Friday, May 25, 2018

Class Notes 5-24-2018

Today was the last Thursday class for me until I return from my trips north to visit children and friends, show Sherri some of the country she has not seen before, speak at various places, spend a little time in our KY home. We had a good class today going over a number of things. I will try to connect using Hangouts over the weeks we will be away. It all depends on a good WiFi connection wherever we are. I will send an email to let you know or you can just check in on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 PM Eastern. The link is http://tinyurl.com/DickEvans. If I am not there you can connect with whoever is and have a Q&A session without me.



On the left of my taskbar I had a Cortana search window that was taking too much space for my taste. I would rather have more room for taskbar items.


Right-click on the taskbar> click on Cortana > then choose Hidden, Shoe Cortana icon, or Show search box. I checked Hidden.

Then to open Cortana just press Windows+Q and the Cortana window with a search box appears.

In that search box we can type the name of a program, like quick assist, and a link to it will appear at the top of the window. Press Enter to open the program or right click to pin the link to your Start Menu or to the taskbar. You can also create a desktop shortcut.



Click Open file location



Right-click the program name, then click Create shortcut



Click Yes and a shortcut with it’s icon will appear on the desktop

One of our members found a great Chrome browser extension: Block ads from Facebook. Yes it really works.
http://tinyurl.com/6m2rfcc and search for “facebook ad blocker” and add it to chrome.

We talked again about the importance of image backups and using Google Photos to automatically backup your photos from your cell phone to the Google cloud at NO CHARGE. There is no limit to how many pictures you send and you can view them anywhere by simply signing in with your Google credentials.



We looked at using a cell phone amplifier to boost cell signals inside your home. It works by having you place an antenna outside your home and pointing it toward the cell tower nearest you. So instead of having to go outside to make a call you can have full access in the house.

Here is one for Verizon 4G LTE for $47… http://tinyurl.com/y73jxhqr

I found recently after my iPhone phone battery was needing recharging after a few hours that I could go to Settings and Battery and turn on the Low Power Mode. I still get my phone calls, text messages, and Facebook messages. Google Maps still works. And at the end of the day I still have plenty of battery left. Not sure about an Android.

This works with all cell phones. Need a fast charge? Put the phone in Airplane mode. Nothing will be using the battery in the background and the charge time is less. REMEMBER to take it out of Airplane mode when the charge is done or you will not get phone calls, texts, etc.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Class Notes 5-10-2018

Well the season must be over. Small class on Tuesday for using Macrium backup and a small class for the open forum. We spent most of the time on cut-copy-paste (see class notes 5-26-2018). Then we hit on a few other questions. What follows are some new things you might be interested in.

If you are using Kodi you might check this article out.
http://tinyurl.com/ybls52ze

Cut the cable and lose high-speed internet, says Comcast.
http://tinyurl.com/yap38o7m

Windows Build Numbers
http://tinyurl.com/y8hz7c6v

Open-Source Desktop Publisher
http://tinyurl.com/yb4kbgkh

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Meeting Notes 5-1-2018

Inactive Windows Scrolling
We are used to having to click on a window to bring it to the front to be able to scroll in that windows. We click to bring it forward and the other window(s) go into the background. In Windows 10 we just have to mouse over the window in the background to scroll without making that window active.

Win+I > Devices > Mouse, then make sure Scroll inactive... is On.


Toggle color on and off in Windows 10
Ctrl+Win+C

Rotate the screen with Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys



Change in how to add an extension in Chrome. Click the menu button (upper right three dots) and choose More tools > Extensions. Click the menu button (upper left three lines). Scroll to the notton and select Open Chrome Web Store.

Popular extensions: Adblock and Show and Hide Passwords



Free up disk space automatically on Windows 10 with Storage Sense.
Win+I to open Settings > System > Storage



Win+I to open Settings > System > Storage > Change how we free up space

1803 update note… Allows cleaning up a larger number of files including no longer needed windows update files.
http://tinyurl.com/y9mg4xgw

What's the Difference Between Hibernate and Sleep?

Hibernate: writes RAM to disk and then turns off the power

The contents of RAM are written to disk. All the loaded and running programs are included in the exact state they happen to be in, including any data they’ve initialized and maintained.

Sleep: keep RAM in RAM and power is left on at a low level. The battery is being used so do not do when not plugged in.

1803 update note... when an update is ready to come down Windows will not allow sleep mode to start

http://tinyurl.com/y7etoqn8

Snipping Tool vs Paint
The Snipping Tool comes bundled with Windows free of charge and so does Paint. A look using both
http://tinyurl.com/ycgp49lx

Another 1803 update… Password Recovery for local accounts

Monday, April 30, 2018

Class Notes 4-26-2018

We spent almost an hour on Cut Copy Paste giving examples of moving file or folder from one place to another. The example talks about files but the same directions apply to folders. When you copy or move a folder all the files within that folder will also be moved.

