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The cost of looking good

Windows' display Settings screen offers various choices for "Color" and "Desktop area". What do these options mean? What do you gain or lose by choosing a higher or lower setting? We explain these options . . .

I don't want my documents in My Documents

If you already have a data folder with another name and have shortcuts pointing to that folder, you're not likely to move everything to My Documents just to take advantage of the File-Save command's default location. And you don't have to -- here's h...

More files to purge

Earlier this year we offered tips on unneeded files from Windows that you can delete. Here are some more candidates for the recycle bin.

Stop annoying scans

Windows insists that ScanDisk runs every time your computer crashes. Find it annoying? Here's how to disable it.

Clean out the debris left by deleted apps

You may think you have uninstalled a program -- but wait -- what's that? Lots of bits and pieces left over cluttering up your system. What to do? Third-party uninstall applications are available, but the manual method is recommended instead. Here's h...

Where to go for virus info

Finding information on a virus can be a hard task particularly when it has more than one name. Aside from checking with your own antivirus program, there are a number of virus information sources on the Web.

Password-protect folders

Want to keep folder contents safe from prying eyes? A selection of shareware available over the Net lets you do just that, encrypting folders and providing password access.

Convert bitmaps to icons

You can turn any .bmp file into an icon simply by changing its extension to .ico. Click the bitmap file you want to change, select File-Rename, and then replace the .bmp extension with .ico. Press <Enter>, and Windows will immediately replace the app...

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Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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