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.

In typesetting terms, “widows” and “orphans” are lines at the end or beginning of a paragraph that are separated from the rest of the paragraph by a page break. If you think widows and orphans in your Word document are distracting, you can enable a setting that prevents them.

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There are two ways to protect a PDF file: an owner password and a user password. We’ll explain the purpose of each and show you how to apply them to your PDF files.

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When working on an Excel worksheet, you may find yourself setting up different display settings at different times, such as zoom level or window position and size. The Custom Views feature allows you to set up and save different views to quickly switch among them.

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By default, each Notepad document has the name of the document in the header and the page number in the footer when you print a text file. However, you can customize the header and footer with special commands or custom text, or leave one or both blank.

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If you use the LibreOffice suite of programs, you’ll be happy to learn about Open365. Just as LibreOffice is the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office, Open365 is the free counterpart to the cloud-based Office 365.

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When you type in Word, paragraphs flow smoothly from one page to the next, and page breaks are automatically inserted when needed. However, what if you want to keep a certain paragraph together and not split the paragraphs between two pages? There’s a simple fix for this.

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Chrome allows you to create multiple profiles, each with a different set of bookmarks, search history, settings, toolbar buttons, among other things. You can switch among your profiles, each profile opening in a separate Chrome window.

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The status bar in Windows’ Notepad displays the current line number and column number of the cursor location. However, if you find that the  Status Bar option on the View menu is grayed out, it may be because you have Word Wrap enabled.

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The Security Warning dialog box in Windows displays when you run or open a file that Microsoft doesn’t recognize as a trusted file. The file is blocked unless you specifically tell Windows the file can be run or opened.

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Notepad is a basic but useful text editor that’s been included in Windows in some form since the beginning. You’ve probably customized Notepad for the way you work, but now you want to reset Notepad to its default settings. No worries. It’s easy, and we’ll show you how.

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Installing extensions in web browsers can provide some very useful features. However, if you install a lot of extensions in multiple browsers, you might forget which you installed in which. We have an easy solution if you use Chrome, Firefox, and/or Internet Explorer.

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Your Chrome profile stores your browser settings, bookmarks, extensions, apps, and saved passwords. Your profile is stored in a separate folder on your computer, so if anything goes wrong with Chrome, your information is saved.

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Your Firefox profile stores your settings and personal information, such as your home page, bookmarks, extensions (add-ons), toolbars, and saved passwords. All this information is stored in a profile folder that keeps your data separate from the Firefox program, so if anything goes wrong with Firefox, your information is preserved.

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The Action Center in Windows 10 shows and logs various types of notifications, while also providing one-click access to different features with the Quick Action Buttons. If you don’t use the Quick Action Buttons, though, you can easily hide them using a registry hack.

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The ability to have multiple desktops was missing for a long time in Windows, until Windows 10 finally added it. We’ve covered how to use virtual desktops in Windows 10, but there’s at least one missing feature that we’ll show you how to add.

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Microsoft Office files are still very common, but if you’re more of a Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides user, you can still edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in Google Drive–if you know how.

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If you delete a lot of emails when sifting through your Outlook inbox, you might have turned on the option to automatically empty the deleted items folder when exiting Outlook. That’s handy, but you most likely have to confirm the deletion of the emails every time.

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When you click Send on an email, it is typically sent immediately. But what if you want to send it at a later time? Outlook allows you delay the sending of a single message or all email messages.

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Most optical disc drives require you to press a button on the front of the drive to open it. This button can be hard to find or get to on some machines. However, you can use a keyboard shortcut to open your optical drive.

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All of us, at one point, have accidentally pressed the Caps Lock key or Num Lock key by accident. Then, you type a password and wonder why it doesn’t work. Wouldn’t it be nice to know at a glance the status of your Caps Lock and Num Lock keys?

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Among the new features in Microsoft Office 2016 are some improvements to the user interface. For example, they added a background image to the title bar in each Office program, and an improved dark theme. Customizing the background and theme is easy, and we’ll show you how to do it.

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To do basic arithmetic in Word, you normally have to open the Windows calculator to get your answers, then manually insert them into Word. However, there is a third-party add-in for Word that provides a popup calculator that will calculate numbers in your document, and automatically insert the answer.

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That boring, grey circle may give you a slight indication of who you’re calling or texting, but wouldn’t it be nice if all your iPhone contacts had photos to go with them? Here’s how to manually add a picture to a contact.

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By default, on an iPhone 6/6 Plus or 6S/6S Plus, photos for your contacts are displayed in the Messages app. If you don’t want to see those photos, though, you can hide them with a simple setting.

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Google Drive has become one of the premiere cloud storage options for millions of computer users over the past few years. But it isn’t just about Google Docs and Slides–you can also use it to sync your other files across computers, and access them offline, without a browser.

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