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August 24, 2010

Kim Komando answers your electronics questions

OSKALOOSA — Q. My son has a netbook with an 8-gigabyte drive. During a recent Windows update, it displayed an error saying the drive is full. How can I free up space on the drive?

A. That’s not a very large drive. Consider adding more storage to the netbook; you can use its memory card slot for expansion. To free up space, start with the videos, music and photos stored on the machine. Move as much as possible to external or online storage. Just make sure you have a backup first. You can also remove programs you don’t use. In XP, click Start>>Control Panel>>Add/Remove Programs. In Vista and Windows 7, click Start>>Control Panel>>Programs and Features.

Q. I’m trying to get a better ranking on Google. So, I’m doing some search engine optimization for my site. I want to see what my competitors’ keywords are. How can I find out?

A. A good rank in Google is essential for a site’s success. You want to optimize your site for certain keywords. These are what visitors search for at Google to get to your site. Of course, it is helpful to know what your competitors are using for keywords. That’s easy to find out. Just open a competitor’s site in your browser. In Firefox, click View>>Page Source. In IE, click Page>>View Source. This brings up a page’s HTML code. Look for the following: meta name=”keywords.” The words that follow are the site’s keywords. For SEO tips, visit Komando.com/news.

Q. I can’t find an important file on my Mac. I know I didn’t delete it. I just don’t remember where I stored it. Is there an easy way to search for files in OS X?

A. Fortunately, Mac OS X keeps an index of the files on your machine. So, you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating a misplaced file. You’ll find the Spotlight in the upper-right corner of your screen. Click the magnifying glass to open the search bar. Start typing the file name; possible choices are listed as you type. For more options, click the Finder icon on the dock. Click File>>Find on the Finder menu. In the Spotlight window, you can specify your search options. For example, you can search for files by date created or modified.

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