Rick BroidaPCWorld

For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

How non-Dropbox users can send files to your Dropbox account

Handy service Dbinbox makes it easy for friends, family, and co-workers to deposit files in your Dropbox, even if they don't have accounts of their own.

Learn which startup programs are safe to remove

Free utility Should I Remove It? uses crowd-sourcing to help you figure out which items you can ditch.

Why I'm turning over password management to Dashlane

This utility is so good, I'm even going to pay for the premium version.

How to change the default font in Microsoft Excel

The setting isn't where you think it is.

How to sidestep accidental mouse clicks

Clicking the wrong place at the wrong time can have disastrous results. But if you catch yourself in time, there's a fix.

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How to manually lower Netflix's streaming bit rate

Why would you want to do that? To avoid hitting your data cap, for one. And maybe to improve performance.

Three old Windows right-click tricks that still rock

Maybe you've forgotten them, maybe you never learned them. Either way, they're great little time-savers.

Win the inbox war: Four utilities fight email onslaught

Analyze, sort, file, delete: here's the help you need for your overstuffed inbox.

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Review: Alto mail organizer sorts your email like a pro

AOL's Alto Mail sorts your email into boxes and lets you put important-but-not-urgent messages on snooze. It didn't take me long to get into the private beta, and it's worth getting in line for it.

Five bookmarks every computer user should have

You can save yourself some time and headaches by keeping these important links at the ready.

How to put your DVD library in the cloud

Free your films from their shiny silver prisons so you can watch them forever on your phone, tablet, Roku box, game console, and other devices.

The myth of driver backups

Before you reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows, make sure your drivers are in order.

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Add custom news and alerts to new tabs in Google Chrome

Slick add-on OneFeed turns the new-tab screen into a rich, personalized news reader and social-media manager.

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How to get a full-screen Gmail compose window every time

Like Gmail's new front-and-center mail-composition window? Here's how to make it the default setting.

How to enable or disable Gmail's new tabs

This cool new feature can auto-file certain messages into categorical tabs. Learn to make the most of it.