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Issue #830
Volume 16 Number 46
September 6, 2019

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Welcome to Cloudeight InfoAve Premium issue #830. Thank you very much for subscribing and for being a part of our Cloudeight family. We appreciate your friendship and support very much!

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Reader's Comments

A comment from Dick
You were spot on, hit a home run, and nailed it.....My computer was acting like a turtle with the flu.....so slow. I just used your tip to change automatic indexing to manual indexing. What a difference that little tip makes. This is exactly why I love your newsletters, why I am a Booster and why I chip in to your donation kitty as often as I can. What else can I say? You two are the best of the best.

A comment from Judy
I just want to say how thankful I am for Cloudeight and all the tips and services they provide us with. Earlier this week TC took control of my PC to remove the current antivirus program and install and set up Emsisoft. I wasn't sure if I should have downloaded Emsisoft before my appointment, so I didn't. My DSL internet is slow so it took quite a long time for the program to download for TC. Thank you for your patience and help TC. A very happy Cloudeight reader and follower. They are the best!

A comment from Gail
No question but lots of praise! I recently needed assistance with downloading and installing the latest version of Win10. I tried to do it myself several times but no success. TC stepped in and in no time had everything running great. I have had a lot of help from both of you over the years and it still amazes me to sit here and watch everything fly hither and yon on my screen. You guys will never realize fully just how grateful many of us are for your help! Thank you again for being there for me and even getting my session in early due to a cancellation. Gail

Comments from Debbie & Paul
TC: Thank you so much for the excellent service you provided us to get my husband's extremely obstinate computer updated to Windows 10! Even though we set up an unattended session, at times we watched you with awe and admiration as you sometimes almost flew through various files attempting to get his computer updated trying more ways than I ever knew existed. His obstinate computer proved to be no match for your hard work, knowledge, and tenacity! You kept trying long after he had lost hope that a successful upgrade would ever occur. You and Darcy are the greatest! Many thanks to both of you for your Transformation Service and transforming his cantankerous Win 8.1 computer to Win 10. Paul is very, very happy now with your service, his new computer, and its' improved performance. He's also pretty happy with me for having the good sense to get him connected to your service after I, as well as my daughter and son-in-law, all failed to even install a single update in any of our numerous, repeated attempts Thanks again!

From Paul: Thank you for sticking with it. I would have stopped the first day.

A comment from Rona
Hi TC & Darcy. I thought you might enjoy this little story:  I now live in a retirement village. Yesterday morning when we were sorting out my Ashampoo problem TC, a couple of my lovely caregivers came in to change my towels. I told them I was talking to someone in America who was helping me with my computer. Well, everyone went into overdrive! "Are you sure it's safe? Have you sent them any money? Do you know what you're doing?"I assured them it was quite all right, nothing to worry about.

Next thing I had three other caregivers in my room all asking the same questions and looking at my screen to see who I was talking to! I told them I had been a member of your loyal supporters for many years and knew I could trust you implicitly. One of the girls then checked out your site for herself and was heard to say afterward that maybe she could learn a thing or two as well!! It was nice of them to be so caring about me but it was even better to be able to assure them of your integrity. Keep up the good work, and thank you once more TC for your help and time spent. Kind Regards, Rona.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Dick, Judy, Gail, Debbie, Paul, Rona and everyone else who took time out to write to us, share a comment and/or share us on Facebook! We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC. 

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Margaret K. cannot delete a file
I saved a message that I had created in Live Mail. I saved it to my Documents folder, but now I cannot delete it. There is no option to delete the message. Is there another way to do this? Thank you.

Our answer
Hi Margaret. If you can't delete a file it either means it's in use by another program, it doesn't really exist, or it's a zero-byte file.

There's a free program you can download and install called "LockHunter". It can tell you what's locking the file and help you delete it.

It's really easy to use, once you install it you'll be able to right-click on the file you can't delete and click on "What's locking this file". You'll have several options and one is to delete the file.

Be sure you read the information on the product's home page - you'll see how easy it is to use.

You can read more about and download LockHunter (free) from this page.

We've used this program many times to delete files that were difficult to delete any other way.

