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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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Browser plug-ins are on their way out. Apple’s iOS has never supported plug-ins, Flash is long-discontinued for Android, and the new version of IE for Windows 8 doesn’t support most plug-ins. Chrome will soon be blocking traditional NPAPI browser plug-ins.

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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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Yes, Windows 7 is still available. If you want a new PC and you also want Windows 7, you can probably get it. This is easiest for businesses, but even home users have ways to get Windows 7.

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Have you ever found yourself manually opening WinSCP to the same server you’ve just SSHed into with mRemoteNG? Or wishing you were able to extract the password from the mRemoteNG connection? HTG will guide you on how to unlock mRemote’s true power.

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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 Windows 8.x for any amount of time, you will quickly get to the point where your Start Screen becomes a giant mess of nonsense tiles. Want to reset them to default? It’s easy!

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A lot of benchmarks are rather arcane and filled with technical parameters and jargon. Is there a simple way to perform a comparison between GPU performances (say, before and after a major video card upgrade)? Read on as we explain how.

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With the newer, more powerful hardware and improved operating systems that we have available to use these days, why does it still take as long as it does to fully boot a computer up each time?

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Over the years, readers have written in asking how to download Windows and make a bootable install disk, and we’ve always had to tell them that there isn’t a great way to do that. Microsoft has finally fixed this problem in Windows 8.x, and here is how to do it.

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Windows 8.1 has the new Start Screen, but what if you don’t want to bother with it, and prefer seeing the list of applications installed on your computer instead? Thankfully, you can easily change this setting in the Taskbar Properties.

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Zip files can be used for a lot different things.  File compression, encryption, split archives, and more are all just a few clicks away once you understand the different things that zip archives are capable of.

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You spend some time surfing the web, close your browser, and clear your internet history.  But is your history really deleted, and is there any way to find out what websites you visited?  Read on to see several ways that your deleted browser history can be recovered.

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Windows 8.1 adds many improvements to the Windows 8 experience, both for classic PC users and users with hybrid devices or tablets. These 10 features will be appreciated by users with touch screens in Windows 8.1, so if you have a tablet or a hybrid device with Windows 8, here’s what’s exciting about Windows 8.1.

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This month Gmail rolled out a new feature: after years of setting images to load only when prompted, they now load automatically. That might seem like a convenient feature, but it also means that image-based trackers from marketers load automatically and mobile email slows down as chunky in-text images load. Read on as we show you how to turn it off.

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Browsers are adding features so fast that it’s hard to keep track of them. Internet Explorer offers live tile notifications and taskbar badges, Safari offers push notifications, Chrome has its own notification center, and Ubuntu offers web app notifications.

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Google is now providing integrated parental controls in Chrome, allowing parents to control their kids’ Chrome browser usage. This feature works best on a Chromebook, where it allows you to lock down an entire user account.

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Internet Explorer automatically suggests addresses and search results based on the partial address you’re typing out. If this feature irritates you, read on as we learn how to turn it off.

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Do you use Windows, Mac, or Linux applications? Google wants you to replace them with Chrome apps in the future. Google Chrome is now an app platform, complete with a Chrome app launcher for Windows and Mac.

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Have you recently acquired or plan to get a new Surface tablet soon? If so, then you will definitely want to grab a copy of the free guides for ‘Surface Pro 2′ and ‘Surface 2′ from Microsoft’s website!

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If you’ve got your hands on Microsoft’s Surface Pro, there are a variety of things you should know. These tricks span everything from hidden keyboard shortcuts and freeing up disk space to using the pen and connecting standard headsets.

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Did you know Windows has had Speech Recognition built-in since Windows Vista? This is more than just a way to type by speaking aloud — you can use it to control applications and navigate the desktop with your voice.

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One of the most obvious and derided changes in Windows 8 was the removal of the Start Menu, but new rumors are beginning to surface that may indicate Microsoft’s willingness to change their mind about this ‘classic’ feature in the next version of Windows.

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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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