Friday, August 21, 2020

Computer Class Notes 8-20-2020

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How To Save A Lot Of Passwords On My PC

  1. When signing in where it says remember me when asks for your password, check the box and when a popup appears asking if you want to save the password, say yes.

  2. Keep a list somewhere. Many have a small spiral notebook where they write down the website name and the username used (often an email address) and the password.

    Note: When I write down a password, I write it in all lower case. Then I underline the letters that are to be typed as capitals.

  3. Some keep a word processing or spreadsheet file named something other than passwords. Then keep a list of the above. You can access that file for unremembered use names and passwords. If you use Google DOCS to save that file, it can be easily accessed on your cell phone when you need it away from your home computer.

  4. I use a notebook-like program called Locknote by Steganos. It is free and looks very much the same as the notebook program that comes with Windows. The one difference is that it is saved with a password so nobody that does not have that password can open it. All you have to remember is that one password. Download it here:

  5. Use a password you cannot forget by using the secret word approach. See my article on that at DCT:

  6. You can look at all the passwords you have saved in your browser by typing this into the browser address bar:

    Google Chrome chrome://settings/passwords

Brave brave://settings/passwords
Microsoft Edge edge://settings/passwords
Firefox About:logins

  1. Then scroll down the list for the name of the website and click the “eye” to the right and enter the password for windows to reveal the password for that site.

  2. In Google Chrome open

and then click Export to download all passwords to your computer. 

Old Photo Albums To Google Photos

I have found about 20 to 25 photo albums with maybe 2000 physical personal pictures in it, (primarily vacations) dating back to the 1950's  like to get them on google photos somehow. 

Download Photomyne on your cell phone. And have Google Photos installed as well. 

Using Photomyne you can take a picture of an entire page in the album. It will separate the pictures and even clean them. 

Here is an article I wrote on how to do that. 

What About Pictures on CDs?

You do not have to get them off the CDs and into your computer to upload them to Google Photos. 

Open Google Photos in your browser and click the upload button. Then in File Manager locate the images on the CD. Ctrl+A will select them all. Click Open to start the upload. 

Photomyne Question

Should I purchase it? I did not and it works great for me. The images are stored on your phone and will upload to Google Photos for you. Therefore I see no reason to use their cloud storage. 

Directly Link to Text on a Web Page in Chrome

Chrome now lets you create links directly to text on a web page. Chrome’s “scroll to text fragment” feature is a bit complicated to use, but Googler Paul Kinlan made an easy-to-use bookmarklet that lets you take easy advantage of it. 

Try it at

Copy and paste #:~:text= to the end of the URL. Then add the words to jump to with %20 replacing each space. Use this completed URL as your link.

A Freeware File Backup Program

Always back up your important files. You never know when you're going to need to restore them from a backup because disaster struck. Maybe you deleted files by accident, Windows or malware did, your PC was stolen or crashed beyond recovery, or you simply need the files on a different device.

This will automatically backup your data and add changed or new files to it on a schedule you decide. 

A Lightweight Text Editor

TED Notepad is a notepad plain text editor replacement for the Windows operating system. TED Notepad's interface is, well, it's almost like Windows' Notepad. It is in the developer's own words "chrome-less", i.e., there are no toolbars or other visual clutter to confuse users. Instead, all options are categorized across various menus. 

What Is Better Than Ad Blocking?

Without a doubt, websites need to have the ability to display ads if they are going to exist. If a site provides you with useful information and you do not want to pay for a subscription, you should allow them to display ads. 

Sending Anonymous Email Messages

You cannot remain anonymous on the internet. The best you can do is make it hard for people to trace you. To make the best use of procedures and tools that send quasi-anonymous emails, it's helpful to understand a few internet basics. Here's a review of basic network principles and strategies to hide your email's point of origin. 

This article gets deep into how email goes from A to Z and why you can be found to. But it does point us to how to create an alias address as a throw-away address for Craigslist or to sign up for a download.

What Is an Email Alias? 

Disposable Email Address Services 

Ever wish you could use an email address that did not cause you to get junk email? Well what you can do is create a Disposable Email Address for those sites you have to give an email address to. You make up the address and use it every time you sign up for something. Then the emails sent to that address will NOT end up in your normal email. 

Yes, you can check the disposable email inbox and see what was sent to you. And it is free.

Check it out at: 

Disposable eMail – Good Defense Against eMail Abuse. And it is from Google. Create your own by just making one up…  for this article on Daves Computer Tips

Low Cost Internet Service

If you fall into certain a categories you may be able to get your internet service from Comcast for $9.95 a month including the modem. You may also qualify for a low cost computer.

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Set Default Program To Open Pictures

Win+I to open settings.  > Choose Apps > Choose Default Apps

Scroll down to Photos and choose the app you want to be default

Now when you locate a picture and double-click it will always open in that app

Another method is to right-click on the picture and select the open with selection and choose the one you want it to use. To make it the default, select the bottom option. Then click the one to use. 

Passing Host Controls And Leaving The Meeting

As the host, you can assign the host controls to another user and leave the meeting. This allows the meeting to continue without you, and the assigned user to have host control over the meeting. 

If the original host is a Paid user, the meeting will continue to run for an unlimited time, even if the new host is a free or basic user. If the original host is a Free or Basic user, the meeting will be limited to the 40 minute duration, even if the new host is a paid user.

  1. Sign in to the Zoom Desktop Client.

  2. Start a meeting as the host.

  3. In the host controls, click End. 

  4. Click Leave Meeting.

  5. Assign someone to be the new host, then click Assign and Leave. 

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