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How to make your Windows 10 user account local

The account you log onto in Windows 10 is probably connected to Microsoft. Here's why you might (and might not) want to change that and how to do it.

Excel functions: How to work with dates

Microsoft did a couple of crazy things with dates so Excel could count them for you correctly. We explain how Excel sees dates and how to work with dates in formulas.


How to copy windows that weren't meant to be copied with Textify

Textify is a free Windows utility that lets you easily copy a window's text, whatever the source.

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Do you have bad RAM? Here's how to find out

Defective RAM can cause all sorts of problems. If you're wondering why your PC isn't behaving, a RAM diagnosis may be in order.

Excel formulas and functions tutorial: How to unleash your number-crunching powers

Functions and formulas are Excel's reason for being. Learn the many ways you can set them up and start doing some serious math.

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Excel 2016 charts: How to use the new Pareto, Histogram, and Waterfall formats

Excel 2016's many new features include six new chart types. Here we cover Histogram, Pareto, and Waterfall, which cover statistical, trend, and other relationships.

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6 ways to make the most of Wi-Fi on your Android device

The Wi-Fi settings on your Android device are worth tweaking. Find out how many hotspots your Android handset has saved, use less data on "metered" Wi-Fi networks, connect to faster Wi-FI frequency bands, and more.

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How to uncover Windows 10's hidden 'Applications' view in File Explorer

A quick command in Run turns File Explorer into an at-a-glance display for all your installed programs and Windows Store apps.

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How to autoload your favorite programs in Windows 10

Maybe it's your browser. Or your word processor. Or some little utility. Here's how to make a favorite program launch automatically every time you boot Windows 10.

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How to clean install Windows the right way

Performing a Windows reinstall can make your PC feel like new, but you'll want to do some prep work first to avoid losing precious data and software.

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11 gotta-know iOS camera tricks for beginners

Take a tour of iOS's best camera features, from photo filters and burst mode to panoramic images and slow-motion video.


How to keep charging your USB devices past your PC's bedtime

With a simple tweak of your Windows settings, you can get a charge from your USB ports when your PC is in sleep mode.

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7 steps for setting up a new Windows 10 PC

You've got a new computer running Windows 10. Here's what to do, and what not to do, to start off right in the new OS.

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3 tips and tools for saving web content to Google Drive

With a little ingenuity, Drive can be a repository for all the articles, images, and other content you find online.

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Use INDEX and MATCH for simple database queries in Excel

The bigger your spreadsheet, the more you need INDEX and MATCH functions, which you can combine with SUM, AVERAGE, and MAX to refine your searches.

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12 Google Camera tips everyone can use

Google's two-year-old Camera app boasts a bevy of handy features, from a self-timer and exposure settings to the ability to create a Street View-like photo sphere.

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How Cortana in Edge can help you find context for images

Microsoft recently added 'Ask Cortana' support for images in Edge. Here's how to use it.