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Issue #674
Volume 13 Number 47
September 9, 2016

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A comment from Janet
My computer was a mess! I wanted to give Cloudeight chance to look at it before I went out an bought a new computer. I never thought I'd ever be able to use Windows 10 on my computer. I bought it new when Windows 7 first came out and I've had it ever since. But the last year or so it's been getting so bad I could hardly use it. I read all the great comments about how good Cloudeight was and I figured it was worth the money to have them look at it before I tossed it out the window lol. To make a long story short once Darcy removed about 5 years worth of malware off my computer, cleaned it up and got my startup programs in order, my computer ran so much better I installed Windows 10 and I love it. I also got rid of McAfee and installed Emsisoft to keep the malware of my system. Thanks Darcy! Thanks Cloudeight! I'm one happy customer...Janet 

A comment from Terry
Thanks TC, for fixing my computer - I never thought you could do it. I wanted to give you some extra money because you earned it - but you refused and said I'd paid you already. There are not many companies in the world like yours. I want to thank you for your efforts - you went above and beyond anything I expected and my computer is running better than it has been in years. Thank you doesn't seem enough! 

A comment from Lillian
Thanks to Darcy for cleaning out my computer again! I can always count on the staff at Cloudeight to do an excellent job of getting my desktop in good working order! I have no idea how they do it, but am extremely satisfied with their work and low cost. I believe I do a good job of keeping my computer up-to-date and cleaned out, but there are some things I cannot do and always turn to Darcy to do them for me!

A comment from Val
I just want to add my kudos to Darcy once again. I have had numerous occasions in the last while after a "Windows 10 update that I lost my Windows Mail. Darcy has come through every time, as usual, quickly rectifying my problem. This last time, I contacted her in the morning and she got to me the same day. She was just about to leave the office for the day and stayed with me until everything was working. I always know I can count on your crew to help me out, and once again, thanks every so much for the time and patience you spend with us wannabee computer nerds that are still in the learning phase in our 80"s. Keep up the good work!

Thanks to Janet, Terry, Lillian, Val and all of you who wrote to us during the past week about the computer services you received from Cloudeight Direct Computer Care. We are so glad we've been able to help so many people from all over the world If you need computer service we hope you'll let us help you. TC & EB

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Tony suddenly lost his virtual desktops
I don't know what I did but all of a sudden the 4 different desktops I had opened out of the clear blue closed and I'm left with only one desktop, and the Desktop icon has disappeared from my taskbar. I tried searching for the infoave daily newsletter but can't find how to get the desktops back.

Our answer
Hi Tony. If you are referring to Virtual Desktops, just click the Task View icon - see image below - Task View is circled in yellow. You can also access Taskview and Virtual desktop by pressing Windows Key + Tab.

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f you don't see that icon, right click in a blank area of your Task Bar and tick "Show Task View icon"

More info on Windows 10 Virtual Desktops can be found at:

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Linda has very few System Restore points
(Linda is running Windows 10) I'm trying to use System Restore. When I look for a restore point, all I get is one date. If I click on "more dates", I only get 3 dates. I want to restore to a month ago, but I can't find any dates earlier that 3 weeks ago. How do I find previous restore points? Thanks, Linda W.

Our answer
Hi Linda. By default, windows 10 sets aside only about 1% of your total hard drive space for System Restore. If you are seeing only 3 restore points, it is probably because the entire default hard drive space allocation for System Restore has been used by the 3 restore points that you see. You can modify the hard drive space allocated for System Restore. When we work on computers and we're working with System Restore, we normally reset it to 5% to 10% of the drive rather than 1%, depending on size of the hard drive and the available hard drive space.

Here's how you can adjust the amount of hard drive space allocated for System Restore in Windows 10.

1. Press Windows Key + S and type Create Restore in the search and click on "Create a Restore Point" when it appears in the search results.  Or you can also just click the Start button and start typing Create Restore. Click on "Create a Restore Point" when it appears in the search.

2. Under System Properties, System Protection tab, click on the "Configure" button:

3. In the System Protection dialog, under "Disk Space Usage", use the slider to adjust the amount of disk space you want to allocate to System Restore.

Now, click Apply/OK. Increasing the disk space allocated to System Restore increases the number of restore points you'll have available. We recommend you don't go crazy and allocate more than 10% of your hard drive space to System Restore. And keep in mind too, increasing the drive space allocated to System Restore has no immediate affect - you're not going to see five new restore points appearing out of the blue. Over time, you'll have 5 or 6 (or more) restore points to choose from instead of 2 or 3. More is better to a point - don't go crazy :)

Another thing to keep in mind is that the older the restore point is the less viable it may be. We have found that very old restore points sometimes result in System Restore  failing to restore the computer successfully. Normally, the more recent the restore point, the greater the odds that the system restore operation will be successful. We suggest you don't keep restore points more than 2 months old.

