How To Automatically Keep All Digital Touch Messages In iOS 10

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Digital touch messages are a new addition to the Messages app in iOS 10. They work between iMessage conversation threads and replicate a feature of the same name from the Apple Watch. Digital touch messages let you draw a message and send it. When you receive a Digital touch message, you see a 'Keep' option under it. Tapping it will save the message forever. The person sending the message will know it was kept. If you don't keep a message, it expires after two minutes which is a rather small time frame. The good news is, you can automatically save all Digital Touch messages you receive if you know what switch to flip. Read More

Block ‘Mailto:’ Links And Copy The Email Address To Your Clipboard [Chrome]

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You will often find the 'Contact Us' button on many websites, particularly those meant to provide support or send feedback are in fact 'Mailto:' links. The Mailto: link automatically opens your default email client. For Windows users, this might be Outlook, Thunderbird, or the new Mail app in Windows 10. For macOS users, this might be the default email client Mail. If you prefer the Mailto: links not open an email client, or you'd rather not be prompted to choose how to handle the link request, NoMailto: is a Chrome extension that's worth checking out. It does two things; it stops Mailto: links from opening your email client, and it gives you the choice to simply copy the email address to your clipboard. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Set Default Apps In Windows 10 When It Won’t Let You

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Windows has always made it easy to set default apps. If you don't like Internet Explorer, or Windows Media Player, you can easily change the default web browser and the default media player. This has been true for all versions of Windows, and Windows 10 is no different. The Settings app has a dedicated section under the System group of settings for selecting default apps. Unfortunately, and because we're talking about Windows 10, the 'Default Apps' section is prone to errors. Often, users are unable to set a default app despite doing everything right. The new app they select simply refuses to be associated with the default you want to set it for. The solution is a fairly simple one; set defaults through the control panel instead. Read More

How To Add Custom Gridlines To Any Website In Chrome

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Apple might be falling apart in terms of both hardware and software design but at its peak, it taught us how good something looks if it's properly aligned. The point is, when things line up perfectly they look better and this hold true for industrial design and web design. Website designs are usually created in Photoshop but that's not to say designers and developers don't tinker with the look of a website in their browser. It's pretty easy to tinker with; all you have to do is open the web development console that all major web browsers have and add padding, change text color, etc. One thing all these consoles lack is an alignment tool. If Chrome is your preferred browser for development, Baseliner is an extension you have to try out. It adds a series of horizontal lines to your screen. You have complete freedom to define the spacing between these lines as well as their color. Additionally, the tool lets you add custom padding to the top of a page before the gridlines. Read More

How To Insert A Symbol In Google Docs By Drawing It

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Word processors support more than just the common symbols the average person needs to use. The most common ones can easily be typed via a standard keyboard. All other symbols are used far less often and word processors like MS Word, Pages, and Google Docs support a wide range of them. If you need to insert a symbol in apps like MS Word or Pages, you have to go through a list of them and find the right one. Google Docs offers a better and rather intelligent solution to inserting symbols. It lets you draw the symbol and narrows down the list based on your drawing. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

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When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Remotely Sign Out Of Skype

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We've all heard horror stories about leaving a social media account signed in on the wrong computer. At one point, these stories were quite common and were instrumental in training us to always log out of Facebook. If you do forget to log out of Facebook on a public computer, you can remotely end all sessions. The same holds true for Gmail but this is a feature few services offer. If you have left your Skype account signed in on a public computer, or a phone that is no longer in your possession, you're likely looking for a way to end the session remotely. Skype has a simple little command that does the trick. Read More

Insert Emoji From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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Desktop web browsers still do not support emoji. Unless a web app supports them, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer will not let you see them. If supported by the operating system e.g. macOS, you will be able to insert an emoji but that's the only exception to the case. Emoji Plus is a Firefox add-on that lets you insert emoji from the right-click context menu. It works inside text input fields and features a list of commonly used emoji. Read More

How To Backup And Download Your Favorite Vines As MP4 Files

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Vine is being shut down. Twitter made the announcement just before the weekend. Users will no longer be able to record and upload new vines. Twitter said it will keep the old Vines around so they aren't lost forever, yet. Given that Vine is being shut down so soon, it's not a good idea to bank on Twitter keeping your favorite vines around forever. Fortunately there are other ways to keep your Vines around, ones that don't rely on Twitter. Giphy is offering to convert them to GIFs but that will leave you without the sound. A far better way to backup your Vines is to download them. RIP Vine is a free web app that lets you download Vines by any user. The Vines are saved in MP4 format. You are free to immortalize them/upload them to other websites like Facebook or Instagram once you have the MP4 file. Read More

