Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.

Improve the look of your slideshows

Windows comes with a slideshow tool. Windows 8 actually comes with two. But neither offer the transitions that can give your photo shows a bit of panache.

hacker hand

Can a hacker use a brute-force attack to steal an online password?

Given enough time and computing power, a brute force attack can theoretically crack any password. But is that a real threat to Internet accounts?

0213 principle

Log into Windows 8 without having to type a strong password

An online password should be long and complex. A Windows login password should be easy to type. Windows 8 expects you to use one password for both. I offer three solutions.

0210 principle

How to create hotkeys for Windows sleep and shutdown

No Sleep button? No problem. Programming a key to do it for you is pretty easy.

Where sticky notes are stored and how you can recover them

Windows allows you to keep handy “sticky” notes on your computer’s desktop, but doesn't tell you where it actually stores the text. You may need that information someday.

What to do if you absolutely can’t, or won’t, give up XP

You know that you can’t keep using Windows XP. But if you absolutely can’t or won’t make the change, at least take these precautions.

0130 principle internal external hdd

Move your libraries to an external drive without messing things up

Your libraries, such as Documents and Music, can go anywhere on your internal drive. You could also put them in external storage—just avoid these potential pitfalls along the way.

0127 principle move files

The many ways to copy, move, or delete multiple files

You may think there's nothing more to learn about these common tasks, but you may be wrong. Here are some tips and tricks even seasoned users could miss.

0123 sdcard principle 2b 580 by 388

What you need to know about SD cards

SDSC, SDHC, Mini, Micro, and C vs. U. Here’s what you need to know about SD Cards in their various forms.

100018441

How to upgrade to a larger hard drive

Your hard drive (or SSD) is overflowing. You’ve just bought a new one with a larger capacity. Now what do you do?

1219 primary

How to keep your neighbors from hijacking your Wi-Fi

Your Internet connection could be slow for many reasons, but you can rule out local Wi-Fi thieves by employing strong passwords and a few other strategies.

malware

How to recover files after a malware attack

Today’s malware can hold your precious files hostage and demand a ransom. Here’s how to get those files back.

0109 principal

Create a website the easy way

With the right online help, you can create a unique website--or even a store--without spending a lot of money

How to set up a child's first PC

Eventually, your kid will want—and need—a computer. But they’ll still need a parent’s guidance and protection. Start with the right programs—and the right rules.

0102 principal

How to preview PDFs in Windows Explorer

Pdf previews were once built into Windows’ file manager, but not anymore. Here’s how to get them back.