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Volume 18 Number 30
May 28, 2021
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Carol can't find Contacts in Gmail
Hi TC and Darcy. I found a link in a Google search for Gmail contacts
because i could not find a link to contacts in Gmail. This is crazy! Do
you have a solution for finding the contacts page and adding contacts in
Gmail without leaving Gmail site?
Thanks again for all your help. I don't know where else we would go for
the great amount of help we all need.
Hi Carol. Yes, just log in to Gmail, then look in the upper right (where
the "9" dots are). Click on the 9-dots and then scroll down until you
see Contacts. You can add contacts or edit theme there. See the
Bonnie really messed up her display colors
I really screwed up the screen on my laptop. I tried using the black
background with white fonts for a few days and today I wanted to go back
to white background with black fonts and I've ended up with something I
don't like. It's now black background with chartreuse fonts. Yuck!
I tried to find your information about switching back and I can't find
it. Can you help me and direct me where to correct this, Please?
Hi Bonnie. All you need to do is turn off Color Filters. Here's our
article on how to do that.
We hope this helps you, Bonnie.
Bonnie wrote back: "Thank you so much. It seems to be working the
way I want it to be. Now what I have to do is quit messing with all
those things then I won't get upset with myself and have to bother
Linda's wireless adapter quit working
I have a huge problem I reset my old computer to clean it out and use it
as a backup because it was suggested to me to update to a newer
computer. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this and
behold the old computer does not recognize the wireless adapter, so I
cannot access internet. I went to computer manufacturer's web site and
download all the drivers for this computer but still no wireless
internet. I don't know what to do now.
Hi Linda. The easiest and least complicated "fix" is to buy a USB Wi-Fi
adapter (around $20).
Once you have the adapter, all you have to do is plug it into a USB port
on your PC and follow the instructions that come with the adapter.
For more info about USB Wi-Fi adapters,
see this page.
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Deb needs help with Windows 10 colors
Here i am again 3rd (maybe 4th) time in all these years, Windows update
changed my view on my desktop screen. I do know how to change colors and
wallpaper etc., but this new Windows update has left me with all gray
Unless I use Dark Mode to go back to color choices for taskbar & start
menu then everything else is BLACK and I hate it.
Is there a way to get it all back to white background but still keep my
colored accents. Everything i seem to read or see only shows me how to
go to dark mode...
Thanks in advance for any help, Deb
Hi Deb. You have to remember in Settings > Personalization > Colors you
have to select "Custom" under Choose your color. Then, under Default
Windows Mode, you have to choose "Dark" and under Default app mode" you
can choose either light or dark depending on what you want. When your
computer is set up like this you can chose any color you want for your
taskbar, start menu, program window border colors. You can choose from a
Color Chart or any custom color.
Above: You must choose "Custom" under "Choose your color" and "Dark"
under Windows Mode. You can choose Light or Dark under App mode.
When you do this, you'll be able to select any color from a color chart.
Or create a custom color - using the color mixer.
Under "Show accent color on the following surfaces" you must check both
If you still can't get it to work for you, if you have a Cloudeight
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Joann says every time she starts her computer Firefox asks to
be her default browser
Hi TC. Each time that I log onto the internet, a window pops up
regarding Firefox. It always asks me if I want to make Firefox my
default browser. If I click on "Not now", it continues to pop up each &
every time that I go online. If I click on "yes" or "okay" (whichever it
offers), then a big window pops up w/all kinds of choices. I never see
any that I should accept. What do you advise? I'd like to be finished
with this window pop-up for good.
Thank you so much for all your help. I have so very much appreciated
all your directions, instructions, tips, offers, and help for so many
years now! I have learned most of what I know about my computer(s) over
those years from your InfoAve e-mails, notices, etc. It has been a
treasure and a pleasure to learn from you. Thanks again, Joann.
Hi Joann. Thanks very much for your nice comments and for your long-time
There is nothing unusual or malicious going on here. When Firefox asks
if you want it to be your default browser and you click No (Not now),
the next time you open Firefox it will ask you again. When you click YES
(Use Firefox as my default browser) , then Settings > Apps > Default
Apps will open where you'll see a list of apps for which you can set
your defaults (we explain that here).
Next time Firefox asks if you want to make it your default browser,
don't click yes or (Use Firefox as my default browser) or No (Not now)…
remove the checkmark from the box next to "Always perform this check
when starting Firefox". Firefox won't ask to be your default browser
anymore. See the screenshot below.
