How to Open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA Files on Android?

Last time around we told you on how to open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows and Mac. However, what if you want to open in on your Android device? Well, worry not, because there are several apps out there which will allow you to open CBZ, CBR and CB7 files on your Android mobile and tablet.

Comic Book Viewer Android

The files with these extensions are basically comic book archives which contain images in sequence and can be read using a compatible software. In fact, you can actually create your own CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files as well.

If you want to read these comic book archives on an Android phone or tablet, you will require a dedicated app. One of the best app to view comic books on Android is “A Comic Viewer“. The app is a lightweight comic, image and manga viewer which can open cbr, cbz and cb7 comic book archives.

Additionally, you can also use another app called Komik Reader to open those files on an Android device. So go ahead and live that kid in yourself by reading those comics on your device.

How To Install/Uninstall Apps from Windows 8 Store

Microsoft recently released Windows 8 to its Technet and MSDN subscribers and will make it available to general public in October. One of the new features in Windows 8 is the addition of the Windows 8 store from where users can download apps onto their PC or tablets.

Also Read: Tutorial – Navigating Windows 8 | Get Windows 8 Upgrade Discount

Windows 8 will allow users to install apps which are not part of the Windows 8 store as well. However, if you are new to Windows 8, here are some instructions on how you can easily install and uninstall apps using the Windows 8 Store.

Installing Apps in Windows 8

Windows 8 Store

To install an app on the Windows 8 store, you will need to move to the start screen by clicking on the Windows icon and then clicking on the Store tile. This will launch the Windows 8 store where you will be able to browse all the available apps and install them.

Install Apps on Windows 8

To install an app in Windows 8, click on the Install button and Windows 8 will download the app from the store and install it on your PC or tablet.

Uninstalling Windows Store Apps on Windows 8

When you install apps through the Windows Store, you will not be able to uninstall them through the regular “Add/Remove Program” option. The Windows 8 Add/Remove Program option only lists the applications you installed directly on your PC.

Uninstall Windows 8 Apps

In order to uninstall an app that you installed from the Windows 8 store, head over to the “Start screen” by pressing the Windows Key. Now “Right Click” on the app you want to uninstall. After you do this, a menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen using which you can uninstall the app from Windows 8.

Bonus Hint: If you have unpinned the app from the start menu, you can hit the Windows key and then start searching the name of the app (See: How to Search in Windows 8). Once you see the app in the search results, just right click on it and uninstall it using the menu bar displayed on the bottom.

How To Search Apps/Files in Windows 8?

One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is that they have gotten rid of the famous start button in Windows 8. However, there are ways in which you can get back the start button in Windows 8.

Search Files/Apps/Settings Windows 8 Start Menu

One of the key features that Windows Start button provided in previous versions like Windows 7 and Windows Vista was the ability to search for files and applications using the search box in the start menu. However, even though Windows 8 does not include the start button, searching for apps and files is not hard at all.

In order to search for applications, files or even settings, just hit the Windows key and start typing whatever you want to search for. Once you do that, Windows 8 will show you the search menu where you will be able to search for apps, settings and files.

Also Read: Tutorial – Navigating Windows 8 | Get Windows 8 Upgrade Discount

Typing text will display the search results on the left hand side pane. You can easily navigate between app results, settings results and file results by using your mouse or arrow keys in the right hand pane.

Bonus Tip: If you want to browse all the installed apps on Windows 8, hit the Windows key and then start typing something. Once you are on the search screen, just hit the escape key and Windows 8 will list out all the installed apps to you.

How to Send Books to Amazon Kindle or Kindle App?

I have used several different book readers including Google Books and iBooks but have found the Amazon Kindle app to be the best software to read books on the go. The Kindle Reader is also one of the best ebook readers you can come across.

Send Books/Documents to Kindle

However, there may be times when you already have books from other sources which you would want to read on your Kindle app or Amazon Kindle. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can easily upload books from your computer to your Kindle library by connecting it to your PC.

Also Read: How to Convert ePub Books to Kindle Formats | How to Open and Convert .lit Books

If you are using a Kindle app on Android or iPhone device, you do not have this feature. You can use several other methods though to upload your personal eBooks and documents to Kindle.

One of easiest way to upload your personal documents and books to your Kindle library is to send the books through email to your personal Kindle email address which can be found at this page. To be able to use this service, you will have to register your device for Personal documents and then also add approved email addresses from which you can send documents to your Kindle.

In addition to that, you can also use an app called “Send to Kindle” which will allow you to upload documents directly from your PC or Mac to your Personal Documents in Kindle library, while also allowing you to directly send those books or documents to your registered Kindle device.

