TUTORIAL: disable shortcut home screen Android

As what have probably brought you here. When you install an application from the Google Play Store a shortcut is added to your Home screen. Is it Handy? I don’t know.. I’ll leave that up to you, but 9/10 times I do not want a shortcut on my start screen.

Tutorial: disable shortcut home screen Android

Lets follow the next steps to disable shortcut on the start screen.

  1. Go to apps
disable shortcut android
disable shortcut android

2. open Play Store

shortcut home screen android
shortcut home screen android

Click on the hamburger menu next to Google Play. See the image below:

shortcut android
shortcut android

4. Scroll down and open Settings

shortcut home screen Android
shortcut home screen android

Find “Add icon to Home screen” and uncheck the box.

disable home screen android
disable home screen android

The next time you’ll install an app it wont be added to your home screen. If you do want an app on your home screen open apps > hold the app and move it to the home screen.

The image below shows you how to add an app to your home screen.

disable shortcut android
disable shortcut android

Do you regret removing this option? Just check the box next to “Add icon to Home Screen

After you install an app from the Google Play store, an icon will appear on your home screen for you to easy access the app… but if you install quite a few apps you the apps will add up and eventually make your home screen full with apps you barely use.
With the steps I provided you can disable the shortcuts from automatically being placed on your home screen.

FIX: No emulator Android Studio

PANIC: HOME is defined but could not find Nexus_5_API_22_x86.ini file in $HOME\.android\avd

You’re receiving this error because Android Studio cannot find your emulator. The reason I’m getting this error is because I’m using my OneDrive as default.

C:\Users\Wortell\OneDrive\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\tools\emulator.exe -avd Nexus_5_API_22_x86 -netspeed full -netdelay none
PANIC: HOME is defined but could not find Nexus_5_API_22_x86.ini file in $HOME\.android\avd
(Note: avd is searched in the order of $ANDROID_AVD_HOME,$ANDROID_SDK_HOME \.android\avd and $HOME\.android\avd)

error android studio emulator

Quick steps

  • Go to your home folder, and follow the next steps. They should be almost the same: C:\Users\wortell\OneDrive\.android\avdnexus emulator
  • Copy the android emulators
  • Go to C:\%username%\.android\avd
  • Paste them in there
  • Open Android Studio and try to run an emulator.

Is it now working or are you getting a different error? please comment below the error and I’ll try to help you.

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are you following my blog and you’ve no idea what android studio is?

Android Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing for the Android platform. It was announced on May 16, 2013 at the Google I/O conference. Android Studio is freely available under the Apache License 2.0.

Android Studio was in early access preview stage starting from version 0.1 in May 2013, then entered beta stage starting from version 0.8 which was released in June 2014. The first stable build was released in December 2014, starting from version 1.0.

Based on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software, Android Studio is designed specifically for Android development. It is available for download on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and replaced Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) as Google’s primary IDE for native Android application development.

Source: Wikipedia.org

FIX: Cannot localize the default folders

Cannot localize the default folders in microsoft office365 – outlook. 

In outlook and Office 365 it’s possible to change the default folder names to anything you like. You could for example change the default language.

Sometimes you may receive following error message:

“The localization operation of the default folders of mailbox “yourserver.prod.outlook.com /Microsoft Exchange Hosted Organizations/baswijdenes/bas-wijdenes” failed:Cannot localize the default folders.”

Cannot localize the default folders
The localization operation of the default folders of mailbox “yourserver.prod.outlook.com /Microsoft Exchange Hosted Organizations/baswijdenes/bas-wijdenes” failed:Cannot localize the default folders.” Cannot localize the default folders.”

That message does not contain any explanation about possible reasons of that error. One of the reason that can cause such error is that folder with such name is already exists. Sometimes users exporting their old folders into Office 365 and these folders have same names as default folders.

How to fix this issue Cannot localize the default folders

Fix 1If you are an administrator, run the following cmdlet to reset the default folder names for the user:

set-MailboxRegionalConfiguration -id <alias> -LocalizeDefaultFolderName:$true -Language <Language_code_to_switch_to> -DateFormat <your_preferred_DateFormat>


Fix 2: If you are an end-user, use Outlook Web App to reset the default folder names:

  1. Log on to Outlook Web App by using your credential.
  2. Click Options, and then click See All Options.
  3. Click Settings, and then click Regional.
  4. On the Regional Settings page, change the language, select the date and time format that you want to use, and then select the Rename default folders so their names match the specified language option.
  5. Click Save, and then exit Outlook Web App.
  6. Restart Outlook.

