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What you’re missing in Windows 8 – Sticky Notes

The most notable feature of Windows 8 is the Start screen with its tiles representing built in apps, apps downloaded from the Windows Store, and traditional software that has been installed. It is interesting, up to a point, but one big failing of [...]

2015/02/23 // 3 Comments

Get a better Windows display by tweaking ClearType

Many people spend hours each day staring at a computer screen and if the display is not perfect it could lead to tired and sore eyes. It might even give you a headache. You can make the display easier on your eyes by adjusting Windows ClearType [...]

2015/02/22 // 0 Comments

How to cancel or change Microsoft Office subscriptions

Microsoft Office used to be sold on CD and you paid the fee and that was that. Recently though, Microsoft has been encouraging use to download it from the internet and then pay a monthly subscription in order to use it. What if you decide you no [...]

2015/02/19 // 6 Comments

Apply incredible magic filters to your photos

Are the photographs that you take with your digital camera or smartphone dull and lifeless? If so, you can make them much more impressive by adding filters that apply special effects. A free app in the Windows Store is all you need to create [...]

2015/02/16 // 0 Comments

Watch your Wi-Fi hotspot with these network spy tools

Are you experiencing problems with your home Wi-Fi network? Do you have difficulties connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots when you are out with your laptop? There are some useful free utilities that can help you to monitor the devices on your wireless [...]

2015/02/13 // 0 Comments

Replace Windows 8 weather app with a better forecast

Windows 8.1 comes with a collection of pretty good apps and they have steadily improved since they were originally launched with Windows 8. The Weather app is very nice, but is it the best that a weather app can be or are there better weather [...]

2015/02/11 // 0 Comments

Remove malware with an emergency kit

There are many security suites to choose from that will keep your Windows computer free of viruses and other malware. However, few are perfect and even the best might let something slip through that infects your computer. It is useful to have other [...]

2015/02/09 // 0 Comments

Don’t read web pages, listen to them instead

Do you find reading web pages tiresome? Would you rather that someone read them out to you so that you could sit back and relax and just listen? This is entirely possible and it will not cost you [...]

2015/02/07 // 0 Comments

Create custom searches in Firefox for speed and convenience

We spend a lot of time in web browsers searching for information such as news, hobbies, research projects, work and so on. Anything that can make searching quicker and easier is welcome and here is a clever trick for Firefox that you may not be [...]

2015/02/03 // 0 Comments

Monitor your laptop battery and extend its life

Inadequate battery technology is one of the biggest problems we face these days and despite all the research and money thrown at the subject, they still run down far too quickly. How healthy is the battery in your laptop computer? Does it still hold [...]

2015/01/31 // 0 Comments

Is the internet too slow? Try this speedup trick

Right from the start, the internet was very slow today. Instead of the fast responsive world wide web, pages were appearing noticeably more slowly in the browser window and some websites were even producing errors. It would sometimes take two or [...]

2015/01/30 // 0 Comments

Add Google Clock to your Windows desktop

Remember Windows Vista? It was not a pleasant memory for some, but it did introduce the concept of desktop widgets. There was a nice clock that you could place on the right side of the desktop and it was permanently visible and showing the time. You [...]

2015/01/29 // 0 Comments

Search the disk at lightning speed in Windows

Windows has a built in search engine that can be used to find documents, apps, settings and other files on the disk drive. It is actually quite good at finding Windows settings and apps, but it is quote poor when it comes to finding files on the [...]

2015/01/26 // 0 Comments

Customise Chrome’s address box and add new features

The address box in Google Chrome performs two functions and it is used to enter and display website addresses and it is used to search the web. Instead of the normal address box, it can be customised to make it simpler and clearer to use. It just [...]

2015/01/23 // 0 Comments

Clean up Chrome by removing the profile manager

  Google Chrome has supported multiple users for a long time and you could add users in settings and then switch from one user to another. It wasn’t very convenient for people that switched profiles a lot, so recently Google added a profile [...]

2015/01/22 // 0 Comments

Don’t fall for this web scam – here’s how to avoid it

  There are lots of scams on the internet and it isn’t difficult to find them. A recent search for Windows 8 tips at Google led me to a website that demanded instant payment from me or suffer dire consequences. Needless to say, I didn’t hand [...]

2015/01/19 // 0 Comments

Hidden features of the Windows Control Panel

  The Control Panel provides access to a lot of Windows configuration settings and it is frequently accessed. It is on the Start menu in Windows 7, but you must right click the Start button in Windows 8 to see the menu with it on. Then you must [...]

2015/01/18 // 0 Comments

Create and share Windows themes with friends

  It is easy to change the Windows theme and give it a makeover. New desktop wallpaper and colours can be selected, new mouse pointers assigned, a different sound scheme selected, and so on. If you have created a great theme, did you know that you [...]

2015/01/15 // 0 Comments

Automatically shut down or sleep on a schedule

  Have you ever wanted to perform some action on the computer automatically? Shutter Lite is a utility that enables you to monitor events and define actions that are automatically performed. Using these facilities it is easy to automatically shut [...]

2015/01/11 // 0 Comments

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