Prevent Google Chrome from Opening PDF Files in the Browser

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I’ve been working on a project lately where I have to download a lot of PDFs from a website and then go through each of them and highlight text, add comments, etc. In Google Chrome, whenever I click on a link to a PDF file, it just opens the file inside the browser window. This […]

5 Tasks That Should Have Been Simpler in Windows 8

by File in: Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 for a while now and even though I like using it, there are still some really annoying aspects of the OS that I just don’t get. For instance, why is it so hard to do things that used to be so easy? Restart your computer? Print from a Windows app? […]

7 Ways to Child Proof a Computer

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I have an 8 year old daughter and I have realized the importance of child-proofing my computer! The second I turn around, she runs to my desk, jumps on the chair and starts banging away at the keys. If the computer is already on, she has figured out how to open the web browser and […]

Is Your PC Ready for Windows 8?

by File in: Windows 8

Windows 8 was officially released yesterday and it’s now time to decide whether you want to upgrade or not. If you have decided to upgrade a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you probably want to make sure your system can support Windows 8 before you buy the upgrade. To […]

What are PC Drivers and Why Do You Need Them?

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Your computer contains all kinds of hardware, such as disk drives, DVD/CD-ROM drives, network adapters, and sound and video cards, as well as external devices, such as printers, keyboards, monitors, and USB drives. When you install an operating system (OS), such as Windows or Linux, that OS needs to be able to talk to the […]

Understanding LAN Network Data Transfer Speeds

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I recently bought a NAS (network attached storage) device from Synology, connected it up to my network and started transferring files. The first thing I noticed was how slow the network transfer speed was. I was copying over some large video files and it was taking forever! I decided to check the transfer speed between […]

Best Software to Clean Up Your Windows PC

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There is a multi-billion dollar business built around selling PC and Mac cleaning software. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices and tout the necessity to clean, tune, and fix your computer so that it runs smoothly and efficiently. I’ve even written about many of these programs myself on Help Desk Geek and Online […]

IE 11 Not Remembering Passwords?

by File in: Internet Explorer Tips

I ran into an annoying problem the other day where Internet Explorer would not remember a password when I was logging into a site. I don’t really remember when it stopped remembering passwords, but it didn’t seem to matter which site I would log into, it just didn’t ask me if I wanted to save […]

OTT Explains – What is the Hosts File in Windows and How Can You Use It?

by File in: Computer Tips

The hosts file in Windows is like an address book for your computer. It is loaded into memory (cache) when Windows starts and associates host names, such as www.google.com with IP addresses, such as 74.125.224.72 for Google. The IP address is like the telephone number for that site. However, so we don’t have to remember […]

10 Dropbox Tips for Beginners

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Even though Dropbox has been around for a long time, I didn’t sign up for an account until a few months ago and now I don’t know why I didn’t sign up earlier! Dropbox is a pretty awesome service that has a lot of features I didn’t even know existed when I started using it. […]