How to search Google: 10 advanced tips and tricks

google_new_logo_primary-resized-100726497-mediumNo matter how good you may be with Google search, there’s always something new to learn given Google’s constant tweaks. This perpetual state of change is most noticeable in Chrome, where Google can integrate search capabilities with its own browser. To advance your search game, or just discover hidden tips, check out these master tips.  Check out this article from PCWorld.com

Windows 10: How to customize multi-finger touchpad gestures

womans_hands_on_touchpad-100726418-mediumOne of the biggest improvements the Creators Update recently brought to Windows 10 was enhanced support for Precision Touchpads, the built-in mousepads on select laptops that support multi-touch gestures. As many a Mac user knows, the ability to use one-, two-, and three-finger gestures to navigate apps, switch desktops, and perform various clicks and selections can really speed up your workflow. Here’s how to configure these settings on your Windows 10 device. Check out this article from PCWorld.com

How to manage your digital music library

digital-music-file-management-100726382-mediumThe music industry is racing towards streamed distribution, but many of us have built up sizeable music collections. I certainly have, and I spent weeks ripping my old CD library a few years back (and then repeated the job when I realized that 128Kbps MP3s weren’t going to cut it). And if you prefer to own your music, versus renting it in perpetuity via a streaming service, you’re likely still either buying (and ripping) CDs or purchasing digital downloads. More information on this article from TechHive.com

Here’s Why You Should Simply Give In to Google

AndroidWithoutGoogle-Google-Play-Store-PageGoogle powers internet search for just under two-thirds of U.S. adults. Google produces routers, installs fiber connections, and is working on driverless vehicles. Google’s Android is now the mobile operating system of choice for 86 percent of all smartphone users, and well over 50 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Get to know more of this article from MakeUseOf.com

The 8 Best Portable Hard Drives You Can Buy Right Now

Best-Portable-Hard-Drives-You-Can-Buy-Buying-Guide-670x335External hard drives make more sense than internal drives these days. You can connect it to any device, hook it up to your router for access on any gadget, and always carry your data with you.

There’s a small distinction between external or desktop hard drives and portable hard drives. It’s mainly about the size and the need for a power supply. Portable hard drives use 2.5-inch hard disk drives and run off the power of the USB cable. External hard drives use 3.5-inch hard disk drives and require a separate power supply. Check out this article from MakeUseOf.com

How to use Microsoft Excel’s Conditional Formatting

microsoft_excel_logo_primary_resized-100722245-medium112Microsoft Excel’s conditional formatting is a wonderful “automatic” feature that allows you to formats cells based on the value of those cells or the value of the formulas in those cells. For example, you can specify that all the sales totals in your spreadsheet that exceed $5,000 are highlighted in yellow; or all the dates prior to the current year use a dark-green font; or use a shape or ratings icon to flag all duplicate values above 12,000. The options are endless and, in addition to all the preset formats, you can create your own custom formatting rules. Check out this article from PCWorld.com

How to launch Chrome faster with Native Lazy Tabs

pcw-chrome-primary-100724768-medium1If you set Chrome to launch with the tabs you last had open, the browser’s startup time can take forever. That’s especially true if you last had 10 or more tabs going. The problem is that Chrome starts loading all your tabs at once, which can be a drain on resources. A new extension called Native Lazy Tabs helps fix that problem. More of this article from PCWorld.com