Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Computer Class Notes 5-25-2020

How about some SIGs for the club?

There is an interest in a Special Interest Group on Anytinhg Photos.

Taking photos, backing up photos, Photos to the cloud, editing photos, using Photoshop, using Gimp, etc

Perhaps a SIG on using the cloud and another on mobile devices would be useful.

And maybe a SIG for New Users?

However, what we need is people willing to run the SIGs. Any volunteers

Why do I have to sign in repeatedly on Yahoo Mail?
This may occur with any account you have answered Yes to the Keep me signed in question. That information is stored in a cookie. If you are running a maintenance program that removes cookies and you have changed the defaults so all cookies and perhaps even passwords are removed, you will have to sign in each time after you have cleared all the cookies and passwords. If you do not change the defaults in programs like Glary and Wise Care 365, then your passwords will remain and only the bad cookies will be removed.

What is the best pop up blocker with Chrome?
I use the extension called uBlocker
https://tinyurl.com/y9lmtln3

What extensions do you recommend?
Grammarly for Chrome
Social Network Adblocker
Show and Hide Passwords
uBlocker - #1 Adblock Tool for Chrome

How do I copy pictures (backup?) onto a flash drive?
In File Manager (Win+E) open the folder containing your pictures
In another instance of File Manager (Win+E again) open the flash drive
Right-click the taskbar and select Show windows side by side
Drag the pictures from the picture folder to the flash drive
Ctrl+A to select all of them and you can drag them all at once
Ctrl+click to select more than one image, if not all. Or click the first one to copy, hold the shift key down and click the last one to copy to select every image from the first you clicked to the last.

A chrome extension somehow changed my search engine
This is where have a restore point is very helpful



Simple go to Settings (Win+I) and type “restore” then choose to Create a restore point.



Click Create to set a restore point. I suggest doing this prior to running the maintenance programs once a week. This will give you a point in time to return to if issues come up.


Click System Restore to locate previously created restore points to take you back in time to where everything was working fine.

Click Next to view the restore points available



Choose one and click Next to back your computer up to that point in time.

Wise Care 365




I am using this to replace CCleaner. One of the options is to slim the system. System Cleaner > System Slimming



In the lower right of that screen make sure the box is checked to create a restore point.

Run that once a week and you will be sure to have a restore point to go back to if necessary.

Demonstration from Jeanne Niosi


https://tinyurl.com/y78zg23a

A Simple Screen Recording Tool
Want to quickly capture a video, but don't have the time to edit it? Check out the video recorders that we reviewed in the past, e.g. VokoscreenNG, OBS Studio, or SimpleScreenRecorder. Quick Screen Recorder fits the criteria as well.
https://tinyurl.com/ycd4mskt

How to Get a Vertical Taskbar
Windows 10’s taskbar normally stretches across the bottom of the screen, but you can move it to the left or right side of the screen in a vertical orientation. It’s great for widescreen displays, giving your applications more vertical screen real estate.
https://tinyurl.com/y89djte4

How to Tell If You Have Windows 64-Bit or 32-Bit
Not sure if your installed version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit? If you're running Windows XP, chances are its 32-bit. However, if you're on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, the chance that you're running a 64-bit version goes up considerably.
https://tinyurl.com/y929nkxg

Microsoft Will Phase Out 32-bit Versions of Windows 10
Microsoft says: "Beginning with Windows 10, version 2004, all new Windows 10 systems will be required to use 64-bit builds and Microsoft will no longer release 32-bit builds for OEM distribution," wrote the company in its documentation. Earlier versions of Windows will continue to get 32-bit support, however, as the hardware included typically won't support 64-bit code.
https://tinyurl.com/ycs86t85

How to Copy, Cut, and Paste
Copy, cut, and paste are three basic operations that every Windows user should know by heart. The concepts behind them apply to nearly every application you’ll ever use. Here’s how they work.
https://bit.ly/2zTHRzA

Link from George to the last APCUG virtual conference Getting to Know Windows from An Insider's Point of View workshop This is the link to the video...https://youtu.be/J-p-uju19Sw

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Clear the Clipboard
Have you ever copied something to the clipboard that you don’t want to leave there in case somebody else is going to use your computer? Sure, you can copy something else to the clipboard real quick, but can’t you just make a shortcut or hotkey to clear it?
https://tinyurl.com/y7u6oaro

Life 360
Life360 Inc. is a San Francisco–based information technology company that provides location-based services, including sharing and notifications, to consumers globally. Its main service is called Life360, a family social networking app released in 2008.

