Customize How Long Notifications Are Shown Before Being Dismissed In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has newer, better looking, and much improved notifications. It also has a great Notification Center that collects them all so you can dismiss them in one go, view recent notifications, and even interact with notifications after they have been dismissed. The Notification Panel doesn't have too many customization options but one thing you can customize, and thankfully so, is how long a notification will remain visible in the lower right corner of your screen unless you interact with it, or dismiss it yourself. You can set the interval to as low as five seconds (the default value) and as high as five minutes. Here's how. Read More

Get Audio Notification When You Toggle Caps, Num, Or Scroll Lock In Windows 10

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Some password fields in Windows will alert you if your Caps lock is on and likewise, some form fields on certain web apps will do the same. This is because almost all password fields hide the password you're entering and if the caps lock is on, you will keep getting an incorrect password message (unless your password is actually in all caps). Where these notifications do not exist, or if your own laptop lacks LED indicators for the same, Windows comes to the rescue by allowing you to enable a tone to be played when you toggle the caps, num, or scroll key in Windows 10. Here's where you can enable it. Read More

View Your Instagram Feed From The Notification Center On Your iPhone

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Instagram has some truly wonderful works of photography and if you can look past the many selfies that people post, you can find exceptionally great artwork. Instagram users are one of two types; active posters and passive browsers. If you don't post to Instagram often but enjoy the many accounts you've subscribed to, then Feeday is an iOS app that you might like. It's a widget  for the notification center that lets you view the three most recent photos in your home stream and if you tap a photo, you can switch directly to it in the Instagram app. Read More

How To Disable Download For Files Shared From Google Drive

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Sharing files often comes with a small security risk; someone might download and misuse the file you've shared. If you're sharing work files with people you work with, this isn't a problem but if you're sharing something that's only meant to be read but not saved, you might wonder what's the best way to go about it. In a recent update, Google Drive has added a new feature to its sharing options which allows you to restrict download, printing, and copying of a file. Anyone you share the file with can only view it. The option is a bit hidden though so here's where to access it. Read More

How To View Passwords For WiFi Networks In Windows 10

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If you ever needed to look-up the password to your WiFi network on Windows 7, all you had to do was click the WiFi icon in the system tray, and from the pop-up menu, right-click on the network you wanted to view the password for to get to its properties. Inside the properties window, was a Security tab where you could check the WiFi password. Come Windows 10 and this option, while not lost, has become much harder to access. Here's how you can view the password for known WiFi networks in Windows 10. Read More

Change The Default Theme And Text Size In Microsoft Edge Reading Mode

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Microsoft Edge ships with a reading mode. When you visit a web site and switch to the reading mode, or if you browse the web in the reading mode, it strips the page of all images and just about anything that isn't text so you can read it easily. The Reading mode has, by default, three different themes apart from the default theme and you can choose how big or small the text appears. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize The News Feed In Microsoft Edge Browser In Windows 10

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A few days ago we touched on how to remove the widgets from the New Tab page in Microsoft's Ege browser that ships in Windows 10. The solution is definitely very restrictive.  The widgets are basically news items, a weather report, and score cards for ongoing sporting events but since they are live web content, and things like the weather and the score for a live game will always be fetched fresh, the new tab page takes time to load. For anyone quickly wanting to get right down to browsing, this means more waiting so there's a way to turn it off. For those that don't mind the wait, but would like to see more relevant news in the New Tab page, here's how you can customize what type of news you see. Read More

Search & Share Direct Links To News Items From The Facebook App

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Facebook's news feed is where many of us get our daily news. Mostly we get news via the Facebook page of leading news sites like BBC, The New York Times, Reddit, etc because we've subscribed to them but not all news in our feed is created equal. With Facebook and the news we get on it, there is always the risk that it's either a hoax or someone took an article by The Onion too seriously. This is why sharing news from an authentic source is always better. Facebook has one of the best link sharing features for both pages and individual profiles and in a recent update, it's added something truly amazing. When sharing news, you can now search for and add a link to a more authentic source of information all from the Facebook app. Here's how. Read More

Receive Files In Dropbox From Non-Dropbox Users With A Link

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Dropbox isn't just an exceptionally popular service; it's one that redefined file syncing, back-up, and sharing. Most of us cannot imagine any other way to have our most important files sync across devices. That's why it comes as a shock when you have to work with someone who doesn't use the service and prefers a different one. To each their own but if you're a Dropbox user yourself, you will want to stick to the service and use its collaboration features over those of other services. Balloon is a simple web app that's designed to help you out; it acts as an intermediary between the people you want to receive files from but do not use Dropbox and your Dropbox files. Using Balloon, you can set up a simple user friendly URL to share with whoever needs to send you a file and it goes right into your Dropbox. Read More

How To Rename Your PC In Windows 10

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Installing Windows is pretty simple and requires very little input from the user except maybe one or two little things. One of those little things is what you want to name your computer. It's not as big a deal as naming your kid and it's a lot easier to do because most people just name it after themselves. If you later decide to give your computer a different name, you can change it. Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1 made this something of a task but Windows 10 turns it back to the simple process that it was in the XP days. Here's how you can rename a computer running Windows 10. Read More

