Friday, January 22, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-21-2021

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Why PayPal
Even I did use "Pay Pal" before and it did work for me, but please can you tell us the benefit of using Pay Pal vs. your own bank account (or charge card) for payment? And what the proper procedure is to operate Pay Pal correctly, whether it is receiving payment or making a payment. I do have an account with "app Pay Pal" but no Pay Pal Bank account with $ in it as such.

PayPal guarantees you are satisfied or you will get the product. You can set up two-factor authorization--2FA.

Mouse Pointer Options
Win+I > Devices > Mouse > Additional mouse options

In the Pointers tab, click Use Default, then click Apply

Recent Scams
We looked at a number of scams that have come over my email in the past weeks.

Be careful about any emails that want to help you with your computer, ask for information about you, or want to confirm your information. “Dear Customer” or “Dear Sir” are both good indications of a scam. Your accounts know your name.

NEVER allow someone to sign in to your computer unless you initiated it. They are NOT from Microsoft. Hang up and call the company the person said they are representing.

If you have messages appearing on your screen telling you to call this number because your computer has a problem, DON’T. You have malware and might need help fixing it. DO NOT call and let them fix it for you.

Windows 10 Hidden Video Editor
Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically.

This is a great app to clean up those home movies you take with your cell phone.

Create a Word Cloud in Microsoft PowerPoint
Adding a word cloud to your slideshow helps communicate what’s really important about the presentation by making certain keywords stand out. There’s no built-in tool in Microsoft PowerPoint for creating a word cloud, but it can still be done. Here’s how.

Word Clouds
A wordle (also known as a word cloud and tag cloud) is a visual representation of words, where the size of each word is proportional to the number of times it appears.

Computer Should Be a Mac
You can do incredible things with your iPhone, but you could do so much more with an iPhone and a Mac. Pairing Apple’s excellent devices give you the power to call or text from your desktop, transfer files without annoying cables, and automatically sync credit card or login information. If you’re an iPhone user looking for a new computer, it’s time to skip the Windows machine and buy a Mac or MacBook.

I am not recommending making the switch. I just thought it a good article and food for thought.

Englewood Area Macintosh Users Group
EAMUG was formed in 1993 and is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, nestled between Venice and Punta Gorda, Florida. The members contribute to the organization which is rich in basic as well as advanced computer techniques.

This might be a good source for some of those “Apple” questions. We do have people in the club that are familiar with some devices but most of us are Windows people.

Slow Computer Book
You may have received a copy of my ebook 10 Reasons Your Computer is Slow as a bonus for subscribing to this newsletter. I recently updated it, and have added it to my store. I've put a price on it ($9.97) but for the time being, I'm giving it away. Merry Christmas? You don't have to go through the store if you don't want to, here's the direct download. (Just right-click and "Save As...".)

I have not read through this entire document but thought it might give some food for thought and perhaps bring up some questions for another class. Check it out and let me know what you pick up that was helpful.

Facebook Mimes
You have found a mime either on another’s page or on the internet and you want to post it to someone else's page, to their phone as a text message, or an email.

Use Win+Shift+S to draw a box around the mime. That places what you selected into your clipboard. Just go to where you want to palace it and right-click > paste or Ctrl+V to insert it.

iPhone Display Zoom

           Standard                   Zoomed

For larger onscreen controls on an iPhone, go to:

Settings > Display & Brightness

Scroll to the bottom and tap View

Choose Zoomed

Then in the upper right tap Set

iPhone Texting GIFs

Just above the keyboard tap the red icon to view a list of available GIFs or to search for one

Friday, January 15, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-14-2021

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Reveal Link   
When there is a link on a page and you place your mouse over it, it opens info about the link. Sometimes so large that you really can’t see what you want without opening the link. Is there a way to have that info not open?

Yes, right-click on the link and "Copy link address". That puts it in the clipboard and then you can paste it somewhere you can read it all... like notepad

Also when you mouse over a link a message might popup that explains what the link is all about. As far as I know, you cannot turn this feature off.

