How to backup and restore in Windows 10

How to backup and restore in Windows 10
Backup is the process of copying and archiving computer files and keeping it at secondary site for the use for data recovery in case of system failure, hard drive failure and other catastrophe. One should perform backup regularly because you wouldn’t know when disaster will strike. For example, your computer’s hard drive might fail tomorrow; you accidentally deleted important files or your computer’s files might be held hostage by the Ransomware attack.

There are many ways you can perform backup, from backing it up to an external hard drive, or backup to a remote cloud server. In this post, we’ll be guiding using Windows 10 to backup your files by creating a system image backup. What is System Image? System Image is basically a clone copy of your entire drive. It includes your Windows system files, system settings, programs, and all your personal files like photo, video, documents, and etc. With a system image, you can easily restore back your computer to the previous state.

How to Backup in Windows 10:
Windows 10 includes system image creation tool and you can take advantage of that to perform backup of your computer without needing third party tools. To access to Windows 10 system image creation tool, Click on the Search icon in the bottom-left. Type Control Panel and click on Control Panel, System and Security, Backup and Restore (Windows 7). 

Backup and Restore Windows 10

On the left navigation panel, click on Create a system image. You'll then be asked to specify the location to save the backup. You may choose to save the backup on a hard disk or on one or more DVDs.
create a system image backup
Click on Next to proceed. Select the drives you would like to backup and click on Next.

Drives to backup
Confirm your backup settings and click on Start backup to start backing up your computer files as system image. It will take from minutes to hours to fully backup your data depending on the number of files involved. After the backup is done, you’ll be prompted to create a system repair disc which you can use it to boot your computer to access the recovery options. 

confirm backup settings

How to Restore in Windows 10:
Click on the Search icon in the bottom-left. Type Recovery Options and click on Recovery Options under the best match. In the Advanced Startup section, click on Restart now. When your computer restarts, go to Troubleshoot, Advanced Options and select System Image Recovery. 

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How to improve Page Speed

How to improve Page Speed
You probably heard about Page Speed?  So what exactly is Page Speed? Page Speed is the speed measurement of how fast a page is loaded. Page Speed matters a lot. As a website owner, you should check and analyze the load speed of your websites. Nobody likes to wait a long time for a page to be fully loaded. Optimizing your pages will give you an edge over your competitions by providing better user experience to your visitors. Studies have shown that most visitors tend to abandon websites that needed 3 seconds and more to load. Having a poor performance websites, will simply kill off your conversion rates and also hurt your sales revenue. In addition, your pages are likely to rank lower in the search engine ranking if the performance and loading speed is poor. Since 2010, Page Speed has been used by Google as a ranking signal for Desktop search and it will become one of the ranking factors for Mobile search as well starting this July 2018.

How to measure Page performance?
So, how do you measure and check your page performance? While there are many websites and similar tools offering performance test for your page, you can use the web-based tool developed by Google at https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ . The interface is very straight forward. You just need to enter your page url and hit on the Analyze button. Google PageSpeed Insights will then analyze your page and provides optimization suggestions and tips on how to improve your page speed. It will also compute a score from 0-100 for both mobile and desktop after analyzing your page. If your page score is low, you might need to pay attention to the optimization tips as suggested.
Pagespeed Insights
How to improve Page loading time?
There are many factors that affecting the loading speed of each page on your site.
In the following post, we’ll be covering 5 common practices you can do to improve your page speed.  
1. Image Optimization
There are many image formats available and be sure that you’ve used the right one for your page. Commonly used image formats for web are GIF, PNG and JPEG. Also, remember to compress your images. Uncompressed images will have larger file size which will cause your page to load slower. You can use web compression services like https://tinypng.com/ to compress your images.   

2. Enable Compression
Enable GZIP compression and deflation on your server. These compression methods will reduce the size of your CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Images, and Video files up to 70% without degrading the quality. You’ll need to contact your web host to check whether they are supporting such features. 

3. Leverage Browser Caching
Browser’s cache keep a lot of information such as images, cookies, CSS, HTML pages, JavaScript and most of the time these files do not need a reload every time your repeat visitor visits your site. This is done by adding expires headers for each file type and the browser will keep using the old data until the headers expired.

4. Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML
Minification is the process of optimizing your codes in CSS, JavaScript and HTML files by removing unnecessary spaces, comments and formatting.

5. Minimize Redirects
Redirection is the automation method to direct your visitor from one file location to another. Each redirection will take some time to accomplish; therefore having too many redirection will slow down the page load.

How to Fix Microsoft Excel Has Stopped Working

How to Fix Microsoft Excel Has Stopped Working
Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet software developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. It is part of Microsoft Office applications and is used by millions of users all over the world. Microsoft Excel is very useful particularly in commercial area for financial data, data charting, calculating and analyzing of company data like profit and loss, taxes, trends and others. If you are not running Microsoft Excel under the cloud version or the latest desktop version, there is a high possibility that you might be annoyed with the error message like Microsoft Excel Has Stopped Working when closing or saving an Excel file. Program like Excel is storing important data and we can’t afford take risk for the program failure to corrupt our document file or cause any data loss. Most of the time, Microsoft Excel shall work flawlessly, but if you are still using the old version on the new Windows like Windows 10, chances are high that you might be getting Microsoft Excel has stopped working error message due to the old version of Excel was never intended to build for the latest version of Windows.

Today, I am going to share a simple trick to fix this error message and makes your Excel running smoothly again. Even if you are still using old version of Excel, it should work. Here’s how to fix Microsoft Excel Has Stopped Working error.

Go to the installation folder of the Microsoft Excel. Since Excel is part of Microsoft Office application, you probably can find it under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\OfficeVersion or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeVersion. Look for the file named Excel.exe. Right-click on Excel.exe file, Properties, Compatibility. Under Compatibility mode, check the option Run this program in compatibility mode for, and select Windows 7. Click on Apply button to apply the changes and click on OK to close.

Excel compatibility mode


Now try to run your Excel file and you should not be seeing the error message anymore when closing or saving an Excel file.



How to Remove Someone from Facebook Fan Page

How to Remove Someone from Facebook Fan Page
Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites and is still growing with thousands of new user everyday. This is why many big brands and business owners are settings up their own Facebook Fan Page to engage with their users, customers, or fans. It provides a platform to connect your brand with your users, customers or fans. While the Facebook Fan Page provides a great potential for your brand, it might also bring damage or negative impact to your brand if one does not manage it properly. As the owner of your Facebook Fan Page, you’ll need to continuously monitor your fans activity and also engaging with them in a public environment. Occasionally, you simply will have a troll or spammer who may abuse your Facebook Page by posting spam contents, inappropriate contents or use your wall as their advertising platform. The best solutions to deal with such situation probably are to remove or ban such user from your Facebook Fan Page.

Do note that after banning or removing someone from your Facebook Page, the user will no longer be able to post, comments and interact with your Page. However, the user will still be able to see your Facebook Page updates since your page is set to available for Public.

Here’s how you can remove someone from Facebook Fan Page.

Login to your Facebook and select your Facebook Page in the top-right under Your Pages. Once your Facebook Page is loaded, click on the Settings link at the top.

Facebook Page Settings

Under General Settings, Click on People and Other Pages on the left navigation panel. Here's where you can see the list of people and other pages that like your Facebook Page. To remove or ban someone from your Facebook Page, check the checkbox next to the person name. Click on the gear icon and select Remove from Page Likes or Ban from Page. Facebook will then ask you to confirm your action. Hit on confirm button to proceed.

Remove or Ban Someone from Facebook Page



How to Remove and Turn off Suggested Apps in Windows 10

How to Remove and Turn off Suggested Apps in Windows 10
The Suggested Apps in Windows 10 probably is the most annoying feature ever. This is among the new features and improvements introduces with Windows 10. When you first sign in to Windows 10, you might notice there’s a link or icon for Candy Crush Soda Saga, Minecraft, FarmVille 2 and other Suggested Apps appearing as tiles in the right side and left side of your Start Menu. You may be wondering why these Apps are appearing on your system even though you didn’t install them. Under the new Suggested Apps feature, Windows will be installing New Apps and also updating these Apps from time to time without asking for your permission. This is definitely unwanted behavior for most users because they never ask for these Apps. Fortunately, if you are unhappy seeing these Apps, you can actually remove and turn off suggested apps in Windows 10. Here’s how you can turn it off and remove these unwanted Apps from your computer.

