Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has come a long way. The Victor crew tried something out this past week and it works like a charm. You can connect your phone to your PC through Edge. The practical side is if you are looking at something on your phone (small device) and want to view something larger, you can send the page you are viewing on your phone to your PC. And yes, iPhone users, that means you too!

Install Edge on your mobile device (works with iPad as well). Sign in with your Microsoft password.

Scroll to a site and at the bottom you will see some icons.

Browse on Edge Browser

The middle icon (mobile device with arrow) is what you touch to send to your PC.

Next when you see the screen below, you would choose which PC to send it to. I only had one connected PC as shown below (name partially obscured.) Press the PC you want to send the page to.

Send to PC

You are done.

Sent from iPhone to PC

Keyboard Shortcuts for PC

For almost anything you do, there is a keyboard shortcut. On a PC, you usually hold down the Ctrl key + another key.

Here are some of the more popular ones used while making a document or editing:
CTRL+C: Copy
CTRL+P: Paste
CTRL+Z: Undo
CTRL+B: Bold
CTRL+U: Underline
CTRL+I: Italic

If you want some other shortcuts:
Microsoft Flag button – brings up the start menu
Flag+L: locks your PC
ALT+TAB: switch between your open programs
CTRL+F5: refresh the webpage
ALT+F4: closes the current window
CTRL while dragging a file to another folder will copy it to the folder.

You can find many more shortcuts here.

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Difference between Sleep and Hibernate on your PC

If you have a PC whether desktop or laptop, do you shut it down or sleep or hibernate? What is the difference?

Shut down:
When you shut down, you need to save your programs before closing them. The next time you need to use it you need to wait for the boot up process.

This mode will preserve your session. You can close your lid on a laptop and it will do this. On a desktop you can choose to sleep. When you come back everything will be the way you left it. Sleep is a low-power mode. The current state will be saved in RAM. The only power drawn is to keep RAM on. It will resume where you left off when you power back on.

Hibernation mode works a little bit differently. It saves your computer’s state to the hard drive and shuts down completely. There will be no additional power drawn like sleep mode. When you power back up, the data it loaded to the disk will load back into RAM and resume where you stopped. It will take longer to resume to where you were but not as long as a regular boot up. Hibernate is the almost the same as shutting down but your work will be preserved without shutting it down.

Most laptops are set up to sleep when you close the lid. You can customize in your settings how long it be before it goes into sleep mode. In settings you can also set up your power button to put your computer into sleep mode. Laptops may be configured already to go into hibernation mode after so many hours in sleep mode.

Find out more.

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Some PC Myths


A few weeks ago, we wrote about smartphone myths. This week we have some PC myths from the folks at How-to Geek.

More RAM will always speed up your PC. It doesn’t hurt but it doesn’t always help. You can monitor your RAM usage and decide if you really need it. Spare RAM is used for caching, so if you are getting by with what you have, you don’t need to increase your cache RAM.

A CPU with more cores is always faster. Each core offers the opportunity to do more than one thing at a time. However, if you are doing a process with one thread, it will only use one core anyway. A faster 4-core CPU will run faster than an 8-core CPU in this scenario. This tells us the speed of the CPU can matter just as much as the cores.

64-bit software is always faster. Most of the newer CPUs are 64-bit, as well as the operating systems. A lot of the software you run is still 32-bit. It depends on the software and what is does to determine speed.

You always want a faster CPU and graphics card. Buying the fastest CPU and graphics card you can afford isn’t always the best idea. If you have a separate graphics card, your PC will use more power. A laptop may burn out the battery faster. If you don’t use your PC for gaming, you can opt for the slower CPU.

Macs are always more expensive than PCs. Yes Macs are more than lower end Windows PCs and Chromebooks but when you look at higher end PCs you will find the prices more comparable.

Building your own PC will always save you money. Years ago, maybe it would have but not now. Do the research. Buying the individual components can cost more. You may want to get your geek on and build one yourself but it won’t save you money.

Installing Windows 10

So one of Jody’s crew decided to make the leap and install Windows 10. So how does it work? It went pretty well upgrading from Windows 7 to 10. It installs just like a regular update … it just takes a bit longer. When it was ready on my computer, it just popped up that it updates were ready from the small app icon on the task bar.

So the big difference is the start menu. It is basically a hybrid between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 look. What you used to call programs are now called apps. As we continue to use Windows 10, we will go over some solutions to make it easier to navigate.

Windows 10

Windows 10 date announced

We already talked about Windows 10 being free. Well we can get it soon! It will be available July 29.

They’ve brought back the familiar Start menu and claim Windows 10 is faster than ever before. It comes with Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection.

These are some new features the Victor Crew found will come with Windows 10:

You will find it comes with Cortana to learn your preferences and provide recommendations accordingly. If you purchase a new PC you can get Microsoft Edge – a new browser that allows you to share comments on the web easier than before. Office 2016 will be available. Xbox Live integrated with the Xbox App for gamers. New photos, videos, music, maps, people, calendar, and mail apps. Start something on one device and finish on another synced through OneDrive. With Windows Hello, you will be greeted by name with a smile.

For full list of features and descriptions:

Dropbox and cloud managers

Many people use Dropbox to store some files to share at work. But did you know you can have a second account and merge them?
You can have a personal account as well and merge the files so they are both available. Another alternative is to log out of one account and into the other to keep the accounts separately.

On a Windows PC, you can make a second user account and have one Dropbox account associated with each profile. Then to access each account, you can just “switch user” on the PC.

There are a few applications out there that allow you to sync ALL your cloud accounts (at least the ones they support) but it will cost you. Here are a couple: – Different pricing: PC only, $39.99, iOS $9.99, Android $9.99, Windows 8 RT $9.99; Premium Bundle: All above for $95.90/year or $9.99/month. Comes with a 14 day free trial. – This comes with 3 plans: Personal for $9.90/month or $99/year; Premium Plan for $17.90/month or $179/year; Business Plan for $29.90/month or $299/year.

~ Jody Victor