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How to Turn Any Web Page Into a Web App on a Chromebook. Chrome OS has long been more than “just a browser.” Since it essentially requires an active internet connection for most activity, web apps are the backbone of the Chrome OS ecosystem—but did you know that you can actually turn any page into a its own web app, launchable from the taskbar? Here’s how. Chrome, and by extension Chrome OS, already have a bookmarks bar that offers super quick access to specific websites with the click of a button. But you can also add pages to the Chrome OS shelf for even faster access—no need to even have a Chrome window already running. This can be done with any page, any time. It’s awesome for those site you want quick access to, like this one, for example! To get started go ahead and navigate to the page you’d like to add to the Chrome OS shelf. In this menu, hover the mouse over the “More tools” option. Here, select “Add to shelf.” You can also rename the app to something simpler than what’s pre-filled in the “Add to shelf” dialog.

How to Turn Any Web Page Into a Web App on a Chromebook. How to Change the Size and Color of the Mouse Pointer in Windows. “Where the heck is my mouse pointer?” If you’ve asked yourself that question too many times, you can change the size and color of your mouse pointer to make it easier to find on the screen. You can use either PC Settings or the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer size and color, and we’ll show you both ways. The PC Settings method can be used in Windows 10 and 8, and the Control Panel method can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7. Using PC Settings in Windows 8 and 10 Open PC Settings by clicking the Settings icon on the Start menu.

You can also type “settings” into the Start menu’s Search box. On the Settings dialog box, click “Ease of Access”. Click “Mouse” in the list of options on the left. There are three different sizes you can choose from for your mouse pointer. The size of your mouse immediately changes. Again, the pointer should immediately change and you can go about your work. Using Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10 On the Control Panel window, click “Ease of Access”.

How to Back Up Your Text Messages to Dropbox or Google Drive on Android. You never know when you’re going to need to reference an old text message with an important bit of info, and the easiest way to make sure you never lose anything is by backing up. Fortunately, pushing all of your Android phone’s text messages to the cloud is super easy. This all hinges on an Android app called SMS Backup & Restore, which you can get for free from Google Play. With it, you can back up your text messages to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or email account, or even all three of those services. The results and set up process should be the same regardless, however, so you should be able to easily follow along regardless of which service you’re using. Note, however, that if you have a lot of messages to back up, email backup won’t work, because the file will be too large. Okay, with that out of the way, we’re good to go.

Setting Up SMS Backup & Restore Once you’ve got SMS Backup & Restore installed on your phone, the first thing you’ll need to do is get it set up. Uninstalling Fonts Probably Won’t Speed Up Your PC or Mac. You’ve seen it on plenty of PC help sites. “Uninstall fonts to speed up your computer!” Don’t follow this advice–it’s a myth. Uninstalling fonts is a troubleshooting tip for fixing a specific problem, not a general performance tip for speeding up your computer.

Sure, Installing Thousands of Fonts Is a Bad Idea As with many myths, there’s a kernel of truth here. Fonts won’t just slow down your PC in general, though. You’ll likely start seeing that slowdown at more than 1000 fonts. Don’t Just Start Deleting Random Fonts! Even if you have installed too many fonts and they’re slowing down your computer, you don’t need to delete fonts one by one. If you’re experiencing a slowdown due to too many fonts, you should just reset your Windows or Mac system back to its default state. However, this will restore any default system fonts you may have deleted if you followed this bad advice in the past, so it’s a useful tip either way. How to Restore Windows’ Default Fonts. How-To Geek - For Geeks, By Geeks. Why You Shouldn’t Use “Anti-Spying” Tools for Windows 10. Since Windows 10’s release and the privacy controversy that followed, many “anti-spying” apps have sprung up.

They promise to keep Windows 10 from tracking you–but often, they can cause more problems than they solve. We recommend changing privacy settings using the normal options in Windows. These invasive tools can break things and cause a variety of system problems you may not notice until later, with no indication that the problem was caused by the tool. What “Anti-Spying” Tools and Scripts Promise These types of tools include Destroy Windows Spying (DWS), O&O Shutup10, Spybot Anti-Beacon and many smaller scripts named things like “DisableWinTracking” and “windows-10-tracking“. They promise to quickly stop Windows 10 from “spying” and communicating with Microsoft in just a few clicks. The Problem with These Tools Tools of this type can cause a variety of problems, and if you look around the web, you can see plenty of instances of people experiencing those problems.

