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Tweak Your Favorite Tools: Turbocharge Gmail, Add Icons to Windows Taskbar

Customize Google's task manager with Taskforce, add features to Gmail, add icons to Windows 7's taskbar.

Laptop Refresh: Six Ways to Revitalize an Older Notebook

Save money and bring an old laptop back to life with a few quick software and hardware upgrades. We show you how.

Restore a 'Missing' Icon to Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Did one of your Taskbar icons suddenly disappear? Fear not: it's easy to get it back, and in fact to pin any other program icon down there.

When You Don't Want Your Laptop to Go to Sleep

Bharat’s laptop is connected to an external monitor. He asked the Laptops forum how to close the lid without putting it to sleep.

5 More PC Upgrade Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Upgrading your computer can be easy enough for most people. But it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five common upgrade mistakes that even experienced users make.

Windows Tips: Customize Taskbar, Add Passwords to Folders, Zip Files

Learn how to change Windows 7's taskbar display, password-protect folders, and compress files.

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Wipe an Old PC Before Saying Goodbye

SistemError asked the Desktops forum how best to prepare two aging PCs for their new owners

How to View Any File in Windows

Having trouble viewing unusual file types? Here are some tips and tools.

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How To Decipher a Bizarre Error Message

Just 5 minutes of research will provide the likely culprit to an error message.

How To Troubleshoot Audio Problems with your PC

If your computer abruptly refuses to play sound, try the following simple steps in 5 minutes or less.

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How To Roll Back a Bad Driver

Update your machine's driver in 4 minutes or less to keep your system current on bug fixes and support for new features.

How To Diagnose a PC That Won't Turn On

Determine why your PC won't boot in about 5 minutes.