Add Files To A Zip Archive & Share Them Via Email Or iMessage [iOS]

A zipped file is one of the most efficient ways to send files. A zipped file not only provides a single container for multiple files, they also reduce the size as much as optimally possible. Unfortunately, zipping files on a mobile device isn't easy and if you use an iPhone, it's almost unheard of. Bundler is a free iOS app that seeks to solve that problem. It allows you to add files from your device to a zipped archive and share them via email or iMessages. The app isn't without its limitations e.g., you can't add a file from the Google Drive or Dropbox apps to Bundler but you can add them from your camera roll or any app that lets you save files on your device as opposed to cloud storage. The app bundles the files into a file with a BNDL extension which must be changed to ZIP before your recipient can extract and view them on the desktop. Read More

Stop MS Word From Opening Documents From The Internet In Protected View

When you download an MS Word document either from a cloud drive or from an email it opens in the 'Protected' view. In the Protected view, just about all editing options are disabled and the most you can do is copy text from the document. The document of course isn't locked to the Protected view and should you wish to edit the document, you can quickly switch over to the editing mode. It's only a few extra clicks but if you would rather get right down to editing a document and this security measure is an annoyance, here's how you can turn it Off. Read More

New Features In Firefox 45 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 45 is has been released to the stable channel with functional and UI changes for end users. The Hello  feature which has yet to graduate from its Beta version now lets you share a tab to initiate a conversation. The Android version of Firefox has also received an update. Firefox for Android now has a 'tap to load' option for loading images at the user's discretion. The option makes loading a page easier on a data plan. A more important feature has been added for tablets that allows a user to restrict access to the mic and camera in a restricted Android profile. Lastly, when users select and share text from a web page, the URL is no longer included. Firefox for iOS also received an update three days ago. The new version comes with support for third-party keyboards. Read More

Find Which Slide In Your PowerPoint Presentation Is The Largest In Size

PowerPoint lets you add different types of media files to a presentation. Anything from images, videos, and audio files can be added to a slide. The support for so many different types of media no doubt make it exceptionally easier to create engaging presentations but at the same time, with each image, graph, document, video, and audio file that you add, the presentation itself becomes bigger and bigger in size. If the size of a presentation file ever becomes a problem, either when emailing it, or when sharing it via a cloud file sharing service, you will either have to find an alternative method to send the file or you will have to cut it down to size. Here's how you can check which slide in a presentation is the largest in size and cut back where it really matters. Read More

Browse Media Files On Your Network From Your Android Phone & Cast Them To Chromecast

If you have a Chromecast, you very likely have Plex, or a similar app installed on both your desktop and your Android phone. Plex is hands down the best app for streaming media to the Chromecast. It's mobile apps act as excellent remotes for playing media but if you're looking for a super simple, zero set-up solution for browsing media files on any device on your network and playing them over Chromecast, Plex isn't what you're looking for. The solution lies with VLC player and the Beta version of its Android app. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Download A File With A PowerShell Command In Windows 10

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Windows PowerShell comes bundled with Windows 10. You can even replace the Command prompt on the Power User menu with PowerShell. Like Command Prompt, PowerShell lets you perform a myriad of configuration actions on your desktop such as uninstalling default apps. You can also use to for something far more basic such as downloading a file. With a simple command, you can not only download a publicly available file but you can also download one that requires authentication before it can be downloaded such e.g. a file in your Dropbox folder. We've detailed the process here. Read More

How To Turn On/Off Best Tweets From Appearing First On Twitter

Twitter isn't useful unless you follow at least fifty very active accounts that interest you. The problem is, the more accounts you follow, the more likely you are to miss tweets by them. Your feed can quickly get cluttered to the point that you're struggling to keep up with information that is being shared. The 'While you were away' tweets that Twitter introduced back in January 2015 help you see what some accounts tweeted out while you were inactive but last month, Twitter introduced a new feature called 'Best Tweets' that will show you the most popular tweets from everyone you follow at the top of your feed. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

How To Get A Dark Grey Theme In MS Office 2016

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Productivity apps ensure that they are distraction free and that the interface they offer makes it easier for the average person to concentrate. Some of the best apps do this exceptionally well but what many will often neglect is make sure an interface doesn't strain a user's eyes. Very few apps are built with both light and dark themes making them easy to use in a well lit room but are practically a strain to use at night. Microsoft's Office suite of apps was no different up until the 2016 version which comes with a built-in dark grey theme that you can apply to all apps in one stroke. Here's how. Read More

Switch Audio Tracks & Load External Subtitles In Movies & TV App On Windows 10

One of the biggest shortcomings of the Windows Media Player app is that it cannot load external subtitles. It's a glaring feature omission that has not been corrected to date. Unless you have a movie with encoded subtitles, you will have to use other media players such as VLC player to load subtitles. Although Microsoft hasn't fixed this, it has introduced a new app in Windows 10 to play media called Movies & TV that supports loading external subtitles. Here's how you can load an external subtitles file in the Movies & TV app on Windows 10, and how you can switch audio tracks. Read More

Keep A Cheat Sheet For In Season Fruits & Vegetables On Your iPhone

Grocery shopping seems like a simple enough routine task to do until you finally get down to doing it. Buying cereals and coffee might be easy but buying fresh produce i.e., fruits and vegetables is somewhat complicated because a large number of them are seasonal. You might find watermelons in winter but that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to taste right. Fruits and vegetables are best consumed if they're in season ones but unless you're a farmer, you won't know off the top of your head which ones are in season at any point in the year. Veggies in Season is a free iOS app that tells you just that. The name leans towards vegetables but the app lists both fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. You can tap a fruit or vegetable to see which months of the year it is in season. Read More

