For Sale – Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse with box & acc

Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse with box & acc
the top side buttons are sunk in I can provide photos if needed.

Price and currency: £27
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
Location: Rotherham
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Alienware 17 R4 + Graphics Amplifier – £1100

Hi all,

For sale is my Alienware 17 R4 and Alienware Graphics Amplifier (means you can use desktop GPU with the laptop). Don’t use it much and recently bought some other toys so have to make some space.

Intel i7 6700HQ
2 * 250GB EVO 960’s in raid0 (stupidly quick)
GTX 1060
FHD IPS display

Condition is very good – there is one small mark on the edge of the case, but its not noticeable day-to-day. Otherwise there isn’t anything else of note.

It’s built like a tank and performs very well. Hasn’t missed a beat. Warranty is till March 2018 with Dell.

I’d like the buyer to collect as its a bit too heavy and pricey to ship, then he/she can also be happy with the condition etc…

Comes with box, charger, alienware graphics amplifier (and cable) and Alienware messenger bag (although its quite a tight fit in the bag). Current RRP for all this would be around the £3k mark!

I occasionally travel so may be able to facilitate a deal.

Price and currency: £1100
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT / Cash
Location: Sheffield
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For Sale – PC Core i7 920, Asus MB, 4870×2, 6Gb OCZ, BD/HDDVD-rom, BFG PSU

I have for sale my slightly old but still very capable gaming PC. This was built by myself as I couldn’t find the specific spec I wanted. PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE A MONITOR, MOUSE OR KEYBOARD) The spec is as follows:

Intel Core i7 920
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 Cooling Fan
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 – Latest Firmware (v1202)
6Gb (3 x 2Gb) OCZ 12800 (1600) Platinum DDR3
Sapphire 4870×2 2Gb GDDR5 (Latest driver, Dual processor graphics – Crossfire enabled)
BFG ES-800 800w PSU
Maxtor Diamondmax 10 300Gb SATA 1.5Gb/s 7200rpm
LG Blu-Ray/DVD Writer/HD-DVD rom
Antec Nine Hundred Two Case
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium – All of the latest updates have been downloaded and installed.
Includes 3 additional SATA cables, MB instruction manual, SSD caddy for Antec case

All the above were top of the range or close to top of the range parts and while compared with some of today’s gaming PCs (Costing an arm and a leg more) it’s not the most powerful, I still consider it a very capable machine. Having run a benchmark test through “Heaven Benchmark” I have found that this PC is still getting 30fps in Full HD and High quality.
I have recently taken the whole system apart, dusted the inside and out, lubricated any noisy fans and reapplied the thermal compound to the CPU and GPUs. I have also put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium and downloaded/installed all available updates. I have downloaded a few choice programs such as VLC and MSI Afterburner (Allows for some overclocking and keeps the GPU cool), but have kept the system as clear as possible. I am more than happy to install any further programs on request before collection. Also, while the HDD is more than capable, I think this system is begging for a SSD to really breathe more life. I cannot supply a SSD, but if you want to source one (At your own cost) I am again more than happy to install the drive and migrate the operating system. Same goes for adding USB 3.0 connections via the installation of a PCIe card onto the motherboard.

Pictures are attached. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. 400 ONO for the whole unit (I priced up the system based on what people were selling the individual components second hand for). Please feel free to make an offer though. Collection only please due to the size and weight.

Thank you for reading!

Price and currency: 400 GBP
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Payment method: Cash or bank transfer
Location: Stanwell, Middlesex
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Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

How can you navigate and control Windows 10? Let us count the ways. Mouse. Keyboard. Finger on a touch-screen device. Speech via the Cortana voice assistant. (Whether monotone commands, or shouted ones.)

Let’s see, did we forget anything? Oh, yeah: the good old, handy keyboard shortcut.

Whether you’re using a desktop, a laptop, or a Windows tablet (the last with an accessory or onscreen keyboard), keyboard shortcuts are always available to you as a quick way to run a command, open a program, or perform a certain task. The problem with keyboard shortcuts, though? With so many of them scattered across different programs and OSs, they can be difficult to remember.

Certain universal shortcuts, such as Ctrl+Z for undo or Ctrl+P for paste, get burned into your brain after years of repetition. But other useful ones—such as Alt+Tab to switch to another open window, or Ctrl+Y to redo your last action—can be harder to remember, since you probably don’t use them quite as often.

And those are just the “standard” ones. Windows 10 introduces a host of new keyboard shortcuts to tap into its new features, such as the reincarnated Start menu, the Microsoft Edge browser, and the Virtual Desktop function. So, now you’ve got even more shortcuts to remember, if you want to go that route toward efficiency.

What can you do? Well, here’s a (hopefully) helpful guide to Windows shortcuts. Some are new to Windows 10, and some are old standbys that you may have forgotten about. We’ve organized them according to key features and categories, such as the ability to use virtual desktops and surf the Web using Microsoft Edge.

