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Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld.com and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

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Defragment your hard disk to increase performance.

Soluto Desktop

Speed up the time it takes Windows to boot.

Xmarks

Synchronize your Firefox bookmarks, and get information about Web sites, with this amped-up successor to Foxmarks.

Duplicate Remover for Excel Removes Repeated Data

Remove duplicate entries from Microsoft Excel worksheets with add-in Duplicate Remover for Excel.

SlimCleaner's Crowd in the Cloud Helps Tidy Your PC

Clean your PC and make it run faster with this community-driven utility.

SlimComputer

Remove unwanted links, services, and software from your PC with this crowd-sourced app.

SlimDrivers

Keep the drivers on your PC up to date.

Take Control of Microsoft Office's Ribbon With Ribbon Helper for Office

Save clicks on the Ribbon with the Ribbon Helper for Office add-in.

Vista Start Menu

A superior alternative to the Start menu. Start working with pleasure!

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Analysis: Microsoft may be spending big bucks on Windows Phone 7 development, but the big payoff is from Android, it turns out.

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This free plug-in adds tabs to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

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More bad news for Microsoft in tablets --- Toshiba has apparently pulled the plug on its plans for a Windows 7-based tablet.

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Combine the power of Microsoft Office with Google Docs with the free Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office.

Power Up Microsoft Office With These Add-Ins

Why just work in Office when Office can work harder for you? These ten downloads cure several Office frustrations and improve your productivity.

CompanionLink for Outlook

Synchronize contacts, calendar information, and tasks between Outlook and Google.