For more than a decade, people like you have flocked to How To stories and videos we've produced on CNET. (iPod your car, anyone? Wow, that's a blast from the past.) Whenever we write a roundup of iPhone tips or a collection of Chrome shortcuts, you click like crazy, discover inspiring new tricks, and share your newfound tech knowledge with your friends.
We're finally putting all these hacks, tips, tricks, and ideas into one home: CNET How To. We're launching with more than 700 How To posts, and we'll give you a steady stream of inspiring tech know-how from now on.
This site looks a bit different from the rest of CNET, and I'd like to show you how it works. Follow the numbers in the image above for a walk-through.
- At the top of CNET How To, we've hand-selected the stories and videos we think deserve your attention. Sometimes these will have to do with current events (like how to disable Facebook facial recognition), and sometimes they'll show you how to do something that may just change your life a bit. (Like how to stream TV from your PC through your PS3.) If there's a video version of the How To--like this one, hosted by talented How To maven Sharon Vaknin--you'll be able to play it straight from the home page. Just press Play.
- If you'd like to read the text version, you can always click "Read more" to follow along with the written version of the How To.
- We pick three stories every day to show you what's hot in How To. (We call this area the "carousel," but you can call it "the top of the page" or "that big window" or whatever you want.) Clicking each of the thumbnails in the carousel will show you the other goodies we've chosen today.
- As you move down the page, notice our Topics bar. This is where you navigate the topics we think you'll find relevant to your life and your tech. They're organized alphabetically, so click "Expand all topics" to see additional terms.
- We hope that you'll bookmark howto.cnet.com and come back every day, but we know you're busy. Here, under the topics, you can follow us via RSS or Twitter, too. Our Twitter feed links to our newest How To articles and videos, plus bonus short tips that you can only get from CNET How To on Twitter. If you see a How To you know you want to try, but you can't get to it quite yet, you can save it for later and access your saved list here.
- In the main section of the page, nine tiles show you the latest content on CNET How To. Browse through them or sort them to see what's new.
- If you see a tile with a tiny camcorder icon, you'll know that a video awaits in the post.
If you search for a How To, you'll probably find something useful. I searched for "Windows God Mode" and found this story.
On each story page, you can read, watch a video, and even save the story for later. Once you're finished reading, look up to the "Most popular How To posts" bar for more tips on popular technology. Believe me, you could browse these all day.
If you don't find what you're looking for, don't give up. On every CNET How To page (at the bottom of the main page, or to the right on the story pages), there's a form you can use to ask questions from the CNET community. You might be surprised how many of your brainy fellow readers know the answers to your tech queries. Plus, CNET editors read through the CNET How To forums frequently to find inspiration for our How To videos and blog posts.
We're ridiculously proud of our new section, but we know we're not perfect. We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions for this new section of CNET. Please leave a comment on this post, click the feedback link at the top of this page, or e-mail us. Thanks for reading. Now go learn something new!