THE MOUSE TRAP — 05.02.17

–by Janice Weber

Janis Weber 2010
Janis Weber








Spam Texts and Robocalls
You may find this surprising. Many of us remember when people’s names, addresses and phone numbers were listed in the telephone book and distributed for free. All we ever worried about were junk mail, telemarketers and the occasional prank call. Times have changed. Phone books are now history. You can message anyone you know (or don’t) on Facebook, Twitter or other means. And most importantly, your phone number is a gateway to your primary means of communication, entertainment and safety. Once your number is compromised, it’s far more intrusive than ever before.

Explain Windows 10 – Start Menu:
The Start menu in Windows 10 is a blend of the old menu found in Windows 7 and the nasty Start screen in Windows 8. The result is something more useful to desktop and tablet users alike. Here’s a basic primer on what you need to know. Getting to know and understand the new Start menu is really simple. Click the Start button (4-sided white window pane icon at the lowest left corner) and it will pop open. The Start menu can be resized in a matter of seconds by simply grabbing the top or right edges and dragging it to suit your tastes.

The menu is in three sections. The top left contains the recently used and added programs. Below this group is the long list of All Apps (used to be called All Programs), which are alphabetized and sometimes grouped by software. Pull down the slider bar to the right of the apps to view and select. If there is a black arrow then you can click on that topic to see the contents of that app category. Also, there’s a “Power” button on the new Start menu, which will let you quickly put your computer to sleep, shut it down, restart, and hibernate (when applicable).

At the top of the Start menu, you can click your user icon or photo and it will give you options to change your account settings, lock the machine, or sign out of your account. If you want to change the color of your Start menu, then you can do so in that same Personalization group by selecting the “Color” options. Don’t be afraid to alter colors; that will not affect the functionality. Play around a little.

How about all those tiles down the right side? They are initially put there when the computer is new. You can alter everything about these. First, open any of these “shortcuts” to see what it is if you are not sure. Now close it. How to eliminate you say? Well, let me explain how this works. If you right-click on an icon you will see a list of options. You can unpin it from the start menu, resize it or uninstall completely from your computer. I assume you do not need everything offered. Clean up the menu by choosing to unpin apps you don’t want or use on a regular basis. Then resize the remaining ones you like. Hold down the left mouse button and rearrange the icon till you like where they are displayed.

Let’s say you have installed Microsoft Word and want a “shortcut” to it on your start menu. Scroll down the list of apps in the start window. When you have found the program, right-click on it and “pin to start”. It will always land at the bottom of your icons tiles. Alter it as mentioned above as desired. You can add as many shortcuts or delete as many as you like. You are in charge.

If you see games and app-suggestions on the app list, it may be bloat-ware. If you are sure then right-click on it and “uninstall” it. Take care; this is permanent. If you have any questions on all of this, feel free to contact me.

Computer Classes Are Available:
I will be teaching a Beginners Facebook Class at the
Sylvania Senior Center
April 26 and 27, 1:30-3 p.m.

MS Excel Basics will be held on
June 27 and 28,
1:30-3 p.m.

MS Word Basics will be held on
August 22 and 23 1:30-3 p.m.

Call 419-885-3913 to register.

There is a small fee. Microsoft Word and Excel will be offered in the fall. If you prefer personal tutoring, that is my specialty.
It’s just you and me.
Call 419-530-8570 to register for classes at the UT campus.
Contact me personally for tutoring 419-318-9112.

Group Training in Your Home or Facility:
Would you like to have a mini informational get-together? Recently I have been teaching PC and iPhone/iPad classes anywhere that has Wi-Fi. Informal and informative. We all use the same local Internet. We will pick a topic using open discussion. It is amazing how many different issues are solved. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started. Got a small business? I can customize a class for your staff.

I Make House Calls:
I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a call at 419-318-9112. References and rates are always available upon request. Don’t forget to sign up for my free newsletter at Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web-links.

Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT and Lourdes University. All classes are offered through the Eberly Center at UT with free parking. Email any specific questions or comments to or contact her for assistance at 419-318-9112. Public classes are listed on her website The classes at UT offer inexpensive and totally nonintimidating. Call 419-530-8570 to register. Private tutoring and repairs are just a phone call or email away.