Tech Tips

These tips are for anything considered "technical". 

Microsoft Windows Release 10 and occasionally Apple are included.

 How to:

Use a QR Code.

 A QR code (quick response code) is a code capable of storing lots of data that is used to provide easy access to online information.  QR codes are most often used to link to web links; however, they can link to text, images, and email addresses. 

Why should I care about QR Codes?

QR Codes are growing in popularity and are being used in Newspapers, Magazines, Business Cards, airplane tickets, and even product packaging have them. They are replacing barcodes in many applications.  

How to scan a QR Code?

Open the Camera app on your Smartphone.  Point at the QR Code and focus on it.  Do not take a picture.   A banner or message will appear on your smartphone.  Click on it to link. 

If your smartphone will not scan the QR code then you will require an App download.

 We have a QR Code in the monthly printed Newsletter.

It is on the top right of the 1st Page of our monthly printed Newsletter.  The code links readers to the Home page of this website.

Magnify or shrink the page you are viewing.  (Windows)

While holding down the Ctrl button on your keyboard — rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse. Rolling the mouse wheel up will make everything bigger while rolling the mouse wheel down will have the opposite effect.

 How to find exact words on a page or website:

The answer is:  CTRL & F

Bookmark our Website.

Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari use Bookmarks to create shortcuts to your favorite web pages.


This is how to create a bookmark of our website in your web browser.

1. Go to our website Home Page.

        2. Press Ctrl and D. 

     3. In the menu that appears, name your new bookmark.

            I like the name OASC

        4. In the Location Box select the Name of the Folder you’d like it saved in.

        5. Click the Done button.

SnipTool or Windows + Shift + S

 Most recent versions of Windows come with Snip installed.

Simply press Windows + Shift + S. The Windows key is the one with the Windows logo on it. 

Your screen will look grayed out, and you’ll see a small Snip toolbar at the top of the screen. Select rectangular snip, free-form snip, window snip, or full-screen snip.

If you select the rectangular snip tool, your cursor will change to a crosshair, so your selection can be ultra-precise.

Once you use Snip, you might never use another method again!

No matter which type of snip you take, the image is copied to the clipboard. 

To view, save, or edit the snip, you’ll need to paste it into another application with Edit > Paste or press Ctrl + V


If your PC just froze, try force-quitting and relaunching.

Right-click the Start button and choose Task Manager.

(Or press ctrl + alt + delete at one time.)

Then, choose from the list of open apps and select End task. Relaunch the app after that.

The following will be populated as time permits.  Stay tuned!

Defragment and optimize disk drives

     Set up Defragment to perform this task automatically.

Disk Cleanup.  Get rid of deleted files and temporary files.

Empty Recycle Bin. Also performed by Disk Cleanup.

Restart system.

Speed up or slow down your mouse and mouse pointer.

Upgrade systems and apps.