Computer Group Notes/ Presentations


In 2020 we’ll continue to discuss up to 3 subjects in the hope that at least one will be of interest. Naturally, because of the time available, only the basics can be discussed but by popular vote we can go more in depth on a subject during a following session. Questions invited maybe answers !  Click on the links 'Notes' or 'Slides' in the left column to see copies of notes issued and PowerPoint slides used during the presentations.



Date Click link below to view Subjects & comments
Notes & Presentation Slides 2019
Feb 2020



  • Converting music CDs to mp3 using iTunes
  • Copy music files from iTunes to iPhone, Android & memory stick
  • Playing music from these  devices to a Bluetooth speaker
  • Windows 10 tips via the 'Tips' app
Jan 2020



  • Scams in 2018/9, - pension, email, cold calls, phone, postal, investments etc
  • W10 basics - Start button right click, easy access to apps, tiles, setting etc
  • 'Your Phone Companion' - links your Android phone to your PC.





Printing address labels for your Christmas card using Microsoft's Mailings feature

  • Building a data base to contain your addresses using Excel
  • Using 'Mailings' to make a format for labels
  • Consider Jacqui Lawson's electronic cards


Sept 2019



- W10 update 1903, new features. Personalise, improved search, action centre etc

- Microsoft OneDrive

- Microsoft demo of Word, Excel & PowerPoint (free in the cloud)

July 2019



- What does Google know about you - LOADS of stuff - go to 'Google my activity & see for yourself

- We discuss Met Office & BBC weather sites and see extra content like iPlayer etc

- How to use your PC to load your smartphone with directions so's it behaves like a sat nav

Jun 2019



- The CLOUD demystified, Google Drive, Office apps Docs, Sheets and Slides - all free!

- Driver software - why are they necessary, problems, how to check and update.

- Artificial Intelligent (AI). Automation, algorithms, robotic examples, human form, dogs and future

May 2019 No meeting - Room in use by Central Beds Council
Apr 2019



- Task Manager - Use it to kill hung apps, start screen pop ups etc. Shows performance and you can enable/disable apps at Startup.

- W10 Personalisation allow you to modify start screen pictures & colours.

- John presented how to stay safe on line and advised you to watch a Tonights programme on TV catch up

Mar 2019



- IP addresses.  Home wireless set up showing IP addresses to devices and internet. Changing router password.

- Virtual Private Network (VPN). Magic tricks on a PC and Android phone

Feb 2019



- WORD tips, greeting card.

- W10 upgrade 1809 new features incl phone, dark mode etc.

- The Internet of Things (IoT) - smart lights, fridges, fitness trackers etc., some examples of use & misuse

Jan 2019



- W10 Photo app; making a video from your photos & clips.

- Backup using memory stick, disk or SD cards. Deleting files/folder, recycle and erasing.

- Apple tablet - settings & some interesting apps.

Notes and Presentation Slides 2018
Jan 2018

Notes: Sharing, Google Slides & Windows 10 feature updates

Slides: ----ditto------

- Using Google slides to make a photo presentation & a poster.

- W10 updates and how to find update information on your PC.

- Using Google Drive to share your photos etc

Feb 2018

Notes: Posters, Spotify & Libra Office

Slides:      - ditto -

- Downloading and using the music streaming service Spotify.

- Discussion of the free Libra Office with demo of 'Writer'.

Mar 2018

Notes: Passwords, File Exp hints & Hangouts

Slides:       - ditto -

- Secure passwords, using Lastpass app.

- Changing GMail & Outlook passwords.

- Some File Explorer hints.

- Using Google Hangouts

John Flowers also gave a demo/ discussion on Interest Rates & Energy Suppliers

Apr 2018

Notes: Security, TV Chromecast & Fund raising

Slides:       -ditto -

- Security - Kaspersky, Bit Defender etc.

- Getting TV on your tablet/ smartphone.

- Using Chromecast to mirror your tablet/smartphone screen (showing pics/ TV programmes etc).

- Discussion of Fundraising sites

May 2018

Notes: W10 settings, Excel & Radio

Slides:       - ditto -

- W10 'System' settings.

- Introduction to Microsoft spreadsheet, calculations etc.

- Downloading TuneIn to listen to radio broadcasts & podcasts.

June 2018

Notes: F Explorer, Google maps & activity

Slides:      -ditto -

- File Explorer basics & simple backing up your data.

- Google maps, getting directions and street views.

- Fing out what Google knows about you!

July 2018 Notes: MBytes, CCleaner & 10 tips

John F gave presentation on security apps - Malwarebytes, CCleaners and Windows tips.

Dud on hols.

Sept 2018

Notes: Virtual libr, Google trips & tips

Slides:      -ditto-

- Virtual library - downloading books, magazines and audio books from Dunstable library for free.

- Google Trips app - how you can easily find your way around to restaurants/ reviews, suggested sites to see, day planning etc.

- Some tips: Changing W10 background pic, sticky notes & saving PC screen to paste into another app.



Notes: LPA, G -Trips & Translate

Slides; -ditto-

- How to use Gov/UK to make a Lasing Power of Attorney.

- Continuation of Google Trips app.

- Using Google Translate app to translate speech and road signs etc.

Nov 2018

Notes: W10 photo app etc

Slides: W10 photo app etc

- W10 Photo app - importing, editing, albums, editing, special effects etc.

- Backups photos from smartphone/tablet to Google Photos/iCloud.

- Printing from smartphones/tablets.

- Some of the latest scams to be aware off.

- Christmas eCards fro Jacquie Lawson site

Notes and Presentation Slides 2017
Jan 2017

Notes: Intro to:- PowerPoint, scams & Google calendar

Slides: PowerPoint - Scams - Google Calendar

Slides: Google calendar

- PowerPoint

- Scams

- Google calendar

Q & A

TalkTalk mail, PayPal, Amazon & scams

Feb 2017

Notes:Intro to VLC, YouTube & Google Cloud

Slides:Intro to VLC, YouTube & Google Cloud

- VLC media player app

- YouTube

- Cloud

Q & A on:

Mail Pic attachments, W10 tiles, Libra ofiice & Google cloud

Mar 2007

Notes: Google Office

Slides: Google Office

- Google office apps

- W10 Photo app

- Bluetooth

Q & A on:

PC slow startup, placing tiles on start screen, dealing with Microsoft office product and Google's cloud office

Apr 2017

Notes: Android phone - CD to mp3 - mp3 music to smartphone

Slides: Ditto

- Android smartphones

- Ripping CDs to mp3 files

- Transfer mp3 to smartphone

May 2017

Notes: Org apps - CD transfer to smartphone

Slides: Ditto

- Smartphones

- Apps

- Task manager

June 2017

Notes: File Explorer & iPad

Slides: File Explorer & iPad

- Because the weather was very hot & some illness, we decided to demo the iPad,discuss backups and saving music to a memory stick. Will leave File Explorer to another day
July 2017 Notes: Virus/ malware - Presentation by John Flowers. Covered Virus, malware, File Hippo downloads, Twitter etc
Aug 2017 No meeting
Sept 2017

Notes: Browsers,

Slides: Browsers, QR codes

- Google Chrome browser

- QR codes

- W10 Creator update, new features

Oct 2017

Notes: Data Matrix codes,

Slides: - ditto -

- Address data base using Google Sheets

- Dot matrix codes

- Other codes

Nov 2017

Notes: Address labels,

Slides:      -ditto -

- Address labels using Google Docs and extension

- Making greeting cards

- ECards



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