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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

You’ve been doing some serious work on your computer and have a bunch of apps, browsers, spreadsheets, and documents open. You’re done for the day, but closing each app and document individually is going to be a hassle. Here we take a look at an awesome utility that will close all of your running applications at once with one click.

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Sometimes you might be working on an online form or other application where you need to insert a special character. The Character Map feature in Windows is an often overlooked feature that can help you add special characters to your work.

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The new libraries feature in Windows 7 makes it easier to manage your files and folders. Today we take a look at how to access libraries, how to use them, and how to include network locations to the libraries as well.

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Sometimes you might find it necessary to add additional storage to your Windows Home Server. Today we’ll take a look at how to add an external hard drive to your home server to increase storage space.

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In some computing situations, you might need to create a WiFi hotspot quickly so other wireless devices can use an Internet connection. Today we take a look at Connectify which easily turns your Windows 7 machine into an instant WiFi hotspot.

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If you are moving from Office 2003 to 2007 or 2010 Beta, get ready for a learning curve when it comes to The Ribbon. Instead of having the learning experience be frustrating, you can install a cool add-in called Ribbon Hero, a game that makes the learning process more fun.

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One of our favorite music sites here at How-To Geek is Amie Street, and they have added a new downloader app to make getting your music from the site easier. Here we will take a look at this new feature.

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Have you ever wanted to be able to access all of your important files, music, photos, and more from all computers in your home from one central server? Today we’ll take a look at Windows Home Server and show you how to install and configure it with other machines on your network.

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You don’t need to have a special device to listen to XM Radio, the service is also available online. Today we take a look at setting it up in Windows 7 with Windows Media Center.

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When your playing music or a video in Windows Media Player in Windows 7, you can toggle the playback controls on or off by hovering the mouse over the window. Here we show you how to always have the playback controls show in Now Playing mode.

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Another Friday and only a a few more hours until weekend freedom! Instead of staring at the clock and agonizing how time is moving slow, play a fun flash game to pass the hours. Today we take a look at Uphill Rush which is a fun racing game where you can race on different vehicles.

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Being able to share Access data with other applications is easier in Office 2010. Today we take a look at how easy it is to share data from an Access 2010 Database to to an Excel spreadsheet and more.

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Most of you are probably used to the Taskbar always being at the bottom of the screen and have never thought about moving it. Here we show you how to move it to any of the four corners of the desktop in XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

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If you have a netbook and would like to upgrade it to Windows 7, you may be wondering how to do it without a clunky external DVD Drive. Today we show you how to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive.

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If you work in Outlook for much of the workday, you may find it annoying having to navigate from Mail View to Calendar, then Contacts…etc. Today we show you a cool quick tip that will allow you to open each feature in a new Window.

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The Homegroup feature in Windows 7 is great for sharing files between machines. Sometimes you might find it necessary to leave a Homegroup because you don’t need access to its files or printer. Here we’ll show you the steps for disconnecting from a Homegroup.

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One of the cool new features in Windows 7 is the Homegroup feature that allows easy sharing of files between machines. Today we take a look at how to add a new Windows 7 machine to an existing Homegroup.

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If you’re a user of Internet Explorer 8 either by choice or due to work requirements, you might be tired of seeing the annoying Suggested Sites feature in the Favorites Bar. Today we show you how to disable Suggested Sites and remove it from the Toolbar.

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When you installed MS Office 2007 or 2010, and didn’t do a customized installation, you might find there are some apps in the suite you don’t need or use. Here we take a look at how to add or remove those applications on your computer.

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One of the cool new features in Windows 7 is the ability to stream digital media to different computers throughout your house. Here we will show you how to set up Windows Media Player in Windows 7 to share and stream videos, music, and other digital media to Windows 7 machines.

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In previous versions of Office, going through a lot of different setting screens could sometimes make printing a chore. Today we check out the streamlined printing options available in Office 2010 Backstage.

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If you’re moving from Vista to Windows 7, you might be wondering what happened to Windows Photo Gallery, or in XP you might have used another photo manager. Today we take a look at using Windows Live Photo Gallery from the Windows Live Essentials suite.

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Even if your computer doesn’t have a TV tuner card, you can still watch broadcast television programming with Media Center in Windows 7. Today we take a look at some of the features and how to get started.

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Another Friday has arrived and it’s time to waste the work day away playing games online. Today we take a look at First Person Tetris which is a fun way to get back that old school feeling you had playing Tetris on your first 8-bit Nintendo system.

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It can be very annoying when you have a bunch of different projects open at work, then find you need restart the machine because of Microsoft Updates or some other reason. Today we take a look at a cool free app that will restart everything you were working on after a reboot.

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