October 2017


Thursday Class  - Windows 10 and All that's Google
by instructor Ed Beaulac
 starts Oct 12th  1pm to 2:30pm see classroom schedule 

What’s a Widget? Episode 31
They are little apps that give you access to frequently used features of a main app. You must have the main app installed in order to get the widget

  Youtube Video  link  explaining Widgets

Google Widget -Drive Scan

Create a PDF file automatically with this Android widget. It works with Google Drive, so this must be activated by you already.
Find the widget as Drive Scan, in the D’s . To be demonstrated in class in the App of the Week segment.  
 A YouTube video link explaining use of Google Drive Widget to Scan and create PDF files.

CHROMEBOOKS  

THE VIRTUAL CHROMEBOOK MEETUP
This website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.
The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this web site
Link to website information:   http://cb4s.net/





Windows 10 advice and tips

I’m often asked where do I find information to build on my computer skills. Here is one of those resources I have signed up for their newsletter. I get a weekly email with the latest link to their blog updates. On this site, I find all sorts of help for learning and using Windows 10.

You may have updated already to this version of Windows. It’s easy to recognize the change if you did. The addition Settings >Notifications & actions has added Night Light to the action center. The Settings panel has added Projecting to this PC. So you can connect to your PC screen from your Windows phone and also use a other devices like a keyboard, or mouse.




One you might miss, because the guy is talking so fast, is how to enable Developer Options.
Beginning at 2:15 in the video
Go to Settings: Go to About Phone: Tap on the Build Number X number of times.  He says 3 times, but I think on my phone, it was 7 times. This might be different for varying versions of Android.  It only works on “Jelly bean” or later.

One trick that I didn’t hear him mention, is using the phone’s camera to test infra-red remotes that you might have that seem to not be working. 
You can, in a moderately dark room, turn on the phone’s camera and point the remote at the camera lens and watch the screen while you push any button on the remote.  The phone camera can “see” down into the infra-red spectrum and will show the light from the remote’s LED on your phone’s screen as a white dot – unless the remote really does have dead batteries or is broken.   If your phone shows the remote’s light is working, then you need to check the appliance’s IR receiver (usually a tiny tinted window or lens on the front of the appliance) to make sure something isn’t obstructing the line of sight between the appliance and where you were trying to use the remote.

Use your phone to control your Roku:
This Blog (linked below)  has links to a ROKU app for Android, iOS and Windows phones that will allow you to use them to control your ROKU.   We sometimes use app this because the phone screen is easy to see in a dark room. - Colly Lord
this App on a smartphone. You can find all the assistance you need on their site under Help.
Below is a link to a document I created.

Link to website information



This information came from the PC World's website.

Type in all-caps on a Smartphone or Apple device
Nope, there’s not a separate Caps Lock button on the stock iOS keypad, but there’s still an easy way to type in all-caps mode: just double-tap the Shift key.
Ben Patterson / IDG
Want to say it in ALL CAPS? Just double-tap the iPhone’s shift key.
When you do, the Shift button will turn bold, and you’ll see a little underline just beneath the arrow. To go back to standard typing mode, double-tap the Shift key again.

Put a website shortcut on your home screen

If there’s a site that you’re constantly visiting on your iPhone or on your Andorid, you can create an icon for the site and pin it to your home screen. Once you’ve created the icon, it will act just like a standard app icon, meaning you can tap and hold it to rearrange it on your home screen, tuck it into an app folder, or even put it into the app dock.
Ben Patterson / IDG

Does your favorite website deserve more than just a bookmark? Go ahead and pin it to your iPhone’s home screen.

Just visit a site in Safari for iOS, or Chrome for your Android. With the iPhone  tap the Action button (the square one with the upward arrow), then tap Add to Home Screen. In the Chrome site, click the 3dots, from the drop-down menu choose Add to Home screen. In both cases you’ll have a chance to rename the icon before you pin it to the home screen.


