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Fixing Common Computer Mistakes

Even if you use a computer every day, it's easy to make mistakes. Here are some tips for undoing them and never making them again. Even if you use a computer every day, it's easy to make mistakes. Whether it's an email that went to the wrong person or a big chunk of text that just disappeared, nobody is ever completely safe from getting things wrong occasionally. If you're new to using the computer, this risk grows even greater.

Many care homes offer classes on how to make the most of your technology, but if not, here are some tips for undoing some common errors - and never making them again.

'Unsending' an email in Gmail

If you've already hit "send" on an email that was addressed to the wrong person or contained information that you need to edit, you can sometimes get it back – provided Gmail is set up to "unsend". You simply need to click "unsend" in the message that pops up after hitting send.

If you don't see the "unsend" message, it means this feature has not yet been switched on. Now, all you can do is prevent it from happening again in the future. Click the settings gear in the toolbar, choose labs, then look for "unsend" and click "enable." Don't forget to save your changes.

Undo changes in Word

If you've mistakenly deleted a big chunk of text from a Word document, don't panic. The solution is as simple as holding down two keys on your keyboard: Ctrl-Z (Command-Z on a Mac). Whatever action you last did should reverse itself. The same can be done by clicking the curved arrow closest to the save button. Also, the reverse is true. The opposite In the same location, an arrow facing the opposite way is the "redo" function, enabling you to repeat an action. 

Removing a virus

Maybe you clicked a link in a 'spam' email or mistakenly clicked an advertisement that left your computer running slowly and malfunctioning. The chances are that your machine has a virus and you need to fix it. If you already have an antivirus programme installed, now is the time to run it. If you don't already have one, follow these steps to downloading a trusted tool that will fix your computer and prevent similar situations from happening again:

  • Open Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Click "download now" and a box should pop up either on your screen or at the bottom of it.
  • Click on the message and then allow the program to make changes to your computer.
  • Follow the instructions on the pop up screen from there.

If this doesn't help, you may need to contact an IT expert. Places like PC World will usually offer this type of service.

Sunrise Senior Living's communities offer a wide range of activities that will help you relax in comfort, including many that run computer classes. Contact us today to find out what's on.

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