Force OneDrive to sort your files in a specific order across all your devices

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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The other day I was organizing a set of photos I wanted to show to some friends as a slideshow. I’d sorted the images in OneDrive on my Windows 8.1 PC and then planned to display them on my Nexus 7.

But when I opened OneDrive for Android, all my images were out of order. They were disorganized even though each image had a filename in numerical order (01.jpg, 02.jpg, and so on), and they were sorted in ascending numerical order on my desktop.

Ack!

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Three essential tools for solving the worst Wi-Fi headaches

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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Thanks to improvements to routers and network management software, connecting to Wi-Fi is vastly easier than it used to be. But that doesn't mean the experience is seamless quite yet. Even now you can still run into problems like poor signal quality, dropped connections, lack of public hotspots, and slow speeds.

Sick of the hiccups? These three programs can help take the headache out of Wi-Fi woes.

ViStumbler

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How to disable Windows 8's deep cloud integration, piece by piece

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

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You can accuse Windows 8.1 of a lot of things, but one thing you can't say about Microsoft's latest OS is that it lacks web integration. Thanks to deep integration with Bing, OneDrive, and other Microsoft online services, Windows 8.1 is most definitely where the desktop meets the cloud.

Not everyone's sold on the cloud, though. You could just use a local account to keeping Microsoft as far away from your PC as possible, but a lot of Microsoft's services are actually pretty useful. What if you wanted to enable some and disable others? Here's how to individually sever Bing and OneDrive's deep tendrils into your system, along with info on how to keep general Windows apps from looking over your virtual shoulder.

Bing search

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How to quickly convert old Google Drive Sheets to the new format for offline editing

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

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Good news, productivity fans! The new version of Google Sheets, featuring full offline editing when you use the Google Chrome browser, is now rolling out to all users.

Bad news, productivity fans! The long-awaited offline editing will only work with spreadsheets created with the new version of Sheets. That means any older spreadsheets you have in Drive—which is probably most of them—won't work in offline mode. That's no good.

Google plans on automatically switching over all your files to the new Sheets format at some unspecified point in the future. But for now, Google suggests the easiest workaround is to copy-and-paste your old spreadsheet into a new file using the updated version of Sheets.

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5 tips to make Windows 8's Metro UI more practical and less irritating

Ian Paul ian@ianpaul.net, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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Microsoft's modern UI might be pretty to look at, but when most of us want to get some work done, the traditional desktop is really the best choice. But what if you have a touchscreen device where it makes more sense to use the modern UI—or if you just prefer the new interface?

If that's you, here are a few tips on how to spend more time away from the desktop in Microsoft's touch-friendly universe.

Explore your files with SkyDrive/OneDrive

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Three practical reasons to use your browser's private mode

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Modern browsers are chock full of powerful hidden features, but one of the most overlooked features is incognito or private mode. If you've heard of this feature, chances are you know it, rather infamously, as "porn mode."

That's an undeserved reputation, suggesting the only time someone would want a sliver of anonymity online is to satisfy their basest instincts—and nothing could be further from the truth. There are all kinds of reasons to regularly use your browser's incognito mode that don't involve websites with three X's in the title. 

Private mode: What it is, what it isn't

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Tailor Windows to your workflow with these two helpful taskbar tweaks

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Ian is an independent writer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. His current focus is on all things tech including mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers, software, social networks, Web apps, tech-related legislation and corporate tech news.
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The Windows taskbar is perhaps one of the most overlooked desktop components that can be tweaked to improve your PC experience. Today, I'm going to show you two tricks you can do with the taskbar: One will give you a tad more screen space for your day-to-day work, and the second tip is a Windows XP throwback for anyone who yearns for the glory days of Windows.

Hiding for space

The taskbar is great for navigating between different open programs, checking the time, and getting system notifications. But let's be honest: A lot of the time it's just sitting down at the bottom of the screen taking up more space than it needs to.

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