How To Make Text Bigger (or everything for that matter) On Your Windows 10 Computer

As I age here at “What’s On My PC”, my eyesight does not get any better. This tip here is most often requested by people (in my age group) whom I have assisted over the years.

To make the text bigger (or everything for that matter) on your Windows 10 Computer, do this:

To make just the text on your screen bigger, select Start Settings Ease of Access  > Display , then adjust the slider under Make text bigger. To make everything bigger, choose an option from the drop-down menu under Make everything bigger.

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Did you know that Chromebooks have an auto expiration date?

When buying a Chromebook it is a good idea to determine the “Auto Expiration Date”, for the model you purchased. The “Auto Expiration Date” is the date when you may stop receiving important updates (for new features and crucial security patches). Typically, Chromebooks have a minimum 5-year window of updates; but, I am now seeing that some of the new Chromebooks, produced in 2020, will have a minimum 8-year window of updates. I am also seeing various models, produced in the past, where Google has extended the window of time for receiving updates.

When a Chromebook reaches its’ “Auto Update Expiration” date you will receive a notification saying “This device will no longer receive the latest software updates. Please consider upgrading”. The Chromebook will continue to function but could become a security risk at that point.

You will often see older Chromebooks at bargain-basement prices, so be wary and check for the “Auto Expiration Date”.

So, how do you go about checking the “Auto Expiration Date” on a Chromebook?

The best answer I can give to that question is this. Visit Google’s “Auto Update Policy” site where you can look up your Chromebook Model to determine the expiration date; OR, If you are using a Chromebook with “Chrome Education Upgrade or Chrome Enterprise Upgrade”, the AUE date is available in the Google Admin console. According to this site, Google publishes a model’s AUE date on this page after its release, giving buyers time to make purchase decisions.

In closing, “Please check the AUE date when making a Chromebook purchasing decision”.


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Here is how to gain some screen space by “auto hiding” the Windows 10 Taskbar…

If you didn’t know, the “taskbar” is the bar that stretches across the bottom of your Windows 10 screen. It is typically visible, no matter where you are in Windows; but did you know you can make the taskbar “auto hide” itself? In other words, if you are not using it, the taskbar will drop down out of view, but if you want to make it re-appear you simply move your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will reappear. I currently have all of my PC’s to auto hide the taskbar to give me that extra screen space or view.

To activate “auto hide” in Windows 10″:

  1. Place your mouse pointer in a blank area of the taskbar and right mouse click.
  2. When the menu appears, click on “Taskbar settings” and the “Taskbar” settings window will appear.
  3. Toggle the switch “on” for “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”, then simply close the Window (and the “Taskbar” should now auto hide).


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What You Need To Do In Order to Save and Open Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Offline

The past several days here at “What’s On My PC” I have been focused on various office suites that are available for FREE for folks at home. Each of those suites requires software to be installed. Another, online option, that requires no installation, that I find many people at home overlook is Google Docs (which includes Google Docs, Sheets and Slides). You can do a lot with this office suite and you can even configure this office suite so that you can save and open your files, even when you are offline (not connected to the internet). The only requirement to turn “on” offline use is that you use the Google Chrome browser and install a browser extension (see instructions below).

Continue reading “What You Need To Do In Order to Save and Open Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Offline”

Can You Protect Notes With A Password In OneNotes For Windows 10?

One question that you see circulating in the “Q&A” forums on the internet, regarding Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10, is “Can you password protect your notes?“. The answer is a resoundingly “yes”. After exploring the various password options using the OneNote version for Windows 10, the Android version and the web-based version; I will tell you that you can add password protection with the Windows 10 version and the Android version. The option to password protect a note in the web-based version does not exist. Also, you can not password protect individual notebooks, but you can password protect individual sections within a notebook.

Password protecting the more sensitive notes in OneNote is important to me; especially, in the event, I lose my smartphone or someone other than myself accesses my computer. Is the password protection sufficient? I say yes because you need to jump through a couple of layers of security to get to the notes. For example, to get to the password-protected notes on my computer and smartphone, you would first need to access my two devices with a password (or other forms of security); then, you would need to access the protected notes with a password. Sort of like the two-factor authentification that you hear about and should be using.

If you want to learn “how to” protect notes with a password in OneNote for Windows 10, CLICK HERE, where you will be directed to the OneNote support site. The screenshot below pretty much tells the story on how to do this from your computer…


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How To Backup Microsoft OneNote Notebooks

If you use Microsoft OneNote and have squirreled away a ton of data you may want to have a backup plan in place. Built into the “web version” of OneNote there is an option to import and export your notebooks. No matter what version of OneNote you use, you can download a copy of any of your OneNote notebooks to your PC or Mac — either as a backup or to upload its contents to another account. In summary, you select a notebook you want to backup and you can export the notebook in a zip file format to your hard drive. To restore a notebook from the backup, you have to unzip the backed up zip file and the notebook is revealed. At that point, you use the online import tool (see source link below) to import it back into your online notebook storage area.

In detail, here is how to export and import OneNote Notebooks: Continue reading “How To Backup Microsoft OneNote Notebooks”

Watch Your Wallet — Avoid These 3 Money Scams | The Motley Foll

This is a “must read”… Motley Fool briefs you on 3 money scams that are tied to “Taxes”, “Social Security” and “Medicare”. I have a motto here at What’s On My PC and it is “believe nothing, verify everything”.  You can learn more by clicking the source link below.

The more you learn about scams and scamming techniques, the less likely you’ll be to fall for them. As you go through your financial life, saving, investing, paying taxes, collecting benefits, getting healthcare, and so on, be alert for those who want to take advantage of your hard work.

We see lots of criss-crossed yellow signs that say scam alert.

Source: Watch Your Wallet — Avoid These 3 Money Scams


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Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists

As one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cybersecurity, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. In Scam Me If You Can, he reveals the latest tricks that today’s scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information–often online and over the phone. Using plain language and vivid examples, Abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including:

• The best way to protect your phone from being hacked
• The only time you should ever use a debit card
• The one type of photo you should never post on social media
• The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport
• The safest way to use an ATM


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