Love it or loathe it, email is here to stay. Our lives are increasingly dependant on being able to access email. Virtually everything we do will require some form of email confirmation, booking or receipt. I’m hardly ever asked for my home address, but nearly always for my email address.
These email guides will, hopefully, serve to help you to get the most out of your email service, because you can do far more than send simple massages.
The email services I cover are the big 3. Gmail, Outlook.com and Yahoo.
Be sure to check out the “Burner Emails” guide, it’ll save you a ton of junk mail.
And if you’ve got more than just 1 email address, forward them into the same account.
Printing emails is something we’ll all want to do from time to time.
Insert pictures directly into your emails. Add them as attachments.
Sounds easy right? Just attach a folder to an email.
When personal computers were first made available to the general public, they were a huge technological leap forward, but they simply didn’t have a use. Until the Internet was created. The ‘net is why we need PCs.
The Internet Guides section of At Home Computer will grow and grow. There is just so much out there to be discovered and shared.
There are a lot of adverts for VPN services and some of them are quite misleading.
And if anyone is still using Internet Explorer, stop it now. Switch to a modern browser like Google Chrome.
Just what can you do with a Virtual Private Network service? Are they worth paying for?
How to create your Google account. What you’ll need to do.
Oh no, are you still using Internet Explorer? Stop it now. Switch to Google Chrome and take your Favourites and settings with you.
Everything you need to know about bookmarks in Chrome
Find information about your pictures from the Internet.
With around 3 billion users, Facebook is definitely a big website. It stands a very good chance that you have an account with them.
Facebook is the number one social media platform. Chances are that you will know someone on Facebook. So why not join them?
Lock up your Facebook account. Don’t lose your info to an ID thief.
Locked down your Facebook account, great. Now make sure you can get into it if things go wrong.
Looking to get off Facebook? Or maybe you just need to take a break for a while.
With a Facebook account, you give away a huge amount of personal data. Make sure only the people who should see it, see it.
When there’s nothing to watch on TV, try YouTube.
It’s packed full of videos on just about any subject you can think of.
Get more from the Internet’s favourite video sharing website.
What are you committing yourself to by subscribing to YouTube channels?
Windows is the operating system that underpins your computer. Quite simply, it’s how you tell the machine what you want it to do.
Master Windows and you master the machine.
Create separate accounts for all the people that use your home computer. Explaining Microsoft, Local, Administrator and Standard user accounts.
Fed up with having to type a password every time you start your computer? Me too.
If you’ve got hundreds of photos, then finding the right one can be a pain. Add tags to your pics to speed things up.
Show thumbnails of your pictures instead of file names.
How to setup a new computer. After you’ve unboxed it and plugged in, what happens next?
Complete step by step guide to keeping Windows up to date.
File Explorer often goes missing from the Taskbar.
Sometimes the Recycle Bin just seems to disappear. It’s usually an easy fix.
Windows 11 has officially been released. So what now? Should you take the upgrade or wait?
Sometimes your computer just won’t know what time of day it is. Sometimes they need a little help.
From time to time, we all need to remove a program from our computers.
Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes not so much.
Get rid of programs and apps that you don’t need or use.
But sometimes they just won’t go away.
Because anti-virus programs can be difficult to remove.
Computer Security Guides
Most of the time, your computer is at risk.
And if your computer is at risk, then so are you.
Keep ahead of the game
How to create and use System Restore points on your Windows 10 and 11 computer.
Just what is Phishing? If you know what it is and how it works, you’re less likely to get caught.
This phishing email is doing the rounds at the moment.
How does a VPN work? How can it protect you on the Internet?
Use the free version of Malwarebytes to scan your computer for malware, viruses and hijackers.
Avast One Free Antivirus.
Probably the best computer protection you can get for free (even if there are a few adverts)
Avast free anti virus has been around for many years. Trusted by millions around the world. It can help keep you safe too.
Scan your computer for viruses and malware using this powerful free program.
Anti virus giants Norton have bought the kings of free anti virus Avast.
PC Audio Guides
Playing music on your computer can be much more than simply inserting a CD
Create playlists, burn your own CDs and all without installing any software.
Create audio CDs with all your favourite music tracks. Choose by artist or genre, it’s entirely up to you.
If you can’t play it, burn it or convert it, then it’s probably DRM protected. You can remove DRM from your old WMA audio files.
Play music on your computer using WMP. Play directly from a CD, or from audio files. Create playlists of your favourite songs and add shortcuts from your Desktop.
Create music CDs that play on and on and on. The CDs will play in most modern Cd players. Perfect for long car journeys or lazy Sunday afternoons.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place. Using folders just makes sense
How to save files, where you want them, so you can find them again later.
Trying to understand all the jargon can be difficult.
In these basic tech guides, we’ll try to explain it all.
Once you’ve got an understanding then things become a whole lot easier.
Just what are hard drive partitions? How do they work? Partitions are one of those things that you occasionally hear about or read about. Not knowing what they are just leads to more confusion.
How can a computer store data? We know it has something to do with 1s & 0s, but still it doesn’t make sense.
So you’ve installed a backup program and it wants you to setup a schedule. Great.
Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes. What are they? Which is bigger or smaller?
Yes they are still available, and they have their uses. But maybe you’re not sure about the markings on the packs?
Putting names to the contents of a computer.
Is it worth backing up the registry? And how do you do it?
Computer Networking Guides.
Here At Home Computers I often run into a problem that I’m sure you’ll have met if you’ve got more than 1 computer. The file I want, be it a picture, a document or piece of music, is on my other machine.
Set up a home network to view, copy, delete or do anything you like with files that are on another computer.
Once you’ve set up your home network, wouldn’t it be good if your files synchronised themselves automatically?