Learning How To Pause Windows 10 Updates At Home

For people at home, Microsoft Windows 10 (Home Edition) has an advanced built-in feature that allows you to “temporarily” delay or pause Windows updates for up to 35 days. For your IT Network Managers in the business world, you are most likely running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, etc…; and, in those instances, updates can be delayed up to a year.

Microsoft Windows is an extremely complex operating system, the target of the criminal enterprise, and as a result, updates are necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the operating system. Often though, these updates run into compatibility issues or the coding of the update may be off just enough that it causes widespread problems. As a result, a good strategy here is to delay the updates; especially if you know beforehand the update is one that is a major OS “feature” update where potential stability problems often occur.

So, how do you delay the updates? I found a good tutorial on this, which is a quick read, and for you folks at home, you will learn where and how to pause updates in a matter of minutes. There are also instructions included for anyone else who has the higher Windows 10 version options.

I do want to add that it is vitally important to allow updates to eventually take hold in order to protect your data and the integrity of the operating system.


How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the November 2019 Update

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Do you want to stop Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) from downloading and installing on your computers and other similar devices? The good news is that, if you have Windows 10 Pro or a superior edition such as Enterprise, you can postpone updates for up to an entire year. Even if you only have Windows 10 Home, you can still change some settings and make it delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone Windows 10 updates such as November 2019 Update.

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When is owning a Chromebook a worthy choice vs. owning a Windows Laptop?

Below my post here is an article from c|net explaining the differences between a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop and how Chromebooks have progressed to the point that they are a worthy choice; but, when is that choice really worthy.

In my opinion (and experience), a Chromebook is a choice for someone that is pretty much limited to being tied to the internet. From what I am seeing out there in the “real world” of home computing, a Chromebook will suffice for the kids growing up and the parents that are retired. The Chromebooks are lower in cost, simple to operate and very low maintenance. There are no antivirus software to install and updates are transparent. I own a Chromebook and let me tell you, I love it. For what I do these days (i.e. blogging, writing letters, exploring the internet) it gets the job done and gets it done at a lower price point than a full-blown Windows-based laptop. Once you get past the low learning curve, you will be dragging your Chromebook everywhere through the house.

Examples of Chromebooks and Their Prices

Now again, using real-world thinking here, if you are the high school student, the college student or the working business person, go with a Windows-based laptop. The reason for that thinking is that people in those life categories are using power-intensive applications (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Video Conferencing, etc…) that are the industry standards. There are ways to use a Chromebook to run these standard applications, but you will get frustrated; whereas, the Windows-based laptop is engineered to handle these applications with ease. With a Windows-based laptop be prepared, as you probably already know, for a higher cost, with a higher learning curve, and a higher level of maintenance.

Examples of Windows Based Laptops and Their Prices

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Tech Video: Follow These Steps When Getting Rid Of Your Windows 10 Computer

Below is a video for you folks at home that will walk you through the proper steps of resetting a Windows 10 computer that you are intending on selling, donating, recycling, etc… Manually deleting files and uninstalling software will not remove all your personal data. The reset method, as outlined in this video, will wipe the drive and reset Windows back to factory specs. If you want a more aggressive option, check out “Powerful Software That Allows You To Destroy Data On Your Computer” that will remove everything, including the operating system.

Two things to know:

  1. Backup your personal files to another drive, export your bookmarks in your browser, and make sure you have the license keys to any software that you have installed (such as Microsoft Office).
  2. The reset process where all data is removed will take hours depending on the size of the drive. In the video, you will see that it took over 3 hours, but you can leave the computer unattended while it is performing the reset.

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Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade – Posted by “The Windows Club”

For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”.  You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).


Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade

Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.

Refresh Windows Tool

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4-Four Simple Tips To Help You Stay Protected Online

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  To help you stay protected online, here are 4-four simple tips to follow:

  1. Use our Mobile Banking app so that you can stay on top of any suspicious account activity.
  2. Protect your devices by installing the latest browsers, operating systems and antivirus software.
  3. Don’t provide account or personal information via email, text or to an unsolicited caller.
  4. Don’t click on unsolicited links or attachments sent via email or text.

