Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Computer Club Notes 4-23-2019

Down To Basics

Right click on the desktop

Display settings bring you to a place to change the size of display and more

Personalize gets you to change themes and backgrounds

Changing the Background

Changing the Theme

The Start Menu

(Left) click on the windows button or Ctrl+Esc

Removing and Adding Tiles

Right Click on the time and Unpin to remove it, Resize to change its size

Searching for Installed Programs

To the left of the tiles, scroll the list of programs to locate the one you want to run. To speed up the process, click one of the stand alone letters (A) to jump to a lettered group.

Type here to search to enter the name of the program and then Enter to run it. If you do not see the Type here… box, type Win+Q

What version of Windows 10 do I have?

Win+R and type WINVER and press Enter

Speedtest.net will tell you how fast your Internet service is. Century Link should be at least 5 Mbps. Comcast should be over 25 Mbps. If you use comcast.speedtest.net they keep track of your results.

AdBlock is a neat addition to your Chrome or FireFox browser. It stops most of those pesky ads from appearing on your screen. In Chrome click the menu button (three dots in upper right) then More tools then Extensions. In the upper left, click the Main Menu button next to the word Extensions. In the bottom left, click Open Chrome Web Store. In the upper left Search box type adblock and press the enter key. Then locate AdBlock (see above) and click it’s Add To Chrome button.

Where did I save that file? Open File Explorer and look in Quick Access. It shows the recently used files with the most current on top. Where it was saved is shown to the right of the file name.

Win+E to open another instance of File Explorer. Then you can easily move files or folders from one location to another.

Open Task manager
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Right-Click taskbar and select Task manager
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task manager
Disable Startup Items
Open Task manager and click the Startup tab

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Computer Club Notes 4-9-2019

YouTube.TVCut the cable. Cable-free live TV is here from 70+ networks free to try and then about $50 monthly. Local sports and news. No cable box required. No contract. Live sports, news, and shows from 70+ channels. Free unlimited DVR storage space. 6 accounts for your household. 3 simultaneous streams.

SpeccyWe were talking about how hot the CPU or Hard Drive might be and someone remembered there are programs that can tell us that information and a lot more. See what's inside your PC. Speccy is the place to start if you need to know what's inside your PC. See a quick summary, or dive deeper into every aspect of your PCs hardware so you can make informed upgrade and purchasing decisions.

Flickr and ShutterflyThese sites have been around for years. Each allows you to upload your photos and create photo books and more. We were reminded that if you have an Amazon Prime account you can order prints online for 9 cents each and have them delivered anywhere in the US for free.

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a camera phone.

With Shutterfly, create photo books, personalize photo cards & stationery, and share photos with family and friends.

Setting a restore point and why
System Restore is an awesome system recovery tool, and it's included with Windows for free. It's the ideal solution for rolling back bad drivers, fixing when buggy software breaks your PC, or simply rolling you back to a previous point in time. We looked at how to create a restore point and how to recover from one.

! is a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more. Works good but why not CCleaner?

Photo Clip is a digital cutting tool that crops details, people, objects or even the entire background in your photos and removes annoying elements. Watch the video and be amazed. Looks well worth the one time price.

Valid Email AddressesThis website lets you type in an email address to test to be sure it is a valid address.

Geek Uninstaller
One user writes "The performance of Geek Uninstaller is impressive. It uninstalls quickly and finds leftover files that anyone couldn't. Overall, the app is an impressive maintenance tool that delivers on both performance and features. Highly recommended". Another good one is Revo which can be found on Ninite.

Microsoft changes how Windows 10 disconnects USB storage devices
Microsoft has modified the way Windows 10 handles the operation of disconnecting a USB or Thunderbolt storage device. This includes USB thumb drives, external hard drives, flash drives, and even USB data transfer connections established between PCs and smartphones. The change took effect with the wide deployment of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update.