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Erik wants to know if he can use the Windows Store with Windows 10 without logging in with a Microsoft account
I don't start PC with Microsoft account - I start without password etc..I cannot go in Windows store ..i must have Microsoft account ..can i use Windows store without MS account ?

Our answer
Hi Erik. First, we think you're better off logging in with a Microsoft Account because it makes things easier - and all you have to do to get one is go to and create a free email address. You can also use your existing Hotmail, MSN, or email address are your Microsoft Account address. We have our accounts set up so we don't have to type a password, just a 4-digit PIN.

However, if you really don't want to set up a Microsoft account on your Windows 10 computer you can try the workaround guarantees.

The option is actually right there when you click to install an app from the Store with a local account (non-Microsoft account). Microsoft seems to try to hide it, but if you look, it's there.

If you click "Next" it will walk you through switching the accounts, however clicking the link, "Sign into each app separately", will let you give a store login without switching your account. And sure enough this adds a "Generic Credential".

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Hope this helps you, Erik!

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Julia wants to keep her Favorites in order
(Julia is using Windows 10) Do you know of a program that will put my favorites/bookmarks in order like the Zappit program you had. I actually won that program from you back when your were doing "Name that Tune"....anyway I did enjoy it and kept thing in order but now it's a pain. Thanks and thanks for all your info.

Our answer
Hi Julia. Thanks for your support over the years. We've got good news for you - you don't need a program to keep your Favorites in order. Just open your Favorites folder (Click the Start button and type "Favorites" without the quotes). You see this:

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(Above) Click on "Favorites" (File Folder).

Your Favorites will either be in "Favorites" or "Favorites Bar". To put your Favorites in order by name, check the box next to "Name" and the files will be arranged in alphabetical order. You can also arrange them by date if you prefer by clicking on "Date modified". If you want your Favorites arranged by Date, make sure you don't check the box next to "Name".

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Once you choose how you want your Favorites ordered (by name or by date) they'll always be kept in that order until you change them.

For those using Windows 7, you can do this exactly the same way except you open your start menu and type "Favorites" in the start menu search. When your Favorites folder appears at the top, click it. Everything else is the same.

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Jude wants to know if she can delete the Windows.old folder
I have a question about the windows old folder. I read that after you upgrade to windows 10 the windows old folder is deleted. I have had windows 10 a lot longer and the folder is still there. My question is can I get rid of it or is windows 10 still using it?

Our answer
Hey Jude! Sorry I couldn't resist. Hi Jude.  Yes, you can get rid of it. If Windows 10 has been installed more than 31 days then the Windows.old file is just taking up space since you can no longer go back to your previous version of Windows after 31 days.

When you upgrade from Windows 7, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, Windows saves a copy of your entire Windows drive (usually C:\ ) and it can be quite a few gigabytes in size. For example, during one of our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care sessions, we helped a customer regain over 400 gigabytes of hard drive space by deleting the off windows.old (“Previous windows installations”) file. However, you can't directly delete it. If you try to right-click it and delete it from your hard drive, you’ll find you cannot delete it.

Here is a way around that:

1. Click Windows Key + R to open the Run command

2. Type in cleanmgr.exe and choose to clean up C drive by clicking OK (see screenshot below):

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3. When the new Window comes up with list of things to clean, click “clean system files” (see where red arrow is pointing in the screenshot below)

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4. Once again choose C drive, and when next window opens, go through list and check all items listed – you should see “Previous Windows installations” listed.

Here are two examples of Previous Windows installations showing in Disk Cleanup dialog. As you can see they can be very large files:

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This tip is for anyone who has upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and who have been using Windows 10 for more than 31 days.

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Backup Your Gmail and Other Google Accounts
Everyone with a Gmail or Other Google Account

We're all (well, most of us) are storing more and more data in the cloud. Gmail (a Google service) is the most popular web mail service with over 1 billion users -including EB and me.

Google has your data backed up in several locations - in modern, environmentally-controlled data centers with security as tight as Fort Knox. If you're not from the USA, Fort Knox makes gelatin - Knox Gelatin. I'm just kidding. And the chances that Google will ever lose your data are as slim as the Cleveland Browns winning the Super Bowl. The chances of that are slim and none - and slim just too the last plane out of town.

