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Issue #755
Volume 15 Number 24
March 30, 2018
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A comment from Jennifer
Hi TC, I can't thank you enough for your help in getting my computer back in working order. This is not the first time you helped me with my computer, and if I ever need help again, you will be the first to know! Thank you again. Jennifer

A comment from Barb
What can I say, Darcy is magic. Again she has made my computer life easier with her brilliant sorting out of the mess I made. I assure you that every positive comment you read from those whom Darcy has helped, is well deserved. We are lucky to have access to the skills of two honest and beautiful people. Thank you Darcy, from Barb.

A comment from Pete
Hi Darcy. Thank you very much for fixing my computer last Friday. I am happy to tell you that all is working very well now. I appreciate, your friendly and prompt service. I am going to purchase a couple more Cloudeight Direct Care keys and keep them handy for when I need more help with my computer.. Thanks so much, Darcy. Pete.

A comment from Gail
Just wanted to thank Darcy for all her help with my computer last week. I'm a little tardy sending this. TC worked on my laptop several months ago and it's still working great. Darcy, you did a great job on my desktop computer. You were very helpful. I'm glad that both of you are there for me. I have told my friends about you and I'm sure you'll be hearing from them if they need any help with their computers. Thanks again Darcy! Gail

A comment from Linda
To Darcy, TC, & Crew, I want to Thank you so much for the work you did on my computer! I was thinking “Oh no I don’t want to have to get a new one. I knew there was a lot wrong with it, because it only worked when it wanted to and then would take forever to load! I contacted you on a week end and you were so sweet getting right to work on it. And there was a lot wrong with it but you hung in there and did a fantastic job of fixing all of it. I will tell everyone I know that has problems with their computer to contact you. I give you all kudos and thanks for all that you did. And praise for fixing it on a week end when you could of spent time with family! Thank you so much for your support and the wonderful work you did. Bless you all. Linda B.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Jennifer, Barb, Pete, Gail, Linda and everyone who wrote to us last week. We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC   Get more information about Cloudeight Direct Computer Care here.

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Beverley wants to set a home page for her browser on her new computer
I recently bought a new computer and had Windows 10 installed. Now I can't automatically have Cloudeight as my start page even though I have clicked on the link to do so. I want you back!

Our answer
Hi Beverly. The JavaScript link on our Start Page does not work in all browsers. We made a complete tutorial on how to set a home page in any major browser. You can see our tutorial here.

If you need more help, just let us know. And thanks for using our Cloudeight Start Page, Beverley.

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Diane suddenly gets a message that Windows 10 is not activated

Suddenly I've been notified that my Windows 10 Home isn't activated. The message doesn't make any sense! I updated from Windows 7 long ago, and only now have been getting this message. Thank you for being here!

Our answer
Hi Diane.  This may be something that will need to contact Microsoft about.  But let's try a few things first.

Step #1

In your taskbar search (Cortana) type "CMD" (without the quotes). When Command Prompt appears at the top, right-click on it and chose "Run as administrator". In the Command Prompt copy & paste the following command:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

This will reveal your product key. If it does not, you'll need to contact Microsoft and explain the situation. You'll find that Microsoft is very helpful and usually resolves problems quickly.
If you do find your product key, copy it and paste it into a Notepad (text) file. You can open Notepad on Windows 10 by typing Notepad in the taskbar search and clicking it when it appears at the top.
Step #2
Next open Settings > Update & security > Activation. If it shows your PC is not activated, click on "Change product key" (see screenshot below):
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Once you click "Change product key" you'll see a box appear where you can enter your product key that you got in step #1 above.
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If you don't find a license key in step #1.

