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Sandy Writtenhouse

Sandy Writtenhouse

Computing Writer

Sandy has been writing about technology since 2012. Her work has appeared on How-To Geek, Lifewire, MakeUseOf, iDownloadBlog, and many other tech-related websites. She also worked as a Technical Editor on the books “iPhone Unlocked” and “Effective SEO and Content Marketing: The Ultimate Guide for Maximizing Free Web Traffic”.

With plenty of gadgets in her home and her hands, Sandy loves to help others use technology to make their business and personal lives a bit easier.

Windows 11 logo on a laptop.

There are two versions of Windows 11. Here’s how to decide between them

Wondering which version of Windows 11 you need? We’ll walk you through a comparison of Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Home so that you can decide.
Dashlane website on a laptop.

Is Dashlane safe? Here’s what we know about its security history

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable password manager, you’ve probably seen Dashlane pop up in your search. But is Dashlane safe to use? Find out here.
LastPass website on a laptop.

Is LastPass safe? Here’s what we know about its security history

Wondering if you should use LastPass to keep your passwords secure? Let’s look at its current security measures and previous incidents so you can decide.
Username and password on a tablet screen.

What is a password manager?

Too many passwords to manage and no way to organize them? You probably need a password manager. We’ll explain what it is, what it does, and if it’s safe.
An iPhone being used on a MacBook as a webcam thanks to Apple's Continuity Camera feature in macOS Ventura.

How to connect an iPhone to a Mac with or without a cable

Need to offload some photos and videos? Here's how to connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable or wireless connection.
A person uses an Apple Mac Studio and a Studio Display monitor at a desk.

How to insert a signature in Apple Pages

Personalize your Apple Pages docs by adding a custom signature. Here’s how to create and insert one in Pages for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.
Computer user touching on Microsoft word icon to open the program.

How to draw in Microsoft Word

Looking to add some visual charm to your next Word document. How about doodling a picture or two? Here’s how.
Overhead view of someone typing on a Surface laptop.

How to get the word count in Apple Pages

Need to keep your essays and articles under or over a certain word count? This is why we’re glad to know that Apple Pages has a built-in word counter tool.
Security symbol on an iPad in a stand on a table.

Do you need antivirus software on an iPad?

Wondering if you should buy antivirus software for your iPad? Understanding the security and privacy features on iPadOS can help answer that question.
Chromebook on a table with a mouse and headphones

Do you need antivirus software on a Chromebook?

Considering a Chromebook or already purchased one? Find out if you should invest in antivirus software for your new ChromeOS device.
Looking down at the keyboard and trackpad on a MacBook Pro.

How to create a Smart Folder on a Mac

Need a little more organization for your Mac’s files? A Smart Folder or two can help tidy up your OS and layout. Here’s how to make one.
The M3 MacBook Air in front of a window.

How to change the login picture on a Mac

Taking a moment to create a custom login image on your Mac is a great way to differentiate user profiles. Here’s how to do it.
GIF in Google Slides on a MacBook on a table.

How to change theme colors in Google Slides

Want to take your Google Slides presentations to the next level? Why not try customizing the theme colors of your slideshow? Here’s how to do it.
Memoji creation screen in Messages on Mac.

How to create a Memoji on a Mac

Want to add style and personality to your iPhone’s stockpile of emojis? Here’s how to make and use your very own Memojis.
A family using the computer to browse Fios internet together.

How to create a bibliography in Word on Windows and Mac

What’s a college paper without a bibliography? Here’s how to use Microsoft Word to build a quick and easy bibliography for your next assignment or presentation.
Creating a Smart Playlist in Music on a MacBook.

How to create a Smart Playlist in Apple Music

A Smart Playlist is an amazing way to keep your Mac Music app packed with great songs and artists. Here’s how to make one.
The Google Play Store, YouTube, and Google Docs installed on an Amazon Fire Max 11.

How to draw on Google Docs to add doodles, sketches, and more

Want to add some style and personality to your Google Docs files? Here’s a guide on how to add doodles, sketches, and other exciting media to your docs.
Apple Magic Mouse on a desk.

How to customize mouse gestures on Mac

Customizing your Magic Mouse gestures in macOS is very easy to do. We’ve also put together this guide for a more step-by-step approach to the process.
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How to delete Slack messages on desktop and mobile

If you type a message in the wrong channel or add something to a conversation you don’t mean to, you can delete messages on Slack in just a few steps.
A gray cloth bag that has the words "Office Stuff" emblazoned on it, resting on a wooden table. There is also a pen on top of the bag.

How to create folders in Gmail

to keep your inbox neat and tidy, kou can create folders in Gmail, move your emails to them, and then quickly find the messages you need when you need them.
Man in suit jacket using computer in library.

How to schedule an email in Outlook for Mac, Windows, and web

Scheduling an email in Outlook is easy, and you’ll be able to do so with the Windows and macOS desktop apps, or through Outlook on a web browser. Here’s how.
Double-spacing in Google Docs on a MacBook.

How to double-space in Google Docs

Whether you have a requirement to use double-spacing or simply prefer it, you can format your document easily. Here’s how to double-space in Google Docs.
Grid view in Google Slides.

How to add audio or video to Google Slides

Trying to add some audio and video clips to your Google Sheets presentation? We’ll show you how it’s done.
The MacBook Air on a white table.

How to add and remove apps from the Dock on Mac

Want to add or remove apps from your macOS Dock? Here’s a guide to help you customize a core part of the macOS experience.
Lofree Flow low-profile mechanical keyboard on a 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro.

How to add and use text replacements on Mac

If you type the same thing over and over, like your name, email address, or a go-to message to a pal, you can speed things up using text replacements on Mac.
Google Slides with a PDF image on a MacBook.

How to convert Google Slides to PDF

Wondering how to save Google Slides as a PDF? We’ll show you the steps for the website and mobile app so that you have your presentation as a document.
HEIC file to JPG conversion illustration.

How to convert HEIC files to JPEG on a Mac

Converting an HEIC file to the more widely-accepted JPEG format isn’t a difficult process, and we’ve put together this guide to help you every step of the way.
Microsoft's PowerPoint on the Vision Pro.

Google Sheets vs. Microsoft Excel: Which is better?

When it comes time to create a collaborative spreadsheet, should you use Google Sheets or Excel? We compare both platforms to help you decide.
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How to back up emails in Outlook on Windows and Mac

Create a backup of your emails for safekeeping when you’re troubleshooting a problem or if you get a new computer. Here’s how to back up emails in Outlook.
Numbers and Excel on a MacBook with a business person.

How to convert Apple Numbers to Excel

Want an easier way to share your spreadsheet or workbook with non-Apple users? We’ll show you how to convert Apple Numbers to Excel on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

How to change icons for files and folders on Mac

Apple makes it easy to change icons for files and folders on Mac. Here's how it works, along with tips on using images or changing the folder icon color.
People with headphones listening to Spotify on a MacBook.

How to get Spotify on a MacBook, Mac Mini, or iMac

Listen to your favorite songs, create a new playlist, or look for some new tunes. Here’s how to get Spotify on a MacBook to enjoy music while you work.
Google Photos slideshow on an iMac.

How to create a slideshow in Google Photos on mobile and web

Sit back, relax, and relive those fond memories. We’ll show you how to make a slideshow with Google Photos on the website and the app on your mobile phone.
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How to format SD cards on Mac (and common issues and fixes)

If you have an SD card that you want to use for a new project or system, or one that’s receiving errors, learn how to format an SD card on Mac.