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Sending Confidential Information by Email

Email is not a safe way of sending confidential information, in fact, some even say that you shouldn’t include anything in an email that you wouldn’t write on a un-enveloped postcard, however we often find ourselves needing to quickly send things, such as bank statements and accounts. Although there are special email services that provide encrypted emails, it’s not something you can easily use with your existing email ad...
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Working with default programs

When you double click a file to open it, whether it be stored on your computer or attached to an email, your computer uses a program to open the file, but sometimes there may be more than one appropriate program available, so how does Windows decide which one to use? Each file type has a default program assigned to, this is part of your computers settings that you can change. You can also bypass the default program to open a specific fi...
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Excel Borders and fill colours for cells

Excel displays information in cells, set out in a grid. Although the borders of these cells are visible on the screen, when you print Excel, these gridlines don’t usually print. Here are two ways show the outlines of cells on a printed sheet. Although Excel does provide a way to print the gridlines, a better way is to use borders to selectively outline just the cells that need it, for example you may only want to display the verti...
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Computer shutdown options

There are different opinions on what you should do with your computer at the end of the day, or when you finish using it; should you just leave it on, turn it right off, or use the sleep or hibernate options? The two main arguments are that you should turn your computer off to preserve power, while others say turning your computer completely off will reduce the lifespan of the components of your computer. In actual fact, there is no rig...
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Log into your computer with a Picture

A new security feature was introduced in Windows 8 that allows you to log into your computer by “drawing” a series of taps, swipes or circles onto a picture using your finger (for touch screens) or your mouse, rather than typing in a password. The system uses a picture, any picture you choose, and you then set up the gestures you will need to repeat each time you want to log in. For example you may use a picture of a car, an...
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Sending confidential information by email

Email is not a safe way of sending confidential information, in fact, some even say that you shouldn’t include anything in an email that you wouldn’t write on a un-enveloped postcard, however we often find ourselves needing to quickly send things, such as bank statements and accounts. Although there are special email services that provide encrypted emails, it’s not something you can easily use with your existing email address, and most ...
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Calculate dates in Excel

If you ever need to work out how many days, months or years are between two dates, Excel is an excellent tool to use. Excel has a couple of formulas especially used for working with dates, which we will look at now. Excel stores dates as a number rather than a date, so it’s important dates are entered correctly if you want Excel to recognise them as dates. The number used by Excel for a specific date represents how many days have ...
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How is your storage space being used

Unless you have a very new computer with a large 1000GB hard drive, sooner or later you will realise you’ve managed to fill up your hard drive with photos, files, etc. and it’s time to do some spring cleaning! Knowing what files are using up all the space on your computer is difficult to find out with some help, s this article is about a program that is free to use that will show you how the storage space available on your c...
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