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Issue #953
Volume 19 Number 11
January 14, 2022

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Rita wants to move on from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge
Where should I go for the download Edge and then change my browser from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge?

Our answer
Hi Rita. You're using Windows 10, so Microsoft Edge is already installed on your computer. It's in your Start menu, and a shortcut to Edge is most likely on your taskbar. If you can't find it, type EDGE in the taskbar search and click "Open" when Microsoft Edge appears in the search results.

To set Edge as your default browser, do this:

1. Right-click on your start button.
2. Click "Settings".
3. Click "Apps".
4. Click "Default apps"
5. Click "Web browser" and select Microsoft Edge from the drop-down list.

That's it! We hope this helps you, Rita.

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Peggy wants our opinion of Ninite
Could you share your opinion of Ninite?

Our answer
Hi Peggy, We have a very poor opinion of

First, we're not sure why anyone would want to install a lot of programs at once. We believe that each program you install should be installed thoughtfully and carefully - we can't think of one good reason for mass installing software unless it's in a corporate setting with one administrator.

Furthermore, a quick look at Ninite's websites shows they really don't update their website very often. They're still offering the outdated Microsoft Security Essentials as well as other out-of-date or unnecessary programs such as Spybot search and destroy.

You should install programs with forethought and care - one at a time - not mass-install a bunch of programs at once.

So we can't find any reason why anyone would want to use Ninite.

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Brenda is looking program she thought we recommended
I have been with you for years and couldn't do without all your tips and tricks. I have just had a new computer and am in the throes of putting everything back where it was and how I like it. I have always used a little program called The Sage a dictionary aid which I am sure I downloaded from you many years ago. However, I cannot find it anywhere. Can either of you two help in any way, I would be most grateful, I thought The Sage was a wonderful little program. Kind Regards, Brenda.

Our answer
Hi Brenda. I searched all our tips and we never recommend anything called Sage dictionary. Since we generally favor online apps when possible (PDF editors, file converters, etc.) as they use very few resources and take up very little disk space, We are more inclined to recommend an online dictionary. But since you asked, I did find a reliable site from which you can download The Sage Dictionary. You can download the Sage Dictionary from Major Geeks here

Any of the links on that page will work for you except the Android link...since you're using Windows. And now that I see that the Sage Dictionary now offers an Android version - that tells me the developers are keeping the program updated.

Keep in mind I have not tested the Sage Dictionary but the reviews look good.

We hope this helps you, Brenda.

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Don uses PowerToys to resize photos
About a year ago, I lost my ability to send resized photos via email...I wrote and asked you about it but you didn't know how I was resizing images.

I just installed Windows 11 and also installed the Win 11 version of Power Toys and when I installed it I remembered how I resized photos. Say you are in Windows Explorer and want to send a photo to a friend. The photo is very large. With PowerToys, you can just right-click on the photo and pick the size you want. PowerToys is also available for Windows 10.

Our answer
Hi Don. I often forget about Power Toys - they are constantly being updated and expanded. I never use it for image resizing since I use FastStone Capture 90% of the time - and PaintShop Pro or IrfanView. So, perhaps that's why when you mentioned resizing images we didn't mention Power Toys since the aforementioned are more robust. I don't think I would have ever thought about using Power Toys to resize images. As we often tell people - use what works for you.

I can see why it would be convenient for a lot of folks since all you have to do is right-click on a picture and choose "resize". And I just took a look at the latest version of Power Toys and it's quite nice. The one thing I don't like is the preset sizes...You can add preset sizes but I prefer custom resizing.... still for many people Power Toys Image Resizer might be just what they're looking for. So, thanks to your email we've written an article about it so everyone can share. Thanks for writing and reminding me about Power Toys! Anyone interested can read our article about Power Toys for Windows 11 and Windows 10... here.

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Eileen asks about Norton 365 with Lifelock
I'm helping another friend who has Norton Lifelock/Norton 360 virus protection which expires in February of next year. I read something just the other day on one of your pages about Norton and how they've been sued for false advertising and of course I can't remember what page I read it on. Do you have any of the latest info on them that I can forward to her?

Our answer
Hi Eileen. Norton was not sued, Lifelock was sued several times before Norton purchased it. Norton is very careful not to cross the line of saying Lifelock protects you from hackers and identity theft in all cases. It does mislead by saying a VPN stops malware and identity theft - it does neither. Norton with Lifelock starts out at $9.99 a month for one computer for the first year, but over time gets exceedingly costly. Additionally, Norton's antivirus component is not rated the highest - and its malware protection is lacking.

Here's one article - our of many - where we discuss Lifelock's misleading advertising.

We hope this helps you, Eileen.

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Nancy wants the best/easiest way to transfer files/folders between two computers
What is the best way to transfer my documents, downloads, photos, etc., from my old computer to my new computer. Is there a way to do it? I'm sure you have addressed this in the past probably, but, if and when, I no longer remember. Or can you lead me to a page with directions? With past computers, I "thought" there was a program to do that and it came with a new computer, but there was none with my Craft computer. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Our answer
Hi Nancy. Thanks so much.  Yes, there are programs you can buy to transfer programs and files/folders from one PC to another, but used incorrectly they can be disasters and so we don't recommend any of them.

