March 2017 Newsletter: Panorama Photos, Gmail cleanup, Making Links

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Monthly Issue #112 March, 2017                                        | Newsletter Archives | Become a Member

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Geeks in February

Halfway point. Parked at a friend's ranch in Texas

The month of February was a travel month. We commuted to work 2,400 miles! Leaving home in Fort Lauderdale on Feb 16 , and arriving in the Phoenix area in time for multiple Arizona area gatherings. More photos of our month are on our February Photo Album. Get a feel for how we travel in our personal blog post: We always make reservations when we travel

We posted 3 new episodes of our What Does This Button Do?”

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to and click the menu for Tutorial Videos. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members only content to whet your appetite for learning.

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March-April Calendar


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ We’re in Arizona for a busy month of Geek presentations, RV Rallies, and Computer Clubs.

Posted every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?” ​​​​​​​


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‘Ask the Geeks’ Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership!

  1. Multiple Facebook Accounts
  2. Chromecast Slideshow on TV
  3. Google Photos Icon Gone?
  4. Auto Backup Settings missing?
  5. Printing Specific Pages from Mrs. Geeks Guides
  6. Picasa Not Recognizing Certain Folders

I just deleted 5,840 emails and I’m thrilled!

Drowning in email

I use Gmail as my universal inbox. ALL my mail is collected there. Gmail automatically sorts my mail into 3 categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, and Updates. It’s been doing this for a couple years now and it does a really good job of recognizing the different content.

I decided to delete everything in the Social and Promotions category, then “archive” everything in Primary. I wanted a fresh start. This article tells you how I did it.

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How to Take Panorama Photos with Smartphones

Panorama photo

When you travel, you get so many opportunities for beautiful photos, and, if you have a smartphone you have one of the best cameras ever made. Taking panoramas, like the photos above is just a simple setting. 

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Member Spotlight: David Cross


David has been a part of Geeks on Tour for many years and we want you to meet him. David is a bit of a geek himself, but he’s always interested in learning more. 

David Cross is the definition of a “travelling man.” He has logged over half-a-million miles on a motorcycle, 123,000 miles in his RVs, 137,000 miles in his Jeep and truck on side trips, and many hours flying a single-engine plane and glider.

If you come to our smartphone photography class at the Escapade in Tucson, you may get lucky to have David help you discover all those special settings on your Android phone’s camera.

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Learn Google Photos

Did you miss any of our Google Photos articles this month?

Crop Pictures to Fill Wide Screens
This article discusses the fact that iPhones take photos at 3:4 ratio. They don’t fill the screen. But, if you know the trick to cropping, you can fix that!

How to Make a Group Photo Album with Google Photos
This article teaches how to make one photo album where a group of people contribute their photos.

Google Photos Quick Tip: Make that Picture POP!
My favorite editing feature – makes most every photo look better.

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What is a Link and How do I Share it?

Link to Photo Album

We use links, also known as URLs, all the time, but did you know that you can create your own? We start with copying links on smartphones and how to share them via a text message.

On a computer, there are two parts to a link. It’s easy once you understand it.

At the end of this article, there is a tutorial video showing how to create a list of links to your favorite Google Photos albums.

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Geeks on Tour's Website

We’re updating the website all the time. There are nearly 1,000 articles, 450 videos, and 110 What Does this Button Do Episodes. How do you find what you want? Here are some tips on how to get to the best stuff!

  • Finding Articles
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  • Finding What Does This Button Do Episodes
  • Surprise Me!

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