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Monitor multiple time zones from your desktop with the Windows clock

Need to know what time it is in Tokyo or New York? Forget Google, keep tabs on three time zones on your desktop.

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Control your desktop, or Windows will control it for you

Windows rarely leaves the icons on your desktop where you want them. Here's how to fix that annoying problem.

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Drop the Dropbox icon, and other notification area tweaks

Want to tweak the system tray/notification area on the taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1? Here's how.

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Get more out of the Windows Taskbar with these 3 shortcuts

Looking to cycle through your apps or just get a more standard right-click context menu? There are a few shortcuts for that.

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Speed up or slow down your slideshows

Showing photos to friends? If the pictures move too slowly, you bore your audience. If they move to fast, you annoy them. Here's how to set the speed in several common programs.

Speed up your PC's boot time by finding the worst startup offenders

Your PC may not have a lot of RAM, processor speed, or hard drive space, but often you can still speed up your computer by limiting the apps that start-up at boot.

How to reinstall Windows like a pro

It's super-easy to reinstall Windows 8, and not much more difficult to reinstall Windows 7. Use these tips to get the most out of a reinstall.

Simple mouse and keyboard tricks for efficient file management

Your keyboard and mouse are a treasure trove of hidden features to help you work faster and more efficiently. Here are two shorcuts that will save you time doing common file management tasks.

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How to upgrade an old PC: No-brainer improvements anyone can do

Is your computer running too slow? Breathe new life into that aging PC with a few tune-ups and upgrades to get it back up to speed.

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Locked out? Get back into Windows 8 by resetting your password

A forgotten password is no need for panic. There are several ways to get back into your Windows 8 PC if you've locked yourself out.

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How to tweak File Explorer and customize your Windows experience

Windows offers a ton of options to get the built-in File Explorer to behave exactly how you'd like.

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

Now that TrueCrypt is seemingly gone, here's how to get started with BitLocker, the encryption tool Microsoft built right into many versions of Windows.

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How to automate basic PC maintenance tasks

You can keep your PC in ship-shape by scheduling driver updates, backups and more using Windows' own utilities, plus some other (mostly) free software.