Thursday, April 10, 2014

Class Summary 4-10-2014

Today was a real popori of topics. We started going over the most recent posts on this blog. Then it was opened up for questions and we chatted about everything from emails to backup to ninite to cloud storage and more.

We showed how to make the page in the browser larger and smaller using the shortcut keys:
Ctrl + to increase the size and Ctrl - to decrease the size. Ctrl 0 will bring back the normal size.

A couple of things come to mind. One was how I print mailing labels on my computer. First, I use an Excel spreadsheet to maintain my names and addresses. Must have the first row containing headings for the columns such as Name, Address, City, State, Zip. Then I use Word's MailMerge feature to merge the names and addresses into a label template.

We have touched on MailMerge in previous classes such as and the 10-17-2013 notes at There is a YouTube video on the subject as well.

Then we talked about getting an Office Suite without having to purchase it from Microsoft. On Microsoft option is to use their free online Office Suite at

Your documents are stored in the cloud an can also be saved locally.

Another approach is to use Google Drive and Google Docs. It is free and documents are stored the cloud and can be exported to your local disk in a number of different formats.

A local approach, software is installed on your computer and all documents are stored locally, is to use OpenOffice or LibreOffice. This is a nice replacement to the Microsoft Office Suite and will handle all your office application needs.

And we talked about using Locknote for storing passwords. Find some notes on this and on LibreOffice on the class notes at and a direct link to download the program.

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