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How to Prevent Windows 7/8.1 from Automatically Updating to Windows 10
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft, on February 1st, 2016 moved the Windows 10 update on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems from Optional to Recommended. If you have Windows 7 or 8.1 set to automatically install Recommended updates, and you don’t...
Tips for Starting the New Year Off Right With Your Computer
http://www.groovypost.com At the start of a new year, many people make resolutions: lose weight, get out of debt, and so on. Your computer can use some TLC too. These tips are great any time of year, but why not start a few new habits?   You...
How to Change the Chrome, Firefox or IE Default Downloads Folder
http://www.groovypost.com Browsers on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows set your download location to the Downloads folder on your local drive. Here’s a look at how to change the location in Google Chrome, IE, and Firefox. The...
Fix Fuzzy Windows 10 Text on High Resolution Displays
http://www.groovypost.com Windows 10 has some great new features and is much better than Windows 8.1. However, Windows 10 displays some blurry fonts on high-resolution devices. Here’s a look at the problem and how to fix it.   The problem...
How to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Previous Windows Versions
http://www.groovypost.com Dual boot is a configuration where you can have two or more operating systems installed on your computer. If you would rather not replace your current version of Windows with say Windows 10, you can setup a dual boot...
How to Recover Data from a Hard Drive that Won't Boot
http://www.groovypost.com At some point or another, technology can and will fail us. Therefore we should regularly implement backup strategies to protect our data. We store a lot of important information on our computers and devices; documents,...
How to Map a Network drive using Windows 10
http://www.groovypost.com If you have access to multiple computers on a network, big or small, connecting to these resources can be critical to your productivity. For instance, in a large enterprise environment, users are often required and...
Windows 10: Turn the "Hey Cortana" Feature On or Off
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, first appeared on Windows Phone 8.1 and has migrated to Windows 10. The “Hey Cortana” feature allows you to activate the digital assistant by voice and use it....
How to Downgrade Windows 10 to Your Previous Version
http://www.groovypost.com If you upgraded your computer running Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 and are finding things not working correctly or if you’re simply not a fan of how it works, you can go back to your previous version....
Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life Without Compromising Performance
High-end laptops are amazing. You can get a lot of work done on-the-go, and they allow you to stop perceiving portable computers as internet browsing machines. Battery life, however, can be an issue. All improvements mentioned in this article...
Windows 10 Launches July 29 -- Free Upgrade Available
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft this morning made the announcement that Windows 10 has an official launch date of July 29th, 2015. That’s only a few weeks away, and to make sure everyone who’s running Windows 7 or 8.1, now, gets...
Microsoft Announces Official Windows 10 Editions
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft today announced the Windows 10 editions that are coming later this year. The company is expanding the number of product editions, which could lead to some confusion, but it’s not as bad as Vista or...
Windows 10 Tip: Erase Your Search Content from Cortana
http://www.groovypost.com Microsoft is deeply integrating its virtual assistant, Cortana, into Windows 10. This gives you a customized experience by tracking your calendar appointments, typing patters, flights, search terms and similar items. But...
Google Tip: Delete Your Search & Browsing History
If you're concerned about the security of your Google searches, the search giant actually makes it easy to manage your queries. Last week we showed you how to download your search history, and today we'll show you how to delete the data and...
Run a Portable Version of Windows from a USB Drive
Wouldn't it be cool to have a version of Windows that you can carry around in your pocket and use anywhere? Well, it’s possible and you don’t need to spend any extra money or have an Enterprise version of Windows. Here’s how to...
Access Your Music Collection from OneDrive via Xbox Music
OneDrive finally has a feature many users have been waiting for – accessing your music collection via OneDrive. It’s now possible to stream your music from OneDrive via the Xbox Music app.   All you need to do is add your music to the...
Enable Automatic Replies with Office Assistant in Outlook 2010 and 2013
Enabling the Automatic Replies (Out of Office) feature in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013®, also called Vacation Mode is one of the best methods to alert co-workers or customers that you are away from the Office (vacationing in the Swiss Alps,...
