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  • How-Tos: How to Create Smart Microsoft Word Templates

    With interactive documents, you can choose from a range of predefined options for data, instead of typing the data from scratch each time. If you write lots of letters to the same few correspondents, generate electronic data-entry forms, produce documents with boilerplate language, or find yourself typing the same phrases over and over, wouldn't it be convenient if your documents were already partially formatted and allowed you to make selections from drop-down menus instead of copying and pasting from documents you created earlier? I'll show you how to use the Content Control tools within Microsoft Word to create templates that you can use every day.

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    If a drive partition on your PC or laptop is filling up when you don't knowingly store anything in it, the chances are a rogue utility is populating that drive. Here's how to find out what is causing your drive to fill up, and how to clear space.

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  • How-Tos: Disrupted video playback from email

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  • How-Tos: Snow Leopard on a new retina-display MacBook Pro? Nuh uh

    Reader Hugh Fredericks seeks a new Mac, but with an old OS. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to Keep Your Employees Happy With Their Company PCs (Without Losing Control of Your IT)

    If you're a typical small-business owner, you don't have a centralized provisioning system that can easily and automatically deploy each desktop or laptop system. You might not even have a dedicated employee, let alone a whole department, to manage your IT resources. And you probably give each user their own local login, instead of using a centralized authentication server. In other words, your employees have the keys to their local computer kingdoms. And that means they can do just about anything on their machines: Install new applications, install undesirable applications, change settings, and perhaps even unintentionally corrupt the Registry or download malware.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Apple WWDC 2012

    Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) is set to kick off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event will feature a keynote speech from Apple CEO, Tim Cook and you can watch live coverage right here at PC Advisor.

  • How-Tos: Reinstalling Rosetta

    Reader X, who wishes to remain anonymous (which shouldn't be hard with a name like X), desires to play it old school. He/She/It writes:

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 8 on your Mac

    Running Windows 8 on a Mac gives you the best of all worlds. Here's how to install Windows 8 on a Mac.

  • How-Tos: How to use Windows 8 with Twitter, Facebook, Gmail

    Windows 8 is built to connect with your social media accounts from the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Here's how to use Windows 8 with social media.

  • How-Tos: How to Make Windows and Mac OS Play Nicely Together

    About nine months ago, I acquired a 13-inch MacBook Air. At that point, the first Ultrabooks had been announced but were not yet shipping. Even so, I might have waited, except that the Ultrabooks I'd previewed to that point seemed uninspired--with clunkier hardware than the Air offered and various odd compromises. Some missed the boat on the trackpad; others had lower-quality displays. So I bought a 13-inch MacBook Air configured with a 256GB solid-state drive.

  • How-Tos: Install Windows 8 Release Preview

    Microsoft has made available for download Windows 8 Release Preview. This free operating system is the final, feature complete version of Windows 8, which is set to launch to consumers later this year. Here's how to install Windows 8 Release Preview.

  • How-Tos: Manually configuring an iCloud email account

    Reader Matthew Hansman and his iCloud account need to come to a more mutually satisfactory understanding. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to Create Advanced Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets

    Looking to become an Excel power user? Excel has a number of features that will make it easier for you and your colleagues to enter data into your spreadsheets. If you're developing a spreadsheet that you'll use over and over again, inserting a spin button or scrollbar will allow you to choose from a predefined range of values using your mouse, instead of typing numbers in with the keyboard. Or, if you wish to limit a spreadsheet user to selecting from a few preset choices, a set of option buttons will do.

  • How-Tos: Ditch Your Contract, Save Money With Red Pocket Mobile

    While I was in Europe last year, I brought along an unlocked phone and purchased refillable SIM cards as I hopped from one country to the next. It was incredibly simple: I bought a SIM card from a carrier such as Orange or Vodafone, picked a voice-plus-data plan, and paid for the SIM card, and I was out the door with a fully functional smartphone. A few SIM-card-only vendors are here in the United States, but I've never been satisfied with their plans, their coverage, or their small data caps--until I tried Red Pocket Mobile.

  • How-Tos: How to Use Plex to Get Media From PC to Roku Box

    Here's how to use Plex, a free tool for streaming media from a PC to a Roku set-top box. And if your PC seems to be too sluggish to play media promptly, I'll give you some tips to decide when it's time to reinstall Windows.

  • How-Tos: How to personalise a Windows 8 PC

    Here's how you can give a more personal touch to your Windows 8 PC or laptop, using the Windows 8 PC settings.

  • How-Tos: Fix the error message: 'Operating system not found'

    If when you boot your PC you receive the error message 'Operating system not found', it's probable that Windows has lost partition information. Our Helproom Editor explains how to deal with 'Operating system not found'.

  • How-Tos: Automator workflow of the month: Add Spotlight comments

    As we waltz through our digital lives, we tend to accumulate files and folders, and folders full of files. While a portion of this accumulation is the kind of effluvia that we won't need next week, much less five years from now, for many of us a large chunk of it is data that will be as important tomorrow as it is today. Think long term business projects, financial files, and databases, for example. If you're an organized person, you've created a logical file structure that allows you to locate files many years from now. If you're not so organized, you have to search for what you want.

  • How-Tos: How to Use Microsoft Word as a Desktop Publishing Tool

    High-end desktop publishing programs, such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress, feature lots of tools to help designers produce stunning pages. But these programs are expensive, and novices require training to use them, factors that render their acquisition difficult to justify for most small businesses.


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