Windows Tips

Happy New Years from our lab to your office!Happy-New-Year-2016-Wallpaper

It might be time to refresh our memories on some quick tips that makes running Windows more enjoyable. These tips come from our computer IT department at www.AGEComputer.org

  1. Change computer time: Right mouse click on the clock in your system tray (lower far right) or right click in system tray and choose “adjust date and time”.
  2. To save a picture/image from a web page, right mouse click and choose “Save Picture As”. You can rename it at this time too.
  3. To see how much hard drive/hard disk space you have left, do this: Double click My Computer. right mouse click on your C drive (or any hard drive) and chose properties.
  4. Most common image formats are JPG, GIF, BMP and PNG. Most common image format exported from a digital camera is a JPG.
  5. If you accidently delete a file, click Control key + Z to bring it back instantly. You can also look in your recycle bin if you don’t realize it until later, then just right click on the file and choose “restore” and it will go back to where it came from.
  6. If you hold the shift key down when deleting a file, it bypasses the recycle bin. Control Z will still bring it back.
  7. If you occasionally see a red X instead of an image on a web page, it is not a setting problem with your browser. It usually means the webmaster who made the page put in a bad link.
  8. F1 key opens Windows Help quickly!
  9. You can quickly maximize a window by double clicking the title bar of the window… this is the big long blue area at the top of your window. Double click again to bring it back to the size it was prior to maximizing.
  10. Alphabetize the items in your start menu by clicking Start, Programs, and while hovering over any program, right mouse click and choose Sort by Name.
  11. Quick View of your System: If you hold the Alt key down while double clicking My Computer, it will open System Properties Window. This is where you can find your computer’s name, system restore, auto updates, hardware, and more. The first screen “general” will show you a lot of information about your system such as what version of Windows you are using, who the computer is registered to, how fast your CPU is and how much RAM you have.

Try them all or just a few. Don’t forget to bookmark this.  See you in the lab for classes especially on Windows 10 in January.

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Fun with Words

There are many sites available to make your favorite activities or words into a logo or graphic. It can be really a fun graphic for your kids and families to do for their holiday cards. Let each child give you three words and incorporate all of the grandchildren wishes or sayings.

Recently I wanted to emphasize the number of software photo related classes we held last year at the lab. I just typed in the words and they created it in the shape I selected. tree lab

Several of the sites do not work on different browsers proving more work than I wanted to spend. www.wordclouds.com  This site worked and had the most features. Free of course.

In the snapshot of the work space, “flatness” means width. I found that 20% made the tree a little wider and more to the shape I had in mind. Try it.

Follow the order on the menu task bar. menu bar

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Cheers and Happy Holidays from AGE Computer Lab.

 

Photography and Color

So much of what we photograph depends on our eye for composition, our knowledge of the camera or phone art-factory-color-wheel that we are using and something inside that “pleases” our soul.

Color, subconsciously or not, plays a very important role in why we stop and take the shot. On the Daily Infographic newsletter,there was a  good analysis of color and emotions and what it says about us. “Color is one of the most powerful forms of non verbal communication.” This is all very informative but how can I take that to my photography.

Simple, ask yourself, why did I stop and shot that flower or that scene while I walked past others that were similar?

Give yourself a challenge and each week pick a color. Start with the primary colors, red, blue, yellow

Now combine the colors with their opposites or complementary colors. I found an excellent color wheel from the Art Factory.

red and green

Red and Green

blue and orange

Blue and orange

purple and yellow

Yellow  and purple

All of these can be found readily in nature. Walk around your yard. That is where I found these. Study artists in a museum, buy a book on birds and look at their coloring, buy flowers in the store, which ones did you pick up first? That is your color attraction talking.

If possible make your own color wheel from your photographs. It a perfect rainy day project , well not in Texas where we are experiencing no rain at the moment.

See you in class with your camera, phone and photographs for fun in the post processing arena.

Best new app for iPad -iColorama.

A Few Google Tips You Didn’t Know

Millions of people use Google to search everyday but what if you could learn a few tricks to make the search faster and easier. Here are a couple. Don’t like typing? Try using the microphone.

