Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to change the default save location

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Change download locations

You can choose a location on your computer where downloads should be saved by default or pick a specific destination for each download.

1. On your computer, open Chrome.
2. At the top right, click More  More and then Settings.
3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
4. Under the "Downloads" section, adjust your download settings:
- To change the default download location, click Change and select where you'd like your files to be saved.
- If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, check the box next to "Ask where to save each file before downloading."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Change size of icons on desktop

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To change the size of icons on the desktop, right click in a blank space, click View and select small, medium or large icons.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Adjust computer image to see bottom or top

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Sometimes the computer image just doesn't fit well on the screen, and you try adjusting the monitor resolution or you use the monitor buttons to vary the vertical or horizontal position, but nothing seems to work. It could be that a new monitor driver is needed.

If none of the above solutions seem to work, here's a quick and nifty trick to see the missing part of the image. Hold down the ALT key and press the space bar. Click on the word Move. Then use the arrow (cursor) keys to move the screen about. You can also drag the screen by moving the entire mouse. If the screen is full sized, Move may be grayed out. So, try the trick with a restored down image.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Is cat in square a scam?

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You know, there are so many scams and "fake news" on the Internet that you don't know what to believe.

Imagine my skepticism when I saw a YouTube video showing a person who made a square with tape on a tile floor and immediately their cat came and sat in the square. Then there were several other clips showing the same behavior from other cats.

Being the doubter that I am, I told a local cat-fancier friend about the stunt. She said her cat was in another room. She made a square with cellophane tape (which is almost invisible). She called the cat and the animal, to quote the owner, "immediately sat her butt in the square". Anybody got an explanation?

Monday, April 24, 2017

What is Linux?

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The Oak Run Computer Club has been selling Linux disks to members. I know that many members are still puzzled by just what Linux is. Here's a great overview from Tech Republic:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quickly find programs in Windows 10

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There are several ways to locate programs in your Windows 10 computer. You can click the Start and scroll through the apps. You can click on a letter and then find the corresponding letter that the program starts with or here's the easiest method. Click Start and start typing. Let's say that you want to find SUPERAntiSpyware. Click Start, start typing and click on the result. Easy-peasy.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Does SUPERAntiSpyware work?

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A few days ago, I suggested using the program SUPERAntiSpyware. I have used it several times and found that it reported an unusual large number of spyware incidents. So, today, I thought I'd give the program a test. I ran the quick scan. The program detected 1462 adware invasions. I then ran the program immediately after the first run to see if any more adware was detected. None was. So, it appears that the program really works well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Quick guide to use of snipping tool

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You probably know that you can use the Print Screen button to capture an image of the computer screen which you can print or copy to a computer program, but what do you do if you only want a small part of the image? The answer is to use the built in Snipping Tool.

To use the snipping tool, click Start and type the words "Snipping Tool". Click on the result. Click Mode and choose one of the options. I normally use the rectangular snip. Click New. Drag across the area you want to select and click on the floppy disk icon to save the snip. I usually save the snip to the desktop. The snip can than be dragged to a document where you want to have it appear.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to determine update version

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Microsoft has been pushing users to download and install the latest update. It's called the Creators Update (for some reason without an apostrophe). If you download and install it, it will take a long, long time.

After the install, you may wonder if your computer really updated. You can rest easy by following these steps to see what version your computer has. Press the Windows key and the letter I. Click System and About.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Adding narration to presentations in LibreOffice Impress

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How to easily record and add sound to a LibreOffice Impress presentation

Download the free program BBFlashback Express at

Install and open the program.

Open your Impress presentation in Normal slide view. The presentation and Flashback Express should be side by side so you can advance slides as you narrate and record the information for the related slides.

Step through the slides while recording the narration. Click space bar to stop recording.

When the narration is complete. Click File, Export, and export the fbr file to a WMV file. The file will be saved under Documents, Flashback Movies.

