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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 38 – Introducing Savvyfolk, last chance for Windows 10 and more

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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 38

Welcome to the July 2016 TWT Newsletter

July already and half of 2016 has flashed by! Summer is in full swing here in the UK, if by full swing you mean an hour or two of sunshine between the rain anyway. With the depressing political theatre on the TV and the weather outside, there’s no better time to be playing on your computer!

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In this months issue:-

What’s new at
Introducing Savvyfolk
Tip of the Month – Backspace and Delete, do you know the difference?
Free Utility of the Month – OneNote
Windows Store App of the Month – Sonic Dash
Windows 10 – Last chance for your free upgrade
Windows 10 Anniversary Update lands August the Second

What’s new at

Just one updated tutorial in June for our more advanced readers/viewers. We’ve fully updated our VeraCrypt tutorials now, with the addition of a final updated tutorial for full disk encryption.

picture VeraCrypt Tutorial 4 – How to use full disk encryption with VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt (formally Truecrypt) encryption tutorial 4 – Full disk encryption for free! Now updated for VeraCrypt 1.17, click here to view this tutorial.

Introducing Savvyfolk was started nearly a decade ago with one goal in mind, to help people of all ages and abilities get more from their personal computers. It didn’t seem fair to us that only the most technically minded folk could get more than a fraction of the potential from their machines. Computing devices and the internet are a huge “enabler”. With basic IT skills you can reach out to distant friends and family, participate in online forums and communities, write letters or contact your MP/MC, organise and store photographs and home videos, trace your families history and much much more.

Our videos and tutorials have helped hundreds of thousands of users all over the world. We’re particularly proud of our relationship with SeniorNet New Zealand, who have been a valued customer and supporter ever since we launched our very first Windows 7 Superguide. Using the power of our extensive Superguides and peer-based learning, SeniorNet has helped hundreds of seniors across New Zealand to get more from their computers.

Now, a new initiative is coming to the United Kingdom from the same people who helped thousands of seniors up and down New Zealand. The initiative is known as Savvyfolk and we’re delighted to be fully supporting them as they set up in our home country of the United Kingdom.

Joining Savvyfolk is a great new way to learn about your PC, tablet or smartphone and it’s not just for Windows devices either! Android and iOS users are also welcome. Hiring one on one training is expensive, so why not learn with your peers? You will be able to learn in a comfortable, friendly environment with people just like you. If you’re sick of the kids or grandkids trying to show you how to work your PC or phone, clicking icons and buttons so fast that you can’t keep up, Savvyfolk is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Right now, the initiative is just getting started, but we’d like to invite all our readers to one of the first ever Savvyfolk meetings here in the UK.

Savvyfolk first meeting – Moorland Community Centre Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – 1.30PM to 3.30PM

Come and be part of history by attending one of the first ever Savvyfolk meetings here in the UK. Meet the folks behind both Savvyfolk and Find out how you can get involved, get free computer help and much more! If you’re interested in learning more about your computer, tablet or smartphone, if you’re considering volunteering as a helper, or if you’re just curious, please join us for this informal meeting.

The address is Moorland Community Centre, Moorland Ave, Lincoln LN6 7NH. The community centre is opposite the small shopping complex known locally as the “Round Shops”.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tip of the Month – Backspace and Delete, do you know the difference?

It’s a simple little tip this month, but mastering the keyboard is an important skill if you want to get the most out of your computer. Have you ever noticed that there are two delete keys on your keyboard? The backspace key is usually at the top right of the main bank of keys, and is labelled with a big arrow pointing to the left. The ‘Del’ key is usually to the right of return on a full sized keyboard. What is the difference between the two? Pressing backspace will delete the character you have just written, while the ‘Del’ key will delete the character in front of the cursor, which is useful if you’re editing text.

So there you have it, the next time you are editing an e-mail or other important text, and you realise you made a mistake, don’t delete chunks of information, simply click with your mouse where you want to make an edit and use the ‘Backspace’ or the ‘Del’ key to alter the text accordingly!

Free Utility of the Month – OneNote

Note taking apps are an essential part of our routine here at TWT HQ. For years we’ve used these useful apps to jot down ideas, snippets and other useful information when building articles across all our websites. Once these ideas are captured, our note taking programs automatically back them up to the cloud, keeping them safe and sound, try doing that with a post-it note!

