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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.

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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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3 note-taking app alternatives to Evernote and OneNote

Simplenote, Google Keep, and Apple Notes are simple apps that offer more productivity power than you'd think.

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Onetastic add-in for OneNote puts your notes in a calendar

Onetastic's OneCalendar is a great way to view your notes organized by date.

How Excel logical functions can do the number-crunching work for you

When you have a big, ugly spreadsheet, logical formulas can help you make sense of it all by looking for results or patterns that you specify. We show you how to set up a simple one.

How to add a checkbox in Excel, a small but powerful data tool for spreadsheets

Adding a checkbox to Excel sounds like a little thing, but it opens up a new level of database-like possibilities for your spreadsheets. We show you how to get started.

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Word master class: How to make custom interactive forms

Word uses the Developer tools to make forms and collect the data with ease. Here's how.

Three easy ways to paste plain text into Word

Pasting formatted text from the web can often be a hassle—but not if you use these tricks.

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How to turn your screencast into a GIF with Recordit

Because sometimes an animated GIF really is worth a thousand words.

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Free tax filing: How to e-file your 2015 tax returns for free

The IRS wants you to file your taxes online, and it's offering some nice freebies to lure you in—everything from free forms to free preparation software. Find the best deals and avoid the caveats with these tips.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

No matter how touch-friendly Windows 10 gets, there’s nothing like a keyboard shortcut to get you somewhere fast. Here are the ones everyone needs.

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What to do with Excel 2016's new chart styles: Treemap, Sunburst, and Box & Whisker

Excel 2016 gives you six new chart styles. The three we explore here make it easier to compare data and show hierarchies and other relationships.