How to switch back to Firefox's old download manager

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Firefox 20 adds a handy new Download button.

If you're a Firefox user, you may have noticed a few changes in the latest version of Mozilla's browser, which "turned 20" last week.

Among them: a new Download Manager. It's a small tweak, and I'd say one for the better, but as I noted in Monday's post about Google Chrome's bookmark spacing, not everybody appreciates sudden and unrequested changes.

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How to decrease the spacing in Chrome's bookmark lists

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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If you're a Google Chrome user, you may have noticed a recent change in your browser. About a week ago, Google pushed out an update that increased the spacing between bookmarks.

Google Chrome's newly spaced bookmarks.

Specifically, when I click one of the folders in my Bookmarks Bar, I get a drop-down list of all the links in that folder. But now I see fewer bookmarks in that list because there's extra white space between each one.

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How to uninstall apps in Windows 8

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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If you're new to Windows 8, I suspect you're finding certain things confusing. (Never mind the lack of a Start button; that's been covered to death.)

For example, if you're using the Metro UI (i.e. the new Start screen with all the tiles), you've undoubtedly installed some apps. That's half the fun, right?

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How to fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB port

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Back in January I wrote about the "inconvenient truth" of trying to charge your iPad from a USB port: there's not enough juice.

My recommendation at the time was Digital Innovations' ChargeDr, a USB dongle that allows tablets and other devices to charge more quickly. It works (quite well, in fact), but it's a $30 solution.

If you fancy free workarounds instead, check out Asus Ai Charger. This free utility promises to charge iPhones, iPods, and iPads up to 50 percent faster using your PC's existing USB ports.

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Spruce up your Facebook chats with fancy emoticons

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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A couple years back I showed you how to add symbols to your Facebook status updates.

Today let's get really fancy. If you frequently use Facebook to chat with friends, you can impress (or at least amuse) them by adding ultra-fancy emoticons to your messages.

This is done by way of "chat codes"—snippets of program language you copy and paste into your chat window. And one really good source for them is Symbols & Emoticons.

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How to switch between Ribbon views in Office 2013

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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The more I use Office 2013, the more I like some of the little interface tweaks Microsoft made to the suite.

For example, in Outlook 2013, you can now view all your unread email with just one click. (That's one of five surprisingly great things about the new Outlook.)

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The "Other" Facebook inbox you didn't know you had

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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I know loads of Facebook users who never bother to check their notifications. You know, that area in the top-left corner of the screen, the one with the little red number badges?

From left to right, those little icons consist of the following: Friend Requests, Inbox, and Notifications.

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