Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly
Volume 20 Number 6
December 9, 2022
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Larry wants to see his drives not just a list
Hi Guys...A few days ago I managed to mess things up. Before
whenever I clicked on My PC which is on the Task Bar it would show my
drives and folders with a blue colored bar showing the amounts of space
used and left on my drives etc. Now when I click on My PC it just lists
them. Can you show me how to get it back to the way it was with that bar
showing the amounts? Thank you. Larry.
Hi Larry. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E) and click on "View" at
the top. Click "Options", and "Change folder and search options". In the
dialog that opens, at the top, next to "Open File Explorer to", select
We hope this helps you, Larry.
Eb does not want to open up an account to use a printer
Thank you so much for being there for those us frequently in need of
help and support, and continually providing useful advice, suggestions,
comments, and detailed instructions. This issue may have come up and
been discussed before and I missed it: Suddenly I'm required to open an
account and sign in, just to use my personal HP printer at home. I'm not
all that comfortable with the idea that a manufacturer needs to watch me
while I use its equipment. Almost sounds like spyware, doesn't it? If
you could shed some light on this issue, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you very much. Keep up the good work, Eb.
Hi Eb. Thanks for your nice comments!
It looks like you installed HP Smart and if you did you're going to need
to sign up for an HP account. Here's
an HP page explaining HP Smart. It also tells you how to use your
printer/scanner without signing into an account.
We hope this helps. you, Eb.
Rob wants to know what we think of Glary Utilities
Hi TC and EB. , I have been a Cloudeight subscriber for many years, and
truly thank you for the learning curve you have put me through. Would
you please give me your views on Glary Utilities? Years ago I used them
with windows 7 and would like to use Glary on my new Windows 10 machine.
Comments and suggestions on this free software, please. Regards Rob.
There's a reason why Glary Utilities has never been a Cloudeight
Freeware pick. The registry cleaner can cause serious Windows problems
and Glary Utilities makes promises that it can't keep - like that it can
fix all sorts of Windows problems with one click.
Those kinds of promises remind us of the One-click Fix scams we've
written about so often. Glary Utilities is not a scam but it cannot keep
the promises it makes. It also appears to us that Glarysoft is using the
Glary Utilities free version to sell its pro version.
Here are the major claims Glary Utilities makes and our comments beneath
them in italics.
The No. 1 Free, Powerful, and All-in-one utility for cleaning your PC.
There is no proof of this.
Boosts PC speed and fixes frustrating errors, crashes, and freezes.
You cannot click a button and boost your PC speed and fix crashes
and freezes - no such PC magic exists.
Features one-click functionality and easy, automated options.
This is the same old one-click fix hocus pocus.
Over 20 tools to maximize your Computer's performance
You don't need 20 tools to maximize your computer's performance.
You can keep your computer running well by keeping your Windows startups
at a minimum and being careful when you download apps, programs, and
browser extensions. Never install a driver updater and never update
drivers if you're not having any hardware-related problems. Learn all
you can about the Windows version you use, educate yourself, and use
good common sense when installing anything. Use a good
Emsisoft. Windows 10 and Windows 11 both have automated maintenance
features that are set to run by default.
That's what we think of Glary Utilities and why those utilities have
never been recommended by Cloudeight.
We hope this helps you make a good decision, Rob.
Myron is getting Norton and McAfee popups
I am getting constant popups from Norton and McAfee and I'm unable to
get them to stop. I have run scans with Emsisoft and come up with
nothing. I know I asked this same question one other time but the popups
went away and I forgot about it. Now they're back and I don't know how
to get rid of them.
Hi Myron. It sounds like your browser may have been compromised. You
will need to reset your browser and clear its cache.
Here is a page with instructions on how to do that for Chrome, Edge,
Once you reset the browser and clear its cache and history, it's a good
idea to restart your computer, although it's not required.
We hope this helps you, Myron.
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Joy wants advice on buying a new computer
Hello, We need a new desktop computer. Any suggestions on what to buy?
We are retirees, not gamers, and only use it for emails, web searches,
etc. Want something dependable, simple, and hopefully long-lasting? We
are wondering if an "all-in-one" is a better option or go with a
desktop. Hoping you will be offering some discounts for set-up &
assistance during the holiday season. Thanks, TC & Darcy!
