Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Computer Class Notes 5-25-2020

How about some SIGs for the club?

There is an interest in a Special Interest Group on Anytinhg Photos.

Taking photos, backing up photos, Photos to the cloud, editing photos, using Photoshop, using Gimp, etc

Perhaps a SIG on using the cloud and another on mobile devices would be useful.

And maybe a SIG for New Users?

However, what we need is people willing to run the SIGs. Any volunteers

Why do I have to sign in repeatedly on Yahoo Mail?
This may occur with any account you have answered Yes to the Keep me signed in question. That information is stored in a cookie. If you are running a maintenance program that removes cookies and you have changed the defaults so all cookies and perhaps even passwords are removed, you will have to sign in each time after you have cleared all the cookies and passwords. If you do not change the defaults in programs like Glary and Wise Care 365, then your passwords will remain and only the bad cookies will be removed.

What is the best pop up blocker with Chrome?
I use the extension called uBlocker

What extensions do you recommend?
Grammarly for Chrome
Social Network Adblocker
Show and Hide Passwords
uBlocker - #1 Adblock Tool for Chrome

How do I copy pictures (backup?) onto a flash drive?
In File Manager (Win+E) open the folder containing your pictures
In another instance of File Manager (Win+E again) open the flash drive
Right-click the taskbar and select Show windows side by side
Drag the pictures from the picture folder to the flash drive
Ctrl+A to select all of them and you can drag them all at once
Ctrl+click to select more than one image, if not all. Or click the first one to copy, hold the shift key down and click the last one to copy to select every image from the first you clicked to the last.

A chrome extension somehow changed my search engine
This is where have a restore point is very helpful

Simple go to Settings (Win+I) and type “restore” then choose to Create a restore point.

Click Create to set a restore point. I suggest doing this prior to running the maintenance programs once a week. This will give you a point in time to return to if issues come up.

Click System Restore to locate previously created restore points to take you back in time to where everything was working fine.

Click Next to view the restore points available

Choose one and click Next to back your computer up to that point in time.

Wise Care 365

I am using this to replace CCleaner. One of the options is to slim the system. System Cleaner > System Slimming

In the lower right of that screen make sure the box is checked to create a restore point.

Run that once a week and you will be sure to have a restore point to go back to if necessary.

Demonstration from Jeanne Niosi


A Simple Screen Recording Tool
Want to quickly capture a video, but don't have the time to edit it? Check out the video recorders that we reviewed in the past, e.g. VokoscreenNG, OBS Studio, or SimpleScreenRecorder. Quick Screen Recorder fits the criteria as well.

How to Get a Vertical Taskbar
Windows 10’s taskbar normally stretches across the bottom of the screen, but you can move it to the left or right side of the screen in a vertical orientation. It’s great for widescreen displays, giving your applications more vertical screen real estate.

How to Tell If You Have Windows 64-Bit or 32-Bit
Not sure if your installed version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit? If you're running Windows XP, chances are its 32-bit. However, if you're on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, the chance that you're running a 64-bit version goes up considerably.

Microsoft Will Phase Out 32-bit Versions of Windows 10
Microsoft says: "Beginning with Windows 10, version 2004, all new Windows 10 systems will be required to use 64-bit builds and Microsoft will no longer release 32-bit builds for OEM distribution," wrote the company in its documentation. Earlier versions of Windows will continue to get 32-bit support, however, as the hardware included typically won't support 64-bit code.

How to Copy, Cut, and Paste
Copy, cut, and paste are three basic operations that every Windows user should know by heart. The concepts behind them apply to nearly every application you’ll ever use. Here’s how they work.

Link from George to the last APCUG virtual conference Getting to Know Windows from An Insider's Point of View workshop This is the link to the video...https://youtu.be/J-p-uju19Sw

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Clear the Clipboard
Have you ever copied something to the clipboard that you don’t want to leave there in case somebody else is going to use your computer? Sure, you can copy something else to the clipboard real quick, but can’t you just make a shortcut or hotkey to clear it?

Life 360
Life360 Inc. is a San Francisco–based information technology company that provides location-based services, including sharing and notifications, to consumers globally. Its main service is called Life360, a family social networking app released in 2008.

Sherri and I use this smartphone app. It enables us to see where we are located at any time. Very useful when you are both on the move. Great for seeing where your family members are allowing you to rest easy when they are on long rips. And it is free.

We did not talk about the following but some might find them a worthwhile read:
Microsoft Excel Alternatives
Spreadsheets are ubiquitous: people use them every day for tracking inventory, budgeting, data tracking, and a million other things. And, while Microsoft Excel has been the go-to spreadsheet for years, there are other (free) alternatives you might like more.

Microsoft Office Alternatives
While Microsoft Office is still the ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations, and many more digital tasks, there are still plenty of free alternatives. Avoid freeware full of ads and check out these free productivity suites.

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