Archive for ‘Scott Johnson’

Get a quick preview of almost any file on your PC

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Back in Windows 7, it was easy to get a “Preview” of an image file that was stored on your computer. Just right click on the file, and choose Preview. That went away in Windows 10. But you can get back the preview option again – and not just for picture files.   Honestly […] Read more »

Quickest way to search your PC

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Windows has its own search function built in. You just click in the Search field, type a file name or a program name, and hit Enter. The problem is, a search can take a long time – especially if you have a lot of data stored on your computer. But there’s a new way to […] Read more »

How to check: when was the last time you restarted your PC?

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Do you know how long it’s been since you restarted your Windows computer? There’s an easy way to check.   You probably already know that restarting your computer will often resolve a problem or error that has come up. I’ve often referred to restarting as a “magic pill” for computer repair since it fixes […] Read more »

My system for getting deals from online classified ads

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Everyone wants to find a good deal on Craigslist or one of the other online classified listing sites. But most people just go about it “hit or miss” and hope to be lucky and come across an amazing bargain. For me, I want to make this process as easy as possible, and also increase my […] Read more »

How to recover an unsaved Word document

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Some surprises are fun. Something that is NOT fun is working on a Word document for a while, then a sudden power outage shuts off your computer, and you realize you never saved that document. But there’s good news! You can probably get it back!   Actually this alarming situation might happen due to […] Read more »

How to identify fake Amazon reviews

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I buy stuff from Amazon all the time. A lot of my purchases are things I already know about because I’ve bought them before. But sometimes I’m buying something new, comparing prices, maybe comparing different models of the same item, trying to decide which would be best to buy. It’s great that most Amazon products […] Read more »

One tool you should NEVER use on your laptop

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Unfortunately, it’s an accident that happens way more often than it should – a liquid gets spilled on a laptop. Water, soda, wine, beer, lemonade, whatever – obviously none of these things are a good thing for a computer. But then, in some cases, the owner of the laptop makes things worse by trying to […] Read more »

How to change the default font in Word 2016

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When you open Microsoft Word to create a new document, the default font that’s in place and ready to be used is Calibri. But did you know that you can change that, so that a new Word document will start off in whatever font you prefer?   This sounds like an interesting 2-part trivia […] Read more »

What do you do with an old laptop?

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Most people get a new computer every 3-5 years. Sometimes they might go longer than that, but that’s probably about the average. But I see a lot of people that have a stack of old laptops sitting in their office or their garage, just because they don’t know exactly how to get rid of them. […] Read more »

Attach a document to Outlook, directly from MS Word

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Did you know you can create a document in Microsoft Word and send it from Outlook as an attachment, and you never even need to click to open Outlook? It’s true, and it’s pretty easy.   And why would you want to do this? The main reason is simple: fewer clicks. This makes it […] Read more »