Month: May 2014

How to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Many of us prefer to use the same program to open certain types of files. For example, you may like to use Photo Gallery to open pictures and Windows Media Player to open music and videos. Or you may have third-party software that you like better. Fortunately, both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 make it very easy to set your own preferences. Here’s how:

Where to Find the Set Default Programs Panel

Setting the default programs for file types and protocols, is performed from a window namedSet Default Programs.

In Windows 7, you can reach it by typing “default” into the Start Menu search box

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Easily find far-flung customization options with Windows’ secret GodMode

Like putting a personal touch on your PCs? Customization options abound in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but these features can often be hard to find, an issue exacerbated by Microsoft’s dual (or should I say dueling?) interfaces. Strategically burying some Control Panel options under the Charm bar doesn’t help matters either.

Enter GodMode—a handy, hidden folder well-known to IT pros who want to quickly get at a wide range of customization options on the desktop, but one few everyday users know about.

GodMode basically provides easy, direct access to all of Windows’ various far-flung features and customization options from a single interface, sorting them into handy categories like Display and Administrative Tools. Whether you want to adjust your monitor’s resolution, tweak your folder options, or customize your taskbar’s notification area, it’s all a single click away in GodMode.

Six Ways to Access PC Settings: Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

When using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you may be confused at first, when trying to find the PC Settings panel – the touch friendly alternative to the classic Control Panel. In the end you will figure it out but it should have been a lot easier. That’s why I decided to share the six ways I found for opening it. I’m sure many users will find this guide useful. 

Why Your Router Is A Security Risk & How To Fix It

The introduction of the home router was a great advancement in security for many owners. Before routers, most PC users relied only on a software firewall or, more often than not, ran no firewall at all. Routers with built-in firewalls have generally been a very good thing.

An item that provides safety can also lead to a false sense of security, however, and leave users vulnerable when attacks that they thought impossible occur. Routers are no different. They can be difficult to set up and often require updates to patch exploits discovered after release. Here’s what you must do to make your router is a boon instead of a burden.

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What’s The Difference Between Running Your Blog On &

With WordPress now powering 1 in every 6 websites, they must be doing something right. For both experienced developers and the complete novice, WordPress has something to offer you. But just as you start on your path of WordPress nirvana, you’re going to hit a stumbling block: “Do I need or What’s the difference?!”

This question comes up a lot, so I’ve decided to write a definitive guide. If you’re too lazy to read 1,000 odd words – and that’s cool, I won’t judge, I know we live in a world of 140 characters limit – then here’s an easy to understand set of bullet points for you.

The complete article offers the best service for anyone wanting to create and run a free blog site using a professional, attractive theme and smart widgets. But while you can certainly create a WordPress blog in under 10 minutes, there are several additional things you can do to improve your newly minted website.

We have previously provided a set of essential tips for starting a WordPress blog, and have also explained the difference between Google’s Blogger and This article covers a set of advanced tips most useful for beginner users whom have already set up their blog and added some posts.

The basic setup of most blog sites are the menu bar, the sidebar, and the blog posts on the homepage. To engage your readers more, you definitely want to create additional pages on your site, such as “About Me” and “Contact Me” pages

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How To Get The Best Features Of Mac, Linux & Co On Windows

Do you suffer from operating system envy? I know I do. While I’m mainly a Windows user, I can appreciate a lot of the features available on Mac and Linux. Windows is pretty boring, so wouldn’t it be nice if those features could be transported over somehow? If that sounds like something you want, then check out these awesome tweaks and tools.

Want a dock instead of a taskbar? How about multiple virtual desktops for improved productivity? Or even something as simple as theming your computer with a Mac skin? You’re in luck. Get ready to pimp out your Windows computer.

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Surface Pro 3: The tablet that can replace your laptop

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, which is an impressive piece of hardware. The Surface and Surface Pro 2 were good, but the larger display (12.1 inches vs. 10.6 inches) and shift in aspect ratio (3:2 vs. 16:9) make the Surface Pro 3 much more capable when you need to use it with the Type Cover keyboard as an “ultrabook hybrid” for extended periods of time.

This is not your average tablet. Internally, the architecture of the Surface Pro 3 didn’t change substantially from the previous model. The tablets still use the fourth generation Intel Core processor line, codenamed “Haswell.” The Haswell chips enable the Surface Pro 3 to go for up to nine hours on a single charge. Surface Pro 3 comes with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD. It also has 5 MP / 1080p HD cameras on both front and back, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, and a full-size USB 3.0 port.

I pointed out a couple weeks ago that one of the reasons the Surface tablet line has struggled is because of a branding and marketing failure by Microsoft. Microsoft focused on the fact that the Surface is a tablet and even ran commercials — rather clever ones, actually — comparing the Surface against the iPad. That was a mistake, and Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for the Surface Pro 3.

Will the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 convince you to replace your laptop?

Dear CNET members,

What if you could have a tablet that’s powerful enough to work like a laptop, yet lightweight and compact like a tablet? Would you replace your laptop with it? Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, Microsoft thinks it has an answer.

Today Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a tablet that is supposed to be powerful enough to replace a laptop. This is just a short round of specs: 12-inch screen with 2,160×1,440-pixel resolution, options of Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor, 800g (1.8 pounds) in weight, 9.1mm (0.36 inch) thick, and a screen that works with both fingers and stylus. And because of the more powerful processors, it can even run higher-end apps, including 3D-rendering apps and even Adobe Photoshop. And as an option you can still buy the Type Cover if you still need some kind of physical keyboard instead of just typing on the screen. You can see all the specs and details here in our Editors’ Take on the Surface Pro 3.

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10 things you need to know about using Word fields

Fields are among Word’s most powerful and versatile features, capable of generating and displaying all kinds of useful information with little (or no) effort on your part. 

Word fields are placeholders that store and display data. They perform simple tasks, such as returning the current date or current page number, but they’re much more than that. You can use them to ask questions, make decisions based on specific conditions, and perform calculations. In this article, I’ll show you the basics you need to know to start utilizing this powerful and flexible feature in your Word documents.

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