Password-protect your MS-Word document

Microsoft Word utility is a commonly used application and many time you feel the need to Password-protect your MS-Word document . Sometimes, we wish only a selected group of people to have access to the data in our Word documents.

Password-protect your MS-Word documentThe MS-Word in Office 365 gives you several tools to encrypt and Password-protect your MS-Word document . Here is how you can do it:

Step-1: Open the document you want to protect in MS Word.
Step-2: Click on ‘File’ and go to Info, click on ‘Protect Document’ next.
Step-3: Now, click on ‘Encrypt with Password’ option.
Step-4: The ‘Encrypt Document’ window will open next; you’ve to give a password for the document. The password is case-sensitive. After creating the password, click ‘OK’.
Step-5: Type the password again for the confirmation. Click ‘OK’.
Step-6: Save the document again and close it.
Step-7: Open the document again. Now, to access the document, you will have to use the password. Type in password and  click ‘OK’ to open the document.

If you want to remove the password, here are the steps:

Step-1: Click on ‘File’ and then click on ‘Protect Document’.
Step-2: Click on ‘Encrypt with Password’. At the next window, delete the dots that are hiding your password and then click ‘OK’.
Step-3: Save the document again and close it. When you open it the next time, you don’t have to enter the password and you can access it directly.

Note: The password that you use should ideally be complex and yet easy to remember. Because if you happen to forget it, there is no way you can retrieve or reset it, and hence, you will lose access to your own document. So, make sure that the password you give is easy to memorize. You can even write it down somewhere. This will help in case you forget it in the future.

Display is not working on the monitor. How to fix it?

Display is not working

There are times when you turn on the system and you find out that the display is not working, not only screen but also the mind goes blank! Not anymore, This post has tips you can follow to figure out the problem and think of solution.

If the problem is not blank screen but a blue screen with errors, refer to the post about blue screen of death and how to troubleshoot it.


display is not working

Monitor is off

Well, make sure the monitor is turned on. Check the LED. If no light comes on after several attempts, proceed to the next section.

Computer in sleep mode

If you went away from the computer for sometime and returned to a black screen, it is likely that the computer is asleep. Move the mouse, press buttons or any key. If none of those actions work, press the power button.

Loose connections

Check the data cable

Make sure that your monitor’s data transfer cable is properly connected to the computer. It should be firmly in place. Most new displays uses a DVI or HDMI cable and port.

Check the power cable

Ensure the monitor is getting power by verifying that is a light (blue, green, or orange) on the front or bottom of the monitor’s panel.

When you see no lights on the monitor, make sure it is connected to a working wall outlet. If the power cord is removable from the back of the monitor, replace it with another power cable. If you still cannot turn on the monitor after trying another wall outlet and cable, the monitor is broken and should be replaced.

Check  LED status

If the monitor status light (mostly located on the bottom of the monitor’s bezel) is orange or flashing, the monitor might be in a suspend mode, to come out of it move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard. If this does not help, reconnect the data cable to the computer and back of the monitor, and then restart your computer.

Try with different cable

If your monitor is getting power, but you don’t see an image, the data cable may be the issue. Try another DVI, HDMI, or VGA cable with your monitor.

Turn up the brightness and contrast

When you’re able to view your monitor’s settings menu even though the screen is blank, maybe  you need to increase the brightness and contrast.

Failed POST

If the computer doesn’t pass Power On Self Test, it won’t turn on and your monitor will remain black. If you hear beep sounds when you turn on your computer, run through the POST troubleshooting steps to find out the problem.

Hardware Problem

If you have followed the tips above and still have the same issue, your computer may have either a improper monitor, video card, or motherboard. The best method of determining this is to try the suggestions below.

Get someone else’s computer a computer monitor and connect it to your computer

If another monitor works on your computer, it means your monitor is bad and that might be the reason display is not working. While it may be possible to have the monitor serviced, it is often cheaper and easier to purchase a new one.

Connect your monitor to the other computer

If your monitor works on the other computer, the chances are that your video card is bad. Remove video card from the affected computer and install it in another computer. If it does not work in the other computer, the video card is probably not working and needs to be replaced.

If your monitor and video card works with another computer, your motherboard probably has an issue. You can attempt to troubleshoot motherboard problems. If you find out the motherboard is bad, or you are unable to successfully run diagnostic tests, motherboard replacement might be needed.

slow running computer? fix it by following these simple steps!

Are you wasting time waiting for an application to respond? Probably you might grab some coffee while it loads, or you can try figuring out the reason for slow running computer.

slow running computer

A lot of things in life goes slow, we can live with it. But a slow running computer isn’t so much of a fun.

The steps mentioned below will give an outlook on what can be done when a snail speed computer gives you a hard time.

1. Reboot

Rebooting the computer which is running since a long time might help. Sometimes the PC can be a mystery box and a simple reboot can fix the issue.

2. Temp files

The computer creates the temporary files while running programs. Deleting temporary files can free up space on hard disk and speed it up.

There are several utilities for it. Disk Cleanup is one such tool to delete temp files and other files no longer needed.

Alternatively, we can use the command %temp% from the “Run” option. once inside delete all the temp files.

3. Background programs

Disable or remove the “startup programs” which automatically starts when system boots.

To check out the program running in background and how much of cpu they are using, open “Task manager”.

Any Antivirus or security utility scanning the system in the background can slow down the computer.

4. Less Hard drive space

Make sure there is atleast 200-500 MB of free hard drive space.

“Swap files” can improve performance

5. Damaged or fragmented hard drive

Use “chkdsk” command or other utility to check hard drive physical corruption level.

Run “Defrag” to arrange data in best order on disk.

Get information about drive errors by reading “SMART” info using tools.

6. Check for malware

Malware and spywares can be the cause of multiple problems in computer. A regular malware scan on slow running computer saves the computer system from unexpected problems. Beware of the suspicious and fishy links when you browse through the internet. This link will provide you an insight on different types of malware.

7. Virus scan

viruses can make your computer really slow. Install a good “antivirus” to keep the viruses in check. You can use some free online antiviruses too if you don’t have one installed for active protection.

8. Windows Update

Keep your windows updated by installing updates regularly.

Update the browser plugins.

9. RAM upgrades

To run programs smoothly we need sufficient RAM. Increase the size of RAM on older computers.

To know how much RAM is installed, check “system properties” or use the command “msinfo32”.

Also run the program “windows memory diagnostic” to check the damage to the RAM at any point.

10. Overheating Processor

Use proper cooling solution(fan or liquid cooling) to ensure the processor doesn’t heats up soon during high activity.

Make sure the “Heat sink paste” or “Thermal Compound” has not dried up completely on the processor surface.

11. Reinstall everything

After trying the above solutions, if you still have slow running computer, Format disk and reinstall OS. Well, don’t forget to backup important data before formatting your disk.

12. Hardware Problem

Finally the failing hardware can be the reason of computer running slow. A bad Hard drive, RAM, CPU, or Motherboard can be the reason for slow or freezing computer system.

Further, you can run tools like, “ultimate DLCD” or ” Hiren’s Boot disk” to diagnose the problem.

Mostly the steps mentioned will provide a solution. If not, then definitely you got to contact helpdesk.