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Issue  #790
Volume 16 Number 7
November 30, 2018

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A comment and a tip from Debbie
I had a situation I was having trouble figuring out and thought maybe someone else might be having the same problem. In using my desktop computer, I have 2 external hard drives hooked up to it. one I use for backup and the other I use to save all my files to. Both external hard drives would shut off if I was away from the computer for any length of time. My computer backup was not being done because the hard drive shut off. I decided to go into the power settings in the control panel and check the settings. I went into Advanced Settings and started looking at all the categories. In it I found, "USB settings." When I clicked on it, the category came up, "USB selective suspend setting." When I opened that, it was enabled. Once I clicked on disable, my external hard drives no longer shut themselves off.

Thought this might benefit others!

A comment from Eileen
Hi TC. Just stopping by to say thank you again for all your help. I am pleased to say all computers are working fine. I hope they stay that way. I do appreciate your patience with me. I haven't been feeling well lately and all the stress for these machines does not help. I know they are just machines and we managed ok without them years ago but I guess I am a perfectionist so when things do not work properly it really bugs me. You and Darcy do a splendid job and are very much appreciated. Thank you again. Eileen

A comment from Helen
Hi, I want to thank TC for checking my new Windows 10 and installing Emsisoft for me. As usual he did an awesome job and was so nice about it. Also thanks to Darcy for installing Thunderbird email and doing it unattended while I was sleeping. What a great way to do it!  Thanks to both of you for all your help and support. Love, Helen


A comment from Dianne
Thank You TC for once again being the hero for fixing my Email for me! Your great and so is Darcy! My email is working great once again! Thank You so much! Merry Christmas to the both of you! Dianne

A comment from Brian
Hi TC. Just a quick note thanking you for your time and patience on the Autumn clean-up on my PC and the much appreciated advice, decided my Old PC at the end of its life, have purchased a new one in the Black Friday sale its a Acer Intel 8th version with 8 Gigabytes and 1Terabyte hard drive, it's really great, thanks for all your help. Regards, Brian.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Debbie, Eileen, Helen, Dianne, Brian and everyone who took time out to write to us this week. We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC

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Mae wants to know how to view email headers in Gmail
On a rare occasion there is an email that is different than most spam and look important. In the past there was a way to see the sender's address by clicking on the right mouse. That no longer works. Is there a way to check without opening the email in Gmail?

Our answer
Hi Mae. It's really easy to see the complete email headers -but not without opening the email. However, opening spam is not dangerous - as long as you don't click any links in it. Even if the spammer knows you opened it, once you mark it "Spam" the next mail from that spammer will go straight to the spam folder anyway. Here's how to see the message source in Gmail and email properties in Gmail.

1. Open the email you want to investigate.
2. Click on the 3 dot icon just to the right of the reply "arrow"

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3. In the dropdown menu that appears, click on "Show original"

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You'll see the email headers summary and the complete email properties on the page that opens. If you read the detailed information, you'll be able to discover the real source (IP address)of the sender (most of the time) even if the spammer is using forged headers.

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You can't do this without opening the suspect email, but as we mentioned, if you find the mail to be spam, you can right-click on it and mark it spam and it will never be in your inbox again.

We  hope this helps you, Mae.
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Dan says the stationery plug-in no longer works in the new version of Thunderbird
It seems that Mozilla has discontinued support for Thunderbird stationary with version 60.3.1.I have been using Thunderbird stationary for a long time and will miss the ability to customize some of my emails. Do you know if Mozilla will enable the stationary feature in the future?

Our answer
Hi Dan. We have not heard anything from the developer of the stationery plug in. I just tested doing an install of previous version of Thunderbird on my computer, and it saved all my settings as far as email, mail, etc., It kept my stationery plug in as well and stationery works in it.

If you want to do this, follow the instructions below:

1. In Thunderbird, go to Tools, Options, Advanced, and check Never check for updates.

2. Download last version of Thunderbird: here is a link for the previous version of Thunderbird.

3. Close Thunderbird, then install the file and it will revert you back to last version.

As soon as the program opens, go to Tools, Options, Advanced, ,and make sure that Never Check for updates is still checked.

I hope this helps you, Dan.

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Terry wants to know what we recommend to remove backgrounds from photos
Hey, you two. I've been seeing ads on the internet for photo editing software by InPixio. The link they provide takes me to a site with software I'd have to pay for. I don't want to spend any money on any apps so that narrows down my choices greatly! I'm wondering if you have any ideas on what I should use? Is InPixio good? Will it allow me to remove unwanted people and backgrounds? I trust your judgment. Thanks in advance, Terry.

Our answer
Hi Terry. InPixio is not free, and we don't know of any good freeware that does a good job of removing backgrounds. But I must advise you that neither Darcy or I do a lot of graphics work these days other than creating images for our newsletters and web sites.

However, there's a program we've used several times online (for smaller images) that does a good job of removing backgrounds (for free). However the online version is limited to images 5 MB or less and 2.1 Megapixels or less. It support JPG and PNG formats. It may not support the images you want to use, but it will give you an idea if does what you want it to do before you buy the downloadable version which as no size restrictions.

Here's the website: https://online.photoscissors.com/ .

Give it a try. If you like it and want to buy it, it's $20 (U.S.D.) for a lifetime license - no size or quality restrictions.

And if this one does not suit your needs, google "online image background remover" no quotes... you'll find a lot more. Some are automatic, but the results are iffy. And beware of sponsored search results and beware of download sites like "Softonic" that bundle malware and PUPs even with good software.

We hope this helps you.

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Carolyn does not like the "Recent files" feature in Windows 10
Is there a way I can stop seeing "Recent Files". It's annoying. I have Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Our answer
Hi Carolyn. Every time you access a file or folder in Windows, it’s added to a the recent list.

You can clear all the files on your recently accessed file list and stop Windows from saving recently accessed files so they don't show up and here's how to do that.

Right-click on your Windows 10 start menu. Click on Run.

Type

Control Folders

in the run box to open Folder Options and click OK or press Enter.

File Explorer Options will open.

Under "Privacy"

Uncheck "Show recently used files in Quick Access"
Uncheck "Show frequently used files in Quick Access"

Then click the "Clear" button next to "Clear File Explorer" history.

Click Apply/OK and you're done.

Here's a screenshot for you:
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We hope this helps you, Carolyn.

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Carolyn wrote back: "Thank you, it worked."

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Patricia wants to know if private browsing is good or bad
Hi. Is in-private browsing good or bad? If it's bad-how do I turn it off?

Our answer
Hi Patricia. Private browsing is good for a lot of things - but keeping your IP address private is not one of them. Private browsing (or Incognito mode on Chrome) is not something you turn on or off - it's something you can choose to use or not.

Read our article "Some Things Private Browsing is Good For – Hint: Privacy is not one of them"

Hope this is what you're you are looking for.

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Dennis wants to block entire email domains to stop the spam
I use outlook.com for my email. Every now and then I get mail that goes into the Junk folder but is really solicitation for po/rn and stuff I don't want. I block those email addresses but I wonder if there's a way to block the domains. For example "throwaway.com." I'd really just like those (in my opinion) perverts to leave me alone.

Our answer
Hi Dennis. Spammers switch email addresses and domains using software that automatically generates fake email addresses on valid and invalid domains. It most likely would just be a waste of time to block entire domains - the spam mail and po/rn is not going to stop. Once your email address has been harvested, you're going to get spam no matter what you block.

Outlook apparently does not do as good a job of filtering spam as Gmail does. We use Gmail and rarely - very rarely - do we ever seen any spam in our inbox. And rarely do we find any good email in our spam folder. Gmail's spam algorithms are excellent.

You can block domains in Outlook if you want to try it and see if it cuts down on the amount of unwanted email you receive. Here's how:

Log in to your Outlook.com account on the Web.

To block a domain using Outlook Mail on the Web and block all messages from all email addresses from a specific domain:

Select the settings gear icon (in upper right) in Outlook Mail on the Web. Scroll all the way down to the bottom, and click on "View all Outlook settings"

In the menu that appears, from the left column choose "Junk email"

Under "Block senders and domains" click the + next to Add

Type the domain name you want to block in "Enter a sender or domain here".

The domain is the name that follows the "@" in the email address. For example if you're getting nails from "sender@spammer.com", type "spammer.com" for the domain you want to block

Press Enter after you've entered the domain you want to block. You have to do this for each domain you want to block.

After you're done, click "Done" at the top.

Here's a screenshot to guide you.

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If you're using Outlook mail program, it should automatically be set up as IMAP so whatever settings you have changed on the web should also prevent you from downloading any email into the Outlook desktop app on your computer.

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Dennis wrote back: "Thank you. Quite helpful."

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Buying a New Computer: A Guide for the Average User
For everyone thinking about buying a new computer

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is: “What should I look for in a new computer?”

