Lost Windows

Have you ever dragged that window off the screen and not been able to get it back?

Fear not…..

Use Alt + Tab to cycle through the open windows until you get to the one that is off the screen. 

Alt + spacebar will maximise it into your window!



.Pages to docx

I was sent a couple of documents today that must have been produced on Pages on the Mac.  We couldn’t open them, but the easy work-around was to log into my icloud.com account which has Pages available online.  Upload the documents and then download them in the word format.  Sorted!!

Facebook Issues on Chrome

Today, a colleague was having issues on his Facebook where things were not loading and when clicking on his messages and Notifications they were not loading.

Clearing the Chrome Browser Cache seemed to sort out the problem.

In Chrome click on the three dots at the top right to open the menu.

Hit settings

At the bottom of this screen click on the advanced options if they aren’t already open.

in the privacy section, click on the clear browsing cache button and in my case I selected the last hour option and selected everything BUT the passwords boxes.

Hit Ok and it seemed to sort out the issue.

Scanning photos into Google Photos

Great app that has been developed by google to allow an easy way of getting your old printed photos into google photos.

It’s called PhotoScan and can be downloaded for android and iOS.

It’s really simple and works great. Take the initial photo and then move the camera to the four marked spots and hey presto it’s done.

Now to scan that drawer full of pics.

Resizing Files

It is often necessary to resize files, especially if sending them around via email, adding them to websites etc.  Some sites and software that can be used are:

Shrink JPEG and PNG

both are image formats and can lose quality if shrank.

tinyjpg.com  or optimizilla.com

Desktop programme is RIOT (The Radical Image Optimization TOOL) – http://luci.criosweb.ro/riot/

Shrink Animated Gifs

www.gifsgifs.com/optimizer – alters file size

www.gifsgifs.com/resizer – alters dimensions

desktop software – Gif optomizer free – http://www.leapic.com/free-gif-optimizer.htm

Shrink Large Videos

To reduce the size of video files first step is often to convert to mp4

Handbrake – import file output container ->MP4 -> select ‘web optimized’ -> make sure H.264(X264) is selected.

Shrink MP3 Files

online – MP3smaller.com – select bitrate from dropdown – smaller the bitrate the smaller the file, but it will effect audio quality. 128k is a decent minimum, or try VBR(variable Bitrate)

Shrink WORD files

Images in word documents can be optimized in Word 2013 upwards.  Click image and select Compress Pictures in menu.  you can choose to just di it on one or all images.  You can also adjust the default resolution 220ppi is good enough for printing 150ppi for viewing on screen.

Go to File and under properties, you should see the current size of your document,. From that menu open Options and click Advanced.  You can discard editing data which is used to restore images to their original state, and choose whether or not Word should compress images in the file automatically. You can adjust the default resolution to lower the quality  of the images here as well.

Shrink PDF files

PDF Reducer Free – https://pdfreducer.orpalis.com can reduce the size of pdf by resampling the size of images etc and removing unused objects.

Generally Compressing Files

7-zip – www.7-zip.org – can archive files saving upto 70% of file size


These are some of the programmes that can be used and I thought it would be handy to have them in one place.