You can contact Microsoft safely this way:  In the taskbar search (Cortana) type Support and click on Get Help when it appears at the top. You'll see the Microsoft Virtual Agent and it probably won't be able to help you, but you will be able to get help and schedule a call at your from Microsoft using this method:
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I typed Activation to answer the question what do I need help with. Then I was asked if I need help with activating Windows or Office. In your case you'll choose Windows.  Eventually, if the Virtual Agent cannot help you, you'll come to a point where you'll have the option to schedule a time for a (Human) Microsoft support tech to call you as well as chat with a live agent, etc. We covered this in an article you can read here.
While this information is a bit outdated you'll have all these options available to you once it's determined that the Virtual Agent can not provide the answer(s) you need.
If all else fails, contact Microsoft. (Hint: Don't do a search for a phone number for Microsoft support - if you do about 75% of the results you get will be tech support scams.)

Here is the number for Microsoft support.

1 (800) 642-7676

Let us know if this helped with your problem.

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Keith is giving his Windows computer to a friend
I recently bought a new I Mac computer and I am donating my old computer to a friend of mine. I want to be able to delete my Gmail program off of my P.C. so that he is not receiving my mail. He has a Gmail account himself so how can I do this safely. Should I just uninstall Google Chrome off of the P.C. and then re-install it again or let him install it?  Thank you for your help. You are always dependable to go to for help. Keith 

Our answer
Hi Keith.  If that is all you need to remove, the easiest way is to open Chrome, click settings, and choose Manage passwords, When you're in Passwords, remove all the pages/password you have saved. Then user CTRL+ H shortcut to open History. On the left side, click "Clear browsing data" You'll have a choice as to how far back you want to delete the browsing data - choose "From the beginning of time". Restart Chrome. That should take care of Chrome and Gmail. After you give him the computer, he can set it up for his own use.

Keith wrote back... "Thank you very much! Like I said when you can’t figure something out on your own you can always turn to the great people at Cloudeight and they will know the answers. Then you feel like you are on Cloud nine.  Thanks again."

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Robert is looking for Cloudeight info on refreshing Windows 10

Not long ago in your weekly Cloudeight news letters you had wrote how to reinstall or refresh windows 10 without uninstalling your programs and personnel items. I save them but can't find which one it's in by date. Can you help me out please.

Our answer
Hi Robert. We have written several articles about Windows 10 System Reset and Windows 10 Fresh Start. Windows 10 Reset, lets you reinstall Windows 10, keep the apps and programs that came with your computer (i.e. Windows apps and manufacturer's software) and all your personal files. But this does not keep any programs that you installed. If you were to do a Windows 10 Reset, you would have to reinstall all the programs that you installed.

A Windows 10 Fresh Start is very much like a Reset, it saves your personal files, removes everything, and clean installs Windows 10. This is a great way to get rid of bloatware and trialware installed by the manufacturer. If you were to do a Fresh Start, when you were done you would have all your personal files but you would have to reinstall all the programs that you installed.

Although we have done Windows 10 Resets on our own computers and all our personal files were available after doing the reset, we recommend that you back up all your personal files to an external drive before doing a System reset or a Fresh Start. It's better to be extra safe than extra sorry.

You can read our article about Fresh Start, Windows 10 Reset, and Factory Reset here.

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Pam made a Windows 10 installation DVD and wants to delete the ISO file
This evening I downloaded and burned to a DVD the ISO file for the Windows 10 installation media that was in your recent newsletter. Since the ISO file is burned to a DVD, is it okay to delete this file from the desktop of my computer?

Our answer
Hi Pam. Absolutely you can delete the ISO file from your desktop. After you burn the DVD you no longer need the ISO file (which is actually a DVD disk image). The ISO file is very large (over 3 GB) so deleting it would also free up some disk space.

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Susan is having big problems with Firefox
I really hate to bother you with another problem but whenever I try to open FF a dozen or more windows open causing flickering and using up almost 100% memory until I end it in Task Manager. I can't look up how to uninstall and save my bookmarks etc. Can you please tell me so I can do this myself

Our answer
Hi Susan. We're going to show you how to fix your problem without reinstalling Firefox.

Do this. Right-click on your Firefox shortcut. Choose "New Private Window":

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When Firefox opens it will open to a Private browsing page. Click on Help (at the top) and click on "Troubleshooting information".

