Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

Splashtop Downloads Diagram

  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.


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An Article by “Help Desk Geek” to Teach You “How To Chromecast to Cast Your Entire Desktop To Your TV”

If you have a “Google Chromecast Device“, did you know you can wirelessly project your computer screen to your TV? Follow the source link below to learn how easy this is to do…

Casting is a method of projecting or sending content wirelessly to a different screen such as your television or second monitor. Once you set up your Google Chromecast device, you can play any content from your mobile device or desktop on your TV or remote monitor, with the device becoming a remote control.

It saves you the painful hassles of hooking up your PC to your TV using an HDMI cable, which largely depends on the length of the cable. Plus, it allows you to mirror your entire screen or any browser tab on Google Chrome wirelessly with a few clicks so you can view static files like photos, display a presentation or view a website on a larger scale.

96 Household Vinegar Uses You Never Knew About >> MSN

Clear Dirt Off PCs and Peripherals

These vinegar uses will have your office looking clean and new. Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Before you start cleaning, make sure that all your equipment is shut off. Now mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution—never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuits inside—then squeeze it out as hard as you can, and start wiping. Use cotton swabs to get in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard). These are the things that professional housecleaners do in their homes every day.

Clean Your Computer Mouse

If you have a mouse with a removable tracking ball, use a 50/50 vinegar-water solution to clean it. First, remove the ball from underneath the mouse by twisting off the cover over it. Use a cloth, dampened with the solution and wrung out, to wipe the ball clean and to remove fingerprints and dirt from the mouse itself. Then use a moistened cotton swab to clean out the gunk and debris from inside the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball). Computer moving as slow as molasses?

Source: 96 Household Vinegar Uses You Never Knew About

Changing The Channel On Your Router May Resolve Connectivity Issues

With many people working from home, as we deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, you may find your network router connection slowing down or even dropping off due to the demands that are being placed on our networks. I recently had an experience where the devices in my home that are dependent on the 2.4GHz band would suddenly, without rhyme or reason, drop off of the network. The devices and computers that were connected to the 5GHz band remained connected. Without getting into the specifics about these two wireless bands, the 2.4GHz spectrum has fewer non-overlapping channels than the 5GHz spectrum; AND, these two bands are common band spectrums (frequencies) that you see associated with today’s routers. Some devices allow you to use both frequencies (such as computers, tablets phones); whereas, other devices are only locked into the 2.4GHz band (such as smart home devices, cameras, etc..). The two bands subsequently work off of channels that the router, typically by default, will auto assign (but, you can manually set the channel by going into the settings of the router).

Router, Wireless, Network, Connection, Computer

To deal with the issue I was experiencing I decided to manually set the 2.4GHz on one channel and so far this has resolved my issue. I had a selection of 11 channels. I went with channel 6. To change the channel on your router you will need to find the web address to your router. Typically this address looks something like this (192.168.0.1) and can be found in the manual for your router (or search for it on the web). Once you have the address, go to a computer in your home that is on your home network, enter the address in your web browser. Once connected to the router’s web interface, you will need the username and password to access the settings (which are in the manual or can be found on the internet). Once logged in, look for the 2.4GHz settings. In my case I found that the default channel setting was at “auto” and I changed it to “Channel 6”. While in the settings, I changed my password to something I could remember. You also may have option to change the channel for the 5GHz band. In my case, I left that set at “auto”

So far, all devices are staying connected in my home that are using the 2.4GHz band spectrum. I am thinking at this point that due to the network saturation at my location, at this point in time, the poor performance was due to the fact that too many routers were utilizing the same wireless channel and were fighting for bandwidth.


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Never Delete an App Without Doing These 4 Things First – Reader’s Digest

Don’t go on a deleting frenzy just yet, though. For some apps, you’ll need to do more than simply hitting the “delete” button.

There are multiple steps involved in making sure an app is fully disconnected from your other accounts and information. Tcherchian suggests following this process:

  1. Delete all of your data on the app. All of it! Go through every setting on the app and look for options about data or privacy.
  2. Also log in through a web browser. Sometimes you’ll have additional settings available through the desktop version of the app.
  3. Unlink or revoke any Facebook or Google integrations you may have enabled.
  4. Contact the app developer and request in writing that your data be completely deleted.

Continue Reading @ Reader’s Digest

Sanitize your house from coronavirus: 5 cleaning tools to use now – CNET

If you’re worried you may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or you just want to be extra cautious, you can use cleaning products like Clorox, Lysol, Microban and hydrogen peroxide to sanitize all the surfaces in your home. Make sure you focus on cleaning all the doorknobs, countertops and other high traffic areas during your deep clean.