Hi Joy. We've been using laptops for many years and we would never go
back to a desktop or all-in-one. Laptops are as powerful as desktops and
you can use them wherever you want. And if you need a bigger screen, you
can easily plug in a large monitor.
But if you going to limit your choice to desktops or all-in-ones, then
go with a desktop as they're usually more powerful than all-in-ones.
According to HP..."While there are exceptions, the processors offered
with today's desktop PCs are often more robust than those in
When shopping for a new computer - regardless of whether it's a laptop,
desktop, or all-in-one, the number one mistake people make is not
getting a computer with enough RAM. There are a lot of computers being
sold with 4 GB of RAM, but 4 GB of RAM is not going to be enough if you
want a "fast" computer. We don't think PC manufacturers should even
build 4 GB of RAM any more.
We recommend that you buy a PC with at least 8 GB of RAM. We also
recommend that you don't buy a computer with less than a 256GB SSD
(Solid State Drive) or 1 TB HDD (standard hard drive). Unless you're a
gamer, graphic artist, or work with huge databases, the type of
processor is not all that important. All modern processors provide
plenty of processing power for the average user. Just make sure the
processor supports Windows 11 - as Windows 10's end-of-life is less than
three years away. The size of the screen is your personal choice.
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We hope this helps you, Joy.
Yvonne wants to know why companies constantly insist that you use their
I have a question: Why are businesses on the internet insistent
that customers download an app? It's quite annoying to constantly visit
a page and see a request to download their app. Why can't things remain
as they used to be?
Hi Yvonne. Businesses want you to use their apps because they can keep
track of what you look at, what you buy, and what your personal
preferences are. It's the same as stores wanting you to sign up for
their preferred frequent shopper's clubs. Information is valuable and
the more info businesses collect the more money they can make.
Things will never be as they used to be because we're in the information
age where computers are ubiquitous and getting faster and faster and
collecting more and more information which is worth a lot of money. And
with Artificial Intelligence moving toward sentience, things are only
going to get worse.
Information is money and money is everything. That's just the way it is.
There is nothing as certain as change... we are sorry to say.
Diane wants to know if we're now recommending Bitwarden instead
Are you now recommending Bitwarden as a password manager instead of
Hi Diane. We are not recommending Bitwarden over LastPass, we recommend
Bitwarden as well as LastPass. Bitwarden (Free version) can be used on
all your devices (smartphones, tablets, Windows computers) whereas
LastPass (Free version) can only be used on one device type (smartphone,
tablet, or Windows computers). If you want to use LastPass on a
smartphone and a Windows computer for instance you have to buy the paid
version of LastPass.
Both Bitwarden and LastPass (along with RoboForm) are excellent password
managers. And since using strong passwords is the key to your security
on the internet, using a password manager, regardless of which one, is
We hope this helps you, Diane.
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Gmail Tips: How to Enable the
Send & Archive Button and/or Set the Default Gmail Text Style
Everyone who uses Gmail
Enable the Send & Archive button and keep your inbox cleaner
If your Gmail inbox contains a long list of emails that you’ve
already replied to (and by default they’ll stay in your inbox even after
you’ve replied), here’s a tip that allows you to reply and archive an
email at the same time. So, when you reply to someone, their email is
moved from the inbox to the “all mail” folder as soon as you hit the
“Send & Archive” button.
So how do you get the “Send & Archive button”? Easy!
Open Gmail, click on the gear icon near the top right and click “See
Under the “General” tab, scroll down until you see “Show ‘Send &
Archive'” and” tick the box next to the Show ‘Send & Archive button in
Next: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Save changes”.
Now when you reply to an email using the Send & Archive button, the
mail you replied to is moved out of your inbox and archived in the “All
Mail” folder, making for a much less cluttered inbox… plus you will
still have a copy of the mail in your Sent folder and the All Mail
How to change the default text style (font) in Gmail
Open Gmail, click on the gear icon near the top right and click “See
Scroll down in “Settings” until you see “Default text style”.
Click the small down arrow next to the current font name to open the
text style (font) menu.
When the menu opens, select the font you want to use as your Gmail
And don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click
the “Save changes” button or all your work will have been for naught!
