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September Tips & Tricks

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How to show the taskbar on only one display in Windows 10
Written by: Iain Paul (PCWorld)
Windows 10 has some nice features for multimonitor setups. One of which is the ability to display the taskbar on only one monitor. Changing this setting really comes down to preference.

Sure, there are some good reasons to keep the taskbar on both monitors. Since the Anniversary Update, for example, the taskbar clock is displayed on both monitors. For gamers or people watching a movie that creates an easy way to keep an eye on the time.

Nevertheless, some people prefer the cleaner look of having the taskbar on a single display. In Windows 10, this is really easy to set up, but first let's make sure we've got the right display chosen as your main monitor. Once you've switched, the taskbar will only show up on your primary display.

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Best Mac Backup: Time Machine vs Arq vs Duplicati vs Cloudberry Backup
Written by: Joseph Gildred (Cloudwards)
If you're looking for the best Mac backup solution, you've come to the right place. During this roundup, will be looking at three top Time Machine alternatives that each feature both local and cloud backup capabilities: Arq, Duplicati and CloudBerry Backup.

We'll evaluate each of three and Time Machine based on storage, features and support before anointing CloudBerry Backup - uh, before anointing a winner. The suspense is palpable.

If you're looking for iCloud alternatives, have a look at our article on the best cloud storage for Mac, too.

The Battle

Time Machine is Apple's own backup solution, which comes free of charge with MacOS. As such, it's often the only tool that consumers look at. However, there are much better options out there, including several that backup to the cloud. Three of the most popular are Arq, Duplicati and CloudBerry Backup (read why in our CloudBerry Backup review), each of which lets you integrate with your choice of cloud storage.

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How to Wipe Your Hard Drive
Written by: Lance Whitney (PCMag)
Are you selling or giving away your computer? You may have already deleted personal files and information, or you may have reinstalled or reset Windows, thereby erasing your private data. Either way, you're not quite done. There's one important action you should take before you say goodbye to your old friend. And that's wiping your hard drive clean.

Simply deleting your files doesn't do the trick since they can be restored from the Recycle Bin. And even if you empty the Bin, your deleted files can often be recovered with the right undelete utility. Using the Reset feature in Windows 8.1 or 10 to return your PC to factory conditions does erase the drive as it reinstalls the OS. So that is a viable option. But what if you're running an older version of Windows, or you want a stronger method of wiping your hard drive than the Reset feature provides? That's when you need a good hard drive eraser utility.

First, a little background information. Most laptops and many desktops now use or offer solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of mechanical hard drives. SSDs are faster than their mechanical counterparts. However, SSDs are trickier to wipe and few hard drive erasers support them.

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How to Send Large Files
Written by: Lance Whitney (PCMag)
Have you ever tried to email a file to someone only to discover that your mail service tells you it's too big? Bummer, but it's not uncommon. Most email services and software restrict the size of file attachments. For example, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and other webmail services limit the size of an attached file to 25MB. So that 500MB video of the kids that you want to send to mom isn't going to get through. What are your options? Let's look at two.

Some email services can give your recipient access to a large file by placing it on an online storage site. Instead of sending the actual file, the service creates a link to retrieve that file online. For example, try to send a large file through Gmail, and Google offers to put the file on your Google Drive repository. Yahoo has a similar feature, using Dropbox for storage. The email you send to your recipient contains the link to the file, which that person simply clicks on to open and view the file.

Okay, that's great. But what if you don't use Gmail, Yahoo, or another service that offers to store your file online?

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