Lounge Life

Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway

Lounge member DeadVAIO tells his fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum that his wireless keyboard isn’t working. Turns out, it’s not wireless. But he still got valuable assistance.

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Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”

After downloading Firefox 34.0.0, Lounge member ldb wondered whether the browser’s search engine might be broken. Posting in the Third-Party Browsers forum, he described the differences between his new and old versions of Firefox.

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Need tools: Good but not too expensive

Lounge member dc696969 needs a PDF creator, and he has some requirements and preferences concerning how it works and the range of files it works on. He brought his list of wishes to the Other Applications forum.

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When your problem turns out to be a known issue

Lounge member (and student) bassfisher6522 signed up for the free educational version of Office 365. All was well until one afternoon when Outlook informed him he needed to reactivate his account.

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Tool to prevent one problem can cause another

Lounge member EWek11 is baffled by a Windows Group Policy error message that arises in response to the Google Picasa updater.

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Diagnosis: It just might take a village

Lounge member ggmcbreen, a graphics designer, relies heavily on graphics properties of certain tools such as thumbnails, which suddenly were not showing up in her folders. Instead, she saw mainly blank icons.

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What’s often in too big a hurry to be right?

Lounge member MartinM was frustrated by Word’s tendency to supply the entire current date every time he typed “2014.”

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Applying a program to different circumstances

Lounge member saleve volunteers for an NGO that has a really old computer system running XP and Access 2003. He has Access 2010 and wonders how to adapt the database he’d created for the organization so it works with Access 2003.

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When to leave well enough alone in computerland

Lounge member rstew has been busy upgrading his system — so successfully, he’s developed the ambition to do likewise on another machine. He wants to replace his Vista 32-bit operating system with Windows 7 64-bit OS on a Gateway rig.

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What the mouse did and why it did it

But before consigning an errant mouse to a decent burial, Lounge member cmptrgy wanted to be sure it was dead, and not merely answering to careless, unintended reconfiguring inflicted by its owner.

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