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    When you double-click a file on your PC, Windows uses whatever has been set as the default program to open the file.

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    The toolbars at the top of your web browser allow you to access actions such as reloading a page, stopping a webpage from loading or even printing a page. It is relatively easy to customise these toolbars to ensure actions you use frequently are displayed and those that you don't often use are removed.

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  • How-Tos: Buying a Back-to-School Laptop

    Right as the new school year comes up, it dawns on you: Your laptop is hopelessly outdated. Maybe you're accustomed to using the family computer at home, and will need one of your own as you head off to college. Or perhaps you're a high school student who just can't take another year of sharing your computer with relatives. Whether you're a parent purchasing for your child or a student spending your own limited funds, you should look for a few key things when buying a laptop for academic life. With our list of what to consider and what to avoid, the dizzying array of choices just might seem less overwhelming.

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    Thinking about moving to a new property and want to find out how much the council tax will be? Or perhaps you're concerned your property has been classified as the wrong band?

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  • How-Tos: Help! Is my Homeplug Powerline adaptor out of range?

    I have a pair of Homeplug 200 megabits per second (Mbps) Powerline adaptors, broadband web access and a Speedtouch ST585 v6 router. The PC is located upstairs and connected to the router via a wireless access point. I've connected a Homeplug to the router. I installed the software to connect one device to the Speedtouch, but the computer doesn't detect the Homeplug. According to the instructions, it should be simple and straightforward. I have no idea where to go from here – can you help?

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    I'm using Foxmail and can't seem to activate the auto send/receive function that's supposed to take place when I launch the application. To download new email messages I have to click the send/receive icon. There is a setting in the Tools menu, but for some reason it fails to work.

  • How-Tos: PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong

    Whether you're an experienced hand or a technophobic novice, chances are good that your last PC upgrade didn't exactly follow the industry's best practices. Many newbs flub upgrades through inexperience, but it's just as common to see a hardcore system builder throw caution to the wind while swapping out a CPU, snapping in some RAM, or swapping out a hard drive or graphics card. Whichever camp you fall into, cutting corners as you work on your computer puts it at risk of sustaining damage to sensitive components. In the worst case, you might even destroy the entire machine.

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    A reader is having trouble changing his TV tuner from terrestrial to digital TV. Here's our advice.

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    A reader wrote in complaining that a faithful old printer had started printing in bands, leaving gaps all over the page. Our expert diagnoses a blocked printhead, and explains how to fix it.

  • How-Tos: Check Transit Schedules With Google Maps

    Google unveiled today a new feature for Maps, which adds a layer for transit systems. So now you can use Google Maps to manage your public transit commute in much the same way you might check for traffic conditions.

  • How-Tos: Print multiple images on a single page

    When it comes to printing images at home—whether they be drawings, graphic art, or photos—the cost of paper and ink add up quickly. That’s why it’s handy to know how to print several images on the same page.

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    Micro-blogging service Twitter isn't just about 140 character updates, you can also share images on the site. There are a number of third-party services, including Twitpic and yFrog that allow you to do this

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