Perform A Case Sensitive Search On A Web Page In Your Browser

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Web browsers have a search feature that allows you to search the text on the current web page. It's very useful when you want to search for a particular term that led you to the page in question but don't want to read or even skim through it yourself. It's the fastest way to get to the point of things, so to speak. The search or find bar as it is called in some browsers is basic text search that simply matches characters and disregards the case of the characters you typed. If you're looking to do a case sensitive search on a web page in your browser, you need Case Sensitive Find. It's a free bookmarklet that does a case sensitive search in whichever browser you use it in. Read More

How To Disable The Notifications Panel In Windows 10

Notifications have long been a part of Windows but in Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Notification panel, i.e. the Action Center where all the notifications sent to you by the system or an app would appear. You can review notifications that you dismissed and interact with them to open a file, event, or email, etc. The panel also includes some quick access toggles for opening the Settings app, turning on Quiet hours, turning the WiFi On/Off, and more. The point is, it's not a useless UI element put there for the sake of making the OS appear more intelligent. It has actual use but if you're trying to get Windows 10 to look, and/or behave, more like Windows 7 then you might be interested in turning the Notification Center panel Off. Here's how. Read More

Open Your Optical Disk Drive With A Keyboard Shortcut [Windows]

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Optical disk drives are still an integral part of almost all Windows machines. Even though devices like the Surface tablet prove you don't need the drive to have a perfectly usable system, they are no where near going extinct. The optical drive isn't going to go the way of the floppy drive for another few years. If you ever compare an ordinary Windows machine from a major manufacturer like hp or Dell, to a MacBook, you will notice that among the many design variations, the drive on a MacBook doesn't need to be opened or closed. The same can't be said for optical drives on both laptops and desktop tower setups. You either have to open it from My Computer or you have to press the physical button on the drive itself. If you're looking for a much easier way to do this, give Door Control a try. It's a free Windows app that will open/eject the optical drive with just a keyboard shortcut. It also claims to be able to close the drive but that will depend on the actual hardware on your system. Read More

What Does The Lightning Icon On A Facebook Post Mean?

Many of us routinely read on our phones and Facebook is one of the more popular places where people get their daily dose of news and opinion pieces. The platform is so popular that it isn't possible for an online publication to exist and not have a Facebook page. If you read on your phone, and frequently find articles to read in your Facebook feed, you might have noticed that some articles have a small lightning icon on them. The first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the post is tending but that isn't what the icon means. The icon represents posts that are Instant Articles. Read More

How To Get A Dark Start Menu & Taskbar With Colored Title Bars In Windows 10

Windows 10 takes it upon itself to ensure you have a nice color scheme on your system. You can choose the color of the title bars, taskbar, and Start Menu but Windows will tweak it to make it look better. The Taskbar and the Start Menu are always a slightly different shade of the color of the title bars. You can disable the color on the Taskbar and the Start Menu altogether but that will also disable the color on the title bar for all windows. It's an all or nothing deal but if you're willing to tweak something in the Windows registry, you can keep the color on the title bars but turn the color for the Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center off. Here's how. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For Multiple Monitors In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has greatly restricted how much users can personalize the appearance of the OS. Themes aren't what they used to be and it was only after users complained did Microsoft bring back the colored title bars. Many customization options that were accessible from the Control Panel have been hidden and setting a desktop background is now something you can only do from the new Settings app. This has a major drawback; the Settings app doesn't let you set a different wallpaper for multiple monitors and there is no visible way to do it from the Control Panel. Fortunately, there's a very easy work around to it. Read More

How To Select & Delete All Emails Sorted To A Label In Gmail In One Go

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Gmail's web interface allows you to sort emails into 'Labels'. These labels are the equivalent of folders for the messages  you receive and once created, you can have Gmail automatically send emails to a label by creating a rule for sorting them. It's a pretty great way to automatically have spammy emails moved out of your inbox to a label so you don't have to be bothered by them ever. The emails in a label do build up that way and marking them 'read', archiving them, or deleting them can take time if you do it one page, fifty messages, at a time. To make it exponentially easier, Gmail has a built-in method to select all messages inside an email label. Here's how. Read More

How To Cast & Queue Reddit Posts To Chromecast From Your Android Phone

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Reddit has become so big that people are no longer ashamed to admit they visit the site or that they get a majority of their daily news dose from it. People still do not disclose their usernames that easily but there is no shame in using the site. If you use Reddit and are particularly fond of the images and videos shared to it, Cast for Reddit is a free Android app that you might like if you have a Chromecast. The app lets you send any image or video from Reddit to your TV. You can use the app to browse the top content on Reddit and tap anything to send it to the Chromecast. Read More

How To Cast A Safari Tab To Chromecast From Your iPhone

App extensions in iOS have made it easier for apps to talk to each other. Sharing links, opening files from one app in another, or just using an app within an app are some of the things that iOS extensions allow you to do. MomoCast is a free iOS app that works as an extension and lets you cast a Safari tab to Chromecast. The free version of the app has ads which you can remove with an in-app purchase of $1.99. The extension is meant to work with Safari but will also work with certain other apps that support it, for example, you can cast a Tweet from inside the official Twitter app to Chromecast with MomoCast but you cannot cast a Chrome for iOS tab. You must have iOS 8 or above running on your iPhone for the app to work. Read More

How To Block All Political Content In Safari [iOS]

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Politics can make you angry and there are no rules as to what constitutes a reasonable political opinion so there are many things on the internet that get the 'political opinion' label. The more rage inducing an opinion is, the more frequently you will see it on the internet, often accompanied by an equally rage inducing counter opinion. If you're tired of seeing so much political vitriol on almost every website you visit, give Politics Filter a try. It's a free iOS app that will block political content from appearing in Safari. The app requires iOS 9 or above because it needs to use the content blocking feature that was introduced in Safari in iOS 9. Read More