25 Useful Tips All Windows 10 Users Should Know About

2015 was a great year for anyone awaiting the arrival of Windows 10. Windows 10 promised to cure everything wrong with Windows 8 and it didn't disappoint us. We covered the new operating system extensively with posts on how to deal with the little bugs that plague it, and hacks for getting it to work better and more to your liking. Windows 10 had a lot for us to explore so here's a list of the 25  best Windows 10 tips and tricks we covered in 2015. Read More

How To Set Time Limit For Local Accounts In Windows 10

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Parental controls in Windows 10 have changed so that they are tied to your Microsoft account. QUite a few features in the new operating system are dependant on a Microsoft account. You can use a local account on your computer but by doing so you lose out on some features, parental controls being one of them. At present, if you want to use parental controls, you need to connect your Microsoft account to the main administrator account and then add child accounts to it. If you'd rather use a local account, setting restrictions can be tricky. There is no GUI to add them but you can use the command line instead. Here's how to set up log in time restrictions for local accounts on Windows 10. Read More

How To Add A Full Page Background To An MS Word Document

If you ever wanted to print out an MS Word document on a colored page, you would likely just type the document out on a plain white background and insert a colored page in the printer when you print it. The same can't be said if you want to add an image to the background of a page. There's the watermark option to make do with but if you're interested in adding a full page background image to a document and have it tile properly if needed, there's a built-in feature to do just that. Read More

How To Queue YouTube Videos To Play On Chromecast

If you have a Chromecast connected to the same network as your computer, the player on YouTube will show a cast button so you can easily cast the video to your TV. YouTube on the web, and the YouTube apps connect very intelligently with Chromecast and they go so far as to allow you to queue up videos to watch. Once you've cast one video to your TV, you are free to browse YouTube and queue more videos that you find interesting to play. Here's how. Read More

How To Create Folders Inside The Photos App [iOS]

We've long been able to create albums in the Photos app in iOS. With iOS 9, the albums automatically generated now include one for screenshots and one for selfies. The screenshot album is accurate however the selfies album treats any and all photos taken with the front facing camera as selfies so it does get them wrong some time. What not many people might know (and I include myself among those people) is that as of iOS 8.3, you can also create folders inside the Photos app in addition to creating albums in it. Here's how. Read More

How To Properly Crop Pictures Inside An MS Word Document

Managing pictures inside an MS Word document has always been tricky. Simply moving an image is enough to upset the setting of an entire document. MS Word has lots of great pictures editing features one of which is the Crop feature. As the name signifies, this feature lets you cut out a portion of your pictures and it seems simple enough to use on the surface. If you have used it though, you know that the crop feature will not delete the cropped out portion of the picture. To do so, you need to perform one extra step. Read More

How To Stream Photos And Videos From Your iPhone To The Chromecast

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For anyone that owns an Android phone and has just bought a Chromecast device, casting to it is easy and you don't even need to install the Chromecast app. For anyone with an iPhone or an iPad, things are trickier. Unlike Android, iOS doesn't support Chromecast natively and no matter what it is you want to send to Chromecast, you will need an app to do it. Take something as simple as casting your photos and videos via Chromecast. To do so you will have to look for an app. Most apps that cast to Chromecast are either choked full of ads, or are paid with Photo Video Cast for Chromecast being the exception. The app is free and lets you stream unlimited videos (and photos) to Chromecast. It adds a watermark at the bottom right of your screen but it isn't too imposing. Read More

Delete Photos From Your Camera Roll By Swiping Left Tinder-Style [iOS]

Smartphones have made it incredibly easy to take photos. It's so easy to take photos that we end up taking hundreds of them and just about everything is photo-worthy. It's only when space on our devices starts to run out that we sit down to delete them and at that point, it becomes a task in itself. Meet PhotoTrash, an iOS app worth $0.99 in the app store that lets you delete photos by swiping left. The app uses Tinder-style gestures to review and delete photos. It's a brilliant app that will let you favorite photos, keep the ones you like, and remove the ones you no longer want. Read More

How To Load External Subtitles When Playing A Movie On Chromecast

VLC player has yet to add support for Chromecast. VLC player can play just about any sort of file and it has some great features that are otherwise lacking in the default media players that come with our operating systems. People use it over their default players simply because it is so amazing and the lack of support for the Chromecast is a problem. One awesome VLC feature is the ability to load external subtitles. Windows Media Player simply won't let you do this and with VLC not yet supporting Chromecast, we don't have that many options in terms of media players that will do this for us. That doesn't mean we have no options though. Here are two ways to stream a video/movie to the Chromecast and load external subtitles from your Mac or PC. Read More

Block What Your Friends Like & See Only What They Share In Your Facebook Newsfeed

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Your Facebook feed is comprised of two types activities; likes and shares. Every friend and every page that you follow can click the 'Like' button under a post and when they do, it appears as their activity in your Newsfeed. Similarly, pages and people can share links, photos, and videos and they too will appear in your Newsfeed. The difference between the two is that anything a friend or a page that you follow shares is likely very relevant for you. The likes, not so much. You don't need to know if a friend of yours liked a shruggie for cats and what you're exclusively interested in is what they share. Friends Feed is an extension available for both Chrome and Safari that hides 'Likes' by both your friends and pages you follow, leaving only what they share to appear in your feed. Read More

Use The Home Depot & Walmart Apps To Find Which Aisle An Item Is In

A single trip to Home Depot can take hours. The stores are large and you can literally find anything and everything there provided you're willing to invest the time in finding them. The staff is of course always there to help; they'll point you in the right direction, guide you on what tools and material you might need for a project, and more. That said, if you're going in knowing what it is you intend to buy and fully aware of your needs, the only help you might need is in locating the item you want to purchase. Home Depot and Walmart both have apps for the iOS and Android platform. These apps can guide you to which aisle an item is located in so you can find it easily with just a simple in-app search. Read More

