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Charms are an important new feature in Windows 8. Some of the charms are context-sensitive, while some aren’t. Some are important on the desktop, while some only work in Metro apps.

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From ultrabooks to netbooks, computers are shedding their optical drives. If you still use an occasional CD or DVD, you don’t have to buy an external optical drive –  you can share another computer’s optical drive over the network.

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Assigning shortcut keys to launch programs in Windows is probably one of the oldest geek tricks in the book, but in true geek fashion we are going to show you how to do it in Windows 8.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader emails we’ve answered and share the solutions with everyone; this week we’re looking at how to format and install onto a disk the Windows installer doesn’t see, changing the default for an Android app, and some getting-started tips for the Kindle Fire.

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Shutting down and restarting your computer should both be easy tasks, right? Well, in Windows 8, these tasks are not straightforward. However, there are easier ways of shutting down and restarting your Windows 8 computer.

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We have already shown you how you can change your IP address from the command prompt, which required long netsh commands, now we are doing the same thing in PowerShell, without the complexity.

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Recently, we gathered the best tips and tweaks for Firefox. Google Chrome is another very popular browser, and we have collected some very useful tips and tricks for Google Chrome here. You’ll learn about built-in features and extensions for expanding Chrome’s functionality.

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Computers are supposed to automate repetitive tasks – if you find yourself submitting forms over and over or repeatedly navigating a website by hand, try iMacros. It’s easy-to-use – all you have to do is perform an action once.

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Are you looking for a theme with an artistic touch for your Windows 7 desktop? Then you may want to download the ‘Photography by Felicia Simion’ Theme for Windows 7. The theme comes with six images showcasing the ...

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We have already shown you how you can use the new refresh and reset features in Windows 8 instead of formatting your PC, the problem is that you are required to insert your Windows DVD every time you want to use the features. Here’s how to do it without the DVD.

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Once a week we round up some of the great tips readers mail in and share the with everyone. This week we’re looking at DIY flash diffusers, homemade Ethernet cable testers, and how to get the Windows 8 Metro UI in Windows 7.

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A new hidden context menu, called the “Power User” or Win+X menu, has been added to Windows 8 and 10 that is available by moving your mouse to the extreme lower left corner of your screen and right-clicking. You can also access it by pressing Windows+X on your keyboard.

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This stunning fractal-based video was generated by a single and elegant 4k application. Check out the video and then grab a copy of the app.

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Windows: Text2Folders is a simple batch folder creator that can generate folders (including sub-folders) from a manually entered list or a text file containing the folder names.

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The Windows Firewall is powerful, but it doesn’t offer an easy-to-use interface for its advanced features. Windows Firewall Notifier fills the holes in the built-in Windows Firewall, offering easy management of outbound connections and a console that displays network activity.

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Frost covered surfaces carry a unique beauty all their own, so why not add some icy goodness to your desktop with the Frost Macros Theme for Windows 7? The theme comes with nine images featuring the frosty photographic talent of Duncan Lawler.

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Google, Bing, Yahoo – all the major search engines track your search history and build profiles on you, serving different results based on your search history. Try one of these alternative search engines if you’re tired of being tracked.

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Once a week we round up some of the responses we’ve fired off to How-To Geek readers and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to move the default location for documents in Windows 7, backing up Android, and multi-monitor taskbars in Windows 7.

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A lot of us are lamenting the removal of the Start button and menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. However, a hidden context menu, or what is known as the Win+X menu, has been added.

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There’s more to CCleaner than clicking a single button. This popular application for wiping temporary files and clearing private data hides a variety of features, from fine-grained options for tweaking the cleaning process to full drive-wiping tools.

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There are ways to run a screen capture utility – or any other program – from the welcome screen. Windows doesn’t make this easy, but it’s possible. The logon screen runs on the Winlogon desktop, an isolated Windows desktop.

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So, you bought yourself a new 2 TB hard drive thinking, “I’ll never use this much space.” Well, think again. It’s amazing how fast photos, videos, music, and other files start to use up any hard drive space we have.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite virtual desktop tips and now we’re back to highlight them. Read on to see how your fellow readers take advantage of virtual desktops.

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Do you love the haunting beauty of the sandstone rock formations found in the Southwest? Then you will definitely want your own copy of the Southwest Sandstone Theme for Windows 7. The theme comes with nine images featuring t...

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The Quick Launch Bar is a handy tool for quickly and easily launching applications. However, if you’ve put a lot of shortcuts on the Quick Launch Bar, it can get quite cluttered and you cannot rearrange the shortcuts or sort them into groups.

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