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.

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.

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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.

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My hard drive is making scary sounds

A noisy hard drive is probably a dying hard drive. Here's how to get the files off before time runs out.

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Transfer files between Android and Windows devices

While you could use a direct cable connection to move files between Android and Windows devices, a cloud service works more seamlessly.

Move your libraries to a second drive or partition

"Commander Dave" Turner wants to move his documents, photos, and other data files to another drive

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How to share Internet service with your neighbors, and why you shouldn't

Whitney and her neighbors want to get on the same network, and share the same Internet connection

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How to archive files so they'll stay around for years

Daisky wants to store files in a way that will make them available to future generations

How to partition a hard drive

David Beanblossom asked how to split a hard drive into multiple partitions

Clean up your public Internet profile

Maggs2378 found personal information "on one of those 'people search' web sites" and wants to know how to get it removed

How to change users in Windows 8

Oraldo Morales Ceballos recently moved to Windows 8, and can't figure out how to log off as one user and log on as another

When your PC doesn't recognize a 2nd drive

Creeds installed an old hard drive into a new machine as a second drive. He's having problems getting it to work.

How to create an exciting, artificial-looking photo

PHollisPhotos asked the Photo Editing forum how to give a sports photo a certain look, like an illustration with a black-and-white background.

How to change your email address without losing your friends

Mohammad Anwar has to change his email address. He asked for advise on handling the transition.

How to make room on your Windows partition

Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

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Some password managers are safer than others

Susan Taylor worries that password managers may not be sufficiently secure. "What if the password manager company is hacked?"