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iTunes U: Free education to make you smarter

You've probably noticed it in the pop-up menu of the iTunes Store, but have you ever clicked on the iTunes U? If not, join the millions of people and expand your knowledge, for free.

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How to run apps that are not from the App Store in macOS Sierra

Apple made a major change to the Security & Privacy settings that affects new software you want to run.

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How to consolidate calendar events among multiple people

A reader wants to avoid duplicates after sharing calendars with colleagues.

Visualizing data with Power BI

We try out Microsoft's Power BI by showing how you can graph airline departure and arrival delays using this visualization tool.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Shuffle secrets, iTunes’ color schemes, and more

Confused by iTunes? Kirk McElhearn is here to help.

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Can’t save a Microsoft Office document? Look for the forward slash

A reader can't save a file that he's able to open in Excel.

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How to stitch photos into a panorama using Adobe Camera Raw

Take several overlapping shots and then merge them into a panorama using Adobe Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in.

Windows 10 Tutorial: How to reset your PC and keep your files

Windows 10 makes it easy to start over by letting you reset the operating system but keep your files and programs intact. We’ll show you how to find and start this feature.

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How to convert between music files formats in iTunes

A reader worries an iTunes conversion feature has been lost—it's still there, just obscure.

Ask the iTunes Guy: Changes in iTunes 12.4

Can't figure out how to do what you want to do in iTunes? Kirk McElhearn can help.

How to search Gmail with advanced operators

Gmail’s advanced search operators help you find messages more quickly, even if you have a pile of them to sift through. Here's how.

Make Your USB Drive Faster With NTFS

Your USB drive isn't slow because you have too much stuff on it. It's slow because it uses a slow storage format like FAT32 or exFAT. You can re-format it to NTFS to get faster write times, but there is a catch.

Windows 10: How to disable Cortana

Cortana wants to be helpful, but that means she can be nosey about what you're doing online. Turn off these settings to get her off your case.

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How to manually exclude images from a Smart Album in Photos for OS X

A reader wants to customize the results of a Smart Album, and we found a workaround.

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Nope, you can't tell if someone has received your Mail Drop file

Apple doesn't provide an acknowledgement loop for email attachments sent by Mail Drop, and you can't "remove" files from Mail Drop either.

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How to set a custom order in an album in Photos for OS X

My 9-year-old came to me with a question about arranging photos in an album in OS X.

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Use keyboard shortcuts to better navigate iTunes 12.4

It's quicker and easier to get around the app and control it from the keyboard.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Changes in iTunes 12.4

When iTunes is giving you grief, turn to Kirk McElhearn.

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How to easily assess, cull, and organize photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Use Lightroom's Pick and Reject flags to find the best pictures and get rid of the worst ones from a photo shoot.

Windows 10 tutorial: How to reset your PC and remove everything

Windows 10 makes it easy to start fresh by letting you reset the operating system and remove everything. We’ll show you how to find and start this feature.

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How to trip out with the iTunes visualizer

iTunes includes a great way to have some captivating visuals when you're just hanging out with friends listening to your favorite music.