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This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon Dent.

Items should consist of at least two paragraphs.

The first should be a "teaser" paragraph. This paragraph will be automatically published in our RSS feed. It should state the nature of the find and the benefits without mentioning the product name or providing a product link. For example:

"For months I've been looking for a good way of deleting 'undeletable' files. Finally I've discovered a free utility that does the job reliably and simply."

The second paragraph should at the very least, expand the benefits, name the product and provide a product link. For example:

"Unlocker is a tiny 230KB utility that works with Windows 2000 and XP. Vista users are out of luck. Just right click on the 'undeletable file', select 'Delete with Unlocker' from the context menu and next time you boot the file will be gone for good."

You can have a third paragraph if you wish; indeed as many as you like. However there must at least be a second paragraph after the opening "teaser" paragraph.

Complete Guide to Open Source Privacy Tools and Online Safety

Complete Guide to Open Source Privacy Tools and Online Safety

Protect your online privacy with this guide to online safety and privacy tools.

This guide to Open Source privacy tools and online safety offers useful tools and information to make browsing safer and more private.

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Reduce Repetitive Typing with This Free Text Expander

aText text expander

Easily insert text snippets in any application that supports copy /paste.

Text expanders eliminate repetitive typing by using abbreviations to expand snippets of text or phrases and insert them into any program that supports copy and paste.

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Download Custom Shape and Paper Craft Templates for Free

Template Maker

Download and create custom sized paper craft and packaging templates for free.

Choose from dozens of free printable templates of all shapes, custom sized to use in your projects.

Create several types of printable items for all your projects; wrap odd shaped item or gifts, make boxes with lids of all shapes, use as holiday decorations, package design, stars, and more.

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How to Disable the New Copy and Paste Feature in Edge

Edge browser Copy and Paste feature

If you found yourself more than a little perplexed when you copied and pasted a URL from Microsoft Edge and it wasn’t the usual URL, it’s not you. Microsoft Edge has started copying URLs as hyperlinks instead of text.
 
What URLs look like in other browsers:

https://www.techsupportalert.com/

How they look in newer versions of Edge:

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Wallpaper of the Week: Forest Snow

This week’s wallpaper is an almost monochrome image of tall, slender tree trunks backlit by soft white light. Evergreen branches with a light coat of snow frame either side of the image. Snow covers the forest floor with a few large rocks sporting snowy tops. Icons show up pretty well given the lighter areas of the image.

Forest Snow wallpaper

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Watch Live Nature Cams from Around the World

Explore wildlife cams

EXPLORE is the largest live nature cam network on the planet. Enjoy the natural world as it unfolds in real time in front of our cameras.

EXPLORE.org has live nature cams around the world. From Africa to Alaska, cams for oceans, bears, birds, cats and dogs. There’s a Zen Den for cams of Northern Lights, beaches, rivers, mountains, and more.

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Instantly Add Color to Black and White Photos with Image Colorizer

Colorize black and white photos

Image Colorizer is a cross platform tool that lets you add color to black and white photos whether using the online tool, Windows or Mac programs or apps for both Android and iOS.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Horizon Sunset

This week's wallpaper is a computer generated illustration showing the sun setting over a horizon of blues and oranges. Mountains below fade into darker colors. This is one of those images that looks so much better on a screen than the screenshot. The reddit version (link below) fits beautifully on a triple monitor display. It also scales down quite nicely. Icons show up well on this background.

Sun on horizon desktop wallpaper

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Take Control of the Position of Icons on Your Windows 10 Taskbar

TaskbarX

TaskbarX is a free portable app for Windows 10 that allows you to center your taskbar icons for a dock like feel.

The app displays your taskbar icons in the center of your taskbar, whether it’s on the bottom, top or side of your screen. There’s an option to center your icons or align them at a certain offset from the center.

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