Saturday, September 15, 2018

Class Notes 9-13-2018

Two more Thursday classes. On October 1st we will switch to Tuesday except for the day of the evening General meeting. Otherwise on the 2nd Tuesday through the last Tuesday I will be having class from 2-4.

I have also had a request for being online during the classes using Hangout. The address for that will be http://tinyurl.com/dickevans.

I have had a request for a hands on how to build a website using Wordpress. Let me know if you have an interest. If we get 3 or more wanting to do that I will schedule some time for us to meet. This will not be a lecture but a hands on your own laptop to develop a site.

We covered a number of topics and these are the one I recalled:



AdBlock is a neat addition to your Chrome or FireFox browser. It stops most of those pesky ads from appearing on your screen. In Chrome click the menu button (three dots in upper right) then More tools then Extensions. In the upper left, click the Main Menu button next to the word Extensions. In the bottom left, click Open Chrome Web Store. In the upper left Search box type adblock and press the enter key. Then locate AdBlock (see above) and click it’s Add To Chrome button.

Facebookd Friend Request from your already friends are scams. If I receive any friend request I check it out before accepting it. I click on the link to their page. Then in the search box, which already has their name, I click the search button. This displays everyone with that name. If I see I am already their friend, then I know the request is a scam and I deny it.

There are 2 batteries in laptops. The big one that we plug our laptop in so it will charge is easily removed and replaced. I have found replacements for under $25 on Amazon. You snap the old one out and snap in the new one to charge it. By the way, the club will take your old one to recycle. There is another battery inside your laptop (desktop too) that keep the internal clock running among other things. It usually is one of those flat, quarter size batteries (2 for a buck at Dollar Tree). However, you must take your laptop apart to access it..A better choice might be someplace like Batteries Plus. So if your clock is not keeping time or you have to press F1 to boot your computer, you might look to the internal battery for the solution.

Photomyne is an app for your cell phone that will let you snap a picture of a group of photo, perhaps in an old album, and it will turn them into individual digital images. This is a great way to digitize those old photo books. You can find it on your cell phone Play store or App store.
https://photomyne.com/

Irfanview is a program that allow you to do many tasks with images. One of those tasks is to display a slide show. You can find the program on the Ninite.com list of programs.

Photo Story 3
We have looked at this program in the past. You can find some details in more than one of my past blog posts. This lets you create a self executing slideshow with background music and narrations.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11132

Backing Up a Machine that Won't Boot
This is a good article. We did not go into it in detail but it gives you a path to use Reflect backup to backup a non-bootable computer using their bootable restore CD. The CD contains not only the restore program. The full backup program is there and you can use it to backup the hard drive. Then you rebuild the hard drive and use the backup file to restore your data.
http://tinyurl.com/ycfb3evl

Friday, September 7, 2018

Class Notes 9-6-2018

Good discussions today. What follows are brief summaries from memory. We hi on a number of other subjects as the questions came.

Meeting on Thursdays for the rest of September. In October we will meet on Tuesdays. That will be my "day at the office." I will continue to be available for one-on-ones and to help starting at 10 am. At 2 pm I will begin the class and end at 4 pm. Hope that works out for most of you.

Speech to Text
Our phones let us speak into them and convert our words to typed letters. Well Window 10 can do it too. Win+H and turn on the speech to text feature. What you say is typed into wherever your cursor is on the screen. Works in Email, Facebook message, WordPad… everywhere. Give it a try.

Word Search
You can find word searches in newspapers, magazines, and even purchase books filled with them. With this website you can create your own. Good for personal fun or for presents to your grandkids with searches built using their names and other family names.

These last two came from the talks from George Kopenec at our monthly meetings. He has discovered a number of neat programs or websites. You can find them on our club site (cccgc.info) under Monthly Favorites. Thanks, George.
http://tinyurl.com/yc2yuzcx

PicPick is a good replacement for the Paint program in windows. In addition to the edit capabilities in Paint, PicPick allows you to capture a screen or a portion of a screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard--PrtScr puts an image in your clipboard of the entire screen and Shift+PrtScr allows you to select the portion of the screen you want captured. Other programs to capture the screen or part of the screen: Snipping Tool, MWsnap, Greenshot

Background Apps
Win+I > Privacy > Background Apps > Turn Off All or just the ones you do not use




Ear Spy
Consider you and your spouse are watching TV and the volume is too low for you to catch all the words. Your spouse doesn’t like it loud enough for you to hear as it i too loud for them.