But hey, wait, it does happen - well not that you're data will be lost but that you may not be able to access it (odds are longer than one in ten million). But it has happened. I hesitate to give you this link...I don't want you to cancel your Google stuff because of a one in ten billion thing. But to bring you news of the slim and none crowd, here's slim )

But despite the fact I am nearly 100% certain that Google is not going to lose your data - or lock you out - it's still prudent to backup important data to an external drive. If the sun has 1800-style solar flares and they knock out all electronics and the internet, you can access all your email - not that you'll need it, since you won't have power to run your computer unless you have a generator.

Yes, I'm running on and on because I don't want to strike fear into your hearts; I just want to show you how to back up all your Gmail and other data you store on Google services.

Now, on with the show! (What's that you say, EB? Why didn't I say "irregardless"? Because irregardless is not a proper word. I take enough heat for my grammatical bumbles without intentionally setting myself up. Enough all right, EB? No, it's "all right" - alright is not a proper word either. Do you want all those editors-in-waiting - err Grammar Police to come down upon me like a swarm of locusts?)

OK now --- On with the show (for real)!

First make sure you're logged into the Gmail or Google Account you want to back up. Then visit this page to access Google Takeout:

That link takes your right to the page where you can choose your Google data

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Above: Slide the switches to select or unselect the Google Data you want to include in your backup archive and then click "Next".

(Below): After you click "Next", you'll be given an opportunity to select the file type of your data backup (we strongly suggest you leave it set to .zip format. Zip files can be opened on almost any computer. Then you can select how you want your data backup archive delivered. We suggest you download you select "Send download link via email". That way you can save it to your local drive. Once you have it stored locally you can add it to One Drive, Dropbox or Google Drive later on.

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Then click "Create archive". Note it may take hours or days before receiving your backup - it all depends on how much data you have in your Gmail and Google Accounts.

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How to Mirror your PC Screen on Your TV Using Your Roku
Windows 10

If you have a newer Roku device and you're using Windows 10, you can mirror whatever is on your computer's screen on your TV screen wirelessly - and it's really easy to do.

Here's how you do it:

1. Turn on your Roku. Go to your home screen & click on Settings. In the Roku Settings click on System and then click on Screen Mirroring. Make sure it's enabled.

On your PC

1. Press & hold the Windows Key and then tap the i key to bring up settings. (You can also click the start button and choose "Settings")

2. In Settings click on "Devices".

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3. In "Devices" click on "Connected devices" (see above). In "Connected devices" click on the big PLUS sign next to "Add a device". Windows will start scanning for devices it can connect to wirelessly. You'll see a list of devices (if you have several) and one of them will be "Roku (with a number here) Entertainment Device"

4. Select your Roku from the list. Windows will start connecting with your Roku - your screen may flash and or go black for a few seconds. Your resolution on your PC may change as well. Once you've connected your PC to your Roku, whatever is on your PC screen will appear on your TV screen.

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Assuming you won't always want your PC screen to display on your TV, you can remove the Roku device from your PC and everything (your screen resolution, etc.) will go back to the same settings as before you added the Roku device. Next time you want to show your PC screen on your TV, just add your Roku (as above) again.

You say you're an Android user?

If you have an Android Device you can also stream your Android's screen to Roku. Here are the instructions for stock Android devices (i.e. Devices running unmodified versions of Android):

To begin mirroring on a stock Android device, go to Settings, click Display, followed by Cast Screen. Then tap the Menu button in the top right corner of the screen and check the Enable Wireless Display box. Your Roku should now appear in the Cast Screen section.

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How to hide your mouse pointer when typing
Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10

Have you ever noticed how distracting your mouse pointer can be, especially when you are typing? Don't you wish there is a way for it to go away so you don't have to stop every so often just to move the mouse? Here's how to hide the mouse pointer to make it a little less distracting so you can continue typing with ease.

1. Click "Start" > "Control Panel" (On Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 right-click the start menu and choose Control Panel )
2. Make sure your Control Panel is set to Icon view (top right)
3. Click "Mouse".
4. Click "Pointer Options" tab.
5. Check "Hide pointer while typing" box under Visibility.

Works on Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10 proving once again the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Note Depending on operating system and type of mouse, the process and result may be slightly different.

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Over 200 Beautiful Photos For Your Desktop Wallpaper
For everyone

We’ve taken the time to extract over 200 photos from Windows 10 Spotlight (Lockscreen backgrounds) and rolled them all up into one zip file for you. We don’t know what Microsoft will think, but hey, all of you with Windows 10 have the ability to extract and collect these same photos – we’re just making it easier for you. And if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.x you can use these photos as wallpaper too.

