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How to use Photoshop to turn a photo into a realistic painting

Create a digital painting, complete with canvas texture.

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5 ways to launch Mac apps from the keyboard

Your hands never have to leave the keyboard when you need to open an app.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Split albums, move iTunes content, and more

So many iTunes questions, so little time. But that won't stop Kirk McElhearn from trying to help.

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How to create a photo grid template in Lightroom

An impressive way to show off your photo collection on the web or on social media.

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How to work between Pages 5 and Pages ’09

A reader is collaborating with someone with an older version, and trying to figure out the best interchange format.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Bookmarking audiobooks, hard drive problems, and more

Answers to your iTunes questions, thanks to Kirk McElhearn.

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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.