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Pete wants to give donate his Dell laptop to his church
I want to give my Dell laptop (3 years old with Windows10) to my church. They have annual auction to raise money and since this laptop has hardly been used it should help the church raise some extra dollars. I'm concerned about my personal stuff being on the PC. Can you tell me an easy way to erase personal info from the laptop and reinstall Windows 10 so whoever buys it can use it?  Thanks so much for all the great info over the years.

Our answer
Hi Pete. If you are going to be donating your laptop to the church, we recommend that you do a Windows 10 reset. When you do the reset you'll have two options:  Keep my files or "Remove everything". Choose "Remove everything". Windows will wipe out all your programs and personal files, wipe your hard drive, and then reinstall Windows 10 - all in one operation.

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After you click "Remove everything", you'll see another window appear with two more options. You'll want to choose the second option: "Remove files and clean the hard drive"  

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After you initiate the process, you don't even have to be near the computer. It's automatic. This process will take several hours. Once everything has been removed and the hard drive has been wiped, Windows 10 will be reinstalled.  Once Windows is reinstalled, you may have to set up things like "Time zone", "Language" -- i.e. the typical things you had to do when you first got the computer - but you won't need a product key since Windows 10 had already been installed and the key is coded in your computer's BIOS.

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Sharon wants to know why she frequently gets "This site cannot be reached..." messages in her browser
When I click on a link to take me to a site I order from frequently I get "This site can’t be reached The connection was reset." Why does this happen and how do I fix it? Thanks!

Our answer
Hi Sharon. There are several reasons why this would happen:

1. Your Internet connection temporarily stopped working.
2. The Web site is having problems at the time you tried to use it.
3. You have an extension installed in your browser (for instance an ad blocker) that is causing problems with the site.

If your internet stops working frequently, then it's most likely your router. You should call your Internet provider and have them test your connection, equipment and theirs.

To ensure it's not your browser, try clearing your browser's history and disabling all extensions. A quick way to do this is to reset your browser. For instructions on how to reset Chrome see this page. For instructions on resetting Firefox, here's our tutorial.

If you're using Microsoft Edge (not the beta Chromium version) you can reset it by doing this:

Right-click on the Start button

Click Settings, then, in Settings, click Apps. Scroll through the list until you find “Microsoft Edge”, click it, and then click on the “Advanced options” link. Next, click on the “Reset” button.

Hope this helps you, Sharon.

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Nancy wants to know if we can help her upgrade her Windows 7 computer to Windows 10
Hi, I am very interested in your offer to upgrade my computer to windows 10 and changing it so it operates and looks like windows 7. I am really dumb about doing the upgrade, so need lots of help. I am 83 and I guess I was born in the wrong generation. Just let me know if this can be done and the cost. Nancy B.

Our answer
Hi Nancy. We can help you through the upgrade process and we can also make your Windows 10 computer look and work a lot more like Windows 7 so it will easier for you to get used to Windows 10. The cost is $35. You can purchase your service key and/or get more information on this page:

www.thundercloud.net/direct/2019/transform/

If you have any other questions, just let us know.

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Patricia gets a scam email from Slimware
Hi Darcy. Is this fake? I got this email that was supposedly from Microsoft:

"As a Slimware Utilities customer, we keep you updated with the latest trends and news in tech.

On August 13, 2019, Microsoft released a set of fixes for Remote Desktop Services that include two critical vulnerabilities. Affected systems could lead to malware vulnerabilities and exploit your information on your computer.

To keep your computer update to date and free of these vulnerabilities, make sure you update your drivers and have the latest version of DriverUpdate downloaded to your computer.

DriverUpdate can help ensure that Windows is updated with the most recent version and can also update drivers to keep your computer and peripherals working!

Update Now."
Our answer
Hi Patricia. This letter refers to cumulative updates that were distributed via Windows Update to patch security issues with Windows that applied to anyone using Remote connections.

Microsoft does not own or recommend Slimware software - Microsoft is not affiliated with them in any way.

Slimware is a company that makes PUPs. Slimware pays companies to bundle Driver Update with their software thus many people install it without knowing it. We have removed Slimware's Driver Update dozens and dozens of times from computers that we work on.

Driver updaters are some of the worst programs you can install on your computer, and Slimware is the most aggressive pusher of this kind of program. We've written about driver updaters several times, for instance in this article.

If your hardware is working correctly, you don't need new drivers. And if it's is not working correctly, you don't need a driver updater, you need to get updated drivers from the manufacturer's web site.