To get rid of Suggested Apps from your computer, click on the Search icon in the bottom left of your screen. Type Settings at the Search Windows. From the search result, click on Settings under the Best Match, Personalization, Start. Turn off the option Occasionally show suggestions in Start.

Turn off Occasionally show suggestions in Start

This should turn off suggested apps feature in Windows 10. Do note that all apps that previously installed or pinned by Windows will still remain on your system. Turning off suggested apps will not remove them automatically. Manual removal of these apps will be needed.

To remove, Click on the Start Windows, right-click on the tile of the app that you would like to remove and select Uninstall. It will then ask you to confirm your action. Click on Uninstall. Continue checking the list and uninstall the rest of the unwanted apps. If there is no option for Uninstall, just select Unpin from Start.

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How to Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp

How to Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp
What is last seen in WhatsApp? The timestamp feature (enabled by default) in Whatsapp which tells your friends and contacts whether you are online now or when was the last time you open WhatsApp to read messages. There are few good reasons why you might want to hide last seen in WhatsApp. Maybe you want to avoid annoying messages from a friend, but at the same time you still want to chat with others. Maybe you are not in the mood to chat and you just want to read your messages. Maybe you are bombarded with messages and would like to reduce them. Or maybe you have privacy concerns. Whatever the reason, you can actually hide last seen in WhatsApp by following our guides as follow. Before you proceed, please take note that after turning off this feature, you will no longer be able to view your friends and contacts last seen too. Here’s how you can hide last seen in WhatsApp if you've decided to proceed.

For Android phone, tap on the three little dots in the top-right. This will open the WhatsApp menu. From the menu that appears, tap on Settings. For iOS just tap Settings in the bottom right corner of your screen.

WhatsApp menu

Whatsapp settings

Select Account and then select Privacy.

Whatsapp account settings

Whatsapp privacy settings

Under Privacy, you should be able to see the Last Seen option and by default it is set to Everyone which means that everyone can see your Last Seen timestamp. Now we need to change the last seen settings. Tap on Last seen to proceed.

WhatsApp Last Seen

From the screen that appears, you'll be given three choices. Select Nobody and no one will be able to see your last seen in WhatsApp anymore.

Everyone
If you pick this option, your last seen information will be visible to everyone.

My Contacts
Select this option if you prefer only your phone contacts can see your last seen information.

Nobody
When selecting this option, no one including your phone contacts can see your last seen information. Please note that you will not be able to see your contacts last seen information as well.
WhatsApp last seen settings

How to find iPad / iPhone Apps that draining your Battery the most

How to find iPad / iPhone Apps that draining your Battery the most
If your iPad or iPhone always struggling with low battery and you are trying to find the root causes, then you might want to find out which iPad / iPhone Apps that draining your device battery the most. Some Apps even though you’ve closed them, they will still continue running in the background without you knowing it. This will waste your bandwidth and drain your battery life too. One of the neat features in iOS is the ability to break down and report the battery consumption of each App for the last 24 hours or last 7 days. So perhaps is time to hunt down the real culprit App that has been draining your device battery. 

In the following guides, we’ll be guiding you on how to find iPad / iPhone Apps that draining your Battery and also some tips on how to save your Battery life. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1:
Go to the General Settings; scroll down until you see the Battery option. Tap on the Battery option. This will take you to the Battery screen showing you the list of Apps battery consumption (in percentage) during the last 24 hours or last 7 days. At this stage, you shall have a clearer picture of which Apps actually consume your device battery life the most.

ios iphone ipad general settings

ipad iphone app battery usage last 24 hours

ipad iphone app battery usage last 7 days

Step 2:
Tap on the clock icon next to the last 7 days. This will report to you how long each App was used on screen and also in the background. Once again, you can check for last 7 days or the last 24 hours. Lastly, you may want to take note of the App that running in the background longer than it should. These Apps usually are the silent killer to your battery life. I would recommend turning these Apps off under Background App Refresh in General Settings.

ipad iphone app battery time usage


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