Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

Posted on June 28, 2017. Filed under: Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a recommendation: You can use this handy app to scan any document straight from your phone.

Links for Android, iOS, and Windows phones apps. Free and pay versions.

Source: Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

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Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW.

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: You’re probably aware that there’s a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It’s already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

Source: Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: backups, imaging, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: The built-in backup utilities in Windows are pretty solid. Let’s take a look at how to create a full backup image of your PC without the need for a third party utility.

Source: How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

This is a good idea to do BEFORE the coming Windows 10 update!

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Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques

Posted on March 20, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 adds some smart improvements to the basic snap technique for organizing windows. Here’s how to go beyond the simple “snap two apps side by side” scenario.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques | ZDNet

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Windows 7-10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects

Posted on March 1, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Even if you have 20/20 vision, there are times when it’s helpful to zoom in on a portion of your display. For anyone with less-than-perfect eyesight, the Magnifier tool can help prevent eyestrain.

Note that this works in earlier versions of Windows also!

Source: Windows 10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects | ZDNet

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How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Desktop Background

Posted on January 27, 2017. Filed under: Techniques | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has advice: If you want to prevent users of a PC from changing the desktop wallpaper, it’s not too hard to do. Here’s how to make it happen.

Source: How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Desktop Background

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How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Modern PCs ship with a feature called “Secure Boot” enabled. This is a platform feature in UEFI, which replaces the traditional PC BIOS. If a PC manufacturer wants to place a “Windows 10” or “Windows 8” logo sticker to their PC, Microsoft requires they enable Secure Boot and follow some guidelines.

Source: How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

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Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu with ExtraBits

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, windows | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: ExtraBits is a free Windows utility program that adds some additional functions to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. You can copy and paste the filename of the files or folders you’ve selected, for example. And you can automatically extract a compressed file.

Source: Add New Options To Your Right-Click Explorer Menu | Gizmo’s Freeware

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8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At Infopackets we’re often asked to recommend security software and tools or give our opinion on specific products. While every product has its pros and cons, as the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. With that in mind, I thought I’d run down the actual tools I use in my day to day life rather than when we’re testing out products. That means trying to find the balance of staying protected without taking up too much time and attention or computing resources.

Source: 8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Covers:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Rapport
  • Lastpass
  • CCleaner
  • Malwarebytes
  • Process Explorer
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How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, windows | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post, especially for parents: If you’d like to limit what apps a user can run on a PC, Windows gives you two options. You can block the apps you don’t want a user to run, or you can restrict them to running only specific apps. Here’s how to do it.

Source: How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows

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Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows | ZDNet

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, windows | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows

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How to Set Up a Shared Network Printer in Windows 7, 8, or 10

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, printing, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Over the years, Windows has gotten much better about how it handles networked printers. But if you want to share a printer over the network, you may still need to do a little legwork to get it all up and running. Here’s how it all works.

Source: How to Set Up a Shared Network Printer in Windows 7, 8, or 10

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How to Set Up Your Brand-New Windows PC

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, windows, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

So you just bought a brand-new Windows computer—now what? The Wirecutter will walk you through the setup process, from taking it out of the box to configuring your Windows settings and all the rest.

Source: How to Set Up Your Brand-New Windows PC | The Wirecutter

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How to Easily Mirror Your Android Phone’s Screen on Your PC with Vysor for Chrome

Posted on June 7, 2016. Filed under: Android, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Smartphones are convenient, but sometimes it’s more trouble than it’s worth to pick up your phone when you’re already sitting at a computer. It would be nice to do whatever it is you want to do from the comfort of your PC—especially if you work at a desk. Thankfully, there’s a simple (and brilliant) way to completely mirror your Android device’s screen over USB with a Chrome app called Vysor.

Source: How to Easily Mirror Your Android Phone’s Screen on Your PC with Vysor for Chrome

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How to disable Windows 10 Start menu ads

Posted on May 16, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet posts: Windows 10 users can look forward to seeing twice the number of ads for apps in the Start menu once Microsoft releases the Anniversary Update this summer [2016]. If you’re not into such things polluting your Start menu, here’s how you can make them go away.

Source: How to disable Windows 10 Start menu ads | ZDNet

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How to Change Cortana’s Voice and Language in Windows 10

Posted on May 11, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

Laptop posts: Whether you want Cortana to speak to you with a British accent or answer your queries in Chinese, you can change her voice in a few simple steps.

Source: How to Change Cortana’s Voice and Language in Windows 10

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How to enable ‘Hey, Cortana’ on Windows 10

Posted on May 11, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

CNET posts: There’s a switch you’ll need to enable before you can get Cortana’s attention from across the room.

Source: How to enable ‘Hey, Cortana’ on Windows 10 – CNET

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Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good

Posted on May 11, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet posts: You’ve got complaints about Windows 10? Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of company. From my mailbox, these are the top gripes about Microsoft’s new OS, with instructions to help you make those problems vanish.

Source: Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good | ZDNet

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How To Speed Up Your PC

Posted on May 11, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Microsoft Windows, Techniques | Tags: , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips posts: If you do a search on-line for tips about speeding up your computer, you’ll find a ton of tips, tweaks, and programs claiming to help you speed up your…

Source: How To Speed Up Your PC | Daves Computer Tips

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How To Add Windows Defender To Context Menu

Posted on April 25, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips tells How To Add Windows Defender To Context Menu so you can safely scan a file before opening it.

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