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

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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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.

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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

Spring has arrived in the lab.

Now that April is upon us I wish I had spent more time learning Simple Record Keeping. I promise before tax time next year to take one of our Excel or Record Keeping classes.

Along the sidewalk into our computer lab, there is a row of iris. After 15 years, I can’t remember them being this pretty. If photography is your thing, come to our class on April 6th at 10 to learn how to take close up and other type of flower shots. We will use a variety of lens, including Lens Baby. Flowers will be outside as well as inside. 20150209_123741 (3)

If you like to take photos with your phone, especially for flowers, use a selfie stick to get down low and a remote. Your back camera is anywhere from 8 to 13 megapixels on your phone. Your front camera (selfie) is only 1 to 3 megapixels. Put the phone on the selfie stick and use it as an extension of your arm. Remember to point it at the flower.  Tanga, an online retail store, has selfie sticks with remotes for $8.99.

Favorite f stop for me for flowers  is f-8 to f-11 for the sharpest image. The smaller apertures require no wind ( f22) but will give you that blur background and nice effect. If the wind is blowing, try using a foam board to block it, up your ISO to 400 or 800 even if it is a sunny day and use a faster shutter speed.

Speaking of shutter speed, we have two classes to help you decide if 1/125 is best or 1/ 25 or 1/ 2500 . Doug and Kathy are offering shutter speed classes this month. One will be inside and Doug’s will be an outside field trip.  When you are finished taking photos we need you back in the lab for computer work. The Plug-In Club has a few openings left and Corel Paint Shop Pro Editing club also has openings. See the flower below that has phone apps , layering from Corel, and plug-ins. So much fun after the shot…

Julia is stopping by to share her knowledge of iPhone medical apps just in time for your vacations. Last time I went to the emergency room, I was searching for all of my information. Wish I had taken the time to input the doctors, the medicines, and specialties BEFORE I had my unexpected visit .

If you like to write about your flower experience , see you in the Advanced Word class taught by Rod especially for writers and bloggers. Wouldn’t a poem or motivational quote make a complement for your photography?flower spring.

If you have any special request classes for example, genealogy, video memories, travel blogs, phone apps, Word classes, Windows,Photoshop classes, please let us know. Drop a line or two in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Our lab is here to help you navigate the technology available.

Roberta