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The Best How-To Geek Articles for June 2011


June has been a busy month here at How-To Geek where we covered topics like cleaning keyboards, what to do when your e-mail has been compromised, creating high resolution Windows 7 icons, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

What You Said: How Do You Keep Notes?

Note taking applications have grown increasingly sophisticated. Historically, when people took notes on a computer they simply used the word processor or text editor installed on it and left it at that—mostly because there were few widely available alternatives. While many people still use simple txt files for their note taking needs an entire ecosystem of note taking apps exists now—thanks, in large part, to the rise of widespread internet access and easy synchronization.


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How to Clean Your Dirty Smartphone (Without Breaking Something)

We have already shown you how to clean your keyboard without breaking it, but did you know your smartphone can be just as dirty and covered with bacteria? Here is how to properly clean your smartphone.


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Computer Case Desk Build Stashes CPU in Plain Sight

If you’re looking to declutter your workspace and give it a futuristic vibe that shows off your computing hardware, you’ll be hard pressed to top this custom built desk-as-computer-case setup.


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How To Plan, Organize, and Map Out Your Home Network

Whether you’re setting up a new home network or overhauling the one you’ve got, planning and mapping out your devices and intended uses can save you a lot of headaches.


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Learn How to Make HDR Images in Photoshop or GIMP With a Simple Trick

HDR tone mapping is everywhere these days; it’s sort of like Auto-Tuning equivalent of photography. Want to create High Dynamic Range images without the “HDR” look? Open up Photoshop or GIMP, and get ready to hack some images!


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Stupid Geek Tricks: 6 Ways to Open Windows Task Manager

Bringing up Windows Task Manager is not much of a task itself, but when a virus disables Ctrl+Alt+Del and takes it hostage, how else are you going to open task manager? Or maybe you’re just looking for some diversity in your life, so here are 6 different ways to open Windows Task Manager.


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How To Make High Resolution Windows 7 Icons Out of Any Image

We’ve featured a lot of nicely designed icons for Windows, but have you ever wondered how to customize your own? Load up a web browser and your favorite image editor, because here’s an easy way to do it.


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How To Recover After Your Email Password Is Compromised

Your friends are reporting spam and pleas for money originating from your email account and some of your logins aren’t working; you’ve been compromised. Read on to see what to do right now and how to protect yourself in the future.


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Always Have an Answer on Hand with the IT Service Desk Wheel of Responses

Ever have one of those days when you just did not know what to say when someone called you for help with their computer? Then say goodbye to the headache and frustration! With the IT Service Desk Wheel of Responses you will always have an answer on hand and ready for those awkward moments.


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How to Clean Your Filthy Keyboard in the Dishwasher (Without Ruining it)

We’ve already shown you some great ways to get your keyboard clean. For geeks that aren’t faint of heart, check out how to make your keyboard dishwasher safe and clean it with half the work and in half the time.


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