Peruse these shortcuts. Commit them to memory if you wish. No, you certainly won’t be able to remember all of them—but you’ll be able to recall some. And you can always keep this article handy as a Web page or printout while you’re working in Windows 10. Try out these shortcuts and see which ones stick for the way you work or play.

Shortcuts: Windows 10 Virtual Desktops

Windows 10 offers a new feature called Virtual Desktops, through which you can create multiple “themed” desktop screens, and switch among them at will. Why would you do that? Well, raise your hand if you often have so many windows and apps open that you can hardly keep them straight. You, you, and you? We thought so.

With Virtual Desktops, you can create separate desktop areas that each house their own sets of app shortcuts and windows. You can then shunt each one off to the side until you need it. You don’t have to sift through a giant mishmosh of app or document icons scattered across your one and only desktop.

For example, you may want to create one Virtual Desktop to organize your current work, and another to contain the Mail and Calendar apps. This way, you keep one Virtual Desktop open while you are working, then switch to the other when you need to check your messages or appointments.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

In that scenario, knowing how to switch between Virtual Desktops quickly and efficiently is key. Thus: These keyboard shortcuts!

Windows Key+Ctrl+D Creates a new virtual desktop and switches to it.
Windows Key+Tab Opens the Task View to display all Virtual Desktops. Each one will have a number, e.g., Desktop 1, Desktop 2. You then use the Virtual Desktop switcher at the bottom of the screen to click or tap on one of your desktops to switch to it.
Windows Key+Ctrl+Left Arrow Switches to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows Key+Ctrl+Right Arrow Switches to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows Key+Ctrl+F4 Closes the current virtual desktop.

Shortcuts: Microsoft Edge

Edge is Microsoft’s new browser for Windows 10, designed as an alternative to the aging Internet Explorer. Set up as the default browser in Windows 10, Edge takes a more minimalist approach to Web browsing, jettisoning some of the menus and toolbars that clutter IE, leaving more real estate for viewing the actual Web page.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Like Internet Explorer, Edge comes complete with a long list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to run its various features and navigate the Web.

Ctrl+D Adds current site to Favorites or Reading list.
Ctrl+I Opens Favorites pane.
Ctrl+J Opens Downloads pane.
Ctrl+H Opens History pane.
Ctrl+P Prints the current page.
Ctrl+F Finds specific text on your current page.
Ctrl+Shift+R Enters reading view, which displays a Web page in a more user-friendly format for reading. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+R again takes Edge out of reading view.)
F12 Opens Edge’s Developer Tools to display a page’s HTML and scripting code.
F7 Turns “caret browsing” on for the current tab. This displays a cursor on Web pages that you can use to select text with the keyboard.
Ctrl+Shift+Delete Opens clear browsing data pane, so you can delete your browsing history, cookies, download history, and other data.
Ctrl+T Opens a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopens the last closed tab.
Ctrl+F4 Closes the current tab.
Ctrl+K Duplicates your current Web page in a new tab.
Ctrl+N Opens a new window.
Ctrl+Shift+P Opens a new InPrivate Browsing window.
Ctrl+Tab Switches to the next tab.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switches to the previous tab.
Ctrl+1, 2, 3, etc. Switches to a specific tab number.
Ctrl+9 Switches to the last tab.
Ctrl+Plus Key (+) Zooms in 25%.
Ctrl+Minus Key (-) Zooms out 25%.
Ctrl+0 Resets zoom level back to normal view.
Backspace (or Alt+Left Arrow) Goes back to the previous page.
Alt+Right Arrow Goes forward to the previous page.
F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refreshes the current page.
Esc Stops the Edge browser from trying to load the page.
F4 (or Alt+D) Selects the URL in the address bar.
Ctrl+Enter Auto-adds “www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end of text typed in the address bar.
Ctrl+Click Opens the current link in a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+Click Opens the current link in a new tab and switches to the tab.
Alt+Shift+Click Opens the current link in a new window.

Shortcuts: Windows 10’s Command Prompt

You’d never think it given how slick Windows 10 looks, but the command prompt is alive and well in 10. As in previous versions of Windows, you open a command prompt window in Windows 10 so that you can type a system-level command. Though the command prompt isn’t as popular as it was eons ago, it still comes in handy if you need to run certain techier commands that aren’t directly accessible through Windows.

For example, running the command ipconfig at a command prompt displays your current Internet address, the address of your router, and more. Running the command ping followed by a Web site, such as ping, tells you how long it takes for you to get to Yahoo, useful if you’re having trouble reaching the site.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Copying and pasting commands into a command prompt used to be a hassle, but no more. With Windows 10, you can now use the standard Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcuts to copy and paste text back and forth.

To open a command prompt, simply right-click on the Start button and choose Command Prompt from the popup menu. Here’s a set of keyboard shortcuts you can now use with it.

Ctrl+Shift+Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the command prompt’s text output, selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning.
Ctrl+Shift+End Moves the cursor to the end of the command prompt’s text output, selecting all text between the cursor and the end.
Ctrl+Up Moves one line up in the command prompt’s history.
Ctrl+Down Moves one line down in the command prompt’s history.
Ctrl+M Enter “mark mode,” which allows you to select text.
Ctrl+F Opens a Find dialog to search for specific text in the command prompt’s output.
Ctrl+C Copy the selected line of text.
Ctrl+X Cut the selected line of text.
Ctrl+V Paste the selected line of text.
Alt+F4 Close the Command Prompt window.