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In Troubleshooting, on the right side of the page you'll see "Give Firefox a tune up"

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Click on Refresh Firefox

You'll see this:

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Click on "Refresh Firefox". This will not remove your bookmarks, but it will reset Firefox.

We hope this helps you, Susan. 

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John wants to use WordPad, not MS Word
I use word pad almost daily. Today I saved some text to documents. I tried to open it. Instead of opening it, it asked me to activate Word 2016. When I hover over the Icon on the task bar it does say word pad. I've been using word pad since I bought this computer. I wonder if an update made some changes to this computer? Would appreciate any help. Thank you John

Our answer
Hi John. Windows default opener for text files is Notepad. Apparently you changed the default opener to WordPad. I am not sure why you're getting a notification from MS Office about MS Word, but unless you've turned it off, there's a lot of advertising for MS Office going on in Windows 10. I don't think it's asking you to "Activate Word 2016" I think it asking you activate the trial. If you don't have MS Office installed and you don't want to install it, then the first thing you need to do is turn off MS Office advertising in Windows 10.

Open the Start menu, right-click on the Get Office app, and select Uninstall. You’ll be asked to confirm the Uninstall. Once you do that you won't see anymore MS Office ads or prompts.

Then, you'll need to go back and make sure that WordPad is still associated with the file types you want it associated with. If you are sure you want WordPad set to open text files, do this: Go to Settings > Apps > Default apps. In the Default apps section, at the bottom, click "Set Defaults by app" > Next click on WordPad then click "Manage". In that dialog you can associate WordPad with any or all of the following file types:

.docx (word doc)
.odt (open document)
.rtf (rich text format)
.txt (text files)

We hope this helps you, John.

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Rea was misled into installing a driver updater program
I haven’t had time yet to read your new book I downloaded but I will get to it soon. I had to buy a new printer and unfortunately I called the wrong number for support and kinda realized it when the gentleman I talked to (and I use the word gentleman loosely) was one of those that tried to take your money and evidently he installed something after I told him it wasn’t my first rodeo and I was not about to pay for help installing something on a brand new computer so I hung up! Anyhow, to make a long story short, invariably this message comes up which I will show you in this letter and it is some kind of driver wizard which tells me I need 10 driver updates.

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As you can see, I was in the middle of placing an order for a Christmas gift, and it almost covered up the screen. Can you tell me how to get rid of it? There is a driver wizard 4.0 in my programs and features and is that it and if so can I just delete it?

Our answer
Hi Rea, The best thing we can tell you, if you need printer software, help, drivers, etc. is to visit the printer manufacturer's website. Always make sure you're on the right site because there are a lot of criminals and miscreants who prey upon people. You can tell if you're on the right site if the name right before the .com or .net is the name of the company. For instance Don't be fooled by things like - that is not an HP site, it's a printer-driver site.

Driver-updater programs are among the biggest scams on the internet; they are also among the most useless. And not only are they useless, they can cause serious computer problems. Updating drivers that do not need to be updated or updating them with the wrong drivers is a recipe for PC disaster.

The easiest way to completely get rid of your driver updater program is to download Geek Uninstaller (free) and use it to remove the driver program. (Or if you received Revo Uninstaller during our recent promotion, use it to remove the Driver Wizard scamware.)

If you need any more help, please let us know!

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Let’s Put “Copy to / Move to” Back on Your Right-click Menu
Windows 10 (all versions)

Note! This tip is for Windows 10, but can be used for Windows 7 and Windows 8x too!

As most of us Windows 10 users know by now, there are two major Windows 10 updates every year. And sometimes little tweaks we add to our computers to make them more to our liking, often vanish after a major Windows 10 update.

Most of you have, or will be getting Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you’re like us, and you had “Copy to” and “Move to” on your Windows right-click menu, the Fall Creators Update will remove it.

So, we think this tip will come in very handy for all of you who really like (or would like) having the convenience of right-clicking on any file or folder and having the option to copy or move the file or folder to another location without a lot of fuss.

