Computer Tips and Tricks

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.


From Bill Rauth: SLIDES FOUND AT THE LIBRARY OF                    CONGRESS...             

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.







Monday, February 24, 2014

3 11 14  Basics and Common Things*

Basics and Common Things

Dear Classmates,

Tuesday March 11 at 7 pm we are going into Basics and Common Things.  

Windows 8.1 update due in spring with concessions to mouse and keyboard users

Joe, thank you so much for all you do for CKCS members.  You asked for topics for your class, and I (and others with whom I have talked) feel very unknowledgeable about all the F keys.  Start with F1 key and tell us what each one is there for.... What do you think about this idea?  Great idea, will demo in class.
1. Spring Cleaning. Free up disk space, Delete unneeded files and uninstall unused programs.

2. Just talk to Google Chrome and it will find a web site.

3. Will Demo all 12 F keys.

4. Change the size of your Internet Page or your email?

5. Save and Save As: Control Z   OOPS?   Control Y, puts it back.

6. How to save your documents and photos to a flash drive?

7. Use the Details, Preview, and Navigation Panes in Windows Explorer.

8. How to view and arrange Photos?

9. Drag a photo from the Internet to your Desktop. Plus Snipping Tool

10. Add A Cartoon Touch To Your Photos
It’s so easy to have a lot of fun with pictures this way. Check it out today!

This is a meeting you don't want to miss.

Kindest  regards,                    

Joe Isaac     


Q. Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Subject: Windows

Hi Joe,  Happy New Year to you and Alberta!

    I have a question about Windows 8.0 versus 8.1.  You probably have posted this and I am sorry if I missed it.  What is the difference between Windows 8.0 and 8.1?  Also, have there been any problems with 8.1?  I recently purchased a new laptop with 8.0 and so far I like it. 

A. So glad you got a new Windows 8 computer.

There are a lot of good differences.
1. You can resize your Tiles, which is fantastic.
2. It updates your apps automatically.
3. You can get rid of the hot corners if you wish.
4. The weather tile will give you an interactive weather map
     just like you see on TV.
5. If you wish you may go directly to the Desktop when you first
    turn your computer on.
6. You have to do it anyway by Nov. 2015.
7. It does other things, but off hand I can't remember them.
8. Please give me feedback on what you like and don't like.
9. Go to the tips below.

WINDOWS 8.1 TIPS .......................................................... 188

Please let me know if this works. Kindest regards,  Joe

Response: Hi Joe,
  Thank you for the information on Windows 8 and 8.1 and the tutorial.  I have downloaded 8.1 and there are a lot of very nice features.  I really do like my Windows 8 computer especially the optional touch screen and even more since I have downloaded 8.1.  I really enjoy having the tiles and as you mentioned the interactive weather.  Also being able to see and manage my mail from the tiles. 
    Thank you again for always being so helpful.  My best to Alberta. 
            Take Care,             

If someone bought the Surface Pro, would you please tell the class of your experience.
Saw this bumper sticker on a car from Ohio:

From Myra Engle: What happened the year you were born??

Q. Should I unsubscribe to spam email?
A. I always do.

Q. How Do I Change Text Size in Internet Explorer?
A. When you are on a web site, at the top click on View, scroll down to Text size.

Q. Yesterday I bought a new HP Windows 8 Laptop. Do you have special Internet sites or some other information for me to learn all the new things in Windows 8? Thanks in advance and best regards

Ulrich, Weiherstra├če 29, D- 61169 Friedberg, Germany

A. Huge amount of information on Windows 8 online.

Go to:  click on Windows 8 TIPS.

TAX FORMS:           
Federal: (you can actually fill in the forms on line, save them and print them.
You can actually fill out your 1040 tax forms on this web site:


Fayette School:
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Mountain Top Removal in Lynch & Benham, Kentucky

 5,000 artists and 100,000 paintings make us the largest online Web Museum in the world!  Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, etc..

Q.  Joe, I would like to buy a laptop for my daughter.  Do you have a preference for a mid-priced, fairly durable laptop? 

A. I have no preference, usually buy what is on sale at a $100 or $150 discount in the Sunday Lexington Herald-Leader inserts.

Presently, I have 2 Toshiba laptops.

SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR NEW Windows 8.1 Computer.
Intel i5 and i7 or AMD equivalent
RAM or Memory 6 to 8 GB DDR3
Ports: USB 2 and 3 
Hard Drive 500 GB or more
Built in Webcam if a Laptop.
LCD Monitor: 15.6" or more. For a Desktop 24".
DVD-RW Drive To burn CD's or DVD's.
Digital Media Reader: For your Digital Camera memory card.

After she gets her new Windows 8 Computer, click on the
link below for some great TIPS. She will love her Windows 8.1 Computer.
and click on WINDOWS 8.1 TIPS

Response: Thank you so much.  That is exactly the information I was needing.  Both Best Buy and Office Max had Toshiba's on sale. 
Been unable to continue coming to Tuesday night SIGs, but still can keep up with changes in computer world with your monthly newsletter. Much enjoyment reading books on Kindle Fire

Turning the computer off then after a few seconds turn it back on, forces the equipment to reset and restart from a known good state.  The same is true for software, video cards, network hardware, other peripherals.

