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Issue #673
Volume 13 Number 45
September 2, 2016

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A comment from Bill
Dear Darcy: I want to heartily thank you for your superb customer service and your generous offer of a no cost installation of FolderMagic that has successfully resolved the issues I was having with implementing the free trial version. After years of using FolderMagic and your gorgeous Cloudeight email stationery, your response reaffirms my conviction that your website is one of the best managed and beautiful experiences available on the internet. I hope your day is as happy as you've made mine. With warm regards, Bill

Thanks so much, Bill. Your kind letter made our day! Thank you very much for taking time to write. TC & EB  

A comment from Kathleen
I have just had a session with Darcy. I can only say this Lady is the absolute BEST! Watching her fly around on my computer is just plain fun. Thank You Darcy and I mean that from the bottom of my heart!

A comment from Nancy
I need to take this opportunity to thank Darcy the work she's done to make my computer 'fly' again. It took a couple of days of her time because of some connection issues I was experiencing, but I couldn't be happier. I would never hesitate to ask for this service again, so my extreme thanks for making this old gal a happy camper!

A comment from Laurie
Thundercloud: Just a note to tell you how happy I am with your 'clean-up' service on my computer. This is the 2nd time I have had you 'bail me out', and figured it was about time I said 'THANK YOU' publicly. I have one repair key left so I'm sure I'll be 'talking to you' again. I have complete confidence in you and your 'boss' Eightball. LOL. Thanks again..Laurie

A comment from Clara
Well, after checking one of my laptops & getting the go ahead to install Windows 10, TC was finally able to connect with my other laptop. He knew just what I had to do to be able to connect & take over my laptop. What patience he has!! I did exactly what he told me to do & I now have Windows 10 on my two (2) laptops. TC tried so hard to connect with the 2nd pc, but it wasn't his fault. I ended up having a corrupt user account & had to do a factory reset. Another job well done, TC! Thank you so much!!

A comment from Jim
Just want to thank Darcy for the quick an efficient restoring of my Windows Mail after I installed Windows 10. Thanks Darcy.

Thanks so much to Kathleen, Nancy, Laurie, Clara, Jim and to all the other who wrote about our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care Services. We appreciate your nice comments and your support! TC & EB

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Diane has Emsisoft Anti-Malware (and antivirus) installed and wants to know if she still needs other security software
I have Emsisoft installed on my Dad and his friend's computers. Do I still need Super AntiSpyWare and Malwarebytes? I'd love to be able to rely entirely on the Emsisoft. Thanks for being the voice of reason, kindness and integrity in this business.

Our answer
Hi Diane. No you don't need either SUPER AntiSpyWare or Malwarebytes. Emsisoft will protect your computer from spyware, adware, viruses, Trojans, and other types of malware including PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). We have found that Malwarebytes while once very effective has become unreliable and ineffective in many cases. We know this because we've worked on dozens of computer supposedly protected by Malwarebytes that are full of malware and we had to remove it.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware will keep your computer free from all types of malware and viruses. But no program is perfect, you still need to exercise reasonable caution when you're on the Web - and this is true no matter what security software you install. Emsisoft is simply the best we've tested and we rely on it to protect our personal and work computers.

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Donna wants to know where "My Computer" is in Windows 10
Before Windows 10, I could always find "My Computer" and view the various drives. Now I cannot find them. Can you please tell me how to access them? Bless you for all you do for all of us.

Our answer
Thanks so much, Donna.

It's not called My Computer or Computer in Windows 10, it's called "This PC". You can add This PC, Control Panel and the other icons you're probably used to on the desktop... read our article on how to do this (and rename This PC to My Computer) here:

Additionally, Windows Explorer is called File Explorer in Windows 10. The File Explorer icon is on the Windows 10 taskbar and you can also access it by pressing Windows Key + E.  You will notice in the left pane "This PC" alias "Computer" or "My Computer".
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Nancy wants to convert image files from PNG to JPG format
What is the safest app to use for converting PNG to JPG? I just took a picture with my phone, sent it to myself and then did what I wanted to do. I did see apps that you could use, but you two have taught me well...I did it the hard way. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...