Driver updaters continually look for updated drivers and then install them. Many times they are not the correct drivers and this can cause big trouble. Driver updaters can -- and do --- cause serious computer problems.

Hope this helps you, Patricia.

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Dennis wants to know how to refine his computer searches to find certain kinds of files
I volunteer with a breed-specific dog rescue organization. Among my duties is looking through long lists of dogs (every day) for dogs that match our mission. Some of the lists are pdf, some are excel, some are I don't know what. I can "find" the breeds with PDF and Excel but is there some way to sort through HTML documents looking for specific words? In the old days, I probably would have tried a bat file (do you remember those?). I'd appreciate any help to ease this tedious task.

Our answer

Hi Dennis. You can search Windows by file type or keywords by using the asterisk *.

To search by file type, see this page.

To search by keyword, use taskbar search. Then use the * and the keyword, for instance, *bulldog. Make sure you click "Documents" (at the top) so it restricts your search to files on your computer and not the web. You can use an asterisk with file names and file types, for instance *.HTML, *HTM, etc.

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I hope this helps you, Dennis.

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Cindy wants to know about Hard Drive Sentinel
Are you familiar with a program called Hard Drive Sentinel? If so, what is your take on it?

Our answer
Hi Cindy. Most of the time you won't need a program to tell you when your hard drive is failing. Almost all hard drives are S.M.A.R.T. (see our article here). That means almost all hard drives are self-monitoring.

If you want to analyze and check your drives to see what condition they're in, you could use Hard Drive Sentinel. But you'll notice if you look at the download page it's not free. There are free versions for DOS and Linux, but not for Windows.

If you want a disk analyzer and you don't want to pay for it, we recommend CrystalDiskInfo. It's free for home users. You can read our recommendation here.

Let me know what you think.
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Cindy wrote back: "Thank you so much for this info. I recognized the name right away and am sure at some point in the past I installed it on your recommendation from a newsletter. But I must have lost it in a crash somewhere along the way and didn't remember to re-install it. I've already downloaded it and will be using it. Thanks again, Cindy."

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Bev asks about taskbar shortcuts and updating Windows 10
Hi Darcy & TC. How do I get Outlook to stay on my taskbar?

Also, I want to update one of my computers that is running 18xx to 1903 as I have not received the updates for this and time is running out. Thanks for all your super help in the past, you people are so good. Hope you can help me. Bev.

Our answer
Hi Bev. Open Outlook. When Outlook is open, its icon will be on your taskbar. While it's on your taskbar, right-click its icon and choose "Pin to taskbar". That's all there is to it. It will then be pinned to your taskbar as long as you want it there.

You can upgrade to Windows 10 anytime you want to. You can do that by going to this page:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Click on the Update now button. This will download the Windows 10 Updated assistant. Once it has downloaded - double-click it to run it.

If you're running Windows 10 version 1803 you have until November 12, 2019, to update. If you're running Windows 10 version 1809, you have until May 12, 2020, to update.

You can find your version number by typing WINVER in taskbar search and then pressing Enter.

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Margaret G. cannot download Google Chrome
I hope this the right place for this. I cannot download chrome on my computer. I try and when it gets to the place where it says for me to choose and app to apply to the download, that is as far as I get. I had it for a while and I had to remove it because of a problem and I have not been able to download it since. Can you help?

Our answer
Hi Margaret. You can download Chrome from http://google.com/chrome/ .

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This is the only official Chrome download page for Windows users.

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Joann has questions about transferring files from her old computer to her new one - and about the Windows 7 look for Windows 10
I have a laptop with Windows 7. I just purchased a desktop with Windows 10. I've purchased the key so you will change the look/format on the desktop from 10 to 7. But my question now is, I wonder how to transfer everything on my laptop to the desktop. I'm considering an external hard drive but wonder if that's really what I should use to attempt the big task of the transfer from one machine to the other. In fact, now I wonder if I really needed the change for the desktop to get the Windows 7 "look"? Almost everything I've learned over the last 12-15 yrs. about computers has been thanks to my subscription to you. Many thanks. Joann B.

Our answer
Hi Joann. First, we strongly advise you to avoid buying a program that promises you to move programs and files from one computer to another. They rarely work as advertised and trying to move programs from an older computer to a new one can cause problems with the new one.