With the Christmas shopping season upon us (already?), we’re republishing our computer buying guide. This guide is for average computer users – for those folks who use your computer mainly for browsing the Web, email, having fun with graphics using PaintShop Pro or similar, using Facebook and/or Skype, chatting, etc. If you’re into high-end gaming or high res 3D rendering, or work with very large databases or CAD drawing, your needs will be certainly be different.

CONSIDER A LAPTOP RATHER THAN AN ALL-IN-ONE OR DESKTOP PC

At one time Laptops were expensive and under-powered, but not anymore. Laptops have the same features and power as desktops and all-in-ones, with one big advantage: You’re not tethered to one spot in your home. Plus laptops are priced right. You can get a laptop for about the same price as an equivalent desktop.

RAM RAM RAM

One of the most important things to consider is RAM – your computer memory. The more memory the faster your computer will run. OK, we’re generalizing. But generally the more RAM you have the more you can do with your computer – and the more responsive your PC will be. You'll see a lot of low-end computers with 2 GB of RAM, but unless you’re not planning on doing much with it, as far as multi-tasking, you’re probably not going to be happy with it. Don’t buy any computer with less than 4 GB of RAM. And if your budget allows, look for 8GB or RAM

For example:  Here’s a Dell laptop with a 15 " Touchscreen display, 1 TB hard drive, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel i3 processor for $380. Just a few years ago, this laptop would have been in the $700 - $800 price range.

Keep in mind that this was written on November 28, 2018, so that link may not work if you’re reading this months, or years from now.

But we’ll bet you can find something similar for about the same price, no matter when you’re reading this. If you have to cut corners to meet your budget, cut corners on hard drive size or processor type, not RAM. The amount of RAM your new computer has is your most important consideration.

HARD DRIVE

It would be hard to find a laptop or desktop with less than a 500 GB hard drive these days. 500 GB or 1 TB HDD (Standard hard drives -not SSD which are Solid States drives) are pretty much standard.

If price is a consideration, computers with 500 GB hard drives are going to be cheaper than those with 1 TB hard drives, and 500 GB is still a substantial amount of storage.

So grab a PC with a 1 TB hard drive, unless it strains your budget. Most of you will find a 500 GB HDD is adequate.

A word about SSDs (Solid State Hard Drives): They’re nice. They’re fast. And they cost more than a standard HDD. If you find a computer with a SSD in the same price-range as a computer with a standard hard drive, you’ll probably find the SSD is much smaller than the standard hard drive. To get the same space on an SSD as an HDD you’re going to have to part with more money. If you’re on a budget, you’re probably going to be looking at PCs with standard hard drives. And that’s OK. Most of us can get along fine with HDDs – that’s what most of us are using right now.

PROCESSOR

Your processor is the heart and the brain of your PC. But if you’re an average computer user, and just using your computer to do the things we mentioned at the beginning of this article, then the kind of processor or the speed of your processor, will not be a major consideration for you.

Most low-end computers are going to have AMD processors and there’s nothing wrong with that. If that new computer you’re looking at doesn’t say “Intel inside”, don’t worry about it. Most of us would never know the difference between an AMD and an Intel processor unless we are benchmarking freaks- but we’re not, right? Intel or AMD? If you’re the typical PC user, it won’t matter to you. Any computer you buy running Windows 10 will have a processor that is adequate for your needs. When it comes down to choosing a PC by brand or type of processor or the amount of RAM it has – we recommend you opt for the one with the most RAM.

SCREEN SIZE

Size matters? Yes it does – kind of. We have a laptops with 17" screens We have laptops with 15.6" screens. Both are great for all the things we do. The laptops with smaller screens are easier to tote around; they're more portable. So, if you’re going to be traveling or moving around a lot with your laptop, you might want to opt for the smaller screen. Screen size, though, is a personal choice. Choose the screen size that you like best and that suits the way you’re going to use your computer. If you’re going for an all-in-one or desktop PC, the same applies. Get the screen size that works best for you. Generally, the smaller the screen size the less expensive the computer.

Touchscreens: Touchscreens are nice. I’m using a 17"  touchscreen laptop right now. Well, actually I have a touchscreen right now, but I’m using a mouse. I’m old school. I keep forgetting I have a touchscreen. It’s great when I remember I have one. Computers with touchscreens are generally more expensive than computers without touchscreens, although the price difference becoming less and less. Someday, we imagine, all PC will have touchscreens. I also have a 15.6" non-touchscreen laptop.

