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Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly
Issue #1004
Volume 20 Number 10
January 6, 2023

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John can't see all his Gmail contacts
I need to update an email address in Gmail contacts. When I go to the Contacts app, it shows only 14 names. I have a lot more than that.

How do I display all the contacts I know I have?

Thanks for any help you can provide. John

Our answer
Hi John. There are two places where contacts are stored.

Open Gmail, Open Contacts...

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You'll find that your contacts are in two places, Contacts, and Other contacts.

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If you still don't see the contacts you're looking for then they were never imported or saved correctly.

To edit your contacts do this:

1. Click on the contact you want to edit.
2. In the popup window that appears, click the blue "Edit" button on the right.
3. Edit the contact information.
4. Then click the blue “Save” button which appears when you edit or add info for the contact.

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We hope this helps you, John.

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Elaine wants to know if she'll lose all her email
Hi. I am having trouble sending emails from my OE account, an error box comes up. I contacted OE who said I needed to delete my account and re-add it. I need to know if deleting my account will I lose all saved emails in my inbox and folders. Many thanks, Elaine.

Our answer
Hi Elaine. If your Outlook account is set up as IMAP you won't lose anything by deleting the account from OE Classic and setting it up again.

However, if your account is set up as POP3 (not likely), you will lose your email.

But it's much more likely that your account is set up as IMAP and if so, you shouldn't lose any mail. IMAP synchronizes your mail and folders between the web and your email program. Whatever is on the web is in your email program.

We hope this helps you, Elaine.

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Tricia wants to get rid of a folder that constantly appears on her desktop
I have a folder that appears on my desktop every time I turn on my computer. No matter how many times I delete it and also delete it from everywhere else it keeps coming back. Do you have any suggestions?

Our answer
Hi Tricia. Is the folder called "Desktop.ini"? If so that is quite normal for it to repeatedly appear on your desktop.

It is a configuration file. You can delete it but it will often reappear. If you don't want to see it anymore...

•  Type FILE EXPLORER OPTIONS in the taskbar search.
•  Press Enter when you see File Explorer Options appear.
•  Click on "View" at the top of the File Explorer Options dialog.
•  Tick the box next to "Hide protected operating system files".
•  Close the File Explorer Options dialog.

We hope this helps you, Tricia.

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Richard wants to move programs from his old computer to his new one
I'm buying a new laptop this week. Is there some way to transfer the programs (not data as that is in the cloud on One Drive) to the new computer? Or is it better to just reload each program, one by one? Keep up your magnificent work. Thanks, Richard.

Our answer
Hi Richard. There are programs that you can buy that promise to successfully move programs from one computer to another, but from what we have seen, using them risks creating a mess. One such program is called PC Mover from Laplink software. The "home" version cost $40. Use at your peril.

We think it's always wise to reinstall programs, rather than trying to move them. This gives you the current version of the program plus it allows you to pare down the number of programs you have installed. Most of us have more programs installed than we actually use. If for some reason the newer version of a program is not better than the older one there are several places you can download the older versions of programs. One such site is Oldversion.com.

We hope this answers your question and helps you make the right decision.

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Sandy wants to know what happens if she does a factory reset
My old laptop has Windows 10 on it, I upgraded to Windows 10 when I first got it. If I do a factory reset, will it go back to windows 8? That is what was on it before I upgraded to Windows 10.

Our answer
Hi Sandy. A factory reset will reset the computer to the exact state it was in on the day you purchased it. So, if that PC had Windows 8 on it when you bought it if you do a factory reset your PC will be running Windows 8.

On the other hand, a Windows 10 reset will reset the computer by removing all apps and programs you installed, reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows 10, and, if you choose. save all your files and folders.

We hope this answers your questions.
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Sandy wrote back..."I don't mean to rave, but I want to tell you, I did the Windows 10 reset as you suggested and my laptop is running like a brand-new one. I can never thank you enough for your help. Sandy."

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Cynthia wants our recommendation for junk files cleaners

What do you recommend for a junk file cleaning program?

Our answer
Hi Cynthia. Windows Disk Cleanup comes with every Windows computer. You can run it by pressing the Windows key and tapping the R key at the same time. In the run box type, CLEANMGR and press enter. It's easy, simple, and does the job.

Windows 10 and 11 come with Storage Sense which is an automated junk file cleaner. See our article here.

If you're interested in more complex cleanup programs, you can try BleachBit or PrivaZer both of which we discuss here.

We hope this helps you, Cynthia.

