Try ChatGPT to Understand Program Code & Error Messages

ChatGPT session with prompt.

In this article, we’ll explore the potential of ChatGPT and SnagIt in making sense of program code and error messages. With SnagIt, we can extract text from images and feed it into ChatGPT for a detailed breakdown. Then we’ll use ChatGPT to aid us in understanding error messages.

Try Windows Steps Recorder for Troubleshooting & Teaching

Excel file with Steps toolbar on top.

Are you one of those people that gets frustrated with tech support? You explain your problem, but the support rep still doesn’t understand your problem. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the Steps Recorder in Windows. Not only is this utility free, but it’s easy enough for anyone to learn. And it can help troubleshoot other PC programs.


How to Find All Your Chrome Extensions and Folders

Module table showing browser extension info

Many times when troubleshooting browser issues you need to find out all the extensions. This can be a time-consuming process. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to find all your browser extensions using net-export. The nice thing about this tool is it also shows the extension ID which is the folder name.


Gmail Troubles? 4 Quick Fixes for Mailto Link Not Working

Google Chrome protocol handlers.

Struggling with mailto links that won’t open in Gmail on Google Chrome? For example, when you click an email link on a web page, it should open your default email application. Instead of getting Gmail to open in my browser, I was staring at the Microsoft Store email app. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to fix mailto link issues with Gmail.


Get Informed: How to Check PC Specs (Offline & Online)

Speccy CPU panel showing AVX2 instructions.

Are you curious about what’s under the hood of your computer? Knowing its specs like processor speed, RAM, graphics card, is crucial for figuring out if it can handle new programs and updates. And you won’t have to open your wallet. In this guide, I’ll walk you through some easy ways to reveal these important elements.


Solution: PivotTable Field Name is not Valid

PivotTable Field Name not valid error dialog

I have a love-hate relationship with software. It’s great when it works, but frustrating when you get a cryptic error message. And these messages appear when you’re short on time and patience. This happened to me recently. Microsoft Excel was telling me my PivotTable field name is not valid. In this tutorial, I will show how to fix this with 2 easy solutions.


How to Allow Pop-Ups in Google Chrome

Adding a domain

Chances are, you block pop-ups in your web browser. After all, many are intrusive and interfere with reading. However, sometimes you need them for regulatory notices or functionality. This happened to me when I was going through an online course. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to allow pop-up windows on Chrome or block them without needing a browser extension.


Why is Spell Check Not Working in Word? Find Easy Fixes

Word document with Reveal Formatting and Languages dialog.

Are you frustrated because your Microsoft Word spell checker isn’t working correctly? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many users have encountered this issue, and there are several simple solutions you can try to fix it. In this guide, I’ll show you the most common causes and offer step-by-step instructions on how to resolve them.


Misbehaving Outlook Email

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Some say that computer problems happen at the worst times. I’m not sure that is true, but I won’t argue. Without warning, my Outlook email stopped working last week. I could receive email, but I couldn’t open any items. Instead, I saw an error message that read “Cannot open this item. The text formatting command is not available. It may not be installed correctly. Install Microsoft Office Outlook again.”

Microsoft Outlook Hyperlinks Not Working & 4 Fixes

Edit Windows registry value.

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you appreciate a feature until it breaks, like Outlook hyperlinks. It’s frustrating because, you know, they’ve worked before. In this troubleshooting tutorial, I’ll explain some reasons your Outlook hyperlinks are not working and possible solutions. Incidentally, the problem may show up in other Microsoft Office 365 programs.


How to Use Windows Troubleshooting Tools

Windows recovery settings

Ever faced a baffling computer issue on Windows 10? You’re not alone. Discover the built-in Windows troubleshooting tools designed to resolve those problems. Before seeking expert advice or commercial software, consider these free solutions to set things right.


Quick Guide to MAC Addresses & Filtering

Results of ipconf command and highlighted addresses.

MAC addresses are one of those terms that few people know or they know it by another name.  Some people mistakenly equate them to an Apple “Mac” computer or IP address. This unique bit of information defines devices connected to your network. And they can also add a layer of security.