BRAND OF COMPUTER

The brand name of the computer you buy is not one of the most important considerations. Most brands you recognize should be fine. Some people hate certain brands because they have had trouble with that particular brand in the past. However, all brands have good and bad reviews. HP, Dell, Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, Sony and Lenovo all have their fans and detractors. We’re not going to recommend one brand over another. All brands can are good and all brands are bad. It depends on who you ask. If you have used a brand in the past that you’ve been happy with, then buy that brand again – but only if the price fits your budget. But don’t be “brand-blind”. Don’t be afraid to try one of the other major brands.

CHOICES

If you’re on a budget, you’ll have to make choices. Your going to have to choose between screen sizes and types, hard drive sizes and types, processor brands, speeds, and types, computer brands, and RAM. In our opinion, RAM is the most important of these. If you buy a computer with inadequate RAM, your computer will be slow and multi-tasking difficult, and none of the other things will matter much. Get a computer with as much RAM as you can afford. Most of us who have been using Windows for years remember the days of 540 MB (MB not GB) hard drives and RAM that was measured in MB not GB. PCs typical in the year that the much exalted Windows XP was released had 2 GB hard drives and 1 GB of RAM. Low-end PCs in those days cost $700 to $800.

We’ve come a long way since then. Shop around. You’ll find great deals if you spend some time and look around. We found that aforementioned Dell computer yesterday for $380. It has a decent processor, a large hard drive, and 8 GB of RAM; most of you would find it to be quite adequate for your needs. The computers we use to run our site and do our work have 8GB of RAM.

If you take your time and shop carefully, you will find a PC that does everything you need it to do and one that fits your budget.
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How to Clean Your Windows 10 Computer If You’re Selling it Or Giving It Away
Windows 10

If you’re going to be giving away or selling your Windows 10 computer, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to download any third-party software to wipe your personal information from your computer before you give it away or sell it. Now we’re not saying that this would pass NSA, CIA, or FBI forensics scrutiny, but for most of us ordinary souls this method will work just fine.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Right-click on the Windows 10 start button & click Settings

2. In Settings > click on Update & Security.

3. In Update & Security > click on Recovery

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4. In Recovery under Reset this PC” > click on “Get started”

5. When you click on “Get started”, you’ll have two options:
     a. Keep my files – Removes apps and settings, but keeps your personal files.
     b. Remove everything – Removes all of your personal files, apps and settings.

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6.Click on Remove everything.

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7. Windows will ask if you want “Just remove my files ” or “Remove files and clean the drive”. Since you’re not keeping the computer, choose “Remove files and clean the drive” Selecting this wipes the C:\ drive of everything and then reinstalls Windows 10. After you do this, when you give the computer away, or sell it, it’s like a computer that you’ve never used.

Once you click on “Remove files and clean the drive” Windows will warn you and ask you to confirm you want to proceed with this operation. After you confirm that you want to do this, Windows will start the process of wiping the drive and reinstalling Windows 10. This could take a few hours – but you don’t have hang around while this is being done; it’s automatic. When Windows has wiped the drive and reinstalled Windows 10 it will be like a new computer. Whoever you give it or sell it to, will set up time zone, language, user accounts etc. – Just like they’d do with a new computer
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So now you know what to do if you’re planning on selling or giving away a Windows 10 computer and how easy it is to do it.

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How to Delay Windows Update Restarts on Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Version 1709 and newer versions of Windows 10

If you have a pending Windows 10 Update that requires a restart, you can delay the restart – and therefore the update – for up to six days. Keep in mind, this does not prevent the update from installing if you manually restart your computer. It just delays the automatic restart. But still it gives you a choice.

If you a Windows 10 Update pending a restart here’s how you can delay the restart and hence the update on Windows 10 Home version.

Open Settings (Windows key + i or right-click the start button and click “Settings”).

In settings click on Updates & security.

If you have a Windows Update pending a restart, you’ll  see a notice like this:

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Click on “Schedule the restart” and you’ll see the following dialog.

Turn on the switch under “We’ll restart to finish installing updates when you tell us to…”

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Click on the down arrow in under Pick a day (see above) and select a day you want Windows to restart and install the updates. Next, click on the time shown and you’ll be able to set a time you want Windows to restart your computer to install the updates. When you’re done you’ll see the time and date Windows will restart to install your pending updates

Active Hours

If you want more control over Windows rebooting your computer, set active hours. Once you’ve set active hours, Windows will not restart your PC automatically and will not restart your PC without checking to see if you’re using it.

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To set Active Hours, click on Active Hours under Windows Update (see below). You can choose a beginning and ending time for active hours. The maximum number of hours you can set “active” is 18.

