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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, December 14, 2014

To all of our readers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. From all of us at Sharper Training Solutions, Ceil, Angela, Nicole, Trish, Angela I., Roberto, Scott and Marissa.

 

We will not be publishing this newsletter for the next three weeks so the writers and editors can celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. See you in 2015!

 

In this Issue:
Special Feature: McAfee's 12 Scams of the Holidays
Special Feature: The 7 Key Types of Holiday Scams to Watch Out For This Christmas Season
Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – Apps on the Taskbar
Special Feature: Mac Buyers Guide
This Week's Topic: Windows 7 Aero Snap: Use the Windows key and Arrow Buttons to Rearrange Windows
Special Feature: Tablet Buying Guide 2014
Websites of Interest: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Santa Claus, Recipes, Customs and Celebrations, Holiday Safety Tips

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Special Feature: McAfee's "12 Scams of the Holidays" List Educates Shoppers on How to Avoid Unwrapping an Online Threat and Keep Their Digital Lives Safe

Cybersecurity threats heighten during the holiday season as more consumers are expected to unknowingly share their personal information across their devices. To help educate and protect consumers and businesses this holiday season, McAfee has identified this year’s top “12 Scams of the Holidays”:

Click on this link to read more: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/12-scams-of-holidays-2014

Using Links

A Link is a reference to a website. In this newsletter you will see links to many worthwhile, informative and fun websites. Here are the instructions on how to use links:

A link will be used one of two ways, depending on your email program.

If you see the link in blue, underlined text, all you have to do is click on it and a window with the Website in it will automatically appear on your screen.

If you see the link in plain text, you can copy and paste it into the address bar on your browser. Highlight the link with your mouse, click Edit up on the menu bar, and then click Copy from the menu that you just opened up. Open your browser (click the Start Button, point to Programs, click on Internet Explorer); click on the address bar. Click Edit up on the menu bar, and then click Paste from the menu that you just opened up. Press the Enter key on the keyboard and this will take you to the Website.

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Special Feature: The 7 Key Types of Holiday Scams to Watch Out For This Christmas Season

Holiday scams are on the Internet, at the mall, at the register and even at your front door. The festive season should be a time of celebration — so you obviously don’t want to spoil it by falling victim to holiday scams. Busy, high-spending times are precisely the opportunity crooks look for to try to trick you out of your money or steal your identity.

Many holiday scams are variations of tricks you may encounter at any time of the year. In this issue, we highlight the seven most common areas where they’re likely to strike, with the most frequent trick in each group and a list of other seasonal scams to watch out for.

Click here to read more: http://tinyurl.com/69tlcq

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Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – Apps on the Taskbar

From microsoft.com

Using the Familiar Desktop

In the desktop, you can use all kinds of apps and programs—from specialized software to any of the apps from the Windows Store. You can pin your favorite apps and programs to your taskbar so you can get to them quickly, and you can also personalize the desktop with different shortcuts, backgrounds, colors, and themes.

No matter how you want to use your PC, you can switch quickly between apps, windows, and Start screen right from the desktop.

Getting back to the desktop

There are a few ways to get back to the desktop from anywhere on your PC. You can do any of the following:

Open Start and then tap or click the desktop tile on the Start screen.

Press Windows logo key windows logo key + D on your keyboard.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.) Enter desktop in the search box, and then tap or click Desktop in the results.

Apps on the Taskbar

The taskbar is where you can switch between apps you have open and can pin apps you use often so you can open them right from the desktop.

You can typically find the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop, but you can get to it from anywhere on your PC by moving your mouse pointer below the bottom edge of the screen.

Pinning Apps to Your Taskbar

Whether you're using touch or a mouse, you can pin any app to your taskbar so it's easy to open when you're in the desktop.

Step 1
On the Start screen, slide up from the middle of the screen to see the Apps view. (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow button near the lower-left corner of the screen.)

Step 2
Press and hold or right-click to select the apps you want to pin. (To select multiple apps with a mouse, press and hold Ctrl and then right-click each app.)

Step 3
Tap or click Pin to taskbar.

