How to force SkyDrive to store your files on your hard drive in Windows 8.1

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There are a lot of great features in Windows 8.1 that make it well worth using, and Update 1 expected in the coming weeks sounds promising too.

But for traditional PC users with big hard drives one thing that may not be so great is how Windows 8.1 works with SkyDrive.

To make Windows 8.1's deep SkyDrive integration more usable on a tablet, Microsoft decided to store most of your SkyDrive documents in the cloud and only download them locally when you need them.

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How to clean up the mess left by browser toolbars

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

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You would think that in 2014, we'd have put all the web shenanigans of the 1990s and early aughts behind us, but you'd be wrong—at least for Windows users. Download a desktop app like AVG, Skype, or Vuze and these programs will try to sneak toolbars onto your system or change your default home page and browser. Yuck.

If your browser is loaded down with toolbars or you want to get back to searching with DuckDuckGo rather than Bing, here's how to do battle against these foes on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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Use Outlook.com's aliases to hide your true email address from prying eyes

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Microsoft’s Outlook.com isn't anywhere near as tweakable as Gmail, but one great thing Outlook.com does offer is email aliases—multiple, independent email addresses belonging to a single account.

Why would you want to use an email alias? You can create a hard-to-guess alias as a password recovery address for your online accounts, making it more difficult for hackers to nab your data through the back door. Creating junk addresses to hand over to websites or apps that force you to register is also a great way to keep your personal email address out of the hands of marketers.

Here’s how to get started.

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Three Windows multitasking features that help maximize your screen space

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There’s an old saying that the more money you have, the more you want. That’s kind of how I feel about external monitors. I’ve got two, but man, three sure would be sweet. And four? Don’t get me started.

But when you don’t have enough monitors in your life, you start learning how to maximize the space you do have. Here’s how to get the most out of your PC’s “desk space” using three features built into Windows.

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How to sync your Windows desktop to the cloud

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If you talk to five PC users you’ll probably find six different ways to use the Windows desktop. On the one end are people like me, who prefer to have nothing cluttering up their primary workspace. On the other are people who turn their desktop into a dumping ground for webpage links, files in progress, to-do lists, and program shortcuts.

Today’s tip is for the dumpers.

The biggest downside of relying on the desktop to store files is everything you need is locked down to one PC. So why not send your desktop to the cloud, where you can access all your important data from other PCs and mobile devices via SkyDrive (soon to be OneDrive)?

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Supercharge Gmail with these 3 simple, stellar Gmail Labs features

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Google’s Gmail packs a slew of great features to help keep you productive and organized, including the new inbox tabs, personalized labels, and Google Drive integration. But one of Gmail’s biggest advantages is the extra features you can add through Gmail Labs.

If you’re not familiar with it, Labs is a part of Gmail where Google adds experimental features you can try out. A small dose of daring is required, however. Labs tools sometimes linger or become full-fledged Gmail features, but they can also break or be discontinued without warning. In other words, you can’t count on Labs experiments to always be there.

That said, some Gmail Labs experiments can really help you streamline your email management. Let's talk a look at three of my favorites.

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How to use Google Calendar to keep groups organized

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When it comes to keeping a family, team, or staff organized, nothing works better than everyone having access to each other’s schedules. One of the easiest ways for everyone to stay on the same page is to use Google Calendar.

The search giant offers several ways for everyone to share calendar data. Here’s a look at two particularly helpful options.

Group calendar

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