How To Add A Period By Double Tapping The Space Bar In Windows

Phones have a neat, quick-typing trick; when you hit the space bar twice, a period is automatically added. This saves time because you aren't required to switch to a different keyboard layout to add the period. This is an OS trick and is available system-wide on phones and you can use it when you're texting or typing a new Facebook status. Unfortunately, this features is restricted to phones for the most part. In Windows, you cannot automatically add a period by double tapping the space bar. The good news it, you can use an AutoHotkey script to add this functionality to all apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Use The Citation Feature In Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides

There is a new citation feature in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slide that lets you insert a citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago format for articles and links you find in Google Explore. It works inside the document, spreadsheet, or presentation you have open and lets you insert a reference to a source you are citing The reference appears at the bottom of the page you cited it on. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Show/Hide The Notifications Number Badge In The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows has long had a notifications system. In Windows 10, it was finally unified with the Action Center panel. Action Center itself is a long standing feature of Windows but it has become a more recognized feature now that it can be accessed as a side panel. The Action Center is where all notifications reside. You can open it to view recent notifications and click a notification to take you to the app. Its System Tray icon shows a number badge to indicate the number of new notifications you have. When you have new notifications, this icon is filled out and if you think that is indication enough, then you have the option to disable the number badge on the icon. Here's how. Read More

How To Map The Caps Lock Key To The Esc Key In macOS

The Touch Bar in the new Macbook Pro line has been getting mixed reviews. Users think it is frivolous and not really a new, innovative feature. The Touch Bar's true usefulness hasn't be realized just yet but one thing is clear; the Esc key is gone. In order to accommodate the Touch Bar, Apple removed the Escape key from the physical keyboard. The Touch Bar now has a virtual Esc key but if you aren't warming up to it, you can simply map the Caps lock to the Esc key. Here's how. Read More

How To Use Shooting Modes In Google Camera [Android]

Some camera apps have a dedicated night mode for taking photos in low light. Instagram has a night mode for its Story feature in iOS though not for the main camera feature and it makes photos in low light look better. A recent update to the Google Camera app has brought something similar to for Android users; shooting modes. While shooting modes in Google Camera do not feature a night mode, they do include modes for shooting better photos when it is sunny or cloudy. Here's how they work. Read More

How To Use Chrome Spotlight Actions In iOS

Chrome for iOS has just received an update. Unlike previous updates, this one actually brings a new feature to the browser; spotlight actions. Spotlight actions in iOS are quick actions for apps that can be executed from Spotlight. To execute a Spotlight action, you must type in the correct word in the search bar. Chrome has introduced two Spotlight actions; Voice and Incognito. Voice allows you to open Chrome with Voice search and Incognito allows you to open an incognito tab in Chrome. Read More

How To Add A Note To A Sketch File

Sketch is a popular and powerful image editing app but it doesn't do much to help you organize the work you need to do on a particular project. Notes is a Sketch plugin that lets you create notes inside a Sketch file. The objective is to be able to record feedback or changes you need to make to a file inside it making it easier to find when you get to work. Read More

How To Exclude A File, Folder, Or Process From Windows Defender In Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in virus protection that Windows comes with. It isn't easy to turn off, and occasionally it will flag a file incorrectly. That said, it's still reasonably good protection for your system even if it is resource hungry. If you find Windows Defender is constantly flagging a file or a process as malicious when it isn't, you might be tempted to disable it. This will likely put you at serious risk. A much better way to deal with the problem is to exclude the file, folder, or process that it keeps blocking. Here's how. Read More

How To Manage Subscriptions In iTunes On Your iPhone

iTunes isn't just for buying music; the iTunes app, together with the App Store app allow you to purchase apps, make in-app purchases, and subscribe to services. The services you subscribe to are managed entirely from iTunes; you can upgrade or downgrade plans and you can cancel subscriptions. Managing your subscriptions in iTunes is fairly easy if you know where to look. Neither the iTunes app nor the App Store app on your iPhone have an option for managing subscriptions. The options are tucked away in the Settings app. Here's where you need to look. Read More

How To Add ‘Search Google’ To The Right-Click Context Menu In Microsoft Edge

Leading desktop web browsers have an option in the right-click context menu for quickly sending a search term to your default search engine. Because Google is the preferred search engine for just about everyone, this option is commonly known as the 'Search Google' option in the context menu though it can work for just about any search engine. Microsoft Edge doesn't have this option just yet. You can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to whatever you prefer but this option isn't going to show up, not even for Bing. If like most of the world your preferred search engine is Google, you can add the 'Search Google' option to the right-click context menu with the Google Context Menu Edge extension. Read More

How To Install Extensions From Outside The Windows Store In Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. You can download an extension for Edge from the Windows Store. Microsoft has added support for extensions only recently to Edge so there aren't a lot of them in the Windows Store. Quite a few are still in beta and developers prefer to make them available outside the Windows Store, possibly to avoid poor ratings. If you want to install an extension in Edge, it's a fairly simple process if you know what to do. Read More

How To Add Or Remove Apps From The Share Panel In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a system wide Share panel that works with all Windows Store apps, and the default apps in Windows 10. It lists the apps that you can use to share photos or files with. Something almost identical is present in Windows 8/8.1. The Photos app, for example, lets you share a photo via email or the Twitter app if you have it installed. Apps that can work with this share panel are automatically added to it when you install them. As a user, you don't have control over which apps appear here and there is no apparent setting that lets you tweak it. The good news is, there's a hidden setting that you can enable that gives you complete control over the Share panel. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable Star Ratings In The Music App In iOS 10

iOS 10 revamped the Music app. The revamp wasn't just a UI overhaul; features were added and removed in the new version. One feature that Apple sought fit to remove was the Star rating feature. It allowed users to rate a song on a five point scale. This helped create smart playlists among other things. The feature was sorely missed and as of iOS 10.2, it has been added back to the app, You must however enable it from the settings. It is simple enough unless you don't see the setting at all which is a different problem altogether. Here's how to enable the star rating option in the Music and what to do if you don't have the option to enable it. Read More

How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel's next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn't likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

How To Move Windows Store Games From One PC To Another

If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you're going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn't seem to work either as games can't be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Download Movies & TV Shows For Offline Viewing In Netflix

Netflix has finally introduced offline viewing. At present it is limited to select movies and TV shows. It works  only on an iOS or Android device and is available through an app update. The feature allows you to download entire movies or episodes of a series you're watching to your device. In the event you do not have an internet connection, or you don't want to burn through your data plan while travelling, you can download something to watch later. Here's how the feature works. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action. Read More

How To Backup Your Oculus Games & Settings, And Move The Installation To A New Location

Facebook's Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it.  vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location. Read More

Shift Left-Click A Taskbar Icon To Open A New Instance Of The App

When you left-click an icon on the Taskbar, it opens the app the icon belongs to. When you right-click an icon on the Taskbar, it shows you the jumplist and a few quick actions you can perform. These actions include closing the app or opening a new instance of it, if supported. You can observe this with File Explorer. The right-click context menu for File explorer has a 'File Explorer' option that opens a new File explorer window. When you have one File Explorer Window open, left clicking it will only minimize/maximize the window. If you want to open a new instance of any app without going through this context menu, you do so by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking the icon. Read More