Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Computer Class Notes 6-16-2021

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Windows 11 Build Leaks
Although Microsoft’s upcoming event is still a few days away, details about the upcoming build of the next version of Windows have already leaked. Also, the screenshot leaks confirm that rumors about the Windows 11 branding are true.

Hands-on With Windows 11
If you want to know the biggest thing I’ve noticed in my few hours with Windows 11, it’s all the things that haven’t changed. Start digging in, and you’ll see that everything is mostly the same. The settings panel is the same, and the control panel is too. Because, of course, we still have to deal with both a modern Settings UI and an aging control panel.

Amazon Sidewalk Is Here
Maybe You Should Consider Leaving It On...

If you own an Echo or Ring device and you didn’t know to opt-out, Amazon already turned on its new Sidewalk network feature for you. Look around, and you’ll find plenty of advice on how to opt-out or turn it off as soon as possible. But should you? Like a lot of things, the answer is “it depends.”

Turn Off News and interest
Right-click on the taskbar, then...

Create A Scratchpad In Chrome
You can give Chrome its own quick-access scratchpad that’ll let you jot down thoughts right within the browser—no extensions required. All you have to do is paste a snippet of code into Chrome’s address bar. Select the code below and Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard.

data:text/html;charset=utf-8, <title>Scratchpad</title><style>body {padding: 5%; font-size: 1.5em; font-family: Arial; }"></style><link rel="shortcut icon" href=""/><body OnLoad='document.body.focus();' contenteditable spellcheck="true" >

Right-click in the address bar and Paste the code, then press enter. Drag the URL to your bookmarks bar for easy access. The scratchpad supports text formatting (Ctrl- or Cmd-B for bold, Ctrl- or Cmd-I for italics, and Ctrl- or Cmd-U for underlining) and even has a built-in spell check feature. Just open it and start typing—and if you want to save your thoughts for later retrieval, hit Ctrl+S.

Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do
Give your internet experience a jolt of fresh energy with these easily overlooked features, options, and shortcuts for Google’s browser.

How to Create an Animated GIF of a PowerPoint Presentation
Want a great way to share your Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow on social media, your company intranet, or a blog? You can create an animated GIF of your PowerPoint presentation and share it with the world.

Find Your Windows Product Key
Do you know what your Windows product key is? Well, you paid for the Windows license. Should you build a new computer, and no longer plan on using the old system, you don't have to pay for the operating system twice, you may be able to activate your old copy of Windows on the new PC.


Win+Q (or Win+R) > type CMD > press Enter

Copy and paste the following

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Press Enter and the product key displays

You can also use a program called Belarc Advisor to give you all the keys on your computer as well as a list of the programs installed and many other facts.

Volts And Amps Combine To Confuse

Can I Use a Charger With the Same Voltage but Different Amperage Rating?

For power supplies or chargers:
The voltage must match.
The amperage must match or exceed that required by the device.
The polarity of the connection must be correct.
The input line voltage (ie: 120v) must be supported but is unrelated to compatibility with the device being charged or powered.

What’s the Difference
  • Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?
  • An email service is the company, servers, and software handling your email to route it to its destination.
  • An email account is your relationship with an email service, and all the storage, features, and functionality included.
  • An email address uniquely identifies your mailbox as provided by your email service.
  • An email program is computer software you run to download and manage email on your computer.

How Should I Back Up My Email?
You should back up your email so that even if your account is lost, you won’t lose any of the data within it. You can use remote fetch with a different online email provider to make a copy, but a more robust solution is to have an email program running on a PC using IMAP to download copies of your mail.

What Happens If I Go Over My 15 GB
Google comes with 15 GB of free allocated cloud space. This is big enough for most of us, but… Now that Photos uploaded after June 12, 3021 count the available allocated space may diminish quickly. If you are a Gmail user, your emails and their attachments have always counted against that allocation. And if you use Google Drive all files not created with the Google formats (Google Docs, etc) also count.

If you run out of available space (ie: use up that 15 GB), you will not be able to receive any more email or add anything to Google Drive or have your photos automatically upload to Google Photos.

Go to to see how much space you have.

I spend $19.99 per year to have 100 GB instead of the free 15 GB.

Every Google Account starts with 15 GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If you become a Google One member, your total storage increases to 100 GB, or more, depending on the plan you choose. Google One members also get access to support from Google experts and extra benefits.

