President’s Column.


May 21-2018

Fellow Members,

Your computer user group, PPCUG, continues to function, enabling Members to help each other use their computers more efficiently and more effectively. Our numbers are in slight decline as Members age, pass on, or lose interest in more adventurous computing, and restrict their activities to email, communications, etc. But we are still solvent and will continue to run the Club as long as enough Members are interested.

But there are other challenges. Computers are no longer desktops or laptops. There are now a myriad of options, besides the ubiquitous mobile phone/powerful computer/ camera etc. And many Members no longer want to attend meetings. Some don’t drive at night. Some don’t drive at all. And some just don’t want to go out anymore. We are attempting to grapple with these problems.

As you all realise we no longer publish the hard copy AXESS magazine (as we have no Editor, and printing and postage costs are high), and even the online Newsletter has ceased, mainly due to lack of contributions from Members. These two changes mean it is now much harder to keep in contact with our Members. But there is a solution, and it is one that is very appropriate for a computer club. We have a website, with a Members Only area, and we have a Facebook page.

Now I know many of our Members do not use Facebook, or the myriad of other social media platforms that are available and so beloved by the younger generations. That’s as may be. I am not seeking to convert anyone to become a social media user. But if you want to use our Facebook page, for queries, discussions or contributions, it is there for the using.

Which brings me to my main point, our website. This is an ideal mechanism of communication for a computer user group. But many Members are not using it. It is easy to use. Search for ‘ppcug’ and it comes up top of the list. All the general information is immediately available. To go to the Members Only area, go to ‘Members Login & Logout’. You will need a User Name and a Password. Then you will find lots of interesting things. Some Members even send in Jokes, which you can read in the ‘Members Fun Corner’. Some may be corny. Perhaps you can do better

And when you’ve finished browsing don’t forget to log out !

Over to you, Members. Help us to help you, to improve the Club’s communications, and to make life better and easier for all of us.

Peter Scales, President.

21 May 2018.

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January 17th 2018

For 2018 we are planning a renewed focus on members helping members, and made a good start.

  • Group members solved some problems and shared information at the meeting.
  • Gordon will review our website for contacts who have offered help, and hopefully we can expand that list.
  • Apple and Iphone users can install the free Apple Icon. That gives a diary of topics and an online booking service for free group sessions at The Garden City shop, and they are good at helping people walking in with problems.
  • Search City of Melville “Digital Hub” for the Technology Training Calendar, not yet installed for 2018. It has on line booking for one on one sessions ($5/hr), Group sessions for Windows (six weeks for $30), and “Open Access” at Willagee (Mondays 10-12 am, walk in for gold coin donation).
  • COTA WA (See their website,  “Computer classes”) has group and one on one sessions at Victoria Park at low cost. Also one of their trainers John Purser will privately visit a member for $60 /hr ($45 for two people), with no charge for travel. 0433 976972.
  • Our November speaker David (PC Mobile Help Desk 0412 601158) will also visit for $70-90 per hour.
  • Some members have found DV computers at Myaree good for equipment problems and cheap reconditioned computers.

 At our meeting, we dealt with copying photos from phones to Windows laptops. Connect phone and laptop, and use File  Explorer on the laptop to find the plugged in phone and its stored photos. It is good to copy all or selected photos to a new desktop folder e.g.” phone photos”, and edit them there before filing permanently. Only then delete from phone if desired.

Other topics were synchronising contacts between devices, Virus/malware protection, and scanning old photo negatives and colour slides.

Mal Dennett.


PCUG SOR Group Meeting 15 Feb 2018 Notes

A good number of members and two new guests had a successful meeting.

We continue to explore “Members Helping Members” and inexpensive outside help sources.

A brief summary of progress is attached:

  • The PCUG Website home page has a help link to Tricia. She may pass the problem to other expert members.
  • SOR Group members are invited to help form a small SOR subgroup to solve some problems outside our meetings. Please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get small group emails asking for help.
  • Apple and IPhone users can install the free Apple Icon. That gives a diary of topics and an online booking service for free group sessions at the Garden City shop, and they are good at helping people walking in with problems.
  • Search City of Melville “Digital Hub” for the Technology Training Calendar. It is great and has on line or phone booking for:
    • One on one sessions ($5/hr), Willagee (green)or Garden City (light blue)
    • Group sessions on listed topics, max four people (free) at Willagee;
    • Six week courses ($30), and
    • Open Access at Willagee (Mondays 10-12 am, walk in for gold coin donation).
    • Bookings fill up quickly when the programs are listed about 15th of previous month.
  • COTA WA (See their website, “Computer classes”) has group and one on one sessions at Victoria Park at low cost. Also one of their trainers John Purser will privately visit a member for $60 /hr ($45 for two people), with no charge for travel. 0433 976972.
  • Our November 2017 speaker David (PC Mobile Help Desk 0412 601158) will also visit for $70-90 per hour.
  • Some members have found DV computers at Myaree (29 Hulme Court – 9329 9028) good for equipment problems and cheap reconditioned computers.

Bob described an identity fraud from Facebook, where someone pretended to be him using some profile information on the site.

Google translate is a free online service that will translate text between languages.

Some members with PCUG email addresses via Westnet, have very slow responses. Cause and cure are not clear.

Alan has experienced very slow loading of multiple photos on Facebook. Cure is not clear for possible large photos size. Outside Facebook, some email systems and photo management software enable resizing f our photos. A photo can be reduced from 3Mb to about 300 Kb in an email without apparent loss of resolution.

We commonly get about 5GB of free cloud storage and can buy more. Our emails are commonly backed up or stored in the cloud using Webmail from Telstra, Optus etc. This is valuable when travelling. We can also back up our documents, photos etc using Dropbox and other cloud sites. Plug in hard drives are now cheap, but must be unplugged after use.

Please attend the PCUG AGM on 7 March 7-8 pm at our RAAFA venue. A short business session, and an interesting talk on GIFs, followed by supper.


Mal Dennett


PCUG SOR Meeting 17 May 2018 - Notes

Helmut’s useful demonstration of Open Office strongly suggests that this free app does all that the paid Microsoft Office does for word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, in the same formats as MS Office.

The topic of producing and exchanging documents between IPad and Windows produced some confusion at the meeting, with some solutions later. The basic problem was the big difference in approach between Apple and Windows systems. Windows enthusiasts expect to create a document in MS Word (or Open Office as above) which when named ends in .doc or.docx. They can save it in a user controlled filing system, searchable with Windows Explorer. Apple and Ipad users at our meeting seem to be happy to create documents in “pages” or possibly “notes” and find them by simply opening that application.

After the meeting I was sent a test document by Leith in .docx format created in “pages”. (Is that a free Apple app?). Also some detailed work by Gordon as follows:

To send almost any file from an iPad to a pc or other device.

  1. Your iPad does not have a file system like a PC. All your files are linked to the programs that made them. Therefore, you just have to remember what app created the file you wish to send and open it.
  2. You can get all MS programs on an iPad as well as several note taking apps and some that will allow you to draw on the screen with an apple pencil.
  3. Open the app associated with your file and in most cases, you will be see a list, sometimes in a graphics form, of the files created with the app that you just opened.
  4. Either along the top or along the bottom of the app you will see an icon. Like a folder with an up pointing arrow or maybe the word “share” or even a row of dots.
  5. Click on whichever one you see and you will be given a list of apps you can use to transfer the file with to the PC or other device. Apps like Email, Facebook, Dropbox, Disk wizard and many others,
  6. When you select the transfer app that App will open and you will have to make some selections depending which app you use.
  7. In the case of the standard iPad email app when you select the icon that looks like an envelope and the app opens, enter the receiver’s email address, the subject and write a short note on what you are sending and click send in the top right.
  8. When the person you sent it to gets the email and opens it the file will usually open. If not it will ask you if you would like to go to the Microsoft app store to locate an app to open the file with.
    At no time should you be concerned with the extensions on files to associate them with a The application on the iPad sends the file and the other device will open it or auto prompt to select an app.
    You can get file managers on an iPad but they are quite difficult to start with, making folders to save your files in and associating the file to the folder.

To send a word document from a Windows computer to an iPad.

