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Gather similar files from multiple folders and copy them in one simple step

You have photos, or documents, or any kind of file with the same extension, scattered hither and yon on your hard drive. Wouldn't it be great to get them all together in one place? Here are two ways to grab all of them easily.

Declutter your PC for better security and more storage

Unused applications can be vulnerable to security breaches. Clean them out before they cause trouble, and jettison older data files while you're at it.

Search files in a flash with SwiftSearch

This tiny utility lets you find files almost instantly, and you can run it off a flash drive.

Tech Tip: Getting a password manager

Having a hard time keeping all your password information straight? A password manager can take the guesswork out of logging in.

Add a hard drive-activity LED to a laptop that lacks one

Free utility Activity Indicator adds an HDD status light to your System Tray.

Use Net Uptime Monitor to help diagnose Internet problems

When trying to troubleshoot a flaky Internet connection, this simple utility can help.

12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't)

The excuses end here! Get your PC into tip-top shape by performing these 12 simple tweaks.

How to discover space hogs on your hard drive

If you have a hard drive that is quickly approaching capacity, sorting through the files and folders and looking for the ones taking up the most space is a real time consuming process. There's an easier way to do it.

How to fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB port

Free utility Asus Ai Charger works a little black magic to make your iDevices charge faster.

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Turn your flash drive into a portable PC survival kit

When web utilities won't work and all hope fails, a properly loaded thumb drive can fix PC hassles in a flash.

Customize Windows 8's boot screen with Boot UI Tuner

This tiny utility gives you lots of control over your boot options, including bringing back the Windows 7 boot loader.

Meet Plex, the media streamer that will make you forget Netflix and Hulu

Netflix and Hulu may get all the hype, but Plex's robust media management and transcoding features make it seamlessly streaming your digital media collection anywhere and anytime a cinch.

How to dedupe your song library now that iTunes won't

iTunes no longer offers the option of finding duplicate songs. Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to do so.

How to print from a mobile device with Google's Cloud Print

Just because you're on a smartphone doesn't mean you can't print. In a few easy steps -- and with Google's Cloud Print -- you'll be printing from your mobile device in no time.

Keep your data safe when you travel for the holidays

Hitting the road this holiday season? Before you do, follow these steps to make sure you don't find a data disaster if your computer falls prey to nature, theft, or bad luck while you're out and about.