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How to Make Chrome Always Open Desktop Sites by Default on Android | Gadget Hacks

Many folks at home don’t know about this; but, when visiting a web site on your Android phone, using Google Chrome, you can toggle from the mobile view of the website to the desktop view (which is the view you typically see on your desktop or laptop computers). Here at “What’s On My PC” I use this toggle on a regular basis. I encourage you to visit “Gadge Hacks”, by clicking on the source link below, to learn more about this and “why” you would want to go to the desktop view.


Open the Chrome app and tap the three dots in the top-right corner. When you do this, a menu will pop up. Here, you will see the button “Desktop site” — tap on this to turn on desktop browsing. When you do this, it will make the website load like the desktop version.

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Facebook and Politics: Don’t Be A Lemming (believe nothing, verify everything, don’t spread false information)

“Believe Nothing, Verify Everything, Don’t Spread It”… People are like lemmings and will believe and follow anything… The social networks, in conjunction with foreign adversaries (enemies), have used these platforms to incite people by posting “false” sensitive topics in regards to 2nd amendment rights, abortion, social security, religion, race, party affiliation, etc.. that has caused the current divisive thinking in the United States. In other words, Facebook is and was used as a propaganda platform by foreign enemies. If you see these sorts of postings, avoid spreading them because the enemy wants you to spread these things so that there is chaos, hate, and divisiveness.

Much of what you read during the last election cycle on Facebook was posted through Russian infiltration and to this day it is still occurring. Dirty Politicians had done the same, as well, and now Facebook has given the official green light for them (the dirty politicians) to do so again (see source link at the end of this post).

Don’t be a lemming, “Believe Nothing, Verify Everything” via reputable sources. What you see on Facebook or any of the social network platforms should be checked and verified. For God’s Sake, don’t spread it if you can’t verify it. Don’t let it get under your skin; and, one way to do that is by blocking the sources entirely. If you must post your political thoughts, set up a Facebook group or another page for that purpose only.

Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying |The Verge

As of this week, though, that policy comes with an asterisk. As Judd Legum reported this week in his newsletter, Popular Information, Facebook is now exempting political figures from this policy. If a political candidate or party wants to run a Facebook ad announcing that their rival is a lizard person, they now have an open lane to do so.

Facebook’s new rules let politicians lie in their ads. It’s bad, but asking Facebook to regulate political speech is worse…

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How to use Windows 10’s Cloud Download Recovery Feature? | Windows101Tricks

In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.

Cloud Download

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How To Change The Theme On Your Windows 10 Computer

When we paint a room in our house we get that feeling that we have something anew. You can do the same thing with your Windows 10 computer by changing the theme. I have found over the years by assisting people with computers that they will stay with the same color schemes, backgrounds, etc… during the entire life of owning their computers. Much of it has to do with being fearful that they may mess up the operation of their computer.

With Windows 10 you are given many options (themes) to change the appearance of what you are seeing and I encourage people to take advantage of that to give you that feeling of anew.

In Windows 10, the simplest way to get started with changing the theme on your computer is to simply go to the desktop, right mouse click, and select “Personalize” on the menu.

  • Once the “Personalization” window loads, select “Themes” from the sidebar menu.
  • Once the “Themes” window loads, you will have options where you can customize make changes to the current theme (background, color, sounds and mouse cursor); BUT, I highly recommend that you jump down to where it says “Change Theme”.

  • At that point, you may see 3 or 4 themes, including the current theme you are using, that shipped with Windows 10. You are not limited to just those themes.
  • Under “Themes” you will see “Get more themes in Microsoft Store”. If you click on that, you will be taken to the store where a whole new world of themes is available.

  • When selecting a theme from the Microsoft Store, read the reviews, etc… The theme you select will show up in the “Themes” window on your computer and will become part of your collection. You can change the themes anytime by following the steps outlined above.

In Summary, all-in-all, this is a simple process that you can easily learn to make using your computer a more enjoyable experience.


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Here’s how to hide and report comments on Facebook | The Next Web

Hiding a comment means it will disappear from your point of view. However, the person who posted it, along with any of your mutual friends, will still be able to view it. But what kind of comments are worth hiding? Well, maybe the ones that could spoil a TV show you’re watching, for example.  And finally, reporting a comment is kind of like a citizen’s arrest. Well, not really… but it does mean that if you see an offensive comment, you can flag it to the Facebook police who will then decide if it has violated its community standards. If it does, it’ll be deleted.

