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Lowell Heddings

About Lowell Heddings

Lowell Heddings is the founder of How-To Geek. Over the last decade, Lowell has personally written more than 1000 articles which have been viewed by over 250 million people.

Prior to starting How-To Geek, Lowell spent 15 years working in the IT field doing consulting, cybersecurity, database management, and programming. The last decade of his previous career, however, was largely spent doing business automation for large corporations. The e-commerce integrations he created are still being used to automate billions of dollars worth of transactions today.

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How to Remap Any Key or Shortcut on Windows 10

Swapping the keycaps between keys doesn't count as "Remapping."

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How to Add a Program to Startup in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Just don't go too crazy. Even a multicore PC booting off an SSD can get bogged down.

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How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys

Lost your product key, or just want to have it written down somewhere?

A Terminal Window open on Ubuntu.  1
8 Ways to List Partitions in Ubuntu

Command-line utilities are fun.

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How to Move a Lost, Off-Screen Window Back to Your Desktop

If only finding your missing keys were this easy.

File Explorer on Windows 11.  1
How to Connect to FTP Servers in Windows (Without Extra Software)

If you need to access an FTP server, you can install dedicated FTP clients with lots of features --but you don't necessarily have to.

PowerShell open on Windows 11.  1
How to Find Your IP Address From CMD (Command Prompt)

To find your local IP address from the CMD Command prompt, simply type "ipconfig" into the prompt.

A terminal open on Ubuntu.  1
The Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Bash (aka the Linux and macOS Terminal)

Bash is the default command-line shell on most Linux distributions, from Ubuntu and Debian to Red Hat and Fedora.

What Is Windows Search Indexer (SearchIndexer.exe) and Why Is It Running?

You're no doubt reading this article because you're wondering what that SearchIndexer.exe process is all about, and why it's chewing up a lot of RAM o

What Is rundll32.exe and Why Is It Running?

You are no doubt reading this article because you've looked in task manager and wondered what on earth all those rundll32.exe processes are, and why they are running... So what are they?

What Is ctfmon.exe and Why Is It Running?

You are no doubt reading this article because you are frustrated with the ctfmon.exe process that just won't stop opening no matter what you do. You remove it from the startup items and it just magically reappears. So what is it?

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Learn to Code While Playing Rocket League? Yes, Really

Yes, you read that headline correctly. You can not only learn to code by building a bot that plays Rocket League, but you can also win $2000 if you enter the Skillquest tournament.

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How to Resize a Partition on Windows 10

Open the Start Menu and search "Disk Management" Select "Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions.

Sticks of RAM in a motherboard. 1
What Kind of Memory Does My Computer Have Installed?

If you are looking to upgrade the memory in your computer, you are probably wondering how many open slots you have, what type of memory is already installed, and what you need to buy for an upgrade... without having to open your computer.

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How to Remap Any Key or Shortcut on Windows 11

Swapping all of the vowels on your friend's keyboard isn't an officially listed use, but...

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How to Disable or Remap Caps Lock Key in Windows

The caps lock key is one of those remnants of another age of computers, back when people used to shout at each other more often. Unless you're in the

How to Extract .RAR Files for Free on Windows and Mac

Have you ever downloaded a file only to find it has a strange .

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How to Unzip or Extract tar.gz Files on Windows

To open or extract a tar.

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