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.

As you type in some word processors, quotes marks may automatically get converted from straight quotes to “smart quotes,” which are typographically correct quote marks that are curved one way at the beginning of a quote and the other way at the end of a quote.

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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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By default, Word doesn’t allow you to quickly select sentences using the keyboard. However, you can add keyboard shortcuts for some “hidden” commands available in Word that allow you to select entire sentences and jump through a document a sentence at a time.

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Word has two different modes used for editing text – Insert mode and Overtype mode. Insert mode is the default and more commonly used mode. In Insert mode, text you type is inserted at the insertion point.

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Sometimes you may need to jump to a specific location relative to your current location in a Word document. You can easily do this using the “Go To” function to jump forward or back a specified number of pages.

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By default, in Word, when you select text and then type anything, the selected text is replaced with what you type. This can be frustrating if you’ve highlighted some text and then accidentally pressed a key and lost your work.

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Facebook has a feature that analyzes photos uploaded by your friends using its facial recognition technology. If your face is recognized in a photo, your name is suggested to the friend who uploaded it so that friend can more easily tag you in the photo.

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Saving your Facebook search history is supposed to help you by making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, but it’s also a way to gather as much information about you as possible and sell it to advertisers.

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We spend a lot of time online, whether it be on a PC or a mobile device, searching for information. Most people use Google to find information online, sometimes searching for answers about personal matters that we might not want anyone else to see.

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You may not realize this, but if you have a Facebook account, you also have a Facebook email address based on your profile name. People can easily guess this email address (<your profile>@facebook.com) and send you email using it or even use it in a malicious manner.

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In June 2014, Microsoft raised the amount of storage you get with a free OneDrive account to 15GB, from 7GB. Now that you have all this free online storage, why not use it? I use Ubuntu, not Windows, you say. No worries. There is a solution.

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Many programs in Windows add themselves to system startup when you install them, allowing them to automatically start up when you boot your computer. You can also have other programs automatically start and files and folders automatically open when Windows starts.

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When working in Microsoft Office, you may have files you open often or a specific folder you use to store all your Office documents. Office programs allow you to pin most-used files and folders to the “Open” screen for quick and easy access.

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There are many tools out there for taking screenshots in Windows. However, it’s not necessary to install a third party application for this purpose. The Snipping Tool, included in Windows Vista and later, allows you to take various types of screenshots and edit and annotate them.

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Have you noticed your usually speedy Google Chrome browser slowing down, or even crashing on you? Unnecessary plugins, extensions, and even browsing data can slow your browser down to a crawl, or make it crash. Here’s how to fix it.

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The boot options have been consolidated in Windows 8 and 10 into a single menu, called the “boot options menu,” providing access to repair tools and options for changing Windows startup behavior, such as enabling debugging, booting into safe mode, and launching into a recovery environment.

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The more software you install on your computer, the longer it may seem to take to start up Windows. Many programs add themselves to the list of programs started when you boot your computer, and that list can get long.

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If you have a lot of blank rows in your Excel spreadsheet, you can delete them by right-clicking each once separately and selecting “Delete,” a very time-consuming task. However, there’s a quicker and easier way of deleting both blank rows and blank columns.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to try a new version of Ubuntu while knowing you can return to the previous version if you don’t like it? We’ll show you a tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your system at any time.

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If you need to reinstall Ubuntu or if you just want to install a new version from scratch, wouldn’t it be useful to have an easy way to reinstall all your apps and settings? You can easily accomplish this using a free tool called Aptik.

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When you install an app in the Google Play Store, a shortcut is automatically added to the Home screen. This can be handy, making it easier to find the app once it’s installed. However, you may not want new shortcuts added to your Home screen.

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Is your Android Home screen getting a bit crowded? You’ve probably installed a ton of useful apps and are running out of room. However, there are probably apps you use more often than others. There is an elegant way of curing a crowded Home screen.

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Your phone stores a wealth of information such as apps you download, websites you visit, and searches you perform. Clearing out the caches and data for apps will clear out this information, however, you must clear the cache and data for each app separately.

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Your Google Play Store search history includes previously searched for apps, movies, books, music, etc. and is saved and stored in your Play Store account. Also, every app you’ve downloaded, whether free or paid, is stored in your “My Apps” list.

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By default, the Google keyboard does not display a row of numbers at the top of the main keyboard. If you spend a lot of time typing numbers, there’s an easy way to add a dedicated row of numbers to the top of the keyboard.

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