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  • How-Tos: Display More Recent Items In Windows 7 Jump Lists

    This week, I've been looking at a few productivity enhancers built directly into Windows 7, with the aim of making life a little easier for people who work with tons of files on a daily basis. On Tuesday I suggested a useful way to select multiple folders with checkboxes. Today I'm going to show you how to expand your Windows 7 Jump Lists to give you quick access to more of your recently viewed documents.

  • How-Tos: Help! Word and Excel are 'not responding...'

    A reader wrote in with a problem with Word and Excel 2007. Here's what to do if you are getting error messages with 'File12\1033\MSO.acl' and 'MSO 1033.acl' in them

  • How-Tos: Help! I've lost all the programs on my PC

    A reader found that all his PC's programs had simply disappeared. Here's how to find them

  • How-Tos: How to surf safely at a public Wi-Fi hotspot

    When you use a wireless hotspot, Wi-Fi packet-sniffing software can enable nearby crooks to easily unearth your personal details. LogMeIn Hamachi2 is a ueful free tool for times like these.

  • How-Tos: How to track down lost or stolen tech

    Gadgets are lost or stolen all the time, and usually are never to be seen again. Hardware-tracing services can improve your odds of getting them back.

  • How-Tos: How to protect your holiday snaps abroad

    We're not suggesting that your camera or camcorder is going to be lost or stolen on holiday, but how upset would you be if it was? We show you how to back up the photos and videos you capture, just in case the unthinkable happens.

  • How-Tos: How to create dramatic photos with high dynamic range

    High dynamic range can add drama to your photos. We show how it works, even on a fairly ordinary digital camera.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that can't download files

    My Packard Bell PC running Windows Vista is unable to download files. I've spent a lot of money on software to fix the problem, but it hasn't worked. I'm at a total loss!

  • How-Tos: Help! I've lost my Windows 7 product key

    What to do when you need the product key for your PC's Microsoft Windows 7 installation, and you don't know where to find it.

  • How-Tos: How to test your web connection speed

    When you sign-up for a broadband package, your ISP will supply you with estimated download and upload speeds for your line. It's easy to check you are actually achieving these speeds with a broadband speed checker. Here's how to use one.

  • How-Tos: How to create friend 'lists' on Facebook

    Social networking Facebook is great for sharing the latest news and photos from your life with your friends.

  • How-Tos: Make Your HDTV Web-Ready

    By now, you're used to watching all kinds of video via the Web. You get caught up on your favorite TV shows with Hulu, enjoy a movie or two with Netflix Instant Watch, maybe even sneak in a cat video or two (or a dozen) on YouTube during your lunch break at work. You're used to searching the Web to find what you want to watch when you want to watch it.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with Google Chrome 'flag switches' warning messages

    When I press the Back button to cycle through a multi-page online catalogue, Google Chrome has started producing warning messages. I also find that extra tabs open containing a message about 'flag switches'. Is my machine infected?

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade an old PC to play 3D games

    Upgrading an older PC with RAM, OS and graphics updates to play 3D games is fraught with difficulty. But with our simple guidance you should have no problems.

  • How-Tos: Changing an Extension

    Larry asked about changing an audio file's extension to .wav.

  • How-Tos: How to turn on subtitles on iPlayer

    The BBC's online catch-up TV service, iPlayer, allows web users to watch programmes that have already been broadcast on their PC for up to 30 days after their first transmission.

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

    Coinciding with this week’s release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has posted well over a dozen new Knowledge Base articles detailing various quirks of the new software. I’ve summarized the key issues below. I follow that with a brief look at users’ largely negative assessment of the update.

  • How-Tos: Upgrade Your Motherboard

    The motherboard is probably the most complex PC component to upgrade, but modern operating systems and standards have taken much of the pain out of swapping in a new one. (Even so, ancillary issues such as software activation make the task of upgrading a motherboard more annoying rather than less.)

  • How-Tos: Upgrade Your CPU

    Upgrading your CPU can be a frustrating experience, even though the physical acts of removing an old processor and installing the new one are pretty easy. The more difficult questions to answer are these: When is the right time for me to upgrade a CPU? What processor will give me the best bang for the buck?

  • How-Tos: How to add Favourites on iPlayer

    The BBC's online catch-up TV service, iPlayer, allows web users to watch programmes that have already been broadcast on their PC for up to 30 days after their first transmission


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