Our answer
Hi Nancy. Our old standby "IrfanView" does a lot of things. First it's much faster at opening picture files than Windows Photo Gallery or "Photos" in Windows 10. Plus it allows you to change from one format to another simply by opening the picture or graphic and then saving it as whatever format you want.

For example you have a photo called MyChristmasCat.png. You want to save it as a jpg file. Just open MyChristmasCat.png with IrfanView and save it as MyChristmasCat.jpg. You can name it anything you want  like ThisIsNotADog.jpg - you get the idea. You'll have both the jpg format and the png format - so when you convert the file it does not change the original. You can also save it in other formats (like bmp, tif, and more).

IrfanView even allows you to do some minor photo effects and enhancements - plus it can open some audio and video formats too. We have IrfanView set as default image viewer on our Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines. It has been our default image view since Windows 98 -- wow that was 18 years ago.

The quickest and safest place to download IrfanView (as of today 8/31/2016) is from Snap Files - at

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Steve wants to know how to choose where to save downloads when using Chrome
Hi guys. I'm a Chrome convert and so far I love it. But one thing I can't figure out. How can I choose where to download my pictures and files when I download with Chrome. Thanks!

Our Answer
Hi Steve. Chrome, by default, does not ask where you want to save your downloads. So you have a couple of options you can choose from:

1. Go to Settings in Chrome (Click the three little horizontal lines icon in the upper right hand corner of Chrome. Click Settings).

2. Choose Advanced Settings and scroll down to Downloads

3. Either change the folder you want to download to (Darcy uses Desktop, TC uses G:/downloads) and/or also check or uncheck "Ask where to save each file before downloading". You can download to an external drive or any place of your choice using either option.

We hope this helps you, Steve.

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Bryan wants to know a way to recover email passwords
A very basic question which I guess has been asked of you many times - dealing with Passwords for e-mails. Is there any way of finding out what the Passwords might be. I have 3 e-mail addresses which are working quite well, but!!!! I will want to change them over to Windows 10 eventually and I'm just not too sure of the password I use for one particular address. Can you assist? If so I'd be mighty grateful to you. Bryan (N.Z.)

Our answer
Hi Bryan. Actually, we've not been asked this question too often. So it's a good question to answer. There are a lot of "ifs" involving recovery passwords for email. It depends on what email program you use - or if you don't use an email program and use a browser to access you email.

If you use an email program to access your email, then you'll find Mail Pass View from Nirsoft very helpful. Keep in mind this may be considered a "hacking tool" by some antivirus and security programs. But since the one you're actually hacking is yourself - it's all good.

Here's the author's description of Mail Pass View

Mail PassView is a small password-recovery tool that reveals the passwords and other account details for the following email clients:

Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only)

Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts)

Windows Mail

Windows Live Mail



Netscape 6.x/7.x (If the password is not encrypted with master password)

Mozilla Thunderbird (If the password is not encrypted with master password)

Group Mail Free

Yahoo! Mail - If the password is saved in Yahoo! Messenger application.

Hotmail/MSN mail - If the password is saved in MSN/Windows/Live Messenger application.

Gmail - If the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application, Google Desktop, or by Google Talk...

For each email account, the following fields are displayed: Account Name, Application, Email, Server, Server Type (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), User Name, and the Password...

Mail Pass View is free and it comes from one of our most trusted sites, Nirsoft. For more information and/or to download Mail Pass View visit this page.

If you do all your email from within your Web browser (,, you might find WebBrowserPassView useful. You can get more info and or download WebBrowserPassView here . Additionally, most Web mail like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, have a password recovery link on the page where you sign in. You can use that link to re-set your password for any Web mail account.

