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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag to answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re looking at deleting duplicate Windows Media Player entries, hotkey switching for right/left-handed mouse settings, and changing Word’s default font.

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This week we learned how to force a browser to remember passwords, customize folder backgrounds and icons in Windows Explorer, improve photography by learning the elements of exposure, sync encrypted files with Dropbox and SecretSync, found out how you backup your data, and more.

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We’ve recently shown you lots of ways to remove backgrounds from photos using Photoshop and some other tools, but did you know you can do the same thing from within PowerPoint 2010? Here’s how to do it.

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Did you know that PowerPoint 2010 has a feature called Broadcast Slide Show with which you can share your presentation through the web to another computer, smartphone or any other device with a browser? Here’s how to use it.

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag to answer your tech questions. This week we take a look at how you can avoid frequent reboots, moving MS Office, and how to share your laptop’s internet connection.

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In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 there is a little feature called Presenter View that could help you get rid of your printed notes and track better your time when presenting.

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This week we learned how to optimize Manga and Comic collections for Kindles, make use of more tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, asked and found out what your geek hobbies are, made out like bandits with this week’s Geek Deals, and more.

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If you have images or PDF files with text in them that can’t be selected, you can use the OneNote printer and the built-in OCR functionality to extract the text from them. Here’s how to do it.

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This week we learned how to make use of even more tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, “add a PDF printer, hide Windows logins, & share a USB HDD”, network boot (PXE) an Ubuntu live CD, found out what your fellow readers felt about running an open Wi-Fi Network, enjoy the great geek deals available this week, and more.

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This week we learned how to use over 50 tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, save paper by highlighting and commenting on PDFs, “halt automatic IE updates, change the background image on Windows 7 folders, & customize the Ubuntu bootloader screen”, upgrade an Ubuntu ISO without re-downloading, found out how you keep track of your passwords, and more.

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Protected View can stop viruses from installing onto your computer but comes at the price of clicking a button every time you want to edit a document. Here’s how to permanently disable Protected View for all documents in Microsoft Office.

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This week we learned how to set Firefox up to use Google Apps for opening everything, use Virtual PC to install Windows 7 into a virtual machine, what an equalizer is and how it works, had fun adding an artist’s touch to our desktops with a special customization set, where to score sweet geeky deals on laptops, HDTVs, & free apps, and more.

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Microsoft Word has a zillion features, and even after using it for a while, you’re always finding something new. The Navigation Pane is a great feature that lets you easily skip between sections, but even more useful is the ability to use it to reorganize your documents.

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Table is most probably one of the best tools in Microsoft Word; it lets you align text, perform calculations, and today we’ll show you how to use tables to add flair to your documents.

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SkyDrive is an online storage system included in Windows Live, which gives you 25 GB of space that you can sync to your desktop. Here’s how to connect it to your Windows 7 computer as a mapped drive.

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This week we learned how to backup and resurrect a dead or dying system disk with Clonezilla, use Windows 7’s Previous Versions to go back in time and save files, get 20GB of Amazon Cloud Storage for 89 cents, get past difficult levels in Angry Birds with video cheats for every level, see what your fellow readers had to say on the subject of registry cleaners, and more.

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Everybody loves a good prank… unless you are the one on the receiving end of the fun. It’s time to hone your pranking skills, not just to make sure you are the best, but so you can avoid being pranked by others.

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It’s time to delve into the tips box and share from the wealth of reader knowledge. Today we’re looking at an easy way to change letter case in MS Word, solving compatibility issues under Windows 7 64-bit, and controlling your torrents from your smart phone.

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Have you ever find yourself frantically clicking your mouse to get to the right slide that your audience ask you? If you do, we have some simple tricks that you can use to move between slides easily.

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Conditional formatting is an Excel feature you can use when you want to format cells based on their content. For example, you can have a cell turn red when it contains a number lower than 100. But how do you highlight an entire row?

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You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers. Today we look at how to boot into Windows after uninstalling Linux, sharing folders between a Mac and a Windows computer, and how to reinstate the missing Outlook reminder bell.

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Progress bars are pretty much ubiquitous these days; we’ve even seen them on some water coolers. A progress bar provides instant feedback on a given process, so why not bring some of that graphical pizzazz into your spreadsheet, using Excel’s Conditional Formatting feature?

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This week we take a look at flaky DSL connections, extracting media from PowerPoint presentations, and how to lock down IE to a single website without any additional software or network configuration hacking necessary.

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This week we learned how to change window transparency in Windows 7 with a hotkey, backup web-based email accounts using Thunderbird, “temporarily halt autorun, enable Android’s power control, & securely wipe CDs/DVDs”, “block text messages, prioritize Wi-Fi connections, & revitalize a Windows 6 phone”, learned what Bitcoin the virtual digital currency is, and more.

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This week we learned how to backup and copy data between iOS devices, use Linux commands in Windows with Cygwin, boost email writing productivity with Microsoft Word Mail Merge, be more productive in Ubuntu using keyboard shortcuts, “restore the FTP service in XBMC, rename downloaded TV shows, access the Android Market in emulation”, and more.

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