My new computer, and an important Windows tip

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What a week this has been. It started with a simple process: replacing a monitor. By the end, I had to replace my primary computer. And I discovered something very important for you to know about Windows – especially Windows 10.   I’ll give a brief summary of what happened. I use 2 monitors on […] Read more »

No computer tip for August 15, 2016

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Well, this is a first.  I’ve been doing this blog for about 15 years, publishing a computer tip or trick every Monday morning – never missed a week. Until now! My main computer crashed over the weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the hard drive that died. If it were, this whole thing would have been a […] Read more »

A warning about copyrighted images, and a great story

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If you ever have a need to publish photos online, such as on your website or a social media account, you need to be VERY careful to make sure you have the right to do that. Otherwise, it could be a very expensive lesson.   When you need a picture for some project such […] Read more »

Why is Outlook not showing images in your emails?

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For many people that use Outlook as their email program, it’s very frustrating when you get an email that’s supposed to have pictures in it, but Outlook doesn’t display those pictures – it only shows a red “X”.   And in all of Microsoft’s wisdom, they didn’t create a clear or intuitive way to […] Read more »

Recommended ad blockers

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After last week’s post about a big reason WHY you should use an ad blocker when you visit websites, I got several inquiries asking, “What ad blocker should I use? Where do I find it? How do I get it on my computer?”. So this week we’ll talk about a couple of the popular ones, […] Read more »

Another big reason to use an ad blocker

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I’ve used ad blockers for years. If you’re not familiar with that, what this means is that when I visit a website that has advertising, I don’t see the ads. I just see the website content.   As you might know, ad blocking software has generated a controversy. Website visitors like the blockers because websites are […] Read more »

Fix one of MS Word’s most annoying problems

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Mostly, Word works well. I’ve used it for many years and been pretty happy with it. But ever since I first started using it, there has been this one thing that has driven me nuts until I learned how to fix it.   What happens is this. I’ll be typing along in MS Word, […] Read more »

A little-known feature of Google Chrome

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I use Google Chrome as my primary web browser, and not long ago I came across something I could do with Chrome that I thought was pretty cool. And sometimes even useful.   A little background first. Practically since the beginning of time, computer users have known about the keyboard combination CTRL + ALT […] Read more »

Google’s incredible newspaper archive

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At one point in time, I was an avid newspaper reader. I enjoyed being informed about what was going on locally and around the world, and the newspaper had it all right there in one place, every day. This was back when I was working in an office. I would get to the office about […] Read more »

How to easily roll back from Windows 10

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As the free period for upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 comes closer to ending (July 29), Microsoft is getting more desperate. They want to push Windows 10 into as many computers as possible, whether the owner of the computer wants it or not. I’m still getting calls and emails all the […] Read more »