A reminder. Your security software may go nuts when you try to run one of the above programs - because they are hacking programs. But they're made for you to use on your own computer. As long as they're used as intended they're great programs and pose no danger to your PC.

We hope this helps you recover your email passwords, Bryan.

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A Six Pack Of Classic Windows Tips
All Windows users

It's a summer holiday weekend - what could be better than a six pack in the shade? :-)  We're talking about a different kind of six pack - this six pack is for everyone using Windows.

The following tips will work on any version of Windows.

1.  Open an extended context menu, by pressing and holding down SHIFT Key while you right click any file or folder.

2.  Press Ctrl+Shift and then right-click on the Taskbar and you’ll see the option “Exit Explorer”

3.  Quickly create a shortcut by holding down the Ctrl+Shift keys and dragging and dropping the file or folder to the desired destination.

4.  In Notepad Press F5 to add the date and time to any Notepad file.

5.  Hold down Alt & click on file or folder to open its Properties box.

6.  Hold down the Shift key while you drag a file or folder to the Recycle Bin to delete it instantly.
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Make Your Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock Keys Beep When You Tap Them
Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10

One of our biggest pet peeves is hitting the CAPS LOCK key by accident and forgetting it was turned on. While the Keyboard does have a light to indicate the CAPS LOCK key is activated, by default there is no audio warning. We’re going to show you how to configure Windows 10 to give you a BEEP when you hit the CAPS LOCK key, Num Lock key, or Scroll Lock key. Having an audio warning notify you when you accidentally tap one of those keys is very handy, especially if you’re a touch typist and not a hunt & peck typist.

Here’s how to make your CAPS LOCK, Num Lock and Scroll Lock keys beep when you touch them.

Press the Windows Key + U to open "Ease of Access Center". 

In the Ease of Access Window, under "Explore all settings" click on “Make the keyboard easier to use” in the menu.

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In the Keyboard dialog, locate the Toggle Keys section and check the box next to, "Turn on Toggle Keys. Hear a tone when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock." If you want to make it easier to turn on and off Toggle keys, then also check the box next to "Turn on Toggle Keys by holding down the Num Lock key for 5 seconds."

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Now close the Control Panel and, Katy bar the door: You’re done. Beep! Beep!

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Resistance is futile
Windows 10

I'm a Trekkie. I am a fan of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. In STNG (Star Trek - Next Generation) there is an alien race called "The Borg" and they are bent on assimilating anything that appears to be living and making it part of the "Borg Collective" And their mantra is: "Resistance is futile."

In Windows 10, Microsoft is kind of like The Borg. Just about every time you try to do something, it asks for your Microsoft account. Now there are bazillions of article effusing wildly about tricks you can use to defeat Microsoft's attempt at making you use a Microsoft account. But why bother?

We gave in a long time ago because life has enough hassles without our computers hassling us because we use a Gmail account (or some other non-Microsoft account) to log into Windows.

Now, you may not want to give in, and you may want to stick to your guns, but we're telling you this: You're going to make your Windows 10 life a whole lot smoother if you acquiesce and go to  and sign up for an account. (If you already have a Hotmail, MSN, or account, you already have a Microsoft account and you should already be using as your Windows 10 user account log in.)

It takes less than 10 minutes to go to and create an account. You don't even ever need to use for anything other than appeasing the gods of Microsoft. The more you use Windows 10 the more you'll be glad you took a few minutes and created an account (Microsoft account)...because if you don't you're going to find out that many Windows 10 features like OneDrive, Cortana, and others require you (or try to require you -- as we've said there are some clever workarounds) to have a Microsoft account.

But perhaps the biggest reason to have a Microsoft account is this: If you ever lose your Windows password, you can reset it online and regain access to your computer. And you can reset your Windows password from any computer, smartphone or tablet. The importance of this can most be appreciated by anyone who has lost their Windows password in the past.