Sherri and I use this smartphone app. It enables us to see where we are located at any time. Very useful when you are both on the move. Great for seeing where your family members are allowing you to rest easy when they are on long rips. And it is free.
https://www.life360.com/

We did not talk about the following but some might find them a worthwhile read:
Microsoft Excel Alternatives
Spreadsheets are ubiquitous: people use them every day for tracking inventory, budgeting, data tracking, and a million other things. And, while Microsoft Excel has been the go-to spreadsheet for years, there are other (free) alternatives you might like more.
https://tinyurl.com/yben59dl

Microsoft Office Alternatives
While Microsoft Office is still the ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations, and many more digital tasks, there are still plenty of free alternatives. Avoid freeware full of ads and check out these free productivity suites.
https://tinyurl.com/ycuw27xd

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Computer Class Notes 5-19-2020

Organize Pictures and More

Thanks, Donna for a great presentation on how she organizes her photo using folder and subfolders in File Manager. And to Susie sharing the results of her editing her photos using Photoshop and a number of free programs. If you do not have Photoshop you can use a free equivalent called Gimp.

Some of the free programs Susie uses:

atom smasher http://atom.smasher.org/

be funky https://www.befunky.com/

funny.pho.to cartoon https://funny.pho.to/cartoon

funny.pho.to https://funny.pho.to/

funny photo maker http://www.funny-photo-maker.com/

gimp (like photoshop only free) https://www.gimp.org

Google photos and Photo scan by Google

Loonapix http://www.loonapix.com/

lunapic https://www6.lunapic.com/editor/

photo face fun http://www.photofacefun.com/

photofunia https://photofunia.com/

PhoXo http://www.phoxo.com/en/

pixlr https://pixlr.com/ (my favorite pixlr express is going away when flash does.)

simply good pictures https://www.malavida.com/en/soft/simply-good-pictures/

Donna suggests we take a look at our photos and enter one or more of these contests. You needn't be a professional to enter contests. The first one is closing in two weeks so get your pictures in quickly.

https://psa-photo.org/index.php?psa-competition-dates - contest and more

https://www.chnep.org/2021-nature-calendar - nature photos

http://www.viewbug.com - contests

http://www.fineartamerica.com - sell your work

http://www.cafepress.com - create products with your photos (cups, t-shirts)

http://www.zazzle.com - create products with your photos

http://www.winkflash.com - create products with your photos

http://www.flickr.com - share photos

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And this just in from Donna:

Photography on Your Smart Phone - Part 1

NOTE: As of 5/21, Class 1 is full, 2 and 3 are still open on 6/5 and 6/12. They are $20 per class 

Online Webinar
Instructor: John KellerMay 29
10:00-11:15am
Call 941-505-0130 to register

We will discuss using cell phones and tablets for capturing great photos. We will learn how to arrange photo apps, discuss the various photo and editing apps and gadgets to make taking photos both easy and fun, and how to capture portraits, panoramas, landscapes, and more. Some basic maintenance on your cell and tablet will also be reviewed...

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Windows 10 20.04 update coming soon

George talked about the latest Windows 10 update. It is expected on May 28th. We never know how the latest update will run on our computers. We strongly suggest a full image backup BEFORE you attempt the upgrade. And when it is successful, do another.

A big change in Cortina coming. It will be an app and not integrated into Windows. Win+C will open it to listen. Other small changes coming in this release.

What’s New in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update
This post is up-to-date with features included in Windows Insider builds up to build 19041.208, which Microsoft said was likely the final build on April 30, 2020. We originally published this article on Aug. 28, 2019, and we’ve been updating it throughout Microsoft’s development process.
https://tinyurl.com/y55dljzk

Windows 10 beginners guide
https://youtu.be/8d9FY3LpR4E


Useful Shortcuts

Win+Ctrl+D Open a new desktop

Win+J Hides desktop items

Win+M Same

Win+D Same

Peek Only as you mouse over the peek tab in lower right

Win+1-9 Open the taskbar item

Win+arrow keys Left half screen

Right half screen

Up maximize

Down restore

Alt+Tab Shows open windows to switch to

Win+Tab Opens the task view

Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open the task manager

Ctrl+Alr+Del same

Win+E Opens File Manager

Win + or - Opens the magnifier

Win+Esc Closes the magnifier

Win+Shft+S Opens Snip & Sketch (Prtsc does the same)

Win+A Opens notifications

Win+I Opens Settings

Win+C Opens Cortana in listening mode

Win+L Locks the screen

Q&A

What do you think about the Photostick for pictures storing and organizing being advertised?

I have not used one. There are a number of brands out there. As I understand it, they are a standalone system that scans your hard drive and saves all your pictures. If you use a cloud service like Google Photos or Amazon cloud, it will do that for you.

For some reason, I am getting folders in “This PC > Pictures” that I did not create.

The only way I can find that this could occur is if you install Backup and Sync from Google. This program keeps what is on Photos in sync with what is on your PC.

