How To Turn On Developer Mode In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is not yet available for general consumers. The current builds available from Microsoft are test builds aimed at seeing how users are responding to the features that are going to be part of the final version and also to gain feedback about what works and what doesn't. You might be surprised to learn that while the builds are notorious for not being user ready, plagued with bugs, and carrying the general advice tag that they shouldn't be used on your main system, they are not in fact geared towards developers. When you install one of the builds, you run it in normal mode. In order to turn on developer mode, you need to tweak a little setting. Here's where to look for it. Read More

Change The Default Drive For Installing Modern App In Windows 10

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A few days ago we discussed how you can move an already installed Modern app to a different drive. Apps installed from the Windows Store by default are installed in the C drive and you do have the option to move them to a different drive later without having to go uninstall and reinstall them. If you want to change the installation location for all apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store so that you don't have to move them later, here's the setting you need to tweak to do it. Update: You might not see this feature for a few months as Microsoft has delayed it for now. Read More

Find The Best Hashtags By Subject For Your Instagram Photos [Paid]

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Instagram is a social network like no other; what started out as an app for sharing photos turned into something huge, inspiring other apps and making filters popular. Filters are one area that Instagram has been a huge inspiration but there are other utilities that the app has inspired one of which is Tagdock. It's a third-party keyboard app for iOS that's meant to be used with the Instagram app. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store and while entering hashtags isn't something overly complicated, the app makes it easier to do so by suggesting the right hashtags to use given the subject of your photo. For those of you wondering why hashtags would matter so much it's because using the right hashtag can make a difference in how many people find, view, and like your photos. You must be running iOS 8 or above to use this app. Read More

How To Use Autofill In MS Excel For The iPad And iPhone

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The larger screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow us to work more comfortably on our phones. One app that I previously couldn't have imagined using on a smaller sized iPhone but can use with considerable ease on the larger screen is MS Excel. I recently needed to make a quick spreadsheet for something (yes, this actually happens to people) but hit a bit of a snag when I realized I was on a phone and not my desktop. I needed to use the autofill function that allows me to fill a certain number of rows or columns with a series (days, months, years, etc) bu didn't know how that would work on a touchscreen.  It took some time to figure out but here's how to use the autofill feature in MS Excel for iOS. Read More

Hide Windows/Apps Open On Other Virtual Desktops From The Taskbar [Windows 10]

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Better late than never, Windows is finally getting virtual desktops. It's a feature that both Linux and OS X have had for quite a few years now. With Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft was too busy destroying it's much loved Start menu to pay attention to the feature but come Windows 10 you will have virtual desktops that you can use to organize your windows and workflow. That said, by default, the taskbar will shows indicators for all windows that are open across all desktops. If you have Chrome open on Desktop 1 and are currently working in Desktop 2 the Chrome icon will appear in the taskbar. Here's how you can limit it to showing only those that are active on the current desktop. Read More

Add Shortcuts To Windows Libraries To The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start Menu in Windows 7 has links to your libraries; Documents, Music, Videos, etc. While Windows 10 is bringing back the beloved Start Menu that was killed in the previous version of Windows, it's doing so with monumental differences (read improvements). In the process, it's removed links to your Windows libraries. Fortunately, they aren't gone and Users can customize which libraries appear on the Start Menu. Here's how. Read More

You Can Create Custom Vibrations On Your iPhone, Here’s How

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If phantom vibrations bother you, or you feel the default vibrations on your iPhone don't do a good enough job of alerting you when you have new notification, then there's good news. iOS has a built-in feature that lets you create your very own custom vibration. It sounds complicated and nearly impossible but Apple's found a way to make it happen and the feature has been part of iOS for a good while now. Here's how you can create your very own vibration pattern for alerts on your iPhone. Read More

Get LINE Messenger App’s Emojis Without Installing The App Itself [iOS]

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Messenger apps are not an overcrowded app category but these apps are some of the hardest to build a strong user base for. Facebook leads this space with Messenger and Whatsapp, followed by Viber. Line is another popular messaging app though with far fewer users than the top three in this category and it features some great Emojis. If you like the emojis the app has to offer but are reluctant to have yet another messaging app to check and keep up with on your phone, you can now install Line app's emoji's as a separate keyboard on your iPhone. Be warned, this app requires full access that will send everything you type (using the keyboard) to its developers. You must have iOS 8 or above running on your iPhone to use the app. Read More

Pin Frequently Accessed Settings To The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start menu in Windows 10 is very different from what it was in Windows 7 but not in a bad way. It offers more space for pinning app tiles and serves as a great way to quickly access your frequently used apps without giving them precious space on the Taskbar. The live tiles themselves make it all the more useful. When you transition to Windows 10, especially if you're coming from Windows 7, the settings in Windows 10 are going to take a little time adjusting to. How you access them has changed from build-to-build, and definitely from one operating system to another. To make it easier to access Settings, you can pin them to the Start Menu. Here's how. Read More

Move An Installed App To A Different Drive In Windows 10

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The Windows Store, by default installs apps to your C drive on Windows 10. If you have a small drive, or you would like to keep as much space free in your C drive as possible, you might not want apps installed there. If the app in question is a Metro app installed from the Windows Store, you can easily move it to a different drive without having to go through the whole uninstall and reinstall process with a built-in Windows feature. Here's how. Read More

