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Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

If you’re a keyboard person, a lot of things can be accomplished simply using the command line. For example, there are a few easy-to-use methods for creating text files, should you need to do so.

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We’ve always been told that backing up our data is a good idea. Well, that same concept can extend to email as well. You may want to archive your email every so often, such as monthly, quarterly, or even yearly.

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It’s always a good idea to know some basics about the operating system you’re running on your computer. For example, you may need to know whether you’re running a 64-bit or 32-bit system so you know which file to download for a program you want to install.

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You may like using the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04, but you may not like it taking up room on your desktop. However, there is a way to have the Unity Launcher automatically hide when you’re not using it.

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If you use Windows, you are probably familiar with the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Windows control panel. It lists the programs currently installed on your system and provides an easy method for uninstalling them with only a few clicks.

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You probably have some settings that you access on a regular basis. Instead of going into the Settings app on the status bar every time, you can create shortcut widgets to specific locations in the Settings app for one-click access.

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The “Recent Apps” screen allows you to quickly return to recently used apps. It’s similar to the Alt + Tab feature in Windows. Pressing the “Home” or “Back” buttons on your device does not completely stop the app. It still runs in the background.

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Ever since Facebook decided to force people to use Facebook Messenger to send and receive messages through Facebook, many people are not happy. If you’ve decided to install it and log in, you probably discovered that there’s no way to log out.

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If a friend asks to borrow your smartphone to search for something on the web, you probably don’t want any of your private search queries displaying in the auto-complete area when they start typing in their search terms.

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You’ve protected a PDF file containing sensitive information with a long, secure password so only the intended party can open it. However, you don’t want to enter that password every time you access the document, so you want to remove the password from your copy.

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There’s been a lot of friction about the Start screen in Windows 8. The default setup in Windows 10 is to show the Start menu instead of the Start screen. However, you can easily choose to use the Start screen instead of the Start menu.

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Virtual desktops were finally added as a built-in feature in Windows 10. If you’ve used Linux or Mac, you know this can be a very useful feature. If you open a lot of programs at once, this feature allows you to keep them organized.

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Web browsers you use on your mobile phone or tablet remember your browsing history, just like browsers on your PC or Mac. Anyone who borrows your phone or gets access to it somehow can see which webpages you’ve visited. However, it’s easy to protect yourself.

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When typing on an Android device, your spelling is checked automatically and replacement words are suggested. If you don’t select a word in the list of suggestions, a default word is used to replace what the system things is a misspelled word.

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Private browsing allows you to surf the web without saving any information about your browsing and download history, cookies, form data, or search history. Browsers available for PCs have provided ways of browsing privately, but what about private browsing on a phone or tablet?

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In Android, you can set a type of file or action to open a certain app, just like in Windows. For example, when you click a link to a webpage in any app, you can choose to open a certain browser automatically every time.

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There are so many apps out there for Android devices, many of them free, that you can’t help installing a bunch of them. However, you might discover you don’t like some of them, or you’re starting to run out of room on your device.

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Android apps don’t actually stop running when you return to the Home screen or switch to another app. There is no real need to exit an app unless it is misbehaving or you want to uninstall it. Then, you can “force stop” an app.

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When you run an app on your Android device, you can minimize it and return to the home screen easily by touching or pressing the Home button. However, what if you want to quickly get to an open app from within a another open app?

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If you lose your Android device, it’s not likely you’ll get it back. However, there are some kind souls out there who will try to return it, but if the device is locked, they won’t know how to reach you.

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Ever wished you had recorded a call? Maybe you got bad customer service from a company over the phone and you want proof. Or, maybe you received training or help that you want to reference again in the future.

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A free OneDrive account provides 15 GB of online storage and allows you to access files from multiple devices, such as a PC, a smartphone, and a tablet. You can easily copy files to your OneDrive account using the Send To menu in Windows Explorer.

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Has your Internet connection become slower than it should be? There may be a chance that you have some malware, spyware, or adware that is using your Internet connection in the background without your knowledge. Here’s how to see what’s going on under the hood.

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When you run a command using sudo in Linux, the Terminal prompts you to type in your password with no visual feedback as you type. We’ll show a quick tweak that will show asterisks (*) when you type in your password in the Terminal.

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Normally, the command prompt can be opened as a regular user to run commands that don’t require administrative rights. However, if you need to run a command that requires administrative rights, you must open the command prompt window as administrator.

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