Printing The Screen
Is there a Windows 10 screen capture tool that then allows you to print the screen? How do you print the screen?

The Snipping Tool will allow you to take a picture of the entire screen, the windows on top, or get to draw a box around what you want to save. You can also arrive at the same place using Win+Shift+S.

Windows+PrtScrn will save an image of the screen(s) in a file in the Screenshots folder in the Picture folder.

I know you talked about chargers some time ago but now I could use your recommendation for charging my 10" Android tablet that I use for painting (photos)?

An Android tablet uses the same kind of charger as an android cell phone. An iPhone or other Apple device uses a different one. The higher the number (amps) the charger has the faster the charge. Most USB charging points, like in your vehicle or attached to new wall outlets are 2.0. Older cell phone charges were like .5 or .7 and will still work, just slowly.

My Malwarebytes expired, do I give my email address for a new 14-day free trial? Is the SUPERAntiSpyware the same as Malwarebytes? They keep popping up.

No, they are different, each searching out different types of issues that can slow down you computer.

When you see suggestions to upgrade, don’t. Use Ninite or PatchMyPC to do the upgrades for you. If you accept the suggestion and let the program upgrade itself, you will have to get around the “buy me” links and make sure you do not allow other software to be installed at the same time. Ninite and PatchMyPC will not do that.

F11 For More Real Estate
When on a website, press F11, the address bar, tabs, and shortcut bar are hidden giving you more room on the screen for what you are displaying. It is a toggle, press it again and they are put back.

Print Friendly
This is an extension for Chrome that allows you to easily print an entire web page. It adds a right-click option to use it.

Enable Startup Sound on Your Chromebook
Computers traditionally have had a startup sound that plays as soon as they are up and running. Chromebooks don’t have this out of the box, but if you miss that nostalgic touch of a startup chime, you can manually enable it from the settings.

Your Windows Taskbar Should Always Be on the Left Side
Windows has featured a taskbar at the bottom of the screen since the beginning. That position made sense back in the day, but on modern computers, it doesn’t. I’m here to tell you the taskbar should be on the left.

Google Has a Bunch of Free Games
There are plenty of little hidden easter eggs in the Google search engine. From barrels rolls to performing the Cha-Cha Slide, you can have a lot of fun typing certain phrases into the search bar. However, we want to give a special highlight to the full-on games Google’s snuck away here.

How Do Cookies Work
Cookies aren’t as evil as most stories — and some security tools — might have you believe. A cookie is nothing more than some information a website saves on your computer. The next time you visit that site, your browser then sends it back to that same website. Seriously. That’s it. That’s all. That’s a cookie.

Windows 10’s Built-in Screen Capture Tool
Windows 10 can record a video of your screen without any third-party software. Here’s how to find and use Windows 10’s easy-to-use Capture utility to record your display.

Lookup For An Address Or Phone Number

This one worked well and gave us both the phone numbers and addresses without having to pay a fee.

This one was easy and instant and no charge.

This one was a long process ending in a report you have to pay for.

Be sure to check out the following Art Shoes. Rosemary has her painting on the front page of the Winners Circle and has artwork in the current show at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda

Dick will be teaching at Florida Gulf Coast University Academy

Beginning with the following online with Zoom class in January he will teach a total of 8 classes this semester, 2 per month. For more information and to register for the class see

Publishing Your Memoirs $25 / $30
January 25, at 11 am – 12:30 pm, Monday
Speaker: Richard Evans

In this class, we will look at putting together a family history to pass on to others. You will learn ways to organize a document as well as pictures. We will also discuss ways to distribute the results using the cloud, flash drives, DVDs, and a published book.

View the latest Program Guide for a list of available courses at

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-7-2021

Birthday Calendar
Import friend’s birthdays from Facebook to your favorite calendar. The generated calendar file can be saved in the CSV` format. The resulting file will open in a spreadsheet program and show the name and the month/day birthdate of ALL your friends.

