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Windows 7, 8 and 10 have a "feature" that can really catch you out. Windows always assumes that networks that you connect to for the first time are "public" networks. They do this so that you will be protected by default by having network and sharing services turned off for new networks. Its a good idea when you are out and about with your laptop but sometimes it can catch you out. For example replace your router and you may or may not notice that some of the expected Windows ftionality stops working because Windows has detected that you are now connected to a "new" network.

See the steps below to change the currently connected network to be accepted as private (i.e. safe) on each PC on your network.

[Screen shots are from Windows 10 but other versions are almost identical]

Click on Windows file explorer (see 1 below)


Click on "network" (see 2 below) and if you see the message showing at 3 (below) then your PC is not detecting the current network as a private network i.e. not secure.


Click on the message and chose "Turn on network discovery and file sharing" (See 4 below)


You will then be prompted to chose to make the current network private (and as such considered safe) (see 5 below) or turn on sharing and discovery for all public networks (including the currently connected assumed "insecure public" network) (see 6 below). The safer choice and the one to always use on a laptop or mobile computer is the top one (see 5 below)


Once you have made the selection you should begin to see your other network devices and other devices on the network will be able to see you depending on their permissions to do so. (see 6 below)



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Change windows 8 text display size:

  • Right click on a blank area of the desktop (see 1 below)

Change windows 8 text display size 1 

  • Click on "make text or other items larger or smaller" (see 2 below)

 Change windows 8 text size 2 

  • Check the "let me chose one scaling level for all of my displays" check-box (see 3 below)

 Change windows 8 text size 2 

  • Select the appropriate size and then click apply to save, you will need to log off and back on again to see the changes 

Change windows 8 text size 4


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To upload a private [actually unlisted] video to youtube:

Note that an unlisted video can't be searched for or stumbled on by anyone but *anyone*
who has the link is able to view the video with restriction so consider if you just want
to obscure it for casual privacy sake or if you really need a secure solution
then youtube doesn't provide this.
  • Open up youtube and sign in (1 below)

  • Click upload (see 2 below)

  • Click on the "select files to upload" button (see screenshot below)

  • "Browse to" and select your file and "open" to upload (see 3 and 4 below)

  • While the file is uploading you can amend the title and other required information and if you want this to be unlisted make sure you chose unlisted. (5 below) (Private means that only you can view it no one else so "private" is no good for sharing).
  • Once complete people will be ablet to view the video if they have the URL (link) shown (see 6 below)

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If you are using MS Word to create document which has a specific word count the "count" is listed on the editing screen, see below.

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How to find your computer/PC name in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (probably works in windows 7 as well but untested)

  • Press start button (see 1 below) and type "computer name" (see 2 below, screen shot is Windows 10 but windows 8.1 is similar), click on "View your PC name" (3 below).


  1. This displays an information screen displaying various computer system information and includes the computer name and also workgroup/domain information:

Windows 10:

FindComputerName10 2

Windows 8.1:

Find Computer Name in Windows 8.1 - 2


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