For instance, if you have ever wanted to move a file or folder from, let’s say, your C:\ drive to a flash drive or external drive, You could open up two Windows Explorer windows and drag and drop the folder or the file, but this is a lot of unnecessary rigmarole. Or you could also copy it from one location and paste in another location, but why make it difficult?

Before we tell you how to put it back, we’re going to tell you why it’s gone. The brains at Microsoft removed “Copy to” “Move to” from the Windows right-click menu with the introduction of Windows Vista. Wouldn’t it just have been easier for the Windows brain trust to have left “Copy to” “Move to” on the right-click menu in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10? Indeed it would have been a piece of cake, but it typical Microsoft fashion. logic does not play a large role in decision making. So “Copy to / Move to” vanished from the right-click menu. And why? We don’t know why… Bill and company will not answer our calls!

OK! Are you ready? Let’s put Copy to / Move To back on your right-click menu

Click on this link and save it to your computer. Unzip the file you just downloaded and either right-click on one of the two files inside the zip then choose “Merge”- or double-click on one of the 2 files in the zip. You’ll get a warning that you’re about to enter information into the registry. You can either trust us and allow the registry info to be entered and you’ll have “Move to” or “Copy to” items on your right-click menu (depending on which file you chose). After you’re done with the first file, do the same with the second file. After you’ve finished you’ll have “Copy to” and “Move to” displayed on your right-click menu whenever you right-click on a file or folder. You’ll find it is a lot easier copying and moving files with this nifty right-click enhancement.

If you want you can copy or move multiple files by holding down the CTRL key while you select each file you want to move, when all files you want to move or copy to another location are highlighted, right-click one of the selected files and choose “Copy to” or “Move to” from the right-click menu.
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What’s Your Up Time?
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (all versions)

How long has your computer been running since you last restarted it? We leave our computers running 24/7. If you asked us how long it’s been since we last restarted our PCs, we couldn’t tell you without looking at our up time. If you’re like us, you probably don’t know how long it’s been since you rebooted either.

So, how long has your computer been running since the last boot?  If you want to know how long your computer has been running since the last time you started or restarted your PC (your PC’s “up time” ), there are many ways you can find out.  We’re going to show you two ways. The first way, not only shows you how long it’s been since you last started or restarted your computer, it also shows when your current version of Windows was installed. If you’re using Windows 10, you’ll see the date of the last major (version) update.

Open a Command Prompt.

On Windows 7, type CMD in the start menu search, click on CMD when it appears at the top of the search results. On Windows 8.x, press Windows Key+S and type CMD into the search box and click on Command Prompt when it appears in the search results. In Windows 10, type CMD in the taskbar search (Cortana) and click on Command Prompt when it appears at the top.

In the Command Prompt, at the prompt, type


And press Enter.

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You’ll see the last time you booted or rebooted your computer. As you can see, mine was last restarted on 3/23/2018 at 12:30 PM. I've not restarted my PC in over 5 days. Also note that above it you’ll see “Original Install Date”. I’m using Windows 10 Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and 10/22/2017 was the date I installed the Fall Creators Update on this PC. It was not the date that Windows was originally installed on this computer.

If you’re using Windows 10, another way to see how long your computer has been running since the last reboot is to use good old Task Manager. And no matter what version of Windows you’re using, you can open Task Manager by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.  So, open Task Manager and then click on the “Performance” tab, then click on “CPU” and look near the bottom:

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You’ll see under “Up time”, it has been 5 days, 22 hours, 35 minutes and 53 seconds since I last restarted my computer

So… what’s your up time, we asks ya?

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How to Repair Microsoft Office Programs

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (all versions)

If you have Microsoft Office installed and one or more of your Office programs are not working correctly, you can (sometimes) easily fix MS Office by using the built-in repair feature.

