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You can include a table with figures in a Word 2003 document without using Excel even if there are basic sums using the numbers in the table. See www****puteractive******/2247147 for the full instructions
  • 27 Oct 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we show how to check whether your computer and peripherals are ready for the Windows 7 the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool Find links to other Windows 7 videos at *******www****puteractive******/2251510
  • 27 Oct 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we show how to upgrade a Windows XP computer to run Windows 7. This video is in two parts - you'll find the first part at *******www****puteractive******/2251139 In this second section we show how to complete the installation and return your files and documents to the computer.
  • 27 Oct 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we show how to upgrade a Windows Vista computer leaving all files and programs in place. Find other videos at *******www****puteractive******/windows7
  • 27 Oct 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we show how to upgrade a Windows XP computer to run Windows 7. This video is in two parts - you'll find the second part at *******www****puteractive******/2251140 This first part explains how to keep that your files and emails safe during the upgrade, and how to change BIOS settings to boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • 27 Oct 2009
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All batteries gradually lose their capacity over time. This can affect older devices such as mobile music players. The solution is to replace the battery with a new one. Rather than send our third-generation iPod for repair we have found a replacement battery from Maplin that also comes with the tools needed to open up the iPod. Read the full text at www****puteractive******/2222645
  • 22 Oct 2009
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Styles are a quick way to give documents a professional. Rather than having to change every section of text, simply make a change to the style. It took us less than a minute to convert a page of plain text into a more impressive document. Read more at www****puteractive******/2231718
  • 22 Oct 2009
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We take a look at Nikon's latest DSLR camera, which can also shoot HD video. You can see more examples of video shot with the D5000, viewable in HD, at *******www.vimeo****/4962873
  • 22 Oct 2009
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In this video we demonstrate the Ion iED05 USB Digital Drum Kit and discuss the differences between playing a digital drum kit and a normal one. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2231648 It has a low price tag for an electronic drum kit, and is ideal if you want to learn how to play the drums but don't want to upset the neighbours or sleeping children. Rather than real drums it uses pads that are connected to a central box, which is in turn connected to a computer.
  • 29 Sep 2009
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Thunderbird is very easy to use and will be familiar if you have used Outlook Express. This video explains how to write your first email. Read the full text at www****puteractive******/2241167
  • 29 Sep 2009
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Mozilla Thunderbird is an email program that can be used to replace Outlook Express or Windows Mail. Unlike Outlook Express it has a junk mail filter to remove spam that helps to avoid this nuisance. Read the full article at www****puteractive******/2241137 This video explains how to install Thunderbird and set up your email addresss
  • 29 Sep 2009
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here’s been a lot made of mobile internet access but only a few mobile phones really make it seem worth while. The PocketSurfer 2 addresses the two biggest problems with a proper keyboard layout and bigger screen. In fact, it’s neither of those that really caught our attention but the touchpad, apparently a first for a mobile device. It works really well and is a real aid to web browsing. Watch the video and read the full text at www****puteractive******/2242412
  • 24 Sep 2009
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Activision's Guitar Hero has been around for a while, and the latest incarnation, World Tour, has added more instruments. The World Tour band pack comes with drums and a vocal microphone. It's a challenge to EA's rival Rock Band. Both games feature the same instruments and - pretty much - the same gameplay: you play along with rock songs as they're shown on screen (and heard on your speakers). Watch the video and see the full text at www****puteractive******/2232563
  • 22 Sep 2009
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If you've wondered why people are Tweeting or following Stephen Fry, they're talking about Twitter. Twitter lets you post messages describing what you're up to or share links. Each message is limited to 140 characters, so Tweets are brief and concise. Rather than trying to read every single message posted to Twitter, you can follow people to see their updates. In turn other people will follow you to see your updates. Watch the video, and read the full text at www****puteractive******/2246284
  • 22 Sep 2009
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Dust can clog the fans and heatsinks of notebooks. When it does the fan will spin more often and louder than it used to. This video shows how to access the fan in a Dell notebook and then clean it. After we cleaned this notebook, the fan only started spinning when the notebook was working hard, as opposed to all the time.
  • 18 Sep 2009
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Computeractive TV takes a look at the AC Ryan Alubox eSate enclosure ACR HD50114. It's a very versatile hard disk enclosure for 2.5" drivers as it can use both SATA and PATA hard disks, and connect to the computer with USB or eSATA. It's cheap as well as versatile. We found it for just £15. That makes it ideal for using hard disks from older notebooks, whether they have been retired or are having problems
  • 18 Sep 2009
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Building your own computer can be rewarding and has plenty of benefits. Apart from the satisfaction of doing it yourself, you get a computer built to your exact needs, without any extra bits that a manufacturer thinks you should want. This video shows the different parts required for our PC project. The computer will be 'middle of the road' – powerful enough to run Windows Vista, but cheaper than a dedicated gaming computer.
  • 18 Jul 2009
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Blu-ray is the successor to DVD, offering more storage space and better-quality videos. Playing high-definition video is a demanding task, so we recommend downloading the Cyberlink Blu-ray Disc Advisor. This utility will test the computer to see if it can play high-definition movies. Blu-ray can either connect with a serial ATA (Sata) cable or the older parallel ATA (Pata) connection. This video uses the Sata connection, which is faster and easier to fit. You will also need a screwdriver.
  • 13 Jul 2009
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