Here are some examples – these are only a tiny fraction of the images in the zip file:

If you’d like all 200+ of these photos for your desktop wallpaper, download them all in one zip from this link.

PS: The file is over 250 MB – so if you’re on a slow connection it could take a while for you download. Be nice and share this page with your friends.

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4 Indispensable Windows 10 Shortcuts
Windows 10 (some for Windows 7 and Windows 8x too!)

As we're doing sessions we often see how useful keyboard shortcuts can be. But we also know they can be hard to remember. While there are dozens and dozens of keyboard shortcuts, the only ones you're likely to remember are the ones you use most.

Keeping that in mind, here are 4 indispensable shortcuts for Windows 10 (some work in earlier versions of Windows, too).

These are shortcuts you'll use almost every day so you're sure to remember them:

Windows Key + A

Opens Action Center

Windows Key + X

Opens the right-click start menu. This is the so-called Power Menu. This also works in Windows 8x.

Windows Key

Opens the start menu (works on Windows 7 and Windows 8 too)


Opens Task Manager (Works in Windows 7 & Windows 8x as well.)

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How to Find Your Wireless Network Password
Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10

Everyone should be using a WiFi password for their home network. And most of us do. And most of us let Windows remember that password for us, so we don’t have to type it in whenever we boot up and connect. But sometimes, for instance when setting up another computer, a tablet, or a smartphone, you may need to know the network password. And if you don’t remember what it was, you’ll be fumbling around trying to get those other devices connected.

Thankfully, it is really easy to find your network password. All you need to do is enter in a simple command and in just a minute or two you’ll know what your network password is.

Here’s how you do it:

Step one: Open a command prompt with administrator privileges:

On Windows 7, type CMD in the Start menu search, press Enter, – right-click CMD when it appears at the top and choose “Run as administrator”.

On Windows 8, press Windows Key + S, type CMD press enter, right-click when it appears and then choose “Run as administrator”.

On Windows 10, right-click the start button and click on “Command Prompt (Admin)”

Step two: Enter the following command, at the prompt in the Command Prompt windows. Substitute your WiFi network name for my network name OMAHA. Don’t worry: network names are not case sensitive in Windows.

netsh wlan show profile name=OMAHA key=clear

Above: My network password showing in plain text. No! You can’t see it! I blurred it! I don't want EB using my Wi-Fi. Are you crazy?

If you don’t know the name of your network, you can find it in the Network & Sharing Center. You can find Network & Sharing Center in the Control Panel.

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How to Mute Annoying Audio in Web Sites
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Firefox or Chrome browsers

 Many sites, especially news sites, have delayed auto-start videos (or audio ads) on their pages. When surfing multiple pages, you may suddenly hear the audio, but finding which page it is coming from meant going through each open tab. But sometimes I have 15 or 20 open tabs!

I was complaining to TC the other day about the blaring sound from videos/ads and how I had to go through several open tabs to find the culprit. He causally says “look for the sound icon” and you can tell which tab it is coming from; as if everyone but I knew this!

Sure enough… I looked a little closer and there it was! Its super tiny, but its visible and while I don’t see it available on Internet Explorer, it is on Chrome Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

Below are screenshots of Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers with open tabs to show you where the sound icon is located on the tab and what it looks like. Thanks TC! Even old dogs can learn new tricks!

Chrome Browser (on the right side of the tab, next to the “x” below):

Below: Firefox is almost exactly the same as Chrome, see?

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Below: Edge Browser (on the left side of the tab):

Sorry, Internet Explorer fans, you’ll never know which tab is annoying you with sound unless you manually check each tab.

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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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A New Walking Place

This summer, I have almost abandoned my former favorite place to walk. I have found a new walking place, and I have been walking there almost every singe day this summer - even on days when the temperature was up there nibbling at 100 degrees (that's about 38 degrees Celsius for those of you in other lands).

Sadly, my old walking place became too popular. They filled it with soccer fields and vending machines. They built a beautiful wooden boardwalk where the old dirt trail used to be. It's nice, that's for sure, but it's not as nice as the days when the woods were untamed and bordered by farm fields and land grown wild and the trail was just a dirt trail that got muddy when it rained.

And don't get me wrong it's nice, and I still walk there sometimes. But the sounds of people walking dogs and parents cheering their kids on in soccer games, has taken a lot of the old magic away.

I've found a new quieter place to walk, and I think like it better.

My new favorite place to walk is about five miles from my house, so it's not as convenient as the old walking place, which was right around the corner. But I don't mind driving to get to..