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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

How to Scan and Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10 | TechJunkie

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.

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Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.

The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.

Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…

Source: How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know | PCMag.com

Facebook is not synonymous with “the internet,” but it boasts one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors. In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you can’t know about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions just a few clicks away. Read on to awaken your inner social superstar.

22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

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How To Set Up Your Personal Vault In OneDrive | What’s On My PC

If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, did you know there is a personal vault (protected area) in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files?  I totally forgot about the newly added “personal vault” and happened across it while browsing my OneDrive files. It was at this point I needed to know the basics in setting up my “personal vault”.

Here is what you need to do:

Personal Vault is a special folder in your OneDrive that’s protected by an extra layer of security. You’ll need to set it up separately on each device where you want to use it.

  1. The first time you see Personal Vault in your OneDrive, you’ll see a message where you can select Get started.Personal Vault get started

    If you don’t see the message or you dismissed it, browse to your OneDrive and select the Personal Vault folder.

  2. Read about Personal Vault and select Next.
  3. In the Verify your identity dialog box, verify your account info and make note of your email address in case you want it for the next step. Then select Verify.
  4. Choose a verification method. For example, select Text and follow the instructions to send yourself a text message on your phone.

    If you’re using text or email, you’ll need to find the text or email message and type in the code that you were sent.

Click the source link below to learn more about uploading files to your personal vault; moving files to your personal vault; and/or, unlocking or locking your personal vault…

Source: Microsoft

11 Tips to Help You Fix the Windows Blue Screen Error | MakeUseOf

What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.

What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.

Old Windows Blue Screen

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How to Use Google Docs in Landscape | Tech Junkie

Google Docs is a powerful text editor. It is easy to use and has a pretty intuitive layout. It has many features and options routinely found in desktop word processors, which is pretty impressive considering it is a web-based app. The roster also includes the ability to change the page orientation. In this article, we’ll explore the Landscape side of Google Docs and take a closer look at other page setup options.

Page Setup Menu

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The “Dark Theme” Option Is Coming To Gmail (for Android and iOS) – Here is how to activate it…

Per a GSuite blog update, it may take a while (up to 15 days) before you see it on your device(s).

Below is how to enable dark mode in Android and iOS.

How to enable dark theme in Gmail on Android: 

  • To enable dark theme on Android 10:
    • In your Android Display system setting, set your device to Dark theme—Gmail will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • On Pixel, when Battery Saver is enabled, Gmail will default to Dark theme automatically.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

How to enable Dark theme in Gmail on iOS: 

  • For iOS 11 or 12, enable Dark theme by going to Settings > Dark Theme.
  • To enable dark theme on iOS 13, you can:
    • Set your device to dark theme in iOS Settings, and Gmail, by default, will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Dark theme is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS


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Quick Tip: How To Pin A Tab In Google Chrome

A feature I use on a regular basis is “tab pinning”. I use this feature to keep a tab open, even if I close and reopen the browser. For example, I may pin a tab to a website that is streaming music so that it remains open while I am working. When you pin a tab, it will automatically pin to the far left in the tab order and the tab will be smaller in size (to save space).

So, how do you pin a tab?

Right mouse click on the tab you desire to pin and select “Pin Tab”. You can pin more than one tab at a time.

To unpin the tab, right mouse click on the pinned tab and select “Unpin Tab”.

Below is a screenshot where the arrow is pointing to a tab I have pinned in Google Chrome.


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ZDNet Reporting That You Can Still Get A FREE Windows 10 Upgrade

As of September 20, 2019, ZDNet is reporting that the upgrade process to Windows 10 still works. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 I would give this a shot ASAP!

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Today, more than three years after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.

