Sunday, January 31, 2016

Class Summary 1-28-2016

Demonstrated the new SATA disk enclosure I received. Just plug in that old hard disk drive and use it as a USB flash drive to get at the data on it or even to use it as a backup drive.

A few things I forgot to mention from last weeks class:

We spent a little time looking again at Google Photos. More coming at February meeting when I spend the entire time on using it. See you at the meeting, 2-2-2016 at 7 PM.

I have recently been surprised at how many do not understand the use of the tabs available in all the popular browsers. When you open your browser, one tab is open. You search or type in a website address and the page appears. Then you want to go to another site. Many go back to the address bar and enter another address which closes the website you are viewing and opens the new one. If you want to go back to the other site you repeat the process. Some even close out of the browser and reopen it to open another site.

See that + next to the tab at the top of the window? Click it and you will open another tab. The original tab will still have the site you were look at. The new one can then be used to open a completely different website. You can add as many tabs as you need and switch between them by clicking a tab to return to it. To close a tab, mouse over the tab to see an X. Click and that tab will close without closing the entire browser.

A reminder on how to search through my club blog site. You can access the site by going to the club home page at and clicking on the link for my training or just go to You will be at the most current blog entry. To search prior entries use the site: function of the browser by entering this in the address bar:

xxxxx with xxxxx being the search words you want to use. For example, if you wanted to see previous entries about Macrium Reflect you might enter: reflect The site: function directs the browser to only look in that specific website for the answers. Once in the page you might use Ctrl+F to find the search words on that page.

Back to this weeks stuff…

The cloud storage we use has a limit to the amount of free space. Even in our cell phones. When my iPhone runs out of iCloud space I have to either remove some things I am backing up there or purchase more space at $10 or more a month. In that case I stop backing up my photos because I am using Google Photos to do that. Dropbox has a free limit, but you can purchase more. Same with OneDrive and Google Drive and others.

One of our members had a good definition for cloud storage the other day. He thinks of it as storage in “another room”. We don't know where the room is located, but it has all our stuff in it! I have rooms at dropbox, mozy, onedrive, google, amazon, and more.

No matter what version of Windows we have, Win+D will open an empty desktop. If we have things open, it will minimize them. If we are in Windows 8 and at the Start Screen (all those tiles) Wind+D will jump us back to the desktop.

When any window is open, you close it with the Big X or by taping Alt+F4. If the window is frozen, Ctrl+Alt+Del will open a screen giving you access to the Task Manager where you can force the window to close.

Right-click the taskbar and make sure it is unlocked. Now you can point to any open space on the taskbar and drag it to the top, right, left, or bottom of the screen. You can point to the top edge and when you see the double arrow you can drag up and down to make the bar larger or smaller. Right-click and choose Properties to have the bar autohide. When you mouse down to it, it appears.

If you have multiple windows on the screen you can drag one to the right and it will auto fill half the screen. Drag to a corner for one quarter of a screen. Then click another window at it will fill the other side.

Win+E will open the File Explorer window.

Win+X open the same pop up menu as right-clicking on the Start Button.

When in a browser, Ctrl+L jumps control to the address bar with everything selected.

Win+L locks the screen back at the signon screen.

Ctrl+F can be used in many applications and browsers to find something. And in many Ctrl+H is used to Find and then Replace.

There was much more, but this is what I made notes of. We spent a bit of time on the desktop and changing things like the background images and colors. And more I am sure.

Hey, at this months meeting you can take a chance on a nice laptop… See you there.

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