How To Add ‘Search Google’ To The Right-Click Context Menu In Microsoft Edge

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Leading desktop web browsers have an option in the right-click context menu for quickly sending a search term to your default search engine. Because Google is the preferred search engine for just about everyone, this option is commonly known as the 'Search Google' option in the context menu though it can work for just about any search engine. Microsoft Edge doesn't have this option just yet. You can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to whatever you prefer but this option isn't going to show up, not even for Bing. If like most of the world your preferred search engine is Google, you can add the 'Search Google' option to the right-click context menu with the Google Context Menu Edge extension. Read More

How To Install Extensions From Outside The Windows Store In Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. You can download an extension for Edge from the Windows Store. Microsoft has added support for extensions only recently to Edge so there aren't a lot of them in the Windows Store. Quite a few are still in beta and developers prefer to make them available outside the Windows Store, possibly to avoid poor ratings. If you want to install an extension in Edge, it's a fairly simple process if you know what to do. Read More

How To Add Or Remove Apps From The Share Panel In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a system wide Share panel that works with all Windows Store apps, and the default apps in Windows 10. It lists the apps that you can use to share photos or files with. Something almost identical is present in Windows 8/8.1. The Photos app, for example, lets you share a photo via email or the Twitter app if you have it installed. Apps that can work with this share panel are automatically added to it when you install them. As a user, you don't have control over which apps appear here and there is no apparent setting that lets you tweak it. The good news is, there's a hidden setting that you can enable that gives you complete control over the Share panel. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

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The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel's next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn't likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script. Read More

How To Move Windows Store Games From One PC To Another

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If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you're going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn't seem to work either as games can't be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Backup Your Oculus Games & Settings, And Move The Installation To A New Location

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Facebook's Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it.  vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location. Read More

How To Fix Gmail Blocking Outlook Sign In Attempts

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Gmail is as secure an email service as you could hope for. It offers two-factor authentication in addition to several other precautionary measures for keeping your account secure. You can configure your Gmail account in most email clients but if Gmail deems an email client to be a security risk, it will block it from signing you in. The result is that you're unable to add your Gmail account to an email client. This is what happens when you configure a Gmail account in Outlook on your desktop. Here's the fix for it. Read More

How To Move The System Tray To Your Secondary Display In Windows

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Windows has slowly been improving support for multiple monitors. In Windows 10 you get the taskbar at the bottom of your primary and secondary displays. The system clock is present on both displays as well. Older versions of Windows gave you the taskbar on all your displays but the system clock has only recently been added to the task bar on all additional displays. At this time, there still isn't any way to get the system tray to appear on both displays. It will appear only on one display at a time. By default, it appears on your primary display. If you're fine with the system tray appearing on just one display, but would prefer it appear on your secondary display rather than the primary one, there's a very simple trick to do just that. Read More

How To Watch 360° Videos And Photos In VLC Player

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360°  videos have not yet become mainstream but 360° photos are slowly becoming popular. It takes only a reasonably good phone to capture a 360° photo. Viewing a 360° photo or video for that matter isn't as simple. You can view the photos and videos easily on your mobile device or on YouTube but media players have not yet caught up with this new video format. VLC however is ahead of the pack. The VLC 360° technical preview is now available and it lets you view both 360° videos and photos. Read More

How To Batch Rename Files & Folders In Windows Without Using Third Party Apps

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File renaming apps range from the simple to the complicated. They allow you to rename multiple files in one go based on a single or criteria or on a more complex one. You can select files based on the date they were created and their type. You can also set a renaming syntax for how the files should be renamed. If your file renaming needs are much more simple, i.e., you just want to rename all files in one folder to something more meaningful, you don't need a app. Windows has you covered with a fairly intelligent renaming logic built into the rename function. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Layers Between PSD Files via Keyboard Shortcuts

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You can copy layers between PSD files by dragging & dropping them. To do so, you must drag a layer from one file to the other. It isn't the smoothest or the most convenient way to copy layers. Photoshop has a tabbed interface and you can separate one file from the rest. This makes it much easier to drag & drop layers or groups but it still isn't the same as a simple copy/paste function. The copy/paste function in Photoshop doesn't work for entire layers. Instead, you can copy the contents of a layer from one file to the other. Copio is a set of simple scripts that allow you to copy/paste layers between PSD files via keyboard shortcuts. These scripts work only in Photoshop CC and not in Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Take Screenshots Of A Video

