Tips and Tricks

Major Geeks Open – This site is the source for literally hundreds of helpful and useful additions for your computer available for downloading . . . much of it free.  Don’t hesitate to browse through the files . . . use the helpful list panels on the sidebar of each window.  And yes there is stuff here for the Macintosh as well as Windows !!

CNET Open A leading media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and vidios on technology and consumer electronics.  Also offers free and paid software downloads.

Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews Open This is a non-commercial, community-based website that reviews and recommends the best freeware programs in dozens of different software categories.  They also have many informative articles.

How-To Geek,  a Site for Geeks, Created by Geeks
We are an online tech magazine, dedicated to providing interesting articles, how-tos, and even fun trivia to our audience.  Open

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David Pogue: 10 Top Time-saving Tech Tips  Open You will save lots of time and wonder why you didn’t know about these tips.

Computer and Internet Basics – Open There are a lot of tutorials and free classes on a variety of subjects including Computer and Internet Basics.

Changing from Windows XP? Open –  Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings.

Download All Your Google Mail And Calendar Data Easily – Open Google recently introduced a feature that allows you to download all of your data from any of 16 separate Google services, with more promised.  3/10/14

How to completely erase all information from your hard drive:
After properly wiping a hard drive, you can be confident that whatever information was on the drive is now gone for good. You can now install Windows on the drive, create a new partition, sell or give away the hard drive or computer, recycle or dispose of it, or whatever else you need to do.  Read_More

Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows
You don’t have to be a power user to find something of use here.  Read_More

You aren’t using Resource Monitor enough,   by Scott Haselman
Most folks learn how to use Task Manager pretty quickly. As we move from user to technical-user we are introduced to SysInternals tools and perhaps Process Monitor for finding out what’s happening to a disk. However, I find that for quick questions that using Resource Monitor is faster to access and the information is easier to interpret.  Read_More

Ten Top Windows Tips,    by Vic Laurie
How to Get a Free Legal Copy of a Windows 7 Installation Disk
How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc
How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder
How to Get to Safe Mode in Windows XP/Vista/7
Create a Bootable USB Key (Thumb Drive) in Windows Vista/7 with the Command Line
Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7
How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder
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Track changes made to online documents that affect your privacy
ParanoidPaul is a FREE service that allows you to track changes made to online documents that affect your privacy or your personal information, like Privacy Policies, Terms and Conditions or User Agreements.  www.paranoidpaul.com

100 Technical Things Non-Technical People Can Learn To Make Their Lives Easier   A Fun Read

Some Basic How-To Tips from Google
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How To Recover Deleted Files
First things first: recovering deleted files from your hard drive, media card, flash drive, iPhone, or some other device is very possible.  While I can’t guarantee that your accidentally deleted file can be recovered, there’s a good chance it can be, especially if it hasn’t been too long since it’s been deleted.  Read_More

13 Ways You’re Screwing Up Your Computer,  by Tim Fisher
I’m not here to judge. Really, I’m not. I have, however, been fixing computers, in one capacity or another, for well over two decades, and I see the same thing over and over….
People are constantly screwing up their own computers!  Read_More

5 Ways to Test the Hardware of Your New or Used PC
Before buying a PC, you check out every store and every online deal to find the best price. If not new, a used PC from a friend or colleague may offer the best value for your money. But do you thoroughly check its every component before actually buying it?  Read_More

Here’s How to Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You
Have you ever wondered what Google Search really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history.  Read_More

How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It
It is a standard warning that the Internet is full of unsafe links from phishers and malware artists and that you should be very wary about clicking on links in messages, websites, or other Internet places. But obviously many links are legitimate and you need to know the difference.  Read_More

Command Prompt Tricks, Hacks, & Secrets in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, & XP
The Windows Command Prompt tool, and many of its commands, might seem boring or even relatively useless at first glance, but as anyone who has ever used the Command Prompt very often can tell you, there’s much to love!  Read_More

Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know
Here are a dozen of the many very useful articles previously given at Gizmo’s. They will help make you a better user of Windows 8.1.  Read_More

All the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Ever Wanted to Know
There are a lot of shortcuts in these articles and no one is likely to use all of them but almost everyone is likely to find a selection of shortcuts that they will use over and over.  Read_More

How to Use Firefox Addons
Even though Firefox usage has been on the decline over the last few years, it’s still in second place behind Google Chrome in terms of usage. The main reason behind that is add-ons. Firefox can be customized in a million different ways, something no other browser can replicate to that level.  Read_More

25 Google Tips To Help You Find Exactly What You’re Looking For
You can find pretty much anything in Google. After all, it’s the number one search engine out there. However, just because it’s the most popular search engine out there, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Sometimes you have to play with Google a little bit.  Read_More

Do These 12 Things First When You Get a New iPhone
When you get a new iPhone—especially if it’s your first iPhone—there are literally hundreds (maybe even thousands) of things to learn how to do. But you need to start somewhere, and that somewhere ought to be the basics.  Read_More

5 Simple Fixes for Most Computer Problems
You could quite literally save hundreds of dollars, and an equally valuable amount of frustration, by following some of the really easy things below.  Read_More

How To Fix a Blue Screen of Death
A Blue Screen of Death is usually hardware or driver related. Most BSODs show a “STOP CODE” that can be used to help figure out the root cause of the Blue Screen of Death.  Read_More

Can’t Open a File? Here’s How to Convert It
Sometimes you find yourself with a file in a format that no program on your computer supports. Below are links to the best free file converter software to convert the file to a format that some program on your computer actually does support.  Read_More

10 of Google’s Other Search Engines
Within Google search, Google also has a lot of hidden search engines and hacks, such as converting currency, finding local weather forecasts, movie times, and finding stock quotes. You might sometimes see a suggestion to try searching for those results in the main search engine, but when you’re searching for specific subject matter, it just saves time to go directly to the source.  Read_More

How To Prevent Windows Updates From Crashing Your PC
Updates provided by Microsoft rarely cause problems and are rarely widespread, but when they do they hurt. Luckily there are some really simple things you can do to minimize the chance that a patch from Microsoft will do more harm than good.  Read_More

Exit Chrome Completely by Closing Background Apps, Extensions and Processes
Do you know that Chrome does not always close itself completely, even if you click the cross button and exit from it? It will keep running in the background and it will keep consuming memory endlessly.  Here is a simple trick to completely exit Chrome by closing all background processes.  Read_More

How to Set Up Google’s New Code-Less Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication is an excellent way to make sure your account is secure, but having to input a code every single time you need to log in can be a real pain. Thanks to Google’s new code-less “Prompt” authentication, however, getting access to your Google account can be a lot simpler—you just need access to your phone.  Read_More

Find Out Where That Shortened Web Link Will Take You
With web addresses (URLs) becoming stupidly long nowadays, a number of services offer services to shorten them. If you add a long URL into a tweet, for example, Twitter will shorten it to an address that starts with t.co. But when you see a shortened link, starting with something like buff.ly or t.co or goo.gl or bit.ly, how do you know where you’re going to end up?  Read_More

How to Make Windows 10 Look and Act More Like Windows 7
If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 but don’t love what you see, there are ways to make Windows 10 look and act like Windows 7. That way, you can get the familiar interface you love while still taking advantage of Windows 10’s other useful features.  Read_More

How to Optimize Your Android Phone’s Battery Life with Greenify
We use smartphones for calls, text messages, social networking, photos, quick searches, streaming music, watching videos…the list goes on. But each thing you do drains your battery life, and some apps will even continue to drain your battery in the background when you aren’t using them. A free app called Greenify can fix that.  Read_More

How to Diagnose and Fix an Overheating Laptop
One of the most common issues with aging laptops is overheating, something many people aren’t sure how to fix. Overheating computers can cause a lot of problems, from seemingly random blue screen crashes to data loss.  Read_More