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Volume 18 Number 21
March 26, 2021
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Gary received an email from Google
Hello. I received this message claiming to be from Google. Looks like a
scam to me. What say you? Gary.
Email from Google
"Change your compromised passwords
Google found some of your passwords online. Anyone who finds them can
access your accounts. Your Google Account is still secure: this leak
came from somewhere else on the web.
You can now secure your saved passwords using Password Manager. Take
action (link removed by Cloudeight).
You can also go directly
You received this email to let you know about important changes to your
Google Account and services..."
Hi Gary. Google does send out these warnings when it finds your Google
password or Google account has been compromised. However, this email
could also be a fake. It says your shaw.ca email password has been
compromised. So, I'd be suspicious if you don't have a Gmail account or
if your shaw.ca account is not associated with a Gmail account.
The best way to address this not to click any links in that email -
rather sign into your Gmail account and change your password
immediately. That way you are safe regardless. It's a good thing to
change your passwords every few months - especially on email accounts
and financial accounts.
If you have a Gmail account, you should change your Gmail password login
to https://accounts.google.com/ and click on "Personal Info". You should
also change the password on your shaw.ca account.
Vic likes Bitwarden but can't find out how to install it for
Hi guys, it's me again. Well. I downloaded Bitwarden and it looks good
but, I don't find anywhere that lets me add it to Chrome. Typing it in
"extensions' it replies not found and nowhere in Bitwarden does it
inform me how to do this. Can you guys help? Thanks again for all your
past help. Have a great day and stay safe. Vic.
Hi Vic. Thanks so much. Bitwarden has a Chrome extension available
from the Chrome Web Store.
Open the following link in Chrome:
Install the extension, sign into Bitwarden and you're all set!
Virginia wants to know if Snipping Tool is gone from Windows 10
I really don't like Microsoft's new Clip 'n Snip. Is there any way I can
still use the old Snipping Tool? Or is there anything out there like
that I could get? Thanks for being there, TC & EB.
Hi Virginia. Thank you. The Snipping Tool is alive and well on all the
newest versions of Windows. You can open it by typing Snipping Tool in
taskbar search. It's also on the Start menu under Windows Accessories.
"Snipping Tool is moving..." message has been on Snipping Tool for
months -but it's still available and still works great.
As you can see it still works...
If you and to make a Taskbar shortcut for it, open the Start menu, click
on Windows Accessories. Find the Snipping Tool and open it. Right-click
on the taskbar icon for the Snipping Tool and choose "Pin to Taskbar".
I hope this helps you, Virginia.
Jeanne computer says Windows 10 is telling her to update
Is there an update for Windows 10? My Windows update says my version
will stop receiving updates soon. Says to update to Windows 10, version
20H2. Thank you and God bless.
Hi Jeanne. The current version of Windows 10 is version 20H2 (October
2020 Update). Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update is good until
October 2021) Be sure you're not clicking "Check for updates".
You can tell what version you're using by typing WINVER In Taskbar
search and pressing Enter when you see Winver appear in the search
According "Ask Woody"... "Microsoft publishes an “End of Service” date
for each version of Windows 10. While you might think you can hold onto
your version of Win10 until that date, Microsoft starts pushing you onto
the next version four months early. That takes a big bite out of the
promised 18-month lifespan..."
In other words even if you're using Windows 10 version 2004 which is
supported until October 2021, Microsoft is going to start pushing you
into the next version (20H2) early although according to that, if you're
using version 2004 you MS shouldn't get pushy until June. If you're
using Windows 10 version 1909 (October 2019 Update) it would be
supported until May 2021. Just to confuse things more, Microsoft will be
releasing Windows 10 version 21H1 in May 2021.
So, if you're using version 2004 your version is supported until October
2021. If you're using version 20H2, your version is supported until May
2022 -- regardless of Windows "warnings".
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Leslie has a freeware pick, but...
I have a freeware pick...
It will copy a recipe on a page without the rest of the page showing.
It's amazing. No more keeping extraneous ads. For those who cook will be
Hi Leslie. I have some issues with this site/service. First, a
lot of people are wary of signing up for things these days - especially
for a company that they don't know much about. I didn't know much
about this company or what they track and/or what they sell. So, I read
https://www.copymethat.com/policy/privacy/. Basically it says they
can track anything you do, any recipes you copy, any pages you visit,
any "grocery lists" you create so they can sell your information and
I for one, am convinced (by now), that to expect privacy when I'm on the
internet, I can expect no privacy. So, while you may not hesitate using
this site, I think others might. Another thing that turned me off was
you have to write them to delete your account. I am skeptical of why,
since you can auto-join, you cannot auto-delete your account.
