Friday, September 16, 2016

Class Summary 9-15-2016

Talked about a couple of cell phone tips I picked up this week. When taking a selfie use the volume control button to take the picture instead of reaching for the button on the screen. Also, do not use the zoom feature of the camera. Take the full picture and then edit it to crop it down to the size you desire. This gives you more pixels to work with and you can always revert to the original one.

I was asked about voice to text. There are a number of ways to use this feature. In Windows 10 Cortana let’s you speak your request and will find things for you using Edge. Microsoft Word has a voice to text feature that lets you train it to your voice. You can also use our voice to control your actions in Windows 10 by turning on that feature. But what I like best is what Google offers. Firstly when you open, in the search box you will find a picture of a microphone over to the right. Click it and you can speak your request into the browser search. The second is when using google docs, you can speak your words and it types them for you. Cool feature that I use when composing written works. When in the document window, Ctrl+Shift+S will turn it on.

Then we talked about the difference between a full and a quick scan when using maintenance programs like superantispyware and the antivirus that comes with Windows - - Defender. Quickscan takes a look at those folders on your C drive that's typically are used to store malicious software and viruses. However although this is a quick way to get through the maintenance it does not search through your entire drive for potential errors that may have been there for a long time. So I suggest you take the time once in awhile to allow those programs to do a full scan.

We talk more about Google photos. you can access your photos add If you download the app to your smartphone every time you take a picture it will be uploaded using Wi-Fi to your Google account. your account is free and you have unlimited storage for photos. When on your PC you can either download and install a program to automatically upload photos from your PC to Google photos. Instead of installing a program you can also open up the page and click the picture of a cloud with an arrow in it appearing at the top of the page to manually upload your photos.

Somebody asked what a PNG file. It is an image file similar to a JPG. it is a format created by Microsoft and is a higher quality than a jpeg file. The program that come with Windows that you use to open a JPG should also open a PNG file. You can also open a browser and drag that file into the browser window to view it.

We talked about scanning photos into the computer and the fact that they would all have today's date. There is no way in Windows to change the creation date do something that would be more realistic for those scan photos. We did find a way to change the date and time in Google photos. I found a utility online it will allow you to modify the date and times right on your PC. I have not actually downloaded it and run it yet but if you want to play with it you can find it here :

Then I was asked if there was any way to check the recovery disk that the backup program Reflect or EaseUS had you create. The answer is yes. Insert that recovery disk into your CD drive or if you used a USB flash drive plug it in and then restart your computer booting to that external device. You may have to go into setup and change the order in which the operating system looks for a device that is bootable. Make the CD or the USB first on the list. You will know it worked because Windows won't start . Instead you will see the backup software screen. If that appears your recovery disc is ready to go.

The 4 maintenance programs that I use on a regular basis are Glary utilities, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and CCleaner. All but the last can be downloaded the site. To find CCleaner goto and click the download link.

Another backup question. How do I know my backup is any good? First, when you make the backup be sure to turn on verify option. See the white papers on the club site at for step by step instructions. And to check the image or to recovery 1 or more files from it without doing a complete restore, see the last white paper.

In a nutshell, you open Reflect on your PC, plug in your external drive, Click the Restore tab, and then Open and image… in Windows Explorer. Then you can view all the files, open one or two, or even copy one or more to your PC.

Create a shortcut on the desktop for any file including an executable program simply locate the file, right click on it, and select create shortcut.

We took a look at some searching techniques using your browser. although we used Google Chrome work the same in most other browsers. as an example we typing a couple of words and found millions of results. By putting a plus sign in front of the words it narrowed our search down because we were telling the search engine to include the first word plus the ssecond word plus the third word etcetera. Putting quotes around multiple words forces the search engine to look for that exact configuration. We located a useful website explaining a number of these browser tips. you can check it out at

BTW (by the way) I typed most of this document using Google speech to text in Google Docs.

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