While using the “Send to Kindle” app, your documents will be converted to a Kindle specific output which you can then read using the Kindle app or Kindle reader device.

Tips and Tricks: Clear Up the Clutter With Outlook.com

Microsoft has been touting its new take on an old service, Outlook.com. Basically, they are offering a preview of what will eventually take the place of Hotmail.com. Most of the changes so far are cosmetic however, there are a few features worth noting. Today, I want to show you how you can keep your inbox clutter free using some of Outlook.com’s cleanup features.

If you’re like me, you like to subscribe to blogs and newsletters in the hopes that *someday* you’ll get to read all of them. For me, that someday usually never comes. I usually end up with a cluttered mess in my inbox. Outlook.com has a really simple way to help you manage the newsletters. In the screenshot below, you can see where I’ve highlighted a couple of options that Outlook.com adds to your messages. Outlook.com can help you unsubscribe to unwanted mailings or it can schedule an automatic cleanup.

Cleanup Options

If you click on “unsubscribe” you will get something similar to the screenshot pictured below.

Block Message

In this particular instance, Outlook.com doesn’t recognize any unsubscribe information from the sender so it offers to block everything from this sender. Outlook.com will also delete everything from this sender to help you clean up space in your inbox. In my case, this seemed a little extreme so I clicked out of this box and chose the other option which is “schedule automatic cleanup”.

Pictured below, you can see the “Schedule Cleanup” window. You have a few options here. In my case, I really only needed to see the most recent message so I chose to “only keep the latest message from this sender”. Notice though, that you can choose to delete messages that are a certain amount of days old or you can move messages that are a certain amount of days old into a folder. Be careful with the last box on the bottom. It says “Do this for everything in the Newsletters category”. This means any message that Outlook.com recognizes as a newsletter, it will perform this same action from here on out. Use this with caution.

Schedule Automatic Cleanup

I hope this tip will help you keep your inbox clutter free and help you focus on the messages that are the most important to you. Keep coming back as we will certainly be doing more tips as Outlook.com rolls out new features.

How To Reverse Mouse Scroll Direction in Mac OS X

I have been a Windows user for probably all my life, but started using Mac a few years ago. While I never required to use an external mouse with my Mac earlier on, I did find the need for one when I started using the Mac for longer periods.

On Windows, a mouse with a scroller will scroll the page in the direction the mouse wheel is scrolled, for example; the page will scroll down when you scroll the mouse wheel downwards and vice versa. However, Apple uses something called as natural scrolling direction and scrolls the page in the opposite direction.

If you are someone who is annoyed because of this strange scrolling behavior on a Mac, you can change the settings to make the page scroll in the direction you scroll the mouse wheel in.

To make that change, head over to System Preferences -> Mice and then uncheck the box next to “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating” (In older Mac OS X versions, this would be the checkbox next to “Natural” scrolling”.

Once you uncheck the box, the page will scroll in the direction of the mouse wheel and not the opposite direction.

Tutorial: Use Word 2013 to Edit Your Blog

Office 2013 sports some pretty nifty features. One them is the ability to edit your blog directly using Word 2013. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can create a short blog post, insert embedded video, and save it as a draft on your WordPress website. Let’s get Started!

Word 2013 Splash Screen

When you first open Word 2013, you are presented with some gorgeous templates to help you get started. Pictured below, you can see that I am choosing the template called “Blog post”.

Blog Template
Select the Blog Template to get started.

The first time you open the “Blog post” template, it will ask you information about your blog’s URL, as well as username and password. Once you get that out of the way, you can start typing as I have below. Notice that I have typed “A Day at the Races” in the title section of the blog post. Below that you can see that I am typing about an experience I had with my son that weekend. You will also notice that some of the text is underlined in blue. This denotes that I have made that text a hyperlink. All I had to do was highlight the text and click the button at the top that looks like a little globe and is labeled “Hyperlink”. Things were moving along pretty smoothly until I decided I wanted to use this great new feature that Word 2013 is touting, which is the ability to embed videos. However, when I clicked the “Insert” tab, it was nowhere to be found, hence the giant red question mark I put in the picture.

Missing Embed
Notice we’re missing the embed video button.

Well, I decided to do a little digging. It hadn’t been that long ago that I did a tutorial on how to add buttons to the quick access toolbar in 2010, and fortunately Word 2013 sports that bar as well. If you look at the picture below, you will see where I clicked the downward pointing arrow on the quick access toolbar. I then selected “More Commands” from the bottom of the menu.