How To Get A Plus Code For A Location In Google Maps

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You can share locations in Google Maps via a link. If you'r trying to help someone find your house or a place of business, the easiest thing to do is to drop a pin and share it. When someone clicks or taps on the link, they jump to the location in question. The link is more or less the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location in question. Google Maps has another way to share locations though; plus codes. You can get a plus code for any location you drop a pin on. The codes are available only in the Android and iOS apps and not the web interface. In Google's own words, a Plus Code is like a postal address, one that Google Maps understands. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Share Game Clips And Screenshots To Your Xbox Feed In Windows 10

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GameDVR is an Xbox app feature in Windows 10 that lets you record game play or take screenshots whenever you like. The screenshot and screen recording feature isn't there just so you can forever preserve your gaming achievements. You can share them to your activity stream so that your friends can see them. This might not be common knowledge because there is no option to share images or videos from the Activity section. In order to share a screenshot or a video, you have to go to the GameDVR section in the Xbox app, find the screenshot/video, and then upload it. Here's how. Read More

Get An Email Alert When A Github Repository Has A New Release

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Github is home to some truly awesome projects. If you're a developer, you can follow projects and contribute to their development. There's quite a bit of activity that goes on if a project is in active development. If you aren't a developer though, and would just like to passively monitor a project for its next release, Releaser is a simple web app that you might like. It lets you add projects you want to monitor for updates on Github. When a project is updated with a new release, Releaser will send you an email. A new release is the only activity you get an email for. All other activity is simply ignored. Read More

How To Get A Character Count From The Right-Click Context Menu In Firefox

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The most useful tools are often the simplest ones. Case in point; Characters Counter. It's a Firefox add-on that can count the number of characters in selected text. A word counter is often a part of apps like word processors. You can find one in MS Word and in Google Docs. The tool is predictably useful because a user might need to meet a certain word count when working on a document. Just as word count limits are often important when creating a document, character counts are important when you're posting anything online. Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

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A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize iMessage Font And Background In iOS 10

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iMessage apps are mostly sticker apps. There is a small selection of actual productive apps but the stickers category is the more populous one. We don't have anything against stickers but the average sticker app costs $0.99 and it comes down to how many of these are you going to buy. You have to choose your sticker packs carefully. If you aren't too excited about stickers for iMessages, give Custom Message Styles a try. It's a free iMessage app that lets you change the font and background of the message bubbles that you send. Read More

How To Pin Command Prompt And PowerShell To The Quick Access Toolbar In Windows

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Windows is big on shortcuts and quick accessibility. Throughout the OS, you will see lots of ways to 'bookmark' frequent file locations, settings, and apps. Windows offers multiple options for how you quickly get to files; jumplists, the Taskbar, the Start Menu, the Quick Access bar, and regular shortcuts. It's not just apps, settings, and files that are easy to access. You can easily open Command Prompt at a particular location by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder. If you want to be able to access Command Prompt and/or PowerShell in a more convenient way, you can pin them both to the Quick Access bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix ‘No OpenGL Context’ Error When Running Minecraft In Windows 10

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Minecraft is a game that isn't resource hungry. Unless you heavily mod it, it isn't going to need a very high end graphics card to run although the game might be sluggish on an older system. In Windows 10, you have two different types of installers for playing Minecraft. One is the usual Java based installer that we've been using for ages, and the second is the Windows Edition you can download from the Windows Store. The Windows Edition is still in Beta so users are more likely to stick to the Java based version. The Java version is slightly problematic though. Windows 10 users who upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 might be unable to play the game. They get the 'No OpenGL Context' error when trying to play the game. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Search For And Send GIFs From The Keyboard In Android 7

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Android has long supported third-party keyboards, certainly much longer than iOS has. The third-party keyboards available for Android normally focus on providing a better typing experience. As of Android 7.1, the default Google Keyboard now supports GIF search. With GIF support, you no longer need to install a third-party keyboard to look for and send GIFs. The support is built-in like it is for emoji. You can switch to the GIF interface, search GIFs by topic, and send them with a tap. Read More

How To Rename Cortana And Change The ‘Hey Cortana’ Phrase In Windows 10

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Cortana is one of the more noteworthy features that were added in Windows 10. It's had it's problems but overall it works well enough. You can use Cortana by clicking the search button on the Taskbar, and then either typing in a question of speaking it. Microsoft has taken the 'Hey Siri' hotword command feature from iOS and implemented it for Cortana. You can enable the spoken command and invoke Cortana by saying 'Hey Cortana'. If you'd like to have a little fun with it, you can change what you call Cortana and how you invoke her with the help of a free app called MyCortana. Read More