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  • How-Tos: How to upgrade from Windows 98 and keep the same printer, scanner, software

    I'm keen to replace my Windows 98 computer, but I want to be sure that I can continue using my software and peripherals before I do so. I have an HP 940c printer, an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras with software that's compatible with XP and Vista, plus Microsoft Office 2007. Will I be able to continue using these in XP or Windows 7?

  • How-Tos: Use Automator to shoot a time-lapse movie

    Movies created through time-lapse photography can be stunning. And for some people in the sciences they can also be a useful tool. While there are a variety of applications that allow you to create time-lapse movies of your own, none of them are built into the Mac OS save this one: Automator. The following workflow allows you to automate not only the shooting of your images, but their conversion into a movie.

  • How-Tos: How to arrange and order files in Windows 7

    I have transferred a large number of slides on to my new Windows 7 laptop. In XP, I was able to sort them into a logical order in several different folders by dragging-and-dropping photos into their required position. Windows 7 seems to want to auto-arrange them. How can I continue to arrange them as I wish? I don't feel comfortable tweaking the Registry, as some forums have recommended.

  • How-Tos: How to email images and documents with Windows Live Mail

    I am unable to send pictures or documents to Windows Live Mail using the 'Send to' instruction. Live Mail is the default program, but the options are greyed out and can't be altered. I have tried using Windows Live Photo Gallery and Word.

  • How-Tos: Clearing up iPhone sync confusion

    Reader Simon Tanner was caught unaware by the not-entirely-clandestine relationship between his iPhone and Yahoo. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to make Microsoft Word's Ribbon toolbar visible

    Microsoft Word’s main toolbar seems to have gone AWOL on my netbook. I can recover it by clicking on the Home tab, but it disappears as soon as I click on the document. I can’t find a setting to prevent this.

  • How-Tos: How to use mind maps to track your to-do list

    Got some a busy week ahead of you? If you're like me, you'll be depending on your favourite to-do app to get you through it. But task lists aren't the only way to track next actions, and in some cases they may not be the best. When you've got a short-term project to get through, a mind map can be a great way to track all of the tasks for a short-term project or a finite span of time--such as a trade show--on a single, visually intuitive page.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot Clipboard problems in Windows 7

    The Clipboard utility on my Dell Windows 7 PC regularly fills up and stops working. In the past, restarting the machine would fix the problem. It now refuses to work after adding only one or two items to it.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a .exe file that Windows can't find

    I downloaded and later uninstalled the free Hamster video converter. When I next started up the PC, I got this error message: ‘Windows cannot find tmonitor.exe’.

  • How-Tos: How to create a letterhead

    Setting up a business is pricey enough without forking out for additional software. With a copy of the free OpenOffice.org productivity suite, however, you can reduce some of the outlay. Here, we show you how to create your own business letterhead paper.

  • How-Tos: How to design a business card

    Setting up a business is costly, but there are ways to bring down the outlay. Here, we show you how to design and print your own business cards with Moo.

  • How-Tos: How to get more from Mozilla Firefox 4

    Firefox 4 represents a sea change. A lot of work has been completed behind the scenes to make the browser faster, both under the hood and in terms of user friendliness. Every change that Mozilla has applied has been considered with swifter, simplified and more efficient web browsing in mind. Here, we provide a simple guide to help you find your way around the best of Firefox 4’s new and old features.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a business website

    Provided that you have a good idea, the web can help you quickly make a splash. An online presence is a must, whether your company is a one-man band or employs dozens of staff. Here, we’ll look at how to set up an online shop using 1&1 MyBusiness Site.

  • How-Tos: How to recover photos and contacts from a mobile phone

    I purchased Data Doctor SIM Recovery software to retrieve some messages and photos I accidently deleted from my smartphone. I have bought two different card readers so far and neither of them has worked.

  • How-Tos: How to set the time, date and password on an Android tablet

    Whatever else you do with your Android tablet, and there are plenty of options, you are going to want it to know the current time and date. That information is very important. It is used by a range of applications. For example when you open the calendar on your tablet it automatically goes to what it thinks is today.

  • How-Tos: Archive and Access Old Tweets with TweetBackup

    TweetBackup does exactly what its name implies: backs up your Twitter posts (a.k.a. tweets). It's a free and easy service, and it has the potential to prove very handy.

  • How-Tos: How to set up and use email on an Android tablet

    One of the most useful things you can do with an Android tablet is mobile email. For those who say tablets are just big smartphones, the mobile email capability is one area where they can be proved wrong.

  • How-Tos: Pull Excel data into Word 2011 docs

    One of the handiest things you can do with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Office 2011 is to share data between two different Office apps. For example, let's say you want to embed data from Excel in a sales report you're writing in Word. VBA is the tool you'll want to use to make that happen.

  • How-Tos: How to customise an Android tablet's home page

    One of the great things about tablets is that they can be personalised to your own tastes and needs. If you think about your mobile phone, perhaps you have used a favourite photo as the wallpaper and put links to important people or information on the home page. The same concept applies to a tablet, except that with a much bigger screen and a wider potential array of uses, the possibilities for personalisation are that much greater.

  • How-Tos: How to clean up the temp folder in Windows

    To keep your PC in good working order, it's important to ensure that any clutter and unused files are removed on a regular basis. This includes files in the temporary folder, as they were once necessary but are now not being used. You can either use a tool in Windows or do it manually. We show you how to do both.


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