How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

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When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of The US 2016 Elections From Your Twitter Feed [Chrome]

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The US 2016 presidential elections have been very heated. Some of the candidates that are currently running are often at the center of one controversial statement or the other. We'd say more but Season 20 of South Park will probably say it better. Everything to do with this election seems to turn into a loud heated argument that is bound to lose you friends. If you're sick of the constant stream of people and news outlets discussing the upcoming US elections then Make Twitter Great Again is a Chrome extension you should check out. It hides all US 2016 election tweets from your timeline. The tweets still appear but the text is all replaced with the place holder sentence, 'This text is about USA election 2016'. Read More

How To Watch Movies In Your Google Drive On The Chromecast

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Every Google product, whether it's for the web or for Android, supports Chromecast. Android has system wide support for the Chromecast and you can cast your entire screen to your TV or monitor. The Chrome browser has casting support built in as well so that you don't even need the dedicated Google Cast extension to cast your desktop or a Chrome tab. It's therefore surprising that Google Drive for Android lacks Chromecast support. If you have movies stored in your Google Drive, you can't cast them from inside the app. There are plenty of alternatives of course; you can use apps that can read data from a cloud drive and cast it to your Chromecast. You will of course experience considerable lag if you do so. A much simpler solution is to use the Photos apps instead which supports Chromecast. Read More

Create And Share Your Own Message Via The Stranger Things Letter Wall

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Stranger Things is a hit Netflix series that is just one season in and possibly one of the best modern sci-fi shows you can watch. We're not going to give away any spoilers for the show if you're still watching the first season so it's safe to continue reading. There's a pretty awesome scene in Stranger Things episode 3 where a wall is painted with letters and Christmas lights are strung atop of them. The lights and letters are used to spell out a message one letter at a time. It's pretty awesome and Netflix has released a little web app that lets you create your very own letter wall message to share as a GIF. Read More

How To Send Downloads From Firefox To An External App

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Modern browsers have basic download managers built into them. They may not be feature rich but they get the job done. That said, people often use dedicated download manager apps as opposed to the built in download manager in their browser. If you use Firefox to browser the web but prefer to use a different app to handle downloads, Download with is a free Firefox add-on you should check out. It lets you send any download to your preferred app from the 'Save' prompt. You can send the download to a download manager, a torrent client, or even a different browser like Chrome. Read More

Disable The CSS On AskReddit To Get Around The Bot Username Prank

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The mods of popular subreddit AskReddit are playing a rather amusing prank at the moment. Every single post and comment appears to have been posted by the same user 'bot'. It's likely a prank that's based on helpful yet often times confused Reddit bots that join a conversation thread. The prank is pretty harmless and if you go to any other subreddit or if you go to the front page, your username and that of other users will appear as it is. If you're having trouble following conversations as  result of this prank, the solution is pretty simple; disable the CSS on the subreddit. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Tab Specific Zoom Levels In Chrome

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Chrome has a zoom feature that applies to all tabs you've got open. It's universally applied to all tabs from the same domain that you have open. Once you've zoomed in on a page and you can't zoom in on a per-tab basis. This is problematic for users who might need to zoom in on certain pages that are difficult to read but not on others. Some users selectively use zoom because they have a visual impairment while some websites make it necessary to use because they are designed poorly. It is, therefore, annoying when you have to zoom in all tabs from a particular domain instead of just the one you need. To remedy this, you can use a Chrome extension called W Zoom that lets you set zoom levels in Chrome on a per-tab basis. Read More

How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

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YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Get A Direct Download Link For A File In Office 365 Document

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Office 365 for business allows users under a single subscription to share documents with anyone who isn't covered under the same license as you. The feature is built for sharing documents with someone outside your company and is called guest sharing. While guest sharing is possible, it only allows users to view a document and not download it. Users certainly can't open it in an Office app on their desktop. The restrictions are there so that your business has control over who can access and view a document. As yet, direct link sharing which allows a user to simply download a copy of a file isn't possible. If you want to share a direct download link to an Office 365 document, you're going to have to make a slight change to the guest sharing URL you get. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Import/Export Playlists & Tracks From One Spotify Account To Another

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Spotify has been around for quite some time now. As far as music streaming services go, it's one of the bigger names in the market that's been able to hold out against Tidal and even Apple Music. Like any modern-day music service, it lets you create playlists but it falls oddly short when it comes to importing or exporting playlists. Realistically, you aren't going to be able to export a playlist from Spotify to Windows Media Player or iTunes. It's not for a lack of mechanism but more because it's impractical. You might need to export your playlist from one account to another, perhaps when you want to share it with a friend. You might also want to back it up, just in case. At best, you can select and save links to individual tracks in a Spotify playlist in a text file. SpotMyBackup is a free web app that lets you export and import playlists and tracks between two Spotify accounts. It acts as an intermediary responsible for exporting everything to a JSON file, and later importing it. Here's how it works. Read More

Automatically Copy Selected Text To Your Clipboard [Firefox]

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Copy/pasting text between apps is something we take for granted. It's a very basic function of any OS and the clipboard can be used to copy and paste text, images, files, and folders. Regardless of what you want to copy, the process is the same; select it, hit Ctrl+C or use the 'Copy' function from the right-click context menu, switch to the app/location you want to paste to, and hit Ctrl+V or use the Paste function from the context menu. It doesn't really get any simpler. AutocopySelection2Clipboard is a Firefox add-on that eliminates the need to use the 'Ctrl+C' keyboard shortcut when copying text. The add-on automatically copies selected text to your clipboard so that you need only paste it and not copy it manually reducing the whole process by one step. Read More