Pinning Apps You Have Open

If you're already using an app, you can pin it to the taskbar without going to the Start screen.

Step 1
Press and hold the app's taskbar button and slide your finger up until a menu appears. (If you're using a mouse, right-click the app button on the taskbar.)

Step 2
Tap or click Pin this program to taskbar. The app you pinned will stay on your taskbar even after you close the app.

Switching Between Apps on the Taskbar

When you're using an app, you can bring up the taskbar to quickly switch back to a different app or to go back to Start.

To see the taskbar when you're using an app that takes up the whole screen, move your mouse pointer below the bottom edge of the screen. Then, click the Start button to go back to Start, or click another app button to switch to a different app.

Using Apps in a Familiar Way

You can minimize or close an app with a mouse by clicking the Minimize or Close button in the upper-right corner. (If you don't see these buttons, move your mouse to the top edge of the screen.)

You can also minimize, close, or split an app to the left or right side of the screen by right-clicking the app icon in the upper-left corner of the title bar.

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Special Feature: Mac Buyers Guide

At first glance Apple seems to have a simple product grid when it comes to their personal computer line-up, the Mac. But again, there are options for just about everything. Which one should you get, and which options with it?

This article explains all you need to know to make an informed decision and buy the perfect Mac for you: http://www.imore.com/mac-buyers-guide

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This Week's Topic: Windows 7 Aero Snap: Use the Windows key and Arrow Buttons to Rearrange Windows

From computershopper.com

Much has been made of Windows 7’s Aero Snap feature, which automatically resizes and arranges program windows when you drag them to the top or sides of the screen. It’s a great feature, to be sure, and particularly handy for making use of larger and wide-screen displays while multitasking.

For example, if you drag two windows to opposite sides of the screen, you get an arrangement with each window auto-arranged side by side.

But as easy as it is to drag windows around with a mouse and have them magically snap into place, many users, particularly the more keyboard-inclined, will find this simple set of keyboard shortcuts invaluable once they try it: Hold down the Windows key, and press any arrow key. The mouse method will soon seem so…antiquated?

Hitting the Windows key and the up arrow maximizes your currently selected window, down arrow minimizes it, and right or left arrow docks the window to the side of the screen, where it conveniently resizes to take up just half the width of the screen. Those using multiple monitors will also be able to shunt windows between screens by repeatedly arrowing over while holding down the Windows key. A few seconds using this shortcut can turn a jumbled mess of windows into an organized layout that will improve your productivity.

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Special Feature: Tablet Buying Guide 2014

There’s never been more variety in the tablet world. So, where do you start, and how do you pick the right tablet for your needs? We have all the info you need.

Click here to read more: http://blog.laptopmag.com/tablet-buying-guide

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Websites of Interest:

NORAD Tracks Santa
For the kids, track Santa Claus as he travels 'round the globe on Christmas Eve.
http://www.noradsanta.org/

Visit the North Pole
Play games, visit the toy workshop and much more.
www.claus.com

Christmas Cookies
Find Christmas cookie recipes
http://www.christmas-cookies.com/

The History of Christmas
http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

Allrecipes.com claims to be the Internet's most complete Christmas and holiday recipe resource.
www.christmasrecipe.com/

Chanukah

Laws, customs, recipes and inspiring videos and articles.
http://www.aish.com/h/c/

Hanukkah Recipes
Menus, dinner ideas, latkes and more
http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/hanukkah/

Choose from thousands of recipes for holiday fun, including cookies, cocktails, edible gifts, and more.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/holidays/hanukkah/recipes

Chanukah Traditions Around the World
http://tinyurl.com/ohj2k99

Kwanzaa
A celebration of family, community, and culture.
http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

Some holiday safety tips from The National Safety Council
http://tinyurl.com/mpuf6yh

Winter Solstice
Everything you need to know.
http://tinyurl.com/ltlnpo5

New Year’s Eve customs and celebrations
Learn about the various customs and celebrations associated the New Year celebrations and how they originated.
http://tinyurl.com/35ez8
http://tinyurl.com/kz5dazw

Party Planning Ideas
From the Food Network.
http://tinyurl.com/6z3uak