Q: I created a blog with Gmail Blogger (blogspot.com). I would like to delete the blog but cannot figure out how to do it. I can only find instructions for deleting products but I can’t even delete the blogger product.
— Bonnie Pulson Petersen
A: Actually, deleting a Gmail blog is pretty straightforward … once you get to the right place. Sign in to blogger.com and go to your Blogger Dashboard.
Click on the drop-down menu next to the blog you want to delete and select Settings. Next, click on Other and then Delete Blog, which you’ll find listed under Blog Tools. Finally, click on Delete This Blog.
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Q: I recently bought a printer that is supposed to print via Wi-Fi. I wanted to be able to print from my iPhone 5. After I bought the printer, I found out that to use the Wi-Fi feature, the printer and the iPhone need to be connected to a wireless network via a router. I do not have a router or a wireless network.
Further investigation on the website of the printer manufacturer revealed that Wi-Fi Direct can be used if a network is not available, but the mobile device must support Wi-Fi Direct. I spent over four hours searching Apple.com for information on whether the iPhone 5 supports Wi-Fi Direct, and got the run around to everything EXCEPT an answer on whether the iPhone 5 supports Wi-Fi-Direct.
I went on the forums and asked if the iPhone 5 supports Wi-Fi Direct and got two answers, one that it does and the other that it does not. I refuse to pay Apple $40 to get an answer from them. Can you tell me if the iPhone 5 supports Wi-Fi Direct, and if it does, how do I activate it? Is there any other way to print from an iPhone 5 directly to a Wi-Fi capable printer without using a network or going through a computer?
— MD Hepp
A: Wi-Fi certification can be tracked at www.wi-fi.org. Just click on Wi-Fi Certified products in the menu, then on Certified Products. Next, click on Advanced Search and then check the box next to Wi-Fi Direct. Hit Submit and you’ll see a list of devices that support Wi-Fi Direct. Unfortunately, there are currently no Apple products on that list.
And no, I’m not aware of any way to print from your iPhone to a printer without going through a router, though if I hear anything from readers I’ll certainly pass that along.
Q: The default number of copies in print mode is 3 instead of 1. I have tried everything I know.
— Ed Gwynne
Go to the Control Panel and select the Devices and Printers utility. In the display that appears, right-click on the printer in question and select Printing Preferences. From that point on, the options differ depending upon your printer, but just find where the default number of copies is specified and change it to 1. That should take care of things.
Q: I have a Dell 8300 XPS running Windows 7 Home Professional. All worked well until last week, when the New Folder button ceased to work and also ceased to exist as an option in the drop-down menu when I right-click on an empty portion of the desktop or other part of the screen. Any answer that a very non-savvy person can do to restore the New Folder option on my Windows 7?
— Rich Brothers
A: The problem is generally the result of a corrupt or missing Windows registry key. Manually editing the registry is, however, tedious and there’s a chance of making errors that get you in worse trouble. Try launching the following link: http://www.vistax64.com/attachments/tutorials/7715d1225832927-new-folder-newfolderfix.reg.
I tried it and it worked fine. By the way, you’ll need to be logged in as an administrator.
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