Computer Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, July 16, 2014




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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

7 8 14 System Tools and Security*

 Dear Classmates,
Tuesday, July 8 at 7 pm at our Windows 7, 8.1 Workshop.

 My new HP laptop has a Click (touch) Pad that acts like a touch screen. I really like it for its ease and convenience.  I use it 90% of the time, the mouse 10%.  Will demo.



Windows 8 was   released October 26 2012.

Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013.

 After our Question and Answer period and we will discuss and demo:
1. Disk Cleanup: It deletes; Temporary Internet Files, Temporary Files, Recycle Bin, Offline Web Pages, etc.

2. Defragment:  (rearranges your data for faster access)  As you add and delete programs and files your, it is scattered all over the hard drive    Defrag rearranges your data so there are no empty spaces and the programs and data you use the most are put into the fastest accessible portion of your hard drive.

 3. System Information. Tells you all about the Hardware and Software on your computer. (More than you want to know).

Will demo the free Belarc Advisor.

 4. System Restore:  Restores your system to a previous date. Say you installed a new program today and your computer went haywire, use System Restore to restore it to yesterday. Restore Point: Creates one when you download Windows updates.

5. Action Center: Manage security settings for Automatic Updates, Internet Options, and Windows Firewall. What safety features are turned on.

6. Anti-Virus programs:

For Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials

For Windows 8.1 Windows Defender

 7. Power Options; puts your computer to sleep when not in use.

 8. Configure Notification Area Icons. They are on the right side of the Taskbar.

9. msconfig: Too many people have too many programs starting up.

 10. Ram, Processor or Chip, and Hard Drive

 Please take note: There will be NO meeting in August.

Kindest regards,

 Joe Isaac


 Q. How do I increase the size of my font in Windows 7?

 A. Right click on your desktop and choose Personalize. Then on the left side, click on the DISPLAY, select Smaller, Medium, Larger, Next, lick on Apply.


Check your Internet Speed:

Drivers are mini-programs (instructions) that tell your computer how to use its hardware (like printers, scanners, etc.)


 Q. Where is the refresh button on tool Bar?

A. At the top of Internet Explorer 11 there is a curved Arrow next to the X, to Refresh click on it, or just hit F5 on the keyboard.


 Q. How is the quickest way to switch between open programs or documents?

A.  By Jerry Heaton: Do Alt Tab on the keyboard and it will show all open programs.


Q. I am trying to find how to make my internet page blank like you do yours?     Thanks,

A. Go to Control Panel, click on Internet options  you get this screen.


Click on Use new tab and at the bottom click on OK.

Response: Got it!  This is so much better!   Thanks,



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

6 10 14 Email Extravaganza.

Dear Classmates,

Special treat:

Bob Brown will demonstrate LibreOffice


LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and increase your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, our drawing and flowcharting application, Base, our database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics.


Our Windows 7 & 8.1 workshop will meet Tuesday June 10 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 messages.

3. Change the font and size sending messages.

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 your email addresses 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. Resize a photo.

14. How to setup the Calendar.
15. Review of the latest changes to Windows 8.1  

Kindest regards,
Joe Isaac                            







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Q: My Desktop Icons have disappeared.

A: RIGHT click the Desktop, click on View, click on Show desktop icons.


 What's different between and Outlook? is free web-based personal email service that helps you share, organize, and stay up to date like never before.

You can sign in to your email from your browser.

Microsoft Outlook desktop app is part of the Office suite. It's the world’s most popular app for reading email, managing a calendar, and connecting to people. It works with both your personal email and your work email.


Windows Live Mail is a free email app that helps you manage multiple email addresses, calendar info, and contacts.

How to configure Windows Live Mail:

Q. Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 

Guess what!!  The last time I checked my computer—several days ago, “SkyDrive” still showed up in File Explorer.  When I checked it this morning, I found that “OneDrive” appears there now.  Also, Joe, the power options and search icons now appear on my Start screen/tiles.  So doesn’t that mean that the 8.1 update HAS installed on my computer? 

A. Yes, but to double check, go to Control Panel, Windows update and check for updates. The Windows 8.1 update was over 800 MB by itself.

Thank you for last night’s presentations.  I always learn something, but last night I learned a lot.  Thanks for the comment, it makes my day. I really try hard.


Once again, you have saved me!!  As you suggested, I went to Control Panel, Windows Update, and checked for updates.  It said that my system was set up to install updates automatically and that I had four optional updates available to download and install, one of which was the 8.1 update.  I installed all four.  Now I have only one optional update listed as available—Silverlight, which I do not plan to install. 



Take a screenshot of the entire screen in Windows 8.1

Press Windows Key + Print Screen






Sunday, April 27, 2014

5 13 14  Desktop, Taskbar, and New Stuff*   

Dear Classmates,

Special treat:

Mike Seiler will demonstrate Microsoft's OneDrive which use to be SkyDrive.

OneDrive is now an integral part of the Windows 8.1 for users logging in with a Microsoft account.  Mike Seiler will demonstrate how to use OneDrive and some of the App’s that are embedded within it.

 One of the best reasons for OneDrive is to access files you upload to OneDrive From different computers over the Internet. It also works with Windows 7.

Other demonstrations that will take place.

1. Windows 8.1 update, big improvement.

2. To upgrade your Windows Essentials 2011 to 2012 go to:

This includes Windows Live Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, etc..

