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WhatsApp

You can link your PC or a Laptop with your WhatsApp account on your phone. This can make using and administering your account more convenient e.g. deleting multiple WhatsApp messages and/or moving photos onto your PC for storing or editing.

To start download the WhatsApp Desktop App (on a Windows machine look in the Microsoft Store). Then on the phone, in the starting WhatsApp window, touch the 3 dots and then WhatsApp Web.

This does depend on the computer and the phone both being connected to wi-fi.

Peter Barnett, 20/4/20

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Windows 10

Microsoft's latest major update (or "build" as they call them now) is version 1909. Windows 10 users should check that this has downloaded and installed correctly. This can be done in various ways including:

1) Windows-Settings-System-About

2) Click the "start" icon (extreme bottom left of screen) then type "winver" (without the quotes) and hit return key.

3) Windows-Settings-Update and Security-Check for Updates-View Update History

The latter option shows you all of your recent updates.

If your Windows 10 has not updated please contact me for help.

Peter Barnett, 27/11/19

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Reduce the Size of Photo Files (jpegs)

With cameras and phones producing files of 10Mb or larger, this can cause problems in various ways, such as attaching several to an email or posting on a website.

Windows provides (at least) 3 different programs that can be used to reduce the pixel size of a photo with a corresponding reduction in file size. See (or print out) the information by clicking here: Reduce photo file size

28/11/18

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Microsoft Word

1) To help prevent data loss, or go back to the previous version of a document, you can have Word make an automatic backup. When you save an updated version of a file the earlier version is saved as a backup alongside the newer version.

These are the instructions for Office 2007, later versions may differ slightly:
Open your Word document then click the "Office" button at top left of the screen. Click the "Word Options" button at the bottom of the new window. Now click "Advanced" and scroll down to the "Save" section. Finally click the checkbox "Always create a backup copy". Make a change to your document and save it in the normal way. If you open File Explorer and find where your document is saved, you will see your file with the expected name plus a backup version that will be the file before you made the most recent change.

2) You can password protect a Word document so that if it is lost or stolen the data is protected. These are the instructions for Office 2007, later versions may differ slightly:

Open your Word document (or create a new one to test this on) then click the "Office" button at top left of the screen. Click the "Prepare" icon that is in the list on the left-hand side and then the "Encrypt Document" icon that appears to the right. Take note of the warning notice, then enter your (memorable) password (twice). Save the document. Next time you try to open your document you will be prompted to enter the password.

21/2/18

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