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Five Comprehensive Lists of Uninstallers (removal tools) For Common Windows Antivirus and Malware Software Products

After a conversation with a seasoned tech on the What’s On My PC Facebook page about our thoughts on Antivirus Software, for which we decided is the biggest scam in the industry, I went on the hunt to find antivirus and malware uninstallers. Why? Most people at home do not know that these antivirus and malware software installations are very comprehensive in their very nature and are not the same as installing or uninstalling normal software. Also, a common practice I have seen, as well as the tech on Facebook I was conversing with, the home-based computer user will often let a subscription run out and then install another antivirus product right on top of the other. This is a big “NO NO”; unless the antivirus or malware product you intend to install specifically states that their product can co-exist with another. Installing another antivirus or malware product on top of another will cause problems to surface and will slow down your computer.

It is important that any previously installed antivirus or Malware software is uninstalled from your system before installing another product. Typical uninstallation using the Windows removal tools (Add/Remove Programs) is often not enough to completely clean your computer.

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This is where this list of uninstallers comes into play. Typically if you have a specific product installed that you want to uninstall, you would go to the products web site and locate their uninstaller. The problem I have experienced with this is that they bury the uninstaller in the site, making it difficult to locate because they don’t want to lose you as a paying customer.

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The Windows Club Shows You “How to schedule a Windows Defender scan in Windows 10”

Why buy Antivirus Software when it is included in Windows 10? I would not have said that a couple years back. Windows Defender has progessed to the point that it is the only antivirus software I have installed on my PC. CLICK HERE to see why. With that being said, learn how to schedule a Windows Defender scan (see source link below).

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Microsoft has provided Windows 10/8 with built-in security software, Windows Defender. It’s free, easy to use, and has great features like other competitor antivirus software in its class. In this post, we will see how to schedule a full scan in Windows Defender

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Learn How To Setup and Use The Backup Utility In Windows 10

I bet you did not know there is a backup utility built into Windows 10. It is called File History… File History actually was first introduced in Windows 8. It gives you the ability to backup your personal files on your computer and restores them in the event of an issue. Below are the initial steps to setting up File History. You will need an external drive in order to back up your files. The main thing I personally was looking for in this built-in utility was whether I could select specific folders to backup and the answer to that is, you can select specific folders. You can also select specific times you want the backups to occur. If you want a more detailed description of “How to Set Up and Configure File History on Windows 10”, CLICK HERE, to see the writeup at Groovy Post by Brian Burgess.

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Use File History to backup and restore in Windows 10

  • Backup your PC with File History 
  • Use File History to back up to an external drive or network location. Select Start​  > Settings  > Update & Security  Backup Add a drive , and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.
    Image of File History backup in Windows 10
  • Restore your files with File History

If you’re missing an important file or folder that you’ve backed up, here’s how to get it back:

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type restore files, and then select Restore your files with File History.

  • Look for the file you need, then use the arrows to see all its versions.

  • When you find the version you want, select Restore to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click Restore, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.


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Quick Tip: Use The Update Assistant To Get The May 2019 Windows 10 Update

If you are seeing that your Windows 10 version is no longer going to be supported after November 2019, don’t fret… You simply need to update to the current version which is 1903. To get your computer up-to-date, click on the link below to, look for the update assistant, and click on “Update Now”. Please realize, this type of update may take time for the update to complete; especially, if you are several versions behind. Also, I would be concerned that my computer did not auto-update to the current version(s).

Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10


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Which is the better hard drive? The HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or The SSD (Solid State Drive)

The hard drive is the device inside your computer that stores your personal files and stores the files that work together to operate your computer (such as the Windows Operating System files). Over the years the hard drive has transformed from the HDD mechanical hard disk drive (with high-speed moving parts) to now what is known as the SSD solid-state drive (with no moving parts).

Below is a quick read summary to show how the SSD (Solid State Drive) is really your better option in today’s world of computing; but, both options are still available for purchase and both serve a purpose (i.e. CLICK HERE to see pricing for HDD – CLICK HERE to see pricing for SSD).