What’s the Difference Between Windows 10’s Express or Custom Setup? When you first set up Windows 10, Microsoft is going to want to rush you through the process with “Express Settings”. We recommend taking a little time and stepping through the customized setup instead. This setup process has been in place since Windows 8, and it’s been our experience that most of the time users are going to just choose the easy way. There are, however, some really important privacy items you want to pay attention to. When you see the setup screen that says “Get going fast,” you should click “Customize settings” instead of “Use Express settings”. Microsoft doesn’t make it obvious, but there in the lower-left corner you will see the “Customize settings” option.

The first screen deals with Personalization and Location, the latter which we’ve discussed in greater detail. Fair warning, disabling many of these settings is probably going to lessen the Windows 10 experience, or at least the experience Microsoft intends. Personalization and Location Settings Off! How to Disable Bing in the Windows 10 Start Menu. Windows 10, by default, sends everything you search for in the Start Menu to their servers to give you results from Bing search — so you better make sure that you don’t type anything private into your own PC’s Start Menu.

Or, you could just disable the Bing integration in the Start Menu. It’s worth noting that Android’s default search and even iOS will also send your search results to their servers to try and get more relevant results — but somehow it seems different when you’re on your personal computer in your house trying to search through your personal files.

We’re definitely glad that they included a way to easily disable the web integration — it’s just worth noting that if you want to use Cortana, you don’t have any choice in whether the Start Menu uses Bing, so you’re going to have to disable Cortana to disable the web integration. How to Disable Bing Integration in the Start Menu And now when you search for anything, it’s going to only search your own PC. How to Use the Built-in Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows 10. Windows 10 has built-in real-time antivirus, just as Windows 8 did. It automatically runs in the background, ensuring all Windows users have a baseline level of antivirus protection. Windows 10 won’t complain at you to install an antivirus, as Windows 7 did.

If you’ve used Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 or previous versions of Windows, this is the same basic product. It was renamed to “Windows Defender” in Windows 8 and integrated into Windows itself. Automatic Scans and Updates Like other anti-malware applications, Windows Defender automatically runs in the background, scanning files when they’re accessed and before you open them.

You don’t really have to think about Windows Defender at all. Antivirus definition updates will automatically arrive through Windows Update and be installed like any other system update. Configuration and Exclusions Windows Defender settings are now integrated into Windows 10’s new Settings app. Manual Scans Viewing Quarantined Malware.

30 Ways Your Windows 10 Computer Phones Home to Microsoft. Windows 10 phones home more than any other version of Windows before it. Along with Windows 10, Microsoft released a new privacy policy and services agreement containing 45 pages of legalese. If Google wrote these, Microsoft might say you were being “Scroogled.” Like it or not, Microsoft isn’t alone here. What Windows 10 is doing has become common and normal across the web, Android, iOS, and other modern platforms. Microsoft is hoovering up all the data it can get to better target ads, personalize the operating system, and improve its software and services. Editor’s Note: almost everything is sending back data to somewhere — for instance, if you are using Chrome, everything you search for is sent back to Google.

Privacy Options, Personalized Ads, Location, Getting to Know You and Feedback You can actually change many of these options right after the installation process if you select “Customize settings” instead of “Use express settings.” Under General, you’ll find: 1. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The Difference Between Basic, Enhanced, and Full Usage Data in Windows 10. Windows 10 includes a telemetry service that automatically sends diagnostic and usage data about your computer to Microsoft. These settings have caused a lot of controversy since Windows 10’s release, but what do they actually do? Today, we’ll look at what kind of data this actually sends to Microsoft.

You can select your desired telemetry level–or “diagnostic and usage data” level–from Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics. On the consumer editions of Windows 10, you can select either Basic, Enhanced, or Full usage data that will be sent to Microsoft. Enterprise users can select the Security level instead. Security (Enterprise and Education Only) The lowest possible level, “Security”, is only available in Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, but we’re going to talk about it first since the other levels build off this one.

