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Dealing with Internet & Networking Issues

Updated May 2023

Web Page shortcut on the desktop

Want a shortcut to your favorite Web site, right on your desktop? With this fix you can now drag the icon at the beginning of the address line to the desktop and have an actual shortcut icon there.

First you must disable Pinned Websites
If you have Windows Pro:
Go to Group Policy Editor
Go to: User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer
On the right side double click on Turn Off Ability to Pin sites
Choose 'Enable', click on OK
Close IE and re-open
Go to the site you want to have a shortcut on your desktop

If you have Windows Home version, you will need to manually add the entries to the registry this way:
Open regedit and navigate to:
Create a new key called: Internet Explorer
In there, create a new key called: Main
Create a new DWORD called: DisableAddSiteMode
Set the value to: 1
Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Create a new DWORD called: DisableAddSiteMode, then set the value to: 1

Printing long web pages on 1 piece of paper

To have a quick copy of a long web page onto one piece of paper (like just to keep for a quick reference), in your program, click on Print. Select your printer, then click on Preferences, then the Layout (or maybe Features) tab. There's probably a box to put a check in for Multiple Pages.
Put the check in the box for Multiple Pages Per Sheet (or whatever it says), and make your choice of how many pages you want on one piece of paper.

Viewing Pages faster

One way to surf the Web a little faster is to do it without graphic images. Believe it or not, many times you can do just fine without those cool but time-consuming pictures.
Go to View, Options, Advanced (tab) and scroll down and take the checkmark off of Show Pictures.

Link verification for your web page

Here's a URL address you can utilize to ensure that your links are working properly as well as structured properly. First click on the link below, then click on Single Page toward the top of the site.
Type your URL address and click on Go

Saving Images Problem (.bmp only choice)

When you can't right click on an image and choose Save As and save the image in anything but .bmp format, it's time to dump your temporary internet files.
In Chrome or Edge, go to Settings > Privacy and Security (Privace, search and services) > Cleara Browsing Data. You can choose what to clear (on the Advanced tab for Chrome)
This will delete your temporary internet files as well as cached images.
You should then be able to save your images as the format they are (.jpg, .gif...or whatever it is)

Viewing with different fonts or size fonts

To change the font size for all web pages you look at:
Click on the Options icon at the top right of the browser (the 3 dots icon), and click on the + or - to zoom in or out

Navigating without a mouse

Give your arm a break. Instead of reaching out your arm using your mouse to click your way down a document, use your keyboard. All you need to do is press some buttons: Page Up or Page Down: Just like a word processor, it takes you up/down one screen page at a time. Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End: Also like a word processor, it takes you to the beginning/end of a document.

Scrolling up and down looks bad for you?

If you find that when you scroll up/down a page, it starts to look a bit jerky, then you can adjust this so it will be better.
To fix it (it's not a bug, by the way), Go to Control Panel, Internet Options and click on the Advanced tab. Now deselect the Use Smooth Scrolling check box and click Apply, then OK.

Toolbars that are un-needed/un-wanted

If you don't like all of those toolbars, go to the Option (3 dots at the upper right corner of the browser and go to Extensions. Disable any of the extentions that refer to a Toolbar.

Favorites Bar edited

You can have your own preset buttons for your quick link to a web page. I personally have links to my web site, my bank, my local weather, just to name a few). Here's an example:

If you don't see the favorites bar, right click at the top of the browser and choose Show Bookmarks Bar (Or Favorites Bar)
Go to the page you want to have a button for.
(MS Edge: Click on the star at the top right of the browser. Give the page a short name. In the box for Folder, make sure it says Favorites Bar, then click on Done.)
Chrome: Click on the options icon (3 dots icon at the top right) > Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page

Either browser: Shorten the name by right clicking on that new button and choose Edit. Give it a short name so all of your buttons will fit.
If you have to many and ou want to trim it down, right click on any button there and choose Delete
You can even move them around. Just click on the button and drag it over to the new spot.

Finding a site you visited yesterday

Yesterday you visited a site but didn't bookmark it. Today you need to back to that site because there was some information you wanted. Or you just decided that you want to bookmark it.
Click on options (3 dots at the top right) > History. Then click on History again at the top the list. All the pages will be there listed (unless you've cleared your cache and your internet files)

Microsoft Edge: Click on the options icon with (3 dots at the top right), then click on History.

Passwords not being remembered

When you are trying to have a password saved in your browser and it's not giving you the opportunity, you need to turn them off, then turn them back on. Here's how to make it and/or stop the remembering:
1) First, then them off:
Chrome: Settings > AutoFill > Passwords > Turn off Offer To Save Passwords
Edge: Go to Settings > Profice > Passwords > Turn off Offer To Save Passwords
Close the browser. Then reopen the browser and turn them back on (or leave it off if you don't ever want any of your passwords saved again.
Close the browser and reopen. 2) If it's still not remembering, then another option in Chrome has to be fixed.
Go to Settings > Auto Fill > Passwords
(Edge: Settings > Profile > Passwords
Scroll down to the Never Saved section and delete them all.
Close Chrome and go back to that site. It'll offer to save the passwords.

Network connected, but no internet connection

You need to renew your IP address:
Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right click on Command Prompt and choose run As Administrator
In the CMD window, type the following:
ipconfig /flushdns {enter}
ipconfig /release {enter}
ipconfig /renew {enter}
It should work least it works for me

eBay Printing Labels To Small

The fix is not in your printer, but in the browser
Click on File, Page Setup
UNcheck the box for Shrink To Fit
That will fix your problem real quick ! :)

Smooth Scrolling Screen stopped in browser

Go to Control Panel > Internet Options > Advanced
Uncheck use Smooth Scrolling

Network WiFi not working after laptop sleep

Quickest fix for me:
Open device manager and go to Network Adapters
Right click on your Wireless adapter and choose Properties
On the Power Management tab, UNcheck the box for "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" Fixed :)

Network not connecting to other computer

Going to a File Explorer and clicking on Network, and trying to access another shared computer on the network doesn't always work. But here's another route (and you can make a shortcut on you desktop)
This procedure assumes that the folder/user on the 2nd computer has already been set to "Share"
Start > Run
Assuming you know the IP address of the other computer, type the address as follows:
Press enter
To make a shortcut on the desktop, right click on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut
Type in that same address, then change the icon to what you want.
(Of course changing the XX to the number of the other computer, and ZZZ to the actual User name.
You can drop off the \Downloads and get to the root folder, depending on if the entire User folder was shared.

'Web Content Only' dialog....STOP it !

I hate it every time I see the dialog box that says "Do you want to view only the webpage content". Well, you can make it stop this way:
Go to the Internet Options > Security tab
Put the check in the box for Display Mixed Content.

Public Network Change back to Private

Some how my "Private Network" got changed to "Public Network". How? It has to do with attaching to different networks. Such as when you head to your sister's house and hook to her network. Your laptop's "Network Local Awareness" (NLA) is used to determine the proper configuration for your computer. But sometime the NLA gets it wrong.'s a 30 second fix, fortunately
Click on the wifi icon in the notification area.
At the top is the wifi you're connected on Properties...put the dot in the circle for Private
If you were on a wifi and now back to a wired network:
Click on the network icon in the notification area.
At the top is the network you're connected on network you're connected to.
Under Ethernet, click right on the network you're connected to, then put the dot in the circle for Private.

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