Find weather and movies

Type “weather” or “movies” followed by a zip code or city and state to display current weather conditions or movie theaters in your area. For example, typing weather 78730 gives you the current weather conditions for Austin, TX.weathermovie

Typing movies 78730 gives you a link for show times for movies in that area.


Definitions

Pull up the definition of the word bydefine typing define followed by the word you want to define. For example, typing: define hyperbole would display the definition of that word.


Calculator

Use the Google Search engine as a calculator by typing a math problem in the search. For example, typing: 100 + 200 would display results as 300.


Stocks

Quickly get to a stock quote price, chart, and related links by typing the stock symbol in Google. For example, typing: msft displays the stock information for Microsoft.

Don’t forget to come to class and get many more tips and tricks on how to effectively use your PC. AGE Computer Lab


Let’s Print It….Keep the Memories Alive

We can see the end of the heat and fall is upon us. as usual, I have too many summer photos just sitting around my devicmoabes and computers. I think it is time to get serious about making a book, using them for note cards, or making a poster. Sometimes I need to see my photos in print like in the “olden” days.

You would be surprised at how may people would like to see them, especially the ones that aren’t able to get on a plane anymore or have other mobility issues. In the next couple of months we are having a notecard class, Sept 9th Wednesday morning, poster designing, Sept 16th also in the morning as well as copying the art masters in our photos and composition.Sept. 23rd.

Software that we are using:


Are you looking for storage for your photos, a lot of storage? Google Photos has replaced Picasa Albums as a storage possibility in the cloud. Most importantly, the new product now includes unlimited online storage space, meaning users can store an unlimited amount of high-quality photos (up to 16 megapixels) and videos (up to 1080p), for free.You just need a Google email account.

As most cameras’ photos don’t surpass the megapixel limit , this is a great deal for you to get those photos off your phones.

Upload your photos and come and see me in class. I will be waiting.  www.agecomputer.org to register.

Interesting Internet Searches

Recently we had a very informative seminar from a UT student Sandra Benyamin. There were some unusual sites she recommended. As we slow down our travels and have mobility issues we can still see the world.

My favorite is a site called Google Cultural Institute. It is composed of several different modules, like the Art Project, Users Galleries, and World History,

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/home

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Here is a snapshot of the home page. when you click on the Art Project module, you have the ability to search by gallery, location or artist. As an example I searched for John William Turner. Within seconds they found all the Turners on display in a variety of countries.

You can filter by place,and collection.

place  collection. If you like art, this site will be one of your favorites. If you like more ideas about exciting internet sites, stay tuned for more tips. Or better still, come and visit us in the lab.

the harbour of Dieppe

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10

Not another article on Windows 10!!! But have any of you attempted the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10? I reserved and when the date arrived I just jumped on it so to speak.

Lessons Learned

  1.  It went in quickly over the version of Windows I was running 8.1
  2. I had no, literally no problems.
  3. Installed in 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Everything, all my software, drivers, older software was all up and working. Doing a free upgrade on an eligible current system virtually intact is simple ….. run the tool.
  5. If you did not reserve a copy you have one year to do it for free.
  6. Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool

    The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and installWindows 10 on a different PC.

    Here’s a quick look at the steps to get Windows 10 installed on your PC using this tool.

    Note

    • If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, select Upgrade this PC now in the tool.

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    Our IT Tech made a very concise summary for the upgrade. Do you want to install on top of an existing version “dirty” version or do you want to start from scratch or “clean install”. Check our Carl Pingry’s findings. Thanks for the info.

Doing a free clean upgrade on an eligible system can be done two ways:

    1. Do a clean reinstall of the current system and then run the free Win 10 upgrade.
    2. Run the free Win 10 upgrade on the current dirty system then do a reinstall from media of a clean Win 10.
I think #2 is preferable because one doesn’t have to be concerned with finding media, keys, drivers and possible updates for the old system.
Also one might want to run the “dirty” Win 10 for a while to see if the upgrade cleaned up a significant number of the old problems before going through the onerous task of reinstalling your applications.
Join us on Aug. 27th at 10 am to see the new features on Windows 10. I can tell you the browser is blazing fast and Cortana is pretty fun to work with. www.agecomputer.org