June 2017 Newsletter

by Computer Repair on June 21, 2017


Tiny screens with tiny letters make tired eyes – this may help!

Increase or decrease text size

If you want to adjust the text size on your device for easier reading, then go to Settings and navigate to Display & Brightness > Text Size and adjust the slider to change the text size based on your preference.

Add those symbols with this simple tip:

Can’t find the € symbol on your iPhone or iPad’s keyboard? To insert this symbol, you simply have to tap and hold the $ key. You will be shown a list of alternate currency symbols, including €, to pick from. You can use the same trick to insert many other symbols like an inverted exclamation, longer hyphens,etc by tapping and holding the corresponding keys.


Clicky Clicky trickery!

See the link below? See it says that it will be my web site! — the words are right there! BUT NO NO NO – it will take you somewhere else! Before clicking on the link – hover the mouse over it and look at the bottom of the browser window. This will show you the actual website URL that you will be sent to. Make sure that information matches what the text indicates. This one tip can save you from a lot of agony and pop ups!

Ted’s website click here!

PS the link in this example will take you to cnn.com, a legit website.


Stop being annoyed by the droid!

Sometimes not hearing from your device can be like a mini vacation. Here is how to
control when you want to be informed by your device. Just go to:

Sounds and notifications
Do Not Disturb

From here you can turn on this feature – or schedule a time period for this to be active and add
Exceptions to the do not disturb rule – for the wife or kids and such. I set mine up so that if a client leaves a voicemail on my business line, my cell phone lets me know that – so always feel free to leave a message for me if I happen to not answer. I will be notified even when away!


Gmail allows you to set up an autoresponder for those times when you are not able to get at your email OR you just want people to know you won’t be checking the account. To set this up do the following in Gmail:

Click on the gear icon and go to settings
Scroll down until you see the Vacation responder on option
Enter the date range, subject and message people will get
Click save changes

Thanks for reading along and I hope you find this useful. If you have a specific question or topic give me a ring and we can get you set up right!

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May 2017 TechMarin Newsletter

by Computer Repair on May 25, 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 TechMarin newsletter. I hope you find this tips to be helpful and welcome any and all questions !


Got a lot of email and not sure what to do? here is a simple search feature to help manage your Inbox. In Gmail use this search operator to filter out what you are looking for.

Example: older_than:24m

Just type that in the search bar in Gmail and you will see only those emails that are older than two years. Once you have that filter in place you can select all and delete them or file them, etc.

This tip will do the same thing for those emails older than fifteen days:


And this one will find those emails for both date and if they have an attachment. Very Nice!

newer_than:5d has:attachment

Remember gmail offers you the full power of the Google search engine for your email!


First, click the Windows 10 Start Menu and type Netplwiz. Select the program that appears with the same name.

This window gives you access to Windows user accounts and many password controls. Right at the top is a checkmark next to the option labeled “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.” Uncheck that.

When you click “Apply” it will prompt you for your current password. Enter it twice and you’re finished. The next time you reboot, or your PC wakes up from a nap, you’ll no longer need to type in your password.

Is this a secure action to take? NO. Can it make your life easier and in some cases actually make the computer more usable? YES, losing a login password to Windows can be a very messy situation, since most times no recovery option has been enabled.

PS This also works on Windows 7


Use The Volume Up Button To Take Photos With Your iPhone or iPad !

This may be too basic of a tip for most of you, but there’s bound to be a few folks out there who haven’t heard this one. I ran into someone in real life (gasp!) the other day who hadn’t known that he could hold his iPhone in landscape mode, like a real point and shoot camera, and click the button now located in the upper right of the iPhone to take a photo.

It’s super simple to do. Just rotate the camera clockwise to the right from a portrait orientation (Home button on the bottom). This will be easier if you’re a right-handed person, of course, but you can hold the iPhone with either hand this way, leaving your second hand to either stabilize the device, tap on the touchscreen to create a focus point, or just keep it warm in your pocket. Take the photo with the Volume up button, now the button furthest to the top right of your reoriented iPhone.


How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.

Go to Settings > Language & Input.
Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
Look for Auto-Correction and tap on it.
Select Off to turn Auto-Correction off.

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April 18, 2017

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Newsletter 2017

April 12, 2017

WIRELESS PRINTER TRICK ADDS RELIABILITY Most devices get an address assigned to them automatically. However for devices that never leave the network like printers, a fixed address can help avoid printing problems. Most printers allow you to make this change via your web browser — Chrome or Firefox or Safari. With a permanent address even […]

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12-16 Newsletter

April 12, 2017

Shake Your Desktop Free of Clutter If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you’re working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows — in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually. With Windows 7’s “shake” feature, though, […]

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03-17 Newsletter

April 12, 2017

USB Drives best friend, best enemy! Small, fast and convenient. USB drives make life easy for our data. However that ease comes with a small cost and if we follow a simple rule will make the most of our devices. Plugging in the USB drive is simple — once you do that, Windows takes care […]

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More thanks from clients

April 12, 2017

I can highly recommend Ted Potter not only technically as a Computer support person and repair man but also as a good human being. Rosemary, Terra Linda

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iphone 6s icloud/email problem resolved

March 24, 2017

turned on icloud photo library and suddenly could not email photos from the icloud photo library. Disabled the mail app, rebooted phone and then re enabled the mail app. This resolved the problem with being unable to email photos from the icloud photo library. Thanks to all who helped out on this issue. The client […]

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The web to the rescue !

March 24, 2017

I love informative web sites. This one helps with scuba diving ! scubaseasons.com/mapsearch.php check it out to get information about scuba conditions. Have fun.

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