Check your date and time

 

if your internal battery is low or dead you might see your clock out of sync with reality. If it is way out of whack you will get issues accessing web pages. You might even get a black screen when you boot up requiring you to press F1 to continue.

BTW your laptop will run fine without its battery if you keep it plugged into the power. However a totally dead battery might not allow the laptop to turn on. I have found reasonably price replacements on Amazon.

CCleaner 5.46 ships with clearer privacy options
http://tinyurl.com/yadb9oy7

How to view your photos in order by date-uploaded rather than date-taken
When you use Google Photos to store your pictures, they are organized in one great big stream, by date the photo was taken. The most recent photo is on the top, as you scroll down you're going back in time. On a mobile device you can pinch the screen until you see your photos grouped by year and month.
http://tinyurl.com/ya4eyg6o

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Class Notes 8-30-2018

I am back at the club teaching every Thursday once again. It is an open forum but I have a list of things ready to talk about should there be no questions. We are thinking of changing my day from Thursday to Tuesday. Would that be a problem for any of you?

It was good to get back into it today. Here are what I remember we discussed today. And remember there are no questions that are to simple to ask. You would be surprised how one simple question can not only help you but will also help others, too. It may even get us into another series of questions as well. So don't think about, just ask it.

When Windows downloads a new version (1803 being the latest) some of our old settings are changed to default. Some have had the sign in bel automatic with no need to type in a password. We reviewed how to tirn off the need to enter your password each time. However even if you do not have to do it you need to know what it is. Write it down somewhere. Here is where to go to fix it: On the keyboard type Win+Q. In the text box that appears, type NETPLWIZ. This opens a windows where you can check off the box that says you require a password. Click Apply and enter your current password in both boxes. When you reboot you will not need to enter the password.

Another keyboard shortcut to remember is Win+L. It locks your screen requiring your password be entered to get back in.

You can change your password to a Pin #of 4 or more digits right from the sign on screen. I use a 4 digit one.

Saving a picture from Facebook. Click on the picture to open it in another window. Then Right-click and choose Save Image As. Or you can capture it from your screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard or a screen capture tool such as the following.

PicPick is a good replacement for the Paint program in windows. In addition to the edit capabilities in Paint, PicPick allows you to capture a screen or a portion of a screen using the PrtScr key on your keyboard--PrtScr puts an image in your clipboard of the entire screen and Shift+PrtScr allows you to select the portion of the screen you want captured. Other programs to capture the screen or part of the screen: Snipping Tool, MWsnap, Greenshot

The Purpose of Download folder is to be a repository for anything you download from the Internet. Unless you change the defaults that is where they all go. Those using the download folder correctly move the items downloaded to a permanent place on their hard drive to a cloud storage location. Used properly everything in the Download Folder should be able to be deleted at any time. So those nice pictures you just got from Facebook need to be moved to your pictures folder somewhere; maybe even uploaded to your Google Photos account in the cloud.

CCleaner issues over the last few weeks have gotten many to consider other options. Although the latest version seems to have solved all problems. We continue to recommend a weekly cleanup using CCleaner, Superantispyware, and Malwarebytes. Add to that Glary Utilities for daily use.

Spell checking - red squiggly. In most programs and browsers a red underline indicates the word is not found in the program's dictionary. Right-click on the word and suggestions to correct it will appear above. If the word is spelled correctly, you may add it to your (on your computer) dictionary.

How to convert WAV to MP3. A WAV formatted file is an audio file that plays with Windows Media Player or equivalent in Windows 10. Google “convert WAV to MP3” and you will find many options. I suggest an online solution rather than downloading questionable software to your machine.
Cut the Cable

With cable costs increasing often many are looking for ways to drop down to just an internet connection and use an antenna for local TV programming. This is kinda like the old rabbit ears from years gone by. In this area I have seen a simple antenna bring in 20-30 stations. Then use a Roku box or an Amazon Firestick to get the additional channels you want to watch. I like to watch commercial free TV series and movies using NetFlix. For and antenna one of our members recommends one by Terk or Greenleaf. Here is one from Amazon that looks pretty good
http://tinyurl.com/y7nhphlt

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Computer Club Update July 2018

Sorry, it has been a while but the traveling has been good. We are in RI now with friends. Spent 4th in Jamestown with some of my family. Will be going to Block Island one day this week. Cooking some lobsters this afternoon. Heading to NH one day and Cape Cod near the end of our visit. Also planning on seeing Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims landed and walking on the replica of the Mayflower. Then spend some time at Plymouth Plantation, a replica of village life in the 1600’s.