Click on Account Storage and then Storage to see where your usage is.

How To Build A Video With Photos
Video Projects can transform a selection of images into a movie-like presentation with audio. It has you drag images onto a window, arrange them as needed, then provide custom narration, transitions, zooms, pans, audio soundtracks, and/or custom auto-generated music, then export the result as an MP4 file.


In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold, Fran, and Craig at the Club, Ghacks Newsletter, AskLeo, AskWoody, tomshardware, TechConnect, Major Geeks, Lifewire, PCMag Lab Report,and for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Computer Class Notes 6-9-2021

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Another Browser Shortcut
Pressing the spacebar when on a page scrolls down to the next page. Shift-Spacebar does the reverse.
Ctrl+T opens a new tab and Shift+Ctrl+T reopens the last tab closed.

Microsoft To Reveal Its Next Generation Of Windows On June 24th
Microsoft is planning to detail its “next generation of Windows” at an event later this month. The software giant has started sending invites to the media for a Windows event on June 24th. Both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chief product officer Panos Panay will be presenting at the Windows event. Microsoft’s Windows event will start at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT on June 24th.

Google Photos Top Alternatives

Free unlimited photo and video storage from Google? That deal is over, as of June 1. Here are seven options for storing photos if you don't want to pay Google.

Google Photos’ Unlimited Storage Ended
You might be angry that Google is killing off another super handy feature. But there are no free lunches. So what are your options? We’ll address all your questions such as exporting your data and choosing an alternative service in this article.

A Rapid Desktop Search Utility
Everything is a desktop search utility for Windows that can rapidly find files and folders by name.
Download at

Another Internet TV Station fro Canadians is the online destination for Global Entertainment show information, episodes, web exclusives, and more. The website is home to full episodes of popular shows like Chicago Fire and The Blacklist.

Car thieves have found a new way to steal your vehicle.

Thefts occurred because the owners left their keys in the vehicles. However, there is a new brand of high­ tech thieves who use technology to their advantage.

"The key fob is constantly broadcasting a signal that detects your vehicle once it is close enough to the vehicle, even if the fob is in your home," the video states. "If the key fob is right near" "your front door, or 30 feet or less from the vehicle, a detection device will pinpoint it.

"The vehicle 'thinks' that the key fob is near the vehicle, and it allows the doors to be opened and the vehicle started...Once the vehicle has been stolen, a new fob can be programmed to operate the vehicle," it said.

Thieves Find A High-Tech Way To Steal Vehicles for the article

A video describing this kind of theft can be viewed at:

How To Send Multiple Pictures
You can open each picture and then copy/paste it into the body of the email or you can open File Explorer (Win+E) and select the group of pictures to be sent and then drag them to the body of the email.

However, there is a limit to how many MBs you can have attached to an email. For my Yahoo account, it is 30 MBs. With images now coming from our cell phones at 3-4 MBs each that does not allow too many pictures.

A better approach is to use the sharing capability of the various cloud services like Google Photos, OneDrive, Dropbox, and even Snapfish. I demonstrated sharing an album in Google Photos. It sent a link to my album to an email address which allowed the receiver to view and even to download the images.

Sharpen A Picture
We found a website that takes a picture you upload and sharpens it.

Also irfanview is a program that will sharpen an image on your computer, You can use the link to download it or get it from ninite or patchmypc.

How To Send A Video On Facebook To Someone Else

Click the Share button

Click Copy link

Open your email and compose an email. In the body of the email right-click > paste and the link will appear. When your recipient opens their email they just have to click the link to view the video.

You can also paste the link to a document on your computer to save it for later… or even paste it to your address bar and save it as a bookmark.

How Long Will My SSD Last?

We keep hearing that SSDs and other flash-based drives wear out. Particularly when it comes to SSDs, there are ways you can see how close to wearing out your drive might be.

Samsung Magician
Another way to see your disk usage


In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold, Fran, and Craig at the Club, Ghacks Newsletter, AskLeo, AskWoody, tomshardware, TechConnect, Major Geeks, Lifewire, PCMag Lab Report,and for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Computer Class Notes 6-2-2021

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Demonstrated Taking A Photo Off Google Photos
And editing it, adding a caption, and then emailing it.

