Computer Users’ Group

October 17, 2012

 

Downloads: It’s always nice to know where something that you’ve downloaded will appear. In Internet Explorer 9, the Download Manager will download files to a downloads folder. After you have downloaded something, you can go to Tools and click on View Downloads which should show you what you’ve just downloaded. You can click on the search icon in the Search box to search for downloads. If all else fails, go to Computer and double click on the C: drive and then click on the Date Modified heading at the top of the Date column and the latest files changed or added should be listed and your download should be at the top of the list. Note the folder where it’s located.

 

In Firefox, version 10.02, you can click on the red Firefox box at the top left and choose Options and then Options again and set up the folder into which you want downloads to go. In older versions, the choice was under Tools/Options.

 

Copying or Moving Files: Open the folder that contains the file you want to either move or copy. Click on the box in the middle top right called Restore Down and resize the folder by dragging the sides and top or bottom to make it about half of the screen size. Open the folder that contains the folder that you want to transfer the file to and re-size it as above. Point to an empty space on the taskbar at the bottom of the page and Right Click and then click on Side by Side, Now you should have the two folders side by side where you can drag files between them Locate the file that you want to transfer, Right Click on it and drag it to the destination folder and release the Right Mouse Button. The option that is in bold is the Default Option. It’s what would occur if you had dragged with the Left Mouse Button. The defaults are these. Between two different base folders, it’s a Copy; between folders within the same base folder, it’s a Move. The safe way is to Right Click and be sure of the result.

 

Creating Your Own Start Page: If you know HTML code, you could do this in Notepad or any text writer. There is a simple, free option if you don’t know the code; it’s called NVU and the letters don’t stand for anything. When you create web page with it, everyone will Envy You. You can also do it in a wordprocessor as we did on November 15, 2006.

 

It’s a free download from here: http://net2.com/nvu/download.html . It’s also on the Pastfinders’ Flash Drive. Download and install it and open it.

 

But before you start, a little planning is useful, perhaps even resorting to using pencil and paper. What categories will your links fall under? Plan on 4 columns but could stretch to 5. You can put a category at the head of each column and add more categories further down the colmns. 6 categories would be 4 columns with 2 added categories further down and 2 remaining blank that can be used later. It will always be a work in process as new web sites appear. Once you have the categories, itemize what will go into each one. Do you have the links anywhere so that you can copy them or will you have to type them in? Once you’re satisfied that you have everything under control, go to NVU and follow the instructions below.

 

We’ll start by creating a table. Click on Table/Insert/Table and a small table with 4 black cells will appear. Click on Table again and scroll down to Table Properties. Enter the number of columns that you will need and adjust the width to be 100 %. Then enter a reasonable number of rows such as 5. You can add or delete them as you see fit. Adjust the Height to be 20%. Now point to the first row, click on Table/Select/Row. With the row selected, go to the box in the upper left that says Body Text, click on the Down Arrow and then select Heading 1. In the section that shows justification, click on the second one in that shows Centered justification. Now, in the first box type in your first category; in the second box, type your next category etc. When you are done with that, point to row 2 and holed the left mouse button down and move to the last cell in the last row to select all of the cells below your category cells. This time select Heading 2 and Left justification. Now you are ready to enter webpages or even pages on your computer if you want an easy way to select frquently used pages.

 

Enter the name of the first web link in the first cell under the title row. Highlight the name and go to Insert/Link. If it’s a file on your computer, click on Choose File and unless it’s an HTML web page, click the Arrow in the HTML box and choose Text, Image or All Files. Then go to the file that you want and select it. Click on Open at the bottom of the box.

 

If you need more rows, go to Table/Insert and then choose Row Before or Row After to insert a row at time. Repeat as necessary. To add new Categories, select the row to be used and change to Heading 1 and Centered as above. Then insert locations of sites or files as above.

 

Save the file on the C drive itself and not in a folder. Then, click on it. If IE is your default browser, it will open in IE. Then go to Tools and scroll down to Internet Options and under Home Page select Use Current. If Firefox is your default browser, when it opens click on Options/Options make sure the top box says Show my home page and then below that choose Use Current.

 

Once you’ve changed your default browser, you can change the other one by right clicking on the Start you’ve just created and select Opens With and choose the other browser and do what was discussed above. Enjoy!!!

 

I had used NVU many years ago but then switched to Microsoft’s Front Page and have used it ever since to create the Pastfinders Web Page. When I started to create the DVD for the Open House, I wasn’t sure how to create a Table of Contents. My Roxio data web page maker didn’t seem to offer that option and Microsoft’s Media Maker only handles Music and Videos. I felt a DVD might make a few bucks for Pastfinders and should cut back on the number of handouts that members had to print. Searching the web, I came across a TOC maker from one of the brilliant women of the Computer World, Kim Komando. She recommended NVU so I went back, downloaded it and started anew.

