Stop Windows 7 from Automatically Installing Device Drivers

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Although Windows 7 makes some things much easier than in previous versions of the operating system, sometimes it can be an aggressive bugger when it comes to detecting, downloading, and installing device drivers for newly discovered hardware. Many users of Windows 7 prefer to install drivers manually and don’t need the operating system helping out […]

Windows 7/10 Safe Mode – Boot Options

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In the first article in this series on Windows 7/10 Safe Mode, we looked at what to do when the F8 method of starting up Windows in Safe Mode just won’t work. However, we also uncovered a few boot option gems that can serve as powerful troubleshooting and diagnostic tools that the standard Safe Mode […]

Take Control of Windows 7 Administration

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Windows 7 represents a step forward in security for home PCs, but administration in the operating system can be a bit confusing. Everything from the secret administrator to User Account Control (UAC) puts a greater burden on the casual user. To take control of your computer’s administration, you have to understand how Windows 7 is […]

Quickly Add Date and Time Stamps to an Excel Worksheet

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You can easily change the format of any cell in an Excel worksheet to let the application know what type of data to expect. Two often used formats are the date and time. In fact, inserting the date and time into Excel is so common, Microsoft built in a few shortcuts and functions to help […]

2 Ways to Use Excel’s Transpose Function

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If you work extensively with Excel at home, at work, or in a home office, you have the luxury of setting up your worksheets exactly as you want them. However, each person has their own quirks and methods for working with Excel. Some prefer organizing data into columns and others into rows. If someone gives […]

How to Use Excel’s What-If Analysis

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One often overlooked feature of Excel is the What-If Analysis tool that allows you to explore different scenarios without changing the values in your spreadsheet. This function is particularly useful for economics and management majors as well as business owners because you can see how different values affect models, formulas, and projected profits. Excel’s What-If […]

Automatically Remove Duplicate Rows in Excel

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Excel is a versatile application having grown far beyond its early versions as simply a spreadsheet solution. Employed as a record keeper, address book, forecasting tool, and much more, many people even use Excel in ways it was never intended. If you use Excel a lot at home or in the office, you know that […]

Enable Virtualization (VT-x) in the BIOS

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In a previous post, we wrote about how to install Mac OS X in VMware Fusion. Often times, running an operating system inside of another operating system, using virtualization software such as VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, or Hyper-V will require you to enable virtualization in the BIOS. Although this is not always necessary, it is […]

Set up Windows 7/10 to Login Automatically

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Although Windows 7/10 offer a level of security not seen in previous versions of the operating system, there are times when it can be annoying to have to login every time the computer is rebooted. Luckily, Microsoft does offer a solution to having to login every time. Learn how to setup Windows 7/10 to automatically […]

Set Default Programs in Windows 7/10

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Windows associates almost every file on your computer with a specific program. For example, Word files with the *.docx file extension are naturally associated with the Word application. However, you can manually change the default program with which various files open. Read on to learn how to set default programs in Windows 7 and Windows […]