Quick Access Toolbar
Add Commands to Quick Access Toolbar

Next, I knew that I wanted to insert a video. By default, the “Popular Commands” category is chosen in the selection area. I clicked the dropdown arrow and chose the “Insert Tab” category because I suspected this is where I would find the insert video command I was looking for.

Insert Tab
Insert Tab

Under the “Insert Tab” heading was listed the option “Online Video”. I selected that video, clicked the “Add” button to move it to the right column of the dialog box. Lastly, I clicked OK at the bottom.

Now, I was in business. Circled in the picture below, you can see the “Online Video” button on the quick access toolbar. I clicked that and it opened the dialog box you see below. I simply had to copy the embed code from my YouTube video and paste it into the box to the right of the field that says “From a Video Embed Code”. You will also see circled in red to the right, the button that you need to click to insert the video.

Embed Video
Embed Video

Pictured below, you can now see I have my YouTube video embedded in the body of my blog post. To the right of that, you see a little box that says “Layout Options”. This is where you make the video box bigger and configure how it aligns with the text.

Layout Options
Layout Options

The last thing I want to do is save this post as a draft on my main blog so I can see how well it transfers over. I click on the “Blog Post” tab, then under the “Publish” button I click the downward pointing arrow, and select “Publish as Draft”. The reason I am doing it as a draft is so I can make final edits on my blog host.

Save As Draft
Save as Draft

If you look in the image below, you can see where my post was successfully published to my WordPress blog. Well, almost everything successfully published. Unfortunately, I found a nice little bug in this feature. The video didn’t actually transfer. For some reason, during the act of publishing, my video was converted into a PNG file. So basically, it’s now just a picture. This may explain why the insert video link was missing in the blog template to begin with, but I feel like this is a big flop if Microsoft didn’t consider the fact that some would want to publish videos to their blogs. Be mindful however, that the video works great embedded in the Word document. It just didn’t carry over.

WordPress Screenshot

I sent a note to Microsoft regarding the bug, but have yet to hear back. I will be sure to update if I do hear from Microsoft. You can notify Microsoft of bugs in any of the Office 2013 Consumer Preview apps by clicking the frown face in the upper right corner of the programs. Honestly, I like the ability that Microsoft Word 2013 gives me in the blog template. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect.

How To Uninstall Office 2013 Consumer Preview

Microsoft revealed the newest version of Office; which is available as a free download (Office 2013 Offline Installer Download). Office 2013 is a souped up version of and uses the Metro interface.

Also Read: Office 2013 Review | Office 2013 Screenshot Tour

While Office 2013 can work simultaneously with earlier versions of Office including Office 2010, there might be reasons where you might want to uninstall it. Uninstalling Office 2013 is pretty simple, however, with Office 2013, Microsoft introduced a new feature where they restrict a single install to 5 computers. So you will also have to deactivate a PC online when you uninstall Office 2013 from your PC.

Deactivate Office 2013 - 365 Online

The first step in uninstalling Office 2013 is to go to https://officepreview.microsoft.com/en-us/MyAccount.aspx (this link will change for future versions) and sign in with your account. Once you have done that, click on the Deactivate link next to the PC you are uninstalling Office 2013. Deactivating the PC will allow  you to install Office 2013 on another PC.

Uninstall Office 2013 365

After you have deactivated the PC, you can open Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a program and look for an entry named “Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Preview” and click on the “Uninstall” button.

Confirm Uninstall for Office 2013 365

Once you have done that, a new dialog will pop up asking you whether you want to really uninstall the product. Click on the “Uninstall” button in that dialog to perform the uninstallation.

After the uninstallation has been complete, you can check if your older Office products work or run the Repair tool accompanying that product to fix the errors.

Tutorial – PowerPoint 2010 Basics Lesson 8: Building a Logo in PowerPoint

This is lesson 8 in a series of PowerPoint Tutorials I have been doing. If you are interested in the previous lessons and would like to catch up, see the Table of Contents at the bottom of this post. In our last lesson, we played with shapes a little. We learned how to use the rotation handle to turn a text box 90 degrees. We also inserted a horizontal scroll shape and added text to it. Today, I would like to play with shapes a little more, but with a different purpose in mind. Today we’re going to use PowerPoint to create our own custom logo.

Pictured below, you can see the logo that we’re going to build in this lesson. In doing this, you will learn several different concepts when it comes to working with shapes and graphics.

