Tag Archives: Windows

To find which programs run at Startup

To find out which programs run when you start up your PC:

Click on Start, and type msconfig into the search box.  Then click on msconfig.exe.

The window which opens lists all the programs which run at start up; you can choose to disable individual programs, which may make startup quicker.

On Windows 8, open the Task Manager by holding down the Ctrl key, and the Alt key, and press the delete key.  Choose Task Manager. Choose the Start-up tab.

Do a Virus scan

This is a link to a page by Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert, which gives a list of free programmes which will scan your computer for viruses.  The programmes are from safe sources, and are free to download and run.  I tried the microsoft one, and it found no errors on my PC.
If you have anti-virus software on your PC which is up to date, you should be fine.


You may need to know what version of Windows you have on your PC in order to download the right version of the virus scan program.  To find out what version of windows you have, click on Start,  then right click on Computer, and click on Properties.

(For Windows 8, on the Start screen type “windows version” then choose “See if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of windows”

On a Mac, saving emails from Outlook to a folder

If you use Outlook on a windows PC you can export a folder of emails to a spreadsheet.  So, for instance, if you have correspondence that you want to keep but don’t need to refer to much, you can export to a spreadsheet and delete the files from Outlook.

If you are running Outlook on a Mac, you don’t have that option – the only thing you can do is export all your emails to a file.

On a Mac, the best, and easiest thing to do is:
Create a new folder (on the desktop, or wherever you like)
Drag and drop emails from Outlook to the folder (you can do this one at a time, or you can select multiple messages), then delete the emails from Outlook.

When you look at the emails saved in the folder, they will have lost some of their formatting, but all the important information is intact, so you have a record of the correspondence.

By the way – this will also work on Windows.

e-mailing photos

In Windows 7, there is a different way to e-mail photos, which is very useful.

First, find and select the photo(s) you want to send.  Looking along the options at the top of the folder or library window, chose “E-mail”.  A new window will open, allowing you to choose different picture sizes – medium is usually OK, but if you are sending a lot of photos, you may want to choose small; click Attach.  Now your mail window opens, allowing you to fill out the address, subject, and put some text in the message.  Now click Send.  Job done.

The advantage of this method is being able to choose the picture size – effectively cutting down on the size of the e-mail you are going to send.

You can send photos by attaching them to an e-mail in the normal way (create the e-mail first, and then click on Attach File (the paper clip symbol) , browse to the photo, select it, click Insert).  This method sends the photo at its original size – which may be very big!  And if you want to send several photos, you may find that the e-mail won’t go, because you have exceeded your allowed e-mail size.


If you have a newer version of Windows you may have come across Libraries; we have Windows 7 and we have them.  For me, the penny has only just dropped as to what they are for!

Libraries are like folders in lots of ways; you can view your files in the same way, you can arrange them by name, or date, or author.   So what is the difference? And what is the point?  A folder is the location where your files are stored; if you move files to other folders you are changing the location where the files are stored.  A library gathers files from several different locations; a library doesn’t actually store your files, it monitors the folders that do, and lets you arrange the files in various ways.  For instance, I keep the bulk of my photos on an external hard disk; I only keep the most up to date photos on my main PC.  If I wanted to look through my photos to find something, I would need to look on my main PC and then also look on the external hard drive.  If I add both those places to my photos library, I can look at all my photos; I can sort them all; and the really brilliant thing which makes libraries worth while for me, is that if I have tagged all my photos, I can sort the photos within the library by tag.  So, if I want to find a photo from one of our holidays in France, I arrange my photo library by tags and then I can easily browse all the photos with the tag “France”.   Try it!