Getting Comfortable With The Basics


Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS

Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS [Gallery] By Abner Li,

Gboard for Android and iOS maintain relative feature parity on key functionality, but on occasion one app surpasses the other. Gboard 2.0 for iOS today adds a slew of customization options for the keyboard ranging from backgrounds, keys, and even the glide swipe trail.

Speed Up Google Chrome

Speed Up Google Chrome With This Tab-Reducing Extension – By Emily Price,

I have somewhere around 70 tabs open on my computer right now, give or take a few. I treat Chrome tabs like temporary bookmarks. For instance, a few of my open tabs are for stories I want to read later, and a few others are for SF Beer Week events I’m currently in the midst of planning for. It’s not the most efficient way to work, but it’s the way I’ve chosen. Unfortunately, it’s also a way that sucks a ton of power. 

Disk Space Disappearing? 4 Free Tools for Disk Usage Analysis and Remediation

Disk Space Disappearing? 4 Free Tools for Disk Usage Analysis and Remediation –

The Windows operating system has always made it easy to tell how much free disk space you have available, and there are even some tools baked in that can help you to free up a bit of space when necessary. In most cases, however, the native tools in Windows are unable to free up a significant amount of space. Fortunately, there are a number of free disk usage analysis free available that can help you to figure out where all of your disk space has gone–and what you can do to get some of it back.

Chrome Canvas: On Your Chromebook

Chrome Canvas: A Web App For Drawing On Your Chromebook From Google – By Robby Payne,

Pen support has been a normality in Chrome OS since the early days of Chrome Unboxed. The device that pioneered the entire effort was one we tracked from the earliest stages: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. I remember stumbling upon pen support for what was known as ‘Kevin’ at the time and being so excited to see stylus tools on their way to Chrome OS.

Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop – By Ryne Hager,

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It's a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now.

5 best remote desktop apps for Android!

5 best remote desktop apps for Android! – By Contact,

Remote access to a desktop is one of the most niche power-user features out there. However, it is perfectly doable on an Android device. There are two basic ways to do it. Users can remote into their Android device from a computer. We covered that functionality in our best screen mirroring apps for Android list. This list focuses more on accessing your desktop computer from your Android device. There are a bunch of apps that boast remote access as a feature. However, only some of them are actually good. Here are the best remote desktop apps for Android!

– WordPress Classic Editor

Classic Editor – By WordPress Contributors

Gutenberg “Suckenberg” is the worst joke played on us. Thank you for giving us back the WordPress we love, and not the idiotic thing they will be forcing on us.

I’m guessing there will be many similar plugins, and they will all be super popular.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” – By Matt Mullenweg,

We’ve made some big upgrades to the editor. Our new block-based editor is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site. You’ll have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or write code for a living.

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing

The Best Grammar Checkers For Every Type Of Writing by Jennifer Allen  @jenjeahaly

We all want to write better and more effectively. It’s easy to become both paranoid and complacent over one’s writing style. Fortunately, there are plenty of online services that help by checking your grammar. We’ve looked at some of the best grammar checkers out there.

Drive Cloning & Imaging

Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers,  VIDEO



Published on Nov 11, 2018

SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.

The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link):

The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:

Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video):

Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only):… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free:… Clonezilla: My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here:…

Windows 10’s October 2018 Update

What’s New in Windows 10’s October 2018 Update By Chris Hoffman,

Windows 10’s October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809 and codenamed Redstone 5 during its development process, arrived on October 2, 2018. This major upgrade includes a clipboard history that syncs between your devices and a long-awaited dark theme for File Explorer. It was initially set to bring tabs to all your applications, but that feature didn’t make the cut.

– Office 365 Home Update

Office 365 Home Update – Now with more users, and sign-ins.

Starting October 2, 2018 subscribers to Microsoft Office 365 Home accounts will allow more users to access the subscription and increase login limits.

Microsoft Office 365 Home at $99/year gives access to Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each user. Office 365 Home was limited to 5 users with 10 device installs total, five of the devices could be PCs, and the rest could be tablets or phones. With the new terms, Office 365 Home is now going to cover six people instead of five, and each allowed 1 TB of OneDrive storage.  Device limit has increased as well, with no limits to the number of devices Office is installed on, and each user can be signed into Office on five devices at a time. 