How To Get The Backspace Shortcut To Work Again In Chrome

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Chrome updates are subtle and rarely a cause for alarm. The browser has undergone very few changes that are noticeable for an end user but as of version 52, it has disabled the backspace key's 'go back to previous page' function. In older versions of the browser, you could hit the backspace key and return to the previous link/page you navigated from to the current one. It worked on almost all pages with some exceptions such as the Google search engine page where the search bar was automatically focused. With the functionality removed and users upset by it, Google has released an extension for Chrome called Go Back With Backspace. Install it to get the backspace button working like it did before or use the 'back' keyboard shortcut or buttons instead. If you aren't in the mood to use an extension, you can also use a switch. Read More

How To Find A Perfectly Contrasting Color For Any Color Of Your Choice

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Good design isn't just about cleverly positioned text, minimal icons, or using blank space. It's also about using the right colors. A well designed website, business card, poster, or icon might look terrible simply because the colors used in it clash to make it difficult to read or even look at. This is where it is important to make sure you have used contrasting colors. Contrasting colors can make everything look much better than it really is. Think back to any movie you might have seen recently and you will notice that it has a blue/orange tint to it. It's added post production to make everything look better. Movies like Mad Max use it very well to show how wonderful contrast can be. If you have difficulty finding the perfect contrasting colors, use Hello Color to find them for you. It's a very simple web app that lets you input any color and gives you a perfectly contrasting one in return. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

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Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More

Download Files And Copy File Content From A Github Repository With One Click [Chrome]

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Github is the most popular way developers share code and collaborate on their projects. A lot of apps that are made open source by developers so that they are available to everyone are hosted on Github. End users can simply download the release version of an app and curious developers can take a look at the code. Github lets you view code files without needing to download them and it also lets you download individual files as well as entire repositories. If you want a faster way to download a single file, or the contents of a single file, Github Plus is a Chrome extension you might find exceptionally useful. It adds download and copy file buttons to Github's interface making these oft used actions much easier to execute. Read More

How To Set An Auto Expiration Date For Google Drive Links

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Cloud drive services like Google Drive make sharing files and folders, and collaborating on them, incredibly easy. Google Drive has an entire suite of web apps built on top of Google Drive so that people can come together and work. When you share files and folders via Google Drive, you can restrict who has editing and viewing access. If at any time you want to revoke access to a file, you can edit and remove people easily enough. The process isn't automated and you have to remove people individually because Google Drive doesn't let you create auto-expiring links. To share files from Google Drive that expire automatically after a number of hours/days/weeks/months, you need a script called Set Expiration Dates for Google Drive Links. It's a simple little script developed by Amit Agarwal that does the job perfectly. Read More

How To View Instagram Stories In Chrome For The Desktop

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Instagram introduced stories a few days ago. It's a feature taken almost entirely from Snapchat  that lets users tell stories via multiple photos or videos. Like the feature in Snapchat, these stories disappear after 24 hours. Users can view stories from inside the Instagram app. The available stories are featured at the very top. The web interface for Instagram has not yet been updated to support stories and that means you can't watch them on your desktop. Chrome IG Story is a Chrome extension that makes this possible though. It adds available stories at the top of your feed just like in the app, and lets you play and download them. Read More

Remove Angles From A Selfie Pose To Get A Normal Looking Photo

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We all take selfies and some people are better at taking them than others. Sure, it takes a hundred shots to get the perfect shot but once you get the hang of it, once you figure out what angles are best for you and how the light should hit your face, it gets easier. You can then move on to bigger things like taking the perfect group selfie. The thing about any selfie is that people in it look good because of the angle they've been taken from. It's hard to tell what a person actually looks like but researchers at Princeton have developed a tool that fixes a 'selfie pose' and turns it into a normal one. The app, called RePose, basically fixes the angle and perspective of an image and gives you a more real looking face. Read More

Do Simple Maths, Unit & Currency Conversion, And Tip Calculations In Facebook Messenger

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The hype around Facebook Messenger bots has settled down somewhat. There was a point when you could find a bot to do the most useless of things. Very few bots did anything that was actually productive. Jarvis is an example of some of the more useful bots that were developed for the platform but things have been bleak for the most part. The idea behind these bots was to let people do common tasks without leaving the Messenger app and few come close to doing that. Calcbot is a Facebook Messenger bot that does the concept justice. It's a little calculator bot that will let you perform common mathematical calculations, unit and currency conversions, and calculate and split tips without needing to leave the Messenger app. Read More

How To Export Google Sheets Data To JSON And XML

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Technology has made it incredibly easy to process large amounts of data. Sophisticated data processing apps make it possible for just about anyone to analyze and manipulate it. These apps are ever increasingly popular but every app has its limits and when a particular app is no longer able to do what you need it to, you look for something else. The only problem you might experience is when you have to move data manipulated in one app to a different app. Data is exported in a particular format chosen by apps and likewise, apps dictate which formats they can import data from. Google Sheets is a fairly powerful spreadsheet app that you can use in your browser but it has its limits after which you will search for something more powerful. The only problem is that it doesn't support exporting data. Export Sheet Data is a Google Sheets add-on that fills this gap. It can export data to JSON and XML formats in just a few clicks. Read More