Computer Tips and Tricks

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,



From Carl Peter:

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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                            







Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype.

Google paid $1.5 billion for YouTube.



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






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