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Getting It Done, One Guide At A Time

The Recycle Bin is missing from Windows 10 or Windows 11 Desktop. …
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Windows Mail app icon. Text reads "How to use Windows Mail App. Windows 10 and 11".
The Windows Mail app is a basic but perfectly usable email client. …
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Windows Mail app is open. Text reads "How to set up Windows Mail App".
Email clients are simply programs or apps that collect your emails for …
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Man confused. Text reads "What's the difference between differential and incremental backups".
What’s the difference between differential & incremental backups? Which should you be …
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Gmail. Text Reads "Print, Save, Add to contacts & Block Spam in Gmail".
How to print & save emails in Gmail. How to add people …
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Silhouette of boy fishing from end of a jetty. Text reads "What is Phishing?"
What is phishing? What are phishing emails, how can you spot them, …
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Email message and a person looking shocked. Text reads "I know xxxx is one of your password on day of hack".
I know xxxx is one of your password on day of hack. …
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Windows 10 and Windows 11 desktops. Arrow pointing from one to the other. Text reads "Should you upgrade to Windows 11".
Windows 11 has just been released and now the big question is …
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Email Guides

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.

Yahoo logo. Text reads "How to print, save, add to contacts & block spam"

Printing emails is something we’ll all want to do from time to time.

Yahoo logo. Text reads "add pictures, links, attachments, emojis & animated GIFs to yahoo emails".

Insert pictures directly into your emails. Add them as attachments.

Folder attached to an email message. Text Reads "How to email a folder"

Sounds easy right? Just attach a folder to an email.

Gmail. Text Reads "Print, Save, Add to contacts & Block Spam in Gmail".
Gmail icon. Text reads "How to add pictures, links, attachments, emojis and animated GIFs to Gmail"
Outlook.com logo.Text reads "Add picitures, links, attachments, emojis and animated GIFs to outlook.com emails"
Email being burned in flames. Text reads "How to use burner email addresses".
Clipart man sitting at computer. Emails flying from outlook to Gmail and then to his PC. Text reads "How to forward emails to another account".
Windows Mail app is open. Text reads "How to set up Windows Mail App".
Windows Mail app icon. Text reads "How to use Windows Mail App. Windows 10 and 11".

Internet Guides

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.

Clipart man holding a long scroll list. Text reads "To VPN or not to VPN?"

Just what can you do with a Virtual Private Network service?
Are they worth paying for?

How to create a Google account

How to create your Google account. What you’ll need to do.

Internet Explorer logo with arrow pointing to Google Chrome logo. Text reads "Switch from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome"

Oh no, are you still using Internet Explorer? Stop it now. Switch to Google Chrome and take your Favourites and settings with you.

Facebook Guides

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 logo. Text "How to create a Facebook account"

Facebook is the number one social media platform. Chances are that you will know someone on Facebook.
So why not join them?

Facebook logo with a padlock. Text Reads "How to secure your Facebook account"

Lock up your Facebook account. Don’t lose your info to an ID thief.

Facebook logo and lifesaver ring. Text reads "Set up Facebook account recovery options now"

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.

Facebook privacy checkup webpage is shown. Text reads"Check your Facebook privacy settings now"

With a Facebook account, you give away a huge amount of personal data.
Make sure only the people who should see it, see it.

YouTube Guides

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.

Youtube logo. Text reads " Beginners guide to using YouTube"

Get more from the Internet’s favourite video sharing website.

Youtube logo. Subscribe button and notification bell and thumbs up icon

What are you commiting yourself to by subscribing to YouTube channels?

Windows Guides

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.

Clipart man sitting at computer.

Create separate accounts for all the people that use your home computer.
Explaining Microsoft, Local, Administrator and Standard user accounts.

Windows logon screen. Text reads "How to remove your Windows logon password".

Fed up with having to type a password every time you start your computer? Me too.

Image of people sat at cafe table. Parcel tag has been added with their names. Text reads"How to tag you photos in Windows"

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.

Two computer windows open. One shows images as filenames, the other shows images as thumbnails. Text reads "How to show thumbnails instead of file names".

Show thumbnails of your pictures instead of file names.

Laptop computer and Windows 10 logo. Arrow pointing from logo to laptop. Text reads "How to install Windows 10".

How to setup a new computer. After you’ve unboxed it and plugged in, what happens next?

Mouse cursor clicking on the Windows logo. Text reads "How to update Windows"

Complete step by step guide to keeping Windows up to date.

Taskbar with File Explorer icon disappearing. Text reads "File Explorer has gone missing"

File Explorer often goes missing from the Taskbar.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 desktops. Arrow pointing from one to the other. Text reads "Should you upgrade to Windows 11".

Windows 11 has officially been released. So what now?
Should you take the upgrade or wait?

Analog clock next to laptop computer. Arrows point from clock to computer. Text "How to set correct time and date on PC"

Sometimes your computer just won’t know what time of day it is. Sometimes they need a little help.

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

Avast free anti virus on a computer. Text reads "How to install Avast free anti virus"

Avast free anti virus has been around for many years. Trusted by millions around the world. It can help keep you safe too.

Silhouette of boy fishing from end of a jetty. Text reads "What is Phishing?"

Just what is Phishing?
If you know what it is and how it works, you’re less likely to get caught.

Email message and a person looking shocked. Text reads "I know xxxx is one of your password on day of hack".

This phishing email is doing the rounds at the moment.

Cloud containing several websites above a computer. A VPN sits between them. Text reads "How a VPN works".

How does a VPN work? How can it protect you on the Internet?

Spy and a phishing hook. Text reads "How to scan your PC for malware".

Use the free version of Malwarebytes to scan your computer for malware, viruses and hijackers.

Norton and Avast logo with a bag full of cash. Text reads " Norton buys Avast and AVG"

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.

Music CD with musical notes. Flame burning. Text "How to burn an audio CD" g

Create audio CDs with all your favourite music tracks.
Choose by artist or genre, it’s entirely up to you.

WMA file above DRM which is crossed out. Text Reads " Remove Digital Rights Management from WMA files"

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.

Windows Media Player icon (logo) with musical notes. Text reads " How to use Windows Media Player"

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.

Audio CD, MP3 files and musical notes. Text " How to burn an MP3 Audio CD"

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.

Audio CD with arrow pointing toward a Computer. Text Reads "How to copy (rip) Audio CD to PC"

A place for everything and everything in it’s place. Using folders just makes sense

WMA file converting to MP3 file. Text reads "How to convert WMA to MP3"

How to save files, where you want them, so you can find them again later.

Tech Guides

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.

Clipart hard drive image. Text "What are hard drive partitions".

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.

Binary code for the letter A. 01000001

How can a computer store data?
We know it has something to do with 1s & 0s, but still it doesn’t make sense.

Man confused. Text reads "What's the difference between differential and incremental backups".

So you’ve installed a backup program and it wants you to setup a schedule. Great.

Large colourful Question mark. Text reads "Wgat are Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes & Terabytes".

Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes. What are they?
Which is bigger or smaller?

Blank CD. Text "Types of blank CD & DVD".

Yes they are still available, and they have their uses.
But maybe you’re not sure about the markings on the packs?

Desktop computer with side panel removed and various components labelled.

Putting names to the contents of a computer.

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.

3 laptop computers displaying the same image file. Text reads "How to share files between your computers".

Set up a home network to view, copy, delete or do anything you like with files that are on another computer.

Files being synchronised between 2 laptop computers. Text reads "Keep files up to date automatically"

Once you’ve set up your home network, wouldn’t it be good if your files synchronised themselves automatically?


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