Google Takes New Steps to Keep Users Safe Online
Google Takes New Steps to Keep Users Safe Online Last week Google announced new steps it’s taking under the search giants SafeBrowsing initiative to keep users safe online. Several of its applications and services have been updated to...
Microsoft Office Online Gets Big 2015 Updates
Microsoft has been doing a lot with its Office productivity suite this year. On its Office Blog, Microsoft is showing how the Office Online suite, which is free to anyone, is improving Office.com.   Microsoft is rolling out new updates improving...
How To Download Your Gmail and Google Calendar Data
http://www.groovypost.com Google announced that Gmail and Google Calendar data will now be available for users to download and back up. A great idea, as backing up your data is a top priority, and more and more of our data is in Google’s...
Word 2013 : How to Configure Grammar and Style Settings
Microsoft Word 2013 comes with basic Grammar checking enabled. If you know where to look however, you can also turn on additional style and readability checks. Get started by Clicking File, Options. Click Proofing and scroll down to the Grammar...
Spell Check Microsoft Word Documents With A Keyboard Shortcut
Microsoft Word does a fairly decent job fixing common spelling mistakes with AutoCorrect, but sometimes you’ll need to edit another persons document, or write a quick draft and check spelling later. Here’s a quick tip to run a spell...
Excel 2013 Allows Viewing Spreadsheets Side-by-Side in Separate Windows
If you've been considering an upgrade to Office 2013 from Office 2007 or Office 2010, there's one feature definitely worthwhile: Excel 2013 now displays multiple open spreadsheets in their own window, which lets you view them side-by-side, snap...
Uninstall Programs in Windows The Easy Way
Looking for an easier way to uninstall programs in Windows than going through Programs and Features? Check out the free program Windows Uninstaller. It adds an uninstall option to the Context Menu, and allows you to uninstall programs with a few...
Bringing Back the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 8
The Quick Launch bar in XP and Vista allows you to access your favorite apps and files fast. If you update to to Windows 7 or 8, you’ll be disappointed to see that it’s no longer there by default. But, you can bring back the  Quick...
Remove a LinkedIn Contact Connection
Do you have a contact on LinkedIn that keeps on sending messages that clutter your feed with all sorts of useless stuff? So do I, but it seems that getting rid of them is not as simple as it is on other social networks. You’d think that...
How to Restrict What an Editor Can Modify in a Word 2013 Document
Previous versions of Microsoft Word offered a set of review features greatly enhancing collaboration and Word 2013 improves upon it. Whether it’s a proofreader, colleague, tutor, or teacher, when you’re working with someone else on a document you...
How to Reset iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Without Losing Your Data
Is your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is having problems connecting to WiFi, have short battery life, or other bug problems? You might want to try a settings reset first. This will return all of the device’s settings back to factory defaults,...
Set Windows 8 Defender to Scan Removable Drives
Windows 8 comes with a built-in security program called Windows Defender. It combines real-time spyware and antivirus protection in one program.
How to View Windows 8 Apps And Desktop Side By Side
Windows 8 has a neat feature that lets you view its new "metro-style" apps and the traditional desktop on the same screen. It also allows you to view two Windows 8 apps on the same screen. The feature is available in all versions of the new...
How to Enable the Google Chrome Do Not Track Feature
Google Chrome is the latest browser to incorporate the Do Not Track (DNT) feature in a recent update. Sites that you visit collect data to serve you ads based on your interests and demographics. The DNT option blocks sites from collecting that...
Turn Off Ad Tracking In iOS 6
With iOS 6, Apple has taken the liberty of opting you in to advertiser tracking. The tracking doesn’t track you personally, but does track how you use your device, and targets ads based on your behavior. If you don’t want to be part...
How to Add Programs to Office 2013
Office 2013 is currently in beta or Preview as Microsoft calls it, and is available to the public as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers. I recently installed it on a fresh Windows 8 system, and didn’t include all of the programs that the...
