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What does it mean to use technology productively? How do you use devices and computers with Windows, Android, or iOS? Which gadgets make your work easier? How to personalize the operating system and the gadgets that you are using?

12 Reasons why Windows Explorer in Windows 8 Rocks

Windows Explorer has been a weak-spot of both Windows Vista and Windows 7. Many users complained about it being inferior to the version used in Windows XP and a lot more frustrating to work with. Luckily, with Windows 8 things are improving a lot. After using Windows...

Book Review - Microsoft Office 2010 for Dummies

The more Microsoft improves their software, the more features each program has. The added features may mean the software is easier to use, or it may mean that there are just that many more things to click on and get confused by. Or both those statements can be equally true....

Book Review - Laptops Simplified

As you can probably tell from my previous reviews, I am a visual learner and I like simple, step by step instructions. This is why the idea of reviewing Laptops Simplified appealed to me. What's not to like about a lavishly illustrated book that promises to be...

Managing Downloads in Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 brought plenty of changes, including a new interface for downloading files and managing them. Therefore, this tutorial will explain how downloading works in Internet Explorer 9, how to access and manage downloaded files, clear your download...

Book Review - Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-In-One for Dummies

Years ago, when I fixed computers at an electronics store, I rather enjoyed being viewed as some kind of magician. Other people didn't know just how easy many computer repairs can be, which kept me very busy in the repair shop. And from what I've seen in my Internet travels since...

Book Review - Windows 7 Visual Quick Tips

Not everyone learns best in the same way. Some people like to see demonstrations. Some people like to have someone else explain new concepts. Some people like to read instructions and see everything laid out in illustrations. Since I'm in that last group, I've always been a fan...

The Complete Guide to Pinning Websites with Internet Explorer

You might have heard about this new feature of Internet Explorer 9 - pinned websites. Apparently you can pin websites on your taskbar and on your Start Menu. But what this feature really is? How does it work and is it really useful in real life? This complete...

Book Review - Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser

A lot of the people I went to school with, have grandchildren (I myself am far too youthful for that, of course). And as I browse through technology-oriented blogs and websites, I have noticed that a lot of them use "grandma" as shorthand for "technologically hopeless and...

Fix Windows Explorer Annoyances in Windows 7 with Classic Shell

Many of you complained about bugs being still active in Windows Explorer, even after a lot of time since the Windows 7 launch. We read your complaints and we tried to find fixes for them. Today, we are happy to present a free tool called Classic Shell, which can...

Internet Explorer 9 - How to Improve the Load & Navigation Speed

If you are like me, you surely installed quite a few add-ons for Internet Explorer 9, simply to extend its functionality and get more out of it. However, by doing so, you also impact its performance. Depending on how many and what add-ons you install, the load and...

Book Review - Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step By Step

As the old saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. (OK, nowadays it's more likely to begin by starting the car, but you get the idea.) Complex things are made simple if you take them one step at a time. Microsoft Office Professional 2010...

Set Up your Own AdBlock in Internet Explorer 9

One of the things missed in previous versions of Internet Explorer is having an ad blocker, such as the famous AdBlock extension which has versions for Firefox, Chrome or Opera. With Internet Explorer 9, the functionality required to block ads is...

Book Review - Windows 7 for Dummies

There's a saying that goes something like "To err is human. To really mess things up requires a computer." I think just about anyone who's ever used a computer has occasionally felt like, well, a dummy—especially when confronted with something that only makes sense to computer...

Internet Explorer 9 - Showing Tabs on a Separate Row

If there's one thing I 'hated' about Internet Explorer 9 since day 1 is the fact that, by default, it shows both the address bar and the list of opened tabs on the same row. This translates into one crowded top row which quickly becomes unusable. How do you solve this...

Tablet Input Panel: Using Gestures for Speed and Convenience

In previous tutorials about Tablet Input Panel, I've shown how to use it and how to personalize it so it's in tune with your handwriting.There are a few remaining things you can do to make it even easier, like using special pen movements to speed up and simplify text...

Training Tablet Input Panel to Work Even Better

In a previous tutorial, we talked about Tablet Input Panel's handwriting recognition capabilities. If you've experimented, you've found that it works remarkably well on nearly all handwriting. But if it doesn't quite understand how you write, or if you just want to make sure...

Windows 7’s Tablet Input Panel: Text Entry and Handwriting Recognition

Tablet PCs are becoming more popular these days, and for good reason. They're compact and easy to use and can be every bit as powerful as their cousins with keyboards. They're designed to let you write on the screen with a stylus the same way you'd write on paper with a pen....