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  • 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?

  • How-Tos: How to make Word 2003 your default word processor

    I find Microsoft Office 2010’s ribbon interface unintuitive – particularly in Word. I installed Word 2003 alongside the 2010 product, but the newer version still seems to be the default software for text documents. If I accidentally launch Word 2010, a message pops up reporting: ‘Configuration process – configuring Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010’. This message remains onscreen for more than a minute. Is there any way to stop this screen appearing and make Word 2003 the default?

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your PC: 6 simple hardware upgrades

    You want a faster system? Put faster parts in it. That's the simple an­­swer to a question that every PC owner asks from time to time. But replacement parts aren't free, and cash-strapped computer enthusiasts know that the key is to put their money where it counts most.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your network

    Not all varieties of slowness are created equal. If computer-to-computer file transfers or web page loads are bugging you, consider focusing on your wireless network configuration instead of mucking about in Windows or inside your computer case.

  • How-Tos: How to secure Windows 7 in five simple steps

    It's too easy to simply assume that your Windows PCs is safe. A computer virus? That's not going to happen to me... until it does. However, Windows 7 has built-in security settings and updates. We look at the five best security features within the OS that help keep the bad guys at bay.

  • How-Tos: How to do an online background check for free

    There are plenty of reasons for doing an online background check - and not all of them are dodgy. So here's how to do a thorough online background check without spending any cash.

  • How-Tos: How to save time with hotkeys, macros and gestures

    Want to automate your most frequent PC tasks? Here's how to map common actions to keyboard buttons or mouse gestures

  • How-Tos: How to purchase, maintain & secure technology for an SMB

    Securing technology for your business can be confusing and alarming. Though you may have a pretty good idea of what you should do, what about what you should not do? Everything from not backing up your data, to using social networking tools incorrectly (or not at all), to working with pirated software can affect your bottom line in a bad way. Here are 15 tech mistakes that small businesses frequently commit - and what you need to do to prevent them.

  • How-Tos: How to leave a job with your personal tech intact

    The ability to switch ethically and legally from one job to another has always been something of an art.

  • How-Tos: How to protect your PC from data disasters

    Reformatting and restoring a PC is no fun, but you can use it as an opportunity to implement a bulletproof backup system - not to mention optimise your system so it runs like new.

  • How-Tos: How to protect yourself against rogue IT staff

    It's a CIO's worst nightmare: you get a call from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), saying that some of the Microsoft www.microsoft.co.uk software your company uses might be pirated.

  • How-Tos: How to use videoconferencing whatever your budget

    The cost - both economic and environmental - of travel can be crippling to businesses of any size, and many are turning to video conferencing. But video equipment doesn't come cheap. Here we explain the options for businesses of all sizes, and offer advice on how to speak face to face without being there.

  • How-Tos: How to set up your office for technology workers

    Open office layouts are all the rage these days. But is that how IT people work best? We take a look at some of the best and worst setups.


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