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If you work with formulas in Excel, sooner or later you will encounter the problem where Excel formulas don’t work at all (or give the wrong result).

While it would have been great had there been only a few possible reasons for malfunctioning formulas. Unfortunately, there are too many things that can go wrong (and often does).

But since we live in a world that follows the Pareto principle, if you check for some common issues, it’s likely to solve 80% (or maybe even 90% or 95% of the issues where formulas are not working in Excel).

And in this article, I will highlight those common issues that are likely the cause of your Excel formulas not working.

So let’s get started!

Let me start by pointing out the obvious.

Every function in Excel has a specific syntax – such as the number of arguments it can take or the type of arguments it can accept.

And in many cases, the reason your Excel formulas are not working or gives the wrong result could be an incorrect argument (or missing arguments).

For example, the VLOOKUP function takes three mandatory arguments and one optional argument.

If you provide a wrong argument or don’t specify the optional argument (where it’s needed for the formula to work), it’s going to give you a wrong result.

For example, suppose you have a dataset as shown below where you need to know the score of Mark in Exam 2 (in cell F2).

If I use the below formula, I will get the wrong result, because I am using the wrong value in the third argument (one that asks for Column Index number).


In this case, the formula calculates (as it returns a value), but the result is incorrect (instead of score in Exam 2, it gives the score in Exam 1).

Another example where you need to be cautious about the arguments is when using VLOOKUP with the approximate match.

Since you need to use an optional argument to specify where you want VLOOKUP to do an exact match or an approximate match, not specifying this (or using the wrong argument) can cause issues.

Below is an example where I have the marks data for some students and I want to extract marks in Exam 1 for the students in the table on the right.

When I use the below VLOOKUP formula it gives me an error for some names.


This happens as I have not specified the last argument (which is used to determine whether to do an exact match or approximate match). When you don’t specify the last argument, it automatically does an approximate match by default.

Since we needed to do an exact match in this case, the formula returns an error for some names.

While I have taken the example of the VLOOKUP function, in this case, this is something that can be applicable for many Excel formulas that have optional arguments as well.

Also read: Identify Errors Using Excel Formula Debugging

Leading, trailing spaces are hard to find out and can cause issues when you use a cell that has these in formulas.

For example, in the below example, if I try to use VLOOKUP to fetch the score for Mark, it gives me the #N/A error (the not available error).

While I can see that the formula is correct and the name ‘Mark’ is clearly there is the list, what I can not see is that there is a trailing space in the cell that has the name (in cell D2).

Excel doesn’t consider the content of these two cells the same and therefore it considers it a mismatch when fetching the value using VLOOKUP (or it could be any other lookup formula).

To fix this issue, you need to remove these extra space characters.

You can do this by using any of the following methods:

Clean the cell and remove any leading/trailing spaces before using it in formulas

Use the TRIM function within the formula to make sure any leading/trailing/double spaces are ignored.

In the above example, you can use the below formula instead to make sure it works.


While I have taken the VLOOKUP example, this is also a common issue when working with TEXT functions.

For example, if I use the LEN function to count the total number of characters in a cell, if there are leading or trailing spaces, these would also be counted and give the wrong result.

This one setting can drive you crazy (if you don’t know it’s what’s causing all the issues).

Excel has two calculation modes – Automatic and Manual.

By default, the automatic mode is enabled, which means that in case I use a formula or make any changes in the existing formulas, it automatically (and instantly) makes the calculation and gives me the result.

This is the setting we are all used to.

In the automatic setting, whenever you make any change in the worksheet (such as entering a new formula to even some text in a cell), Excel automatically recalculates everything (yes, everything).

But in some cases, people enable the manual calculation setting.

This is mostly done when you have a heavy Excel file with a lot of data and formulas. In such cases, you may not want Excel to recalculate everything when you make small changes (as it may take a few seconds or even minutes) for this recalculation to complete.

If you enable manual calculation, Excel will not calculate unless you force it to.

And this may make you think that your formula is not calculating.

All you need to do in this case is either set the calculation back to automatic or force a recalculation by hitting the F9 key.

Below are the steps to change the calculation from manual to automatic:

Select Automatic

Important: In case you’re changing the calculation from manual to automatic, it’s a good idea to create a backup of your workbook (just in case this makes your workbook hang or makes Excel crash)

Take away / How to Fix: If you notice that your formulas are not giving the expected result, try something simple in any cell (such as adding 1 to an existing formula. Once you identify the issue as the one where calculation mode needs to be changed, do a force calculation by using F9.

