Where did my volume icon go?

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Why did you run away, volume icon?

I'm not exactly sure when or why it happened, but somewhere along the way, my System Tray volume icon disappeared.

At one point, it was right there, just waiting to be clicked. Now, the System Tray shows only my network, battery, and Action Center indicators. (Just to clarify, I'm using Windows 8, but referring to Desktop mode. The same issue could apply to Windows 7.)

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Add a PC Settings shortcut to your Windows 8 desktop

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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If you're new to Windows 8 (or Windows 8.1), you're no doubt battling the learning curve. And some areas aren't as intuitive as they could be, like trying to navigate your way to the PC Settings menu.

In fact, Microsoft seems to make this extra-confusing. You may know that you can bring up the Charms Bar and click Settings (or even use the Windows-i keyboard shortcut), but you won't see PC Settings in the list of options up top or in the icons near the bottom.

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Block online spoilers with Unspoiler for Google Chrome

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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The Web can be a dangerous place for the spoiler-averse. You can't so much as look at Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or news sites without learning what happened to Walter White, who bought it on "Game of Thrones," and so on.

That's fine if you're all caught up, but if you're trying to avoid headlines, comments, and other revealing info about a particular show or episode, you practically need to impose a Web blackout.

Or not, if you're a Chrome user and you install Unspoiler. This clever extension filters out all online mentions of specified TV shows, meaning you can continue your browsing and social-media activities without worrying about spoilage.

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How to set up two-factor authentication in Evernote

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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It seems like every day you read about another password security breach. It doesn't matter how robust your actual password is; if a hacker makes off with an entire password database, he can potentially access your account.

That's why an increasing number of sites and services are turning to two-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification), which adds a second level of security to individual accounts.

Evernote started offering this option a couple months ago, but only for users with a Premium subscription. Now, however, Evernote offers two-factor authentication for all account holders. Here's how to set it up:

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Get link previews right inside Gmail with iFramely for Chrome

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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If you're tired of jumping away from your Gmail inbox every time you click a link to a Flickr page, YouTube video, or even just a Web page, check out iFramely.

This Chrome extension embeds Web content right inside your Gmail email messages so you can view it without having to open a new tab or click away from Gmail proper.

iFramely works this bit of embed magic for over 900 services, everything from 500px and Flickr to Twitter and YouTube. (It wisely ignores links from "marketing bots.") It can also pull content from everyday Web sites, like, say, PC World.

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How to choose a USB hub

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If you purchased a new laptop recently, especially an Ultrabook, you may have noticed a certain dearth of USB ports. Indeed, my Samsung Series 9 has just two of them. Two! A mouse here and an external hard drive there, and bam, no more ports.

Fortunately, it's a simple matter to add extras. In fact, you can daisy-chain something like 67 million USB ports off of just one, so your expansion options are fairly endless.

And if you've shopped around, you've no doubt seen USB hubs in all shapes, sizes, and prices. How do you know what kind to buy?

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How to fix Gmail sync problems in Outlook 2013

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Regular readers know that I'm less than fond of Microsoft Outlook, which I consider a bloated, confusing, often buggy program. But I'm sort of stuck with it, and I'll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the various improvements in Outlook 2013.

However, there appears to be a bug in the way OL 2013 syncs with Gmail, and if you've run into the same problem, it can be a huge pain.

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