux has to offer, plus it's unbreakable.
https://mxlinux.org/
https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/mx-17-lenovo.html
Regards - MC - Site Manager.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10] 6 years 12 months ago Karna

The Article is really awesome. It provides glipmse of very essential tools in a very nice way. Good work.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10] 6 years 9 months ago Ivtec

how to remove apps from the desktop

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10] 6 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee If you mean hiding app icons from the desktop Ivtec, then try Ubuntu Tweak which has a toggle to switch it on and off easily. You can get it from here: http://ubuntu-tweak.com/ view
Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10] 6 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee Update: This update covers Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. view
Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04] 6 years 2 months ago ldmpub

Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 done and thanks for this article: some tips were very usefull.

Thanks again for all the quality work done here ... for free!

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04] 6 years 1 week ago adoptapet

Excellent and helpful tips for Ubuntu 14.04; saved me loads of time and energy. And at 72, that means a lot. Been using Linux since RedHat, Mandriva, and Suse first hit the store shelves, and this Ubuntu 14.04 is a real winner; runs perfectly on my old Dell Latitude E6400 laptop (about 2006 vintage). Thank you very, very much!!!

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04] 5 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that work well with Ubuntu 14.10. view
Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04] 5 years 1 day ago dvhirst

Note; this list seems focused on the desktop version of Ubuntu 14.04; a server focused list of the same sort would be helpful, as well.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 18.04 LTS] 1 year 3 months ago joy-c

Check the link for the 'GetDeb Repository' - It's broken. Plus, the web site is really weird - It looks like they transferred a lot of old entries to make it look like a well established blog. There's a recent entry about a new browser called Flock. Flock was a Firefox fork that died a very long time ago.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 18.04 LTS] 1 year 3 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks for your feedback joy-c. GetDeb doesn't work the way as it was before. The link has now been removed from this page. view
Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 18.04 LTS] 1 year 3 months ago joy-c

Thanks! I'm always on the prowl for nifty little tools and tweaks. You guys have been awesome for so long!

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 18.04 LTS] 1 year 3 months ago Jojo Yee You're welcome joy-c. view
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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Anupam Nice tips Vic. I liked the first two methods, and didn't new about them before. Thanks! :) view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Nodrog

What on earth is method four about? The control panel shortcut is a default desktop icon so there is no need to create another one.

If it is not currently displayed right-click on the desktop, click on "personalise" then "change desktop icons" and check the box for control panel and click on OK.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Anupam That's a good point :). view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Nodrog

Another tip for getting to the control panel without having to go to the desktop first is to enable the desktop toolbar - right-click on the taskbar, mouse over "toolbars" and click on "desktop" - then you can click on the chevron and have access to a tree display for all desktop icons/shortcuts.

Slightly off-topic, but another useful toolbar to have in the Windows 8 desktop screen is one for all programs (as we had in Win7 start menu). Right-click on the taskbar, mouse over toolbars and click on "new toolbar". In the window that opens, browse to C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs then click on "select folder" - you now have a tree for all installed program folders/files available when you click on the toolbar chevron.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie Control Panel is not a "default" shortcut since it has to be enabled. The "Personalize" method was covered in the previous tip "How to put commonly used folders and functions on the Desktop" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-8-much... and listed in the current tip under "Related tips". Maybe you missed that. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Nodrog

The use of the word default maybe comes down to semantics, but what I meant was why create a shortcut when one is already available (and, in my case, was enabled by default in two 7 and one 8 installations)?

I did see the previous tips when you published them and in fact used the "all settings" one so thank you for that.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie I understand your point. I was trying to illustrate a general method of creating shortcuts, one that I will be using in other tips. But, in the current context, I can see that it might seem unnecessary. On the other hand, Windows always seems to have multiple ways to do the same thing and I like to show a variety. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Nodrog

"Windows always seems to have multiple ways to do the same thing" - I second that!

I only came across the Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut for getting the shutdown etc. menu on the desktop yesterday, I'd been using Winkey+I to open the Win8 settings bar.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Cuffy

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned "Godmode".
It's one of the first things I install and seems to solve all my control panel problems.

