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Postings for January 2017

  Smart Mobile Phone Solutions
Here's a great website resource to finding answers to many questions you have about your smartphone. There are lots of free advice websites that will be listed soon on a Blog  Page devoted just to Mobile devices.

 Beginners Lesson on how to start using a SmartPhone of Tablet
The link below covers; New , or Factory Reset  Sim Card activation, What Essentials are needed before using the phone for the first time

 A Youtube Video on this document


Beginners Lesson on Organizing the Home Page. Also a Quick Tip on Googles Photo automatic editing

YouTube Video on Organizing the Home Page on an Android Phone

An Illustration how to change a battery or Microchip card on a Samsung Phone


Mounting a Micro SD Card for Android Phones

  1. Insert the Micro SD card into the SD card slot on your Android device. Make sure your phone is turned off and charged before you insert the card. Do this slowly, and until you hear a "clicking" noise. Refer to your device manual or contact the manufacturer if you need additional support with accessing the SD card slot on your device.[1]
  2. Power on your Android device. Press the button near the bottom of your phone. If your phone is not turning on properly, it is probably not charged enough. Plug your phone into the wall charger for fifteen minutes and try again. 
  3. Tap on “Settings” from the main menu. This "Settings" symbol is represented by what looks like a gear. After you click on the gear, you will be transferred to a different screen. On that new screen, click "SD and Phone Storage.
  4. Click on "Reformat." This will reformat your phone, and prepare it for mounting a new SD card. This should only take a few seconds. If it takes any longer than that, restart your phone in order to get the reformatting process correct.
  5. Choose “Mount SD Card" when reformatting has been completed. Your device will mount your SD card and make the card available for use. If “Mount SD card” is not an available option, tap on “Unmount SD card,” wait for the card to unmount, then tap on “Mount SD card” to verify that the card is properly mounted. This step may also correct any system problems your Android may have been experiencing that could have prevented the SD card from mounting properl

Mounting an SD Card for Galaxy Phones

  1. Insert your SD card into the SD slot. This is usually located on the left side of the phone. Slowly insert it until you hear a "clicking" noise. Make sure that your phone is fully charged before you begin this process. Refer to your device manual or contact the manufacturer if you need additional support with accessing the SD card slot on your device.
  2. Turn your phone on. Press the button at the bottom of the phone. If your phone does not turn on, it is likely that it is out of power. Plug it into the wall charger for fifteen minutes and try again........read More

Postings for December

This link is a printable document on using Snapseed to edit photos on a smartBe phone or Apple product. In addition there 's information on how to change dates on a photo. You would use this technique to reset the origination date to photos you 've scanned or snapped an old photo with your smartphone camera. 


Postings for November

Using SafeMode in Windows 10

Safe mode is handled differently in Windows 10. Together we discovered just how different. Basically , you need to use the Update & Security  panel through a few steps to actually get to Safemode. The old way , shutting down the system and holding down the keys to bring the desktop to Safemode doesn't work anymore.

Select Start ,  choose Settings 
Select Update & Security > Recovery
Under Advance startup select Restart now 
 After PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot> Advanced options > Startup Settings> Restart
  After your PC restarts, select a startup setting by pressing the corresponding number 

Postings for October

Windows 10 Anniversary Study

  • Ten New Tricks of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update you Must Try. 
  • Twelve obscure new Windows features that eliminate everyday hassles
This link will get you to this recorded presentation by Hewie Poplock. The portion on Windows 10 Anniversary featrues begins at  the point of 20 min into the YouTube video


Here's a link to the Study we did in class for Thursday's Beyond Basics class

SMART PHONE STUDY  - link for smartphone handout

Below is a link to several videos on Smart phone usage and one that includes a discussion on different types of Smart Phones. It's titled Is It Time for a New Smart Phone.

Postings for Sept 

From PC World 

From Life Hacker

Androids and Phones

Ways to Install Android Apps on Your Phone or Tablet


Postings for August  2016

Picasa instruction on import pictures to your PC. This is basically a few steps.

