Google Chrome - Activating Your Home Button

Cracking the Chrome Code

Sometimes settings in Google's Chrome Browser are a little less than intuitive. Say you want a home button, something that used to be standard on all browsers. Well on Chrome it's a little hidden depending on how your account is set up. 

Chrome Home Button - White Paper

We've created a white paper to walk you through the steps of activating your home button, and also assigning a specific website to open upon clicking. The directions are below, and you can also download the white paper HERE

  1. Click the setting button at the top of your chrome browser (three dots on top of each other at upper right hand side beneath your user name)
  2. Click Settings within the drop down menu
  3. Scroll to Appearance in the new page that appears
  4. Enable the home button
  5. Click on the second option
  6. Type in the link you would like to open when the home button is clicked
  7. Click the home button to test the link

How To Wipe an Apple Computer

Start From Scratch

If you are a small business owner and are utilizing Apple laptops and systems for you team, you may find yourself in a position to completely clear a computer for a new employee. 

Follow our step by step instructions on your White Paper HERE or below: 

1. Restart Computer & Hold ‘Command & R’

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Make sure to do this before the computer chimes the restart sound. This will access “recovery mode”

2. In macOS Utilities Select “Disk Utility”

  • In Disk Utility Find the Hard Drive (Should be the first thing listed on the panel on the left side of the screen)
  • Select the second option listed (this has all of the files that are currently on the hard drive)
  • Find “Erase” on the top bar and click
  • Rename Hard Drive the same name as it was prior
  • Leave all other fields as is
  • Click “Apply” This will erase all files on the computer.
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3. Restart Computer & Hold ‘Command & R’ Again

This will bring up the MacOS Utilities Again

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4. Reinstall MacOS

  • In macOS Utilities Select Reinstall macOS
  •  Choose the hard drive you would like to install the OS on (should be the one you just named) and press next.
  • Follow on-screen prompts
  • Will take roughly 30 - 40 minutes

NOTE

Wiping a computer this way will remove ALL files and programs from the system including Microsoft office, adobe programs, and mac office programs.

Techweek Chicago 2017

An evening with CEO of Tech Week: Amanda Signorelli

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda strikes me as a person who cleaned house on the debate team in high school. Extremely poised, well-spoken, realistic and quick to answer, this new CEO of Techweek could talk circles around anyone on what seemed to be any topic thrown her way.

Amanda grew up in Vegas, attended Washington University in St. Louis, took a job selling booths for a trade show at a venture capital firm, and climbed her way up to CEO all before the age of 30. 

To be able to sit in an intimate setting for some Q&A with this incredible woman, was an absolute honor. The evening was hosted by Ivy: The Social University at PianoForte Studios in Chicago. 

The Takeaways: 

  • There is most likely a tech bubble. People are using venture capital, manipulating the numbers on paper, but if you look behind the numbers of some of these big tech start ups, there is no possibility for long term profitability
  • The idea of tech is changing -- what used to be systems, wires, servers, and electronics, is now becoming something used for everyday by everyone. 
  • When expanding into other markets, the on the ground research -- getting to know the community before launching, is vital. Success comes from being able to rely on community advocates to add credibility to your cause. 
  • Tech is still a male driven industry, and it may be partly because a lot of the teachers are male. Increasing the amount of female teachers in tech, could allow female students to identify better with instructors. 
  • Sometimes venture capital is not the answer. Venture capital does not care about the business it cares about the results. It's up to the business owner(s) to achieve the results even if those results are way beyond reach. 

AssistiveTouch -- #TechTipTuesday

A Digital Home Button

Did you know that using your iDevice's AssistiveTouch feature you can create a digital and interactive home button your iPhone Screen? 

It's great should you ever lose the ability to use your home button due to dropping your phone or water damage. 

Here's How to Activate AssitiveTouch:

iPhone Calculator Backspace -- #TechTipTuesday

Don't Restart That Calculator Equation

There's no need to start from scratch if you've made an error while entering an equation in your iDevice's Calculator. Unlike a traditional calculator all you have to do is swipe on the actual output field to delete the last figure entered. 

Ease the frustration in your life, and save time with this simple iDevice Trick! 

Watch This eGuide Tech Allies Insider to Learn How

Customize your iPhone Dictionary -- #TechTipTuesday

You can text even faster! 

Living in the setting of your iPhone is a little known tool that can prompt a full sentence at the click of a few letters. 

Turn OMW into "On my Way" or TTYL into "Talk to you later" at a click of a button. What ever commonly used phrase you need can be programed in seconds. 

This works well for app names as well! 

Excited to tell your friends about the latest app, but it seems to be missing a vowel, so your phone always corrects it to something different? The customizable dictionary is a perfect solution for this as well. 

Learn how on this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider

Hidden iPhone Level -- #TechTipTuesday

Don't ever be without a level again! 

Picture this -- you want to hang a shelf in your bathroom. There's a perfect spot over the toilet, and you've been meaning to put a shelf there since you've moved in. You hop on Amazon and buy what you think will work really well for the space and then set out to hang it. 

Half way through you realize that you could really use a level. Yes, the shelf came with one of those templates to tape to the wall so that you know where to put the anchors, but how you don't know if you've taped it to the wall level, and when you look at it form the bathroom door it looks really crooked. 

Whip out your iPhone!

Not to fear -- located in your iPhone is a level that can help you out in a pinch. Hidden in the compass app, the level works both flat against a surface or on an edge. Perfect to help you hang! 

Learn how to access the level here: 

Control Your Calendar -- #TechTipTuesday

Are you getting duplicate calendar notifications?

It's not un-common, especially if you are using gmail calendars, to have duplicate notifications for upcoming meetings. An easy update can fix this issue. 

By opening your calendars and un-checking the duplicate calendars you will only display one version of the same event, and in-turn only get one notification. 

Watch This Week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider

Learn how with this helpful video: 

Help! My iPhone is Frozen - #TechTipTuesday

Sometimes Restarting is the Only Option

Has your phone ever frozen? This typically happens when there's a glitch in an app that causes the screen to freeze. Depending on the severity of the error the display may not respond to touch, to pressing the home key, or in the most extreme cases, even responding to the power button. 

If and when this happens to you a force restart is the best option. 

Learn How To Do A Force Restart Here: 

Do Not Disturb - #TechTipTuesday

Make Dinner Time about Dinner

On every iPhone there is a little moon icon that will prevent calls and notifications from interrupting your time.  It's called the "Do Not Disturb" (DND) feature. This little button can allow you to be focused in meetings, actually eat dinner with your family at the dinner table, and let you sleep more sound. 

You can customize the settings as well

DND does not have to be just "on" or "off". Accessing the function in settings allows you to further customize the rules, and even automatically turn on at a specified window of time. 

Watch this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider to Learn How: