Thursday, April 15, 2021

Computer Class Notes 4-14-2021


One Person’s Notes on VPNs
Some experiences using a VPN. It did have some adverse effects i.e., Amazon Prime movies disappeared from the menu as "prime" and they were listed for a charge? No doubt that could have been worked around - but why bother? Other web searches were also affected - The easiest "fix" was to get rid of the VPN - so I did.

Does a VPN Really Make Your Online Activity Private?

VPNs are advertised as the best way—maybe even the only way—to stay private online, but is that really true? If we look beyond the marketing copy, we find a much more messy reality than what is portrayed on the homepages of VPN providers.

Old Phones
Just to clarify last week’s notes on phones. We were talking about old CELL phones and not house phones. Even the old ones from the mid-last century should still work fine. As I understand it, the cell phones that are not up to at least the 3G standard will be phased out as the old infrastructure is going away.

A Proper Menu
Everything you need from a browser in one horizontal bar. That includes the File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Window, and Help menu items.

And with one single click on the X icon, you hide the horizontal bar.

This brings back the menu bar to Edge similar to the one that used to be in Internet Explorer. to get it

How To Safely Check A Web Address
This website will, “Analyze suspicious files and URLs to detect types of malware, automatically share them with the security community”.

Great to use BEFORE you click on that link. See if the URL gets you to places you do not want to go.

Just What Is a Backup
Backup is one of those terms we all take for granted — yet it’s not uncommon to find different people who have different ideas of exactly what it means. It’s so important and so basic to safely protect your information and your work that it’s worth a little dedicated attention.

A good article reminding us to do a backup and often.

A free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach. I wanted to keep it dead simple to use and entirely free so that it could be of maximum benefit to the community.

This site lets you know if your email address has been part of a data breach. If it has, be sure to change the password on the sites that were hacked.

Cloud Storage Showdown: OneDrive vs. Google Drive

It used to be that the cloud storage app you used would depend on your operating system of choice, but cloud storage providers have since become platform-agnostic. This means you can use virtually any cloud storage service with just about any platform and device.

This is an old article and if done today should include DropBox as one of the cloud sites.

Old People Should Explore More
That means to try new things, try things that interest you but which you never thought you might try. Try one or two. See what feelings are stirred in you when you try these new things. Go for it!

How to Run Windows 3’s File Manager in Windows 10
Throwback alert! Microsoft’s vintage File Manager program, which originally shipped with Windows 3.0 in 1990, has been ported to Windows 10, and it’s available for free from Microsoft. Here’s how to get it.

This is nostalgic but a fun look at what used to be. Give it a try.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Windows PC
Don’t forget your computer when you’re spring cleaning all your things. From the software to the hardware, there are some easy ways to get your Windows 10 laptop or desktop tidied up and running in tip-top shape.

Great article with some good ideas. Just don’t wait to use them once a year. Use them all the time. Then add the maintenance programs we use to the list: SuperAntiSpyware, MalwareBytes, and Wise DiskCleaner.

Tips And Shortcuts For A Better Browsing Experience
From tab groups to learning time-saving keyboard shortcuts, these Chrome tips can help you get things done more quickly with your browser.

Wow, this has a bunch of little-known (by me) browser tips. Look and try them one at a time.

Hernando Computer Club
A good resource for anyone, not just the older crowd.
They are out of Spring Hill, FL 34611
Check them out...

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Computer Class Notes 4-7-2021

Today's Class Notes

Walk Around the Globe without Leaving Your Couch
International travel hasn’t exactly been a viable option over the past year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re absolutely itching to get back out there. But, until it’s safe again, you can scratch that itch with City Walks. The site features filmed walks through metropolitan areas around the world, all without narration, letting you experience them for yourself.

Why Old Phones Don’t Work
If you find an old cell phone in a drawer somewhere, there’s a good chance it can’t connect to modern cellular networks. It won’t find a signal. By 2022 or 2023, many more old cell phones, including the iPhone 4, will be cut off. But why?

How to Make a Website into a Windows 10 App
If you access certain websites regularly, you can turn them into native Windows 10 apps. This lets you use your sites as if they were normal apps. You can use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to create these apps, and we’ll show you how.

How to Access the Clipboard Manager on a Chromebook

Copy and paste is an amazing convenience we take for granted, but it can be improved. Like many other platforms, Chrome OS has a clipboard manager. We’ll show you how to use it on your Chromebook.

How to Get a Caps Lock Key on Your Chromebook
The keyboard layout on Chromebooks is very different from other computers. There are special keys geared toward web browsing, but the biggest difference is the Caps Lock key. Rather, there isn’t one. Thankfully, you can change that.

What Is a Browser Extension?
Browsers have evolved to become much more than simple internet navigators. A big part of that evolution was the introduction of “extensions.” They let you control how websites load and behave, and they can add extra features to your browser.

Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE)

You may or may not remember setting up Windows 10 the first time you used it. You were walked through a process of questions and answers and options and waiting … probably lots of waiting … while Windows completed setting up your machine. It’s called the “Out Of Box Experience”, or OOBE. Turns out you can relive the experience at any time.

Universal Media Creation Tool
Universal MediaCreationTool is an open-source batch file for Microsoft Windows devices to download a Windows 10 ISO image to the system the batch file is executed on. Unlike Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, which will download the latest ISO only, it is giving the user the choice to download older Windows 10 versions. I reviewed the program back in 2020 and concluded that it offered a reliable way of downloading any Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft to the local system

Purchase Your Own Modem/Router
Depending on the Internet Provider you are using you are paying a monthly fee to rent their modem/router. You can purchase your own and save that $10-20 monthly fee.

If you have your own router then all you need is the modem. Here are some possible modems for the Comcast provider in this area. A list of approved devices can be found on their website.

Here is a link to one that says it will work on Comcast

Cut the Cable Bill
Talked about cutting the cable and reducing the size of that monthly “deal” for Internet, TV, and phone. Internet you need, but not the very high speeds they are trying to convince you into. 6 Mbps streams fine. I have 25 Mbps from Comcast. I do not have TV or satellite or phone service from my provider. How can I get local TV channels and movies? I have a $10 set of rabbit ears I bought at Wal-Mart and can pick up all the local news channels and more for free.

I have a Roku TV (I used to have a Roku box that connected to my TV’s HDMI port) and subscribe to Amazon Prime so I get free movies and TV shows both there and on Netflix. Each subscription is around $10 per month. You can also download the major networks as apps on your smartphone or tablet and watch live TV there for free.

Remember, you are not dumping your provider. You are opting out of the telephone and cable package. All you need is the internet and it does not have to be very high speed. Don’t get sold on the need for 100-150 Mbps that the cable company says you have to have. I have found that 3-5 Mbps streams. Our 4g cell phones can be used as a hotspot at about 5 Mbps.

Get a TV antenna for $10-$50 and plug it into the back of your TV. Go to settings on the TV and scan for TV channels. In this area, you will find 30 or more local channels that are free.

Add a Firestick or Roku box and you have many many movie channels and seasons of TV shows to watch. And there are music and many other channels to add for free. There is one called that gives you free TV. You can try that out for free on your computer.

Telephone Provider
There are many low-cost ways to get a “home” phone using services.

MagicJack is one way to lower your phone bills. A couple of others are Ooma and Vonage. They are VOIP or “voice-over-internet protocol” devices. All you need is an internet connection they can plug into.

For the MagicJack ( one, you can buy the device for $50 one time and pay an annual fee to have unlimited USA, Canada, and Virgin Islands calls plus all the additional features like call forwarding and caller ID.

After I bought my device which includes the first year of service, I paid $125 for five additional years. It was easy to set up. All you need is a regular phone to plug into the device instead of into the phone jack in the wall.

If you have a portable phone system just plug it into the Magicjack instead of the old connection at the back of your modem or on the wall.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Computer Class Notes 4-1-2021


Next week will be on Wednesday… 4-7-2021

Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail
Save time navigating in Gmail by using keyboard shortcuts. If you’re still moving your mouse to reply to an email, you’re doing it wrong. Here are the Gmail shortcuts to save you time and wrist soreness.

Google rolls out Live Caption feature
Google has started the rollout of its Live Caption feature in the Windows desktop version of the company's Chrome web browser. Designed to generate real-time captions automatically when enabled, Chrome's Live Caption feature displays captions for audio and video content on most sites automatically.

We demonstrated it and “wow” it works great.

Have Microsoft Edge Read You Articles Aloud
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like reading. It can be an article, a Wikipedia entry, or a research paper for school. Instead of searching for a YouTube video, listen to articles using Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature.

This one also...

What Is the Chrome “Reading List”
There’s so much great content being written on the internet that it’s hard to find the time to read it all. Google Chrome’s “Reading List” feature can help you save things for later, so you never miss something good.

Much better than creating a “permanent” shortcut. I know they are not really permanent, but how many have you actually gone back and removed?

Dropbox Password Manager Goes Free
Beginning in April of this year, Dropbox will give all its users, paid and free, access to the Dropbox Password Manager. You'll be able to store up to 50 passwords that you can then sync on up to three separate devices. That's a great way to get people to start using a password manager, for sure.

I still like the secret word method…

When Unsubscribe ​Doesn’t Work
It’s unfortunate, but there are definitely some “overly aggressive”, to put it mildly, companies out there. I’m not really talking about spam. We all get that, and of course, you should never try to unsubscribe from it. This is about companies — technically legitimate companies — that start abusing the privilege of sending you an email, and won’t stop when you ask politely.

Use ProtonMail to Send Secure, Encrypted Emails
ProtonMail is a secure email service that prioritizes privacy and security. You can use the service to send encrypted messages that should only be read by the intended recipient. There are a few ways to do this, depending on what security or email provider the recipient is using.

Uploading pictures from your camera or cell phone
If your camera has an SD card, eject it from the camera and place it in the SD slot on your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using File Explorer (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

If your camera does not have an SSD card, then all the images are in the memory of the camera. Using the charging cable for the camera, plug the USB end into a USB port on your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using File Explorer (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

If you have a Smartphone, using the charging cable for the phone, plug the USB end into a USB port on your computer. It will mount as an external disk drive. You can locate it and the images on it using File Explorer (Win+E). You will find them in a folder named DCIM.

Using File Explorer, drag the images to a folder on your computer. Typically you would create a new folder in the Pictures folder naming it something appropriate. If they are pictures of your recent vacation you might name it Vacation August 2017. Then locate the pictures you want to place in that folder and drag them to the new folder. (Remember the shift-click method to select multiple images) They will still be on the camera or phone when you are done.

Note: If you have an iPhone, the only images you will see in the DCIM folder are the recent ones. When your iPhone backs up to the Apple Cloud, the original goes to the cloud and a thumbnail is sent back to your phone so you can see the image on the phone’s screen. The original one is in the cloud.

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 cost less than $3.00

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.

Next week will be on Wednesday… 4-7-2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

Computer Class Notes 3-25-2021

How to Open Multiple Websites with a Shortcut on Windows 10
If you open multiple websites regularly, you can create a shortcut in Windows 10 to open all those sites in a single click (or a double-click). This trick uses Windows 10’s batch-scripting capabilities, but there’s also a pretty easy way to do it in any web browser.

I demonstrated this by creating a batch (.BAT) file using the Notepad application that comes with Windows. I saved the file in My Downloads and then opened it. It then opened those two websites in the browser.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon FireStick
In this step-by-step guide, I will show you how to install Kodi 18.9 Leia on FireStick within 2 minutes. The same guide will also work for Firestick 4K, Fire TV, Firestick Lite, and Fire TV Cube. Before we start the installation steps, let’s start with a brief introduction.

Hit Web Counter
Welcome to HitWebCounter. The most widely used Free internet Counter. These webpage counters are easy to use HTML counters. You just have to put the web counter code into your HTML and you are ready to go.

How To Edit Webpage While Saving To PDF
Do you occasionally want to save a webpage as a PDF or print it? Have you been annoyed by parts of the webpage that you don’t want in the PDF but cannot exclude? For example, you might want to exclude advertisements, images, or other parts unrelated to the subject. After implementing this simple bookmark, you will be able to edit the webpage you are viewing while saving it as a PDF file or printing it by clicking on the bookmark.

The 10 Greatest Versions of Windows, Ranked
Over the past 35 years, Microsoft has released at least 30 major versions of the Windows operating system. But they weren’t all created equal, so we thought it would be fun to rank the 10 greatest desktop versions of this essential OS.

I missed showing this one. Take a look at it and enjoy the ride through the last 35 years of Windows.

Foreign Language PDF to DOC
Question from Harold: A few days ago I did receive a PDF file from overseas and I wanted this german PDF document translated into english, I could "not copy and paste" this document on to a translatitation program -- what did I do wrong?

I have used to convert a PDF into an editable DOC file. Then the DOC file can be used to open a word processing program like MS Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs, etc,

I had never tried to convert a non-English PDF. So we tried it and it worked fine. Now the translation issue.

It was suggested that we open the foreign (German in this example) in MS Word. Then under Help search for Translate.

The entire document was translated into English and displayed in the default browser. Then it was a copy/paste to place it on the clipboard for use in an email, the original document, or elsewhere.

We could have selected opened a browser and searched for the word translate in the Google search engine.

Then paste the German text in the left box. The translation to English immediately appears in the right box. Just copy/paste the results into the application you need.

Windows 10’s Photos App Is Too Slow
Windows 10’s Photos app is too slow. It was too sluggish the day Microsoft released Windows 10, and it still is. Follow our advice and your images will open three or four times as fast.

As we have seen before, Photos does a lot including resizing images and editing movie files. It takes a long time to load and process the images. A faster program to use is irfanview which we have looked at in the past.

How to Switch to DuckDuckGo, a Private Search Engine
DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that’s been online since 2008. Find websites, maps, videos, news, and more—without tracking your searches and serving you targeted ads. Here’s how to make the switch from Google, Bing, or any other search engine.

This stops your search on Amazon for a beach ball from showing you beach ball ads on the next series of sites you open. On DDG your searching is kept private.

A Private Alternative to Google Maps: DuckDuckGo Maps
DuckDuckGo isn’t just a private alternative to Google and Bing’s web search. It has a built-in online mapping solution designed with privacy in mind. If you want to leave Google, you don’t have to stick around for Google Maps.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Computer Class Notes 3-18-2021

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Macrium Backup Failed
It worked on one computer for me (Shannon) but fails on the second computer!

I have no advice on how to fix that. I had a similar issue with the office computer and switched to EaseUS with no issues at all. I did not try to research the problem with Macrium or the forums. I just moved to what worked for me and have had no additional issues.

Kodi Update

Yea and Yipee - I (Rosemary) put a Kodi build on the Firestick yesterday and watched a wonderful movie last night! Followed a video on this website.

Applying A VPN
Have a question about the VPN. I will be getting the Express VPN (as recommended by son and grandson). I now know what a VPN is and how it works - just don't know how to apply it to my appliances?

Connect to a VPN in Windows 10
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > VPN > Add a VPN connection.

In Add a VPN connection, do the following: ...

Select Save.

If you need to edit the VPN connection info or specify additional settings, such as proxy settings, choose the VPN connection and then select Advanced options. is recommended by

Windows 10 version 1909 support ends in May
Support for Windows 10 version 1909 will end on May 11, 2021 for Home users. Each year, support runs out for two versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Devices won't receive security updates anymore when the operating system reaches the end of life. Microsoft recommends that administrators upgrade systems to new versions that are still supported.

You can still run the older versions of Windows 10 just like you can still run XP, Vista, 7, and 8. You just have to realize that some future application upgrades might not work with the OS you are using. There will come a time when you may have to purchase a new computer.

Technology for Dummies

Very British & difficult to understand. But funny.


My (Harold B) friend just stopped over and confronted me with 35 messages even threatening to take his house etc. and wanted to know what to do. I had forgotten about the Police Dept--they had come to one of the club’s general meetings a few years ago and spoke on scams and what to do. I send him there and they were able to help him.

How do I encrypt an email attachment in Gmail?
Send messages & attachments confidentially
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Click Compose.
  3. In the bottom right of the window, click Turn on confidential mode. Tip: If you've already turned on confidential mode for an email, go to the bottom of the email, then click Edit.
  4. Set an expiration date and passcode. ...
  5. Click Save.

TinyURL Changes
It used to be that I could create a shortcut on my bookmark bar to automatically generate a TinyURL. The bookmark still takes the URL in the address bar bu8t instead of making the TinyURL it opens for me to take an additional step. Still a great tool, just one more step.

Here is the code to place in the shortcut to have it build the TinyURL for you:

Create a shortcut and edit it placing this in the URL portion.


Why You Should Not Use Your ISP's Email
When you sign up for an Interner Service Provider (ISP) you are assigned an email address with that provider. Around here the two major ISPs are Comcast and Century Link so you have either a or a address. Your ISP is the “cloud” for your emails and contacts and all works well.

If you decide to switch providers or you just move to another area and your provider is not available in the new location. No problem, you think. The new ISP assigns you a new address at their site but you no longer have access to your old emails or contacts. Your new address is and not one of your contacts can find you unless you notify them of the change.

Many ISPs will allow you to continue to access the mail for a limited time period. Once that is overall your information is removed. This is why I always suggest using a cloud-based email service like Yahoo or Gmail. They are not dependant on your ISP. As long as you can get on a browser and have access to the Internet you can access your email.

Create A Custom Menu With Popsel
Is your desktop or taskbar full of shortcuts that you use regularly? While it may be a quick way to access your programs, it doesn't look neat. Forget docks, take the minimalistic approach instead.

Run a Safety Check on Google Chrome
We’re used to running antivirus scans on our computers, but that doesn’t cover your online safety. For that, Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a similar checkup to secure your web browsing. Here’s how to run a safety check on Chrome.

Browser Extensions Are Looking at Your Bank Account
Whenever you sign in to your bank account, your browser extensions watch. They can see your account balances, your transactions, and your online banking password. They see everything in your browser: passwords, credit card numbers, private messages, and the websites you visit.

Dupe Clear is an open-source duplicate file finder tool for Windows
Running low on storage space? That's a common issue, especially on low-end laptops; you use various programs, browse the internet, and the number of files keeps getting higher. Try running Windows' Disk Cleanup, you never know how much trash accumulated in the Recycle Bin, and those Windows Update files, take up a lot of space. You may also try third-party applications such as CleanMgr+ or PatchCleaner to free up space.

Snapseed is a powerful mobile photo-editing app
Snapseed is a free photo-editing application by Google for the mobile operating systems Android and iOS. Third-party tools are often superior to those that ship with operating systems by default; this is true for desktop systems, e.g. Paint on Windows, but also on mobile devices, e.g. Google Photos on Android.

How to Delete Your Old Online Accounts (and Why You Should)
You’ve probably signed up for a lot of online services that you no longer use. Most of those accounts probably still exist, and they likely contain a mix of your personal data, identity details, and credit card numbers. Don’t leave juicy targets lying around for attackers.

Restarting Your Phone Makes it Perform Better
We’ve all heard it: “have you tried turning it off and back on again?” It’s the first step when troubleshooting any tech problem—it even makes your phone perform better when nothing is wrong.

Truecaller for Cellphones
They say they are “The world's best Caller ID & Spam Blocking app”

Very often, we hear of incidents where Truecaller made a significant impact on someone’s life. These range from fighting crime with law enforcement agencies, to preventing financial fraud and even saving lives.

This is "nomorobo" for your cell phone. It will help with those annoying calls about extending your auto warranty and others.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Computer Class Notes 3-11-2021

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Email Scam
Several of my contacts got a message that said it was from me stating that I need their Amazon account because I need to send somebody an Amazon gift card. I know it’s a scam and I sent a note out to everyone that I could think of. I am now running the super anti-spyware. Is there anything else I should be doing?

I got the same email from you. Somehow they got a list of your contacts which would have come from Comcast and not your computer since they are stored on Comcast.

The only thing I would do is change my email password just in case they were able to get into my email directly. Of courses, running all the maintenance programs is always a good idea. Include MalweareBytes as one to run as well as SuperAntispyware.

Transfer Your iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos
There are many cloud storage services available today, and Apple and Google offer two of the more popular options. Switching can feel like a daunting task, but Apple makes it easy to move your iCloud library to Google Photos.

What is great about this feature and the one below is that you do not have to first copy the images to your PC and then send them to Photos. The transfer is directly from Apple (Facebook below) to Google Photos.