Using an external drive and copying your the complete user folder on the old computer to the external hard drive is the best way to do it. Your 'users' folder contains all your personal files including items on your desktop, and the Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, AppData folders and more. Copying the files from the external to the corresponding folders on the new computer takes patience and forethought. You'll need to plug the external into your old PC first (you don't need to install the software the comes with the external, in fact, we recommend that you don't install it). Copy your user's folder as above. then unplug the external and plug it into the new computer - again, you don't need to install any software to use the external drive.

You can't just move your whole user folder to the new computer. Likewise, you do not want to move the entire Pictures, Documents, Music, etc. folders to your new computer or you'll end up with a mess. Here's an example. If you copy the entire Pictures folder from the external to the Pictures folder on your new computer, it will become a subfolder.To access your Pictures, you'll have to open your Pictures folder on your new computer and then open the Pictures folder inside it, and you don't want to do that. You want to open the Pictures folder on your external drive, copy all the files and subfolders inside it, then copy them all to the Pictures folder on your new computer. Once you open the Pictures folder on the external, you can highlight one item in that folder, press CTRL + A to select them all then right-click on one of the selected items and choose "Copy to" and then select the Pictures folders on your new computer This will move all the files and folders to the folder on the new computer. The quickest way to do this is to add "Copy to" & "Move to" to your right-click menu on your new computer. See our article here to find out how to do that - it's very simple.

As far making your Windows 10 computer look like Windows 7, that's entirely up to you. Some folks like the familiarity of using a computer that looks and works a lot like Windows 7 (Start menu etc.) and others just bite the bullet and take time to learn Windows 10 - it's not a very steep learning curve.

If you have a Cloudeight Direct Computer Care Key can help you with transferring files to your computer and also make your computer look like Windows 7.

I hope this answers your questions and helps you, Joann.

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Make Windows 10 look and work like Windows 7

Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Using Windows 7 after that date may put your computer at risk as Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and fixes for it. Now's the time to upgrade to Windows 10!

Whether you upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 (still free) or buy a new Windows 10 computer, we can make you feel right at home on Windows 10 with our Windows Transformation service. We can make your Windows 10 look and work much more like Windows 7.

With our Windows 10 Transformation service, we can make your Windows 10 computer look and work more like Windows 7! With our transformation service we will:
  1. Start the Windows 10 upgrade for you and assist you with the update.
    ~ After the update has completed, we will:
  2. Change the start menu to look like Windows 7 classic style and include your favorite programs
  3. Change your taskbar and start menu colors to your preferences
  4. Add an authentic Windows 7 start button
  5. Add Windows 7 Wallpaper (if desired)
  6. Change Windows 10 File Explorer so it works more like Windows 7's Windows Explorer
  7. Add My Computer -- and other familiar Windows 7 icons --  to your desktop (if desired).
  8. The Windows 10 Transformation service key never expires it's good until you use it.  So get yours now!

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Emsisoft's New Network Lockdown Feature
Emsisoft users running Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10

We've been recommending Emsisoft for a long time we're proud of it. Emsisoft's team treats our mutual customers the way we want to be treated, and Emsisoft's protection remains second to none. It protects your computer against all kinds of malware including viruses, bots, Trojans, ransomware, and more. But unlike most security programs, Emsisoft protects you against PUPs and other common Web - the ones you're most likely to encounter.

And Emsisoft keeps getting better.

We warned our readers many times about support scams. These scams are scary, but they are only advertisements designed to scare you into calling a phone number or clicking a link that would lead you to download a fake security program. To escape these kinds of attacks, you need to close the browser tabs or window in which the tech support warning scam is displayed. We've recommended using CTRL+F4 to close tabs/windows in which these scary ads are displayed. To see what we're talking about, visit this page for some examples of scary-looking tech support scam warnings.

If you are an Emsisoft user, you have another option. You can use Emsisoft's new Network Lockdown feature to temporarily disable your connection and stop these kinds of scary tech support scam attacks (advertisements designed to scare you into action).

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The normal state of Network lockdown (above) is "Off", but if you find yourself in a tech support scam attack or if you accidentally click on an infected link, all you have to do is turn Network lockdown on and take your computer offline immediately and prevent or mitigate any problems that may result.

Emsisoft describes their new network lockdown feature this way:

This new feature allows you to instantly take your devices offline by clicking the on/off switch. Use it in an emergency situation if you suspect that a malware infection has taken place, or simply block hidden programs from accessing the Internet without your consent (e.g. if you’re on a metered connection).

