Friday, September 11, 2015

Class Summary 9-10-2015

We began with both online and in house participants. It was a good interaction with all. The hangouts connection was a lot easier to establish than the one to the TV set. Next time I will bring a computer that has an HDMI port.

Started off with a demonstration of the new feature in Google Docs that allows you to speak into a document instead of typing. Very cool. Oh, you need to be in Chrome. Here is an article on it:

There were some questions about how Ninite works. When we open we are presented with a list of program to select from. We check the ones we want and click the Get Installer button. That does not download any of the programs we checked, it downloads a tiny program to our computer with a list of the programs we checked. When we run that installer program it looks over each program selected to see if we have it already installed on your computer. If not, it downloads it and installs it. If we already have the program it compares the version on our computer to the available one. If the one we have is already the latest, it does nothing with that program. If the one we have is older, the latest is downloaded and installed for us. Next time you want to check to see if you have the latest updates you do not have to go to ninite and start over. If you still have the installer program on your computer, just double-click it.

One of the members had a libreoffice question. Each program that creates a file adds an extension onto the file name. Word adds .doc or .docx depending on the version of MS Office you are using. libreoffice writer add .odt. The extension tells Windows what program created the file and when you double-click the file Windows opens the file in the program that created it. Renaming the file to give it a different extension will force Windows to open in a different program. However, you will not be able to work with the file even if it opens. You see, every program creates different files. It compresses the files into a smaller size and only the creation program can deliver the data to present it in a form you can understand. If you want to send a file to someone else be careful what format it is in. If they have MS Word, send it as a .doc file. If you do not know what they have, send it as an .rtf file. If you only want them to be able to read the file, send it as a .pdf. How do you do that, you ask. Instead of just saving the file, save as. Save as gives you the option of choosing the format of the file so even if you are in libreoffice you can save it in a MS Word format, a PDF, or a number of other formats.

We had a discussion about editing a PDF. MS Word 2013 will read and allow you to make changes to a PDF. In experimenting with libreoffice we found out that it also will read a PDF and allow you to edit it.

We demonstrated using the Snipping Tool that is in Windows 7-10. Also showed using the print screen button. When you press print screen nothing appears to happen. What you cannot see is that what is on the screen has been copied to the Windows clipboard. It is available to paste into whatever you need. Paste it to Paint and save it as an image file. Paste it into a Word document and save it as a document or a PDF.

One member pointed out that there is a great app in Windows 10 called Get Started that will guide you through many of the ins and outs of the new OS.

I recommend with Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 that you bring up and download and install it. Then when you click Start you see the start menu from a previous version of Windows instead of the new boxes. To get to the new start screen (8) or start menu (10) simply hold the shift key down and press the Windows key. It is the best of both worlds.

Ever call tech support and end up talking to someone from another country? I am sure you have. Just demand that you be transfered to someone in the USA. They have to transfer you. One of our members shared her experience having to do just that. She persevered and was finally sent to a USA person and had her problem resolved in minutes.

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