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"Windows Could Not Search for New Updates" Error
Windows Update sometimes doesn't work and an error messages pops up, like the one seen below. When clicking on "Learn More," the suggestion doesn't say much. Have you ran into this situation? This seems to happen even more since the Windows 8.1...
Microsoft Doubles Free OneDrive Storage to 15 GB and Beyond
Microsoft has announced it’s increasing the storage space of OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), from 7 GB to 15 GB for free. And that’s not all. The company also announced that all Office 365 subscribers will receive a whopping 1 TB of...
Stop Facebook from Using Your Browsing History to Target Ads
Facebook has announced that it’s going to start using all of your app and website history and serve up more targeted ads. Of course since this if Facebook, you’ll automatically be opted in to this new service, and will have to take...
Privacy Online: Chrome Extensions to Keep Your Browsing Safer
Maintaining your privacy online is part of an overall computing security strategy. If you don't want to go as far as using a Tor network or configure a VPN, here's some Chrome extensions that will help stay private and protect your data while...
eBay Asking Users to Change Password
eBay is the latest online giant to fall prey to a security breach and is asking its users to change their passwords on the site as a security measure. If you're new to eBay or have never changed your password before, here's a step-by-step...
Microsoft Releases Patch for IE Vulnerability for All Versions of Windows Including XP
Microsoft released a patch May 1, 2014, to fix the so-called  Clandestine Fox vulnerability  affecting all versions of Internet Explorer. This fix was expected to be released "out of cycle" – meaning users wouldn't have to wait until the...
Keep Your Devices Protected Against Heartbleed
Heartbleed, an issue which looked like yet another “change your password for this little security flaw” situation, has turned out to be something much more serious. Here's some advice for how to protection yourself and your data...
Microsoft Updating XP Security Essentials For a Limited Time
Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP, but will still provide updates for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for a limited time. This will give XP users a bit more time to keep their computer secure until they can decide their options...
Windows XP is about to die. Now what?
XP will officially be dead to consumers on  April 8th. Microsoft is abandoning XP and will no longer provide OS fixes, patch security holes, or provide support of any kind. As a consumer you have some choices to make if your still running the 13...
Undo Send for Gmail Sent Items
Have you ever sent an email only to say "NO NO NO" seconds after you hit the send button? Or perhaps you wrote a flaming email to someone just to get it off your chest and after you hit the send button that voice pops up in your head and says...
Google+ Now Allows Anyone to Email You, Here's How To Opt Out
Google  recently announced  that Gmail users will be able to email all of their Google+ connections, even if they don't have their email address. The feature is currently being rolled out to all Gmail users. What does this mean? Well, if someone...
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...
Block Facebook Game Requests
If you have Facebook friends with too much time on their hands and sending you annoying game requests all day long, you should know that you're not the only. However, there is a way to get rid of them (the game requests, not said friends). Here's...
How To Turn On Auto-Complete In Outlook 2013
The Auto-Complete feature in has been around since Outlook 2003, and for good reason, it works and saves you time while sending emails. When you start typing in a character in the To, Blind Carbon Copy (BCC), or Carbon Copy (CC) fields it will...
Enabling the New Gmail Tabs
Gmail has a  new interface , which allows you to get your inbox organized and help keep it that way. While the new tabs are said to be rolling out to all users at the moment, they might just be in your account already, without you knowing it....
Five Free Tools to Create & View PDFs
Say "PDF" and the first brand name that comes to mind is Adobe. Although Adobe invented the PDF, their products are far from being the cheapest or most intuitive for everyday PDF creating and viewing. There are dozens of better free alternatives...
Windows 8 Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate Roundup
If you’re a new Windows 8 user, one of the more confusing things you’ll encounter is how to shutdown the OS. Here we’ve put together a roundup of ways to shutdown, add the Hibernate option, and create custom shutdown Tiles....
Always Paste Plain Text In Microsoft Word
One of the more annoying things in Microsoft Word is when you copy and paste something into a document from another source, and it brings over the same formatting. While you can use the Paste Special feature, it gets tedious if you’re doing...
Switch The Ribbon View In Office 2013
There was a lot of discussion when Microsoft first introduce the Ribbon in Office 2007 – though most of it negative. If you like a more minimalist look, you can still hide the Ribbon in Office 2013. But there’s an additional feature...
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.
Outlook 2010: Create a Rule to Move New Messages to a Specific Folder
If you get several emails each day from the same sender, your inbox can get out of hand quickly. To keep your inbox organized, create a rule to move emails to a folder when they’re received. Launch Outlook and highlight the message from the...

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