Facebook Launches Tool for Transferring Photos and Videos to Google Photos
Facebook’s new Photo Transfer Tool is available worldwide and makes photo and video transfer as easy as possible. You can check out an in-depth guide at How-To Geek, but the gist of it is pretty simple. You just open your Facebook Settings, select “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos,” and log into your Google Photos account. Once you confirm the transfer, you can do whatever you want. Facebook will notify you when the transfer is complete.

Change the Default New Folder Name in Windows 10
By default, when you create a new folder in Windows 10, the folder is given the name “New folder.” If you don’t like this name and you’d rather use another name, you can change the default name for new folders in Windows 10.

This might be a little tricky for most of us as it requires making changes to the registry file directly. If you are going to give it a try, make an image backup beforehand.

Disable All of Windows 10’s Built-in Advertising
Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertising. This isn’t just about the free upgrade offer: Even if you purchase a new PC that comes with a Windows 10 license or spend $200 for a copy of Windows 10 Professional, you’ll see ads in your operating system. You can, however, disable a lot of it.

This removes a number of naggy popups and notifications from Windows 10. I stepped through all the suggestions and removed them from my PC as we talked about them.

Getting Started with Kodi
Complete Kodi Setup & Install For Windows Computer - 2021 Update

This is a good video on installing Kidi and applying a useful build to be able to watch pretty much everything at no charge. If it is available over the Internet you will be able to view it--movies, sports, tv shows, and more...

Got an Old Tablet? Put It to Work in the Kitchen
A lot of people have aging gadgets tucked away in a dusty drawer. One handy use that I’ve found for an old tablet is as a dedicated kitchen hub. This simple thing has really improved my cooking experience.

Instead of a tablet, you could use an old laptop that won’t upgrade to 10. All you will use it for is access to the Internet. If it ran XP it will upgrade nicely to a version of Linux like Mint.

Email Part Of A Webpage
You are looking at a webpage you found or perhaps one that came as a link from an email you received. Perhaps it was a recipe or maybe an article in an online newspaper. All you want is to send a portion of that webpage to someone, not the entire webpage. Here are a couple of ways you might do that:

Select the portion of the page, then right-click in the selection and choose Copy. This will place the selected portion in the clipboard. Open your email app and compose a new email to your friend. In the body of the email, right-click > paste and the portion of the email you selected will be included along with any links.

Win+Shift+S and draw a box around the portion you want to send to someone else. This places it in the clipboard as an image. Open your email app and compose a new email to your friend. In the body of the email, right-click > paste and the portion of the email you selected will be included as an image. It will not have any working links.

The Shift+click Method
When selecting a portion of the page, remember the Shift+Click method. Select the first item, then scroll down to the last time you want to include, hold the shift key down and click at the end of the last word. Everything from the first word selected through to the last word will be selected even if it is down to another page on your screen.

Reduce A Photo Size

Locate the image that needs to be resized, then right-click it > Open with > Photos. Photos is an application that comes with Windows 10.

Click the three dots to open the menu and select Resize

Choose the desired size or click to “Define custom dimensions”

Save the results with a new name or you will overwrite the original.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Computer Class Notes 3-4-2021

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Greeting Cards
Last week we were talking about bad handwriting on an envelope, this time I would like to know and I hope others also, how to take a birthday card or whatever card and print a few personal words or sentences on the empty page! How to space it - get the printer to print in the correct space and don't mess up the card?

Harold told us what he does. He checks the dimension of the card and types up his message to fit in that size space on a blank sheet of paper. After printing, he cuts the results to fit inside the card. This was a great idea.

I suggested getting the Hallmark Greeting Card application to generate creative cards right from home. This is what we use at our house for all our personalized cards for all occasions.

CCleaner Discussion

Please review how to program CCleaner including checking the registry.

We took a look at a number of changes I make to stop nag screens telling me it is time to remove junk files or to download an update. Before I run the maintenance programs I run PatchMyPC to get the latest updates first.

I do not run the “Health Check”. Instead, I start off with “Custom Clean”. Then I Run the “Registry” section. “Tools” can be used to uninstall applications, disable applications from starting, and more. “Options” is where you can stop some of the automatic updates and nag screens from happening.