Here is the best way to do it manually.

1. First you'll need an external hard drive. An inexpensive 1 terabyte would be adequate for this.

2. Plug the external drive into a USB port on your old computer and copy the entire C:\Users\Your Username folder to the external drive.

3. Unplug the external drive from the old PC and plug it into the new one.

4. Open the folder on the external drive.

a. Open the documents folder - select all the files inside it (CTRL+A).

b. Open the documents folder on the new computer and copy the files you selected on the external drive to the Documents folder on the new PC.

Repeat a and b with the Pictures folder, Music folder, Video folder, and Favorites folders.

One thing to remember is that you should never just copy the documents/pictures/music/etc. folders on the external folder to the corresponding folders on the new PC. If you do you'll have a mess where clicking "Documents" opens a folder with another folder called "Documents" inside for example. Always open the folder on the external drive, select all the files/folders inside and copy them to the corresponding folder on the new PC.

We hope this helps you, Nancy. If you have any further questions or need more information, just let us know.

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Rona gets an hourglass icon when clicking a blank area of her desktop
Hi Darcy & TC. I am really sorry to be bothering you with my problem so near to the holidays, but this is causing me much frustration. There is a small section of my computer screen where my mouse changes to an hourglass and will not respond to doing what I am trying to do. I have tried several fixes to try and make it work properly, but nothing has helped. It also happens when I use the scrolling pad on my laptop.
Can you suggest something for me to try - it has happened as I have typed this. Thanks in anticipation.

Our answer
Hi Rona. A cursor only turns into an hourglass when you click on a shortcut to a program, file, setting, hyperlink (web shortcut), etc. If you're clicking on a black area of your desktop and getting an hourglass then there's some kind of shortcut there even if you cannot see it. I'm not sure about hovering over an area of your desktop, but even though you can't see anything there, obviously there has to be.

Try this...

Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and uncheck "Show desktop icons"... this will hide all your desktop icons including the one you cannot see.

Now, right-click on your taskbar and choose Toolbars and select "Desktop". You'll see a desktop toolbar appear in your taskbar on the right-side near the notification area.

Now go back to your desktop to the spot where you were getting an hourglass and see if you still get it. If not, look at your taskbar and click the "Desktop" toolbar you created above. You'll see a list of all the shortcuts on your desktop. Remove any you don't want or need by right-clicking on them (one at a time) and clicking "Delete". Keep in mind, deleting shortcuts from your desktop does not delete the program, file, etc. does not delete the associated file/program/folder. Just be careful you don't delete any pictures or folders or documents you saved to the desktop... only shortcuts.

Now you can remove the desktop toolbar by right-clicking the taskbar, clicking on Toolbars, and removing the checkmark next to Desktop. Then right-click on your desktop and click "View" then select "Show desktop icons".

If that doesn't work, use File Explorer, navigate to C:\Users\Your Username\Desktop and open the desktop folder. See what is in that folder you can delete. Remember deleting shortcuts from your desktop does not delete the associated program, file, etc. Just be careful you don't delete any pictures or folders or documents you saved to the desktop... only shortcuts.

We hope this helps you, Rona.
Rona wrote back: "I am so grateful to you TC for such a quick response and I am happy to say the problem now seems to be solved.
Thank you again... Rona"

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Sharon wants to set two home pages in her browser
I have you as my homepage also use Gmail from there. But if I want to go to Gmail and open your homepage? Thanks again for all the help you offer. Sharon

Our answer
Hi Sharon. Thank you! You can set as many homepages as you want. However, keep in mind, the more pages you have open when you open your browser, the slower it will be. I would not recommend you have more than two or three pages opening with your browser.

Here is a page that shows you how to set a home page in your browser and how to add additional home (or start) pages.

We hope this helps you, Sharon.

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How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Change File Explorer Views
Windows 10 and Windows 11

Hey, keyboard shortcut fans! Did you know that you can change the way File Explorer displays files and folders using keyboard shortcuts?  

Open File Explorer (Windows Key + E) and try these.

CTRL+SHIFT+1 = Extra Large Icon View

CTRL+SHIFT+2 = Large Icon View

CTRL+SHIFT+3 = Medium Icon View

CTRL+SHIFT+4 = Small Icon View

CTRL+SHIFT+5 = List View

CTRL+SHIFT+6 = Details View

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Keyboard shortcut fans, rejoice!  And for the rest of you, now you know another way to change file and folder views in File Explorer.

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How to Find Out if You Have Standard Hard Drives (HDDs) or Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Windows 10/Windows 11

Right-click on the Start button. Click “Run”. In the Run box type dfrgui and press Enter.

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Look under “Media type”. Hard drives show up as “Hard disk drive(s)” and Solid State Drives (SSDs) show up as "Solid state drive(s)". It will also show the last date the drive was defragged (HDD) or "Retrimmed" (SSD).

