Windows 8 Tip: Rename Your Accounts In Mail App

Windows 8 - rename mail accounts

Here’s a trick that makes it easier to keep track of the different accounts set up on your Windows 8 tablet or computer. Try this:

—  Open up the full-screen Mail app.

—  Bring out the Charms bar and click on Settings. (Charms bar: swipe in from the right, or mouse to the lower right corner, or hit Windows key+C.)

—  Click on Accounts. […] continued

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Change Is Difficult! (Or, What Happened To Google Maps?)

Google Maps - new design

Google Maps got a completely new look a couple of weeks ago. (On a computer in a web browser, not on your phone or tablet.) There is a huge amount of information packed into the new interface but it is not an easy process to discover it all. Many people (myself included) find it frustrating because it seems simultaneously streamlined and cluttered, and familiar things have been moved around and seem more difficult to use. […] continued

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Should You Buy A Windows Phone?

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Samsung / LG / HTC have a new Android phone that’s slightly bigger / smaller / faster with more something and an improved something else!

Apple’s next iPhone will be marginally bigger than the current zzzzz

. . .

Sorry. I dozed off.

Wow, is the bloom off that rose or what? […] continued

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A Few New Computers (And A Couple Of Tablets)

Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one with touchscreen

In the market for a new desktop computer? Laptop? Tablet? Phone?

Good luck! There are way too many choices. I can’t imagine how you pick one.

The good news is that almost everything is good enough, especially in the desktop and laptop worlds. Just about everything on the market that’s above the bottom shelf at Walmart has a big enough this and a fast enough that. […] continued

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How To Convert A PDF Into An Editable Word Document

Convert Acrobat PDF to Word format

Offices have settled on PDF as the universal file format. PDFs are used for everything, from scanning the mail to exchanging contracts during negotiations. Offices might be creating more PDFs than Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Sometimes it’s necessary or helpful to edit the contents of a PDF file in Microsoft Word. […] continued

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Microsoft Continues Rebranding With Office Online

Office Online replaces Office Web Apps

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Microsoft! On the heels of the OneDrive rollout, Microsoft changed the name of its browser-based versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint to Office Online. The actual online programs aren’t new but most people never discovered them hiding in the SkyDrive web site. […] continued

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OneDrive Arrives As The Cross-Platform Solution

OneDrive Replaces SkyDrive

OneDrive officially replaced SkyDrive worldwide today, with a new URL (www.onedrive.com) and updated apps with the new name already showing up on computers, tablets and phones.

There isn’t much that’s new other than the name. Current SkyDrive users got an email today offering 20Gb of additional storage space for one year free, which is nice, but that’s about it. […] continued

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Easy Access To Notebooks At OneNote.com

Updated look for OneNote.com

Microsoft has updated OneNote.com as the first step in a broader rebranding and refreshing of the web versions of all the Office programs.

There are apps available for viewing your OneNote notebooks on just about any kind of computer, tablet, and phone. It’s also been possible to view notebooks online in a web browser but most people don’t know that. […] continued

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SkyDrive Soon To Become OneDrive, With Improved Shared Folders

OneDrive - new name for SkyDrive

Six months ago Microsoft agreed to change the name of its online file service SkyDrive as part of settling a lawsuit brought by British Sky Broadcasting, which has a trademark on the word “Sky” in the EU. The name will change to “OneDrive” soon, according to a Microsoft blog post. […] continued

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How To Remove iTunes Add-Ins From Outlook

Outlook errors caused by iTunes add-ins

If you’re an Outlook user and iTunes is installed on your computer, you may have an Apple add-in running in Outlook that isn’t doing anything useful. In some cases, it turns out to cause slowdowns and crashes in Outlook. Since nothing is easy these days, naturally it requires an extra trick to remove the add-in. […] continued

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Let’s Blame The Computer Manufacturers

Dell & HP - let's blame the computer manufacturers

Desktop computer sales are plummeting.

Windows 8 is preparing to slink offstage after a fairly disastrous time in the spotlight, to be replaced in early 2015 by the Newer! Brighter! Better! Windows 9.

No one is enthusiastic about buying a computer any more. It’s just an overly complicated tool – more of an annoyance than a treat. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2014

Rules for computer safety 2014

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2014.

The bad guys are even scarier this year. You will get phony email messages that look perfect – nothing to give away that the messages don’t really come from your bank, the IRS, UPS, Microsoft, or, well, anyone. […] continued

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The New Bruceb Favorites Page Arrives On February 3

Bruceb Favorites

There are hundreds of friends and clients who use the Bruceb Favorites page as their browser home page.

I’m going to do something drastic that might leave you shocked and dismayed.

I’m going to change it.

On February 3, you will automatically be redirected to the new home for the Favorites page, www.brucebfavorites.com. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Display Address Bar And Tabs In Full-Screen Version Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11

Here’s a tip that might make it easier to get used to the Metro version of Internet Explorer that runs full-screen in Windows 8. After you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you have the option to always display the address bar and open tabs at the bottom of the screen.

Background  Internet Explorer has two completely different looks in Windows 8. […] continued

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The Latest Windows Tablet News

Microsoft Surface 2 & Nokia Lumia 2520

A few quick notes about recent developments in the world of Windows tablets.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Power Keyboard

Nokia released the Lumia 2520 before Christmas without an accompanying keyboard. It’s been an odd delay, since the keyboard is an important part of why Windows tablets are more of a productivity device than iPads or Android tablets. […] continued

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