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Linda asks about WinAero Tweaker
Are you familiar with the app Winaero Tweaker? It lets you tweak secret settings that Microsoft does not let you adjust. Is it safe to use, will it mess up my computer? Thank you for your help! Linda.

Our answer
Hi Linda. We have written about WinAero Tweaker a couple of times and given it favorable reviews. The last time we looked at it was in 2021. You can read our most current review here.

WinAero Tweaker allows you to change (tweak) Windows 10 and Windows 11 hidden and hard-to-find settings and customize Windows to make it more the way you want it.

We hope this helps you, Linda.
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A Tip for Troubleshooting Browser Problems
Chrome, Edge, amd Firefox (Windows 10 and Windows 11)

Whether you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or  Mozilla Firefox, you can use its private mode — Incognito mode (Chrome), inPrivate mode (Edge), or Private mode (Firefox) — to troubleshoot browser problems.

Google Chrome

To open Chrome in Incognito mode, right-click on its shortcut and click on its private mode. 

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Above: Opening Chrome in Incognito mode.

Microsoft Edge

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Above: Opening Edge in “InPrivate” mode.

Mozilla Firefox

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Above: Opening Firefox in its Private mode

Incognito mode in Google Chrome, InPrivate mode in Edge, and/or Private mode in Firefox disables all extensions/add-ons except ones you have explicitly chosen to allow in your browser’s private mode.

Try browsing with your browser in its private mode for a few minutes and see if you still have problems. If you don’t have any problems while using your browser in its private mode then there’s a good chance that one of your extensions is causing your problem(s).

You can disable each extension, one at a time until you find the culprit that’s causing your problem(s). You can then choose to leave the extension disabled, remove it, or check to see if there’s an updated version. 

If you’re still having problems, then it’s most likely not a problem caused by a browser extension. In that case, you might want to consider resetting your browser by following the instructions on this page. 

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Are You Using Windows Clipboard History Yet?
Windows 10 and Windows 11

Windows 10 Clipboard History
If you’re using Windows 10, see our article here where we discuss Windows 10’s Clipboard History in detail, including how to turn it on and, of course, how to use it.

Windows 11 Clipboard History

Windows 11 Clipboard history has been greatly improved since it was introduced in Windows 10.

As with Windows 10,  before you can use Clipboard History, you’ll need to turn it on. You can turn on Clipboard history” in Windows 11 this way:

Type CLIPBOARD in the Taskbar/Start menu search and click “Open” when you see Clipboard settings appear in the search results. Or just press “Enter”. You can also open Clipboard settings from the Settings menu. Open Settings > System > Clipboard.

Windows 11 Clipboard History - Cloudeight Windows 11 tips

When “Clipboard settings” opens, turn the switch next to Clipboard history “On”. If you log into other devices with the same Microsoft account you can also synchronize Clipboard history across all your devices by turning the switch next to “Sync across your devices” to the “On” position.  You can fine-tune the “Sync across your devices” option by automatically or manually syncing the text you copy.

Finally, before we go on to using Windows 11 Clipboard history, you should know you can clear your Clipboard history here or directly from the Clipboard history app. See the “Clear” button in the screenshot above.

Using Clipboard History in Windows 11

Once you’ve turned Clipboard history on, everything you copy will be placed on the Clipboard. To access your “Clips” just press the Windows key + V.  That’s it. To paste a “Clip” just click on the Clip.

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You can also delete individual Clips by clicking on them and clicking on the garbage can icon.  Or clear all your Clips by clicking on the “Clear all” button.

Other cool things you can do with Windows 11 Clipboard History.

You easily access symbols of all kinds, right from Clipboard history. And they’re broken down into categories: General punctuation, Currency symbols, Latin symbols, Geometric symbols, Math symbols, Supplemental symbols, and  Language Symbols.

To access all symbols, press the Windows key + v  to open Clipboard history and click on the Symbols icon at the top.

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See?  № ℗ % ‱ ⁂ ✓

Do you like plain or fancy text emoticons? Windows 11 Clipboard history has you covered.  Just click on the text smiley at the top.

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Windows 11 Clipboard history has you more than covered.

And wait there are more…

Windows Clipboard history also lets you access GIFS…

And tons of emoticons like these…

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If you want to access GIFS and Emoticons Windows 11 using Clipboard history they are right there at the top… see?

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Remember, once you turn on Windows 11 Clipboard history, all you need to do to access it is to press the Windows key + v. 

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How to Open Programs On Your Taskbar by Number
Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you’ve pinned program icons to your Taskbar, you don’t have to click the icons to open them. 