So, you might be tempted to resist the heavy hand of Microsoft, but stop and think. Why bother? Why not make things easy on yourself?

Take it from your old Auntie EB and Uncle TC - when it comes to Windows 10, your life will be so much easier if you just go ahead and use a Microsoft account - and if you don't already have one -- go ahead and make one at  ...even if the only thing you ever use it for is Windows 10 stuff.

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Jump Into Jump Lists
Windows 7, Windows 8x, Windows 10

Jump Lists are a feature which first appeared in Windows 7, and have been carried over to Windows 8 and Windows 10. Jump Lists is one of our favorite Windows features, but hardly anyone even realizes they exist.

Jump Lists are handy because they show recently used files for an application or tasks related to that application, and let you access them quickly. Jump Lists can be accessed by right-clicking on an application’s icon in the Windows task bar.

There’s another way to access Jump Lists too. As with most things in Windows there are always 2, 3 or more ways to accomplish the same result. Jump Lists can also be accessed by left clicking an application icon while holding down the right- mouse button and dragging the icon upwards. You’ll notice that the more you drag icon upwards the less transparent the Jump List becomes. Whether you right-click to access your applications Jump List, or your left-click and hold down the right mouse button while dragging the application’s icon upwards, Jump Lists are a great way to access the most recent tasks you’ve performed with an application. If you access your browser’s Jump List, you can see your most recently viewed pages and pin the pages you most often visit — a great way to go straight to your favorite page or pages, without opening your browser first.

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Above: Jump list for MetaPad (a text editor) on me old Windows 7 laptop.

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Above: Jump list for Google Chrome running on Windows 8.1

Here's a Jump List for File Explorer on Windows 10. Notice that I've pinned some of the folders I access most often. Once they are pinned they never disappear from the jump list unless you choose to remove them.

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Below: I want to pin ËB_Hurts_Me to the jump list, I can right click and choose “Pin to this list"

And if you want an item, or items, to appear permanently on your Jump Lists, drag those items to the top (or in Windows 10 if you hover over the item you want to pin or unpin from the jump list you’ll see a pin or an unpin symbol) and you can pin them to the application's Jump List. Remember if you don’t pin an item to your jump list it will appear in Recent items only until it’s replaced by something else more recent. Bottom line: If you always want an item to appear in your jump list, pin it.

Not hard to do either…see the images above and below:

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Above: Jump list for Notepad in Windows 7 showing pinned items at the top.

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Above: Jump list for Google Chrome on Windows 8.1 showing pinned page at the top.

Note the items I’ve dragged to the top appear under the “Pinned” heading, while the other items appear under “Recent” or, in the case of the browser, “Most visited”. Windows 10 does not allow dragging items around in the jump list but it does make it very easy to pin and unpin items.

Jump lists are great when you have files that you open regularly. For Web browsers, it’s like having shortcuts at your fingertips for your favorite Web sites. See?

Above: Google Chrome jump list in Windows 7.
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Above: Google Chrome jump list in Windows 10.

Many programs have the jump list feature. Once you start using them you’ll really like them. We’ve been using them since Windows 7.

Windows 10 jump lists are different but they are just as easy to use.

Jump into jump lists – we think you’ll use them a lot.

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The Folder of Over 250 Tweaks You Can Make Yourself
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

If you successfully complete this tip, you’ll have a folder which, when clicked, will open up 250+ tweaks. Well, to be honest with you, each one of these so-called tweaks can be accessed in other ways, but some are buried deep in the Windows system and take a while to find. Tweakmode (formerly and still called "godmode" by some) brings all the Windows settings and tweaks into one place that you can access by clicking a special system folder that you can create by following these simple instructions:

Right-click on an empty area of your desktop (i.e. not on an icon) and click “New” and choose “Folder”:

When the new folder is created, you must rename it this:


Please copy that whole line and paste it as your folder name.