Open PIcasa 3, then click on Import. Select your Camera Card of the USB you put into your PC. Next choose which photos to import, to either an existing folder, or create a new folder.  Once you've imported them, double check your work using File explorer to verify you imported exactly what you wanted.
This link is a hand out for this exercise.


Postings for May 2016

Here’s another useful site for help with basics on Windows 10

How To Use Basic Features in Windows 10 from WikiHow

Playing Music on Windows 10- 

Groove Music is the newly renamed Xbox Music application (app) for Windows 10. This new app is quick, clean, and simple to use. It even takes all the music you have stored on your OneDrive and automatically adds it to your available listening options. Just like in other music apps, however, you can change the places that the app looks for music on your PC.

Postings for April 2016

Skip the log in Password to Windows 10

Hit the Start button, or press the Windows key, type netplwiz and then click the entry at the top of the list of search results. If you're feeling old-school, press the Windows key and R to bring up the Run dialog and execute the same command.
In the list of usernames that's displayed, select the entry for your account (if you see more than one that appears to be yours, opt for the one that's an Administrator). Uncheck the option labelled 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer'.

When prompted, enter your password -- for what will be the last time -- confirm it, and then click OK. That's it. Once you restart your computer, you'll be automatically logged into your chosen account. Simple!

Postings for March 2016

This resource is another place to for you to look for support

Hewie’s Customizing Windows 10


Going Paperless With Evernote 

Going Paperless........

Ways to creating notes

Published on Jul 12, 2015
Evernote is one of our favorite pieces of software for note-taking on the go. It runs on everything from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Android, Kindle Fire, etc. and it even integrates with your web browser to make saving websites, recipes, etc a breeze. In this tutorial David will show you all the ins and outs of Evernote 

Tips for emailing to Evernote.  Using these tips, you can store your emails in Evernote folders with tags.  follow this author on Facebook.


Here’s some information on going paperless. This tool will let you Capture Web information text and or  images. It is an online version of the snipit tool in Windows.
You can save web pages, highlight key information, and sync across all devices.
Links to using evernote’s webclipper
Since this class was recorded PC Classes Online has become Tech Talk America. Take our free live classes via our website at http://TechTalkAmerica.com

How To Use Task View in Windows 10
Microsoft's Windows 10 has a native virtual desktop feature called Task View. Greg Shultz explains how to use this new feature.
By Greg Shultz | November 7, 2014, 11:22 AM PST

Windows 10, Microsoft has finally graced the operating system with a native virtual desktop feature called Task View.

Accessing Task View- Create Multiple Desktops

To access the new Task View feature in Windows 10, you'll locate and click its button, which is anchored on the Taskbar adjacent to the Start button (Figure A).
Task View--Figure A

Adding a desktop

When you click the Task View button, you'll see thumbnail icons of all your running applications appear in the middle of the screen and a large black bar across the bottom of the screen (Figure B). In the middle of the black bar, you'll see a button titled Add a desktop.

Figure B When you access the Task View, you'll see your running application and the black desktop bar.
When you select Add a desktop, you'll see a new desktop thumbnail appear in the black desktop bar (Figure C). The desktop thumbnail has a black X button in the upper right corner that you can use to close the desktop. When you select that desktop thumbnail, you'll switch to the new desktop. You can now open applications on the second desktop, just like you normally do, or you can move applications from the first desktop to the second.
  Figure C: The new desktop thumbnail appears in the black desktop bar.

Moving applications

To move an application from one desktop to another, just click the Task View button — and when the thumbnail icons of all your running applications appear in the middle of the screen, right-click on the thumbnail of the application that you want to move. From the context menu, select Move to | Desktop 2 (Figure D). When you do, the application will move to the second desktop.

You can move applications between desktops by using the Move to command.
Another way to move applications from one desktop to another is to just close the desktop using the black X. When you close a desktop, any application on that desktop will immediately move to the next open desktop.