Note that Emsisoft protection updates will still be let through and the connection to Emsisoft Cloud Console will remain intact to allow your admins to investigate the issue. Network lockdown can also be enabled remotely from the Cloud Console, either for single devices or all devices of a particular group.
If you you're currently using Emsisoft you'll find this feature on its opening screen near the bottom.

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The Network lockdown feature is immediately available to you as soon as you open Emsisoft.

If you don't have Emsisoft, we hope you'll consider switching. We'll even remove your old antivirus and install & configure Emsisoft for you at no additional cost. Buy an Emsisoft one-year license and ask us to install it for you. We'll be glad you did -- and you'll be glad you did also..

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Slow PC? Try Turning off Search Indexing and/or SuperFetch
Windows 10 (all versions)

Search Indexing (Windows Search)

Windows 10 constantly indexes your hard disk in the background. It’s called Search Indexing. Indexing is supposed to make searching your PC faster. But if your PC is slow, that constant indexing can decrease performance. Turning off Search Indexing can speed up your computer. This is especially true if your computer has a standard hard drive. But even if you have an SSD drive, turning off indexing can improve your speed, because the constant writing to disk that indexing does can eventually slow down SSDs too.

You can turn off Search Indexing in Windows 10 this way:

1. Type SERVICES.MSC in the taskbar search and press Enter.
2. Locate Windows Search in the list of services, and double-click it.
3. Next to “Startup type” click on the down arrow to expand the list and choose “Manual”
4. Click the “Stop” button.
5. Click Apply/OK

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6. Restart your computer

Your searches may be slightly slower, but your computer should be slightly faster. If desired, you can always go back and change Windows Search startup type to “Automatic” or “Automatic (Delayed Start)” and restart your computer. Windows will again start search indexing.


SuperFetch / Sysmain

SuperFetch (called Sysmain beginning with Windows 10 version 1809) was designed to speed up performance by arranging frequently used app data and components into a contiguous area on the hard drive which was then preloaded into memory to speed up the loading time of an app or programs. However, many time SuperFetch can cause high disk or CPU usage and can cause your PC to run slowly. You can disable SuperFetch or Sysmain this way.

1. Type SERVICES.MSC in the taskbar search and press Enter.
2. Locate SuperFetch (or Sysmain if you’re using version 1809 or newer) and double-click it.
3. Next to “Startup type” click on the down arrow to expand the list and choose “Disabled”
4. Click the “Stop Button”
5. Click Apply/OK

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6. Restart your computer.

If your computer is running slowly, turning off Search Indexing and/or SuperFetch (Sysmain) can help speed up your computer without negatively affecting your computer.

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How to Use the Windows 10 Start Menu to Uninstall Programs and Apps
Windows 10 (version 1803 and newer)

Instead of hunting around for Control Panel (type Control in taskbar search) to uninstall programs, did you know that in Windows 10 you can uninstall programs right from the Windows 10 Start menu?  You can even uninstall most (but not all) Windows Store apps.

It is really easy to do, but if you haven’t tried it before there are a few things you need to know. For our example, we’re going to uninstall AbleWord (not really – it’s a nice program). To uninstall a program, you may have to expand the folder or the Start menu item. As you can see AbleWord is one of those programs. So, to expand the folder, just click on the down arrow to the right of the program’s name. See?

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After you’ve expanded the folder, find the program and right-click on it.

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After you right-click the program’s icon, you’ll see a menu appear. Click “Uninstall” from the menu…and proceed.

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Oh, and one more thing to remember. Not all programs on your Start menu will need to be expanded, sometimes you can right-click on the item in the Start menu and you’ll get the menu with Uninstall in it.. .for instance:

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Just right-click the name of the program and you’ll get the uninstall menu.

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Note: Revo Uninstaller, HiBit Uninstaller and Geek Uninstaller are both excellent programs that can help you remove programs and all (almost) traces of them.  Also, Reg Organizer has a great uninstaller included – along with many other useful Windows utilities.

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Rest Your Mouse! Handy Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Favorite Browser
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (all versions)  + Most popular browsers

Keyboard shortcuts are great for those who don’t like using a mouse. They can also save you time. So, we’ve put together this list of browser shortcuts that work with most popular browsers. So even if you’re a mouse lover, isn’t it time you gave your mouse a rest?

