Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Other Windows Logo Key Shortcuts

Windows Logo:  Start Menu
Windows Logo + L:  Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)
Windows Logo + R:  Run dialog box
Windows Logo + M:  Minimize all
SHIFT + Windows Logo + M:  Undo minimize all
Windows Logo + F1:  Windows Help
Windows Logo + E:  Windows Explorer
Windows Logo + F:  Find files or folders
Windows Logo + D:  Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
CTRL + Windows Logo + F:  Find computer
CTRL + Windows Logo + TAB:  Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the
                                                 system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move
                                               focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar & the system tray)
Windows Logo + TAB:  Cycle through taskbar buttons
Windows Logo + BREAK:  System Properties dialog box

You can find more Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/Windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

Run Option

Answer Man

Windows Vista and Windows 7 don't seem to have the Run command anymore. How can I find Run?

Press the Windows key on the keyboard as you press the R on the keyboard. The old familiar Run command will open.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Right Mouse

Answer Man

I lost my computer mouse.  I need a new one.  What types are available?

The first mice used a rubber ball and friction rollers inside and had a multi-pin PS2 connector. You will not find that type sold anymore (maybe there are some on e-bay). Then they made infra-red mice with PS2connectors. Then there were infra-red mice with USB connectors and now there are wireless mice. The later types should work with old computers.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Answer Man

I have an Apple iPhone 4S. I understand that my photos are stored in iCloud automatically. Is that true?

Yes, it is true, but the photos are only kept there for 30 days and are then wiped out. If you need to retrieve the pictures, do it fast.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Internet searching

Answer Man

I don't seem to be able to find information on the Internet as well as some people do. Are there some tricks that might come in handy while doing a search?

You need to use simple descriptive terms to do your search. Let us suppose that you have toenail fungus and want to locate a homemade remedy that might cure the problem. I would put terms such as the following in the browser search box:  nail, fungus, remedies, homemade. You will be amazed at how many solutions you will find.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Open With

Answer man

I have some photographs that open up in Adobe Photoshop. I want them to open in a different program. How do I do that?

Navigate to the photo. Right Click on it. Select Open With and then click on the program you would like to use to open the photo.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Windows XP Discs / Nikon Coolpix Camera

Does anybody in our wide community have a set of Windows XP Discs that I could borrow for a short time?

A friend of ours in Oak Run just bought a new Nikon Coolpix Camera, and when we tried to install the Hardware/software, an error message came up saying that a particular file (ptpusb.dll) was missing and that we should insert the original XP discs to locate this file. Without this file the computer will not recognize the camera when connected via the USB cable.

Needless to say the computer (which is quite an elderly E-machine purchased from Walmart) came with XP pre-installed and there are no original discs. I tried downloading and installing the latest SP3 for XP hoping it would appear in there, but again no luck.

I think this is not an uncommon problem with XP and the latest digital cameras, but searching the web it seems that there is not a simple solution here - searching for the individual file just brings up several diagnostics sites that want you to pay to download their application etc....

If any of our Gurus have come across this before and have an alternative suggestion other than getting the XP discs please let me know!


Selecting Photos to Copy

Answer Man

I downloaded 200 photos from my phone to my computer. I want to save 120 of them to a flash drive. How can I select just the ones I want to move?

Click on the first photo you want to save. Move the cursor to # 120, hold down the shift key on the keyboard and press the left mouse button. All 120 photos should be hi-lighted. You can drag them to the USB flash folder or copy and paste them to the flash drive.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Free e-books

Answer Man

Where can I get free e-books?

Libraries aren't the only spot for free books. Here are four free, legal resources to help you find reading material.

Project Gutenberg
Created to digitize books in the public domain and making them freely available.

Kindle Store

NOOK Books


Most titles offered by these giants cost money, but certain texts can be downloaded free.

Google Books
Google's project is similar to Project Gutenberg, but on an even larger scale.

From the masterminds behind Wikipedia, Wikibooks provides free open-source info.

Re-printed from Fox News

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Computer directions

Answer Man

I recently bought a new computer and was surprised to find that the set-up directions are on the hard drive, inside the computer. Did I miss something?

The manufacturers, in a great effort to save money, seem to have gotten away from giving the user disks and printed directions. I suppose that profit margins dictate saving money any way you can, but I think the absence of printed directions is sheer stupidity.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Solid State Drives

Answer Man

What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a solid state drive (SSD)?