Other security-related data sent to Microsoft includes logs from the Malicious Software Removal Tool and information from the built-in Windows Defender antivirus. How to Set Your Google Account to Automatically Delete (or Share) Upon Your Death. Want to share your family photos after your death, but take your search history to the grave? All that and more is possible with Google’s Inactive Account Manager. Let’s take a look at how you can put your Google account on autopilot when you’re no longer at the wheel. How You Can Control Your Information After Death It’s not nice to think about, but one day, you will die, along with the keys to your online kingdom. Your Google account has a feature tucked deep in the bowels of your account settings called “Inactive Account Manager”. Inactive Account Manager is what fans of old spy movies and psychological thrillers will immediately recognize as a “dead man’s switch”.

Setting Up the Inactive Account Manager To set up Inactive Account Manager, make sure you’re logged into your Google account and visit this page. On the information splash page, click the “Setup” button. The setup all occurs on a single page, but we’ll break each section down. Next, we’ll set the timeout period. User Interface Design with Sketch 3 - SitePoint Premium.

Published September 2016 Create your next web project with Sketch Learning User Interface (UI) design is fundamental for creating an intuitive experience for your audience. This course teaches you the essentials of Sketch 3 and how to use it to build clean, crisp designs. Whether you’re a new or seasoned developer, this course explores the process from beginning to end, discussing design practices while working through a unique design case. “We’re all acutely aware of the importance of design in today’s digital landscape - huge tech companies are turning to a design-driven model and reaping the benefits. Adam Rasheed is a professional UX/UI designer, front-end developer, consultant and commercial photographer. Insomnia: temporarily prevent your PC from sleeping. Insomnia is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to temporarily prevent the PC or monitor from entering sleep or hibernation. If you have configured your PC to enter sleep or hibernation mode after inactivity, you may have encountered situations where the configuration hampered your productivity.

Maybe it is the computer monitor that is turning off more often than it should, or the entire PC that is changing its power state. While you may be able to avoid this by moving the mouse regularly -- or pressing keys --, it may not be always possible to do so. You could also change to a different power profile for the time being, but that is not super comfortable either. Insomnia has been designed for exactly that situation. If you are perfectly happy with that there is nothing else that you need to do. That's actually all there is to the program. Insomnia uses little memory and no cpu while it is running in the background. Temporarily prevents system standby. Closing Words Author Rating. Insomnia: temporarily prevent your PC from sleeping. Analyze and clean the WinSXS folder. We have talked in length about the WinSXS folder back in 2010 and how it comes up regularly as one of the largest folder on the computer when storage is analyzed using tools like WizTree.

Windows Explorer and third-party programs report a size of several Gigabyte at the very least, but the count can go up to ten and more Gigabyte depending on the system it is analyzed on. WinSXS, the full path is c:\Windows\WinSXS\, contains files that are required for servicing operations such as the installation of updates, service packs or hotfixes. According to Microsoft, the component store contains " all the files that are required for a Windows installation", and since it also holds files added by updates, it grows over time on all systems. The size of the folder is not reported correctly however if you use Windows Explorer or third-party tools like WizTree to analyze its size. These hardlinks point to files in other Windows directories, for instance c:\Windows\system32.

Cleanup Summary Article Name Logo. Disable automatic reboot after Windows Updates in Windows 10. One of the most frustrating experiences on Windows is the operating system's default updating behavior. Windows is configured to download and install patches automatically when they become available. Many require a restart before they are fully installed on the system, and Windows will restart the system automatically if that is the case. While you can delay the inevitable restart if you are in front of the PC at that time, there is little that you can do about it if you are not. Previous versions of Windows allowed you to block Windows Update restarts using the Group Policy or Registry, but it appears that these options don't work currently on Windows 10. At least some users reported that they cannot block Windows 10 from restarting the PC after updates are installed.

There is another solution as Reddit user Scurro points out on the site. The process itself is straightforward however, here it goes: Step 1: Task Scheduler This completes the first step in the process. Summary Article Name Author. KB3184143 Update to remove Get Windows 10 offer out. Free Software reviews. Free Software reviews.