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Get to know your Windows operating system inside out! Pick up tips & tricks, and discover the best Windows software & modern apps out there

Retire Notepad! Organize All Your Scattered Notes Neatly On ResophNotes [Windows]

Windows

Retire Notepad! Organize All Your Scattered Notes Neatly On ResophNotes [Windows]

Trying out note-taking apps is bit of an obsession. You can make do with the simplest ones around, but can’t avoid taking a look at the next one that arrives with a download link. If you are one of the many like me who still use the humble Notepad (or a Notepad alternative), you could do with some help from ResophNotes. ResophNotes is not a Notepad replacement, but a fast note-taking tool for Windows that offers you organization and backup in a small portable bundle.

14-12-2012
Retire Notepad! Organize All Your Scattered Notes Neatly On ResophNotes [Windows]
Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]

Linux Mac

Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]

In June I switched over from a combination of Windows and Linux to pretty much using OS X solely, and being largely familiar with Windows software (and painfully aware of the lack of many Linux alternatives) I had to replace a few oft-used programs with Mac-friendly alternatives. At some point I realised I was bereft of a file recovery tool and it was at that point I discovered PhotoRec.

14-12-2012
Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux]
Bitdefender Security for Windows 8 Gives Security a New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]

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Bitdefender Security for Windows 8 Gives Security a New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]

Microsoft’s new operating system has taken a radically new approach to the user interface. It’’s sleek, it’s simple – and it’s controversial. Some software developers are already learning from what Microsoft has done and packaging it into their own software. Bitdefender’s Windows 8 Security is an excellent example. It performs the same function as previous versions of software, and is just as effective. But it is also attractive, friendly and extremely easy to approach.

13-12-2012
Bitdefender Security for Windows 8 Gives Security a New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]
Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps

Windows

Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 is shiny and new, bringing an entirely new and different application model and ecosystem. No matter how experienced you are at troubleshooting previous versions of Windows, you won’t be fully prepared to start troubleshooting Windows 8 when you first sit down with it. We’ve gathered some Windows 8 app troubleshooting tips. This is all still new to everyone, so this isn’t the ultimate guide to troubleshooting Windows 8 apps. That will come later.

12-12-2012
Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps
Windows RT – What You Can & Can’t Do

Windows

Windows RT – What You Can & Can’t Do

Windows RT edition was discreetly launched about a month and a half ago with the flagship Microsoft Surface RT tablet device. Though visually indistinguishable from Windows 8, there are some key differences as to what you can and can’t do with it. Today I hope to explain those to you in detail. I also did a full review of the Surface RT device, and the rest of the MakeUseOf writers have weighed in on Windows 8 in general.

12-12-2012
Windows RT – What You Can & Can’t Do
Extend The Life Of Your Optical Discs With ISO Backups & Virtual Clone Drive [Windows]

Windows

Extend The Life Of Your Optical Discs With ISO Backups & Virtual Clone Drive [Windows]

There is absolutely no reason why you would still want to routinely run games, movies, or music from optical discs. Inserting, ejecting, and switching discs is a nuisance and subjects both the drive and the discs to wear and tear. Moreover, optical drives are annoyingly loud and probably use a fair bit of energy. Finally, you might not have an optical drive to begin with. So what should you do instead?

11-12-2012
Extend The Life Of Your Optical Discs With ISO Backups & Virtual Clone Drive [Windows]
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Windows

Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Backing up is one of the most important things you can do as a computer user. If you doubt its importance, just let me direct you here, here and here. I suggest you add all three of those articles to your reading list. Of course, there’s a lot more about backing up on MakeUseOf, especially the amount of applications available to do the task. But we’re not here to talk about those. We’re here to talk about @MAX SyncUp.

11-12-2012
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]
How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance

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How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance

Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice and snappy. Like all versions of Windows, Windows 8 has a variety of settings you can tweak to speed things up and make it even faster. Some of the tips here also apply to previous versions of Windows, but Windows 8 has some new tricks up its sleeve.

10-12-2012
How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance
Save Time and Effort When Typing With PhraseExpander Professional [Giveaway]

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Save Time and Effort When Typing With PhraseExpander Professional [Giveaway]

If you’re like me, you spend a good portion of the day typing on your computer — whether it’s responding to emails, writing up papers, researching on the Internet, or just chatting with your friends through instant messenger. Typing, typing, typing. And eventually, typing can become a repetitive process. We can fix that. PhraseExpander Professional by Nagarsoft is available for $139.95 USD on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. It’s available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. For you, however, we’ve got a great offer that you just can’t pass up: we’re giving away 25 copies of PhraseExpander Professional worth a total of $3,500 for FREE!

10-12-2012
Save Time and Effort When Typing With PhraseExpander Professional [Giveaway]
Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja

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Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja

Over the years, Microsoft Word has become one of the best word processors in the world. I’m sure there are people out there that disagree – particularly Linux or Mac folks who would really rather not give Microsoft so much credit. But, lets face it, Microsoft has established a very large foothold in this area, and they’ve evolved Microsoft Word over the years to the point where it is extremely efficient and easy to use.

06-12-2012
Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

Linux Mac

Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

So you have your Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive account, but how do you automatically add files to them? They are quite useful for manually adding files to, but what if you wanted to use the storage space to back up your computer files? Well, there aren’t too many options, especially free ones, that allow you to do this.

06-12-2012
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

Windows Linux

4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

Encryption is often considered the playground of geeks alone, but it doesn’t have to be. Encryption just means that information is scrambled and you can only access the real information with a special password or key. On an Internet where we don’t want our credit card numbers and other sensitive data exposed to prying eyes, encryption is an important tool.

05-12-2012
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data
Do You Copy & Paste All Day? Manage The Windows Clipboard Better With The Portable ClipTrap

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Do You Copy & Paste All Day? Manage The Windows Clipboard Better With The Portable ClipTrap

The clipboard is one of the invisible but most used features of our Windows computers. But satisfied with the way it handles any copy-paste operations, we let it be…rarely fiddling with it to change its default operation. Come to think of it, it is a bit strange because copy-paste operations take place throughout the day, almost as an unconscious behavior, and always repeatedly. It may make sense to use a clipboard manager which will at least cut the repetitions of CTRL+C and CTRL+V.

05-12-2012
Do You Copy & Paste All Day? Manage The Windows Clipboard Better With The Portable ClipTrap
View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]

Windows

View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]

We all work with image files, all the time; be they graphics for the Web, corporate images for work, or just holiday snaps. These days there are more digital images than ever before. Windows comes with its own built-in image viewer, and if you have Google’s Picasa, it comes with its own fancy viewer. But neither of these options surpasses a true classic.

04-12-2012
View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]
Email Goes Modern: Three Windows 8 Email Apps

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Email Goes Modern: Three Windows 8 Email Apps

With your shiny new Windows 8 device or upgrade booted up, tiles gleaming at you and winking with useful information, you might take a few moments having a look around before you get the chance to look at the email client. I should add here that not all versions of Windows 8 come with the Microsoft Mail client pre-installed. It really depends on the version and the manufacturer of your Windows 8 computer.

30-11-2012
Email Goes Modern: Three Windows 8 Email Apps
Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8

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Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8

Windows 8 brought down the axe on the Start Menu. This is a feature that no one paid special attention to for years but its untimely demise has caused all sorts of despair. Not only because it’s gone but also because its replacement is the Windows 8 Start Screen. I have good news. The official Start Menu is dead, but there’s a number of ways to re-create it.

30-11-2012
Start Menu, How I Miss Thee: 4 Ways To Make A Start Menu On Windows 8