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Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie That was covered in a previous tip. It is referenced in the current tip as the related tip "How to open a complete list of Windows 8 settings" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/three-tricks-make-windows-8-much... view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Anupam Vic, in that respect, even the My Computer, Recycle Bin, Network, and My Documents, etc are also not default, since they too have to enabled from the Personalize options, when you install the OS fresh. I can't recall for Windows 8 exactly, but it has to be done in XP to Windows 7. And I think enabling the shortcut this way is easier than the 4th option. Atleast, general users will find it easier. Maybe you can include this one as an option too? view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie Anupam, I had done the previous tip, "How to put commonly used folders and functions on the Desktop", and referenced it. I thought that would cover this method but I guess not. I'll take your advice and add it. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago v.laurie I have now added a new reference to the previous article about this method to make it more obvious. view
Tips for Making Windows 8 Easier to Use - Shortcuts to Access the Control Panel 7 years 4 months ago Anupam It's better now :). Actually, since the article is about Control Panel shortcuts, it's good to list all methods here, even if you covered one of them in other article. It's better to see all methods at one place... helps to remember better, and also good for reference :). Keep up the excellent work :). view
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Tixati 3 years 6 months ago bernardz

I am using 2.5.1 now and the proxy section of it is terrible. It leaks info and is only for outgoing

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To-Do Calendar Planner (isoTimer) 4 years 2 weeks ago movrshakr

I installed it and really like the GUI interface and ease of use--EXCEPT...

I was very interested in what you said, "I really was impressed at ... how the app synchronized with Google calendar by itself without me having to anything." Except nothing I do will get mine to sync with my Google calendar. I checked to be sure both are associated with the same account, but I cannot find a 'sync now' command in it, and it sure isn't doing it on its own. wifi is connected, cell data is on, ????

ADDED further observations...while installing, everything refers to To-Do Calendar Planner, and that is what I commanded to install. It does not appear in installed items...what shows up is isoTimer, with a completely different icon. I also found a screen that shows calendars to display
-My Calendar [checked]
-one named with "my gmail address (Google)" [not checked and not checkable]
-one named with "my gmail address" (no parens) [checked]
-US Holidays [checked]

This is very confusing.

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ToolWiz Care 4 years 2 months ago Freeware Fanatic

I was interested in trying the "ToolWiz Care" utility, but when I went to the website Malwarebytes Antimalware warned me it was a malicious site. So, I guess I'll pass on trying it.

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ToolWiz Care 4 years 2 months ago Joe A.TT

According to the Wayback Machine, Toolwiz Care hasn't been listed on the home site since August 2014...

http://web.archive.org/web/20140808032434/http://www.toolwiz.com/en/products/

If the developer themselves dumped the product, I wouldn't recommend your using it.

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ToolWiz Care 3 years 10 months ago LemMotlow

I've been using this app for 3 or 4 years with Windows 7 and have nothing but superlatives to say about it. Although it's no longer updated or on the developer's site, it is fast, thorough, safe and without bugs. The package also contains ten other apps, including a "sandbox" [called Time Freeze] Photo editor and password manager.

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ToolWiz Care 2 years 6 months ago chessdave

Not at Archive org - Found it here - http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/toolwiz_care.html

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy If like me there are any users of D-Link remote monitored cameras reading this, they won't function with this AV installed. Can't answer for all of them but they will work with AVG Free, Panda Free and Forticlient. MC - Site Manager. view
Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I may be getting senile but wasn't this posted not too long ago? The product seems to have some glitches of note and I'm sure some readers like myself have a preferred browser that is not Internet Explorer. I can't speak about this product specifically, but in some cases the services only remain free until the next version is developed requiring an upgrade.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago grimbles

Yes, it was.

What glitches of note? Please clarify. I've been using Sophos Home on 3 different machines for a little over 3 months with zero issues.

Sophos Home does NOT require Internet Explorer, and the article doesn't say it does, it just says to use something other than Edge. I use Firefox and Chrome with no problems.

Sophos AV (engine) has been around for ages (previously only available to the corporate sector). It is not 'new' as in brand new, never been seen before - it's just recently been made available for home users as well.

Sophos Home is lightweight, comes with a proven engine, and includes a very good online content filter for family situations.

(I am in no way connected or associated with Sophos - just a satisfied user).

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

In what independent tests there are available, it performs pretty badly. MC - Site Manager.
http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago terrawarra

thanks rob,
hmm,.... 192 mb download !

I'll stick to quio 369 TS essentials.... absolutely free, no adds and it works well as noted on this site.

