What Are Battery Usage Alerts In Android 7.1.2

Android 7.1.2 is rolling out to Nexus and Pixel phones. It's a smallish update with mostly bug fixes and one noteworthy new feature; Battery Usage Alerts. The name is oddly vague and hints that the feature will alert you when your battery is low. This is in fact not the case. Battery usage alerts doesn't tell you when your device charge is at a certain level/percentage. It tells you when an app is consuming much too much power. As such, these alerts aren't alerts in the strictest sense of the word. It simply highlights the power hungry apps on your device. In older versions you had to manually scan battery usage by apps to see which was draining your battery the most. Now, Android will just filter it out for you in a much smarter way.Read More

How To View And Clear The Printer Queue In Windows 10

In Windows 7, when you print a document a little printer icon appears in the System Tray. This icon lets you access the printer's queue. From the printer queue you can pause or cancel a print job. This has changed in Windows 10. When you connect a printer and print a document no icon appears in the System Tray. As such, there doesn't seem to be any way to view or clear the printer queue in Windows 10. It's still possible if you know where to look. You can view and clear the printer queue and you don't need to connect the printer to your system to do so. Here's how.Read More

How To Download Netflix Content On Windows 10

At the end of 2016, Netflix introduced a download feature in its iOS and Android apps. The feature lets users download select content to their phone or tablet. The feature helps reduce data consumption on a cellular plan. Netflix users can download content when a WiFi connection is available and watch it when they are offline. This same feature is now available on the Netflix app for Windows 10. The Netflix app is only available through the Windows Store which means this feature is for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users. Here's how you can download Netflix content on Windows.Read More

How To Select Only Visible Cells In Excel

Excel lets you hide columns and rows.This is a great way to make a clean, presentable Excel sheet. You can insert formulas in rows and columns, and hide them later. It also keeps other users from editing your formula. If the formula isn't visible, chances are people are less likely to try and edit it. Hiding rows and columns is also a good way to hide the data used to create graphs or dashboards in the spreadsheet. The only problem with hidden cells is that while they are invisible, Excel still selects and copies their content. It still reads the data in hidden rows and columns even if it doesn't show it.  This is a problem if you want to copy only the visible cells in a sheet. Here's how you can select only visible cells in Excel, and copy their content.Read More

Fix Pinned Apps Not Opening In Place On The Taskbar In Windows 10

When you open a pinned app from the Taskbar, it opens exactly where it is pinned. A line appears under the icon to show that the pinned app is running. This is what happens when the Taskbar shortcut is pinned correctly. It will likely work that way on older versions of Windows but not on Windows 10. It seems there's an odd sort of bug that makes it so apps open separately from their pinned icons. You have an entire row of icons, and then a second icon showing its active window. The second icon showing the running app should not be there. The pinned icon should show you the app is running. If your app icons do otherwise you have a problem. Here's how you can fix pinned apps not opening in place on the Taskbar in Windows 10.Read More

How To Enable A Preview Pane In Gmail

MS Outlook and the Mail app in Windows 10 have something in common; a preview pane. The UI has three columns; inboxes/folders, emails in an inbox, and a preview pane. When you select an email from the list of emails, you get a preview of it in the preview pane. A lot of desktop email clients have this same UI. Thunderdbird and Mail in macOS are no different. If you like this particular layout but would prefer to have it in Gmail web, you can. To enable a preview pane in Gmail you have turn on an experimental feature called Preview Pane. Here's how.Read More

How To Share Your Live Location In Messages [iOS]

iOS 10 brought a lot of changes to the Messages app. The two major changes were reactions to messages and the iMessage app ecosystem. These substantially big changes made it so that the smaller ones were over-shadowed. iOS 10 added a neat little location sharing option to the Messages app. It's a clever context-aware option that pops up when you type the words 'I'm at' or when someone asks you where you are. Of course, to share your live location in Messages, you need to give the app access to your current location. This only works for iMessages and not for text messages. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Fix Red Screen Of Death In Windows

Windows has garnered a bit of reputation of being such an unstable platform since Windows 10 was released. While not true for all versions of Windows, the OS has its problems at times. Windows errors usually bring us to the much dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). However, there is a phenomenon known as Red Screen of Death (RSoD) and we all know that red is considerably more maniacal than blue. A red screen fatality does not occur as frequently as a blue one but it signifies more trouble than the blue screen of death. On the off-chance you were unfortunate enough to have received the Read Screen of Death, here are a few things you can try to fix it.Read More

How To Open An MS Word Document In Outline View By Default

MS Word has three different display modes; Reading Mode, Print Layout, and Web Layout. When you exit an MS Word file and open it again, it remembers the mode you were using when you closed it. This only applies to saved documents. You can't use this same setting for a new MS Word document. A new MS Word document will always open in the Print Layout. MS Word also has another, lesser known, mode called Outline View. Outline View shows all headings in the document as a list. It's a great way to move one section to another. If you want to open an MS Word document in Outline view by default, you're going to need a little Macro for it.Read More

