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

How To Create Your Very Own Real Time Pokémon Tracking Map

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Update: The developers have discontinued this app in response to a cease and desist from Niantic. Check out the nearby bar tracking technique instead. Pokémon Go is spawning more than just Pokémon around you, It's resulted in a multitude of different apps, tools, and products being developed to cater to players needs both technical and nostalgic. With regards to the tools and apps that are being developed to support Pokémon Go players, the most popular ones are maps that let you locate where Pokémon are spawning nearby in real time. These maps are great but very unstable for a multitude of reasons. Often, players simply can't use them because they are crippled by the load they face on a daily basis. The only way around this is to create your very own map that shows nearby Pokémon as they spawn. Here's how. Read More

How To Cast A Chrome App To Chromecast

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Chrome lets you save websites as apps. The Chrome Web Store also features an entire Apps category. These apps run as stand alone Chrome windows. You can pin them to the Taskbar and the Start Menu in Windows for faster access but they come with some restrictions. A Chrome web app that runs in its own dedicated window doesn't support the Chrome toolbar. You can't use any of your installed extensions inside the app unless the extension can be used from the right-click context menu. The only other alternative is to run the app as a tab in Chrome but that more or less defeats the purpose of the app. With these restrictions, you can't cast a Chrome app to the Chromecast using the official extension. The extension that resides in the toolbar can't be accessed from the stand alone window interface. The good news is that as of Chrome version 51, native support for the Chromecast has been added making it possible for you to cast a Chrome app to your Chromecast. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Add Medium-Style Highlights From An Article When You Share It

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Medium has a really nice little feature for sharing posts; you can highlight a snippet of the post and share it along with the link. It's genius because it gives the perspective reader an idea of what a post is about. A link shared like this is also likely to attract more readers and get more people to read a post. The trouble is that not everything we read is on Medium. We read content that comes from a lots of different websites and the apps we read in don't have anything like Medium's snippet sharing feature. Meet Highly, an iOS app, and a Chrome and Safari extension that gives you the exact functionality on your iOS device and your browser. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of Pokemon Go From The Internet

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Pokemon Go has turned into one of those things that everyone is talking about. There are few corners of the internet left where the game isn't being discussed and like anything that takes the internet by storm, there are people who are sick and tired of hearing about the game. It was the same with Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Brexit, Batman V Superman, the new Ghostbusters movie, and of course anything related to Game of Thrones. Developers come to the rescue and figure out a way to block all mention of a particular annoying topic and PokeGone is the Pokemon Go blocker that does that for every mention of the game. It's a Chrome extension that will block any and all mention of the game from any website you visit. Read More

How To Create Rollover Images For Emails And Product Pages

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Images that change to show a different one when your cursor is positioned over it are called Rollover Images. They are an awesome way to showcase products or make content more interactive for visitors. These images are widely used in marketing emails as well where perhaps they are less welcome. The images are created with CSS and HTML but if you're looking for a simple UI based method to create them, FreshInbox's Rollover tool is what you need. Read More

How To Capture A Short Clip From A Live Twitch Stream

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Twitch is the go to place if you like watching people play games. YouTube is definitely trying to get in on live game streaming but Twitch is the preferred place by most game broadcasters. The thing about Twitch is that it isn't a video hosting site that's trying to fit into a different niche by adapting itself slightly. It's dedicated to gamers and it has features that make it more fun to watch or relive an awesome moment in a stream. A while back, Twitch introduced a new feature that lets users clip a section of a stream when it's live and share it. The feature is embedded inside the player itself and it captures the last 30 seconds of the stream from the exact moment when you click the button. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Create And Share Memes From Inside Facebook Messenger

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Memes, GIFs, and emoticons are widely used in chat conversations. Where most chat apps have emoticons and GIFs covered, memes are a different story. Facebook Messenger lets you search for GIFs and has an entire library of stickers for your conversation. If you're looking for a way to quickly create a meme inside Facebook Messenger, MemeGenerator Bot is Facebook Messenger Bot that will do just that. The bot not only finds the meme you need but also lets you add custom text to it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

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Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More