Here are five ways to keep your home sanitized from the coronavirus, and other areas and items you should disinfect stat.

Learn More @ CNET

My Favorite “Google Search” Trick

When performing search inquiries using “Google Search”, 99% of the time we just start typing the first thing that comes to mind. Oftentimes, we may know specifically, a phrase (exact wording) that may be contained in whatever it is we are looking for. If that is the case, simply type the phrase enclosed in quotation marks and Google will yield results with the same words in the same order as what you had typed in the quotes. Very powerful…


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How To Create And Work With “Web Apps” In The NEW Microsoft Edge

The NEW “Chromium-based” Microsoft Edge browser will take some time to roll out to everyone’s PC, but if you are like me and want it NOW; then, CLICK HERE. I have been testing this browser, among others, and I keep finding that the NEW Edge browser; well, is just one smooth browser.

One of the features I am messing with is the option to create apps from web sites. If you go to and click on the three horizontal dots at the top right corner, this will open a menu. On that menu you will find a menu item labelled as “Apps”. If you click or hover on “Apps”, another side menu will open that has an option labelled “Install this site as an app”.  What this does is allow you create separate apps out of sites you may use frequently.

These apps are then created on your Windows desktop that can then be pinned to the ‘Taskbar” or to the “Start Menu”. You can also get to these apps (to manage, launch and remove them), by entering “edge://apps/” in the address bar of Microsoft Edge. I actually bookmarked this in my bookmarks to make it easier to get to and launch my apps when working in a browser session.

What I like about this feature is that I can resize the app’s window size to the size I desire and so far through my testing, the window sizes are holding. For example, I have an app set up that launches the mobile version of the National Weather Service where I resized the window to give it that true app feeling (see below).

Screenshot – Sample App

Again, just to let you folks at home know; Microsoft will eventually roll out this NEW version of Microsoft Edge in the coming months; however, you can get the “stable” version now. I am finding it to be a great browser that will put Microsoft in head-to-head competition with Google Chrome.


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2 Best Ways to Check and Recover Clipboard History on Android – Guiding Tech

One of the easiest ways to view and recover clipboard history on an Android device is by using the keyboard. Interestingly, many keyboard apps now have a clipboard manager that can be used to access previously-copied texts. We’ve listed some of the best Android keyboards with clipboard history support, but in this article, we’ll show you how to recover clipboard history using Gboard, Google’s official keyboard app.

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Best Method I Found To Download, Organize and Archive Your Gmail

Recently I have been working to clear out my Gmail account to stay under the space quota I am allocated at Google. I am someone that saves every email that I send and receive. In my focus of accomplishing this task I recently posted two articles that may be helpful to people who are in the same boat I am in. Both of these articles will help you understand the Google process and what you need to do manage the FREE space you are allocated. Once you surpass the FREE space allocation, Google wants to “sell you” additional space at a subscription rate.

Understanding Your Google Account Online Space Allocations
(for Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos)

How to “Bulk” Delete Old Emails in Gmail

One of the questions I had when I started this cleaning out process was is there a way to download and save my old Google Gmail emails?

Google will tell you to go to their “Google Takeout” site where you can select and download all of your data (not just emails). That may sound easy, but I have found is that Google packages up your data, whether it is photos or emails, and wraps up that data in downloadable zip files that lack no organization whatsoever and 99% of people will not understand how to do this anyway. Is this a tactic to push people toward buying more space?  Don’t know, but looks like a messy process to me and will only waste your time.

Best Method I Found To Download and Archive Your Gmail:

The method I use to download and archive my Gmail is a third party software application (that is FREE) called MailStore Home.

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How to “Bulk” Delete Old Emails in Gmail

This is a great way to “bulk delete” (clean out) a Gmail account when you are near your allotted space limit. Thank you to Laptop Mag for these instructions.

In the search bar, you can type the date in a YYYY/DD/MM format to filter out emails before a certain date. If you type before:2014/01/1, you’ll see a list of all of the emails you received prior to Jan. 1, 2014.  You can also search by how old emails are. If you type older_than:1y, you’ll receive emails older than 1 year. You can use m for months or d for days, as well. If you want to delete them all, click the Check all box, then click “Select all conversations that match this search,” followed by the Delete button.

Source: How to Delete Old Emails in Gmail | Laptop Mag

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