Step-by-step guides are our bread and butter here at Lifehacker, and you seem to enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them. Here are the best how-to guides of the year.
There are no classrooms that teach you basic hygiene growing up. Your parents may do what they can, but a surprising number of people make it to adulthood with gaps in their knowledge. We're here to help fill those gaps.
Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, whether you're organising work projects, family chores, travel plans, or just about anything else. Here are some ways to put Trello to use for managing your entire life.
Windows 10 is finally here, and your computer will automatically prompt you to upgrade. But if you'd rather start fresh, you can do a clean install — you just need to follow a few steps in the right order.
You're taught about history, science, and maths when you're growing up. Most of us, however, aren't taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions, or the emotions of others. These skills can be valuable, but you'll never get them in a classroom.
We all buy things from time to time that we don't really need. It's OK to appeal to your wants every once in a while, as long as you're in control. If you struggle with clutter, impulse buys, and buyer's remorse, here's how to put your mind in the right place before you even set foot in a store.
It may seem like some people are born likable, but everyone is capable of developing charisma. No matter your personality, there are certain traits you can practice and apply to your own behaviour that can possibly make you seem more magnetic, trustworthy, and influential. Here are the basics to developing charisma.
Popping a breath mint only masks bad breath — it doesn't actually solve the problem. If you stink up the vicinity every time you open your mouth, this video will help you find the culprit and fix it for good.
Windows 10 resolves a lot of the annoyances left over from Windows 8, but it also comes with a few of its own — little as most of them may be. Here's how to tweak a few of the OS's new features and fix its little quirks.
Being in a romantic relationship when one (or both) of you suffer from depression is a massive challenge. Depression can make your partner seem distant. They may feel like they're a burden or close themselves off. None of that means your relationship is the problem. You two can tackle this together. Here's how.
Using more than two monitors used to be a luxury for those with the biggest PC building budgets. These days, large, high-resolution displays are affordable, and graphics cards are more powerful than ever. If the thought of gaming (or working) on three displays at once entices you, here's how to make it happen.
Waze has long been one of our favourite navigation apps, and even though Google purchased Waze way back in 2013, both still exist side-by-side. Google Maps is great, but with the right tweaks, Waze can be awesome — especially in cities with lots of traffic.
Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here's what's going on and how to test if you're infected.
Flatulence is perfectly natural, but when it happens in public, you'd do anything to avoid the embarrassment. Whether they're silent and deadly or loud and proud, here are the most dastardly ways to pass gas around others and slip away like a fart ninja.
When you start a diet, determining how much to eat can feel a bit like playing calorie roulette. Many people turn to a calorie calculator, but they can greatly overestimate the amount of food that you need to lose weight. Here's how to calculate your own target.
Installing a custom firmware on your Wi-Fi router is like God Mode for your home network. You can see everything going on, boost your Wi-Fi signal, beef up your security, and even do advanced tricks like install your own VPN. Still, there are so many options available it can be tough to pick the right one. Here's what you need to know.
Getting the attention of the bartender at your favourite watering hole can be a daunting task, especially after work or on the busy weekends when everyone's out for a drink or three. To make it a little easier, we sat down with a couple of bartenders who have been slinging drinks for years to get the best tips. Here's what they suggested.
Years ago, a friend introduced me to someone who asked what I did for a living. "I work on an online video series," I said. It was hard work, it required lots of planning, researching and interviewing, and it was how I paid the bills. My friend chimed in, "She's a vlogger," then giggled. I didn't quite understand what she meant, but I felt diminished.
The Arduino is a cheap, fun way to get into building your own electronics. It can also be daunting to get started. Here, we'll show you how to get a start-to-finish Arduino primer with a killer project: building a sweet robot arm.
I once showed up to a party alone, before any of my friends arrived. Instead of mingling, I hid in the bathroom to kill time and avoid talking to strangers. Embarrassing, but true. For a shy person, social interaction can be a stomach-churning, anxiety-filled experience. It was for me. But with some work, I was able to get it under control and become comfortable with talking to people.
So there you have it. It has been a great year of how-tos and walkthroughs. Whether your favourite of the year made the list or not, we'd love to hear which guide helped you the most. And if you're still hungry for how-to, take a gander at the most popular how-to guides from 2011, 2010, and 2009.