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  • How-Tos: How to use Bluetooth peripherals with Windows 8

    Many Windows 8 users have reported problems with keyboards and mouses that connect via Bluetooth. Our Helproom Expert advises one reader.

  • How-Tos: Buying Guide: Document scanners

    Do you yearn for a paperless office, dream of being able to search your paper files as easily as your digital files, or simply want to reduce paper clutter? In all these cases, your goal is to turn all those piles of paper on your desk, and the contents of your bulging filing cabinets, into PDF documents that look exactly like the originals--and have searchable, selectable text. The best tool for this job is a document scanner.

  • How-Tos: Why a 4TB drive may display only 1.79TB storage

    Why does your '4TB' hard drive show less than half that amount in terms of usable storage? Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: How to Root Your Kindle Fire

    Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire e-reader/tablet has arrived, which means only one thing: Eager Android enthusiasts everywhere will buy one and hack it so they can get superuser access, or "root" it. Root your Kindle Fire, and you can potentially install a custom Android ROM that lets you use your Kindle Fire as a full-featured tablet, install and use Android apps that require root privileges to add features and access your Kindle's system guts, and more. (You can even add support for the complete Android Market, but that's a separate guide.)

  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: iPad printing to an unsupported printer

    A reader who wishes to remain unnamed shouldn't be so shy, as this is a perfectly lovely question. He or she writes:

  • How-Tos: Updating a stubborn iPod touch to iOS 5

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is having some difficulty downloading iOS 5. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to add a second monitor to your PC

    A second display helps you see more and work more efficiently. Here's how to add a second monitor to your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to view photos on a TV

    Having problems viewing photos from your PC on your TV? Our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Make your computer read out documents

    If you have poor eyesight and need to have documents and web pages read out to you, our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Laptop won't charge: here's how to fix it

    What to do if your laptop's battery stops charging, as explained by our Helproom Expert.

  • How-Tos: Using a USB 3.0 drive with a USB 2.0 PC

    Need to get a USB 3.0 drive to work with a PC that has only USB 2.0 connectivity? Our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Can I use an SLR lens with a Micro Four Thirds camera?

    Like to use the lens from a digital SLR on a Micro Four Thirds camera? Our Helproom Expert explains how.

  • How-Tos: How to connect a second display to a Thunderbolt iMac

    How can you attach a second display or a projector to a new iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? Or a Mac mini for that matter?

  • How-Tos: How to extend Wi-Fi coverage

    How to make a wireless internet connection stretch down to the garden shed.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a dedicated home media server

    With a dedicated box, you can access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how, using a WD TV Live Hub.

  • How-Tos: Help! My wireless mouse and keyboard are slow

    What can you do if your mouse and keyboard are operating slowly? Our Helproom editor shares his advice.

  • How-Tos: Fix problems with Fast User Switching caused by 'RtlGina2.dll'

    A component of Netgear's wireless adaptor software called RtlGina2.dll causes problems with Windows. After a reader wrote in to explain the problem, our Helproom editor stepped in to help out.

  • How-Tos: How to prepare your comic book for printing

    The is the second of a two-part series on how to create and print a comic book or graphic novel on your Mac. Part one was published on Friday, July 29th.

  • How-Tos: Tips and tricks for printing labels in Bento 4

    With the release of Bento 4, Filemaker's consumer-oriented database application offers vastly improved printing features, making it possible to create and print mailing labels without any Address Book voodoo or other parlor tricks. But Bento handles these printing tasks in a fashion far different from any other application that you may be using.


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