Shortcuts: Snapping Windows in Windows 10

The ability to “snap” windows already existed in Windows 7 and 8.1, but it’s such a handy feature that we wanted to highlight it in its own section. You can snap your current window to a specific area of the screen, such as the left side or right side, taking up half the available screen space.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

This is helpful if you have more than one window open and you want to snap one to the right and the other to the left, with both occupying an equal amount of space on your display without tedious resizing.

Windows Key+Left Arrow Snaps the current window to the left side of the screen, or to its previous position if already snapped right.
Windows Key+Right Arrow Snaps the current window to the right side of the screen, or to its previous position if already snapped left.
Windows Key+Up Arrow Maximizes or snaps the current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key+Down Arrow Minimizes or snaps the current window to the bottom of the screen.

You can cycle through the different positions of a window using these shortcuts. For example, continually pressing Windows Key+Left Arrow snaps your current window from the right side to a restored position to the left side, while pressing Windows Key+Right Arrow snaps your current window from the left side to a restored position to the right side.

Assorted Shortcuts in Windows 10

The following shortcuts work across Windows 10 as a whole, or with specific features, such as Cortana and File Explorer. So consider these a miscellaneous collection of helpful shortcuts.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

The old reliable Alt+Tab cycles through open windows.

Windows Key Opens the Start menu or Start screen.
Alt+Tab Switches from one open window to another. Press the Tab key again to flip between windows, and release the key to select a window.
Windows Key+L Locks your PC, or switches accounts.
Windows Key+D Hides or minimizes all open windows on the desktop.
Windows Key+A Opens or closes the Windows 10 Action Center.
Windows Key+S Opens the search tool.
Windows Key+C Opens Cortana in listening mode.
Windows Key+E Opens a File Explorer window.
Windows Key+H Opens the Share screen.
Windows Key+I Opens the Settings screen
Windows Key+R Opens the Run command.
Windows Key+X Opens the Start button’s Quick Link menu.
Windows Key+K Opens the Connect menu to search for wireless devices.
Windows Key+M Minimizes all open windows.
Windows Key+P Opens the presentation menu to switch the display to another device, such as a projector.
Windows Key+T Cycles through apps on the Taskbar.
Windows Key+, (comma) Peeks at the desktop.

General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts: Oldies but Goodies

Some keyboard shortcuts have been around Windows for a long time, and Windows 10 carries on with their grand tradition. Many of these help you navigate or select text, so you’ll find most of these to be handy in a text-based application or word processor, such as Notepad, WordPad, or Microsoft Word. But they’re universal, so they should work in any Windows application.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
The old reliable Alt+Tab cycles through open windows.
Ctrl+A Selects all text.
Ctrl+C Copies selected text.
Ctrl+X Cuts selected text.
Ctrl+V Pastes selected text at the cursor.
Shift+Left Selects the character to the left of the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Left continually adds the previous character on the line to the selection.)
Shift+Right Selects the character to the right of the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Right continually adds the next character on the line to the selection.)
Shift+Up Selects the entire line above the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Up continually adds the next line above to the selection.)
Shift+Down Selects the entire line below the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Up continually adds the next line below to the selection.)
Ctrl+Shift+Left Selects the entire word to the left. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Left continually selects the prior word to the selection.)
Ctrl+Shift+Right Selects the entire word to the right. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+right continually selects the next word to the selection.)
Shift+Home Selects the entire line to the left of the cursor.
Shift+End Selects the entire line to the right of the cursor.
Shift+Page Up Selects all text on the current screen above the cursor.
Shift+Page Down Selects all text on the current screen below the cursor.
Ctrl+Home Moves to the beginning of your document or file.
Ctrl+End Moves to the end of your document or file.
Ctrl+S Saves changes to your document or file.
Ctrl+Z Undoes your last action.
Ctrl+Y Redoes your last action.
Alt+F4 Closes your current window or application.

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10 Tips: How to Manage Your Files With Windows 10’s File Explorer

File Explorer—formerly known as “Windows Explorer”—has gone through a bunch of changes in look, feel, and functionality over the years. But its basic goal has always been to help you manage, view, and launch the array of documents and other files nestled on your PC. Whether you’re moving to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, Windows 7, or Windows XP, you will find some handy new features in the Windows 10 File Explorer, as well as older favorites that continue to remain useful.

For those of you upgrading from Windows 8.1, a new section dubbed Quick Access displays your most frequently used folders and recently used files. This saves you from having to sift through your hard drive or solid-state drive to track down that file from yesterday or last week that you want to open again.

You can also now share documents and other files from File Explorer via a dedicated Share button. You just select a file, then pick an app with which you want to share it. And for those of you who use Microsoft’s OneDrive to store your files in the cloud, you’ll find that OneDrive is now baked directly into File Explorer, so you don’t have to go hunting for your online files.