Screen snipping
Shift+Win+S will open the screen snipping tool, Snip & Sketch. You can snip a portion of the screen or the entire screen. This has been active since 1903. Ctrl+V will paste the last item copied to the clipboard. Win+V will display a list of copied items in the clipboard and you can select the one you want to use.


Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard



In the Start menu, right-click a tile and it will show a list of previous activity.



Settings > Personalization > Start

How do I set up a group email in Comcast?

In Xfinity Connect, select the Address Book tab.

Under New, select Add Group from the drop-down. Or click the link Add new group in the left-side menu.

Enter a Group Name, and click Add.

Check the boxes of the contacts you wish to add to the group.

Click and drag to move the contacts to the group.

How do I clear the cache on my Android phone?

Open the Settings of your phone.

Tap the Storage heading to open its settings page. ...

Tap the Other Apps heading to see a list of your installed apps.

Find the application you want to clear the cache of and tap its listing.

Tap the Clear cache button.


APCUG Volunteer of the Year Award instructions as mentioned by George today

https://apcug2.org/don-singleton-volunteer-of-the-year-award/

OneDrive
OneDrive is both a folder on your C: drive and storage in the Microsoft cloud allocated to you. The amount you own is 5gb or more depending on how long you have had your Microsoft account. You can access your cloud space from any computer by going to https://onedrive.live.com. If you are not already logged into your account because of your Windows 10 login, you will be asked to enter your Microsoft user name (an email address) and your password.

Back to the PC. Whatever you save into your OneDrive folder on your PC will be synchronized (synced) to your OneDrive cloud. The OneDrive folder is just like any other folder on your C: drive. You can save files into it and create additional folders within it. The only difference is that whatever you place into a OneDrive folder is synced to the cloud when you are connected to the Internet. And when you copy a file from a non-OneDrive folder into your OneDrive folder that file is moved--it is no longer in the original location.

This makes OneDrive a simple and powerful way to have a cloud backup of your data. I suggest NOT placing pictures in your OneDrive. They take up a lot of space and you should be using Google Photos to freely store them for you in the Google Cloud.

Chrome Saved Passwords


chrome://settings
To display the password click the “eye” and enter your sign in password for windows


To remove a saved password, click the three dots and choose Remove

Password Extention



In Chrome, click the 3 dots and choose Extensions


This is the password revealer extension I use.

Manual Defender Scan

Settings > Update & Security


Windows Security > Virus & threat protection

Quick scan

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Computer Class Notes 5-12-2020

Way to make back and forward arrow in Chrome darker




The back and forward arrows are light until there is a page to go back or forward to. If your theme is set to a darker one, they may be hard to read.

Print Scanned Items In Microsoft Fax And Scan



The scanner creates an image file (JPG, PNG, etc). To generate a PDF from that image, File > Print and choose Microsoft Print to PDF.

Google Secure access
What is less secure app access?A less secure app (LSA) is an app that connects to Google accounts using only username and password verification for access and not OAuth. Generally, you should only allow your users to use external apps that connect to Google accounts via OAuth, as LSAs make user accounts more vulnerable to hijacking.

How do I stop Google from blocking my sign in?
To do so, sign in to Gmail on your desktop, click your profile and select 'Settings'. On the settings page, go to Sign-in & security and scroll down to the very bottom where you will see the 'Allow less secure apps' option. Click the switch to enable/disable it.

Print Text Messages
To print a text from your smartphone, press the text and then, depending on your phone, select Print or Copy. Then open another App like your email and pasted the text to send it or print it.

Voice To Text On The Computer?
Like you can do on your cell phone when texting, you can also use voice to text on your PC. The Google.com page shows a microphone to the right of the search bar if you have a microphone installed. If so, click it and you can speak into the search bar.



Open Google Docs and under Tools click Voice typing. Then what you say becomes what you write.

What Is Cache
Cached data are files, scripts, images, and other multimedia stored on your device after opening an app or visiting a website for the first time. This removes the need for the app to access that information the next time, saving time. Often the cache becomes full and needs to be emptied. The maintenance programs take care of this for you. Then when you access that webpage the next time it takes a little longer as all hose images need to be downloaded. The filling of cache is more of an issue in your cell phone because of the limited memory they have.

Spellcheck In Libre
Shift+F7 to toggle automatic spell checking while using Libre. When On, spelling errors are underlined with a red squiggly. Right-click on the misspelled word and choose the correct spelling from the pop-up list.

How To Save Zoom Background Picture



Open Zoom and access your profile page, then Settings > Virtual background.



Snip the screenshot of you in front of the background using Win+Shift+S. Then save the screenshot as an image.

