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Portable apps for the Personal Computer

portableappPortable apps are application that are small enough to work off a flash drive, which enables users a means to work off an external drive.

Why use a portable drive? I own a Windows Pro tablet, which doesn’t have a very large hard drive. Portable apps allow me to use programs without having to install them because I’m working off the flash drive.

I can also share programs with multiple systems. I can switch between the tablet and my desktop PC.

Since the programs are smaller, you can also use these versions if you don’t like the software taking up lots of space on your hard drive.


Some suggested apps:

Portable browsers. You can use Chrome or Firefox easily off a drive, so you can store  your book marks and settings.

Chrome by Google

Firefox by Mozilla

Office Suites. Similar to MS Office, LibreOffice and OpenOffice offer word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation within the software suite. All fits on a flash drive too.

OpenOffice

LibreOffice

Messaging. Need to chat online? Use the following program to chat and manage your network of online social messaging service.

Pidgin– Chat with AOL Yahoo, MSN, and ICQ users in a single app.

Security.  Use this to scan computers with a flash drive.

ClamWin  On the go anti-virus software.

KeePass securely stores passwords.

Graphic Image Editing or Viewing. On the go editing of photos and images.

FotoGrafix is lightweight editor. Easy to learn too.

Infranview works with lots of formats, so you can view the graphic. This includes a few editing features as well.

Sound, music, and video. Here are some apps to create and edit sound as well as video.

Audacity is an easy to use sound recorder and editor.

VLC video player. This doesn’t edit or create, but allows you to view many different format of videos. If you have problems opening a video file, this can help.

There are so many more portable apps you can use, there are only ones I’ve used and can verify are useful, but if you visit PortableApps.com, you can find many more programs to select.

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Google Gmail- Setting it up as default email in Chrome

google gmailYou may find that when clicking links in web sites to send email, you get Outlook email popping up. If you use primarily Gmail, this can be frustrating.

Want Gmail to be the default email handler? Here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Open your Gmail in the Chrome Browser and sign into your account.

2.  Take note at the upper right-hand corner of the browser, there is an icon chrome icon called the Protocol Handler icon.

3.  Click on that; this switches your default email handler to Gmail.


If you cannot see the icon, there is another way;

  • Go to Chrome settings using the small Settings icon chrome settingslocated at the upper right hand corner of the Chrome browser.
  • At the bottom of the Settings screen, click Advanced settings.

advanced settings

  • Now scroll to Privacy.
  • In the pop-up window, you will need to scroll down to Handlers.

handlers

  • Select the drop down menu for Gmail and click Done.
  • You now have your Gmail email as your default handler of email.

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PC may update to Windows 10

 

Win10update

http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/16/windows-10-update-pre-checked/

Mouse Tips

When navigating the screen with your computer (PC) mouse, take note on the number of buttons that are available;

mousetips

RIGHT BUTTON- This button provides the action of clicking, double clicking, and dragging the cursor to create action. Single or double clicking on an icon will open the file/program, or clicking and dragging will ‘highlight’ files/programs and even text in documents.

  • Use the

rightclickLEFT BUTTON- This button provides extra commands in the form of pop up menus. By ‘left-clicking’ on an icon, text, program, you get a pop up menu with commands such as Properties or Cut/Paste commands. This varies depending on what item you selected.

SCROLL BUTTON- This button moves like a wheel to navigate through web pages or documents in word processors. But it can do other things too;

  • Hover over a hyperlink and press the Scroll Button down like a button and it opens another tab.
  • In a browser, click the Ctrl key while scrolling and this will enlarge or make smaller the text.

A tutorial on Mouse properties;

How to open a CD/DVD with a paper clip

There are occasions that the CD/DVD drive of a computer refuses to open with conventional methods. You can open with the button available on the drive, but you can also try opening through the computer by going to My Computer, right-click on the CD/DVD drive and then select EJECT. If this doesn’t work, you need to open it manually.

Get a paper clip and straighten it out. Poke the one end in the teeny tiny hole on the drive. Its location will vary depending on the make/model of the drive.

Here is a video that shows you how its done;