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Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a 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.

By default, Ubuntu does not come with Java (or the Java Runtime Environment, JRE) installed. However, you may need it for some programs or games like Minecraft. We will show you how to quickly and easily check if Java is installed and how to install it.

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By default, when you search using the Unity Dash, online shopping suggestions such as Amazon display in your results. You may not want online suggestions included in your search results, whether it be for bandwidth or privacy reasons. You can easily disable this feature.

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If you share your Ubuntu machine with other people, you probably have multiple users set up, thinking that the other users log into their own accounts and only have access to their own home directories. However, by default, any user can access any home directory.

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If you’ve installed a lot of applications in Ubuntu, you may have noticed that takes longer for your system to boot up. Some applications are automatically run when you boot up your Ubuntu system and this process uses up resources as Ubuntu boots.

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The Ubuntu desktop has changed a lot over time. If you’re a new user, you may only know the Unity desktop environment. However, if you’re a long-time user, you may prefer the original Gnome desktop environment that was previously part of Ubuntu.

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In Ubuntu 14.04, you cannot change the window control buttons to the right side of the title bar anymore. If you prefer the window control buttons on the right, or you just don’t like Unity, you can easily go back to the classic Gnome desktop.

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By default, Nautilus displays a breadcrumb bar showing the path to the selected folder or file. However, this may not be efficient if you need to enter a long path. You can easily change Nautilus to display the location entry rather than the breadcrumb bar.

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If you’ve switched to Ubuntu from Windows, it may take some time to get used to the new and different interface. However, you can easily incorporate a familiar Windows feature, the Taskbar, into Ubuntu to make the transition easier.

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The Unity launcher is the vertical bar with icons on the left side of your Ubuntu desktop. It allows you to easily launch programs and to access workspaces, removable devices, and the trash bin. Initially, the Unity launcher icons are fairly large.

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In Windows you can easily find out how much disk space is left using Windows Explorer. The total disk space and how much space is free is displayed for each device connected to your machine. However, how do you do this on an Ubuntu machine?

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Ubuntu 14.04 has recently been released and they now include a setting for enabling the local menus, allowing you to easily move the menu bar for each program to that program’s window rather than displaying the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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The Global menu in Ubuntu was designed to provide more space for program windows. However, if you use a large monitor or multiple monitors, the Global menu can be an annoyance as the menus get further away from their respective program windows.

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VirtualBox is a program that allows you to run multiple operating systems (guests) on one computer (the host computer). You may need to transfer files between the host and the guest. It’s easy to set up in Windows guests, but tricky in Ubuntu guests.

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If you use VirtualBox to run different operating systems on your computer, you may be wondering how to copy text from your host machine into the guest machine and vice versa. You may have thought that VirtualBox Guest Additions provides this feature, but it doesn’t.

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Portable applications are useful if you use many different computers. You can take your library of applications with you and use any Windows computer to run them. However, what if there is an application you use that does not come in a portable format?

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When sending email to multiple recipients (some of whom are unknown to each other), it’s recommended not to display everyone’s email address. Some people might get quite upset with you for advertising their email address to people they don’t know.

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If you have multiple emails you need to forward to someone, you don’t have to forward each one separately or create a new email and attach each one. There is an easy method to forward multiple email messages to a single recipient as one message.

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Do you find that your friends’ and relatives’ emails are getting sent to your Spam folder instead of your Inbox? Outlook provides a Safe Senders list that allows you to specify which email addresses and whole domains from which you want to receive email.

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There are many ways to keep track of your tasks from online, PC, and mobile tools to old-fashioned methods such as post-it notes and scraps of paper. However, if you work in Word often, you can keep track of your tasks directly in Word.

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Have you tried to install a program in Windows 7 that uses an MSI file as its installer and instead you saw the above error? Never fear. There is an easy solution and we’re here to help you with it.

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Have you installed so many apps in Windows 8.1 that you’re quickly running out of room? This might especially be the case if you’re using a Windows tablet. There is an easy way to see how much space each installed app is using.

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By default in Ubuntu 13.10, when deleting files on the command line using the “rm” command, no confirmation displays before the file is deleted. However, you may want that extra layer of protection. You can easily turn on the confirmation for deleting files.

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Windows 8 contains a built-in file encryption feature, called BitLocker, but only in the Pro or Enterprise versions. In addition, if your system does not have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), you must use an external USB flash drive with BitLocker for it to work.

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Do you do a lot of searching in Windows Explorer? You can make it quicker and easier for yourself with a custom shortcut on your Desktop. We’ll show you how to create a shortcut that opens Windows Explorer ready for you to begin a search.

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Do you miss the gadgets from Windows 7 now that you’re using Windows 8.1 or 10? There’s no official way to re-install them, but there is a way to get them back using a third-party, free utility called 8Gadgetpack.

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