Record A Screencast On Your iPhone Without A Mac Or Jailbreak

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Recording screencasts on your iPhone  isn't very easy to do unless you've got a Mac running Yosemite or you're willing to shell out $40  (or more) on an app that lets you record screencasts with your Windows PC. There are ways to do it if you've got a jailbroken device but for those of us who run their iPhones on vanilla iOS, a Mac is almost always needed. It's times like this that you should thank the gaming community. Watching people game is an oddly popular thing, so much so that it's inspired the launch of several services (like Twitch) that lets people earn money by streaming their game play. This very same community has inspired lots of great apps for recording your screen of which Shou.Tv is free and doesn't require a jailbroken device. You must have iOS 8.3 or above running on your device. Read More

Export Your Firefox Profile From A Non-Rooted Device To Your Desktop [Android]

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Android users are divided into two categories; those that root their devices, and those that do not. The debate to root or not to root centers on points like warranty, unlocking the real power of your device, removing bloatware, risking a bricked device, and overclocking it to its death. Regardless of which side you root for (pun intended), the fact is that Android users with a rooted device can do more than those with a non-rooted device. One such limitation is accessing protected files such as your Firefox profile. Fortunately, there is a very simple way of exporting and saving it to your desktop without needing to root your device. Here's how. Read More

Add A Timestamp In Notepad Whenever You Open A File In It [Windows]

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Notepad is the default TXT file editor in Windows and where the app is very basic it is used to open a huge variety of file types. You can open an HTML file, a script, a data file (.dat) and much more with it. Lots of apps that create logs are in fact opened in Notepad. The app itself is exceptionally basic but it still has one or two tricks up its sleeve. Notepad has a built-in feature that automatically adds a timestamp each time you open a file. Here's how to use it. Read More

Send Input From Your Mic To Your Speakers [Windows]

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If you've ever wanted to send sound from your mic to your speakers, whether you were doing it to mix audio, or wanted to record voiceover with other audio in the background, you might have wondered what was the simplest way to go about doing it. There are plenty of apps available that let you do this but Windows has a built-in mechanism that lets you send audio from your mic to your speakers without needing any extra apps. Here's how. Read More

Create An HTML Index File For Photos To Find Them Easily [Windows]

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Back when photos weren't files on our computers but printed card sheets that were put in albums. Often, the place where you had these photos developed would develop a small index card with small thumbnails of the photos, each numbered so you could use it to keep your album organized. ThumbIndex is a portable Windows utility that does something similar for our photos that are now digital files. It lets you pick a folder (of photos) and creates an HTML file with thumbnails of each photo. The thumbnails are linked to the respective file and when clicked (in your browser) will automatically open the photo. Read More

What Are iOS 8 Extensions And How To Enable Them

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Extensions in iOS 8 make it easier for apps to talk to each other. More precisely, they allow you to send information and data from one app to the other or use an app from within another app. Extensions are essentially apps themselves that need to be enabled from within share menus for them to work. They work with as both share/action buttons and as stand alone apps. Here's a quick overview of iOS extensions and how to enable them. Read More

Access All Firefox Menus From A Single Button On The Toolbar

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Firefox looked very different a few years ago; it wasn't all neat, clean, and minimal like it is today. Before, the browser looked like any other app with menus in the menu bar. When Chrome began to gain popularity with its very minimal design, people began to realize there was a better way to access application settings. Firefox began an overhaul of its UI and has since changed considerably. It now lets you add your most frequently used features as buttons on the toolbar while hiding the menus that used to appear on its menu bar. To access them, you have to hit the Alt key and they will appear momentarily. The thing is, while these menus may have been hidden for the sake of a 'cleaner' browser, they house important features and are very much needed. If you don't like hitting the Alt key to access them, give All Menus Button a try. It adds a button to the tool bar that encompasses every single menu on Firefox's menu bar for you to access. Read More

How To Tell If A Facebook Page Responds To Its Inbox Messages

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Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter may be used for a lot of things; keeping up with friends, getting news, finding events in your area, but as time has shown Facebook pages and Twitter profiles are also a way for people to engage with their favorite brands. Simple posts about grievances are often left unanswered if a page isn't active and until a few days ago, there was no way to tell if a Facebook page even checked its inbox. There is now and here's how it works. Read More

Get Caps Lock, Num Lock, And Scroll Lock Indicators In The System Tray

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When buying a laptop, we're more concerned with how well it performs. The specifications of a new laptop center around the processor, the RAM, graphics card, etc and not on the far less trivial things like how many LED indicators it has. Sadly, as trivial as these things are, they are missed when absent and if you have a laptop that doesn't indicate whether the number pad is on or if Caps lock is on, you might have lingering regret towards your otherwise satisfactory purchase. Keyboard Indicator is a lightweight Windows utility that adds indicators for caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock, to your system tray so that you can tell at a glance whether they are On or Off. Read More

How To Remove ‘Get Windows 10′ App From Your System

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Windows 10 is set for release on July 29, 2015 and we all know that Microsoft is taking this new version and pushing it aggressively to Windows users with the Get Windows 10 app. While a lot of users have reserved a copy of the new OS, there are some who aren't on-board with the idea and the little Windows icon in their system tray is nothing more than annoying bloatware. If you're one of the many people looking to get rid of this app or put it out of sight, here's how you can do just that. Read More