Here’s how:

Open Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall a Program. If you’re using Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) or 1709 (Fall Creators Update), Control Panel isn’t easy to find. The fastest way to open Control Panel in those versions of Windows 10 is type Control in the taskbar search and press Enter. 

Find Microsoft Office in the list of programs. Right click it. Instead of choosing Uninstall, you’ll have another option. That option is “Change”. Click on Change:

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When you click on Change, you’ll see your repair options. Note: Yours may look very different than mine since you’re using an older version of Office.

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Click on “Repair”.

This should fix any minor problems with your MS Office programs. If Quick Repair doesn’t work, try the Online Repair. It can take a long time to complete. Only run the Online Repair if Quick Repair doesn’t fix your problems. Always run Quick Repair first.

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How to Backup Your Google Accounts Including Gmail
Everyone with a Google account and using Windows

We thought it would be a really good idea to feature this tip again. Just recently we heard from a person who lost all her mail messages in Gmail. While Google is working to get them back for her, it's always best to be proactive and takes steps to make sure you have all your data on your Google account (especially things such as stored data on Google drive and mail messages and your contacts in Gmail) backed up.

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. But as we recently found out, nothing is 100% certain when you're dealing with computers, servers and / or big companies.

But despite the fact we are 99% certain that Google is not going to lose your data, obviously it can and does happen. We think that it’s 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, we are running on and on because we don’t want to strike fear into your hearts. We just want to show you how to back up all your Gmail and other data you store on Google services. We think it's wise for you to do this. The choice, of course, is yours.

It's very easy to backup your Google account on your local computer. Here's how:

First make sure you’re logged into the Gmail or Google Account you want to back up. Then visit the following 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 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.

If you choose to have the file sent to you by email… keep in mind that some mail providers have a limit on the size of attachment they permit. If your attachment is bigger than that limit, you may not receive your backup file by email. If you choose “Add to Drive” Google will place the backup in your Google account on Google Drive. You can easily download it to your computer from there. Or if you have Dropbox or OneDrive with enough available space, you can chose one of those options as well.

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Make a small donation and help us help you!

Our annual spring donation drive is underway. If you don't need any of our products or services right now, please help us with a donation. Even the smallest gift is appreciated. Every donation helps us to provide useful information that helps you with your computer as well as helping to keep you safe on the Internet. We offer free help to thousands of people every year... and we offer an honest and inexpensive computer repair service too. We do everything we can to help you with your computer and keep you safe too.

So if you don't need any our products or services right now, please consider helping us with a small donation. If you're not a Cloudeight Booster already, you'll be invited to join our boosters after you make a donation of any amount. Our boosters get freebies and special booster-only offers

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Windows Font Size Changer

Easily Change Font Sizes in Windows 10 With Windows Font Size Changer

Beginning with Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and continuing with Fall Creators Update (version 1709) Microsoft removed the settings that let you change the font size for title bars, menus, message boxes, tooltips, palette title, and icon text.

If you’re using a very high screen resolution, you may find yourself straining to read the text in message boxes, title bars, etc. after updating to the Creators Update or Fall Creators Update.

Prior to the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703), you could easily change font sizes in Display settings.

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There are thousands of tips all over the web about editing the registry in order to bring back font size settings options in Windows 10 Creators Update. But editing the registry is not for everyone, plus it’s time consuming  — and if you make even a small mistake it can cause big problems.

Luckily for those of you who have updated to the Creators Update or Fall Creators Update and now find themselves with Windows display fonts that are uncomfortably small, there’s a very small (less than 50 KB) free program that makes it very easy to change the size of the fonts for title bars, menus, message boxes, tooltips, palette title, and icon text.

It’s called System Font Size Changer. All you have to do is download it and run it. It does not install. Just download, unzip and click the exe file to run it. Since it does not install, no worries about malicious stuff like PUPs, malware, bundles or other baddies.  And a really nice feature of System Font Size Changer is that when your first run it, the program will offer to save your current settings – and we suggest you take advantage of that… just in case.

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If you want an easy way to change the system font size on Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and Widows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709)? Then download System Font Size Changer from WinTools. It’s free and it will make your life easier.

