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Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Missing From System Tray. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 2, 2013 - 35 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Help! Recover file!

I was just working on a proofreading file for hours. I closed it, thinking I had been saving it (I'm pretty sure I was saving it!). Then I went to email it , and it's nowhere to be found on my computer. I searched for it. I thought that if you don't save something it will be recovered when you open Word again, but nope. And I can't find it on my computer anywhere. Does anywhere have an idea where it could have gone and how/if I can get it back?! Thanks!
posted by bearette on Mar 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Outlook 2010 tortures my poor corporate soul

Outlook 2010 Filter - Why oh why do the changes I make to body portion of .oft email templates not save correctly? Woah not all at once now! [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I need one of these.

I have this mouse, a "Microsoft Optical Mouse (Blue)". I need a replacement mouse, and I want it to be either another one of these, or sized and shaped as close to it as possible. Please help me find it! [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Helping students become computer literate?

Help high school students learn computers and improve their resumes-I am looking for a basic microsoft office certification that my organization could buy and administer to students. Preferably it would have the training and test included. I was searching on the microsoft website and its very confusing. Any ideas?
posted by tessalations999 on Jan 4, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I edit my paper without word?!

Is there any online resource that functions like microsoft word that I can use to get my paper appropriately edited? Within the hour? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Sep 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me defeat Bill Gates's attempt to assimilate me into his paperless dystopia!

I just installed Office 2010, and now any time I want to print something, my computer defaults to sending the document to OneNote instead of to my USB-connected printer. Help! [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Dec 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Is Microsoft really gonna make me pay for piracy?

Am I really gonna get busted for using a pirated copy of windows 7? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Oct 2, 2010 - 33 answers

Dictionary Add-in for Word 2003?

The default dictionary in Word 2003 is burdened by slow response time from the query server @ Microsoft. We're fed up with it in our corporate environment. Does anyone know a third-party app that integrates well with Word 2003?
posted by iam2bz2p on Aug 10, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I compose if I don't have a Mac?

Are there any halfway decent equivalents to Garageband that would work with a Microsoft computer? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 30, 2010 - 31 answers

What to do about a computer business that knowingly installs counterfeit software on several clients computers

A local computer repair store has contracts with several local businesses to provide tech support. It was discovered that they have installed illegal software (hacked/downloaded copies of Windows and other Microsoft software) and charged for the full price of the software. [more inside]
posted by newfers on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

MS Money export

How do I export data out of Microsoft Money? [more inside]
posted by emilyv on Jun 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I have to Rebuy MS Office When replacing a computer?

Do I need to rebuy MS office if I'm replacing a computer? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Jan 17, 2009 - 12 answers

[MajorFilter] Computer Engineering or Computer Science Major? Help me decide please! (3rd sem already) and don't know what to be!

Hey guys, Computer Engineering 2nd year (3rd sem) here at the University of Maryland College Park wondering if i should stay in my major or switch to Computer Science. I am super confused right now and am hoping that some of you can help me think. Bear with me while i ramble on [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Sep 22, 2008 - 18 answers

Will someone marry my keyboard?

I've just bought a Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000, which comes with the matching mouse (8000). It works great with my Windows XP computer, as long as the computer is on. Once I switch the computer off and attempt to restart, the Bluetooth connection is lost and the computer won't start, citing the lack of a keyboard as the reason. Only by repeatedly fiddling and resynching can I get the computer started up. Can anyone suggest how I bond these three devices in permanent holy matrimony?
posted by skylar on Jan 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Please help with this simple MS Excel problem!!

MS Excel Problem: CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP? I am a very average PC user having unable to open spreadsheets. I borrowed a copy of MS Office Professional from a friend, but it did not install Excel properly. I no longer have access to those installation CDs. Whenever I try to open a spreadsheet, it prompts me for the CD's. So I bought Excel 97, installed it fine, but still when I try o open a spreadsheet it automatically tries to open it with the XP Professional version... How so I get around this to just use the Excel 97 version now on my computer??
posted by writingjulie on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Third Times a charm

I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good I already have the OS and case/power supply more details after break. (previously, previously) [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Does this work?