The Cloud Recovery Reset Option
Windows 10 and Windows 11
The Cloud Recovery option gives Windows 10 and 11 users who are trying
to recover a badly corrupted installation of Windows a better option.
With Cloud Recovery, users can download a pristine copy of Windows 10 or
Windows 11 from Microsoft without using any pre-existing files.
According to Microsoft…
“The cloud download option will reinstall the same build,
version, and edition, that is currently installed on your device.
This new cloud download option is available to all Windows 10
devices and is different from the “Recover from the cloud” feature
available on some earlier Windows 10 devices.”
Here’s how to Cloud Reset your Windows 10 or Windows 11 and keep your
1.) Type RESET in the taskbar search
Click on “Reset this PC” when it appears in the search results
In the Recovery dialog, click Get Started under “Reset this PC”
Above: Windows 10. Below: Windows 11
When you click “Get Started” in Windows 10 or "Reset PC" in Windows
11, a window will open showing you two options:
“Keep my files” and “Remove everything”
If you want to keep your files and reinstall a
fresh copy of Windows make sure you select “Keep my files”
When you click on “Keep my files” you’ll see this dialog:
On the next screen, Windows will give you two options – “Cloud
Reinstall” and “Local Reinstall”. If you choose the first option,
Windows will reinstall a pristine copy of the same version of Windows
that is installed on your PC by downloading the files directly from
Microsoft’s servers. If you choose the second option, Windows will be
reinstalled with the files stored on your computer.
Click “Reset” and the reset will begin. Keep in mind that the
“Cloud Recovery” reset will take longer than a local reinstall depending
on your Internet connection speed. A Cloud Recovery reset could take
from 45 minutes to 2 hours or longer.
The Cloud Recovery reset option is the best choice if your Windows
installation is badly corrupted.
🎅Add a Little Christmas Fun and
Magic to Your Emails🎄
Windows 11 (Windows 10 requires an additional download)
First, before we get started, this won’t work with all email programs
or all social media platforms. But this tip does work in most webmail
apps including Gmail, Hotmail, and Outlook.com. It also works in OE
Classic. Thunderbird, MS Outlook (current version), and the Windows 10
and 11 Mail app.
Windows Emoji Pad (as we call it – others call it the Emoji Panel) is
an oft-forgotten feature of Windows 10 and Windows 11. It is the season
for wishing our friends and loved ones all the best during the holiday
season. Windows 11’s Emoji Pad (and to some extent Windows 10’s) allow
you to easily spice up your emails (and social media posts on some
platforms) with just a couple of clicks.
This post was written for Windows 11 and the Windows 11 Emoji Pad —
the pictures of the Emoji pad shown here are from Windows 11.
WINDOWS 10 USERS NOTE: If you have Windows
10, you won’t natively have GIF options.
See this page showing how to add GIFs to Windows 10’s Emoji panel.
How to open the Emoji Pad
There are two easy ways to open the Emoji Pad in Windows 11 and
Hold down the Windows key and tap the . (period) key.
Hold down the Windows key and t1p the ; (semi-colon) key.
When the Emoji pad opens it will open to the Emoji section.
And right below the Emoji section, you’ll see the GIF section.
Note that you can search all sections of the Emoji pad by typing your
search term in the Search box. Since we’re in the Christmas season now,
we typed in Christmas.
Adding some Christmas fun and magic to your holiday emails is
The Windows 11 Emoji pad has a limited number of Christmas emojis,
but a nice selection of animated Christmas gifs. We’re going to use the
Emojis to spruce up the subject line and save the gifs for the message
body – but can use them any way you wish.
First, you can add emojis from the Emoji pad into the subject line by
clicking in the subject line and then clicking the emoji you want to use
in the Emoji Pad. Here we used a Santa and a Christmas tree.
Then, go ahead and type your message. You can add an animated gif
anywhere in the message body by opening the Emjoi Pad, scrolling down to
the GIFS section, and clicking on the gif you want to add. There are a
lot of gifs, but you’ll have to type CHRISTMAS in the search box to see
When your lucky recipient receives your email they’ll see your cheery
emojis in the subject line and your good wishes and the animated gif in
the body of the email… see?
