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, new Terminal windows open to your Home directory. However, if there’s another directory you use often that you want immediate access to when you open the Terminal, there’s an easy way to set this up.

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If other people use your Linux PC from time to time, you can hide files and folders from prying eyes. But if they know the obvious way to view hidden files, you can use a more secretive method: compress those files and hide them in an innocent looking image file.

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By default, when you create a new workbook in Excel, the row height and column width is always the same for all cells. However, you can easily change the height and width for one or more rows and columns.

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You logged into your Facebook account on your friend’s computer, and you’re not sure if you logged out. Or maybe you’re worried someone else has your password. Thankfully, Facebook tracks where you’re logged in, so you can see every device logged into your account, and end any sessions you don’t want active.

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If you use Linux, you know how useful the command line can be for working with files, installing software, and launching programs. But it can be even more efficient if you run multiple commands at once.

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You probably know you can create and edit documents with Google Docs, but you can edit more than just .doc files. Google Drive can also convert PDF files and images of text to editable files through Google Docs. Here’s how.

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Bookmarks in Word allow you to assign names to text and mark positions in your files so you can more easily navigate long documents. Think of bookmarks in Word like bookmarks you put in books to mark your place.

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If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and iCloud Drive to share and back up files, you can add them to the Send To context menu in Windows for quicker file moving.

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Your computer’s “clipboard” is where content that you cut or copy is temporarily stored. Microsoft Office has its own clipboard, however, that’s more powerful.

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You’re working on your laptop and you realize that it’s time to go. So, you shut down your laptop, but Windows insists on updating. Ten minutes later, you’re still waiting for Windows to update and you’re going to be late.

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By default, Microsoft Word does not display all the built-in styles on the Home tab or on the Styles pane. So, what if you want to use a style that you don’t see?

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You can easily add the current date and time to your Word documents, but what if you only want to add the month or month and year, but no date? It’s easy to manually add a custom date field and we’ll show you how.

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We’re used to word processing programs telling us when we’ve misspelled a word, but what about when your fingers are flying through directories on the Linux command line? You can actually have your typos and misspellings automatically corrected, at least when using the cd command.

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Windows provides several options for conserving power when you are not using your PC. These options include Sleep, Hibernate, and Hybrid Sleep, and are particularly useful if you have a laptop. Here’s the difference between them.

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If you work a lot in the command line, you probably keep more than one Terminal window open at once. However, instead of having separate windows, you can condense all your Terminal sessions onto one window using tabs.

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The command line in Linux is case sensitive. When you use tab completion to quickly change or list directories on the command line, you must match the case of the directory names. However, there is a way to make tab completion case insensitive.

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When you need to do a quick calculation, normally you would think to use the Windows calculator. However, if you’re working in Microsoft Word, you can calculate simple equations typed into your document using Word’s not-so-obvious Calculate command.

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If you have certain webpages that you visit every time you open your browser, you can save time by having them automatically open when you start your browser. We’ll show you how to set this up in the five most popular browsers.

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There’s an app you want to uninstall, but you can’t find it on your Home screen. If the icon appears to have disappeared, how are you supposed to uninstall the app? Don’t panic. There is another way.

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Did you type a line of text and then realize that it should have been capitalized differently? Instead of typing the line again, you can quickly and easily change the case of any text in Word without retyping it.

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A tab leader in Word produces a row of dots, dashes, or underscores between two sets of text, separated with the Tab key. They are useful for creating tabular lists without using tables, as shown in the above image.

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Do you always have a lot of tabs open in your browser? If your browser has crashed on you, or if you just want to keep those tabs open next time you start your computer, don’t panic. There is a solution.

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For most people, the default New Tab Page in Chrome works perfectly well for their purposes. But if you would prefer to choose what opens in a new tab for yourself, then we have some alternative solutions for you.

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When you insert a picture into a document, Word always defaults to the Pictures Library folder for selecting your picture file. However, you can specify a different folder as the default picture location that displays when you insert pictures in Word.

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You accidentally closed a tab, then realized you weren’t done with that webpage. Or, you want to open that elusive webpage you visited last week, but you forgot to bookmark it. No worries, you can get your closed tabs back.

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