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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.

How to move an old Windows XP PC to Windows 7 or Linux

A Windows XP PC could be 10 or 15 years old, but you could still use it for something other than a fishbowl.

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3 fixes for a dead Windows 10 Start menu

We all celebrated when Microsoft brought back the Start menu. But that joy disappears quickly if the Start menu doesn't pop up. Here are three possible solutions.

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7 Windows taskbar tricks

That bar of icons at the bottom of the desktop isn't just for pretty pictures. Here are a few ways to configure the taskbar and make Windows easier to use.

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Set which program opens when you double-click a file

Every data file on your PC should be associated with an application, so that opening the file will open the right program. But the official "right" program isn't always the right one for you.

Customizing Windows 10's Start Menu

Now that the Start Menu's back, make it your own. We'll show you how to customize what's listed at the left, how Live Tiles show on the right, and more.

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.

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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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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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.