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  • How-Tos: Typography for all: Demystifying text for high-impact messages

    Text is incredibly powerful--whether you're making a business card or a garage-sale sign, you're sending a message. The look of that message influences the way the receiver reacts: If the message is visually pleasing, the reaction is generally positive, but if the text is hard to read, that feeling of difficulty transfers back to you, the messenger. Here we'll cover the basics of everyday typography, font pairings that are pleasing to the eye, practical formatting tips that work with a variety of software, and common mistakes to avoid.

  • How-Tos: Make Mail and Gmail play nice

    As of the Mountain Lion version, Apple's Mail is better than ever at helping you manage your email. And Google's Web-based Gmail is also pretty good--but how do you combine the two in just the right way so as to get the best of both?

  • How-Tos: Control Time Machine from the command line

    Backing up your data is the most important thing you can do with your computer--even more important than tweeting or posting on Facebook. If you don't back up your Mac regularly, you may lose those photos that you want to share; you may find that your latest holiday videos are missing; and your music library may go poof!

  • How-Tos: How to get started with LinkedIn

    We introduce the social network for professionals and explain how to create your profile on LinkedIn, how to connect with people and more.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Samsung Galaxy S4 launch live

    Join us for live coverage of Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone launch on 14 March.

  • How-Tos: Create a storefront in 60 seconds with Planet Soho

    If you run a one-man shop and you're looking to sell a product or service, you have a few options. You can build an e-commerce site from scratch, which requires time and expertise, or you can go with a turnkey marketplace like Etsy, which might not be a good fit for your product (unless it's a tea cozy).

  • How-Tos: Emergency backups you didn't know you had

    Your hard drive churns. Every click sets off a spinning beachball. Disk Utility doles out the bad news. When your hard drive's end is near, your best hope is a good backup. Of course it is. But, what if you don't have a backup? Or what if you thought you had a backup and it failed? At this point, someone will say, knowingly: "You should have had redundant backups." Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda. You shoulda, you didn't. So, what now?

  • How-Tos: Set up Windows 8 as a home server

    If you have multiple PCs in your home or small office, you can save time and look professional by storing your documents and media on one PC and using network sharing to access them across all your computers and devices. This prevents you from having to store duplicate copies of files and reduces confusion when trying to find which PC a file is stored on. Additionally, you only really need to worry about backing up one PC (though for safety's sake you should always back up everything on a regular basis.)

  • How-Tos: How to sign digital documents

    Reader Isabel Lorenzo has been asked to sign on the dotted line. She writes:

  • How-Tos: Automatically send new Hassle-Free PC posts to your Pocket account

    Want Hassle-Free PC in your inbox? Of course you do! One option is to subscribe to PC World's Power Tips newsletter, which includes, among other things, this very column.

  • How-Tos: Is it legal to download YouTube videos?

    Is it illegal to download YouTube video for personal use? Many people would answer that question by suggesting it's something of a 'grey' area. Actually it's pretty black and white.

  • How-Tos: How to claim a refund through a credit card company

    What to do if your paid-for online or store order is not completed when a company goes into administration, such as Jessops. Credit card refunds are your best option.

  • How-Tos: How to hire a graphic-design pro on the cheap

    Does your Web site need an overhaul? Do you need a company logo for your startup? How about a sales brochure or even some product packaging?

  • How-Tos: Find a bargain: Christmas 2012 TV give-aways

    If you’re a savvy buyer, then you know that Christmas time is one of the best times in the calendar year to snag a bargain. The Christmas lead-up period, as well as Boxing Day sales, has proven in previous years to be fiercely competitive, and the big brands are doing as much as they can to secure your hard-earned cash for their coffers.

  • 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: 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: How to get Google Maps back

    Unhappy about the inaccuracies in Apple's new Maps app? We show you how to get the trusted Google Maps icon back on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch's Home Screen

  • Video: Video: 5 reasons to choose Android (and one reason not to)

    We offer five reasons why increasing numbers of tech users are choosing Android smartphones and tablets, and explain why Google's Android may become the dominant player for some time to come.

  • Video: Video: Sharp's new robot vacuum talks back, takes pictures, streams video to your phone via Wi-Fi

    The "Cocorobo," which goes on sale in Japan from June for about 130,000 yen, or £1,012, navigates with three ultrasonic sensors and includes Sharp's Plasmacluster air filtering technology. The company plans to develop hardware add-ons so it can interact with other appliances.

  • How-Tos: How to Deal With Tech Distractions

    Having trouble focusing on your work? You're not alone: The advent of smartphones, tablets, and Twitter has made staying connected to the flow of information seem seductively simple. All you have to do is leave your email inbox open in one tab, have Facebook or Twitter open in another, and set your phone to beep whenever you have an appointment to ensure that you stay productive without missing a single meeting or status update.


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