One of the things that can have a devastating effect on your existing formulas in Excel is when you delete any row/column which has been used in calculations.

When this happens, sometimes, Excel adjusts the reference itself and makes sure that the formulas are working fine.

And sometimes… it can not.

Thankfully, one clear indication that you get when formulas break on deleting cells/rows/columns is the #REF! error in the cells. This is a reference error that tells you that there is some issue with the references in the formula.

Let me show you what I mean by using an example.

Below I have used the SUM formula to add the cells A2:A6.

Now, if I delete any of these cells/rows, the SUM formula will return a #REF! error. This happens because when I deleted the row, the formula doesn’t know what to reference now.

You can see that the third argument in the formula has become #REF! (which earlier referred to the cell that we deleted).

Take away / How to Fix: Before you delete any data that is being used in formulas, make sure there are no errors after the deletion. It’s also recommended that you create a backup of your work regularly to make sure you always have something to fall back on.

As your formulas start to get bigger and more complex, it’s a good idea to use parenthesis to be absolutely clear of what part belongs together.

In some cases, you may have the parenthesis at the wrong place, which can either give you a wrong result or an error.

And in some cases, it’s recommended to uses parenthesis to make sure the formula understands what needs to be grouped and calculated first.

For example, suppose you have the following formula:


In the above formula, the result is 505 as Excel first does the multiplication and then the addition (as there is an order of precedence when it comes to operators).

If you want it to first do the addition and then the multiplication, you need to use the below formula:


In some cases, the order of precedence may work for you, but it’s still recommended that you use the parenthesis to avoid any confusion.

Also, in case you’re interested, below is the order of precedence for various operators often used in formulas:

Operator Description Order of Precedence

: (colon) Range 1

(single space) Intersection 2

, (comma) union 3

– Negation (as in –1) 4

% Percentage 5

^ Exponentiation 6

* and / Multiplication & division 7

+ and – Addition & subtraction 8

& Concatnenation 9

Comparison 10

Take away / How to Fix: Always use parenthesis to avoid any confusion, even if you know the order of precedence and are using it correctly. Having parenthesis makes it easier to audit formulas.

When you copy and paste formulas in Excel, it automatically adjusts the references. Sometimes, this is exactly what you want (mostly when you’re copy-pasting formulas down the column), and sometimes you don’t want this to happen.

An absolute reference is when you fix a cell reference (or range reference) so that it doesn’t change when you copy and paste formulas, and a relative reference is one that changes.

You can read more about absolute, relative, and mixed references here.

You may get an incorrect result in case you forget to change the reference to an absolute one (or vice versa). This is something that happens quite often to me when I am using lookup formulas.

Let me show you an example.

Below I have a dataset where I want to fetch the score in Exam 1 for the names in column E (a simple VLOOKUP use case)

Below is the formula that I use in cell F2 and then copies to all the cells below it:


As you can see that this formula gives an error in some cases.

This happens because I haven’t locked the table array argument – it’s A2:B6 in cell F2, while it should have been $A$2:$B$6

By having these dollar signs before the row number and column alphabet in a cell reference, I am forcing  Excel to keep these cell references fixed. So, even when I copy this formula down, the table array will continue to refer to A2:B6

Pro Tip: To convert a relative reference to an absolute one, select that cell reference within the cell, and press the F4 key. You would notice that it changes by adding the dollar signs. You can continue to press F4 until you get the reference you want.

When you refer to other sheets or workbooks in a formula, you need to follow a specific format. And in case the format is incorrect, you will get an error.

For example, if I want to refer to cell A1 in Sheet2, the reference would be =Sheet2!A1 (where there is an exclamation sign after the sheet name)

And in case there are multiple words in the sheet name (let’s say it’s Example Data), the reference would be =’Example Data’!A1 (where the name is enclosed in single quotes followed by an exclamation sign).

In case you’re referring to an external workbook (let’s say you’re referring to cell A1 in ‘Example Sheet’ in the workbook named ‘Example Workbook’), the reference will be as shown below:

='[Example Workbook.xlsx]Example Sheet'!$A$1

And in case you close the workbook, the reference would change to include the entire path of the workbook (as shown below):

='C:UserssumitDesktop[Example Workbook.xlsx]Example Sheet'!$A$1

In case you end up changing the name of the workbook or the worksheet to which the formula refers to, it’s going to give you a #REF! error.

