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How to install a smart switch

The process of installing a smart switch is no different than replacing any other type of electrical switch in your home. You’ll want to take the proper precautions (we’ll help you with that, too), but you don’t need to hire an electrician, and you won’t need any special tools. You can do the job with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers or wirecutters. A non-contact voltage tester is handy if you want to be extra safe, but you can…

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The Best Android Launchers for Home Screen Customization

Don’t settle for the default settings on your Android device. With the right launcher, you can customize the screens and layouts of your phone. September 20, 2019 4:35PM EST September 20, 2019 PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Your Android device may come with a standard home screen, layout, and interface based on the phone manufacturer and model, but you’re not stuck with the way it looks…

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Android 10 tips & tricks

September 2019 saw the free release of Android 10 for every Google Pixel phone in the world. The Pixel line might not sell particularly well but the fact even 2016’s first generation got the update shows that Google is serious when it comes to fulfilling (and in this case overdelivering) its promise of two years of Android OS updates. Whether you’ve got that first Pixel, the recent Pixel 3a or are going to buy a Pixel 4, the software is…

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How to Turn on Dark Mode in iOS 13 | News & Opinion

With the release of iOS 13, Apple will split its mobile operating system between the iPhone’s iOS and iPad’s iPadOS. Each platform offers their own device-specific functionalities, but one added element will be present in both: dark mode. While dark mode was added to Mac in Mojave last year, iPhones and iPads have lacked this popular feature until now. Those who truly wanted to dim their screens could invert colors, but it wasn’t much of a substitute for a true…

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You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

So, you snapped up an Echo, Echo Dot, or another Echo device during Amazon’s Prime Day extravaganza (or during one of Amazon’s periodic Echo sales), and it’s sitting in your kitchen, silently awaiting your next order. Now what? Before you can ask your Alexa-powered Echo to play your favorite Spotify playlist or to turn on your living room lights, you’ll need to tweak a few key settings. Get the scoop on how to train Alexa to recognize your voice, keep…

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What to Consider When Building an IT Dashboard for SMBs

Building an ideal IT dashboard should be managed like any custom development project because that’s essentially what it is. Sure, on the surface, a dashboard is simply displaying data. But when you think about it, there’s actually significantly more functionality required. Most will need drill-down capability, where an alarm on the first dashboard tier needs to let an IT administrator quickly drill into more data to identify the problem. Maybe that’s included in the dashboard at a lower level or…

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How to Write an Invoice UK | Startups

You’ve started your own business, got the relevant funding and are about to begin selling goods or services to your customers. The next thing on the list? Invoicing. Invoicing is just a part of your startup’s accounting needs. And while it might feel like just one small cog, without a professional invoicing template, you’ll not only fail to look the part, but could be violating the sales of goods and services legislature in the United Kingdom. Read next: Best startup…

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Equifax: How to See if You Were Hacked, Claim Your $125

Those affected by the Equifax hack are eligible for a $125 payout, possibly more. Here’s how to file a settlement claim and get that data breach cash. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. The September 2017 Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of 147 million people, and now it’s time for revenge. Well, revenge in the form of a cash payout, anyway. Equifax recently reached a…

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How you back up your iPhone and iPad in macOS 10.15 Catalina

For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes coming in the next version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone. Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it…

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How to Make Windows Easier on Your Eyes

Are you having trouble seeing your computer screen? Use the Windows 10 Ease of Access settings to tweak the size, color, and other screen elements in Windows. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Do you ever have trouble seeing the text, menus, cursor, or other elements in Windows? Maybe the text is too small, the cursor is too thin, or the screen doesn’t have enough contrast. Whatever…

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How to Try Windows 10 for Free for 90 Days | News & Opinion

Those of you still running Windows 7 or another older version of Windows may be wondering if you should finally make the leap to Windows 10 (you should). Microsoft long ago pulled the plug on its free Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, which means you now have to shell out money for a license if you want to upgrade your current PC to the latest flavor of Windows. Microsoft is due to end Windows 7 support…

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How to make the most of Roku voice controls

If you want to control a Roku player or Roku smart TV by voice, you have lots of options. Many Roku devices include a remote control that supports voice commands, and you can also control Roku hands-free with an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker. But along with all those voice control options comes several limitations, especially when it comes to launching videos or TV channels directly. Knowing what Roku can and can’t do will spare you some headaches…

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How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone or iPad

How much space is left on your iOS device? Do you hit a wall whenever you try to update your OS or download new apps? What’s the best way to move files you want to keep in order to free up space? And how can you make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad. Check Your Total…

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How to Reset Passcode on iPhone, iPad or iPod

If you’re locked out of your iPad, iPod or iPhone then don’t fret because there is a way to reset a forgotten iOS passcode. But if you want to keep all your stuff and avoid wiping your device you will need a recent backup and you’ll need to know the Apple ID and password of the account that was used to set it up. The good news is that no matter whether you have an iTunes backup or not, it’s possible to…

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How to Convert PDFs to Word Documents and Image Files

The PDF (Portable Document Format) is the open standard, created by Adobe in the 1990s, for presenting documents so they look consistent across all platforms and software. DOC (or DOCX) is the format/file extension used mainly by Microsoft Office for its word processing documents. The two aren’t anywhere near compatible. The problem is that you can’t open a DOC file with Adobe Reader (or any other free PDF reader like FoxIt and Sumatra). But in order to convert PDFs to…

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How to Use Apple’s iOS Shortcuts App to Automate Your Life

Apple’s Shortcuts app can quickly and easily run a host of tasks on your iOS device or Apple Watch. Here’s how to create and use shortcuts for Siri. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. You probably spend a lot of time on your iPhone or iPad running one task after another in various apps. Think about how much time you would save if you could automate those…

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How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser

The browser history—a list of every page you’ve visited online and the time you were there—is a standard of modern computing. And it can lead to trouble; it’s practically a cliché. Think of the romantic “comedies” where the girl finds a guy’s browser history (because it’s always the guy’s) and he’s in scalding hot water. For most of us, sharing a PC is normal (sadly, setting up multiple user accounts is not) and handing off a smartphone to someone isn’t…

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How to delete your Google search history

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How to print in Windows 10

Getting your documents, spreadsheets, posters, and other creations from PC to paper is a relatively straightforward affair. But, as with all things in life, it’s only easy when you know how. We show you the steps to take if you want to set up a printer and use it with Windows 10. For users still on earlier versions of Windows, we’ve also included instructions on how to set up a printer in Windows 8 and 8.1. If you need to…

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How to tell if someone has seen your text

If you’ve sent that one important message and you want to know if the recipient is taking a while to reply, or just ignoring you, we’re going to show you how to find out. We’ve got a guide here on how to tell if someone has read your message on iOS or Android. How to tell if someone has read your text on Android In order to tell whether someone has read a message you’ve sent them, you’ll need to…

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