How To Create Checklists In The Notes App In iOS 9

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In iOS 9 the Notes app gets a major overhaul; it is no longer limited to simple text or image based notes. It now features bulleted lists, headings, free hand drawing, and of course, the ability to insert a photo or take one from within the app and add it to a note. It also has another super useful new feature that is bound to encroach on the space of many popular apps; the Notes app in iOS 9 now lets you create checklists. Much like the lists you create in the Reminder app but without the stipulation to set a due date, alarm, or repeated occurrence for them, the lists are meant for the simple things you need to remember; groceries or stuff you have to pack for a trip. Here's how to make a checklist in the Notes app in iOS 9. Read More

How To Exclude Apps From Spotlight Search In iOS 9

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iOS 9 is going to be released in a few months and it's coming with a lot of much anticipated features and some UI changes. One major change that you will notice right away is that Spotlight has a new place on your phone. Originally, Spotlight had its own dedicated page on the home screen that you could swipe to. Come iOS 9, it's back to having it's very own page while remaining accessible from the 'swipe down' gesture as well. More importantly, it's become far more powerful. Not only can it search the web but your apps . This may or may not be a cause for concern depending on what you've got on your apps. For the sake of speed, and because indexing unnecessary data is pointless, you might want to exclude apps that you don't want to search from Spotlight. Here's how. Read More

Open The Current Firefox Tab In Private Mode With One Click

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A good two years back I found a Firefox add-on that I believed was a pure yet simple work of genius. The add-on in question is called Private Tab and it lets you open a private tab within a normal Firefox window. Incognito This Tab is a similar Firefox add-on that lets you send the current tab to a private window. The add-on essentially helps you avoid quite a few clicks because you no longer have to copy the URL for the page open in the current tab, open a window in Private browsing mode, and paste it and hit Enter. Read More

How To Join The Apple Public Beta Program & Try Out iOS 9

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Apple has always allowed developers to test out beta versions of the next iOS before its release but it wasn't until recently that it decided it wanted more people testing out its OS which is a good thing. The result was the Apple Public Beta Program that lets anyone try out beta versions of the next iOS and OS X release. It's free and very easy to join. Here's how to get in to the program and set up and install iOS 9 Beta on your iPhone. Read More

Set A Default Size For The Save As Window [Windows]

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The Save As window that pops up when you save a file in any program has a mind of its own or more precisely, it just doesn't listen to you much. If a program remembers the last place it saved a file to, it's something a lot of us are grateful for. The programs that allow us to set a default save location of our choice are less rare but these choices have to do with the save location and not the Save As window itself. If you're unsatisfied with the size the Save As window opens in, here's a simple way to resize it and have a program remember your preferred size for all future save actions. This works for Windows 7 and up. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

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Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Check If Your Email Was Used To Create An Account On Ashley Madison

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The Ashley Madison hack has been making news for many reasons. Whether you feel like you need to chime in with a bit of morality or you're upset about the apparent security theft that will affect so many people, it's hard to avoid the news. What's more shocking is the fact that many of the accounts were fake. The site didn't verify email addresses so anyone could use any email address they wanted to create an account. There's a chance that your email may have been used for the same. If your email is public information or can be taken from your LinkedIn profile the chances are greater that it might have been misused. Since a massive data dump has followed the security breach, you can check to see if your email was misused with a simple web app called the Ashley Madison Hack by KnowEm. Read More

Create A Custom App Tile For The Windows 10 Start Menu

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Windows 10 is missing a pretty important and rather obvious feature; it doesn't let you customize the color of an app tile. For app tiles that feature only an icon in a box, that box often looks ugly against whatever color has been set for the Start menu. If you're looking for a way to create a custom app tile, image, color and all, there's a little app that lets you do just that. Meet Better StartMenu an app that will let you create a custom icon for any app of your choice, and through its Windows Store version, you can pin it to the Start menu. The app costs $2.99 but as of a recent update, there are no differences between the paid and trial version with the developer only asking you to donate if you like the app. Read More

Easily Navigate The All Apps List In The Windows 10 Start Menu

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The Start menu in Windows 10 has an alphabetically organized list of all the apps you've installed on your system. It's currently capped to showing just 500 entries but even with a much smaller number of apps appearing in the All Apps list, you end up scrolling to get to the app you want. It's organized but it's far easier to use the search bar to launch an app instead of scrolling this list. If you prefer the All Apps list but without all the scrolling, Windows 10 has a built-in way to make it easier to use. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Lock Screen In Windows 10

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The Lock Screen in Windows 10 is a nice feature carried over from Windows 8. It's nice to look at and is supposed to house notifications from apps that you allow to it. The only problem is that for a lot of users, app information simply isn't showing up on the lock screen (users are desperately seeking a solution while Microsoft remains mute on the problem). With no app information available on the Lock screen, it's pretty much just an extra UI layer which will give you the time and date as you walk by. You can set any image of your choice as the lock screen image but as far as utility goes, it's not doing much. If you'd rather not have it, there's a simple trick to disabling it. Read More