Those of you trekking to Windows 10 from Windows 7 will find additional changes. Instead of offering a series of pull-down menus with different commands, the Windows 10 File Manager goes the route of the ribbon, just as in Windows 8.1. Click on a command at the top of File Explorer, and a ribbon appears with various icons to perform different functions. This follows in the footsteps of other Microsoft applications, such as Office, which adopted a ribbon interface a few versions back.

Also in Windows 10 and 8.1, My Computer is now known as This PC. The name has changed, but the feature still performs the same task of displaying all of your disk drives, be they hard drive partitions, network locations, or removable storage. Further, your libraries, which you can populate with frequently used locations, won’t appear by default. You’ll have to add them to the Windows 10 File Explorer to access them.

Windows 10’s File Explorer also looks sleeker than its predecessors. It sports a cleaner, flatter aesthetic that’s easier on the eyes. Otherwise, those of you accustomed to the document manager from prior versions of Windows shouldn’t run into too many obstacles in the new version. But still, you’ll find it easier to navigate and customize the Windows 10 File Explorer with some help from our series of tips and tricks.

So let’s check out 10 key need-to-knows in the latest flavor of File Explorer to help you use this sometimes overlooked but always helpful tool.

1) How to Use, Customize Quick Access View

One handy new section in File Explorer is Quick Access, which appears at the top of both the left and right panes. As we said, this area displays your most frequently used folders and recent files, the idea being that these are the folders and files you’ll want to find most often. Sounds cool, but you can customize the Quick Access view to make it even more useful.

You can add other folders to the Quick Access section, in addition to your most frequently used ones. To do this, right-click on a folder in File Explorer. From the pop-up menu, click on the “Pin to Quick access” command. Scroll to the left pane’s “Quick access” section, and you’ll see that folder appear in the midst of the others. We did that below with a folder called “Websites.”

If there’s a file or folder in Quick Access that you no longer use very often, you can remove it. To do so, right-click on the file or folder. From the pop-up menu, click on the command to “Unpin from Quick access.”

Not too crazy about Quick Access? You can stop it in its tracks. In File Explorer, click on the View tab at the top to display the View ribbon. Click on the Options icon at far right. From the Privacy section of the General tab, click off the check marks for “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick access.” Your recently used files will disappear and no longer populate. Your frequently used folders will still appear but stop populating.

2) How to Launch File Explorer to Show “This PC” By Default

In Windows 7 and 8.1, File Explorer automatically launches in “This PC” view so you can see all of your drives and default folders right off the bat. In Windows 10, File Explorer launches in Quick Access view instead. But you can tweak File Explorer in Windows 10 to revert to “This PC” view by default. Here’s how.

In File Explorer, click on the View menu, then click on the Options icon just above its down arrow. From the Folder Options window that pops up, click on the “Open File Explorer to:” setting and use the pull-down menu to change that setting from “Quick access” to “This PC.” Click OK, then close File Explorer. The next time you open File Explorer, it will display the “This PC” view.

3) How to Turn the Ribbon On or Off

File Explorer displays a ribbon chock full of commands for the various categories, namely Home, Share, and View (when set to Quick Access rather than This PC view). By default, you have to click or tap on the tab to display its ribbon. That saves space, since the ribbon appears only when you need it. Click on another part of the screen, and the ribbon disappears. But you may want to always see all of the commands that are part and parcel of the current ribbon. Easy enough.

At the top of the File Explorer window, click on the “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” arrow to the right of the other icons (left of the words “File Explorer”). You’ll see a menu with various commands, including one to “Minimize the Ribbon,” which will likely sport a check mark in front of it. To maximize the ribbon (meaning display it in full view all the time), click that command to remove the check mark. Now, the ribbon for whatever tab you click on will appear and stay on all the time.

No longer want to see the ribbon all the time? Just click on the “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” arrow and restore the check mark for “Minimize the Ribbon.”

4) How to Show or Hide File Extensions

File extensions are a key way of revealing the types of files displayed in File Explorer. A file with a .DOCX extension is a Word document. A file with a .JPG extension is a JPEG image file. And a file with a .WAV extension is a sound file. But sometimes you may not want or need to see the extension, if you already know the file type based on its name or location.

You can turn file extensions on or off easily enough. In File Explorer, click on the View tab at the top to display the View ribbon. You’ll see an option called “File name extensions.” Click on the box next to it to turn on the check mark and reveal the extensions. Click off the box to remove the check mark and hide the extensions.

5) How to Display Your Libraries

Like Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows 10 offers a Libraries feature in which you can house your most often used folders. But like Windows 8.1, Windows 10 does not display your libraries by default.

If you like to use libraries and want them easily accessible, you can set them to display in File Explorer. To do so, click on the View tab, then click on the icon for “Navigation pane.” From the menu, click on the check mark to “Show libraries.” Your libraries then appear toward the bottom of the left pane in File Explorer.

