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  • How-Tos: Ask the iTunes Guy: Manage your iTunes music library

    This week, I look at a few questions about managing an iTunes music library, dealing with liner notes, album artwork in WAV files, and correcting capitalization in song titles. I also suggest a way to download music from the iTunes Store with an old Mac.

  • How-Tos: 3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

    Wayne Watson asked for advice about backing up his PC.

  • How-Tos: More help for Photos: Metadata, the Places map, and syncing without iCloud

    Photos for OS X made a big impact--some might say a crater. While the software has huge improvements in speed, it comes with a lot of changes, some bumps in get started, and a few bugs. In last week's Mac 911, I covered merging iPhoto and Photos libraries and a tip on pausing iCloud Photo Library sync. Jason Snell last week also explained how to use Photos with Automator, the limits of geotagging, and hard linking in Photos.

  • How-Tos: How to switch gas and electricity and save money with a simple app

    Switching energy suppliers for electricity and gas is easier than ever, meaning you can switch as regularly as you like in order to save money. Here we explain how to use a free app to easily move from one provider to another.

  • How-Tos: Tip: Pin web apps to your taskbar to make them behave like desktop software

    Web apps are an essential part of most people's workflow, whether it's writing an email in Gmail or editing a spreadsheet in Excel Online. It's handy to have all your stuff in the cloud, for sure, but it's kind of a hassle to have to open your browser and navigate to each website you use individually.

  • How-Tos: How to record your screen in Android Lollipop - no root required

    Screencasts are incredibly useful for troubleshooting, allowing you to show someone the steps they need to take to solve a technical glitch without you being there in person. You can quickly and easily record your screen in Lollipop with a free app, and no root is required. Here's how to make an Android screencast.

  • How-Tos: How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

    Ultra-high-resolution displays with high pixel densities are all the rage now, and for good reason: They look amazing compared to conventional displays. The big problem for PC users is that a lot of software isn't designed with that level of pixel density in mind.

  • How-Tos: The art of Windows file search

    Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Luckily, Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.

  • How-Tos: How to Photoshop the color of absolutely anything

    Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are the ultimate re-colorizing tools because you can use them to put a fresh coat of paint on anything. You can repaint your car, change the color of your cabinets, and even recolor your hair before heading to the salon. Here are two easy ways to get it done that work in nearly any version of either program:

  • How-Tos: How to bypass Windows AutoPlay when you plug in an external drive, and go straight to Explorer

    When you plug in a flash drive or external hard drive, Windows brings up the AutoPlay menu, which offers all sorts of options. Deborah Armstrong asked how to make Windows simply open the drive so she can get to the files.

  • How-Tos: Stop WhatsApp saving photos on iPhone

    We show you how to stop WhatsApp automatically saving photos, videos and other media to your iPhone.

  • How-Tos: Tip: WinDirStat can help you free up storage space for GTA V (or anything else) in a flash

    Grand Theft Auto V is finally here for PCs, and it's hands-down the definitive version of the game, from its glorious 4K resolution support to its native video editor and graphics options galore. (You can even adjust the grass quality and soft shadow technology options)

  • How-Tos: How to import, merge, and consolidate your libraries in Photos for OS X

    Photos for Yosemite is finally out! And that's a real "finally" given how long we've all been wrestling with the limitations of iPhoto in OS X and Apple's early announcement of its replacement. Photos for OS X has a lot going for it, especially in speed. But it's also a ground-up rewrite of our Mac photo experience, and some pieces are missing (some permanently), some moved, and some broken.

  • How-Tos: Use Gmail's hidden colored stars to better organize important emails

    There's nothing like a nicely organized Gmail inbox to take the stress and worry out of your life. But there's one area of your email that may not be as well organized as it could be: Gmail's Starred section.

  • How-Tos: How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV

    Ever since the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, we've seen a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers, from Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 to Amazon's Fire TV stick. Users can now wirelessly mirror the display of their Miracast-certified phone, tablet, or laptop to any Miracast-capable receiver like a TV, projector, or monitor. What you see on your device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.

  • How-Tos: How to set a GIF as your background in Windows 8

    If a pretty picture isn't enough as your desktop wallpaper, an animated GIF can liven things up (and drive you crazy). Here's how to set a GIF as your background in Windows - including Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Ask the iTunes Guy: Help for old-school iPod problems

    The popularity of the iPhone and iPad mean that most people who use iTunes have iOS devices. But we shouldn't forget that there are still millions with non-iOS iPods, such as the classic, nano, and shuffle. In this week's column, I address a couple of questions sent in by readers who use these "legacy" devices. I also look at questions about gaps not playing between songs, and devices authorized to download iTunes content.

  • How-Tos: How to use your favorite mobile messaging service on your PC

    It's ridiculous how many different mobile messaging services are out there right now. Looking at my own phone I've got Blackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Line, and WhatsApp installed, all to communicate with different people in my life. Most of these services are mobile centric, but many of them have desktop counterparts too--making life easier when you're stationed in front of your PC.

  • How-Tos: 3 fast, easy ways to find the perfect animated GIF

    Sometimes words aren't enough when you want to express yourself online. You need an image that will simultaneously display your encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and wit.

  • How-Tos: Power tips for managing files in Apple's Finder

    While some of OS X's applications have their own data structures--like Mail and Photos--Finder is likely where you will be doing most of your file organization. After you have created or collected hundreds (if not thousands) of files on your Mac, you might often find yourself needing to move these items around, print them, open them, and delete them so frequently that the basic uses of the mouse become somewhat limiting.

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