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How to Change the Size and Color of the Mouse Pointer in Windows

You can use either PC Settings or the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer size and color, and we'll show you both ways. The PC Settings method can be used in Windows 10 and 8, and the Control Panel method can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

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How to Back Up Your Text Messages to Dropbox or Google Drive on Android

You never know when you're going to need to reference an old text message with an important bit of info, and the easiest way to make sure you never lose anything is by backing up. Fortunately, pushing all of your Android phone's text messages to the cloud is super easy.

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How to Fix Red Eye in Photoshop

If you've ever used the flash on your camera to take a picture of someone in a dark room, you've probably seen the red eye effect. It's where the person's pupils appear a bright red rather than their natural black.

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How to Choose Which Files Windows Search Indexes on Your PC

The Windows Search feature provides fast file searches by building an index. This index is used by the Start menu, the search box in File Explorer and Windows Explorer, and even the Cortana assistant on Windows 10.

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Five Ways to Automate Your Home, Without Spending a Lot of Money

Not everyone can afford to deck out their homes with Wi-Fi lights, outlets, and voice control. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your home has to be dumb. Here are a few ways to make your home a bit smarter, without spending a lot of money.

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Quick Tip: Place Your iPhone Face Down to Save Battery Life

iOS 9 brought a useful new feature you may not have noticed yet. Known as “Facedown detection”, your iPhone can detect when it’s placed face down and won’t turn the screen on when notifications arrive. This can save a lot of battery power if you regularly receive notifications.

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How to Set a Temporary Facebook Profile Picture or Frame

With Facebook’s temporary profile picture feature, you no longer have to remember to switch your profile picture back after a holiday or observance–they’ll do it automatically for you.

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How to Use Twitter on the Amazon Echo

You can already do a whole lot with your Amazon Echo, but now you can have Alexa read out tweets from your Twitter timeline and more. Here’s how to use Twitter on the Amazon Echo.

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How to Fix Kodi’s YouTube “Quota Exceeded” Problem

Are you sick of Kodi’s YouTube plugin constantly crashing, and giving you cryptic error messages like “Exception in ContentProvider” and “Quota Exceeded”? Here’s how to fix that problem with just a few minutes of work.

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How to Turn Any Web Page Into a Web App on a Chromebook

Chrome OS has long been more than "just a browser." Since it essentially requires an active internet connection for most activity, web apps are the backbone of the Chrome OS ecosystem—but did you know that you can actually turn any page into a its own web app, launchable from the taskbar? Here's how.

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The Fastest Ways to Rename files on macOS

Most people rename files by clicking on a file, waiting, and clicking on the file name again. But macOS has quite a few great ways to rename files, some of which are even faster.

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How to Use Scribble to Write Messages on Your Apple Watch

In the earlier days of the Apple Watch, when you needed to enter text, you had to either use a canned response, an emoji, a doodle, or speak your message aloud and hope the watch would transcribe it correctly. However, that has changed with watchOS 3.

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How to Stop Apple Pay from Opening on Your iPhone All the Time

If you don’t use Apple Pay, there’s no reason you should have to see it on your iPhone’s lock screen every time you accidentally double-click the Home button. Here’s how to turn that shortcut off, while still allowing access to Apple Pay when you need to.

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Uninstalling Fonts Probably Won’t Speed Up Your PC or Mac

You’ve seen it on plenty of PC help sites. “Uninstall fonts to speed up your computer!” Don’t follow this advice–it’s a myth. Uninstalling fonts is a troubleshooting tip for fixing a specific problem, not a general performance tip for speeding up your computer.

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