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  • Blog Post: Use Live Search Maps: A better way to get to A to B

    The improvements to Microsoft Live Search Maps over the past year really make it worth checking out. I showed some of the aerial imagery in Live Search Maps to friends and family this week and everyone was impressed by what it could do. And I’m not the only one. PC World tested a bunch of mapping tools...
  • Blog Post: Download the new version of Windows Defender

    We’ve gotten a lot of comments about the confusing "Windows Defender has expired" message. Even my dad—who has been in the computer industry for 30 years—got confused by it. The Security Tips & Talk blog has the information you need about downloading the latest version of Windows Defender, where...
  • Blog Post: Listening to audio books on a portable media player

    We received a lot of responses to the Picking a portable media player article. It's great to know how popular these devices have become. One thing we didn't cover in the article—and we got a lot of comments on—was what to consider when buying a portable media player to listen to audio books. A search...
  • Blog Post: Customize your Start menu

    The Start menu is the doorway to most of the programs on your computer. Taking some time to customize it to match your needs can be a good investment. Me? I was getting tired of searching through the list of programs on the Start menu. It always seemed to take too long to find the one I wanted. So, I...
  • Blog Post: What is Virtual Memory?

    Over the holiday break I was reading through reader feedback and found a great question: What is "Virtual Memory?" I know there's a great joke in that question somewhere but I can’t remember what it is... Anyway, when you're talking about your computer, virtual memory refers to a technique the operating...
  • Blog Post: 3 favorite tips for Favorites

    Do you take advantage of the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer to save links to the Web sites you want to find again? Also known as "bookmarks," your favorite links can be really handy, as long as you don't end up with a list that's as messy as mine tends to be. So, since it was past time for me to...
  • Blog Post: Neck or shoulder pain? Try these 10 healthy computing tips

    If working on the computer is becoming a pain in the neck, it might be time to rearrange your work area and change some of your computer habits. Start the new year off right by following these simple suggestions for healthy computing. Take a 3-minute break every 30 minutes . During your break,...
  • Blog Post: Join the conversation! How to leave a TipTalk comment

    Over the years I've noticed that everyone who uses a PC has his or her own set of little tips and tricks that make using the computer faster, easier, or more fun. Just within our team, we're always learning better ways to do things (generally when one of us is looking over a team mate's shoulder, and...
  • Blog Post: Tips for getting better search results

    Searching on the Internet can be a great way to get questions answered, but we can also waste a lot of time finding the right material. This week we received a question from a TipTalk reader wondering how they can improve their online searches. 6 Tips for better online searches discusses how to create...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to TipTalk!

    Welcome to Tip Talk, a new feature we’ll officially launch on August 31. Why a blog? Well, if you’ve been visiting these sites for a while, you’ve likely noticed the "Was this content useful?" question at the bottom of our articles. Over the past year thousands of people have responded and many have...
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