Category: home computer use

Home computer use: application key aka menu key

Self-tutoring about computer use: the tutor mentions an observation. This morning I noticed a key between the right Ctrl key and the right Windows key. It has a little arrow pointing among some lines. What is it? Apparently the key

Home computer use: what is Bonjour Service?

Self-tutoring about PCs: the tutor looks up Bonjour Service My impression is that I’ve seen Bonjour Service listed in the Task Manager since the early 2000s. Today I see it on the Windows 10 laptop, and wonder what it does.

Home computer use: special characters in LibreOffice Writer

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor mentions a way he uses to produce special characters on LibreOffice Writer. Let’s image the é symbol, which is U00E9 in Unicode. In LibreOffice Writer, I hold down Crl+Shift+u together. Then, releasing them,

Computer problem: it seemed serious, until I disconnected a device.

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor gives an update of his experience in home computing. The main computer we use, a Windows 7 desktop from 2010, had been struggling a couple of weeks. I mentioned about starting it in

How to start Windows 7 in Safe Mode, and a reason I wanted to

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor shares a workaround he used today. We have several old computers that can be temperamental. This one, from 2010, has been acting up. I tried to do a full scan of it for

Windows 10 search box goes blank – what to do?

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor shares how he fixed a non-responsive search box in Windows 10. All of a sudden, when I would enter the name of a program I wanted in Windows 10 search, it was blank.

Using the McAfee shredder, part 0: possible time it can take

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor talks about using the McAfee shredder. Lately I’ve been using the shredder on McAfee Internet Security. For small files it can be very fast. This morning I used it on a file approximately

New pop-up: “Your McAfee subscription has expired….”

More home computer self-tutoring: the tutor shares about another pop-up. While working on the laptop today, I noticed a browser tab I didn’t recognize. I had many open and was pre-occupied, so didn’t check it right away. Eventually I did,

The “Your Windows is infected with 3 viruses” pop-up

Home computer self-tutoring: the tutor shares a sudden experience from last night. Yesterday evening I was surfing the ‘net when suddenly a pop-up appeared with a beep. Rather alarmingly, it presented me the message that “your Windows is infected with

Microsoft web browser: how to tell which you’re using

Computer self-tutoring: the tutor mentions how to check which Microsoft browser you’re using. In my experience, here is how to reveal the About info: The three dots at top right, just under the x, hold a menu, under which, at

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