How To Share Your Live Location In Messages [iOS]

iOS 10 brought a lot of changes to the Messages app. The two major changes were reactions to messages and the iMessage app ecosystem. These substantially big changes made it so that the smaller ones were over-shadowed. iOS 10 added a neat little location sharing option to the Messages app. It's a clever context-aware option that pops up when you type the words 'I'm at' or when someone asks you where you are. Of course, to share your live location in Messages, you need to give the app access to your current location. This only works for iMessages and not for text messages. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Fix Red Screen Of Death In Windows

Windows has garnered a bit of reputation of being such an unstable platform since Windows 10 was released. While not true for all versions of Windows, the OS has its problems at times. Windows errors usually bring us to the much dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). However, there is a phenomenon known as Red Screen of Death (RSoD) and we all know that red is considerably more maniacal than blue. A red screen fatality does not occur as frequently as a blue one but it signifies more trouble than the blue screen of death. On the off-chance you were unfortunate enough to have received the Read Screen of Death, here are a few things you can try to fix it.Read More

How To Open An MS Word Document In Outline View By Default

MS Word has three different display modes; Reading Mode, Print Layout, and Web Layout. When you exit an MS Word file and open it again, it remembers the mode you were using when you closed it. This only applies to saved documents. You can't use this same setting for a new MS Word document. A new MS Word document will always open in the Print Layout. MS Word also has another, lesser known, mode called Outline View. Outline View shows all headings in the document as a list. It's a great way to move one section to another. If you want to open an MS Word document in Outline view by default, you're going to need a little Macro for it.Read More

How To Fix Black Desktop Background In Windows

The desktop wallpaper is a standard feature in any desktop. It's easy to change in Windows and you can set a static image, a slideshow, or a solid color as your background. It's rare for this feature to ever break but it's not impossible. Sometimes when you try to change the wallpaper in Windows you get a black desktop background. This can happen regardless if you're trying to set a wallpaper or a slideshow as your background. Normally, this doesn't just happen if you had a perfectly normal Windows installation. A change in your display settings usually through a third-party app is often the cause. Here's how you can fix black desktop background in Windows.Read More

How To Move All New Emails To A Folder In Outlook Via Quick Steps

Outlook lets you create rules for the emails you send and receive. Rules are a great automation feature that help you control and sort your email. Another equally impressive but less talked about feature in Outlook is Quick Steps. It's an automation feature that automates actions like moving emails or copying them. Using Quick Steps, you can move all new emails to a specific folder in one click. This will move them out of your inbox and into their own dedicated 'Today' folder. It takes very little to set up and you can run the quick step multiple times a day. Here's what you need to do.Read More

Shut Down Windows When You Close Your Laptop Lid

If you have a laptop running Windows, you have the option to customize what the power button does. You also have the option to customize what happens when you close your laptop's lid. This feature has been part of Windows for a very long time. Most people use it to put their laptop to sleep or in hibernate mode. If however, you prefer to shut down your system at the end of the day and want a faster way to do it, you can shut down Windows by closing the laptop lid. This of course only works for laptops and not desktops but it's a no-click way to shut down Windows. It's also really simple to set up. Here's what you need to do.Read More

Run Bash As Admin From The Context Menu In Windows 10

The Anniversary Update added Bash to Windows 10. The feature in and of itself was the major highlight of the update. This feature is for developers and not the average end user. Bash in Windows 10 makes developing on the Windows platform much easier. It's also a great way to get developers to upgrade to Windows 10 because you can't get Bash natively on older versions of Windows. This is a Windows 10 only feature. Bash in Windows 10 is an optional feature so it isn't integrated like the Command Prompt. If you want to run Bash as admin from the context menu, and be able to open it in any folder location you have to tweak the registry a bit. Here's how.Read More

How To Share Your Live Location On Facebook Messenger With Friends

Facebook is on a roll this month. It's added quite a few features to the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps. These features have been borrowed from Snapchat for the most part. The newest addition to the Facebook Messenger app is location sharing. Location sharing was possible for quite a while so the feature itself isn't new. What's new is that you can now share your live location on Facebook Messenger. This new feature aims to help your friends keep track of you inside the app without constantly asking for a location update. You can share your live location on Facebook Messenger with one or multiple friends for sixty minutes.Read More

How To Create And Share A Facebook Story

Earlier this month, Facebook Messenger added its very own stories feature. The feature is a clone of Snapchat stories. Facebook has added a similar feature to Instagram and Whatsapp, both apps that it owns. The company has just added stories to the main Facebook app. You can now take photos or  videos from the Facebook iOS or Android app and add it to your Facebook Story. The story will remain visible for 24 hours and you can choose who can view your Facebook Story. At present, Facebook stories are not cross posted to Messenger. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Use Reactions In Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is rolling out a new feature; reactions. If you use an iOS device, reacting to a message is something you can do in the stock Messages app. Facebook has added a similar feature to Facebook Messenger except it's using its own custom reactions. These reactions are similar to the ones you use when you react to a post in your feed. There is a 'Like' reaction and also a dislike reaction in the form of a thumbs up and a thumbs down emoji. Here's how to use reactions in Facebook Messenger.Read More