Change Google Photos from Orig to HD

Open Photos.Google.Com



Click the three lines menu button






Scroll down and click Settings

Click High Quality and then Recover storage to have Google resize your picture to the “High quality” size

OneDrive
OneDrive is both a folder on your C: drive and storage in the Microsoft cloud allocated to you. The amount you own is 5gb or more depending on how long you have had your Microsoft account. You can access your cloud space from any computer by going to https://onedrive.live.com. If you are not already logged into your account because of your Windows 10 login, you will be asked to enter your Microsoft user name (an email address) and your password.

Back to the PC. Whatever you save into your OneDrive folder on your PC will be synchronized (synced) to your OneDrive cloud. The OneDrive folder is just like any other folder on your C: drive. You can save files into it and create additional folders within it. The only difference is that whatever you place into a OneDrive folder is synced to the cloud when you are connected to the Internet. And when you copy a file from a non-OneDrive folder into your OneDrive folder that file is moved--it is no longer in the original location.

This makes OneDrive a simple and powerful way to have a cloud backup of your data. I suggest NOT placing pictures in your OneDrive. They take up a lot of space and you should be using Google Photos to freely store them for you in the Google Cloud.

Basic Windows 10 Training
Here are some of the material out there to help you.

https://www.elkhornservice.com/a-definitive-beginners-guide-for-windows-10-with-pictures/

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/basic-windows-10-tips-tutorials-how-to-for-beginners

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-use-windows-10

And there are many many more including hundreds on YouTube.

WinZip
Winzip is the world's leading zip utility for file compression, encryption, sharing, and backup. Save time and space, zip & unzip files quickly, and much more. Since Windows included their own compression (zipping) routine and un-compressing the need for WinZip for most users has diminished.

How To Zip And Unzip In Windows
Right-click on a file or group of files (or folders) and select Send To Compressed File.



This creates a file with a folder like icon showing a zipper.



Right-click the zip file and select Extract All… to create a new folder containing all the original sized files.

How To Search The Club Blog
The club blog site is at:
http://dickevanstraining.blogspot.com/

To search that site for a specific document place the search word(s) in front of the word site: and follow with the URL without the http://. For example, this would search all the documents in the blog for the word Ninite:

Ninite site:dickevanstraining.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Computer Class Notes 5-5-2020

Watch the video of today’s class
https://tinyurl.com/ydyjyjml

Online Class Invitation
The link, meeting ID, and password will stay the same for the Tuesday classes. I will continue to send the invitations but you can reuse them from now on. Feel free to pass them on to others but please do not post them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

New Articles Of Mine
How To Deal With Blue Screen Of Death
Another Facebook Friend Request
Easy Mail Merge Using Microsoft Office
How To Get On Zoom
https://davescomputertips.com/author/dick-evans/

New to Windows 10? Check out 'Simply Windows' videos
If you’re new to Windows 10 or want to learn more about how to get the most out of it, there’s now a video series to help you get up to speed on using it: “Simply Windows.”
https://tinyurl.com/y98758tu

Another Computer User Group
SilvercomCTC is a technology club that meets weekly through the months of November to March at Silveridge Resort in Mesa, AZ. They hold weekly Sigs (Special Interest Groups) online and have a library of past sessions available online.
https://sctc.myclubcircle.com/

aNotepad online notetaker
It was launched with the basic premise of providing a simple tool for users to save notes online. We are very excited about interacting with this vibrant user community around aNotepad. We are a group of Open Source fanatics who have banded together to form Vannet Technology. We hope to work hard on your feedback and roll out useful features suggested by you soon.
https://anotepad.com/

Adblocker Extensions
In an attempt to show how to use adblocker it appears that it is not working. We tried to disable it on a site with many ads and the ads still appeared. We looked for another extension for Google Chrome and came up with uBblocker and it works very well.

Open Chrome




Click the three dots in the upper right to bring down the menu.




Settings > More tools > Extensions to open the extensions window.



Click three dashes in the upper left



Then at the bottom left click to open the store



Search for Adblock



Choose the one to be added and click Add to Chrome

Works in a similar manner to add extensions in the new Edge and Brave browsers.

Edge Chromium Browser Launches
Microsoft is officially launching its new Edge Chromium browser today across both Windows and macOS. A stable version of the browser is now available for everyone to download, just over a year after the software maker revealed its plans to switch to Chromium. Microsoft is initially targeting Edge at enterprise users of Windows and macOS, but consumers will be able to manually download and install it, too.
https://tinyurl.com/wlldfcs

Phone Charger 1, 1.5, or 2
The speed at which your phone will charge depends upon the output level of the charger. Look in the fine print on the charging block one is very slow, one and a half is normal, and two is a quicker charge.

Slow Clock on Desktop
We had a question about a computer losing time. It was a desktop and is an indication to me that the BIOS battery which is located on the motherboard is very weak and needs to be replaced. The battery keeps BIOS Settings such as date and time.

Do I Need Microsoft 365?
Office 365 is now known as Microsoft 365 and contains among other things the complete office suite. A one user subscription is $69 a year, $99 for the five user package. Unless you have a need for Office and the additional 1 TB of free space per user, you do not need Microsoft 365.