Logo
Sample Logo

First, let’s add a new blank slide to our presentation. Now, let’s add some shapes to our slide. From the “Shape” menu on the ribbon, select the “Oval” shape. It should be listed under the heading “Basic Shapes”. Now, by clicking and dragging, draw an oval about half the size of the slide. It should look something like what is pictured below.

first oval

Now, draw a second oval that covers the majority of the slide. Don’t worry about hiding the oval you already have. We’ll get that all straightened out here in a second. You should see something like I have pictured below.

Second Oval

Now I know that you are probably concerned that your little oval is now covered up. This is no big deal as it is still there. You have to think of these shapes as layers, kind of like a sandwich. You can change this order at will. First, let’s change the color of this second oval to something darker. Double-click the middle of the big oval. This should highlight a “Format” tab on the ribbon. Now, find the tool that says “Shape Fill” and select a dark blue color from that dropdown. Under “Shape Outline” select “No Outline”. Now, let’s get our little oval to the front. The way we’re going to do this is by right clicking the big oval, find the menu option that says “Send to Back” and then select “Send to Back”.

send back

Now you should see the lighter colored oval in the front. Now my little oval is way too small so I am going to resize it by clicking it, grabbing the corner dots, and dragging them out to resize the shape. Go ahead and give this a try. Try to make it just slightly smaller than your big oval. Once you do this, the next thing to do is get these two ovals aligned center. If you hold the “CTRL” key on your keyboard and then push the letter “A” on your keyboard, this will select all objects on the slide. Once you have everything selected, choose the “Align” button on the ribbon, as seen below.

align

We’re going to do this twice. First, we will select “Align” and choose “Align Center”. Then, we will choose “Align” and select “Align Middle”. Now everything is perfectly centered on the slide. Referring back to our logo earlier, you will see we have a globe in it. To get this picture, go to “Insert” on the ribbon and choose “Clip Art”. On the right side of the screen you will get a search box. Type “globe” and check to make sure that “photographs” are selected under the “Selected media file types” box. Once you have this set, click “Go”. Now you will see a variety of globe related images. Find the blue globe with gridlines and click it. This will insert the globe into your slide and will probably cover your ovals. Select the globe and shrink its size by using the resize handles, or dots, and shrink it down.

The next issue we have is the globe has a white background. How do we get rid of that? No problem! Double click the globe and look on the ribbon toolbar for a button labeled “Color”. From the “Color” menu select “set transparent color”. Notice your mouse changes. Click on the white area in the picture. Notice all the white background disappears. Now all we need to do is center the globe. Same concept as with the ovals, just click “Align” and then “Align Middle” and “Align Center”.

Last but not least, let’s add our “Techie Training”. Click the “Insert” tab and choose “WordArt”. Select a style that you like. You will see a text box that says “Your Text Here”. Type “Techie Training” in that box. Now, you will notice in my logo, I have the text arched. To achieve this effect, click “Text Effects”, choose “Transform”, then select the “arch up” effect. Once you have the arch, click the edge of your WordArt shape and drag it to the top of the smaller oval. Once everything is in place, do another select all command or ctrl+a. With everything selected, right click the middle of the logo and choose “Group” and then “Group” again from the submenu, as pictured below. Voila! Now you have all the shapes combined together as one unit that all move together. Right click this logo and select “Save picture as” and you can save your new logo as a file on your computer! How cool is that?

group

Hope you have enjoyed today’s lesson. As always, please feel free to ask questions or send comments.

PowerPoint Basics Table of Contents

How To Change Monitor Orientation in Mac OS X

I am primarily a Windows 7 user and prefer usually multiple monitors while at work. However, I also work with a Mac Book Pro. While I usually never used the MBP in a multi-monitor setup, I have started doing it now.

Display Options from System Preferences

One of the problems I have faced with both Windows 7 and Mac OS X in a multi-monitor setup is that the orientation of the monitor is usually left to right by default and this is a pain when you are connecting a laptop to an external monitor and want to move your mouse between monitors.

I had written a post to change dual monitor position for Windows 7 earlier, if you are a Mac OS X user, you can follow the instructions below to do it on a Mac as well.

Step 1: Open Finder and open up the “System Preferences” from under “Applications”

Step 2: Click on the “Display” option under in the System Preferences window. This will pop up the display options window on all the multi-monitor.

Change Monitor Orientation in Mac OS X

Step 3: Now on the main monitor, click on the “Arrangement” tab and you will see the monitors you have attached to the Mac. Using this screen you can drag and drop the monitor as per your orientation.

That’s it. You can now move your mouse across monitors the way you have set the orientations of the monitor.