This article was originally posted Nov 2019. We are republishing it to answer a recent subscriber question on the topic.
Client Kevin T sent an email with the following question, in relation problems he was having with photos in a strange HEIC format on his Windows computer - photos that had come from his iPhone XR.
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A common query we get at iTandCoffee is how to work out what is slowing down a Windows computer.
Quite often, it is simply the number of processes that are running on the computer - many of which could be starting themselves up automatically every time the computer starts up.
So how to you see what these processes are, and 'turn off' any that you don't need?
We have separately covered how to set up email signatures on the iPad and iPhone, and in Mail and Outlook on the Mac. For those of you who are Windows users, here are the instructions for setting up signatures in Outlook for Windows.
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It's a constant battle to keep your storage under control on your computer, especially if you have limited capacity.
If you have a Windows computer, there is some help available to undertake this cleanup - and it is available to you in your Windows Settings. In fact, some of these cleanup can be set to occur automatically.
At our PTT session called Organising Photos on a Windows Computer held on Friday 20/6, we looked at the Photos app on a Windows computer, for finding photos wherever they 'live' on your computer and allowing you to see them on a timeline, group photos by person using facial recognition, create your own albums and more.
One of the questions that came up was about old photos that you have scanned and imported to your computer. The date associated with these photos is the date scanned so these photos won't appear in the right place on the timeline.
Is there a way to adjust this date?
During the past week, I was asked to take a look at a small business client's Windows computer, which was very slow in opening Word and Excel documents. She wondered if it was time to look at getting a new PC, given that her current computer was several years old.
For appointments such as this, I always go through a series of checks to look for obvious things that may be chewing up processing capacity and memory on the computer.
Here's a Microsoft support article that provides a great list of these things that you can look at yourself if your own computer is a bit on the slow side.
I have been asked today whether it is possible to record one or more Tags against Windows files, and then be able to search for files using these tags.
Why would you do this?
Think of the example of recipes. Perhaps you have lots of PDF files of recipes that you store on your computer. You perhaps have these recipes organised into a 'Recipes' folder and sub-folders - say, 'Entrees', 'Soups', 'Main Courses', 'Desserts', 'Sauces' folders under the man 'Recipes' folder.
But what if you want to be able to easily find all recipes (regardless of what 'Recipes' folder they live in) that are 'Gluten Free'; or all recipes that include 'chicken'; or perhaps recipes that are 'Easy' vs 'Difficult'.
This is where you could apply Tags to each recipe file - and the Windows File Explorer search can then be told to look for any files that have one or more of the tags you have applied.
Here's how to use Tags on Windows files.
21/9/2018 0 Comments
Most Windows 10 computers include a heap of options as 'Tiles' on the Start menu - many that you would rather not see each time you click the Start menu.
I recently did a big tidy up on my own Windows 10 laptop, to get rid of games and other things I am not interested in seeing. I then rearranged and included those apps and features are am going to use most.
If you are interested in doing your own tidy up of your Windows 10 Tiles, check out our new members-only tutorial on this topic (for iTandCoffee Club members).
This one is for iTandCoffee Club member William B, who is keen to learn about how to do a Windows backup.
If you are not doing a regular backup of your Windows computer, you may be putting your valuable data and precious photos at risk.
A backup offers an insurance policy for if something goes wrong - if your device is lost or stolen, or if you are the victim of a malicious attack on your computer.
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