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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Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support Dropbox on an iPad or iPhone. Unless, of course, you want to insert photos. Here's the workaround.

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Free OCR: Turn a picture of text into real text without spending a dime

From a computer's point of view, a photo of text isn't real text. But you don't have to invest in OCR software to fix that.

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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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How to protect your wireless router from malware

Your PC and your phone aren't the only devices that can catch an infection. The router that connects them to the Internet may also be vulnerable.

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How to connect your laptop to your HDTV without HDMI

It's easy to connect a laptop to an HDTV--unless your laptop doesn't have the right port.

How to fix a laptop's broken screen (with many caveats)

A broken laptop screen takes all the fun out of using your PC. And it can be expensive to fix.

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How to recover lost photos from your camera or phone

Your precious photos disappeared before you could move them to your PC or cloud storage. Here's how to get them back.

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How to remove encryption from a PDF file

Sometimes a PDF needs encryption. Sometimes it doesn't. Here's how and when you can remove unneeded encryption.

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Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can't boot Windows 8

You can't directly boot into Windows 8's Safe Mode; you can only reboot into it. Here's how to get around that using a key drive.

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How to handle a Facebook bully or stalker

Bad people stalk the social network. Here's what you need to do if someone continually gives you trouble.

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Is your backup drive full? Here's how to make space

Windows and third-party utilities can help you clean out older backups or older versions of files that you don't need anymore.

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How to set Windows desktop items as public or private

You can see all of the shortcuts and files on your desktop. Other people can see some of them. Here's how to control who sees what.

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You can encrypt your hard drive, but the protection may not be worth the hassle

Encryption could impact other computer activities, and it could also make file recovery harder. Here's how to encrypt without regrets.

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GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love

The newer (GPT) standard solves some limitations of the older (MBR) standard. Here's how to tell which standard your drive uses.

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Why you might still want an optical drive

Not that long ago, every PC could read and write CDs and DVDs. Not anymore. The disappearance of optical drives has its advantages, but also its problems.