Also read: How to Find External Links and References in Excel

A circular reference is when you refer (directly or indirectly) to the same cell where the formula is being calculated.

Below is a simple example, where I use the SUM formula in cell A4 while using it in the calculation itself.


Although Excel shows you a prompt letting you know about the circular reference, it will not do it for every instance. And this may give you the wrong result (without any warning).

In case you suspect circular reference in play, you can check which cells have it.

Hover the cursor over the Circular reference option and it will show you the cell that has the circular reference issue.

If you find yourself in a situation where as soon as you type the formula as hit enter, you see the formula instead of the value, it’s a clear case of the cell being formatted as text.

When a cell is formatted as text, it considers the formula as a text string and shows it as is.

It doesn’t force it to calculate and give the result.

And it has an easy fix.

Change the format to ‘General’ from ‘Text’ (it’s in Home tab in the Numbers group)

In case the above steps don’t solve the problem, another thing to check is whether the cell has an apostrophe at the beginning. A lot of people add an apostrophe to convert formulas and numbers to text.

If there is an apostrophe, you can simply remove it.

Excel has this bad habit of converting that looks like a date into an actual date. For example, if you enter 1/1, Excel would convert it to 01-Jan of the current year.

In some cases, this may be exactly what you want, and in some cases, this may work against you.

And since Excel stores date and time values as numbers, as soon as you enter 1/1, it converts it into a number representing the January 1 of the current year. In my case, when I do this, it converts it into the number 43831 (for 01-01-2024).

This could mess with your formulas if you’re using these cells as an argument in a formula.

How to fix this?

Again, we don’t want Excel to automatically pick the format for us, so we need to clearly specify the format ourselves.

Below are the steps to change the format to text so that it doesn’t automatically convert text to dates:

Select the cells/range where you want to change the format

Now, whenever you enter anything in the selected cells, it would be considered as text, and not changed automatically.

Note: The above steps would only work for data entered after the formatting has been changed. It will not change any text that has been converted to date before you made this formatting change.

Another example where this can be really frustrating is when you enter a text/number that has leading zeros. Excel automatically removes these leading zeros as it considers these useless. For example, if you enter 0001 in a cell, Excel will change it to 1. In case you want to keep these leading zeros, use the steps above.

This is not a case of formula giving you the wrong result but of using the wrong formula.

For example, suppose you have a dataset as shown below and I want to get the sum of all the visible cells in column C.

In cell C12, I have used the SUM function to get the total sale value for all these given records.

So far so good!

Now, I apply a filter to the item column to only show the records for Printer sales.

And here is the problem – the formula in cell C12 still shows the same result – i.e., the sum of all the records.

As I said, the formula is not giving the wrong result. In fact, the SUM function is working just fine.

The issue is that we have used the wrong formula here.

SUM function can not account for the filtered data and give you the result for all the cells (hidden or visible). If you only want to get the sum/count/average of visible cells, use SUBTOTAL or AGGREGATE functions.

Key takeaway – Understand the correct use and limitations of a function in Excel.

These are some of the common causes that I have seen where your Excel formulas may not work or give unexpected or wrong results. I am sure there are many more reasons for an Excel formula to not work or update.

Hope you found this tutorial useful!

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Chatgpt Scroll Not Working: How To Fix It?

Welcome to ChatGPT, the go-to source for all things related to language and communication! As a large language model trained by OpenAI, ChatGPT is ready to assist users with any language-related questions or problems they may have. Today’s article will address a common issue many users encounter – the ChatGPT scroll not functioning properly. Users need not fret because ChatGPT is here to provide some possible causes of the issue and offer tips and tricks to restore the smooth functioning of the ChatGPT scroll. So, whether the user is a seasoned or new ChatGPT user, they should keep reading to learn more!

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ChatGPT is an AI chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched in November 2023. It is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 techniques and is designed to engage in conversation with users. ChatGPT can perform a variety of tasks, including answering questions, helping with tasks like writing emails, essays, and code, and even creating and debugging computer programs. Additionally, it can emulate the writing style of famous CEOs and compose music, scripts, fairy tales, and student essays.

However, it’s important to note that ChatGPT’s factual accuracy is not always consistent and may contain misinformation. Therefore, it should not be relied on as a trustworthy source of information. Additionally, there are potential risks associated with its use, such as infringing on intellectual property rights.

