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Once a concern that was the province of the paranoid, years worth of reports and revelations have made it readily apparent that people really can spy on you through your webcam. Here’s why you should disable or cover yours.

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It’s no secret that two monitors can improve your productivity, but not everyone needs a pair of screens all the time. If you find yourself in a situation where a second screen could be beneficial, however, you can easily make your Android device serve double duty.

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With Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, Microsoft tightened the screws even further. But you can avoid the more restrictive driver-signing requirements by disabling Secure Boot.

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A good set of fans can keep your computer from overheating, but they can also make your computer sound like a wind tunnel. Here’s how to control your PC’s fans for superior cooling when it’s working hard, and silence when it isn’t.

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If you have a bunch of user accounts on your Windows PC that you don’t need anymore, it may be time to clean them out. Today we’ll take a look at how to delete a user account in Windows.

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There are lots of tools out there for taking screenshots in Windows. However, you may not need to install a third party app. Snipping Tool, included in Windows Vista and later, allows you to take screenshots, as well as edit and annotate them.

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Any time you have hard drive errors—or even strange behavior you might not at first associate with a hard drive—Check Disk can be a lifesaver. Here’s a full guide to using the Check Disk tool that comes with every version of Windows.

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If you’ve tampered with your Chromebook—to install Windows on your Chromebook, for example—you may have replaced its BIOS with a third-party option. Here’s how to roll all your changes back and turn that Windows or Linux PC back into a Chromebook.

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If you have multiple user accounts on your computer, you might find it annoying to have to click on the icon for your username each time you start up the computer. To remedy this problem, you can hide a user account with a registry hack.

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By default, using the Windows+L key combination locks Windows, so you have to re-type your password to use the computer. If you find yourself occasionally hitting that combination by accident—and you don’t really have a need to lock Windows—here’s how to disable it.

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On modern versions of Windows, you’ll see a “ProgramData” folder on your system drive—usually the C:\ drive. This folder is hidden, so you’ll only see it if you show hidden files in File Explorer.

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Switch to a new operating system and there are all sorts of little difference to get used to. The way macOS sorts folders and files is one of those things for migrating Windows users.

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Gamers are accusing NVIDIA’s new drivers of spying on you, collecting more data with new telemetry services. But NVIDIA isn’t spying on you—or, at least, NVIDIA isn’t gathering more data than it already was, and most of that data is required for it to work properly.

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There are all kinds of ways to open a Command Prompt window from File Explorer—and you can even run commands right in the File Explorer address bar—but did you know it’s just as easy to open a File Explorer window from the Command Prompt?

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Chromebooks don’t officially support Windows. You normally can’t even install Windows—Chromebooks ship with a special type of BIOS designed for Chrome OS. But there are ways to install Windows on many Chromebook models, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty.

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There’s nothing as precious and irreplaceable as your personal photos and, with a little forethought and planning, there’s no reason to ever feel the heartbreak of losing even a single one of them to theft, broken devices, or disaster.

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Microsoft is now more aggressively pushing taskbar and action center ads for Microsoft Edge. These are just one of the many types of advertising in Windows 10. Here’s how to make Edge stop nagging you.

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Putting your PC to sleep is a great way to save energy while still making sure you can resume work quickly. But what can you do if your PC keeps waking up on its own? Here’s how to figure out what’s waking it up, and how to prevent it.

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Windows 10, like Windows 8 before it, is integrated with Microsoft’s online services. Microsoft would prefer you sign into Windows with your Microsoft account, although you can still create a local account. Certain features are only available if you sign in with a Microsoft account, however.

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By default, the Windows Control Panel defaults to the last view you used—Category, Large Icons, or Small Icons. If you prefer, you can make it always open to a particular view using a quick Registry or Group Policy hack.

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You closed the only Safari window that’s open, but on the dock you see the browser is still running. Are you going nuts?

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Have you ever wondered why you can only turn Quiet Hours on or off in Windows 10, but not set the actual hours you want? We have, too. But with a little Registry or Group Policy hack, it turns out you can.

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Although modern routers handle most functions automatically, some applications will require you to manually forward a port to that application or device. Fortunately, it’s really simple to do if you know where to look.

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An EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) file is special type of image file containing a PostScript program. If you’ve stumbled upon one of these files,  you’ve probably noticed quickly that few programs can open it properly. So how can you view it?

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Aero Shake—a fun little feature that lets you grab a window by the title bar and shake it to minimize all other open windows—can sometimes get in the way. If you don’t like it, you can turn it off with a quick Registry or Group Policy edit.

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