Switching between applications

When you're using multiple desktops in Task View, you'll discover that all desktops share the same Start Menu and Taskbar. This makes it easy to launch and switch between your running applications. Now, if you take a close look at the button on the Taskbar, you'll notice that the icons have a different look when the application is on another desktop. As you know, the Taskbar buttons of running applications have a translucent overlay on top of them. Well, on Taskbar buttons of applications that are running on a different desktop, that translucent overlay actually appears below the button's icon (Figure E).
Applications running on a different desktop show the translucent window pane below the button's icon
The best part is that clicking the icon switches to the desktop on which the application is open and activates the application. This switch is accompanied by an animated transition that shifts the entire screen to the left or right, depending on where the desktop is.

Of course, you can still use the good old [Alt]+[Tab] task switcher to move between applications. If you select an application that's on a different desktop, the desktop switch occurs along with the animated transition.

Updated Feb 2016

Study On Windows 10 

This  Windows 10 study has some Q and A portion , plus tips from researching problems and links to  youtube videos to help explain further portions of Windows10 .



How To Skip Re-Entering Password When PC Wakes Up
This use to be fixed with a run command called netwpliz. However, in 2016 this doesn’t work anymore. To skip the password required when you wakeup your PC change the settings in Accounts>Sign – in Options >Require sign-in > Select Never.

Windows 10 allows you to Print to PDF natively using the Microsoft Print to PDF feature. Microsoft Print to PDF lets you create a PDF file of the contents of any web page or file without the need to use third-party software

How to Print to a PDF file
1. When you print (Ctrl+P) a file or from any app that supports printing, select Microsoft Print to PDF from the list of available printers, and click/tap on Print.  
If you want to print certain pages of a document ,  and not the entire thing you can. Also, you can choose not to print it in color.
When you click on Print Icon, you will see this screen. Note all the controls are on the left edge

Destination is the first choice, choose what printer you are using.
Next select what pages you want to print. The default is All , however if you want to print  ( an example appears on the screen) page 8 and 9. Enter on the screen, 8-9. If you want a mix of pages for example, this would print some in sequence along with other choices.
Type 8-9,11,15,17,20-21 .
You are not always stuck printing what you don’t want.

Stacking Windows
Insert Stack ImageOpen several windows at one time. Whenever you click on the Task View you can quickly see all the open sessions. Here you can choose to close any screen by clicking on the X
Drag any windows to a corner to resize that screen. You can have as many as 4 sessions open at a time.


Resource- Windows Ten Forums 

Here is another great resource to help you with Windows 10.  I have found lots of answers for complicated questions.

Resource-  Get Started with Windows 10- the WindowsClub

Get Started app will help users learn about and get started with Windows 10. Includes detailed instructions, slideshows, videos.

Type Get Started in the search bar and select the desktop app to get the windows below. You will several tabs on the left side, each one explaining a feature or function in Windows 10.

Microsoft website also explains how to use Get Started App

Windows' Edge Browser 

   http://www.thewindowsclub.com/edge-browser-features site you can see more Browser Edge Tips
You might want to also take a look at some of the features of Edge browser, so that you become completely familiar with all that the web browser has to offer. It talks of how to Delete browsing history and cache, Share web pages, use Reading View, create Reading List, use the built-in PDF Reader, the Hub, Sync Support, Page Prediction feature, support for Dolby Audio and more. There are also some new security features in Edge you may want to take a look at. Having done this, you might want to also take a look at and configure Privacy settings in Edge browser

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Resource- Computer Basics Resources For Learning

Those fundamental skills that are necessary to successfully using a Windows-based computer. Using the mouse, managing windows, using programs, editing text, browsing the web etc. Here you will find almost 300 helpful tutorials for seniors to learn about computing

This site you can find tutorials on almost every basic function for the novice users. It has eMail, including how to use Gmail, and a section labeled Email 101. There are several categories; Internet Basics  ( Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer ) , Windows Basics on Windows 7 and 8.
The technology basics has a section labeled Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks which you will find very useful. Plus, if you’re at all interested in Photos look at the section labeled Image Editing 101 and Digital Photography.

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Tech Tips and Tutorials for Seniors
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