How To Fix Gmail Blocking Outlook Sign In Attempts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Share Game Clips And Screenshots To Your Xbox Feed In Windows 10

GameDVR is an Xbox app feature in Windows 10 that lets you record game play or take screenshots whenever you like. The screenshot and screen recording feature isn't there just so you can forever preserve your gaming achievements. You can share them to your activity stream so that your friends can see them. This might not be common knowledge because there is no option to share images or videos from the Activity section. In order to share a screenshot or a video, you have to go to the GameDVR section in the Xbox app, find the screenshot/video, and then upload it. Here's how. Read More

How To Pin Command Prompt And PowerShell To The Quick Access Toolbar In Windows

Windows is big on shortcuts and quick accessibility. Throughout the OS, you will see lots of ways to 'bookmark' frequent file locations, settings, and apps. Windows offers multiple options for how you quickly get to files; jumplists, the Taskbar, the Start Menu, the Quick Access bar, and regular shortcuts. It's not just apps, settings, and files that are easy to access. You can easily open Command Prompt at a particular location by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder. If you want to be able to access Command Prompt and/or PowerShell in a more convenient way, you can pin them both to the Quick Access bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix ‘No OpenGL Context’ Error When Running Minecraft In Windows 10

Minecraft is a game that isn't resource hungry. Unless you heavily mod it, it isn't going to need a very high end graphics card to run although the game might be sluggish on an older system. In Windows 10, you have two different types of installers for playing Minecraft. One is the usual Java based installer that we've been using for ages, and the second is the Windows Edition you can download from the Windows Store. The Windows Edition is still in Beta so users are more likely to stick to the Java based version. The Java version is slightly problematic though. Windows 10 users who upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 might be unable to play the game. They get the 'No OpenGL Context' error when trying to play the game. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Rename Cortana And Change The ‘Hey Cortana’ Phrase In Windows 10

Cortana is one of the more noteworthy features that were added in Windows 10. It's had it's problems but overall it works well enough. You can use Cortana by clicking the search button on the Taskbar, and then either typing in a question of speaking it. Microsoft has taken the 'Hey Siri' hotword command feature from iOS and implemented it for Cortana. You can enable the spoken command and invoke Cortana by saying 'Hey Cortana'. If you'd like to have a little fun with it, you can change what you call Cortana and how you invoke her with the help of a free app called MyCortana. Read More

How To Fix High RAM Usage By Game DVR Server In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a feature called Game DVR. It lets you screenshot and record game play. The feature works through the Xbox app. The concept behind the feature is good since people make a living out of broadcasting game play. It only seems reasonable for the Xbox app to allow users to record game play. Unfortunately, the feature is problematic. It often fails to work and is a huge memory hog. If you have been experiencing a slow system that overheats or the fan running constantly even though you aren't using a lot of apps, Game DVR might be to blame. Here's how to determine if Game DVR is hogging memory on your system, and how to deal with it. Read More

How To Schedule Wi-Fi To Turn On Automatically After Turning It Off In Windows 10

You can turn Wi-Fi On/Off on just about any device that lets you connect to the internet. IoT devices don't have a dedicated interface for disabling Wi-Fi but phones and computers do. You might need to turn Wi-Fi off for any number of reasons and you will of course, do so consciously. Turning the Wi-Fi On or Off is, and always has been, something we do manually. There's no scheduling when Wi-Fi will be turned On or Off on a phone or desktop. Windows 10 is breaking away from that. It now lets you automatically turn Wi-Fi back On after a while. You still have to manually turn it Off as per your own need but Windows 10 will remember to turn it on again for you. The feature is only available in the Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 for now. Read More