Block Star Wars Spoilers And Browse The Web Safely In Firefox

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It's amazing the lengths people are going to in order to prevent the new Star Wars movie from being spoiled. The lengths people are going to in order to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it are pretty impressive too and it's more or less the dark side versus the light side. If you're putting watching the movie off until the lines grow smaller at theaters, or you just can't make a show that isn't on the weekend, you're likely treading very carefully on the internet. Spoiler Jedi is a Firefox add-on built to aid you in keeping the movie a surprise. Once installed, it analyzes the words used on a web page and lets you know if it might contain spoilers or not. Read More

How To Change Screensaver Photos On The Chromecast

The Chromecast, when not receiving media from any device, plays a slideshow of some wonderful photos from around the world. Since you don't need to connect the device with your Google account, you might wonder where these images come from and whether or not you can customize them. The good news is that customizing these photos that act as a screensaver is easy provided you're ready to connect your Google account to the device. Once you've connected your account, you can create an album of your favorite photos in Google Photos and use it exclusively for your Chromecast screensaver. Here's how. Read More

How To Format A USB Or External HDD So It Works On Both Windows & OS X

Windows and OS X are two very different operating systems. Each has its own set of features that make it unique and when a user of either one switches to the other platform, there are many a growing pains to be felt followed by attempts to mould one OS to function as much like the other one as possible. If you use both a Mac and a Windows PC though you're mostly trying to set things up so that the two very different operating systems play nice with each. One of the first things to tackle if you use both these operating systems is an easy way to transfer files and share storage devices and that's where the difference between the two is underlined. Windows reads drives on the NTFS file system whereas OS X does so with the HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) file system. These two do not play nice with each other but here's how you can get a USB, external HDD, or other storage device, to be readable and writeable on both operating systems. Read More

How To Set A Temporary Profile Picture On Facebook

For a while now, Facebook has been marking major world events with special, temporary filters for profile pictures. These filters allow the global Facebook community to collectively show support and solidarity for a cause. Facebook has now rolled out a new feature that lets you upload temporary profile pictures. It's meant to mark important life events. For now, the temporary profile picture can only be uploaded from a mobile app and not from the web. Temporary profile pictures can be set to expire after an hour, a day, a week, or a custom period of time. Here's how to set one up. Read More

How To Turn Off Search Suggestions In Firefox

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Firefox 43 introduced Search Suggestions. It's a new feature that allows search engines to provide suggested searches in the Awesome bar and for now it is opt-in. Search suggestions or 'live search' as we would perhaps call them if we were to use Google's terms, provide relevant search terms so that you're more likely to find the right information. In theory, it should be helpful but if you tried the feature out and didn't like it, you might be wondering where/how you can turn it Off. Since Firefox had the foresight to not impose the new feature on its users, it's also had the foresight to give you an easy way to disable it. Here's how. Read More

How To Change The Time On Your Chromecast Device

Google normally makes it mandatory for users to link their Google accounts with any of its devices or services that they want to use. With Chromecast, there is no such restriction/compulsion and you can install it without ever having to sign in using any sort of online ID. That said, when you don't connect devices to online services, you miss out on certain customization features. When you install Chromecast, it will automatically pick up the default time (based on timezone) set for the device. Here's how you can change the time for your Chromecast device. Read More

How To Install Unsigned Add-Ons In Firefox 43

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Firefox 43 came out just a few days ago and with it a new security feature that Firefox had already introduced to its beta channels made its way to the stable release. As of version 43, unsigned add-ons can no longer be installed. The move is meant to prevent unsuspecting users of accidentally installing malicious add-ons from somewhere outside the Firefox market place. Mozilla's intentions are no doubt noble but most users aren't happy with the change. Install Unsigned Add-ons is a Firefox add-on that will let you install unsigned add-ons. It doesn't block Firefox's initial attempt to warn you against potentially installing an untrustworthy add-on, however, once you explicitly click the 'allow' button, you are able to install the add-on. Read More

New Features In Firefox 43 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 43 is out and the big news with this release is that the 64 bit version for Windows is finally available. This next release also answers a pressing question i.e. will Firefox for iOS be updated along with its Android and Desktop versions. The resounding answer to that is No. The iOS version hasn't received an update and the official Mozilla page is showing the latest version to have been released in November. This new desktop version now stops unsigned add-ons from being installed even when you specifically allow them to be. Users can now choose to enable search suggestions in the Awesome bar, and in addition to the many features for developers, the Developer toolbar in Firefox has added the ability to set a resolution for your screenshots. Firefox for Android has added an indicator on tabs to show which tab is playing audio and users can now mark items in the Reading list as read or unread. Read More

How To Cast Your Desktop To Your TV Using Chromecast

Chromecast is an amazing device and for what it costs, you can't exactly go wrong. There are limitless possibilities when it comes to using the device but there are also a few very basic tasks such as casting your desktop to your TV (or a monitor) that you might want to use it for. Support for the device has been growing but apps like VLC still do not support it and Windows 10 native support for the app is a lot like Windows 10; buggy. It might seem like casting your desktop to your TV is something that you'll be able to do in the future but Google actually has you covered there so you can do it now. The official Chromecast extension for the Chrome browser has an experimental feature for sharing your entire screen and you will be surprised just how great it works. Here's how to use it to cast your desktop to a TV using Chromecast. Read More