6) How to View Different Panes in File Explorer

File Explorer offers various panes to display or preview certain information about folders and files. You can turn those panes on or off to see or hide certain details.

To start, the Navigation pane down the left side of the window displays all the drives and folders on your PC, so you can easily explore them. You’ll likely want to leave this pane alone, but if you wish to turn off the pane to create more space in the window, simply click on the View tab in the ribbon, click on the “Navigation pane” icon, and uncheck the check mark next to “Navigation pane.” To re-enable the pane, click on the icon and click the command back on again.

The Preview pane lets you see the contents of certain types of files without actually opening them, such as photos, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, and more. It’s a handy way to peek at a file without having to launch its associated program. To enable the Preview pane, click on the View tab. Then click on the option for “Preview pane.” Now click on a particular file, such as an image or PDF, and you’ll see it previewed in the far-right pane of File Explorer.

Another pane, the Details pane, shows you key data on individual folders and files, such as the name, size, and last modified date. To turn this pane on, just click on the “Details pane” option on the View tab of the Ribbon. Note that you can display the Preview pane or the Details pane, but not both together.

7) How to Share Files With Specific Apps

You can share a file with an application of your choosing, another handy option that saves you time and effort. Click on a file that you wish to share. Then click on the Share tab at the top of the screen to display the Share ribbon. Click on the Share icon, the first one on the ribbon. You’ll see a pane appear on the right side of the screen with a list of apps with which you can share that file. The number of apps will depend on the type of file and which apps are already installed. Click on the app with which you want to share that file.

8) How to Send Files to Your OneDrive Online Storage

Microsoft’s OneDrive is an online storage service through which you can save and synchronize specific folders and files. In Windows 10, OneDrive is built directly into File Explorer for easier access. Further, you can add a file to your OneDrive space in File Explorer simply by copying and pasting it. Once the file is copied to OneDrive, it will get synchronized both online and across your other Windows devices with OneDrive installed.

In File Explorer, right-click on the file you want to copy to OneDrive. From the pop-up menu, click on the Copy command. Then right-click on your OneDrive folder. From the pop-up menu, click on the Paste command. The file is now part of your OneDrive collection.

9) How to Manage Your Photos and Images

You can tweak your photos and other image files in File Explorer, to some extent. Here’s how.

Let’s assume you’ve stored a bunch of photos in your Pictures folder, some of which need to be rotated to display correctly. Right-click on such a photo. From the pop-up menu, click on the command to “Rotate right” or “Rotate left” depending on which option will fix the photo.

If you’d like to turn a particular photo into your Windows wallpaper, right-click on it and select “Set as desktop background” from the pop-up menu.

Finally, you can watch a slide show of all the photos in a particular folder. To do this, click on the Manage tab to enable the Manage ribbon. From the ribbon, click on the “Slide show” icon. Now just sit back and enjoy the show. Each image appears for about five seconds, but you can click an image to advance to the next one. Right-click on any image in the slide show to display a popup menu, and you can change the speed, go forward or backward, pause the show, or exit it completely.

10) How to Search for Files and Documents

Here’s an oldie but a goodie that still applies in Windows 10.

In Windows 10, you can search for specific files by name, extension, or other attributes. You can also use the always popular “?” or “*” wildcard characters to seek out a file or files with certain names or extensions. In File Explorer, click on the folder that contains the file you wish to find. In the upper right corner, you’ll see a search field with magnifying-glass icon. (In the image below, the field has the arrow pointer set near it.) Let’s say you’re looking for a file with the word “business” in the title or contents. In the search field, begin typing that name until File Explorer displays it among its results, like so…

Now, let’s say you want to narrow the search to only Word documents with “business” as part of the filename. In the search field, type business.doc, and File Explorer returns only Word documents in the results.

You can further expand your search to include every file of a specific type. Maybe you’re looking for all JPG files. Simply type *.jpg in the search field.

Finally, you’ll notice the Search ribbon contains a host of other ways to refine the search. You can search by kind, size, modified date, and other properties. You can save your search to use it again in the future. You can also expand your search by looking for your file or files across your entire computer by choosing “This PC” as the destination.

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Pricing and Starting Up

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Upgrading to the Business plan gets you unlimited storage, bandwidth, pages, and contributors, and up to 25 store products. The top E-Commerce level plan costs $22 per month and increases the store item limit to 100. Adding $10 more per month removes the item limit entirely. All plans boast zero-percent transaction fees. Squarespace and Wix don’t charge you either, but in all three cases you still have to pay a per-transaction fee to the payment-processing service. You can get started building a site using Simvoly without even creating an account until later in the process.

Building Your Site

You have two choices at the first step in your path to Simvoly site building: You can choose a template, as you would in nearly every other site builder, or you can choose Magic Website Wizard. I’ll discuss the non-magical tool first, then provide a section on Magic Website.

Simvoly’s Themes use responsive design for good presentation on mobile. They’re also modern and clean looking, and they’re categorized into nine groups, including Arts, Fashion, Personal Photography, Restaurant, Services, and Store. I’m sorry not to see a Music category, as that obviously has special needs, such as performance dates and audio streaming and downloads.

