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Hello All,
I have created a tutorial showing how I made a video slide show with Photos, a program included in Windows 10.
You will find it at
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Winter APCUG Virtual Technology Conference
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:02:43 PM »
Hello All,
SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, is holding the Winter Virtual Technology Conference on
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
You can
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
These are the topics that I intend to present at the SLO Bytes General Session of January 6th, 2019
They are also posted on the SLO Bytes web site at these locations

Icon replacement – on Bulletin Board at
YouTube -

Parted Magic version 2019_01_03  -

How to find where an e-mail message is located in Microsoft Outlook -

How to speak with a Microsoft representative via phone
Go to
This will bring up Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant
Type a description of the problem.
Every time that the Virtual Assistant proposes a solution, try it before indicating that the suggestion didn’t solve the issue.  After you have done that repeatedly, the Virtual Assistant will ask if you want to speak to a representative over the phone.  Respond YES and supply the information requested at
Upon conclusion, the Virtual Assistant will inform you that someone will contact you at the phone number that you provided and give you an estimated wait time.  Do not rely on the accuracy of this estimate.  A representative will eventually call.

Alpaca Project – Use Microsoft Paint to expand an image so that it prints across multiple pages

Microsoft Mail Merge in Word -
Windows 10 Update to version 1809 -

Second Session - My Most Often Used Applications

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Parted Magic 2019_01_03 Released
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:05:51 PM »
Hello All,
Parted Magic just released a new version of its Linux based software.  Read more at
I find this product very useful in troubleshooting non-Linux operating systems.
At $11, it is a tool well worth having.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:02:38 PM »
Hello All,

Our APCUG Representative, Judy Taylour, often provides tech articles to supplement the newsletter of its member groups.
I never include any of them in the SLO Bytes newsletter, HardCopy.  Instead, I upload all of them to the SLO Bytes web site.
Judy just forwarded a new batch.
View all of them archived  at and
The latest ones can be found at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Change a default icon in the Windows 10 taskbar
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:51:51 PM »
Hello All,
I place numerous icons in the Windows 10 taskbar, that area at the bottom of the screen.  I group the most often used icons to the left.  Icons for lesser used programs are on the right.

Two frequently used programs are Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word.  Since the two icons are quite similar, I sometimes click on one when I really wanted the other. 

One obvious solution would be to separate them, placing several other icons between them.  What is the fun in that?
I decided to create my own icon for Word and substitute it for the default icon.
I then created a short video reminding me and others of the steps that I took.

View the tutorial at
It is also available on YouTube at

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I have several computers running Windows 10 Professional. I have automatic updates enabled and check for updates regularly.
I am running 1803 version KB 4023057.  I have not been offered 1809.
I believe that I can manually download and install updates from the Windows Update Catalog at
Questions:  If this is correct, can I just download the latest version of 1809 or do I have to download and install all of the earlier 1809 versions sequentially instead of skipping all but the latest one?
Should I wait for Microsoft to offer 1809 to me through automatic updates?

Please advise.
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 12/09/2018
TOPIC: Images Suggesting the Approach of Christmas
The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter showing how he uses Irfanview's Thumbnail Viewer to show thumbnails for RAW images in Windows. Windows native program, File Explorer doesn't do this.
See the tutorial at Showing Thumbnails in Windows for RAW files with Irfanview and at
Ralph then shared a series of holiday images with Christmas decorations, figurines and street scenes.

Connie Sutter followed with similar choices, adding fancy food plates and festive outdoor scenes.

Alan Raul continued in a similar vein, using Aurora HDR to enhance photos of Pismo Pier.

Kaye Raul showed holiday ornaments and pictures of the family celebrating the season.

Bob and Linda Styerwalt chose light displays in their neighborhood and Christmas decorations

John Waller demonstrated how he used long exposure times to illuminate night scenes.
Like Alan, John used Aurora HDR and multiple exposures to bring out detail not seen in a single image.

Bob Grover offered daylight and evening shots of a neighbor's house, illustrating an impressive lighting project.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, 01/13/2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  The topic will be Doors and Other Portals

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,

I have created a tutorial showing how I used Microsoft's Word 365 Mail Merge feature to create a letter for multiple recipients. 
The video has three parts
   Creating a data base from which to draw names and addresses
   Writing a standard letter with a personalized greeting for each recipient
   Addressing the envelopes by drawing from the data base.

