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  • How-Tos: How to stop Adobe Reader changing your Taskbar and Start menu logos

    Each time I download Adobe Reader to my Windows 7 computer, all the icons in my Taskbar and Start menu adopt the Adobe icon. The only way I can get the correct icons back is to uninstall Adobe Reader. Please point out where I’m going wrong, as I’d like to continue using the software.

  • How-Tos: How to claim your brand on the social web

    Facebook, Twitter and other social sites now play an integral role in the marketplace, connecting businesses with customers, partners and industries at large. We show you how to quickly establish your social presence and get more out of any social media efforts you may already be making.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your webmail account

    It's hard enough to remember to back up your PC, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, let alone your cloud-based email account, too. However, after a recent Gmail glitch left thousands of users unable to access their inboxes, anyone who relies too heavily on the cloud, would do well to back up their web-based email.

  • How-Tos: How to install Adobe Contribute

    Can you help me get rid of the ‘Open’ box that has appeared in the centre of my monitor’s screen? It appeared immediately after I had tried to open Adobe Contribute 4.0.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid gaps when printing Avery labels

    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to add a DVD drive to a netbook

    I bought a netbook for my wife. Since it has no optical drive, I also bought a USB-powered external Blu-ray/DVD drives and tried to use it to install Microsoft Office. This was recognised, but it won’t run or install Office, reporting USB controller error Code 43. The drive works on another PC, and tech support explained that it may be a problem with the power allocated to the USB ports. I returned it to them to inspect, but I’m curious as to whether this is a standard problem. I find it incredible that I can’t use a plug-and-play optical device on the netbook.

  • How-Tos: How to remove files and folders from Program Files

    To free up some space on the main drive of my Windows XP SP3 PC, I copied the Program Files folder to the D drive, deleted 2.5GB of files from the C drive, and then copied the Programs File folder back to its original location. Everything works okay, but when I try to get online I get the message: ‘Windows Installer...Preparing to install’. This then changes to: ‘Windows Installer...Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003... Gathering required information’. Eventually, I’m told ‘Installation file SKU017.CAB could not be found. If FrontPage 2003 was installed from a CD please insert CD and continue’.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: Tip: use spacers when you upgrade a motherboard

    I’ve had some serious problems with my recently upgraded computer. The monitor won’t detect the PC and the hard drive LED flashes randomly for a moment after pressing the power button but then stops. I upgraded my CPU, case, motherboard and RAM according to the manufacturers’ instructions, except I didn’t use spacers for the motherboard. My friend did the same, but had no problems following the upgrade. I’m only 13, so I’m getting seriously stressed. I haven’t been able to find a solution online.

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?

  • How-Tos: Internet Explorer 9: Getting started guide

    The revamped browser warrants taking another look at Internet Explorer. Here we show how to get started with IE9.

  • How-Tos: How to use the Personal Hotspot function in iOS 4.3

    Want to use the Personal Hotspot feature included in iOS 4.3 on your iPhone 4? Macworld UK tells you which packages and plans will let you do so.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a broken DVD or CD drive

    The optical drive on my two-year-old desktop PC has stopped working. Most times it fails to register when a DVD or CD is inserted. It also won’t play the disc or show its contents. Device Manager reports that the device is working normally. I have tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the latest drivers. What else can I try?

  • How-Tos: How to protect your data when registering online

    I’d like to play computer games such as Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter 5, but many require you to set up an online account with the vendor, rather than key in a licence code. I’m reluctant to hand over my details, and I have no interest in being able to download games or play in multiplayer mode online. Can I get around this?

  • How-Tos: How to back up your email

    My PC has so many programs installed that it’s running very slowly. I’m happy to restore it to its factory settings and reinstall only the programs I need, but how can I back up my email?

  • How-Tos: How to successfully uninstall security software

    QUESTION My computer runs Windows Vista 64bit SP2. I uninstalled McAfee Security Centre following the instructions provided on its site. After a reboot, the boxes for my Gadgets still appear onscreen but there’s no information shown within. How can I reinstate them? David Rodgers

  • How-Tos: How to secure your smartphone and tablet PC when travelling

    We've become accustomed to having ready access to the internet just about anywhere. The problem is, it's easy to forget how vulnerable that makes us to security threats. We show you what's secure and what's not, and how to make sure your smartphones and tablet PCs don't get hacked the next time you step out of the house.

  • How-Tos: How to build apps for iPhone, Android and the web

    We look at five new services for building mobile applications and web services that were unveiled at the recent DEMO Spring 2011.

  • How-Tos: How to choose the right antivirus software

    PC Advisor has updated its chart of the best antivirus programs. Read on for buying advice, and how we test and rank the latest antivirus products.

  • How-Tos: How to register Outlook so Mobile Device Center picks it up

    I used to sync my Dell Axim x50v’s emails, calendar and contacts with Outlook 2003. Having now upgraded Microsoft Office, the attempted synchronisation brings up the following error message: ‘Microsoft Outlook is no longer installed so Windows Mobile Center cannot continue to run’. I’m using Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1, Microsoft Outlook Professional Plus 2010 32bit and, on my Dell Axim, Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition). Can you help me get things back to normal, please?


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