Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Computer Class Notes 4-7-2020

There were 26 of us online using Zoom today. It was great to see/hear all of you and so glad you are all well. Some were on their laptops, others on desktops, and even a cell phone or two. Some had video and others were just using audio.

Here are the items I was planning on touching on and they are followed with a number of other things we discussed today.

Join us next week. We can host up to 100 at a time.

Websites Taken Down From the Web
Websites vanish from the web every day—perhaps abandoned by the creators, banned due to legal problems, or pulled down due to hacking attempts. Wayback Machine is a digital archive of web content, that takes snapshots of a website at regular intervals and makes them available to anyone.

How to Create a Batch (BAT) File
Batch files are the computer handyman’s way of getting things done. They can automate everyday tasks, shorten the required time to do something, and translate a complex process into something anyone could operate.

Turn Your Screen Off in Windows
Do you know how long it takes until Windows automatically turns off your screen? Unfortunately, Windows 10 does not offer a convenient keyboard shortcut to switch off the display. But we’ll show you the easiest ways to control your screen and turn it off when you want.

Old and Discontinued Software
Upgrading your apps to a newer version can sometimes cause problems. It may not be compatible with older OS, may get bundled with adware and nefarious APIs, and more. You can download an older copy of the app for free from OldVersion and OldApps.

How to Rearrange Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows 10
Arranging your workspace in Windows 10 can sometimes feel like a tedious process with your mouse. Luckily, you can use many keyboard shortcuts to switch, snap, minimize, maximize, move, or resize windows.

How to Watch Netflix with Your Friends Online
When you’re stuck at home, you miss out on watching Netflix with your friends. But just because you can’t meet in person doesn’t mean you can’t still watch it together. Here’s how you can watch Netflix with your friends online.

Printing Labels
The question was about how to print labels in LibreOffice. That got us into a discussion about Mail Merge. Then Geroge sent me a link to Avery, a maker of labels. It has templates you can download to print labels.

I wrote an article about doing a Mail Merge in MS Word. Here is a link to view that article.
http://rwevans.com/DCT Easy MailMerge.pdf

We discussed the various way to get Word both free and purchase. Also, Office 365 which is $69.95 a year for 1 user and includes 1 TB of space on One Drive. For inexpensive purchase of Office check out Bonanza.com

Keyboard Shortcuts
George sent over the PDF that he has:

Assigning a Shortcut
Right-click on any shortcut and you can assign keyboard keys to it for quick access.

The Search Bar

The taskbar contains a search box.

You can remove it to make room for more taskbar shortcuts by right-clicking on the taskbar > Search > remove the checkmark for Show search box and then check Hidden.

To open a search box press Win+Q

Screen Brightness
You can adjust the screen brightness in Settings. > Display

Email Deletes
When you delete an email using a web-based email such as Gmail or Yahoo, all the mail is on their server in the cloud. What resides on your computer are the last ones you looked at. If you delete an email from your phone and then go to your PC, that email may still appear because it is in the cache for that browser. Refresh the screen or instruct it to look for new mail and the deleted ones are gone.

The trash folder contains the email you deleted and is purged automatically of anything older than 30 days. What you delete by hand from the trash folder is gone right away. However, the emails still reside in their backup files so don’t think they are totally gone.

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