Make Tech Easier » Chrome 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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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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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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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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Forget Everything Else: Exclude Browsing History When Searching via Chrome’s Omniboxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/exclude-browsing-history-in-chrome-search/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/exclude-browsing-history-in-chrome-search/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:03 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82055 Don't want your browsing history, previously typed URLs or bookmarks displayed when searching from Chrome's Omnibox? Use this quick trick to exclude them.

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Forget Everything Else: Exclude Browsing History When Searching via Chrome's OmniboxAs you may already know, in the Google Chrome web browser, the address bar and search bar is combined into an all-in-one area called the Omnibox.

When you perform a search via the Omnibox, Chrome will display suggestions from Google’s top results as well as your personal bookmarks, your browsing history and previous typed URLs.

Your results will look similar to this before using this trick.

So, what would you do if for whatever reason you did not want all of that extra information to display when performing a search in the Omnibox? Meaning, you only want to see Google’s top suggestions displayed. Well, you’d use this quick little trick.

Type a question mark in the Omnibox and then begin to type your search query (ie. ?technology). Now, you should only see web search suggestions displayed, minus your browsing history and everything else.

When using a ? before your search query, only web search suggestions will be displayed.

As an added bonus and an additional way to protect your privacy, if you use the question mark trick in Incognito mode, Chrome will only show suggestions from your search history.

via Google Operating System

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Customize Google’s New App Launcher and Add Custom Shortcutshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-google-app-launcher/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-google-app-launcher/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:25:30 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81837 Unhappy with the restrictions of Google's new App Launcher? Learn how to customize it in Google Chrome and even add custom shortcuts!

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app-launcher-customizer-thumbBy now, you’ve probably noticed Google’s new App Launcher, which has replaced the black navigation bar that used to run along the top of most Google products. This App Launcher gives you quick access to Google’s top products like Google+, YouTube, Maps, 4Drive, Gmail and Calendar.

For now, this 3×3 grid is not customizable, which for some is extremely frustrating. What if you rarely or never use many of the “apps” on the launcher? There’s no way to remove them by default. Plus, what if you’d like to add your own custom shortcuts? That cannot be done either.

Luckily, the App Launcher Customizer for Google changes all of that. It’s a Google Chrome extension that allows you to customize the App Launcher and add more than 170 Google shortcuts. Additionally, you can also create custom shortcuts to any web page that you’d like.

To get started, install the extension and visit your favorite Google site (ie. Google Search). Click on the App Launcher icon and you’ll now see that it is a 3×4 grid, plus there should be a “configure” link at the bottom of the launcher.

The Google App Launcher is now 3x4 with a configure link.

When you click on “configure” a new options window will pop-up. Here you can and and remove services from the launcher (via drag-and-drop), rearrange your chosen services and add custom shortcuts (you can even add an optional tooltip and/or icon). You’ll also notice that if once you go past 12 services, your grid will begin to grow to accommodate your new “apps” – good bye multiple pages!

Add and remove services to Google's App Launcher, and add custom shortcuts.

The process is pretty straightforward and in a matter of minutes you’ll have your very own custom Google App Launcher.

Note: If you’d like to add Make Tech Easier to your App Launcher for quick access, here is a link to our icon – http://imagecdn5.maketecheasier.com/2013/10/mte-icon.jpg.

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How to Delete a URL From Chrome’s Omnibox Suggestionshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/delete-url-from-chrome-omnibox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/delete-url-from-chrome-omnibox/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81823 If you entered a wrong URL in Chrome's omnibar, it will continue to show up in the suggestion, which can be rather annoying. Here is a quick way to delete a URL from the Chrome omnibar.

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chrome-omnibar-delete-url-thumbWhen you enter a URL in the Chrome Omnibar, that URL will be saved in the browser history and will show up when you type a similar query next time. This means that, if you have entered a wrong URL, that URL will be persistent and will always show up when you type a similar query. This can be rather annoying, and deleting the browser history doesn’t clear it from the omnibar.

Here is a quick way to delete a URL from the Chrome omnibar.

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Type the query in the omnibar and wait for the suggestion to show up. Use the down arrow key to select the wrong URL and press “Shift + Del” (In Mac, use “Fn + Shift + Del”). This will immediately remove the item from the omnibar.

Note:
1. This trick only applies to URL. You won’t be able to remove search term with the “Shift + Del” key.

2. This trick applies to Firefox as well, except that you just need to press “Delete” instead of “Shift + Delete”.

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Welcome to the 80′s. Play 5 Classic Arcade Games in Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/play-5-classic-arcade-games-in-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/play-5-classic-arcade-games-in-chrome/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2013 23:25:24 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81585 The days of both the Atari 2600 and the arcade have faded into the mists of time, but those classic arcade games continue to live in the Chrome web browser.

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chrome-games-thumbAt the risk of giving away my age, my first console was an Atari 2600, and I spent untold hours wasting time on the likes of Asteroids and Pitfall, to name only two games. This was when I was home and not in the local arcade wasting quarters (and more time) to play many of the same games in an environment more fitting than my parents’ living room.

The days of both the Atari 2600 and the arcade have faded into the mists of time, but those classic arcade games continue to live on in the form of emulators and even the Chrome web browser.

