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    If your laptop's hard drive has gone down for the count, or if you want to swap it out in favor of something larger or faster (a solid-state drive can perk up a laptop's performance considerably), I have good news for you: Replacing a hard drive is usually a simple and straightforward procedure; and if things get tricky, our walkthrough will help you do the job safely and efficiently.

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    Facebook can be a great marketing tool and communications outlet, but there is only so much that you can say in brief status updates and plain-text fields on your About page. If you really want to put Facebook to work for your business, you'll need to explore the option of adding tabs--clickable images of extra pages--to your profile. Done creatively, tabs encourage visitor engagement and showcase your content. They let you post quizzes and polls, and they can display your content from other social networks, such as Twitter and Pinterest.

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    If you’re not getting the range you want from your home or office wireless network, there are many ways you can go about expanding your coverage. In this guide we’ll discuss some of the most popular methods, many of which involve upgrading and purchasing new gear (always a fun topic). Before you spend a cent, make sure to check out our tips on how to fix your Wi-Fi network to see how you may be able to get better Wi-Fi coverage from changing your router’s channel or placement. If those tips don't do the trick, keep reading for a few more specific ways to extend the range of your wireless network.

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    If you were to break into an office building not occupied since the mid-70s, there’s a good chance you’d see tacked to the wall a pine-based receptacle labeled Suggestion Box. This padlocked box would have a slot on top that allowed for the insertion of small slips of paper—each one containing a hastily scribbled note complaining about Fred in Accounting.

  • How-Tos: Windows 8 Multi-monitor Tips and Tricks

    If you want to get the most out of your PC when you're at your desk, having multiple displays is a tremendous productivity aid. Putting your email, chat, and Web browser on a secondary display while editing documents on the primary one amplifies your ability to get work done.

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    If your PC or laptop tries to update, without success, every time it shuts down, our Helproom Expert has advice.

  • How-Tos: How to download webmail for offline viewing

    Webmail is great, but sometimes you want to be able to read your emails when you don't have a web connection. Our Helproom Editor explains how to download webmail for offline viewing.

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    Why your USB hub may not be charging your phone or external hard drive, and how you can solve that problem.

  • How-Tos: Problem with hard drive in new PC case

    When a reader moved his PC to a new chassis, everything seemed to be fine. Then he started receiving hard drive error messages. Our Helproom Editor suggested checking the SATA cables and connectors, as well checking the motherboard.

  • How-Tos: How to use command prompts in Windows

    We explain how to use the command prompt to issue precise text-based commands to your Windows PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to uninstall Windows 8

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