Might not be have time to try Hangouts until we get back to KY the end of this month. Have a great summer.

Here are a few ideas I have picked up in my reading (and Harold’s) that I would’ve shared live Had I been there.

How To Create A Shortcut (Icon). In the former OS’s all you had to do is right click on the program icon under All Programs. One of the options as creating a shortcut on the desktop. No longer is it that easy in Win 10. Right click and you get two options: pin to the taskbar or pin to the start menu. This article shows you how to get that shortcut on the desktop again.
http://tinyurl.com/yctykn7n

Gmailify: The best of Gmail, without an @gmail address. Like using your current email like yahoo, AOL, or any other but want some of the gmail features? Now you can use the Gmailify feature in gmail to have your other email open your Gmail account.
http://tinyurl.com/mfp7pwy

How to Properly Restart a Router & Modem. This is a good description of how and why we need to go thru a process to restart after connection issue.
http://tinyurl.com/y79g8khm

Bitly is like TinyURL. It lets you shorten a URL. It is different in that it will track the number of times the link has been clicked on. Well, this is a new one for Bitly. You can now create a full page of material - a single webpage without having to have a host site or pay for a URL. Here is an example I created: http://tinyurl.com/ycewp46m
https://itty.bitty.site/edit

Quick look at your Google footprint. This shows you how much storage you have and what is used.
https://drive.google.com/u/0/settings/storage?hl=en

We always wonder what those Cookies are for. This article shows us.
What are Browser Cookies and How Are They Used?
http://tinyurl.com/y77lvd5f

QuickLook Instantly Previews Files on Windows
Just browse your files in Windows Explorer, as usual, then press Space to preview something. Quick Look will open quickly, showing you either the file or information about it.
http://tinyurl.com/y8am85a4

Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.
http://tinyurl.com/ybbxdu2x

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

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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Class Notes 3-15-2018

Video of the new resort in Port Charlotte. More on their website. Thought you might be interested in a look at it. Nothing to do with computers.
https://www.facebook.com/SunseekerResort/

Bible Verse Desktop
Many people has the habit of reading a portion of the Bible daily or even several times a day. This little and free program allows you to do it in a very easy and convenient form.
http://tinyurl.com/ybo2phsc

Download YouTube videos
Add SS before YOuTube in the URL
Here is a URL to listen to a song on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKLQ1td3MbE click and it will play on your PC
Here is the same URL with the SS added. Click and it will let you to download it to your PC
https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=cKLQ1td3MbE

Download Video and Audio from YouTube. Our you can copy and paste the URL into this site to download in various formats--audio only or full video
http://tinyurl.com/y9nxpad7

How To Stay One Step Ahead Of Hackers. A good article with a number of worthwhile suggestions.
http://tinyurl.com/ycwoqprl



There is a new version of CCleaner available at piriform.com. Choose Downloads > CCleaner

A new screen appears when the cleaner finishes. It shows how many tracking files it deleted (Privacy) and how much spaced was cleared by removing unnecessary files (Junk). To see the old list of files click Show Advanced Report.

For a complete set of instructions on running the maintenance programs see the link on the cccgc.info home page.




Bits and bytes and kilobytes and megabytes… We discussed what they are and what they mean. I found a great article that explains it as well…
http://tinyurl.com/y86von3o




Win+Q brings up the Search for box



Win+I brings up Windows Settings

Mozy for backup: http://www.mozy.com/free use code GFBU22

Mozy is an online cloud backup service that will automatically backup your data during the day. We spent a little time on this but I have written it up before and will be talking about it at the next general meeting. Back in April 2017 I wrote about it.
http://tinyurl.com/y8eor8cq

Mozy for backup: http://www.mozy.com/free use code GFBU22



You have heard of never ending stories? Well this technique lets you create a never ending password. All you need is the first and last letter of the website you need a password for and a 6 character phrase you will never forget. That phrase should contain at least one special character and one number. Pick something you will not forget like perhaps you first grandchild’s name. Say it was Steve. You might use $teve05 changing the S into a $ and adding the month he was born. Simply include that phrase sandwiched in to the first and last letter of the website. If the site were Amazon you would use the first letter of Amazon (A) followed by the phrase followed with the last letter of the site (n). Note the first is a capital and the last is lower case. So the password would be A$teve05n.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Class Notes 3-8-2013

A number of the items we talked about have be covered in previous Thursday classes and notes. So I will point you to those notes for details.