You’re Being Warned About Windows 10 End of Service
Windows 10 warns when it's coming to "end of service", but what does that mean if Windows 10 is always being updated?

To see what version of Window 10 you are using:

Win+R, type WINVER and press the Enter key

If you are running 20H2 you are current. 2004 is fine but you should upgrade to the latest soon. 1909 or earlier may work but you are missing a number of important updates.

Convert Black & White Pictures to Full Color
Click the "Upload Photo" button, choose a file then wait for it to upload and process. Be patient and wait for your image to process. Once done you may click the circle with arrows to see the difference between the color and grayscale images. To download your converted photo, right-click the color image and click "save image as."

Works well and is easy to use. Open the webpage, click to Upload your picture, then download the colorized result.

30 Essential Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10
The Windows key made its first appearance in 1994, and it’s still an essential tool for Windows 10 power users. Here are the most important Windows key keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 you should know about.

There was a number I was not familiar with. We tried them all out. The best was Win+H. In any program, you can press it to activate the speech to text feature and dictate into the program.

Get an On-Screen Windows Key Shortcut Guide on Windows 10
Windows 10 features a rich collection of Windows key shortcuts that can make using a PC speedy fast—if you remember them. Luckily, thanks to PowerToys, you can quickly see a convenient pop-up guide to many of the most useful ones. Here’s how to use it.

Last week we discovered that the checkbox is missing from the User Accounts dialog box. To get to that dialog box we would

Win+R and type NETPLWIZ, then click OK. This video shows how to fix that.

Dick will be teaching at Florida Gulf Coast University Academy
Beginning with the following online with Zoom class in January he will teach a total of 8 classes this semester, 2 per month. For more information and to register for the class see

Publishing Your Memoirs $25 / $30
January 25, at 11 am – 12:30 pm, Monday
Speaker: Richard Evans
In this class, we will look at putting together a family history to pass on to others. You will learn ways to organize a document as well as pictures. We will also discuss ways to distribute the results using the cloud, flash drives, DVDs, and a published book.

View the latest Program Guide for a list of available courses at

Friday, January 1, 2021

Computer Class Notes 12-31-2020

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Direct link to the current “Bytes”

Open and read the current schedule regarding the “move”

EaseUS reminds me when I need to Backup
Often EaseUS tells me there is New Version Available. Is it advisable to download the New Version EaseUS and make a New Rescue Disk or Flash Drive every time a New Version EaseUS is Available?

It is a good idea to stay current with the latest version. However, the current version you have been using is not broken so you can still rely on it. As far as the Emergency Disk, the one yu created last will still work with the new version and if you create a new one, it will still be able to restore from an older version backup set.

Create a QR Code to Easily Share Your Wi-Fi Password
Typing in your Wi-Fi details on new smartphones and tablets (and on your guests’ phones) can be a total hassle, especially if you have a long complex password. Make life a little simpler for yourself by turning your Wi-Fi password into a handy Wi-Fi QR code, so that anyone can log into your wireless network without bugging you.

Microsoft Word Can Now Automatically Transcribe Your Conversations

If you've ever needed to transcribe a long conversation or interview, you'll know how mind-numbing the task can get after just a few minutes. Fortunately, you can now make Word do all the hard work for you with its new transcription feature.

This only works with the latest Office 365, not with older versions. However, the older version of Word, as well as Google Docs, allows you to speak into your computer, provided you have a microphone and have the program type it out for you. If you have an external microphone on your computer, not the built-in one on a laptop, you can place the microphone in front of the speakers and the speech to text capability of your word processor will transcribe for you.

Use Google Forms
If you’ve ever tried to make an online survey before, you’ve probably used a few web-based tools like SurveyMonkey and SurveyLegend. However, there’s another awesome tool out there that we think you should use, and that free tool is Google Forms.

Create your own surveys, polls, or even invitations easily and freely using Google Forms. You create the form and email it to your group. They receive it and when they complete it the responses are recorded for you to see.

