Great way to decide which programs to uninstall from your PC

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Last Monday we talked about taking some non-essential programs out of the “auto-startup” process in order to speed up your computer. Today we’ll go over an easy way to figure out if you should actually uninstall a program from your Windows computer.   You know how it is – when you go into Control […] Read more »

Speed up your PC by optimizing the startup programs

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When a Windows computer is running slowly, one of the first things I check is this: How many programs are running at the same time, both visibly and in the background? The more programs are running, the slower they all run. So let’s streamline your computer and run only those programs that are needed. […] Read more »

How to schedule sending an email in Outlook

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All of my email is sent and received using Microsoft Outlook, and there’s one feature of Outlook that I use all the time – the ability to send an email at a future date and time, rather than having it go out immediately.   Why would I want to create a new email, or […] Read more »

This computer/smartphone app is really handy

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Usually I talk about stuff that pertains specifically to computers, but I recently started usingĀ a really handy program that will work on computers, tablets and phones (PC or Mac). It’s called Simplenote.   For comparison, this is “kind of” a competitor to Evernote. If you haven’t used Evernote, it’s a program for capturing information […] Read more »

How to follow a Facebook post without commenting on it

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I’m on Facebook quite often, and it’s not just to talk about my computer repair business here in Safety Harbor, Florida. I’m in groups with a variety of topics, including ultramarathon running, using diet to avoid preventable diseases such as cancer and heart disease, cooking with my Instant Pot, and lots of others. When someone […] Read more »

The flash drive that will KILL your computer

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If you found a flash drive on the ground or someplace out in public, what would you do with it? A kind-hearted person would of course want to get it back to its rightful owner. But to do that, you would need to connect it to a computer and see if anything on the drive […] Read more »

How to see ALL your Notification Area icons, all the time

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That area in the bottom right corner of your Windows screen is just loaded with valuable information. But in a lot of cases you don’t see everything that’s going on down there because some of the icons are hidden. Here’s how to get all those icons to be visible all the time.   The […] Read more »

Delete your history in less than 5 seconds – in any browser

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Sometimes it’s nice to know how to do things really quickly on your computer. And sometimes you might need to delete your browser history (the list of all the websites you’ve visited in a certain period of time).   Why would you need to delete your browser history? Lots of reasons. Maybe you’re shopping […] Read more »

New virus trick to watch for – the “missing font” hack

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The hackers and scammers continue to come up with new ideas to trick you into downloading a virus to your computer. The latest scheme is a pop-up in Chrome that says the page won’t display properly because you’re missing a font. Here are the details so you don’t fall for it.   This is […] Read more »

Make the Windows 10 Start Menu less annoying

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In Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows), the Start menu was simply a way to navigate to whatever program or file you needed to open. In Windows 10, Microsoft seems to think that it should now be used as their own private little billboard on your computer. Today we’ll talk about how to take […] Read more »