How To Bring Back ‘Open With’ Option In Windows 10 Right-Click Context Menu

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The amount of bugs Windows 10 has, one might think they're a feature and Microsoft is just trying to teach everyone how to Google for a solution to problems. An odd bug that some Windows 10 users have encountered is the 'Open with...' option missing from the right-click context menu when users right-click a file. The option is a very important one as it allows users to select an app to open the file with. For unidentified files, or files that a default program has not been associated with, this option is the fastest and at times only way to set a default program. If the option is missing on your system it's to do with a problem in the Windows registry. It's easy enough to fix even if the solution isn't obvious enough to spot. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Run An Unidentified App Without Changing Gatekeeper’s Settings

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Gatekeeper is a security feature introduced in macOS in Mountain Lion that let users choose which apps can and can not run on their Macs. The feature has three options for allowing/disallowing apps; run apps from the Mac App Store only, run apps from the Mac App Store and from identified developers, and run apps from anywhere i.e. from any origin and developed by anyone. To run apps from unverified developers, you have to change Gatekeeper's settings and allow apps to run from anywhere and then you have to remember to change the setting back if you want to keep your system safe. Alternatively, macOS does let you run just the one app as an exception and keep the Gatekeeper settings unaltered. Here's how. Read More

Use A Script To Pin A Window To The Top With A Keyboard Shortcut [Windows]

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Our daily workflow often involves one app that we simply cannot function without. It might be the web browser for some and Photoshop for others. It depends on what you do but what many people often need, regardless of what line of work they're in, is to pin an app on top of all others so that it's never ever sent to the background even when out of focus. Some apps have this feature built-in but they are a very rare breed. Third-party apps like PinMe do a decent job of letting users pin any app or window to the top but they aren't the most convenient to use given they lack support for hotkeys. If you're looking for a way to pin the current active window to the top in Windows 10, you can use AutoHotkey and a little script to get it done. The script will let you use the Ctrl+Space bar shortcut to pin a window to the top. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Stream From VLC Player To Chromecast

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Since February of 2015, VLC has promised to add support for Chromecast but the feature has yet to be implemented. The stable version of VLC still doesn't support casting to the Chromecast but support for it has been spotted in the nightly builds of  VLC 3.0. The release date for a stable build of version 3.0 hasn't been given yet and for all we know it might not drop until the end of this year (or even early next year) but VLC is indeed adding support for the Chromecast just as it promised. If you aren't too bothered with bugs, you can download the nightly build yourself and use it to cast to your Chromecast. Fair warning: it's very buggy. Read More

See How Far You Can Get On A Budget Using Different Taxi Services

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Cheap, on-time, reliable transport is incredibly important to anyone who needs to get around. Services like Uber and Lyft have thrived because they can provide transport quickly and flexibly but also because they're cheaper than hiring a cab. Both companies have effectively disrupted taxi services as we know it but are they really always the cheaper option and which of the two is cheaper? If you're on a budget and trying to get to a specific destination, Up Hail Discover is a web service you might want to check with before you order a cab. The service lets you select a point of origin, a budget, and select a taxi service to see how far you can get on it. Read More

How To Create iTunes-Like Smart Playlists In Google Music [Chrome]

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As much as people love their iPhones, they hate iTunes. It's an app that's forced on to every iPhone and iPad user indiscriminately but it isn't all bad. For one, iTunes has a pretty neat smart playlists feature that lets you set rules for including songs in a playlist. The rules make it so you don't have to manually scan and add items from your music library whenever you want to create a playlist. This is a feature that Google Music lacks. Google Music auto-generates smart playlists but if you want to create one with your own rules you can't without the help of a really awesome Chrome extension called Autoplaylists for Google Music. The extension has a paid subscription based version as well as a free version. With the free version, you can create one smart playlist while the paid version lets you create multiple smart playlists. The subscription costs $1.99/ month. Read More

How To Open An App Or File In A New Virtual Desktop On Windows 10

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The virtual desktops on Windows 10 are a small yet significant addition to the desktop OS. The feature is great and is begging developers and Microsoft alike to develop it into something better. The concept has been around for ages with macOS and Ubuntu both supporting it but no one seems to want to develop the feature into anything really useful. Fortunately, there are apps that lend virtual desktops in Windows 10 more functionality than they come with out of the box. VDesk is a free and open source little app that lets you open any app or file in a new Virtual Desktop from the context menu. It also supports command line arguments that can open an app or file on a specific virtual desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

Here’s Where Windows 10 Default Wallpapers Are Saved

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Windows isn't known for its breathtaking desktop wallpapers but they aren't bad either, just not comparable to those found on macOS. At one point, the Windows XP desktop image was one of the most popular images in the world. If you're in love with any of the Windows 10 wallpapers and want to use them elsewhere, in addition to your desktop, you might want to know where they're saved on your system. The images, in all their HD glory are inside your Windows root folder. Read More

How To Identify Any Plant With Just A Photo Of It

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Accidentally touching poison oak or poison ivy was a popular story line used by sitcoms two decades ago. It might have been funny but it also made it obvious that some plants can be dangerous for you. Plants are basically awesome until they try to kill you or your pet but a dangerous plant is rarely something we know about until it's too late. PlantNet is an iOS and Android app that lets you identify any plant with just a photo. It's a great way to not just make sure plants in your home are safe for you, your kids, and your pets but also a good way to learn about the flora in your community. Read More

