Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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Turn your Word doc into a PDF with a live table of contents

You can create a table of contents in Microsoft Word where every chapter title links to the appropriate chapter. Then you can keep these links live when you convert the document to a PDF.

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When a CD or DVD is stuck or the drive won't open

Maybe the disc is stuck. Maybe the door is stuck. Try these things first to see if you can fix it.

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Two backups are better than one--if you do them right

Backing up twice provides more protection than backing up once--but only if you don't make the same mistakes twice.

An SSD upgrade is still the single best thing you can do for your PC

I can't tell you exactly how much your PC will speed up with an SSD. But I can tell you it will be a lot.

A multi-monitor USB adapter lets you add a display even if you lack a spare video port

When you need to get serious work done, the more monitors the merrier. And if you don't have a spare VGA, DVI, or HDMI port, you can still use USB.

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Cloud storage alternatives: Three ways to sync your own data securely and privately

Cloud storage is convenient, but you can remove any concerns about security or other issues if you do what they do yourself.

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How to lock and unlock your USB ports

External flash and hard drives can be used to deliver malware or steal sensitive files. Here's how to control who can use them.

How to share a video privately on YouTube or Vimeo

You can control who has access to your video (but you can't control who's sitting next to them while they watch it).

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Upgrading to Windows 10: One good reason to wait

Windows 10 is a major and exciting upgrade that some people will download right away. Anyone with older hardware or software should do a little research first, though.

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When Wi-Fi doesn't work, try these things first

Wi-Fi problems could be caused by your computer or your router, or some interaction that's gone awry. Here's how to identify and fix the problem.

Windows Sticky Notes isn't made for backup, but these alternatives are

Windows' Sticky Notes program may seem like a convenient tool for jotting down reminders and miscellaneous stuff, but it's really a disaster waiting to happen.

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Five ways to add SSD speed to your laptop without losing storage capacity

Using an SSD and a hard drive together offers both speed and storage space. But most laptops won't let you install two drives.

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How to diagnose and fix a dead laptop keyboard

You can't write that report with a dead keyboard. A few tests can tell you how to bring it back to life.

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What to do when your email address sends spam

Spam is going out in your name to everyone you know. A few precautions can keep this from happening again.

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Find duplicate photos: Two utilities that can help

Duplicate Cleaner and Free Duplicate Photo Finder can both sift through your digital images for identical or similar ones, but there are limitations to the free versions.