Automatically Quit Or Hide An App If It’s Been Inactive Too Long [OS X]

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We use multiple apps a day at any given time on our desktops. Most people have a set number of routine apps that they will open as soon as they boot into their desktops. Other apps that aren't routinely used but are still needed on occasion are launched when they're needed and some apps like iTunes will open when you connect your iPhone to your Mac. If you often forget to close apps you no longer need to use then Quitter is a free OS X app that you might find useful. It automatically quits or hides an app if it's been inactive too long. The user decides how long is too long by setting the inactivity period in minutes using Quitter. Read More

Copy A Windows Store App Link To Your Clipboard In Windows 10

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When you open a link to a Windows app in your browser, it automatically opens the Windows Store app on both Windows 8 and Windows 10. There's an easy way to stop Chrome from doing that if it annoys you. The Windows Store app has its shortcomings the worst of which is how downloads often get stuck and you're unable to cancel and/or remove them from the queue. Another odd shortcoming that the app has is that it doesn't let you copy the direct link to an app. You have to go through apps like Mail or OneNote to get it which is a problem if you're trying to share the app over Facebook Messenger. Share Via Clipboard is a free Windows app available in the Widows Store that lets you copy the link to an app's store page to your clipboard and share it with anyone through an app of your choice. Read More

Automatically Make The Last Used Printer The Default One In Windows 10

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Windows has long had the ability to support multiple printers at once. You can have several printers configured to print from your system but you can have only one default printer. The default printer is the one all print jobs are sent to automatically even if it's offline. If you want to print from a different printer you have to select it first in the print dialogue and you need to do this repeatedly for every print job. MS Office offers a little relief in that it remembers the last printer you used and doesn't force you to make the selection over and over again. Windows 10 comes with a feature that allows you to retroactively set the last printer you used as your default printer. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Watch VR Or 360 Degree YouTube Videos On Your Phone

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360 degree videos have been quite popular on both YouTube and Facebook. The first 360 video I found on YouTube was on the Team Coco channel featuring the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Unfortunately I found it on my desktop and watching it wasn't much fun. This was about a year ago when Google Cardboard had already debuted. Since then, 360 degree videos and VR content has been added to YouTube but it's only a recent update that's allowed both iOS and Android users to watch one on their phones. Android of course had the ability to watch these videos long before iOS did but a recent update to the YouTube app for iOS has made the feature available for both major smartphone devices. You will need Google Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch the videos. Read More

How To Stop Apple Software Update From Popping Up All The Time [Windows]

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As a long time iPhone and Windows user, the only Apple app I've ever downloaded is iTunes and that too because there is no other way for me to add music to my phone. Unfortunately, Apple makes it a point to push the iCloud desktop app and QuickTime on to Windows users through the Apple Software Update app that anyone running iTunes is stuck with. The app pops up regularly telling you that updates are available and you can download these two apps. If you want to stick to just using iTunes and want Apple Software Update to stop badgering here's how you can make it stop. Read More

How To Bookmark A Registry Key In Windows 10

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The Windows registry lets you tweak features and UI elements that you can't otherwise. It's not an app the common user frequently needs but power users use it often enough. The registry editor isn't built for the average user and perhaps that's why its UI has rarely gotten much attention in terms of making navigation between folders easier. One of the many frustrating things about it is that an entire folder trees collapse when you select a different one. Navigating between different root folders is thus time consuming and annoying. If you repeatedly need to edit a particular registry key and want to be able to jump to it faster you can bookmark it in the Registry Editor by adding it to the registry favorites. Here's how. Read More

Use Outline View In MS Word To Reorder Headings In A Large Document

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We shared a tip a while back on how selecting a collapsed heading in MS Word selects everything; images, tables, sub-headings, under it, making it easy to cut, copy, and paste quickly. If you're looking to copy a section from one document to another, this is possibly one of the easiest ways to do it. If however you have a large document that you need to reorder headings in you might want to do it in Outline view. MS Word's Outline view has a tool that lets you select headings and move them up/down in the document. Read More

Reverse Search A Screen Grab From An Anime To See Which Series It’s From

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Anime is an exceptionally diverse genre. It's hard to talk someone into giving it chance and the sheer landscape of the genre is enough to scare annyone away. Once you do get into the genre though, you are spoiled for choice. WAIT or What Anime Is It is a little web app that anyone new to Anime or well acquainted with the genre might have use with on occasion. It can perform a reverse image search on a screen grab of any Anime and tell you which movie or series it's from down to the very episode. When it finds the right series, it will play a snippet of the scene the screen grab is from. Read More

How To Identify And Troubleshoot A Slow Charging Android Phone Problem

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You can charge an Android phone, and just about all other smartphones, by either connecting them to your laptop, PC/Mac, or by plugging them into a wall outlet. You might have noticed that sometimes your phone takes hours to charge when you connect it to your laptop but charges much faster when you connect it to a wall outlet. You might think it's because your laptop isn't capable of charging the phone faster but that's not the case. Your Android phone might be charging slowly for a number of reasons one of which might be a defective data cable. There can also be other reasons that cause it to charge slowly and you might be suspecting your data cable of being the cause of it. Here's how to identify what might cause your Android phone to charge slowly. Read More

