Friday, September 18, 2020

Computer Class Notes 9-17-2020

Video of the class:

Maintenance Question
It is my understanding that programs such as SuperAntispyware, Glary, Wise Disk Cleaner, and Malwarebytes do not catch bad things unless they are run for maintenance. So, if they are disabled at startup or if they open at startup, does it follow that these programs do nothing until scans are run?

Correct, if left in Startup they will continue to search for updates but they are not searching for issues on your computer until they are actually run.

Creating a Rescue Disk
 ( On a USB Flash Drive) using EaseUs 12.5 I'm not able to see the Contents when opening the Flash Drive. Why is that?

It builds a bootable media and you cannot view the contents in File Explorer. When you boot from it and search for your backup file on your external drive you can “see” the contents of the flash drive.

YouTube TV
Please share the pros and cons of using YouTube TV.

Looks like a great package to me. Here is a link to a site that shows all the channels and more.

No Green Screen Needed
XSplit VCam makes cutting edge background removal and blurring possible with any webcam, without the need for expensive green screens, and complicated lighting setups.

The ideal product for people new to streaming who don't want to invest in or don't have space for green screens and expensive lighting setups. It enables the user to replace, remove, or blur the background image with any webcam.

Download and install Xsplit--takes a while as it analyzes your video.

To add a background, Click Add Background and upload an image or short video. To remove the watermark in the top left of your screen click Remove watermark and purchase a license.

When you start Zoom, XSplit takes over the video function and displays your background without the need for a green screen.

You can switch back to your regular camera by clicking the up arrow next to the Stop Video icon on the Zoom toolbar. Notice XSplit is checked. Click the other Webb Camera to turn XSplit off for this season but you will need your green screen.

Windows Task Manager Tricks
Here are handy Task Manager tricks every Windows user should know, including how to bring up the Task Manager quickly and more!

Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it quickly

Also Win+X then T

The Windows Explorer process is responsible for many of the UI elements of Windows, such as the Taskbar, File Explorer, Start menu, and similar. If you have an issue with these elements, your first thought may be to restart your PC. While this will solve the issue, it's more convenient to restart Windows Explorer instead. To do this, find Windows Explorer on the Processes tab of the Task Manager. Right-click it and choose Restart

Search for suspicious processes. Right-click on the process and choose to Search online

All About The CHKDSK Utility
What are the differences between the "/F" (fix) and "/R" (repair) options? While fix and repair might sound like synonyms to you and me, CHKDSK treats them very, very differently

CHKDSK doesn’t cause errors; it uncovers them. The errors were already there. Disk errors happen. Disk failures happen. CHKDSK is one useful tool for recovering from certain types of errors. But you still need to back up. CHKDSK can’t save you from everything, regardless of whether you use /R or /F.

CHKDSK /F is concerned with the information stored on the disk — more specifically, the file system information that tells Windows about the files, folders, and data on the disk, and their disk locations. F makes sure the Table of Contents entries all point to the right places. It’s all about making sure that the file system information is correct, leading Windows to the right data on the disk, and that all the data on the disk is correctly represented in the filesystem information.

CHKDSK /R is concerned with the physical condition of the information stored on the disk — more specifically, whether or not the data is readable. It scans the entire disk surface, sector by sector, to make sure every sector can be read properly. R attempts to use spare disk sectors, if any are available, to take the place of damaged sectors it finds, and then marks the original sector as “bad”, indicating it should no longer be used.

CHKDSK doesn’t cause errors; it uncovers them. The errors were already there. Disk errors happen. Disk failures happen. CHKDSK is one useful tool for recovering from certain types of errors.

Text-Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
Whether you’re typing an email in your browser or writing in a word processor, there are convenient keyboard shortcuts usable in almost every application. You can copy, select, or delete entire words or paragraphs with just a few key presses.

Print photos and more and pick them up at local CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and more. ten cent prints and other deals

EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers and delivering digital skills training.

WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.

New Computer Purchase

What do I look for in a new computer?

I look for local stores to purchase from so I have an easy place to take care of any issues later. I also check out the current deals.

I suggest a 15.6” touch screen, a full keyboard backlit with a ten-key pad, 8 GB of RAM (or more), a 500 GB or better hard drive (SSD faster than mechanical drive), DVD/CD drive (if needed), HDMI port, USB 3 ports, and a USB C port.

If no DVD/CD, you can purchase a USB one for about $20. The size of the hard drive depends on what you are going to use it for. Lots of pictures may mean a larger hard drive. Need lots of speed? Get one with an SSD.

Net Lingo
NetLingo is a popular dictionary about Internet language. ... It acts as a digital reference guide that helps millions of people around the world learn about the most commonly used words, smileys, acronyms, and so on, that keep sprouting up on the Internet.


Mary demonstrated using OpenShot Video Editor It is a free and open-source video editor. It is a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Computer Class Notes 9-10-2020

Link to the video of this class

Next Saturday Practice is on the 19th
We will see how to create a TOC (table of contents) in Word and how to insert bookmarks in a document.

