Make Tech Easier » Charnita Fance http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 Watch Movie Trailers on Netflix Before Watching in Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/watch-movie-trailers-on-netflix/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/watch-movie-trailers-on-netflix/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:25:26 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=83301 The Netflix Trailer Button Adder extension lets you watch movie trailers on Netflix before watching in Chrome. Here's how.

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netflix-movie-trailer-thumbNetflix is a great subscription service for movies and TV shows, but one huge thing that it’s missing is the ability to watch movie trailers. Sure, there are sites like Trailers for Netflix and Rotten Tomatoes, that let you view trailers of movies available on Netflix, but require you to use another website. Netflix Trailer Button Adder, a Chrome extension, changes that. It lets you watch movie trailers on Netflix so that you can better decide if you’d like to watch a movie or not.

This Chrome Extension adds a 'Watch Trailer' button to Netflix.

Since it is an extension, you simply add it to your Chrome browser and then visit Netflix.com. You should see a “Watch Trailer” button underneath each movie image; it also works for TV shows too. Once you click on the button, a video will pop-up for you to watch; it appears that all of the videos are from YouTube, which is also nice if you’re an active YouTube user.

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Post to LinkedIn From The Notification Center in OS X Maverickshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/post-to-linkedin-in-mavericks/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/post-to-linkedin-in-mavericks/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:25:44 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=83092 In addition to Facebook and Twitter, OS X Mavericks also lets you post to Linkedin from the Notification Center. Here's how to set it up.

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Post to LinkedIn From the Notification Center in MacIf you’re still getting acquainted with OS X Mavericks, you may not be aware that you can post to LinkedIn right from the Notification Center (in addition to Messages, Twitter and Facebook). If you’re like me, you didn’t think to check “Internet Accounts” in System Preferences to see if anything had changed. If you’re an active LinkedIn user, this can really come in handy for you. Here’s how to set it up.

Follow these steps to add your LinkedIn account to the Notification Center in OS X Mavericks.

1. Head over to “Internet Accounts” in System Preferences. You can do this by going to the Apple menu and then System Preferences, or simply by searching for “Internet Accounts” in Spotlight.

2. Click on LinkedIn in the right column, enter your user name and password, and then click “Next.”

3. Read over the message that lets you know what signing into your LinkedIn account on your Mac will do (add your connections to Contacts, let you share links from Safari, etc), then click on “Sign In.”

That’s it, you’re done. Now when you open the Notification Center, you should see the LinkedIn icon at the top, right after Facebook.

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Protect Your Sensitive Data by Clearing Your Chrome Sync Datahttp://www.maketecheasier.com/clear-chrome-sync-data/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/clear-chrome-sync-data/#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:25:02 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82960 While Chrome's sync feature is convenient, it can be dangerous if your account is hacked. Protect your sensitive data now by clearing your Chrome sync data.

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clear-chrome-sync-data-thumbChrome has a convenient sync feature that lets you access your history, passwords, bookmarks, open tabs and more across devices. While it is indeed useful, it can also be dangerous – especially if your account is compromised. Since this sensitive data is connected to your Google account, a hacker can easily gain access to all of it just by hacking your account.

If you’re worried about this happening, your best bet is to clear out your Chrome sync data altogether and stop using the feature. Here’s how to do that.

Follow these steps to clear your sync data in Chrome.

1. Go to Google Dashboard (you may need to verify your password even if you are already signed in).

2. Click on the “Manager Chrome Sync” link, which is underneath the “Chrome Sync” section.

3. On the next page, click on the “Stop and Clear” button at the bottom of your data.

You’ll see a warning notification letting you know that you can’t get your data back once cleared, and it may take several hours for it to complete. Just click on “OK” and you’re done.

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How to Use Emoji in Mac OS X Maverickshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/use-emoji-in-mac-mavericks/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/use-emoji-in-mac-mavericks/#respond Sun, 03 Nov 2013 15:50:25 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=83081 Want to insert smilies and symbols into your tweets and/or Facebook status messages? If so, here's how you can use Emoji in Mac OS X Mavericks.