The Green Board
A green board background is necessary for changing the backgrounds on your screen in Zoom. It can be anything green. One user is using a green towel hung behind them. I am using a couple of green poster boards picked up at the Dollar Tree.

How to Run Maintenance
The four maintenance programs that I suggest running once a week are Glary Utilities
Superantispyware
Malwarebytes
Wise Disk Cleaner and/or Wise Care 365
Instructions on installing and using them can be found at the club site.
https://tinyurl.com/sspm7zu

Print Tiny Print Larger
When you print an email the size of the type will be the same size as came in on the email. Making the print larger while reading the email by using Ctrl+Plus does not affect the font size of the type when printed. My suggestion is to drag through to select the body of the email and then right-click in the selection and copy it to the clipboard. Then you can open up any word processing program (WordPad, Word, Libre, etc) and paste the words into the new document. Then in that document select all th text and increase the font size of the font before printing.

Photo Scan By Google
We heard about a new scanning program by Google that was demonstrated at the APCUG conference on Saturday. It is an app for your phone to take pictures of photographs. When you use this app, the picture is automatically straightened and glare removed.

Fix Sound On Laptop
If you're having an issue with sound on your laptop you might first check to see if plugging eight a pair of headphones works. If it does than you may have internal speaker problems.. Otherwise I suggest you right click on the start button and choose device manager.



Locate the section on Sound and uninstall the device. Restart the computer and Windows 10 will install fresh drivers.

Access The Clipboard
Every time you copy something it goes into the windows clipboard. Beginning with version 1903 all clipboard entries are retained until the computer is restarted. To access the clipboard contents, use Win+V. Then you can scroll through the contents of the clipboard to choose the one you wish to paste someplace.

Windows Security
Windows Defender comes with Windows 10. This is an antivirus program that protects the computer from known viruses. There is a firewall built into Windows and one built into your WiFi router to protect you from intrusions. The maintenance programs mentioned above take care of removing malware, adware, Pups (potentially unwanted programs) as well as cleaning up the registry and removing junk files. These are not viruses but they do cause your computer to be sluggish.

Hosting A Zoom Meeting
When you started using Zoom you had to download and install a zoom client. It probably happened for you when you clicked the link sent in the invitation to join a meeting. The client is an application that allows you to connect to a Zoom meeting.

If you did this through a download from Zoom.com, it probably asked you to register by entering your username and password or by using your Google account or Facebook account to sign in. If you registered you have a free account and can both join a meeting hosted by somebody else or actually host a meeting by yourself.

If you don’t see a Zoom icon on your desktop, click start and scroll down the list to locate it or Win+Q an type Zoom. From the main screen that you sign into you can click to host a meeting or to schedule a meeting or to join one. If you click to join you will need a meeting ID and a password to enter. I suggest looking at some of the videos available on Zoom.com for detailed instructions.
https://tinyurl.com/hhe7sg2

Printing Photos
We spend a lot of time discussing the advantages of using Google Photos by setting our cell phones to automatically upload any picture we take. But what if we would like to have those pictures printed out at one of the local stores such as Walgreens, CVS ,Walmart, etc.?

All we need to do is open up Google Photos (photos.goolge.com) and locate the pictures we would like to have printed. Once we have checked them all, that is placed a checkmark in the upper left circle of each picture, we can hold down the shift key and press the D (Shift+D) to download all of them to our computer. Then we can copy them to a flash drive to bring to the store. Or we can sign onto their website and upload the pictures so we can have them printed8. Then we can go to the store and pick up the photos.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Computer Class Notes 4-28-2020

Watch the video of today’s class
https://tinyurl.com/yan93dw3

Online Class Invitation
The link, meeting ID, and password will stay the same for the Tuesday classes. I will continue to send the invitations but you can reuse them from now on. Feel free to pass them on to others but please do not post them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

Backing Up To External Drive
I suggest doing a full image backup of each computer once a month or more often. You can pick up an external drive for about $60 that will be 1 or 2 TB in size. That should be sufficient to hold at least six backups. I like to use EaseUS and you can find an article on in here:
https://tinyurl.com/y5zvphmf

Enlarging A Scanned Picture
The general rule of thumb is that you can always make an image smaller but you cannot make it larger. When you scan a picture in with your printer/scanner it will be the same size as the original. I take a picture of the hard copy picture with my cell phone and end up with a much larger image.

Google Photos Free?

Yes, if you select to allow High-Density pictures. Original size pictures will count against your storage allocation. Video files always count against your allocation. Everyone has 15 GB of free space. There is a charge for additional space. So make sure your application on your computer or your cell phone is set to Hight Density.

