Disable MS Office 2013 Start Screen & Always Open Blank Documents

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MS Office 2013 is without argument the most polished face the productivity suit has ever had, to date. It's an obvious outcome of it being around for years and being improved upon. That said, I don't always like the new start screen in Office 2013 which stalls the actual program being launched. I use Word quite often and I'm still in the habit of launching it from the taskbar and immediately being able to start typing or at times, pasting text. The start screen is often an unnecessary extra step for me and at times very annoying. For anyone in the same boat, there is a simple solution to this problem and that is to disable the start screen. It's an option that can be exercised on a per-app basis for the Office Suit and is very easily reversible. Read More

32 Best Web Apps Of The Year 2014

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Whether you use a Windows PC or a Mac, or the less popular Linux, there is one thing that knows no borders, or platform restrictions and that's the wonder world wide web. Specifically, we mean web apps that let us do so much, often for free, without ever needing to install so much as a plug-in on our systems. These web apps range from the simple ones that help us find music or a nice movie to watch over the weekend, to far more complex ones that can help us solve maths problems. Here is our round-up of the best web apps we found and reviewed in 2014. Read More

Get The Meaning For Any Word In Subtitles By Clicking On It

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Media players, those that come pre-installed on our systems and the third-party ones we install, can all play video files complete with subtitles. The more sophisticated players will let you change how these subtitles appear on your screen so you have a better viewing experience. Many will support language detection, still more will even offer to search for and download subtitles for you. Medio is a video player that lets you play subtitles with one special offering you won't normally find; it lets you look up what a word in the subtitles means. Subtitles are most helpful for people who don't understand the language being spoken and can be a pretty good learning tool if you're trying to learn a new language but that doesn't mean the words in the subtitles will be easy to understand. Medio caters to this need. Read More

Create Color palettes On Your iPhone And Sync To Your Mac

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Sip is an amazing Mac app released in 2012 that lets you pick colors from your screen and can convert them to 12 different color formats. By far, it's one of my favorite and highly recommended utilities for anyone working on web or app design on a Mac. The developer has now released an iOS version of this amazing app, it's free and I couldn't help but take it for a spin. Sip Color is very close to what Adobe Color (formerly Adobe Kuler) had to offer when it first launched. You can create an account and back-up your color schemes to the cloud so that it's also available on your Mac (provided you have Sip Pro installed). You can extract a color scheme either from live camera input, or from a picture in your camera roll. Read More

New Features In Firefox 35 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 35 was made available on the release channel yesterday and it's not a very big update. The biggest feature to come out of this update is a chat room-like interface for Firefox Hello that lets you share a link and wait for someone to join the conversation. This is definitely an improvement for the feature. The new version also puts the Firefox Marketplace in easier reach with a brand new button. On Android, the major addition is that downloads can now be tracked through Android's download manager, and a search box has been added to the network error page. There are minor other improvements with bits on offer for developers but nothing major. Read More

Remove Your Name Badge From The Top Right Corner Of Chrome

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Chrome looks different this morning. It's obviously received an update and this update comes with a nice new account manager, and a guest account feature. The new feature and the new profile manager look good, once you have them open, I'm not too wild about the profile icon changing to read my name, and that it now sits next to the minimize, maximize, and close buttons of the Chrome window. All I foresee happening to me is an increase in incidents of accidental clicks and doing things I never meant to do. On top of all this it looks terrible with the otherwise clean interface that we've loved in Chrome for so long. Dare I say it but it looks like Firefox with the Menu bar enabled. Chrome kind of fixed something that wasn't broken. It's also decided to use the profile picture associated with the Google account that's currently signed in to Chrome as the new user profile icon. However, for anyone not happy with either of these visual changes you can revert back to the old UI. Here's how. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

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Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

Add Animated GIF Patterns To Your Photos & Videos

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GIFs, more than enough has been written on this wonderful format and the images created in it but here we are writing a bit more. Meet Gifx, a free iOS app that lets you add GIF patterns to your photos to make them look cool. The app offers a free pack of GIFs to get you started, and a few more patterns in exchange for leaving a review on the App Store, and following it on Instagram. It's basically fusing a GIF with any photo you might take. With the free version of the app though you can only save the final output in MP4 format and it comes with a watermark . To save it as a GIF, you have to buy any sort of upgrade the app has to offer. It also restricts the quality of the video you can save to just low quality. You can mask a GIF and add multiple GIFs in layers. Read More

10 Best Mac Apps For The Year 2014

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2014 was a slow year for us as far as Mac apps were concerned. We found some really great ones though, and with the year over, we went back to see which were the best of them all. The list is short, but it's got some great apps, some to boost your productivity, and some to make your Mac look a little better. Check out our round-up for last year. Read More

Enable And Disable ‘Seen’ Report In Google Hangouts

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I'm not entirely sure when this happened but jumping on to the bandwagon that prevents us from ignoring the people who IM us, Google has added the dreaded 'Seen' status report to Google Hangouts. When you read a message from a contact, they will know you've read it. The Chrome app, extension, Gmail Hangouts interface, and the Android app have been effected received the update. To be fair, you get proper warning of the new feature being enabled and unlike Whatsapp, Google Hangouts lets you disable it. Here's how to do that in your browser, and on your Android device. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

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This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

How To Open A Website As A Stand Alone App In Chrome

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Back in October, Google released Hangouts as a stand alone application that could run in your browser. It was made well enough and could effectively substitute the Hangouts extension we all normally use. Some online apps, and there are very few of them, can launch themselves as separate stand alone apps in Chrome. Basically, it's a web page open in a Chrome window sans any tabs. A common example is when you receive a desktop alert from Chrome for a new email, and reply to it from notification itself. Because Chrome can run a web page as s stand alone app, it begs the question, can you force it to do so for a particular app? The answer is yes, and all you need is simple switch. Read More