We hope this helps you, Joann.
Carol doesn't want to have to sign into her Windows 10 computer
How can I get rid of Windows log in when I start my Windows 10 computer.
Hi Carol, we always advise people to use a password or PIN. But if you
are sure you don't want to use a password or PIN to log into Windows 10,
follow the instructions in our tutorial here.
Carol wrote back: "Thank you. It worked great! Thanks for getting
back to me so quickly. Carol"
has a problem with Microsoft Edge
I've been having trouble updating Edge. I was just going to search
Cloudeight for instructions on this and found your article about running
SFC and DISM. So, I followed instructions; it took about half an hour
to get to 8%. Three hours later, it's stuck at 8%. I think I'll have to
use my Repair Key, which I purchased when you first made them available.
Hi MaryLee. You don't have to use a repair key to fix Edge. All you need
to do is reset it.
See this page to learn how to reset Microsoft Edge.
Once you do that, close and reopen Edge. Then type (or copy/paste) this
into the Edge address bar...
It will tell you if your Edge browser is up to date and if not, give you
the option to update it.
DISM/SFC scans are for finding and fixing or replacing Windows system
files. If the scans stop when running them, you might want to close all
open programs before running them again.
We hope this helps you. MaryLee.
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How to Use Microsoft Office Apps Online for Free
A tip for everyone
One of the questions we are most often asked is how to open or create
Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files without spending any money. We usually
suggest free MS Office substitutes like Open Office or Libre Office. But
there's something we don't remind you of very much an that is if you
don't need the full suite of MS Office tools, you can access a some of
its apps online for free -- including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
And all you need to do is going to
https://office.com and login with your Microsoft account. If you
don't have a Microsoft account, you can create one free. For our
purposes, a Microsoft account is a Microsoft email address. If you have
an @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @msn.com, @live.com or @live.ca email
address you have a Microsoft account. If you don't yet have a Microsoft
account go to https://outlook.com/
and get a free @outlook.com or @hotmail.com address.
Once you've logged in to Office.com,
just select the app you want to use. You can even save your work in the
cloud with OneDrive.
You might be thinking... "Wait... if I can get those MS Office apps for
free, why would I pay for MS Office in the first place? These apps have
fewer features than the full Office versions, but for most people
they'll get the job done. Another drawback is that they only run in your
web browser, so you can't use them when you're not online or on your
But there are benefits to MS Office (free) too. You can share links to
your projects and even collaborate in real time, similar to Google's G
For most folks looking to create and/or open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
files, these free apps should work well for you.
Fun with the Run Box
Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (all versions)
We call a Run command a Run box – because we’re not geeks. And most
of you know that you can open a Run box by pressing the Windows Key + R.
But did you know that when you open a Run box, you open up a world of
commands. And just seriously complex commands made for geeky people.
Many are for normal folks like you and me… and the ones we’re going to
show you can come in handy.
Moving right along…
Did you know that you can open programs or web
pages from a Run command? You can open folders and run Windows
commands as well. The Run command is not just for geeks in dirty
sweatpants sitting around in dank, musty basements surrounded by
computer screens, and billows of e-cigarette smoke. The Run command
works for ordinary folks too — and we are going to prove it to you.
Use the Windows Key+R keyboard shortcut to open a Run box. Type the
name of a program in the Run box and press Enter. For instance, try
typing Chrome and then tap the Enter key. If Chrome is installed, it
will open. You can try other programs too, but keep in mind, If the
program does not open, some programs require you to be a geek and type
in file path too.
But we’re not geeks so we’re going to show you
some applications you can open from a Run box for which you don’t need
no stinkin’ file paths.
Enough bloviating! Let’s try some Run box magic
right now. Press & hold down the Windows Key and tap the R key. The Run
dialog will open. Now enter any of the following in the Run box and
iexplore.exe (Internet Explorer)
RSTRUI.exe (System Restore)
MSPaint (Microsoft Paint)
MSCONFIG (Configuration utility)
SERVICES.MSC (Windows Services)
WRITE (Opens WordPad)
Chrome (if Chrome is installed)
Firefox (if Firefox is installed)
MSEdge (Opens Edge in Windows 10)
Thunderbird (if Thunderbird is installed)
Winver (displays your current Windows version)
Taskmgr (opens Task Manager)
Calc (opens the Windows Calculator)
Documents (opens your Documents folder)
Downloads (opens your default Downloads folder)
Music (opens your default Music folder)
Videos (opens your Videos folder)
Explorer (opens File Explorer)
Shutdown /R (restarts your computer)
Shutdown (shuts down your computer)
Control (opens Control Panel)
Appwiz Ctrl (opens Control Panel’s change or remove programs)
Control Desktop (Opens Personalization settings)
You can also enter a URL (Web page address) directly into a Run
Command and open any webpage in your default browser.
