Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Computer Club Notes 1-14-2020

What version of Windows 10 do I have?

Win+R and type WINVER and press Enter

If you have Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Head over to the Download Windows 10 page and attempt the upgrade.

Click Download tool now

Install and run the Media Creation Tool

Open the tool and select Upgrade this PC now
Follow the steps


Ninite is the safest site to install programs from. When you open ninite.com you are presented with a list of programs to select from. You check the ones you want and then click the Get Installer button. That does not download any of the programs you have checked, it downloads a tiny program to your computer with a list of the programs you checked.

When you run that installer program it looks over each program selected to see if you have it already installed on your computer. If not, it downloads and installs it. If you already have the program it compares the version on your computer to the available one. If the one you have is already the latest, it does nothing with that program. If the one you have is older, the latest is downloaded and installed for you.

The next time you want to check to see if you have the latest updates you do not have to go to ninite and start over. If you still have the installer program on your computer, just double-click it.

Mouse Adjustments

Win+I > Devices

Mouse > Adjust mouse & cursor size

Drag to change the size

Click Additional mouse options

Mouse locator
Ever have trouble locating the mouse? It is there somewhere but you can’t see it. One simple switch and hitting the ctrl key will display flashing circles around the pointer.

Uninstalling a Program
We got into this because I was talking about not having antivirus programs on your Windows 10 PC. Windows comes with Windows Security which includes a great antivirus called Defender. To remove the antivirus that came with your PC:

Win+I > Apps and give it time to display all the apps on your PC. Scroll down and locate the one to uninstall.

Click on it and then choose Uninstall

Office Alternatives

Microsoft includes a free trial to Office 365 with every Windows 10 install. There are many other “office” programs to use instead and at no charge.

At live.com you can use an online version of Microsoft Office at no charge. It saves the files in OneDrive, the Microsoft Cloud.

Google Docs saves its files in the Google Cloud and it is free at docs.google.com

OpenOffice and LibreOffice and WPS are all office suites that are free and can be installed on your computer. They do not use the cloud.

Flash in Edge
Edge has a Flash component built-in. Turn it off to deactivate it.

Click Settings.

Click View advanced settings. It is on the left

Click the switch beneath Use Adobe Flash Player so that it turns Off.

Google Keep
Google Keep is what I use to keep our shopping list. We each can make entries on our cell phone and use it at the market to get all we want instead of getting there and trying to remember what we need.

Turns on and off the bookmark bar on the browser

Lets you draw a box around an item on the screen and save it to the clipboard

Displays the contents of the clipboard

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