I am building a new desktop pc for college and am going to leave it on 24/7 in my dorm room so i can just rdc into it from anywhere on campus (only until i get a mbp with leopard later on) Take a look at this hardware and see it everything looks ok. also this system wil work with vista ultimate x64 right [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on Jul 11, 2007 - 16 answers

Press ctrl-alt-delete to begin.

WindowsFilter: Please help me find examples or reports that state that it is recommended / required that machines running Windows be rebooted from time to time. [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on May 18, 2007 - 22 answers

Extracting Table Data in Word

[Word Filter] I have a Word document consisting of a giant table with columns such as last name, first name, address, etc. Is there a way to extract the table data to another document in such a way that I preserve the order of the information, but lose the cells, rows and columns? Whenever I try to cut and paste, I end up just taking the table with me - exactly what I DON'T want to do...
posted by delosic on Apr 24, 2007 - 10 answers

I see double. Help me see just one Sarah.

I'm trying to help someone fix her computer. She rebooted when her system got bogged down, and then when restarting, somehow logged into an account called Sarah.SARAH instead of just Sarah. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext on Feb 25, 2006 - 25 answers

MS Excel Sorting

I've got two columns in MS Excel. They each share 200 numbers. However, one of the columns has an additional 700 numbers. I want the column with 900 sorted in ascending order, with like numbers from the column of 200 beside those in the column of 900. How do I do that?
posted by panoptican on Feb 8, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me get office XP off my computer!

Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Aug 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Microsoft Outlook Help Needed

Can somebody help out with a Microsoft Outlook problem that has me stumped? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on May 24, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I cleanse myself of IE?

Internet Explorer has been on thin ice for a while, and recently it crashed through. I can't even launch the damn program. I've installed Firefox and several delicious extensions, but my knowledge is limited in this whole area. How do I get rid of the old plague? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 28, 2005 - 14 answers

How do I use Access to get information from Access databases and merge them into a series of reports?

Microsoft Access: I might be asked to use Access to get information from a series of online EU databases, merge them and produce a series of reports. I know very little about this, and would have to get up to speec very quickly as the reports are time critical, and if they are not done well, there would be problems for the NGO who have approached me. Could anyone recommend some low cost books or other resources that could help me?
posted by quarsan on Feb 8, 2005 - 2 answers

How do I get 1200 people in three different countries upgraded from dumb terminals to PCs and MS Office?

Here's a question from 1992: How do I get 1200 people in the US, Canada, and Mexico up and running with PCs and MS Office from a previous dumb terminal environment? (More inside of course) [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Oct 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Bulk-renaming Folders

Is there a way to bulk rename a bunch of folders in Windows XP by just removing any white space? I want to upload these to a web server and would prefer avoiding the %20 madness.
posted by fletchmuy on Aug 31, 2004 - 5 answers

Windows Media Player Freezes

Why does the current version of Windows Media Player freeze my Win2K machine? The same wmp clip crashed my machine in both the Real One player and the current WMP, but the older version of WMP plays it just fine.
posted by Irontom on Feb 18, 2004 - 1 answer

Hard drive backup suggestions?

I have a WinXp machine with three hard drives, each one holding 100GB. I'm researching backup alternatives, and there are tons these days (tape drives, external firewire drives, jazz drives, etc.). I'd like to find a solution that strikes a nice balance between ease of use, cost and durability. Any suggestions?
posted by grumblebee on Jan 8, 2004 - 8 answers

Slow XP

Help me! I'm naked! With my new computer I finally got Win XP (instead of win 98, which I had been using with the older computer), but after downloading and installing all the security patches, the system slowed down to the speed of molasses, taking forever to open any folder... [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 30, 2003 - 21 answers

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