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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Previous Windows versions let you update manually or automatically. But Windows 10 updates whether you want it to or not…unless you know the trick.

Visualizing data with Power BI

We try out Microsoft's Power BI by showing how you can graph airline departure and arrival delays using this visualization tool.

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How to run a DOS program in Windows 10

There are some old DOS applications that you just can't afford to lose (or games you still like), and Windows 10 lets you keep them. Here's how.

How to access your Chrome apps without the apps launcher

Google plans to remove the Chrome Apps Launcher from Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July. Luckily, there's a workaround.

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Windows 10 reinstallation tip: How to reset your PC and keep your files

Sometimes Windows needs a fresh start—maybe a program’s gone awry or a file’s been corrupted. Luckily, Windows 10 has an option where you can reinstall Windows and wipe your programs, but it keeps your files intact.

Windows 10 Tutorial: How to reset your PC and keep your files

Windows 10 makes it easy to start over by letting you reset the operating system but keep your files and programs intact. We’ll show you how to find and start this feature.

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Windows 10 reinstallation tip: How to reset your PC and remove everything

There are several reasons why you might want to reset Windows 10 and remove everything. Fortunately, Windows 10 lets you start over with a few clicks.

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POP3 vs. IMAP: Which protocol lets you get all of your email on any device

When some of your email messages appear on one PC, and other messages on another, you're using the wrong protocol.

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Word pro tips: Use Wildcards for faster, more accurate search-and-replace results

Wildcards work in Word much like they do in Scrabble or Poker, representing whatever you need to find or change in a document. Here's how the basic wildcard features work and what you can do with them.

How to search Gmail with advanced operators

Gmail’s advanced search operators help you find messages more quickly, even if you have a pile of them to sift through. Here's how.

Make Your USB Drive Faster With NTFS

Your USB drive isn't slow because you have too much stuff on it. It's slow because it uses a slow storage format like FAT32 or exFAT. You can re-format it to NTFS to get faster write times, but there is a catch.

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Excel pro tips: Importing and parsing data

When data dumps into your spreadsheet and it's a big mess, you'll know what to do. Here's how to use text functions to join and separate data at will.

Windows 10: How to disable Cortana

Cortana wants to be helpful, but that means she can be nosey about what you're doing online. Turn off these settings to get her off your case.

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Remove that extra operating system and the dual boot

If you're only using one of the two operating systems on your PC, why bother with that menu every time you boot?

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3 ways to recover an older version of an existing file

Sometimes, you need the day-before-yesterday's version of a file. Here's how to get it.

Windows 10 tutorial: How to reset your PC and remove everything

Windows 10 makes it easy to start fresh by letting you reset the operating system and remove everything. We’ll show you how to find and start this feature.

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How to get special characters using Alt key codes or the Word Symbols library

Alt key codes give you access to hundreds of special ASCII characters, from accent marks to tiny icons. We show you how to use the Alt codes and also Word's Symbol library.

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How Excel counts business days, holidays and more

Excel makes it easy to find how many days there are between two dates. With a little more effort, you can find the number of days in which people will be actually working.

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Excel pro tips: How to create, define, and use Named Ranges

Working with ranges in Excel can speed up your formulas and macros, or help you navigate through your spreadsheets. It’s also a more efficient way to manage processes within your worksheets. Here's how to set them up.

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Your Facebook account's been hijacked. Here's how to recover it and keep it safe

Your Facebook account tells a lot about you and your social circle. You need to keep control of it.

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Word tutorial: Clean up a messy document's formats and styles using macros

You have a long, messy Word document, with a bunch of formats and styles that are just plain wrong. With Word macros, you can fix them all by recording each fix and running them as much as you need. We'll show you how.