dotTech Professional Technologians Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:04:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to password protect or encrypt PDFs [Tip] Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:04:13 +0000

Want to know how to password protect a PDF document? Well, that’s easy especially if you already have a PDF viewer with a built-in file encryption feature such as Adobe Acrobat 8 or 9. Now, for whatever reason, let’s just say that you don’t.…

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How to add a settings panel in Windows [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:27 +0000

Windows has a multitude of settings most of which you can access via the Control Panel. To reach specific setting options, there are usually a few menus and submenus to wade through. As such, if you’re not sure exactly where specific settings…

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How to add desktop shortcuts for USB devices in Windows [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:16 +0000

Almost every desktop and laptop has USB (Universal Serial Bus) slots for flash storage devices. When you insert a USB stick, you must usually open Windows Explorer and click on the USB slot there to open files saved on it. However, the USB Extension

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How to create custom system tray shortcuts in Windows [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:20:29 +0000

The system tray is the section at the right of the taskbar in Windows that includes a clock and a few small icons. You can expand the number of shortcut icons in the system tray with Tray Tools 2000. That’s a freeware package that you can add

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How to download files from Command Prompt in Windows [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:58 +0000

Every modern web browser has a built-in option that allows users to download a remote file from a specific source. This is a good thing because you no longer need to install another software or program just to download some text files, PDF documents,…

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How to convert images from right-click menu with XnShell [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:15:28 +0000

XnShell is a dynamic shell extension for the Windows 7 context menu offering users a variety of features directly from within this menu. This freeware program is extremely easy to use and setup and will surely offer users added convenience.…

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How to edit web pages for printing in Chrome, IE and Safari [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:04:38 +0000

We can all do our bit to save the rainforests. One way to do that is to print less paper, which will also save you some ink. This post covered how to edit pages before printing in Firefox, and you can also do that with the Print or PDF with CleanPrint

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How to add the image properties option to context menu in Chrome [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:06 +0000

Nowadays, it’s so easy to search the web for images. Just do a quick search and you’ll find tons of images and photos on almost every site or page that you visit. The thing is, if you’re using Chrome, there’s no easy way to view the properties…

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How to open multiple files by drag and drop in Firefox [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:59:38 +0000

You can open document files in Firefox from the menu bar. Click on the File button, Open File and then select a file to open in the browser. You can also open files by dragging and dropping them from the desktop to Firefox.

To drag and drop files to…

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How to lock and protect tabs in Firefox [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:55:23 +0000

When browsing with Firefox, you can accidentally click on the X icons that close tabs. To ensure your tabs remain open, add Tabloc to Firefox. That’s an add-on that locks and protects your Firefox page tabs.

Open the Tabloc add-on page…

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How to set email reminders for bookmarks [Tip] Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:41 +0000

Let’s just say that you have a page or site that you want to check after some period of time. Like, for example, a Reddit thread or an interesting blog post. However, there’s no way for you to directly subscribe to it. There’s also a possibility…

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How to tweak and optimize Windows with Ultimate Windows Tweaker [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:23:36 +0000

Ultimate Windows Tweaker offers users a plethora of tweaks which can used to alter the behavior of your computer. Read on to learn more.

In order to download this program click here. Below is a screenshot of the interface of Ultimate Windows

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How to apply random colors to photos in Windows [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:27:09 +0000

For a quick way to alter the colors in your photos forget about those photo applications packed with editing options. You should instead add the Color Surprise application to Windows XP, Vista or 7. The Color Surprise application is one with…

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How to navigate pages with mouse gestures in Opera [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:16:43 +0000

In this article, I told you about how we can select Firefox options and navigate pages with short mouse movement combinations. You can also do the same thing in Opera without any extensions. The more recent Opera versions include mouse …

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How to root LG Volt [Guide] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:11:33 +0000

Want to root your LG Volt? This guide will help you accomplish just that!

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. Ashraf and dotTech are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices)

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How to display random quotes in new tab in Chrome [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:08:53 +0000

Whether you’re at work, at school or at home, you need to have this motivation to keep doing what you’re doing. However, there are days when you get to feel like you’re not in the mood to do anything at all. At times like these, reading quotes…

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How to copy and paste tabs in Firefox [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:02 +0000

The copy and paste tool in Windows is handy, but the Firefox browser does not have that option for page tabs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could copy Firefox page tabs so that they can be temporarily closed to free up space on the tab bar? Well,…

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How to set custom swipe gestures in Android [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:27 +0000

Gone are those days where users often rely on tactile buttons to carry out certain Android commands. Today, there are more ways to control your Android device such as voice commands and gesture controls.