 

I created folder called Open House and in that I created a folder called DVD. In that folder, I created a sub-folder named for each table. As I received documents from people, if they were in PDF format, I put them into their folder in the DVD folder. Otherwise, I put them into the Open House folder and then converted them to PDF and saved them in the appropriate folder in the DVD folder.

 

Then, using NVU. I created a contents file named the same as the table and listed each file and created an link from that name to the file in the folder. I could modify it as new files came in.

Outside of the DVD folder I created a file in NVU called Welcome which had the president’s message and links to each of the index files I had just created. Also, as background, I used a photo that Dotty took in Ireland of a statue of people about to embark for America.

 

I added the miscellaneous links file to hold assorted other links.

 

Other Uses: What use would something like that be for you? If you have a lot of recipes, you could put them on a disk to send to friends and have them available for yourself. You could create a folder for each grandparent and in in, you could put pictures, birth, death and marriage certificates, pension applications, Family Groups Charts, Pedigree Charts, genealogy in Register Format and anything else that comes to mind. You’d create a main index to point to the four families, and a family index for each family, pointing to each item that you’ve included. You could pass them around to all of your relatives. You could also create a Photo Album of all of your family photos and include an index to make it easier to find the picture that you want . It would be more appropriate to use a CD instead of a DVD. You could even use a Secure Digital Card like the ones that come with a camera. In the range of $7 to $10 each.

 

Here’s a sample photo album which will lead us to the next subject.

 

Genealogy in a Picture: Last month, we talked about adding names to images. In the picture of my ancestors that showed 4 generations, each person has his or her parents listed so you could follow from one generation to the next but when you got to the oldest man, Oliver, we only showed his parents and not any more of his genealogy. I’ve modified the picture to include 6 generations of Oliver’s genealogy. You can create a genealogy chart in PDF format using FamilyTreeMaker. In FTM 2010 and 2012, you select the person for whom the chart is to be made, then go to Publish and select the chart that you want. I used the Pedigree Chart. Once the chart is created, go to Share in the upper right corner and select Export to PDF. You can then add that file to the image folder and add a link to it in the person’s information. You should now be able to see the information as a web page on your computer and you can open that web page and save it as an Archive Page in Archive as an MHT file. But here’s the caveat: the file will refer to files on your computer and so will not work if sent to someone else. One solution is to post the page on the web and then download it as an MHT file. I’ll post an alternate solution when I find one.

 

Message Boards: These are an excellant way to find out what others know about your family and maybe find a cousin or two. You can find them by surname or location. Let’s try this site: http://www.genforum.genealogy.com/ . Start by searching for the board that you want. You can start by looking through what’s been posted on the board you chose to see if anything matches your family. You can search the forum that you’ve found by entering one or more words into the search box such as surname and location like Leonard Pomfret to find the Leonard family in Pomfret VT.

 

Mailing Lists: You can find mailing lists at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ by scrolling down to Mailing Lists and choose how you want to view them. There is an archive that you can go to and search by subject to see if there’s any pertinent information. You can subscribe to the list to have any results emailed to you, either as they happen or in a summary.

 

Computer Problems: If you have a computer problem that provides you with an Error Code, type that code into Google and check through the responses that you get. Quite often, someone else has had the same problem and has offered a solution. If you don’t get an Error Code, try going to Control Panel, clicking on Administrative Tools and then on Event Viewer and look through the summary for Critical or Error. Click on the + sign in front of the category that you want to view and then on any error that applies to you. At the bottom of the box, click on Event Log Online and you just might be lucky enough to have Microsoft tell you how to fix it.

 

You can also run a program that comes with windows called Dr Watson. You can click Start and type in drwatson in Win 7 and something similar in XP. Go to help and search for Dr Watson in your version of windows. It runs in the background and identifies any problems.

 

Another place to try to get a solution is http://www.computerhope.com/ which has basic information and many FAQ’s that may help solve your problem. Another site that is more tutorial than problem solving is http://www.geekgirls.com/ .You can also try this site but be careful of all of the ads: http://www.pcpitstop.com/ .

 

Genealogy Info: I used a program called Family Tree Legends to try out for Pastfinders. I had added a lot of family members. I also had a small online posting on MyHeritage. You were allowed to post 250 people free and the program would search everyone else’s site to find matches. Early this year, I was notified that Family Tree Legends had merged with MyHeritage and they posted all my family data on a new site at MyHeritage but instead of costing anything, I was given the rest of this year and all of next year free. They won’t do Smart Matches for me until I post something on my site. I took down my old free one. They have just started something new called Record Matches which takes everyone in your genealogy and searches for records that match. They say they’ve found 102 matches in 7 categories We’ll take a look. FamilyTreeBuilder software is free and you can post up to 250 people but to post up to 2500 is $6.25 a month and unlimited posting for $9.95. Get 20% off if you subscribe for 2 years at a time.

 

You can download FamilyTreeBuilder from http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder or get from the Pastfinders’ flash drive. One problem that I found was that you can’t seem to get out of posting your data on their web site but if you limit it to 250 people it’s free. And you can make it private so that no one can see details.