September 2016

This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  


September Newsletter

Google Photos for Beginners

The app can be easily downloaded from the Google Play store or Apple iTunes. The online previews of your images or videos can be accessed from any device irrespective of their source!
Google offers some smart tools to ease the process of photo sharing. You can select your favorite shots and create a web album for your friends with just a couple of clicks. If people in your circle have their own Google accounts, they can easily save the pictures in their respective accounts with just a single click. Now, this is an amazing option for a group of people who have attended the same function, say a common friend’s wedding and therefore photos clicked by every person in that group can be organized in a single album!

The simplest way would be to install the Google photos in your mobile device and get started. The service offers several free versions for different mobile operating systems, android, iOS, etc. There is also a provision for users who want to upload photos from their PCs and Macs. So, there are different apps to access Google Photos from mobile devices or PCs and laptops. You just don’t need to swamp your smartphone’s memory by downloading photos from the PC just to upload them in the Google cloud.
Search your photos- You must be logged into your Google Account

  1. Go to

  1. In the box at the top, type what you want to find, for example:
    1. Dogs
    2. New York City
    3. For people you've labeled: their name or nickname.
3. Use Drag and drop method to add photos from desktop to your albums
     Open both windows in file explorer. Drag the photos you want to the open window for the photo album.

Find photos of someone & apply a label
Use face groups to more easily search and manage your photos. After you apply a label to someone, you can search for them using their name. Note that this feature is not available in all countries.

STEP 1: Find photos of someone

  1. Go to
  2. On the box with faces, click a person's face to see photos of them. To see more people, click the arrow.
    (If you don't see this box, that means this feature is not available in your country, you turned it off in settings, or you don't have any groups.)

STEP 2:  Apply a label

  1. At the top of a person's face group, click "Who's this?"
  2. Enter a name or nickname. Now you'll be able to search with that label using the search box.
    Note: Only you will see the private face labels you choose, even if you share those photos.

Turn off face grouping

You can stop getting similar faces grouped together in your photos. Turning it off will delete face groups in your account, the face models used to create those face groups, and any face labels you created.
  1. Go to
  2. Next to "Group similar faces," turn the switch off.


  1. Click on the Album
  2. Click on the 3dots to gain access to tools
  3. Choose Edit Album

Hide from Album
Just like the old version of the desktop Picasa, you can hide a photo in the album .  Similar to sorting, just click on the Album, Choose Edit Album , and find the Hide From Albums choice.

Sharing all the photos from your weekend with friends can be hard: Not everyone uses the same apps, texting can be slow, and email has attachment limits.

Review Of Downloading Pictures And Erasing A Camera Card

Picasa Instruction on Importing Photos from a Camera

Using the Picasa program to import photos from your camera is really simple. Left mouse click on the Import from the Picasa Home screen. Follow the screen instructions. During the process  either create a new folder or select an existing folder to store the photos you’re importing. On the last instruction there is a choice you can make to Leave the card alone or delete the images from the card.

Use File Explorer?

You can erase photos from your card camera using Windows File Explorer. Locate the card, it will be under the Devices and drives when you open the My PC or This PC . Type either in the search box to quickly get to this panel.

Open the DCIM folder and select the sub folder to delete photos from. I have never had a problem with my camera. But if you read some forums, others have had difficulty.

You can probably get some help from this website on Andoids for your phones or tablets



How Do You Add Apps To Your Laptop , Tablet Or Smart Phone?


How Can you Add the Record Searchlight App to your Laptop?

You can’t. This type of App is for your tablet or smart phone. You will see this message when you do find any app. It will indicate which device it can be used on. Below is a link to similar information about Tablets and phones. there a CCleaner app for a tablet or android phone?


Solve this problem; iPhone Cant’ Take Anymore Pictures Because the Storage Is Used Up

Deleting  pictures from your Camera Roll, doesn’t’ actually free up space on your iPhone. These same photos are still taking up space in the Albums.    So to regain that space you will need to delete your Albums, as well as photos in your Camera Roll.
1.     Using the iPhone , to  find the Trash can in the Albums , scroll through all the Albums. There will be a Trash Can icon. Click on it.
2.     Select All
3.     Or you can retrieve photos – undelete it.
This action is similar to you emptying your trash can on your desktop or in your eMail program.

