Thursday, June 26, 2014

Class Summary 6-26-2014

Spent the first hour looking into a number of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows and some of the programs that run under Windows like Microsoft Word. Here are some of typical ones.  Others can  be found in the class notes.

Shortcuts for Most Apps:

Ctrl+X Cut the selected text and copy it to the clipboard
Ctrl+C Copy the selected text and copy it to the clipboard
Ctrl+V Paste the contents of the clipboard to the current location
Ctrl+Z Undo the last operation
Ctrl+Y Redo the last operation
Ctrl+S Save the current file
Ctrl+O Open a file
Ctrl+A Select all
Ctrl+P Open the print dialog box
Ctrl+F Find
Ctrl+H Find and replace

Then we discussed many other topics. I cannot think of all of them, but I do remember using YouTube to find out how to print envelopes in LibreOffice.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Class Summary 6-19-2014

The first hour was spent on a look at Google Docs. I use it for most of my word processing and spreadsheet needs. Details on using it are in the class notes for 6-19. See the link above to access the notes.

Rest of the time was spent on Q&A. One good question was whether or not you should use factory ink cartridges or replacement ones. Had a few different options based on personal experiences. I for one use genuine HP ink in my printer. Some did the same and others shared where they were getting their less costly alternatives.

I wish I had taken some notes because I am at a loss as to the other things we covered. Please help me and I will add some notes.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Creating a Business on Facebook

Found a great video today on creating a business page on Facebook. Well done. Makes it look easy.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Class Summary 6-12-2014


Had a good turnout today for a runthrough on PICTURES.

We looked at various ways to get pictures or images into our PC:

  • From a digital camera by plugging the camera into the PC with a USB cable
  • From a digital camera by extracting the SD card from the camera and plugging it into the PC 
  • From a flip phone by plugging the phone into the PC with a USB cable
  • From a smartphone  by plugging the phone into the PC with a USB cable
  • From a smartphone by emailing individual photos from the phone
  • From a smartphone by using Dropbox to automatically upload images form the phone to your Dropbox
  • From a website by right-clicking and choosing SaveAs
  • From a website by using Greenshot (get it from and pressing the PrntScrn button on your PC keyboard
We talked about renaming as a group and resizing using the Prishresizer program.

The notes found in the Class Notes explain all we discussed and more. Locate the notes on the link above.

I showed how to use the F11 key to make the browser page full screen. Also reminded the class about the use of Ninite and that the Ctrl + and Ctrl - can be used to make a browser screen larger and smaller. Ctrl 0 brings the size back to normal.

Use the Useful Links button above to locate many of the program downloads we discussed. There is another list at the end of the class notes as well. Please use the links to get Mozy and Dropbox and I will get credit for your download. Thanks.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Class Summary 6-5-2014

Files and Folders and Libraries and more. That was the theme for the day. Notes can be found at

Why organize? Gave the example of having kitchen cabinets and putting things away any old way. Some glasses in one cabinet and others scattered around the others. Plates all over the place. Spices in multiple places. You would never to do that, so why do that with your files on your computer. Create folders to store related items. Even folders inside folders.

Use the main folders that come with Windows. (Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) Your downloads all end up in the default folder called Downloads and your documents from programs like Word into a folder called Documents. Use them, but create sub-folders to organize. Do NOT create your folders outside of these default folders or programs like Mozy or iDrive or other cloud backup services will not find them to back them up for you without you pointing those programs to your folder locations.

So instead of copying all your pictures from your camera or smartphone into Pictures and having a thousand pictures to scroll through to fine the ones you want, organize them into sub-folders by creating the sub-folder first and them copying your images from your camera into that folder.

Let's say you went to the beach on 6-2-2014 and have a bunch of picture to upload into your computer.

Pictures -  2011
                2014 - Beach

Notice the years are sub-folders to contain pictures for that year. The sub-folder Beach is in the 2014 folder and is where we will keep all our beach related pictures for 2014. Inside that folder we create a folder for 6-6-2-2014 and that is where we will upload the camera pictures to.

Pictures - 2014 - Beach - 6-2-2014

Now finding pictures is as easy as opening the Pictures folder, locating the 2014 folder and then finding the beach pictures.

We also looked at how to copy and move files from one place to another using Cut, Copy, and Paste and by right-dragging the files. Keyboard shortcuts can also be used. Ctrl+X for cuttings, Ctrl+C for copying, and Ctrl+V for pasting.

Touched on maintenance using the programs found on (see previous posts on using ninite and the maintenance programs like Glary...)
We also discussed a number of other things, most of which I do not remember. If you want me to expound on something else we touched on, please let me know and I will add it to this post.