Everybody makes mistakes, like answering “Yes” when a program asks if you’re sure you want to delete that thing. I can tell you from experience that you can be absolutely sure and at the same time completely wrong! Also, how to fix a mouse with a mind of its own.
Getting Along With Your Computer
The latest on Windows 10 Spring update, Gmail, and bike rides.
Gmail just got an extreme makeover, and there’s more to come.
You just got a new computer, or you upgraded to the new version of Windows 10. Now what? This week I’ll show you a few things you should do to make your computing experience a good one.
Are you getting a new computer? Things will go smoother if you do a little prep work.
Create Google Calendar Events using Google Search. Why? I don’t exactly know. And, yeah. Windows 10 Spring Creators Update hasn’t been sprung yet. But you can check your Facebook data theft status. And more.
The newest version of Windows 10 is rolling out now. Here’s what’s new and how to get ready.
Quick updates this week on items mentioned in past columns. Oh, and how to reset your networks in Windows 10 and why you might want to do that.
You might want to clear your browser caches. You also might want to kill off those annoying notifications and the prompts they rode in on. And finally, you might want to do good deeds.
Are you still using Facebook?
Why is it so hard to find the icon to safely remove your USB? How do you stop OneDrive from badgering you when you don’t need it? End these annoyances!
It’s great to find new things. Today I’m sharing two new-to-me tips and one oldie but goodie. Make Wikipedia look good, control your trackpad, and stay safer.
This week, we answer three frequently asked questions: Should I update it? Should I replace it? Should I renew it?
Last week I shared some of my favourite programs and asked what you liked. I got plenty of feedback. You folks rock! Here’s some of the best stuff.
I have a few programs that I use all the time because I’ve liked them for a long time. But I’m always looking for alternatives. What do you like? Here’s the stuff I’d have a hard time living without.
Fake tech support scams are still here, and they’re worse than ever. Learn how to stay safe and what to do if you get faked out.
Did you forget to save that Word document before you closed it? Did you accidentally delete that important photo? Here’s how you can get out of that jam.
Just when I think I’ve seen everything, I see something else. Usually, that’s good! I learned two things last week researching weird things.
Whether you want to solve computer problems yourself or enlist the help of someone more technical, you’ll save time and minimize frustration if you know how to do a few simple things. I’m here to help!
In a world where you unlock your car by pressing a button, it seems ironic that you need a password for just about everything else. But you do. Passwords are not going away any time soon. Even using a password manager doesn’t make them go away. It just hides them.
We do not have to accept the default settings for most programs. We can take control of those settings and make our computing lives a lot easier.
I do not like New Year’s Resolutions. This is not a column about New Year’s Resolutions. This is a column about things you can do to help you get along with your computer. I do like that.
As we careen madly toward Christmas, I find myself reflecting on the past year. I hope you will enjoy these tips from past columns. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best in 2018 to everyone!
Christmas is next week, and for some people, that means a fight to the finish with technology. It used to be we only had to remember to buy batteries for the shiny new presents, but things are a little trickier these days. Read on to learn how to spend less time struggling and more time enjoying your holiday.
If you have brand loyalty or brand aversion, you can probably skip to the middle of this article. If not, my advice is to *start* with the specs that are right for you and *end* by selecting the computer that works, regardless of brand.
This week: More on reminders, more on Tablet Mode, and more on Photos and movies. Thanks for your feedback! You all rock!
If you are a fan of ReminderFox, I have some bad news for you. Also, how do you know where your packages are?
There is such a thing as too much information in Windows 10. Also, the new version of Firefox is here.
Windows 10 has some interesting things going on. I’ve been telling people about the File Explorer ribbon for awhile now, but the update to the Photos app was news to me.
There’s a lot to like in Windows 10, but some days it’s hard to find what I’m looking for, especially a setting. I think eventually Microsoft will to do away with Control Panel completely and dump everything into the Settings app instead. In the meantime, it’s a little like living out of a suitcase: stuff is scattered around everywhere.
The Fall Creators Update takes your computer to version 1709 of Windows 10. This upgrade is roughly equivalent to what we used to call a “service pack” in older versions of Windows. It makes changes to your system files, and it takes a long time. It’s good to be ready.
Love it or hate it, email seems to be here to stay.
Sometimes you get lucky and solve problems. Sometimes you can plan to avoid them. Fix that upside-down screen, pin your often-used folders to the Start Menu, and avoid an Office catastrophe.
Malwarebytes updates just got a little trickier. Firefox extensions are about to get an extreme makeover.
I learned some new things recently, and remembered something I’d forgotten. YouTube has keyboard shortcuts. You can recover from a too-aggressive Google Contacts clear out. Windows Update broke Internet Explorer. Again. But you can fix that. Or you can use a decent browser.
From CCleaner crises to Equifax hacks to Kaspersky confusion, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks for privacy.
Modern versions of Windows, especially Windows 10, really want you to use a password. Each week as I set up or repair computers I encounter people who believe the password requirement exists only to annoy them. It does not. It exists to protect your information from people who can damage or erase it (deliberately or by accident), or steal it.
CrashPlan is ditching their Home customers. And, beware the bad malware in Firefox, Chrome, and FB Messenger.
Just when you think you’re getting a handle on Windows 10, something happens and your screen looks completely different! No problem. You’re likely just in “Tablet Mode.”
Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 include a helpful feature. When things are just too fouled up, you can practically start over. And, when you need to get rid of a computer or just want to start over completely, you can do that, too.
When you need to explain what’s wrong with your computer, send a picture. A picture shows exactly what’s going on. It always clarifies your explanation, and sometimes it’s the only explanation you need!
Getting Along With Your Computer, by Cate Eales, is not available this week. I hope to be back with you next week. Apologies for the inconvenience.
If you have more than one computer, a tablet, iPad, or Smartphone, any of those devices can use a network printer. If your printer also has a scanner in it, you should be able to scan with any device on your network, too.
This week: Readers reveal the secret to last week’s card trick, and a couple of things worth mentioning.
It’s time for a break from floods, fires, and current events. I hope you enjoy this collection of websites that will distract, entertain, and maybe even calm you.
I love Gmail because it’s easy to access from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. But sometimes browsers and even Windows itself don’t know how to attach a PDF file to Gmail. And if you need frequent access to more than one Gmail account, signing out and in again is an annoyance. I found solutions!
We’re all going sometime. And even before we go, we can be in a situation where we can’t handle our own affairs for a time. The polite thing to do is to make sure someone has access to the information they need to look after your digital (and real life) assets.
As we head into the holiday weekend, I need a little bit of a break. This week, we’re re-posting three recent items readers found interesting or helpful. Hope you are enjoying your holiday!
I fix computers and clean up computers for a living. I’m used to seeing popups from malicious software and infected web browsers. But this last two weeks has been a wild ride, with rogue popups from legitimate programs. Here’s how to kill the Amazon Assistant and tame the Office update window.
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