Thursday, June 25, 2020

Computer Class Notes 6-23-2020

NOTE: from now on the Computer Class will be on Thursdays from 2-4 and the Practice session will be twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings at 11.

How to Recall an Email in Gmail
We’ve all had moments where we’ve immediately regretted sending an email. If you’re in that position and you’re using Gmail, you have a small window in which to undo your mistake, but you only have a few seconds to do it. Here’s how.

Settings > General > Undo Send (choose time) > Save Changes

To recall an email, press the “Undo” button that appears in the “Message Sent” pop-up, visible in the bottom-left corner of the Gmail window on the web. Also on the right of the Sent line on your cell phone.

From Mary Fleenor: You can also recall an email within the first 5 seconds after sending for Yahoo, Gmail and other email clients from a cell phone mail app.

And where is my Gmail Trash folder?
If you can't see the Trash folder follow along...

Click the Settings icon (the picture of a gear)

Click See all settings

Scroll down and stop on Trash and click on show. You will now be able to see the Trash folder and recover any emails found in there.

Why Am I Connected to Wi-Fi But Not the Internet?
It’s happened to all of us at some point. Your Wi-Fi signal is strong, but there’s no internet connectivity. That’s because Wi-Fi and the internet are two different things, and understanding the difference can help you troubleshoot future network problems.

Wifi is your in-house network, not the Internet. From your modem/router to your in-house devices you ar connect with RJ-45 or ethernet cable or WiFi. From the Modem to your ISp (internet service provider) you connect to the internet that they provide.

Lost Internet connection

Click the WiFi icon in the lower right of your screen

That should show you a list of close by WiFi connections. Mine says Connected… This means it is connected to the router and other devices on the same internal network such as my wireless printer. If it also said No Internet then the connection to the outside network is not available and Internet access is not possible.

If no Internet, click Disconnect and try connecting again. If that does not work, I suggest turning off your router and your computer. Start the router and when all the lights are on, restart the computer.

How to Transfer Your Facebook Photos and Video to Google Photos
As part of the Data Transfer Project, Facebook has built a tool that allows you to send a copy of your photos and videos to Google Photos. The feature is available worldwide for anyone with a Facebook and Google account to use. Here’s how it works.

Click the down arrow

Settings > Your Facebook Information

To the right of Transfer A Copy Of Your Photos Or Videos, Click View.

If asked, sign in to your Facebook account. Then you will be able to transfer a copy of your photos or videos to Google Photos and/or other locations.

Facebook Etiquette
Given how popular Facebook is, you’d think everyone would know how to use it properly. Sadly, that simply isn’t the case. While Facebook has many written rules, there are also plenty of unwritten Facebook rules. This is the Facebook etiquette we should all follow.

Luke 6:31 NKJV
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise
  • Do Accept Requests From People You Know

  • Do Acknowledge Others’ Posts and Comments

  • Do Research Stories Before Sharing Them

  • Do Ask for Permission Before You Tag Someone

  • Don’t Post Too Often

  • Don’t send group PM’s

  • Don’t send junk mail in Messenger
In addition, eMail etiquette still stands.
  • ALL UPPER CASE means you are shouting.
  • No need to use greeting lines (dear…) or salutations. They know who sent the email and the fact you sent it to them negates the need for Dear xxxx
  • Do not “send to” a group of emails. Use BC (blind copy) so recipient addresses are hidden from all but the recipient. You do not need any address on the “send to” line if you have BCs.
This is a freeware image editor and viewer. I have used it to display a series of pictures as a looping slideshow. You can use it to resize those large pictures as well. It is available on the Ninite list of programs.

Create A Folder In Gmail

Click the Settings icon (the picture of a gear)

Click See all settings

Go to the Labels tab, then click Create new label

Name the label, then click Create.

Macrium vs EaseUS Files

The question was about the external drive. If they switch from Macrium to EaseUS do they need to reformat the drive? No, the Macrium image files (the actual backup files) can stay. You only need to remove the oldest files when you are running out of room on the drive. Most drives are 1-2 TB and will hold many months of backups.

Backup, Maintenances, And More
A number of questions we answered have been covered in various DCT articles I have written over the last few months. Here is a list you might want to check out:

Microsoft Word


Easeus Backup And Restore And Create Emergency Disk

Other Articles

Slow Computer
There are a number of reasons for a slow-going computer. There could be some updates being downloaded in the background by Microsoft. You could also have some malicious software hiding and running. This is why it is important to run the maintenance program so we suggest on a regular basis. Malwarebytes is one such program.

You could be running more programs at the same time then the amount of memory you have can support. When this happens the operating system creates some virtual memory using your hard disk drive. Access to this virtual memory is painfully slow.

Microsoft has said for a long time if your computer is running slow buy more memory. I find that even if Windows 10 works with 1-2 GB of memory, it is very slow. 4 GB is sufficient, but can also be a little slow. 8 GB or more seems to be the best. An older computer may not take 8 GB or more. Single or eventual core computers can be slow as well. So the best option may be a new computer with plenty of memory and multiple cores.

If the slowness is when you are on the Internet I suggest running to see if you are getting the speed you are paying for.

Start In Safe Mode
If you cannot isolate the problem, I suggest starting in Safe Mode so only the minimal set of programs is running. Is it still slow? If not then there is a program running causing your issues. If it is still slow you may have hard disk issues. Glary Utilities does a good job of checking the disk drive and if it finds issues it will force a check disk operation at the next system restart. While you are in Safe Mode, run your maintenance programs.

Do I Need A New EaseUS Emergency Disk Every Time I Backup?
No, you do not need a new disk for every backup. You only need it when you have crashed and need to recover your hard drive from the backup on your external drive. If you do not have a boot disk, you can create one on another computer. But I suggest you make one before then and keep it on hand just in case. Onc, you have created it, you can use it for any version of backups you may have. This could change in the future so it is not a bad idea to create a new disk whenever you update the backup software. But the new backup will read the old backup images, in my experience.

Locknote For Passwords
Do I use a password manager? No, I use Locknote and keep a simple notepad file called to keep a password-protected note. I use it for my passwords so they are all in one place and protected instead of being in a Word file called passwords! I save it in my OneDrive so I can access it from anywhere. Here is a link to download that program:

DSL vs Cable
DSL uses the telephone lines and Cable uses higher speed coaxial cable. The local DSL company here is Century Link. Their connection is a good one but is sold as download speed up to 25 MPs. That speed is fine and I have found I can stream Netlfix at 5 MPs. However, I do not to know many who are actually getting 25 MPs. The further away from the central station, the slower the speed. And the upload speeds are usually very slow, like under 1 MPs.

The local cable company is Comcast (AKA Xfinity). They insist everyone needs speeds in excess of 100 MPs to be able to stream. And for that, you pay a pretty penny. I dropped my service to their slowest and am quite happy with the 25 MPs speed. I wish the upload was faster but it works for me.

In both cases, you will save $10+ a month if you purchase your own modem/router instead of renting theirs.

What Are The Numbers Above The Time?
This is part of Wise Care 365. It is a display showing the amount of memory in use and a graph of the CPU activity. If you open Taskmanager you will we the same numbers.

How To Set Up The Quick Launch On The Taskbar

Right-click on the Taskbar

Click Toolbars > New toolbar…

Paste the following into the box at the top. Then click Select folder.

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

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