Learn “How To Organize Your Messy Windows Desktop (And Keep It That Way)”

When I was working as an IT Manager years ago I was stickler with the end-user on organized file management, which included saving files and program shortcuts to the Windows desktop. I would train people to save their work to a root folder and teach them to keep the desktop as clean as possible. A desktop that gets out of control will cause you anxiety and lead to a less productive computer experience; besides, in the workplace openly displaying files (even their names), that others around you can see, could present a security risk or lead to confidentiality issues. A cluttered desktop is like having a cluttered office and portrays the lack of organizational skills.

With that being said, below is a good post I found that will assist you at home and work in maintaining and organizing your desktop.

 

The desktop is a convenient place to store files and program shortcuts, but it can get messy fast. Here’s how to tidy your desktop up so you can quickly find everything you’re looking for—and make sure it stays nice and organized.

Source: How To Organize Your Messy Windows Desktop (And Keep It That Way)

Learn What “LockApp.exe” is on Windows 10

“LockApp.exe” is one of those hidden tasks that you don’t initially see unless you run the Windows Task Manager. The Windows Club (follow the source link below) will educate you on “LockApp.exe” and will provide steps to disable it. When I see “exe’s” such as this running; especially with a name like “LockApp.exe” I become very skeptical as to what it is actuall for and whether or not it is not a malware payload.

Its an official application from Microsoft, and is part of the default lock screen app on Windows. It’s safe. It is usually located under Windows > SystemApps > Microsoft.LockApp_XXXXXX> LockApp.exe. It is possible that this could be doing a lot more than that including notifying you about an update when you unlock your PC.

Source: What is LockApp.exe on Windows 10

Did You Know That You Can Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management?

This tip (follow the source link below) is very helpful when dealing with multiple printers, such as on a network.

rename printer windows 10

Instead of forcing yourself and your family or coworkers to memorize printer model numbers, you can manually rename printers to something more descriptive and helpful. Here’s a quick tip on how to rename a printer in Windows 10.

Source: How to Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management

Download Your Facebook Data (you will be shocked and surprised)

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where an app developer was able to sell your personal Facebook data to a research firm that helped Donald Trump win the election, Facebook has (and still is) taking some major league heat on this; and, rightfully so. As a result of this scandal, Facebook has vowed to become more transparent on how they use our personal information. Following the news on this, Facebook users became very concerned and wanted to know how to download their Facebook data.

With that out of the way, how do I download my data from Facebook?

The easiest way is to click the link below or enter the following web address in your browser:

https://www.facebook.com/settings

Note: You can also get to the settings by clicking on the small “downward facing triangle or arrow”, at the top right corner, on any of your facebook pages (after you log in).

Then, simply click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”… After which, the following will appear where you then click on “Start My Archive”.

After you click on “Start My Archive” you will be prompted to enter your Facebook password.

Once the password is accepted, you will receive a notice on the screen advising that an email will be sent to the email address you registered with Facebook with instructions to complete the download.

When you receive the email, you can click on a link (in the email) that will take you back to the “Download Archive” page, where you will once again click on the “Download Archive” button, enter your Facebook Password, at which point you will be prompted to save the download.

The downloaded data will be contained within a “zip” file. A zip file is one file that contains many files and you should be able to open the “zip file” by double clicking on it, to see the contents. If you fail to download the data within a few day, you will have to repeat this process. The file size for the data will be large and may take time, so be patient.

Once the data is downloaded, open the file and click on the file named “index” to navigate the downloaded data. You will be shocked and surprised at everything that has been collected.

Maybe, “Big Brother” is watching…

 

 

How To Turn An Old PC Into A Chromebook (sort of)

Let’s face it, our notebook and desktop computers get old. Some die and some just keep chugging along; but, get very slow. If you are in this dilemma, don’t throw it away. You can take that old computer and turn it into something useful. A firm called Neverware has created a variant of the Chrome Operating System called CloudReady that can be installed to repurpose that old computer.

So, how do you go about this?

I found a great step-by-step article, “How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC” that will help walk you through the steps (see source link below)…

 Source: How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC – MSPoweruser 

Best List I Found On “How To Use A Chromebook”

I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.

To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…

12 keyboard shortcuts every Chromebook owner needs to know

A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.

How to print from a Chromebook

Google Cloud Print for the win.

How to force quit apps on a Chromebook

What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

3 ways to pin apps to a Chromebook’s shelf

Help the app shelf help you.

How to keep your Chromebook from falling asleep

Stay woke.

This setting makes Chrome OS feel like more than just a browser

Open as window, says me.

How to use an external drive with a Chromebook

Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.

The best way to use Dropbox on a Chromebook

Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.

Run Windows software on a Chromebook

Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.

Why a Chromebook isn’t the same thing as a budget laptop

They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.


SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts

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