Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hangouts Summary 8-25-2016

Word non breaking space. When you have a series of words you do not want to have separated on two lines use a non breaking space between the words. Like with Mark 16:15-18. I do not want Mark on one line and the 16:15-18 on the next. If it does not fit on the line all together I want all to drop to the next line. In other words I want it to be treated as one word. Do do this we use Shift+Ctrl+Space after Mark instead of Space. This creates what appears and prints as a space, but is actually a valid ASCii character.

Here is a Free spreadsheet that allow you to update Excel files. Gnumeric cannot be installed for Windows, but the portable app works great. This program plus Abiword are great to replace Word and Excel at no cost and little memory use. Find it at

We have discussed it before, but another good free word processing program is Abiword. Will open and edit MS Word files and has menu system similar to Word 2003. Find it at

The latest update for Windows 10 is coming as a “normal” update. It takes a while to install (2 hours for me) and you might want to do a Macrum Reflect image backup before it gets to your PC, just in case. It is build 1607. You can check to see what bulid you currently have. If it is 1511, your update will be coming soon. If it is 1607, then you already have it.

To check, hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and tap the R key. This brings up the Run dialog box. Replace what is there, if anything, with WINVER and tap the Enter (or Return) key on your keyboard. Another window appears showing the version of Windows you have installed.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hangouts Summary 8-18-2016

Fastest Web Browser. Only 820KB in size. Starts up instantly. No special features, but is a good backup browser or even a good primary one for you surfing, email, and Facebooking.

TubiTV - Free streaming. Available on your smartphone and your PC.


What can I get rid of in Startup to speed things up and have less running in the background? When I “tune up” a PC, I usually disable all the items in Startup. My experience has been that what needs to be started enables itself. There are many ways to get to the Startup Folder. The Windows way is with Task Manager. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.

Click the Startup tab to see and disable unnecessary programs. I seem to have a few I can Disable. I leave OneDrive enabled because I want to allow it to sync. Some of those others I could probably disable. You have to look at the list and make a decision.

To see what version of Windows you are running, Win+R and type WINVER, then press Enter (or click OK). A window will appear with information on the version that is running on your PC. The Anniversary Edition is Build 1607.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hangouts Class Summary 8-11-2016

The questions are getting less and less as the weeks go by. Many are not taking advantage of our online sessions. And it is so easy to do. Just use the following URL and you will be in our Hangout on Thursday’s at 2:00 PM.

Here are a couple of the articles I spoke about this week. The key thing to remember is that if you have Windows 10 you WILL be getting the Anniversary Edition as an update soon. Mine came down when I least expected it and it took less than 2 hours to fully install. We are referring to it as Win 10 AU.

New in Win 10 AU

Microsoft competes with Teamviewer. Quick Assistant is an evolved version of the Windows Remote Assistant tool previously available in older versions of Windows.

Another new program that comes with Win 10 AU is called Sticky Notes. Look for it in your list of programs at the Start menu. It works like you would expect placing a yellow square on your desktop to write a note onto.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hangouts Summary 8-4-2016

One of our members was asking about convertible laptops to replace an old iPad. There are many to choose from and we found a nice one from Acer. It is a Chromebook for $259. It has 2 full size USB ports (1 USB 2 and 1 USB 3) and a full size HDMI port. 32gb of SS memory and 2gb of RAM. I am seriously thinking of upgrading to this one...

Ever not remember a password that is saved on your PC? I know I have. I need it for another device and there it is shown as all asterisks! There is a way. Add the extension Show Passwords on Focus to your Chrome Browser. Then when you hover your mouse over the hidden password the characters appear for you to copy down to paper and use elsewhere.

How To Find Help Link On Facebook. Scroll to the bottom of the page and on the left side locate the More dropdown box. Click and see a link for Help. You can also goto

Add favorite programs to the top of Windows 10's Start Menu in the new Anniversary Edition soon to show up on your PC.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Everything you need to know

Quickly Check Hard Drive Health.

RightClick Start and choose Command Prompt (Admin)

On the DOS screen after system32> type:


Add ‘Copy To’ & ‘Move To’ to Windows Right-Click Menu. This we did not talk ahout. It adds additional options to your right-click menus to make it easier to Copy and Move files and folders.