HDD = Hard Disk Drive = metal platters/mechanical = 2.5″/3.5″ common size = Large Storage Capacities = Moving Parts = Increased Heat = Degradation of Parts = Louder = Slower = Less Expensive = Good for File Storage

HDD vs SSD

SSD = Solid State Drive = flash / non-mechanical = 2.5″ common size = Smaller Storage Capacities = No Moving Parts = Decreased Heat = Better Longevity = Quieter = Faster = More Expensive (but not by much in comparison).= Great for Primary Storage of the Operating System and Great Upgrade Option for Older PC’s

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Learn About “720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K UHD: What’s the Best Resolution for Your TV?” | Digital Trends

Decided to categorize this under “How To” understand the difference between 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, and 720p TV resolutions. This article is very helpful in learning what this all means when it comes to making that TV purchase. For example, I learned from this article (at Digital Trends) that “If you’re buying a 24-inch TV for your kitchen, for example, you’re barely going to notice the difference between 720p and 1080p. Similarly, if you’re buying a 32-inch TV for your bedroom, you’re not going to notice many benefits from 4K resolution.” With that being said, depending on your needs, you could save a boatload of money. By the way, the 720p or 1080p TV’s, factoring in the current the drop in prices, make great computer monitors…  Thanks for visiting — Rick @ What’s On My PC


Sometimes researching a new TV can feel more like math homework than preparing for a major purchase. You’re immediately bombarded with terms like 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, and 720p — what are those letters and numbers supposed to mean? Don’t worry; it turns out that this is a lot easier to figure out than it may seem at first.

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“The Best Password Managers of 2019” by Clifford Colby @ c|net

LastPass, I highly recommend… With a password manager, you only need to remember one password to open up the password vault; and with LastPass, it will generate strong passwords for you. You can also store other information such as credit card information, driver’s license information, etc… in your LastPass Vault. LastPass was rated in this article by c|net as the “Best Free Password Manager”.  Click on the source link below to learn more about password managers, by Clifford Colby, and how you can get LastPass (or any of the others you may be interested in).

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Simply, a password manager is an encrypted digital vault that stores the login information you use to access websites, apps and other services. Besides keeping your credentials, identity and sensitive data safe, a password manager can generate unique, strong passwords to ensure you aren’t reusing them across your services. With all the recent news of security breaches and identity theft, using unique passwords can go a long way to ensuring if one site gets hacked, your stolen password can’t be used on other sites.

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Quick Tip: Four “Must Learn” Gmail Search Operators

I have been using Gmail since its’ inception and as a result, I literally have thousands of email that have accumulated in the account. Searching for a specific email in a sea of thousands of emails can be a daunting task. Many times I can simply enter the person’s name into the search box to find the email I am looking for; however, there are times where I need to use special search operators to quickly narrow down the result. This is where I have taught myself to use these four search operators to narrow down exactly what email I am looking for.

Specify the sender… 

from:
Example: from:amy

Specify a recipient…

to:
Example: to:david

Specify a recipient who received a copy…

cc:
bcc:
Example: cc:david

Words in the subject line…

subject:
Example: subject:dinner


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Quick Tip: How to keep your computer healthy and cool…

Below are 10 best practices to keep your computer cool (published by The Windows Club). I encourage you to visit their site to get a detailed explanation of each practice.

  • Don’t overload your system with unnecessary software
  • Remove obstacles near the computer’s vents and keep the computer desk clean
  • Keep your cabinet’s case closed
  • Clean your computer
  • Avoid overclocking
  • Check the system’s power supply fan
  • Use water coolers for your computer
  • Move your system to a cooler location
  • Use case fans and component fans
  • Consider a phase change unit.

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Quick Tip: One of the first things to try when you experience a computer problem…

Windows PC’s are great when everything is working as it should; but, when trouble comes along (and it will), there are some basic steps you can follow that most likely will help you resolve the issue. The web site, Addictive Tips, has put together 5 basic troubleshooting steps to fix Windows 10 problems that you should try. My favorite on the list is, “Restart System”. As a matter of fact, not only does this apply to just computers, this often applies to any type of electronic device. A complete shutdown and restart of the computer or device often will resolve the issue.


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Quick Tip: How To Set A Reminder Using Google Assistant

Here’s how to leave yourself reminders using Google Assistant 
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Google Assistant is great for doing a whole bunch of things, but one of the best perks of having a digital assistant at your beck and call is the ability to quickly add helpful reminders of all sorts for you and your family. Reminders made with Google Assistant are entirely customizable and can be set up for events of all sorts, from events recurring weekly, monthly, one-off reminders throughout your day. Here’s how to set them up.

