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Windows 10 picture password: Draw your own conclusions about its safety

Windows 10's picture password gives you an alternative to traditional passwords and PINs that could be easier to remember. Whether it's as safe is a good question--we go over the issues here.

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Restore a Windows 7 backup in Windows 10

It's good to have a backup when you've lost your PC. But only if you can recover the files.

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How to download local maps for offline use in Windows 10

Don't let an unpredictable Internet connection keep you from where you're going—Windows 10 lets you download maps to use offline.

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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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7 ways Windows 10 pushes ads at you, and how to stop them

Regardless of whether you upgrade from Windows 7 or pay $100 for a new license, Windows 10 bombards you with ads. Here's how to make them stop.

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Clear out your PC's junk files with Kaspersky Cleaner Beta

A new program from security firm Kaspersky cleans out your PC's log files and cache files quickly and easily.

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3 ways to speed up Windows 10 without buying new hardware

Why wait? A few simple tweaks will improve Windows 10's performance without an expensive hardware upgrade.

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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3 pre-Windows 10 tricks worth revisiting

Yes, Windows 10 is great, but there are some tips and tricks from older versions of Windows that are still plenty useful.

Adding a user account in Windows 10

Adding a user account in Windows 10 is a little more complicated, because you need a Microsoft account. Here's how to set it up.

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How to change the look of Windows 10's desktop with native settings or Aero Glass

When it comes to visual aesthetics, Windows 10 is reasonably configurable. Adjust color schemes and backgrounds easily with these tools.

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Move your Windows 10 libraries to a separate drive or partition

Physically separating programs and data protects them both and makes for easier backups

Setting up a Windows 10 picture PIN

How cool is it to draw on a picture to log into your Windows 10 PC? It's a lot cooler than remembering a bunch of letters and numbers. Here's how to set it up.

Adding a child user account in Windows 10

It actually costs you 50 cents to set up a child user account in Windows 10! But there's a good reason why, and you'll find out how it all works in this video.

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If error messages appear when your PC boots, try this

Error messages on your PC are always annoying and worrying, even if nothing actually appears to be wrong. Here's how to stop a message that comes up every time you boot.

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How to use Cortana with Netflix, Uber, and other Windows Store apps

The fun and convenience of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant isn't just for Windows 10 functions—it's integrated with a host of third-party apps in the Windows Store.

I forgot my Windows 10 password!

Forgetting your Windows 10 password isn't the disaster it used to be. Windows lets you get back on track with a pretty easy reset process. Here's how it works.

Setting up a local user account in Windows 10

You can set up a local user account on a Windows 10 PC so you don't have to bother with a Microsoft account. Here's how to do it.

Bypassing the Windows 10 password with a PIN

There's an easier way to get into Windows: setting up a numerical PIN, just like you'd use with a bank ATM. Here's how to do it.

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How to make Windows 10 faster: 5 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.