There could be several reasons why the ChatGPT scroll is not working. The most common ones are:

Sometimes, the browser you are using may cause the ChatGPT scroll not to work. This could be due to outdated browser versions, browser extensions, or plugins that conflict with ChatGPT.

Occasionally, there may be issues with the ChatGPT app that could cause the scroll not to work correctly. This could be due to bugs in the app or compatibility issues with the device.

Sometimes, ChatGPT’s server may experience problems that cause issues with the scroll function. This can be due to maintenance, updates, or other technical issues.

If many users are trying to access ChatGPT at the same time, it can cause the website to slow down or become unresponsive. This can affect the scroll function as well.

Issues with your internet connection, such as an unstable connection, can also cause problems with ChatGPT’s scroll function. If your internet is slow or drops frequently, it may be the cause of the problem.

Also Read : How to use ChatGPT on Mac

There are several ways to fix the ChatGPT scroll not working issue. Here are some of them:

The first and easiest step is to refresh the ChatGPT page. This will reload the page and may fix any temporary issues that were causing the scroll not to work.

Clearing your browser’s cache and cookies can also help fix the ChatGPT scroll not working issue. This will remove any stored data that may be causing conflicts with the ChatGPT app.

This command can help fix DNS issues that may be affecting ChatGPT’s scroll function.

If you have any browser extensions or plugins installed, try disabling them and see if this fixes the problem. Sometimes, these extensions can interfere with ChatGPT and cause the scroll not to work correctly.

Sometimes, restarting your browser or device can help clear up any issues that may be affecting ChatGPT.

If the ChatGPT scroll still doesn’t work, try using a different browser. This will help you determine if the issue is with the browser you were using previously.

If your internet connection is weak or unstable, this may cause the ChatGPT scroll not to work. Try resetting your router or modem, or contact your ISP for assistance.

If the ChatGPT scroll still doesn’t work, try reinstalling the app. This will help you determine if there were any compatibility issues or bugs in the previous installation.

If you’ve tried all the above steps and still can’t get ChatGPT’s scroll function to work, contact their support team for further assistance.

If you’re experiencing the ChatGPT scroll not working issue, don’t worry. There are several steps you can take to fix the problem. Refreshing the page, clearing your browser’s cache and cookies, disabling browser extensions and plugins, using a different browser, checking your internet connection, and reinstalling the ChatGPT app are all viable options. If none of these steps work, contact ChatGPT’s support team for further assistance.

Q. Why is my ChatGPT scroll not working?

There could be several reasons why the ChatGPT scroll is not working, including browser issues, internet connection, or ChatGPT app issues.

Q. How do I refresh the ChatGPT page?

Q. How do I clear my browser’s cache and cookies?

The method for clearing your browser’s cache and cookies varies depending on the browser you’re using. Check your browser’s settings or help documentation for more information.

Q. What should I do if none of the above steps work?

If none of the above steps work, contact ChatGPT’s support team for further assistance. They will be able to help you troubleshoot the issue.

Q. Can using a VPN cause ChatGPT scroll not to work?

Yes, using a VPN can sometimes cause the ChatGPT scroll not to work correctly. This is because some VPNs may use servers that are located far away from your actual location, causing network issues.

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Iphone Speaker Not Working: How To Fix It?

iPhone Speaker Not Working: How To Fix It? Methods To Fix iPhone Speaker Not Working: 1.   Basic Troubleshooting

Let’s start checking the issue with the simplest things. Make sure that your iPhone is not set to Silent mode. On every iPhone, at the left corner, you will see three buttons: Ringer/Silent, Volume up and down. Ringer/silent button will silent your iPhone and you will not be able to listen to any incoming calls and notifications. Make sure Ringer mode should be enabled.

Toggle up and down the ringer/silent button three-five times and check that the orange color appears on the switch.

Also Read: iPhone Keypad Not Working? Follow The Methods Below!

2.   Check If iPhone Is Stuck In Headphone Mode

3.   Check Sound Settings

After checking the ringer/silent button, try checking the software related settings by looking in Sounds settings in your iPhone. It might have lowered the sound or turned off the sound for notifications and incoming calls. This might be the reason that you are not hearing any sound from your iPhone.

Open settings of your iPhone, select Sounds & Haptics and maximize the volume slider. The ringer and alerts option control the sound of your iPhone. You can change sound and vibration settings and many more related to sound settings.

