Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

Sometimes, when sending an email, you want the replies to go to a different email address than you sent the original from. You can do this in Outlook for individual messages or for all messages sent from a specific email account.

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Chrome’s Incognito mode prevents websites from tracking you when you’re online. Because Chrome can’t guarantee that extensions aren’t tracking you, they are disabled in Incognito mode by default.

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You can use Microsoft Outlook with just about any email account, including Gmail—but Outlook doesn’t provide a built-in way to sync your Gmail contacts. If you’ve amassed a bunch of contacts in either service, you’ll have to import them from the other manually to use them.

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If you aren’t a fan of scrolling your pointer over to the lower right corner of your monitor to show the desktop, we have a cool tweak that will allow you to add the Show Desktop icon to the Quick Launch bar or anywhere on your Taskbar.

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Most web browsers are installed in Windows as 64-bit versions by default, Firefox being the exception. If you installed the default download of Firefox, you have the 32-bit version, not the 64-bit version, even if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows.

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You’ve been taking photos and videos, downloading documents, and installing apps like there’s no tomorrow. All of a sudden you realize you’re running out of room on your phone. What do you do?

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Firefox is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows 7, 8, and 10. If you’re curious which version you’re running, we’ll show a couple of easy ways to find out.

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If you are heading out of town, you might want to put a note on your email to let people know you won’t be available, or to contact somebody else while you’re away.

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Do you have an external drive connected to your Windows computer and would like to access it from the Taskbar? Here we show you a workaround that will allow you to pin it to Taskbar.

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Do you ever feel annoyed that Outlook doesn’t mark messages as read as soon as you click and view them in the Reading Pane?  Here we show you how to make Outlook mark them as read as soon as they’re opened.

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Outlook remembers every email address you’ve typed into email messages. These email addresses become part of the auto-complete list and matching items from that list are suggested as you type in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields.

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The Quick Launch bar, which was removed in Windows 7, can be added back to the Taskbar in Windows 7, 8, and 10. You can also add any programs you want to the Quick Launch bar and we’ll show you how.

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By default, when you start Outlook, the inbox of the first email account you added is automatically opened. However, that may not be the email folder you use most.

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If you’re going to be out of the office for a while, Outlook.com makes it easy to set up automatic replies that are sent out when you receive a message, letting the sender know you won’t be reading or answering emails during that time.

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QR (Quick Response) codes are found in many places, such as advertisements, billboards, business windows, and on products. But you don’t necessarily need a separate app to scan them—if you use Google Chrome on your iPhone, it has a QR code scanner built-in.

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Aero Peek is one of the more useful features added as of Windows 7. Simply move your mouse to the far right side on the Taskbar (on the Show Desktop button) for half a second to hide all open windows and see your desktop. But what if half a second is too long?

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By default, when you select an email message in Outlook, it automatically opens in the reading pane on the right. Even if you don’t actually click on an email, the first email in the first account is opened in the reading pane automatically.

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Aero Peek is a feature that’s been available in Windows since Windows 7, and is on by default (except in Windows 8). It allows you to temporarily peek at the desktop behind any open program windows.

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By default, the folder list in Outlook 2016 for Mac is grouped into similar folders, which means that folders that are common to all your accounts, such as Inbox, Drafts, Sent Items, and Deleted Items, are grouped together.

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The Quick Launch bar was introduced in Windows XP, and sat on the far left side of the Taskbar next to the Start button. It provided a quick and easy way to access programs and your desktop.

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Windows 10’s File Explorer opens to Quick Access by default, and Windows 7’s Windows Explorer opens to the Libraries. If you’d rather the Taskbar icon open in a folder of your choosing, though, here’s how to make that happen.

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By default, Windows 10’s Mail app displays the first line of each email in addition to the subject line. If you don’t want this preview text to show, you can easily turn it off.

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If you’re going to be out of the office for a while, you can set up Mail in Windows 10 to reply automatically to any emails you receive, letting people know that you won’t be reading or answering emails during that time.

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If you’re going to be out of the office for a while, whether for a vacation or a business trip, you can automatically let people know you won’t be reading or answering emails during that time using an out of office reply.

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When you know you are going to be out of the office for a few days, you can set up the Out of Office Assistant to reply automatically, letting people know that you are enjoying your vacation while they are stuck at work.

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