September 2017

  September   2017



Streaming Music
I’ve been using Pandora paid version for years.  The best method to learning how to use Pandora is through their Help website.
But I can make recommendations after using this site for many years. I have the paid version, which eliminates the ads. I have found if I don’t like a song, just applying the Thumbs Down will minimize that type of sound from reappearing. . Don’t use the thumbs Up, because it builds a list of your favorites to start playing. It’s annoying. You have difficulty streaming your music. The last few pages are trouble-shooting this App on a smartphone. You can find all the assistance you need on their site under Help.
Below is a link to a document I created.

In and out Smart Repair – store in Redding
I just wanted to pass along this information about a service here in town. A reliable source used this service to fix her iPhone and was truly satisfied.
Sometimes, our gadgets just run into problems that we are unable to solve on our own. It’s good to know there is a place here in Redding that   have an in-store stock of repair parts for most models of the iPad and iPhone (4, 4S, 5 series, and 6). And they also stock parts for most Android phones so they can have your phone back to you as soon as possible—without waiting for parts to come in.  Below is a link to their website and contact information
Facebook recently has announced a host of updates for both mobile and desktop users. Most notably, the company is making changes to how users go about navigating the News Feed on desktop and mobile, while the Camera functionality is also gaining a handful of new features. Check it out.
In October, the Tuesday Class will feature FB tips and advice. If you want to reserve a seat just contact one4cugr@gmail.com Personally I have used great Picture editing tools from the FB Camera App. You will be amazed what you can do in addition to adding fancy text.

How Should you be charging your smartphone??

A new report from The New York Times points out that your charging habits could be causing damage to your phone:
  • Habit #1: Charging overnight.
  • Habit #2: Frequent charging.
  • Habit #3: Using the wrong charger.
Why? As a phone charges, the lithium ions in the battery travel from one end of the phone to the other. The more these ions travel, the more wear and tear they cause on the battery, ultimately limiting the lifespan of an otherwise perfectly good battery.
Therefore, if you're using an iPad Pro charger for your iPhone, the ions travel faster since the iPad Pro charger is more powerful than that of the iPhone. Use the wrong charger overnight or all the time, you'll gradually see your battery life diminish - usually after two years.
Don't worry if you're not ready to change your charging habits just yet.
Solutions? The fix isn't guaranteed, but make sure you're using the right charger for your gadget. Charge less frequently and if you can avoid it, don't charge your phone overnight.
For example, don't use an iPad charger for an iPhone. If you can, leave it on a less powerful charger if you're going to leave it overnight.
Or, if you don't want to do anything, you can do that too. A 2015 Gallup survey cited by the Times shows that 44 percent plan to upgrade their phone within two years, which is when battery life begins to show signs of fading. If you fall into that category then you have nothing to worry about.
10 Android Hidden Features
Watch this interesting if you have an Android phone. Here are some very useful tools and settings

3-WAYS TO STREAMLINE WINDOWS 10 START MENU
The Windows 10 Start Menu has a lot going on. Fortunately, you can customize it and make it easier to navigate by choosing which folders appear, hiding apps, and using the menu full screen
Begin by Opening Settings, Click Personalization then START.
1.     Next Click the link Choose Which Folders Open on Start.  Turn Off Folders that you don’t want to have active. And Add Personal folder you wish to see
2.     Turn on Full Screen – now your Tiles will fill the screen making it easier to see
3.     Turn Off Apps. Make choices on which Apps you see from your Start tiles, choosing between seeing more Tiles, show the App list in the Start menu, and much more
Here’s a link from Kim Komandos’ site about this tip
Notes:
To Recover Desktop icons. In the same control panel under Personalization Settings choose Themes. Here’s where you can reclaim those icons you had in previous versions of Windows
Themes > Related> Desktop icon settings.
From this panel select Desktop Icons such as Computer; User’s Files; Recycle Bin; etc……..



June 2017

Check our Classroom schedule. Summer is approaching and for me even sooner. I won’t have any Tuesday classes in June. But will return in July.