With the advent of smartphones, the note taking app becomes even more useful. Now, you can edit a note on your PC, with the comfort of the keyboard and monitor and beam it directly to your phone, where you can access it while you’re at the store or on the road.

OneNote is a great note taking app that supports all devices, including Windows Desktop, Tablet, Phone and iOS and Android devices too. It supports stylus/handwriting input, OneDrive and Office integration and synchronises across as many devices as you need.

If you’re using Windows 10, the “Trusted Windows Store”/tablet PC version of OneNote is already pre-installed. If you prefer the desktop version or you’re running an older version of Windows, you can download it here.

For years we used Evernote for the task of note taking, but regrettably Evernote have now changed their basic plan so that only two devices can be connected to an Evernote account. Two devices might be plenty for many of you, but it’s not uncommon for people to have three or more devices these days, for instance a desktop computer, a laptop or tablet and a smartphone. Luckily, there’s now a tool that can import Evernote notes into OneNote, which doesn’t have restrictions on the number of connected devices. Find out more about this tool here.

Windows Store App of the Month – Sonic Dash

We have a soft spot for Sonic the Hedgehog here at TWT HQ. Those of you who have investigated our sister sites know that we’re fanatical about computer and video games. Sonic Dash might not be the kind of Sonic game your hardcore gaming crowd will flock to, but as an enjoyable distraction between work or web surfing it’s well worth a download. Grab it from the Windows Store here.

The worst thing about the game is, without a doubt, the infamous “micro transactions” that try to tempt you to pay for in game items, lives etc, but these can easily be ignored.

Windows 10 – Last chance for your free upgrade

If you haven’t downloaded your free Windows 10 upgrade yet, this month is your last chance. On the 29th July 2016 the free upgrade offer expires and upgrading to Windows 10 will cost $119 directly from Microsoft after this date.

If you’ve not taken advantage of the upgrade offer yet, remember it’s possible to download a copy of Windows 10 and simply keep it for a later date, while reverting or keeping your existing copy of Windows 7 or 8. We explained exactly how to do this in TWT Newsletter Issue 36.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update lands August the Second

A whole year of Windows 10 already! It’s certainly been a roller-coaster ride at times. Windows 10 has its disadvantages but on most of the machines we’ve used it on, it’s clearly the best version of Windows ever.

The anniversary update is similar to a “service pack” that older versions of Windows used to receive. Not only will there be fixes and patches, but feature improvements too.

Some of the features we can look forward to in the update include:-

Cortana on the lock screen – If your PC is locked and you want to start playing some music, just ask Cortana and she’ll start your tunes for you, without needing to log back in.

Enhanced support for stylus and inking – Many users felt that Windows 10 was a step backward for touch screen devices like tablets. Microsoft hopes that new, improved support for stylus and handwriting input will change their minds.

Windows Hello – Hello is a suite of biometric security tools, or in English, a set of tools that let you sign into or unlock your PC with your face or a finger print, or a combination of these things. In some instances you will be able to log into a PC just by looking at the web camera, compatible hardware permitting of course.

Linux command prompt – Yes really, as we covered in TWT Newsletter Issue 35, now you will be able to run some Linux apps directly on Windows. Useful for systems administrators or just those of us who like to tinker.

The anniversary update will be available through Windows Update just like all other updates. As this is a major update, we strongly recommend backing up your computer before allowing it to install. This is especially important if you use your computer for work or business and don’t want to risk any costly down time. Although the risks of installing the update are minimal, it’s always better safe than sorry. To find out how to take a full backup of your computer, check out our Macrium Reflect tutorials here.

That concludes our newsletter for July. On behalf of the team here at TWT, I’d like to say thank you to all our readers, new and old for your continued support. The TWT Newsletter will return on the 10th August 2016 for more tips, tricks and techniques to help you get the best out of your PC, be it Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. We hope that you found this newsletter informative and useful. If you did not then please let us know why, you can contact us by visiting this page. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to pass it on to all your friends and family, or better still encourage them to sign up for their own copy. Until next month, keep checking and enjoy happy, safe and stress-free computing!

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