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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.

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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Tired of all the annoying app notifications that just keep coming? Besides bugging you, they can also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to disable some notifications you don’t need, we’ll show you how to do this on Google devices and Samsung devices.

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You’ve set up the programs you need. Your windows are arranged just right. Then, something else demands your attention and you have to shut down. No worries. You can have Ubuntu remember all your running applications and restore them the next time you log in.

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If you’ve tried to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu Linux, you may have noticed that it’s not available in the Ubuntu Software Center. However, it’s easy to download a package file for Google Chrome and install it on your system, and we’ll show you how.

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When you enter a long command into the Terminal window that you found on the web or in a document, you can save yourself some time by easily copying and pasting the command at the prompt.

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The Unity Launcher in Ubuntu is locked to the left side of the screen. If you would rather have a launcher at the bottom of the screen, there is a way to convert the Unity Launcher into a dock-style launcher at the bottom of the screen.

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By default, Android apps downloaded from the Google Play Store are automatically updated. If you would rather review the updates and any new or changed permissions associated with the updates, you can choose to disable automatic updates.

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If you’re using an Android phone or tablet, you know that you need to add a Google account to the device to use it. However, you can add more than one Google account to your device.

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The screen on your Android device switches between portrait and landscape mode in response to the way you hold the device when you run certain apps. Some devices, such as Google Nexus devices, the home screen switches screen orientation automatically by default.

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Have you switched from Mac to Linux and miss the Mac OS X-style launcher? Or, maybe you just want a dock other than the Unity Launcher on your Linux machine. Cairo-Dock is a customizable dock you can add to your Linux desktop.

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If you’re a keyboard person, a lot of things can be accomplished simply using the command line. For example, there are a few easy-to-use methods for creating text files, should you need to do so.

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We’ve always been told that backing up our data is a good idea. Well, that same concept can extend to email as well. You may want to archive your email every so often, such as monthly, quarterly, or even yearly.

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It’s always a good idea to know some basics about the operating system you’re running on your computer. For example, you may need to know whether you’re running a 64-bit or 32-bit system so you know which file to download for a program you want to install.

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You may like using the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 14.04, but you may not like it taking up room on your desktop. However, there is a way to have the Unity Launcher automatically hide when you’re not using it.

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If you use Windows, you are probably familiar with the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Windows control panel. It lists the programs currently installed on your system and provides an easy method for uninstalling them with only a few clicks.

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You probably have some settings that you access on a regular basis. Instead of going into the Settings app on the status bar every time, you can create shortcut widgets to specific locations in the Settings app for one-click access.

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The “Recent Apps” screen allows you to quickly return to recently used apps. It’s similar to the Alt + Tab feature in Windows. Pressing the “Home” or “Back” buttons on your device does not completely stop the app. It still runs in the background.

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Ever since Facebook decided to force people to use Facebook Messenger to send and receive messages through Facebook, many people are not happy. If you’ve decided to install it and log in, you probably discovered that there’s no way to log out.

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If a friend asks to borrow your smartphone to search for something on the web, you probably don’t want any of your private search queries displaying in the auto-complete area when they start typing in their search terms.

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You’ve protected a PDF file containing sensitive information with a long, secure password so only the intended party can open it. However, you don’t want to enter that password every time you access the document, so you want to remove the password from your copy.

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There’s been a lot of friction about the Start screen in Windows 8. The default setup in Windows 10 is to show the Start menu instead of the Start screen. However, you can easily choose to use the Start screen instead of the Start menu.

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Web browsers you use on your mobile phone or tablet remember your browsing history, just like browsers on your PC or Mac. Anyone who borrows your phone or gets access to it somehow can see which webpages you’ve visited. However, it’s easy to protect yourself.

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