Computer Tips and Tricks

Saturday, November 22, 2014

12 9 14 Things to know

Dear Classmates. 

Tuesday December 9 at 7 pm at our Windows Class, after questions from our classmates, we will demo: 

1. On the Desktop, View, Sort by, Refresh, New, and Personalize.  

2. Dragging files and folders into a folder. Name all your files in one fell swoop. 

3. Saving Photos and Documents to a CD, DVD. or Flash Drive. 

4. Use both Internet Explorer and Chrome.


5. Please do not Defrag and Scan when it is not needed. It just wears out your computer.  

6. How to use Programs and features to make it easier for you to find your programs. 

7. Microsoft Word: Change your Font, Font Style, and Size.
Also an easy way to find out what a word means. 

8. Using the Snipping Tool. Greatest thing since sliced bread. 

9. Where to go to find out about your RAM, HARD DRIVE, PROCESSOR CHIP???

 10. Tips on Windows 8.1.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Internet Safety, Windows 8.1, and Joe's Tips


11 11 14  Internet Safety, Windows 8.1, and Joe's Tips*


Dear Classmates,

Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm at CKCS we will Demo:

1. Internet Safety. 
2. Mouse Options. 
3. Crash course on Windows 8.1
4. The best way to explore and enjoy the items on Joe's Tips CD: 

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


6. Questions on Windows 10.

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

Kindest regards,

Joe Isaac



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11, & Google Chrome*

10 14 14   Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11, & Google Chrome*

Dear Classmates, 

I downloaded Windows Technical Preview (which is the raw Windows 10 in progress) October 1, and am using it every day. 

Will give full demonstration of the Fantastic features coming with Windows 10. Cortana (like Siri), Internet Explorer 12 and more will be added later. 

They have a section called Windows Feedback, so if you have any suggestions on improving Windows operating system, please send them to me in an email.


This is my Start menu screen. I get this screen when I click the Start button or hit the Win key on the keyboard.

 Great new screen, combines Windows 7 Start button, but vastly improved and Start Screen. You may customize both, which I did. I love it.

 Come see Windows 10 in action.

 Will demo Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 and 8.1.


Will demo Internet Options in Internet Explorer 11 including:

1. Text Size, Menu Bar, and Status Bar

2. Home Page.

3. Privacy including Pop-up Blocker

4. Content: Auto Complete

5. Advanced: Disable script debugging….

Will demo Google Chrome including:


2. History

3. Settings

4. Advanced Settings.

5. Autofill

6. About Google Chrome





Saturday, August 16, 2014

9 9 14 Control Panel, Fix It, Bing Desktop, Latest Win 8.1 Tips.


Dear Classmates,

Our Windows 7, and 8.1, Workshop will meet Tuesday September 9 at 7 pm.  After class questions we will demo the following 4 items.

 1. Control Panel.

 2 Views of the Windows 7 Control Panel, the Default view of the is by Category.

Up on the Right, click on the Down Arrow by Category and click on Large or Small Icons.


2. Fix it.

The next time you have trouble you might want to try Fix it.

You click on the Icon you are having trouble with and it ask you;

"What are you trying to do?", and gives several options. Once you select an option it will give you several solutions to try.

The best solutions have a Run Now in Green.


3.                         The Bing Desktop.

(For Windows 7, 8.1, and VISTA)

You can search the web with Bing. Under that, the first Icon is WALLPAPER,  then WEATHER, TOP NEWS, and IMAGES


 To configure the Weather: click on the second icon, over to the right click on Options, under Add a location type in an area code like 40505, then click on the Magnifying glass, now click on the city to highlight it, then click on the + sign.
If you wish to remove a city, on the right, highlight it and click on the – Sign.

 4. 5 Things you need to know about WINDOWS 8.1:

 Bring a friend and share the knowledge.

 Kindest regards,

 Joe Isaac 


 Q. My speaker symbol is not there.

 A. Go to Control Panel and click on Notification Area Icons


Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014

To: Joe Isaac

Subject: Handy Information

Hey Joe, just finished reading the e-edition of newspaper when your handyman email came in, what a treat to find out so many useful hints.

Thanks and you have a good day, you help each of us so very much.
God Bless You

Joe, I agree completely! Even better than jokes! This is a wealth of information. Hope you are doing okay. You are in my prayers.



Thanks for the ideas . I esp.  want to try the corn idea.

Thinking of you Joe.

 Great ideas!  Thank you!
Great Joe, thanks... 





Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2014

Subject: Help!!


Q. I am looking for a file that I believe you gave us. . .it is a video of a young woman and young man doing the boogie woogie to piano music played by a man.  I thought I had put it on my hard drive, but cannot find it. 

If you know the one I am referring to and can send it to me, I surely would be grateful.

A. "Dancin' The Boogie" - by Silvan Zingg Boogie Woogie Piano

Will & MaĆ©va Dancers   

My favorite, I play it a lot. They are the best I’ve seen.


Response:  That’s it!!  Thanks so much.  I agree with your assessment of them, and it is my favorite, too.





Wednesday, July 16, 2014




Please bring a friend



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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Teaches Windows 7 and Windows 8.1