4.   Check Audio Output Settings

It might happen that you are trying to play music through a Bluetooth speaker and connected to an external speaker too. But, due to no sound on my iPhone, it’s not working. In this situation, you have to switch back to iPhone mode and check if you are getting any sound or music from your iPhone. After that, try connecting your Bluetooth speaker with your after performing the below steps:

Open the Control Center from settings or you can swipe up from the home screen.

Select Music playback control from the top right corner.

If there is no option of audio output, press the AirPlay button from the top and select iPhone.

Note- Try restarting your device and checking.

5.   Check Bluetooth Settings

Since we all know that iPhone speakers can’t work or play any sound if audio is being sent from iPhone to other devices. There might be a possibility that your device Bluetooth is turned on and it is connected with another Bluetooth device and because of that, your iPhone speaker not working on calls. With the latest update, mostly iPhones Bluetooth option is enabled and there are chances to connect your iPhone with your recently connected Bluetooth devices automatically.

6.   Clean Your iPhone Speakers And Restart your iPhone

If you have tried all the above steps and still your iPhone speaker not working, let’s restart your iPhone and check. To be very honest, it might resolve the issue and restarting the iPhone can solve many software related issues. iPhone speakers can accumulate dirt and grime, especially on small gaps and holes at the bottom of your iPhone. We suggest you clean dirt particles or chunk using cotton bud or hair dryer to remove them. Once it is done, wait for two-three minutes, clean your device speakers gently with a piece of cloth and try restarting your device.

7.   Update Your iPhone

If you have tried all the above steps and still your iPhone speaker not working, then there might be a hardware issue and we would suggest you book an appointment with Apple Support or you can visit the nearest Apple Store and get it fixed.

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Windows Update Not Working? Here’s How To Fix It

Windows is notorious for update-related issues, so don’t worry if you’ve encountered one.

Most Windows update issues can be due to causes, like corrupted system files, wrongly-configured settings or in some instances – hardware issues. To solve this issue, you can either run troubleshooters or adjust some settings. 

But since Windows updates are vital for ensuring that system security and stability are not compromised, we need to keep the updates in check. This guide will show you the top reasons why Windows update is not working, how to fix it and how to prevent it from ever disturbing you in the future.

Insufficient hard disk: Space is the most straightforward but often overlooked. Many times, especially on laptops, users will fill 80-90% of their primary hard drives. Insufficient space will prevent the full update from downloading or installing. 

Corrupted system: Files can become corrupted for many reasons—bad sectors on hard drivers, viruses, system errors, RAM issues, and more. If any of the files related to patching and applying updates are gone, it will prevent the newest update from installing.

Wrongly configured update settings: Windows allow users full access to adjusting when and how an update happens. If a setting blocks access to Windows updates, it will simply not work correctly when trying to apply a new update.

Outdated drivers: Driver issues are often rooted in half of the computer-related problems. If your drivers are not updated, this can cause system incompatibility and instability when installing a new Windows update.

Antivirus blocking access to the internet: Some antivirus software can automatically block updates from the internet, even if their source of origin is your very own operating system.

Your windows date and time are not synchronized: Windows takes important data input based on the date you have set. Having the wrong date set can make Windows think you don’t need an update or that it’s not the right time to install it.

The main update issues that you will encounter are in the following categories:

You get an error message during or after the update. 

The installation gets stuck on a certain percentage and wont load any further.

In rare cases, the installation will appear as applied, but the actual windows will still be using a different version instead.

update issues.

Before you start troubleshooting any Windows 10 update, make sure you’ve checked the basic aspects, like full access to the internet and a stable power source. 

You must have administrator rights on your user profile for updates to be permitted. To check if you are logged in as the administrator, check if the word (guest) is listed below your user account in the login screen. With these out of the way, let’s jump into the fixes for not working updates.

Before installing any update, make sure you have enough space left on your primary hard drive. Here is how you can check:

Even if the update itself is less than 16 GB, you should always leave some free space for the installation and the sake of system stability. 

If your storage fullness indicator is  red, then it’s time to make some space on your primary hard drive.

The easiest way is to either delete some unused apps or cut and paste them into the “D” or secondary hard drive space.

Even If the update is already downloaded and installed, you still need to restart your computer for it to apply. So if you see any changes, quickly restart your computer. 

This is a common issue for computers that work 24/7 for long periods such as office or server computers. 