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emoji-mac-os-x-mavericks-thumbIn the past, we’ve shown you how to use Emoji characters on your Mac without installing any type of software. However, in OS X Mavericks, Emoji is accessed a little differently. Don’t worry, it’s actually much easier and more convenient than before. So, here is how you to access and use Emoji in Mac OS X Mavericks.

1. Click in a text area – wherever you’d like to insert an Emoji character. For instance, you may want to include one in a tweet via the Notification Center.

2. Press the following keys on your keyboard altogether: Control + Command + Spacebar. You should now see small window pop-up containing Emoji characters.

The Emoji characters window in Mac OS X Mavericks.

Much like on a mobile device, you can switch between people, nature, objects, places, symbols, and more; plus you can access your recently used and favorite Emoji characters.

3. Click on a character to insert it into the text area and the window will disappear. Then use the keyboard shortcuts to bring up the window again if needed.

While some may think this is a kind of useful feature, others are sure to find it very handy – especially since you can also insert letterlike symbols, technical symbols and bullets/stars from the same window.

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How to Initiate a Safe Boot and Run in Safe Mode on a Machttp://www.maketecheasier.com/safe-boot-on-mac/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/safe-boot-on-mac/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 17:25:50 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82976 If you need to troubleshoot an issue on your Mac, the best way to do this is to initiate a Safe Boot and run in safe mode. Here are the steps to do so.

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mac-safe-boot-thumbSometimes you may need to initiate a Safe Boot on your Mac and run in Safe Mode in order to troubleshoot and/or fix an issue, such as: corrupt applications and data, damaged fonts and files, constant freezing and crashing. With Safe Boot, your Mac will start up with just the minimal system extensions, preferences and fonts needed to run.

To make things clear: Safe Boot is the process of forcing your Mac to start up using the bare minimum system resources, while Safe Mode is the mode your Mac runs in once a Safe Boot is initiated. So, here’s how to initiate a Safe Boot and run in Safe Mode.

Follow these steps to initiate a Safe Boot and boot into Safe Mode on your Mac.

1. Shut down your Mac – if it’s not already shut down.

2. Press and hold the Shift key – before pressing the power button.

3. Start your Mac while still holding the Shift key.

4. Continue to hold down the Shift key until you see the login screen. This could take a few minutes and you may see a progress bar underneath the Apple logo while starting up.

5. Login to your Mac. You should see “Safe Boot” in red at the top right corner of the login screen; this verifies that you have done the Safe Boot correctly.

Now you can do what you need to do, and restart when you’re done.

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FindBar Tweak for Firefox Lets You Search For Text in All Tabshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/search-for-text-in-all-tabs-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/search-for-text-in-all-tabs-firefox/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:25:52 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82955 The FindBar Tweak add-on for Firefox lets you instantly search for text in all tabs and windows, as opposed to just a single tab. Here's how.

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findbar-tweak-thumbIf you’re a regular internet user, then you’re probably familiar with the “Control + F” (or “Cmd + F”) search shortcut that works in all modern browsers. It’s an invaluable keyboard shortcut that brings up the find bar at the top or bottom of a web page (depending on the browser you’re using), and lets you search for text within the web page you’re browsing.

While this is extremely useful and a huge time-saver when it comes to finding specific words on the current tab, FindBar Tweak for Firefox lets you go a step further. This add-on gives you the ability to search for text in all of your tabs, not just the current one.

The current find bar in Firefox without FindBar Tweak.

To use it, install the add-on (no restart needed) and you should immediately see a “find in all tabs” option when you bring up the find bar. To search for text in all tabs, click on “Find in All Tabs” at the end of the bar to open a search results window. Enter the text that you’re looking for and you’ll see the results for all your open tabs.

Use FindBar Tweak to search for text in all tabs and windows in Firefox.

If you have multiple windows open, FindBar Tweak will look through the tabs in those windows as well. Click on an item and you’ll immediately be taken to where it is on the page  – even if it’s in another tab or window. If you keep a lot of tabs open at all times, this tool is sure to help boost your productivity.