Download A Picture From Google Photos.
Select the picture and type Shift+D and it will download to your computer

Why a green screen is used?
Green is the go-to because it doesn't match any natural skin tone or hair color, meaning no part of an actor will be edited out through chroma key. When a green costume or prop is essential, a blue screen is often substituted.

Download From Photos For Zoom
Locate the picture you want to use for your Zoom background on your Google Photos cloud. Select the picture by clicking the circle in the upper left to put a checkmark in place. Shift+D will download it to your computer.



Open Zoom. Click picture (maybe just your initials), then click Settings.



Click Virtual Background




Click the plus sign and then click Add Image.

Locate the image you just downloaded and it will be added to your list of images that are available for your background.

Download YouTube Videos
Do not need an app on your computer. Locate the video you want to download. Start it and then pause it. In the address bar add the letter pp after the word youtube and before the period. Press Enter. Choose your desired output and when ready you will have a download button to transfer it to your computer.


APCUG’s FREE 2020 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC36)

https://apcug2.org/

How often does Word automatically save the file?
The default in MS Word is 10 minutes.



File > Options > Save to change it

Maintenance Programs
Since we only run the free maintenance programs once a week or even less, why keep them running in the background taking CPU cycles? After running them and cleaning the junk out, you can uninstall them. Next time you need to run them, just download and install them again. This is reasonable advice for older computers that were upgraded to work with Windows 10 but with most new ones you will not notice the difference. If you are uninstalling you will lose all the modifications you mat have made-what is checked and what is not. Since you are reinstalling to run and then uninstall it may not matter. I leave mine installed and update them before use.

Cool Free Transparent Desktop Clock
The Aero Clock from SoftwareOK. It’s free, available in a portable edition, highly customizable, and because of its aero transparency, it is extremely effective sitting on the desktop.
https://tinyurl.com/ybudlw2g

Live Webcams
Kinda sad, but cool: Webcams showing live shots of famous places around the globe. Kinda sad because they're all empty. Cool because you can see famous places on your computer.
https://www.skylinewebcams.com/

I found this on the Morning Brew which I read mornings. Check it out; it’s free: https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/r/?kid=28910f1b

Live Training Webinars
Zoom experts host free and interactive live training webinars daily. Get up to speed in less than an hour. Please select the time zone that fits best for you when registering for one of our live training webinars.
https://tinyurl.com/tkkbfnx

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Computer Club Class 4-21-2020

It was a busy class with lots of good questions for the 35 members that joined in today on Zoom. We will be back next Tuesday for more of the same. I appreciated the email from Donna with her questions. And the questions others had during the class.

I did video the session and it is available at https://tinyurl.com/yap9ftpc

What happens when you "subscribe" on YouTube?
You can find a Subscribe button under any YouTube video or on a channel's page. Once you subscribe to a channel, any new videos it publishes will show up in your Subscription feed. You may also start getting notifications when a channel you subscribe to publishes new content.

The 15 Best Free PDF Readers of 2020
There are hundreds of PDF readers and some can cost you almost a thousand dollars per year, so we sifted through the internet to find the best free PDF readers that you can download online.
https://tinyurl.com/yd5gx7tn

CCCGC instructions on how to use Reflect
https://tinyurl.com/yazcx9qz for the paper on Reflect

I have been using EaseUS instead of Reflect. I find it easier to use both on making a backup and restoring one. My latest article on EaseUS can be found on Dave’s…
https://tinyurl.com/y5zvphmf for that article

Glary
Why do you advise that we uncheck "automatically check for updates" in Glary?



To save time and not be annoyed. So you do no get the pop up telling you programs need updates and so it is not running in the background. You can open Glary and on the Overview tab click the update button to have it check for you. This one tells me that 11 of my non-Microsoft programs are out of date. Clicking on the button will bring me to a screen to download updates.

The Best Websites For Buying Refurbished Electronics
Many of us tend to buy brand new products. But, is that even necessary? There are online stores that offer refurbished electronics that are often the same (or a bit lower quality) as the brand new one. However, refurbished products are often much cheaper.
https://tinyurl.com/y9uya3ua

Remote Access
How do I get access to help another user? If you are both running Windows 10 it is easy.

If I am giving assistance, I open Quick Assist and click the give assistance button. After entering my Microsoft credentials it generates a six-digit code.



I have the other person on the phone and have they open Quick Assist by tapping Win+Q and typing Quick. Then I have them open Quick Assist from the top of the list that appears above. They enter the code I give them over the phone and press Get Assistance. They agree to give me permission and I have control of their computer.

