Computer Tips and Tricks

Monday, October 17, 2016

11 8 16  Internet Safety, Control Panel & Skype*

Dear Classmates, 

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm at CKCS we will Demo:

 1. Internet Safety: Check your settings, Mother's maiden name, Guard personal information, Photos and videos, Check what's needed, Direct message if you can, Delete old accounts, up to date anti-virus software.

2. Control Panel: Great place to configure your computer.
Check out Security and Maintenance, click on down arrow in each.

3. System restore. (This will save your life)

4. Crash course in Skype. (Talk and see the person you are talking with.) I'm Skyping with Jerry Markussen.

                                                 This is his picture on my monitor.

                                                    This is my picture on his monitor.

5. The best way to explore and enjoy the items on Joe's Tips CD, ( A pleasant way to spend some time.)

Fantastic Photos, Beautiful Scenes, Songs, Really Funny Jokes, "Entertaining" web sites and "Learning" web sites

6. This will be the most fun and entertaining meeting we have ever had, please don't miss it.

Remember to err is human, to really screw up you need a Computer.

Kindest regards,

Joe Isaac

These are still great downloads:
Download and install Windows Essentials 2012, which includes Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker.

When downloading be sure to click on; 
Choose the programs you want.

To wrap text around a photo: courtesy Jerry Heaton
Right Click on the photo, click on Format Picture, Layout, Square. Left click and drag photo into the text left or right.

By Default, Windows 10 automatically synchronizes the computer time with an Internet Time server once a week.

The registry is used to store system and program settings. (configurations). Say you set a font it will make an entry into the registry. Next time you run the program, it brings up that font.

Q. Do you accept any and all Microsoft Windows Update automatically to your computer?
A. Yes.

Windows 3.1               1992
Windows 95                1995
Windows 98                1998
Windows Millennium 2000
Windows XP          10 25 01    
Windows Vista        1 31 07
Windows 7             10 22 09
Windows 8             10 26 12
Windows 8.1          10 18 13
Windows 10             7 29 15 

From Gene Wheeler: This site is loaded with information.

From Myra Engle: 100 Movie Quotes like
Bond, James Bond.

Witty Quotes:

All kinds of Quotes:

Enjoy ! Beautiful fall colors.
Computer  Talk:  VIRTUAL
Temporarily simulated or extended by computer software:


Monday, September 19, 2016

10 11 16   ++More Windows 10, Cortana, EDGE*

Dear Classmates,

At our meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 7pm, after class questions, We will Demo:
1. Great video on Start screen.
2. Alarms & Clock, and Task Manager
3. Disk Cleanup, will add GB's to your hard drive.
4. Demo Security and Maintenance.
5. Dark Theme.
6. Snipping Tool.
7. OneDrive.

Please plan to attend, invite your friends, and bring your questions! 

If you cannot attend, you can watch it at home on your computer: at 7 pm Tuesday. Copy and paste this link into your browser.

Happy Computing,

Joe Isaac    

You can give Cortana basic commands like “Find pictures from June” or “Find documents with Windows 10” and she’ll apply the appropriate filters, then scour your local files and OneDrive storage for results.

My Joe does Windows .doc file was 26.8MB, made it a pdf file and it was 9.71MB, amazing.

How to sign into Windows 10 automatically?

After updating to Windows 10, many users find that they must sign in to Windows using a password, even if they previously did not. I'll show you how to sign in to Windows 10 automatically.


Survey: Users love their desktops more than their cheapo tablets

Keyboard Shortcuts That Work in All Web Browsers
Ctrl+9 – Switch to the last tab.
Ctrl+Tab – Switch to the next tab 
Ctrl+Shift+T – Reopen the last closed tab.
Ctrl+T – Open a new tab.
Ctrl+N – Open a new browser window.
Alt+F4 – Close the current window. (Works in all applications.)
F5 – Reload.
Escape – Stop.
Alt+Home – Open homepage.
Ctrl + Spin mouse wheel  – Zoom in.
Ctrl + Spin mouse wheel  — Zoom out. 
F11 – Full-screen mode.

