Category Archives: I.T. Randomness

Change the network name in Windows 8/8.1

Here’s a quick little tip to get your week started.

Remember back in the Windows 7 days (oh so long ago…) when all you had to do to change the network name was click on the icon in the “Network and Sharing Center” and it would let you change the network name as well as the icon?

What? You don’t remember? Okay okay, so granted this wasn’t a widely used feature by any means, but sometimes (especially if you’re in any sort of tech industry) its nice to name your networks.

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Changing between static and DHCP IP address

Something as simple as describing how to change a PC to a static IP address (or back to a dynamic IP address ) is often overlooked by people who have been in the industry for a long time. I’m guilty myself of this. Too often while providing phone support (either internal or to customers) I will throw out “Oh yeah I just need you to set your computers IP address statically”. Most of the time I bet that I probably get a very evil glare on the other side of the phone.

You might be asking right now why you would ever need this information, and to be perfectly blunt most people will never need this information. However, if you ever have to phone support for any device that connects to the internet, believe me, the tech on the other line will praise you for knowing a little of the basics.

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Highly secretive print screen tips

Okay, so maybe they aren’t that secretive, but they are definitely helpful and not as well known as they should be!

Everyone has used that magic Print Screen button (PrtScn) at one point or another. Contrary to my belief as a child, no it does not send anything to the printer as the name implies!

In case you don’t know, the Print Screen button simply takes a “snapshot” of everything on your screen and copies it to the clipboard, where you can paste it (Ctrl-V) into your photo editing software for example.

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