Friday, December 11, 2015

Class Summary 12-10-2015

Another lively class today with over a dozen in attendance. One class left for this year, 12-17-2015 as there will be no classes on Christmas Eve day or New Year’s Eve day. The first class for next year will be January 7, 2016. And before that is the first Club Meeting of the New Year on January 5th.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Check out my card to you all at

We looked at couple of quick sites:

Invite someone to a party or whatever. Keeps track of who is attending and sends reminders and keeps track of who is bringing what. All for free.

The way it was lets you view an archive of a web site going back to 1999

We talked about the latest windows 10 update. Most have not gotten it. Some who have find it working well and a few have had some issues with it. We talked about setting your update setting to defer updates and also to set your internet connection to a metered connection so update to not even come down unless you request them.

To setup a metered connect go to Settings > Network and Internet > Manage WiFi Settings

Turn the metered connection ON and updates will not download. Turn the switch to OFF and then updates will resume.This is also good if you are connected to the Internet using your phone as a hotspot or are paying for a hotspot device from your phone carrier.

Having to enter a password every time you start your computer can be a bother. You can avoide that by having it automatically entered for you. Win+R to open the Run dialog box and enter NETPLWIZ, then OK.

Uncheck the box and click Apply

Then enter your current password and both boxes and press OK. Next time you turn you PC on it will enter the password for you and take you right to the desktop. IMPORTANT that you remember your password. Write it down somewhere so if you need it to log into your Microsoft account you will have it.

Windows 10 an icon in the taskbar for Edge, their new browser. Internet Explorer is nowhere to be found, but it is still on your system. Here is how to locate it and place it on your taskbar.

In the Search Windows box (to the right of the start button), type INT

Now you should see Internet Explorer as an option. Click it and IE will open up for you.

Right-click and choose Pin to taskbar to place an icon for IE on your taskbar for easy access. Or Pin to Start to create a tile for it in your start menu.

Windows 10 does not come with software to play DVD movies. VLC is a free program that will to the job very well. Download it at or directly from their site at

QuickTextPaste is a tiny text pasting program for Windows. It lets you assign shortcut keys to strings of text and more. See details at:

One member mentioned that her new computer does not have a CD/DVD drive. What if she needed to use one? There are portable CD/DVD drives that plug into a USB port that are inexpensive. Here is one from Amazon:

Spent some time talking about avoiding email scams. Do not assume that if it came from someone you know it must be ok to open. Email scammers can make the from email address look like anyone they want. If you are receiving an email from your bank, insurance agency, or credit card company they will address you by name. They will not send you a dear customer email. If in doubt, do not click any links on the email and call the company on the phone using a number to obtain from your credit card or their web site. Do not call the number on the email as it may not be a legitimate number. Look at the from address. Does it appear legit? Mouse over links without clicking and observe in the lower left of your browser the address the link will take you to. Never reply to an email that is going to give you free money.

Remote desktop

We played with this one. I installed the small file on my PC and a member installed it on hers. She gave me the code it generated for her and I entered it on my PC and right away I could view her desktop and after she gave me permission, I could control her PC and run anything on it. This works like Logmein,, and Teamviewer. I think it is easier to use, but I will have to try it in a live situation to know for sure how it works for me.

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