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By default, Windows stores your personal folders like Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos in C:\Users. If you want to move them to a secondary drive—say, if you have an SSD that can’t house all your files—you can do so with a simple menu option.

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If you find that your old hard drive is bursting at the seams and you want to upgrade to a larger one, it’s really easy to do so without losing any of your data.

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Windows automatically connects you to wireless networks you’ve connected to in the past. If you’re near multiple networks you’ve previously connected to, Windows uses a priority system to choose a Wi-Fi network.

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Evernote has limited their free plans, increased the prices of paid plans, and introduced a privacy policy that allows its employees to read your notes (Update: they’ve backtracked a bit on this, but they’ve still lost some good faith with many, including us). If you’ve ever thought about switching to Microsoft’s OneNote instead, now is probably a good time. Thankfully, Microsoft has released an official tool for migrating your Evernote data into OneNote.

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Dropbox, by default, syncs everything to all of your computers. But maybe that’s not what you want.

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Keyboard shortcuts may seem complex and hard to remember, but once you start using them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived doing everything with the mouse. Here are the best keyboard shortcuts on macOS everyone should know.

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At this point, Google Chrome is prolific. You likely use it on your desktop computer and laptop, as well as any mobile devices you may have. Keeping things in sync between all of your devices is easy-peasy, thanks to Google’s handy sync settings.

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Most browsers have a default page that displays when you open a new tab. If you don’t want your browser deciding what webpage you see when you open a new tab, you can change it to a custom webpage of your choosing.

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While the Windows File Explorer seems somewhat simplified compared to older versions, it still packs in a lot of options for controlling how you see the contents of your folders.

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Windows 10’s built-in Game DVR feature helps you record your gameplay, capture screenshots, and share them online. But it can interfere with your game’s performance, too. Background recording requires some of your GPU power, and some gamers will want all the GPU power they can get.

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If you use the Windows Registry much, you’ve probably bookmarked some favorite locations. Registry Editor stores those favorites in—you guessed it—the Registry, so it’s easy to back them up or transfer them to another PC.

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Hotspot 2.0 networks are a new wireless standard designed to make it easier and more secure to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots. They’re supported in the latest version of Windows 10, macOS 10.9 or newer, Android 6.0 or newer, and iOS 7 or newer.

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If you are setting up a new program that needs network access, but are not paying close enough attention, you might end up accidentally causing Windows firewall to block the program. How do you fix such a mistake? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a frustrated reader fix a firewall headache.

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The app list on the Windows 10 Start menu is presented alphabetically, and grouped by letter. But scrolling through it can be tiring. Click the letter at the top of any group to reveal a quick index for jumping to any section of the list.

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Password managers like LastPass are the most secure way to generate and store passwords for all your favorite sites. And, if you want to make them a little easier to use, you can log into your LastPass vault instantaneously using just your fingerprint.

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If you bought your PC from a vendor, you’ve likely seen the manufacturer information in the “System” window. But did you know you can change it—or even add it if you build your own PCs?

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You’ve created a local account in Windows and you want to use Cortana. However, you need a Microsoft account to activate and use Cortana, but you don’t want to convert your local account to a Microsoft one. What a dilemma.

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Ever notice that some of your Google results have a little lightning bolt next to them? This means they’re part of Google’s AMP project.

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Modern PCs that shipped with Windows 8 or 10 have a feature called Secure Boot enabled by default. It keeps your system secure, but you may need to disable Secure Boot to run certain versions of Linux and older versions of Windows. Here’s how to see if Secure Boot is enabled on your PC.

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If you’ve run into a problem deleting a file that Windows complains is “too long”, there is a dead simple solution built right into Windows—no extra apps, hacks, or work around required.

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Maybe you’ve heard of Lynda.com, a popular website with thousands of tutorial videos teaching computer skills like programming, web design, and how to use almost any software you can think of. It’s a great service, but it’s not cheap: subscriptions start at around $20 a month, and can cost as much as $30 a month if you want offline access to the videos.

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Windows Defender automatically performs background scans during your PC’s idle moments, but doesn’t include an easy way to schedule a full scan. There is a way to do it, though.

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A Linux live USB drive is normally a blank slate each time you boot it. You can boot it up, install programs, save files, and change settings. But, as soon as you reboot, all your changes are wiped away and you’re back to a fresh system. This can be useful, but if you want a system that picks up where you left off, you can create a live USB with persistent storage.

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Windows uses the “Windows key” for a lot of useful shortcuts. But if they get in your way—or you’d just like to assign them to different functions—there is a way to disable them all in one fell swoop from the Registry or Group Policy Editor.

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Chrome allows multiple people to use Chrome on the same computer, with each profile having its own custom bookmarks, settings, and themes. By default,  Chrome opens to the profile used the last time the browser was opened.

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