Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

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Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More

Prevent Windows From Going To Sleep When Chrome Is Downloading Files

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Web browsers are the default apps used to download files. Not all large files can be downloaded via a torrent client or a download manager and users are forced to rely on the very basic download manager that comes bundled with a web browser. Chrome's own download manager is pretty basic with absolutely no extraordinary features to speak of. If you're using Chrome to download a significantly large file which will require hours to complete you might want to keep your system from going to sleep so long as the download is in progress. Once the download does finish however, the system should be allowed to sleep but Chrome has no simple way to set this all up. To keep your OS from going to sleep while a download is in progress, you need two different extensions to do the trick; Download Shutdown and Sleepless in System. Read More

Copy Users From A Public Twitter List To Your Own List

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You can group Twitter users into lists so that it's easier to manage and keep up with updates from one specific group. If you follow a large number of people on Twitter and the contents of their tweets vary in subject then a list will help you keep up with news in a much more organized manner. A Twitter user can make a list and set it to be either public or private. A public list is one that anyone else can subscribe to. This lets users forgo the time needed to compile their own list and they can instead just use the one others have made. Twitter List Copy is a free web app that lets you copy users from any public Twitter list to your own Twitter list. Read More

Enable The Document Outline Pane In Google Docs For Faster Navigation

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Google Docs is slowly and steadily catching up in terms of features to offline desktop word processing apps like MS Word. It supports a lot of the basic document editing features that MS Word has and as of a recent update, a new navigation pane has been added to it. The pane relies on your document's outline elements i.e., headings, to help you find and navigate to a particular section. Here's where it's hiding. Read More

Block TV Show, Movie, And Sports Spoilers On Facebook & Twitter [Chrome]

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This post contains no spoilers. If you're a Game of Thrones fan you might have been walking on egg shells browsing the internet yesterday because you had yet to see the first episode of season 6 that would answer one major cliff hanger. In no less than 24 hours, the internet was quickly posting about the episode. Many people were careful to preempt a post with a spoiler tag, but now that 48 hours have passed since the episode aired, all bets are off. Game of Thrones is not the only show you'll ever watch, or want to avoid spoilers for and it's a fact that the internet will spoil TV shows, sporting events, and movie endings just because it can. It's also fact that you can't avoid the internet forever or until you can catch up on your yet-to-watch list. Spoiler Shield is a Chrome extension that helps you tread social media without having to worry about spoilers. It lets you choose what spoilers you're trying to avoid and then blocks them. Read More

Auto-Hide The Firefox Bookmarks Bar Like The Taskbar In Windows

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Bookmarks are an awesome feature for saving useful links but the bookmarks bar in any browser is almost always an unsightly mess. It doesn't have as much to do with the UI of a browser as it does with the bookmarks saved to it. They're usually a series of truncated page titles and poorly loaded or poorly saved favicons. You can hide the bookmarks bar on practically every browser there is, but that only works if you use it rarely. If you access bookmarks frequently, having the bar they reside on stay hidden is not a convenient option. For Firefox users who like a clean browser interface but often need to open a bookmark, BookmarksDropDown is an add-on that lets you keep the bookmarks bar hidden and have show it only when you move your cursor to the top of the current page. Think of how the taskbar in Windows behaves when you set it to auto-hide; the bookmarks bar works exactly like that with this add-on installed. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

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At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Find The Direct Download Link To Any File

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When you download an app, whether it's VLC player or iTunes you don't get a direct link to where the file is actually stored. You will in most cases see a Download button that you click and the file is then fetched from it's location so that it can be downloaded. In some cases if you visit your browser's download manager you will be able to get a direct link to a file. If however you want to make this infinitely easier give FileChef a try. It's a very simple web app that sends a search query to Google using search parameters to find the direct download link of a file. Read More

How To Save Links To Your Google Account Instead Of To Facebook

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Facebook recently expanded its Saved feature with a bookmarklet. The bookmarklet when added to your browser's bookmarks bar allowed you to click it and save the current tab to your Facebook account. The 'Save' feature is thus no longer limited to the links you see on Facebook. Not to be outdone by a more popular social network, Google introduced a similar feature that can be used via its new Chrome extension called Save to Google. In essence, the extension does exactly what the Facebook bookmarklet does except that it saves links to your Google Account. It doesn't sort them into categories but you can add tags to a link when saving them or after you've saved them. Read More

How To Access Saved Passwords In Chrome From Anywhere

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Chrome comes with a built-in password manager that can save both the username and password of any website you log into if you allow it. The password manager doesn't offer any advanced security features and most people prefer using services like Lastpass when they decide to save passwords. There's also the small matter of how, if anyone has access to Chrome on your desktop, they can simply look at the passwords saved to it. If you do use the password manager and trust it with your login credentials then it's a good idea to enable password syncing when you sign in to your Google Account in Chrome. This allows you to view the passwords saved to Chrome from any device or any other system. Here's how. Read More

