Trails End Computer Club

Bulletin for the week of MARCH 5, 2017

WEEKLY MEETINGS
EACH Wednesday 

Program or Lesson 9:00 - 10:30 AM
One on One Help 10:30-?
In the Library


SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS:

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Our weekly program or lesson is intended
to be of interest to all computer users.
Following the program an allotment of time will
be available for one on one help to those
who want a better understanding of something done
 during the presentation.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday MARCH 8, 2017 Meeting
 8:45 AM Set up your computer
 9:00 AM Lesson
10:15 AM One on One help

Apple COREner

By Gary Roerig, Front Range PC Users Group (FRPCUG), Fort Collins, CO, http://www.frpcug.org

 Did you know . . .Your calendar App can consume a lot of data on your iPhone/iPad, depending on your settings. Normally keeping only six-months worth of information is sufficient for most of us but your setting may be for All Events so if you have been using a calendar app for 4-5 years that can be an unnecessary data hog. Go to Settings, and scroll down to Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap on it and then scroll down near the bottom and look for Sync. Tap on Sync and change to one of the following:  Events 2 Weeks Back, Events 1 Month Back, Events 3 Months Back, Events 6 Months Back (my preference) or All Events.

 Calls on your iPhone using Wi-Fi

 Some of us live in areas where our Cellular Carrier’s signal is not very strong. If that is the case, and you have a Wi-Fi Router AND your carrier offers it, you can set your phone to use Wi-Fi for calling. Go to Settings, Phone, and tap on Wi-Fi Calling and then tap Wi-Fi Calling on This Phone to ON (Green).

 I have had great success with this setting but there is a caveat. Not all businesses or carriers accept a Wi-Fi call. If that happens simply go into Settings as above and reverse the setting, make your call, and reset it again. It is rare but it does happen. Also note that you can use this over free Wi-Fi such as in hotels or such places in case you have a poor signal.

 In Need of a Quick Level?

 There are times you may want to quickly use a level to see if a picture frame or other such item is level. Simply get your iPhone, tap on the Compass App, then swipe to the left and a level appears. You can use in Portrait (not real helpful) or Landscape mode. Place on top of your picture frame and straighten the frame until the level shows 0 Deg and Green. Swipe right to return to Compass mode and close as you would any App.

 Need to make a quick note of things but do not have a pen or paper handy?

 Your iPhone has a built in App (often hidden in a folder called Extras) called Voice Memos. You simply tap on the App, Tap on the red Record button and speak, and tap on the red square to stop recording (remember to do so or it will keep recording in your pocket). If you want to you can Tap on Done and give your recording a quick name. You can then play the recording at a later date.

 Another App to take notes is Notes. You can tap on the symbol for New in the lower right corner, then Tap the Microphone in the keyboard and speak. Remember to speak the punctuation, e.g. Period at the end of your sentence. It will return to a new line for your next sentence. When you are finished be sure to Tap on Done at the bottom of the screen. Now you can read your notes at your leisure when you get home.


Back to Basics

Using Windows (File) Explorer -- Deleting Multiple Files at One Time

By Jim Cerny, Chairman, Forums Committee, Sarasota Technology UG, Florida          Sarasota Technology Monitor         www.thestug.org         jimcerny123 (at) gmail.com

 [Please read this article with your computer!  DO the steps and you will find it all much easier to understand.  Otherwise you will forget.  Trust me on this.]

This is the fourth, and last, of a series of articles on the basic use of Windows Explorer (known as File Explorer in Windows 10).  In the previous articles, we looked at the basic window layout when you open this app or program and we also talked about the two “panes” in this app window – the “Folder List” in the left pane, and the contents of a folder displayed in the right pane.  Clicking on any folder on the left will show the contents of that folder on the right.  In the second article we looked at the different VIEWS you can use in Windows/File Explorer and why I recommended the “Large thumbnail” view for pictures and the “Details” or “Detailed List” view for all other files.  In the third article we looked at selecting files for some action, such as to move them, copy them, or delete them.  In this article we will learn how to work with MULTIPLE files at one time.

 Open the Windows File Explorer app or program and find “Documents” (or “My documents”) in the left pane and click on it once with your mouse to open the contents of the Documents folder in the right pane.  You should be saving all your documents and most files here.  To SELECT a file for some action, left-click on it once in the right pane and the file name should be highlighted.  (NOTE: If you double-click on the file name your computer will try to OPEN that file using your computer’s default program or app for that file type).  When people say “click” using the mouse, they always mean a LEFT-click.  A “right-click” of the mouse is specifically stated as a RIGHT-click.

 SELECTING FOR ACTION

 One of the computer skills that is so very helpful in many different apps is the way to SELECT something for some ACTION.  This is a two-step process that allows you to work with files, photographs, emails, menus, and so much more.  To select a single file in Windows File Explorer, you simply click (that’s a left-click) once on the file name to highlight it.  But how do you select MULTIPLE files at one time?  Well, there are TWO easy ways and both ways are helpful.

 Using the SHIFT key on your keyboard – After you click on the first file, move your mouse to another file in the list and, while holding down the SHIFT key, click on another file name.  Presto, ALL the files between have been highlighted!  Now if you click on “delete” ALL the highlighted files will be deleted.  Did you make a mistake and select too few or too many files?  No problem, just click anywhere and the highlight will disappear and you can try again.  This is a great way to select multiple contiguous files.

 Using the CTRL key on your keyboard – After you click on the first file, hold down the CTRL (control) key and click on any other file names.  Every file you click on will be selected or highlighted.  This is a great way to select many files that are NOT listed together.  Do not let up on the CTRL key until you have completed your selections.  If you make a mistake, clicking on a file that was already selected will “un-select” the file.  And again, if you have made any mistakes, just remove your finger from the CTRL key and click your mouse on any file name, your highlighted list will go away and you can start over.

 Practice these keystrokes a couple of times to get used to it.  Naturally if you do not click on “delete”, no files will be deleted.

 Here are some more useful tips:

 +  Do not delete too many files at one time, start with just a few until you get used to it, then go for more.

+  The scrollbars should still work, so if you need to select multiple files above or below your first file, you can use the scrollbars to get elsewhere in your list.  Clicking on a scrollbar will not change your selections.

+  Select all your files from ONE folder at a time.  There may be a way to select files from different folders at one time, but I strongly advise against that if it is possible.  You will get too confused.

+ Don’t forget you can select a FOLDER as you would a single file.  If you move or delete a folder, ALL files and folders IN that folder will be moved to the new (destination) location (folder) or deleted.

+ Yes, you CAN select multiple FOLDERS the same way as you select multiple FILES.  You can even select files and folders in the same selection.  This is really super-helpful.  The computer assumes you know what you are doing, so be careful.  This is a great way to copy your stuff to another memory device as a backup.

+ Remember, files deleted from your “C” drive will go to your Recycle Bin folder, but files you delete from other drives (such as a plug-in drive or memory card) will NOT appear in your recycle bin, they will be really deleted.

+ Read the box notices that appear to make SURE you are moving or deleting the correct number of files and, if moving them, that they are going into the proper folder.

 Finally, this method of multiple selection comes in very handy in many other computer applications, such as email.  You may have to “select” an item by clicking in a box or circle, but there will be a way to do it.  If in doubt, ASK GOOGLE – “How do I delete multiple emails in gmail?” is a good example.  Google always loves questions!


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