June 2017


This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  http://cugr.apcug.org.  
Check our Classroom schedule for the Summer dates

CHANGES TO WINDOWS 10 – THE SECOND MAJOR UPDATE
Windows 10 has a major update called Creators Update.
 Before you upgrade you can view the changes on Microsoft’s website. In this article, I touch on a few of the enhancements.
 To actually download the upgrade, you must have a licensed version of Windows 10. Below is the link to that dedicated website to download.
These links will get you to the guide on the changes in this new release and tutorial videos on the new features.
Note: If a Microsoft pop up ad appears, simply click any spot not on the Ad itself to return to the videos
 There are some General overall changes, some are in the System App settings specifically.  There is a new setting for   Pairing Bluetooth accessories and changing permissions for installing Applications. The Start menu’s latest change is called Live Folders.
The tiles are simply short cuts to applications on your computer( appear as 2 icons in 1 tile next to the “e” tile ) . Taking one tile and dropping it onto another tile creates a “Folder” or “new tile “ .   If you have a smartphone or an iPad you have done  the same thing, grouped your Apps into one  folder. When I added Google Apps to my smartphone, all of them came onto my phone in one tile. So I had 5 different Apps in one little square tile. It bugged me because I couldn’t find the App when I needed it. So I dragged that App out of the group and put it by itself on my home screen. I guess Windows 10 thinks this is a feature you want, a method to organize you Apps by grouping them.  
 Another change to the Start panel is the ability to turn off the list of APPS in the left edge. To achieve this, go to the   Settings > Personalization > Start screen.  Here simply choose to Turn Off the App List in Start Menu. Now you will only see the tiles, and not the list of Apps. But you can turn them back on   by clicking   a button on the very far left. The list of Apps will reappear.
There are some changes in the bundled applications, specifically in the Edge Browser. Now you can add several tabs and organize them. It is very similar to Apple’s Safari browser. And you can also purchase and read books in the new version of Edge. A new feature lets you read books aloud.  You will find eBooks in a new section for  EBooks in the Windows Store.  
The Edge browser has changes for Maps. Now you can draw on them.   If you draw points from one location to another on a map you can convert those sketches into distance measurements or text directions. If you’ve ever used Google Maps, you will understand this feature.
The is a new App for 3-D painting or drawing. This is in the Paint App and you can use it to build 3 dimensional objects and artwork.
There are more features to study before jumping into this upgrade. The sites  listed above have  videos and text to read about the various changes you will enjoy when you upgrade. 
Facebook Timeline Issue
This article by Hewie Poplock explains clearly how to control your timeline and posting from people you’re following.
I like to read my Facebook timeline with the most recent items at the top and successive postings in chronological order. Of course, Facebooks interjects with sponsored ads and what appears to be older posts, but have recent replies. Facebook’s default is to show the as “Top Stories” and it determines what those are. Every so often, FB changes my selection back to theirs. I don’t like that.
When I mentioned this to a few friends, they looked at me strangely and I realized that they had no idea of what I was talking about. Here is an explanation of what I mean & how to change the choice.


May 2017

May 2017


This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  http://cugr.apcug.org.  
Check our Classroom schedule. Summer is approaching and for me even sooner. I won’t have any Tuesday classes in June. But will return in July.

Did You Know??

Windows 10 version 1507 will no longer receive security updates

After May 9, 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1507 will no longer receive security and quality updates. Microsoft recommends updating devices to the latest version of Windows 10 by visiting the Software Download site and selecting Update now to manually update your device. For additional info, check out the Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

How do I know which version of Windows 10 I'm running?

In the search box on the taskbar, type winver and then press Enter. This opens the About Windows dialog box, where you'll see the version of Windows 10 that's running on your device.

Discovered Useful Apps for Androids
Google’s Android operating system recently beat Microsoft Windows to become the world’s most popular OS. It’s no wonder then that developers are clamouring to make new apps for the platform. This year hasn’t even reached its halfway mark, and we already have some amazing new tools out there.
One of the good things about Android compared to Apple’s iOS is that most apps are free, and you can choose to pay to remove ads. Of course, you can always try a paid app in this list and get a refund from the Play Store if you don’t like it. But it’s nice to avoid that hassle.

April 2017

April 2017


This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  http://cugr.apcug.org.  


WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SMARTPHONE CLASS?
Google Maps – Tips and Tricks
From the Geeks On Tour lessons we studied how to use Google Maps. It works on all your devices, including your laptop. From this video you can see demonstrated. You can find Help from the Google Maps website on each instruction. But this video is helpful to see the instruction in action.

Android tips
1.     Directions with multiple waypoints
2.     Share Location or Trip
3.     Find your way back using History
4.     Navigate to location’s Photo
Here’s a Youtube video on using Google Maps
Add a photo
Add a photo from a place's page
1.     Open Google Maps and search for a place.
2.     After you've selected a place, click Add a photo. You might have to scroll down to see this.
3.     A box will appear. Drag the photo that you’d like to upload, or click Choose photos to upload.
Notes:
·        If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you can't add a photo.
·        You can only add photos for points of interest, like businesses or parks, but not addresses or coordinate

Share your real-time location with others
You can choose who can see where you are and for how long. 
If they have a Google Account
1.     If you haven't already, add their Gmail address to your Google Contacts.
2.     On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app   and sign in. Learn how to sign in.
3.     Tap the Menu, Share location, People
4.     Choose how long you want to share your location.
5.     Tap Select People.
6.     If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
7.     Choose a person.
8.     Tap Share. The person you chose will see that you shared your location with them.

 Computing for Seniors Tuesdays  
Classes by Instructor  Jane Quinn  Tuesday door is opened at noon, class starts at  12:30pm – 2pm.  These classes are 3-times a month on the on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm. We also meet for lunch every 4th Thursday of the month. To get on that list send an eMail to one4cugr@gmail.com

 Windows 10 and Google will continue through March.
Taught by Ed Beaulac. It’s an open forum on Google and Windows 10. So bring your questions or eMail them to one4cugr@gmail.com. It’s every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm 
Class instruction will cover ;
·       How to Use the Start tiles, the taskbar, and change the appearance of your desktop
·       How to use File Explorer
·       How to setup Accounts
·       How to Use the Windows Photo App
·       How windows 10 works with your Smartphone or other devices.
·       Add Apps or remove them



March 2017

March 2017

This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  http://cugr.apcug.org.  

 newComputing for Seniors Tuesdays  
Classes by Instructor  Jane Quinn  Tuesday door is opened at noon, class starts at  12:30pm – 2pm.  These classes are 3-times a month on the It   on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm. We also meet for lunch every 4th Thursday of the month. To get on that list send an eMail to one4cugr@gmail.com

New Windows 10 and Google will continue through March.
Taught by Ed Beaulac. It’s an open forum on Google and Windows 10. So bring your questions or eMail them to one4cugr@gmail.com. It’s every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm 
Note: NO CLASS March 16th , will cont 23rd , and 30th.
Class instruction will cover  ;
·       How to Use the Start tiles, the taskbar, and change the appearance of your desktop
·       How to use File Explorer
·       How to setup Accounts
·       How to Use the Photo App
·       How windows 10 works with your Smartphone or other devices.

·     
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SMARTPHONE CLASS?
During the last few session, we had some questions come up during class. Here’s a glimpse of what was discussed
1.      CAN I CREATE A GROUP IN MY CONTACTS TO SEND A MASS MESSAGE ?
On you Contacts APP  check to see if the word Group appears in a tab across the top line of that APP. Most times all you need to do is Tap it, then a wizard begins asking for the name of the new Group. 
I found this answer on the BLOG  page about SmartPhones. I listed your manual here. 

2.      HOW CAN I CLEANUP MY SMARTPHONE? Trash is a 3 part answer. First you have to
cleanup the cache ( stuff that accumulates from App usage) In the General settings you should be able to find STORAGE for your device.  . So here's where you will find the button to delete the cache  or freeup Storage on your device from images, music, etc. Next , if you use the CHROME BROWSER be sure to cleanup the history, just as you would for your desktop computer. And lastly, be sure your erase all your unanswered phone messages.
If you fail to do this, you may not be able to receive new phone messages. The caller will hear this phone is not receiving messages, the inbox is full

3.      WHAT IS THE ACTIVE NOTIFICATION BAR SHOWING ME???
This would be the first line on your smartphone . It will show the percentage remaining, the date and time and all the APPS that are set to notify you there’s activity for them. You can control this through the settings to not be notified.

