How To Delay Sending Emails In Outlook With A Rule So You Can Undo Send

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Gmail has a built-in feature that lets you 'undo' an email that you've sent. It's there to help you avoid last minute email accidents such as forgetting to attach a file. It gives you a brief window in which you can stop a sent message from being delivered. It's widely reported that this feature has saved lives. If you use MS Outlook and would like a similar feature on the desktop app, you can set it up yourself with an Outlook rule. Here's how. Read More

Copy Users From A Public Twitter List To Your Own List

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You can group Twitter users into lists so that it's easier to manage and keep up with updates from one specific group. If you follow a large number of people on Twitter and the contents of their tweets vary in subject then a list will help you keep up with news in a much more organized manner. A Twitter user can make a list and set it to be either public or private. A public list is one that anyone else can subscribe to. This lets users forgo the time needed to compile their own list and they can instead just use the one others have made. Twitter List Copy is a free web app that lets you copy users from any public Twitter list to your own Twitter list. Read More

How To Remove Color From The Title Bar In Windows 10

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In 2015, months before Windows 10 was released many users were running the preview versions of the OS that Microsoft had made available to anyone and everyone interested in testing them out. The initial reviews were good but users still noted some things in the UI that they didn't like. One noteworthy complaint was that the title bars of all desktop apps were white. All windows had a very thin colored line around the border but that was about it. Users quickly set about to hacking their way to a colored title bar and Microsoft eventually enabled them again through a later update. We assume most users are happy now that they have their colored title bars back but if you liked those plain white title bars in Windows 10, here's how you can get them back. Read More

How To Run Linux Apps From Bash On Windows 10 [Guide]

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Ubuntu is coming to Windows 10. The Windows 10 Preview build 14316 lets you try it out. Ubuntu and Bash coming to Windows 10 is a big deal for developers simply because it means development will be considerably easier. The feature is still available only on the preview builds and we're testing the waters to see what it can do. The one question that does arise is can you run a Linux app on Windows 10 now that it has Bash and Ubuntu? The answer is yes and here's a complete guide on how to do just that. Read More

Enable The Document Outline Pane In Google Docs For Faster Navigation

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Google Docs is slowly and steadily catching up in terms of features to offline desktop word processing apps like MS Word. It supports a lot of the basic document editing features that MS Word has and as of a recent update, a new navigation pane has been added to it. The pane relies on your document's outline elements i.e., headings, to help you find and navigate to a particular section. Here's where it's hiding. Read More

How To Reduce White Color Intensity On Your iPhone

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iOS 9.3 added Night Shift, a new feature that lets you tint your screen a sepia color so that you can sleep better. The feature as it turns out is a major battery drain and as of this writing, you cannot enable both Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time unless you use a hack to do so. That means you've got to make a trade-off between better sleep or a phone that will drain your battery a bit more than it usually does. If you're looking for an alternative method you can try reducing white color intensity on your phone. Doing so will make the white color on your phone appear significantly less bright. It's a feature that's existed since iOS 7.1 so you can do this on an iPhone 4, and an iPhone 6S and all other devices in between. Read More

View Concert And Stadium Seats In VR Before You Buy Tickets [iOS]

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Attending a live event, whether it's a hockey game or a concert, is about the experience of actually being there. In most cases the view you get watching something at home is always going to be better than the view you get from a fixed seat in the stands. That said, there is little that beats attending a live event such as a baseball game and some seats give you a better view than others. Rukkus Tickets is a service that sells tickets to sporting events and concerts. The service has an iOS app  that lets you check purchase tickets and as of a recent update, you can use the app to check out the view from your selected seats in VR. The app lets you 'try out' the seats in VR before you buy them. You will need either Google Cardboard or a similar VR headset. Read More

Block TV Show, Movie, And Sports Spoilers On Facebook & Twitter [Chrome]

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This post contains no spoilers. If you're a Game of Thrones fan you might have been walking on egg shells browsing the internet yesterday because you had yet to see the first episode of season 6 that would answer one major cliff hanger. In no less than 24 hours, the internet was quickly posting about the episode. Many people were careful to preempt a post with a spoiler tag, but now that 48 hours have passed since the episode aired, all bets are off. Game of Thrones is not the only show you'll ever watch, or want to avoid spoilers for and it's a fact that the internet will spoil TV shows, sporting events, and movie endings just because it can. It's also fact that you can't avoid the internet forever or until you can catch up on your yet-to-watch list. Spoiler Shield is a Chrome extension that helps you tread social media without having to worry about spoilers. It lets you choose what spoilers you're trying to avoid and then blocks them. Read More

How To Cast A Video Or Image From Google Drive And Dropbox

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Chromecast is natively supported on Android and you can cast just about anything, even your entire screen to a TV. If your device is running a much older version of Android that lacks native Chromecast support or you're using an iPhone, your casting options are limited to those apps that support the Chromecast. This is a problem because despite the device being incredibly useful and affordable, support for it is still lacking. Often developers pigeon hole the purpose their apps will be used for and don't take into account the fact that a user will always try and get more out of. Take for example Google Drive and Dropbox; both are incredibly popular apps with a myriad of uses and they do not support Chromecast. If you're looking to cast anything from either of these two apps you need an intermediary app called LocalCast. Read More