SSD's are much faster and more reliable. They're also more expensive. The cost is coming down as they become more common. The new ultrabooks (thin, lightweight computers) contain SSD's.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

2 Operating Systems

Answer Man

Is it possible to have more than one operating system on a computer?

Yes. It's called dual booting. I have a computer that uses both Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 operating systems. When the computer boots, a menu showing the two systems is presented. You select the system you want to see at that time, and the computer boots to that system.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Save Yahoo Mail

Answer Man

Is there a way to save Yahoo mail to a CD?

Yes there is. Create a Yahoo folder for all the e-mails you want to save. Move the e-mails to that folder. Select Print, but then cancel the print. Insert the CD into the drive. Click File, Save As. Click My Computer and then the CD Drive.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Executive Board Minutes - July 13, 2012

Secretary’s report read by Carol Norton. No corrections or additions necessary.

Laura Stein, Treasurer, reported a balance of $2,702.44

Ron Kenyon requested a club history for the ORCC Blog. Laura Stein has a former write-up to be given to Ron for critiquing and insertion into the Blog.

As appointed, Ron Kenyon purchased a new Optoma projector as a replacement for the club’s current projector and reports quite an improvement, much sharper image.

Alan Marcus will investigate the purchase of two wireless microphones for the club’s use at the general meetings. He will contact DECCA regarding frequency, channel, etc.

John Baccoli made motion, seconded by Bob Leiner, and approved, with a $300 limit, for Elliott Bogart to build a replacement cabinet. Dimension to be no more than 36” due to space constraints in the Orchid Club. Elliott Bogart to receive the current cabinet.

The club’s four remaining Dell laptops, with XP operating system and not wireless, will be auctioned off at the August general meeting. Starting bid will be $50.

Bob Leiner reports the purchase of five (5) Kindle E-readers. One will be given out at each general meeting July thru November.

Bob Leiner made motion, seconded by Ron Kenyon and carried to make a $75 donation to the IHMC scholarship program at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition for future incoming students.

Alan Marcus has been in communication with Al Morrison of Ocala Veteran’s Village regarding any unwanted computer equipment. Al was most receptive to receiving as the Veteran’s Village has a computer lab for the vets in residence to learn about and repair computers. Donations can be dropped off at the Veteran’s Village, 111 NE 12th Avenue (Ritz Hotel).

Upcoming Programs: July 18 – Salvaging an Old Computer by Alan Marcus; August 22 – Basic Blogs and Guru Q & A Session; Sept 19 – E-Book Collection by Lauren Bosnihen, Marion County Library; October 17 – TBA; November 21 – TBA; December 19 – Holiday Party.

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol H Norton

Virus warnings

Answer Man

A notice keeps popping up on my screen stating that my computer is badly infected with viruses.  What should I do?

Most pop-ups of that sort are bogus. If you click on them they will probably tell you that you have hundreds of problems and for a small fee (often $250) they will rid your computer of the little buggers. Don't believe it. Your money will be gone but not the virus that installed the pop-up message. If your computer does have a virus, you can run your anti-virus program scan to remove the virus. However, you may find it nearly impossible to get rid of the fake virus. In extreme cases your computer will have to be restored to an earlier date or you may have to do a complete recovery.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Answer Man - Keyboards

Answer Man

I'm buying a new computer.  Should I save the old keyboard?

If your old computer is several years old, the keyboard probably uses a 6 pin mini-din PS2 connector. New computer keyboards connect through USB ports, so your old keyboard is probably only useful with an old computer. New mouses (mice) also use the USB connections rather than the PS2 type.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Answer Man - Quick Launch

Answer Man

What is Quick Launch?

The Quick Launch Bar is a bar at the bottom of the screen next to the Start button. You can drag a folder or application icon to the launch bar so it will be readily available. Suppose, for example, that you often open the Control Panel, but want to do it in one step. Click Start and then drag the words Control Panel down to the Quick Launch bar. Whenever you click on the Control Panel icon on the Quick Launch Bar the Control Panel will open.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Answer Man - Set Time and Date

Answer Man

How do I set the time and date on my computer?

Right click on the time in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Then, left click on Adjust Date and Time.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Answer Man - Selecting Text

Answer Man

I want to select a portion of some text to print. How do I select the portion?

You can drag and drop by holding down the left mouse button as you move the mouse across the portion you want. You can also left click before the first word, hold down the shift key and click beyond the last word. Then perform the operation you planned such as copy, delete, cut, bold, change font size, etc.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Answer Man - CD formats

Answer Man

I'm confused. Does it make any difference whether I buy CD-R or CD+R disks.

