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Top 7 Free Microsoft Paint Alternatives

While it will remain available through the Windows Store, this really spells the end for MS Paint. Microsoft is now squarely focused on the new Paint 3D; there’s only so much time the old version of Paint can remain available until it becomes a liability. Perhaps it’s time to start looking for free alternatives? Here are seven of the best for you to check out. 1. Paint.NET Paint.NET start...
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Save Your Hard Drive With These Laptop Computer Temperature Monitor Apps

Heat wreaks havoc on computers, especially laptops. Tight cases and dust buildup can lead to poor air circulation, and without circulation, the heat generated inside has nowhere to go. Indeed, ignoring heat problems is the surest way to destroy a laptop. You thought it slowed down because it’s old and contains outdated hardware? That’s partly true, but not the whole story. Heat can severely impa...
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Adobe’s Free Photoshop Express Is the Secret to Editing Photos Like a Pro

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to photo editing software. However, it can be prohibitively expensive for many users, especially if you’re not planning to use it on a regular basis. Alongside Photoshop, Adobe also develops and publishes Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Express and Photoshop Touch. Collectively, they are branded as "The Adobe Photoshop Famil...
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The Top 6 Free Windows Media Players

After 25 years of development, you might think Windows Media Players should have the power to handle all your video and audio needs. And yet, as you've probably noticed, it's still extremely limited, and won't even play some common file types without downloading extra components. Downloading an alternative free media player can put an end to file compatibility woes; the best packages support ju...
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Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers

Microsoft stops selling quietly today put an end to sales of Windows 7 licenses to computer makers, marking a major milestone for the seven-year-old OS. Out with the old, and in with the new. Microsoft yesterday stopped providing Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. This means that, as of toda...
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Top 7 Skype Bugs Which Microsoft Could Avoid

When Microsoft bought Skype back in 2011, a collective groan could be heard around the Internet. A beautifully made product, constructed by a dedicated team from Sweden, Denmark, and Estonia, was now being taken over by the Redmond giant; the same beast that tried to force the worst browser ever on us. The seeds for the total meltdown of Skype were born. The transition has been bumpy, but certa...
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How to Extract Text or Numbers using an Excel Function

Excel is great at working with both numbers and text—but if you’re using both in the same cell, you might run into some difficulty. Fortunately, you can extract numbers or text from cells to work with your data more efficiently. We demonstrate several options, depending on the format that your data is currently in. Numbers Stored as Text This is a common situation, and—fortunately—very easy to...
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Top 10 Security Tools You Should Be Using Now

You can never be too careful out there in the wild west that we like to call the Internet. A place where drive-by bandits can relieve you of your money, your identity, and the shirt off your back if you’re not vigilant enough. There’s no reason why you can’t pull up the drawbridge and stop the bad guys from getting in; plenty of free (and low cost) security software tools are available. Not sur...
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9 Simple Tweaks to Customize Excel to Your Needs

Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet tool, and while you can customize it with awesome add-ins, some of the best options are inside Excel itself. We won’t discuss temporary fixes that only last for one session here, but rather permanent tweaks so you change how Excel works. 1. Hide the Start Screen on Startup One of the big annoyances in Office 2013, the Start screen offers various tem...
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8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with a PDF

Many of us use PDF files on a daily basis — but the format is capable of much more than most of us realize. Whether you’re reading and creating PDFs for work, school, or a personal project, you’ll benefit from knowing everything that the format is capable of. It might help streamline your usage and save you time, or give you the necessary knowledge to troubleshoot a problem if your file becomes...
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