Locate the photo in Google Photos. Select it. Shift+D to download it.

  1. Open the downloaded picture in Photos to edit it and save a copy
  2. Open in Paint to add a caption and save it
  3. Open your email app and compose a new message. Add the picture as an attachment.
  1. Open the picture in Photos to edit it and save a copy
  2. When in Paint, Select All > Copy
  3. Open your email app and compose a new message. Paste the picture.

Demonstrated The Concept Of Albums In Google Photos
An album is a great way to organize photos in your photo cloud. Pictures that were not taken on the same date can be gathered with other pictures under the same category or album. The pictures are not moved to the album and the same picture can appear in multiple albums.

On our computer, we create folders and place photos that we want to group together into one named folder. The photos in that folder are not in any other folder and if we drag a photo from one folder to another it moves out of the from folder to the new folder. Folders do not work the same as albums.

I demonstrated using an album approach in Windows by creating a folder and using a right-drag to move pictures into that folder saving them as shortcuts. This is what an album does. When we looked at the contents of that folder we could see the pictures, although they had a shortcut arrow on them. The actual picture was not in the folder, just a shortcut to access the picture. Delete the shortcut and it would not appear in the folder anymore but would still be in the original location.

View and access your recently closed tabs
Did you know that Firefox has a hotkey to reopen a closed tab? Press Ctrl + Shift + T and the tab comes back. This can be a lifesaver, but if you close several tabs, and then realize you need one of them back, that's when it becomes a problem. Works with Chrome and Edge as well.

Create Your Own Portable Toolbox
PortableApps is a platform for installing portable applications on a flash drive that you can take with you anywhere. Everything offered by PortableApps is free and safe, from the platform itself to the many portable applications available. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to be traveling around in order for your PortableApps flash drive to be useful — it is just as handy to have at home to use on your own PC. One of the appealing aspects of PortableApps is that it provides portable editions for quite a few software titles that are not otherwise available as portable.

Change Image Dates
Attribute Changer freeware is a powerful Windows Explorer add-on, available at your fingertips whenever you right-click on files and folders in Windows Explorer.

PrivaZer: User Guide And Review
PrivaZer is a superior junk file cleaner and privacy tool that will not only declutter your system and free up space on your hard drive but also enhance privacy via a process of secure deletion.

How to Use Smart Compose in Google Docs
Almost identical to the Text Predictions feature in Microsoft Word is Smart Compose for Google Docs. The feature uses machine learning to provide you with suggestions to help you write your documents quickly. Here’s how it works.

How to Screenshot on Chromebook
Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are intended to be easy-to-use computers, but that simplicity can lead to confusion. Taking screenshots is one feature that isn’t super well explained, and there are several different ways to do it in Chrome OS. We’ll show you all of them.

Recent Email Scams/Spam
Watch out…
  • If your name is not on it
  • If the sending email address is strange
  • If the link address is strange
  • If you don’t own the product
  • If you are offered something for nothing (no free lunch)

I do NOT even use Norton. This is a scam and I reported it as spam.

Sure I have… strange from address. I spammed it.

I do not think I want to send money to this person. Another scam.

Easy to fall for this one when you have your own website and email. ALWAYS go directly to the site to change your password. They will never send out something like this.

This is not a scam, just spam. I did not ask for this and will NOT unsubscribe because I never subscribed in the first place. I marked it as spam.

Be Mindful Of Cloud Storage
Thoughts from an article in

"When storing files in the cloud, be mindful of the nature and importance of the content. Remember that any server you don’t own is in someone else’s control.

"I still store some content in major cloud storage services such as iCloud and Dropbox, but lately I’ve moved much of my critical content to the smaller, yet well-established, cloud storage provider WebMate. Another name for this is not putting all your eggs into one basket. Do keep in mind that if you use a service outside your country of residence (WebMate is UK-based), privacy policies may be different, and you should understand them in advance.

"For those who wish to be extra cautious, many hard-drive and NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions are available. You can use them as a “personal cloud.” These can usually be set up for remote access. Of course, this data is not removed from your locality (i.e., your home), so you'll need to adopt some basic "data center skills" such as keeping good backups."

Some ideas Donna picked up at Tech For Seniors:

Krisp Noise Canceling App
Krisp removes background noise and echo from meetings leaving only human voice. Krisp app makes remote workers more professional. Register now! Free to get started. AI-powered app. Trusted by professionals. Acoustic echo removal. Room echo removal.