Default folders which may cause that conflict are: Inbox, Sent Items, Drafts, Junk Email, RSS Subscriptions and Deleted Items.

TUTORIAL: Your own URL Shortener

We have Short URL services like TinyURL and Bit.ly, but did you know you can have your own URL Shortener? 

I found out about YOURLS it’s an open source php script to create your own URL shorten-er. I had bought a domain a few weeks ago to test this out, and I must say it works very well. There’s also an plugin for WordPress.

From the website: YOURLS stands for Your Own URL Shortener. It is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service (a la TinyURL or bitly).

Running your own URL shortener is fun, geeky and useful: you own your data and don’t depend on third party services. It’s also a great way to add branding to your short URLs, instead of using the same public URL shortener everyone uses.

how to use yourls

We need two things.

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TUTORIAL: Multiple Outlook users on a Single PST file

to answer your questions first | multiple users in pst file
outlook web app

Is it possible to let more than one user work in a single .pst file?

Technically: No.

Is there a work around? 

Yes, there is.

the work around

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FIX: mute tabs in chrome

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Why isn’t it possible to mute each tab in Chrome on default? Too be honest I don’t know, yet I know some advertising video, or a pop-up video can be very annoying and they always load 5-10 seconds in to the page which makes it hard to find them.

For awhile Chrome has a loudspeaker on each tab to see which tab is  playing a video or music (see the screenshot). volume icon-chrome

What most don’t know is that there is an option in Chrome to mute each tab you want by only clicking on the loudspeaker.

mute tabs in chrome

Go to Chrome://flags and find ‘enable tab audio muting control

Enable the option and click ‘relaunch now’ (this will re-start Chrome).

enable tab muting

Now when you have the loudspeaker at a tab you can actually click it and mute it. See the image: mute tab

the loudspeakers becomes a clickable option to mute/enable the sound.

If the mute tabs in chrome option doesn’t work for you reset your Chrome browser and try again.

TUTORIAL: Remove malware

I have malware on my device; what now? – Remove Malware

If you’d like to know what malware is, please scroll down, but I think most that get on this page rather want to know how to remove malware ;-).

Oké lets begin. First download the following programs. The links will send you directly to the download page.

Install the programs with recommended package. Now lets open Malware Bytes and make sure its completely updated.

Just click next > next > next. If you’ve never used Malware Bytes enable the free trial. You’ll get a 30 days security for malware. malware bytes installStart Malware Bytes and make sure you’ve updated the database. Updating the database is necessary because you want to defend yourself against the newest malware.
malware bytes updateClick on the tab ‘scan’. Start the full scan and wait for it to be done! Make sure you don’t do anything else on your device!malware bytes scanningAfter the scan quarantine all and restart your devicedo not open any browser!

Now start Adwcleaner. This is pretty easy because it’s an executable.

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FIX: Windows update greyed out

How to solve the windows update greyed out

It sometimes happen that your Windows updates are greyed out. It’s probably because your Regedit got corrupted because of some sort of software, mostly Anti-virus software.

  • Hold the windows key + R.
  • Type ‘regedit’ and hit enter


  • Go To ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies \Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU’


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TUTORIAL: Create a send only mailbox outlook

Creating a send only mailbox could be useful if you want to send e-mails with one address, but more users. Mostly useful for spam.

The solution: Create a “send only” account in Outlook.

To do this, you need to add the account as a POP3 account and use a fake Incoming server name.

  1. In the Account Settings dialog, click Add.
  2. On the first page of the dialog, select Manually Select Server Settings and click Next
  3. Select Internet E-Mail



  1. Fill in the name the receiver is going to see and the mail address you’re going to use.
  2. Fill in something here for incoming mail server. In the screenshot they used ‘mail’. For outgoing mail use the provider smtp.
  3. This isn’t necessary, but there has to be something filled in.
  4. Select ‘new outlook data file’!
  5. Uncheck ‘test account settings’.
  6. Click next.

 Configure Send and Receive Settings

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TUTORIAL: Install windows 10 Virtualbox

Setting up windows 10 in a Virtual machine.

First we’ll have to download VM software. Follow the next steps and you’ll get there!

click here (windows).

Or click on the link and download virtualbox manually.


Also download the windows before we start!

first check the system requirements for Windows 10:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

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