Ottawa PC Users' Group

Welcome to the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (OPCUG).
We are a not-for-profit organization located in Ottawa, Ontario. Our motto is Users Helping Users, a task we have undertaken for more than 40 years.

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We are a group of computer enthusiasts.

Our purpose is to serve not only our members, but also the community at large. Members consist of folks like you and me who have joined together to help one another optimize the use of computer technology.  Members range from those who do not yet own a computer, to managers of corporate IT (Information Technology) departments, who want to share and help.

Our monthly meetings consist of presentations given on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum Q&A portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend our monthly meetings and Q&A sessions, and meet our members (these are currently via Zoom video conference).

The OPCUG operates 3 Google Groups for disseminating and sharing information.  Members can enjoy these services by signing up. Here’s how.

Our new Q&A poster is available for distribution! Anybody can print and post it in their community or at work, or share it electronically to promote our weekly Q&A sessions. Click on the image to print or download it (PDF, 8.5 x 11").

You can help fulfill our motto Users helping users. Do you know someone who could give a presentation to the OPCUG?
Do you have an idea for an interesting topic? Send an email to
meetings@opcug.ca with details.

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Armchair travel: the Baltics (Ottawa Public Library)

Photos and narration from a cruise that included Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Poland, Estonia, and Norway. Highlights include where Nobel prizes are awarded, a rock church, palaces of Peter the Great and Catherine. Presented by Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and the Orleans Photo Club.
12 Apr
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rosemount Branch
Ottawa Public Library
  • Lynda Buske
Q and A

This Week’s Q&A Session

Members answer questions and share their insights and discoveries on computer issues in short presentations. Non-members are welcome to attend Q&A sessions and ask their own questions. There is no charge for this service.
17 Apr
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Video conference

Protecting Your PC (Ottawa Public Library)

The average time it takes for an unprotected computer to be compromised after connecting to the Internet is under 15 minutes. Don't let it be yours. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show you the simple steps you need to take to keep your PC from being hacked. And best of all, it can be done for free.
22 Apr
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rosemount Branch
Ottawa Public Library
  • Lynda Buske

How to take better vacation photos (Ottawa Public Library)

Learn how to more effectively tell the story of your vacations through pictures. Regardless of what kind of camera you use (cell phone, tablet, DSLR, etc.), Lynda Buske from the Ottawa PC Users' Group and the Orleans Photo Club will show how to use light, foreground, people and framing to create a descriptive picture that needs no captioning.
23 Apr
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carp Branch
Ottawa Public Library
  • Lynda Buske
Q and A

This Week’s Q&A Session

Members answer questions and share their insights and discoveries on computer issues in short presentations. Non-members are welcome to attend Q&A sessions and ask their own questions. There is no charge for this service.
24 Apr
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Video conference

Keeping passwords safe (Ottawa Public Library)

We are told: don't write down passwords; don't reuse passwords; make passwords long and complex. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users' Group will show how to use free software that stores all your usernames and passwords along with related information and protects them with a single, very strong password. Don't let your online accounts get compromised. It's easy and free.
27 Apr
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nepean Centrepointe
Ottawa Public Library
  • Chris Taylor
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