There are tons of other commands too, but woe
is me, I’m tired of trying to think of them! The list above should be
plenty to get you started.
The Case of the Hot & Dirty
Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 (Laptop users)
written about keeping your computer clean and free of malware,
junkware, excess startup apps, etc. But rarely have we written
about keeping the outside of your computer clean. Keeping your
laptop clean can not only make your laptop run better and last
longer – it can help keep you healthier too.
If you never clean your laptop, you’re not doing your
computer’s health (or yours) any favors. Did you know that if
you never clean your laptop keyboard it could be dirtier than a
toilet seat in a public restroom? YUCK!
A recent survey found that laptop keyboards often contain
more germs than toilet seats in public restrooms – and most
users rarely clean their laptop keyboards – if they clean them
at all. So, let’s be clean and healthy…
Unless you like the idea of typing on a dirty toilet seat
it’s time to clean it. Apply isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to a
microfiber cloth. Make sure the cloth is damp but not dripping.
Use the cloth to clean the keyboard keys and all the areas
bordering it. Next, take a dry microfiber or other lint-free
cloth to dry and polish your keyboard. If the spaces between
your keys are still dirty, use a cotton swab lightly dampened
with isopropyl alcohol to clean and sanitize.
Just about everyone dusts the furniture and other objects
around the home. But very few people dust the vents on their
laptops. Dust can also clog your laptop vents inside and prevent
it from cooling down properly.
Dusty cooling vents, can block airflow and cause your laptop to
overheat. Overheating can drain your laptop’s battery and
shorten its life as well as hinder its performance. Also, if
your laptop gets too hot it can randomly shut down. The hotter
your laptop gets the worst its performance may be as your try to
compensate for the excess heat.
Let’s get clean those dusty vents. Locate the cooling vents
on your laptop – they are usually on the sides or bottom. Next,
point a can of compressed air at the vents. Be careful not to
use too much pressure. The best way to clean your laptop’s
cooling vents with compressed is to shoot short bursts from
different angles into the laptop vents. This cleans your vents
and helps your laptop stay cooler. To prevent dust from
building up, you should clean the vents once a month.
And, if your laptop is running hot and
you’re sure the vents are not full of dust, make sure the vents
are not blocked by clothing, tablecloths, etc. And don’t place
your laptop on top of a comfy pillow on your lap. Instead, use a
cooling pad (available
for $30 and up) or place your laptop on a flat, solid
surface such as a tabletop. If you use your laptop on a table,
make sure you don’t place your laptop on top of a cloth placemat
Clean the screen
A dirty laptop screen can dull colors and make it difficult
to read text. So, let’s clean the screen.
First, shut down your laptop. It’s easy to see dust, dirt,
and grime when the screen is dark. Use a clean new sponge
dampened (not soaked) with distilled water. Never use tap water
or harsh chemicals to clean your laptop screen and never use
paper towels on your screen. Gently wipe the screen with the
damp sponge being careful to clean up any drips right away.
If your computer screen has sticky gunk or spatters or greasy
spatters on it, use a clean microfiber cloth dampened with one
of the following mixtures:
50% distilled water & 50% white vinegar
50% distilled water & 50% isopropyl alcohol
100% distilled water + one or two drops of dishwashing liquid
Rub the screen gently in small circles to avoid streaks.
Never press too hard or you can damage your laptop’s screen.
Remember…easy does it! Be gentle. Repeat as often as necessary
until your laptop’s screen is clean and clear.
Finally, wait for the screen to dry completely before closing
your laptop’s lid or powering it on.
It does not take a lot of time or effort to make sure your
laptop is a clean machine.
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Make Almost Anything
A long, long time ago, back when I first met EB, I thought
she knew everything. So, when I needed to know how to do or make
anything, I just asked her. But then, as I got to know her
better, I found out that she doesn’t know everything. Go ahead
and ask her how to grow a square watermelon. She won’t know.
Anyway… our site pick today is called Instructables. It’s a
site that had its origins at MIT and Squid Labs. But you don’t
care about that, all you care about is what it is and what you
can do with it. And what you can do with it is- just to name a
Learn to make salsa
Bring the chips, mi amigo! Si! Si!