When you use Copy the file is placed in the Windows clipboard and will stay there until another copy or cut is performed. Cut copies the file and removes it from its original location. Ctrl+Z will reverse the process.

There are two ways of moving a file from one location to another. You can drag the file or you can right-click the file and select cut or copy. Then go to the destination location and right-click and select paste. Use cut if you want to move the file and copy if you just want to copy it and have it in two locations.

It is a little different use the drag and drop method. When you left drag a file to another location on the same drive the system assumes you want to move the file. If you are dragging to another drive, like to or from a USB flash drive, the system assumes you want to copy the file. As you drag a box appears telling you what you are about to do. The safest way to drag is to right-drag. When you do a box appears giving you choice between Copy, Paste, Create a shortcut,or Cancel.

We all know that deleting a file places the file in the recycle bin. The file is still on the hard drive and can be restored by opening the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin or run one of the maintenance program that deletes temporary or deleted files removes access to the file with Windows explorer. However, the data in the file is still there until the drive is wiped with some utility or Windows needs the space and overrides it with another file.

Piriform.com has a free utility called recuva to recover those deleted files, if they are still there. The best time to do so is soon after the erroneous deletion. The longer you wait the less chance the file is available for recovery.

Speccy is another Pirifom utility that displays specifications for the computer it is run on.

If you have open windows you can easily switch between using Alt+Tab.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Class Notes 4-12-2018

We talked about the website George demonstrated at the meeting last week. Open the site and type in your name and the state where you reside. It searches all the unclaimed money and gives you a list of what is out there. I ran my name and did not find anything for me but I did find over $100 due to my oldest son. Check it out. One of our class members is getting back over $100!
www.missingmoney.com



Check your internet speed by running one of the speedtest sites. See what the test results are compared to the speed you are promised by your internet provider. I am using Comcast and you see my results above. So before you attack your computer with all kinds of maintenance programs, check your internet speed. Might not be anything wrong with your PC. www.speedtest.net

WizFile is an ultra-fast Windows Search tool. We downloaded and ran this in class and the speed in which it locates file is wild. As you type the last letter the results are displaying. This program is portable meaning you can put it on a flash drive and run it from there.
http://tinyurl.com/y7n2mw3a

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU? Computer slow? This article explains what those detail in Task Manager are all about.
http://tinyurl.com/y8vu9kxy

Financial Documents: Should You Save or Shred Them? Just a reference for what we need to save and what we can destroy now that tax season is over.
http://tinyurl.com/y76bhsn7

This article explains how you can get a list of every single thing Google knows about you. It will come in the form of a .zip file. Don’t expect it right away as it may take hours to create the file. I recommend you have it sent to one of your cloud accounts instead of email. The options are built in to the task so you can choose.
http://tinyurl.com/y74hf327

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


Friday, March 30, 2018

Class Notes 3-29-2018

It is getting more an more difficult to remember every little item we discussed during the class time. I did turn on the Hangout this week and will try to remember in the weeks to come. Please mute your microphone so we do not get feedback. Thanks. The link to join in is http://tinyutl.com/dickevans

Jarte, the word processor that wraps a fresh face and new power around Microsoft's trusted WordPad word processing engine. Quick to load and easy to use makes it a great tool.
http://tinyurl.com/34fo8h 

This led us into a discussion on creating and Icon and replacing an icon on the desktop shortcut with our own icon. You can use the Paint program to create an icon, just save it as a .ico file by replacing the .jpg extension with .ico.

The default desktop icon size in XP was 32x32, while in Windows 7 it is 48x48. As a consequence, for Windows 7 it is relatively important to have a 48 icon. Otherwise, it is upscaled from a smaller icon, which may look quite ugly.

@Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software? I had an instance this last week where I was sent a document in .wps format. I could not read this old Work file and had to look for a solution. I Googled it and found zamzar.com. I was able to upload the .wps document and in seconds I received an email with the .doc file I opened in MS Word.
https://www.zamzar.com/

CCleaner now found at ccleaner.com. They have over 2 billion downloads at this point and decided to change their Domain name. So instead of going to Pirifome.com you can access the ccleaner download page directly at ccleaner.com.

Slimjet is a fast, smart and powerful web browser built on top of the Chromium open-source project (on which Google chrome is based as well). It adds more options to Chromium to make it more flexible and customizable. It also integrates more features to Chromium so that users can get more done in less time without relying on external plugins. It works great and is easy to use. Adblocker and other tools we love to use are build right in t the browser… even a YouTube downloader.
http://tinyurl.com/ydxhgm4f

Google Cloud Print Overview can be found at this YouTube page. Also some documentation on our club site at cccgc.info.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A5zvYda7Eo

How to Bring Back the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7, 8, or 10. I posted this last week, but thought I would demo it today. It is a nice tool to keep that clutter off the desktop.
http://tinyurl.com/z4qmjxu

A reminder for you who use the keyboard shortcuts. When pressing more that one key, like in Windows + Q or Win+Q, hold down all but the last key and then tap the last key. In this case, hold down the WIndows key and then tap the Q. Release the held down key(s).

