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As most regular readers know, I’ve recently been able to enjoy a super-slick new Dell laptop—there’s just one small problem: my touchpad simply won’t scroll in Firefox!

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Earlier this week on Lifehacker I wrote up a few of the really slick features I’ve come to love in Windows 7… but I forgot to mention one tiny feature with a really big impact on how you use your computer.

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Internet Explorer’s “private browsing” mode is an excellent way to hide what you’re looking at from prying eyes, but it’s normally hidden under a menu… but we can make it easier to access.

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VLC is the king of all media… it plays almost anything on any platform, any time, any place. It’s great. Lately, however, I’ve been having issues with VLC skipping whenever I’m playing high-def media streaming over a network.

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Searching through several menus to find commonly used applications and utilities can be quite annoying.  Today we will look at a program that adds extra functionality for faster computing and increased productivity.

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Searching through several menus to find commonly used applications and utilities can be quite annoying. Today we will look at a program that adds extra functionality for faster computing and increased productivity.

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In Windows 7 it can get annoying seeing the Action Center icon pop up notifications every time you turn on your computer.  Today we will look at changing the messages that it displays and even completely disabling it.

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In Windows 7 it can get annoying seeing the Action Center icon pop up notifications every time you turn on your computer. Today we will look at changing the messages that it displays and even completely disabling it.

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So you’ve looked in task manager, and there’s a dozen iexplore.exe processes listed! Clicking the End Process button for each will take far too long… so how can we kill them all in one step?

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Next you can go into the shortcut properties and assign a shortcut key, and then click Change Icon to pick a better one than the default.

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Every so often, we hear about a new and horrible virus spreading across the internet, infecting millions of Windows computers. Today we’ll show you the steps to remove those threats and (hopefully) prevent them from happening in the future.

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You are no doubt reading this article because you are wondering what on earth that dpupdchk.exe process is doing in your Task Manager window… there’s no description and it just keeps coming back. So what is it anyway?

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One of the most irritating things in Windows is the file browsing experience… it’s slow, buggy, and never wants to stay in “Details” mode. If you are already using the awesome 7-Zip utility, you have a powerful alternative file manager at your disposal.

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Do you want to easily find detailed information about your Windows PC in one easy to use application? There are several system information utilities available and today we will look at three that do a very good job.

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Have you ever wanted to be able to easily toggle the visibility of file extensions? We’ve shown you how to toggle hidden files before, and now we’ve come up with a similar solution for file extensions.

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One of the biggest annoyances in Windows XP is waiting for what seems an eternity while it shuts down, so we have a couple of registry tweaks to help force Windows to shut down more quickly.

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One of the biggest annoyances in Windows XP is waiting for what seems an eternity while it shuts down, so we have a couple of registry tweaks to help force Windows to shut down more quickly.

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Do you have a messy desktop full of icons and shortcuts and are looking for a way to organize them?  Today we will take a look at a solution from Stardock called Fences, which organizes your icons into groups for a more efficient desktop.

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Finally Microsoft includes the ability to burn ISO images to Disk in Windows 7.  I have used this feature a few times and it works incredibly well and is easy to use. 

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Does your download folder constantly get cluttered with old files that you don’t even remember downloading? Sure, you can always just delete the contents of the folder and start over, but a better way is to teach your computer how to clean it for you.

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Have you ever wondered why you can pin applications to the start menu, but you can’t pin folders? There’s a number of articles around that tell you how to pin them using complicated registry hacks, but there’s actually a very simple way to do it.

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One of the most popular articles on this site over the last year has been our must-read feature explaining svchost.exe and why it’s running, and now there’s an even easier way to see what’s going on behind all of those svchost processes in Task Manager.

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One of the most popular articles on this site over the last year has been our must-read feature explaining svchost.exe and why it’s running, and now there’s an even easier way to see what’s going on behind all of those svchost processes in Task Manager.

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While poking around in Windows 7, I discovered extra context menu items using the same Shift + Right-click trick we used to open a command prompt from the desktop menu, and we’ve got big colorful screenshots to show you today.

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Protecting children from inappropriate web content can be a difficult task. On one hand you want the children to gain computer technology skills for this modern age, and on the other hand you don’t want them to be exposed to things they shouldn’t.

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