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
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Settings > More Settings > lower left corner show the results

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

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