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    During the past two weeks, we’ve explored Mountain Lion’s Apple and Finder menus as well as its File and Edit menus. Let’s wrap it up with the last four menus in the series: View, Go, Window, and Help.

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    The biggest complaint from users new to Windows 8 is the lack of a Start Menu. Once you get used to it the Start Screen is a more than adequate replacement, but if you must have a Start Menu, here is how to add the Start Menu to Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Add Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

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  • How-Tos: How to migrate Windows XP Mode to Windows 8

    Several features present in Windows 7 Professional are no longer there in Windows 8 Pro. Furthermore, the upgrade process gives you no warning that these features will be removed. Windows XP Mode is trickier to deal with than most. As you're no-longer running Windows 7 Professional, you won't be able to download and install it. Here's how to install Windows XP Mode on Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8

    Windows Media Center has been taken out of Windows 8, but is available as a pay-for added extra. But if you are quick, and you want Windows Media Center, you can get it for free.

  • How-Tos: Restore your data from the cloud

    Online backups are a useful component of a well-balanced backup strategy. Whether you rely primarily on cloud storage for backups (see "Backup Basics") or use the cloud to supplement local backups such as bootable duplicates (see "Bulletproof Backups"), it's crucial to understand how you will go about restoring your data after disaster strikes.

  • How-Tos: How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    Now that you've been using Time Machine regularly to back up your computer, you should be fully prepared if your Mac crashes or if you need to move data from one Mac to another. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

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  • How-Tos: Set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    If you value your data—whether it’s some perfect photos you took last weekend, your entire music collection on iTunes, or your draft of the next great American novel—you must stay on top of regular system backup. One of the easiest ways of doing so is to use OS X’s built-in backup program, Time Machine. Time Machine works with your Mac and an external drive to save important documents, photos, and system files regularly. Apart from keeping spares of every file, Time Machine maintains a record of how your system looked on any given day, so you can easily put everything back the way it was if something goes wrong.

  • How-Tos: Get your pictures out of Aperture

    The Export function in Aperture 3 is a versatile tool for moving copies of your pictures out of the application. It’s also one of the more misunderstood functions of Apple’s flagship professional photo-management application. If you’ve felt a certain lack of control in this area, I’ll get you on track right now.

  • How-Tos: How to rename and resize images in bulk for easy organization

    The advent of digital cameras has changed the way we take pictures. With film cameras, which offered a relatively tiny number of photos per roll of film, budding photogs used to take their time composing every shot and only snapped what they thought would be the very best pictures. And it wouldn't be until after the film was developed that they'd know whether or not a particular photo came out well.

  • How-Tos: Create iMovie titles or watermarks with creative overlays

    iMovie ’11 offers many options for styling title text—more than you probably realized. But what if you want even more control over how text appears? Or maybe you want a custom graphic or logo to appear in the corner of your video. With an image editor and a small amount of trickery, you can easily do so.

  • How-Tos: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge

    Earlier this year I suggested that because Microsoft was unbundling Windows Media Center from Windows 8, fans of the former should avoid upgrading to the latter.

  • How-Tos: Maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 8

    You've successfully installed Windows 8. You're staring at the Start screen, in all its flat-tiled glory, and it all seems completely alien based on your previous experience with Windows.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Microsoft Windows Phone 8 launch live

    Microsoft is launching Windows Phone 8 today so here's how to get live coverage of the event.

  • How-Tos: Create cool video titles in Final Cut Pro X

    If you edit video, you probably use titles—to introduce a topic, identify a speaker, or perhaps credit actors and crew. Title design goes beyond just the choice of words. Fonts, colors, size, graphic elements, and animation all combine to establish a tone that can unify, support, and enhance your entire project.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Microsoft Windows 8 launch live

    Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest operating system so here's how to get live coverage of the Windows 8 event.

  • How-Tos: Top 10 CRM Tricks Guaranteed to Lose Customers

    Best-practices articles are as dull to read as they are to write, columnist David Taber says. So here are 10 customer support system worst practices that are certain to derail customer satisfaction.

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