Create Your Own Lifeline Necklace
Save PDFs with your important medical and other information on a USB flash drive and hand it on a chain around your neck. Any emergency and those assisting can use those files to know about you. You could also make that information available as a QRcode. They could use their cell phone to read the QRcode and access the data. You could also print the QRcode on a wallet-size card and have it in your wallet.

Tech for Seniors is a one-hour show co-hosted by Ron Brown and Hewie Poplock. It is sponsored by the Silvercom Computer and Technology Club @ Silveridge Resort in Mesa. Each week we will answer your questions, talk technology, and have a GREAT time socializing with Zoom technology.

All Episodes of Tech for Seniors

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Computer Class Notes 5-26-2021

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Microsoft teases a ‘next generation of Windows’
Microsoft isn’t talking about its big Windows plans at Build 2021 this week, and that’s because the company is preparing to detail what’s next for its PC operating system separately. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased this announcement during his Build keynote this morning, revealing he has been testing “the next generation of Windows” in recent months. to see ICON changes

What is an IP address?
Every time you are on the internet, IP addresses are playing an essential role in the information exchange to help you see the sites you are requesting. Yet, there is a chance you don’t know what one is, so we are breaking down the most commonly asked questions below.

What Is a “Computer Bug”
You’ve probably heard it before: There’s a “bug” in the software, causing something to malfunction or misbehave. What exactly is a computer bug and where did the term come from? We’ll explain.

A free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer.
A new way to open and edit PDF files online, PDFescape frees users from the typical software requirements for using the de facto document file format. Completely online, PDFescape requires no more than a modern internet browser and an active internet connection. Select any of the major features below to learn more.

Every tool you need to work with PDFs in one place
Every tool you need to use PDFs, at your fingertips. All are 100% FREE and easy to use! Merge, split, compress, convert, rotate, unlock and watermark PDFs with just a few clicks.

EaseUS PDF Editor **NEW**
Use our PDF Editor to customize documents your way with our easy-to-use editing tools. Modify the pages, layout and content of your PDF now.

How to Copy the URL Addresses of All Open Tabs in Chrome
By default, Google Chrome doesn’t offer a direct way to copy the addresses (URLs) of all open tabs at once. But there’s a workaround for Windows, Linux, and Mac, and we’ll show you how to use it.

Creating Online Forms
PDFescape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer. It is a new way to open and edit PDF files online, PDFescape frees users from the typical software requirements for using the de facto document file format. Completely online, PDFescape requires no more than a modern internet browser and an active internet connection. Select any of the major features below to learn more.

JotForm is a powerful online application that allows anyone to quickly create custom online forms. Its intuitive drag-and-drop user interface makes form building incredibly simple and doesn't require you to write a single line of code.

Collect and organize information big and small with Google Forms. ... and Forms will pick just the right colors to complete your own unique form, or choose from …

How To Colorize A B&W Photo

There are a number of ways to take that old B&W photo and add color.

I used the Photomyne website to create the above.

Find A Grave

A great way to organize your family tree. Add pictures and details.

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Computer Class Notes 5-19-2021

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Posting Photos To Google Photos
Please review Posting Photos to Google using Android Cell Phone, Chrome book, and Laptop.

Cell Phone: Install the Google Photos App
Computer: Open and in the upper right corner click Upload

Review the white paper at

Rose will be holding a class on Google Photos at the CCCGC Office on June 21st.

HEIC Files
I received a file that Windows would not open. It turns out that an HEIC file contains one or more images saved in the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF), a file format most commonly used to store photos on iOS devices. There is an extension that allows them to be opened in Windows 10. Here is an article that shows how to do that:

Without that extension, here is a website that will convert it to a JPG.

Windows Update Message

What are the possibilities that are causing this message?

The error, which is displayed on a blue screen, usually occurs when Windows Update fails. This can happen either due to files not being downloaded properly or other reasons like corrupted system files. Some of the well-known factors include:
  • Incomplete download
  • Lack of sufficient disk space
  • Corruption of system files
The Windows update was interrupted during the installation of files.

