How To Sign Out Of The Messaging App In Windows 10

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If you connect your Microsoft account to Windows 10, it will automatically assume you want to enable every single app and feature that requires an account be connected. There are a whole host of things you cannot do unless you connect the account but it's the features that self-activate that are the bigger problem. In Windows 10, like in Windows 8, there is an app called 'Messaging' which automatically signs in if you use your Microsoft account on the system. This app is practically barren with little to no settings and no way to turn it Off and yet, it populates with your Skype conversations. The lack of settings for the app include a 'Sign Out' option making it seem as though the only way to be rid of this app is to disconnect your Microsoft account from Windows 10 but fortunately, that isn't the case. You can sign out of the Messaging app and here's how. Read More

Test Windows 10 Compatibility On A System With A Bootable Version

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Most Windows users know about the Get Windows 10 app that installs on both Windows 7 and 8.1 as an update. Initially, it was meant to help you reserve a copy of Windows 10 and then later it would help you upgrade. The app did one other thing; it allowed you to check your system for compatibility with Windows 10. The apps on your system and the hardware were all checked to see if they would run smoothly on Windows 10. Systems that were given the all-clear by the app still experienced trouble once they were upgraded to Windows 10. If you're still on the fence about the upgrade, use a portable version of Windows 10 to see how well the system handles it. Here's how. Read More

Add A Trending Videos Channel To The Chromecast [Android]

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You can subscribe to channels like HBO Go or broadcast your favorite shows from Netflix to Chromecast. Oddly enough, the YouTube app that has excellent support for Chromecast has no feature that would allow you to view all trending videos and all recently uploaded videos by channels you've subscribed to on your TV. You pretty much have to manually create playlist of the videos you want to watch and there appears to be no concept of a personal channel. Trending Videos Cast is a free Android app that will automatically find trending videos, and videos from r/videos, and broadcast them to your TV. Read More

Add A Flux Like Tint To Your Browser

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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

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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

A Complete List Of All Updates You Should Uninstall To Block Windows 10

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Windows 10 has had an impressive adoption rate. The OS had a lot of promise when it was still in the preview stage and even though it started out infested with bugs, it has since improved a lot and Microsoft really wants you to check it out. It's been aggressively pushing the new operating system through various updates and users who are weary of its attempts to get them to upgrade repeatedly have to block updates that try to download Windows 10 to their systems. Some updates don't install or download files to install Windows 10 and instead install components to make the upgrade smoother. If you're looking to block every single Windows 10 update completely, here is an exhaustive list of the updates you need to block on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Read More

Add Files To A Zip Archive & Share Them Via Email Or iMessage [iOS]

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A zipped file is one of the most efficient ways to send files. A zipped file not only provides a single container for multiple files, they also reduce the size as much as optimally possible. Unfortunately, zipping files on a mobile device isn't easy and if you use an iPhone, it's almost unheard of. Bundler is a free iOS app that seeks to solve that problem. It allows you to add files from your device to a zipped archive and share them via email or iMessages. The app isn't without its limitations e.g., you can't add a file from the Google Drive or Dropbox apps to Bundler but you can add them from your camera roll or any app that lets you save files on your device as opposed to cloud storage. The app bundles the files into a file with a BNDL extension which must be changed to ZIP before your recipient can extract and view them on the desktop. Read More

Stop MS Word From Opening Documents From The Internet In Protected View

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When you download an MS Word document either from a cloud drive or from an email it opens in the 'Protected' view. In the Protected view, just about all editing options are disabled and the most you can do is copy text from the document. The document of course isn't locked to the Protected view and should you wish to edit the document, you can quickly switch over to the editing mode. It's only a few extra clicks but if you would rather get right down to editing a document and this security measure is an annoyance, here's how you can turn it Off. Read More

New Features In Firefox 45 For Desktop And Android

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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

Find Which Slide In Your PowerPoint Presentation Is The Largest In Size

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PowerPoint lets you add different types of media files to a presentation. Anything from images, videos, and audio files can be added to a slide. The support for so many different types of media no doubt make it exceptionally easier to create engaging presentations but at the same time, with each image, graph, document, video, and audio file that you add, the presentation itself becomes bigger and bigger in size. If the size of a presentation file ever becomes a problem, either when emailing it, or when sharing it via a cloud file sharing service, you will either have to find an alternative method to send the file or you will have to cut it down to size. Here's how you can check which slide in a presentation is the largest in size and cut back where it really matters. Read More

Browse Media Files On Your Network From Your Android Phone & Cast Them To Chromecast