If either machine is not Windows 10 then they have to use a third party application like TeamViewer.
https://bit.ly/2Vsx9IC for free TeamViewer

Downloads Folder
The default location of all downloaded files and applications in the downloads folder unless you specify another location in your browser. I suggest you move the important files to a better location right away. Downloaded applications and zip files can probably be removed. If you don’t stay on top of it the downloads folder can become quite large. Since our hard drives are so big and fast we really don’t notice it. However, searching takes longer and backups are longer and larger. So it is a good idea to purge it from time to time. I suggest you backup first, then purge. That way if there is a file you need later you can locate it in your backup.

So the simple answer is Yes. It is okay to delete unneeded files from downloads. Remember that anything deleted moves over to the recycle bin and sill stay there until you empty it. Running the maintenance programs will clean it out.

MailChimp
It is a great way to send multiple emails. If you send them using your normal email like Comcast, Yahoo, Gmail, or whatever you can send multiple emails by inserting more than one email address in the TO, CC, or BCC boxes. However, each email service has a maximum number of emails you can send in a month without being considered spamming. Using a free service like MailChimp lets you maintain a database of names and email addresses and when you send using their service everyone gets an individual email. You can even write it now and schedule it to be sent in the future. After it is sent you can check the reporting feature to see how many were actually read and even who read it.

Word Questions
Even though most users today have never used a typewriter or even know what one is, they still get to the end of a line and want to hit the enter key to get to the next line.

Looking at their document, you can't tell there are problems. It prints fine. Everything is lined up. Then they add a word or two in the middle of a paragraph and everything is off. The same will happen if they decide to change the font style or size. Everything is off.

All word processors have a feature called word wrap. As you type and there is not enough room on the line to contain the entire word, you are brought to the beginning of the next line automatically. That is what is happening right now as I type this into my phone using Google Docs.

Non-Breaking Space In Microsoft Word
Ever have a phrase in Word that you do not want to split into another line? Like March 31 should stay together and not have a line ending with March and the new line starting with 31. Or Mr Evans with the Mr on the first line and Evans on the second. And Chapter 3 should be all on the same line. You get the idea.

It is very simple, but unknown by most Word users. Instead of hitting the spacebar at the end of the first item, press Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar. You will not see anything different unless you turn on the Show-Hide button. But if you insert some extra words to the left of the phrase, the whole phrase will move to the next line.

Download from YouTube
Yes, you can download the videos on YouTube to watch them later without internet access.

1. Locate the video on YouTube
2. Locate its URL in the address bar
http://www.youtube.com/xxxxxxxx
3. Add pp after youtube and hit the Enter key
http://www.youtubepp.com/xxxxxxxx
4. On the next page, the URL will already be there. Choose the type and size of the file you desire and click download. It will place it in your download folder.
5. Click Download and the video will be converted and downloaded to your Download folder

Transfer music to iPhone from PC
I have never tried this as I do not listen to music on my iPhone. It seems straight forward. You will need to install iTunes on your computer.

1. Connect your iPhone to PC via matched USB cable.
2. Open iTunes.
3. After that, on the left corner of the interface click the phone icon. ..
4. Import music into iTunes library from the computer by clicking File and then Add File to Library.
5. Now, under Settings tab click Music.

TinyURL
When the URL you are sending to someone is already short there is no reason to use a shortener like TinyURL. But if it is a long one usually taking multiple lines the resulting URL will be much easier especially if they have to type it in from a document and not just click on it from an email.



With TinyURL you simply copy the long URL into the clipboard (Ctrl+C) and then open tinyurl.com. Paste it into the text box and click the Make TinyURL! button. The shortened URL will appear. Simply copy it to the clipboard and paste it into your email, Facebook, a document, etc.





Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Computer Club Online 4-14-2020

We had 35 sign on to our Zoom class this afternoon. There was lots of interaction. Thank you all for keeping your microphone silent unless you have something to ask or respond to. About half did not have video and it is nice to see each other but we understand that some do not have a videocam on a desktop and maybe others were still in their PJs (LOL).

And thanks for the questions by email before the meeting and for Harold being ready with a couple of others. Thanks to George and Donna for getting back to me with some of the answers we needed.



I did record the entire session and posted it on Facebook. You can also click the link here to view it.
https://tinyurl.com/qru6cbe

View Your Saved Passwords
Google Chrome can save and display your passwords. That's convenient, but is it secure?

I demonstrated how to view the passwords you have saved while in Google Chrome. You need your Windows 10 pin or password to access them.
https://tinyurl.com/t5w8skk

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with ways to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows. A great overview of the Windows 95 PowerToys can be found here.
https://tinyurl.com/t6tona5

Windows 10’s New PowerToys
The phrase “PowerToys” probably doesn’t send you running to your Windows computer, but just because Microsoft’s little suite of quirky utilities isn’t sexy doesn’t mean that it’s not worth slapping on your system. The company announced earlier this year that it was planning to roll out PowerToys for Windows 10, and the first two are actually pretty useful additions to your everyday life.
https://tinyurl.com/y3pafa24

Bandicam
Record and Capture everything you want to on your PC screen. I have not used this and it does come at a cost. Might be very useful for someone with a need. However, if you open Zoom and choose to record, everything you do is recorded.
https://tinyurl.com/y3fbeqck

Make any program stay on top of other windows
Do you constantly find yourself switching between applications? Isn't it tedious? PinWin might be able to solve this problem. It is an open source application that was written for one purpose: to pin a window so that it stays on top of any other window all the time.