View it on YouTube at
It is also contained in my collection of Fullbean Tutorials at
Specifically, it will be found at

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Windows File Explorer doesn't display a thumbnail for RAW images.  It shows the same blue blocky icon for all RW2 images.  In my tutorial, I show how to use the Thumbnail viewer plugin from the freeware graphics program, Irfanview to overcome this.
View the tutorial at
Download Irfanview from and choose either the 32 or 62 bit version.  Make sure to also download the corresponding Plugin files.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Find Out Where You Filed Outlook 365 Messages
« on: November 19, 2018, 08:47:34 PM »
Hello All,
I regularly use Microsoft Outlook 365, often saving e-mails in an elaborate file system.  I can relocate them by typing in the Inbox search engine words that probably are found in the title or the body of the message.  While that search often locates the wanted files, it doesn't tell me in which of my many folders the message resides.
However, the file location can easily be located.  I created a tutorial to remind me and possibly others how to go about that task.
You will find that explanation at
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I received the following post from SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, offering a 20% discount on the file search program, FileLocator Pro.  The discounted price is $39.00.
The page for this discount is
Learn more about FileLocator Pro at

MythicSoft also offers a free file search utility, Agent Ransack, available at

I have not purchased FileLocator Pro.  I did download and install Agent Ransack, finding it quite useful.  Unlike Windows built-in file search program, Agent Ransack includes a more sophisticated search and the ability to print out the results.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 11/11/18
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:55:46 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 11/11/18
TOPIC: Images of the Night
The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter demonstrating how he enlarged an image, printing it over 36 pages using the Windows program, Paint.  Sutter’s goal was to create a life size profile of an Alpaca for tracing on a sheet of Masonite.  View his tutorial at
Ralph then shared night time shots of Cusco and other Peruvian locations.
Connie Sutter followed with images of the evening in Hangzhou, China and her own back yard.
Bob Styerwalt displayed night shots of his neighborhood pointing out subtle changes in focus and subject matter.
Bob Grover brought twilight images from the mountains of Tibet and the wilds of his own back yard.
Alan Raul presented numerous sunsets, both as observed and after manipulation with Aurora HD;
Monica Tarzier contributed night shots as viewed near her home in San Luis Obispo
John Waller demonstrated how he used long exposure times to illuminate night scenes, employing this technique both locally and at Disneyland.
The next meeting will take place on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 @ 2:00.  The topic will be Scenes Suggesting the Approach of Christmas.
Home of Connie and Ralph Sutter
498 Hansen Hill Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
Map at   
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Sutter Second Session Notes - Irfanview and More
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:29:01 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the Second Session Notes for my SLO Bytes presentation of 11/04/18
November 4th, 2018 Second Session Notes by Ralph Sutter
Irfanview – Freeware Graphics Viewer for Windows;  download from
Download mirror;
Irfanview tutorials;
Sutter Irfanview tutorials;  Batch File Resizing using Irfanview
   Using Irfanview to Create a Simple HTML-based Photo Album
   Also on YouTube at
   Creating a Video Slide Show with Irfanview
   Also on YouTube at
Irfanview can open many graphics extensions.
With Plugins installed, it can also open video files and sound files
Cropping can be adjusted after initial selection by dragging the marquee frame edges
Can launch other editing programs; enabled through Options/Properties-Settings/Miscellaneous
Fast image viewer; Hit Enter for full screen
Slide show creation and export
Batch conversion
VLC – Cross-platform freeware Video Viewer and Converter, download from
Internet Radio;

General Discussion / Notes from the Photography Group Session of 10/14/18
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:29:48 AM »
Hello All,
Here are the notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group Session of 10/14/18
TOPIC: Scenes of the Fall
Thanks to Kaye Raul for the following notes.

Bob Grover started off with his photos taken at the Avila Valley Barn depicting colorful pumpkins and scarecrows.

Bob and Linda Styerwalt followed with fall decorations and scarecrows from their neighborhood.

John Waller showed fall scenes that he photographed in the Arroyo Grande Village.

Kaye Raul shared pictures of fall foliage taken along the Bob Jones Trail. Connie Sutter showed images of dramatic fall skies along with several of the recent rocket launches.

Alan Raul ended the presentation with photos that he shot with his new iPhone XS Max and shared how he processed them using Aurora HDR (

We ended with Monica Tarzier's great coffee and treats!

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