Friday, May 13, 2016

Class Summary 5-12-2017

We spent some time on OneDrive again. Remember that OneDrive is a folder on your PC. The difference between the OneDrive folder and your Documents folder is that anything saved on OneDrive is synced to your cloud storage on Microsoft Live. Both your Document folder and your OneDrive folder exist on your hard drive. Only OneDrive is synced to the cloud.

We talked about ransomware and the need to do an image backup often. In between images your OneDrive keeps all your data backed up in the cloud. And your Google photos keeps all your images with its unlimited free cloud service. A system crash or attack that leaves you PC useless can be restored from the image. Then your OneDrive will sync all your data back to the restored drive. The only thing missing will be the program and updates that occurred after the image was made.

Obvibase makes creating an online database as easy and fast as creating a spreadsheet. A good online database to keep track of address books and more.

We downloaded and demonstrated slimbrowser. It appeared to work well and faster than Chrome. And it works with Windows XP. It uses very little memory. A light, fast, and free web browser. Faster startup, faster web browsing, 10x faster file & video download, 20x faster photo upload.

Understanding Copy and Paste
First let’s define some key concepts:

Right-click means to point at something on the screen with the mouse pointer and
then clicking the right button on the mouse. Click means to click the left button
on the mouse.

Drag means to point at something with the mouse pointer and then, while holding
down the left button on the mouse, moving the mouse. This is generally used move
what is being pointed to or to select what is dragged over. Right-drag means to use
the right button instead of the left.

Select means to drag across a series of words or objects on the screen. This action
causes what is dragged over to change color indicating it has been selected.

Copy and Paste is such a simple but misunderstood concept. Your computer has a
hidden from view area called the clipboard. To copy something, select it—words in a
document, an image, the URL of a Web site, or even text on a Web page. Then right-click
on the selected piece and select Copy. You can also use the keyboard command
that has been around since the beginning; Ctrl+C. To use it, hold down the Ctrl
key, tap C, and then release both keys. Do not attempt to press both keys at the
same time.

What you had selected is now in the clipboard. You cannot see it, but just take it
on faith. It is there and will stay there until you either copy something else
which replaces the content of the clipboard or you turn off your computer which
clears memory.

Open the app you wish to copy the material to, like Word. Click to place the
insertion point (that vertical line indicating where your next keystroke will
appear) where you want the pasted material to be located, and then right-click and
select Paste. You can also Ctrl+V to paste from the clipboard.

This same method can be used to copy a file to another location on your computer.

The Shift+Click Method

This method works whenever you want to select multiple items. It could be file
names in a list of files, a series of sentences or paragraphs in a document, or
even a part of a Web page to use in a document.

Locate the first word in the section to be copied and mouse over it to select it.
Without touching any button on the mouse, bring the pointer down to the end of the
section to be copied.

The key is to hold down the shift key, point to the ending position, and then click
the mouse and all between the first selected entry and the place you last clicked
have been selected.

Now that you have selected all of it, you can right-click and select Copy or simply
Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard for pasting in another application.

Copying from a Web Page
When copying from a Web page even the behind the scenes coding is copied. You
cannot see this information, but when you paste the selection into another app,
like a Word Processor, the results are not just the text. Included are all the
formatting, links, images, and often other things we may not understand.

To avoid this “mess”, I suggest pasting first into a pure text app like NOTEPAD.
This app accepts only the raw text dropping any other coding and images. Then
select all the new data. Another shortcut is Ctrl+A which selects all data in the
window having focus. Then right-click and copy to place that text data into the
clipboard for pasting elsewhere.

And we learned we can drag photos from Facebook to a folder on your PC. The name is a long strange one so you might want to rename it to something making sense to you after the copy.

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