In Pictures: Time-saving PC tips and tricks

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Windows 7 and Windows 8 users should take full advantage of the taskbar feature. Launching a program that’s pinned to the taskbar is always faster than hunting for it on your desktop or navigating through the Start menu. Take a good, hard look at what's there: Ideally, you'd populate the taskbar with programs, websites, or documents you access at least every few days. By the same token, if there's something on the taskbar that you use infrequently, now's the perfect time to remove it. You can also fine-tune your taskbar settings by right-clicking it and selecting "properties."

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