How do I download emailed pictures?

When you receive an email with attached photos they will show as little thumbnails in the email message. You can view them by clicking on the pictures. You can save the photos by downloading them to your computer.

How to download photos from email?

The procedure is quite similar for all the email clients or services. Let’s take a look at several.

Download emailed photos from online Gmail

If you are using Gmail for your email and you are using the Google Chrome browser, you will see the picture thumbnails as shown in this illustration.

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Above and to the right of the photos there are three links. the one with the down pointing arrow is the download tool. If there are several pictures they will be downloaded as a compressed “ZIP” file.

Click the Download all attachments icon with the downward arrow. You will get a dialog where you can specify the folder for the downloaded file.

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The download dialog will look similar to the illustration above. You can select any folder, even your Desktop and you can change the name of the file that contains the pictures. Click Save when you have specified the folder and file name.

Download emailed photos from online Yahoo

If you are using Yahoo and get to your email in a browser it will look similar to the picture here.

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Above the thumbnails you will see a Download all link. Click the link. If you do not get a dialog for setting the destination folder, the compressed file with the pictures will be in your Downloads folder.

Download emailed photos from online Outlook

If you are using a Microsoft email service your online view of the email with attached pictures will look something like this:

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Below the thumbnails there is a Download all as zip link. Click it and you will get a dialog for selecting the destination folder and file name.

Save emailed photos from Windows 10 Mail

If you are using the Mail app in Windows 10 you will see thumbnails in the email message. Click on each photo. You will get a Save option. Click Save and you will get another dialog for specifying the destination.

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Extracting the pictures from the compressed file

Once the pictures have been downloaded find the compressed file either in your Downloads folder or the folder you picked.

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Right-click the compressed file name or icon, it will look like a folder with a zipper. In the drop-down menu click Extract All… You will get a dialog with destination options, pick the folder where the photos go.

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

How do I create a desktop shortcut to Edge in Windows 10?

Windows 10 makes it quite easy to pin Edge to the taskbar if it is not there already, but getting a desktop shortcut is a chore. Try this:

Make sure that you are reading this on your Windows 10 machine where you want a desktop shortcut to Microsoft Edge.

Right-click an open spot on the desktop.

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Move the pointer down to New and to the right on the drop-down menu and click Shortcut.

In the new dialog type the text shown on the next line, type it with a space, not a line break after the “.exe”:

%windir%\explorer.exe
shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

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Click Next.

In the next window you will see the word explorer highlighted for the shortcut name. Just type in Edge and click Finish.image

You are not really finished, because the shortcut icon will be a folder and not the Edge icon. Right-click on the new shortcut. In the menu, at the bottom, click Properties.

In the properties window click Change Icon…

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The Change Icon window will offer all sorts of icons but not one for Edge. Type the following text into the fle location field:

%windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge.exe

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Click OK. You will next see an Edge icon instead of all the others. Click OK again.image

You will see the icon in the properties dialog. Click OK.

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Now at last you have an Edge shortcut with the proper icon on your desktop. Try it out.

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck

What is that little Windows icon on my taskbar?

Win10-U-07A little Windows icon has appeared in the notification area of the taskbar on PCs operating on Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8.1. What is it for?

It is a little “gateway” to the future!

Win10-U-08Put your pointer on it and it will bring up a little message saying “Get Windows 10”.

Click on it and you will see a window with this message:

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The “How this free upgrade works” message from Microsoft tells you the three steps to get your free upgrade to Windows 10. Step 1 is to “Reserve” your copy of Windows 10. You really have a year to perform this upgrade operation, but why not get in line to be one of the first to enjoy the latest and most efficient operating system from Microsoft?

Click on “Reserve your free upgrade” and you will see a simple form that just asks for your email address and whether you want to be informed of the latest on Windows 10.

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Once you have sent in your reservation, you will get downloads of the upgrade components. The actual Windows 10 upgrade package will not be installed on your computer until after July 29, 2015, the official release date of the new operating system. There will still be opt-in steps for you, so don’t worry that your computer will be “taken over”.

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck

When it says “Do not turn off your computer” what happens if I do?

You see this message usually when your PC is installing updates and it is in the process of shutting down or restarting. If the computer is powered off during this process the installation process will be interrupted.

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The interruption can have several outcomes. The best is that when you restart your computer the process either continues or picks up from the start and you hardly notice that anything bad has occurred. It may be that the computer goes through several cycles trying to get the job done. That may take extra time but gets everything updated.

It can also happen that the process was stopped when it was already marked done but has not completed. The PC will show the update installed when in fact it reverted back to the prior version of whatever was being updated. This can be bad especially if some vulnerability was being corrected and that did not really happen. It is usually best after a power interruption to manually check for updates again.

The worst outcome can be that the process gets caught in such a way that it loops back to the same incomplete state. The machine might even be unusable as it tries over and over to complete the update. Intervention might be needed, restarting into safe mode, and starting the update process again.

One thing you normally do not need to worry about is loosing any of your data.

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck

How do I pin Outlook to the taskbar in Windows 8?

How to pin Outlook to the taskbar in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Outlook can mean a couple of different things these days. There is Microsoft Outlook, the desktop mail client that is part of Microsoft Office, there is also Outlook.com the Microsoft email service. Let’s take them up one at a time.

Office ProgramsOutlook – mail client

To pin the Outlook mail client to the taskbar do this:

  • Click Start, or press the Windows key on the keyboard.
  • Find the Outlook listing – you may need to scroll around a bit.
  • Right-click on Outlook
  • Click on Pin to taskbar

That’s it.

Outlook.com – the online email service

To pin a link to the Outlook.com site to the taskbar proceed as shown below.

NOTE: This only works if you are using Internet Explorer.

  • Outlook.comOpen Internet Explorer and go to outlook.com. Sign in.
  • Find the little icon in front of the web address. See the illustration here.
  • drag iconPlace the pointer on the little icon. Note the tooltip “Drag to taskbar to pin site”.
  • Drag the little icon down to the taskbar and release it on the taskbar.

That’s it.

You can have both the mail client and the online outlook.com site pinned to the taskbar. The icons are very similar. The “white envelope” one is the Outlook client.

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Outlook icons

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck