Thursday, October 5, 2017

Class Notes 10-5-2017

We talked about the various browsers we use. Edge comes with Windows 10. Internet Explorer is there but hidden. They are both Microsoft programs. You should have at least one non-microsoft browser installed, even if you do not use it regularly. If your Microsoft browser ceases to work you will need another browser go use to determine and fix the problem. I like the Google Chrome browser. Other like Firefox and Opera.

The browser gets you access to the internet and displays web pages on your screen. To locate pages on the web you use a search engine. There are hundreds out there. I like to use Google (Not to be confused with the Google Chrome browser). If you are using a Microsoft browser, the default search engine is usually Bing. There are others like Yahoo, MSN, and more.

To set your starting pages--the pages that open when you start the browser, You open Settings in Chrome or Internet options in IE. There you set the pages you would like to see on opening.

A bookmark bar allows you to create buttons to quickly access pages you like such as your email, weather, and news. You turn on the bar in settings and save web address to it by going to settings > show bookmark bar in Chrome. In IE it is called the favorites bar. You turn it on by right-clicking the title bar (top of the IE window) and selecting it.

We demonstrated adding the Adblock extension in Chrome. Once running ads stop appearing in the web pages you browse. To add an extension open more tools > extensions and scroll to the bottom of the page and click get more extensions. Type adblock in the search block and them select it from the list and Add Extension.

Useful Hot Keys:

Ctrl L moves the cursor to the address bar and selects all

Ctrl + increases magnifies the browser window (makes the words and images larger)

Ctrl - decrease the size

Ctrl 0 brings the size back to default

Alt F4 closes the active window

Forgot your password to get into Windows? If your OS is Windows 7 or earlier, we have an easy way to reset it. If Windows 8 or higher it is harder and may not be possible depending on the computer. The newer the computer, the harder it is. The only approach may be to save your data using another OS booted from the CD or USB port and reinstalling Windows.

One of the participants showed us a neat Chrome extension called Privacy Badger.
Privacy Badger protects you from trackers as you surf the web! It is also available for Firefox.
chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/privacy-badger/...

Here are a couple of articles I found this past week that might be useful

How To Fix Loose USB Cable
http://tinyurl.com/ybhg2fku

OneDrive changes announced
http://tinyurl.com/yavgedcf

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Class Notes 9-28-2017



Free Office word and excel like programs. Click and a zip file will download. Unpack it and place shortcuts on your desktop to use them. Will work on USB drives, too. Abiword and Gnumeric work similar to Word and Excel.
http://rwevans.com/



About.me free web site is a good way to create a presence on the Internet for those that own a home business, are writers… check out how to set up a free page and take a look at mine.
http://tinyurl.com/y6v25d8e
https://about.me/dickevans

Send and receive texts on your computer or tablet. You will be assigned a phone number and be able to send and receive texts with people who have text capable cell phones.
http://tinyurl.com/yamcmtyf




The Ripl mobile application
Create eye-catching animated videos and share them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram with one tap. It is completely free to download and includes access to 8 free designs, as well as one free Ripl Pro design daily that can be found in the Design Catalog. Each free design has a selection of music tracks you can use royalty-free. You can quickly create animated social media posts and customize them to align to the look and feel of your business or organization.
http://tinyurl.com/y9mm2eph

Windows 10 Indexing Options. Article showing how to control what files are indexed automatically and speed up processing by removing indexing in areas you do not have a need for searching.
http://tinyurl.com/ycyvdb29

Discussed the FreedomPop phone and using Google Voice. I had told you that I was canceling the Phone but it works fine down here in Port Charlotte. I lowered the service down to the free one with limited voice, text, and data. I can send and receive calls fine. Google Voice allows you to set up a phone number and make and receive calls right at your PC.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Class Notes 9-21-2017

CCleaner Compromised

CCleaner 5.35 released with new digital signature
http://tinyurl.com/ybtujk7r

32 bit version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware.
http://tinyurl.com/y7zqdown

Florida Road Closure information and more
https://fl511.com

Using Excel and Word to print address labels using MailMerge
http://tinyurl.com/yb9x53a9

How to download YouTube videos:
There's a simple trick, just add the letters dl to the url of the video on youtube and press enter to get sent to the downloader’s page where you choose the quality of video you wish or mp3 for audio. The dl must go after the www. Here are a couple of other ways...

http://tinyurl.com/hjxb7lg MP4 Video

http://tinyurl.com/heaz7h8 MP3 Audio only

How to clean out a computer to donate it someone

Your stuff is on the hard drive. You could take the hard drive out and keep it. Let them find one to install. Or you can easily goto Control Panel > User Accounts and add a new user with another name as an administrator. Then sign off and sign back as that new user. Go back to Control Panel > Users and remove your original user and when it asks if you want to keep the files, say NO. Then run Glary Utilities and goto Advanced > Privacy >Free Space.

