Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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3 ways to make it easier to search for photos on your PC

You probably have thousands of photos in your PC. Use folders, tags, and handy utilities to sift through them in reasonable time.

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5 ways to troubleshoot Windows 10 update problems

Windows 10 automatically updates itself…unless it doesn't. When you hit a wall, it's time for some detective work.

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Why upgrading to Windows 10 is less alarming than it used to be

Windows 10's been out for six months now, and most of the big bugs have been squashed. It just might be time to make the leap.

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Online privacy tips: 3 ways to control your digital footprint

You leave records of who you are and what you like all over the Internet. Here's how to limit the tracks you leave behind.

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What to do when a power outage or surge damages your PC

A power outage can be bad for your PC, but a power surge can severely damage your hardware. In all but the worst cases, however, you should be able to revive the PC, or at least retrieve any files stored on it.

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The tricks for using Gmail folders vs. labels

The way Gmail's organization works, a label can be a label, but it can also be a folder. Here's how to work with the two features.

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You can open old Office files with these settings

Office versions may change, file formats may change, but your words and images can live on, if you adjust certain settings in the software. But there are risks.

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When you can't create the Windows 10 Recovery Drive, try these three fixes

If you're running Windows 10, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. But sometimes, instead of a bootable flash drive, you get the error message "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC." Try these workarounds.

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Clean your Gmail mess with these tricks for selecting a few or a lot of messages

Move the hundreds of conversations from your boss to another location. Get rid of all those annoying emails from your cousin? Or maybe just delete everything.

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Three ways to fix Windows 10 password problems

Windows 10 would like you to use your Microsoft account to log in, but you can change to another password, or set up a PIN or a local account.

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Your PC's dead, but you may still be able to save its hard drive

Your hard drive may not have gone down with the ship. But the way to rescue it involves having the right adapter.

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This is your best hope for recovering photos from a lost or stolen phone

The phone may be gone, but your pictures could live on...depending on what your phone's settings were.

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Here's how to sync Google Earth placemarks on multiple computers

Save Google Earth Places on one PC and you won't find them on another one, unless you know the trick.

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How to create an image backup in Windows 10 and restore it, if need be

There's no better way to protect your Windows installation than creating an image backup. Here's what you need to know in Windows 10.

Why finding a better ISP is harder than it should be

Thanks to monopolies, the U.S. has fewer Internet Service Provider options than you'd think. But you might still have some options.