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Quick Tip: How To Watch FREE Channels and Movies On Roku

Recently, I have been intensely exploring FREE online TV and Movie options that don’t cost one penny. I am sure you have heard of Roku, the very reputable online TV and Movie Service that is often included in many of today’s Smart TVs. As a matter of fact, one of my very first devices to connect to a TV to receive online content was a Roku and I can tell you that was many years back when the first Roku came out.

During my exploration for FREE online services I came across that Roku recently opened a FREE side to their service, called “The Roku Channel” and let me tell you, it is worth taking a looking at. Simply click on the source link at the end of this post to get started. There is no obligation to buy anything. Once signed up you will have access to some online TV content and movies that they have selected. For example, there is ABC News, Weather Nation, USAToday, TMZ; to name only a few… To further enhance your FREE Roku Channel, get the Roku Mobile App and you can watch your channels and movies on the go. Continue reading “Quick Tip: How To Watch FREE Channels and Movies On Roku”

Quick Tip: The Different Types of Windows 10 Updates

by Mayank Parmar @ Bleeping Computer

Most folks at home that own Windows-based computers typically learn about Windows updates early on in the ownership of their computers. The update process, most of the time is transparent to the user; but, there are the times when they are very evident to user, such as when Windows 10 performs a feature update (which is actually an upgrade in my opinion) where the update process can consume a lot of time before completion. I know myself, I keep my fingers crossed when updates roll out. In this article, at Bleeping Computer, I encourage you to read so that you will quickly learn about Windows updates and the different type of updates. Yes, there is more than one type of update…  Rick @ What’s On My PC

Microsoft pushes out a variety of monthly updates that fix bugs, compatibility issues, performance enhancements, and security updates. Windows 10 is also updated twice a year with new “Feature Updates” that aim to modify the Windows 10 experience in a significant way.

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Quick Tip: 7 cool Android features you might not know about – Android Authority

by Scott Adam Gordon @ Android Authority

What I truly love about Android is that you learn something new everyday that you did not know about. Scott Adam Gordon @ Andorid Authority has put together 7-seven neat features baked into Android that you may not be aware of. I can tell you, I was not aware of them… — Rick @ What’s On My PC

One of the great things about Android is how intuitive it is. The majority of its most important features are easily accessed and clearly identifiable (like screen brightness). But there are some useful features that are hidden away or aren’t clearly explained. Here, we’ve gathered some of the best Android features you might have missed.

Note: These tips are based on Android Pie and may not be available on other Android versions.

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Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App

Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote are the note-taking apps that we all hear about. I have accounts with all three and have used them extensively; however, I just cannot get settled with any of them. I initially started out with a free Evernote account; then, Evernote ended up limiting what you could and could not do. OneNote, great note-taking app; however, I was never completely satisfied with the app, due to its’ slowness (in loading and performing searches). Simplenote, which is text-based only (with some markup language) is ok if all you want to do is save text-based notes.

After using all three of these, I kept thinking, there has to be a better way. This is when I came up with the idea of creating and using a separate Gmail account from my personal Gmail account to specifically store notes, documents, etc. Continue reading “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App”

Quick Tip: 10 truly helpful Windows 10 tools you might not know about

by Brad Chacos @ PCWorld

Windows 10 offers many other power tools for enthusiasts—if you know where to find them. Some are older, yet still obscure. Others are relatively new, added during the twice-annual major upgrades Microsoft’s been pushing out since Windows 10 launched nearly four long years ago (though the second update looks to be minor this year). But all 10 of these little-used tricks and tools can help hardened PC users save time or eliminate headaches.

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Quick Tip: How to Copy a Google Keep Note Directly to Google Docs

by Spencer Depas @ Gadget Hacks

A nice side effect of moving a Keep note to Google Docs is that it makes the note easier to move to another platform. Once it’s saved as a Google Doc, you can export it as a Microsoft Word doc, a PDF, or even an ePUB. I’ve also found some situations where I wanted to de-clutter Google Keep, but I did not want to delete my potentially important note. In these cases, I will copy it to Google Docs and then delete the note on Google Keep.

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