3. Super Taskbar;  Jump Lists and Notification Area

4. Microsoft hopes to deliver the Start menu to Windows 8.1 users by August. This is a big deal.

5. Mouse pointer trick: Go to Control Panel, Mouse, Pointer Options and check: Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box. Works great with: Empty Recycle Bin and more.

6. Rename and reduce long icons on desktop

When Windows 8.1 Update came down the chute, Microsoft tossed in a surprise: if you want Windows 8.1 security patches in the future, you have to install Win8.1 Update first.

For the very latest news about computing go to:

Kindest regards,

Joe Isaac


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Windows operating systems are supported as follows:

Windows XP    until    April 8, 2014
Windows Vista until April 11, 2017
Windows 7 until  January 14, 2020
Windows 8 until  January 10, 2023

Q. Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 
Subject: Question about Windows 8

Hi, Joe,

Is there a recycle bin on Windows 8?  If so, what is it called?  I've accidentally deleted a file and it's an important one.  Not sure what to do now, except panic.  Thanks for any help!

A. RIGHT CLICK on the Desktop, left click on Personalize, in the upper left hand corner click on Change desktop icons, then put a check mark in Recycle Bin, then OK.

Response: Like a charm.  You are just too wonderful for words!  Thanks, Joe (again!!!).




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

4 8 14 Printing, Folders, and Default Options*


4 8 14  Printing, Folders, and Default Options*

Dear Classmates, 

Microsoft's Windows is the most-used software in the world. It runs on over 90 percent of all computers in existence.

 Our Windows Class will meet Tuesday April 8 at 7 pm and

after class questions, we will discuss and demo Printing Options, Folder Options, Default Options, how to create a desktop shortcut to a web site, the best options in Windows Explorer, etc..  


Welcome to the wonderful world of computing.

Joe Isaac    
For a huge amount of Computer Tips and great web sites go to:    

Please remember Windows 8.1 is 88% Windows 7.

These items will be the same in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

 Printing Options: Portrait, Landscape, Two-sided, print black or color only, Print Last Page First

 Folder Options: Single or Double Click, Show all folders, Display or Hide different files or folders. Make new folders.

Default Programs, which programs open which File extensions
.doc .jpg etc…

In Windows 7 it is Windows Explorer In Windows 8.1 it is named File Explorer

And contains all your files and folders and drives.

From here you can Copy, cut, create, delete, find, move, save, shortcut, zip and unzip Files.  
Suggestions for your new Windows 8.1 laptop: 

Go to   click on WINDOWS 8.1 TIPS.

Q. How do I know if I have a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows?

 A. Start, Control Panel, System.

(It also tells you Processor chip speed and amount of RAM.)

32 bit is like a 4 lane highway carrying data, 64 bit is like an 8 lane highway carrying twice as much data.


 Q. How do I add to the Send To menu.

 A. Click the Start button and type shell:sendto  in the search box, hit Enter.  Click on File, New, Shortcut. Browse until you find the program and click on it.

SNIPPING TOOL (greatest thing since sliced bread)

No matter where you are, Internet, word document, email you can draw a rectangle around what you want and save it as a .jpg file.


Type Snip in the Start Search box, then hit Enter, left click and drag to capture any part of the screen. Then click on the Floppy Icon at the top to save.


 Check the download and upload speed of your Internet Connection, wait until the laptop computer shows up and click Begin Test. Watch where you click, they want you to buy something:

If you need a free Word Processor.

FREE LibreOffice and Open Office share similarities to Office 2003 and both install, run, and save files on the local hard drive. CNET gives LibreOffice and Open Office 5/5 stars.


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The pictures are so clear and the color is so vibrant, it looks as though they were taken just yesterday.                       


 From WorldStart:

Windows 8.1 is really confusing me. Can you explain what: an App is and do I really need it? Can I compute casually with APP?

An app is simply an application or a program.

A new Windows 8.1 update tries to win back desktop diehards


Q. Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014

To: Joe Isaac

Subject: Re: 3 11 14 Basics and Common Things + Windows 8.1

Hi, I haven't been able to open the newsletter.  I've never had trouble before,  What do I need to do.  I love getting these, they are very helpful


 A. I have done nothing differently, maybe your file association is off.

Can you open other .doc files?

 I assume you have Microsoft Office.
Any way you can: 
1. Go to:  and click on the 3 11 14 line.  All my emails are here. 

2. If you need a free Word Processor.

LibreOffice is similar to Office 2003 and install, run, and save files on the local hard drive. CNET gives LibreOffice 5 stars.


Thank you Joe,

I was able to get it on the site you sent me.

Thank you so much for all you do for so many people

(Thank you so much for the kind words. It means so much to me.)

 Q. We recently purchased a new computer with Windows 8.1
operating system. We could use some training and or
guidance Windows 8.1 along with guidance and training in
Photo Gallery. Thank you for your helpful assistance.

A. Go to Control Panel and do Windows Update.
For Windows 8.1 TIPS go to:
and at the top click on WINDOWS 8.1 TIPS
Under that you will find Windows Live Photo Gallery tips.

It will help you a lot. If you have specific questions
please email me.

Response: Joe: What are the requirements to join your group?
I found your tips to be informative and helpful. I will
have more questions as I work through the tips and apps.
Thank you very much.

A. I have a class the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7 pm for an
hour or so.

This is our web site:

These are all our meeting schedules:

If you wish to join:

We would be delighted to have you as a member.







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