15 Free Guides That Really Teach You USEFUL Stuff

Simon Slangen 31-10-2009

15 Free Guides That Really Teach You USEFUL Stuff manualsOver the past months, we’ve written quite a few PDF manuals for you, on all kinds of diverging subjects, including BitTorrent, iTunes, iPhone, Twitter, Mac, Linux, Photoshop and several other topics.


Freely available to MakeUseOf subscribers, there are now multiple manuals released every month, for everyone to enjoy. After releasing 15 manuals and nearly half a million downloads we thought it was about time to look back and review what has been published so far.

Enjoy! Downloads are free, no strings attached.

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1 – Internet Guide for the Movie Addict

Written by Saikat Basu, this entirely free PDF production will show you anything you’ve ever dreamed about knowing related to movies on the web. Whether you want a quick heads-up, are looking for download and streaming possibilities, or even want to fix broken AVI’s “” you’ll find it in there!

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2 – Internet Guidebook for An Audiophile

In forty pages, Will Mueller from tells you all you need to know about free internet listening to music, streaming audio to your computer, and free download music sites to get all your favorite songs and albums in a whim. Learn how to share music with others and track a band’s performance and album releases!

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3 – The Incredible Free Manual for Every Mac User

Jackson Chung, devoted Mac writer and Assistant Editor on MakeUseOf wrote this slick, sixty-odd paged monster; based on Snow Leopard – the latest release of the Mac OS X operating system. In it, he tells you everything you need to know about Mac. Jackson supplies you with numerous tips, tricks and free applications. Get the hang of the interface and discover what your Mac is really capable of.

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4 – The Underground Guide to the iPhone

Written by Stefan Neagu. Read about the basic user interface and a ton of incredible iPhone features you would’ve otherwise missed. Stefan explains in detail how to perform both the very simple and the most tedious tasks. Find out how to get your hands on fresh applications, how to keep your device synchronized and even how to jailbreak your iPhone!

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Update: The guide is no longer available.

5 – Twitter: Best Practices & Tips

In this massive guide, our very own publishing editor Mark O’Neill, tackles every Twitter feature and tips and tricks you can think of. Learn to work the interface, to Tweet from your desktop, cool Twitter bots and funniest people to follow. With this free manual, Mark will make sure you get your black belt in Twitter.


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6 – The Ultimate Guide to your Windows Mobile Phone

If you have a Windows Mobile phone, you will know that stuff can occasionally get pretty difficult. These devices, which are basically mini-computers, have endless possibilities “” and thus endless possible difficulties as well.

This is where we come in. Whether you want to (re)discover the most basic features and applications of your device, extend it with new applications and tools, or even flash a custom ROM, the Windows Mobile Guide comes to the rescue.

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This guide is no longer available.

7 – A Computer Geek’s Smart Productivity Guide

In this free twenty-paged PDF, Stefan Neagu (yes, he wrote quite a lot of manuals back then) will show you the most common productivity mistakes, as well as a number of applications to improve your touch typing, your time organization, and your global workflow.

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8 – Building a Media Center for your Home

Active MakeUseOf contributor and eBook writer Stefan Neagu, will walk you through all the steps of understanding and creating your own media center.

Read all about the different hardware components, software candidates and media extenders, in this manual for geek to techno-deprived.

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9 – The Only Easy Guide To Computer Networks

To help you set up your networks, as well as with all that comes after, MakeUseOf proudly presents the MakeUseOf Network Manual.

In 33 illustrated pages, Stefan Neagu familiarizes us with the networking knowhow, from Adapters to Zimbabwe-proxies. It’s a great place to start off as a newbie, or to pick up as an already more advanced user.

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10 – The Big Book of BitTorrent

BitTorrent, is a great, perhaps even the best way to download files, both in concept as in use – that is, once you’ve got the hang of it. Saikat Basu takes newcomers by the hand and guides them in their first steps. Initiates, but also the more experienced users get their fair share of information.

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11 – A Newbie’s Getting Started Guide to Linux

In this free ebook you’ll be introduced to the basics of the Linux operating systems. Get to know what it is all about, and familiarize yourself with the practical side. Basically, if you’re a complete Linux newbie and looking for a quick and easy guide to get you started – this is it.

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12 – The Idiot’s Guide To Photoshop

An Idiot’s Guide To Photoshop is the starter’s manual for every Photoshop initiate to carry! This guide starts right at the very bottom, assuming no knowledge at all, and walks you through all basic aspects of the application. The guide even comes with three full pages of shortcuts, cheat sheets covering all the application’s possibilities!

