Beth from Guadamar asks:
Hello Aunty. When I go on to the Internet with Chrome to get my Gmail emails I keep getting my Google search page in Spanish. I have followed your previous instructions and set www.google.com as my home page but when it loads it seems to change to www.google.es and gives me mostly Spanish search results. My Nephew found me a way around this by adding “www.gmail.co.uk” as a bookmark but it’s not the tidiest solution.
Hello Beth. I think what you have done here is a very easy mistake where you have used the .com ending instead of the .co.uk. Basically what happens here is that Chrome is trying to be helpful and has detected you are in Spain and returning what it thinks are most relevant search results, but by using the .co.uk extension you are directing everything to UK based sources. This works with most websites and Amazon & EBay are great examples. For those of you who need a reminder of how to set your homepage; go to the settings section of Google Chrome (click on the three dots in the top right corner) and change the “on startup” and “search” sections to google.co.uk (or .ie for Ireland) and you should find you get a lot more relevant results from any searches.
Pat via email asks:
Dear Aunty. I print a few bits & bobs now & then and nearly everything I print is text so I very rarely print using colour (not deliberately but my boarding passes are usually plastered with colour adverts) yet I seem to get through nearly as much colour ink as I do the black one. Are there printers where you can put in 2 black cartridges or even leave the colour cartridge out? The ink for my HP is so expensive and I was told by the shop that if I use copy inks it can damage the printer and void the warranty.
Hi Pat. It is a scandal when a set of original ink cartridges can cost nearly as much as a printer. I find a set of decent compatibles from www.inks.es are just as good and normally have loads more ink and last longer. I don’t know of a printer that you can swap the colour cartridge for the black or leave a cartridge out, but you can easily set up your printer to print only in black (sometimes called draft/economy/greyscale). The easiest way to do this is by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key and pressing ‘P’ just before you are ready to print. Click the ‘properties’ button and you should see various printing options where you can fiddle around. All printers are a little different, but the principles are the same. One cheap option is to get yourself a €70 black and white (monochrome) laser printer which will print fast copies at around a 10th of the price. I like the Samsung and Brother ones. There are printers that have an extra black cartridge but these are expensive and don’t really fix your problem.