GETTING A NEW WINDOWS 8 COMPUTER

Just when we thought we’d heard every complaint about Windows 8 computers, we heard a new one. A friend wondered where in the world she should save her files, because now she sees two choices: “Skydrive,” and “This PC.”

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NOTES AND NOTS

Cyberlink’s “YouNote,” a new free app at the Windows  app store, is fun and even useful. It’s a virtual notebook for collecting notes and pictures and putting them in pockets of interest. We found it fun to collect notes this way under different topics, like recipe books, travel, sports, etc. Add the pictures, cartoons and scribbles and some of our notes are cute enough to use as scrapbook pages or greeting cards. The program works with regular or touch screen PCs using Windows 8. But, alas, all is not yet perfect in this infinitely perfectible universe: There are other ways to skin Schrodinger’s cat. YouNote is missing some key features found in the older and massively popular Evernote, a free […]

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BEST PDF EDITOR

The whole point of saving a document as a PDF (portable document format) is to preserve its formatting. Anyone can open it with a free program like Adobe Reader and it will look exactly the same as the original that was sent. But if you want to make changes, you have to convert it to a form that can be edited.

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EDITING A PDF

Documents in “PDF” format normally can’t be edited. The whole point of the format is to save a file – be it a letter or a magazine – as it originally looked. But sometimes the PDF is a long boring document and you only want a couple of pages.

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LIGHT AND TIGHT

There are several free alternatives to Microsoft Word, but the simplest of all is already included in your Windows computer, no matter what version you have.

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ORGANIZE YOUR PHONE STUFF

Doctape is for organizing documents on your phone or tablet. They’re converted from a possible 80 different formats so you can view them in any web browser. This means you don’t have to have the right app to open them.

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FACEBOOK PRINTING TIP

This bugs a lot of people, probably millions: When they print something in Facebook, it comes out in blocks with ugly frames. Here’s a solution. It takes an extra step but it cleans up the print job.

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LEARNING THROUGH PICTURES

InPics.net teaches with pictures. They have tutorials for Microsoft Office, web coding (PHP, MySQL, and so on), and OpenOffice.org.

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WRITING, AND ALL THAT STUFF

Words, words, words, as Annie Hathaway used to say when Bill Shakespeare was having one of those days. What’s a body to do?

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ONLINE FILE DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT

You can store a lot of documents on Google Drive, but recently a new site called CometDocs has some extra features. As is always our preferred state of affairs, it’s free. CometDocs lets you convert a file into 50 formats, such as HTML, PDF, Word and AutoCAD, and send large files by email. It did an excellent job on our test PDF document, converting it to a Microsoft Word file without error. The service asks for your email address so it can email the converted file, but no credit card is required.

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