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.

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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If you have large workbooks with a lot of formulas on the worksheets, recalculating the workbooks can take a long time. By default, Excel automatically recalculates all open workbooks as you change values in the worksheets. However, you can choose to recalculate only the current worksheet manually.

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When you delete emails, tasks, calendar items, or notes in Outlook, they are moved to the Deleted Items folder. This folder is not emptied until you do it manually–at least by default. If you want, you can have Outlook empty this folder automatically when you exit the program.

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Have you ever turned on the Caps Lock key ACCIDENTALLY WHILE YOU’RE TYPING? Or turned off the Num Lock key unintentionally and then tried to use the number keypad? No worries. There’s a setting in Windows that can notify you with a sound whenever you press one of these keys.

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If you read a lot of websites in Chrome or Firefox that split their articles up into many separate pages, or put each image in a gallery on a new page, we have a tip for you that will make reading sites like that much easier and faster.

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Say you’ve created an Excel workbook you need to distribute, but you can’t reveal the formulas you used in that workbook. We’ll show you an easy trick that allows you to copy a worksheet to another workbook and quickly remove the formulas, so only the results show.

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If you use Firefox, we have a tip that can help you be more productive while surfing the web. Say you want to keep track of your to-do list, or another web page while reading another website. We’ll show you an easy way to do this.

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Naming a range of cells in Excel provide an easy way to reference those cells in a formula. If you have a workbook with a lot of data on the worksheets, naming ranges of cells can make your formulas easier to read and less confusing.

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By default, when you create a table in Word, it is aligned with the left margin. You may want to make your tables stand out a bit by indenting them, but this cannot be done using the same formatting tools you would use to indent a paragraph.

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Chrome allows you to open tabs from your last browsing session when you open the browser. However, what if you want to save your current set of tabs to re-open at any time? Chrome doesn’t provide a way to do that natively, but there is an easy workaround using bookmarks.

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Macros in Microsoft Office programs allow you to automate repetitive tasks, but some macros can be dangerous. Macros are bits of computer code and they’re infamous for containing malware that will infect your computer if you run them. Microsoft Office protects you from files containing macros by default.

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Vivaldi is a new desktop web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux, built primarily for people who like to customize their browser to the nth degree. After over a year in development, it’s finally launched version 1.0–but is Vivaldi any better than the browsers you already use, and should you switch to it?

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Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security for your online accounts. Many online services are offering two-factor authentication, including Apple. However, Apple’s two-factor authentication needs some explaining, since it exists in two slightly different forms.

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In December 2015, Google added reminders to the Google Calendar app for Android and iOS users. Now Reminders have also been added to Google Calendar for the web–you may have seen them pop up in your calendar recently. But if you’d rather hide them (or switch back to Google Tasks), it’s very easy to do so.

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Reinstalling Windows is a good way to fix serious problems with your computer, or just to get a fresh slate. But before you reinstall Windows, you should make a list of programs you currently have installed on your PC so you know what you want to reinstall on the new system.

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Gmail is one of the most popular email services on Earth, and the iPhone is the most popular phone. If you have all your email, contacts, and calendars stored in your Gmail account, you can easily add it to iOS and get the best of both worlds.

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