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How to Disable the Smart Zoom Feature in OS X Mavericks Safarihttp://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-smart-zoom-mavericks-safari/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-smart-zoom-mavericks-safari/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:25:41 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82904 Enjoying the newest version of Safari in OS X Mavericks, but hating the new zoom feature? Here's how to easily disable the smart zoom feature.

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How to Disable the Smart Zoom Feature in OS X Mavericks SafariAre you enjoying OS X Mavericks’ new version of Safari, but hating the double tap to zoom feature? This feature is called “smart zoom” and it’s triggered with a simple double-tap on your mousepad. While this feature can be useful for quickly zooming in and out of websites and images, it can also be annoying since it’s so easy to trigger by accident.

If you’re wondering how to disable the smart zoom feature for Safari, it’s actually quite simple.

1. Open System Preferences and click on the device you’re using, such as Mouse or Trackpad (for me, it’s Trackpad on my Macbook Pro).

Follow these steps to disable smart zoom in Safari - OS X Mavericks.

2. Now you’ll need to find the smart zoom feature. For me, I found it under the “scroll & zoom” tab, however if you selected “Mouse” then you may find it under the “point & click” tab.

Wherever you find it, uncheck the box next to smart zoom to disable it. That’s it! No more accidentally zooming in on web pages when browsing in Safari.

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How to Find the IP Address of a Network Printer [Windows]http://www.maketecheasier.com/find-ip-address-of-network-printer/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/find-ip-address-of-network-printer/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:25:52 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82898 Do you need to find the IP address of your network printer? Follow this steps to find it on your Windows computer.

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How to Find the IP Address of a Network Printer [Windows]If you have more than one computer on your home or work network, you may sometimes need to know your Printer’s IP address. This static IP address is needed so that your printer can be seen on your network, and sometimes it may be needed for various tasks such as sharing your printer with other computers.

If you’re on a Windows computer, this is how you can find the IP address of a network printer.

1. In Control Panel, go to Hardware and Sound and then Devices and Printers.

Note: This is not the only way to get to Devices on your computer. You can also search for it from the Start Menu in Windows 7 or from the Start Page in Windows 8. There may also be a shortcut to Devices and Printer on your Start Menu in Windows 7 – if you haven’t removed it.

Follow these steps to find your printer's IP address on your Windows computer.

2. Right-click on the appropriate printer in the list and select “Printer Properties.” In the location box under the General tab, you should see the IP address of the printer.

If the location box happens to be empty, click on the “Ports” tab in Printer Properties, highlight/select the port that is checked off (there should just be one) and click  the “Configure Port…” button. In the next window, you should see the IP address in the “Printer Name or IP Address” text box.

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How to Download Your Tweets from Twitterhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/download-tweets-from-twitter/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/download-tweets-from-twitter/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:25:54 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82823 There is an archive feature on Twitter that lets you download your tweets, starting with your first tweet. Here's how to do just that in 3 simple steps.

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How to Download Your Tweets from TwitterThere comes a time in everyone’s life when they decide to move on from a social network. If for you, that social network just happens to be Twitter, then you may want to remember your time there by downloading your tweets to look back on in the future – starting with your very first tweet.

On the other hand, maybe you just want to be prepared for the worse, such as your Twitter account getting hacked, compromised or magically deleted. If a social networking account is important to you, it’s always a good idea to have a backup just in case something like this happens.

So today, we’ll show you how you can request an archive of your tweets and download your tweets from Twitter.

Download your tweets from Twitter in 3 simple steps.

1. Go to Twitter.com, click on the gear icon and go to “Settings.”

2. At the bottom of the page, click on the “Request your archive” button. You should see a notice stating that your request has been received; a link will be emailed to you once your archive is ready.

3. Within a few minutes (for me it was under a minute) you should get an email with a link to your tweets archive; click on the link and click on the “Download” button on the page where you’re directed.

The archive will be downloaded as a zip file; unzip the folder and open index.html to view your tweets.

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Get the Black Google Menu Bar Back with this Chrome Extensionhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/get-black-google-menu-bar-back/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/get-black-google-menu-bar-back/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:50:28 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82780 Don't like the new Google App Launcher? Want to get the old black Google menu bar back at the top of Google websites? Here's how to do that in Chrome.

