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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.

Ubuntu 14.04 has recently been released and they now include a setting for enabling the local menus, allowing you to easily move the menu bar for each program to that program’s window rather than displaying the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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The Global menu in Ubuntu was designed to provide more space for program windows. However, if you use a large monitor or multiple monitors, the Global menu can be an annoyance as the menus get further away from their respective program windows.

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VirtualBox is a program that allows you to run multiple operating systems (guests) on one computer (the host computer). You may need to transfer files between the host and the guest. It’s easy to set up in Windows guests, but tricky in Ubuntu guests.

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If you use VirtualBox to run different operating systems on your computer, you may be wondering how to copy text from your host machine into the guest machine and vice versa. You may have thought that VirtualBox Guest Additions provides this feature, but it doesn’t.

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Portable applications are useful if you use many different computers. You can take your library of applications with you and use any Windows computer to run them. However, what if there is an application you use that does not come in a portable format?

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When sending email to multiple recipients (some of whom are unknown to each other), it’s recommended not to display everyone’s email address. Some people might get quite upset with you for advertising their email address to people they don’t know.

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If you have multiple emails you need to forward to someone, you don’t have to forward each one separately or create a new email and attach each one. There is an easy method to forward multiple email messages to a single recipient as one message.

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Do you find that your friends’ and relatives’ emails are getting sent to your Spam folder instead of your Inbox? Outlook provides a Safe Senders list that allows you to specify which email addresses and whole domains from which you want to receive email.

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There are many ways to keep track of your tasks from online, PC, and mobile tools to old-fashioned methods such as post-it notes and scraps of paper. However, if you work in Word often, you can keep track of your tasks directly in Word.

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Have you tried to install a program in Windows 7 that uses an MSI file as its installer and instead you saw the above error? Never fear. There is an easy solution and we’re here to help you with it.

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Have you installed so many apps in Windows 8.1 that you’re quickly running out of room? This might especially be the case if you’re using a Windows tablet. There is an easy way to see how much space each installed app is using.

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By default in Ubuntu 13.10, when deleting files on the command line using the “rm” command, no confirmation displays before the file is deleted. However, you may want that extra layer of protection. You can easily turn on the confirmation for deleting files.

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Windows 8 contains a built-in file encryption feature, called BitLocker, but only in the Pro or Enterprise versions. In addition, if your system does not have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), you must use an external USB flash drive with BitLocker for it to work.

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Do you do a lot of searching in Windows Explorer? You can make it quicker and easier for yourself with a custom shortcut on your Desktop. We’ll show you how to create a shortcut that opens Windows Explorer ready for you to begin a search.

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Do you miss the gadgets from Windows 7 now that you’re using Windows 8.1? There’s no official way to re-install them, but there is a way to get them back using a third-party, free utility called 8Gadgetpack.

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When you need to install a program as an administrator, you can right-click on the .exe file and select Run as administrator. However, that option isn’t available for MSI packages. We will show you how to add an Install as administrator option for MSI packages.

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The Start, or Modern, screen doesn’t have a taskbar, so when you run Modern apps you might lose track of which apps are running. There are a few ways to check which Modern apps are running and switch among all running apps.

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The Computer icon that you’re used to seeing in Windows 7, Vista, and XP is now not available on the Desktop in Windows 8.1. However, it is not gone completely. There’s an easy way to bring it back.

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We’ve previously written about how to convert Wikipedia articles (or collections of articles) to eBooks you can read on mobile devices. If you travel a lot, you may want to listen to Wikipedia articles. Pediaphon provides a way to do this.

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Wikipedia is a great source for all kinds of interesting information. In addition to reading articles online, you can also create custom eBooks out of Wikipedia articles that you can read on your mobile device without a data or Wi-Fi connection.

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If you are using Outlook 2013 on a smaller screen, you may not want the Navigation Bar at the bottom of the window to be full size. You can easily change it to be more compact at the bottom of the folder pane.

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Have you added holidays to your calendar in Outlook and now you want to remove them? Maybe you added holidays from a country or religion you didn’t mean to add, or you just don’t need to see the holidays on your calendar.

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If you use the Calendar feature in Outlook to keep track of your important meetings and events as well as birthdays and anniversaries for friends and family, you may want to add holidays to the calendar as well.

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If you have multiple contacts stored in a single .vcf file, and you try to import that file into Outlook, only the first contact will be imported. There is a way around this limitation that allows you to import all contacts from a single .vcf file.

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In Windows 7 and 8, there is a Contacts folder in your user directory. This folder can be useful if you have your contacts in a single .vcf file and want to move them into a .csv file for importing into programs like Outlook 2013.

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