We published an article last month on searching for and printing recipes
you can read that here. It shows how to print recipes without
allowing ads and other distractions, without joining anything and
without so many privacy issues. For printing recipes we recommend Print
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Thanks for sending your suggestion. Now you know for sure, we really do
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Irene wants the link to update a computer to Windows 10 Version
Hi. What is the link to update a computer to windows 2004? Thanks!
Hi Irene. You can't update to Windows 2004 (May 2020 Update) anymore.
You can only update to the current version of Windows 10 which is
Windows 10 version 20H2 (October 2020 Update). Windows 10 version 21H1
will be available until sometime in May 2021. When it is released, you
will no longer be able to download version 20H2.
The page where you download the current version of Windows 10 always
remains the same. That page is...
And that page always has the current version of Windows 10.
Debbie's husband gets a message that his Windows license will
Thank you for all you do. I've been a member since your inception and
refer everyone I know to you. Don't know how we could survive without
you. Thanks immensely.
My husband keeps getting a popup that says something like "your Windows
license will expire soon. Click to restart". I've searched past articles
through your search button but cannot find anything like this. In doing
a Google search all I found is that it is malware but no instructions on
how to remove it.
Hi Debbie. Thanks so much for your nice comments and your long-time
I've never seen or heard of that message if Windows 10 has been
activated. If you're sure it's been activated, and it's a legitimate
license, run this Windows Activation Troubleshooter on
If that doesn't help, try this:
1. Type CMD in taskbar search.
2. When Command Prompt appears at the top click on Run as Administrator.
3. In the Command Prompt Window type the following exactly as show with
a space before the dash...
4. Press Enter.
5. Reboot your computer
We hope this helps you resolve the problem.
Raymond asks about getting MS Office cheap
Hi Darcy & TC. I hope you're safe and well. My wife and I have purchased
a new PC. We need MS Office Pro 2019. It's about $440 from Microsoft. We
have to have MS Office due to the nature of the work my wife does at her
School District. I have been looking online and a download starts from
as little as $40. I know there are a Lot of scammers out there. We just
need the Pro version for one PC. Do you know any reputable sellers out
the that can save us a few dollars? Thank You, Raymond.
Hi Raymond. If you see a copy of MS Office for $40 you can be sure it's
not a legal copy. Many times, foreign actors buy up RTM bulk licenses
which are valid only for the companies that purchase them then resell
the bulk license as individual licenses. Microsoft has a team assigned
specifically to look for and find these bad actors and then invalidate
the bulk license. And if you purchase one of these if the illegal use of
the license is discovered Office will stop working.
The far better option is the one that Darcy and I use, and that is
Microsoft 365 which you get directly from Microsoft. You can buy
Microsoft 365 for one computer for $69.99 a year (or $6.99 monthly).
It's the full set of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Money in Excel, and more. And as long as
your subscription is active you always have the latest version of all
office programs. For $99.99 a year or $9.99 a month you can use MS
Office on up to 6 computers.
Another nice feature of Microsoft 365 is you get 1 terabyte (about 1000
gigabytes) of OneDrive cloud storage for backing up your files.
I have the $6.99 monthly subscription and I really like it.
You can learn more here.
I hope this helps you, Raymond.
Terry is having problems with Edge
My Edge browser has been freezing on me for about two weeks now. It
doesn't matter if I use it for the internet or File Explorer or even
other programs not developed by Microsoft. It's a pain. In order to
return to what I was doing, I must click the mouse a couple of times.
I've tried restarting and rebooting my PC to no avail. Ideas?
Also, while I have you, following a planned power outage this morning, I
restarted my PC and discovered a new Edge browser. It takes up screen
space with a left-hand column (which I can turn off) and from what I
have seen so far ADVERTISING either above or to the right of the site
I'm visiting. Granted, I haven't spent a lot of time with it, but I
don't like what I see. What can you tell me about this new look?
Hi Terry. I am not aware of any 'new' look in MS Edge. I have the latest
version. I would be curious to know what extensions you have added to
Edge. If none, then it has to be the Website you're visiting because it
would be disastrous for Microsoft to start using Edge as a billboard.
They're just now gaining on Chrome.
You can reset MS Edge if it's not working the way you want it. Resetting
Edge will return its settings back to their defaults. It will not
disturb your Favorites or Bookmarks.