HOW DO I ORGANIZE PHOTOS IN THE PHONE GALLERY ON MY IPAD ??
Organize photos and videos The Album tab includes albums you create yourself and some albums that are created for you, depending on how you use Photos. For example, videos are automatically added to the Videos album and you see a My Photo Stream album if you use that feature (see My Photo Stream, next). All your photos in iCloud are in the All Photos album if you use iCloud Photo Library (see iCloud Photo Library on page 82). If you don’t use iCloud Photo Library, you see the Camera Roll album instead, which includes photos and videos you took with iPhone and from other sources.

Here’s that manual. The instructions for taking photos, and organizing begin on page 80.
Bring any questions to class or send an eMail to request an answer or demonstration in class to one4cugr@gmail.com.  Some of these are best as an exercise in class.
Here are those PRINTABLE PAGES IN PDF FORMAT
The complete manual for the iPad User

One Last resource A YOUTUBE VIDEO
https://youtu.be/Vcz_kbYzxik

HOW DO I ORGANIZE PHOTOS IN MY ANDROID ??
Andoid phones work similar to the iPad instructions. With the T-Mobile Phone click in the upper  left corner to see the word TIME. Click on it and you will see your photos stored here in time sequence. You can also find the APP Story Album.  With Story Album, you can create a digital Album of your story in media. Special moments will be on a timeline, and if you wish, you can have your album published as a hard copy. 1. From the Home screen, tap (Apps) (Story Album). 2. Read the introductory information and tap Next. 3. Tap Start to begin your Story Album. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions. 5. Press and then tap Help for additional information see page 253 of the manual posted for T-mobile on the Smartphone tab of this Blog

Using a Samsung phone to Create Albums , from the Home Screen, tap on Apps>Gallery. Tap Menu in the Upper left corner, and then tap an option to choose the way items are displayed.

In Albums view, you can create albums to organize your images. On the drop-down menu, tap Albums and then tap More > Create Album. This is on page 86 of that manual 

 LG Phone
On the LG phone, choose the photo first from the Gallery . Then click on the 3dots . From here, using the drop down tool list of options pick either Move or copy . Next find the Album you want to put that image in.

Notice you have lots of other choices here too.

  ANDROID ASSISTANT FROM GOOGLE PLAY:
This paid version you can avoid the advertising

The   Android Assistant can find apps (which install on the phone’s internal memory) and move the moveable ones to the SDcard – just as the tool’s name implies as its function. This method will help you save storage from the APP required to use it and move it to your SD external card.
There is also the free version, but the phone’s touch screens are so sensitive, it’s easy to accidently touch the ad banner and find yourself whisked away to some unrelated product’s website.

On Samsung Galaxy s7, LG v20 and HTC 10
For Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow you can use Google’s Assistant as your personal helper. Here’s a few things to try
·        Take me ot the Museu Picassos
·        Show my photos of sunsets in Tahoe
·        Do I need an Umbrella Today
·        How do I say Hello in French?

Help for Google Photo Users
Below is a link to Google’s Blog on products. This one is their own Google Photos. It is on sharing photos. Now with Google Photos you pick the photos, tap “share” and select the people you want to share with, instead of the apps-. If you friends are on Google Photos they will get a link to the photos and videos via SMS on Android smartphones. And   email address will get an email with the link from Google Photos.
Send an email to one4cugr@gmail.com if you have questions about the class or something you’d like solved




This class is taught by a Member from the Computer User’s group of Redding  
http://cugr.apcug.org.  

 newComputing for Seniors Tuesdays  
Classes by Instructor  Jane Quinn  Tuesday door is opened at noon, class starts at  12:30pm – 2pm.  These classes are 3-times a month on the It   on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm. We also meet for lunch every 4th Thursday of the month. To get on that list send an eMail to one4cugr@gmail.com


New Windows 10 and Google will continue through March.
Taught by Ed Beaulac. It’s an open forum on Google and Windows 10. So bring your questions or eMail them to one4cugr@gmail.com. It’s every Thursday from 1pm – 3pm 
Note: NO CLASS March 16th , will cont 23rd , and 30th.
Class instruction will cover  ;
·       How to Use the Start tiles, the taskbar, and change the appearance of your desktop
·       How to use File Explorer
·       How to setup Accounts
·       How to Use the Photo App
·       How windows 10 works with your Smartphone or other devices.