Highlight Text On A Web Page And Share It From Your iPhone

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More and more people are taking to reading and sharing what they've read from their phones as opposed to doing so from their desktops.  If you've ever wanted to share something you just read on  your phone but also highlight an important part of it, Liner is a free iOS app that you should try out. It's a very simple text highlighting tool that will highlight the text you select on a web page. It works as a stand alone app and also integrates with Safari through an extension so that you can send a link to the app and then highlight it. Read More

Automatically Turn On Battery Saver Mode When Battery Is Low In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a nice battery saver mode. It may be there mostly for the benefit of tablet users but anyone on a laptop can certainly use it to get the same advantage. The battery saver mode can be toggled On/Off from the notification panel and is set to turn on automatically when battery is below 20%. If the setting doesn't suit you, or 20% battery time means less than thirty minutes for your system, you might want to change this setting so that battery saver mode turns on earlier. You might also want to prevent it from turning on automatically. Here's how you can do all that. Read More

How To Change Default Program Association By File Type In Windows 10

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Setting default apps to always open a file in Windows is simple enough; you can right-click the file and choose the default program to open it. This simplicity has duly carried over to Windows 10. If you're only planning to change program associations for a single file type, it's simple enough and only takes a few clicks. If however, you want to change the program association for multiple files based on the file type, doing this whole thing repeatedly for each file can be time consuming. Fortunately, the Windows 10 Settings app not only lets you review which programs are associated with which file type, but also edit them from a single place. Here's how. Read More

How To Create And Share Notes In Edge In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser dubbed Edge and it comes with features that you don't get in Internet Explorer (like stability and improved speed). A noteworthy feature of Edge is the ability to take notes on a web page, save it, and even share it. The browser comes with a nice clipping tool, the ability to highlight areas on a page, and even leave comments. Here's how it works. Read More

Get Lyrics For Music In The Notification Center On Your iPhone

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If there's one thing we all do, it's sing along to our favorite songs when we're sure no one is listening. Sometimes you just know the lyrics to a song, and other times you don't. Whatever the case, and whatever your need is, Musixmatch is a free iOS app that's puts the lyrics to whatever song you are currently playing, in the Notification Center. Musixmatch is itself a full fledged music player that can play the music in your library and it even fills in for album art where it's missing but its widget is what makes it stand out. You can play music in the default Music app, it can come from your library, iTunes Radio, or Apple Music, and Musixmatch will show you the lyrics. Read More

How To Freely Resize The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start Menu in Windows 10 works in one of two standard sizes; full screen and regular. The regular size is limited in height but can be as wide as your screen if you have app tiles assembled to take up that much space. This allows the Start Menu to show you more app tiles and you don't have to scroll down too much to view all your tiles. It doesn't look that great though and if you're very selective about which tiles you have pinned to the Start Menu or you don't mind scrolling so long as the menu looks clean, you can shrink the width and height of the Start Menu almost exactly like you can with a regular app window. Here's how. Read More

Convert Time Zones For Up To Five Locations From Anywhere On Your iPhone

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Work places have changed a lot and it's becoming more and more common for workers to be located in different cities, and even different time zones. Where this makes it super easy for talented people to work together without geographical restraints, it's a bit of a struggle for anyone who needs to make a phone call or schedule a meeting. Klok is a free iOS app that is a wonderful tool built to help you manage communication between different time zones. In addition to being beautifully designed, the app brings ease of access by working through a widget. Users can add up to five different time zones and chart the time difference between all five. Read More

Quickly Open Your Favorite Websites When You Launch Edge In Windows 10

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As you may know that Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser; Edge. The new browser promises to be faster and is pretty much an attempt on Microsoft's part to get it's foot back in the browser game. So far, and because Edge is still only available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, there aren't any extensions/add-ons available for it. The good news is that it comes with certain built-in features that, were you to use a different browser, you would need an add-on or an extension to get. Edge allows you to choose what it opens when you first launch the browser. This can be the New Tab page, a blank page, or a set of websites. Here's where you can set it up so that it opens your favorite websites. Read More

Hide Photos On OneDrive From The Windows 10 Photos App

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OneDrive has become an essential part of the Windows operating system in Windows 10. There is no getting rid of it and should you choose to not sign in to the app, it bombards you repeatedly with an alert to sign in. If you like OneDrive as a service and use it to back-up your files then this obviously isn't a problem for you although you might be surprised (or perhaps just annoyed) that photos you've backed up to and synced with OneDrive appear in the default Photos app. Here's how you can continue to back them up between systems but hide them from the Photos app. Read More

Override Fonts Used By Websites & Set Your Own Text Preferences [Firefox]

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Websites, particularly those that feature text-based content instead of videos or images make it a point to be easy to read. Not all websites are that considerate though and some do choose down-right terrible fonts. Fortunately, with typography becoming more and more important, it's rare to see truly terrible fonts used. Where the letters themselves make for easy reading, they may appear too small to some. Whatever the case, if you prefer reading in a particular font or would like to just make the font a bigger size without zooming in the web page, Firefox lets you override the default font used by a website and set your own. Here's how. Read More