Tech For Seniors
Here is the link for the Zoom session every Monday at noon. Don’t be late as they lock it down soon after it starts.

What About Updates?
Does installing an update for a program (such as SuperAntispyware aka SAS) also install the latest version of the program or should we go to Ninite for the latest version and update?

I suggest that before you do your weekly maintenance, run Ninite, or PatchMyPC. This will ensure you have a current version installed. If after that SAS pops up a box saying Update available, click OK.

PatchMyPc (taken from Computer Class Notes 3-26-2019)
When you run Patch My PC, it will show you a list of installed supported software and then let you know the status. By the way, the app is portable, so no installation is required. Green means it’s okay, red means it needs updating, and black means it’s not installed. The interface is more complex than Ninite which will do the same job for the maintenance programs we suggest except for CCleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner. Those are not included in Ninite. This is an executable file that does not have to be installed to run.

How to use Phone as Mic for PC

Thanks, Mary for this one… Someone was asking about microphones a couple of weeks ago. I found this video that talks about using your cell phone as a microphone for a PC for applications like Zoom. The application is free and available for Android and iOS.

Mary will demo this next week.

Here is the video

The app is WO Mic and is available at

How Dropbox Works And Why You Should Use It
Users can conveniently access this platform on their desktop, tablet, and smartphones. With Dropbox's simple software, file upload and sharing are simple. Users can upload, store, and share files across a wide array of file types. You can even host group projects and team collaboration on Dropbox. The free service caps at 2GB of storage. Storage exceeding this amount must either delete files or upgrade to an advanced service.

Think about having a 2GB USB flash drive. You can copy files to it and upload files from it--any type of file as long as it is less than 2GB. Picture your Dropbox account as that flash drive. What is different is that you can access that Dropbox account from any device, even your cell phone. And you can share access to that drive with anyone else. Not usually the entire drive but a file or folder on the drive. It is a great way to send a number of files or a large file to one or more friends. You just share the file and copy the link it creates, then paste that link into an email to your friends. They can view the file and download it to their computer if need be.

Cost Breakdown
Personal. Basic. Free. If you need to store a few files for quick access or sharing—or just want to try out Dropbox—get 2 GB of space for free. Sign up. ...
Personal. Plus. $9.99 / month. when billed yearly.

Install Dropbox
Sign up for 2 GB of storage, and start accessing and sharing photos, documents, and other files from any device.

The Best Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots for 2020
If you work online, you know what a nightmare it is to ever be without a Wi-Fi signal. Keep that nightmare from becoming a reality by picking up one of these pocket-sized portable hotspots you can take anywhere.

I have a hotspot on the Sprint network that is useful when I am away from home and when my home internet is down.

Some of you have experienced me using my cell phone as a hotspot to check out your computer which is having issues connecting to your internet provider. I turn on my hotspot and see if I can connect your computer to it. If that works, I know the issue is with the provider and not your computer. 

Also when I am traveling, I use my Sprint hotspot to access the internet rather than the very pubic motel free WiFi. Some use a hotspot all the time righter than paying for an ISP both here in FL and also up north.

Blurry photos?

Sometimes, you might take what you think is a great photo with your smartphone, only to see afterward it’s all blurry. If that’s happening to you a lot, let’s take a look at what might be causing it.

This Summary Came From The Article:

Whatever the reason your photos are blurry, there are some practical steps you can take to avoid it in the future.

Shoot in the best lighting possible: Taking photos in low light introduces heaps of problems. The best way to avoid them is to avoid bad lighting whenever you can. Shoot outdoors or only in the best light you can find indoors.

Keep your hands steady: If your hands move, you’ll get a blurry photo. Brace your arms tightly against your body and keep your smartphone as still as possible. If you have a smartphone tripod, use it whenever you can, or just prop your phone against something.

Cue your subjects: If you’re taking a photo of a group of people, ask them all to remain as still as possible.

Avoid fast-moving subjects: Even under the best of circumstances, these will almost always turn out blurry.

Use burst mode: If you take more than one photo in quick succession, you increase the chances that everything will line up for at least one of them. It also prevents you from shaking your phone by tapping the shutter button.

Don’t zoom in too much: A little bit of digital zoom will, likely, go unnoticed, but if you zoom in too far, it’s obvious.

Tap your subject to focus on it: Your smartphone’s autofocus can sometimes think the wrong thing is the subject.

Clean the lens: A microfiber lens cloth is best, but a bit of tissue will do.

Get Rid of Gmail Tabs
The “tabbed inbox” is Gmail’s attempt to organize your incoming email into categories, or tabs. Unfortunately, they often miscategorize email, leading to messages being overlooked. You can turn category tabs off in the “Inbox” tab of Gmail settings by unchecking all the category tabs listed.

The tabs may appear above your emails and as you scroll across the tabs the emails Google has decided to place in categories for you appear.

They also show on the left side of the window but all your emails should be in the Inbox.

Search For A Photo
Donna told us about searching for a photo using Google Search.

Open and select Images

On your computer, locate the image you want to search for.

Drag rag the picture to search for into the Image search box and watch Google do its thing.