·       Add Apps or remove them

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SMARTPHONE CLASS?
During the last few session, we had some questions come up during class. Here’s a glimpse of what was discussed
1.      CAN I CREATE A GROUP IN MY CONTACTS TO SEND A MASS MESSAGE ?
On you Contacts APP  check to see if the word Group appears in a tab across the top line of that APP. Most times all you need to do is Tap it, then a wizard begins asking for the name of the new Group. 
I found this answer on the BLOG  page about SmartPhones. I listed your manual here. 

2.      HOW CAN I CLEANUP MY SMARTPHONE? Trash is a 3 part answer. First you have to
cleanup the cache ( stuff that accumulates from App usage) In the General settings you should be able to find STORAGE for your device.  . So here's where you will find the button to delete the cache  or freeup Storage on your device from images, music, etc. Next , if you use the CHROME BROWSER be sure to cleanup the history, just as you would for your desktop computer. And lastly, be sure your erase all your unanswered phone messages.
If you fail to do this, you may not be able to receive new phone messages. The caller will hear this phone is not receiving messages, the inbox is full

3.      WHAT IS THE ACTIVE NOTIFICATION BAR SHOWING ME???
This would be the first line on your smartphone . It will show the percentage remaining, the date and time and all the APPS that are set to notify you there’s activity for them. You can control this through the settings to not be notified.

HOW DO I ORGANIZE PHOTOS IN THE PHONE GALLERY OR MY IPAD PHOTO APP??
Organize photos and videos The Album tab includes albums you create yourself and some albums that are created for you, depending on how you use Photos. For example, videos are automatically added to the Videos album and you see a My Photo Stream album if you use that feature (see My Photo Stream, next). All your photos in iCloud are in the All Photos album if you use iCloud Photo Library (see iCloud Photo Library on page 82). If you don’t use iCloud Photo Library, you see the Camera Roll album instead, which includes photos and videos you took with iPhone and from other sources.
Here’s that manual. The instructions for taking photos, and organizing begin on page 80.
Bring any questions to class or send an eMail to request an answer or demonstration in class to one4cugr@gmail.com.  Some of these are best as an exercise in class.



Here’s that manual. The instructions for taking photos, and organizing begin on page 80.
Bring any questions to class or send an eMail to request an answer or demonstration in class to one4cugr@gmail.com.  Some of these are best as an exercise in class.
Here are those pages with that instruction
Also here is the complete manual for the iPad User

One Last resource A YOUTUBE VIDEO



  Android Assistant from Google Play:
This paid version you can avoid the advertising

The   Android Assistant can find apps (which install on the phone’s internal memory) and move the moveable ones to the SDcard – just as the tool’s name implies as its function. This method will help you save storage from the APP required to use it and move it to your SD external card.
There is also the free version, but the phone’s touch screens are so sensitive, it’s easy to accidently touch the ad banner and find yourself whisked away to some unrelated product’s website.

On Samsung Galaxy s7, LG v20 and HTC 10
For Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow you can use Google’s Assistant as your personal helper. Here’s a few things to try
·        Take me ot the Museu Picassos
·        Show my photos of sunsets in Tahoe
·        Do I need an Umbrella Today
·        How do I say Hello in French?

Help for Google Photo Users
Below is a link to Google’s Blog on products. This one is their own Google Photos. It is on sharing photos. Now with Google Photos you pick the photos, tap “share” and select the people you want to share with, instead of the apps-. If you friends are on Google Photos they will get a link to the photos and videos via SMS on Android smartphones. And   email address will get an email with the link from Google Photos.
Send an email to one4cugr@gmail.com if you have questions about the class or something you’d like solved