How To Enable System UI Tuner In Android 6.0

Android 6.0 is slowly rolling out to devices and it certainly comes with lots of new features that you will want to explore. Some features in Marshmallow are experimental and hidden away unless you decide you absolutely want to, have to, need to, try them out. These new experimental features reside in a preference in the Settings app called the System UI Tuner but you won't simply see the preference there if you open the Settings app. System UI Tuner, because of the experimental nature of its settings, has to be enabled first. Here's how. Read More

Create A VLC Shortcut That Plays All Audio Files In A Selected Folder

VLC player is incredibly popular. So popular that I don't really need to give it much of an introduction. A lot of people substitute their default media players with VLC players and it's equally popular on both Windows and OS X. What makes VLC so great is how powerful it is and how you can always find a plug-in to use with it that will make it better. That said, if you're a Windows user who hasn't set VLC player as the default media player but would like to use it to play all media files in a particular folder there isn't a simple way to do it through the UI. Here's a little tweak you apply to a VLC player desktop shortcut that will allow have it play all media files in a pre-selected folder. Read More

Stop Android 6.0 From Saving Your Passwords To Your Google Account

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Android 6.0 comes with lots of new features and one of those is Smart Passwords. What does Smart Passwords do? Well it takes your passwords and syncs them to your Google Account so you never ever lose them again, ever. It sounds great, right? Google will have all your passwords and everything you use requires a Google account. It's basically a version of 'One Ring to rule them all' that fits our world. The feature unfortunately is turned on by default when you upgrade to Android 6.0. In Android Lollipop a similar feature existed that saved your Wi-Fi password to your Google account. With Android 6.0 it takes things further and stores passwords entered in apps and websites. If that alarms you, here's where you can turn the Smart Passwords off. Read More

How To Access The Built-In File Manager In Android 6.0

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A few years ago, Android used to come with an app that made it possible for users to browse files stored on their device. Whether it was the internal memory or a memory card you wanted to access files on, the app let you do it. It was basic but unfortunately it soon disappeared. Users have since used file browsers that are available on the Google Play store but as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there is once again a default file browser available on the system. Accessing it is a bit tricky though because it's not a stand alone app as you would expect it to be. Here's how you can access it. Read More

Disable Spelling & Grammar Check For A Paragraph In MS Word

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Last week, we showed you how to disable spelling and/or grammar checks in MS Word for an entire document without turning it off for every document. While it may be useful to turn spell-check off for a document, the chances that you write one where it's completely useless or more of a hindrance than a helping tool are small. What you're more likely to find yourself writing is a document where portions of it need to be excluded from the spelling and grammar check while others need it. Here's how you can disable it for portions of a document but keep it running for the document on a whole. Read More

How To Copy & Paste Text Formatting In MS Word via Keyboard Shortcuts

The first group project I ever did in college was a mess. Besides not knowing how to collaborate on a project, we had little to no idea what a finished and perfectly formatted project report looked like. We did know that one poor soul in the group would be in charge of compiling the work everyone had done into a presentable document. I only wish we'd discovered the format painting tool back then. When I did finally discover it I was amazed for about two weeks and then wishing there were an easier way to do it i.e. keyboard shortcuts. Fortunately, there is. MS Word lets you copy and paste text via keyboard shortcuts but it also lets you copy and paste format from selected text though it isn't as widely known. Here's how. Read More

Allow Other Users To Run Certain Programs With Admin Rights

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A few days ago we showed you how to run the task manager as an administrator or a different user. The process  required that you would need the admin password to do so. In an almost polar opposite scenario, we're looking at what you should do if you want to give users the ability to run certain programs with Admin rights, but without giving them the administrator password. The simplest way comes in the form of a little utility called RunAsTool. It's free and you can use it to grant other users permission to run programs with elevated persmission. Here's how it works. Read More