See complete article with suggested fixes at:

21H1 Available 5-18-2021
There are only a handful of new features in Windows 10 21H1, including support for multiple Windows Hello-enabled cameras; Windows Defender Application Guard improvements, and improvements in Windows Management Instrumentation via Group Policy. The new Chromium-based Edge browser also is available as part of today's 21H1 release. Like Windows 10 2004 and 20H2, Windows 10 21H1 is a minor feature update. For users already running 2004 or 20H2, Windows 10 21H1 will install quickly -- and hopefully, painlessly -- thanks to an enablement package that will activate the new features.

You can create a shortcut to just about anything on your computer. If you can pin it to the Taskbar, then you can create a shortcut for it on Desktop.

Once pinned to the Taskbar, Shift-Right-click it and choose More in the Context menu. There will be a “Create shortcut” option waiting for you.

Word Processing Basics
Some of us are using Microsoft Word. Others have a variety of other applications from using Google Docs, to LibreOffice (OpenOffice), to WordPerfect, and others. (Click for a list of 25 Best FREE Word Processor | Word Processing Software in 2021)

They all work in a similar way to achieve the task of us writing down or even dictating our thoughts onto a piece of paper or document held on our computer or in the cloud somewhere for others to read.

Let’s look at the many tasks each of us should have a handle on to work with our word processor. We can fight with it to get the job done. Or we can learn enough so that the job is easily done and the application is working for us rather than us working for it.

We will look at the basic functions and see how they apply across the following applications: MS Word, LibreOffice Writer, Google Docs, and AbiWord.

Subjects covered in the video include:
  • Menus vs. Ribbons
  • File Formats
  • Save/SaveAs
  • Page Setup
  • Fonts/Size
  • Color
  • Three Nevers
  • Copy/Paste vs Drag
  • Margins/Tabs
  • Random Text
  • Hyperlinks
  • Shortcuts
  • Printing
  • Pictures
  • Tables
  • Header/Footer

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Computer Class Notes 5-12-2021

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How to Add Live Closed Captions to Zoom
Video calls and meetings are great, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to accessibility. Fortunately, Zoom has the ability to create live closed captions in real-time during meetings. We’ll show you how it works.

Upcoming Edge Update Lets You View Office Files
On May 1st, Microsoft shared an upcoming version of its Edge browser with testers in the Dev Channel. Though it doesn’t have an official release date, Microsoft Edge version 92 contains several new features, including a native Office Viewer, Windows Search integration, and a tool that lets you send tabs between your PC and Android phone.

How to Check How Much OneDrive Storage You Have Left
Microsoft OneDrive is a popular cloud storage service that boasts deep integration with Windows 10. If you’re a OneDrive user, you probably want to keep tabs on how much storage you’re using. We’ll show you how to check.

How to See (and Delete) All of Your Google Activity
Most of us use Google for almost everything: Navigation, scheduling, shopping, games, research, and of course, search. We search for recipes, vacation destinations, historical facts, medical information, news stories, and almost every piece of information a human living in 2021 might ever need to know. It’s all on Google.

How to Add Captions to Images in Google Docs

It’s easy to add an image to your document in Google Docs, but including a caption is another story. Until Google adds a caption feature to Docs, here are a few ways you can create and add captions to your photos.

I still like to use the Paint program to add captions to an image.

  • Win+Q and type Paint.
  • Press Enter
  • Paste the image
  • Drag down a section under the picture
  • Use the A to insert the caption

Maintenance Update

Instead of using, I am using Patch My PC to update the programs on my PC. When you run it, it looks at all your programs and if any are included in the 300 programs available through PMP, it checks to see that you have the latest version and if not, downloads and installs the latest without any questions or extra apps just like ninite does. PCM has many more programs available.

Simply stated, here is what I recommend you do once a week.
  • Run Patch My Pc to update your maintenance programs
  • Run SuperAntispyware
  • Run Malwarebytes
  • Run Wise Disk cleaner
If any of your non-Windows programs call for an update, just run PCM to do the update for you. Then you will not have any questions to answer or have to be careful of installing any extra apps.

I just wrote a 2021 update to the Running the Maintenance Programs white paper and here it is: 

Talking to Customer Service
How often do we call a CS line and have to answer 20 questions to a computer before getting to speak to a human being? Sometimes we never get to one. This site gives you the path you need to find a person.

