Trails End Computer Club

Lesson 6 - - Computer Maintenance part 2


If you use any web base e-mail (Yahoo Mail, G mail, Outlook.com etc.) your address book as well as your undeleted messages are not on your computer and therefore is not backed up when you do your regular backup.

True, under normal circumstances these email suppliers are very responsible and they make regular backups in case they fail for some reason or another.

Under abnormal circumstances your entire account can be lost which may not be their fault and they will not help you retrieve your account. Someone hacked your account, used it improperly and your account was deleted, by your provider, including messages and contacts.

Certainly few older messages are of value to you but your contact list may not be easy to replace.

Contents of important emails can be saved to your hard drive as they come in.

Your contact list can be downloaded and saved or printed. There could be up to 3 different formats to download with.

CSV (comma separated values) contains all the information for each entry. It may look like: first name, last name, email address, full name, birth date on and on with each field separated by a comma. A CSV file may be opened with any spreadsheet program (Excell, Office Calc, etc.) Now you can save it or print it.

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 Click on Gmail / Contacts / More / Export



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Click on All Contacts / Google CVS format or other

than on Export. Your file is downloaded. Look at the

lower right corner of your screen and click on it.



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Click OK here. It's now displayed within a spreadsheet.
You may print it or name it and save it on your hard disk.




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Click on Contacts / Actions / Export.




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Click on Microsoft Outlet or other buttons

than on Export Now.

Your file is downloaded. Look at the

lower right corner of your screen and click on it.







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Click OK here. It's now displayed within a spreadsheet.
You may print it or name it and save it on your hard disk.


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We see advertising on television, in emails, telemarketing, on radio, popup's etc. while using a browser on the internet and display ads all over the internet trying to sell us products or services to fix or speedup our computer. Some are totally a scam and will not in any way improve your system. Some may ask for $100.00 or more to fix your computer.


Go to the wrong site and end up with a computer that will not start up and only display instructions to send them money to fix your broken computer. Most often you will receive nothing for your money and still have a broken computer.


Lesson 5 listed several programs that's a part of Microsoft Windows that's considered safe for consumers to use to improve the operation of your system.


Commercial programs developed over the last 10+ years are also available to download and use, some at no charge for consumer use, some you may upgrade to a professional program and others you may donate if you really like the results.


Any time you use a program that will make major changes to your system, you must be prepared to reinstall Windows, all the programs you use and all your data files. That is where a good backup is vital.


If you became aggravated with the performance of your computer it is probably time to review your options. Before reinstalling Windows you might consider using Ccleaner.

Ccleaner may be downloaded and used by consumers at no charge. See

http://www.howtogeek.com/113382/ and/or

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCleaner and/or

http://www.pcworld.com/article/231606/ccleaner.html

for a review of the product.

Download from:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner



Also consider using Belarc:

Belarc  Will scan your computer and tell you a surprising amount of information about it.       http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html


TECC Harold   Revised 2/7/14