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January 29, 2016

Buying a New Computer, 2016 Edition

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It’s time to update my annual post on what to look for with new computer technology. Unlike the hectic 1980s and the frantic 1990s, not much is changing on the PC landscape in the middle of the 2010s.

January 27, 2016

Windows 10 Tiles to Drive You Mad

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Windows 10 didn’t kill off the Windows 8 tile-based Start Screen. Instead, it plastered those tiles onto the right side of the Start menu. I assume most people ignore those tiles. I know that office IT professionals would like to get rid of the tiles. Here’s how.

January 25, 2016

Disabling the Peek Desktop Button

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Windows 10 and Windows 7 feature a Peek Desktop button. It can really bug the bejeebers out of you.

January 22, 2016

File Explorer Tips and Tricks

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Time to revel in some shortcuts you can pull when using the File Explorer window to peek at, manipulate, or simply tease your files and folders.

January 20, 2016

Basic File Operations

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Of all the tools and toys in the File Explorer window, the most commonly used are the file manipulation commands. These four basic file operations are Copy, Move, Rename, and Delete. As you might suspect, several methods are available for implementing these commands.

January 19, 2016

Top 25 Passwords of 2015

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The list is in, and it doesn’t look good. Apparently people just can’t be trained to come up with new and clever passwords, based on the list of the most popular passwords. Such disappointment!

January 18, 2016

The Folder View

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The name of the program that displays files and folders in Windows 10 is called File Explorer. It was once called Windows Explorer. That keeps with Microsoft’s tradition of using the same or similar names over and over; they just can’t use the word “Explorer” enough, I suppose.

January 15, 2016

Windows 10 File Folder Tools

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Over the last few incarnations of Windows, the file folder has changed dramatically. Gone is the old toolbar, replaced by the Ribbon. It’s a concept borrowed from the 2007 revision of Microsoft Office, and the Ribbon interface works really well as long as it doesn’t freak you out.

January 13, 2016

Printing An Envelope

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A while back (over 6 years ago, in fact), I wrote a post about how to do envelopes in Word. It’s time for an update!

January 11, 2016

Yet Another 2016 Prediction

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Here’s another 2016 prediction, one that I should have thought of earlier, but it just occurred to me: Laptops will start coming with both GPS and mobile data network radios. The change makes sense, and it might already be happening.

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