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Read Easy. Read Fast.
A Site Pick and a Browser Bookmarklet

We have 2 picks today, so we were in a pickle about which to pick. EB wanted to pick a peck of pickled peppers but that didn't help with the picking pickle I was in trying to pick one or the other of these picks, neither of which has anything to do with a pickle. We're betting your glad about that.

Now, down to business. Both of today's picks are related to helping you read faster. One does it by summarizing articles so you get the gist of them without having to read through the entire thing. And the other pick will help you read faster. Even speed read if that is your need. So without further yammering, I know announce our Cloudeight Picks for today. Ta Da!

Pick number one: ExplainToMe

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ExplainToMe is a web services that summarizes articles and lets you choose the number of sentence you want in the summery. Just copy & paste the URL (web address/link) to the article you want to summarize, then choose the number of sentences you want to read. And like magic, ExplainToMe summarizes the article in just a few seconds.

How 'Sully' got the Hollywood treatment

10 Sentence Summary

Clint Eastwood directs and Tom Hanks plays Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the new movie 'Sully.'

The real Sullenberger helped finesse the specifics in the retelling of his successful landing of Flight 1549.

Aaron Eckhart, left, and Tom Hanks star in 'Sully.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger gently corrects a reporter, as he sits sandwiched between Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood, who directs, cast Hanks as the pilot of the flight that took off from LaGuardia, suffered both engines disabled by a flock of birds and made a successful emergency landing 208 seconds later in the freezing water.

Review: Tom Hanks sticks the landing as 'Sully'

Hanks, no stranger to playing real men, from astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13 to the hijacked merchant mariner in Captain Phillips, says when he met Sullenberger to discuss the role, “I said, 'Look, I’m going to say things you never said and I’m going to do things you never did and I’ll be places you never were.

Tom Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed his plane in the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 crew and passengers.

The two-time Oscar winner sat in the pilot's living room going over the script line by line, which Sullenberger had “dog-eared, notated, highlighted,” Hanks says.

That's a 221 word summary of a 567-word article which you can read here. ExplainToMe saved you from reading a lot of fluff. (Please don't be mean and accuse me of padding stuff with fluff. You'll only make my life harder; EB is making my life difficult enough!) If you want to summarize instead of skim, please visit ExplainToMe and summarize, summarize, summarize.


Pick number two: Spritz

A good summery day is good day to lie in the shade and read. A good summary is a good way to save time when the world is blossoming with information and you want to read as many articles as you can. Another way you can cram more information into that brain of yours is learning how to speed read. There are people out there who can read at over 1000 words per minute - and comprehend what they read. Let me tell you right up front, I tested EB's reading speed and learned that I can type faster than she can read. Too many late nights out drinking on her yacht and too many winters spent skiing in the Alps have rendered her a slow reader. That's why I have to read to her now. And why with her as editor, there are never any mistakes in this newsletter :-)

Seriously, we could all benefit from learning to read faster. And learning to read faster does not have to be a laborious, agonizing, and frustrating exercise. No, indeed. You can learn to speed read very easily with a little tool called Spritz. And while there are several ways to get it, we are recommending the bookmarklet which works with Firefox and Chrome, but alas, dear IE lovers, it does not work with IE.

Here are some words from the developers of Spritz - and by the length of their description, they apparently think we can all already speed read.

"To understand Spritz, you must understand Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP). RSVP is a common speed-reading technique used today. However, RSVP was originally developed for psychological experiments to measure human reactions to content being read. When RSVP was created, there wasn’t much digital content and most people didn’t have access to it anyway. The internet didn’t even exist yet. With traditional RSVP, words are displayed either left-aligned or centered. Figure 1 shows an example of a center-aligned RSVP, with a dashed line on the center axis

"When you read a word, your eyes naturally fixate at one point in that word, which visually triggers the brain to recognize the word and process its meaning. In Figure 1, the preferred fixation point (character) is indicated in red. In this figure, the Optimal Recognition Position (ORP) is different for each word. For example, the ORP is only in the middle of a 3-letter word. As the length of a word increases, the percentage that the ORP shifts to the left of center also increases. The longer the word, the farther to the left of center your eyes must move to locate the ORP..."

OK! Do you want to learn to speed read? Then visit this page, scroll down to the Spritzlet and follow the instructions below.

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Using Firefox or Chrome, drag the Spritzlet button to your browser's bookmarks bar (see above). Then go to any article, essay, story etc. and click the Spritzlet bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar. You can adjust the reading speed up to 450 words per minute.

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You can go over 450 words per minute if you register with Spritz (free). So if you want to learn to read at 1000 words per minute (good luck) then you'll need to create a free Spritz account.

If you are a stickler for details, you can read more about Spritz and other ways to get it by visiting this page, I tells ya!

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