Playback – Open documents, go to Flashback movies. Click on the movie you created. Immediately click Slideshow. The movie will run with narration.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Determine Windows version or build

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Many users do not know or remember what version or build of Windows is on their computers.  Here's a quick way to find out. Type "winver" in the search box and click on the result. Both the Windows version and build will appear. Here's what it looks like on my computer.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Quick way to find info about your computer

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Someone recently gave me an old Toshiba laptop that was missing all labels. I was curious as to what model the computer was as I was thinking of ordering a new battery for the machine. The simple way to get the information is to type "system information" into the search box. Then click on the result that appears.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

SUPERAntiSpyware program

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My thanks to Club Secretary, Bob Kenlay for recommending the program SUPERAntiSpyware. It's a program that scans computers for adware, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and other spyware threats.

The program has a free version that I tried on two computers. My main computer, that has 8 GB of RAM, ran the complete scan in a little over an hour and detected 1469 adware items. The 2nd computer is a laptop with 2 GB of RAM and it ran the complete scan in just over 3 hours. It detected 3739 adware items and 3 PUPs.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

File History is truly incremental

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I have often mentioned the use of the File History back-up in Windows 10. It works well and fast, but I didn't mention how truly incremental the program is. I have been working on a presentation program which I often back-up using File=History. I recently took a look at the back-up drive to see if all was working well.

To my surprise, the back-up drive contained 15 iterations of the presentation. If the last iteration had contained errors, I could go back and restore any of the other 14 versions. Is that great or what? Just be sure to use a sizeable back-up drive or have some iterations of your files erased to make room for new ones.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Executive Board Minutes


Oak Run Computer Club – Executive Board Minutes
April 14, 2017

Alan Marcus, President, called the meeting to order at 9:00AM. Members in attendance:Linda Tingley, Bob Leiner, Bill Balch, Bob Norton, Elliot Bogart, Ron Kenyon, Don Forgette, Bob Kenlay, Bill Cahill and Alan Marcus.

Secretary’s report read by Bob Kenlay. No corrections or additions necessary.

Bob Norton read the Treasurer's Report. The current balance is $2109.75. Further discussion on the Treasure’s Report format will be clarified at a future meeting.

Ron Kenyon gave a list of suggested topics for future meetings to Bill Cahill.

Future meeting topics:
Apr 19 - Ocala Computer Clinic

May 17 - Malware Problems & Solutions Bob Kenlay

June 21 - DECCA Services to Oak Run

July 19 - Q & A or Drones?

Aug 16 - ?

Sept 20 - Medical Records on the Internet KathyLee Johnson

Don Forgette will contact Bill Sobel for Apple classes.

The meeting adjourned at 9:55AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Kenlay

Access WordPad through search function

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I have encountered several computer users who are unaware that WordPad resides on their computers. The easy way to find it and many other apps is to type WordPad in the search box and click on the result that appears as WordPad desktop app.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The easy way to send text messages

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I have talked to many people who regularly send text messages. Most are unaware that they can type the message via voice. Here's how: Click on Messages. Click on the Write icon. Click on the small microphone icon on the keyboard and say what you would normally write. You will find the app accurate and fast.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Impressions of Amazon Echo Dot

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I have been using the Amazon Echo Dot for a month. Here are my views on the product.

The good:
The Dot does a great job in summarizing the news. You simply say, "Alexa, flash news briefing". My Dot is set to NPR news. I get a great news summary in a couple of minutes. Alexa also does a great job with weather. I just say "Alexa, weather", and the local weather is given in concise form. The Dot is good on facts about personalities, spelling of words, and complex math. It plays music from my computer well but has difficulty with many songs unless the wording is exact.

The bad:
The Dot often has poor hearing. If a fairly loud song is playing, the Dot doesn't hear even if I shout. The Google app on my Android phone hears better, can find more items and is generally easier to use. I haven't tried the direct Dot competitor, Google Home, which appears to be better than the Dot but is almost three times the price.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Firmware update for router

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One way to increase Internet speed is to update your router's firmware. Here's how it's done. Type the router's IP address in the address line of your browser. If you don't know the address, do an Internet search for your router's IP address. It will be something like 192.168.1.1. Once the IP has been entered, your router setting's page should open.