How To Download A Chrome Extension As A CRX File

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Chrome's Web Store has a large number of apps and extensions that range from productive to simple fun. The Chrome Web Store is awesome but it doesn't offer you any way to download extensions or apps without installing them. When you click 'Add to Chrome' the extension or app in question will download and install with no intermediate steps involved where you can stop the installation from happening. What this leads to is users unable to back up an extension in case it become unavailable later on. At best, they can backup the folders of a particular extension in their profile, or just backup the entire profile. Meet Chrome Extension Downloader. It's a simple web app that lets you download any Chrome app or extension. You need to be able to access an app's Chrome Web Store page or have access to the app/extension's ID. Read More

How To Enable GameDVR On Windows 10 On An Unsupported System

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The Xbox app on Windows 10 has a pretty amazing little feature that lets users screenshot games or record game play. It can even be used to record your screen but oddly enough, the feature is tied to hardware i.e. the graphics card installed on your system. If the card isn't the right series GameDVR simply won't work. This is odd since recording your screen is something people have  been doing for ages and there are countless apps that let you do just this. If you have a system that doesn't have a supported graphics card, or the graphics card is supported but Windows 10 still tells you GameDVR won't work on your system, then you need to give GameDVR_Config a try. It's a little configurations file that makes it so GameDVR will work on Windows 10 even if the graphics card isn't compatible. Read More

How To Enable/Disable Adaptive Brightness In Windows 10

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Adaptive brightness retroactively adjusts the brightness of your screen according the light around you. It's one of those features on our smartphones we like to take for granted. Adaptive Brightness will dim or brighten the display according to the light in your surroundings. This ensures the display is neither too bright nor too dark no matter where you. Windows 10 has an adaptive brightness feature that works on laptops with an ambient light sensor built into them. Depending on your power plan, adaptive brightness may or may not be enabled on your system. Here's how you can enable/disable it. Read More

How To Set The Windows 10 Spotlight Image As The Desktop Background

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Say what you will about Bing as a search engine but the images it displays on your Windows 10 lock screen are simply breath taking. The wallpapers that come packaged with Windows 10 aren't as gorgeous as the Windows 10 Spotlight images and you get a fresh one every day. Unfortunately the images aren't credited and you don't know who captured the stunning landscape or even what place it is. This makes it difficult to track the photo down, save it to your hard drive, and set it as the desktop background. The good news is, it doesn't have to hard and in truth you don't need to search for the image because it's already on your disk. All you have to do is find it, rename it a bit, and then set it as the desktop background. Here's how. Read More

How To Upload A 360° Photo To Facebook

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Facebook has long supported 360° videos and it's no secret that the company is vested in virtual reality. With 360° videos, you couldn't get in on the action much unless you had the right device to record one. Most users were left to watch them while not being able to record their own. Facebook has just rolled out 360° photos which lets you get in on some of the action. The feature takes photos captured as panoramas and uploads them in a 360° view-able format. Your friends can pan around the image like they can with videos and look around. Previously, Facebook treated panoramic photos like it did all others. Here's how to upload one. Read More

How To Check If Your Internet Connection Is Fast Enough For Gaming & Netflix

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If you have to download a very large file the best way to do it is to let it happen overnight. Not only will you get maximum speed because everyone is asleep, but also you won't have to stop everything you're doing just to get the download to finish faster. The same trick obviously can't be used when you want to play a game or watch Netflix. Not only do you need more than just a reasonably high download speed to play games smoothly but you also need low latency. A lot of online internet speed testing services check the latency of your internet connection in addition to its upload and download speed but SourceForge has a new internet speed checking tool that makes sense out of those figures and tells you if your connection is suitable for gaming and watching Netlix, Hulu, or streaming live to Twitch. Read More

How To Open A Google Docs File From A Home Screen Shortcut [iOS]

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Productivity apps are rarely worth using unless they have smartphones apps to accompany their web or desktop interfaces. Google Docs is no different; it's an incredibly awesome way to collaborate and create documents in the cloud but it would be far less useful if it didn't have an app for iOS and Android devices. The Google Docs app is feature rich and has a nifty little 'Starred' option for bookmarking your most important documents but if going through them still seems like a tedious task to you, you can use a little trick with an HTML file, Dropbox, and of course Google Docs to open a document in two taps. This hack comes from Sascha Mombartz who developed it. Read More

Toggle System Settings And Launch Apps Via Text Commands On OS X

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Spotlight is quite a popular feature on OS X and people who have used both OS X and Windows often cite it as the better of the two. Spotlight is great for launching apps or looking up the definition of a word but it is still a basic search tool. Lacona is free OS X app that's built to work like Spotlight but is exponentially better. The app will let you launch other apps, open URLs in any app of your choice, toggle the WiFi switch, empty the trash, and much more all by typing it into the Spotlight like command bar. Where Spotlight can search apps, Lacona can perform actions. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

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iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Multimedia Actions For The Function Keys

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The function keys on our laptops double as multimedia keys that allow us to pause/play a video, mute/unmute the speakers, manage the volume, manage screen brightness, toggle the WiFi switch, and project to a screen. If you have a PC then it's likely the keyboard you use with it has dedicated keys for most of these functions. The function keys, i.e. the F1-F12 keys simply perform their default functions without you having to hold down a special Fn key on your keyboard. Laptops are a different story and if you're looking to disable the multimedia function for these keys there's a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. Alternatively, if the function keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with, you need to look at your system's BIOS to sort it out. Read More

How To Upload Images Directly To Instagram From Inside Any App

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Before Facebook bought Instagram, the app kept an air of exclusivity about it. It was only available for the iOS platform and remained so for a long time until Facebook's acquisition turned things in a different direction. Since then, Instagram has slowly opened up with a reasonably functional web interface and apps for the Android and Windows phone platform. The app has just received a small update that opens it up further allowing users to post to Instagram from any other app via the share menu. Before, users could export an image to Instagram or save it to their camera roll and access it from the Instagram app but as of version 8.2, that is all history. Read More