You can preview the responsively designed themes as they’d appear on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices. After you choose a theme, you next need to create an online Simvoly account. This only requires an email, username, and password. The builder page opens pre-populated with content you customize for your site’s needs. To help you do this, a wizard takes you through the basics of adding pages and widgets and modifying overall site settings.

Customization and Site Elements

Simvoly works just as I expect a modern site builder to work, letting you easily build and customize your pages with drag-and-drop functionality and mouse-over menus. As with Squarespace, you add content in blocks, which you access either from the left panel’s “+” menu or by clicking the on-hover Add Block “+” buttons. These include things like images, text areas, maps, web widgets, and even blank areas. Whenever your mouse hovers over a block, you see Edit, Move, and Delete buttons. If you click on text, you get all your text-formatting options. You can easily divide your site into up to five columns, each with adjustable width. You can undo your last action, but there isn’t a full multiple-undo capability like that in Duda. A Simvoly contact told me that a History feature is in the works, however.

Managing Pages

The top big button on the left-side toolbar lets you manage and add site pages. When you add a page, you can see and set its URL, choose a template (Home, Contact, About, Blank), password-protect the page, and even specify a custom header. One limitation is that you can’t drag and drop page entries around to change the navigation. You can set any page as the home page, but there’s no nesting pages under others from the Pages menu. You can do this from the Website Settings panel, though adding subpages is less straightforward than in Wix and some other competing services.

Working With Images

Like the better site builders, Simvoly maintains an online repository of photos you’ve uploaded, so that you can reuse them elsewhere on your site. You can upload multiple images at once and create subfolders for organizing them. One missing feature is the ability to use images from online services such as Flickr. You can apply slick animations like slide in, fade in, and zoom to images. You can also resize images (relative to other columns alongside them) on the page by dragging their left or right edges.

One feature that many users will probably want is completely missing, however. There isn’t any kind of photo editing. You can’t even rotate an image. Most services I’ve reviewed include an integrated online image editor such as Aviary. It’s fine to expect people to use installed photo software, but simple stuff like cropping and rotating should be included.

Gallery options include grids with text or carousels. You can add them either via drag-and-drop from the toolbar or from the “+” content button that appears when you hover over a content block. The latter offers more preset layout options. With either, you can change image padding and the number of images per row. There’s also a light-box check box, to let your site viewers see a full-window slideshow. This is just about everything most site builders could want.

Video is only via hosted links: Simvoly only hosts still images. Also, aside from some template’s sample photos, you don’t get a selection of stock photography like that offered by Wix, Duda, and other competitors.

Automatic Sites

Simvoly’s Magic Website Wizard is a beta tool that takes you through a few questions to generate a site automatically. You first choose a type such as Business, Personal, Photography, or Portfolio. More types are in development. After the main category selection, you enter a more specific site purpose. I first chose Business, and then, when entering the more specific type, suggestions dropped down. For example, I typed “cloth” and Sport Clothing and Apparel, Women’s Clothing, and Clothing and Apparel dropped down as suggestions.

Next you choose how you want the main navigation to look—with the menu across the top or along a side. The wizard proposes a design template, and then it’s time to log in. After this, you’re taken to the site builder interface described in the rest of this article. Magic Website can be a nice little timesaver, but it pales in comparison to Wix’s impressive AI-powered ADI system. With Wix, you simply input your business or personal info, and presto, you get a surprisingly well-designed site.

Site Settings and Options

On the Website Settings tab, you can choose whether you want your site to fill the full width of the browser or stay contained in a fixed box, for which you can choose a background color or image. You can also change the header site navigation menu, and upload a custom favicon, that tiny icon that appears in the browser tab.

Awkwardly, getting a custom domain, which is included with a subscription, requires contacting the Simvoly staff, rather than simply applying online. I also prefer builders to have me fill out a short form of the site or business details, such as name, address, phone number, and contact email. Not doing this is not a deal breaker, but it speeds up the building process. You can also hook up your Simvoly site to a domain you’ve previously registered with another website hosting service.

Selling on Your Site

Selling on Simvoly is easy and powerful. I’m impressed that the site builder lets you sell digital downloads without an account upgrade like some other services require. As with the blog, your Simvoly site by default includes a Store page, but you can delete it if you’re not selling anything. I did run into a couple script errors when editing product description text, but this was an isolated incident that I didn’t see again in later testing.

You can add product variations, enter sale prices, and keep track of inventory with Simvoly’s store engine. And, of course, you can upload an image for every product—multiple images if you like. Product pages come with basic sections that make sense, but you can add any kind of content block you want. You get a few choices of layout and styling. In addition to the full-page shopping cart, there’s a mini cart that can appear in the top right corner of the browser window.

The two best payment services—PayPal and Stripe—are integrated into the store. You can enter a bank account routing number so the lucre flows directly into your coffers. It’s also easy to set up shipping costs based on weight or price, but there’s no integration with Fedex, UPS, or USPS. Tax setup could use a little more work, too. As it is, you can add a tax based on the country, but that doesn’t help for the US, where each state has its own sales tax. Fortunately, you only have to collect tax on web sales in states where you have a physical presence, so small proprietors would normally just have to fill in one state’s sales tax rate.


