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Windows 8 : Speed up Your Taskbar Thumbnail Previews

Disable animations when viewing thumbnail previews of open windows via your Windows 8.1 Taskbar to save you time.

April 22, 2014, at 11:51 A.M. EDT

Just as with Windows 7, when you hover over Taskbar icons, previews of open windows appear. These don't normally snap onscreen but fade in and out of view, and if you move between Taskbar icons the previews become animated.

If you don't care for the Windows 8,1 Taskbar animations and would rather save time by disabling them, the following tweak does so:...

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[MODIFIED] General Computers : Why Do Install Programs Ask Me to Close Everything or Restart?

When installing software, here's why you should close down all running applications - but think twice before shutting down security software.

April 22, 2014, at 11:51 A.M. EDT

When you install software on your machine, you are usually asked near the beginning to close other running programs (a good practice to do even if you are not explicitly asked). Why should you consider doing so, and should you shut down everything?

1) Some install programs require you to reboot your operating system when the install is done, so, you would have to close other programs down anyway or let the operating system do so (risking you losing work in such applications). This is especially true for software such as firewalls, virus scanners, some anti-spyware applications, backup utilities, etc....

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[MODIFIED] Screen Capture : Greenshot for Windows can Upload to Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, and More

Greenshot is an open-source screen capture program for Windows that allows basic image editing and integration with a variety of third-party software packages and web services.

April 21, 2014, at 2:29 P.M. EDT

Greenshot is an open-source screen capture program for Windows that supports window, region, and full-screen capture, as well as special support for Internet Explorer complete with auto-scrolling to grab entire webpages.

Greenshot has plugins for various services and applications including Imgur, Box, Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and Microsoft Office (make sure to enable them during setup), as well as support for multiple languages....

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[MODIFIED] Google Chrome : View Memory and CPU Usage, Network Activity of Each Tab

Display memory, CPU, network, and other Google Chrome usage details.

April 21, 2014, at 2:29 P.M. EDT

For those trying to diagnose computer or networking issues when visiting resource-intensive websites, or just the merely curious, Google Chrome includes a Task Manager. This displays the amount of memory and CPU used by the browser and each tab as well as network activity, process IDs, and for developers the frames per second and ports used to debug native client apps (NaCl debug port). This way, you can determine if a particular webpage is using too many system resources, possibly slowing your computer down.

If you want extra information, a "Stats for nerds" screen shows the memory broken down by private and shared, as well as virtual memory usage. This details screen can even show basic memory usage statistics for other browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox....

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Mozilla Firefox - Plugins and Extensions : Grab a Word Count and Readability Score of Selected Text

Need a quick count of the number of words or characters on a webpage or section of text?

April 20, 2014, at 3:41 P.M. EDT

Typing a comment on a webpage and curious if you're getting a little long-winded? Writing a blog post for an assignment and need to satisfy a word count minimum? Or writing an article and want to get an estimated readability score to help ensure your text can be understood by as many people as possible?

The "Word Count Tool" extension for Mozilla Firefox lets you select a block of text on a webpage and see the word and character counts in the Add-On bar. Pressing Ctrl + Alt + C (or navigating the right-click menu) shows an enhanced details screen displaying the number of sentences, paragraphs, average word length, estimated readability score, and more....

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Internet Explorer 11 : Place Sites Directly in the Start Menu for Easy Access

Add links to frequently-visited websites directly to the Windows Start Menu.

April 20, 2014, at 3:41 P.M. EDT

Are there websites you visit often enough with Internet Explorer 11 that you would like to make opening them up more convenient? Instead of navigating the Favorites menu of IE11, you can pin links to websites directly to the Windows Start Menu.

After opening the website from Internet Explorer 11, perform the following steps depending on your Windows interface:...

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Windows 8 : Tweak the Explorer Navigation Pane

Missing seeing Libraries in Explorer? Want to see a full list of folders? Or do you not need to see the Favorites?

April 19, 2014, at 3:57 P.M. EDT

When opening folders via Explorer in Windows 8.1, you may notice that the Libraries aren't automatically present. Plus, if you open Explorer to a particular folder, that folder is not automatically expanded. Also, you may not find much need for the Favorites section. Luckily you can tweak what Windows Explorer shows:

1. From an Explorer window, click the "View" menu, then select "Options"....

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Windows 8 : Stop Rearranging My Windows!

Prevent Windows 8.1 from automatically rearranging and resizing windows when they are moved to the edges.

April 19, 2014, at 3:57 P.M. EDT

Just as with Windows 7, when you move windows to the borders of the Windows 8.1 Desktop, they will automatically rearrange and resize. For example, moving a window to the top will make it appear full screen (except for the Taskbar unless it is set to Auto-hide), and moving a window to the left or right edge will make it fill half the screen.

While some people appreciate this automatically occurring, advanced users and those who want more control over their window placements may find this feature extremely annoying. Luckily, it can be disabled:...

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[MODIFIED] Buying a Digital Camera : Hidden Costs with Higher Megapixel Cameras

Higher-megapixel digital cameras may have hidden costs besides just the cost of the camera.

April 17, 2014, at 4:06 P.M. EDT

High megapixel modern digital cameras generally allow one to take photos with much greater clarity than with cameras made in years past. Mistakes can be cropped out, larger photos can be printed, and more details can be made clearly visible, allowing one to take photos that more accurately represent a treasured memory. Modern cameras also may let you shoot HD video, offering even more enjoyment from your investment.

However, before you plunk down money on a new high megapixel digital camera, recognize there may be some 'hidden' costs to use this technology to its fullest:...

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Windows 8 : Resize Start Screen Tiles

Change the size of tiles on your Windows 8.1 Start screen to show or hide live tile details.

April 17, 2014, at 4:01 P.M. EDT

Are some of the tiles on your Window 8.1 Start screen taking up too much room and you'd like to fit more on the screen simultaneously? Or do you only have a few apps installed (or a large monitor with lots of free space) and want to show as much information and pictures as possible from live tiles such as News, Store, and Weather?

To resize tiles on your Start Screen, just do the following:...

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[MODIFIED] View Memory and CPU Usage, Network Activity of Each Tab

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