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

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

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

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]

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

How To Retain The Formatting Of A Document When Publishing From Google Docs

Google Docs is a tool used mostly for collaboration and/ore creating documents when a desktop word processor isn't available. They work exceptionally well and meet every single requirement and then some that you would have when using a word processor but the web app is also a publishing tool. You can use it to publish documents to the web. The only problem is when you use the 'Publish to web' feature, the document you come away with is less than appealing. The formatting is all but destroyed. Meet Google Doc Publisher, an amazing little app that will make sure any Google Doc file you publish retains its formatting and looks good to whoever opens it. Read More

Find Out How Many People Were Upset By A Facebook Post

Facebook has changed the Like button so that it can be used to express a wider range of emotions. The new emotions that we can express towards a post are love, amazement, sadness, laughter, and of course anger. To the ordinary user this is just a better way to express how they feel about sad news but if you're sitting on the other side i.e., pushing content to Facebook it's a pretty good tool to see how the content you push is being received. Some content might just spread because it's anger inducing while the other might be exceptionally popular because it's a picture of a kitten. Facebook has always let you see how many likes a post has received and with this new addition, it lets you see how many people had one of the six supported reactions. Read More

How To Switch User Profiles In Chrome Via Keyboard Shortcuts

Chrome lets you add an unlimited number of user profiles. The profiles allow you to have multiple browsing sessions active at once and if you share a system with someone, the profiles allow you to configure Chrome separately for each user. Additionally, a profile lets you keep your own bookmarks and auto-fill data from mixing with that of the other user. If you utilize Chrome profiles to keep separate sessions going, you might want to know if there's a way to switch user profiles via keyboard shortcuts. Here's a complete list of the shortcuts you need to do just that. Read More

Add A Flux Like Tint To Your Browser

A while back an app named Flux was released for iOS. The tinted your screen a sepia shade in the evening and at night in an attempt to stop the glare of a bright screen from keeping you awake. Apple soon banned the app and the next stable version of iOS will have a feature that mimics this exact thing. The point being that it's a wonderful little feature that can make browsing easier. You might have to stay up late and work but by tinting the screen, your brain isn't kept awake longer than it needs to be. FireLux is a Firefox add-on that lets you add a sepia, black, grey, white, and pink tint to a browser tab so that it strains your eyes less and G.lux is its Chrome counterpart. If you want a different colored tint, both extensions have a custom color selection option that you can use to select a different one. Read More

How To Play A Picture Slideshow On The Chromecast

The Chromecast is by and large used to stream media and a majority of apps are built with that specific purpose in mind. The Chromecast is a tool you can use to turn an ordinary TV into something more than just a screen say perhaps a bulletin board that has high visibility and that can be updated by pushing a new image to it. Slideshow is the operative word here and you can play on to broadcast important information or just something as simple as a restaurant menu cycle through to a large screen. Here's how you can do just that using either a phone and desktop, or without using anything other than the Chromecast itself. Read More

New Features In Firefox 45 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 45 is has been released to the stable channel with functional and UI changes for end users. The Hello  feature which has yet to graduate from its Beta version now lets you share a tab to initiate a conversation. The Android version of Firefox has also received an update. Firefox for Android now has a 'tap to load' option for loading images at the user's discretion. The option makes loading a page easier on a data plan. A more important feature has been added for tablets that allows a user to restrict access to the mic and camera in a restricted Android profile. Lastly, when users select and share text from a web page, the URL is no longer included. Firefox for iOS also received an update three days ago. The new version comes with support for third-party keyboards. Read More

How To Turn On/Off Best Tweets From Appearing First On Twitter

Twitter isn't useful unless you follow at least fifty very active accounts that interest you. The problem is, the more accounts you follow, the more likely you are to miss tweets by them. Your feed can quickly get cluttered to the point that you're struggling to keep up with information that is being shared. The 'While you were away' tweets that Twitter introduced back in January 2015 help you see what some accounts tweeted out while you were inactive but last month, Twitter introduced a new feature called 'Best Tweets' that will show you the most popular tweets from everyone you follow at the top of your feed. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

