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.

Continue Reading @ ZDNet


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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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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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Continue Reading @ Android Authority


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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”

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