Look for a heading that reads something like "firmware update" and click on it. If an update is available, choose to install it. It may take several minutes to install. Do not interrupt the process.


Monday, April 10, 2017

User isn't receiving select mail via AOL

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A user asked for my help because he applied for a credit card and could not receive an email, via AOL, that said his application was accepted.

It seems that he had adjusted his AOL email security/spam settings so tightly that the application acceptance letter was automatically rejected. Once the settings were changed his acceptance appeared in his inbox.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Printing is too light

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If your printer acts as if it is printing and sends the paper through the printer, but the print is very light or non existent, one of the following problems is occurring. The cartridges are dried out or need replacing or the print head is clogged.

If the cartridges have been replaced look for printerhead cleaning settings. Run the print head cleaner twice. If that doesn't solve the problem, you may have to place a few drops of alcohol on the print head, or replace the cartridges.

If that still doesn't solve the problem, it may be time for a new printer.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easy way to transfer PDF files from computer to Kindle

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Here's a video that simply explains one method of transferring PDF files from a computer to a Kindle.

Friday, April 7, 2017

No excuse for not backing-up your computer

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You won't believe how far flash drive prices have fallen. Now there is absolutely no excuse for not backing up your computer system.

USB 2.0 128 GB flash drives are being advertised on e-bay for $8.88 and come with free shipping. USB 3.0 128 GB flash drives are being advertised at Sam's Club for $24.98.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tesla is now the 2nd largest car manufacturer in the U.S.

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You many find this hard to believe, but Tesla is now the 2nd largest car manufacturer in the U.S. The size is based upon market capitalization. Not bad for a 12 year old car company!

General Motors is worth approximately 50 Billion, Tesla about 47 Billion and Ford about 45 Billion.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Are pay as you go phones a good deal?

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I have been using Tracfone pay as you go phones for several years. Recently, one of my neighbors asked if it was a really good deal. My answer was, "It depends". It depends upon whether you use the phone as your daily means of communication or just for emergencies and infrequent calling.

If you make daily calls, pay as you go phones are a poor choice. They will end up costing much more than on many unlimited plans. If you call infrequently, pay as you go phones are a great choice. My phone and plan, purchased through Home Shopping Network, cost $129. That's just slightly over $10 a month.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What to do when the drive isn't recognized

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Every so often you plug in an external drive but it doesn't show up in the list of drives. If that happens to you, try this:

Type "Disk Management" in the Windows Search box. Click on "Create and Format Hard Drive Partitions". When you see the drive listed, right click on it. Click "Change Letter and Drive Paths" and give the drive a new letter. The drive should appear from then on.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Problems in restoring an image to computer

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In past posts, I have described how you can make an image file and restore that file to a new hard drive (Click the Labels Index tab, above, and do a search for 'Images' to see all posts). Unfortunately, I didn't state that it can be difficult or impossible to restore that image to a different computer than the one the image was created on.

The purpose of an image is to restore the same computer to working condition. If a computer crashes, the user normally has to repartition and reformat the hard drive and then use a recovery drive to restore the image to the existing drive or to a new hard drive.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Speed up a slow computer

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Nothing is as infuriating as a computer that moves at a snail's pace. Some of the reasons for the slowness include TSRs (terminate and stay resident programs) that should be removed from the start menu. Temporary files that are allowed to accumulate, lack of hard drive space, old drivers, too little memory and failure to reboot periodically.

You can quickly speed up a computer by installing a solid state drive and adding memory.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Software for small businesses

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I recently got a call from a small business owner whose computer, used for her business, had crashed. Unfortunately, the POS (point of sale) software installed on the computer controlled the cash drawer. Without the software, there was no access to the cash, and all of the business employee records were gone. There were no backups.

It took several hours to wipe and partition the hard drive, reinstall Windows 10, update Windows and download another version of the POS software. Fortunately, the owner remembered the brand of POS software and I was able to download a copy. The new copy was able to trigger the cash drawer and the business was able to function as before. Of course all of the employee records and sales records were gone forever.

I think the owner learned a valuable lesson: BACK-UP!

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