Michael ConnellMacworld

Michael Connell is a former flight instructor and trial lawyer whose first computer was an IBM PCjr. After leaving his law practice behind, Michael turned his attention to technology and began work as a freelance writer, with a focus on the problems encountered by both everyday people and small business owners when using modern technology. In 2011, this led to a long relationship with both ITworld Answers and IDG Answers as a freelance editor and moderator.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Michael Connell and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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How to get a word count with Microsoft Office for iPad

Getting a word count with Office for the iPad is simple—but you have to know where to look.

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How to password protect a PDF before sending it by email

Here’s a quick way to do it, without spending a lot of money on expensive software.

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How to get rid of image burn-in on an LCD display

Annoying image burn-in on LCD displays can usually be minimized or eliminated.

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How to fix a limited connectivity problem on a Windows 7 PC

Does your Windows laptop work fine at home but show a ‘limited connectivity error’ at work? A few simple changes can resolve this problem.


Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?

A networked printer is great—as long as it connects to the network. Here are some troubleshooting tips to get it back online.


What happens when you send a text message to a landline telephone?

You accidentally sent a text to a landline. What does the recipient hear?

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How to restore missing desktop icons in Windows

You’ve lost your Windows desktop icons and you want them back. Here’s how to do it.


How to clear unwanted autofill entries in Google Chrome

Have some incorrect or outdated autofill entries in Chrome? Here's some tips on getting rid of them.

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How to stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read

Just skimming your email? Here are some steps you can take to keep your messages marked as unread.

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How to see Wi-Fi passwords on an Android phone

What do you do when all you see is a sea of asterisks? (Hint: Rooting required.)

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How to find saved Wi-Fi passwords on your Windows 10 PC

There is a simple way to show a Wi-Fi password in Windows 10—just head over to Wireless Properties.


How to monitor websites visited on a home network

OpenDNS can help control access to objectionable websites.