Ninite is the go to site for downloading most of the maintenance programs and browsers we use. See details discussed at http://tinyurl.com/y7pxa7t9

Program/Browser From
Google Chrome > Ninite.com
Firefox > Ninite.com
Opera > Ninite.com
Glary Utilities > Ninite.com
Malwarebytes > Ninite.com
Superantispyware > Ninite.com
CCleaner > Piriform.com

Why two browsers? There may come a time that the one browser you use breaks. That means it does not browser anymore and may even lock up. I do not know why and cannot find out why unless I have another browser to use to diagnose the problem. Hence, always have a secondary browser to use. I prefer Chrome for my primary browser and use one of the others for my secondary. BTW IE is on its way out and may not even be installed in future releases of Windows 10.

Google Cloud Print is a Google service that lets users print from any Cloud-Print-aware application on any device in the network cloud to any printer – without Google having to create and maintain ... Wikipedia. In other words you can set up your printer to be able to print from your laptop, tablet, or cell phone sherever in the world you are located. You can also share the printer with others to print to. See the talk I gave at the General Meeting in March at http://tinyurl.com/yce3g6qa

Use Uninstall to see what you just installed. When we download programs from the Internet we may get more than we clicked on. You install program A and then fine a new toolbar on your browser and even some extra programs that came along with the one you wanted. It is a good idea to check what programs were installed using the tools available in Windows 10 to do so. Do it just after the install. You can see what else installed and uninstall them before they do any damage.

To check goto to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. Then sort by install date.

Look at the recently installed programs. See one the was installed on the same date as the one you wanted? Click it and choose uninstall.

1803 Spring Edition soon. Read this somewhere: “Windows 10" is the brand name, it used to be "Windows". So, "Windows 10" is not a version, it is the brand name. So, 1803 is the next version of the "Windows 10" brand.

And it makes sense. There will always be Windows 10. Window graduated from Window 95 to Window 98… to Vista and 7 and then 8. Now we have Windows 10 1511... to 1709 to 1803 and beyond.


How to restore from an image backup. The full set of instructions for Macrium are on the Club’s home page: http://tinyurl.com/ydex5bnl

In Google Chrome, Ctrl+Shift+B turn shortcut bar on and off. The shortcut bar displays a list of the website you desire quick access to like your Mail, Facebook, Bank, etc

Google Duo (like facetime on iPhone). Simple, high quality video calls for Android and iOS.
https://duo.google.com/

I have been talking about Google Photos for some time. Simply stated as a Google account holder (free) you have 15gb of free space on their cloud and access to Google Drive to upload files. Photos allows you to upload your photos from your PC and directly from your cell phone using their app to your Google Drive. Not only can you place your files in their cloud but the files do not take any space away from your 15gb of allowed data. Photos stores all your images no matter how many free. Access them at photos.google.com by signing in to your google account. I have written about this many times. Check one of the articles here: http://tinyurl.com/ycb9p4qx


Get camelcamelcamel.com functionality in your web browser. Click on the Camel icon in your address bar to see historical pricing data or setup watches and get an email when the price drops.
http://tinyurl.com/pl39ezv

Scanner for me to scan from your iPhone. It is a handy two-in-one app that turns your device into a multifunctional office tool: scan, edit, organize, print and share your docs in a tap!
http://tinyurl.com/y9elllmb

Honey automatically applies the best coupon code at checkout. Never search for a code again.

Sync Amazon ‘Saved for Later’ to your Droplist! Got your eye on something but don't want to overpay? Add it to your Droplist and we'll email you when the price drops.
http://tinyurl.com/y8ubbob8

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

Friday, March 2, 2018

Class Notes 3-1-2018

Backups are only necessary after you have a hard disk crash or lose an important file. It is like car insurance. You need it after the accident but you can’t purchase it then. You have to be proactive and get it just in case. Same with your computer. Back it up regularly. I suggest once a week or at least once a month. Some might do it every might as the last action before bed. Then you have a fresh copy of everything every day. If the hard drive crashes, and it is just a matter of time, you can rebuild to the point of that last backup. The club recommends either Macrium Reflect or EaseUS. Both are free and available on the club website as a link. Detail instructions for Reflect is on the club home page as well. These program create an image of your hard drive so if your hard drive fails you can purchase a new one and restore your computer back to the date of the most recent backup.

