Windows Tips

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There are a few novelty tricks from former versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems that are still worth resurrecting even if you are using Windows 10. It is nice sometimes to know more about the simple things like folders and shortcuts on your PC.


More Send To Options

If you wish there were more Send To options when you right-click a folder, try this trick.

Sometimes you want to send the file to Dropbox , Google Drive or Evernote. Your options need to be expanded. sendto1

First hold down Shift on your keyboard; now right-click the folder in question and select Send To from the context menu.

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An Old XP Trick

An old-fashioned version of Alt + Tab.

This delves into the realm of silly tricks, but it still works in Windows 10 (and earlier) at this writing. You know when you hold down Alt + Tab to cycle through open windows on your desktop? Well, how would you like to go old-school and use the Windows XP version of Alt + Tab even in Windows 10 or 8.1?

To do this, hold down one of the two Alt keys on your keyboard and don’t let go. Now, tap the second Alt key once then tap Tab.

Besides the novelty factor, some people might actually prefer this version to the more modern approach, which features a thumbnail image for each open window.

The XP version shows just the icon for each window, as well as a brief text description of the file or open web page.

There you have it. These simple tricks that can save you a little time (or provide a bit of novelty) when you need it.alt tab


 

If you are a beginner on your computer or just want to understand it better, we have an excellent class Understanding Your Computer, run every other month. Look for it in April.

Also on March 8th Windows 10 Beginning and March 15th , Windows Advanced will be offered. There are so many exciting features we haven’t explored yet! See you in class.

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Windows Tips

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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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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


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

How Does Music Affect Us

musicEmotionally, socially, mentally, are a few of the adverbs that best describe how we feel about music. It can affect our body as well as our brain and along with that,our productivity. It is a BIG part of our lives without us realizing it.

Because we all spend way more time than we should on our devices, iPads, tablets, phones, our sources for music have changed as well and our devices are our CD players. The options are many for good quality music of our choosing.

The following blog said it best , Belle Beth Cooper and here is her link. It is an excellent read.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain

Music is one determinant of our personality and learning a new musical instrument is an excellent method for brain stimulation. Now that we know we NEED music, come to the class that tells you where to find it, how to play it and save it.
This seminar is about listening and streaming music from the internet. There are several very popular apps and programs for your PC and your smartphones for streaming music. Live 365, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio. All of these sites stream all genres of music. You can save it, use it on your TV, plug it into a speaker, or listen to it in the house from your smartphone.
Also we will pair our device with blue tooth speakers in both the car and externally.

More info on class and to register…

There are more websites than ever that offer free music online and it can be a little daunting when you’re looking for some free online music that you can play right now.

These free online music sources all work a little bit differently and all have many different features. You’ll basically find music databases where you can search for an artist or song and listen to it on-demand or online radio stations which work more fluidly. They all have their bells and whistles giving you just what you want.

Tip: Although these websites are all great places to listen to free music online, many are advertised based so you’ll need to listen to ads every once in awhile. There are also sometimes rules on how often you can skip songs within a playlist or radio station. Be sure to read each website’s FAQs to find out all the details.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist? Oldies from the 50’s and 60’s don’t count. I like Ed Sheeran, Luke Bryant, John Legend, Adele, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Armik, and guitar music that I can find.

Come to class on July 15th at 10 and listen to our portable BOSE speakers

Using your smartphone

yellow rose  Having a little art background makes me dangerous. I have always been interested in light and the interplay with color but it hasn’t been fun, really fun until I met my smartphone. . Being “older” makes instant gratification a MUST. Take the photo, play with a free app, download or upload and VOILA!   Five minutes while you are waiting for the coffee pot to make your one cup of coffee.

There are a lot of reasons for owning a phone, calling people, texting long distance to the family, staying involved in your friend community, using a magnifier, maps, finding bathrooms and gas stations and making art creations out of your photos.

As the phones replace our point and shoots, you need to get more familiar with how the camera works, the possibility for exposure, focus, contrast, and post editing. The app stores are loaded with options. Overwhelming? I’ll say!

If you need help one on one help, with a calendar, your phone list, taking a photo, storage, using the music features, come and see us. Both platforms, iPhones and Androids are welcome. Check out the calendar for dates and times.

I took the photo above with the app Camera Awesome from SmugMug. Great for locking in focus and exposure. I post processed in Photo Viva. Available for both iOS and Android. If you check out there website at the app store, they have helpful hints on the painting. photoviva Remember after using the paint strokes, use the copy feature to blend in the brush strokes. You also can brush away unwanted strokes.

Time to go swimming and get outside on this beautiful day. See you in class.

Roberta