After a few seconds it displays the results.

This did not find an exact match but did direct me to a number of other trail signs which is the category Google assigned to my image.

Colorize Black and White Photos
Donna and Mary told us about a demo they watched on Monday at Tech for Seniors Zoom. We downloaded and installed PixBim. It uses AI to automatically take a B&W image and add color to it.

Just open the original and watch it do its magic. Pretty neat. The resulting picture will have a watermark if you are using the free version.

At the home screen ( scroll down to locate the link to download the free version. It is a 699MB file so it will take a few minutes to download and a few more to install. Then it is pretty straightforward. Open a B&W image and it will do its work.
YouTube video

Are Private Messages On Zoom Private?
When Zoom finishes a text file is downloaded to the Host person but it only contains the messages to everyone and to the host. So, yes, they are private messages. These were the “chats” from today and as you can see the private ones sent as a test from Mary to Donna do not show.

15:51:52 From Mary Fleenor : Wo Mic video:
15:53:49 From Donna Whalen :
15:54:03 From Mary Fleenor : Mo Mic video:
Mo Mic webpage:

Friday, September 4, 2020

Computer Class Notes 9-3-2020

Sell Stuff
I have three older model iPods would like to sell them and get a newer one. How do I sell? And where do I go to find a used one?

Facebook marketplace, eBay, Etsy

Adding Captions

I want to label a lot of photos that I have on the computer. I got to the paint site, downloaded an image, and then couldn't get the text to stay in place.

Can’t Read CD
I'm pulling together photos to enter a photo contest and have gone back to some CDs, BUT I've run into a problem with a couple of the CDs; 2013 opens to the folders but will not open each folder, 2011 the folders and photos within open very, very slowly and 2015 won't open at all. I doubt that the problem is the DVD drive because I have been able to open other CDs. I know that in the past we've talked about CDs, DVDs deteriorating. Do they warp?

How To Copy and Paste from Facebook
Locate the image (photo or meme) and click it to open it in its own window. Then right-click and save image as or copy image.

Free Mixbook Hardcover Photo Book 
From reliving events with friends to celebrating special moments with your family at home, Mixbook lets you easily create a beautiful photo book to capture your memories. Right now, Mixbook is offering a free 20-page hardcover photo book (a $29.99 value) — choose from hundreds of fully customizable themes to make it your own!

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*Offer terms and conditions: Promotional code is valid for 1 free 20 page 8.5x8.5 glossy hard cover photo book or $30USD off your photo book order. $30 off discount applies only to photo books of $30 or more. Must use promotional value in one visit. No cash value. Not valid with other promotions or specials. Tax and shipping not included. $30 promotional value expires 9/30/2020 at 11:59 pm PST.

How to Never “Safely Remove” a USB Drive Again on Windows 10
Do you always “eject” your USB drives before unplugging them? You can save yourself some clicks—and some time—with these simple tips, because you’ll never have to eject a flash drive again.

Right-click Start > Device Manager

Right-click on USB Device > Properties > Policies > Quick Removal

Windows Task Manager: The Complete Guide
The Windows Task Manager is a powerful tool packed with useful information, from your system’s overall resource usage to detailed statistics about each process. This guide explains every feature and technical term in the Task Manager.

How to Copy Files to a USB Flash Drive
If you’d like to copy files to a USB flash drive on Windows 10—perhaps to back them up or transfer them to another computer—it’s easy to do using File Explorer. Here’s how.

Win+E and drag left > Open folder that holds the files to copy

Win+E and drag right > locate the folder on the flash drive to copy to

Drag files from the left window to the right window

To drag more than one at a time, select the first and scroll down and shift-click to select them all. If you are selecting all in the folder, Ctrl+A. If you are selecting non-contiguous files, Ctrl+click allows you to select without removing the previous select.

Windows 10 God Mode Again
Windows 10 has a lot of hidden shortcuts that you can use for various purposes. Accessing these options can be a bit complicated for the average user.
Download at

Time Around the World

Find the current local time in any city or country around the world. Daylight saving time switch, time zone, UTC/GMT offset, and more.

Tools to Edit a PDF File
You don't give a PDF file a second thought, but this file format can be tricky too. Sure, every browser can open a PDF these days---but do you know how to edit PDF files? Keep reading to learn how to edit a PDF on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux.

Microsoft Word can also open a PDF for editing but not very well and not with the online version of Word

Send Large Files as Fast as Possible
Want a quick and free way to send a file to a friend, or transfer data between devices? These file transfer apps help you send large files fast.

Send files up to 20GB with SendGB--5GB free

- No sign up required!
- Unlimited downloads
- This feature is only available in

Your Phone
Wikipedia says that Your Phone is an app developed by Microsoft for Windows 10 for connecting Android or iOS devices to Windows 10 devices. It enables a Windows PC to access the 2000 most recent photos on a connected phone, send SMS messages, and make phone calls.[1] As part of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809),


Put those key tags for all those stores on your phone Get stocard… works on iPhone and Android. Get those pesky reward cards off your keychain. Mine was very thick with them.