These new changes come at no additional cost. Office 365 Home still costs $99/year, or $9.99 per month directly from Microsoft. You can save more by buying the Microsoft Office 365 Home 1 year Product Key Card from Amazon or Costco, they both offer it for about $85.

Grandparents this is a great gift for your grandchildren.
You can have a copy of Office 365 and five remaining subscriptions to give to your grandkids or anyone you choose. Microsoft Office is the standard in business, being familiar with these tools is essential for young people entering the workforce.

Why Microsoft’s Office 365 is a Great Deal by

Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been a great deal for a long time, and it’s getting better. Starting, soon Office 365 Home will let six users install an unlimited number of Office applications.


Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools

How to Use All of Windows 10’s Backup and Recovery Tools by

Windows 10 includes several different types of backup and recovery tools. And we’re going to take a look at all of them.

Sometimes, bad things happen to good computers. Fortunately, Windows includes a number of tools you can use to make sure your files are properly backed up and to recover your computer should you need to. On the backup side of things, File History is the…

Free Up Space on Your Hard Drive Automatically With Windows 10’s Storage Sense Feature

Free Up Space on Your Hard Drive Automatically With Windows 10's Storage Sense Feature by

Windows: Sometimes, finding the right Windows settings to automate some portion of your digital life feels like digging through the nooks and crannies of your couch to find loose change. In this case, Windows’ “Storage Sense,” a handy way to automate hard drive cleaning, has probably been staring you in the face for awhile, you just never thought to activate it. And you should.

Chrome/Firefox Extension of the Week: Grammarly

Chrome/Firefox Extension of the Week: Grammarly by Lifehacker

Even if you’re the next Stephen King or George R. R. Martin—and if you’re the latter, please try to write faster—everyone needs a helping hand with writing. That’s why the world has editors, and copy editors, grammar coaches, ten million books on writing, and most importantly, browser extensions that can help you better your craft.

Let’s face it; you might be a pretty good writer, but self-editing your work can be an agonizing process. While the Chrome and Firefox extension Grammarly can’t…

Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To-Geek

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.

This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24…

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More by


TeamViewer 13, the latest version of the secure remote desktop access and support application, comes with iOS screen sharing functionality and usability improvements.

TeamViewer GMBH launched a public beta of TeamViewer 13 on October 30, 2017. That version has now been promoted to final, and users from around the world can download the new version of the remote desktop software.

How to get the Win 10 Fall Creators Update

How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update by Windows Blog

Beginning today at 10 a.m. P.T., the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start rolling out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with newer machines first.

As with the Creators Update, the key to our phased approach is actively listening to all available feedback mechanisms and making the appropriate product updates during the rollout. 

Manually update for advanced users – As an advanced user, you have two manual installation options. The recommended method is to utilize the Update Assistant. To do so, click the Update Now button on the Software Download Site. You’ll need a licensed version of Windows 10 to use this method to get the feature update. Alternatively, you can download and run the Media Creation Tool on the same site, which will help you perform a clean installation or reinstall of Windows 10.

The definitive Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review by WindowsCentral

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is Microsoft's latest feature update for Windows 10! Here's our full written review detailing all the new improvements and features.

Starting today, Microsoft is beginning to roll out a brand new update for Windows 10, packing a whole new set of features and enhancements for users. Microsoft is calling this update the "Fall Creators Update," as a continuation of its…


15 Chrome Extensions by Google

15 Chrome Extensions by Google You Didn’t Know You Needed by

Who better to provide Chrome extensions than Google? Play it safe with a trusted source. Here are the best homemade Chrome browser addons.

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With all the extensions available for Google Chrome, it can be tough to decide which ones to install. And with so many from unknown third parties, you might be overly cautious. If you want to play it safe, go right to the source — and who better to provide Chrome extensions than Google?

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers

Fragmentation Isn’t Android’s Fault, It’s the Manufacturers by How-To Geek 

It’s 2017, and I still see people criticizing Android for “fragmentation”. This gives Android in general a bad name, and I want to make the facts clear: this isn’t Google or Android’s fault. It’s the fault of your manufacturer. 

