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About Chris Hoffman

Chris Hoffman is the former Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. Chris has personally written over 2,000 articles that have been read more than one billion times---and that's just here at How-To Geek.

With over a decade of writing experience in the field of technology, Chris has written for a variety of publications including The New York Times, Reader's Digest, IDG's PCWorld, Digital Trends, and MakeUseOf. Beyond the web, his work has appeared in the print edition of The New York Times (September 9, 2019) and in PCWorld's print magazines, specifically in the August 2013 and July 2013 editions, where his story was on the cover. He also wrote the USA's most-saved article of 2021, according to Pocket.

Chris was a PCWorld columnist for two years. He founded PCWorld's "World Beyond Windows" column, which covered the latest developments in open-source operating systems like Linux and Chrome OS. Beyond the column, he wrote about everything from Windows to tech travel tips.

The news he's broken has been covered by outlets like the BBC, The Verge, Slate, Gizmodo, Engadget, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, ZDNet, The Next Web, and Techmeme. Instructional tutorials he's written have been linked to by organizations like The New York Times, Wirecutter, Lifehacker, the BBC, CNET, Ars Technica, and John Gruber's Daring Fireball. His roundups of new features in Windows 10 updates have been called "the most detailed, useful Windows version previews of anyone on the web" and covered by prominent Windows journalists like Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley on TWiT's Windows Weekly. His work has even appeared on the front page of Reddit.

Articles he's written have been used as a source for everything from books like Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff, media theory professor at the City University of New York's Queens College and CNN contributor, to university textbooks and even late-night TV shows like Comedy Central's @midnight with Chris Hardwick.

Starting in 2015, Chris attended the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas for five years running.  At CES 2018, he broke the news about Kodak's "KashMiner" Bitcoin mining scheme with a viral tweet. A wave of negative publicity ensued, with coverage on BuzzFeed News, CNBC, the BBC, and TechCrunch. The company's project was later reportedly shut down by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition to his extensive writing experience, Chris has been interviewed as a technology expert on TV news and radio shows. He gave advice on dark web scans on Miami's NBC 6, discussed Windows XP's demise on WGN-TV's Midday News in Chicago, and shared his CES experiences on WJR-AM's Guy Gordon Show in Detroit.

Chris also ran MakeUseOf's email newsletter for two years. Nearly 400,000 subscribers received the newsletter complete with a handwritten tip every day.

Latest Articles

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How to Manage a Printer in Windows 10

Control Panel is still useful.

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The Best Wi-Fi Routers of 2023

Buying a router? Here are our top picks for every situation.

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How to Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 11

Linux is easier to install than ever on Windows 11.

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How to Disable the Lock Screen on Windows 10

Get that pesky Windows lock screen out of the way.

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How to Kick People Off Your Wi-Fi Network

Want someone off your Wi-Fi? Here's how to kick their devices from your network.

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How to See All Your Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows 10

Windows remembers the passwords of every Wi-Fi network you've ever connected to. Here's how to see them.

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How to Free Up Space Used By Your iPhone or iPad's Mail App

Apple's Mail app doesn't provide a lot of control over how much storage it uses.

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How to Install and Use the Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10

You can use BASH on Windows 10, but WSL is so much more than just that.

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How to Change the Mouse Pointer Color and Size on Windows 10

More colors than you know what to do with.

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How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard on Windows 10

Who needs a physical keyboard in the 21st century?

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How to Upgrade to the Latest Version of Ubuntu

Ubuntu version upgrades are pretty painless.

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What Is UEFI, and How Is It Different from BIOS?

BIOS is dead, long live UEFI.

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Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number. Here's How to Stop Them

Your phone number is not as secure as you think.

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How to Get Bing's Daily Photos as Your Wallpaper on Windows 10

They beat the default blue background by a mile.

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How to Get the Weather on Your Windows 11 Taskbar

Did you know Windows 11 has a weather widget for its taskbar?

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How to Install Windows 11 on an Unsupported PC

Does Windows 11 say your PC isn't supported? We've got the fixes.

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How to Rotate Your PC's Screen (or Fix a Sideways Screen)

It seems strange at first glance, but a rotated screen can be great for some applications.

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How to Disable Bing in the Windows 10 Start Menu

Tired of those web searches in the Start menu? Here's how to get rid of them.

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