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David in Madison, Mississippi listens on Supertalk and is calling via the app and asked: “I recently purchased the G Suite of software applications and cloud support so that I can transfer all of my personal files, pictures, etc. to the cloud so I can access them from wherever I was because I travel frequently. Unfortunately, I’m either a little slow or just misunderstood the directions. But I can’t seem to get any of my files transferred to the Google cloud. Do you have any suggestions of where I can find easier to understand instructions on how I can access the Google cloud for my files?”
David, Googles cloud is extensive, but Google Apps are mainly made up of Drive, their office suite, email, and photos. There are other features but those are the main ones.
It sounds like youre mainly interested in storing photos, so you probably just want to go to photos.google.com. Syncing them in the background is possible, but you will have to download the Drive or Photos app into your phone to have it taken care of for you.
If you want to access other files youll probably find them at drive.google.com. Google Drive is Googles main file repository and for the most part will take care of redirecting you where you need to go from there.
By redirecting you, we mean that a word processing document could be accessed from docs.google.com, and a spreadsheet could be accessed from sheets.google.com, but if you just go to Google Drive youll see both and if you click on one it will open in the right Google App.
You should stop by apps.google.com to get a better view of what youre paying for. There are quite a few more apps in there like Keep, Forms, theres even a scripting app and internal chat, Google Meet, and other office collaboration apps. Youre paying for them, so you might as well have a look at whats included in your monthly fee.
Joe in Hazleton, Pennsylvania listens Online and asked: “I have a Windows 10 computer with the newest version of Windows on it and I don’t know why, but my computer won’t go into sleep mode anymore. I can leave it alone for a whole day and the next day, it’s still on. I don’t know what caused that or how to fix it. Can you help on that?”
Joe, the first thing you should check is the official power settings.
You can open your Start menu and type power options that should allow you to see if theres any plan selected and also let you change the specific settings within any of those plans. For example, the time to dim or sleep the display.
If that doesnt yield any hints, its possible that theres some piece of software or hardware interfering with the sleep functionality.
To detect those, you can open the command line prompt by opening the Start menu and typing in cmd.
Once youre in the command line you can type in: powercfg -requests that will show you all of the programs that have altered the power settings.
You can also type in powercfg -lastwake to see what program last woke up the computer.
Once you know whats been keeping Windows awake you can go into their settings and see if theres an option to keep the computer awake.
If the culprit is a driver, you may have to open the device manager to find it. You can also access it via a search, just type in device manager.
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