Thursday, January 15, 2015

Class Summary 1-15-2015

Covered using the File Manager to locate files, create folders, move and copy files and folders, etc. Also looked at creating a blog, getting "real" prints of your pictures, safe downloads at, snipping tool vs greenshot, registry cleaning, and more.

Took a look at the Snipping Tool that comes with Windows and Greenshot that is on Ninite. Both capture the screen as an image, but Greenshot is quicker to use and give many options after the capture. To use it press the PrintScreen key on your keyboard.
greenshot1.jpg  greenshot2.jpg

Then drag the plus sign around on the screen. When you release the left button a menu pops up so you can choose where you want the results sent.

Then I demonstrated an alternative to Windows Explorer called Freecommander. It is a lot faster than the Windows program; doesn’t have a green bar that has to go all the way to the right to see what is in a folder. Quick search capability, too.

Download it at

Spent most of the first hour talking about files and folders. Everything on your hard drive, flash drive, CD/DVD drive, external drive, and even the cloud is a object. A single file is generated in a program like MS Word or perhaps a picture taken with your camera. A folder is a special object that contains files and other folders. A folder is a container, not anything that a program can open.

Files and folders have name. They be one word or more than one. A folder usually is just a name. Where a filename is made up of a name followed with a dot and a 3-4 character extension such as .docx for a MS Word file or .jpg or ,jpeg for an image file. That extension tells Windows what program to use to open the file. Docx tells it to use MS Word. Xlsx. tells it to use MS Excel.

Note: changing the extension of a file does not change the program that will open it. Instead it makes the file invalid. So, do not attempt to change extensions.

Drag a file or folder from one location on a drive to another and the file or folder is moved to the new location. Right-drag it and you will open a menu to choose Copy, Move, or Create Shortcut. If you are dragging from one disk drive to another, the default is Copy.

When you Cut a file, you are deleting it and saving it on the clipboard. You may then Paste it somewhere else.

Was asked to review creating a blog using Talked a little about what a blog is and where it came from. Original name was Web Log and that morphed into Blog. Have spoken on this subject in the past. See and for step by step insstructions on creating a Blogger Blog.
A member spoke about a favorite word processor she uses called Jarte. I have used it in the past and agree it is a simple program that works like wordpad that comes with Windows, but Jarte has a spellchecker! I suggested she take a look at Abiword as a good alternative.

Jarte download at
Abiword download at

Notice I used also found at to acess these programs. This is a safe site to get any program.
We also discussed the registry and how it can get clogged with unneeded entries which registry cleaners such as CCleaner and ADWcleaner remove. This clears out PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and speeds up our computers.

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