If Microsoft is scrambling to rapidly patch or hotfix the system after a major update, you might experience some issues related to improper updating. To resolve this issue, you must force Windows to search for the newest updates manually. These are the steps to do so:

Sometimes for whatever reason, Windows decides it’s taking a break from automatic updates. It is also recommended to install “Pending Updates” if you have compatibility issues.

If you have any plugged-in devices such as auxiliary external hard drives, docks, or phones on your device that aren’t needed for the basic functioning of Windows, then disconnect them, restart your computer and see if the update issue persists.

Faulty drivers are the Bane of computers. No one cared who your sound driver card was until it put on the mask and caused a blue screen. You need to update any drivers, and some of them require a different approach. 

To learn more about updating all your hardware’s drivers, visit our complete driver update guide.

When Windows is started in safe mode, it can help fix some update settings, as Safe Mode forces Windows to run at default configuration without any other programs that might interfere. 

To run your windows in Safe Mode, do the following:

After starting your Windows in Safe Mode, please try to force a manual update with the steps listed above. 

Windows 10 has a convenient built-in tool specifically made to troubleshoot Windows Update issues. Here is how to access it:

Let the troubleshooter finish and then restart your computer to apply the fixes. Afterward, try to manually update your Windows using the steps we provided earlier in the guide.

Corrupt system files can cause an update to fail or get stuck due to missing critical information on your computer. You can fix this by running the native System File Checker or SFC for short. Follow the steps below:

After running the system file checker, windows will automatically locate and fix any corrupt files that could prevent your Windows from updating. After the troubleshooter is done, reboot your computer and run the updates as usual.

After you are one hundred percent certain that all antivirus software is disabled, try to run the manual windows update tool. 

If your Windows update gets stuck midway through installation or download perform the steps bellow:

A faulty hard drive will always prevent the proper installation or writing of new data on it. A built-in function checks your hard drive for any errors and fixes them.

After the troubleshooter is done, restart your computer and see if the update issue persists.

This step should be done as a last resort if all else fails as it takes the longest to apply. By forcing Windows to restore your current PC version and any updates to a prior one, you can bypass some issues with updates.

Here are the steps to perform a system restore:

Your computer will restart automatically once you have gone past Windows Software Version

An alternative workaround to any update issues is to simply force Windows to return to a previous version. Follow the steps below to roll your windows back. Please note that you should backup your important files and data before attempting to roll your version back.

Your computer will automatically restart after the update fix and you will have an older WIndows 10 version now. 

Performing a hard reset on your Windows PC is the last step in this guide. If any of the above-listed methods have failed, the only remaining way to fix an update issue is to clean wipe your windows and install it again freshly.

Before doing so, please by any means make a copy of all of your important files, applications, and data. Please put it on another computer or external storage device. There is also a way to refresh your PC without deleting files; more on that later. 

Refresh your PC without affecting your files (recommended)

Remove everything and reinstall Windows

If you selected the second option, you would be asked to remove all data in a quick processor to erase it thoroughly.

Note that many files can not be later recovered or restored after such a wipe. This option is also very taxing on your hard drive, so ensure that it’s not already nearing failure.

It is not recommended to disable windows updates for security reasons. Here are the steps to stop them regardless:

Restart your computer for the new settings to take effect. Any other windows updates will be prevented while this option is on. If you forget to enable it, eventually, you might end up rereading this guide some time.

Windows update problems are related to incorrect update permissions, faulty system files, third-party software interference, or hard drive troubles.

In case that your hard drive causes the issue, consider cleaning it up or checking it for errors. 

Outdated drivers are more often than not the biggest culprit behind Windows Update issues.

In rare cases, a hard reset of your whole Windows is needed if the error can be fixed by any other troubleshooting means. 

Mac Keyboard Not Working? Here’s How To Fix It

Are you having an issue with your Mac keyboard? Keyboard issues are common and you can fix most of these issues by using some standard fixes.

Unless your keyboard is physically damaged, you should be able to fix your Mac keyboard with one of the following methods.

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Reboot Your Mac

It’s possible a minor macOS glitch is causing your keyboard not to work. In this case, reboot your Mac and see if that fixes your keyboard.

Select the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen.

Choose Restart from the menu.

Select Restart in the prompt that appears on your screen.

When the Mac boots back up, see if your keyboard works.

