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    So you've decided you like the cut of Outlook.com's jib, so much so that you're ready to ditch Gmail and move your mail into Microsoft's camp. Easier said than done, right?

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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.

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    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.

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  • How-Tos: Filtering faked email messages

    Reader Paul Lomauro is receiving email that he'd rather not. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to keep your office organized

    There's little hard information on the subject--and some of the evidence is conflicting--but it seems logical to say that a disorganized office leads to a lot of nonproductive time spent looking for stuff. One study from Brother found that workers waste, on average, 76 hours per person per year looking for misplaced items on their desks. And years ago, NEC-Mitsubishi said that cluttered desks can cause mental and physical stress, both as a result of frustration with the mess and owing to poor posture while working around all the junk.

  • How-Tos: Simplify the Web with these free Chrome extensions

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  • How-Tos: 7 Ways to Dress Up Your Company's Facebook Page

    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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    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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    Reader Ivan A. swears that the following issue is enough to cause him to pull out his hair. This now-nearly-bald reader writes:

  • How-Tos: How to get started with PayPal

    PayPal is a safe and popular way to pay for goods and services online. We explain how it works and how to set up a free account.

  • How-Tos: Build a small business website with Moonfruit

    Want to get your business, band or club online? Moonfruit lets you set up shop with no technical knowledge required. As long as you can come up with the words and a few decent images, you'll have a website that works and looks great on PCs, laptops, tablets and even smartphones.

  • How-Tos: Create and share custom Google Maps

    Whether you need to let friends know where to meet, or you want to embed a map of your shop's location on your website, it's easy to create custom Google maps. We show you how.

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