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Get the Black Google Menu Bar Back with this Chrome ExtensionPreviously, we’ve shown you how to customize Google’s new App Launcher to make it more usable, but what if you’re not happy with that? Maybe you want to get the old black Google menu bar back at the top of all Google websites, and use that instead of the App Launcher. If this is the case, you’re in luck because the Proper Menubar extension for Chrome does just that.

Proper Menubar works right out of the box; just install it and you’ll see the black Google menu bar back up top, as if it never left.

You’ll also see a new icon added to your browser toolbar; right-click on Proper Menubar’s icon and go to “Options.” Here, you can customize the look of the menu bar (color of links, background color), as well as the items you want displayed in the menu bar.

Proper Menubar's Chrome Extension Options

Plus, you can choose which websites to display the menu bar on (ie. Google websites only, all websites, a specific website). You can also use the browser toolbar icon to hide/show the menu bar as you’d like.

This extension does not hide the App Launcher, but you no longer have to use it if you you don’t want to. If you like to see all of your links at a glance, rather than hidden behind icons, this is a great extension to use.

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Is There a CD/DVD Stuck in Your Mac? Here’s How to Eject Ithttp://www.maketecheasier.com/eject-stuck-cd-mac/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/eject-stuck-cd-mac/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:25:14 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82652 There's nothing worse than having a CD/DVD stuck in your Mac, with no way to get it out. Luckily, this short and sweet terminal command can force eject stuck CD from your Mac.

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Is There a CD/DVD Stuck in You Mac? Here's How to Eject it Using TerminalThere’s nothing worse than trying to eject a CD or DVD from your Mac, only to get a big surprise: it won’t come out. It’s extremely frustrating to have a CD/DVD stuck anywhere, especially your computer.

If this has happened to you, here’s quick method to help force it out.

1. Open Terminal.

2. Enter the one Terminal command below that applies to you and press enter.

For single optical drives:

drutil eject

For internal optical drives:

drutil eject internal

For external optical drives:

drutil eject external

Enter this simple command in terminal to eject a stuck CD/DVD.

3. Your CD or DVD should be ejected.

4. Quit Terminal.

Note: If the above method does not work, here are some other solutions to help force out a CD/DVD that is stuck in your Mac.

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Save and Restore Groups of Tabs in Chrome with This Quick Trickhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/save-restore-groups-of-tabs-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/save-restore-groups-of-tabs-chrome/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:25:11 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82645 Looking for a way to overcome having too many tabs open? Use this quick trick to save and restore groups of tabs in Chrome without installing an extension.

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Save and Restore Groups of Tabs in Chrome with This Quick TrickHaving too many tabs open in ones web browser is a problem that many internet users face on a daily basis. What’s even worse is that having all those tabs open can also slow down your browser tremendously. For this reason it’s a better idea to keep only a few tabs open at a time and save the rest for later.

So what do you do if want to save those tabs for later?

Well, there are plenty of Chrome extensions available to help you better manage your tabs, but this quick trick from OMG! Chrome! doesn’t require an extension at all. Here’s how you can quickly save and restore groups of tabs in Chrome without installing an extension.

1. Add a new bookmarks folder to your bookmarks bar by right clicking on it and selecting “Add Folder…” If you prefer, you can add a new folder in the bookmarks menu instead; it’s simply a matter of preference.

2. Name the folder anything you’d like, such as “Saved Tabs” or “Bookmarked Tabs.”

3. The next time you’re ready to save all your open tabs for later, right-click on any tab in your browser and select “Bookmark All Tabs…”

Create a new bookmarks folder and right-click any tab to bookmark them all to save for later.

4. Choose the folder you created above as the location, and add a descriptive name to your tab group; this will create a new folder within your “Saved Tabs” folder.

5. Click OK and your tabs will be saved for later use.

To restore your tabs, simply right-click on the group (folder) that you want to restore and click on “Open All Bookmarks.” Now, all of those pages will be opened as new tabs in your browser.

One of the great things about this trick is that if you’re using and extension like Xmarks or Chrome’s own bookmark sync feature, you’ll be able to restore these tabs on any computer.