You can use either. They are essentially the same but developed by different manufacturers. Each is meant to be recorded on once but can be played multiple times. CD-RW disks are re-writeable, but they will not play on all CD players.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Answer Man - Renaming a file or photo

Answer Man

I want to rename a photo, file or folder.  How do I do it?

Right click on the current name. Type in the new name. Press the Enter Key.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Answer Man - Recipe Programs

Answer Man

Are there any good free recipe programs I can download?

Go to download.com and type recipe in the search box. In the left pane, select free and choose your operating system. You will find many good free programs.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Answer Man - Cryptogram Helper

Answer Man

I often do the Celebrity Cipher in the paper. I understand there's an on-line Cryptogram Helper that will aid me in doing the Cipher. Where do I find it?

Click on the following link:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Answer Man - Scattered Icons

Answer Man

I'm not happy with the way icons are scattered in a weird way on the desktop. Can't I organize the icons the way I want and save that arrangement?

Sure. Arrange them the way you want. Download desktop OK http://download.cnet.com/DesktopOK/3000-2072_4-10912853.html  When you run the program it will save the layout. If the icons get out of order, run the program and click restore.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Answer Man - Phone time

Answer Man

I bought a new telephone with caller ID, and connected it to my Magic Jack Plus. The phone shows the time, but soon after I set it, it reverts to an hour earlier.  What's wrong?

When you configure your router, there is a place called System Settings, which needs to reflect the proper time zone. You must also place a check in the spot that calls to adjust the time for daylight savings. The Magic Jack phone is connected to the router and will show the time the router determines is correct.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Answer Man - New Router

Answer Man

I hear there will be a new type router coming out soon. I need a router. Should I wait for the new type?

The new 802.11ac standard is supposed to be up to 10 times faster than the current 802.11N type routers. It will operate at 5 GHz which means it will be less susceptible to interference from phones and other sources. It will probably be quire expensive when it first comes out, so most experts are saying that if you need a router now don't wait for the new standard, just buy an N router, many of which operate at both 2.4 and 5 GHz.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


This information, written by Sandra Benigno, was originally posted on the Oak Run Apple Users Group blog.
I would like to let you know of a terrible computer scam experienced by a good friend of mine. I was at her house for four hours, trying to help her out. Please be aware and remember what I am about to tell you.

A few days ago, a friend of mine received a call from a woman with an Indian accent, who claimed to be from Microsoft. She told my friend that her computer had been infected with a Trojan virus, and she was calling from Microsoft to help her get rid of it. My friend asked how she knew her computer had a virus as it wasn’t even turned on at the time and had been unplugged for two weeks prior while she was away. The caller said Microsoft knew by the way she reported those Microsoft errors recently to the company whenever they happened. My friend being a novice on the computer believed her. The woman asked for permission via email that would instruct her to download a little program that would allow her to come into her computer remotely to help clear up the virus, and my friend complied thinking this would be to her advantage. (Wrong Move).

She watched as she saw her desktop being taken over remotely and going into all her programs. My friend became alarmed at this point and told her to get out of her computer immediately, which she did. Then she immediately hung up on the woman , and shut down her computer.

She called me to ask me if she should be worried. I said “Yes, you should be”. Letting this strange woman take over her computer was not the right thing to do and I would be over to see if anything was amiss and hopefully I could help her.

When I looked into her computer, I found that as a result of the incident I could not open her Norton’s anti-virus program, but was able to get onto the Internet. I downloaded a free anti-virus program thinking I could check out her computer, but the computer would not let me run a check. I tried a system restore, and the computer would not let me complete a system restore either.

We decided to call Symantec, Norton’s Anti Virus software parent company, and gave the technician permission to remotely enter the computer to check it out. We watched in awe as the technician checked her computer. He informed us that over 7,000 programs had been installed on her PC and we could see them scrolling right on her desktop as he checked. These programs opened up her computer to anyone that wanted to use it, worldwide, and there was nothing to stop them from getting into her bank accounts and any other accounts she did business with on the NET such as Amazon, Ebay, PayPal, etc.

I asked the technician if it would be wise to do a computer reformat, and the tech said that the virus would not let me reformat the computer even if I tried to.

To cut to the chase it costs her $199 for Norton’s to fix the problem and reinstall her anti-virus software. 

I know this was a lot to read, but I thought it was worth warning you that this is a terrible scam going on right now, and after speaking to a few people that I know, some of them told me that they had similar calls, but thankfully didn’t fall into this trap. Just thought I would pass this along to you.

