Ten Best Features Coming To Windows 10 With The Anniversary Update

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The Windows 10 Anniversary update is going to bring some big features to the desktop operating system. Some of the more noteworthy features mentioned at Build 2016 included some serious improvements to inking and speech recognition, fingerprint and Windows Hello authentication for apps, and new emoji among others. There are of course other features both big and small that are going to be part of this update. Here are the ten most awesome ones to look forward to. Read More

How To Set Priority Levels For App Notifications In Windows 10

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Action Center in Windows 10 has a very different look. For one it makes reviewing notifications much easier and interacting with an app is through notifications is far more efficient. Action Center itself isn't a new Windows feature and as such doesn't have an infancy stage to go through. It came equipped with all the right features in July 2015 and Microsoft is still working to improve it. In Preview build 14316 there's a new feature that lets you set the priority an app's notifications have in the Action Center. Apps with a higher priority appear higher in the Action Center. Here's how to set app notification priority in Windows 10. Read More

How To Pin An App Window To All Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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The virtual desktops in Windows 10 is a highlight feature of the OS but it doesn't exactly blow away the competition. It's a feature that's been implemented as basically as possible. The good thing is that since it's Windows, a developer will eventually come along and make something that supplements its features and makes it amazing. Microsoft isn't done with the feature though; the Anniversary Update that should come out this summer is going to be making some improvements to Virtual Desktops. In build 14316 one of the many new features up for testing is a pin app to desktop feature that allows you to pin an app window to all virtual desktops. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Check Which Apps Consume The Most Battery In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a battery saver feature which will reduce background app activity, among other things, when it is enabled. The feature is meant for both Surface tablets and Windows 10 laptops and allows you to conserve the battery charge. You can set it to turn on automatically when your battery charge drops to a certain percentage. The battery saver mode disables all background activity for apps by default but it does let you add exceptions. When adding exceptions it's a good idea to know how much battery an app consumes before you allow it to run in the background. Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool to check battery usage on a per-app basis. Here's where you can find it. Read More

Use One Gmail Email To Create Multiple Accounts On Any Website

Facebook limits a user to one profile per email but it gives you freedom to have as many pages you want. A Facebook page doesn't require the setting up of a separate profile but the same can't be said for Twitter or Instagram. Both networks allow one account per email. If you ever need to create a second Twitter or Instagram account you will need to use an email address that isn't already associated with an account on these sites unless you use Gmail. If you use Gmail then you can use the same email to create multiple accounts on social networking sites or other web service. Here's how. Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

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Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how. Read More

Save An Image From Google Image Search Results To Your Google Account

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Google Photos on Android has been update. The update now allows users to selectively sync photos from their device to Google Photos as opposed to having them all sync to it. It's also made a small but very useful update to Google Image search. If you are signed into your Google account when you search for images, you can save an image from the results to your Google account. A Save button now appears next to the 'View Image' button when you preview an image result. It doesn't seem to work just yet on local Google Image versions but is working on Google.com. Read More

How To Add Any URL To Your Facebook Saved Items List

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Two years ago Facebook introduced a 'Save' feature that allowed users to bookmark or save for later content they found on the network. It let you save links, images, books, movies, pages, and music and mimicked Pocket to a great extent. It was however limited to only saving content shared on Facebook. If you found a link outside Facebook, you couldn't add it to your list of Saved items. That's changed as of two days ago; Facebook has released a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar and use it to send any link on the web to your Facebook 'Saved' list. Read More

How To Send Dropbox Files From Facebook Messenger

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Dropbox can sync your files to multiple desktops, tablets, and of course your smartphone. The Dropbox app for both iOS and Android is pretty awesome; you can view some of the more common file types in it, upload files, create folders, and manage your files. As of a recent update, the Dropbox app has made file sharing even easier by integrating itself with the Facebook Messenger app. Where normally you would find options for stickers, emojis, and GIFs to send over Messenger, you will now also find Drobox listed as an option to send files. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Customize & Remove The Title Bar Background In MS Office 2016

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MS Office 2016 doesn't have a long list of awesome new features. The new additions made to Office 2016 are few and they aren't for everyone. Moreover not all new features are functional in nature. MS Office 2016 has made an effort to make the UI better looking. It comes with a dark and light theme now, and it's added a background design to the title bar. The design by default shows clouds but you can change it or remove it altogether if you like. Here's how. Read More

Disable The Space Bar’s Page Down Function On YouTube

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The space bar is tied to two different functions in a browser; on a normal web page it will scroll the page down. On YouTube it will play/pause a video on a good day. If you use the space bar to scroll pages and it genuinely makes reading and browsing easier than it would be if you used two-finger scroll or the mouse wheel, you won't mind that it rarely pauses/plays YouTube videos and instead just scrolls the page down. If, however you find the space bar's scroll behavior on YouTube annoying you might want to disable it. Here's how. Read More