How To Fix Black Desktop Background In Windows

The desktop wallpaper is a standard feature in any desktop. It's easy to change in Windows and you can set a static image, a slideshow, or a solid color as your background. It's rare for this feature to ever break but it's not impossible. Sometimes when you try to change the wallpaper in Windows you get a black desktop background. This can happen regardless if you're trying to set a wallpaper or a slideshow as your background. Normally, this doesn't just happen if you had a perfectly normal Windows installation. A change in your display settings usually through a third-party app is often the cause. Here's how you can fix black desktop background in Windows.Read More

How To Move All New Emails To A Folder In Outlook Via Quick Steps

Outlook lets you create rules for the emails you send and receive. Rules are a great automation feature that help you control and sort your email. Another equally impressive but less talked about feature in Outlook is Quick Steps. It's an automation feature that automates actions like moving emails or copying them. Using Quick Steps, you can move all new emails to a specific folder in one click. This will move them out of your inbox and into their own dedicated 'Today' folder. It takes very little to set up and you can run the quick step multiple times a day. Here's what you need to do.Read More

Shut Down Windows When You Close Your Laptop Lid

If you have a laptop running Windows, you have the option to customize what the power button does. You also have the option to customize what happens when you close your laptop's lid. This feature has been part of Windows for a very long time. Most people use it to put their laptop to sleep or in hibernate mode. If however, you prefer to shut down your system at the end of the day and want a faster way to do it, you can shut down Windows by closing the laptop lid. This of course only works for laptops and not desktops but it's a no-click way to shut down Windows. It's also really simple to set up. Here's what you need to do.Read More

Run Bash As Admin From The Context Menu In Windows 10

The Anniversary Update added Bash to Windows 10. The feature in and of itself was the major highlight of the update. This feature is for developers and not the average end user. Bash in Windows 10 makes developing on the Windows platform much easier. It's also a great way to get developers to upgrade to Windows 10 because you can't get Bash natively on older versions of Windows. This is a Windows 10 only feature. Bash in Windows 10 is an optional feature so it isn't integrated like the Command Prompt. If you want to run Bash as admin from the context menu, and be able to open it in any folder location you have to tweak the registry a bit. Here's how.Read More

How To Share Your Live Location On Facebook Messenger With Friends

Facebook is on a roll this month. It's added quite a few features to the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps. These features have been borrowed from Snapchat for the most part. The newest addition to the Facebook Messenger app is location sharing. Location sharing was possible for quite a while so the feature itself isn't new. What's new is that you can now share your live location on Facebook Messenger. This new feature aims to help your friends keep track of you inside the app without constantly asking for a location update. You can share your live location on Facebook Messenger with one or multiple friends for sixty minutes.Read More

How To Create And Share A Facebook Story

Earlier this month, Facebook Messenger added its very own stories feature. The feature is a clone of Snapchat stories. Facebook has added a similar feature to Instagram and Whatsapp, both apps that it owns. The company has just added stories to the main Facebook app. You can now take photos or  videos from the Facebook iOS or Android app and add it to your Facebook Story. The story will remain visible for 24 hours and you can choose who can view your Facebook Story. At present, Facebook stories are not cross posted to Messenger. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Use Reactions In Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is rolling out a new feature; reactions. If you use an iOS device, reacting to a message is something you can do in the stock Messages app. Facebook has added a similar feature to Facebook Messenger except it's using its own custom reactions. These reactions are similar to the ones you use when you react to a post in your feed. There is a 'Like' reaction and also a dislike reaction in the form of a thumbs up and a thumbs down emoji. Here's how to use reactions in Facebook Messenger.Read More

How To Undervolt A CPU To Increase PC Performance

All microprocessors, or Central Processing Units (CPUs) operate at a very specific voltage. However, given the colossal assembly line at which these processors roll out, some processor models are tested at voltages higher than they really need. There is a process called Dynamic Voltage Scaling, a power management technique where voltages of individual components inside a computer can be increased/decreased. You save power when the CPU consumes less of it. This also leads to your system not heating up as much meaning the fans will no have to work as hard. Here's how to undervolt a CPURead More

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website's name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don't like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It's called Don't add custom search engines. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Fix Scrambled Video Playback In VLC Player

VLC player can play just about any file type. If you have an MKV file that the Movies & TV app in Windows 10 can't play, VLC is the answer. The app can do more than just play media; you can use it to stream a live feed and even record your desktop. That said and despite its many features, VLC still stutters at times when playing a  video. This can happen to a video regardless if it is an MP4 file or an MKV file. If you play the same file using a different app and the problem goes away then you need to tweak your VLC player settings. Here's how you can fix scrambled video playback in VLC.Read More

Fix This App Can’t Run On Your PC Error In Windows 10

The Windows 10 SmartScreen filter protects you from apps by unverified developers. The filter is easy to dismiss if you know the app in question is safe. The SmartScreen filter shows different error messages most of which you can resolve. It's usually only a matter of needing extra permissions or signing in to your administrator account. The same can't be said for the This app can't run on your PC error generated by the SmartScreen filter. It tells you simply to contact the app developer and nothing else. The error might appear for apps that have previously run without any problems. Here's how you can fix the This App Can't Run On Your PC error in Windows 10.Read More