Why Windows Gets Unresponsive
It’s no fun when your computer becomes unresponsive. Even if you don’t lose work because of it, hanging programs or a total system freeze can slow your productivity to a crawl. PC problems that don’t manifest through a blue screen or other random shutdowns usually result in an unresponsive Windows 10 system.

Search Everything
Locate files and folders by name instantly. Everything. Small installation file. Clean and simple user interface. Quick file indexing. Quick searching. The ambiguously named Everything is a piece of Windows PC software that bypasses Windows search with a lightning-quick interface and real-time results for all of the files and folders in your local storage device or any subsection of it.

How To Make A TinyURL
Locate the webpage you want to create a short URL to access it.
Ctrl+L to jump to the address bar with the URL highlighted
Ctrl+C to copy the selected URL
In a new tab, open

Click in the box under “Enter a long…” then Ctrl+V to paste the URL
Click “Make TinyURL!”

Click “Copy to clipboard” and the TinyURL will be placed on the clipboard to paste into an email or elsewhere.

Note: If you place the word Preview. In front of, the person who clicks the link will see the full URL they are being taken to before they commit.

What Is A Ribbon?
When Microsoft introduced Office 2007 they introduced the world to ribbons. Previous versions of Office used pulldown menus or a list of things to access within the program. This has been the approach everyone else used as well, even today. Click on “File” and list of items dropped down--Open, Save, SaveAs, Print, Exit…

A ribbon is a collection of those same items but displayed as icons in groups left to right. No more pulldowns. You can see an example of this even in the Windows 10 File Manager.

Then Home ribbon displays icons within groups. Click the icon to perform the task desired. In this example, the text document is selected and in the Open group, I can check the properties, open it in Notepad, etc.

Ribbons are a more visual way to access the tools that used to be available only in the dropdown lists.

Sharing A Dropbox File

Open Dropbox and locate the file you want to share.

Click “Share”

Click “Copy link” and then paste that URL into an email or document you send to others. Shorten it using TinyURL if you wish.

How Do I Flip A Video?
Have you ever taken a movie on your phone and have it upside down or sideways? Well, this video will show you how to use an app built into Windows 10 to straighten it out.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Computer Class Notes 12-24-2020

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Messenger Rooms
Facebook Messenger Rooms, also known as Messenger Rooms, is a video conferencing feature of Facebook Messenger. It allows users to add up to 50 people at a time. Messenger Rooms does not require a Facebook account. (from Wikipedia)

Send or Share
The choices in Facebook as to SEND or SHARE has to do with the settings. As I understand it, in settings, change so only friends can see what you post and then the available options for others will be to SEND and not SHARE.

How to Pause Updates on Windows 10
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates as they become available. To stop this, you can “pause” updates for up to 35 days in just a few clicks—even on Windows 10 Home. Here’s what you need to know about pausing Windows Update.

14 Ways to Make Windows 10 Faster and Improve Performance
It's not hard to make Windows 10 faster. Here are several methods to improve the speed and performance of Windows 10.

Chrome Startup Setting

Type this in the address bar of Chrome


Or open Menu (three dots) > Settings > On startup

Create encrypted documents with Crypto Notepad
Storing sensitive data in plain text documents is never a good idea. You never know what could happen if it falls in the wrong hands. Crypto Notepad is a text editor that can encrypt your documents, and protect them from unauthorized access.

SafeHouse Explorer
One password to open each safehouse safe. You create the safes.
SafeHouse Explorer is a software that requires less storage space than most programs in the category Security software. It's very heavily used in some countries such as Brazil, United Kingdom, and United States.Since we added this program to our catalog in 2011, it has already reached 30,036 downloads, and last week it achieved 4 downloads.SafeHouse Explorer is available for users with the operating system Windows 2000 and previous versions, and you can get it in English. Its current version is 3.01 and was updated on 6/27/201

Scan multiple photos at once with AutoSplitter photo scanning software
This multiple photo scanning software will automatically crop your scan of several images. Place as many photos on your flatbed scanner as you can fit and scan - this software will automatically detect individual photos from the scan and will divide the image. Photos will be straightened and saved into separate image files. Scan all your family photos quickly. Multiple baseball cards, postcards, and other rectangular prints can also be scanned efficiently at once.