August 2016

This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  


August Newsletter

Technology guru Steve Alexander

For some readers of the Record Searchlight might want to find archived articles about windows 10. Here’s that link   

Windows Live cannot send Photo
Have you been affected by the Live Mail account not being able to send photos? This usually means that you were trying to send pictures using the photo email feature. If this is what happened, then the Microsoft Account you're signed in with in Windows Live Mail has probably been upgraded to Outlook Mail and photo email no longer works. You'll find a couple of workarounds in this article: Avoid 'photo email' and send photos by email

Workaround found here:

As an alternative to this you can I simply removed/deleted the “photo album” from my mail message and used “Attach file” to include the single photo I wanted to send.


Microsoft Windows 10 had a recent Major update

The Anniversary Update will report itself as version 1607, despite the fact that it technically launched in August instead of July. If you don’t have it yet, try checking for updates in Windows 10’s Settings > Update & Security. You can also start the update manually from Microsoft’s support page here.
“Windows 10” is apparently here to stay, and Microsoft won’t be bumping things up to Windows 11 any time soon. Here’s how to find out what “build” of Windows 10 you have — you can think of it like a service pack level — as well as which edition and version of the operating system you have.
Use the Settings App to find with version you’re using.
Windows 10’s first big update— you’ll see a new version number scheme here. It’ll say “Version 1511 (OS Build 10576.29)”.
The “1511” is the key. This number identifies that you’re using the build of Windows 10 released in November (the 11th month) of 2015. If Microsoft were to release a build of Windows 10 in April (the 4th month) of 2016, its version number would be “Version 1604”.
How To Use Decades –Old Software On A Newer PC
If you have some favorite software and have now upgraded to Windows 10, can you continue to use it?
Yes, if you use the Windows 10 “compatibility mode”, which allows you PC t run software designed for older operating systems. To activate culpability mode , locate the program using File  Explorer ( use to be called Windows Explorer ). On the C drive , click Program files. In the resulting list find the folder with your program. Find the file listed as an “application”.  If you have a windows short-cut icon you can use that instead. Right click that file, click on “properties “. In the next menu, click the capability “ tab.   In the next menu, check the box beside “ run this program in capability mode for “, and from the drop down list pick the Windows menu select which Windows system to run with. At the bottom of the menu click  “OK”. Your program should run properly .

ONE YEAR LATER: DID MICROSOFT LISTEN TO WINDOWS 10 COMPLAINTS?  A year into Windows 10, with a new update on the way, we ask: Did Microsoft listen to the complaints?
After all, Windows 10 is supposed to be “the last version of Windows.” It’s “Windows as a service,” continually updated and fixed by developers who are listening to Windows users and improving things. That’s the promise, anyway. We’ve been using the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for a while now, so let’s see what complaints Microsoft has succeeded (and failed) to deliver on. It will tell how to check you PC to ensure you do have the latest update version.
Go to this website for complete information:

There’s an official Microsoft tool that can blacklist Windows updates and driver updates if one is causing a problem.

Tips and Insights to Window 10, iPads and Android phones

Why Do you Need a Microsoft id for Windows 10?

You need a Microsoft account to use the OneDrive folder that stores your files in the Cloud ,  to use Crotana the speaking search feature and to use OneNote a word processor. The Microsoft account will be either, MSN. Hotmail or an Outlook account. Each you create with a password and name.


Some Windows 10 Basics


How Can You Group the menu in Windows 10?
When you first start-up Windows 10 there are already some groups that Microsoft starts you off with. You can keep these as-is, edit the name, change the apps, re-order the groups, or delete them entirely. It's up to you.
Let's start with moving our groups around. Click Start and then hover over a group title bar such as "Life at a glance." To the right of the group title you'll see an icon that looks like an equals sign.
If you want to change the name of your app group, click on the title. Click on that and then drag to move the group to a new spot in the Start menu. You can really click anywhere on the title bar to move it, but I prefer to focus on the icon on the right since it's an easy way to understand what I'm doing.  When you do that part of the title bar will turn into a text entry box. Delete what's in there by hitting Backspace, type in your new title, hit Enter, and you're done you want to change the name of your app group, click on the title.

How Do You Create a Group on the Start Menu Windows 10?

The easiest method to creating a new group is to first add an App or a Website choice to the start menu. It will appear at the bottom of the Start tiles. Once here, as a new component you simply click on the “down arrow “ which let’s you name this new group. In the Edge Browser, it’s easy to create a new tile. Go to the website you wish to add as a tile , click on the 3dots, choose Pin this Page to Start.
This is so helpful if you wish to jump to a website each day and not be bothered with logging into a browser and finding your web browser’s home page.
To remove a group you have to remove every app inside it and then it will delete automatically.
Here’s a few sites with more information on this subject.

This site has a 8 ways to customize your Start menu