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How to Create an OS X Mavericks Bootable USB and Clean Install on Your Machttp://www.maketecheasier.com/create-mavericks-bootable-usb/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-mavericks-bootable-usb/#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:25:00 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82524 In this tutorial, we show you how to create an OS X Mavericks bootable USB drive and perform a clean install on your Mac.

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How to Create an OS X Mavericks Bootable USB and Clean Install on Your MacIf you’re a Mac OS X user then I’m sure you already know that the newest version, OS X Mavericks, was just released on Tuesday, October 22. To the surprise of many, it is available as a free upgrade via the Mac App Store. This new major OS X release adds over 200 new features and will give your computer a boost in performance as well as increased battery efficiency.

In most cases, you can simply upgrade through the Mac App Store, but if you prefer to do a clean install (format your hard disk and install the OS again so there is no unnecessary junk files in the system), you will need to create a Mavericks bootable USB drive (or CD if your machine still comes with a DVD-ROM)

1. Download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store. The size of the installer is about 5GB, so it can take a long time, depending on your Internet connection speed.

2. Once complete, the installation process will begin automatically, just close this out since you’ll be doing a clean install.

3. Now, you will need a USB drive that is 8GB or larger; insert it and open Disk Utility on your Mac.

These are the steps needed to erase your USB drive and get it ready to become a bootable OS X Mavericks drive.

4. Follow the steps in the image above to erase your USB drive: select the drive, click the “Erase” tab, select the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” format, name it “Mavericks” and click on Erase.

5. Close Disk Utility and open Terminal. Now you’ll need to copy and paste the below command into Terminal and press Enter.

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Mavericks --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction

Warning: If you already have a drive or partition named “Mavericks” connected to your computer, you must rename your USB drive to something else and then change the corresponding variable (/Volumes/Mavericks) in the above terminal command – or you could overwrite the wrong drive.

Your drive will again be erased and then Mavericks will be added. This process can take anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes to complete, so be patient. You will see “Done” and a new terminal command prompt once this step is finished.

Run this command in terminal to create a bootable OS X Mavericks drive.

Now all that’s left to do is restart your Mac (leaving the USB drive inserted). Hold down the Option key as soon as you hear the start up chime and select your USB drive from the boot menu (it should be named something like “Install OS X Mavericks”). Follow the on screen directions to install Mavericks. If you have more than one partition, don’t worry, you’ll be able to choose the partition where you want Mavericks installed.

The installation process will take another 45 – 60 minutes, so be prepared to wait again. If all goes well, you should now have a like new Mac computer with the newest OS X Mavericks installed on it. If you have a backup you can restore your files and applications, otherwise you can just start from scratch.

Good luck and let us know how you’re liking this new version of Mac OS X.

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View Your Facebook Notifications in Your Favorite Feed Readerhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/view-facebook-notifications-in-feed-reader/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/view-facebook-notifications-in-feed-reader/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:25:53 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82464 This quick tip will show you how to keep up with your Facebook Notifications in your favorite feed reader via RSS.

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View Your Facebook Notifications in Your Favorite Feed ReaderIf you’re an active Facebook user, then you probably check your Facebook Notifications at least once a day, if not more. Viewing your notifications is as easy as visiting the Facebook website or using a Facebook application (such as on your mobile device).

However, if you’re trying to stay away from Facebook or just looking for a quick way to view your notifications, you can also subscribe to your notifications via RSS and view them in your favorite feed reader.

To do this, simply visit this page (your Facebook Notifications page) in your web browser and look for the RSS link at the top – next to “get notifications via.” Right-click the RSS link and copy the link address.

Right-click the RSS link to copy your Facebook Notification's RSS feed link.

Now you can go to your favorite feed reader such as Feedly, and add the RSS feed that you just copied. For example, in Feedly you would go to “add content” and then paste in the RSS link.

Now you can quickly scroll through your notifications in your favorite feed reader as you’re reading your other favorite feeds.

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Don’t Need the Keyboard Applet in Ubuntu 13.10? Here’s How to Disable Ithttp://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-keyboard-applet-ubuntu/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-keyboard-applet-ubuntu/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:25:52 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82548 A new keyboard applet is enabled by default in Ubuntu 13.10. If you have no use for it, here's how to disable it.

