How to Delete an Old Email Address from Outlook Autocomplete

If you update an Outlook contact but the old email address keeps showing up in Outlook’s autofill, just follow these steps:

  1. When the old email address appears in the autocomplete box, use your up/down arrow keys to highlight the address
  2. Press the “Delete” key on your keyboard
  3. If you haven’t done so already, finish typing the contact’s name
  4. Now press Ctrl+K on your keyboard to load the new email address from your contact list

How to Change a Drive Letter in Windows XP/Vista/7

A “drive letter” is the letter that precedes paths to files on that drive. For example, C:, D:, E:, etc. Windows lets you change the drive letter of hard drives, USB flash drives, DVD drives, or other drives attached to your system if so desired. These instructions work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7: Continue reading

How to Temporarily Disable Spell Check in Word

Sometimes you’re working on a Word document and you want to disable spell check for just that one particular document. Just follow the instructions for your version of Microsoft Word: Continue reading

How to Fix Outlook Font Size Problem

Let’s say you’re writing an email in Microsoft Outlook and you have your font size set to 12, but the font looks like it’s size 6 or size 24! Or say you’re reading an email, and the font size is similarly unreadable or otherwise out-of-whack.

This is usually just caused by incorrect zoom settings. (When working on laptops, it’s often easy to inadvertently trigger a zoom action with the trackpad.)

Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. Just follow the instructions for Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 in my How to Zoom Emails in Outlook post to reset the zoom level to 100%.

How to Zoom Emails in Outlook

The “zoom” command can be tricky to find in Outlook. Just follow the instructions for your version: Continue reading

How to Move a Window That’s Stuck Off-Screen

Often I’ll find that either the title bar of a window, or the whole window itself, is somehow “located” off the edge of the screen. This often happens when changing between my built-in laptop monitor and my larger external monitor.

Thankfully, this problem is easy to fix. Just follow these four simple steps:

  1. Right-click on the window’s taskbar button. (The taskbar is the bar, usually at the bottom of the screen, where the “Start” button is located along with buttons for open windows.)
  2. Click “Move” from the popup menu that appears.
  3. Press one of the arrow keys on your keyboard (left, right, up, or down).
  4. If the window doesn’t appear, move around the mouse until it does.

Still didn’t work? Or found another solution? Let us know in the comments.

PHP Fatal Flex Scanner Internal Error

Recently when coding in PHP I got this error:

Fatal error: fatal flex scanner internal error–end of buffer missed in [file] on [line number]

Turns out it was because I forgot to close a comment block (forgot the */). Thought I’d post it here in case it helps someone. 🙂

Browse WordPress 2.2 Source Code

A very useful resource for WordPress plugin developers: Browse the WordPress 2.2 source code at PHPXref.com.

A Blinking Orange Power Light

Yesterday morning I plugged in my computer. I reached for the power button on my Dell Dimension 8400, but then noticed that the tower’s power light was flashing orange. In my Dell manual, I found the section about power light signals and read:

If the power light is blinking amber – The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.

Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location (if applicable).

Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board (see page 73).

Well, I was sure that the voltage selection switch was in the right place. And I found it highly unlikely that the processor power cable would suddenly unseat itself. Ugh.

Then I had an idea. I flipped off the surge protector and then flipped it back on.

Tada! No more orange lights. Weird.

The moral of the story: try the simple stuff first.

Many visitors have provided additional solution ideas in the comments section below.

Tip: Insert Random Text into Microsoft Word

It’s easy: just type =rand() into a Microsoft Word document and press Enter. It’ll be replaced with a five-sentance paragraph:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

You can also type in =rand(3) to get three five-sentance paragraphs.

I figured out that the highest you can go is =rand(200), which produces 14 pages of random goodness. (Assuming you have 12-point Times New Roman font.) Typing =rand(201) and then pressing Enter doesn’t do anything.

So, what’s the practical use of this?

Well, say you want to test some text formatting or text wrapping. Instead of pounding on the keyboard for three minutes producing gobbeldy-gook text to test on, just use Word’s random text insertion.