Turn On the Keyboard

If you’re using an external keyboard with your Mac, make sure the keyboard is turned on before you attempt to use it. Many external keyboards have a power switch that must be enabled to use the keyboard.

Once you do this, your Mac should recognize your keyboard and you should be able to start using the keyboard with your Mac.

Use Another Keyboard

Another possible reason your keyboard isn’t working with your Mac is that there’s an issue with the keyboard itself. To verify if this is indeed the case, use another keyboard with your Mac and see if it works.

If the other keyboard works just fine, there’s likely an issue with your first keyboard. You either need to fix that keyboard or replace it with a new one.

Clean the Keyboard

To ensure an optimal typing experience, your keyboard should be free from any dust or such other elements. These elements can cause your entire keyboard or certain keys not to function.

Use a soft, dirt-free cloth to clean your keyboard. Make sure you do this gently without putting too much pressure on the keys.

Disable Mouse Keys

In macOS, there is a feature called Mouse Keys that allows you to control your Mac’s pointer using your keyboard. It’s worth toggling this feature off, if it’s enabled, to potentially fix your Mac keyboard.

Select the Apple logo at the top-left corner and choose System Preferences.

In System Preferences, select the Accessibility option.

On the following screen, from the left sidebar, select Pointer Control.

Select the Alternative Control Methods tab on the right pane.

Deactivate the Enable Mouse Keys option.

Disable Slow Keys

macOS offers a feature called Slow Keys to allow you to define the time interval between when a key is pressed and when a key is actually registered on the Mac.

If this feature is enabled, turn it off and see if this fixes your Mac keyboard issues.

Turn Bluetooth Off and On

If you use a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, try turning Bluetooth off and then back on to see if this helps establish a proper connection between your keyboard and your Mac.

Select the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar of your Mac.

Turn the Bluetooth toggle to the off position.

Wait for about ten seconds, and then turn Bluetooth back on.

Unpair and Re-Pair the Keyboard

If yours is a wireless keyboard, consider unpairing and re-pairing it with your Mac. This eliminates any issues that might occur due to an improper pairing process.

Open System Preferences and select Bluetooth.

Select Remove in the prompt.

Turn your keyboard off and then turn it back on.

Go to your Mac’s Bluetooth settings panel and select your keyboard to pair with it. The exact instructions on how to do this should be available in your keyboard’s manual.

Uninstall Recently Installed Apps

Your Mac apps can cause issues with your hardware devices, including keyboards. If your keyboard has stopped working after you installed an app on your Mac, remove that app and see if this fixes your Mac keyboard.

Open a Finder window and select Applications in the left sidebar.

Your app is now removed.

Update macOS

Older macOS versions often cause various issues, including with your keyboard. Therefore, consider updating your macOS version to potentially fix any issues you’re experiencing on your Mac.

Apple makes it easy to update its Mac devices, and the following is how you do that:

Select the Apple logo at the top-left corner and choose About This Mac.

In the small window that opens, select the Overview tab.

Select the Software Update button to find and install macOS updates.

Reset Mac’s SMC

Mac’s System Management Controller (SMC) is responsible for controlling various power options. When you experience an issue with a hardware device on your Mac, consider resetting the SMC.

Resetting the SMC doesn’t delete your Mac’s data and it’s totally safe to do this. You can reset the SMC on both desktop and laptop Mac devices.

To reset the SMC on a desktop Mac:

Power off the Mac.

Unplug the Mac from the power source.

Wait for about fifteen seconds.

Plug the Mac back into the power source.

Wait for about five seconds.

Press the Power button on the Mac to turn the Mac on.

To reset the SMC on a Mac with the T2 chip:

Power down the Mac.

Press and hold down the Control + Option + Shift keys for about seven seconds.

Press and hold down the Power key in addition to the keys you’re holding down.

Keep the keys held down for about seven seconds, and then release them.

Wait for about five seconds, and press the Power button to turn on the Mac.

To reset the SMC on a Mac with a non-removable battery:

Turn off the Mac.

Press and hold down the Control + Option + Shift keys.

Press and hold down the Power button key in addition to the above keys.

Keep all the keys held down for about ten seconds.

Release all the keys and then press the Power button to turn on the Mac.

To reset the SMC on a Mac with a removable battery:

Turn off the Mac.

Pull the battery out of the Mac.

Press and hold down the Power button for about five seconds.

Put the battery back into the Mac.

Turn on the Mac by pressing the Power button.

Netflix Not Working: Best Possible Fixes To Know!