Your PHONE is an awesome WEBCAM!
iVCam turns your Phone/Pad into an HD webcam for Windows PC, which has much better quality than most webcams and is compatible with all webcam-enabled applications. Replace your USB webcam or integrated webcam now with your Phone/Pad! It’s also a perfect baby monitor, spy-cam, security camera, and pet-cam.
Download the software
Connect vis USB
Use with Zoom
Video explaining how to set up and use 

Handypad Is A Freeware Text Editor
HandyPad is a freeware offline text editor that autosaves the content of the document as you type. It has a very minimal design with the interface just having an editor pane and a menu bar. To start using HandyPad, just type the text in the editor pane.

aNotepad is exactly the way a notepad should be. It’s fast, hassle-free and has a built-in rich text editor for more advanced formatting needs. It’s completely free and even allows you to create an account just in case you’d like to save your notes or keep them private on the cloud.

Stop The Indexing Of Files To Search
This is useful on older computers to stop indexing and speed up your computer by not running this in the background.

Win+E to open File Explorer > This PC


Click Properties

Uncheck “Allow files on…” to stop indexing

File Explorer Navigation Pane Missing

Click the View tab

Click Navigation pane

Click “Navigation pane”

The Navigation pane appears to the left of the Frequent folders list

Friday, December 18, 2020

Computer Class Notes 12-17-2020

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A QR code is a type of matrix barcode first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. To read the contents of a QR code you need to have a QR reader app on your cell phone.

A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. Like with the QR, you need an app on your cell phone to read the barcode. The Sam’s Club and the Walmart apps each include bar code readers.

IrfanView is an image viewer, editor, organizer, and converter program for Microsoft Windows. It can also play video and audio files and has some image creation and painting capabilities. This is a freeware image editor and viewer. I have used it to display a series of pictures as a looping slideshow. You can use it to resize those large pictures as well. It has many features including editing your image by cutting, enhancing the color, converting to B&W, and more. Even a way to resize one or a group of images. It is available on the Ninite list of programs.

Paint To Add Captions
You can use IrfanView to add captions to a picture. However, I find the simplest way is to use Microsoft Paint.

Win+R > Paint

Use the A in the Tools group. Draw a box where you would like to see a caption and type away. You can change the font, size, and color.

I like to increase the size of the background (the white box) so I have an area below the image and use it to show the caption.

Some Windows 10 updates will soon be force installed
Later this month, Microsoft will begin to forcibly install Windows 10 updates on devices running certain outdated versions of the operating system. In light of the fact, Windows 10 version 1903 has already reached the end of service, the remaining users will be automatically updated to version 1909, whether they like it or not.

How to Use the Built-In Stocks Feature in Microsoft Excel
If you need stock market data for your spreadsheet, you can save time and get up-to-date information with the built-in Stocks data type in Microsoft Excel. Here’s how to populate your sheet with details like ticker symbols, market caps, previous close, and more.

Stock Connector add in to Excel
Stock Connector lets you link stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, currencies, and cryptocurrencies to cells in your spreadsheets and refreshes them automatically.

Extract an Icon from a Windows EXE File
Sometimes you’re working on a project and need access to a high-quality version of a Windows 10 application icon, but you can’t find one on the internet. Luckily, a free utility called IconViewer makes it easy to extract a high-quality icon from an application’s EXE file. Here’s how. 

Windows PowerToys
  • PowerToys for Windows 10 includes the following utilities:
  • Color Picker is a tool for HEX and RGB color identification.
  • FancyZones creates a window manager that makes it easier to build complex window layouts.
  • File Explorer Preview adds Scalable Vector Graphics and Markdown previews to File Explorer.
  • Image Resizer puts an image-resizing option into the File Explorer context menus.
  • Keyboard Manager adds options for remapping keys and shortcuts.
  • PowerRename is a tool for bulk file renaming in File Explorer via search-and-replace or regular expressions.
  • PowerToys Run is a powerful search tool. Use it to find folders, files, applications, and other items.
  • Shortcut Guide pops up an overlay screen of Windows-key shortcuts for as long as the Winkey is pressed and held.