Create Restore Points before any major updates or even on a schedule. Perhaps create one at the beginning of each week or maybe before you run the maintenance programs each week or before your image backup. These restore points allow your system to be reset back to that point in time without removing and data.

In the “Type here to seach” box, type restore. Then click above on Creat a restore point.



In the bottom right of the Systems Properties > System protections screen, click Create




In the text box, type a description of why you are creating it… Like before Reflect backup. Then click Create. It may takes a few minutes to finish.



When finished click Close, then OK

Use the Start Menu as your desktop shortcuts. Filling your desktop with many many items does not make you job easier. Have all your programs accessible on the Start Menu instead of th desktop. Remove from your Start Menu all the program blocks you do not use. Then to open a program just click the Start Button and click the appropriate box. If you have a few programs that are used often pin them to the taskbar for one click access.

Browsers vs Search Engines. There seems to be a confusion among many about the two. A browser is a program that take the cryptic code off the Internet and translates it into the graphic displays we are used to on our screens. Here are some popular browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer (soon to be retired), Edge, Dogpile, and more. A search engine is a program that runs in any browser to search for something on the web. Here are some popular search engines: Google, Bing, MSN, Ask, Yahoo, and more.

Ctrl+Enter after typing domain name will add the www. and the .com. For example, in your browser, in the address bar, enter the word google. Then hold down the Ctrl key and tap Enter. What you had typed is now www.google.com


How to add the AdBlock extension in Google Chrome.
  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the menu button (3 dots in upper right)
  3. Select More tools > Extensions
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click Get more extensions
  5. Type adblock and press Enter
  6. Locate AdBlock and click Add to Chrome
You now have the adblocker running and will no longer be plagued with a bunch of ads on most pages.

How to search our blog. Open http://dickevanstraining.blogspot.com/

Enter the subject matter you would like to locate and click Search

Gibson Haystack allows you a place to check your passwords to see how easy they might be to hack. Enter you password and see the amount of time it would take for someone to guess it.
http://tinyurl.com/44x8csm

Passwords are a necessity and a pain because we have so many. Instead of having to keep a long list why not have one your will never forget? 

Let’s create a password for Amazon.com.
  1. Start with a uppercase A
  2. Add the first three letter of your fathers name
  3. Add a special character (perhaps a $)
  4. Add the first three letters of your mothers name
  5. Add the last to numbers of your birthdate (I will use 36 as an example)
  6. Add the last letter of Amazon, lowercase
It looks like this now: Afff$mmm36n

So a password for Comcast would be Cfff$mmm36t

For your Microsoft account it would be Mfff$mmm36t

All you have to remember is the middle portion and you know every password you need.

What is Kodi? Kodi is free, open-source software designed specifically with home entertainment in mind – and it's perfect if you're a fan of movies, sports, films and TV shows. There are many YouTube videos showing how to set it up on your PC, on a Firestick, and other devices. Simply put, as long as you have Internet access you can cut the cable and watch pretty much everything.



Click the following link to see all the past notes that contained info on Kodi. Then Ctrl+F and type Kodi. All the words Kodi will now be highlighted and easy to locate.
http://tinyurl.com/yatgumyb

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Class Notes 2-22-2018

We covered a number of other topics and I really need a secretary to keep track of them all. We ended up looking at Windows Basics

Purchase out of date software cheap. Like MS Office 2013 Pro for $8.99.
http://tinyurl.com/y72rd5cl

CONVERT SCANNED PDF TO WORD
Extract text from PDF and images (JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into editable Word, Excel and Text output formats
http://tinyurl.com/kh7rcft

We talked about a number of by-sell sites on Facebook and someone recommended this on called 5miles which does not used Facebook. Others like eBay and Craigslist and Etsy also do not use Facebook.
5miles http://tinyurl.com/yd8zad7z
etsy http://tinyurl.com/y7cck5wv

Display: changing backgrounds, size of desktop icons, arrangement of the icons, brightness of screen.

Setting what happens when you close the lid on your laptop and when you press the power button. Also when your computer goes dark. I set mine to not do that when plugged in. I set both to Nothing.

Browsers: importance of having more than one browser. If your browser stops working you need another one to get on the Internet to diagnose your problem. (My browser of choice is Chrome)

Trouble opening the CD drive? Go into File Manager and right click on CD/DVD and select Eject. The drawer open.



