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To delete cookies from your Web browser, open your browser, press Control+Shift+Delete, or Shift+Command+Delete on a Mac, and select the options for deleting cookies for your desired time frame. This shortcut works for most Web browsers. Alternatively, you can delete cookies in the History, Delete Browsing History, or Privacy windows in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

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  • How do I brighten my computer screen?

    Q: How do I brighten my computer screen?

    A: Depending on what type of computer you have, there are several ways to brighten or dim your computer screen. On both Windows and Mac computers there are usually brightness controls located in the row of keys near the top of the keyboard labeled F1 through F12. You can also adjust the computer screen’s brightness in the settings.
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  • How do you delete cookies from your browser?

    Q: How do you delete cookies from your browser?

    A: To delete cookies from your Web browser, open your browser, press Control+Shift+Delete, or Shift+Command+Delete on a Mac, and select the options for deleting cookies for your desired time frame. This shortcut works for most Web browsers. Alternatively, you can delete cookies in the History, Delete Browsing History, or Privacy windows in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
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  • Why would a volume icon disappear?

    Q: Why would a volume icon disappear?

    A: The volume icon in the taskbar typically disappears if the system icons settings get changed by accident. This also occurs when the audio device is not properly configured or when the driver software gets corrupted. A user can correct the problem by manually changing the settings or updating the drivers.
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  • How do you find your downloads on your computer?

    Q: How do you find your downloads on your computer?

    A: To find files that you have downloaded to your computer, begin by looking through the Downloads folder. If you do not find them there, look through your other folders, and check the desktop if they are nowhere else.
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  • How do you copy and paste in Windows XP?

    Q: How do you copy and paste in Windows XP?

    A: To copy and paste in Windows XP, find the document you wish to copy, right-click it, select Copy from the drop-down menu, find the location where you want the copy to be located, right-click, and select Paste from the drop-down menu. This is one of several methods.
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  • Q: How do you check your PC's specs?

    A: To check your PC's specifications, go to Settings in the Charms menu in Windows 8. Then click on PC information.
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  • Q: Why would a computer be running slowly?

    A: Slow running of a computer may be a result of an update to the operating system, drivers or the last-installed software. Other factors likely to reduce the speed of a computer include infection by a virus, conflicting programs loading at the startup, multiple security programs, third-party browser plug-ins and the accumulation of cluttered files over years.
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  • Q: What are differences between WAN and VPN?

    A: A VPN is built over public infrastructure while WAN is a private network with routers mainly owned by the organization. Computers in a WAN setting communicate via packet or circuit switching, but VPN users must set a connection and tunnel through the public network to the destination.
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  • Q: How do you check what is on your computer hard drive?

    A: If you’re using Windows, one way to check what’s stored on your computer’s hard drive is to use the “Search Files and Programs” function on the Start menu. OS X for Apple computers also has a Search function. If you want to look at whole folders at once, in Windows, click the Start menu button, and select Computer. In OS X, double-click the desktop icon for your hard drive.
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  • Q: How do you fix a "HTTP 403 Forbidden" error?

    A: The "HTTP 403 Forbidden" status message may be corrected by double-checking the URL, clearing the cache and deleting cookies. If the error is on the part of the site's webmaster or the ISP, asking them for assistance would be the way to go. There are several possible reasons for the "HTTP 403 Forbidden" status message when trying to access a Web page and these include a blacklisted IP address, the IP address used has no permission to access the page or the server is busy because the IP is sending too many requests for access.
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  • Q: How do you clean a virus from your computer?

    A: Antivirus programs scan for, identify and remove viruses from computers. Numerous antivirus tools exist, including ESET Online Scanner, Trend Micro HouseCall and Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Since each tool has weaknesses, users can better remove viruses by running multiple antivirus programs. If these tools are not enough, specific instructions for removing a virus are often found online using a search engine. However, manual removal commonly requires technical experience because the process can expose users to vital computer files and settings.
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  • Q: How do you fix a CD-ROM drive that does not open?

    A: To fix a CD-ROM drive that fails to open, disable any locking device or software, or use a straightened paperclip to force the drive open, and remove the object that’s causing the problem. If both options fail, use the Eject command from the Computer or My Computer window, and make sure that the optical drive is connected to the power supply unit.
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  • Q: What makes Shockwave Flash keep on crashing?

    A: Although there are many reasons that could cause Adobe Shockwave Flash to crash, it is most commonly a problem when two versions of Flash, or two scripts, are running at the same time. This is a well-documented issue with Google Chrome, which comes with a preloaded version of Flash that competes with any other installed version of the software, causing the failure.
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  • Q: What should you do when you get the "NTLDR is missing" message on your Windows PC?

    A: If you get the "NTLDR is missing" error message, first unplug any recently installed hardware. Additionally, remove any external storage devices, and then restart the computer. If the message still appears, open the casing of your CPU, and check whether the ends of the cable connected to your hard disk are faulty or loose. If the cable is faulty, replace it with a new one, and restart the PC.
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  • Q: How do I create a Comcast email account?

    A: To create a Comcast email account, individuals must be XFINITY Internet subscribers. Each Comcast account can have six usernames and emails attached, and users can be managed from the My Account page on the Comcast website.
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  • Q: Where can you find tutorials for Acer computers?

    A: As of August 2015, there were no tutorials specifically for Acer computers, but the support section of Acer.com has tutorials for the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. These tutorials emphasize the use of Acer software with the operating systems.
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  • Q: What is a good free wake up alarm on the computer?

    A: As of 2015, some good free alarm clock programs for Windows computers are WakeupOnStandBy and Free Alarm Clock, while a good free alarm clock for Mac OSX is Wake Up Time. WakeupOnStandBy wakes a computer up from sleep mode and performs user-specified actions, such as playing music upon waking.
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  • Q: How do I use an Acer recovery disk?

    A: Insert the Acer recovery disk in the drive to reinstall, then repair or recover your operating system or data. Acer also refers to a recovery disk as a rescue disk, a boot disc or a restore disc. The recovery disk, which can equal up to four discs in total, is different than the recovery partition that comes pre-installed on some Acer laptop computers.
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  • Can I use my laptop as a monitor for my PC?

    Q: Can I use my laptop as a monitor for my PC?

    A: A laptop computer cannot be used as a second monitor for a PC in the traditional sense. Most laptops have video out ports to enable attaching a secondary monitor to them but lack the necessary video input for a laptop to be used as a second screen.
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  • Q: How do you convert from .mkv to .avi?

    A: Use Freemake Video Converter to convert MKV to AVI. Freemake Video Converter costs nothing to use, but offers more conversion features with the premium Gold Pack.
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  • Q: What is the way to scan a photo onto a computer?

    A: Photographs may be scanned into a computer with the use of a scanner, which is an input device. The scanner, usually a flatbed device, converts the image into a digital file that can then be uploaded onto a computer, as well as edited and otherwise manipulated.
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