How to get Ribbon Style Interface in LibreOffice Write and Calc.

The ribbon interface in Microsoft office makes it easy for users to complete tasks easily.

You can get a similar interface in LibreOffice by following the steps below:

1. Download the latest version of LibreOffice (at the time of writing this post, the version is 5.4)

2. Open LibreOffice Writer and Go to Tools > Options.

3. Under LibreOffice section, click Advanced.

4. Check the checkbox saying, "Enable Experimental Features".

5. Now go to View > Toolbars > select Notebookbar.

6. After restating, you should get ribbons.

7. You can still access the old layout by clicking on the three slider menu button and selecting MenuBar, to show the old style menu bar as well. If you want to change the tool bar style, you can select View (in the old style Menubar) > Toolbar Layout > Default.

You can do the same for LibreOffice Calc as well.

How to measure exact power consumption ( in watts) of a device in your house

This works only if you have a digital energy meter.

Switch off all appliances in your house, except the device whose energy consumption is to be measured.

Now go to the energy meter and usually there is a single white button which toggles between a variety of display functions like Voltage, amps, watts etc.

Press the button continuously until you see the Watts information. Some energy meters will only display energy consumed in kW. So if you see .04 kW, that means the device is taking 40 watts,

Note that kWh is different from kW.

Say if you have a fan that consumes 40W.

If you run the fan for one hour, your energy in kWh will be 40/1000 (conversion to kW - divide by thousand) *1 hour = .04 kWh.

If you run the fan for 10 hours then 40/1000 * 10 = .4 kWh

Usually, 1 kWh = 1 unit of electrical energy.

So if you have a device which runs in lower Wattage, you can run it for longer hours for the same amount of kWh consumed. Thus saving on bills.

How to refresh and renew Ipconfig in WIndows

Type cmd in Stat menu and you will see the command prompt menu.

Right Click it and select , RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

The command prompt will not open with elevated permission.

Type :

ipconfig /release

let the command run,

Then type:

ipconfig /renew

let the command run.

Solved - The directory name is invalid error when opening file in Windows

This error prevents files from the fodler from being accessed, even though the folder is accessible.
Step 1: Create a new folder in a location which is convenient. 
Step 2: Then navigate inside the error folder and move or copy all the files from the folder to the new folder created in Step 1. If there are folders inside this folder try recreating the directory structure manually in the new folder location and keep copying the files alone.

Now it should be accessible.

Stuck at Google Login and unable to move forward while adding google account in Android Smartphone - Solved

If you are stuck at the Google login and are not able to proceed further, you need to check the following:

1. Check if there is a good Internet connection in your Android Phone. I mean a pretty decent connection enough to stream at least 240p youtube videos.

2. Check if you have entered the username correctly.

How to automatically shut down computer after downloading in WIndows PC

You may have to shut down the PC after a certain time to automate your computer to shut down, say after finishing a download.
To do so, you need to open the command prompt.

In the command prompt, type the following:

shutdown -s -t xxx


xxx = time in seconds.

If you decide to abort the above within the time, type the following in the command prompt.

shutdown -a

Eg, shutdown -s -t 2400 will shutdown the computer in 40 minutes (2400/60).

Chrome - Android - Unable to print PDF - Failed to Save document

This error comes in chrome for Android for unknown reasons while printing and saving to pdf.

The only proven method is to REBOOT your device.