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  • How-Tos: How to set up email on an Android smartphone

    Smartphones are so-called because they allow to access to lots of different activities as well as texting and calling.

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    One of the handiest things you can do with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Office 2011 is to share data between two different Office apps. For example, let's say you want to embed data from Excel in a sales report you're writing in Word. VBA is the tool you'll want to use to make that happen.

  • How-Tos: How to clean up the temp folder in Windows

    To keep your PC in good working order, it's important to ensure that any clutter and unused files are removed on a regular basis. This includes files in the temporary folder, as they were once necessary but are now not being used. You can either use a tool in Windows or do it manually. We show you how to do both.

  • How-Tos: How to connect to a printer on your local network

    With multiple PCs in your home, you may think it's out of the question to print files from a laptop, netbook or even any machine that isn’t connected to a printer via USB.

  • How-Tos: How to change the date and time on your PC

    There are plenty of reasons you might want to change the time on your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to stop your boss spying on you

    If you use a company-supplied PC on a corporate network and carry around a company smartphone, you're almost certainly being watched. But with a bit of forethought and these tips, you can enjoy a little digital liberty in the workplace.

  • How-Tos: How to communicate your firm's security strategy

    Security professionals often lament the way they are perceived. But there's a reason for that. Here are seven communication failures that are common among security experts, and how you can effectively communicate your security strategy within a business.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer data from one hard drive to another

    I want to transfer data from a pair of portable hard drives to a new 1.5-terabyte (TB) drive. How do I copy across the contents? I have an Asus Z9200U laptop running Windows XP.

  • How-Tos: How to monitor your employees' PCs

    Do you know what your employees are doing on the web? At a minimum, they're probably goofing off watching YouTube videos. At worst, they could be steering your company toward financial ruin. In this quick guide, I'll show you how to keep an eye on employee internet use and monitor just about everything else they do with their PCs.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a project plan using AceProject

    A great idea is only the start of a new business venture. We look at how to keep a project on track at all stages of its development using a free online planner.

  • How-Tos: How to claim your brand on the social web

    Facebook, Twitter and other social sites now play an integral role in the marketplace, connecting businesses with customers, partners and industries at large. We show you how to quickly establish your social presence and get more out of any social media efforts you may already be making.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your webmail account

    It's hard enough to remember to back up your PC, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, let alone your cloud-based email account, too. However, after a recent Gmail glitch left thousands of users unable to access their inboxes, anyone who relies too heavily on the cloud, would do well to back up their web-based email.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid gaps when printing Avery labels

    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to add a DVD drive to a netbook

    I bought a netbook for my wife. Since it has no optical drive, I also bought a USB-powered external Blu-ray/DVD drives and tried to use it to install Microsoft Office. This was recognised, but it won’t run or install Office, reporting USB controller error Code 43. The drive works on another PC, and tech support explained that it may be a problem with the power allocated to the USB ports. I returned it to them to inspect, but I’m curious as to whether this is a standard problem. I find it incredible that I can’t use a plug-and-play optical device on the netbook.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?

  • How-Tos: How to back up your email

    My PC has so many programs installed that it’s running very slowly. I’m happy to restore it to its factory settings and reinstall only the programs I need, but how can I back up my email?

  • How-Tos: How to secure your smartphone and tablet PC when travelling

    We've become accustomed to having ready access to the internet just about anywhere. The problem is, it's easy to forget how vulnerable that makes us to security threats. We show you what's secure and what's not, and how to make sure your smartphones and tablet PCs don't get hacked the next time you step out of the house.

  • How-Tos: How to build apps for iPhone, Android and the web

    We look at five new services for building mobile applications and web services that were unveiled at the recent DEMO Spring 2011.

  • How-Tos: How to register Outlook so Mobile Device Center picks it up

    I used to sync my Dell Axim x50v’s emails, calendar and contacts with Outlook 2003. Having now upgraded Microsoft Office, the attempted synchronisation brings up the following error message: ‘Microsoft Outlook is no longer installed so Windows Mobile Center cannot continue to run’. I’m using Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1, Microsoft Outlook Professional Plus 2010 32bit and, on my Dell Axim, Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition). Can you help me get things back to normal, please?


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