Here's how to reset Edge.
I hope that works for you.
Terry wrote back: "Hi TC. Thanks bunches. Your ‘reset link’ did the
trick. All the extra artwork has disappeared, and I have a handle on the
so-called vertical shortcuts. The advertising is also gone. Not sure
where that came from but I’m glad it’s gone. Once again, TC and
Cloudeight to the rescue. You two are amazing! Please enjoy what’s left
of your weekend and stay healthy. Go for a walk! Cheers, Terry."
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How to Block a Sender on Gmail
For all Gmail users.
If you want to block someone and prevent them from sending mail to your
Gmail address, it’s easy to do. Most of you remember the old “Block
sender” feature on Windows Mail (and Outlook Express). Thankfully, Gmail
works better and it’s easier to block and unblock senders.
Here’s how to block a sender in Gmail. Open the mail from the sender you
want to block. Just to the right of the “Reply” button, you’ll see the 3
vertical dots icon– click it.
Next, you'll see a drop-down menu (as below). On the menu you’ll see
“Block (whatever the sender’s name is)” for instance “Block Mister
The sender will be immediately added to your block senders list and all
mail from them will be blocked from your Inbox and placed in Spam.
OK... but what happens if you patch things up with the sender you
blocked and you want to unblock them? We’re glad you asked. It’s easy to
Open Settings by clicking the gear icon. Then click "See all settings".
Click on “Filters and Blocked Addresses” from the menu at the top.
All of your blocked addresses (if any) will appear in a list. Select the
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How to Enable Autocorrect & Text Prediction in Windows 10
Windows 10 (All supported versions)
Text Prediction has been a feature of Android and
Apple tablets for many years. It saves time and automatically corrects
spelling errors. For a while now, Windows 10 has also offered text
prediction, but it was limited to the onscreen keyboards (software
keyboards) that are mostly used on Windows 10 tablets.
Text Prediction for hardware keyboards was first
introduced over two years ago with Windows 10 Version 1803 (April 2018
Update). It has been continually modified and improved and now uses
Microsoft AI (artificial intelligence). It’s a great feature that many
Windows 10 users are not taking advantage of.
This tip is for those of you using desktops and laptops and hardware
Here’s how to enable Autocorrect ad Text
prediction for your hardware keyboard.
1] Right-click on the Start button and click
2] In Settings click on Devices.
3] On the menu on the left click “Typing”.
4] Scroll down to Hardware Keyboard and
turn both switches to “On” (see screenshot below):
5] You can customize your settings. For example, if you don’t want
Windows to autocorrect your spelling and prefer to have Windows only
provide suggestions as you type, turn on “Show text suggestions as I
type” while leaving “Autocorrect misspelled words as I type” turned off.
Much like its cousins on Android and Apple
devices as soon as you start typing you will see suggestions pop up. You
can choose one of the suggestions by selecting it with your mouse or
touchpad. Likewise, if you misspell a word, Windows will attempt to
autocorrect your misspelling.
One thing to keep in mind is that autocorrect and text prediction do
not work with most third-party apps, but do work well with all Microsoft
apps like Edge, Word, WordPad, Notepad, etc.
What Version of Windows 10 Do You Have?
Windows 10 (all supported versions)
We’ve received quite a few emails recently where people are
reporting that their Windows version says it’s up to date but
it’s not. And Darcy has had the same thing happen to her.
The current version of Windows (as of March 21, 2021) is
Windows 10 version 20H2 (October 2020 Update). But we’ve
discovered that many people are still running either Windows 10
October 2019 Update (Version 1909) or the May 2020 Update
If you’re still running Windows 10 Version 1909 (November
2019 update), your version’s end-of-support date is May 11,
2021. Those using Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 update) can
relax a bit – Windows 10 Version 2004 will not reach its
end-of-support date until December 14, 2021.
Here’s the official end-of-service (end-of-support date) for
the last four versions of Windows 10″
Windows 10 Version
Official Release Date
of Support Date
The problem that many people are reporting – and Darcy has
experienced — is this:
When Windows 10 users open Settings > Update & Security >
Windows Update, it may show that Windows is up to date, when it
is not. And even clicking on Check for Updates shows
Windows 10 is up to date. Darcy and a lot of the folks who wrote
were still using Windows 10 version 1909. Windows 10
version 1909 reaches the end of its support cycle on May 11,
2021 – not that far away.