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And while you’re in the Windows Update dialog, click on Advanced options for more control over Windows updates and timing. You can choose whether or not to have Windows update install updates for other Microsoft products, Automatically download updates over metered connections, and “We’ll show you a reminder when we’re going to restart. If you want to see more notifications about restarting, turn this on.”

If you want to be notified before Windows restarts your computer – so you have a chance to schedule the restart – make sure you turn the switch on under “We’ll show you a reminder…”
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Windows 10 Home does not give you nearly the control over Windows Update that Windows 10 Professional does, but it does give you some... if you know where to look.

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Want more computer tips & tricks?

Using Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update)? We've got some great tips for you.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow... On Your Desktop

If you’re not already tired of the snow and cold, or you live somewhere warm where snow is a novelty, this Cloudeight freeware pick might appeal to you.

At his festive time of year, we get requests for a for a program that will add falling snow to the Windows desktop. Again this year, we’ve tested several and found one that works well and seems not to use up a lot of resources – at least no on our computers.. Keep in mind that every computer is different and what works one way on our PCs may not work the same on yours.

DesktopSnowOK is a very small program (117 KB) that makes it easy to put falling snow (or at least the illusion of falling snow) on your desktop. It has a lot of options too. You can control the shape & size of the snowflakes. You can control the number of snowflakes and the speed at which they fall. You can choose to have the effect of falling snow on everything or just your desktop. And DesktopSnowOK is free. And it’s free from malware, scams, and other bad stuff. It does not install, you simply unzip it and click the EXE file to run it. It works on Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10 (all versions). And it works on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

But before we get into the program, we want to tell you that if you’re using Windows 10, when you try to run the program, Windows Smart Screen may try to stop you. One of the ways “Smart Screen” determines if a file is safe or not is if it’s popular or not. So, if a file is from an obscure developer and the file has not been downloaded very much, Smart Screen will try to block it – meaning Smart Screen sometimes is not always very smart. Luckily, it’s easy to override Smart Screen if you know what to do. Now, before we show you how, keep in mind we’re not recommending you override Smart Screen every time you see – it can block potentially harmful files. But DesktopSnowOK is not one of them.

If you’re running Windows 10, when you click to run DesktopSnowOK you may see this ominous-looking warning:

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If you want to run DesktopSnowOK, click “More info”… and you’ll see this:

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Now that you know what to expect, download DesktopSnowOK from this link (direct download).

Unzip the file you downloaded and click on DesktopSnowOK. If you’re using Windows 10, you may see the Smart Screen warning appear. Click “More info” on the Smart Screen warning, then click “Run anyway”. When you do that, DesktopSnowOK configuration dialog will appear.

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Above: You mostly likely won’t want to check “Start with Windows” because you probably don’t need another program starting with Windows. We suggest that you make sure that “Activate/Deactivate” and “Only on desktop background” are both checked. This makes it easy to activate & deactivate the falling snow affect by right-clicking the DesktopSnowOK icon in the notification area. And having the falling snow on your desktop only, will prevent the snow from falling over your programs which may be annoying – but that’s up to you.

Notice also - in the screenshot above -- there are lot of configuration options you can fiddle around with. With all those settings available you can customize the falling snow just about any way you want it.

When you run DesktopSnowOK it will put an icon (looks like a snowflake) in your notification area. To see the configuration dialog and other controls at anytime, just left-click the icon.

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To stop the snow falling effect or to exit the program, right-click on the snowflake icon. To stop the snow falling effect, click on Activate/ Deactivate. To shut down the program, click Exit.

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And now I have snow falling on my desktop!

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Quick Tip for Windows 10 Users:

Any time you have a program like this one that does not install, it will not automatically create a Start menu item. So if you want to run the program more than once, it would be a good idea to add it to your Windows start menu. That’s easy to do.

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Open the folder where you unzipped the file, right-click on the application (exe) and choose “Pin to Start”. The program will be added to your Start menu.

To remove DesktopSnowOK from your computer, make sure desktop snow is not running, then right-click on its folder, and choose Delete. That’s all there is to it.

If you're ready for snow on your desktop, download DesktopSnowOK and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. 

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Each day I set aside an hour of my day to take a walk. This is my quiet time and it belongs to me. I am rewarded in ways both seen and unseen. Besides the obvious health benefits, many thoughts and ideas occur to me during my daily walks.

My walks have no season. I have walked almost every day in every kind of weather from the blazing heat of summer to the gnawing, bone-cracking, cold of Winter. I have walked in rain and snow, and in winds so high tree limbs were blowing down in front and behind me.

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