The key to hit when you’re lost in Windows 8 or Windows 10

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When Windows 8 first came out and people sat down at their computer to use it, the first common reaction was just plain confusion. Everything had changed. The Start button didn’t do what it did in Windows 7, and people didn’t know how to get to the places they used to be very familiar with. […] Read more »

A simpler way to block the Windows 10 “upgrade”

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Microsoft is still trying to “upgrade” all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to their newest concoction, Windows 10. We’ve been battling that with free software (GWX Control Panel) and it’s a constant fight. Now there’s a new program (also free) to put an end to the threat of upgrade.   A little background […] Read more »

How to customize your Send To menu

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Last week we talked about how to access the secret expanded Send To menu, and I mentioned that it was possible to also add folders and locations to the Send To menu. You can also delete some of the ones that are there by default if you don’t need them. Some people have asked about […] Read more »

Windows has a secret “Send to” menu

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You’re probably already familiar with the “Send to” menu in Windows. What most people don’t know is that there’s a hidden, expanded “Send to” menu that gives you a lot more options.   The regular Send To menu is certainly no secret. In fact, I use it all the time – most commonly, to […] Read more »

How to copy and paste the contents of a Windows dialogue box

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This is so simple and so useful, I can’t believe it’s not more widely known. It would be really handy for when a client is trying to tell me what an error message says, or what the content is in some other Windows message.   The way this comes up most of the time […] Read more »

How to make sure your laptop has a long life

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Obviously you want to make sure your computer lasts as many years as possible. And now, this is especially true if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 because if you buy a computer right off the shelf now it will most likely be running Windows 10. The laptops I sell are almost all […] Read more »

A couple of handy features in Google Chrome

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My default web browser is Google Chrome. I also use Firefox for some things and it’s fine, but I really like Chrome. Recently I came across a couple of interesting things in Chrome.   Feature #1: Customize website zoom level Have you noticed that as you get older, some of the text on certain […] Read more »

An email scam that’s often effective

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There’s an email scam that’s not new, but a lot of people have not heard about it and it has some elements that make it seem very legitimate. I was a target in this scam recently so I’m laying out the details here so you can avoid being taken.   This is the email […] Read more »

Comparison of 5 ways to learn computer stuff

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A lot of people want to be reasonably knowledgeable about one or more aspects of their computer. Not like a computer programmer or someone that works on computers all day, but familiar enough to use popular software and be able to handle things that come up from time to time. But how do you learn? […] Read more »

More cool websites

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Enough Windows 10 nonsense – let’s have some fun with some great websites!   Every few months I do a blog and podcast about some interesting websites I’ve come across. There’s no exact criteria for what makes the list. I just look for ones I find interesting, entertaining, or educational.   FotoJet www.FotoJet.com If […] Read more »