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Desktop operating systems come with built-in screenshot tools. Windows 10 has a basic screenshot tool whereas macOS has a better, more advanced one. What both have in common is that they are meant for capturing a still screen. You can use them to capture a moving screen e.g. a GIF or a video that is playing but the results may not be that great. If you often need to take a screenshot in a video, it best to use a dedicated tool for it. Here are two free apps that do the trick. Read More

How To Visually Show Key Strokes And Mouse Clicks In Windows

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When recording screencasts, we can enable visual cues for mouse clicks. These cues make it easier for anyone watching the screencast to follow it. For most apps, even those built for recording a screencast, these visual cues only work with the mouse. Key strokes are rarely accompanied by a cue to show which key was pressed. Many video makers have to add key strokes in post-production which can be cumbersome and time consuming. ShowOff is a small Windows app that adds a floating box to your screen. All key strokes and mouse clicks you make appear in the box. Read More

How To Get Lyrics In A Floating Window For The Current Spotify Track

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Spotify for macOS and Windows used to support lyrics. It had to remove lyrics from the app when their partnership with Musixmatch came to an end. It's lyrics came from the service and with the contract ended, support for lyrics has yet to return. The app instead suggests you just hum the song. If you're unhappy about it, Lyricfier is an app that you will want to check out. It's available for macOS, Windows, and even Linux. It shows you lyrics to the track currently playing in Spotify and lets you pin the lyrics window to the top. Read More

How To Listen To Podcasts And Watch YouTube Videos In VLC

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VLC player is the go-to media player for just about everything for three reasons; it's awesome, it supports almost every media format there is, and it's open source. VLC player has richest set of features for video playback. Default media players on both macOS and Windows do not come close. It is only as of Windows 10 that support for subtitles has improved in the Videos app though there are no options for adjusting them during playback. VLC does more than just play your movies for you. It can also play podcasts and YouTube videos. The trick is to know how since it doesn't have a menu label to that effect. Read More

How To Print Black & White In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

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Browsers let you send a print job to your printer. You can print a PDF file or even a web page. Although browsers support printing, web content itself isn't optimized for it. You will see a lot of colors on an average web page that is simply meant to be read. The print dialog in some browsers might do away with ads when you print a web page but Microsoft Edge doesn't. Instead, it gives you a photocopy of the web page, colors and all, to send to your printer. That doesn't mean Edge can't send a black & white print job to your printer. You just need to know how to change the color settings. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Auto-Jump In Minecraft

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Minecraft is a world of fun blocks and monsters that try to kill you when you go out, or if your home isn't properly lit. If you haven't tried the game, give the trial version a spin. If nothing, the game certainly gives you plenty of room to be creative. The world of Minecraft has a lot to do with looking for and amassing the right resources in order to achieve the game's objective. The game updates regularly to introduce new types of resources aka blocks. Minecraft 1.10.2 introduced Magma blocks and it also introduced 'Auto-Jump'. Auto-Jump lets you jump up one block. In older versions of Minecraft, and most other games, the 'jump' function is executed by hitting the space bar. With Auto-Jump, you no longer have to do that. When your avatar approaches a block, it automatically hops on to it. The feature has its pros and cons and depending on how useful you think it is, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Default Apps In Windows 10 When It Won’t Let You

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Windows has always made it easy to set default apps. If you don't like Internet Explorer, or Windows Media Player, you can easily change the default web browser and the default media player. This has been true for all versions of Windows, and Windows 10 is no different. The Settings app has a dedicated section under the System group of settings for selecting default apps. Unfortunately, and because we're talking about Windows 10, the 'Default Apps' section is prone to errors. Often, users are unable to set a default app despite doing everything right. The new app they select simply refuses to be associated with the default you want to set it for. The solution is a fairly simple one; set defaults through the control panel instead. Read More

How To Remotely Sign Out Of Skype

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We've all heard horror stories about leaving a social media account signed in on the wrong computer. At one point, these stories were quite common and were instrumental in training us to always log out of Facebook. If you do forget to log out of Facebook on a public computer, you can remotely end all sessions. The same holds true for Gmail but this is a feature few services offer. If you have left your Skype account signed in on a public computer, or a phone that is no longer in your possession, you're likely looking for a way to end the session remotely. Skype has a simple little command that does the trick. Read More