Create A Color Theme For Any Background In Windows 10

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The Personalization options in Windows 10 have changed. For the most part, you can manage basic settings related to backgrounds and colors from the Settings app. If you're trying to set a theme in Windows 10, you will have to switch to the Personalization pane in the Control Panel but that too has been stripped so that you can no longer set sounds, colors, and a screensaver. Any colors you can set for the Taskbar, Start menu, and the window borders are set from the Settings app and you can only choose one. Now there are plenty of ways to modify the UI. You can use tools like Rainmeter and find a great skin pack to make Windows 10 look good but, if you're not into any heavy tweaking, but would like to freely tweak the colors in Windows 10 to go with a certain back ground, and save it as a theme, here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Dark Theme In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a dark theme that you can enable if you're willing to make a small change in the Registry. It's been rumoured that the dark theme is only available on the Pro and Enterprise version and not the Home version but we've run tests and been able to get it going on Windows  Home edition. Here's how you can switch to the dark theme in Windows 10. Read More

Pin An Item To The Left Side Of The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The new Start menu in Windows 10 has been received well but live tiles are kind of glitchy for some apps and there isn't much control over the color a tile can be often making it seem very unappealing  against the Start menu's own color. You could unpin all the tiles from the Start menu and instead get a much slimmer one. If however, you like your tiles, but would still like to be able to choose which apps appear on the left side of the Start menu under 'Most Used' apps, there's a work around to getting it how you want it. We do warn you that's it's a bit tedious but worth the space you will utilize. Read More

Change A Standard User Account To An Admin Account In Windows 10

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Windows 10 like its previous versions lets you add multiple accounts to a single installation of the OS. Each account has its own settings making it easy to share a single computer with your family. That said, there are two types of accounts that you can create at present in Windows 10; a Standard account, and an Administrator account. Both names are pretty much self-explanatory as far as their privileges fo. Previous versions of Windows allowed you to change the kind of privileges an account had and Windows 10 has not only continued with that feature, it's made it much easier to manage. For any account that you've added, local or Microsoft, you can give it admin privileges. Here's how. Read More

Get A Volume Mixer For Modern Apps In Windows 10

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With the arrival of Windows 8, windows apps became segregated; they were either your normal desktop apps or they conformed to the new Modern standard. Both would function in a different space and no doubt create plenty of confusion for users. One stark reminder of this is Internet Explorer having a separate desktop app and Modern app in Windows 8. Windows 10 has made steps to reconcile this but they are less than sufficient. A prime example of this is the volume mixer in Windows 10 which only lets you manage the volume for your speakers, the system sounds, and any desktop app. The volume for Modern apps cannot be controlled and managed from the volume mixer. To do so, you need a third-party app called EarTrumpet which does an excellent job of filling this void left by Microsoft. Read More

Fix The ‘Something Happened’ Error When Upgrading To Windows 10

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Microsoft tried to be very proactive with the Window 10 rollout going so far as to release a tool for reserving a copy of the new OS, and for checking app and hardware compatibility. That said, the upgrade process for many users has not been painless. Those of us who couldn't really wait until our turn came to upgrade decided to jump the line and use the Media Creation tool released by Microsoft. Others waited their turn but in both cases, there have been many a failed attempts to upgrade. A common error that users are experiencing is the 'Something happened' error. You can get this error while the media creation tool is still working, or after you've sat through the entire upgrade process only to be shown this message at the end. It's frustrating simply because it's so vague. That said, here are a few possible fixes that might help you get rid of it. We have to warn you to try these at your own risk. Read More

Speed Up Right-Clicking On The Taskbar In Windows 10

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A lot of users running Windows 10 are having problems with the Taskbar not being responsive, or the Start menu delaying too much before it opens. For some, the problem is persistent and renders the Start menu impossible to use whereas for others, it comes and goes. If you're one of the lucky few who aren't plagued with the problem being persistent but still have a slow-to-respond Taskbar then there's a simple fix you can apply. Specifically, this is meant to make right-clicking on the taskbar much faster so that jumplists and the taskbar's own context menu pops up faster than it normally does. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Change The Color Of Taskbar, Start Menu, And Windows Borders In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has drastically changed color customization. Before Windows 10 title bars had colors and you could select any color for the taskbar and the Start menu but that's no longer an option. The colored title bars are gone and the thin border around windows is fixed to be the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. You can choose a different color for all these elements but the color selection is now very limited. Meet Windows 10 Color Control, a tiny utility that lets you set ANY color for the Start menu and the taskbar. You can use the RGB value of the color to find the perfect one and it also lets you select and set a different color for the windows borders and the taskbar and Start menu. The app can also turn Off the dark accent effect that's darkens whatever color you set for the taskbar and start menu. Read More

Turn Off The Get Office Notifications In Windows 10

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Bing, OneDrive, Edge, Cortana, and Skype aren't the only products Microsoft is pushing to its users in Windows 10 (though we aren't complaining about Skype, just listing it). It's also gently nudging us to try out Office and get an Office 365 subscription. It does so by giving you periodic notifications that encourage you to buy the productivity suit or try it out for a month. If you find the alert annoying you can easily turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

Set A Static Live Tile Image For The Photos App In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a nice Start menu and live tiles for all your favorite apps. The live tiles for apps like Twitter and Facebook will feature images that come from stories or media shared to your respective feeds. Likewise, the music and video apps will feature thumbnails from the playable media. The Photos app will cycle through the photos in the Pictures library and in all folders that you've added to the app. That's how it acts like a live tile. If the app cycling through images bothers you, you can turn the live tile off but a far more aesthetically pleasing look would be to set a single static image as the tile image. Here's how. Read More