Perform A Case Sensitive Search On A Web Page In Your Browser

Web browsers have a search feature that allows you to search the text on the current web page. It's very useful when you want to search for a particular term that led you to the page in question but don't want to read or even skim through it yourself. It's the fastest way to get to the point of things, so to speak. The search or find bar as it is called in some browsers is basic text search that simply matches characters and disregards the case of the characters you typed. If you're looking to do a case sensitive search on a web page in your browser, you need Case Sensitive Find. It's a free bookmarklet that does a case sensitive search in whichever browser you use it in. Read More

How To Select & Delete All Emails Sorted To A Label In Gmail In One Go

Gmail's web interface allows you to sort emails into 'Labels'. These labels are the equivalent of folders for the messages  you receive and once created, you can have Gmail automatically send emails to a label by creating a rule for sorting them. It's a pretty great way to automatically have spammy emails moved out of your inbox to a label so you don't have to be bothered by them ever. The emails in a label do build up that way and marking them 'read', archiving them, or deleting them can take time if you do it one page, fifty messages, at a time. To make it exponentially easier, Gmail has a built-in method to select all messages inside an email label. Here's how. Read More

How To Edit And Format A Google Doc With Voice Commands

Google Docs has just added a new tool for editing and formatting documents with voice commands. It's long had the feature to dictate text which made it easier to type but the update now lets you edit your document. There is an entire list of commands that you can use to format and navigate inside a document. You can jump to a new paragraph, apply text styles (bold, italics, etc), edit tables, and more. The commands are simple to execute and you will not need to switch to the keyboard to activate the feature if you're already using voice to text to write the document. Here's how to execute a voice command in Google Docs. For now, this only works in Chrome for the desktop. Read More

Compose A Text Note Anywhere And Email It To Yourself

Anyone who takes notes frequently likely has a go-to note taking app to do the job. Evernote is often the popular option but if you need one and don't have a favorite to turn to, or you're working on a device that isn't your own, I don't have a damn pen is a web app that you can use. It's quite simply a note taking app that you can use from your browser, mobile or desktop, with support for basic font styles. The app lets you tpe your note in the browser and once you're done, you can email it to yourself. Read More

Add Google’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ As A Search Engine In Your Browser

Google has long reigned supreme as the best search engine to find just about anything and everything. We might at times switch to other search engines for a particular search but Google remains the default search engine for the vast majority of web users. If you've ever wanted to use Google's I'm Feeling Lucky feature from your browser's search bar but didn't want to install an add-on or extension to do the trick, you can add it as a search engine. Here's how. Read More

How To Export An Installed Extension [Chrome]

Extensions in the Chrome Web Store seldom ever disappear but they are often updated and there have been instances when a developer simply removed them. If you're trying to stick to a certain version of a Chrome extension or would just like to back them up in case an important one is no longer available, you can do so from Chrome without needing any third party tools or extensions. Here's how. Read More

Search For And Insert Emoji From Your Browser [Chrome]

Emojis have long been part of the keyboards on our smartphones but as far as the desktop goes they are yet to be made a part of it. It isn't just keyboards on the desktop that don't support emoji, it's also browsers that don't support it. If you were to come across a Tweet sent by someone from a smartphone app and containing an emoji, the browser will not display it. Emoji Keyboard is  Chrome extension that lets you insert emoji characters. It comes with a search feature that you won't find even on smartphones and the extension also lets you see emoji that have been typed from a smartphone. Read More

Temporarily Disable Caching For A Specific Website [Chrome]

Browsers cache content to help websites load faster. The cache will save elements of a web page such as images and the CSS to local storage so that when you next visit it, the page will load faster. The browser does this for content that doesn't update frequently. At times the cache can also prevent you from seeing changes that have been made to a website because your browser continues to load the page from the content saved to it. The simple solution here is to press Shift+F5 on the website and the browser will ignore the cache and reload the page. It will also refresh the cache. If however you'd like to stop the browser from saving and loading a webpage or domain from the cache for an extended session you can use the browser's developer tools. Read More