We also talked about Facebook security. The key is to not post everything Public and to not allow others to add to your timeline. Just because someone duplicated your Facebook page does not mean you were hacked. It means everything on your pages were copied and placed on a new page with your name. Before adding someone you know, check to see if you are already friends. If so, do not add the new person as they are not your friend.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Class Notes 3-22-2018

Okay, I know we did not have a class. These are the items I was planning on discussing had we been together. In reality I probably would not have gotten to most of these with all the questions and rabbit trails we seem to drift into. It has been a strange week being home fighting this cold (Sherri says it was the Flu). I am much better today and it will be life as usual by Monday!

Malwarebytes 3.4.4 update released. The best way to get the new version is to go through ninite.com like we usually do. It works just like the older version. I run it once a week or more often. See the documentation on the club site for how to run all of the maintenance programs.
http://tinyurl.com/ybt3679m

I don’t know if this has happened to you but if Malwarebytes blocks legitimate processes, do this
http://tinyurl.com/y9fqzpo2

Some interesting facts about browsers. Chrome has them all beat no matter with Microsoft wants you to believe. Here is the current browser Market Share in United States Of America - February 2018. Worldwide Chrome did even better.

Chrome 51.56% <-- my favorite

Safari 30.16%

Firefox 5.08%

IE 4.94%

Edge 3.45%

http://tinyurl.com/y7hbwnvu to see the latest results

Speaking of browsers, here is an interesting note about new version and Edge.

“Microsoft will try a new way to push Windows 10 users into running Edge, forcing links opened from the Windows Mail app and its messages to display in the browser.

Normally, links embedded in messages retrieved by the Windows Mail app open in the default browser, which may be an Edge rival if the user has set one.

In the latest preview of Windows 10's fall feature upgrade, currently known as 1809in Microsoft's yymm label format, Microsoft has mandated that Edge assume responsibilities for opening links within messages.”

“Since it debuted as the default within Windows 10 nearly three years ago, Edge's user share of the browsers run under the OS has been in steady decline. In February, Edge accounted for a record-low percentage - less than 12% of all Windows 10 systems - which represented a nearly-two-percentage-point decline from the month before. And Edge's continued slide has been in the face of Windows 10's own growing share. Windows 10 last month powered 39% of all Windows PCs. In other words, the more people who run Windows 10, the less they collectively like Edge.”

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall? Going to be talking more about this topic at the next general meeting. This article reinforces what are always saying -- backup backup backup
http://tinyurl.com/yb84ftos

How To Send Sound Clips With Facebook Messenger. Messenger lets you send text messages to anyone you know of that has a Facebook account. But it is a lot more. You can make a voice call just like a phone call but it does not require phone service, just WiFi. Pick up an older smartphone someone does not need anymore and you have an internet capable device to surf the net, get emails, use facebook, and even make phone and VIDEO calls using messenger. How cool is that? If you do not want to go that far, you can leave a voice message. This article tells you how.
http://tinyurl.com/y9dqnabr



In previous versions of Windows there was a quick launch bar that was to the right of the Start button. Remember? Well this article tells us how to Bring Back the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7, 8, or 10.
http://tinyurl.com/z4qmjxu

This one caught my eye and I might be the only one interested but here it is. Praisenter is a free Church presentation software to project worship songs, Bible verses and custom slides with images, audio/video etc
http://tinyurl.com/ya4qol6

Here is another one. It claims to be one of the most popular open source worship presentation program out there, OpenLP packs a ton of features for managing and displaying songs, Bible verses, images, videos (not video backgrounds though) and more.
http://tinyurl.com/y9sl9kze

Ever wonder why C: is C: and D: is D:? You can assign drive letters on your own instead of having Windows 10 decide for you and here is how:
Windows 10 Drive Letters
http://tinyurl.com/yau6fxpy

Most hard drives today come as 1tb and even more. We do not need anywhere close to that amount for normal processes. Some like to take that 1tb and break it up into individual partitions. Instead of one big C: they partitions the drive into 2 or 3 parts. C: still holds their OS and programs but they allocate a couple of other drive letters for backup and data storage. He is how To Make Partitions In Windows 10
http://tinyurl.c butom/y7sz5rcm

The recommended content on your Netflix account comes from a complicated algorithm analyzing your viewing history. But sometimes after endlessly scrolling through Netflix, you find yourself no closer to making a selection from the recommended content. This is where a collection of “secret codes” will be a godsend. By making a small tweak to the Netflix URL, you will be able to unlock hyper-specific genres such as religious documentaries or cerebral French-language dramas from the 1960s. These secret Netflix codes unlock hidden show and movie categories
http://tinyurl.com/yaybhamg

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