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Original Post Learn Photo Editing in Photoshop: Get the Basics Down in 1 Hour Photoshop is an intimidating program—but with just one hour, you can learn all of the basics. Grab a photo you want to edit, and let's get started! Read More | Download NOW

13 – The Big Book of iTunes

50+ pages of great iTunes tips and tricks along with illustrative screenshots, written by our very own Mac writer Jackson Chung. The iTunes book has got plenty of cool iTunes tips and tricks for you, some were published on MakeUseOf before and others were collected from different parts of web.

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14 – The Idiot’s Guide to Building Your Own PC

With the complete amateur in mind who has no technical knowledge whatsoever, we show you how to build your own PC! This is a guide where we literally “˜hold your hand’ every step of the way.

MakeUseOf has teamed up with our very own Karl Gechlik to bring you nearly 50 pages full of screenshots, links to video demos and easy how-to instructions for every step involved. The result? The Idiot’s Guide to Building Your Own PC.

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15 – Laptop Buying Guide for 2009

MakeUseOf teamed up with to give you a Laptop Buying Guide for 2009. It’s a quick 20 page guide with an abundance of screenshots and links to video reviews. This guide is intended to help buyers make an informed choice regardless of previous computer knowledge.

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(BONUS) PSP Up- and Downgrading Guide

Learn how all about up- and downgrading your PSP. We discuss the older software methods, as well as the newer, hardware tricks. With this guide in hand, you can put a modded firmware on nearly any available PSP. Explained to accommodate the absolute novice.

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  2. Ryan
    February 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Here's a guide that EVERY man should utilize.

  3. Paul Smith
    January 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    This is a really useful collection. I plan to start Linux so will certainly be downloading that one.

  4. ZaHandel64
    January 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you very much. This stuff is important. Feeling good about knowing a sufficent amount about what is "out there" on the Web means I (and I imagine other users will feel the same)don't have to worry about missing out. You can do so much with this kind of information/knowledge/advice that it does change people's approach to life. Thank you for caring enough for the stranger others to have worked on this and shared it. much tech love

  5. Tarun Yadav
    January 9, 2010 at 5:17 am

    This is a good collection.

  6. ramyan taha
    January 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Interesting Stuff!


  7. josie
    January 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    as all commnets above. Excellent compilation. Thanks

  8. David
    December 12, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for sharing these guides and to the authors of the guides :)

    Very helpful information

  9. el7cosmos
    December 9, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I download three of them...great,,thanks!!

  10. Jason
    December 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This is a great article. Thanks for posting these, really useful :)

  11. asoskay
    November 28, 2009 at 5:22 am


  12. arif
    November 28, 2009 at 1:48 am

    This realy wonderfull collection. Thanks a lot.

  13. sonic is the best
    November 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    • glibwort
      November 22, 2009 at 2:38 am

      Only an idiot would make this comment

  14. Mauritius Resto
    November 17, 2009 at 2:20 am

    That is an absolutely awesome collection. I will call back to see such updates because I really love such stuffs. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kannan Vikas
    November 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Really cool site!! loved it

  16. Mida
    November 12, 2009 at 3:59 am

    very nice collections thanks:D

  17. jen
    November 10, 2009 at 2:53 am


  18. Ezuca
    November 10, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Thanks! I just read the 15th now. Really helpful. A million thanks to you!

  19. robb
    November 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

    it would be lovely if it's in video format instead of ebook.
    nice article, though.

  20. kingryu
    November 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Love it! Book quality materials, all for free!

  21. Ricky van der Walt
    November 9, 2009 at 5:46 am

    What a great selection. Well done and thanks for taking the time to put it together.

  22. steve
    November 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Good guides, pity that hardly any of the links it them work, at least not for me they don't

  23. allison
    November 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Thank you! My father wants a media center for his home and keeps bothering me about it. I'll show him this instead

    November 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

    does any body know where there is a newer psp guide???

  25. zynaps
    November 6, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Files unavailable now:

    This file is unavailable until Dec. 6, 2009 because the uploader's account has reached its download limit. You can access it immediately with a DivShare Personal account!

  26. intrebulon
    November 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Something I'm sure every geek (like me) dreams of finding.

  27. Alesguz
    November 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Awesome guides. Thank you so much. These guides rocks!!

