OurNerd Quick Tip: Get the most out of the taskbar.

Here are a few quick tips to get the most out of the Windows taskbar. The Windows taskbar refers to the long bar that is typically along the bottom of your screen. The taskbar normally contains the Start Button, Open and Pinned Programs, the system tray, and the clock. Pinning and Unpinning Items The first…

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OurNerd Quick Tip: Use keyboard shortcuts to save time

Today we talk about shortcuts. Not the shortcuts your grandpa would take while driving you home from school, that would inevitably get you lost, but keyboard shortcuts on your computer. There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts that you can learn to efficiently use your computer and software, but we are just going to cover a…

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OurNerd Quick Tip: Quickly locate and run programs.

In this OurNerd Quick Tip we will learn how to quickly locate and run programs in Windows. Did you know that you can quickly load a program by simply typing a few letters of the name? Starting with Windows Vista, all you need to do is click on the start button (or press the Windows key)…

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Backup, Backup, Backup!

Lets start by asking a question. What would you do right now if your computer suddenly crashed while you were reading this post? Would you PANIC and come to tears, or would you not worry because you know you have a current backup? If you said, PANIC, then you need to take steps right away…

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Windows 10 free upgrade notice.

If you are running Windows 7 or 8, you may have noticed a little icon in your system tray that looks like the Windows logo. When you click this logo a message pops up about upgrading to Windows 10 for free this July. This message is real, and you can in fact upgrade to Windows…

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Crypto Viruses, What you Need to Know

Back in 2013 a new type of virus was discovered called "CryptoLocker". CryptoLocker was a virus propagated mostly though email attachments. Once a user ran the attachment, the virus would encrypt all of the personal documents and pictures on that user's computer, then it would ask for a ransom to be paid to unlock the encrypted files. Ever…

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So many passwords!

These days it seems like we need a password for every aspect of our daily lives. It can be very frustrating and it seems like a good idea to have just one or two passwords to remember and recycle them everywhere. Unfortunately, this practice is extremely risky to your privacy and digital identity. Say, for example, you…

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