If you renamed the folder properly you’ll see the folder icon change:

If you see folder change to the icon above, then you’re good to go. Double-click on it and you’ll see more than 250 Windows tweaks, many of which you’ll never use, but some you’ll use quite often.

Some of the 250+ tweaks at your fingertips: more thing we said you have to call this folder TweakMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

But to be honest you can call it:

TC_MODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} or

EB_MODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} or

godmode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} or


So, you have fun now, ok?

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A Simple Way to Access the Advanced Boot Menu in Windows 10
Windows 10

The Advanced Boot Options menu in Windows 10 gives you additional options which can be very helpful if you’re having trouble with your Windows 10 PC. According to Microsoft, if your computer fails to boot twice, Windows will automatically boot into Advanced Boot Options which, among other things provides you with troubleshooting options to help you fix whatever is wrong with your PC or preventing it from booting. However, this does not always work as Microsoft promises. But anyway, who wants to get to the Advanced Boot Options menu that way? Not us!

There’s an easy way to access the Advanced Boot Options menu when you restart.


1. Hold down your Shift key and click on the Start button.

2. Do not release the Shift key and click on Power in the start menu.

3. While still holding down the Shift key, click on Restart.

4. Your computer will restart to the Advanced Boot Options menu. If you want to try it out, go ahead. One of the options on the Advanced Boot Options menu is “Continue — Exit and continue to Windows 10” which boots you back into Windows normally.

Take a look at the graphic below for a bird’s eye view:

And what does the Windows 10 Advanced Boot Menu look like? Glad you asked!


The Troubleshoot menu can help you solve common Windows boot problems or get you out of a mess if you’ve gotten yourself into one.


You can see how valuable the Advanced Boot Options can be if you are having problems with your PC. Right?? OK...great!
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Three handy tips for Google Chrome
All computer, tablet, and smart phone users with Google Chrome installed

Google Chrome recently passed Internet Explorer as the world's most popular browser. If you use Chrome we think you'll find these three tips very useful. But even if you don't use Chrome, one or more of these tricks might work with the browser you use.

1. Show recently viewed pages with a click - Did you know you can show a list of recently visited pages from the current tab? You can. All you have to do is right-click on the “Back” button and you’ll see a list of recently visited pages. And as illogical as it sounds, this also works with the “Forward” button too.

2. Drag-a-tab - Did you know that Chrome lets you detach a tab and open it in a new window? It does! All you have to do is drag the tab outside the active window. And you can also add it back to the original windows too. Just drag it back and drop it.

3. Drag your downloads - When you download a program using Chrome, you will see it on Chrome’s status bar (the bar along the bottom of the browser window). Did you know you can drag that download tab out of Chrome to your desktop or any folder on your computer? Also, you’ll note at the far right edge of the download tab (which shows the file name) you’ll see a little down-arrow. If you click that arrow you’ll get options such as “Show in folder”. “Run”, “Always open files of this type” and “Cancel”..

And guess what? There's a good chance that one or more of these tips will work on other browsers too - don't be afraid to try them with Firefox, Opera, or good ol' IE.

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Reg Organizer - A Swiss Army Knife of Windows Utilities and Tools

Reg Organizer works on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The newest version of Reg Organizer has newly added special tweaks for Windows 10 - including a Windows 10 Start menu fix.

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Melons On My Mind

Those of you living in big and sophisticated cities will be astonished to learn that those of us living in more-or-less rural areas of America, get all worked-up about summer festivals. It may seem sad to you, even pathetic, but, alas, it is true.

So far, this summer, in my neck-of-the-woods, we’ve had the Cherry Festival, the Strawberry Festival, The St. Alphonsus Festival, The St. Joseph’s Festival, The Bratwurst Festival, The Sweet Corn Festival, The Blueberry Festival, and many others, which I’ve attended, but have now forgotten.

