Security software renewals for $90-100 per year is normal for top of the line security software these days. But if you would like to pay less, here are some tricks on how to renew at a lower price every time they jump the price up.
How to Bring Back File Explorer Slideshows in Windows 11
I use the Slideshow feature in File Explorer all the time. I have clients send me photos, I save them in a folder, and I just want to see them quickly full screen. Apparently, Windows 11 has done away with the feature. Here is how I fixed it:
- Set “Windows Photo Viewer” to be the default app to open the file type (.jpg, .png, etc.)
a. Right-click a picture file
b. Open with
c. Choose another app
d. Select “Windows Photo Viewer” (might need to scroll list to find it)
e. Check the box “Always use this app to open…”
f. Click OK
2. From now on, Windows Photo Viewer will open that file type. (You can always change it back to another app, or use Right-click “Open With” to open a single photo in another app.)
3. Select all the photos you want in the slideshow
4. Right click the first photo you want to start the slideshow with
5. Click “Open”
6. Click “Play Slideshow” button on the toolbar (round center button on toolbar below the photo)
The slideshow will now play full screen.
Multiple Hard Drives in Windows (C:\ & D:\)
When I setup computers that can handle two drives, I install a smaller, fast SSD as a C “Windows” drive and a larger HDD as a “Data” drive D. Your computer may be setup the same, but what you will want to do is move the folders that contain your “stuff” to D drive and leave C drive for Windows and app/program installs.
Here is how I move Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Video folders to D drive:
- Open File Explorer
- On the left scroll to “This PC”
- Hopefully you will see the six folders (you may need to click the small arrow to the left of This PC to see the sub folders)
- Right-click the first folder “Desktop”
- Click “Properties”
- Click the “Location” tab
- Change the location to: D:\Desktop
- Click Apply
- When the message pops up that the location does not exist and it asks if you want to create it, click Yes.
- Click Yes to confirm moving files
- Click Yes to confirm “Redirection” (if that message pops up)
- Depending on how much “stuff” needs to be moved it may be done right away or take a few minutes.
- Click OK when the move is finished (if it takes more than a second, a progress bar will show up)
- Repeat steps 4-13 for the other folders: Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos
Now all of your files will be on D drive and C will be for Windows and apps.
If multiple people use the same computer and have their own account, repeat these steps in each account. First make user folders on D drive, then the 6 six folders, as sub folders, for each user.
For example: D:\username1\Desktop and D:\username2\Desktop and so on.
If you use cloud drives such as OneDrive, Dropbox, research how to move those folders to D drive also.
If you want you can rename C: to be “Windows” and D: to be “Data”. In File Explorer, right-click C, click Properties, on the General tab, in the box type “Windows” (without the quotes) and click Apply, then click OK. Do the same for D and type “Data”.
Phishing, Malware, Identity Theft and Disaster Protection
Checklist to make sure you have the protection you need before disaster strikes
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Apple’s New M1 Chip iMac (Apr 2021)
Manage Your Apple ID, Subscriptions And Purchases (Dec 2020)
If you own any Apple product or use any Apple service, you have an Apple ID. These days, it can be tough to keep track of all your different accounts, purchases, and subscriptions. You
might not know where to go to update your personal information or credit card with Apple. And what about those monthly charges you see on your credit card statement from Apple?
What are they for? In this newsletter, I will let you know where to go to double-check all of this information and keep tabs on your iCloud account.
Microsoft Office, rent or buy (Oct 2020)
Host Zoom Meetings on Cell Phones & Tablets (May 2020)
In this follow up newsletter I would like to go in depth on how to schedule, invite and host a Zoom meeting on cell phones & tablets. If you are looking for information on installing and using Zoom on any device, or scheduling, inviting and hosting Zoom meetings on Windows or Mac computers, please see my April newsletter. If you will be “hosting” Zoom meetings on a cell phone or tablet, then please read on.
Zoom Video Meetings (Apr 2020)
Zoom has emerged as the new “go to” video meeting app to connect with others face-to-face. We used to Skype, now we Zoom. Everyone is doing it so I thought it would be a good time to learn a few tips on how to use it best. Zoom has emerged as the new “go to” video meeting app to connect with others face-to-face. We used to Skype, now we Zoom. Everyone is doing it so I thought it would be a good time to learn a few tips on how to use it best.