Sunday, January 20, 2019

Class Notes 1-15-2019

We had a good turnout today. Lots of folks are back from up north. I think the count was 27. Here are the notes as I recall them.

We talked about internet speed. Those on century link are getting speed of 10 or less and having no problems streaming or get their emails and browsing done. Comcast users are getting bigger speeds but accomplishing the same tasks.

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Copy Data To New Computer

Unless you do not use the standard places to save your data, all data folders are in a folder with your name under the Users folder in the C: drive. Access them easily by pressing Windows+R, type C:\users and press Enter. File Explorer will open with all users folders listed in the right column. Double click your folder to open it.

Holding the Ctrl key down, select each folder containing your data.

Right-click one of the selected folders and choose Properties to determine the total amount of space needed.

Do not select the OneDrive folder, those files will come down from the cloud when you sign into Microsoft on your new computer.

Be sure to have your external drive inserted at this point. With all the folders still selected, right-click any of the selected files and choose Send to and then the name of your flash drive or external hard drive.

This will take a few minutes depending on how much data is being copied.

When finished, safely remove the flash drive or external hard disk. Then place it into the new computer. Open the drive in File Explorer on the new computer to see all the folders. Then drag them into your folder on the new computer. That is the folder within the User folder with your user name. Locate the same way using Windows+R, type C:\users, press Enter and double click on your name, You can overwrite any same name files.

Now your data is done. On to the programs.

If you saved the installation files for non Microsoft programs in downloads, locate them and one at a time install them on the new computer.

If some of your programs are not in downloads, locate the CD’s or find them online. You cannot just copy the executables from the old computer.

Now your new computer is ready to go.

Otter web browser
Otter Browser final is a stable modern browser with lots of integrated features and options. Is it ready for prime time? It is certainly possible to use the browser as the main driver but most users will probably use it as a secondary browser for the time being.

Rename Files/Folders In Sequential Number Order
Here is a quick and easy way to batch rename your files/folders giving them sequential numbers.
First, line them up in the order you want them to be numbered.

We used the desktop to copy the individual files to. Then we could easily move them around to the order desired. Then we selected all files and right-clicked on one of them. Choose Rename and type the name you want to use. Press enter and all the file are named the same with a sequential number placed to the right of each name… (1) to (...)

This article explains in more detail

Convert hardcopy document into editable digital document
We took a picture of a document with my phone. Because of Google Photos it uploaded the image to the cloud. We accessed it in the Google Cloud and use to convert the JPG file to a PDF then opened the PDF in Word which converted it to an editable document. SmallPDF can also convert a PDF to Word. Other methods are discussed in the following article.

Use Optical Character Recognition software without installation on your computer. Recognize text and characters from PDF scanned documents (including multipage files), photographs and digital camera captured images. Free Online OCR service supports 32 recognition languages.

In addition to my own research, I want to give thanks to Harold at the Club, Newsletter, AskLeo, tomshardware, TechConnect, and for the useful ideas we take a look at each week.

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