Create a Ninite shortcut on the desktop
After you run ninite from their website, the installer that ended up in your downloads folder can be copied to your desktop or a shortcut made to it. Then each week simply run the downloaded before you run you weekly maintenance apps. This keeps them up to date allowing you to ignore the nagging to upload each of them.

What to do with the data in the download folder
When you download from your browser, the resulting file ends up in your download folder. You do not have to keep it there and if it is a picture or a document you might want to move it to another folder. Programs that you download like ccleaner are not needed after you install them. There should be nothing in downloads that needs to be kept. Having said that, having things in there does not slow down your PC.

FreedomPop experience
We talked about this a few sessions ago and I ordered one. Had difficulty getting it setup and working in KY. This was probably due to the fact that there is no Sprint service where I live. When I went to the next large town over (Somerset) it worked fine. The smartphone is free. There is a $29.99 activation fee you pay upfront. It ships with a 30 day trial of their $29.95 plan which gives you unlimited voice and text and 2gb of data. I changed to their “free”’ plan before my trial was over. That plan has 200 minutes of voice, 500 texts, and 500mb of data all free. Yes, you pay if you go over.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Class Notes 9-14-2017

I had some Internet issues here in KY today. Here is the list of items I spoke of but was unable to share with you while we were online. Next week the class will be online and at the club. On another note, I am canceling my FreedomPop phone as I was unsuccessful getting it to work. I can make a call and send/receive texts. I cannot receive a call! The first month was a trial of their 2gb data plan. I can downgrade to the free plan and I will not be charged for the second month (I hope). The headphone/mic I suggested last week works great. I used it today for the class. I could hear everyone and they could hear me much better. If you are going to be using the online capability it sure helps and will help avoid the feedback issues.

Google Drive is being replaced
http://tinyurl.com/y87gyply

How To Disable Targeted Ads On Facebook
http://tinyurl.com/ycq4zwc7

How To Make Your Own Paper CD Sleeves
http://tinyurl.com/ya45mcus

Recover deleted files in Windows
http://tinyurl.com/ya84wbzs

How to delete large folders in Windows super fast
http://tinyurl.com/y85hqbcx

Avast acquires Piriform, makers of CCleaner
http://tinyurl.com/yafkyhwg

How to reset Data usage in Windows 10
http://tinyurl.com/y767284d

Tool negotiates with your cable and internet provider to lower your bill
http://tinyurl.com/y7jf6lfs

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Class Notes 9-7-2017

WizTree: fastest large file finder for Windows
http://tinyurl.com/ydcsxsvv

Novabench: Windows benchmark software
http://tinyurl.com/yafa9ucp

17 Really Cool Google Tricks That Will Blow Your Mind
http://tinyurl.com/ybgc73m8

If you google Google Gravity in your smart phone, the screen will begin falling.
And it will make the words in the screen in Windows to fall also.
Also, Google backwards (elgoog) and you will be put in a backwards Google search engine

Secret games are hidden on Facebook
http://tinyurl.com/y7nhqx42

7 games hidden in Google
http://tinyurl.com/y7jo7n6p

Walkie Talkie App
Push the button for instant, radio-style talk on any Wi-Fi or data plan. Look for me as K1CVP
http://tinyurl.com/kz7xzpa

9v battery to charge cell phone
http://tinyurl.com/yc9o3nkk

USB Headset
http://tinyurl.com/y9ckdym2

Backups by Dick Evans a white paper on doing backups in Windows
http://tinyurl.com/y7bjwkbb

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Class Notes 8-31-2017

Blend photos together with Image Inc for Windows
http://tinyurl.com/y7atnmyj

How to delete Chrome’s browsing data super quickly
http://tinyurl.com/yawod7h8

SepPDF: Split PDF documents on Windows
http://tinyurl.com/y8yzewrb

Chrome: launch sites in borderless windows
http://tinyurl.com/yawod7h8

Explore Space with NASA’s Eyes
http://tinyurl.com/y92bs8j2

Backblaze Personal
A $5 per month online backup plan that promises unlimited storage, no file size limits and unrestricted bandwidth.
http://tinyurl.com/ybrh3sru