Netflix Not Working: Best Possible Fixes To Know!

What should you do to overcome these issues and get your Netflix back again in a proper working state? This article is all about the common troubleshooting tips to resolve Netflix not working including issues while playing it on your Samsung smart TV or Roku or Xbox Console.

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How To Fix Netflix Issues On Different Devices? Netflix App Not Working- General Tips To Fix The Issues

Netflix is available on various platforms and therefore, if it is not working on your smartphone, you can try using it on your tablet, smart TV, laptop or any other device. But, using an escape route is not the solution to anything. Thus, here we have compiled a few fixes you can try to fix a faulty app that can work on every device with no further issues.

Tip 1: Check if Netflix is down. You can do this by playing any series or movie, if it fails to load and does not start; it means the Netflix service is itself facing some issues. You can confirm if Netflix has problems with its servers from this link. If this is the case, there is no such fix you can do, you just need to wait for the Netflix server problems to get resolved.

Tip 2: Try restarting your device. No matter on which device you are streaming Netflix, if it is facing some issues, you can consider restarting the device. Many times this cliché even works and fixes all the problems with the Netflix app. Restarting the device will probably fix the faulty app or any other problem with the system itself.

Tip 3: Reboot your router.  While connected to the internet, you might have seen the apps are not working properly. This is because the internet is down. And this may be the same reason that is creating issues with Netflix apps. For this, you need to reboot the router at first and later if it continues, you need to just wait for the connection to settle from the server end.

Tip 4: Check your mobile data connection. You will face Netflix issues even when your mobile data is not working properly. To fix this issue, check if your Wi-Fi or cellular data is turned on and your device is not in Airplane mode. This tip is so cliché but it happens with a lot of people who keep trying to access apps without data connection on and then worry later.

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Tip 5: Update Netflix App regularly. Just like system updates, it is equally important to update your applications. Therefore, ensure that your Netflix app is up to date as the latest version for better and smooth running of the app with no further issues. Updating an app is a good tactic as it can even fix Netflix error codes, if any.

Tip 6: Log Out and Log in again. While you are facing some Netflix problems, it is recommended to log out of the Netflix app and log in again. This is a quick hack and can resolve issues with your Netflix account.

Tip 8: Reinstall app. If the Netflix app issues persist, you can uninstall the app and reinstall it. This might help you fix the problems and make it fairly easy for you to run the app smoothly. If you are not able to uninstall Netflix on Samsung smart TV, then place the cursor on the Netflix app, press the Tools button on your remote and then select Reinstall. Otherwise, you can reinstall it from reliable app stores.

Netflix Not Working On A Samsung Smart TV: Fixes!

The Netflix issues may arise on any device even while streaming on your Samsung smart TV. A smart TV allows the apps to be installed directly without any additional hardware connection. You can stream through the official Netflix app for smart TVs, out of which Samsung smart TVs experiences some issues with Netflix while streaming. To fix these Netflix problems, look at the troubleshooting tips below:

Unplug your Samsung smart TV for around 30 seconds. Sometimes when nothing works, even turning TV on and off works. This resets everything and lets you start afresh after turning on again after a break.

Hard Reset can work for you. Over and above everything else, hard resetting a device brings it back to its original form as if it’s new. It will factory reset all your smart TV apps including Netflix, and you need to install everything from scratch, back again. For this, you need to call Samsung technical support on 800-SAMSUNG and ask support from Samsung remote management team. With their help, you will be able to do a hard reset on a smart TV set.

Hopefully, with these quick tips you’ll be able to fix Netflix not working on your Samsung smart TV.

Netflix Not Working On Xbox One Console- Fixes!

Just like smart TVs, the gaming consoles like Xbox One also supports streaming apps like Netflix and many others. What if you are facing some issues with Netflix app on your gaming console? You will try your hands on the general tips mentioned above. If it helps, then it’s alright.  But what if it doesn’t? Check out some Netflix issue fixes here while experiencing it on any of your Xbox gaming consoles. Try the following solutions:

Check if Xbox Live is down. It is important to check if Xbox Live online service is down. To check this, visit Xbox Live Status web page and look for a green checkmark next to Xbox One Apps. If there are some checkboxes missing, then it is clear that Xbox Live is down and you will have to wait for it to come online again.

Check out this article, if your Xbox One controller isn’t working.

We hope it helps in fixing Netflix not working on Xbox One consoles.

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