Step By Step Computer Tips


Using Google Docs
PART 1:  SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT

Google Docs is a free resource for creating and / or storing documents online allowing you to access your work anywhere you have internet access, and making for easy collaboration with others. Google Docs includes applications for:
·         Word Processing
·         Spreadsheets
·         Presentations
·         Drawings
·         Forms
You can upload existing documents from your desktop, create new documents online, are start with one of numerous templates available.

Click for Instructions on Using Google Docs (Word)
Click for Instructions on Using Google Docs (PDF)

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Fun Project
HOUSEHOLD ORGANIZER PAGE:  PAINT RECORD

If you’ve ever had to touch up or repaint the rooms of your house, you know how important it is to know the exact color and finish.  Sometimes you can look at your old paint cans but if you’re like me, those are probably covered in paint and impossible to read.

To help keep your organized, we’ve created a paint record where you can list the specifics of your paint including manufacturer, color, finish, and amount used for each room of the house as well as the exterior.

Click here for Household Paint Record (Word 03 document)
Click here for Household Paint Record (PDF document)


We’ve also included a template to print dividers for your binder. (We recommend using a 2-3 inch, heavy-duty 3-ring binder.)
Click here for Divider Template (Word Version)
Template is designed for Avery® Index Maker® Translucent Clear Label Dividers 11433, 8-Tab Set

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Using Picasa
PART 6:  NAME TAGS AND FACE RECOGNITION FEATURE

Every now and then I need to puttogether a slide show honoring someone–either for a birthday, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or memorial.

Picasa’s face recognition featuremakes this job much easier by scanning your entire computer for images and grouping them together by similar facial features.  You can then assign a name tag to one of the photos and all of the photos it matches to that person, will be grouped together in a folder by the person’s name.

Click for Instructions on Using Picasa Name Tags and Face Recognition (Word)
Click for Instructions on Using Picasa Name Tags and Face Recognition (PDF)

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Fun Project
EASTER CARD
Easter’s right around the corner.  It’s time to get your cards in the mail.  Print our ready-made card, trim, fold and mail in an A-7 size envelope.


Easter Card (Word 03 document)
Easter Card (PDF document)

Visit our site for more printable Easter Projects like Egg Holders.

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Using Picasa to Create Photo Collages
PART 5:  MULTIPLE EXPOSURE

Picasa’s Collage feature allows you to quickly display a group of photos and save it in numerous photo and display sizes.  Today we’ll show you how to create a new image that’s a combination of two separate images.

Click for Instructions on Using Picasa to Create a Multiple Exposure (Word)
Click for Instructions on Using Picasa to Create a Multiple Exposure (PDF)

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PROJECT
FAMILY TREE DECORATIVE PAGE

March 7th is Genealogy Day

Use our Family Tree Decorative Page to create a frameable page featuring your ancestors.  You can edit the type to put in the name and birthdates of your maternal and paternal parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

Click here to print Family Tree (doc)
Click here to print Family Tree (pdf)

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Using Picasa to Create Photo Collages
PART 3:  FRAME MOSAIC COLLAGE

Picasa’s Collage feature allows you to quickly display a group of photos and save it in numerous photo and display sizes.  Today we’ll show you how to create a Frame Mosaic style collage.

Click for Instructions on Using Picasa to Create a Frame Mosaic Photo Collage (Word)

Click for Instructions on Using Picasa to Create a Frame Mosaic Photo Collage
(PDF)

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New Cartridges Vs. New Printer?

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the price of printer ink cartridges, and the possibility that purchasing a new printer (that includes starter cartridges) may be the more economical option. It’s what PC World calls the “Earth Killer Method of replacing your inkjet cartridges”. A study by the magazine showed that replacing your printer when you run out of Ink can be an affordable alternative to buying new ink, but the benefits of such a method may not be worth the trouble. The downsides are numerous: lower yield starter cartridges, poor print quality from cheap printers, increased set up time with each new printer purchase, and the obvious environmental implications of buying, and throwing away, a bulky printer every few months. There are , however, several worthwhile alternatives to starting your own printer collection.

Remanufactured, Compatible, and Refilled Cartridges

The world of third party inkjet cartridges can be tricky to navigate. These products are, by nature, inconsistent. But it is possible to find a reliable vendor who sells well made products at affordable prices. When looking at a third party vendor, make sure to check out their customer service policies to ensure defective products are easily returnable. If you can find a vendor that offers free shipping of products and returns, then you’re taking virtually no risk buying from them. Finding the right vendor may take a few tries, but may be worth the effort.

Printers That Use Less Ink

In their article, PC World suggests the Lexmark Platinum Pro905 and Prestige Pro805 as good alternatives, because of their affordable ink prices. Indeed, these two printers sell at slightly higher prices, but supplies are surprisingly affordable. We’d also recommend Kodak’s line of printers. They make several good all-in-ones with competitively priced ink.

So do yourself and the planet a favor; try to stick to one printer. With a little research, you can make an investment that won’t break your bank in the future.

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HOUSEHOLD ORGANIZER:
CHRISTMAS CARD LIST

This time of year you may be receiving (and sending) Christmas Cards.  The latest installment of home organizer pages is a Christmas Card List where you can record who you’ve received cards from and note the return addresses from the cards to update your mailing list.  Check off names as you send cards so you can keep track.

Click here for Christmas Card  List (Word 03 document)
Click here for Christmas Card  List (pdf document)

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Using Picasa Photo Editing Software
PART 3: ONE-CLICK COLOR BALANCE AND ADDING TEXT TO PHOTOS

Previously we showed you how to download and install free Picasa software from Google which allows you to view, manage, and edit your photos all from one convenient location.  If you missed that issue, click here for Part 1 Instructions.

In Part 3, we’ll explore “I’m Feeling Lucky,” the one-click fix that automatically adjusts color and contrast to achieve the perfect color balance, and adding text to a photo–perfect for adding dates, locations, and other details to your photos while maintaining total control over the appearance and location of the text.

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Click for Picasa Instructions- Part 3 (Pdf format)

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