See details from CCleaner on how to change what settings at

Grouping Emails
How to put old emails into special groups before deleting a Big needed bunch?

I demonstrated creating a new “label” in Gmail. In Yahoo, this would be called a folder.

In Gmail Settings > See all settings > Labels > Create mew label

The new label will now show in the left column. Locate the email you want to place in the new label (folder in Yahoo) and drag that email to it.

You can also select the email and, above the emails, click the move icon and scroll to locate the label you want the email placed into.

Google Keeps Its Hand Out of the Cookie Jar
Yesterday, Google announced that it plans to phase out the practice of letting companies track users across the web using cookies by next year.

Cookies are little crumbs of digital information that companies, advertisers, and websites have used to track your movement across the web. To a certain extent, the modern advertising businesses of internet giants like Google and Facebook are built on the buttery backs of cookies.

But in recent years, browsers including Safari and Firefox have restricted the use of cookies out of growing concern over user privacy. Google’s uber-popular web browser, Chrome, was one of the last major browsers to still support the practice. But now that Chrome (with its 60% market share) is phasing out cookies for good, the one-time tracking snack of choice is heading down the garbage disposal.

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5 GHz Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Better Than 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
Are you having trouble with your Wi-Fi connection? Try using 2.4 GHz instead of 5 GHz. Sure, 5 GHz Wi-Fi is newer, faster, and less congested—but it has a weakness. 2.4 GHz is better at covering large areas and penetrating through solid objects.

What Is a Burner Phone, and When Should You Use One?
A “burner phone” is a cheap, prepaid mobile phone that you can destroy or discard when you no longer need it. In popular media, criminals often use burner phones to evade detection by authorities. You might use a burner phone for privacy reasons, as a last resort, or during an emergency.

How to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives From a Chromebook
You’ve probably heard about how you should always safely “eject” a USB drive before unplugging it. On Windows, it’s a very simple process, but what about on a Chromebook? Should you still do it? How does it work?

How to Delete Almost All Junk Emails the Easy Way
Is your email account filling up? Don’t pay a monthly subscription fee just to store a bunch of newsletters, promotional emails, and other junk you’ll never look at again. Here’s how to quickly purge your email of the worst offenders.

What’s New in Windows 10’s 21H1 Update
When it comes to Windows, small updates aren’t necessarily a bad thing. These small updates are a much smaller download and install much more quickly without that long reboot process. They’re focused on fixing bugs and improving security.

Bypassing a Windows Login Screen Without The Password
From Computer Club Class Notes 8-27-2019

Set up your computer to automatically sign in

Win+R and type NETPLWIZ, then click OK. This will bring up the User Accounts dialog box. Uncheck the “Users must enter…” box, then click Apply.

Enter and confirm your Password, then click OK and OK. The next time you boot, you will not be prompted for a password.

NOTE: It appears that this does not work under 20H2.

Once you have a password, you can change it to something simple but you cannot remove it. You could create a new user and set that user up with a user name but no password.

Instead of using a password, I use a 4 digit pin number. This is very quick to sign in and you don’t even have to hit the Enter key. As soon as you finish the last digit it signs you in.

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How to Check Your Yahoo! Mail Quota
Learn how much space you have left

Settings > More Settings > lower left corner show the results

These were my results and I have emails back for over 10 years!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Computer Class Notes 2-25-2021

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Printing Envelopes
As we all get older by the day our handwriting has deteriorated more and more I'm having the worst time preparing a nice-looking envelope and also printing one with my Epson printer and my Libreoffice software!

Years ago I had the free Word software (Windows 95 or 98 came with the PC) that could click on envelopes and even had an address book attached clicked on the name and size of the envelope the return sender was always in the left upper corner - and print! (there was a preview of the envelope what it would look like there also)

Now I always waste a few envelopes or practice papers to get it right!

Is there a simple way for us seniors to do this,- or is there a simple software program out there to fix this up in one shot?

Friday, February 19, 2021

Computer Class Notes 2-18-2021

Class Notes for 2-18-2021
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Adobe Flash

Edge and none of the popular browsers support Flash player files. Is there a way to force Edge to play flash files?