And you can use this tip in most email programs as well as in Gmail
and Outlook.com and Hotmail…
This screenshot is from the composition w1ndow in Gmail.
And this screenshot is from Hotmail/Outlook.com.
The Windows Emoji pad can help you add some Christmas fun and magic
to your holiday emails!
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Word Hippo: A Hippo You Will Love!
Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs
We are featuring this site pick thanks to a reminder from our dear
Let’s say you’re feeling particularly ornery and you want to lash
out. You could write a vitriolic diatribe and post it on your social
media account. But what if you don’t like the word vitriolic — say it
annoys you because it sounds like I’m a sesquipedalian?
If you visit Word Hippo you can type in vitriolic you will see a list
of synonyms such as spiteful, venomous, hurtful, acerbic, bitter, cruel,
rancorous, malicious, hateful, sarcastic, vicious, and caustic. If
that’s not enough for you, you can click on any of those words and get
synonyms for them too.
But let’s suppose you’re feeling the opposite. Type in “Vitriolic”
and find words that mean the opposite.
Word Hippo also finds rhyming words. If you’re a poet or rap star or
songwriter you might find this useful.
“She stuck her finger in the faucet hole
And pulled out a nasty multi-colored troll.
She started screaming and the firemen came
They tried to save her but they were lame.
That was the end of old Lucille McDill…
She was the owner of the cider mill.
No more cider guys, the press is dry,
Wipe that tear dripping from your eye.
The funeral’s Tuesday and I’ll see you there.
If you want please come and say a prayer…”
Anyway, you can do a lot of things with words at Word Hippo including
writing award-winning songs (see above).
You can do a lot of work-related things at Word
Hippo. Besides the things we’ve mentioned above, you can find correct
pronunciations, translate words, and much more. You’ll just have to go
www.wordhippo.com to find out what the more is.
I need to go finish my song of Lucille McDill, but first I need a
Word Hippo my friends…that’s what it’s all about.
So, let’s all go see the Hippo!
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The Really Real History of the
After doing some research, it’s obvious to me that, to this point, no
one knew how this whole Christmas tree thing got started. It’s not like
someone picked up a pen and kept notes. But I did some digging, and I
can now tell you the real story of Christmas trees.
Back in the pagan days, before the birth of Christ, people would get
crazy on the first day of winter and start jumping around and hooting
and snorting and drinking barrels of rotten corn cob juice, which
contained, among other contaminants, alcohol. These pre-Christian
hooligans would get drunk, smoke rope, and jump around naked and
In other words, they had a party.
Like some people in our modern society, they needed an excuse to drink,
act insanely, canoodle, and carouse. They picked the shortest day of the
year, also known as the winter solstice.
I would like to note here that we modern folks use St. Patrick’s Day,
New Year’s Eve, anniversaries, birthdays, funerals, and whatever other
occasions we figure we can get away with such foolishness and
But that’s the way progress goes – people never get enough...
Read the rest of this essay here.
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What is the most popular way for
cybercriminals to steal your identity, spread malware and entice you to
visit malicious websites?
A. Software Bundling
C. Spam Email
D. None of these
If you answered "C", you're correct. You get an A! Spam is number one
when it comes to bringing malicious files and websites to your computer.
According to Security outfit F-Secure, spam email is still the most
popular means for cyber-miscreants to spread malware and entice people
to click links to malicious websites.
According to F-Secure's analysis of spam email, almost half of all spam
emails (46 percent) are pushing dating scams, about one-third of them
(31 percent) contain links to malicious websites and approximately a
quarter of them (23 percent) have malicious attachments. Eighty-five
percent of these malicious attachments are one of five file types: .ZIP,
.DOC, .XLS, .PDF, and .7Z (7-zip compressed file).
F-Secure noted that while spam has been a vector for viruses and malware
for decades, as computer operating systems and security software become
more efficient at protecting users from exploits and vulnerabilities,
spam has gained more popularity over the past few years and it now is
the number one way malware and links to malicious web sites are spread.
As we've been warning you for almost 25 years now - Never click links in
suspicious emails or spam emails. And always THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.
One more thing: Never open attachments directly in an email unless you
were expecting an attachment, you know what it is, and you're sure you
know who sent it.
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