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:

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