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Don't Need the Keyboard Applet in Ubuntu 13.10? Here's How to Disable ItUbuntu 13.10 has a new keyboard applet that makes switching between keyboard layouts and types easy. While it’s great to have if you like to use different keyboards and/or languages on your computer, many users may not have a need for it.

This new applet is enabled by default, but luckily you can easily disable it and remove it from your panel using these three easy steps.

1. Open System Settings.

2. Click on “Region and Language”

3. Uncheck next to “Show Current Input Source in Menu Bar”

It should now be hidden. Any time you feel like you do need it, just follow the first two steps above and check the box next to “Show Current Input Source in Menu Bar.”

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Use Deskhop to Share Your Screen with a Facebook Friendhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/share-screen-with-facebook-friend/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/share-screen-with-facebook-friend/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:25:21 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82400 Deskhop is a Facebook app that lets you securely share your screen with any Facebook friend, by installing a temporary program on your computer.

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Use Deskhop to Share Your Screen with a Facebook FriendHave you ever wanted or needed to share your computer screen with a friend, or vice versa? If so, there’s a new Facebook app that makes it easy for Windows and Mac OS X (10.6+) users to do so.

Sure there are plenty of third-party computer applications, extensions and utilities that can do the same thing, but Deskhop is quick and works with your Facebook account.

1. To get started, go to the Deskhop app page on Facebook and click on the “Go to App” button. You will need to agree to their Privacy Policy and EULA, and opt-in to occasional emails from then before clicking on the green “Start deskhopping” button. Your friend will have to do this as well, if they haven’t already used the app before.

2. Choose a friend by browsing through your friends list or searching for a specific friend; you may be able to see if the person is online or not – if they’re not invisible or have chat turned off.

For obvious reasons, this app will work best with a friend who is online.

Select or search for friends to share your desktop with on Facebook.

3. Next you’ll need to decide whether you want to share your screen or see your friend’s screen. In either case, you both will get to share control of the computer. Your friend will get a Facebook request from you, which they’ll need to accept and grant you access to their screen (if you’ve chosen to see theirs).

Choose to share your screen or view your friend's screen.

4. You’ll both be prompted to download the temporary Deskhop program to your computer. This lets your computers automatically and securely connect to each other.

When you’re done using the program, it will be automatically deleted from your computer. This means that each time you share your screen or view a friend’s screen, you’ll need to download it again.

5. Once you open the program on your computer and you will see a window letting you know that it’s waiting on your friend to open the program on their computer.

Deskhop wait's for your friend to open the program on their computer.

Deskhop connects immediately and your friend will now be able to see your screen, or you should see their screen (depending on which option you chose). You can now control each other’s screens as needed by clicking within the preview window.

Either of you can disconnect at any time. Once the program is closed, it will also be automatically removed from your computer.

Screen sharing can come in handy for many things like helping a friend with their computer, collaborating on a project, updating a client on work progress, and more. Since most people are already on Facebook, Deskhop takes advantage of this and makes it super easy for anyone share their screen. It’s great for beginners as well as advanced users. Do you plan on giving Deskhop a try?

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Automatically Move Archive Files to Trash After Expanding [Mac]http://www.maketecheasier.com/trash-archive-after-expanding-mac/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/trash-archive-after-expanding-mac/#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:25:04 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82392 Tired of having folders full of unneeded archive files on your Mac? Learn how to automatically move archive files to trash or delete them after expanding.

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Automatically move archive files to Trash after expanding in Mac.If you are one who frequently downloads compressed files and folders on your Mac, such as zip and rar, you’ll often end up with a folder full of unneeded archived files. This is because archives automatically remain on your computer even after expanding them.

You can, of course, manually delete these when done, but it will save you more time if you could automatically move archive files to trash or delete them after expanding.

So how can we change this default behavior in Mac OS? It’s actually pretty simple.

1. Open Finder and press “Command + Shift + G” to open “Go to Folder.” Paste in the line below and press enter.

/System/Library/CoreServices/

2. Look for “Archive Utility” and double click on it.

Go to folder in Finder and select 'Archive Utility.'

