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  • How-Tos: How to stop Adobe Reader changing your Taskbar and Start menu logos

    Each time I download Adobe Reader to my Windows 7 computer, all the icons in my Taskbar and Start menu adopt the Adobe icon. The only way I can get the correct icons back is to uninstall Adobe Reader. Please point out where I’m going wrong, as I’d like to continue using the software.

  • How-Tos: How to install Adobe Contribute

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    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to remove files and folders from Program Files

    To free up some space on the main drive of my Windows XP SP3 PC, I copied the Program Files folder to the D drive, deleted 2.5GB of files from the C drive, and then copied the Programs File folder back to its original location. Everything works okay, but when I try to get online I get the message: ‘Windows Installer...Preparing to install’. This then changes to: ‘Windows Installer...Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003... Gathering required information’. Eventually, I’m told ‘Installation file SKU017.CAB could not be found. If FrontPage 2003 was installed from a CD please insert CD and continue’.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?

  • How-Tos: How to use the Personal Hotspot function in iOS 4.3

    Want to use the Personal Hotspot feature included in iOS 4.3 on your iPhone 4? Macworld UK tells you which packages and plans will let you do so.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your email

    My PC has so many programs installed that it’s running very slowly. I’m happy to restore it to its factory settings and reinstall only the programs I need, but how can I back up my email?

  • How-Tos: How to successfully uninstall security software

    QUESTION My computer runs Windows Vista 64bit SP2. I uninstalled McAfee Security Centre following the instructions provided on its site. After a reboot, the boxes for my Gadgets still appear onscreen but there’s no information shown within. How can I reinstate them? David Rodgers

  • How-Tos: How to build apps for iPhone, Android and the web

    We look at five new services for building mobile applications and web services that were unveiled at the recent DEMO Spring 2011.

  • How-Tos: How to choose the right antivirus software

    PC Advisor has updated its chart of the best antivirus programs. Read on for buying advice, and how we test and rank the latest antivirus products.

  • How-Tos: How to register Outlook so Mobile Device Center picks it up

    I used to sync my Dell Axim x50v’s emails, calendar and contacts with Outlook 2003. Having now upgraded Microsoft Office, the attempted synchronisation brings up the following error message: ‘Microsoft Outlook is no longer installed so Windows Mobile Center cannot continue to run’. I’m using Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1, Microsoft Outlook Professional Plus 2010 32bit and, on my Dell Axim, Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition). Can you help me get things back to normal, please?

  • How-Tos: How to play iTunes on a Google Android device

    Got a new Google Android phone or Google Android tablets? You probably want to play all your music and video on it, but if you're an iTunes user, you'll find it's not as simple as transferring your iTunes account.

  • 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 troubleshoot display problems in Windows 7

    When I turn on my Windows 7 64bit computer, the monitor’s display often shifts about an inch to the left, leaving a gap down the righthand side. The manufacturer suggested downloading and installing the latest drivers for my ATI Radeon HD 4600 graphicscard, but this hasn’t fixed the problem. The only solution appears to be to keep restarting the machine until the problem disappears. Can you help me find a permanent workaround?

  • How-Tos: How to burn DVDs in Windows DVD Maker

    Don't let your digital memories languish on a PC's hard drive or camera's memory card. We show you how to burn them to disc with a tool built into Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to create 3D home video

    3D is set to go mainstream in 2011, but you don't need expensive equipment to jump on the bandwagon. We show you how to convert 2D video into a 3D movie.

  • How-Tos: How to improve communication with Word 2010

    Microsoft Word 2010 has always been far more than a word processor. We outline how to use it to produce a PDF newsletter for online and email distribution.

  • 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 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.


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