Use Custom Templates For Any iWork Productivity App On iCloud

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Apple opened its iWork suite up to everyone last year making it super easy for anyone to use its productivity apps. These apps include Pages (documents), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Keynote (Presentations). Like any great productivity suite, these come loaded with templates from Apple. You can also buy templates which are downloaded to your computer as zipped files. Unzip them and you've got absolutely nothing that can be used from the iCloud web interface. The templates only work if you've got a Mac. This effectively makes them useless because the web version of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers don't let you load a custom template. There is however a simple way to work around this and use a template you've maybe bought and downloaded to your system. Here's how. Read More

How To View Pages File On Windows & Convert It To PDF

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Mac vs. Windows, iOS vs. Android, black & blue vs. white and gold, are just some of the things we like to argue about. They're the finer points of conflict in life that you can bring up when you're bored and conversation is running dry. There does come a time though when the difference actually becomes a problem like when you have to open a platform specific file like a Pages document on your Windows PC. Not only that, you might need it converted to the DOCX or PDF format so that you can view it easily on other non-Apple devices. Here's how. Read More

New Features In Firefox 36 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 36 is out and this version is easily one of the least exciting versions ever released if you're an end user. It's got bug fixes and the usual security improvements but little else. The one major security improvement is that the HTTP/2 protocol is now fully supported. It has been implemented for both the desktop and Android versions of Firefox. The mobile version has also gotten a new tablet interface. The desktop version will now sync tiles for frequently visited web sites that appear on the new tab page across devices. For mobile users running Android Lollipop, Maithili language is now supported, and for desktop users support for the Uzbek language has been added. Read More

Open The Run Command Box From The Start Menu In Windows 10

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In Windows 10 the first thing you'll notice once you're done admiring the new Start menu is the absence of the search field that was a part of the Start menu in Windows 7 and part of the Start Screen in Windows 8. It's gone now and instead you have the Search bar. The Search bar isn't your average local search; it's also where Cortana resides and it also searches Bing for anything you might type in it (we're still looking for ways to get it to use Google instead). If you get used to the Search bar and the speed at which it generates results doesn't bother you, you can use it to open the Run command box but if you prefer the conventional way of opening the Run box, i.e. from the Start Menu, here's how to do it. Read More

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader To Remember Your Place When Reading PDFs

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PDF files are some of the most common files found online and Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the more popular programs used to read these files. It's also used to read some of the e-book formats that it supports. The popularity of the format is no surprise since it was created to make rendering and reading documents online easy. Acrobat Reader has the name advantage going for it. If you use Acrobat Reader to view PDF files, long ones at that, then you might find it far more useful if the program could actually remember your place. It's not like you have a physical book in your hand and you can turn the corner of the page to mark your spot. Here's how to get Acrobat Reader to remember where you were last reading. Read More

How To Name App Groups In Windows 10 Start Menu

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App tiles were a great addition in Windows 8, they were live and always updating with the latest news or notifications. In Windows 8 you could easily group several tiles together for a cleaner more organized Start screen. Good times. Windows 10 has a fresh take on the Start menu but it retains many of the Start Screen features such as grouping and resizing the live tiles. The new addition in Windows 10's Start Menu is that you can name your app groups. The group title bar serves as a great way to drag and rearrange an entire set of apps. Read More

Customize Quick Action Buttons In Windows 10 Notification Center

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Windows 10 Notifications Center consolidates notifications from apps and presents a single place where you can interact with them. It also has a really useful Quick Actions section at the bottom with four main actions; tablet mode, display, connect, and All Settings. If you click the Expand option, you can get quick access to four more actions; airplane mode, VPN, location, and WiFi. All good if those are the four you want to have fast access to and you are satisfied with keeping the other four as secondary options. But if you want to customize the order of the quick actions buttons, it's easily done. Here's how. Read More

Customize, And Show/Hide Icons From The System Tray In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 8/8.1 but that doesn't mean there won't be any growing pains as you get used to this new operating system. Quite a few things have been moved around, some things are where they used to be in Windows 7 but it's just harder to find them. The system tray for example used to have a customize option that opened the relevant Control Panel setting screen that would allow you to select whether an icon should appear in the tray and in which cases it should be visible. That useful little customize option is no longer there. Here's how you can select which icons appear in the system tray in Windows 10. Read More

How To Disable Login Screen In Windows 10

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Your Windows PC, if you're running Windows 8 or Windows 10, is tied to your Live account. When you login to your system you have to enter the same password that could open your Hotmail/outlook email account, log you into Skype, and even buy apps from the Windows App Store. Unfortunately, that's also the only thing preventing access to your PC. If you aren't too bothered about securing your computer with a password, and are just plain annoyed with having to login in repeatedly, there is a simple way to disable it so that you can just dive right in and start using your PC. Here's how. Read More