Speaking of which, did you know that …

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How to remove Google icon from navigation ring in Android [Tip] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:01 +0000

The NavBar ring, also known as the navigation bar ring, is a feature that’s usually present in Android devices with soft navigation buttons. With it, you can access the Google icon by simply swiping up from your smartphone or tablet’s home…

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How to use the reliability monitor in Windows [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:30:45 +0000

Okay guys, this is a short one but if you are having troubles with your Windows system crashing, this may be of help to you.

Windows Reliability monitor gives you a way of pinpointing applications that may be causing you gripe.

In order to access…

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How to get Windows laptop power efficiency report [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:41 +0000

Over a period of time, your laptop battery life will naturally decrease. Other than changing your battery, there are measures which you can employ in order to try to get more out of your battery.

Windows 7 includes a hidden tool which you can use…

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[Android] Add tags and location to notes with Narrate Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:13:01 +0000

There are so many apps out there that let you take notes. Now, what if you want a simple yet reliable note-taking app that would allow you to add tags and places to your notes? How about a note-taking app that flaunts Google’s new “Material …

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How to root LG Genesis [Guide] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:12:17 +0000

Want to root your LG Genesis? This guide will help you accomplish just that!

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. Ashraf and dotTech are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked

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How to switch tabs using simple mouse gestures in Firefox [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:08:11 +0000

TabFlip is a Firefox extension that lets you flip through your open page tabs like pages of a book. With this extension you can open page tabs without selecting them on the tab bar. Instead you press the right mouse button and drag to the right or…

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How to translate a web page from Firefox right-click menu [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:57:53 +0000

The Google Chrome browser has better built-in translation options than Firefox. When you visit a site not in English, Google Chrome will offer to translate. Firefox has no such option, but you can quickly translate pages in the browser with

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How to delete duplicate contacts in Gmail [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:54:33 +0000

Sometimes, you can’t help but forget that you’ve already saved an email contact under a different name so you end up having duplicates. That’s not all. There’s also a tendency for you to have duplicate contacts after you import your…

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How to extract ZIPs and RARs and save into Google Drive [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:54:12 +0000

In Google Drive, you can upload and store RAR (.rar) and ZIP (.zip) files but you can’t extract them. The least you can do is to preview the content inside these compressed files but that’s all. Nevertheless, there’s a quick and easy workaround…

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How to start a private group chat via email [Tip] Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:53:41 +0000

Group emails are nice especially if you’re talking about your work or group projects but what if you want to level up your options? Like, for example, having an option to preview links, maps, videos and images without opening another tab or…

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How to make your computer boot faster… by disabling Windows splash screen [Tip] Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:41:44 +0000

This tip may be appealing to all of the ‘speed demons’ out there. By removing the Windows splash screen on startup you can fractionally decrease the amount of time it takes for your computer to boot. Keep reading to learn how.

In …

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How to automatically scan downloaded files with VirusTotal [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:12:40 +0000

Nowadays, you need to be extra careful when it comes to the software and apps that you download and install on your computer. Who knows? You might be unknowingly installing a software that contains malicious programs and other .exe files that…

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How to extract icons from any file in Windows [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:12:04 +0000

Those searching for new Windows software and file shortcut icons can find them at websites such as Free Icons Webs. Alternatively, you can extract icons from any file in Windows with the freeware Icons from Files software. Icons from Files

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How to get Mac OS X style photo booth in Windows [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:48 +0000

Those with the Mac OS X platform will probably be familiar with the Photo Booth application. That’s a Mac OS X application with which you can take webcam snapshots, and adds some effects to them. Now you can also add that to Windows with the freeware…

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How to turn off monitor or laptop screen with hotkey in Windows [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:04:27 +0000

Whether you are doing this to conserve energy, battery life or for privacy, Dekisoft Monitor Off Utility allows users to completely shut off their laptop screens. If your laptop does not make provision for this functionality, Dekisoft Monitor

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How to quickly summarize a web page or article [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:58:39 +0000

In my previous post, I reviewed a certain extension for Chrome called TLDR. The said extension can automatically generate a summary of long articles. Nonetheless, there’s a downside to using TLDR as it is only available to Chrome, Safari…

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How to remove videos, images and Flash from any web page in Chrome [Tip] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:56:53 +0000

This post covered how you can remove images, Flash and video from website pages with the Firefox QuickJava add-on. You can also remove images, video and Flash from Google Chrome pages for faster browsing. The Text Mode Google Chrome extension…

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