You Need To Stop KB 3035583 From Installing Again

Starting June 2015, Microsoft aggressively began to push Windows 10 to its existing users. The push came in the form of an app called Get Windows 10. It installed with an update and appeared in the system try. It could check your system (hardware and apps) for compatibility with Windows 10 and allowed you to reserve a copy of the new operating system. The update did something else though; it also downloaded files to install Windows 10, regardless if you reserved a copy for it or not. Users suddenly found their main Windows drive short on 6GB with nothing to account for the used space. It turned out to be KB 3035583 and one other update that were responsible for the used space; it was downloading Windows files to a folder called $WINDOWS.~BT. To recover lost space, the folder had to be deleted and the updates responsible for the files had to be hidden so that they didn't install again. Unfortunately, the update is back and very likely to install itself again unless you hide it. Here's how to hide the update and why it's back. Read More

How To Disable Shake To Undo Typing In iOS 9

Shake to undo typing was a feature (gesture?) that I discovered purely by accident and that too after owning an iOS device for a whole year. I've never intentionally used it though it has popped on my screen unwanted by accident. Of all the gestures that iOS supports, not only is the shake to undo one the least I've ever used, it's also the silliest to execute. As of iOS 9 you can finally disable it from the Settings app. Here's how. Read More

Park Images In A Temporary Holder To Copy Them Easily [Windows]

Copying files is something we do regularly and it's incredibly easy. You can use keyboard shortcuts to select files, or you can use the mouse to select and drag & drop them to a new destination. That said copying files while incredibly easy can become tedious if  the files you want to copy to a single location all reside in different folders. For images, it's all the more annoying because they will have generic system generated names instead of user specified ones. You will have to spend more time identifying the correct image before you can copy them. ImgPark is a free Windows utility that provides you a virtual holder for images that you copy to your clipboard. Once you've copied them all, you can paste them to a single folder with just a few clicks. The utility works with JPG and Bitmap images. For some reason, PNG files are not supported. Read More

Check Your Tone And Write Emails That Are More Polite

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Manners maketh man and if you've seen Kingsman you already know that. Manners go beyond just giving the elderly your seat in a packed train or holding the door open for someone. They extend to how you communicate and when you're working, how you say something matters even more. Fox Type is a web app that analyzes how polite or how rude a message is. You can use it to analyze just about any text and it will show you, through a tone scale, how politely or rudely you are talking to people. The app not only provides an indicator but it also explains why some words might be deemed rude, and provides alternatives that are either more polite, or more neutral in tone. Read More

How To Sync Your Menstruation Cycle Data With The iOS 9 Health App

Apple did not include a health app in its mobile operating system until fitness bands and other activity tracking devices became popular. It is, however, fact that long before the Health app debuted in iOS 8, there were plenty of health tracking apps available in the App Store. People used them to keep track of their blood pressure, their diabetes, their medication, and their reproductive health. The introduction of the Health app meant users could add and maintain their health data in one place. Unfortunately, the Health app in iOS 8 did not include a way to track your reproductive health, and more importantly, your menstruation cycle. This was rectified in iOS 9 and here's how you can now keep track of, and sync this data with the Health app. Read More

How To Switch Gmail Accounts From The URL Bar

Gmail is possibly the most popular email service today and its success has nothing to do with Google forcing it down people's throat. Gmail itself is an excellent service that can filter spam better than Yahoo Mail (or Ymail?) and Hotmail. It's conversation threads make it exceptionally easy to follow long discussions over email, and with the passage of time Google has integrated Google Docs and Google Drive to make Gmail even more powerful. Just a few years back though you'd be surprised that Gmail lacked a very essential feature; you couldn't switch between accounts easily. You had to sign in and out of accounts to make the switch. This was a problem to say the least since most people have two Gmail accounts (work and personal). Fortunately, the feature was added inside the Gmail web interface but if you've ever wanted to directly open the right Gmail account without waiting for Gmail to load, here's how you can from the URL bar of your browser. Read More

