Odds and Ends

While I try for a theme for this column each week, sometimes I have a few things that are useful but bear no particular relation to each other. The theme this week is: Odds & Ends!


Restore events to Google Calendar from Google Calendar trash

The other night I was trying to change the time of an appointment on my Google Calendar, and instead of changing it, I deleted the event. Whoops!

It turns out there are two ways to recover from this. (Three if you count just entering the whole thing again.) First, if you’re quick enough you can click on the Undo link at the top of the Calendar. But if enough time goes by that link fades away.

You can still get that event back.

  • On the left side of the Calendar window, highlight the calendar where you want to restore your event.
  • Click once on the down arrow just to the right of the name of the calendar.
  • Click on View Trash.
  • Locate the event you want to restore. (It’s probably at the top!)
  • Put a check mark in the box.
  • Click on Restore selected events.

When you’ve restored everything you need to, click on the Back to calendar link, and you’ll see your event again. Whew.

See and understand what’s going on with your laptop battery

I received an enthusiastic recommendation for a program called Battery Care from long-time reader Steve. This is a nifty little utility that monitors a battery’s health and allows you to improve the battery’s performance. You can download either an installer or a portable version from this page.

There’s an excellent, clearly written, informative discussion of the Memory Effect in modern batteries here, including answers to the question “Should I remove the battery when A/C is plugged in?” There is even more information about battery care on this page.

Both the site and the download come back clean in VirusTotal, and the portable version, which is what I tested, was free of malicious software and bloatware.


Display the day of the week as well as the time in the Taskbar

Sometimes when I’m working at the computer (or, OK, sometimes when I’m reading Facebook posts at the computer…) I wonder what day it is. Looking in the Taskbar’s right-hand corner shows me what time it is and it shows me the date. But is today Tuesday or Wednesday?

The easiest way to find that answer is to hover the cursor over the date. When you do that, you’ll see the “Long date” format, including the day of the week. However, if you want to show the day of the week without hovering, do this:

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Make sure you’re in Category
  • Click on Change date, time, or number formats.
  • Click on Additional settings.
  • Click on the tab called Date.
  • Change the Short date format (That’s what’s displayed as the clock in the Taskbar). The key under Long date shows the meaning of the letters, and the Example section above all that shows how it looks.
  • Click Apply when you’re satisfied.

For example, if you want to see Day of Week, Name of Month, Date you would enter dddd, MMMM d. You can append the year by adding yy to see 17 or yyyy to see 2017.

If you want to see the day and date displayed exactly the way it is in the Long date format, just copy and paste what’s in that box to the Short date box. Be sure to click on Apply in the lower right corner to save your changes.
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Cate Eales runs Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile service helping home users and businesses get along with their computers. To arrange an appointment phone her at 250-764-7043. Cate also welcomes your comments and suggestions. Send email to help@computercarekelowna.com.

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This column appeared on castanet.net April 3, 2017