November 28, 2014

QL700 Brother Label Printer Needs This Driver For A 64 Bit Operating System

QL700 Label Printer Fix

Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer

When I got my new label printer I thought it was going to be a snap to get it up and making labels in just a few hours. Keep in mind, I was dealing with a new 8.1 Windows operating system, on a new to me computer, so there was a bit of a learning curve included. I got the label maker from Amazon in early June, so as you can see, I was a bit slow on the uptake.

I went through all the steps to hook it up correctly…more than a few times. But, something was missing. Yesterday, I finally discovered what it was: the correct driver for my 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS.That’s all it was and in just a couple minutes I was making labels. One of the features that I’m looking forward to using on this label maker is the ability to print postage when I need it. Next up, seeing if I can find a way to convert all of my old Avery label files into the Brother system file types. If not, then it will be a slow slog of doing them all over again.

AFTER INSTALLATION OF THE DRIVER, REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM.

How Windows 8.1 Changed My Online Life, But I Tweaked It

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Goodbye XP, Hello 8.1

As everyone probably knows, Windows XP bit the dust (as far as being supported) earlier this year, and for us it created all sorts of havoc and expenditures. I’m not complaining, it’s just part of life as we know it in the 21st century.

 

Without going into great detail, here are some of the things I had to do just to personalize our new computers. First, we bought a new laptop and I thought we both would be able to use it, but uh, that kind of didn’t work out if we both wanted to be on it at the same time. As it was, I was “learning” to use the new computer and 8.1 at the same time. Eventually, we opted for a second one, a desktop this time.

Netplwiz to the Rescue

I freely admit that I am not good with too much fancy windows stuff that W8 added. I know it’s to cater to the peeps who like swiping and all that, but I just like to KISS. First thing I did was fire up Google and search for a better way to auto login to Windows because I don’t want to type in a password each time. People who take their computers out into the business world should protect theirs, but it’s a pain to have to do it at home each day. By the way, I operate on the assumption that by the time I get around to learning something I am way behind, and Google has found hundreds of article on how to fix things. First thing I found was [no quotes] “netplwiz”. [FREE} Here’s how it works:

1. Click Start, type netplwiz, and then press Enter.
2. In the User Accounts dialog box, click the account you want to automatically log on to.If it is available, clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box.
3. Click OK.
4. In the Automatically Log On dialog box, enter the user’s password twice and click OK.

Make sure you read this important article at About.com with tips for logging on using a Microsoft account. Having a MS account is handy because it stays in sync with multiple computers you may be using.

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Disabling Windows Swipe Screen and Charms With Classic Shell

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The other irritant I found tiresome was the swipe screen and the charms. I bet they’re a blessing on iPads, but not so much on a laptop with a touch screen. Having them on the desktop is a ditto. Once again, Google to the rescue with a short search that provided the solution. Classic Shell is another [FREE] program I found, and I love it! Please do take a look at their page, and like them on Facebook as well.  Of course, you can get the program for free, but if you find you really like it and it saves you headaches you can donate a few bucks.

 

8 Million Users Of Roboform Got It Right

I’ve Been Using RoboForm For 12 Years

Don’t you get tired of always having to remember or write down all those login names and passwords? I know I did. It was kind of funny just how much paper I used to write them all down. I must confess, I had a lot of sites I logged into for various reasons and the free version of the program eventually wasn’t enough after a while. That doesn’t mean you have to pay for the “pro” version like I did, although it is great.

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The good thing about RF is that not only does it keep track of the PW’s and ID’s, it also keeps your credit card information for easy shopping, your home address for filling in forms online, and it’s all secure because you keep the accounts (you can set up profiles for all of your family members who use the computer) safe with a master password if you so choose. Why not give the free version a try and see how you like it?

 

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SIMPLE FIX FOR WHEN DELL DOCK STOPS WORKING

 

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We use Dell computers, one of which is a laptop. Recently, the laptop had a repeated error message that the “Dell Dock” had stopped working. I searched all over trying to find a way to ‘un-install’ that feature, all to no avail. It just can’t be un-installed. So, I approached the problem from another direction…I searched for a place to download the Dell Dock and found this one directly from Dell. That’s it! All you have to do is download it, re-install it and then in the options you can choose whether to use it or not.

For my laptop, because of the way I use it, I chose not to have it operational. It is a very handy shortcut that can be out of sight on your desktop though, if you choose to use it. One of the features is that you can right click on the dock once it’s installed and the guide will let you choose where you want to have it located on your desktop: top, bottom, left or right side. You can have it slide in and out, change the color for the dock and what content (shortcuts) it should contain. It can handle quite a few shortcuts, but it will have to scroll if you have more than a certain amount.

You can also click this button to the Dell Dock Download button

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