Microsoft Is Pushing Out Flash-Killer Update
Microsoft started to distribute the Windows update KB4577586, designed to remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows devices, yesterday evening. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically on devices with automatic updates enabled.

How to play Flash content in your browser in 2021
Adobe Flash will no longer be supported in 2021; Adobe released the final Flash update in December 2020 and announced that it will disable Flash functionality in 2021. Major browsers such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox won't support Flash either anymore, and these decisions lead to a question that none of the decision makers have provided an answer for: what if a user needs to access Flash content after 2020, and what happens to Flash content that is still available on the Internet as it won't just vanish when the technology is disabled?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Computer Club Class Notes 2-11-2021



Malwarebytes Trial
When Malwarebytes installs, you get a free 14-day trial of their Premium Protection.

I like to run the Real-Time Protection at least once before turning it off.

You can let it run the full 14 days and it will tell you your trial is over and it is time to buy it. You do not have to; just choose “I don’t need real-time protection” and click OK. Your account will be set to the free version.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Computer Class Notes 2-4-2021

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Where do you go to find and delete archived emails?

Filter Email
We have an email address that sometimes shows up pldjnio@gmail.comu. notice the U at the end. We need to get rid of it.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-28-2021

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When listing something On the Facebook marketplace, how do you place a tag with the price on each item? I believe you can only have a price on the single image you post.

teach us about the "paint program" in windows 10, I did some stuff with it, I think it is a very nice program if someone knows how to use it properly, I took a picture did some decor writing on it, could be used for a B-card or other personalized stuff but it looked like for me it was always a few second moving videos, how does someone get a still picture with some writing or drawing on it and send it on via e-mail or maybe you know of some additional tricks you could teach us about the paint program in Windows 10?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-21-2021

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Why PayPal
Even I did use "Pay Pal" before and it did work for me, but please can you tell us the benefit of using Pay Pal vs. your own bank account (or charge card) for payment? And what the proper procedure is to operate Pay Pal correctly, whether it is receiving payment or making a payment. I do have an account with "app Pay Pal" but no Pay Pal Bank account with $ in it as such.

PayPal guarantees you are satisfied or you will get the product. You can set up two-factor authorization--2FA.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-14-2021

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Reveal Link   
When there is a link on a page and you place your mouse over it, it opens info about the link. Sometimes so large that you really can’t see what you want without opening the link. Is there a way to have that info not open?

Yes, right-click on the link and "Copy link address". That puts it in the clipboard and then you can paste it somewhere you can read it all... like notepad

Also when you mouse over a link a message might popup that explains what the link is all about. As far as I know, you cannot turn this feature off.

Printing The Screen
Is there a Windows 10 screen capture tool that then allows you to print the screen? How do you print the screen?

The Snipping Tool will allow you to take a picture of the entire screen, the windows on top, or get to draw a box around what you want to save. You can also arrive at the same place using Win+Shift+S.

Windows+PrtScrn will save an image of the screen(s) in a file in the Screenshots folder in the Picture folder.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Computer Class Notes 1-7-2021

Birthday Calendar
Import friend’s birthdays from Facebook to your favorite calendar. The generated calendar file can be saved in the CSV` format. The resulting file will open in a spreadsheet program and show the name and the month/day birthdate of ALL your friends.

You’re Being Warned About Windows 10 End of Service
Windows 10 warns when it's coming to "end of service", but what does that mean if Windows 10 is always being updated?

To see what version of Window 10 you are using:

Win+R, type WINVER and press the Enter key

If you are running 20H2 you are current. 2004 is fine but you should upgrade to the latest soon. 1909 or earlier may work but you are missing a number of important updates.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Computer Class Notes 12-31-2020

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Direct link to the current “Bytes”

Open and read the current schedule regarding the “move”

EaseUS reminds me when I need to Backup
Often EaseUS tells me there is New Version Available. Is it advisable to download the New Version EaseUS and make a New Rescue Disk or Flash Drive every time a New Version EaseUS is Available?

It is a good idea to stay current with the latest version. However, the current version you have been using is not broken so you can still rely on it. As far as the Emergency Disk, the one yu created last will still work with the new version and if you create a new one, it will still be able to restore from an older version backup set.