JD Sartaintech journalist, PCWorld

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

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How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more

Protect yourself from online scams with these tips, including a detailed account of attempts to remove ransomware.

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How to avoid Internet fraud, scams, phishing and other cybercrime

Internet fraud takes many forms, but they share a common goal: Extracting money or personal data from an unsuspecting user. Here's how to avoid their traps.

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Who owns that shady website? These tools provide the details

Is this site legit? Here's how to use ICANN and other databases to find out. But some honest sites may hide their identities for justifiable reasons.

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How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

PowerPoint supports a number of common audio and video formats. We'll go through the details and show you how to incorporate audio and video files into your presentation slides. 

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How to create, edit, and format images in Excel

Excel provides over 16 dozen geometric shapes that you can size and manipulate to your specific needs, plus hundreds of special effects.

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PowerPoint animation tips & advice

Almost any PowerPoint presentation would benefit from clever animation, and the Internet has an endless supply of animated templates

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Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

Excel can send alerts based on spreadsheet data, but you'll need to write a macro to do it. We'll show you how.

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How Excel creates barcodes

Excel creates most commonly used barcodes, either from free installed fonts, or add-ins for a price. Here's how.

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How to create, filter, and format tables in Excel

Excel tables have many benefits that regular spreadsheets lack. The biggest is the option to use data from multiple tables to create queries and reports.

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Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

Can Microsoft Word read to you? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office back in version 2003. Here's how it works.

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How Word translates text between languages

Microsoft Word can translate a word, sentence, paragraph, or an entire document into 62 languages with a few clicks. Here's how.

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How to add music to your PowerPoint presentations

Play background music across all the slides

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Can Excel convert currency? Using the EUROTOOL.XLAM Excel Add-in

Excel can convert currency given the right tools. Here's how to use the Excel Add-In called EUROTOOL.XLAM 

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Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes and split screens

Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? Yes: Here's how to freeze and unfreeze columns and rows.

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Can PowerPoint speak aloud & read the text in my slideshows?

Yes, with the Speak command (aka Text to Speech feature)