Use The Shift Key To Cycle Backwards Through Open Apps & Browser Tabs

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Windows makes switching between open apps really simple; every app that you have open can be selected and switched to by clicking on its icon in the taskbar, or if you're prefer using just the keyboard to navigate your desktop you can use the Windows+Tab or Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through the open apps. It's pretty simple and one of the most commonly known keyboard shortcuts that make multitasking in Windows easy. This shortcut cycles through open apps in one direction and if you accidentally miss the app you intended to switch to, you likely cycle through all of them all over again to land on the right one. Here's how you can modify the shortcut with one key and cycle backwards to the previous app. Read More

How To Edit The Geotag Of A Photo On Your iPhone

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The photos you take on an iPhone don't just have image data but also a wealth of EXIF data saved. If you were to look at this data you could find when the photo was taken, the device used to take it i.e. which phone, the focal length, exposure, and the location a photo was taken in, among other things. The location is saved in the form of your longitude and latitude coordinates that you can use to pin-point where a photo was taken using Google Maps, Apple Maps, or any other mapping service. While the iPhone camera can save this information with ease, it doesn't let you view it or edit it on your device. If you want to edit the location a photo was taken in, you will need an app called Mappr. Read More

How To Search The Text In Multiple PDF Files Without Opening Them

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PDF files are the standard format used to publish documents online. You'll find documents like annual reports, user manuals, research papers, academic studies, and even forms are distributed in in this format. If you often find yourself with a large number of PDF files and can't remember which one had a specific topic then you likely have to open each one and use the 'find in' function to look for it. If the files are one too many to browse, you will need a faster way to do it preferably one that doesn't require opening every single file. The solution lies with Foxit Reader. It's an incredibly popular PDF reader that lets you select a folder and scan every single PDF file inside it for a particular word or phrase. What's even better is that it supports nested folder search. Read More

Auto-Hide The Firefox Bookmarks Bar Like The Taskbar In Windows

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Bookmarks are an awesome feature for saving useful links but the bookmarks bar in any browser is almost always an unsightly mess. It doesn't have as much to do with the UI of a browser as it does with the bookmarks saved to it. They're usually a series of truncated page titles and poorly loaded or poorly saved favicons. You can hide the bookmarks bar on practically every browser there is, but that only works if you use it rarely. If you access bookmarks frequently, having the bar they reside on stay hidden is not a convenient option. For Firefox users who like a clean browser interface but often need to open a bookmark, BookmarksDropDown is an add-on that lets you keep the bookmarks bar hidden and have show it only when you move your cursor to the top of the current page. Think of how the taskbar in Windows behaves when you set it to auto-hide; the bookmarks bar works exactly like that with this add-on installed. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

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At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Change The Bash Console Background Opacity In Windows 10

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When you first install Ubuntu and run Bash on Windows 10, the console window has a solid black background with white text. You can change the color of both the background and the text in much the same way you can with Command Prompt i.e., right-click the title bar and select Properties. Go to the Colors tab and you will be able to select a different color for the background and the text. There's one other trick you can do with the background; reduce its opacity. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Custom DPI Scaling Level In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a serious DPI scaling issue and it hasn't gotten better. The November 2015 Windows 10 update made no improvements at all to it and many people struggle trying to read text with scaling enabled and/or disabled. When the feature doesn't work right for your display the best you're looking at is few apps with a blurred text problem. The worst you're looking at is system wide blurred text and there is little you can do to fix it. For some, the problem might resolve itself if they were able to freely set the scaling level. At present, the display settings only let you set the scale to 100%, 125%, 150%, and 175%. If you think there's a scaling level that resides between the preset levels that will look much better for your screen, here's how to set it. Read More

How To Find The Direct Download Link To Any File

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When you download an app, whether it's VLC player or iTunes you don't get a direct link to where the file is actually stored. You will in most cases see a Download button that you click and the file is then fetched from it's location so that it can be downloaded. In some cases if you visit your browser's download manager you will be able to get a direct link to a file. If however you want to make this infinitely easier give FileChef a try. It's a very simple web app that sends a search query to Google using search parameters to find the direct download link of a file. Read More

Capture Live & Still Photos From A Video With The Windows 10 Photos App

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Microsoft has updated the Photos app and added quite a few features with the update. Most of the more noteworthy features allow you to edit photos that have been taken from a Windows phone, one running Windows 10 but there's a pretty neat new feature that lets you save a photo still from a video. It lets you review a movie frame by frame and save the one you need. The quality of the photo is as good as the quality of the movie. The photos are in JPEG format but they are live photos. When you open them in the Photos app they will play. When you open them in a normal photo viewer they will be still images. Read More

How To Remove The Item Check Box In Windows 10

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When you hover the mouse cursor over an item in Windows 10, whether it's an icon on your desktop or a file you're looking at inside File Explorer you see a check box appear over it. Clicking the item once selects it and a check mark appears inside the check box to indicate the same. The icon is also highlighted like it used to be in Windows 7 to indicate a selected icon. Windows 10 basically has two different ways to indicate a selected item. If you find the check boxes are redundant or confusing you can disable them. Here's how. Read More

How To Selectively Sync Folders With Google Drive

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Google Drive is perhaps one of the strongest Dropbox competitors in the market right now. Being a Google product the app and its web version are just a bigger team for Dropbox to contend with. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are built to save documents to it. Given everything Google Drive has going for it, it might surprise you that up until a few days ago it lacked a very essential feature that Dropbox has had for ages; selective folder syncing. The feature basically lets you pick and choose which folders to sync to your desktop. As of a recent update, you can now select which folders are synced to your desktop when you first install the Google Drive app or you can select them later on. Here's how to do both. Read More