Setting up Chinese (Pinyin) input on Windows

Pinyin input in Windows 10

In order to setup, follow these steps:

 

  1. Click the Start button and type ‘Region’.
  2. Click on ‘Region and Language Settings’.
  3. Click on ‘Add a Language’.
  4. From the list of languages select Chinese Simplified.
  5. Select Chinese (Simplified, China).
  6. Click on Language pack available.
  7. Click on Options button.
  8. Wait for Download to complete.
  9. Under Keyboards click on Add a keyboard (If you don’t see keyboards, right click the Language you just added.)
  10. Click on Microsoft Pinyin Input method editor and choose the language editor of your choice.

From <https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install-winpc/traditional-chinese-pinyin-keyboard-in-window-10/9353f1ee-589a-48c8-ab64-0748722eb79c>

Pinyin input in Windows 7

There are instructions here for Windows 7, they are a little less organized

https://www.pinyinjoe.com/windows-7/win7-pinyin-setup.htm

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How to turn off the clutter folder

  • Click on the setup (star washer) in the top right on your email
  • Click on mail near the bottom of the side window that opens
  • Find clutter on the left hand size under Mail / Automatic Processing and click on it.
  • Remove the checkmark next to ‘Separate items identified as clutter’ and then click Save.
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Enable Flash in Chrome

Chrome has it’s own Flash and doesn’t theoretically need the Adobe one to run.  You might get errors telling you to install Flash but you usually already have it because Flash is disabled by default in Chrome.  Enabling it is fairly simple though.

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://settings/content” in address bar.
  3. Scroll down to and click the Flash option.
  4. Using the first option, switch on Ask first (recommended), otherwise choose Block sites from using Flash.

For  way more information on how to allow Flash on certain sites and not others for security reason, etc. see this article at Lifewire.

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Print job won’t come out ?

Sometimes when you go to release your print job, it acts like it’s going to print and then nothing happens…This is usually because there is an error in a print job, either yours or one that was printed before yours.

Here’s what to do. Before you are even logged into the printer, you might notice that the light on the left edge is orange.

If that’s the case, you can look at the job(s) that caused the problem and delete them so that your job can come out. Press the Access button on the far right edge of the screen. Note in the top right corner where it says “Print Error.”

Go ahead and tap the screen there. You will get a screen that looks something like this one with a list of print jobs and show one or  more that say “Printing Error” as the status. Choose the job with the printing error and press “Delete” over to the right.

Once the jobs with errors are gone, printing should resume normally.

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One side printing from Excel (and many other programs)

It has been noted that printing documents one-sided is not working as you might expect it to and Microsoft Excel produces so really interesting results when the issue occurs.  The problem stems from the fact that the printers properties override the application (in this case Excel) properties.  Instead of using Excel’s properties to choose one-sided as shown here:

Use the printer’s properties by choosing it here

and then choose One-sided and OK in the dialogue that opens, shown here

Notice that when you return to Excel, the printer has changed the Excel print dialogue to say one-sided AND now it will actually print one-sided.

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Printing in Color with the PaperCut Follow Me Print system – Adobe Products

Adobe is a little different than everyone else of course.  In the print dialogue, if you click on Properties to the right of the printer,

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you will see the window shown below.

Capture2In the bottom right corner (might have to scroll down even), switch it from Gray Scale to Auto Color and it will automatically make any page that has color content come out in color for that job.

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