Our advice? Right now, is an excellent time for you to check
your Windows version. Type WINVER in taskbar search and press
Enter when you see the winver run command appear in the search
results. A window will open showing your Windows version and
If you see Windows 10 Version 1909, you
need to update soon. And since you may not be able to update
using Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, you can
going to this page.
On that page, you can click “Update now” or “Download tool
now” to update your computer to the current version of Windows
10. Both the Windows update assistant (Update now) and the tool
can upgrade your PC to the latest version. If you download the
tool, you’ll also have the option to create a Windows 10
installation USB or DVD.
If you need help with the tool, it’s available from the same
So, now is the time to check your PC to find out what version
of Windows 10 you’re using and upgrade your PC to the current
version if you find you’re still running Windows 10 version
1909. And if you’re still running version 2004, you can choose
to update or not. But, keep in mind, Windows 10 version 21H2
will be released in May 2021.
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Infoplease: An Online Encyclopedia and a Whole Lot
Infoplease is an online encyclopedia that has answers to
almost any questions you have. Infoplease says it has answers to
“everything under the sun, including the sun”.
But Infoplease is more than an encyclopedia. It’s an almanac,
a dictionary, a thesaurus, and an atlas. And besides all those,
Infoplease has a Daily IQ section, a Homework Center, a Fact
Monster for younger kids, and a whole lot more.
Here are a few of the features of Infoplease.
Arts and Culture
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Here’s what the staff of Infoplease has to say…
“Infoplease is a reference and learning site,
combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an
atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts,
and historical records. Our editors regularly update and
refine this enormous body of information as well as adding
new discoveries and identifying trends to bring you reliable
and authoritative information. The content is written and
edited by professional editors, and the site has received
numerous awards and accolades since launch. Parents,
teachers and librarians turn to Infoplease for information
on an array of topics, including current events, pop
culture, science, government and history. They can also
confidently point students and children to our COPPA and
kidSAFE-certified sister site, Fact Monster, assured that
it’s a safe place for kids to explore.”
If you’re looking for an answer to a
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want to visit Infoplease.
You wake up and you look out your bedroom window and you see it’s
another beautiful spring day. You hear the birds singing, you see the
flowers opening in the sun, and you smell the fresh, clean spring
You see a deer peacefully eating a plant in a field, you see a bee
hopping from flower to flower, and you see puffy, ephemeral white
clouds, majestically floating in a bright, crystalline-blue springtime
You think how wonderfully balanced nature is — the soil feeding the
flower, the flower feeding the bee and the deer, the clouds floating
above created from rain and rain created by clouds and the rain the
formed the oceans, the lakes, the ponds, the rivers — and all of them
full of life and all of them life sustaining.
You look up at the sun and you know that everything draws its power from
it — the flowers, the oceans, the plants, the animals, even you — all
You think how powerful the sun is and yet how significant it is. You
realize if the sun would burn out right now all life on Earth would end
and the world would be a barren, frozen wasteland.
And you ponder the sun’s insignificance. It’s just an ordinary star...
Please read the rest of this essay here.
What are the four most important things you can do to
keep yourself safe on the Internet?
Some so-called geeks will tell you to install browser add-ins
like safe site toolbars so you can let someone else decide what
is safe and what is not. Some will tell you to install a
firewall because Windows firewall is no good. There is an
endless supply of questionable and bad advice out there, and we
know it's really difficult to figure out who to believe.
Here's something that will help you. What is the motivation of
the geek or tech writing the newsletter? To inform you or to
scare you into reading an article. We subscribe to numerous
newsletters, and a couple of the more popular ones seem to live
by clickbaiting - that is by using headlines to lure you into
clicking a link to read an article. We see this every day - and
it's a shame because they take advantage of the very people they
profess to want to help.
And it's not easy to find interesting computer-related topics to
write about that will appeal to most readers... but there's no
reason to stoop to fear mongering and clickbaiting.
The headline of this back to basics might be considered to be
clickbaiting, but it's not. We really are going to tell you the
four most important things you can do to stay safe on the
Internet and you don't have to jump through hoops or click a
link to read them, because here they are - in order of
A. Always Use Strong Passwords
B. Be careful when clicking links. Think before you click
C. Never click links in an email if you're not sure who sent
it... and never click links in an email that comes from a bank,
credit card company, or other financial institution that asks
you to verify a password or your account. Think before you
D. Use good security software that protects you from all manner
of malware: Pups, ransomware, scamware, Trojans, viruses, et.
Those are the four... now go and be safe!
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