JD Sartaintech journalist, PCWorld

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

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Photoshop Shapes: What they are and how to use them

How to access, use, edit, create, convert, and download Photoshop Shapes.

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Photoshop Styles: What they are and how to use them

Photoshop styles are works of art that can be applied to text, objects, vector shapes, illustrations, or photos. Here's how to access and use them.

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Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

Can Microsoft Word read to you? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office back in version 2003. Here's how it works.

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Alternatives for Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and more

Adobe's move to subscriptions has left some users looking for options. Here are some good alternative programs, and more information on why subscriptions are here to stay.

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Outlook organization tips: 5 ways to tame the email pile

These helpful tips can help you cut through inbox clutter and organize Outlook.

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Meet DATEDIF(), Excel’s secret Date & Time function that's still handy

DATEDIF(), which means Date + Dif, is a compatibility function left over from Lotus 1-2-3 that Microsoft adopted in Excel version 2000. It's fallen off current Excel menus, but you can still use it. Here's how.

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How to edit PDFs in Microsoft Word

For light PDF users, everything you need is in a tool you use every day.

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6 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

Blocking senders, setting rules, and other ways to keep the email pile safe as well as sane.

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Microsoft Excel: Why your spreadsheet is so slow

When Microsoft Excel complains it "cannot complete this task with available resources," or it's "Out of memory," here's what to do.

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Excel: How to create simple and dependent drop-down lists

Drop-down lists in Excel let you create a list of valid choices that you can select for a given field. We'll show you how to use tables, named ranges, formulas, data validation, and table styles.

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10 pro tips for creating Excel macros

Excel macros save you time and headaches by automating repetitive tasks, and you don’t have to be a programmer to write one. Use these tips to make macro recording a cinch.

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Photoshop tips to boost your skills: Scratch Disk, Image Fill, Masks, Brushes, Vignettes

These Photoshop tips start with managing your Scratch Disk, then dive right into Content-Aware Fill, Clipping Mask, Brushes, and Vignettes. 

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Excel formulas: The most popular functions and tools, with examples

Excel has over 475 formulas in its Functions Library, but we've selected the most popular, from date and time functions to mathematics and simple data manipulation.

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Word macros: Four examples to automate your documents

Use these step-by-instructions on Word macros to turn complex procedures into one-click wonders.

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How to create and customize tables in Microsoft Word

Wrangle unruly text into easy-to-read formats using Word 2013's improved tables features.