New Chrome feature to make websites shut up

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Sometimes when I’m browsing the web, I get annoyed and confused. Annoyed at websites that automatically start playing sound, and confused as to why the creator of that site thought it was a good idea.   I mean seriously – websites auto-playing sound became a trend maybe 15 years ago, but users made it […] Read more »

Watch out for this fake Facebook video message

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There is yet another virus making the rounds on Facebook, and it’s tricking a lot of users into clicking on it and infecting their computers.     Here’s what the message looks like:   I’ve gotten these Facebook Messenger messages from several of my FB friends. It always has the same content – […] Read more »

Don’t send pictures by email!

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Scott – You’ve piqued my interest with this sentence that you sneaked into a recent podcast:  “Really, sending pictures by email is a bad idea to start with, but that’s a story for another day.”  How about making that day next week’s podcast?  I want to know what you recommend.  Photos are a […] Read more »

Automatically backup your photos online for FREE

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For a lot of people, the most valuable thing stored on their computer (or their phone) is the collection of photos. A lot of things can be replaced, but not the photos. In case you didn’t know, there’s a way to back up your photos that is 100% automated and completely free. You should be […] Read more »

Chat live with a real Microsoft agent, right from your Windows 10 PC

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If you’re using Windows 10, your computer has the built-in ability to bring up a chat window so you can communicate with an actual person from Microsoft. You don’t have to go to their website, and you don’t have to pick up your phone.   All too often, someone will contact me about a […] Read more »

How to clear cookies for a specific website

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You probably already know you can go in to your web browser’s settings and clear ALL your cookies for every website you’ve visited. But did you know you can also go in and clear out the cookies for a specific website? You sure can.   And why would you want to do that? In […] Read more »

What’s a ZIP file anyway?

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A lot of people have HEARD of “zip files” but are not really familiar with what they are specifically. Here’s how they work. Part of the confusion with this is that it’s not really obvious or clear what is meant by a folder being “zipped”. I mean, everyone knows what a zipper does, but […] Read more »

How to move all your files and folders to a new PC

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Hello Scott, My daughter got me addicted to podcasts, and I follow about 15 different ones.  Yours is the one I look forward to the most.  You provide a great service to a  growing audience.  Thank you. I have a Windows 7 desktop and it’s time for a new one.  I am planning to buy […] Read more »

How to move captions with pictures in MS Word

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If you use Word and sometimes put pictures and captions in your documents, you will probably find today’s tip helpful. Sometimes when you have a picture and a caption in Word, and you try to move the picture, the caption doesn’t get moved like you would expect it to. Here’s how to fix that (and […] Read more »

How to display all your font samples in one place

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Today’s tip comes from a question I got recently: Is there a simple way to type a single word and have it list the font name and display the word, so you have a sample of all your font styles? Thanks – Stephen Yes, Stephen, that is possible!   A few years ago I […] Read more »