My clothing-site template came with a Blog page. You can only have one blog page per site, but you can add a blog block to any of your pages, using a content block. You get some attractive layout choices. Each post can have a large image to the left, and you can stack posts vertically, or use a trendy “masonry” layout that is offset like bricks in a wall, with or without a sidebar.

Posts should have a photo, quote, or video to bring the reader in, but text-only posts are allowed. The interface gently encourages you to spice up your post with media. You can save a post as a draft for later publishing, but you can’t schedule a time and date for automatic publication.

Posts must have tags, must fall into categories, and can have comments, which you can approve. Readers can enter their email address in a box on any of your blog pages to get email notifications about new posts.


Before publishing your site, you can preview it by pressing a big button with an eye for an icon in the left rail. But the builder is so WYSIWYG that you may not even need to do this. When you do preview, you can see how the site looks on tablet and mobile screen sizes as well as desktop, however. One thing that Simvoly does that I’m not a fan of is to publish your site live as soon as you start working on it. I prefer the ability to preview and fine-tune before the site goes live. Even the ability to create an Under Construction page would be preferable.

Mobile Site Design

As with most site builders that use responsive page designs, Simvoly automatically spits out websites that look great in mobile browsers. My test site looked great on an iPhone, and it even included a hamburger menu for handheld operation, so it’s not just a simple site-squeezing, as Virb’s mobile sites are. Still, Simvoly doesn’t offer any customization of your mobile presentation, as Duda, , and Wix do. Sometimes you want to remove content that doesn’t work well on mobile screens.

Stats and SEO

Unlike many site builders that leave setting up traffic monitoring to you, Simvoly includes a decent set of site-visit stats on your Dashboard. You can see overall traffic by date range, top pages, and even what devices and browsers are being used to view your site. One thing you don’t get is a breakdown of user stats such as geographic location or repeat visits. You can hook up a Google Analytics account if you want that level of detail. There isn’t much at all in the way of SEO help, though. You can, however, set the meta title and meta description for each page in its Settings dialog.

Easy, Attractive DIY Websites

Simvoly is far from being a household name in the website-building arena, but it deserves your attention if you’re a non-technical person looking to establish an easy, attractive web presence. It offers responsive-design themes that look good on both desktop and mobile browsers, offers decent selling tools, and has built in site stats. As a fairly new offering, it still lacks a few niceties like photo editing, onsite domain registration, shipping integrations, and a gallery of third-party widgets, but there’s still a lot to like here. Simvoly is highly recommended, but for more mature, fully fledged options in the site-building space, check out Editors’ Choice web builders Duda and Wix.

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The Best Mac Antivirus Protection of 2017

Even Macs Need Antivirus Protection

Did you ever think about the people who write viruses, spyware, ransomware, and other malicious software? Why do they do it? The answer is simple—for money. Trojans steal personal data to sell. Bot herders rent out their victims to spammers. Ransomware goes for the jugular; give us your money or your files are toast. More computers use Windows than macOS, but there’s no reason for these malware entrepreneurs to ignore the macOS market. There are even some attack types—phishing in particular—that are completely OS-independent. Like it or not, in this dangerous world you need antivirus protection on your Macs, not just on your Windows boxes.

As with Windows antivirus tools, the most common price is just under $40 per year for a single license. However, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac and Sophos Home (for Mac) are totally free for personal use. At the high end, you pay $99.99 per year for a three-license subscription to Intego Mac Internet Security X9.

Malware Protection Lab Certifications

When you go to select a new washer, refrigerator, or other appliance, chances are good you research it first. User reviews can be helpful, as long as you discard the very best and very worst of them. But actual test results performed by an independent lab give you more reliable information. Two large labs include macOS antivirus products in their testing, and every one of the products in this roundup received certification from at least one of them.

The researchers at AV-Test Institute report on four different tests whose results feed into product certification. Naturally, the first test involves detecting and eliminating macOS malware. Of the products in this roundup, scores range from 98.4 percent to 100 percent. Another test challenges the antivirus tools with lower-risk PUAs, or potentially unwanted applications. Most achieved the top score, over 99 percent, though a couple only rated over 95 percent. Most also earned the top score in a test using Windows malware (this test didn’t affect certification).

In the macOS malware test by AV-Comparatives, every tested product scored a perfect 100 percent. This lab, too, included a test using malware aimed at Windows. Yes, these samples can’t affect a computer running macOS, but they could conceivably escape to Windows machines on the network. Scores in the Windows malware test ranged from 28 percent to 100 percent, which is quite a range. Here, too, every tested product received certification.

Results in these tests have a much smaller point spread than in tests of Windows antivirus utilities. It’s good that every product received at least one certification for Mac protection, and even better that some received two certifications.

