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Microsoft Authenticator QR Codes

Have you ever wondered why the QR code used to link your Microsoft account to the Microsoft Authenticator app can’t be reused on another device?

Turns out Microsoft designed their 2 factor authentication QR code this way, with a one-time use policy.

Personally, I find this rather annoying and limiting in as far as permitting the use of multiple personal devices from providing authentication.

The good news is that there is a work around, albeit far from ideal.

In this article, I cover the reasons behind the single-use nature of Microsoft Authenticator QR codes and show you how to utilize it on more than one device.

 

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If you’ve ever needed to move your Outlook email signatures from one computer to another, you know that manually copying and pasting each one can be time-consuming.

Luckily, there’s a simpler way! In this article, I’ll guide you through the steps to transfer your Outlook signatures seamlessly.

 

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Microsoft confirms that Windows 11 24H2 will enable BitLocker encryption by default. Read more here.

The good news is that it is still possible to perform a Windows 11 installation without BitLocker encryption being enabled by default.

 

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I imported a pre-built Avada website into a fresh installation of WordPress but was presented with the following warnings on the frontend when using the Avada theme.

  • Warning: Undefined array key “width” in /public_html/wp-content/themes/Avada/includes/class-avada-head.php on line 414
  • Warning: Undefined array key “height” in /public_html/wp-content/themes/Avada/includes/class-avada-head.php on line 415

I also received the following warning on the backend of WordPress.

  • Warning: Trying to access array offset on false in /home/customer/www/public_html/wp-content/themes/Avada/includes/lib/inc/redux/framework/FusionReduxCore/framework.php on line 2024

Troubleshooting the issues revealed that it may have been attributed to the SVG upload feature within the Avada theme.

I managed to clear up the issues by simply disabling and enabling the SVG upload feature. See instructions below.

 

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Have you ever found yourself trying to make sense of PDF files with names that resemble a cryptic code more than anything meaningful? You’re not alone.

A recent encounter with a client highlighted a common frustration many face: PDFs downloaded from email attachments that retain long, random strings of alphanumeric characters as their titles, even after being renamed.

This article covers this common PDF document saving issue and provides a streamlined solution to save PDF document’s with their actual titles.

 

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This is a note for personal reference.

Enable Windows Updates on a Windows PC connected to Active Directory with Windows Updates disabled. Set the Data value from 0 to 1 on the following entry: SetDisableUXUAccess at the following registry address:

  • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

 

 

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In this article I will show you how to quickly and easily add a script to your child theme functions.php file which will block access to the WP Admin bar and backend for anyone with the Subscriber role.

 

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Outlook does not have a dedicated “Send and Archive” button similar to what you might find in other email services like Gmail. However, you can manually Archive emails after sending them.

For Microsoft 365, Outlook.com, and Exchange accounts, the Archive folder is one of Outlook’s default folders, and you can use the Archive button to move messages to this folder. While it’s not a one-click solution like a “Send and Archive“, it can help you manage your sent emails more efficiently.

If you’re looking to streamline your email management, you might consider using Quick Steps in Outlook. Quick Steps allow you to create automated actions for frequent tasks, which could include archiving emails after sending them.

For more detailed instructions on archiving emails or setting up Quick Steps, you can refer to the official Microsoft Support page.

 

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If you use a password to sign into your Windows 11 personal computer (PC) you can adjust a setting which will allow you to automatically sign in, bypassing the password input requirement.

This is handy if you need to have an account password set (for example, network sharing) but don’t want to manually insert a password upon starting or rebooting your PC.

Follow the steps within this article only if you’ve physically secured your Windows 11 PC and you’re the only person using your computer.

 

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