About Passwords
On my iPhone, all I have to do is ask Siri to “Show me my passwords” and a list of all saved passwords appears after I answer the security question.

In Google Chrome, on my Android phone, or my computer, I open the menu (three dots) and select Settings > Passwords to view a list of saved passwords

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Computer Class Notes 12-10-2020

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How do I fax from My HP ENVY Printer if it doesn't have a Phone Line Connection?

I have always use jConnect which has joined forces with eFax - the world leader in online faxing! Here is what you get:
  • A local or toll-free fax number to suit your needs
  • Convenient sending and receiving of faxes online or via email
  • The ability to sign your faxes digitally using a free mobile app

Here is another Free Fax Service. In the free plan, you can send up to 10 pages. If you are planning on sending more pages, the rate can be as low as $0.03 per extra page.
FAX.PLUS plans

Find Text Inside
Office Search is a specialized open-source search tool for Microsoft Windows devices that are designed to find text that you specify in Office and text documents.

Win+E > Click a folder > View > Options > Change… > Search
And place a checkmark next to Always search...

What is Meet Now in Windows 10
If you are running a recent version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, you may have noticed the new Meet Now taskbar icon that the company added in October 2020 ...

Can Websites See Your Physical Location?
If you really want to hide your physical location from a website, you can use a VPN (a virtual private network) Or, for additional privacy at the cost of speed, use Tor. When you access a website through a VPN, you connect directly to the VPN server, and the VPN server connects to the website on your behalf. It functions as a middleman, passing traffic back and forth.

Why Aren’t Viruses a Problem on Chrome OS?
Chrome OS has a reputation for being virus-proof. Google likes to boast about how secure its operating system is compared to others. Are Chromebooks really immune to viruses, though? And, if so, how do they achieve this? Allow us to explain.

The New Windows Terminal
Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal is finally stable. Windows finally has a more modern terminal environment including features like tabs, split panes, multiple session types, and settings that let you configure everything from keyboard shortcuts to animated GIF backgrounds.

With ShareMouse you can share your mouse and keyboard between two computers and easily transfer files. ShareMouse not only works between Windows 10 computers but also between Microsoft Windows 10 and/or Apple macOS 10.13-10.15 and can be used with up to 9 computers. You can copy files from one to the other using drag and drop. Simply put, you control two (or more with the paid version) with one keyboard/mouse and can copy between computers.

"ShareMouse Free" is free-of-charge to all users except Power and Professional Users. The demo version allows you to use all features free for 30 minutes. After that the free version only allows you to use your keyboard/mouse to control two computers. Restart for an additional free 30 minutes of the demo.
  • A minimum of two computers is required.
  • Each computer must have its own monitor.
  • All computers must be connected to the local network.
Good video here
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Chromebooks Are Better Than Windows Laptops
Despite all the growth they’ve made in the last few years, Chromebooks still get a bad rap or are often thought of as “just a browser.” That couldn’t be further from the truth, especially now. In fact, there are several ways that Chromebooks are actually better than Windows laptops for many users.

Print From Cannon Tablet
Download the print Service app for the printer manufacturer
Then you should have the capability to print

Printing Using Canon Print Service
  • Make sure the printer is on
  • Load paper
  • Perform operation for printing in the application. The operation procedure varies depending on the application
  • Select “printer” in the application
  • Specify the number of copies, paper size, and other settings as needed
  • Start printing
Cheap Ink

Creating A Christmas Card

I demonstrated how to create a simple eCard using Google Docs. Using Google Seach we located potential images and chose one to use. Then I searched for “greetings” and found this one which has many simple greetings to use.

Then we added a simple salutation and using Shift+Win+S to select the entire card area and created an image file to be used to email, post on Facebook, text, etc.