This is great for keeping one screen on top no matter what other screens you open. Now you could just pin the screen to one of the corners but then whatever screen you open next will take a lot less space an be difficult to work with. This program allows the other screen to go full screen with what you have pinned on top.
https://tinyurl.com/y6l9ck6r

Low Power Mode on Your iPhone
We all wish our iPhone or iPad battery would last longer. Luckily, Apple includes a handy feature called Low Power Mode that allows you to squeeze extra life out of your device, and you can launch it quickly from Control Center. Here’s how to set it up.

Androids also have a low power mode. This saves your battery. With either phone turn on Airplane Mode for a quicker charge. Just remember to turn it off when the charge is finished.
https://tinyurl.com/r2ubo9n

Clear Cache and Cookies in Chrome
If you’re trying to fix loading or formatting issues to improve your browsing experience on Google Chrome, clearing your cache and cookies is an excellent place to start. Here’s how and what happens when you delete them.

Good article but if you do the maintenance programs on a regular basis cache and cookies are cleared for you. And they are Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, GlaryUtilities, and WiseCare 365.
https://tinyurl.com/rd7jq7r



VideoCam
What is George K using on his desktop? Very clear image. Google “Microsoft Lifecam HD 5001” and you will know why it is so sharp $$$

How To Setup Groups In Gmail
This one took some poking around and help from a number of you in the class. It turned out to be very simple. When you add a person to your contact list, you assign them to a group (called labels in gmail).


If they are in your list, locate them and place a checkmark to select them. Then click the arrow-box and choose the existing label (the group to place them in) or create a new one.



When composing a new email, enter the name of the group (the label) and all the names in that list will appear in the To field. There you can remove any you want to exclude from that list for this email.

Transfer Video To Facebook


In Create Post, click Photo/Video and upload the video file. The maximum size for FB is 25mb.

Find Passwords On Computer
We are looking for key codes or passwords that are associated with programs/applications installed on your computer. Like the installation codes for Windows or Office or any other paid-for app.




One that we use at the club is called The Belarc Advisor and it builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.
belarc.com

There are others you can download and here is one I have used in the past successfully. PasswdFinder is a neat freeware utility that helps you find your lost passwords. Once installed, it will show you passwords saved by web-browsers, email clients, instant messengers, FTP clients and other programs.
Magicaljellybean.com

Recover forgotten WiFi passwords. This one will locate your WiFi password used on your computer. You need it to set up another access and can’t find it. This will scan your computer and let you know what it is.
https://tinyurl.com/t2mfhho

Can Words Be Wrapped Around Pictures In Email
The simple answer is no. You can type to the right of an embedded picture and add a line if there is room but you cannot have multiple lines

I did the second one by creating a table in Word and then hiding the lines. Then I used Win+Shift+S to snap an image of the screen and paste it to the email. A lot easier to just explain the image under the picture.

Be Careful About Emails Asking For Credentials
Every week I receive at least one email telling me one of my accounts (Bank, Investment, Amazon, etc) is having a problem with my account and unless I click and give them my information and change my password. DO NOT DO IT. This is a scam. ALWAYS call them on the phone to verify. They will never ask for credentials on an email. And the emails will always have your name, not Dear Customer, etc. And never give any of that information over the phone unless you know it is them. Best to call them on the phone using a phone number you have not one in the email.

Templates
Instead of using a blank “piece of paper” for an email are there some fun templates we can use. Like something for Easter or Memorial Day or…?

In Word

Insert tab > Online Pictures > type “templates easter” > Enter



Select one by clicking it then click Insert.

In Libre

Here is a nice video I found to create greeting cards in Libre
https://youtu.be/6TfaNCgiSno



Templates are a different story. In LibreOffice Writer,
Click File > Templates > Open Template

However, you need to have templates loaded onto your computer
https://extensions.libreoffice.org/

Export Bookmarks
The question was simple but finding the solution was a little harder since we had never done this before. The classmate wanted to be able to download all his bookmarks, clean out the ones he no longer needed, and then put the completed list of them back.

The solution was to export the entire list of bookmarks, delete all of them on the browser, and then then, after cleaning up the list, import the cleaned up list back to the browser.



In Google Chrome Ctrl+Shift+O to open the bookmark manager. Then click Export bookmarks.



Choose where to save it on your hard drive and click Save.

Now you can locate it and double-click on it to open it in a browser.