How To Create A Master Document And Add Subdocuments In MS Word 2016

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MS Word has long had a really useful feature that allows users to manage large documents and their subsections that they're collaborating on by separating sections into different files. The subsections or subdocuments as they are called make it easy to update and export parts of a large document. The feature isn't just great for large documents but also for smaller ones that have many seemingly independent sections. You can make a Master Document in MS Word 2016 any time i.e. it's not something that must be set when you first create a document. You will identify a document as the Master Document and then proceed to identifying the subdocuments in it. Subdocuments can be split or merged with other subdocuments and we will take a look at how to do that. You can also add a different document as a subdocument to an existing master document and we'll be touching on that as well. Here's a walk-through to making a Master Document and adding subdocuments to it in MS Word 2016. Read More

Use A Facebook Messenger Bot To Set Reminders

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Facebook's Messenger Bots are so far being used to deliver news or provide customer support but they have the potential to do so more than that. Meet Jarvis; a Facebook Messenger bot that you can use to set reminders for yourself. The reminders are sent to you over Messenger and you will get them on both your desktop and your phone. The reminders can be set for a particular day or for a relative time such as ten minutes from now. Jarvis relies on your time zone to send you reminders. Here's how it works. Read More

Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

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Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To (Sort Of) Get The Old Instagram Logo Back On Your iPhone

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Instagram's new logo has upset quite a few people. The UI overhaul isn't bad but the logo itself hasn't met with public approval. If you stop to think about it, the old logo wasn't just loved because it wasn't blindingly loud but also because the retro camera icon made Instagram out to be more than just a camera app. The new logo, even if you were to excuse the choice of colors, looks like any other camera app now. For iPhone users who are put off by this new logo, there's a little hack available to deal with but bear in mind that it's a hack and it has its limitations which we will point out. Read More

How To Search Google From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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iOS 8 introduced third-party keyboards to iPhone users and since then all sorts of keyboard apps have been developed for the platform. A third-party keyboard will generally put an additional function inside a keyboard. For some apps, this additional feature might be text translation, getting the link to files in your Dropbox or Google Drive, or the more popular function; searching for GIFs. It's been over a year since third-party keyboard support was added to iOS and Google has just made a foray into the niche with GBoard. It's a free third-party keyboard app for iOS that lets you search anything on Google, Google Images, and find GIFs. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

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Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Collect Useful Tweets So You Can Easily Find Them Later [iOS]

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Twitter has borrowed some of Facebook's features in the past, the most recent of which was replacing the 'Favorite' button with the 'Like' button. The changes the network makes are often functional and or UI ones but rarely is a new feature introduced. If there were a wishlist of features that Twitter ought to introduce, something akin to Facebook's Save feature should be on it. It allows users to save interesting content to their Facebook account and has been expanded to work outside of Facebook as well. For now, Twitter users can only 'Like' or retweet a tweet if they want to be able to find it again but the tweets you've liked can be difficult to search through as time passes. Charm is free iOS app that works much like Pocket but is exclusively for saving tweets. Tweets can be saved from inside the Twitter app via the Charm app's extension. You can group them together into collections and revisit them whenever you want. Read More

How To Disable Your WiFi Network When An Ethernet Cable Is Connected [Windows]

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When connecting to a WiFi network, Windows will always favor the strongest one available. If you're in range of several known WiFi networks, Windows will favor the one with the strongest signal strength and not the one that's faster or has fewer devices connected to it. Regardless of how strong a WiFi signal is, an Ethernet cable connection is almost always going to be better and Windows will favor it over WiFI connections in most cases. However, if your system refuses to favor the Ethernet connection over your WiFi network you can tell Windows to disable the connection altogether when it detects an Ethernet connection. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

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In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

How To Unlock Your Android Phone Just By Looking At It

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Security is a very serious concern for anyone using a smartphone and where it's important to keep our information safe it's also important to be able to get inside our device easily. Android users often have more than just the system based options for securing a device and with newer devices that support finger print recognition, you have yet another way to quickly and safely unlock your device. Users who have the option to pair their phones with a smartwatch can unlock a phone faster but if you don't have a device to pair with your Android phone you can use face recognition to unlock it. Here's how. Read More

How To Search Google Images From Your Keyboard [iOS]

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The Messages app on your iPhone has long supported sending images and as of a few updates ago also began supporting GIFs. With third-party keyboard support added in iOS 8, keyboards that allow you to search for and insert GIFs from inside any app have become very popular. Image Search Keyboard is a free iOS third-party keyboard app that works in the same field but lets you search Google Images and insert images from the results into a conversation. Read More