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 »

403 Chrome bookmarks disappeared? Get them back

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Chrome has a nice horizontal toolbar where you can bookmark your most commonly-accessed websites. What do you do when that toolbar disappears?

For some people, this is a Chrome feature that they’ve probably never seen because they never turned it on. For others, it might be something you use all the time, but suddenly it’s just […] Read more »

402 When you get a new backup drive, do this first

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You just got a brand new portable/external drive to back up your important computer files. Do you know the first thing you should do with it?

 
What a lot of people do is just take it out of the package, and plug it in to their computer. Then a window pops up asking them to run […] Read more »

401 The value of a laptop cooling pad

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I’m often surprised at how many laptop owners are not familiar with a cooling pad.

 
Laptops are great because they are portable (at least most are). Everything you need is right there in that thin, flat package. But that’s also a disadvantage – when all of the computer’s components are crammed into a very small, confined […] Read more »

400 Can’t open a file? Print it anyway

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What happens when you need to see the content in a document, but it won’t open? In many cases, you can still print it.

 
This process applies to Word documents, but also to any other type of document – a NotePad text document, Excel spreadsheet, etc.
A client called me recently because his computer was not working […] Read more »

399 Office 365 is not all cloud-based

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I still sometimes hear people say, “I don’t want to get the Office 365 subscription, because I prefer to keep everything on my own computer, rather than on the cloud”. This is a common misconception.

 
I should say first that the actual name for this software now is Microsoft 365, even though I sometimes still call […] Read more »