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Tech Tips for Writers #91: Internet Problems? Switch Browsers

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I’m trying to use a website and it keeps telling me Flash isn’t installed. I know it is. I even re-installed it and it wouldn’t work. What do I do?

A: Change browsers. I have this problem more often now than I used to. I have no idea why. It seems when browsers are upgraded, they should be sure they work with everything. But the reality is: They are all quirky. I’ve tried IE, Firefox, Chrome and now keep them all available on my computer for when I need to switch. When an internet page doesn’t load/run correctly, the first thing I do is switch browsers. That more often than not fixes it.


Jacqui Murray is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB and Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is  editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #91: Internet Problems? Switch Browsers

  1. Fully agree on the browser switch tip. I’m a Google Chrome ‘loyalist’ on both the PC and the Mac, but when it has the occasional hiccup (and they all do at one time or another), I switch to MSIE on the PC and Safrari on the MacBook Pro. There are other, more complex solutions that one can employ, but as a quick fix, the browser switch works well as the Flash issue resolves itself.

  2. Totally agree, Jacqui. I switched to Chrome when I couldn’t ‘like’ anyone’s blog posts anymore and it completely fixed the problem. If I ever have trouble with a site now, I switch browsers and it usually does the trick ;)

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