Hands-On Phishing Protection Testing

When I test malware protection on Windows, I use live malware inside an isolated virtual machine. I’ve coded a number of analysis tools over the years to help with this testing. Little of that testing regimen carries over to the Mac.

Phishing, however, isn’t platform-specific, as mentioned earlier, and neither is my antiphishing test. Phishing websites imitate secure sites, everything from banks and finance sites to gaming and dating sites. If you enter your credentials at the fake login page, you’ve given the phisher access to your account. And it doesn’t matter if you are browsing on a PC, a Mac, or an internet-aware refrigerator.

All but two of the products in this story include protection against malicious and fraudulent sites. With Intego, this just isn’t an included feature. The venerable SiteAdvisor component of McAfee AntiVirus Plus (for Mac) should provide protection against dangerous URLs, but it hasn’t worked since March, when an update to Safari disabled it. McAfee promises that the next edition, coming soon, will have SiteAdvisor working better than ever. I’ll test it when it’s available.

The wily malefactors who create phishing sites are in the business of deception, and they constantly change and update their techniques, hoping to evade detection. If one fraudulent site gets blacklisted or shut down by the authorities, they simply pop up with a new one. That being the case, I try to use the very newest phishing URLs for testing, scraping them from phishing-focused websites.

I launch each URL simultaneously in five browsers. One is Safari on the Mac, protected by the Mac antivirus that’s under test, and another is a browser protected by Norton on Windows. The other three use the protection built into Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Discarding any that don’t fit the phishing profile, and any that don’t load correctly in all five browsers, I report the product’s success as the difference between its detection rate and that of the other four test systems.

Very few products, Windows or macOS, can beat Norton in this test. Of the products in this roundup, only Bitdefender did better, though Kaspersky came close. It’s worth noting that, while phishing is platform-independent, phishing defense is not. Bitdefender’s Windows edition, tested at the same time, beat Norton by a greater margin, while Symantec Norton Security Deluxe (for Mac) scored significantly lower than its Windows cousin.

Ransomware Protection

The scourge of ransomware is on the rise. While ransomware attacks are more common on Windows devices, Macs have suffered as well. Of course, any antivirus utility should handle ransomware just as it handles spyware, Trojans, viruses, and other malware types. But since the consequences of missing a ransomware attack are so great, some security products add components with the sole purpose of preventing ransomware attacks.

I’ve observed a wide variety of ransomware protection techniques on Windows. These include blocking unauthorized access to user documents, detecting ransomware based on its activity, and recovering encrypted files from backup. Of the products listed here, only Bitdefender offers a ransomware-specific component. As with its Windows edition, the Safe Files feature prevents all unauthorized access to your documents. On a Mac, it also protects your Time Machine backups.

Spyware Protection

Any kind of malware problem is unpleasant, but spyware may be the most unnerving. Imagine some creeper secretly peeking at you through your Mac’s webcam! Other types of spying include logging keystrokes to capture your passwords, sending Trojans to steal your personal data, and watching your online activities to build a profile. As with ransomware protection, I’ve observed more features specifically devoted to spyware protection on Windows-based security products than on the Mac, but a few products in this collection do pay special attention to spyware.

Under Windows, Kaspersky’s Safe Money feature opens sensitive sites in a secure browser that’s hardened against outside interference. The Safe Money feature on the Mac doesn’t do that, but it does check URLs to make sure you’re on a legitimate secure site. Kaspersky offers an onscreen keyboard, so you can enter passwords with no chance of capture by a keylogger. Its webcam protection isn’t as configurable as it is on Windows, but you can use it to disable your Mac’s webcam whenever you’re not using it. It even includes the ability to block advertisers and others from tracking your online activities. If spyware is your bugaboo, you’ll like Kaspersky.

Bonus Features

Many antivirus tools on Windows pack in a ton of bonus features. That behavior seems less common on the macOS side. Even so, some vendors don’t have a standalone Mac antivirus, opting instead to offer a full security suite as the baseline level of protection, and a few others include suite-like bonus features in the basic antivirus.

A typical personal firewall component blocks attacks coming in from the internet and also manages network permissions for programs installed on your Mac. Intego, McAfee, and Norton each include a firewall component, while Kaspersky’s Network Protection comes close.

Parental control is another common suite component. With Sophos and Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac, a content filter can block access to websites matching unwanted categories. Kaspersky goes beyond that, with content filtering, internet time scheduling, private data protection, and even social media contact control.

Protect Your Mac

All of the products covered in this roundup earned certification from at least one independent testing lab; some managed two certifications. There really are no bad choices as far as basic antivirus protection goes. Even so, a couple of products stood out. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac not only achieved certification from both labs, it earned the maximum score in every test. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac also earned high scores. It offers a full suite of Mac security tools, at the same price competitors charge for basic antivirus protection. These two are our Editors’ Choice winners for Mac antivirus protection.

Look over the reviews, pick the product that suits you best, and get your Mac protected. Once you’ve done that, you should also consider installing a Mac VPN. While antivirus protect you, your devices, and your data locally, a VPN extends that protection to your online activities, protecting both your security and your privacy.

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