How to Load Google Play On Kindle Fire
http://tinyurl.com/y874mbgb

Windows 10 AutoPlay Options
http://tinyurl.com/y7wwyhqs

How To Recover Lost Files From SD Card, Hard Drive
http://tinyurl.com/y8kndena

Add your favorite websites to the Windows 10 Taskbar
http://tinyurl.com/yb5vo6v3

How to hide the Microsoft Edge button in Internet Explorer on Windows 10
http://tinyurl.com/y75mx57y

And here are the notes on pictures from the library class here in KY yesterday:

There are many great apps out there to manage and edit your images. We are going to look at using what came with your computer from Microsoft for most of these examples.

Uploading pictures from your camera or cell phone

If your camera has an SD card, eject it from the camera and place it in the SD slot in your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using Filemanager (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

If your camera does not have an SSD card, then all the images are in the memory of the camera. Using the charging cable for the camera, plug the USB end into a USB port on your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using Filemanager (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

If you have a Smartphone, using the charging cable for the phone, plug the USB end into a USB port on your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using Filemanager (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

Using File manager, drag the images to a folder on your computer. Typically you would create a new folder in the Pictures folder naming it something appropriate. If they are pictures of your recent vacation you might name it Vacation August 2017. Then locate the pictures you want to place in that folder and drag them to the new folder. (Remember the shift-click method to select multiple images) They will still be on the camera or phone when you are done.

Renaming your pictures

In File manager (Win+E), right-click on a picture and select Rename. You can rename a group of pictures by selecting them all and then right-click on any one of the selected ones and rename it. The first will get the new name followed by a number in parenthesis. The rest will have the same name with the number in parentheses incremented by one each. Name (1), name (2), name (3)...

Organizing your pictures

Use File Manager (Win+E) to create folders for groups of pictures giving them appropriate names to make it easier later to find the group of pictures you saved. It is good to have folders within folders. Perhaps a folder for 2017 and then inside that folder individual folders for various events.

Cropping your pictures

In the Photos app click the Edit button (pencil icon) or press Ctrl+E > Click Crop > Resize the anchors to your desired size, then click the Check Mark

In Microsoft Paint, use the Crop Selection button, then select the area of the photo you want to Crop, then click Crop. If you want to resize, under the same Home tab, click Resize, then enter dimensions

Adding captions to your pictures

In Microsoft Paint, use the A in the Tools group. Draw a box where you would like to see a caption and type away.

Uploading pictures to Facebook

Open your personal page and click the Photos tab.

Click Album and select the album you want the picture to be added to or create a new Album and add to it. Then click + Add Photo

Turning old photographs into digital images

One slow way is to use a scanner. However, with the increased quality of our smartphone cameras, I simply take a picture of a photograph and then enhance it with cropping and the other tools in the Photos app.

Using images found on the Internet

Right-click on the image and either download it or save it to your computer. Some pictures are not able to be taken this way. But if the picture is on your screen you can grab it with PrintScreen; a key on your keyboard usually in the top right. Make sure the image is displaying on your screen. If it does not quite fit, try F11 to remove the bars at the top of your screen. (When done F11 will bring them back again) If that is not enough, Ctrl+- will make the image smaller. Once you have the picture on the screen > Win+PrintScreen. This places a picture of the screen in the Screenshots folder in your Pictures folder. Locate the picture using Filemanager (Win+E) and open it in the Photos app or Paint and crop it to show the image you want to use. Save it naming it whatever you want.



Another method to “grab” a picture off of the screen is to use the Snipping Tool that comes with Windows. Click New > drag a box around the image > let go of the mouse button > save the image

Backing up your pictures

You should keep your pictures in two places. Perhaps on your phone or camera and in your computer will work for you. I have too many pictures.to keep them all on my phone. Uploading them to Facebook is a good way to organize them as well as backing them up to “the cloud”. You can also make copies on CD’s or DVD’s or flash drives or an external hard drive. And if you have an Amazon Prime account, you can store them there for free. And a Google account gives you free unlimited storage in their cloud. More on these in future talks on Google and Backing Up.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Class Notes 8-24-2017

Facebook Basics
http://tinyurl.com/y9268z7t

Safe Mode
Restart your PC by holding the shift key down and pressing the Restart button

Captura desktop recording program for Windows
http://tinyurl.com/y8zmzcej

Thunderbird 52.3.0 is out
http://tinyurl.com/yd6hrs5f

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.