Find Spoilers For A Movie You Are Planning To Watch

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This post contains spoilers for the 2014 movie The Babadook. It's a movie I haven't seen yet because I'm too scared to watch it. When it comes to watching movies, particularly those that are hyped beyond reason like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we generally try to avoid spoilers so as to not ruin the end. In some cases, it is advisable to skip watching a movie's trailer so that your expectations aren't influenced by it. That said, spoilers aren't bad if you keep them to yourself. They can often tell you if a movie that has a reasonably good premise loses itself in the third act. Often the end is what might compel you to see a story play out. Spoil Me is a web app that helps you find spoilers for any movie you want to watch. Read More

Move Your MS Word Auto Recovery Folder To The Cloud To Avoid Losing Documents

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If Microsoft Word ever crashes or you experience a system crash while you have an MS Word document open you can likely recover most if not all of your document through the auto-recovery copy that the app saves regularly. In most cases, this will always save you when something goes wrong. If you're however looking to be extra safe for when Murphy's law kicks in a night before something important is due, you should consider changing the MS Word auto recovery folder's location to a cloud drive. You can use just about any service that has a desktop app and syncs files to the cloud. Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive are all great options. Here's how to change the Auto Recovery folder's location. Read More

How To Translate Web Pages From Inside Safari [iOS]

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Many features available on popular desktop browsers are often not available on their mobile counterparts. Likewise, there are some features that seem so basic almost every browser in the world ought to have them but don't. Case in point; the ability to translate text on the go. Chrome for the desktop and for iOS can do this on the fly but the same can't be said for Safari on iOS. If you prefer using Safari on iOS and would like to translate text on a web page you need to rely on an app that takes advantage of iOS extensions and can translate text. The app you're looking for is the Microsoft Translator app. Read More

How To Get Ubuntu And Bash Running On Windows 10

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One of the biggest announcements made at Microsoft Build 2016 was that Ubuntu and Bash were coming to Windows. For the developer community, this is big news. The stable release of a Windows 10 version that supports bash isn't going to be out until summer but an insider build has already been released to the Fast ring that can download Ubuntu and run Bash. If you're wondering how you can get bash going and download Ubuntu on Windows 10, here's a simple guide. Read More

How To Switch To The Fast Ring In The Windows Insider Program

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Microsoft has made it incredibly easy for anyone to test out the beta builds for Windows 10. It regularly releases these builds to everyone who has joined the insider program via Windows updates. If you've joined the insider program you are probably aware that there are two release channels that Microsoft calls 'rings'. The Slow ring as its name signifies gets the latest build later while the Fast ring gets them much sooner. When you join the insider program, you are by default sent to the Slow ring. Here's how you can switch to the Fast ring and get newer builds much sooner. Read More

Mute ‘Reply All’ Messages In A Gmail Thread Unless You Are Emailed Directly

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At some point in our lives we've all accidentally hit the 'Reply all' button and sent a message that was meant for one person to everyone in a conversation thread. Depending on what might have been said in the message damage control followed. Most people make this mistake once or twice but if you find yourself part of a Gmail conversation thread where people keep hitting the 'Reply all' button unnecessarily, you can check yourself out of the conversation until and unless a message in the thread is sent specifically to you. Here's how. Read More

Add Tasks To Todo.txt From A Modern UI App & Sync It To Dropbox [Windows]

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You can use a simple text file created in Notepad to keep track of things you need to get done. By naming it todo.txt, and using the correct syntax you can track the things you need to remember and the things you've done from this list. If you find entering syntax is tedious give ActionText a try. It's a free Windows app that can add and tracks things you need to get done via the Todo.txt file. You can save the file anywhere you want including your Dropbox folder and have your list of to-dos sync to any device. Read More

Make Your Writing Easier To Read By Using 1000 Commonly Used Words

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Writing is tricky business; you don't just have to get words out on paper, you also have to make sure what you've written can be understood by whoever reads it. This is often the more daunting part of writing because you can rarely guesstimate the comprehension level of your reader. EasyWrite a little text analyzing web app that aims to make your writing easier to understand. The app has a database of the one thousand most commonly used words and when your writing contains a word that can be substituted by one that is more commonly used, EasyWrite highlights it. Read More

How To Use The Text Formatting Features In Whatsapp

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Whatsapp has been in the news as of late for adding end-to-end encryption to both text based and voice based messages. It also quietly added another feature at the end of last month; text formatting. Text formatting means you can now make text appear bold, italicized, and struck through in your conversations. The feature doesn't come in the form of dedicated buttons that will let you select text and apply the formatting style. Instead you have to use the correct syntax around the text you want to apply the formatting to. Here's how. Read More