Use One Gmail Email To Create Multiple Accounts On Any Website

Facebook limits a user to one profile per email but it gives you freedom to have as many pages you want. A Facebook page doesn't require the setting up of a separate profile but the same can't be said for Twitter or Instagram. Both networks allow one account per email. If you ever need to create a second Twitter or Instagram account you will need to use an email address that isn't already associated with an account on these sites unless you use Gmail. If you use Gmail then you can use the same email to create multiple accounts on social networking sites or other web service. Here's how. Read More

Save An Image From Google Image Search Results To Your Google Account

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Google Photos on Android has been update. The update now allows users to selectively sync photos from their device to Google Photos as opposed to having them all sync to it. It's also made a small but very useful update to Google Image search. If you are signed into your Google account when you search for images, you can save an image from the results to your Google account. A Save button now appears next to the 'View Image' button when you preview an image result. It doesn't seem to work just yet on local Google Image versions but is working on Google.com. Read More

How To Add Any URL To Your Facebook Saved Items List

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Two years ago Facebook introduced a 'Save' feature that allowed users to bookmark or save for later content they found on the network. It let you save links, images, books, movies, pages, and music and mimicked Pocket to a great extent. It was however limited to only saving content shared on Facebook. If you found a link outside Facebook, you couldn't add it to your list of Saved items. That's changed as of two days ago; Facebook has released a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar and use it to send any link on the web to your Facebook 'Saved' list. Read More

Disable The Space Bar’s Page Down Function On YouTube

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The space bar is tied to two different functions in a browser; on a normal web page it will scroll the page down. On YouTube it will play/pause a video on a good day. If you use the space bar to scroll pages and it genuinely makes reading and browsing easier than it would be if you used two-finger scroll or the mouse wheel, you won't mind that it rarely pauses/plays YouTube videos and instead just scrolls the page down. If, however you find the space bar's scroll behavior on YouTube annoying you might want to disable it. Here's how. Read More

Find Spoilers For A Movie You Are Planning To Watch

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This post contains spoilers for the 2014 movie The Babadook. It's a movie I haven't seen yet because I'm too scared to watch it. When it comes to watching movies, particularly those that are hyped beyond reason like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we generally try to avoid spoilers so as to not ruin the end. In some cases, it is advisable to skip watching a movie's trailer so that your expectations aren't influenced by it. That said, spoilers aren't bad if you keep them to yourself. They can often tell you if a movie that has a reasonably good premise loses itself in the third act. Often the end is what might compel you to see a story play out. Spoil Me is a web app that helps you find spoilers for any movie you want to watch. Read More

Mute ‘Reply All’ Messages In A Gmail Thread Unless You Are Emailed Directly

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At some point in our lives we've all accidentally hit the 'Reply all' button and sent a message that was meant for one person to everyone in a conversation thread. Depending on what might have been said in the message damage control followed. Most people make this mistake once or twice but if you find yourself part of a Gmail conversation thread where people keep hitting the 'Reply all' button unnecessarily, you can check yourself out of the conversation until and unless a message in the thread is sent specifically to you. Here's how. Read More

Make Your Writing Easier To Read By Using 1000 Commonly Used Words

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Writing is tricky business; you don't just have to get words out on paper, you also have to make sure what you've written can be understood by whoever reads it. This is often the more daunting part of writing because you can rarely guesstimate the comprehension level of your reader. EasyWrite a little text analyzing web app that aims to make your writing easier to understand. The app has a database of the one thousand most commonly used words and when your writing contains a word that can be substituted by one that is more commonly used, EasyWrite highlights it. Read More

How To Fix No Sound On TV When Casting To Chromecast From Chrome

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The Chromecast is easy to set up and easy to use from practically any device. You can cast to Chromecast using just your browser and if all goes well you will never experience a single hitch with your device. If however you have trouble casting, the help available from Google isn't going to help you much since it mostly just assumes you haven't set the device up properly. For users who can cast video to their TVs from the Chrome browser but aren't getting any audio, the problem isn't with the Chromecast but with the Chrome browser. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Get Chrome To Play Audio In Surround Sound [Fix]

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Speakers, whether they come built into laptops or are purchased separately, commonly offer surround sound. They may differ in quality but stereo sound speakers have become uncommon with more and more people using laptops and desktops for entertainment and gaming. What you might have noticed is that despite games and media apps playing sound perfectly through your speakers, Chrome is usually a bit off. Chrome isn't really used to play media because a desktop app like VLC is always going to be the better option but you do watch YouTube videos in Chrome and sound doesn't always come out right. It comes off as stereo i.e. there is only sound coming from one speaker. If that's the case on your desktop, here's the fix for it. Read More