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How to set and keep your preferred default font in LibreOffice Writer

You’ve given up Microsoft Office for the free LibreOffice. Unfortunately, you really don’t care for that default Liberation Serif font.

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Protect your privacy while you browse

Here’s how to give crooks, corporations, and governments the slip while you search the web.

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How to prevent Windows 8.1's desktop taskbar from showing in Metro apps

The Windows 8.1 update made Microsoft's Metro vision much more PC-friendly, but the newly universal desktop taskbar can block the UI in Metro apps. Here's how to make it stop.

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Tie me down: The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management

With a little planning and lots of twist ties, your cluttered PC can be transformed into a clean, crisp computer with wonderful airflow.

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How to run DOS programs in a current version of Windows

Windows has a way to let most old programs keep running. Failing that, there's a free utility that could save the day.

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Don't wait for Windows 9: How to get a Start Menu, windowed Metro apps today

A Start Menu and the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows are coming to Windows 8.1 at some unspecified time in the future, but you can get it today thanks to some helpful software.

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How to remotely log out of Gmail

If you've left Gmail logged in on another computer, there's a quick and easy fix.

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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

Now that you're used to the new Windows 8.1 Update, it's time to clear up some space on that hard drive.

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Mean and green: How to build a gaming PC that’s fast, quiet, and efficient

Gaming rigs don’t have to be big, noisy, power-sucking beasts. We've built one that treads lightly and kills softly.

How to photograph the 'Blood Moon'

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A lunar eclipse can be seen from most of North America late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. If you're interested in taking pictures of the moon, here are some tips on how to set up your camera.

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Why you don’t need to encrypt your backup

You should back up all of your data files and encrypt the sensitive ones that you don’t want other people to read. But that doesn’t mean you have to encrypt the backup.

Three essential 'hardware' tools every PC user needs

You won't need them every day, but when you need them you really, really need them.

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Beat it, bloatware: How to clean the crap off your PC

Preloaded software bogs down your hard drive, your start menu, and worse. Clean it out with these handy tools and tricks.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Compatibility with security: How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine

Running Windows XP in a virtual machine is a safe way to continue using it once support ends. Here's how to do just that.