...... and it's a paltry 30 mb download.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago grimbles

I guess it depends on whose lab results you are looking at: https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/business-windows-client/windows-8/

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy But this test relates to Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 10.3 and not the free Home version. The free version description states: "It uses the same award-winning technology from Sophos that protects millions of business people worldwide", but I don't buy into this unless the exact specifications for things like antivirus engine number etc are listed, which I can't find anywhere, except for the commercial version. Fiat after all uses the same technology as BMW. MC - Site Manager. view
Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago grimbles

Yes, exactly the same product as in the test result chart that you referenced: http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/avc_factsheet2016_03.pdf

As you rightly point out, Sophos claims that its Home AV utilizes the same engine as the enterprise counterpart, and I have no reason to doubt that. I guess there is always a choice - we can either choose to believe unless proven otherwise or choose to disbelieve until proven true. :)

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago lmac

I only use an anti virus that allows me to choose what I want done to anything it finds. I've lost data using those that misread legit software and delete it without my knowledge. How about Sophos??

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago eikelein

Hi all;

I am going to "stoke the flames" so to speak, please be warned.
I do NOT run any testing lab.
I do NOT have any numbers or statistics to show off.
But over the last 10 to 12 years I have conservatively estimated about 6,000 to 7,000 home users as customers of which 99% call themselves "computer illiterate" and honestly, most are.

You are welcome to dismiss what follows and stop reading right here - but please, I don't need or read or hear your reasons, I respect them whatever they are. Here I go:

For a long time I am suspicious of AV-Comparatives [AVC] "test results". Some of the reasons are:

#1: The worst malware infested computers I encounter often, way too often, run AVG or Avast; and those two have almost perfect scores on AVC?

#2: Slightly older machines with for example Turion dual-core, Sempron, Athlon II or older Pentium cpu, many with around or less than 2Ghz cpu and 32-bit systems (vista, W7, W8) running excruciatingly sluggish:
I remove the obvious malware and the machine is still slow.

#3: THEN I remove AVG/Avast/McAfee/Trend Micro or whatever and the machine "takes a leap" into what I consider normal operation for this class of computer. That is something AVC (and others!) never talk about, AFAIK at least.

#4: The subsequent scan with Malwarebytes Free with corrected settings finds anything from half a dozen to many hundreds of leftover malware traces and sometimes even a rootkit that other "miss".
Yep, Malwarebytes Free has it's rootkit detection turned OFF in the default install; go figure.

#5: Literally ALL of my customers do very well with Microsoft Security Essentials (or Defender on W8/W10) and occasional additional manually started scans with Malwarebytes Free.

#6: Occasionally I have used the bootable Sophos Virus Removal Tool. It loads it's virus definitions much slower than others and it runs FOREVER. Admittedly very subjective but that's what I experience.

Nothing against Sophos, I believe they offer very reasonable solution(s) for businesses and companies - and now maybe for home users? More power to them.

Disclaimer: I have absolutely NO business or any other relationships with any company or product mentioned before. Only real life experiences in very typical home user environments.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

Question - "Site Manager" here, or somewhere else?

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy It relates to here. I apply the tag to all my posts at the request of the site owner. MC - Site Manager. view
Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

Cool. I sometimes see people putting all sorts of things after their names. Strictly for further curiosity - overall site manager ("webmaster", whatever) or a category?

(I'm just nosy}

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy It's an overall status although "overall" there are others here contributing more than me. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

Thanx. I like to know how things work.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Gewane

Hi, I would just like to add that recently after a lot of issues on my computer running Windows 7 I got rid of Avast which everyone says is so good but in fact creates a great many problems and I turned to Microsoft Security Essentials and it works just fine.

A few days ago, someone using my computer accidentally installed AVG.

What a mess!! It's totally a virus!!!

And I spent an afternoon getting rid of it although you should be aware that AVG Zen will not allow itself to be uninstalled even with Revo Uninstaller and then rooting out all the changes it had made on Firefox using about:config and then using Malwarebytes, Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware.

I don't know about Sophos but personally, I'll be sticking to MSE.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

A good reason why not to let other people have access to your machine. Even so, AVG like most other reputable products provides comprehensive removal instructions and even a dedicated tool for this should the built-in uninstaller fail.
https://support.avg.com/SupportArticleView?l=en_US&urlName=How-to-uninst...
I've never had issues with AVG software except on machines where multiple security programs have been previously installed and then improperly removed as stated in your post. MC - Site Manager.

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