Fixing The ‘iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone’ Error

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Backing up, and syncing data to your iOS device from a PC or Mac is really easy and taking a regular back-up is a great idea. That said, it's not always an error free experience and the 'iTunes Could Not Connect To This iPhone' error is one of the more common ones to occur when you connect your iOS device to your system. What's more is that once you start getting this error, it appears repeatedly. It prevents your phone from charging and from syncing which means no backups can be taken and no music can be synced to your device. It's not the most pleasant of errors but here are a few ways for you to try and fix it. Read More

Check If You Need Glasses With This Online Vision Chart

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Sitting in front of a screen all day strains our eyes. Often it will lead to minor problems like red rimmed eyelids, irritated eyes, itching, or just bags large enough to hold all the groceries you bought for the week. It's a sign that you need to step away from the screen for a change or revise you work set-up to ensure its ergonomically correct. That said, since we sit quite close to our screen, the question of whether our eye-sight has grown weak or not is hard to answer, after all, everything looks pretty sharp from where we're sitting. Vision is a simple little online app that lets you do a self-check and see if your vision has grown weaker. The app checks exclusively for nearsightedness (myopia) using a standard vision chart that you would find at the ophthalmologist's office. It does not check for farsightedness (hyperopia). The app requires an internet connection and a standard web browser. If you're conducting the test by yourself, you will need a smartphone with a QR scanning app installed on it to remotely enter your answers and move to the next one. If you aren't testing by yourself and have a friend to help you out, you don't need a smartphone at all. Read More

Download Files & View Progress Without A Browser With File Downloader

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I avoid download managers on principle; I have to install them n my system and any download I launch is automatically routed to the application. Not only do I find this annoying, but when said download manager tries to get me to install toolbars or modify my search engine, or when the interface features ads, I grow more apprehensive of it. That said, there are times when I wish downloading apps and flies wasn't something that I did exclusively through my internet browser. Meet File Downloader, a Windows app with possibly the most generic name you could ever want to aptly describe what the app does. It downloads apps; you paste the download link, set the download directory and file name, and begin downloading. The app is very basic which means pause and resume features for the download are only available if the server hosting the file supports it. The app can also be run from the command line to initiate a download. The best part is that File Downloader is a portable app so no installation required. Read More

How To Hide The Notification Badge For A Stock App In iOS

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I have a super secret email account that I share with no one; no services that I randomly sign up to, and even some of the ones that I use regularly don't know that this email ID of mine exists. It's very special and only services that are extremely important to me know about it as my recovery email. I have never before even configured the account on my phone, opting instead to sign in, and out on my desktop every time I needed to access it in an attempt to keep my self safe should I lose my device. That changed recently and I added this account to the Mail app on my iPhone and it came with a huge (read 25000+ unread emails) badge on the folder in which the Mail app resides. That badge obviously needed to go. iOS lets you choose which apps you want to enable badges for so I went straight to Settings>Mail and was very surprised I couldn't find the option to remove the badge since that's where I would look to remove a notification badge for any other app. It took a few minutes of searching but I was able to find the option for removing the notification badge for the Mail app. Read More

Create Profiles With Triggers To Open & Close Apps, Folders, And URLs

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User accounts allow different people to use the same system very conveniently. You're never bothered about making a change that might later annoy another user on the same system because your account, your section, is kept separate from all others. The solution is pretty simple and very effective but if you are a single user wanting to make very minor changes such as which apps are running and which are not on a regular basis, you might not want to create a different account on your own system. Splat is a free Windows apps that lets you create profiles which have triggers for launching or quitting apps and folders. The triggers are as simple as a profile being activated, or can be set so that they are dependant on CPU usage or are time delayed. Read More

35 Best Windows Software Of Year 2014

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We've successfully finished another trip around the sun. It's been a pretty exciting year for technology whether you think of hardware or software. 2014 gave us our first look at Windows 10 and heralded the return of the start menu that we all sorely missed in Windows 8. And like every other year, we at AddictiveTips continued to look for the best apps for this platform. Here are our top picks for the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. Read More

Get A Five Second Window To Take Back An Embarrassing Facebook Post

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We've all done it at some point in our lives; whether it was in a fit of rage, the throws of passionate heartbreak, or just being plain intoxication, we've all at some point in our lives posted something on Facebook only to regret it later. It's the same with emails, tweets, and text messages and there are very few services that offer us a way to take it back, or re-think our decision. Gmail is great in that it has a delayed sending feature you can enable which waits a minute before sending the email even after you've hit the Send button. Facebook, the nucleus of our social life could do with something similar and Facebook Undo does exactly that. It's a Chrome extension that works in the background and gives you a five second countdown to reconsider posting an update after you've hit the Post button. Read More

Delete Browsing History Related To A Specific Query [Chrome]

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We all know how to delete our browsing history, and that if we're going to look up something that is likely to upset someone should they see it, there is always Incognito mode. Of course, there's still some searches that are completely harmless like when you're shopping for gifts and you don't use Incognito mode or when you accidentally watch lots of YouTube videos at work in the normal browsing mode. Now you have two choices; delete every incriminating link one by one, or delete your entire browsing history for the day. Neither are really great because one is time consuming while the other is very final in its effects. Here's how you can delete your browsing history in Chrome for a particular website, or search in under thirty seconds without needing any extensions or third-part history purging apps. Read More