Saturday, January 23, 2016

Class Summary 1-21-2016

Had a question about toolbars in Internet Explorer. The top bar in any window is called the title bar. You can double click it or drag it to the top of the screen to make it fill the entire window. You can also click the square in the upper right corner--next to the X.

If you right click on the title bar and selection pops up. Click the checkmark to the left of an item to turn that tool bar off or click the empty space to turn it on and see a checkmark. This is how you can control the toolbars that appear in IE. This is not the case in Chrome or Firefox.

The taskbar is that bar that appears on the bottom of the desktop. On the left is the Start button and on the far right is the date and time.

Right-click in an empty spot on the taskbar and a selection will appear. If the taskbar is locked (checkmarked) you will not be able to make changes to it. Make it is unlocked. You can grab the top edge of the taskbar and drag up to make the bar larger or down to make it smaller. You can even drag the bar to the top, right, or left of the desktop. Some have done this and wondered why the bar moved.

When left dragging a file or folder to another location on the hard drive, the default action is a MOVE. The file/folder is removed from the original location and placed in the new location. This is also true when you move a file/folder to or from OneDrive is a folder on the same drive as all of your other folders and files.

Instead of left dragging, right drag. When you release the right mouse button a selection will appear. The bolded action is what would have occurred is you had used the left mouse button. Chose the desired action and left click on it. An alternative way is to left drag and hold the Ctrl key down. This reverses action from MOVE to COPY.

When working with different drives such as your hard disk and a USB Flash drive or external hard disk, left dragging defaults to a COPY. The right drag will still bring up the selection or use the Ctrl key to reverse the COPY to a MOVE.

A question was raised as to how to display picture in a slide show. Windows comes with a photoviewer that has that option. It is called Photos in Windows 10.

Right click a photo in the folder you want to show and select Photos. When the photo appears, press F5 and all the photos in that folder will display, one at a time, in a slide show.

I like to use PhotoStory 3. It is a free download from Microsoft that works on all versions of Windows from XP to 10. You import the pictures you want to use and then it builds an animated slide show for you. You can add music, narration, titles, and more. Easy to use, it creates a movie file you can send to someone else or even post it on your Facebook page or YouTube.

Another discussion on storing photos in the cloud. We discussed using dropbox and uploading the to Google Photos. Dropbox stores 2.25gb free and charges for additional space. you can store anything in your dropbox. Google photos is free with a Google account and you do not need to have a gmail account to have a Google account. The account is free and they give you unlimited cloud storage for your photos. Check it out. Both Dropbox and Google photos are available as apps for your smartphone so as you take pictures they can be immediately automatically synced to your cloud account.

See to sign up for Dropbox.

I mentioned that you can obtain an enclosure for an old hard drive you might have on the shelf somewhere, possibly from updating from an older computer. The old drive fits into the enclosure and then becomes an external hard drive useful as a super large USB flash drive or even as a backup device.

I mentioned a white paper I wrote on what i use to maintain my computer. Here is a copy of that paper:

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