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The Windows Cipher Command
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11

Wipe free disk space with a simple command and make deleted files unrecoverable

By now you know that when you delete files or folders in Windows, they’re not really deleted. Not even close. Deleting a file or folder merely tells Windows that the space occupied by the file or folder that you deleted is now available for use, and Windows considers it free space – that is – space it can use.

So everything you delete is still on your computer, but the hard drive space it used shows as free space. Of course, this means any of those files you deleted are recoverable at least for a while. In fact, with the right software, everything you’ve ever had on your computer, every word you’ve typed, every picture you’ve saved and deleted, and everything else is recoverable.

But did you know there’s a hidden utility in Windows that will overwrite all the free space, thus making the files you’ve deleted unrecoverable – or at least nearly impossible to recover? There is — and all it takes is a simple command to run it.

Press the Windows Key plus the “R” key and type:

cipher /w:C (where C is the letter of the drive you want to wipe). So, for example, if you want to wipe the free space on drive C, type:

cipher /w:C

If you want to wipe drive F, type

cipher /w:F

Please note the space between the word cipher and the forward slash. 

Don’t worry. Wiping the free space on your drives does not affect any of your data or programs. It merely wipes the space Windows shows as free to use that was once occupied by files you deleted. So you won’t lose anything by doing this.

One more thing: If you have a very large hard drive with a lot of free space, this process is going to take a long time, so be prepared. Also, closing all open applications while the free space is being wiped, helps speed up the process. So it’s best to do this when you’re not actively using your computer.

And yes, we know… there are plenty of free programs that claim to wipe free disk space and claim to make files unrecoverable. But now you know how to wipe free space with a simple Windows command – no third-party software needed.

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The 100+ Most Useful Websites for (Almost) Anyone and Everyone

We were lucky when we stumbled upon this website. We were amazed at the number of links to useful websites this blog contains. So, this is more than a site pick, as there are (as of today) 111 interesting and/or useful websites listed here. You’ve probably heard of many of them – maybe even visited some of them – but we’re betting you haven’t heard of or visited all of them … and there are some real gems listed on this blog.

The author introduces “The 100+ Most Useful Websites for (Almost) Anyone and Everyone this way…

There’s a very good chance that we end up using only the most popular websites on the web because they are just everywhere. However, it doesn’t really mean that they’re the best websites on the Internet.

Needless to say, “popular” isn’t necessarily the best. And that’s how I decided to come up with a list of extremely useful (and probably less-known) websites on the web.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or a homemaker, I have hand-picked one hundred most useful websites for you — to get things done, or to spend time with, or to find something interesting. And no, it doesn’t include the Facebooks and Amazons of the world.

Here are just the first ten websites listed… hopefully to motivate you to visit this Cloudeight site pick and check out the other 101 sites listed there!

  1. 500px — Get inspired with incredible photos from diverse styles and genres around the world.
  2. — Create your free, one-page website in just a few minutes.
  3. Airbnb — Rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 191+ countries.
  4. Alexa — See the top 500 websites on the web.
  5. Allrecipes — Find and share everyday cooking inspiration on Allrecipes.
  6. AlternativeTo —  AlternativeTo lets you find apps and software by recommending alternatives to apps you already know.
  7. — Take a ‘snapshot’ of a webpage that will always be online even if the original page disappears.
  8. Asana — Manage your team’s work, projects, and tasks online.
  9. AutoDraw — AutoDraw pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help you draw stuff fast.
  10. Awesome Screenshot — Screen capture for all or part of any web page. Add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.

OK… now you have the first ten websites…are you ready to see the other 101?

Visit “The 100+ Most Useful Websites for (Almost) Anyone and Everyone” right now.

You’ll quickly see why we chose it as today’s Cloudeight site pick!

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My Thoughts on Winter

If you hate winter and are easily depressed – read on at your own risk. :-)

This is the time of year that ignites the depression genes inside me and I really have to fight back hard to put out all those little depressing fires that remind me that…

A. Christmastime is over

B. All the happy lights and Christmas decorations are down and the world is back to its blah, drab, winter attire.

C. The days are short and cold and the nights are longer and colder.

And every time I venture out of my house for the next two (or three) months, I’m going to have to dress like an astronaut preparing for a trip to the moon.

OK. Maybe that’s an exaggeration – but there’s not too much hyperbole going on there. Yesterday, the windchill was five degrees (F), which is minus 15 degrees to all of you using the metric system. No matter what system you use – that’s cold. Right?

And around here in the winter you can count on a breeze. If you can call a mini-gale a “breeze”. There are two constants about winter here in the Great Lakes region of the good old US of A:

1. It’s going to be cloudy.
2. It’s going to be windy.

I could have added a third constant – it’s going to be cold. But most winters lately have been milder – not “warm” and still miserable, but not spine-cracking cold. Global warming? Or just a quirk of nature? Who knows?

But clouds and wind we have aplenty. Not that I’d want to but if dared wear a baseball cap I’d end up chasing it down the street...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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How to get that window out of the way, the right way

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Volume 19 Number 11
January 14, 2022 

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