Here’s a little-known trick. 

You can use the Windows Key + a number key to open them. The programs on your taskbar are “numbered” from left to right. So, the first icon is #1 and the next one to its right is #2, and so on.

To open a program from its icon that’s pinned to your taskbar, hold down the Windows key + the number key that corresponds to the location of the pinned program icon on your taskbar. For example, the Windows key + the number 3 key will open the third program from the left of the program icons pinned to your Taskbar.

On my computer, the 3rd pinned program icon from the left happens to be Firefox. So, on my laptop, Windows Key + 3 opens Firefox. Irfanview is the seventh pinned program icon on my taskbar. So, if I hold down the Windows key and press the number 7 key, Irfanview opens.

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How useful this tip is, depends on how you use your computer. But learning new things is always useful, right?

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A Cloudeight Freeware Pick: FastStone Image Viewer

We featured FastStone Image Viewer approximately three years ago. But the developer has continued to improve it. So, because it is an amazing freeware program – one of the very best – we’re featuring it again.

We’ve always been big fans of FastStone Capture for a very long time. In fact, it’s our screenshot tool of choice. Sure, it’s old, but the developer still updates it, and it does everything we need it to do

The other day, I was downloading an updated version of FastStone Capture, and accidentally downloaded FastStone Image Viewer. Now, we are Irfanview fans and have been since Darcy introduced me to it way back in 1998. I’ve used it with Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8x, every version of Windows 10, and now with Windows 11. But there’s an opportunity in every miscue, and so it was with this mistaken download.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I’m about to replace IrfanView with FastStone Image Viewer, but I’m going to tell you that many of you will love the extra features of FastStone Image Viewer that are missing in Irfanview. And I’ve been very tempted to replace a program I’ve been using for 2 decades with FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is more than an image viewer — it is also an image browser that instantly provides you with a “contact sheet” of every image in a folder. Plus, you can batch rename, you can create slideshows and even add music, batch resize photos, and much more.

And rarely do we ever come across a developer who is more verbose than us. But the developer of FastStone Image Viewer is one. So, rather than us telling you all about the program, we’re going to let him/her do that for you and spare you our rambling diatribe.

So, we’ll start with some screenshots, and then let Mr. or Ms. FastStone tell you all about FastStone Image Viewer.

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Now, from the developer of FastStone Image Viewer:

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO, CUR and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CR2, CR3, CRW, NEF, NRW, PEF, RAF, RWL, MRW, ORF, SRW, X3F, ARW, SR2, SRF, RW2 and DNG).

True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
Histogram display with color counter feature
Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots...
Print images with full page-layout control
Create fully configurable Contact Sheets...

And much more…

No Adware. No Spyware. Free for Home Users

So, see? Sometimes mistakes can be fruitful. And we plucked a great freeware pick from this one.  Learn more about and/or download FastStone Image Viewer from this page

And lucky for us and you … there are no tricky download links or buttons. No malware, spyware, grimware, or other foolishness going on.

 You can download FastStone Image Viewer without trepidation.

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The Free Breakfast at Epiphanies

I lost my job. I lost my family. I lost my home. I lost everything. Last year was not a good year. The last couple of years haven’t been so hot.

I’m doing the best I can. Living on the streets of Memphis isn’t easy any time – but it’s really tough in winter. It’s January now and the winds blow through downtown like a wind tunnel. The buildings amplify the wind, and the wind amplifies the cold.

Almost all I own I carry with me in a plastic Walmart bag: some clean underwear, a bar of soap, a couple of pictures of my daughter, a few dollars, and an old cellphone that doesn’t work. I carry a cellphone that doesn’t work because it contains so many precious memories. Voicemails and text messages, bits and pieces of a life torn apart are all locked in that little black phone.

I own one other thing too. I will get to that later.

I take most of my meals at the food bank; I like the free meals at the churches better – when they do offer them to people like me – which isn’t very often.

I sleep in the alley between Big Bob’s BBQ and the Ace Hardware Store. It’s dark and quiet. I don’t know if it’s safe...

Read the rest of this essay here. 

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Back to Basics

What does it mean when the mouse pointer turns into a hand?

It probably means you've had one too many. Pointers don't turn into hands any more than dogs turn into elephants. Go easy on the sauce! Oh wait, you meant your computer pointer! Oh well, that's different!

If you see your pointer turn into a hand, it indicates that there is something there for you to drag and drop. To drag, hold the left mouse button down and drag where you want.

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Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly - Issue #1004
Volume 20 Number 10
January 6, 2023 

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