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    It seems that even after you offer a first look at Photos, suggestions for ways to prepare your iPhoto library for Photos, yap about Photos in a podcast, and field a number of Photos questions, people have more on their minds. Let's get to it.

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  • How-Tos: How to encrypt your Mac with FileVault 2, and why you absolutely should

    Apple's first pass at built-in encryption was, frankly, terrible. The original FileVault, introduced with 10.3 Panther in 2003, only encrypted a user's home directory, and had a number of functional and implementation problems. FileVault 2 appeared in 2011 with 10.7 Lion, and had almost nothing to do with the original except the name.

  • How-Tos: 5 ways to spring clean your PC or laptop

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  • How-Tos: How to send group emails to the best address

    Here's the setup: You have a group of people who you routinely send email messages to--your bowling team, for example. The problem is that some of the team members have more than one email address and, apparently, some folks you've been sending messages to are a little upset because you've sent very casual messages to their business address. How can you avoid making this mistake again?

  • How-Tos: 9 typing tips every Android and iOS user should know

    Wish it were a little easier to type in ALL CAPS on your Android or iPhone, or ever get stumped while looking for the em dash? What about typing letters with accent marks, or dealing with cumbersome URLs? Or maybe you're just hankering for an alternative to tapping on a slippery glass screen.

  • How-Tos: How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going insane

    If you've ever opened a document that had more strikeouts than a beer-league ballplayer, you're familiar with Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature. It's one of the most useful tools for collaboration, but in practice a marked-up document can quickly overwhelm with its tangle of additions, deletions, and comments all displayed in multiple colors--one for each contributor. It's enough to make you want to put a big red "X" on the whole thing.

  • How-Tos: How to remove encryption from a PDF file

    R Venkat occasionally receives encrypted PDF files. Once the files are safely in his PC, they don't need that protection. How does he remove it so he can more easily open the file?

  • How-Tos: How to trim a bloated Keynote presentation

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  • How-Tos: How to play 'Louie Louie' on your Mac

    If you're of an age--somewhere between 2 and 81--you're familiar with The Kingsmen's seminal frat-rock hit, "Louie Louie." And if you've ever aspired to stand in front of crowds of the inebriated, making a load of racket, it's one of the very first songs you attempted to play.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the Superbowl 2015 XLIX online

    We present all your options for watching Superbowl XLIX online for free in the UK.

  • How-Tos: How to design your own great-looking business cards

    Few design projects are as nerve-wracking--and important--as designing your own business card. Just like the clothes you wear, your business card tells the recipient if you're professional, artistic, or a big ol' ball of cheese. Aside from the aesthetic message, you've also got to pack a ton of info into a tiny-teeny space and keep it readable. To put your best business card forward, try following these essential design tips.

  • How-Tos: Best Gmail tips to manage your email

    Here are 6 Gmail tips to manage your email better including using the full power of the search box, learning shortcuts and filtering emails into different inboxes.

  • How-Tos: Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can't boot Windows 8

    Glennr4466 found a flaw in my advice about booting into Windows 8 Safe Mode. Because it requires a reboot, it doesn't work if Windows refuses to boot at all.

  • How-Tos: Create User Account in Windows 8 and Windows 7: make User Account an Admin

    Microsoft's Windows operating system allows users to create User Accounts that tells Windows which files, folders and programs the person the PC can access, as well as retaining personal preferences such as the particular theme that's being used. Here's how to create a User Account in Windows 8 and Windows 7: how to make a User Account an Administrator in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to enable the Spartan browser's speedy new Edge engine in Windows 10 today

    Microsoft's new Project Spartan browser isn't available just yet, but Windows Insiders can already reap some of the benefits through Internet Explorer.

  • How-Tos: Which cloud personality are you? Three ways to approach online storage

    Cloud storage is incredibly convenient, but it can also be confusing. Sometimes you're just not sure what files to put up there or if you should store anything online at all. One way to approach the issue is to ask yourself what you want to get out of storing files online. Is your overarching concern convenience, security, or a mix of the two?

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