Learn to a simple wooden table with benches for kids
Learn to do an oil change
Learn to grow a square watermelon
You’re so square!
Learn to make an emergency oil lamp
I’ll drink the beer; you make the lamp!
Learn to fix up an old bicycle
Or learn to make or do over 100,000 more things.
OK, you get the idea. About anything you want to learn how to
do or make can be found on Instructables. There are currently
over 100,000 Instructables on the site. And the remarkable thing
about Instructables is that most of them are easy to understand
– and most include pictures so you can easily follow the
Finding what you’re looking for on Instructables is a snap:
Just type in what you want to learn to make or do in the site’s
search engine at the top of each page and there’s a good chance
you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in just a second or
two. The site search is extremely fast and accurate.
If you choose you can also browse through the site’s
“Featured” Instructables. or browse through the Instructables by
category from the Categories menu at the bottom of the page:
The categories you can browse are:
Here’s some info from the site’s owners/developers:
…When they weren’t solving interesting problems like
solar panels for driveways, efficiently harnessing human
power, or strain sensing ropes, you could find them sharing
Instructables from the workshop. From cooking to 3d printing
to making just about anything fly, Instructables became the
recipient of countless hours of tinkering, soldering,
stitching, frying, and fun, making just about anything…
Instructables was officially spun out of Squid Labs
in the summer of 2006, and has gone on to grow from a modest
list of hundreds of projects to over one hundred thousand.
The community that now calls the site home, is an amazing
mix of wonder from around the world. Every day we continue
to be amazed by the imagination, curiosity, and simple
awesomeness of everyone who shares their creations with us
So, what have you learned so far, EB? That’s right!
When you want to do or make something, and you are not sure how
check out our site pick “Instructables”. We’re quite sure
you’ll find what you’re looking for.
If you’ve yearned to learn how to make or do something, then
Instructables is a site you’ll find is worth much more than
its weight in gold. After all, how much does a website weigh?
Seek no more… go and learn!
Visit Instructables right now.
You’ll be glad you did.
Quantum English – The Long-Awaited Reprise
Someone once said that if you use bad grammar, it’s like having
bad breath – you can say all sorts of intelligent things, but no
one is going to take you seriously. You can gargle and chew gum
for your breath, but if you’re grammatically illiterate — until
now there was no easy solution.
Luckily for you, in this modern age of instant communion, love,
and food, I’ve stumbled upon the most amazing and revolutionary
discovery in the history of the English language, or at least
since Garmond Retutsi discovered the now overused exclamation
point in Palp, Sussex, England in 1488 – a scant 4 years before
Columbus discovered Hispaniola, and six years after King Phillip
III beheaded his youngest and last wife, Queen Heather I. And
all that happen, just prior to the time when the Two Doors line
of royalty began – and well before four doors became popular
One summer morning, while I had nothing better to do – which is
often the case on summer mornings – I sat behumbled on my couch
listening to the air conditioner humming and my ears ringing.
With this cacophony flowing through my head, I began thinking
about a show I had seen several nights before on The Science
Channel. It was about quantum physics. In this show, they
taunted us thinking viewers with some interesting concepts drawn
from quantum physics. For instance, let’s say you live in
Middleburg, Pa. I’m not accusing you of being from Pennsylvania,
I’m just saying. And let’s say your darling Aunt Prudence lives
in Gluttux, West Virginia – again, I’m not accusing you of
having relatives from West Virginia. I’m just saying...
Please read the rest of this essay here.
What the heck is the Dark Web?
The Dark Web is an invisible part of the Web that is not
searchable by search engines like Google. You can only access
with via the Onion (Tor) network. The Tor Browser can be used to
access the dark web - it's the original dark web browser. The
Tor browser routes your web page requests through a series of
proxy servers operated by volunteers around the globe,
supposedly making your IP address unidentifiable and
The Dark Web is mostly a place where people buy and sell illegal
things like stolen credit card numbers, fake passwords, stolen
identities, illegal drugs, illegal prescriptions and a lot more.
All traffic to/from the dark web is encrypted and
theoretically hidden from all other internet traffic and
searches- hence the "Dark Web".
Some companies like Experian and others, supposedly scan the
Dark Web to see if your Social Security number or other highly
personal information is listed there.
If you're interested in learning more about the Dark Web,
here's some interesting reading for you.
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