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How to enable Android notifications on the Windows 10 preview

The feature is a work in progress, but it offers a hint at how your PC might integrate more deeply with an Android phone.

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When to choose a password, when to choose a PIN

You understand that you need to protect your PC, phone, and online accounts. But do you always have to use a long and complex password?

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.

Windows 10: How to return to Windows 7 or 8

Windows 10 gives you 31 days to go back to your prior Windows version. Whether you've changed your mind or you were forced into the upgrade, here's how to get your old life back.

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How to use Cortana and Lenovo's ReachIt to find files strewn across your digital life

Lenovo's Reachit integrates with Cortana to search your local hard drive and various online accounts.

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How to add a Hibernate option to the Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 doesn't include Hibernate in the shut-down options by default, but it's easy enough to add it.

Windows pro tip: Finding the hidden Applications view

Take a break from Live Tiles! Launch programs or create shortcuts from this simple, minimalist view.

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Explore Cortana's skill set: 4 useful but lesser-known tricks

Cortana isn't all about calendar appointments, reminders, and jokes. Microsoft's digital assistant is capable of all sorts of tricks.

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How to get Windows 7's Start menu in Windows 10

Classic Shell let's you replace Windows 10's Start menu with that of Windows 7, or even Windows XP.

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 copy links from Windows Store apps to your clipboard

A little app called Share Via Clipboard takes the frustration out of copying links or other content from Windows Store apps.

How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft's pushing Windows 10 onto Windows 7 and 8 PCs even if you didn't consent to it. Here's how to get your computer back to normal.

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How to manage Windows 10's People app

Windows 10 comes with a contacts app, but it's not entirely clear what you can do with it

Add accents, symbols and more with Alt codes for special characters

Pressing the Alt key and a number code gives you access to hundreds of special characters from currency to copyright symbols, to linguistic characters and tiny graphics like snowmen and smiley faces. Here's how they work.

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Why you should use the OneDrive app in Windows 10

The OneDrive Windows Store app for Windows 10 makes viewing offloaded files easier.

Windows 10 tutorial: How to uninstall apps and programs

You have two new ways to uninstall programs in Windows 10. We’ll show you how it works.

The truth about Windows 10's hidden drive partition

You may think there's free space in these hidden drive partitions, but think twice before messing with anything in these locations. We use a third-party disk utility to find out what's really in them.

Windows 10 File History offers a simple backup solution anyone can do

The File History feature lets you set up an external drive to back up your files automatically. You don’t need any extra software, and it’s very customizable.

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How to uninstall QuickTime for Windows

Apple stopped supporting QuickTime for Windows, but left a couple of major security flaws unpatched. The company recommends you uninstall it, and now would be a good time. Here's how.

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You can dual-boot Windows 7 with Windows 10, but there's a catch

You can dual-boot old and new operating systems, but if you upgraded to Windows 10, your old Windows 7 is gone. Here's how to start over.

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Your PC has malware! Here's how to remove it

Malware is designed to stay put. You should be able to get rid of the malicious code with these steps.

Windows 10’s hidden hard drive partitions: How to find them, how to remove them

Your Windows PC came with one or two partitions you're not supposed to touch, and upgrading to a new Windows version just creates more. You might be able to get back a little storage space, if you tread carefully.

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10 supremely useful Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools

OneNote becomes even more powerful at organizing your life when its connected to the right add-ins and services.