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Setting up a local user account in Windows 10

You can set up a local user account on a Windows 10 PC so you don't have to bother with a Microsoft account. Here's how to do it.

Bypassing the Windows 10 password with a PIN

There's an easier way to get into Windows: setting up a numerical PIN, just like you'd use with a bank ATM. Here's how to do it.

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3 ways to make it easier to search for photos on your PC

You probably have thousands of photos in your PC. Use folders, tags, and handy utilities to sift through them in reasonable time.

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Try deep linking, a powerful way to customize Windows 10's Start menu

Pin all kinds of specific app content to Windows 10's Start menu, not just an app's home screen.

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5 ways to troubleshoot Windows 10 update problems

Windows 10 automatically updates itself…unless it doesn't. When you hit a wall, it's time for some detective work.

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Puzzle Bar for Firefox lets you stash your add-on icons where you want

Whether you move your add-on icons to the top, bottom, or side of your browser, this tool gives you options.

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Why upgrading to Windows 10 is less alarming than it used to be

Windows 10's been out for six months now, and most of the big bugs have been squashed. It just might be time to make the leap.

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Online privacy tips: 3 ways to control your digital footprint

You leave records of who you are and what you like all over the Internet. Here's how to limit the tracks you leave behind.

How to enter Windows 10 Safe Mode

Safe mode is like your bomb shelter when Windows 10 explodes, but it takes a few extra steps to get into it. We'll show you how it's done.

How to make a Windows 10 recovery drive

The time to make a Windows 10 recovery drive is before your PC dies. Grab a USB drive—you might need a big one!—and we'll show you how it's done.

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How to change Android auto-rotate settings

You can direct Android to switch between portrait and landscape orientations whenever you rotate your phone or tablet.

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How to turn Google Chrome into a Microsoft Office-loving browser

A Chrome extension from Microsoft makes life easier for Office Online users.

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7 Android shortcuts for doing things faster

Android boasts a series of handy shortcuts for everything from taking a screenshot to silencing notifications.

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What to do when a power outage or surge damages your PC

A power outage can be bad for your PC, but a power surge can severely damage your hardware. In all but the worst cases, however, you should be able to revive the PC, or at least retrieve any files stored on it.

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How to know if your PC is ready for virtual reality

With Oculus Rift on preorder and HTC Vive coming soon, the big question is whether your PC will be up to the VR task. The Rift compatibility tool will tell you—and you don't need to preorder anything to use it.

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The tricks for using Gmail folders vs. labels

The way Gmail's organization works, a label can be a label, but it can also be a folder. Here's how to work with the two features.

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4 ways to take charge of iOS's Background App Refresh feature

Too many apps refreshing themselves in the background can put a dent in your iPhone or iPad battery life. Keep an eye on which apps are doing the refreshing, and when.

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How to build the ultimate free PC security suite

Take some time this weekend to secure your PC without spending a dime.

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You can open old Office files with these settings

Office versions may change, file formats may change, but your words and images can live on, if you adjust certain settings in the software. But there are risks.