* Shift+Escape opens the browser’s task manager. (Chrome  and Chromium-based browsers like Edge Dev Only) 

* Ctrl+B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.

* Ctrl+L to move your cursor to the address bar.

* Ctrl+K moves your cursor to the address bar to enter a Google search.

* Ctrl+T opens a new tab.

* Ctrl+N opens a new window.

* Ctrl+Shift+T opens the last closed tab.

* Ctrl+Shift+N opens a new window in “Incognito Mode.” (Chrome & Chromium-based browsers like Edge Dev only)

* Ctrl+Tab cycles through open tabs; Ctrl+Shift+Tab reverse cycles through open tabs.

* Ctrl+J opens Downloads.

* Ctrl+W closes the current tab.

* Ctrl+R refreshes the current page.

* Ctrl+H opens the browser’s History.

* Alt+Home loads your homepage.

* Ctrl+1 through 9 switches to a particular open tab position.

* Ctrl++, Ctrl+-, Ctrl+0 Enlarges, reduces and restores default text sizes, respectively.

And did you know…

You can use the up/down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll up or down a web page when browsing, instead of using your mouse. Indeed, you can. And, if you want to scroll up and down on a large page you can click the Page Down button on your keyboard, and it will scroll in increments until you get to the bottom. You can use the Page Up button to go back up to the top. If you want to go back to the top of the page from anywhere on the page – just hit the “Home” key.

If you are a bottom feeder, like TC, you can get to the bottom of the page quickly from anywhere on the page by pressing the “End” key.

Use keyboard shortcuts and give your mouse a rest – because even a mouse needs rest you know.

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Search Everything on Your Windows Computer Faster With Everything

As far as I know — or for as long as I can remember, at least — Windows has always had a search feature. It’s not always been very good. And it’s certainly not the fastest. In Windows XP and Vista, the Windows search feature was not very good and certainly not very fast. Windows 7 brought some improvements – as did Windows 8x and Windows 10. But Windows search is still as fast as it should be, not as thorough as it could be, and not nearly as fast Everything search – a free search program for Windows 7, Windows 8x, and Windows 10.

Everything is not new, it’s been around for a long time. It’s from Voidtools. The developer, David Carpenter, is so sure you’ll like Everything search, he puts his name and email address on the Everything website – that says a lot about the program and the developer.

We had featured Everything once before. This week we were reminded of Everything by Cloudeight subscriber Robert.  After Robert reminded us of Everything I decided to check out Everything again. And I found that it's better than ever and a very fast and very thorough Windows search engine.

We did a couple of quick tests. And Everything produced great search results almost instantly. In the first test, I looked for all files on my laptop with the “white.mid” in their names. Everything found, well, everything with “white.mid” in its name in the blink of an eye.

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And in another test, I just looked for all PDF files on my laptop. I used the wildcard * (that is *.PDF) to search for all PDF files. In less than 2 seconds it found every PDF file on my laptop – and there are a whole lot of them.

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So, with our tests completed successfully, it’s time to bring in David Carpenter, the developer of Everything, to answer your questions:

What is “Everything”?

“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

Unlike Windows search “Everything” initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”).

You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

How long will it take to index my files?

“Everything” only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database.

A fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index.

1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.

Does Everything search file contents?

Yes, “Everything” can search file content with the content: search function.

File content is not indexed, searching content is slow.

Does “Everything” hog my system resources?

No, “Everything” uses very little system resources.

A fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will use about 14 MB of ram and less than 9 MB of disk space.

1,000,000 files will use about 75 MB of ram and 45 MB of disk space.

Does “Everything” monitor file system changes?

Yes, “Everything” does monitor file system changes.

Your search windows will reflect changes made to the file system.

Is “Everything” free?

Yes, “Everything” is Freeware.

Please consider donating.

Does “Everything” contain any malware, spyware or adware?

No, “Everything” does not contain any malware, spyware or adware…

If you want to read more about Everything, visit this page.

Everything is available for download as a portable app or with an installer. It’s available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You can download Everything from this page. 

If you’re looking for a faster, better way find files on your Windows computer, give “Everything” a try. It’s fast, free, and contains no malware or badware – and the author does not play whack-a-mole with the download links.