  1. On the PC, open MS Outlook or your usual email program.
  2. Start a new email, placing the email address you are sending it to and the subject.
  3. Then enter some text to describe what you are sending.
  4. In outlook look for the paperclip and click on it, a small version of Windows Explorer will open click on the file and at the bottom select “attach”.
    Some other email programs may have Attachment instead of the paperclip and other such items that do the same job.
  5. Click on send.
  6. On the iPad open your email program and as a PC, they have several email apps.
  7. In addition, the email will appear with the attachment.
  8. If you press your finger on the attachment, it should open.
  9. If it does not open, it will most likely mean you do not have an app associated with the attachment.
  10. However, it’s OK as the iPad realises this and opens a box asking you if you would like to go to the app store to find a suitable app and when there it will list an appropriate app to open the file.
    Usually, if the file you send is a Microsoft file, i.e. made in MS Word or PowerPoint the appropriate conversion will work. On some occasions, it will open the file so you can read only. Then on the IPad, you can open the file with another app.
    At no time is there any reason to worry about the extension on the file you are sending the sending and receiving system will handle that.

Gordon Giles 18 May 2018.

In June we will explore creating and printing Christmas cards and similar- Allan, Peter and/or Joan.

I will be overseas for a month but am happy to still get emails.

Mal Dennett





Windows 10 Shortcut Keys.

The basics

  • Ctrl + A: Select all items in a window.
  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy selected or highlighted item (e.g. text, images and so on).
  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste selected or highlighted item.
  • Ctrl + X: Cut selected or highlighted item.
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo previous action.
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo action.
  • Ctrl + N: When File Explorer is your current window, open a new File Explorer window with the same folder path as the current window.
  • Windows key + F1: Open "how to get help in Windows 10" Bing search in default browser.
  • Alt + F4: Close the current app or window.
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between open apps or windows.
  • Shift + Delete: Delete selected item permanently (skip the Recycle Bin).

Start menu and taskbar

You can use these keyboard shortcuts to open, close and otherwise control the Start menu and the taskbar.

  • Windows key or Ctrl + Esc: Open Start menu.
  • Windows key + X: Open the secret Start menu.
  • Windows key + T: Cycle through the apps (including pinned apps) on the taskbar.
  • Windows key + [Number]: Open the app pinned in the [number] position on the taskbar. For example, if you have Edge pinned in the first position on the taskbar and you click Windows key + 1, Edge will open. If the app is already open, a new instance or window will open.
  • Windows key + Alt + [Number]: Open the right-click menu for the app pinned in the [number] position on the taskbar.
  • Windows key + D: Show or hide desktop (Windows key + , will display the desktop briefly).

The desktop: Windows, Snap Assist and virtual desktops

These shortcuts control how individual windows act on your desktop, including virtual desktops.

  • Windows key + M: Minimize all open windows.
  • Windows key + Shift + M: Restore minimized windows.
  • Windows key + Home: Minimize all windows except the selected or currently active window.
  • Windows key + Up arrow: Maximize selected window.
  • Windows key + Shift + Up arrow: Maximizes the active window vertically while maintaining its width.
  • Windows key + Down arrow: Minimize selected window.
  • Windows key + Left arrow or Right arrow: Snap selected window to the left or right half of the screen. (If the window is already there, Windows key + Up or Down will snap it into a quadrant.)
  • Windows key + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow: Move selected window to the left or right monitor.
  • Windows key + Tab: Open Task view (virtual desktops).
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: Add new virtual desktop.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow: Move to the next virtual desktop (to the right).
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow: Move to the previous virtual desktop (to the left).
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close current virtual desktop.

The Windows key

These keyboard shortcuts use the Windows logo key to perform various tasks, such as launching both Windows and third-party apps.

  • Windows key + A: Open the Action Center.
  • Windows key + S: Open Cortana in text mode, so you can type in the search bar. (Windows key + Q does the same thing.)
  • Windows key + C: Open Cortana in listening mode (similar to saying "Hey, Cortana").
  • Windows key + E: Open File Explorer.
  • Windows key + F: Open the Windows 10 Feedback Hub.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F: Search for PCs on a network.
  • Windows key + G: Open the Game bar.
  • Windows key + H: Open the Share sidebar.
  • Windows key + I: Open the Settings menu.
  • Windows key + K: Open the Connect sidebar (for connecting to new Bluetooth devices or Miracast).
  • Windows key + L: Lock your computer.
  • Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation.
  • Windows key + P: Open presentation or projection sidebar.
  • Windows key + R: Open the Run window.
  • Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access center.
  • Windows key + W: open the Windows Ink Workspace for scribbling on tablets or touchscreen laptops.
  • Windows key + Print Screen: Take a screenshot of the entire desktop and save it to the Screenshots folder in the Pictures folder.
  • Windows key + (+) or (-): Zoom in and out with magnifier.
  • Windows key + Esc: Exit magnifier