And we have tested this on a pre-release version of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it works great. Keep in mind that the pre-release version of Spring Creators Update may not be the same as the final version that will be released to the public.

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Easter at Eleven

Raindrops, a yellow tulip, a white carnation and a new blazer.

I was eleven-years-old on that Easter Sunday – all those years ago. I remember it all so well. My mom had died the autumn previous and I felt rather alone in the world – although I shouldn’t have. My grandparents, as distraught as they were, became, in many ways, my parents.

I suppose, looking back, I can now label my grandparents as traditionalists. They had deeply entrenched traditional values and they practice them and held them up to high importance. Back then I didn’t label them anything – they were my grandparents – they were the lighthouses that guided me though a dark and stormy time in my childhood.

Because my grandparents held traditions in high regard, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday were very special occasions. And so they were to me when I was a child. I can remember going to church on Palm Sunday and each person upon entering the church was given palm fronds. And if I close my eyes, I can smell the Easter Lilies and see the churchgoers waving their palm fronds. I can hear the congregation and the choir singing “The Old Rugged Cross”. I can remember singing along.

It seems like yesterday and it seems like a lifetime ago.

To my grandparents, especially my grandmother, Palm Sunday was almost as important as Easter Sunday. My Grandma regaled me with the Biblical story of Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey...

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What are toast notifications?

You shouldn't be surprised in this age of the cloud that those who are geeks are constantly coming up with terms to confuse non-geeks. While the term "toast" is not new - we all have toasters right? - it is now being used more because Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have "toast notifications". If you drop the word "toast" you have the definition. Toast notifications are just notifications sent from apps or notifications pushed from the Web - for instance notifications that you have a severe weather alert in your area provided courtesy of a "toast" notification from the Windows Weather app.

I think some geek used the word "toast" to mean a notification that pops up like toast from a toaster and it caught on.

Anyway... we are featuring toast notifications in Back to Basics today only because the term Toast notifications - which previously was more frequently associated with Apple and Android, have zoomed into Windows terminology too - and therefore into your computer life.

So you may see people using the term "Toast Notifications" in their attempt to make you think they are smarter than you are when it comes to computers. But of course, that's not new. College professors have done that to dumb college freshmen for years. I mean, I once wrote a term paper and the professor accused me of being a sesquipedalian. I had no idea what it meant, but I thought he was accusing me of being seventy-years-old. But he was not - he was accusing me of using big words just to sound smart. Actually he was the sesquipedalian - I was just catching up!

I digress. Here's an explanation of toast notifications from Microsoft TechNet, almost certainly a den of geeks. (we take the liberty of liberally paraphrasing the first paragraph - hence no quotes!)

Toast notifications allow apps to inform users about relevant information and timely events that they should see and take action upon inside an app, such as a new instant message, a new friend request, breaking news, or a calendar event. When the user “chases” the notification (by tapping or clicking on the toast to activate the app), the app should navigate the user to the page with the right context.

"Here is an example of the life-cycle of a standard toast notification that informs the user about a new incoming instant message from MyChatApp on Windows 10 Mobile:

MyChatApp server gets a new message from Michael to Sophie.
MyChatApp server creates a toast notification, and sends it to Sophie’s device with MyChatApp client, via Windows push service.
Sophie sees the toast notification pop up on her screen, and clicks on it.
MyChatApp launches on Sophie’s phone, and takes her directly to the conversation with Michael.
Sophie is now in the right context and is ready to take action – in this case, reply to Michael to confirm their dinner plan.
This toast notification has served its purpose, and thus ended its life-cycle (removed by the system when Sophie tapped on it in step 3 above)."

So, there you have it. It's just the geeks again - trying to add words to things to confuse all us non-geeks - to make us think we need geeks to tell us what is what with our computers.

Toast notifications are simply notifications that "pop up" to inform you or ask you to take some sort of action. Hey EB! The toast is done. Pass the orange marmalade!

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