How To Save A Map Offline In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a brand new Maps app and as you may have guessed it, it's powered by Bing maps. The new app and the addition of this feature is great considering that it's going to run on tablets and Bing maps isn't that bad, right? It doesn't cover as many places in as much detail as Google Maps does but if you live in Europe, Canada, USA, the Middle East, Australia, or the parts of Asia that are big on tourism, you will find the app is adequate enough. It has a really great feature that lets you save maps offline so that you can access them even if you aren't connected to the internet. This isn't some pitiful little feature that will let you save a small section of a map. Instead, you can download an entire country's map and pursue it whenever you want. Here's how. Read More

How To Remove/Disable Web Search From Windows 10

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Microsoft has been improving Bing search for quite a while. I almost sometimes consider giving it a second try. Likewise, it's been improving Internet Explorer to match the performance of other more popular browsers. Windows 10 will come with a nice new version of Internet Explorer and for those familiar with the new Search feature, Bing will be the one and only search provider that you can use to search the web from the Search bar. The Search bar in Windows 10 combines local search and web search. Where it's annoying enough that you can't use something other than Bing, it's also annoying that you can't easily opt out of web search and web results and have it run local search only. We say there is no easy way to opt out of it so that means there is a way to opt out. Here's how. Read More

How To Always Open Start Menu In Full Screen In Windows 10

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The Start Menu is back in Windows 10. It was sorely missed in both Windows 8 and 8.1 and because you love Windows, a Microsoft product, the company decided to listen to your outrage and bring this iconic feature back. The Start menu isn't the same as it was in Windows 7. It's evolved in just the right way with live tiles,  the Modern UI is still intact, the shut down button is back, and lots more. One of the newer additions to the Start menu is the ability to maximize it and use it in that maximized state so that it functions somewhat like the Modern UI start screen we all didn't like. Some of you might prefer to always have the Start Menu open in a maximized state and here's how you can do just that. Read More

Where Is The Charms Bar In Windows 10?

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Windows 8 was heavily criticized for removing the start button. So loud was the dissension that Microsoft had to yield to it and the start button made a come back in Windows 8.1. Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu though with a very modern look so it seems things will be returning to a new normal with the next version, right? Nope. Once you're done exploring the new Start Menu in Windows 10 you might start wondering where the Charms bar (introduced in Windows 8 and much loved) is. The very short answer to that question is that it's gone but not missing. Here's what has happened to it. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Windows 10 Notification Center

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As apps continue to grow more pro-active in how they communicate with users, the need to consolidate notifications sent by these apps is becoming more and more pressing. Smartphones have long had a unified notification system that allows users to review all notifications sent by apps and something similar is slowly making its way to the desktop. OS X has a notification center to match the feature of the same name on iOS, the Chrome browser has also streamlined notifications with its fairly new notification center, and Windows 10 likewise has followed suit. Notifications weren't absent from Windows even as far back as Windows XP, they just looked really different. The new Windows 10 Notification center combines notifications and the charms bar into one very easy to use panel. Here's what it can do. Read More

How To Add Places To Cortana In Windows 10

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Cortana is the new assistant that Micorsoft is packaging with Windows 10. You can activate Cortana with a voice command, 'Hey Cortana', and among the many things you can do with it, you can also set a reminder. The reminders can be set so that they alert you at a specific time or place. Setting up a time-based reminder is easy enough but before you can set a place reminder with Cortana, you need to first add a place to it. Here's how. Read More

How To Teach Cortana Your Name In Windows 10

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Cortana in Windows 10 can learn your name; the first time you set Cortana up it will ask what name it should call you. Each time you activate the feature, you will hear it ask you by name, what it can help you with. Siri automatically picks up your name from when you name your iOS device but Cortana goes the extra mile and makes an attempt to know your name and pronounce it correctly . You can enter it when you enable the personal assistant but should you skip the step, or need to correct it, the name can easily be changed. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable Cortana & Turn On ‘Hey Cortana’ Feature In Windows 10

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Cortana is easily going to be one of our most extensively covered features of Windows 10. Cortana isn't enabled by default so if you never set it up, you essentially have just the normal Search feature that you can type queries into and search online or on your device. The disadvantage of not turning Cortana on is that you can't use the Notebook, Places, and Reminder features. Here's the super simple way of turning Cortana and the 'Hey Cortana' feature on. Read More

How To Remove Search Bar From Taskbar In Windows 10

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We've seen Windows 10 evolve with each updated build that has been released and a very prominent, much talked about feature that was introduced was the new search bar added next to the start button. It takes up space on the Taskbar which we usually reserve for our frequently used apps and it is somewhat redundant since you can still search your computer from the Start Menu. Fortunately, there are two very simple ways to disable the Search bar so that it doesn't appear on the Taskbar in Windows 10. Here's how. Read More

3 Things You Can Do With Cortana In Windows 10

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Personal assistance apps coming to the desktop was only a matter of time and the Windows 10 preview build released a few days ago gives us a look at how Cortana will work on your desktop. Integrated with the search feature that debuted with Window 10, it's more than just a way to push people to use Bing. We took it for a spin and here are three things you do with Cortana, and a guess at what else you will be able to do with it once the feature rolls out in the final version. Read More