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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to clean up your online reputation

    A good reputation - online and offline - is clearly key to your success. We look at how to clean up your online reputation and whether to hire the pros, or simply do-it-yourself.

  • How-Tos: How to keep your credit card safe from fraud

    Credit card skimming is a major threat to credit and debit card users. Here's what you need to know about this increasingly common form of financial fraud.

  • How-Tos: How to detect and thwart DDoS attacks

    As the distributed denial-of-service attacks spawned by this week's WikiLeaks events continue, network operators are discussing what progress, if any, has been made over the past decade to detect and thwart DoS attacks.

  • How-Tos: How to keep your emails private and secure

    Email is one of the most widely used forms of communication today. However, your message could be intercepted midstream, and you might never realise it. Here are some steps that will secure and protect your email messages.

  • How-Tos: How to get your PC to recognise your printer

    My Canon Pixma iP1900 printer has recently stopped working with my Windows XP computer. I've tried reinstalling the drivers and unplugging and reconnecting the printer. I now get a message at startup reporting that Windows has found new hardware but was unable to install it.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a Microsoft Office trial

    My Microsoft Windows Vista laptop came preinstalled with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2010, for which I purchased the product code. I now want to buy Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, but I'm not sure whether I need to buy the boxed version or the product key, or whether I should delete Office 2007 before installing it.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot printer problems

    With some patience and attention, you can probably overcome the printer problem that vexes you - and avoid having the nightmare recur in the future. Here's how to address five of the most common printer complaints

  • How-Tos: How to clean printer rollers

    My Epson Stylus Color 740 printer has begun producing black lines on anything I print out. How can I clean the rollers? It also has problems printing on the reverse side of 240gsm card – the first side is fine.


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