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Joomla - Save failed with the following error: Invalid Parent ID

Problem

When saving a new or existing article you receive the following error message

Save failed with the following error: Invalid Parent ID

The article saves correctly, and is accessible from the front end.

Solution

This issue appears to be caused by corrupted categories, and in my case happened during the migration…

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Windows 8 - Internet Explorer loads blank or empty

Problem

When you open Internet Explorer (in this case Internet Explorer 11 using Windows 8) the home page fails to load, and all pages you attempt to load are blank or empty.

Additionally, the majority of menu items are greyed out and unable to be used.

Solution

This issue may be related…

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Windows 8 - Internet Explorer wont reset

Problem

When attempting to reset Internet Explorer (in this case Internet Explorer 11) you recieve the following message.

Before you can reset Internet Explorer settings, you must first close all other open windows and programs.

Closing Internet Explorer and using the control panel gives the same problem.

Solution

  1. Open the Windows Task…

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How to install SQL Management Studio 2008 R2

SQL Management Studio is the must use tool for SQL database administrators, however every time I've needed to install it I've been left scratching my head to find the correct download and working out what to select during the installation.

To save others the same frustrations, the direct download links…

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Install and Configure Firefox 28 silently

Please note:

The traditional method of using 'firefox.js' to set the profile defaults (see http://mockbox.net/configmgr-sccm/280-install-and-configure-firefox-3-silently.html ) no longer works with Firefox 4 and above.

To set default settings from an application level for all new and existing users you will need to use a general config file. The unfortunate consequence…

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Seven ways to speed up a WordPress site

Here's a list of seven easy things you can do to speed up a WordPress website.

1. Remove plugins

Any plugins you have enabled are potentially slowing down your website - some times more than others.

Check your plugins page in wp-admin and remove any unnecessary plugins which you're not using…

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Outlook 2013 - How to add week numbers to the calendar

If your work schedule runs in week numbers or you regually need to count out week numbers then this tip is for you.

The steps below will add week numbers to the calendar layout and date navigator in Outlook 2013.

  1. With Outlook 2013 open, click on the 'File' menu
  2. Then select…

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Windows 8 - Disable internet search results from the search window

Windows 8 users may have noticed something weird when searching for programs and documents - there's internet results appearing below.

For most people this is just annoying and unnecessary - and could easily be seen as a ploy by Microsoft to direct more traffic to their Bing search engine.

The…

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Outlook/Word 2013 - How to disable Reading View for read-only Word documents

One of the more annoying 'features' of Word 2013 is 'Reading View' - where any document you open that is read-only displays enlarged and with the majority of formatting completely removed.

This is typically noticed when opening Word documents which have been attached to an email.

The steps below detail…

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Outlook 2013 - How to turn off message preview

Outlook 2013 has introduced a new feature called 'message preview' which allows you to display the first 1, 2 or 3 lines of an email in the inbox without opening the email.

By default it is configured to display the first line, and for some is seen as visual clutter.…

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Windows 7 - How to tell if you have 32-bit or 64-bit installed

The following steps detail how to check which version of Windows 7 you have installed.

It will show you have to tell which edition of Windows is installed as well as the service pack level, and other hardware information about your computer.

Option 1: Using keyboard commands

  1. Press the 'Windows'button on…

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How to tell which version of Office 2013 you have installed

The following steps detail how to tell which version of Office 2013 you have installed.

It will show you how to find the version number and edition - 64-bit or 32-bit.

  1. Open Word 2013 (or any other Office 2013 application)
  2. Press 'Esc'(escape) on the keyboard to close the 'open recent documents'…

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[SOLVED] Word 2013 - Word cannot start the converter PDF files

Problem

Word 2013 introduced a new feature - the ability to open and edit PDF files.

This issue is is seen when you attempt to open a PDF file - instead of the conversion process starting you see the following error message:

Microsoft Word

Word cannot start the converter PDF Files.…

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How to type French characters with a standard keyboard

If you only occasionally need to type accent characters (for French and Spanish) is by using what's known as 'ALT codes'.

These codes allow you to create the accent characters with a standard keyboard by holding the ALT key and typing the special code on the keyboards num pad.

The…

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Is Google testing a new search results design?

[UPDATE: 19/02/2014]

It appears like the search design has changed again.

This time underlines are appearing but when you click on a result you see a grey background and orange text.

This was seen using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 10 - as well as not being logged into a…

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