When it comes down to it, Android in its purest form is just like iOS. Much like iPhone users can choose the iPhone or iPhone Plus, Android users only have two real choices to avoid update issues: Pixel or Pixel XL. As much as Android users love choice, I really see this as somewhat of an illusion—the only choice you really have is whether or not to support the manufacturers that don’t support you.

Five Tools I Recommend for Malware Scanning

Here are five tools I recommend for malware scanning:
  1. Windows Defender is built into Windows 10 and 8.1 it uses real-time protection to scan everything you download or run on your PC. 
    • To force an immediate scan in Windows 10 click the Start button, and then selecting Settings > Update & security > Windows Defender. Click the "Open Windows Defender" button, at the right side of the Defender window choose "Full Scan" and click scan now. Be patient the scan will take quite a while, you can continue to use your computer during the scan.
    • In Win 7 if you have installed Microsoft Security Essentials open it's control window, at the Home tab select "Scan option Full" and click Scan Now.  This process can take several hours so be patient.  If it finds malware it can often remove it, look in the History tab to see scan results and remedies.
  2. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. If you have Windows 7 and do Windows updates the latest version of  Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT) is already downloaded on your computer.  Just click the Start Orb and type MRT hit the Enter key, answer yes to the popup window.  This will bring up the Welcome to Malicious Software Removal Tool window click the "Next" button and choose the "Full Scan" option.  The scanner will check every file on your hard drive the process will take some time (an hour or more) so start it when you are finished using your computer for a while.
  3. Windows Defender Offline – The Microsoft Windows Defender Offline is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.  This scanner looks like MRT  The Microsoft Windows Defender Offline is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection. Windows Defender detects rootkits or other highly persistent malware on your PC and alerts you to use Windows Defender Offline. You might see a message saying that malware was found on your device, or a message in Windows Defender.
  4. Microsoft Safety Scanner – The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.
    Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.
  5. Sophos Virus Removal Tool – Infected with a virus? Unsure whether your existing antivirus software has detected and removed it? Still having problems and unsure where to turn to next? Sophos Virus Removal Tool can help.

How to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

Migrate Windows Installation to a SSD

How to Migrate Your Windows Installation to a Solid-State Drive by How-To Geek

Many older (or cheaper) Windows laptops come with traditional mechanical hard drives—which these days, are pretty outdated and slow. Upgrading to a new, super fast solid state drive (or SSD) is the surest way to speed up an old computer. There’s one problem: moving your Windows installation can be tricky, especially since SSDs are often smaller than their traditional hard drive counterparts.

How to Upgrade to a Larger Hard Drive Without Reinstalling Windows by How-To Geek

If you find that your old hard drive is bursting at the seams and you want to upgrade to a larger one, it’s really easy to do so without losing any of your data.

LastPass Frees Up Multi-Device Access

LastPass Frees Up Multi-Device Access to Your Passwords by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

LastPass has decided to make one of their key premium features available at no cost for its users.

If there has been one lesson over the last few years – it is inevitable that at some point your personal info may be involved in a data breach. That breach could be malicious and started by hackers or it could be a disgruntled employee who releases user details in retaliation at their employers.

Whatever the circumstances, protecting your personal data requires vigilance…


Improvements In Android 7.0 Nougat

10 Massive Improvements In Android 7.0 Nougat by FORBES

Android 7.0 Nougat is here for the majority of Nexus owners and will roll out throughout the next year for other Android devices. Nougat (also known as Android N) comes with a number of big changes over Marshmallow, the last Android OS. Before you download, here are some of the biggest new features to expect:

Clean Install of the Windows 10

Start fresh with a clean install of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update!

Use this tool to install a clean copy of the most recent version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, and remove apps that you installed or came pre-installed on your PC. You’ll have the option to keep your personal files.

Looking to install Windows 10 on your PC?

Download and run the media creation tool to get started. For more information on how to use the tool, see the instructions below.

After downloading Media Creation Tool click to run it, follow these steps. (you will need a 4GB or larger thumb drive)

  1. Accept the Microsoft software license terms.
  2.  Select "Create installation media for another PC" and click Next button
  3. At Select language, architecture, and edition choose US – Windows 10 and 64 bit click Next
  4. Choose which media to use I recomend USB flash drive (you need at least 4GB flash drive)  plug it into the computer and click Next
  5. be sure your flash drive is discovered and click Next.