  28. Angshu
    November 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

    awesome stuff!
    keep it up!! :)

  29. Hyperoctave
    November 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    excellent reading :) I read the one about productivity, which was a good way to spend 20 'wasted' minutes in work :)

    Regarding the PSP hacking one - it IS possible to hack PSP 3000's .. not sure how old that document is, but 3000 hacking has been possible since May 2009. 3000 users with OFW v5.03 (and higher) can use ChickHEN R2 .tiff exploit to patch the memory, to then (temporarily) install CFW 5.03 (and higher) GEN-A / GEN-B. The 3000 series cannot install CFW permanently though - so after a hard reset, the patching needs to be reinitiated.

  30. Aditya
    November 3, 2009 at 11:51 pm


  31. Kris Madden
    November 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Love the post! Super helpful!

    I'd also like to throw in my free guide: "Learn To Speed Read".

    It's a 366-page, six-week coursebook, a culmination of years of research, with a bibliography to match. Anyway, you can read it on GoogleBooks or through my website.


    -Kris Madden

  32. John (Human3rror)
    November 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

    This is straightup EPIC.

  33. bob
    November 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm


  34. paul
    November 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    wow, thanks for this superb resource, shame I didn't discover this earlier, I needed a laptop buying guide

  35. Althaf
    November 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Amazing :) awesome!

  36. Robert Zuniga
    November 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

    great content, thanks for sharing!

  37. nepaliketo
    November 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

    @Bob. hahaha ur funny

  38. nepaliketo
    November 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Bob, u made me laugh....anyway great collection, thanx

  39. candra
    November 2, 2009 at 8:35 am

    thanx. very usefull resource...i Love this post...

  40. Bernadette
    November 2, 2009 at 8:24 am


  41. Chantal
    November 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Thank you very much for posting all these guides. I've already downloaded all the ones that are relevent to me.

    • zim
      November 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

      u r so sweet..................

  42. the
    November 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Grammar errors:

    "In fourty pages, Will Mueller from tells you all you need to know about free internet listening to music" = (from) and (free internet listening to music)

    "Jackson Chung, devoted Mac writer and Assistant Editor on MakeUseOf wrote this slick, " = Comma in the wrong place.

    "both in concept as in use " = Use "and" instead of "as".

    There may be more of them but I don't have the time to correct all of your mistakes. Please take more time to create error free articles.

    • Bob
      November 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

      "Grammar errors:" = Grammatical Errors


      • Aibek
        November 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm

        good one!

    • chtristymc
      November 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

      what a tool!

  43. Andre
    November 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    You guys are freakin fantastic! This is awesome. Thank you!

  44. Freebie Link
    November 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Great article. Thanks for posting these guides.

  45. techy
    November 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    well, the "how to build your own PC" one is pretty out of date. Nothing about SATA vs PATA, no PCI-E, and very little about system tasking...and what about slotted processors, there's no need unless you're scrounging something old and building it into a server...

  46. Prescott Linux
    November 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    This is a great guide, certainly worth a Digg! thanks

  47. mech
    November 1, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Thank for all the guide ebook.

  48. Joe
    November 1, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Wow these are as useless as this website

    • ritchie
      November 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      Hehe... just my thoughts! You're comments gave me good laugh though. Looks shiny, is totally useless.

  49. Stew
    November 1, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for this great collection.

  50. LIZ
    November 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I'm most appreciative of your work.They are useful!

    Though I'm a foreigner,it will took me some time to understand the whole article, I still have to express my heartfelt thanks.

  51. vandriff
    November 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

    this was really great and i saved a few of these to be helpful in the future.

    thanks for the files!!

  52. Transcontinental
    November 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

    An amazing sum of work, transmission of knowledge. Thank you very much.
    I've downloaded all 15 of them (plus the Bonus), some immediately for myself, others for friends I know will be delighted. This is the WWW : knowledge when the only barrier is to read and learn. Fantastic.

  53. e7c
    November 1, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Wow, this is wonderful... best single page on the internet.

  54. John Beeno
    November 1, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Thats some of the best tips I have seen in years. Well done.


  55. Jill
    November 1, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Wow. This is a superb list. Bookmarked and will definitely use this, thanks!


  56. Delighted
    November 1, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Fantastic Compilation! I like the Laptop Guide the best, Very useful YES! thank you Simon.

  57. Alireza
    November 1, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I have downloaded 8 of these great guides before! Now I'll download the rest!