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Q: In Windows 10 Edge browser I have imported my Favourites from Internet Explorer, and I have added many more. They are now very disorganised, but it seems that I can only move one at a time and even that isn't easy. Is there an easier way?

With Internet Explorer it was possible to use File Manager to organise Favourites but in Windows 10 Edge that isn't possible. However, there is a free program that will do the job. Email me and I will send you the (stand alone) program or have a look at this website:
http://www.edgemanage.emmet-gray.com

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Q: Sometimes my Windows computer goes to sleep and clicking the mouse or typing at the keyboard doesn't wake it up. Is there a better solution than switching off and on?

Try holding down Ctrl and Alt and then hitting the Delete key. It works for me!

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Q: Can you delete past Facebook posts, both mine and friends or if they are blocking up my iPhone?

Yes, it’s done all the time. There are three little dots at the top right of each post. Click them and the drop-down box has an option DELETE. Clicking delete will remove the post from both the PC and the phone.
If someone else has posted something that includes you by tagging you, you need to ask them to remove it. You can’t delete stuff from other people’s posts.

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Q: what is the best way to back my photos up – do I put them on a memory stick or in the “cloud” ?

This question was discussed at the meeting on 20th Feb. Click Backup Photos to read 2 pages of notes.

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Q: I have just bought a new "Windows" computer, do I need to buy Microsoft Office just to read (and write) Microsoft Word documents?

A new Windows computer will have Windows 10 installed. The good news is that you don't need to buy Word or Office to open or write "word" documents. The latest Word files are in "docx" format (this is a bit different to the old "doc" format of a few years ago). "docx" is the file extension that Windows will probably hide from you (we can cover how to reveal file extensions in Tech Help later). By default Windows associates docx with the program Microsoft Word and if Word isn't installed it says it can't open it. This is all a bit sneaky because Windows 10 provides a program called WordPad that will open and edit docx and a lot of other document formats as well.

Click the Start Button (bottom left of the screen) to show all the programs on the computer. Scroll down the list on the left hand side to find Windows Accessories. Click the small arrow on the right of this to expand the list. Scroll Down and find WordPad. You could right-click on this and select Pin to Start to make it easier to find next time.

Start WordPad and then File-Open and find where the docx file is. E.g. it might be in the Downloads folder or in Documents folder.

To write a new document just start typing, then remember to save it. The first time I did this WordPad tried to confuse me about how to save the file. I used Save As and then chose Office Open XML Document format. Subsequent files when opened didn't have this problem when saving.

Generally I try to send out files in pdf format, which should be readable (though not editable) on all computers. Let me know if you have problems with pdf's. However, Word format documents are very common, and you will need some kind of "word" program to write your own documents.

Word of caution: all computers are set-up differently. Windows 10 is not exactly the same on all computers. We have 3 Windows 10 computers and all are surprisingly and unaccountably different. If the above information doesn't work for you then let me know.

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