How To Undervolt A CPU To Increase PC Performance

All microprocessors, or Central Processing Units (CPUs) operate at a very specific voltage. However, given the colossal assembly line at which these processors roll out, some processor models are tested at voltages higher than they really need. There is a process called Dynamic Voltage Scaling, a power management technique where voltages of individual components inside a computer can be increased/decreased. You save power when the CPU consumes less of it. This also leads to your system not heating up as much meaning the fans will no have to work as hard. Here's how to undervolt a CPURead More

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website's name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don't like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It's called Don't add custom search engines. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Fix Scrambled Video Playback In VLC Player

VLC player can play just about any file type. If you have an MKV file that the Movies & TV app in Windows 10 can't play, VLC is the answer. The app can do more than just play media; you can use it to stream a live feed and even record your desktop. That said and despite its many features, VLC still stutters at times when playing a  video. This can happen to a video regardless if it is an MP4 file or an MKV file. If you play the same file using a different app and the problem goes away then you need to tweak your VLC player settings. Here's how you can fix scrambled video playback in VLC.Read More

Fix This App Can’t Run On Your PC Error In Windows 10

The Windows 10 SmartScreen filter protects you from apps by unverified developers. The filter is easy to dismiss if you know the app in question is safe. The SmartScreen filter shows different error messages most of which you can resolve. It's usually only a matter of needing extra permissions or signing in to your administrator account. The same can't be said for the This app can't run on your PC error generated by the SmartScreen filter. It tells you simply to contact the app developer and nothing else. The error might appear for apps that have previously run without any problems. Here's how you can fix the This App Can't Run On Your PC error in Windows 10.Read More

How To Add Bookmarks To A YouTube Video [Chrome]

We all know how bookmarks work in a web browser. We also know that bookmarks are extremely useful so what's stopping us from extending the feature to a video? YouTube is the largest online video repository in the world. It features content that is both entertaining and educational. The YouTube player is surprisingly simple; you can get a link to a specific time in a video but you can't bookmark a position in it. At best, YouTube can remember where you left off when you were watching a video and resume playback. Youtube Bookmarker is a Chrome extension that lets you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. All bookrmarks can be accessed when you visit the video. The extension maintains a list of all video you've added a bookmark to. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Set Up An Email Signature, Mobile & Personal Computer

As soon as humans discovered writing, they invented signatures. The purpose being the identification of the author and possibly a return address. This tradition carried over to emails as well; more out of tradition than necessity people set up email signatures. With the passage of time though, those signatures have grown to have a real purpose. An email signature can convey additional information in terms of job title, a phone number, social media profile links, and even a personal website. Here's how you can set up an email signature on your iPhone, Android Phone, Windows PC, and macOS.Read More

How To Uninstall A UWP App In Windows 10

Microsoft is gunning for UWP apps to be a success. The Windows Store has a modest number of apps and some popular companies have developed UWP apps. That said Microsoft is demonstrably clumsy at integrating these UWP apps alongside desktop apps. The clumsiness is due in part to two different types of apps running on a desktop. The Control Panel and the Settings app are a great example of this divide. Important system settings are split between these two apps further confusing the average user. It's hard to decide which function will be in the Settings app and which will be in the Control Panel app. One function that appears in both the Settings and the Control Panel app is the uninstall app function. The Control Panel lets you uninstall desktop apps while the Settings app lets you uninstall a UWP app in Windows 10.Read More

How To Print From Your Phone To A Desktop Printer

Modern desktop printers come in two types; network connected printers, and standard printers. A network connected printer can connect to your WiFi or Ethernet network and receive print jobs from other devices on the network. A standard printer can only receive print jobs from a desktop. This kind, a standard printer, is more common in homes. It's still in use in many work places as well. A standard printer requires a desktop in order to work. That alone is a major restriction but it also can't receive print jobs from a mobile device. In terms of hardware, there is just no easy way to bridge that gap. In terms of software though, you can print from your phone to a desktop printer if you have a few things set up via Google Cloud Print. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Loop YouTube Videos And Playlists On The Chromecast

Google owns YouTube which means YouTube has the best Chromecast support you can imagine. No other video streaming service, or its app, comes close. That said, Google has odd restrictions for casting YouTube videos to the Chromecast. You can cast a single video or an entire playlist. You can even create a queue of videos to cast to the Chromecast. What you can't do is loop Youtube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. When a video ends, or a playlist ends, the Chromecast will not play it again from the start. There is no setting on YouTube that you can tinker with to loop YouTube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. The good news is there is a work around. It has one limitation; it only works from your desktop. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Stop Saving Sent Emails In Outlook 2016

MS Outlook is one of the oldest desktop email clients in the market. It's also one of the most powerful clients with features such as rules to make it even better. Over the years, the email client has evolved both in terms of features and UI. The UI of Outlook 2016 is vastly different from the UI of Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007. As with any change in the UI, this too resulted some controls and buttons moving around. Older versions of Outlook had an option that let you stop saving sent emails. In Outlook 2016, this option moved so that you can't find it on the ribbon. Here's how you can stop saving sent emails in Outlook 2016.Read More