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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.

For those of you who like to use the quickest methods of getting things done on your computer, we have shown you many Windows shortcuts and hotkeys for performing useful tasks in the past.

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Recently, we showed you how to use the Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 8. Now, we’ll show you how to have the functionality of Metro UI and the Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 8 at the same time.

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If you’ve installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview and have run into some problems (after all, it’s pre-beta software), you may want to boot into Safe Mode to try and fix the problems.

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Have you ever surprised and impressed a non-geek friend when you were doing something on your computer that you thought was simple? If so, you performed a Stupid Geek Trick. These are simple, sometimes not very useful, computer tasks.

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Do you use the Run dialog box often in Windows? If so, we offer some helpful tips for tweaking the dialog’s history, or the most recently used (MRU) list.

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Windows keeps track of documents you have recently opened in a Recent Items list on the Start menu. The Run dialog box also stores a most recently used (MRU) list of commands you have run.

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Previously, we published a list of useful tips and tricks for getting the most out of Windows 7 Explorer. Here are some additional tips to help improve your productivity when using Explorer.

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Do you have an external USB hard drive or flash drive that you use frequently for backups or for use with applications? Every time you plug it in you may get a different drive letter for that drive.

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If you’ve tried the Windows 8 Developer Preview and found you don’t like the new Start menu, Windows Explorer, and Task Manager, there is a way to make those items look and act like Windows 7.

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We have previously written about how to take ownership of files and folders in Windows 7, but there may be times when you need to take ownership of or assign full permission for certain registry keys. This article shows you how to do this.

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Sometimes when you install a program in Windows, or when you apply a registry hack, you need to log out or restart Windows. However, the same thing can usually be accomplished by restarting the Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) process.

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The Event Viewer allows you to diagnose system and application problems in Windows. It has been enhanced in Windows 7; however, it still does not provide much information about the events in the interface.

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If you have moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, it might take some time to get used to the new Start menu and Taskbar. Here is a list of useful tips to help you make the most of each.

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Hacking the registry allows you to tweak many things in Windows, such as the adding and removing items from the context menu, enabling and disabling Windows features, customizing the Control Panel, and many other items.

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If you have installed the Developer Preview of Windows 8, you probably have discovered the rather obscure method of shutting down the system. There is an easier way of shutting down, restarting, sleeping, and hibernating your computer. You can add tiles to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen that allow you to perform these tasks with one click.

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The Document Map in Word 2007 provides easy navigation in long documents. You can jump around your document by headings or pages. It also provides a bird’s-eye view of your document’s structure.

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If you open different virtual machines in VirtualBox often, you will like VBoxLaunch. It allows you to launch virtual machines directly from the Start menu using a jumplist without having to launch the VirtualBox Manager first.

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The Navigation Pane in Word 2010 allows you to jump around your document in several ways. You can use it to find text, Word objects, such as tables and graphics, and to jump to specific headings and pages.

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Windows Explorer in Windows 7 has been significantly changed and improved since the days of Vista and XP. This article provides some of the more useful tips and tricks for getting the most out of Explorer.

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You may not think that a spell-checker is useful in a browser, but if you use a lot of forms online (for comments, forums, etc.), and you use Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), you may want to install Speckie.

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If you work with long documents in Word and prefer not to use Master Documents or separate files, you can use bookmarks to jump to specific places in your document.

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Have you installed Ubuntu 11.04 as a virtual machine in VirtualBox but have had problems getting the Shared Folders feature to work? We were able to add a shared folder, but were unable to access it.

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Keeping your data safe by performing regular backups is important. However, how many of us actually remember to stop what we’re doing and back up our data manually? An easy-to-use, automatic backup solution would solve that problem.

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Is your favorite text editor lacking a few features? Maybe you want to easily get a word count or change the case of selected text. There is an easy way to enhance your editor with these and additional features.

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In Windows 7, the System Tray has become the Notification Area and it allows for more customization than was available in Windows XP. You can choose which icons in the Notification Area are visible and which are hidden.

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