015: Installing Software

So far on this channel, I have recommended two pieces of software: Google Chrome and LastPass, and I walked you through the process of Installing Chrome in some detail, but not so for LastPass. I have a lot more software to recommend, so I thought I’d step you through through the process of installing software so you can be confident that you are doing it safely and properly.

There are several things to think about when you want to install some software. What do I want, where do I get it from, how do I install it?
Deciding what you want is a fairly obvious one, you might have seen a recommendation from this or another YouTube channel, you might have seen something on the TV, heard it on the radio or had it recommended by a friend. If you know exactly what you want you can often find it by going directly to the manufacturer’s website or googling the name of the product. Be aware though, not everything is always exactly as it seems. It is possible that nefarious groups or individuals can buy website domain names similar to or with subtle mispellings of actual product names.

Once you are sure that you have the correct page, you can buy, or if it’s a free program (as many of the ones _I_ recommend will be) download it to your computer. Downloading a program simply collects the required installation files from the sellers website and puts them into the Downloads Folder of your computer. You will know from Episode 14  that you can find the Downloads folder by going to Windows Explorer, or you can usually find a link to the installer at the bottom of the chrome window that you used to start the download.

To install the program, simply double click on the installer icon. The program will then likely step you through several different screens telling you about the program, asking you to accept the license agreement, asking where to install and possibly offering other software that can be installed at the same time. I urge you not to just keep clicking next, but at least get a quick understanding of what each screen is asking before you press next, and don’t feel pressured to accept an offer of a program just because it comes with another piece of software that you do want. Make your own decisions, don’t let others make it for you.

Many programs, once installed, will either start themselves automatically or place a icon for you on the desktop. If that’s not the case you will find it in the programs list in the start menu, and from there you can pin it to the start menu, or even the task bar if it is something you use often.

That’s all there is to it, enjoy your new program!

014: Windows Explorer (File Management)

Today we’re going to cover another one of those essential parts of Windows 10, the File Manager. It’s another one of those basics that we really can’t move on without, so I’ll cover it here in enough detail to make everyone comfortable.

So what is a File Manager? A file manager is an essential part of just about  every operating system that allows you to see all your files, organise them and shift them around.

The easiest way to start the Windows File Manager is to click the yellow folder icon with the blue clip at the bottom. This is usually one of the first three icons down in the taskbar. Another way is to hold the Windows key
on the keyboard and press the “E” key at the same time. The standard Explorer display has a few menus at the top: a list of locations and folders down the left side and a group of recent files and folders in the main pane on the right. By default the left pane gives quick access to the following folders: Desktop, Downloads Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos.

Below that is a OneDrive link then the “This PC” list showing the same items again as well as 3D Objects, the local drives (C: etc) and a Network Link. These folders are the standard folders that Windows provides for you to store your files in. I’ll leave Documents, Pictures Music and Videos as they should be fairly self-explanatory.

The desktop is simply a link to the files, shortcuts and folders that you store on the Desktop. The Downloads folder is the default storage location for files downloaded from the internet. This will be more important when we start to install programs. The C: Drive is the hard disk where all of your files are likely stored. This computer also has a second hard drive, so it shows up as a D: Drive. You might also see CD and USB drives here. The network folder may show you a list of other computers on the local network.

To start with, most of these folders will be empty, but as you create documents and letters, you’ll likely find that they appear here, or pictures you import from your camera will appear in the Pictures folder.

The important thing to know is how to find things and how to move files
and folders around safely. Let’s start by clicking the Documents folder. Right now mine is empty so I’ll need to create something let’s right-click and go to New and then Text Document. This creates a file called “New Text Document” but it’s highlighted in blue because the system wants us to change the name. I’m going to type “Test Document”  and press Enter. The documents now called Test Document so we need to file it  away somewhere.

Let’s create a folder. Right-click and select New and then Folder and rename the folder to test folder. Now I’m going to intentionally misspell it and add an extra T on the end and press Enter so we’ve created a folder but it doesn’t have the name that we want. There’s several ways to change the name, one of the easiest being to right-click on the folder itself and then go down and click the Rename button. Because everything is already highlighted, I can either just type a new name or in this case I can click at the end or press the right arrow to take me to the end of the input box and then simply delete the errant “T” and press Enter.

Other ways to rename the folder are to press the [F2] key which will automatically put you in the edit mode for anything highlighted, or click on the file wait one second and then click on it again will also put you in edit mode.

To move the file into the folder we can simply click on the file, hold the mouse button down as you drag it into the folder and then let go. Now if we open the folder we can see that the file is there. Another way is to right-click and “cut” the file and then go back to the folder we want to put it in, right click and “paste”. We can also use keyboard shortcuts of [CTRL-X] for Cut and [CTRL-V] for Paste.

Okay that’s enough for now, have a play with all of your files and
folders and get really comfortable moving things around. It will really help
you get comfortable with your computer.

013: YouTube: Logging in, Subscribing & Commenting

We all make assumptions. I try not to assume a particular level of knowledge on this channel, and seek to fill in the gaps in people’s knowledge as best I can, because that’s what I’m here for, to teach and empower people.

It occurred to me during the week that I’ve been asking people to subscribe to this YouTube channel without telling anyone how or why they might want to do it! So if you were wondering, then this episode is for you.

So what is a Youtube Subscription? Subscribing to a channel simply means that you follow it. There is no cost involved, it is pretty much the same as liking a Facebook page. It means you will see the videos from that channel in your subscriptions tab on the youtube homepage.

Firstly, you will need a few things. A web browser. I prefer Chrome and have an episode all about it here.
Secondly, you will need a google account. There is an episode about Google Accounts here.

Once you are logged in to your google account, to subscribe to a Youtube channel, just go to any video on the channel and press the red button that says “subscribe”.

The next step is the little Bell icon beside the subscribe button. If you click that, you will get a notification every time the channel uploads a new video. In my case, that will likely be 1 to 2 times per week, which shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. Some channels may upload daily so be aware of who you are getting notifications for.

It’s also worth noting that there is an option to like or dislike individual videos on youtube, using the thumbs up and thumbs down under each video. This gives the creator some feedback on what you think of individual videos. For new YouTubers, it is a great source of encouragement, as is subscribing. Knowing that people want to see your content and be notified when content comes out is extremely heartwarming.

Also heartwarming is some real feedback from viewers via the comments. I would love to have some comments or questions to read. Be sure I will read every single one of them, and respond to as many as possible. To leave a comment, simply scroll down the page a bit to the area that says: Comments and there will be a line that says “Add a public Comment”. Click there and start typing. When you have finished, click the “Comment” button to the right and you are done.

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