Truecaller App
With the Truecaller app, both calls and text messages can be blocked. Truecaller is able to identify and flag unknown numbers with its caller ID. This app also has the capability to automatically identify every unknown SMS. After downloading the app, it will ask you to enable phone permissions for Truecaller to work. If you allow Truecaller to block text messages, it will create a separate folder for Spam or Junk text messages received in your messaging app. You can look up numbers to identify who they are with Truecaller as well. Truecaller is a free app and is available in the Google Play Store for Androids and the App Store for iPhones.

Desktop Shortcuts
Many times we install a new program and we never get an icon on the desktop. Sometimes it does not even appear on the Start menu.
  • Win+Q to open Type here to search
  • Type the name of the program
  • It appears selected on top of the list, right-click it
  • Choose Open file location
  • Right-drag the file to the Desktop
  • Let go and choose to Create shortcut here
Xfinity Flex Remote
Xfinity Flex lets you easily access all your favorite apps and networks, including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, Paramount+, Spotify, HBO Max, and more. You also have access to over 10,000 free shows and movies, including 200 channels, from free apps like XUMO, Tubi, and Pluto.

What services do I get with Choice TV with Xfinity Flex compared to other Xfinity TV products?

XR16 Button Functions

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Computer Class Notes 5-5-2021

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How do you remove the "sun" weather icon from the taskbar?

Thanks go out to Tom Schminke for finding the solution.

1 Right-click on the taskbar.
2 Select popup menu item "News and interests >"
3 Expand this menu item.
4 Click on the third item "Turn off" in the menu and it shuts down.

Zoom’s New Immersive Mode
With more people working from home, video conference calls have become a new normal. But video calls still aren’t the same as an in-person meeting, and Zoom hopes to bridge some of that gap with a new Immersive Mode. It changes the call to make everyone appear to be in the same room.

Can Browser Extensions See My Bank Account?
Extensions add a wide variety of functionality to web browsers. In order for them to be able to do what we want them to, they need access to almost everything, often including the complete contents of the web pages we view. Extensions from trusted and reputable sources limit their activities to what they promise, even though they could do much, much more. Extensions from elsewhere? There’s no real way to know.

What’s New in Windows 10’s May 2021 Update (21H1)
Windows 10’s May 2021 Update, also known as 21H1, began rolling out to the Release Preview channel on April 28, 2021. Like the 20H2 update, this is a smaller update that focuses on security improvements and polish. The big features originally planned for 21H1 have been delayed to 21H2 in late 2021.

Meme Generator
The Fastest Meme Generator on the Planet. Easily add text to images or memes. And more...

How to Run a Diagnostic Scan on your Chromebook
People tend to use their computers longer than other gadgets in their life, which means it’s important to keep an eye on the device’s health. Chromebooks have a handy “Diagnostics” app that makes this super easy to do.

How to Use Function Keys on a Chromebook Keyboard
Computer keyboards are all pretty similar, but Chromebooks break the mold. Instead of the typical function keys, there’s a row of keys for specific Chrome OS functions. However, the function keys are still present if you know where to look.

Can’t I Just Copy Everything to Back Up?
Sure. You can do that: just copy everything. It provides a level of protection, and it’s significantly better than doing nothing at all. But your safety net has some extremely large holes in it. There are things a “copy everything” backup misses that a traditional backup program would catch — things you’ll really care about when the worst happens.

Create a Guest Mode Desktop Shortcut for Chrome or Edge
Chrome and Edge both offer a guest mode that keeps your browsing isolated from your main profiles. If you access guest mode too frequently, you can add its shortcut to your Windows desktop. This makes opening guest mode even easier.

Sell Your Old Cell Phones & Tablets for Cash
ecoATM kiosks help you sell your old phones for instant cash! We make recycling & trade-ins of used devices safe & convenient.

Why Is My Backup Showing I Have 677 GB to back up?

I have done this also. I choose the Windows 10 system and click Proceed without Browsing (the arrow) to my external drive. By not changing the Destination, the backup file is placed on my C: drive and NOT on the external drive. The backup finishes Successfully but the actual file is on the C: drive and not the external drive. The next time you backup all of C: is backed up including the backup file that was placed on the C: drive in error. Pretty soon your hard drive fills up and you do not have a backup on the external drive to recover from. Make sure you click on Browse and locate the correct drive to hold your backup file BEFORE clicking on Proceed.