How to ease the transition to a new email account

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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Reader Greg is switching Internet service providers, meaning he's giving up the email address he's had from that provider for many years. He wants to know how he can simplify the transition to his new address.

Although that kind of move is a lot easier than moving to a new home, it can still be a hassle. Here are some suggestions for smoothing the process.

1. Don't lock yourself into your ISP's domain. For example, if you're moving from, say, SBC to Comcast, you might be tempted to use your new Comcast email address. That's fine, but what happens if you decide to switch to a different ISP again? You'll face the same hassle all over again.

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Google Chrome update: How to access apps and recently closed tabs

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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Just last month I pointed out three handy (but often-overlooked) Google Chrome features, one of which was how to access tabs you've recently closed.

Today, Google rolled out a Chrome update that not only relocates that useful option, but also simplifies the browser's new-tab interface.

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Search files in a flash with SwiftSearch

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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Windows 8 has pretty decent file-search capabilities built in, especially if you learn a few tricks for smarter searches.

Of course, not everyone has (or wants) Windows 8, and even those who do may find Microsoft's search engine lacking.

Check out SwiftSearch, a free, portable search utility that's remarkably small and remarkably fast. With it you can find just about any file, on any drive, in about the time it takes to read this sentence. In fact, forget sentence; the time it takes to read this word!

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How to get an extra 10GB of Google Drive space for free

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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Google gives all comers 15 gigabytes' worth of free storage across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Plus Photos. Not a bad chunk of space just for having a heartbeat.

Of course, more is always better, especially when you don't have to pay for it. And Google is now offering exactly that, though there are a couple small catches.

From now through Sept. 26, you have the opportunity to score an extra 10GB of Google Drive space, no extra charge.

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How to add a third monitor to your laptop

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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If you spend any significant amount of time working at a desk, the single best way to boost your productivity is to connect a second monitor.

Most laptops have either a VGA or HDMI output, making the addition pretty simple: just connect the LCD, tweak Windows' settings to extend your desktop, and then enjoy the benefits of a double-size workspace. (My preferred arrangement: Outlook "permanently" open on the right, my browser and other stuff on the left.)

Ah, but why not go a step further? Why not extend your desktop even further with a third screen?

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Split Chrome into two windows with NiftySplit

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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Most modern laptop LCDs and desktop monitors are extremely wide, which doesn't make sense when you consider that most Web pages are narrow and intended for portrait-style viewing. Indeed, if you look at this very page, you may notice some unused white space on either side.

Of course, you can always keep a browser open in one window and something else in another: Windows makes it easy to split them into two equal halves.

NiftySplit is a browser extension that brings that idea to Google Chrome--but with an incredibly useful twist. The best way to explain it is to show you how it works.

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Find out if the movie you want to watch is available for streaming

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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Can I Stream.It?

Recently my wife, Mrs. Hassle-Free PC, turned to me and said, "I want to watch 'The Jazz Singer.'"

Because I've been married long enough to know better, I didn't say, "Why on earth do you want to watch that?" I merely nodded and replied, "You got it, babe." (Clearly Mrs. Hassle-Free PC is a very lucky woman.)

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