Thursday, July 30, 2020

Computer Class Notes 7-30-2020

Using The Windows 10 Character Map

Win+R and type CHARMAP

Choose the character you want and it will be copied to the clipboard. Then paste it in whatever application it is needed.

How to Make a Playlist on YouTube
A YouTube playlist is the best way to create a tailored list containing your favorite videos. You can group videos together by channel or interest, as well as share your playlist for others to use or edit.

Open the first video

Click SAVE

Create new playlist

Give it a name and click CREATE

Click The List

To add another song, open the song and then click SAVE and check the playlist it should be added to. It happens instantly. Refresh the list and you will see it has been added.

Check Your Laptop Battery Health
The Windows 10 Battery Report feature breaks down whether your battery is still kicking or on its last legs. Here's how to monitor your laptop's battery

Right-click Start > Command Prompt (Admin)

(or Windows PowerShell (Admin))

Type powercfg /batteryreport /output "C:\battery-report.html" > Enter

Open C:\battery-report.html to view the report

Scroll down to see the details

How to Change Chrome’s Default Text Size
If you often have trouble comfortably reading websites in Google Chrome due to text that is too large or too small, it’s easy to change the default font size (and font face) for every page on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebooks. Here’s how.

We know about Ctrl+ and Ctrl- to change the size. You can also use Ctrl+scroll wheel.

Can also, in Chrome, Settings > Font size

And change the default Page zoom

Reduce Google Chrome’s Memory Usage
The web has changed in recent years. Applications that would only run on desktop computers now run in the browser, but this comes at a cost. Modern browsers use a lot of RAM, and Chrome is among the worst offenders.

Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager to see how much memory Chrome is using.

Each tab is using a block of memory. Close tabs to free that memory. You can also use an extension.

I have used OneTab in the past and it does a great job. Each tab is closed, replaced by a list of shortcuts to each of the tabs you had open. In my case, it reduced the memory in use from over 2 GB to 600 MB. As you need to reopen a tab just click the link.

The Best Way to Clean Battery Acid Off Your Gadgets
If you’ve put away a device and forgotten to take out the batteries, the terminals are probably covered in battery acid by now. The good news is, you can clean them pretty easily, depending on the severity of the leak.

This is not a computer thing but could be with the battery in your wireless mouse and keyboard. More likely in that portable radio or flashlight you have not used in a while.

How to Set Up a Home NetworkToday almost every home and small offices have a local network and an Internet connection. The home network or small office network enables multiple devices e.g. PCs, tablets, etc to connect to each other, and also to connect to the internet. In this video tutorial, you will learn how to build and set up a home or small office network and connect it to the Internet.

My first question is why? If you are using the available cloud storage that comes with Windows 10 or websites like Google Drive or Dropbox you have the ability to share with anyone in your home or elsewhere. Of course, you do need a working Internet connection which we kinda take for granted nowadays.

Win+I > Shared experiences

Click Change connection properties

Make it Private

Change advanced sharing options

Set the Private settings as above

Change the All Networks settings as above

Open File Explorer

Right-click Documents folder and Give access to Specific people…

Dropdown > Everyone > Add

Change Read to Read/Write

Click Share

Save the resulting path for use on another PC

Click Done

On another computer:

Do the same procedure as above. Save the link address created there for use on this computer. You will use these addresses to Map the shared drives on each PC. (Note: the video shows how to have the second computer be Windows 7)

Next, you will want to Map the shared folder to a drive letter for easy access.

In File Manager click This PC > Computer tab > Map network drive

Paste the link address from the other PC and then click Finish

Now the shared computer is mapped and will be found under This PC

And it shows under This PC as Documents on the shared PC. Notice the green bar indicating it is a shared drive.

The following is a link on YouTube to an excellent video on How to Share Files, Folders & Drives Between Computers Over a Network

Facebook Private Messages
By signing into my Facebook account on my computer I can go into an individual person's message area and set it up so that I don't receive the notifications but at the same time remain friends with them.

Click the Messages icon on Facebook’s title bar.

Click on the gear to locate the options.

Choose Mute conversation

Click the Until I turn it back on radio button, then click Mute.

Now they will no longer interrupt your day with meaningless (in my opinion) videos and cute memes. By the way, sending it to ten friends does not grant you special blessings.

Belarc Advisor

The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, any missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

Zoom Backgrounds For Free
If you want to show your face on camera, then you also let people in on your surroundings a.k.a. your bare walls, makeshift office spa, and so on. Since the thought of sprucing up your home in a time like this seems, well, impossible with everything else you're juggling, we've rounded up the best Zoom backgrounds that'll refresh your space — no tools, money, or shopping trips required.

A Green Screen Cheap

Find the following at Dollar Tree

Tape two Green posterboards to the trifold. Then place this behind you in some way. I hang mine from a couple of eye hooks in the ceiling. You could lean it on a chair behind you. This will coast less than $3.00

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