And should you have any questions or problems, David Carpenter puts his name and email address on the Everything web site.

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Pardon My Grammar

Many times I’ve had my use of the English language criticized and my grammar scoffed at by the Grammar Police, but it don’t bother me, I tells ya. All those criticisms just roll off me like water off a duck. I’ve been out of college for more years than some of you have been alive and there’s not much chance of me taking any kind of remedial grammar or English courses. I don’t want to learn how to diagram a sentence! I forgot that nonsense in grade school, and I’ve never used it since. And don’t snivel – diagramming sentences would not improve my grammar or my use –or misuse– of the English language.

Can you imagine the hoots and hollers I’d get if I wrote this?

“Grammatically, for he/she/it we use “does” or “doesn’t” like in, 

He doesn’t eat meat. 

but these days I’m observing the usage of the above sentence(especially in American movies) like this, 

He don’t eat meat. 

So, after a lot of observations, I’m assuming that both usages are correct. 

My assumption – When to use “don’t”? 

In temporary situations like, 

He don’t have a pen. 

…Worth noting: though the validity of he don’t in various dialects is debatable, I’ve yet to come across a dialect in which he doesn’t isn’t considered correct. In other words, as a non-native speaker, it is always safest to err on the side of caution and use he doesn’t. Speakers of ‘don’t dialects’ might possibly find it a tad uppity or overly formal—but not incorrect…

Nope! I did not write that I tells ya, it came from a site that claims:

“English Language & Usage Stack Exchange” is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.”

If you doesn’t like that, write to the guy who wrote it; don’t kill the messenger./p>

Hey Grammar Cop, did I use that semi-colon correctly?

Anyway, here’s what I think. I think the purpose of language, both the spoken and the written, is to communicate. If you’re gonna fret over passive voice, active voice, verb agreement, gerund usages, prepositions and the like, I think you should teach English, edit books,  or subscribe to the “How to Make Fun of — and Criticize — Stupid People Who Don’t Write Well” newsletter.

Let’s get on with this. Language is for communication. If you speak or write and successfully communicate your thoughts or ideas, that’s good enough for me.

If I tell you – “Make certainly that you don’t drop your computer in to the bathtub if it got water in it!” Criticize the English if you must, but don’t ignore my warning! Or go ahead, correct that sentence, and ruin your computer.

The English language is alive – IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!. And because it’s alive, it’s constantly changing.

We think teenagers don’t use the English language good. Right? Oh sorry… don’t use the English language “well”, is that better? It may surprise you to learn that many words that were once slang are now proper and have been officially approved by the English & Grammar Police (EGP).

Let’s take a look at a couple of 1920’s slang phrases and words that are now accepted by the EGP:

Cat’s Pajamas
Darcy is the cat’s pajamas. It means she’s the best. (Don’t get all excited, I’m just making an example).

Wallflower
Darcy is certainly not a wallflower, she’s the center of attention!

OK 
Who doesn’t use OK? Eh?

Read the rest of this rant here!

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Gigs and other big numbers

IIn the world of computers, we throw around big numbers without much thought. But gigabyte and terabyte represent BIG numbers. A gigabyte, for example, is 1,073,741,824 bytes. Let's pretend that one byte=one second. If bytes were seconds, 1,073,741,824 seconds equals 34 years. A cheap 4 GB USB flash drive holds about 4,000,000,000 bytes of data. If bytes were second, 4,000,000,000 seconds equals 126 years.

Most hard drives are closed to 1 TB. A terabyte is approximately 1 trillion bytes for our purposes. A trillion is a big number. Let's go back to pretending a byte is a second. A trillion seconds is about 32,000 years.

Let's go back 32,000 years to the day EB was born. NO! Just kidding. 32,000 years ago, people were not worried about megabytes, or terabytes, they were not even worried about pterodactyls. But they were worried about finding nice pigments to make paint for cave-painting and colorfully decorating the walls of the caves in which they lived. The did not have to worry about Windows 10 updates either.

The next time you hear people throwing around the word "gigs" (gigabytes), you can remind them how big a "gig" really is. Then you can impress them with your knowledge of terabytes and cave painting.

And if you think a terabyte is big, wait until your grandchildren start telling you about petabytes -- which they will no doubt call "pets". A petabyte is 1 billion "gigs". My brain hurts from thinking about it.

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Volume 16 Number 46
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