Free eBook: Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux

The internet as we know it today would not have existed if it weren't for the development and use of security measures that keep us and our information safe. Think about it; we would be less inclined to perform banking transactions, save our medical and legal information, and upload our personal photos anywhere if the services we used couldn't keep the information out of the wrong hhands. As end users we actively look for ways to keep our information but anyone developing a service is equally concerned with security and a lot goes into making sure a server is secure. For anyone who's interested in learning to test servers for security, Kali Linux is the go-to tool to use to test the security and vulnerability of web sites, web applications, and web protocols. Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux is a comprehensive ebook that covers the basic concepts of web penetration testing, how to gather information on test targets, identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in both server and host side attacks, authentication processes and how they can be compromised, and much more. The book is priced at $29.99 but AddictiveTips readers can get it for free. Here's how to get your copy and a brief look at what it covers. Read More

Disable Spelling & Grammar Checks In A Specific MS Word Document

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MS Word is one of the most sophisticated word processors available in the market today. I'd say Pages is just as good but I'd be lying. You can use MS Word to write reports, make your CV, write up a great paper with citations and captioned images, insert a smart table of contents and even a table of figures, and much more. With it having so many great tools it makes it perfect for just about any sort of writing. Now imagine Tolkien writing one his epic books in MS Word and you know it would have more red than the flag of Turkey. Sometimes the grammar and spell check in MS Word saves our lives but at other times, it can be simply annoying. If you find you're writing something where the tool is a hindrance, here's how you can disable it for just that one document. Read More

How To Run Windows Task Manager As The Admin Or Any Another User

It isn't uncommon for computers, particularly those managed in an office network to be managed by a user with admin privileges while the other users log in as normal users with some limitations imposed. Some users themselves prefer to keep their routine account separate from the admin account so that they have something to fall back on in case something goes wrong with the first one. One of the many things you can do from an admin account, or if you have admin rights on a system is quit troublesome processes which refuse to quit from an account with low-level privileges via the Task Manager. If you've ever needed to run Task Manager as an admin user on your current account, here's a simple way of doing just that. Read More

How To Get The iCloud Drive App On Your iPhone In iOS 9

iCloud is a fairly old service that Apple introduced on both its desktop and mobile platforms  a while back. For the most part, iCloud remains in the background on iOS. You may have turned the service on and everything, and apps may be saving documents and photos to it but iCloud itself exists as a preference to be managed in the Settings app. As of iOS 9, it's finally been given app status though it isn't apparent because you have to enable it. Here's how you can get the iCloud app on your iPhone or iPad. You need to be running iOS 9 (or above). Read More

Read Trending News From Around The World With Moments By Twitter

News is what compelled me to join Twitter; it's a place where news breaks fast and you don't have to go searching for it too much. People you follow talk about trending news, the hashtags find related conversations, and every breakthrough or update finds you itself. Ideally, this is pretty great but it relies on two very unpredictable factors; the people you follow and the hashtags that are being used. It's perfectly normal to open Twitter, see a whole bunch of trending hashtags and have no clue what they're related to. Finding the right tweet, one that explains what the tag signifies takes time and the people you follow may actually make it worse if they misinterpret it. Basically you've got Twitter which is a great place for news but then you've got hashtags and trends that can create a lot of confusion. Moments is Twitter's attempt at fixing all this; it's a new feature introduced by the service on both its web version, and mobile apps that shows you trending stories from four different categories. Read More

How To Control Text Selection By Character, Word, And Paragraph [Windows]

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Selecting text is easy. We do it everyday not just on our computers but also on our phones. There is no skill involved, and no training required to learn this skill. You click, hold, and drag until you've highlighted the text you need to copy and then use the right shortcut to copy (or cut) it. You might have noticed that sometimes when you're copying text, it runs ahead of the character you want to limit it to and sometimes, it just snails by when you want it to select text faster. Turns out, there is a small trick to selecting text making it so you can select it one character, one word, or one paragraph at a time. Here's how it works. Read More

Get Impersonal Search Results From Google

Google serves us search results that are personalized; it takes into account several things, most of which involve your browsing behavior and some personal information like your current location, to give you more relevant results. This is what makes Google a great search engine but it can and does backfire. Sometimes, your personal information and what Google knows about you can give you irrelevant results. Impersonal.Me is a web app built on top of Google that strips away any and all personal preferences that Google takes into account when you search for something to give you unadulterated results. Read More