USB removal: ALWAYS do a safe removal of USB devices using either the safe removal tool on the taskbar or by going into File Manager and right clicking on the device you are removing and selecting Eject.

How to remove the need to type the password to get into Windows. Remember the password because there will be a time when Windows will want it.


  1. Win+R
  2. Type NETPLWIZ then press Enter
  3. Uncheck the box
  4. Click Apply
  5. Type your password twice
  6. Click OK and then OK
In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Ghacks.net Newsletter, AskLeo, and DavesComputerTips.com for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Class Notes 2-15-2018

We looked at the Advanced section of Glary Utilities and how to retrieve a list of details about our computer including key codes, amount of memory installed, size of hard disk, and more.
Open Glary > Advanced > System

The URL for these notes is dickevanstraining.blogspot.com. This gets you to the page to view the latest notes. On the right of the page is a list of previous dates we added notes. However there is no list of topics. You can use the search engine in Google to locate a set of notes about the topic you are looking for.



In the address bar of your browser type the topic as one or more words. Add a space and the word site with a colon, then type the name of the site you need to search. Here is the search to locate notes on using ninite:

windows 10 site:dickevanstraining.blogspot.com



We talked a bit about using CC and BCC when sending emails to a bunch of people. This way the recipient only sees their own address and not a list of all the people you sent the email to. When forwarding an email, scroll down to be sure someone else did not leave a list of other emails. Delete them before forwarding.

You can use a site like MailChimp to confirm an email was received. I use this to send all my emails to groups of people. I can look a couple of days later and see how many emails were read and who opened them.

Using TinyURL is good way to shorten long URLs when posting links or sending them to your friends.
http://tinyurl.com/dyynf56

Using LibreOffice as a PDF Editor, Like Word 2016, Libre will read a PDF nd allow you to make changes to it
http://tinyurl.com/yc25zrwn

Gayzo
Third party screenshot utilities right in your browser
http://tinyurl.com/ycm8jnle



Clean up tool for more than emails… Email STRIPPER is a free program for cleaning the ">" and other formatting characters out of your emails. It will restore "forwarded" or "replied" emails back to their original state so they're easier to read.
http://tinyurl.com/y7gp8b7d

Disable the touchpad on your laptop to avoid the jumping insertion point.
http://tinyurl.com/y854tx45

Helping Gramma, a current times truth… LOL
http://tinyurl.com/ybs2vu3e

LibreOffice 6.0 is out, Time to use ninite.com to download the latest vesion.
http://tinyurl.com/y9dbdyjl

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


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Class Notes 2-8-2018

We covered a lot of areas this week and I know I have not remembered them all. Here is what I do remember. See you next week...

Free Autos for those in need. This is a local business that will help those in real need to obtain a vehicle. Good to know so you can help someone in the future or perhaps you know someone right now.
http://tinyurl.com/yblyqb89

How to Windows 10 won't Boot after Update. This article speaks to the issue some have been having with the latest updates from Microsoft. If your computer is running very slow check task manager. If you CPU and Disk usage is up near 100% you may have this issue.
http://tinyurl.com/y7gmafd4

Calculator with a tape can come in handy when you need to have printed proof of your calculations. It is found in the Window Store. Here is a link.
http://tinyurl.com/y8qosla2

No More Robo calls on your home (VoIP) phone. If you have Century Link this will NOT work. It is only for Internet phones like Comcast, Vonage, Ooma, Magicjack, etc. There is list on the site about the ones that will work. All I can say is that since I signed up (and it is free) I have not received one telemarketing call.
http://tinyurl.com/oawtoef

We have been using ninite.com for a long time. It is convenient because we can update a long list of programs with one click on the downloaded installation file and not be concerned with which box to check or uncheck when installing. Unchecky will help with those other downloads not part of ninite like ccleaner.
http://tinyurl.com/jlkdwxa

We explored a couple of useful extensions that can be added to your Chrome browser: Adblocker and Show Passwords. An extension is a program that is added to the browser extending its usefulness.



Open Chrome and click the menu button (3 vertical dots) > More tools > Extentions



Scroll to the bottom and click Get more extensions



Type adblock and press the Enter key



Locate AdBlock and Add the extension to Chrome



Now locate show password and add it to Chrome

AdBlock will stop most ads from appearing on websites you visit. Show Password will allow you to mouse over hidden passwords so you can reveal the actual password.

