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    If you read my post the other day and decided to test-drive Windows 8 by setting up a dual-boot configuration, you've probably encountered the same conundrum as every other user: How the heck do you shut down your PC?

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    Kennethjc17 upgraded his PC to Windows 7, then found that some of his hardware no longer worked. He turned to the Windows forum for help.

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  • How-Tos: How to share documents with iCloud

    The new dream in computing is keeping all of your files in "the cloud," on remote servers that you can access from anywhere at any time. Apple's cloud-based syncing and storage service, iCloud, debuted in June 2011. Still, only since the release of OS X Mountain Lion that enough applications have started to support iCloud document syncing for this feature to be useful. Working with iCloud is fairly simple, but you need to know the ground rules if you plan to start storing your documents in the cloud.

  • How-Tos: Can I recover some files and securely wipe others on a crashed hard drive?

    Zeterjons asked the Utilities forum how to rescue files off of a physically crashed hard drive, while making sure that other files on that hard drive are destroyed beyond rescue.

  • How-Tos: How to get great audio in iMovie '11

    Audio can be the most important part of your movie, and bad audio can ruin the cinematic experience for viewers. Background noise, low sound, or obtrusive music can all make your film or video unwatchable, even if it's shot beautifully.

  • How-Tos: How to make MacBook sleep when lid is closed

    When your MacBook is shut it should be in Sleep mode. It should draw almost no power and do next to nothing. But if it remains active with discs spinning and programs running you may have a problem. Here's how to make your MacBook sleep when the lid is closed.

  • How-Tos: Quick Look power tips: working with multiple files

    You've worked on a project that's generated multiple versions of many files with next-to-useless names, and now you need to send the best ones to your colleagues. How can you efficiently rummage through the candidates, when even the apps that created them can't give you a good overview of multiple files? All you need is the often-overlooked features of OS X's Quick Look.

  • How-Tos: How to free up iCloud storage space

    When Apple introduced iCloud in 2011, it announced that every customer with an Apple ID would receive 5GB of iCloud storage space for free. You can add more storage at a rate of $2 per gigabyte per year, in 10GB, 20GB, or 50GB increments. But if you're not interested in ponying up extra cash for iCloud storage, that 5GB can quickly get tight.

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