Page Down – Scroll down a frame.
Page Up – Scroll up a frame.
Home – Top of page.
End – Bottom of page.

History & Bookmarks
Ctrl + H – Open the browsing history.
Ctrl + D – Bookmark the current website.

Ctrl + P – Print the current page.

what is a "Server" anyway?
A server is nothing more than a computer that provides services or resources to other computers.

Vintage Tips from the 1900s

Our President, Brooke Thomas, took these great photos last year.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

9 13 16   Many good things*

Dear Classmates,

Our Windows 10 workshop will meet Tuesday September 13, at 7 pm.

Will Demo:
This is my main thing. You will love it.
I use it every day to save things in. It is so much better than my memory.
This will  be another important workshop.

We will also demo the list below.

Please plan to attend, invite your friends, and bring your questions!  If you cannot attend, you can watch it at home on your computer:   at 7 pm Tuesday

Welcome to the wonderful world of computing.
Joe Isaac     

From: esp
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2016
To: Joe Isaac

Dear, dear Joe!!!  Thank you so very much!!!!!  I have been in Ohio now for 3 years and I still CAN depend on you when I need you!! 
Hope those in your meetings know how very, very much I appreciate your notes that you send!!!!  I still have friends In Lexington.

Thank you so much for the email.   
It made my day.  Makes me feel good.

Kindest regards,

Joe Isaac

We will demo the following

1. Change the size of text, apps, and other items. Right click the desktop, click display settings use sliding.  On the left click on: Default apps, Power and sleep, About.

Windows Defender Antivirus program: comes with Windows 10 so you don't need Norton or McAfee. Windows Defender is a great Antivirus program. If Norton or McAfee is on your computer you must uninstall it for Windows Defender to work.

3. Herald Leader online: Email or print the article, or have the article read to you. You save a tree, don't have to look for your paper in the snow or bushes.


5. Lexington's 79 traffic cams. 


6. Spotify: Spotify is free and fantastic. Play your favorite tunes, Glenn Miller, Harry James, etc.

7. Huge amount of great web sites:

8. Sticky Notes, Tell Cortana, open Sticky Notes

9. Ease of Access Center:

10. SPEED Mbps.  See if you are getting the speed you are paying for.

11. JOE DOES WINDOWS. Huge amount of great information on Windows 10.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

8 09 16  Full Windows 10 Demo*
Dear Classmates,

Our Windows 10 workshop will meet Tuesday August 9 at 7 pm.
We will give a full demonstration of Windows 10.
This will be one of the most important workshops this year.

1. Desktop Screen.
2. Start Screen.
3. Cortana, (you will love her)
4. Edge, Microsoft 's new browser like IE but much faster.
5. Questions from the classmates.

Please attend, but if you cannot, you can watch it at home on your computer:

Welcome to the wonderful world of computing.
Joe Isaac     

Hello Windows 10
The familiar Windows Desktop is back, only better.

These are my Windows 10 screens, I have been using Windows 10 Beta since October 1, 2014.  Most of us will receive the Windows 10 Home version.  Your Windows 10 Desktop will look like this only it will have your icons on the Windows Desktop and your icons in the Taskbar.  It will be very familiar to you and so user friendly.

In the Taskbar you will have a few new icons which will make computing must faster and easier.

On the bottom left is the Start button, Search Box, a microphone icon, click on microphone icon and ask Cortana a question, or type in the Search Box.   The next icon is called Task View and will show Apps that are open. Click on the crazy e and it will open EDGE.

This is my Windows 10 DESKTOP screen.
Windows 10 has a Desktop Screen, just like Windows 7 -- only better. Windows 10 boots straight to the desktop.
Internet Explorer is taking a backseat to a new Web browser EDGE, which is faster than a speeding bullet.  Microsoft's Siri-like Cortana voice assistant you can talk to her and she talks back. If you ask her "who is your Daddy", she may answer "Bill Gates".
Right click an empty space on the Taskbar, and configure Cortana. I suggest you select Show search box. You can type in the search box or click on the Microphone and ask Cortana.  You can ask her to open WORD or What is the weather like or Who is the coach of Kentucky basketball? Laptops have a video camera. If you own a DESKTOP you have to have a Mike or Microsoft video camera, about $32, and you plug it in to your USB port.

