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Getting Along With Your Computer

Best tips

Jul 3, 2017 / 7:00 am

As we head into the holiday weekend, I need a little bit of a break. This week, we’re re-posting three recent items readers found interesting or helpful....

How to kill an app

Jun 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

I fix computers and clean up computers for a living, so I’m used to seeing popups from malicious software and infected web browsers. But this last two...

Facebook tips

Jun 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

Are you new to Facebook? Are you an experienced Facebook user? Love it or hate it, Facebook has its quirks. Here are a few tips that will make Facebook better....

Too much OneDrive

Jun 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

If you’ve received an email from Microsoft informing you you’re over your OneDrive Storage Limit, your first question was probably, “How did...

Turn off Microsoft ads

Jun 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

Years ago, I worked for a long-distance phone company. Every month, it sent each of us a copy of the company newsletter, complete with ads for our own...

Inbox Almost Zero

May 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

While I’m not a believer in Inbox Zero, I am also not a believer in Inbox 8,248. Somewhere in between there will be a comfortable, productive zone for...

That ransomware problem

May 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

Earlier this month, a widely-reported ransomware outbreak scared the living daylights out of people all over the world. What happened, and how can you keep it...

Gosh, that's annoying

May 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Here's how you can stop two annoying Windows features: Bypass the Word templates and go straight to a new document Stop your computer from dropping your...

Computer distractions

May 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

This column could have been entitled “Why I almost didn’t get my column written on time this week.” I’m usually pretty disciplined, but...

Microsoft control Issues

May 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Creators Update hid the Control Panel … again. Seize control of your Microsoft account. Playing hide and seek with Control Panel in Windows 10 Creators...

Plane mode can crash wi-fi

Apr 24, 2017 / 8:00 am

Can’t turn on your Wi-Fi? Maybe you’re in Airplane mode. And please back away from the cappuccino machine! You can still play Windows 7 games after...

Microsoft 10 update is here

Apr 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

The new version of Windows 10 launched. Have you seen it yet? Microsoft patches an Office security hole. Are your updates up to date? Windows 10 Creators Update...

More! More! More!

Apr 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

This week, we have some new information on items from previous columns. Here comes the next gigantic Windows 10 update. That BatteryCare utility startled...

Googling your calendar

Apr 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

While I try for a theme for this column each week, sometimes I have a few things that are useful but bear no particular relation to each other. The theme this...

Three quick fixes

Mar 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Using a computer can be frustrating. This week, I’ll show you three annoying things you can fix for yourself and your friends. Make the text in Outlook...

The next big thing

Mar 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Microsoft promised to release the next big update for Windows 10 this spring, and it looks like we can expect it to start rolling out soon. The update is free...

Don't get faked out

Mar 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

Before Fake News there was Fake Tech Support. And it’s still here. Don’t get faked out. Microsoft does not phone you to tell you about viruses on...

So long, Vista

Mar 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

Like it’s older brother Windows XP, Vista is reaching the end of it’s life. It’s time to move on. End of the Road for Vista Support from...

Make Windows 10 sing

Feb 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Every so often I encounter a weird “no sound on my computer” problem in Windows 10; usually, it’s easy to fix. On a desktop computer with...

Outsmart the start menu

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Three tips this week to make your computing experience a lot nicer. Open something more than once; quit scrolling through the Windows 10 start menu; and, kill...

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