Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Computer Club Notes 12-17-2019

on the desktop contain an arrow in the lower-left corner. They are pointers to the actual file, in this case, the opening of the program Glary Utilities. Deleting the shortcut does NOT remove the program. Icons that do not have an arrow are actual files. Delete them and they are gone. Think of the shortcuts as sticky notes; they point to the location fo the actual file or program.

Create Shortcuts
Right-click on any file or folder and select create a shortcut. For example, right-click on the Downloads folder to place a shortcut on the desktop for quick access to it.

Check audio
When your speakers or microphone are not operating you might check the settings area by click Win+I > System > Sound

From there you can check the speakers, select other speakers, adjust sound levels, and check your microphone.

Convert HEIF to JPEG
Some of the newer cameras are creating .heif file instead of .jpg or .jpeg while many programs do not accept the new format. This is one online service that will convert the new format to the older one.

How to show multiple windows
The windows must be in restore size (NOT full screen). Point with your mouse at the title bar (top of the window) and drag the window to the far right. Then drag the other windows to the far left. You now see both windows side by side.

You can also right-click on the taskbar and select one of pop up options.

Set default search engine

Each browser defaults to a particular search engine. For example, Chrome defaults to Google, Edge defaults to Bing, etc. In Chrome, click the menu button (3 dots), then choose Settings. From the list of items on the left, select a Search engine and choose the one you want as default. Work in a similar fashion in all browsers.

Eject CD drawer

The button on the DVD/CD drawer is not always easy to press to open the drawer. Instead, open File Explorer (Win+E), then right-click on the icon for the DVD/CD under My PC. Choose Eject and the drawer will open.


Just open and follow the prompts. I have been using it for over a year and receive very ffew of those annoying calls.

Remove “people” from the taskbar

Right-click the taskbar and uncheck Show people…
To check the Charlotte County Appraiser site for data on anyone’s property and tax payment status. Click Record search > Real property and type in your search parameters. The less you enter the better. Last name first name with no comma.

Use to check on the value of any property in the USA.

How to make oneself invisible… I did not know the answer so we Googled it. Here was what we found.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts greatly enhance your productivity and save you a whole lot of time. Instead of pointing and clicking with the touchpad or external mouse, you can keep your hands on the keyboard and simply press combinations of keys on to get things done.

We have talked about many of these and I use them every day. One I use often that is not on this list is Shift+Win+S which allows me to easily grab a piece of the screen and place it in the clipboard.

Phone Number Validator
Free phone validation--Is it a cell phone or is it a landline?

Validate phone numbers here to identify phone line type and possible phone company!

There are many other sites that do this exact same thing. When this one gives you the results it then asks if you want more details. If you say yes it scans all the public databases and then offers to show you the results for a fee.

Thunderbolt 3 vs. USB-C
Newer laptops often come loaded with a port that accepts a reversible plug and supports very fast transfer speeds. Do you know what it is? If you guessed the Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 port, you’re right, and therein lies the problem. Both data transfer protocols use the same connector, but their potential uses vary.

Essentially the coming new port will be sending data to another device at speeds up to 40GB/sec!

How To Create Your Own Internet Meme
An Internet meme, more commonly known as simply a meme ((/miːm/ MEEM) is a piece of media, traditionally combining image macros with a concept or catchphrase, which is spread from person to person via the Internet. Here is how to create your own.

These are the pictures with words added to them you see on Facebook.

Family Tree Now

Research your family tree and genealogy for free! If you want more details it will scan all public databases for a fee.

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