This is my new Windows 10 START screen after Anniversary update.

It has a list of your most used apps, most visited folders and recently added software. Now the Apps are listed. To the left of the Apps are tiny icons that if you place you cursor on them there name will come up, like Documents, Pictures, Settings.  Power button on the bottom left (turn computer off).

For other Anniversary update changes Please go to:   and click on Windows 10 TIPS and Tricks. (Give it some time to come up)


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Please Remember there is no meeting in JULY

Windows 10 Will Be Free until July 28, on July 29 it will cost you $120

AUGUST 9th Meeting will be a full Windows 10 Demo

Windows 10 is our future

For the latest information click on:
Then click on:
WINDOWS 10 TIPS and Tricks

Windows 10  Q&A

Will Windows 10 Overwrite My Data?  NO!
According to Microsoft in almost every case your data should not be affected. All of your programs, games, documents, and pictures should be fine.

Go to Control Panel, click on System and see if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.

To download Windows 10 now and not wait for a notice from Microsoft.
Click on this link for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 and follow instructions.

IMPORTANT: To upgrade, select Upgrade this PC now.

Our August 9th Windows meeting will be fully devoted to a Windows 10 demonstration. A fantastic operating system.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hi Joe, Would you please send a reminder to all of your people on your mailing list that we are having our annual picnic and election of officers on June 13 at Shillito Park
Thanks!     Brooke


Hey Gang, look at your great new comfortable seats.

Stop waffling and install Windows 10 on your computer already.

After July 28 you're going to have to pay $120 to upgrade your PC to the latest and greatest Windows.

So, please, while there's time left: If you've been on the
fence - it's time to upgrade to Windows 10.

The United States Department of Defense is planning on having all if its 4 million systems upgraded to Windows 10.  Windows 10 is the most secure operating system ever.

I send emails to over 400 classmates each month.
Below is a sample I send out before class, after class I send out the same number of emails demonstrating the items in the first email.

It is free, if you wish to be on the email list; just send me your email address.

6 14 16 Email Basics and Windows 10.

Dear Classmates,

Windows 7, 8.1, & 10 workshop will meet Tuesday June 14 at 7 pm.
You will be amazed at what your email program can do.
We will demonstrate Windows Live Mail,  your email program may be similar:

 HOW TO:   
1. Automatically check for messages.
2. Change the font and size used in reading or sending messages.
3. Surprise TIPS.
4. Add preset Signatures to your emails.
5. Automatically Spell Checking your emails.
6. Click on Read Receipt and get an email when the person you sent an email opens it.
7. Insert a photo into your email.
8. Add Contacts and put them in alphabetical order.
9. Put several email addresses in a folder so you may click on the folder and your whole group will receive an email.
10. Save email addresses and messages to a CD or Thumb Drive.
11. Copy a photo from an email or web site
12. Use the Snipping Tool to send an email by Gene Wheeler
13. How to setup the Calendar.
14. Review of the latest changes in the Windows 10. 

Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices –
Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon.


From Jerry Heaton and Jerry Markussen

Need to find out what’s inside your computer?
Speccy has all the information you need!

This is Joe's summary from his Desktop. It has tons of more information this is only one of them.


Watch live Lexington traffic online

A new traffic camera system in Lexington allows commuters to take a look at traffic conditions online.
The high-definition cameras are placed at 79 heavy-traffic intersections
around the city, and anyone can see the live footage at . More traffic cameras will be added to other intersections as the network connecting the cameras expands.
The project cost about $170,000 and used existing traffic camera
infrastructure. (I have been waiting a long time for this, I love it.)

To move the map to different locations, left click and drag.
You can enlarge the map with the wheel on your mouse, click on a business and it will show a photo of the business, location, phone, hours open, and reviews.

Below is only a photo. You have to click on the link above, then click on the camera at the location you want.

On the left, just click on CAMERAS, then click on the location.


This really got to me.  God love her.


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Teaches Windows 10