But, the Super Bowl of Festivals here in Ohio, happens this very weekend in beautiful downtown Milan, Ohio, where they will spend the entire weekend frolicking and celebrating! And the whole shebang is about melons. It’s Melon Festival time, folks! Yes indeedy! The biggest festival of them all is right around the corner, and the whole area around here is all atwitter with excitement. I bet you never thought folks could get all worked up over melons, did you? We’re all worked-up! Bring on the melons!

I’ve got melons on my mind, I tells ya!

Everywhere I go, I see posters, billboards and signs (tacked to telephone poles) reminding me that this is the big weekend. The weekend when the sleepy little village of Milan, Ohio (population 1445) comes alive with festivities to rival New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Miami. Swarms of jet-setters and party animals will descend on Milan this weekend to celebrate melons. They expect that over 100,000 revelers will fill the town square over the weekend – dancing, partying, and living it up – and all under the watchful eye of the much celebrated Milan Police Department (MPD) who oversee the biggest speed trap east of the Mississippi.

Let’s get the melons off our mind for just a minute and discuss this speed trap. Melons are big this weekend (no pun intended), but the rest of the year, the only two things famous about Milan is that Thomas Alva Edison was born here (and quickly moved away), and the Milan speed trap...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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The name of this site proves the web is not too bright. It also proves, once and for all, that computers are not smarter than you. In computer language spaces are forbidden. This is because they're nothing just a big zero. But binary code has zeros that mean something. And 0s and 1s mean on and off. So how can a zero be something? We all not zero is nothing. Let me show you something: Let's say you have a web site called Daisy's Super Peaches and Blue Lizards. You probably don't, but let's say you do. You can go to Daisy's Super Peaches and Blue You might get away with typing it in Google and letting Google sort it out. But you can't register that domain name, Daisy. You will have to go with, I tells ya.

Why am I rambling on about this? Well, because today's site pick is PrintableMonthlyCalendars and you can bet that Ruben, the guy who owns this site, would have loved to have the name and domain be Printable Monthly but NO! Computers are not smart enough to take out the spaces and take you where you want to go. What if you had a planetarium and you lived in Southeast Birmingham Parish and wanted a web site. You get the idea.

Ruben wrote to us about his web site, PrintableMonthlyCalendars. He thinks if he and his site were featured by old aunt Darcy & uncle TC he'd get millions of visitors and be at the top of the calendar printing charts. Ha! Little does he know how we struggle to stay afloat. But anyway, we put up a good enough front that he actually thought were successful, big-time internet moguls. That makes us laugh. Anyway, Ruben has an interesting site and we are going to tell you about it - mostly with pictures. I'm sure most of you who are used to reading our newsletters are breathing a sigh of relief right now, and thinking: "Oh goody. Pictures. Not more of TC's inane rambling." Breathe your sigh if you must.

First of all, when you visit PrintableMonthlyCalendars, you'll see many really nice premade calendars you can print. These are for those of you who are pictureless - or clueless. They are nice full-size calendars that fit perfectly on a single sheet of printer paper. And since they're vertical (portrait), you get a nice looking calendar that looks like a calendar, not something you drew up yourself with a ruler. Seriously. See?


But the best part of PrintableMonthlyCalendars is not the pre-made calendars, nope... it's the feature that lets you made calendars with you own photos on them. Look!


That's a picture of Darcy's boyfriend, Alfred. As you can see, she has robbed the cradle. I left the green download calendar button on there so you can see how you can get the calendar(s) you create.

My personal calendar.

And one to show you we have taste!

And how easy are they to make? Really easy. See below:

You select the year and the month and pick a photo from your computer and click Make Calendar. Even my cat figured it out. See?


Ruben is probably rolling his eyes in disgust by now since we have not given you the link to his site. Oh Ruben, you don't know us well enough!

We set you free. Go forth and make calendars because it's later than you think. Visit and tell Ruben we sent ya! 

Oh boy, EB, I think we are in big trouble! Oh Ruben...don't take your love to town.

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