How to avoid installing bundleware with the help of Unchecky

Installing third-party programs isn’t the minefield it was during the good ol’ days of Windows XP. But every now and then, some desktop apps still try to sneak annoying toolbars and other software past you during installation.

Known as bundleware, the options to not install these additional programs can be easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. That’s where a utility called Unchecky can come in handy, by watching over third-party installations so that you don’t have to. It should work with most software and is well worth using when it does.

Checking in with Unchecky

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Three different ways to save screenshots to OneNote

Microsoft recently released a new tool for OneNote that makes it easier for Chrome users to grab images of web pages. If you've never used OneNote before, it's well worth checking out, especially now that OneNote is free across all platforms.

For Windows users, OneNote is particularly great for collecting screenshots from your desktop. Whether you're talking about grabbing a lengthy web page, a small part of your screen, or everything you see across two displays, OneNote has you covered.

Here are three ways to save screenshots to OneNote on Windows, each serving a slightly different purpose.

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Turn any browser tab into a basic text editor

If you’re looking for a quick-and-dirty way to take notes on your PC, you can’t beat using your browser. No, I’m not talking about online tools like Google Keep, Word Online, or any other text-editing Web app.

An easier way to turn your browser into a note-taking machine is to use a little snippet of HTML code that creates an offline notepad in your browser.

Coding, you might ask with a shiver? Don’t worry, it’s beyond simple to use.

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How to tweak File Explorer and customize your Windows experience

Microsoft's File Explorer may not be the most exciting utility on your Windows desktop, but you still have to rely on it every day to move, open, and search for files, or to quickly check out your free disk space.

But how many of us bother to spend a few minutes to get File Explorer to work exactly how we'd like it? I'm guessing not many, so let's change that by getting into the "advanced basics" of File Explorer tweaking.

The view from here

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

The creators of TrueCrypt shocked the computer security world this week when they seemingly ended development of the popular open source encryption tool. Even more surprising, the creators said TrueCrypt could be insecure and that Windows users should migrate to Microsoft's BitLocker. Conspiracy theories immediately began to swirl around the surprise announcement.

Regardless of the true motivations behind the message, the TrueCrypt fiasco gives us a chance to talk about BitLocker—and how to use it.

What is BitLocker?

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3 time-saving Chrome extensions that maximize your Google search efficiency

Like many folks in the Internet age, I spend a huge chunk of my time searching for information on Google. Over the years I've learned lots of little tricks to help make those searches faster and more effective. But if turning to advanced queries alone isn't powerful enough for you, a handful of Google-made Chrome extensions can supercharge your scouring even more. 

Google Dictionary


Find defintions for words without leaving the web page with the Google Dictionary extension.

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Print anything from anywhere with Google Cloud Print

Printing at home is dead simple, and most of us don't think twice about it. But it sure is a heck of a lot easier when you can send a print job from any device, anywhere in the world to your printer at home.

A slew of cloud-connected printers let you do this, but even if you're stuck with a printer that doesn't talk to the web you can get in on the print-anywhere fun with the help of Google Cloud Print.

This free service from Google has been around since 2011, when it started as a way to print to any printer you owned from Gmail or other Google services. Since then Google has added a number of features, including greatly expanding its functionality and rolling out an Android app and Windows desktop integration.

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