Microsoft automatically downloads Windows updates. This is usually okay but may make your PC run a bit slower while the download is in process even though it happens in the background, they say. What if your internet connection is not cable or DSL? What if you have a hot spot or are using your cell phone as a hotspot? You are paying for that data at a high rate if you exceed your data limit each month. The 4gb upgrade to 1709 may have cost some of you a pretty penny.

There is a provision in Windows 10 to tell it you are on a metered connection. When you do, Microsoft will not download its updates so as to save you data.

Wii+I > Network and Internet > WiFi > Manage known networks

This brings you to a list of available WiFi

Mouse over the WiFi you are connecting to and click Properties


Scroll down to Metered Connection and set the switch to On.



In Window 10 you can press Win+P to pop up a menu of display options for a second monitor. The choices are self evident. The second monitor may be an HDMI device or and VGA monitor. Many newer PCs are not equipped with a VGA port.

There are many adjustments you can make in Window to your mouse. You can change the size and color of the mouse pointer, adjust the speed it takes across the screen as you move it, swap the functions of the left and right button (for left handed users), make it easy to find by adding circles or mouse trails, and more.

Win+I > Devices > Mouse > Additional mouse options



From here you can modify and make adjustments to the mouse.



The Pointer tab is where you can Show the location of the mouse with circles and where you can add pointer trails (aka mouse droppings)

If you ever get frustrated with double-clicking, there is a setting to make all clicks single instead of double. The icons on the desktop become actual links (hand mouse pointer) instead of the normal pointer. The hand indicates that you only need to click once. Here is how…

Win+I > Type Folders and a dropdown will appear



Click Show hidden files and folders



General tab > Click items as follows > click Single-click radio button > Apply > OK

Now all your desktop icons will be single click

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Class Notes 2-1-2018

Point out the difference in USB ports. The black ones are for USB 1/2 and the blue ones are for USB 3. The higher the number the faster the port and data transfer speed. If you are plugging in the dongle for a wireless mouse to the wires for a keyboard or mouse, use the black (or white on older PC’s). Leave the blue ones for devices that are designed for high speed. Do aste the port on a slower device.

Someone asked how to make their Windows 10 PC boot without asking for a password. Windows needs a password. However there is a way to have it remember the password and have you log it in automatically. In the Type here to search box, type NETPLWIZ and hit the Enter key. This is what comes up:



Uncheck the Use this list… checkbox.



Click OK and OK

The next time you turn out your PC it will grab the password you set and not have you enter it by hand. However, write down the password as you may need it in the future.

If you would like to restart your PC in safe mode, the old F8 at boot does not work. At the Type here to search box type MSCONFIG and press the Enter key to bring up the System Configuration screen.



Open the Boot tab, then check the Safe boot checkbox and then click OK. The next time you start up the PC will start in Safe mode. When you are done using Safe mode, run MSCONFIG again and uncheck the box.



The many faces of Outlook. What do you use for email, you ask. Outlook. Is it the outlook that is part of Windows?



Or is it the outlook that is part of Windows Live?



Or is it the Outlook that is part of Microsoft Office?

They are different, but all can access your mail from wherever they are stored. The later gets your email from your server like Comcast, Embarq, Hotmail, AOL, etc and places it on your PC as .pst files. Once retrieved from your mail server they are on your PC and you do not need to be on the Internet to view them.

The first one is a program on your PC that allows you to access the mail from the cloud. You choose where it finds it and give outlook your credentials from all the places you use for mail servers (comcast, embarq, aol, etc). Your mail stays in the cloud.

The middle one is a web service through your Microsoft account. Like the first one, it displays your mail stored in the cloud. For personal email (not business) this is the one I recommend. All your mail is in the Microsoft cloud and accessible from anywhere.

I prefer to use the webmail from Yahoo or Google. Nothing is on my computer; all email is in the cloud and I can access it on any computer or cell phone with my sign on credentials.

Here is another good article on Outlook:

How do I backup my Hotmail or Outlook.com mail?
http://tinyurl.com/y7m253qm




Spent most of the class looking at how to build a movie with sound using an old Microsoft program called Photo Story 3. Install it on your PC and Create a New Story. Here is a good paper on how to use it step-by-step. http://tinyurl.com/6k7esp. There is even a YouTube video on it at http://tinyurl.com/ycbpm8pg.

Then we looked at how to do an image search in Google.