Here's a list of the worst passwords.
1.    123456
2.    password
3.    12345678
4.    qwerty
5.    abc123
6.    123456789
7.    111111
8.    1234567
9.    iloveyou
10.                    adobe123
Microsoft publishes a 2014 Windows 8.1 how-to guide

Declutter your PC for better security and more storage

A cluttered hard drive can be disorderly and slow, but it can also be a security hazard. This is especially true of any software on your PC that you rarely, if ever, use. Perhaps you installed a free demo, or you completed a game and you’ll never touch it again.

Chances are good that the software you’re not actively using isn’t being patched and kept up-to-date, which means it may leave your PC vulnerable to exploits.

Just as you regularly remove expired jars of mayonnaise and uneaten leftovers from your refrigerator (right?), any time is a good time to rid your PC of useless and unwanted programs. It never hurts to clear out old data files you’ll never need again, too.

Unused applications, Unnecessary services, Obsolete data

Worth your time to do. Give it a look see.

Hi Joe...Remember I said I could not open the attachments on your emails. Well I found I could not open any ".doc" document. My son told me how to fix it. He said it sounded like a file association problem. Go to control panel. default programs, file association, find .doc. see what is associated with. Mine was associated with "Microsoft office". I changed it to: "Microsoft word" and now it works fine. I can open your attachments. You said you wanted tom know if I fixed the problem, well that fixed it.   Regards..




Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
To: Joe Isaac
Subject: Virus Checking

Joe, I read somewhere that virus scanning should be run in safe mode?  Is that true?  No, I have never run it in safe mode.

I really am looking forward to spring and pretty weather so I can get back in a routine of attending CKCS classes!! Will be good to see you in Class.

Microsoft combats Chromebook threat by cutting Windows licensing fees by 70 percent for PC makers. on devices that retail for less than $250, in a move designed to combat rival low-cost tablets and Chromebooks. PC makers are usually charged $50 for a license of Windows 8.1, but will be offered a license for just $15 on their low-cost devices.

What can I recycle in Lexington?



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Please Remember there is no meeting in FEBRUARY. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

12 10 13 Things to know

Dear Classmates.

Tuesday December 10 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???

Kindest regards,

Joe Isaac

Kentucky Wildcats Schedule - 2013-14

From Mira Engle: web site for UK Fans.

Golden Oldies:
From Wayne Bell & Gene Wheeler: Let me be your first Christmas wisher.
MERRY CHRISTMAS !  & All the Best in 2011

Ashland College in Ohio always does a beautiful Christmas card and this year they have done another one. This should get you into the Christmas Spirit. Make sure you have your speakers on and enjoy.

From: Suzanne Hurley     MERRY CHRISTMAS:
 A Christmas Animation Move the Ornament from Less ------ to More and it will do the decorations. Also click on the icons to the Right of More for music, color and snow.

Q. Joe I just received your email and it is in color. I would like to print it in black rather than using color ink. Is there a quick fix?          

A. Go to File, Print, Preferences, and select Print Color Images in Black and White.   

Q: What is the difference between hibernate and sleep.

A: Sleep stores your computer's state in its memory. Starting up is fast, but if power is lost, the memory is wiped.

Hibernation stores everything on the hard drive and then shuts down the computer. But it isn't susceptible to a power failure.

Q. Joe, I have forgotten how to determine what Version of Internet Explorer I have installed. Can you help?  

 A. Open Internet Explorer: at the top click on Help, then click on About Internet Explorer, and it will show you the version. This works for the version of any program you have.

USB:    Universal Serial Bus
USB 3.0 is 4.8 Gbps (10 times faster.)
USB 2.0 is at 480 Mbps

Q: When I drag and drop files, how do I know what is happening to them? Are they being moved, copied, or is Windows just creating a short cut?

A: 1.  " + " sign in a little white box, the file is being copied.
2. An arrow, Windows is creating a shortcut .
3. Nothing at all, the file is being moved.

MP3 files are compressed Audio Files.
MP4 files are compressed Video Files

If you want a current list of Members Helping Members:

Then click on  WINDOWS 8.1 TIPS'll be glad you did. 

Q. What type of anti-virus software do you recommend?

A. I highly recommend Microsoft Security Essentials it provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
I’ve been using since its Debut in January 25, 2010. Several people in my computer class have nothing but nice things to say about it.

Window 8 comes with the anti-virus already installed, it is called Windows Defender, it is Microsoft Security Essentials kissing cousin.


Q. Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013
To: 'Joe Isaac'  Subject: Spam

I seem to be getting an enormous amount of spam (unwanted advertising) in recent months.  Is there something I can do?

At the bottom of the email click on UNSUBSCRIBE.

In Windows Live Mail, your program may be similar.  Click File, Options, Safety Options, then click on the Tab, Phishing, and configure then tab Security and configure. If you make it too strict you will  not receive regular emails with attachments.

All the best and thanks for all the messages.
‘(I need all the help I can get out here in Montana.)

Thanks, I’m  using Outlook 2010, I’ll try it

For your Grandkids:




Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2013

   Always makes me laugh!!  Thanks, Joe!! I'm missing Kentucky!!   Eliz.

Judge sentences Anonymous hacker to 10 years in prison

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