413 How to tell if a website is down

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Do you ever go to visit a popular website, and it won’t load? How do you know if the problem is with your computer or your internet connection, or if that site is being blocked by your antivirus, or if the site is actually down?

 
Whenever I click to view a website, and it comes up […] Read more »

412 How to remove bad extensions in Chrome

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Like most of the computer users around the world, I use Google Chrome as my default web browser. And I use a few extensions. But not all extensions are good – here’s how to check it and remove the ones you don’t want.

 
An extension is just a little piece of software that runs inside Chrome […] Read more »

411 How to freeze panes in Excel

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Today I’ll show you how to make Excel easier to use for certain situations.

 
Sometimes a spreadsheet can have columns that are quite long. In fact, you might have to scroll to get to the bottom of some of the columns.
So when you’re at the bottom of the column, what if you need to know which […] Read more »

410 Hide the taskbar for full screen display

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Some Windows users like to have every square inch of their screen available. One way to get more usable space is by hiding the taskbar when you’re not using it.

 
In Windows 10, the taskbar is the line of icons that’s usually located along the bottom of your screen. It goes from the bottom left corner, […] Read more »

409 The website that does everything

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I love finding things online that help me get things done. This website helps with a LOT of things.

 
Okay, this site is not going to mow your lawn or change the oil in your car. But for anything related to the files on your computer, it’s pretty handy!
Here are some of the things you can […] Read more »

408 What’s different in Windows 11?

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Windows 11 has been out for about a year now. If you’re running Windows 10 currently, there’s no real need to upgrade yet. But you might be curious about how Windows 11 is different.

 
My own primary computer is still running Windows 10, but I’ve worked on a lot of Windows 11 computers already. Quite a […] Read more »

407 Should you upgrade to Windows 11 yet?

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The official release of Windows 11 was about a year ago. Is it time to upgrade your computer to this new version of Windows?

 
Maybe, maybe not.
If your current computer is running Windows 7, you should have upgraded to Windows 10 almost 3 years ago. Windows 7 is not supported, and it’s not safe to use. […] Read more »

406 Automatically see the contents of your backup drive

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You plug in your overnight backup drive, but nothing happens on your computer screen. What’s going on?

 
I’ve set up backups for hundreds of client computers. Once it’s configured, it’s an easy 3-step process:

At night when you’re done with the computer, plug in the backup drive and watch the window come up on the screen to […] Read more »

405 Three reasons to use an ad blocker

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A lot of people see an ad blocker as just a way to avoid being annoyed by ads on websites. But there are more benefits than just that.

 
There are actually THREE benefits to using an ad blocker.
The first benefit is speed. Websites will load more quickly when they don’t have to download all of the […] Read more »

404 Windows 10 taskbar any way you like it

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The taskbar is the row that’s usually at the bottom of your Windows 10 computer screen. But it doesn’t have to stay there!

 
This is the taskbar:

 
Sometimes when I’m on a client’s computer, I’ll see that the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen – it might be on the left or right edge, […] Read more »