How to Upgrade to iOS 6 on iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch
Apple released its new mobile operating system iOS 6 Sept. 19, 2012, which includes a lot of new features. This update is over the air, which makes it much easier than hooking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac or PC and use iTunes....
5 Easy Tricks to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi
It's easy to take a smoothly functioning home wireless network for granted, especially when you're sipping coffee on the patio and catching up on the news of the morning with your iPad. You can faintly hear your family — camped out at the...
How to Take Screenshots with Word
A feature in Microsoft Word 2013 is it lets you capture screenshots on your computer and paste it directly into your document. You can take screenshots with Word 2010 too, and here’s a look at the feature in the latest version of Word. Open...
Should I Always Safely Eject USB Devices?
Whenever you plug in a USB storage device, Windows will usually give you a prompt about whether or not it is safe to eject it. So what’s the deal with this anyway? You’d think with how common of an issue it is that there would be more...
Add Your Business to Google Maps
One of the best ways to find local customers is by listing your business on Google Local ( also known as Maps, or Places). If you own a small business it’s possible that Google hasn’t added your listing to its map system yet. This is...
How To Add Gmail to Outlook.com
Last week Microsoft launched the new revamped Hotmail email service, officially called Outlook.com. You don’t have to only use your Microsoft account with it though. Here’s how to add Gmail to the new email service. First, click...
How to Enable Windows 8 File History
Windows 8 has a new feature called File History. It scans your system every hour for personal file changes and backs them up automatically. Here’s how to enable this important layer of data protection. ccording to an article from Steven...
How to Check If Your Email Password Was One of 453,000 Leaked This Morning
The passwords to 432,000 email accounts were leaked earlier today. They were leaked from an older Yahoo file associated with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Yahoo claims that only about 5 percent of the accounts had valid (current) passwords, but...
How to Appear Offline to Specific People on Facebook
It's frustrating when you start getting messages on Facebook from people you don't want to talk to. A feature lets you appear offline to specific friends, or appear online to friends you want to chat with. Log in to your Facebook account and...
How to Create Advanced Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets
Looking to become an Excel power user? Excel has a number of features that will make it easier for you and your colleagues to enter data into your spreadsheets. If you're developing a spreadsheet that you'll use over and over again, inserting a...
How to Broadcast a PowerPoint 2010 Presentation Over The Internet
One of the new features included in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to broadcast a PowerPoint presentation over the web, all from within PowerPoint using no software other than Powerpoint. This is a great way to throw together a quick webinar or...
How to Assign Tasks In Outlook 2010
If you're in charge of a team who's working on a project…delegate. Using the Assign Tasks feature in Outlook is a great way to assign jobs to others on your team. Here's how to use the Assign Tasks feature in Outlook 2010. Note : This feature is...
Monitor Who is Connected to Your Wi-Fi Network With Alerts
You pay the monthly cable or DSL bill each month with your hard earned money, so that in all respects should be your internet. No leeches and no one else trying to ride for free by using your Wi-Fi. In today’s post, we will review how you...
Windows 8: Using the New File Copy Feature
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is full of new features. One is the new file copy feature. It gives you graphical information about the copying process. And it lets you pause a transfer if you’re copying more than one file at a time. From the...
Compress Photos in PowerPoint 2010
Reducing the file size in PowerPoint is always a good idea, particularly if your presentation is photo intense, such as in a digital photo album. Using many large photos in your presentation can cause your computer to become sluggish and possibly...
Microsoft Excel: Add Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar
Do you like to perform quick calculations using Windows Calculator while working in Excel? If you want to save time, add Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar. Note: This guide is written using Excel 2007 but it will work on Excel 2010 too....
Disable Desktop Alerts In Outlook
If you live in Outlook and get hundreds of messages each day, it's extremely annoying when the desktop alert pops up every time you get a message. Here's how to turn off the annoyance.

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