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How to Make USB Memory Sticks and Flash Cards Easy to Recognize

These days it is not uncommon for a PC to have two, three or more external USB storage devices plugged in at the same time. Since Windows assigns drive letters in the order in which you attach a device, the same memory stick can be drive H: one time and drive F: another time. If you have several memory sticks or cards attached, you can’t tell from the drive letter which drive is which. Another problem is that Windows XP will ignore network drives when making the letter assignment.

USB Drive Letter Manager

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How to View and Clear the Cache in the Google Chrome Browser

Google updates its Chrome browser frequently but, as of the writing of this tip, there is no setting for limiting the size of the cache. The size of the cache can become quite large if it is not cleared out occasionally. I only use Chrome as a secondary browser but I was surprised to find recently that the cache had grown to over 300 MB on one of my computers.

Viewing the cache with “about:cache”

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Shortcuts for Hibernating Windows

This is a follow-up to the tip on quick shutdowns, inspired by a comment from Jojoyee.

If you have never used Hibernation, check that it is enabled in the Power Options settings in Control Panel. Hibernation takes a few seconds since the contents of RAM have to be written to the hard drive.

Windows XP

You can make a shortcut to hibernate this way:

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Quick Ways to Shut Down Windows

The normal procedure for shutting down usually involves several steps. The exact number varies, depending on the version of Windows, but there are enough steps that I am frequently asked if there isn't a quicker way. This tip will describe several shortcuts.

Create a shutdown shortcut

Here is how to construct a shortcut that directly shuts down the system. The shortcut makes use of a Windows system file called "shutdown.exe".

1. Right-click on an empty spot on the Desktop

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How to Tame Comodo Defense+ 3 Without Disabling It

 
Introduction

Many of us dislike Comodo's Defense+ simply because it is so naggy. It bombards us with pop-ups, sometimes causing lag, and doesn't seem to trust the safe software we have. This article will show you a series of steps and procedures how to tame this overprotective HIPS

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The Three Most Under-utilized Keyboard Shortcuts

I was standing behind my wife the other day quietly watching her use her computer to write an email. The more I watched the clearer it became just how much extra work she was creating for herself by not using Windows keyboard shortcuts.

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How to Schedule Programs to Run Automatically

It's often very handy to be able to schedule tasks to run unattended. The classic example is backup. I backup my key data each night at 2.00 a.m. and thankfully I don't have to be there to make it happen. Instead it takes place automatically using the task scheduler built into the backup program.

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How to Remove Google Text Ads

It seems that almost every web page you view these days has Google AdSense texts ads spread across the top or down the side.

These ads have never bothered me. They are easy enough to ignore and besides, website owners are entitled to earn a living just like the rest of us.

However, lately some sites have started embedding the Google ads in the center of the page or worse still, right in the middle of a block of text. So I decided enough was enough and started looking for ways to block the ads.
 

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