3. From the Archive Utility menu (in the menu bar) go to Preferences. This will open the Archive Utility Preferences window.

From the Archive Utility menu, select Preferences.

4. From the “After expanding” drop-down menu, choose a new option. By default it’s set to “leave archive alone,” but you can change it to “move archive to Trash” or “delete archive.”

Quit Archive Utility and you’re done. Now those archive files will be automatically moved to Trash after expanding. This means less work for you.

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Preview Firefox Tabs without Clicking on Themhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/preview-firefox-tabs/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/preview-firefox-tabs/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:25:34 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82202 If you have a large amount of tabs open in Firefox, wouldn't it be much easier if you could preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your mouse over them? Here's how you can do it.

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Preview Your Firefox Tabs without Clicking on Them with Tab ScopeIf you are one who often has a large amount of tabs open in Firefox, you may not like having to click on a tab just to see what’s on it. Wouldn’t it be much easier and save you time if you could simply preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your mouse over there?

Tab Scope is an add-on that does this for you with ease. Just install it and you’ll get lightweight previews for your tabs.

1. Install the Tab Scope add-on for Firefox; you will need to restart your browser.

2. The add-on works right out of the box, so you’ll immediately be able to preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your move over them. You can also customize the addon within its Preferences.

Tab Scope Firefox Add-on Options

3. Press “Shift + Ctrl + A” (or “Shift+ Cmd + A” for Mac) to open up the Addons Manager, and click on Preferences next to Tab Scope to open options.

You can change things such as the appearance and alignment of the preview popup, the wait time to show popup, the width and height of the popup, zoom ratio and more. Click close when you’re done to see your new changes.

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What Was That Password Again? Recover Your Network Password in Windowshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-network-password-windows/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-network-password-windows/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:25:08 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82147 Have you forgotten your WiFi password and need to recover your network password on a Windows PC? Here's how it's done.

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What Was That Password Again? Here's How to Recover Your Network Password Using WindowsIt happens to the best of us: we create a network password for our home router and then we forget it. Then you have a friend over or get a new gadget that you need to connect to your WiFi, and you just can’t remember the password to save your life.

In times likes these, you may be wondering the best way to recover your network password without having to reset your router. If you’re using Windows, here is an easy way for you to find out your existing network password.

You see that Network icon in your Windows taskbar? You’ll need to right-click on that and click on “Open Network and Sharing Center.”

Right click on the Network icon to get started.

In the Control Panel window that opens up, click on “Change adapter settings” in the left column. In the next window, right-click the “Wireless Network Connection” option and then click on “Status.”

In your wireless network properties, show characters to see your network password.

Now you should see a Wireless Network Connection Status window. Click on “Wireless Properties” and go to the Security tab. Finally, check the box next to “show characters” and you should now see your network password.

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Prevent Blank Tabs from Opening When Downloading Files in Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-blank-tabs-when-dowloading-files-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-blank-tabs-when-dowloading-files-firefox/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:50:13 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82141 When you download a file in Firefox, a blank tab will open for no reason. Wouldn't it be better if it didn't happen at all. Here's how to put an end to it.

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Prevent Blank Tabs from Opening When Dowloading Files in FirefoxHave you ever noticed that often when you download a file in Firefox, a blank untitled tab will open for no reason? It’s not a huge nuisance since you can simply close the tab and go back to what you were doing, but of course it would be better if it didn’t happen at all.

Tab Mix Plus is a very popular Firefox addon, and probably the best addon for managing tabs. One of its features that you can enable is “prevent blank tabs when downloading files” in Firefox, which will solve our problem.

You will first need to download the Tab Mix Plus add-on. Now go to the Add-ons Manager by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + A” (CMD+Shift+A on Mac) and click on preferences next to Tab Mix Plus.

Tabs Mix Plus Options

On the first main tab, enable the “prevent blank tabs when downloading files” option. Tab Mix Plus includes many other features that you may want to use as well, making it even more useful.

When you’re done click on “OK.” You should no longer see those pointless blank tabs when downloading files.

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