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COMPUTER TIPS & TUTORIAL TOPICS

 

FOR WINDOWS VERSIONS IN CURRENT USE

 

 

Each page following lists a variety of topics which computer users ask about frequently.

 

Many other computer topics and trouble-shooting areas will be added here each month in response to your calls and feedback.

 

All of these are among the computer concerns I help people solve, or subject areas I cover in classes and tutorials here in the neighborhood.

 

2016-2017 Computer Tips – Compilation of Selected Topics – Email, Backups, Word Processing, Recommended Apps

 

Annoying Phone Calls - Identifying Suspicious Phone Numbers as Spams and Scams

 

Background Pictures - Finding New Wallpapers and Screensaver Pictures for Your Computer

 

Browser Popup Scams – Continuing Advisory – Beware of these Popups, Do Not Call Them

 

Control Panel – Check List of Windows Settings Categories, Handy for Planning Tutorials, Individual or Group Classes, Q&A Sessions

 

Error Tip – How to Take a Screen Shot of Error Messages When You Need to Show Somebody What Came Up on the Screen

 

Free Word Processing Software – Easy-to-Use Software You Can Download to Use in Place of MS Word, and Still View Word Documents

 

Facebook for Computer Tips - Computer Tech Articles Postings at “Online-Tech-Resource-Page” on Facebook

 

Facebook Shortcuts for Computer Users – Find 50 Recommended Links for Computer-Related News Stories on Facebook

 

Faster Computer Performance – How to Speed Up Windows 10 by Tweeking Your Update Retrieval Settings

 

Google – Learning to Use Free Google Services to Make Your Internet Experience Easier and More Interesting

 

Holiday Reminders – Handy Seasonal Tips including Guest Accounts, Pictures, Contacts, Deals, Tax & Finance

 

Home Computer Maintenance - Tips and Guidelines  – Checklist to Keep a Computer Running Fast, Smooth and Stable (Applies to All Windows Versions)

 

Kindle and Ebook Readers – Advantages and Comparisons for Avid Readers

 

Lost Internet Connection – What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Internet Signal

 

New Microsoft Desktop Pictures for Window ComputersCollections, Screensavers, Wallpapers, Photo Rotations, Slideshows

 

Notebook Computers – Considering a Notebook Computer for Mobility and Preparedness (Home Mobility, Hospital / Rehab Use, Travel Hotspots, Family Visits)

 

Organizing Your Contacts and Address Lists – Tips to Simplify the Process

 

Picasa Photo Software – Discontinued by Google, but Most Program Features Still Work Normally

 

Printer Won't Print – What to Do When Your Computer and Printer Don’t Communicate

 

Printing a Document to PDF Format – When You Need to Print Something Later, or from Another Device or Location

 

Quicken and TurboTax – Links for these Leading Intuit Softwares, for Personal Finance and Tax Filing

 

Removing Desktop Icons – Customizing and De-Cluttering Your Main Windows Screen

 

Repair Discs – Making a Windows Repair Disc in Control Panel

 

Replacing Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox – Faster and More Stable Web Browsing

 

Safe Mode - How to Use It – Boot-Up Tool to Help Fix Glitches and Remove Infections (Applies to Windows 7 & 8.1 and Prior Versions)

 

Screensavers and Wallpapers – Attractive Pictures Available for Windows Desktop and Slideshows

 

Tidying Up Your Computer Space - Tips to Make Your Computer Work Area Easier and More Enjoyable to Use

 

Tutorial Topics: Windows 7 – Checklist for Home Tutoring or Group Classes

 

Tutorial Topics: Windows 8 – Checklist for Home Tutoring or Group Classes

 

Tutorial Topics: Windows 10 – Checklist for Home Tutoring or Group Classes

 

Windows 10 Creators Update – Major Update Expected in April 2017

 

Windows 10 Update Bugs – Fixes for Windows 10 Update Problems

 

Windows 10 Updates, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana – Learning to Find Things More Easily on the Web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Comments on Computer Glitches, Problems and Solutions

( from Job Notes 2012-2015, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, XP, and Versions 7, 8/8.1 )

 

Computer Glitches


I've noticed an extraordinary spike in computer virus problems just in recent months. Many of these are doing serious damage to computer users' operating systems.

Many times I'm able to help somebody get things back to normal by doing a system restore in "Safe Mode" (apply F8 Key during boot-up) along with taking corrective action using AVG software. But not always.

In some cases, users find access to System Restore blocked by malware that's installed itself on their PC. However, you may be able to get around that locating the restore executable yourself through Explorer in Safe Mode and running the application from there.

I generally recommend keeping a direct shortcut to that app on the desktop.

On the flip side, just as many people are finding their choice of AVS software is slowing down their computer unmanageably.

As often as not, I now returned to using Windows Defender in lieu of the more popular AVS apps which tend to be real memory hogs. But I never leave my computer without an active AVS going except to clear the way for very specific software installations that require AVS suspension to install properly.

Most Common Types of Computer Problems


You're not alone! If you've experienced any of these most common computer problems for most home and small business computer users:


•Speeding up slow computer performance
•Restoring lost internet connection
•Retrieving lost passwords
•Restoring lost sound, cam or other features
•Display, font or icon size wrong
•Getting rid of uncontrollable pop-ups
•Handling error messages
•Resolving computer update problems
•Untangling computer cables
•Getting rid of junkware
•Getting rid of viruses
•Fixing game-related problems

Speeding up a slow computer is one of the MOST common. Often a computer runs slow because of just one or two programs running in the background using up all the system resources. It may be an anti-virus program, or it may be a piece of junkware installed by accident.

General computer maintenance also helps keep a computer from getting too slow. Regular defrags, checkdisk runs, and temporary file deletions can work wonders to keep your notebook or PC moving along at a speed you like.

Call Arthur at (352) 875-7878 if you need help with computer problems, or for private classes & tutoring with your computer.

Marion County Businesses & Residents Face Spike

in Computer Problems Due to Power Surges & Outages
It's not just a summertime risk. Power irregularities wreak havoc with home computers year-round.

If you don't have a surge suppressor on your machine's power source connection, that's an absolute. A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is even better, though pricier.

Even with protection, there's risk - and no guarantee in event of a direct lightning strike.

If you start noticing freeze-ups in a normally stable computer, especially during heavy rain season, be alert to the chance that you may have blown capacitors in one or more parts in your computer - port cards, power unit, even motherboard.

Power irregularities also may corrupt files, including the OS (operating system) itself. Sometimes these can be flushed out with a round of error checks, reboots, or system restore. Sometimes doing this requires booting up from safe mode.

Anytime your computer starts showing signs of such problems, do as much of a data back-up as you can without delay. This should be something you do regularly anyhow, but make it a priority especially if you think your machine might need a Windows reinstallation.

General computer maintenance also helps keep a computer from getting too slow. Regular defrags, checkdisk runs, and temporary file deletions can work wonders to keep your notebook or PC moving along at a speed you like.

 

 

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