Remember Microsoft would never call and offer help in any way to fix your computer. Especially for free. For that matter no reputable company would do so either.

Please don't believe what you hear in a telephone call if you didn't initiate the call.

Answer Man - Enlarging Print

Answer Man

I have macular degeneration and have great trouble seeing the letters on the computer screen. Is there anything I can do to see the screen better?

If you hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard as you move the scroll wheel on the mouse, the print will get larger or smaller depending upon which way you move the wheel. You can also hold down the CTRL key and press the plus sign on the keyboard to make print larger or the CTRL and minus sign to make them smaller. You can also use a second monitor and display print between the two monitors, but that becomes more involved.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Will You Have Internet On Monday?

When the computer trojan virus, DNSChanger, creators were arrested over 8 months ago the FBI began shutting down domains that may have been affected by the DNSChanger malware.

The virus, which has been circulating the web from as far back as 2007, redirects internet traffic to sites with paid advertisements where cybercriminals can hack into unprotected computers. Authorities say some 275,000 computers are still at risk.

On Monday, the FBI's temporary Internet servers will go dark, leaving thousands of unsuspecting malware-infected individuals without online access.

Is your computer safe? Click HERE to check with the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG). For a list of other safety tools, click HERE.

Answer Man - New Laptop

Answer Man

I am planning to purchase a new laptop. What specs should I look for?

I suggest that you purchase one with a dual core or quad core processor, 4 Gigabytes of  memory or more, and a 320 Gigabyte or larger hard drive. Other things to consider are the size of the screen (the largest currently available is slightly over 17"), the weight, the battery life, the appearance and how well you like the keyboard and the touch pad mouse, and most important, the price. Study the Sunday newspaper ads to get familiar with prices. Local computer retailers include: Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, H.H. Gregg, Wal-mart and Sam's Club.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Answer Man - Wrong Domain

Answer Man

Someone gave me the web address of a site they thought I'd like. I typed it in the URL (address) line on the computer, but when the page came up I found myself on a porn site. How did that happen?

The address you typed in to the address line probably contained a small error. Many malicious web sites know that people will make mistakes and therefore sites are designed that may have one or two letter difference from the original. For example, you may mean to type in Walmart, but instead type welmart. I don't know where that address will take you, but I'll bet it isn't good.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Answer Man - Play music through stereo

Answer Man

I have some great music on my laptop. It plays great through headphones, but I'd like to play it through my stereo system. How can I do it?

There are several ways. You could burn a CD if your laptop has a CD drive. You could run a cable from the headphone jack on the laptop to the audio in jack on the stereo, or, if your stereo is new enough to have an MP3 USB port, you could save music to your MP# and then plug it in the stereo to play that music.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Answer Man - Printer too old

Answer Man

I bought a new computer and want to use my old printer.  Can printers be too old to work with new computers?

Much older printers were connected using what was called a parallel printer cable. The cables were called db25 cables because they had a 25 pin connector on each end. Modern computers no longer use that connector. However, somewhere along the line, printers were made with both db25 cables and USB cables. If your printer has a USB connection in addition to the db25 connection, you are in luck. If there is no USB connection, the printer is useless if you plan to use it with the new computer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Answer Man - Photo Display

Answer Man

I would like to have a photo picture frame, but the ones I see on the market are very small or very expensive. Is it possible to use an old, almost worthless computer and screen for a photo display?

Good question! Most any computer has screen saver capability. Set the saver on photo option to look at all or selected photos in the computer. Connect the computer to a flat panel monitor. Hide the computer behind a chair or sofa, and put the monitor on a table. Turn on the computer and display. The screen saver can be set to turn on in 1 minute, if you wish. Most old flat panel displays are 15" or 17". You will have a really neat photo frame.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Answer Man - Printing envelopes

Answer Man

Is there some simple way to print addresses on envelopes rather than having to write addresses in longhand?

Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice and several other word processing programs have envelope printing features. It may take some trial and error on your part to learn how to orient the envelopes in the printer, but the results are generally very good. You normally insert the envelope in the printer as shown by the software directions, narrow the paper guide to the width of the envelope, type the address in the space provided and issue the command to print.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Answer Man - Camera Battery Life

Answer Man

My camera uses AA penlight cells. I seem to go through them very rapidly. Is there a longer life battery that I can purchase?

Lithium penlight cells are available from Everready. They cost more, but last about 2 to 3 times as long as typical alkaline batteries.

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