Use a password manager

Why you should use a password manager by Sophos

For years, I read many, many articles about password managers – much like this one – and despite the fact that I’ve been working in the information security field for about a decade, I still resisted trying them out. It seemed like a lot of hassle, and who needs more of that?

Instead, I kept an arsenal of passwords in my head: A few “disposable” ones for

Reinstall Software on Chromebook

How to reinstall the software on your Chromebook by androidcentral

You can reinstall a fresh version of the operating system on your Chromebook with an easy-to-use tool and a USB stick or SD card.

If you see the "Chrome OS is missing or damaged" error when you start up your Chromebook, you'll need to reinstall the operating system. This isn't normally an issue, but if you were fiddling with the partitioning or trying to install another operating system

Freeware Download Sites

The Freeware Download Sites That Don’t Force Crapware On You by How-To Geek

It’s been more than a year since we drew attention to the crapware regularly foisted upon unsuspecting users by pretty much every big freeware site, including the venerable SourceForge. Since then, a few sites–including SourceForge themselves–have started cleaning up their act.

Most freeware download sites still use shady tactics, unfortunately, cramming their own installers full of unwanted software and misleading advertisements…

Windows Defender Offline Scan

How-To: Use Windows Defender for an Offline Scan by Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Windows Defender Offline will clean up your Windows system with the latest anti-virus and malware definitions while the system is disconnected to the Internet.

In Windows 10 Build 14271, which was released last week by Microsoft to Insiders, a new option was added to the settings for Windows Defender.

Windows Defender is Microsoft’s built-in anti-virus and malware scanner in Windows 10.

What some users may not be aware of is that there is an offline version of the program called Windows Defender Offline.

Safely Share Passwords

How to Safely Share Passwords with Family Members by How-To Geek

Keeping your password secret is a fundamental security practice, but there are times when you want to share a password with family members. Don’t just send those passwords in an email, though! Use these secure alternatives instead.

Why Would I Want To Do This?

Although the majority of your passwords should remain secret, there are plenty of times when sharing a password with your spouse and family members is useful.

There are many online services, for example, that multiple people in a household…

Type with your voice

Type with your voice

                     Print this article  –   Print Commands only  –  Suggested Headsets

You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs.

Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

Voice typing

Type with your voice

Start voice typing

  1. Check that your microphone works.
  2. Open a document in Google docs with a Chrome browser.
  3. Click Tools > Voice typing. A microphone box appears.
  4. When you're ready to speak, click the microphone.
  5. Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).
  6. When you're done, click the microphone again.

Correct mistakes while voice typing

  • If you make a mistake while you're typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
  • After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue.
  • To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.

Add punctuation

You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:

  • Period
  • Comma
  • Exclamation point
  • Question mark
  • New line
  • New paragraph

Note: Punctuation works in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.

Voice commands

You can use commands to edit and format your document when you voice type. For example, "Select paragraph," "italics," or "Go to the end of the line."

Note: Voice commands are available only in English. The account language and document language must both be English.

Select text

To select text, say these commands:

  • Select [word or phrase]
  • Select all
  • Select all matching text
  • Select list item
  • Select list items at current level
  • Select next character
  • Select next [number] characters
  • Select last character
  • Select last [number] characters
  • Select line
  • Select next line
  • Select next [number] lines
  • Select last line
  • Select last [number] lines
  • Select paragraph
  • Select next paragraph
  • Select next [number] paragraphs
  • Select last paragraph
  • Select last [number] paragraphs
  • Select word
  • Select next word
  • Select next [number] words
  • Select last word
  • Select last [number] words
  • Deselect
  • Unselect
  • Select none

Format your document

To format your document, say these commands:


  • Align center
  • Align justified
  • Align left
  • Align right
  • Center align
  • Left align
  • Right align

Text formatting

  • Apply heading [1–6]
  • Apply normal text
  • Apply subtitle
  • Apply title
  • Bold
  • Italicize
  • Italics
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • Superscript
  • Underline

Text color and highlighting

  • Text color [color]
  • Highlight
  • Highlight [color]
  • Background color [color]
  • Remove highlight
  • Remove background color

Note: The colors available are: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple, magenta. If you say "highlight" by itself, the highlighting color is yellow.