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If you have a Chromecast, you very likely have Plex, or a similar app installed on both your desktop and your Android phone. Plex is hands down the best app for streaming media to the Chromecast. It's mobile apps act as excellent remotes for playing media but if you're looking for a super simple, zero set-up solution for browsing media files on any device on your network and playing them over Chromecast, Plex isn't what you're looking for. The solution lies with VLC player and the Beta version of its Android app. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Download A File With A PowerShell Command In Windows 10

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Windows PowerShell comes bundled with Windows 10. You can even replace the Command prompt on the Power User menu with PowerShell. Like Command Prompt, PowerShell lets you perform a myriad of configuration actions on your desktop such as uninstalling default apps. You can also use to for something far more basic such as downloading a file. With a simple command, you can not only download a publicly available file but you can also download one that requires authentication before it can be downloaded such e.g. a file in your Dropbox folder. We've detailed the process here. Read More

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

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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

How To Get A Dark Grey Theme In MS Office 2016

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Productivity apps ensure that they are distraction free and that the interface they offer makes it easier for the average person to concentrate. Some of the best apps do this exceptionally well but what many will often neglect is make sure an interface doesn't strain a user's eyes. Very few apps are built with both light and dark themes making them easy to use in a well lit room but are practically a strain to use at night. Microsoft's Office suite of apps was no different up until the 2016 version which comes with a built-in dark grey theme that you can apply to all apps in one stroke. Here's how. Read More

Switch Audio Tracks & Load External Subtitles In Movies & TV App On Windows 10

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One of the biggest shortcomings of the Windows Media Player app is that it cannot load external subtitles. It's a glaring feature omission that has not been corrected to date. Unless you have a movie with encoded subtitles, you will have to use other media players such as VLC player to load subtitles. Although Microsoft hasn't fixed this, it has introduced a new app in Windows 10 to play media called Movies & TV that supports loading external subtitles. Here's how you can load an external subtitles file in the Movies & TV app on Windows 10, and how you can switch audio tracks. Read More

Keep A Cheat Sheet For In Season Fruits & Vegetables On Your iPhone

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Grocery shopping seems like a simple enough routine task to do until you finally get down to doing it. Buying cereals and coffee might be easy but buying fresh produce i.e., fruits and vegetables is somewhat complicated because a large number of them are seasonal. You might find watermelons in winter but that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to taste right. Fruits and vegetables are best consumed if they're in season ones but unless you're a farmer, you won't know off the top of your head which ones are in season at any point in the year. Veggies in Season is a free iOS app that tells you just that. The name leans towards vegetables but the app lists both fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. You can tap a fruit or vegetable to see which months of the year it is in season. Read More

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

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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 Disable The Notifications Panel In Windows 10

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Notifications have long been a part of Windows but in Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Notification panel, i.e. the Action Center where all the notifications sent to you by the system or an app would appear. You can review notifications that you dismissed and interact with them to open a file, event, or email, etc. The panel also includes some quick access toggles for opening the Settings app, turning on Quiet hours, turning the WiFi On/Off, and more. The point is, it's not a useless UI element put there for the sake of making the OS appear more intelligent. It has actual use but if you're trying to get Windows 10 to look, and/or behave, more like Windows 7 then you might be interested in turning the Notification Center panel Off. Here's how. Read More

Open Your Optical Disk Drive With A Keyboard Shortcut [Windows]

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Optical disk drives are still an integral part of almost all Windows machines. Even though devices like the Surface tablet prove you don't need the drive to have a perfectly usable system, they are no where near going extinct. The optical drive isn't going to go the way of the floppy drive for another few years. If you ever compare an ordinary Windows machine from a major manufacturer like hp or Dell, to a MacBook, you will notice that among the many design variations, the drive on a MacBook doesn't need to be opened or closed. The same can't be said for optical drives on both laptops and desktop tower setups. You either have to open it from My Computer or you have to press the physical button on the drive itself. If you're looking for a much easier way to do this, give Door Control a try. It's a free Windows app that will open/eject the optical drive with just a keyboard shortcut. It also claims to be able to close the drive but that will depend on the actual hardware on your system. Read More

What Does The Lightning Icon On A Facebook Post Mean?

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Many of us routinely read on our phones and Facebook is one of the more popular places where people get their daily dose of news and opinion pieces. The platform is so popular that it isn't possible for an online publication to exist and not have a Facebook page. If you read on your phone, and frequently find articles to read in your Facebook feed, you might have noticed that some articles have a small lightning icon on them. The first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the post is tending but that isn't what the icon means. The icon represents posts that are Instant Articles. Read More