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computer Tech Tips by Barbara Aboushahba, Webmistress for WOW

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Here are a few things to try speeding up your freshly installed copy of Windows 10.

  1. Step 1 – First of all, double-check that your version of Windows is not infected with any viruses.
    Like previous Microsoft operating systems, Windows 10 is susceptible to malware. Fortunately, Windows 10 comes bundled with anti-virus software, dubbed Windows Defender. Running a full scan of the operating system with either Microsoft's offering or your favourite third-party anti-virus should do the trick.
  2. Step 2 – If you are given the all-clear by your anti-virus software of choice, its worth having a look through the Windows Task Manager.
    Launch the app by hitting CtrlShift and Esc then select the Startup tab – these are processes which are run by the operating system during the boot-up process.
    Sort the list of items according to their Startup impact rating. Disable anything in the High category unless they are absolutely crucial programs, including your anti-virus solution.
    It's worth remembering that AMD and Nvidia driver services are usually safe to remove from startup without any negative impact on your graphics hardware performance
  3. Step 3 – Microsoft has built a new Hybrid Startup and Shutdown into its latest operating system which puts the PC in a hibernation state – speeding up startup and shutdown times.
    To activate the faster startup option, launch your Control Panel by either asking Cortana or using the newly reinstated Start Menu and click on Power Options.
    Click on Choose What The Power Button Does in the pane on the left-hand side, then click Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable.
    This should reveal a slew of previously hidden options, including a checkbox which says Turn On Fast Startup. Tick the box, then save your changes.
  4. Step 4 – Lastly, reboot your Windows 10 PC and hit the Windows key and R as soon as your desktop appears.
    Type in services.msc in the Run box and hit the Enter key.
    Look at the list of services which populate the list and make a note of any which appear to be taking an unusually long time to launch.
    If one of the processes is dragging its feet, simply Right-Click the item, Open them and then change their Settings from Default – to Delayed Start. Then save and reboot the system.
    And that's all folks.

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1.  Have an antivirus program running at all times. You can pay for one or get this highly rated one for free:  AVAST     Just make sure you pick the FREE version. Allow updates which are free not upgrades which cost money.  They will occasionally try to upgrade you to a paid version with more features, but the free one should be all you need.   You want AVAST  to update automatically so that when a new virus comes out, your computer is protected.

                        2.  Use a Registry Cleaner  occasionally.  The Registry is like the index/table of contents for your computer.  As you create, delete, and move files as well as install and uninstall  programs, the Registry can get really “messy”.  A cleaner eliminates out-of-date info which helps your computer work more efficiently. A great free one is CCleaner.      You can also use this program to uninstall programs from your computer, to delete junk files from your web browser and computer, and to set the programs that are part of your  computer startup so it boots faster.  Again, update (free) not upgrade ($$).


If Your Laptop Won’t Start

Recently a member emailed me that her laptop wouldn’t turn on.  Before she ran to Best Buy to replace it, we tried these steps and solved the problem.
1. Unplug the laptop, turn it over and pop out the battery, and then push down the start button and hold for 30 seconds.  Now plug it in and hit the start button again.  Does it come on? Great!  Put the battery back in and proceed as normal.  
2. No luck?  Well, the next thing to check out is your power cord.  When plugged in does the light turn on? If not, your cord may be bad (buy a new one) or the connection inside the computer to the cord may be broken off the motherboard (expensive to fix).
3. Worst case - computer is dead.time to go shopping.
Luckily for her a new power cord was all she needed.


 Basic Computer Skills  

What is a File? What is a Folder?

What is the difference between a file and a folder? A file is one picture or one letter you wrote or one bank statement you downloaded from your online banking site. It is one document. A folder holds one or more files or it can hold other folders. For example, in the folder called My Pictures you can have individual “loose” pictures or you can organize your pictures into several different folders like John’s Wedding, Birthday Cruise, Mike, Mary and Kids etc. In the My Documents folder you could have a folder called WOW Newsletters, one called Recipes, one called Bank Statements, and one called Family Info. Folders help you organize the information you have on your computer so that you can easily find it.

Putting files into Folders

Putting files into folders is pretty easy. You can click once on a closed file, keeping your finger on the left button, and drag the file into the folder you want to store it in. OR when you first create a file or save one to your computer, you can tell it in which folder you want it to go using the Save In box at the top of the Save window. (If you don’t tell it where to save the file, it goes into the last place you saved a file. That’s how you “lose” files on your computer. For example, your meatloaf recipe gets saved in your WOW folder because you recently saved your newsletter there.) So make sure to pick the right folder or create a new one at the top before you click the SAVE button at the bottom of the Save window

SHORTCUTS you will use.

Is the print too small on your webpage or document to read comfortably?    Hold down the Ctrl key and roll the wheel on your mouse to increase and decrease the size of text. 
More Shortcuts: hold down the CTRL (control) key and tap the letter indicated.

Ctrl + C  will copy the highlighted text or selected item.
Ctrl + X will cut the highlighted text or selected item

Ctrl + V  will paste the text or object that you just copied or cut in the new location that you clicked your mouse

Ctrl + Z (the “Whoops key” will undo any change you made to a document. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it and put the text back. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes.  This shortcut is great for those accidental changes you make and want to undo.
Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.

Ctrl +S  will save a document you’re working on. Do this frequently while you are working.
Ctrl +P will open the print preview window.




To print any document or webpage, hold down the CTRL key and tap the “P” key.  This will open your PRINT preview window where you can select how many pages ( all of them or just one page or maybe pages 2-4. If you don't change anything, it will print all the pages when you only needed the first page.) Here is also where you decide how many copies you need.  You can also find the PRINT command under the File menu or the
Office buttonjkn depending on the program you are using.


To save a document hold down the CTRL key and tap the “s” key. This opens the SAVE window. Use this to save a new file and save changes to an old file. Make sure to pick a good location to save your file using the save in box at the top and change the name if you want in the file name box at the bottom. If you are trying to save a picture or document you received with an email (like the WOW newsletter), open it then select SAVE AS from the File menu or the Office Button at the top left . In the SAVE AS window you can choose a new location for the file other than your DOWNLOADS folder. You can save the file to your desktop or a folder in your documents folder. You can click NEW FOLDER to create a new folder to put the document or picture in, and name the new folder, for example - WOW Newsletters or My Grandkids. Use SAVE AS to create a 2nd copy of your file so you don't mess up the original. Just give it a slightly different name or change the location for the file like on your desktop.


new folder Look for one of these buttons to click to create a new folder kb

Questions? Contact me -Barbara Aboushahba, 407-761-8810 


  webmistress-Barbara A.