Installing Wine in Linux Mint Tara

Anyone wishing to install Wine in Linux Mint Version 19 (Tara), and looking at the entries produced by a search in Software Manager, is faced with a fairly bewildering choice of installation options. I don’t claim to know the most efficient means of installing Wine, but I did find a procedure that worked on my 64-bit system.
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Vertical Scroll Bars in Linux Mint Tara

The latest release of Linux Mint (Version 19 – Tara) uses the Mint-Y theme. Unfortunately this provides a thin scroll bar in LibreOffice Writer, does not display the single line up/down controls, and offers, to my mind, a rather strange method for navigating through the text.
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Turn off Timeshift warnings in Linux Mint Tara

Linux Mint Version 19.0 Beta (Tara) was released today. One of the new features is the Timeshift system backup option. By default, Update Manager issues a warning if Timeshift has not been activated. But, if you have no intention of using Timeshift, how do you turn this off?
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Managing mail folders in K-@mail

Recently, a number of “strange” folders appeared in an IMAP account in the K-@mail app on my Android smartphone. However, the folders were not present on the mail server when I accessed my account through the web interface. So, the question was how to make the upstarts go away!
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Using portrait and landscape page formats in the same Calc spreadsheet

I have been developing a simple general ledger spreadsheet in LibreOffice Calc. Most of the account listings fit nicely onto a page in portrait format; however, the general ledger has more columns of data, and requires printing in landscape format. My initial thought was to use a macro to toggle the page format when printing the different pages of the worksheet. However, there is a simpler and much more elegant solution.
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Reclaiming disk space on Android devices

My smartphone has been complaining lately of a lack of space. It has almost a Gigabyte free so I don’t really know why it thinks it has a problem but, nevertheless, I decided to see how to fix it.
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Safely removing a USB drive with a bash script

In a previous post (Safely removing a USB flash drive) I noted that, when removing an external USB drive, Linux Mint 18.2 (Sonya) provided a message indicating that “It is now safe to remove the drive”. However, I sometimes noticed that, even though this message was displayed, the red LED on my USB flash drive was still flashing, indicating that disk activity was still underway such that it wasn’t necessarily safe to pull the plug. Furthermore, the safe-to-remove message does not occur in Linux Mint 18.3 (Sylvia) – perhaps because it didn’t really work?
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