Tutorials

  • USB interferes with boot

    Richard Purdy's PC won't boot when he has a flash drive plugged into it.

    05 Feb. 10 04:23 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Facebook tips and tweaks

    I like using Facebook to keep tabs on my friends, but I don't like the endless stream of "so-and-so took this quiz" and "Joe became friends with Jane" messages.

    03 Feb. 10 08:19 Written by Rick Broida
  • Add Facebook chat to your Firefox sidebar

    Already this week we've looked at reducing feed clutter from your Facebook home page and downloading entire Facebook photo albums with just one click.

    29 Jan. 10 08:38 Written by Rick Broida
  • Use your console gamepad with your PC

    Mario can't rescue the princess without his Fire Flower. Mega Man can't beat Dr. Wily without his Mega Buster. If you're going to save the world, you need the proper equipment--and a keyboard and mouse just won't cut it. Fortunately, you can get pretty much any mainstream console gamepad working on a PC, so you won't have to shell out megabucks for an X-Arcade TankStick to bring back your gaming glory days.

    27 Jan. 10 06:20 Written by Patrick Miller
  • How to: Save and retrieve Attachments

    Today, let's look at a very common source of confusion for novice users: saving and retrieving file attachments.

    24 Jan. 10 04:24 Written by Rick Broida
  • Windows IQ: learn your laptop's power settings

    My aunt recently told me about a problem with her new laptop: Whenever she'd step away from it for more than a few minutes, she'd close the lid. Upon returning, she'd open the lid, only to be faced with a blank screen and no response from the mouse or keyboard.

    22 Jan. 10 10:40 Written by Rick Broida
  • Stream your social life on your smartphone

    Though your mobile phone keeps you more connected, it can also make things more complicated. Using a cell phone to track e-mail, text messages, instant messages, voicemail, Facebook, and Twitter can be a burden--after all, these social networking applications attempt to shoehorn Web 2.0 resources onto small devices that weren't designed with Web 2.0 in mind.

    22 Jan. 10 08:02 Written by Tony Bradley
  • The data with the music

    When you pop an audio CD into your PC's drive, your media player software (iTunes, Windows Media Player, or whatever) downloads this information from an online database.

    22 Jan. 10 03:11 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Windows 7's built-in backup

    Robert wants to know if Windows 7's built-in backup program is worth using.

    19 Jan. 10 03:58 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Snap captures video, sound, and screens

    Screen captures -- pictures of what's shown on your computer monitor -- are extremely useful. You can use them to help you explain to your associates, clients, IT, or tech support what you are seeing, or how to interact with a particular program. They're great for presentations, or to insert into larger documents. And, for us as reviewers, it makes it possible for us to illustrate our articles, so that you can see what we're writing about. But, with the right screen capture utility, you can do so much more. A case in point is Ashampoo Snap 3 (US$20, 10-day free trial), which allows you to easily capture or create video as well as still images.

    19 Jan. 10 03:07 Written by Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta
  • Free up hard drive space, fast

    Your hard drive is full. Normally that isn't such a big deal, but what if you need to grab a coworker's files before she leaves for a vacation, or what if you want your massive overnight file download to go off without a hitch? Here are some short-term tips for clearing space on your hard drive until you have the time to do a proper cleanup.

    14 Jan. 10 08:28 Written by Patrick Miller
  • Disaster-proof your PC: image your drive

    Last week I told you how to make a new computer hassle-free; to wit, I described how to create a system-repair disc, dump the junkware, and set up security. Now that you've got your PC just the way you want it, it's time to perform what I consider to be the ultimate hassle-prevention steps: imaging your hard drive and setting up a backup routine.

    13 Jan. 10 05:04 Written by Rick Broida
  • 33 ways to speed up your PC

    We love our gadgets, but sometimes they frustrate us, especially if they're slow. There's nothing worse than PCs that have lost their pep, or slow network connections and sluggish smartphones.

    12 Jan. 10 15:14 Written by PC World Staff
  • Set up your home network, Windows 7 edition

    With Windows 7, you can more easily share files and printers across a network via the new HomeGroups feature. HomeGroups lets you connect to files and printers with a group password - if all the PCs have Windows 7. But I'll show you how to get your Windows 7 PC to play nicely on a network that also has Macs and XP/Vista PCs.

    31 Dec. 09 19:50 Written by Zack Stern
  • Android keyboard shortcuts: All the hotkeys you need

    The Android mobile operating system has an impressive set of keyboard shortcuts to help you fly through your phone without digging through the menus. A couple of quick key presses are all you need for most common tasks.

    16 Dec. 09 02:09 Written by JR Raphael
  • How to diagnose a bad Wi-Fi connection

    Network problems are the thorniest to resolve. They've been known to reduce my vocabulary to curses so strong they'd embarrass Quentin Tarantino.

    14 Dec. 09 16:27 Written by Lincoln Spector
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