Font size

  • Decrease font size
  • Increase font size
  • Font size [6-400]
  • Make bigger
  • Make smaller

Paragraph formatting

  • Decrease indent
  • Increase indent
  • Line spacing [1-100]
  • Line spacing double
  • Line spacing single


  • Create bulleted list
  • Create numbered list
  • Insert bullet
  • Insert number

Remove formatting

  • Clear formatting
  • Remove formatting
  • Remove bold
  • Remove italics
  • Remove strikethrough
  • Remove underline

Edit your document

To edit your document, say these commands:

  • Copy
  • Cut
  • Paste
  • Copy link
  • Delete
  • Delete last word
  • Delete link
  • Insert table of contents
  • Delete table of contents
  • Update table of contents
  • Insert bookmark
  • Insert equation
  • Insert footer
  • Insert footnote
  • Insert header
  • Insert horizontal line
  • Insert page break

Add and edit tables

To add and edit tables, say these commands:

  • Insert table
  • Insert table [1-20] rows by [1-20] columns
  • Insert row
  • Insert column
  • Insert new column
  • Insert new column on the left
  • Insert new row
  • Insert new row above
  • Insert new row below
  • Delete column
  • Delete row
  • Delete table
  • Remove column
  • Remove row
  • Remove table
  • Exit table

Move around your document

To move around your document, say these commands:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Go to


end of



Go to

Move to

end of

start of







Go to

Move to






formatting change


heading [1-6]





list item











[number] characters

[number] words





[number] lines

[number] paragraphs



  • Scroll down
  • Scroll up

Resume voice typing

To move the cursor to the end of the paragraph and start voice typing again, say "Resume."

To move the cursor to a particular word or phrase, say "Resume with [word]." The cursor moves to the end of the word that you speak.

Here are all the commands you can say to resume voice typing:

  • Resume
  • Resume with [word or phrase]
  • Go to the end of the paragraph
  • Move to the end of the paragraph
  • Go to the end of the line
  • Move to the end of the line

Commands to open help

To open a list of voice commands in your document, say these commands:

  • Voice typing help
  • Voice commands list
  • See all voice commands

Speak (for accessibility)

To use these commands, turn on screen reader support. It's best to wear headphones so the screen reader feedback isn't typed into your document.

  • Speak cursor location
  • Speak from cursor location
  • Speak selection
  • Speak selection formatting
  • Speak table row and column headers
  • Speak table cell location
  • Speak table column header
  • Speak table row header


If voice typing isn't working, try these steps.

"We're having trouble hearing you"

If you see an error message that says "We're having trouble hearing you," try the following:

  • Move to a quiet room.
  • Plug in an external microphone.
  • Adjust the input volume on your microphone.
  • The microphone isn't working

If you can't get the microphone to work on your computer, try the following:

  • Make sure that that the microphone isn't broken.
  • Make sure that your document has permission to use your camera and microphone.
  • Check that your microphone is plugged in and is not being used by another application.
  • Move to a quiet room.
  • Restart your computer.

Voice commands aren't working

If voice commands aren’t working, try the following:

  • Speak more slowly and clearly
  • Pause before and after each command. The text of your command might show in the document for a moment.  For example, if you say "select all," the words "select all" show up before your text is selected.

Some suggested headsets

  1. Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390 (Black) Amazon Price:$24.99

  2. Plantronics 80935-21 AUDIO 655 DSP Headset W/MIC USB Noise Cancelling Amazon Price:$39.68

  3. Plantronics Voyager Pro HD Wireless Bluetooth Headset – Compatible with iPhone, Android, and Other Leading Smart Devices Amazon Price:$57.14



    Picasa shutting down on May 1

    Picasa officially shutting down on May 1 by Android and Me

    Google’s Picasa photo service will soon be no more, as the company has decided to focus on Google Photos instead of working on both. The service will officially be shut down on May 1, while support for the desktop app will end March 15.

    Thankfully, your data won’t be lost. Google is making a way for people to continue accessing old data, including tags and comments, for those who don’t want to use Google Photos. Users won’t be able to add or edit anything, but giving them access to old data is a great move by Google.

    If you want to move from Picasa to Google Photos, all of your photos and videos will already be there. There’s no need to move everything over. Google Photos is a pretty nice service, so at least give it a shot.

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