Troubleshoot Keyboard and Mouse Not Working in Windows

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One of the USB ports on my desktop computer stopped working after I had plugged in a USB device and removed it without ejecting. I’ve done it a million times, but it looked like my luck finally ran out. The port seemed fine in Device Manager because there were no error or warning icons. So […]

How to Encrypt Your Hard Drive for Free

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Securing computer data through encryption software has become a clear necessity for many businesses and individuals carrying sensitive information on their laptops or USB flash drives. Unfortunately, many people do not encrypt their data because they’re too lazy or feel data theft won’t happen them. A lot of people simply feel they don’t have anything all that […]

How to Resize Large Pictures for Email in Windows 7/8/8.1

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Now that you can buy a 10 MP digital camera off eBay for cheap, it has become a lot more common to see your digital pictures grow in size from anywhere between 1 MB and 7 MB! If you take pictures in RAW format, they can be 15 MB+ in size! Obviously, it becomes a lot harder […]

How to Connect Two or More Computers to One Monitor

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Here at my office, we have five servers that are controlled by a single mouse and keyboard and are connected to only one monitor for ease of administration and lack of extra space! If you have more than one desktop at home, maybe a Windows box and a test box with Linux installed, you can […]

How to Detect Computer & Email Monitoring or Spying Software

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As an IT Pro, I routinely monitor employees computers and emails. It’s essential in a work environment for administrative purposes as well as for security. Monitoring email, for example, allows you to block attachments that could contain a virus or spyware. The only time I have to connect to a users computer and do work […]

Cut, Edit or Remix Music and Songs Online for Free

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Need to remix some music for a dance competition at school or for a party where you’re the DJ? Well, you can always use Adobe Audition if you have lots of money laying around or you can download Audacity for free and edit music that way, but it’s got a bit of a learning curve and […]

How to Upload and Tag Pictures and Photos in FaceBook

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If you’re a FaceBook user, you may have seen that you get a notification when someone tagged a photo of you and this photo also shows up on your Timeline if you approve it. When you upload a photo to Facebook, you can also tag someone to ensure they get the notification and it’s quite […]

Disable Visual Effects in Windows for Better Performance

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There are many ways to increase the performance of your PC and today’s article will talk about disabling visual effects and setting Processor Scheduling settings. These are fairly straight-forward and one of the simpler settings to change, but they don’t give much of a performance boost. What that means is that this tip will increase computer […]

How to Make a Simple Graph or Chart in Excel

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Excel is a powerful tool that you can use to create charts and graphs for small or large amounts of data. In this Excel tutorial, I’ll show you how to take a small set of data and create a simple bar graph, along with the options you have to customize the graph. Once you have […]

Turn Off Indexing in Windows for Better Performance

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Turning off indexing on your hard drives is another very simple way to boost performance in your PC. Before I get into the details of turning off indexing, let’s try to go through the reasons why you would want to disable indexing in the first place and when you should leave it enabled. There are basically […]