There are a number of versions of those old 8-bit classics, but many of them have been modernized, losing that nostalgic feel. If you have the Chrome web browser, and want to play the authentic games, with that same 1980′s look and feel, then there are a few out there if you search around.

If Asteroids is not the quintessential 80′s game, then it certainly ranks near the top. Things do not get much simpler than this – a tiny spaceship floating in the center of the screen while large rocks float past and towards it. Your mission is to shoot them, in an attempt to break them into increasingly smaller fragments until they eventually disintegrate.

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Control your ship using the arrow keys – left and right rotate your craft 360 degrees, allowing you to take aim at any of the space rocks. The up arrow propels your ship to other parts of the screen, while the down arrow initiates hyperspace, causing your ship to disappear and then reappear on another random part of the screen. Use the spacebar to fire shots.

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Your city is under attack, and its your job to protect it. Incoming enemy fire is raining down from the sky, and you must send up ballistic missiles in an effort to protect your home.

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Use the arrow keys to fire from your various underground missile locations, while the spacebar can help to shield the city. It takes practice, as missile command can be deceitfully difficult to master – the enemy fire is rather small and your positions are limited and can not be moved around the way your spaceship in Asteroids can be.

Missile Command

Along with Asteroids, Centipede was perhaps the biggest time and quarter waster for me. You control a gun at the bottom of the screen and you are under attack from the centipedes snaking their way through the mushrooms and down the screen towards you.

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This is one the easiest games to control – left and right arrows move you back and forth along the bottom of the screen, while the spacebar fires your shots. You’ll need to watch for spiders suddenly appearing on the screen and objects that drop rapidly towards you. It’s fast-paced action, and it only gets faster as you go.

Centipede

The object here is simple. You are a frog on a mission to make it across a busy highway and a river without becoming roadkill or drowning – though how a frog drowns remains a mystery.

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Choose your path carefully so as to avoid being flattened by the speeding traffic. To cross the river you will utilize a series of turtles and logs moving past you. Use your arrow keys to move and be decisive once you get to the river because if you float off the screen then you will be starting over.

Frogger

One of the biggest games of the 80′s, Space Invaders was perhaps the top reason many customers purchased the Atari console. It’s simple enough to understand – move back and forth beneath your shields while firing shots through the openings in an effort to prevent the invading crafts from landing.

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This is the only one of these five games that is controlled via the mouse. Move back and forth and tap the left button to fire, while trying to avoid the missiles dropped by the invaders. Get bonus points if you hit the UFO  that sometimes moves quickly across the top of the screen.

Space Invaders

Atari is only one of the famous 80′s game makers that is releasing its classics again for a new generation. Activision recently issued a game pack for Android, as well. Of course, there also always emulators and ROM’s, but that is a post for another day.

All of the classic arcade games above stay true to the originals and, in the case of the three from Atari, actually come straight from the source. Now all you have to do is worry about how you will get any work done.

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Change Chrome’s New Tab and App Button Behaviourhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/change-chromes-new-tab-behaviour/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/change-chromes-new-tab-behaviour/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:50:04 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81338 The latest version of Chrome comes with a new tab interface that removed the App button. Here is how you can restore it back to the old look.

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google_apps_teaserIf you’re a Chrome user you’ll no doubt have noticed a few changes have taken place recently. It used to be the case that apps you had installed could be accessed through the new tab interface, but this is no longer true. Apps have been assigned a special button in the bookmarks toolbar and when a new tab is opened, you’ll see a list of your most frequently accessed sites instead.

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You can still access the apps you have installed by clicking the toolbar button, or you could even use a taskbar button. But you may prefer to have things back the way they used to be and here’s how you can do just that.

Place your mouse cursor in the address bar, type chrome://flags/ and press Enter.

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Press Ctrl and F at the same time to bring up the search option. Type Enable Instant Extended API and hit Enter to be transported to the correct section of the settings.

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Select the Disabled option from the drop down menu relating to this setting and then click the Relaunch Now button at the bottom of the screen.

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When you restart Chrome and open a new tab, you’ll find that things are restored to how they used to be – you’ll see a list of your Chrome apps by default and can switch to viewing your frequently accessed site using the icon at the bottom of the screen.

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If you ever change your mind and want to get things back to how they were, just repeat the steps but this time select the “Default” option from the Enable Instant Extended API drop down menu.

It may well be the case that you simply don’t see the need to apps within Chrome and do not currently use them. You may be quite happy with the fact that frequently accessed sites appear when you open a new tab, but the Apps button in the toolbar is just a waste of space.

To free this space up so you can have more room for other bookmark, just right click the Apps button and untick the “Show apps shortcut” option.

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Should you ever decide that you want it back you can right click the bookmarks toolbar again and tick the option to display the shortcut.

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The All-New Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/evernote-web-clipper-6-for-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/evernote-web-clipper-6-for-chrome/#respond Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:50:43 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80676 Evernote rolled out version 6 of its Web Clipper for Chrome and completely revamped the user interface along with new features. Let's see how it performs.

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evernote-logoEvernote has long been the gold standard in note-taking software, allowing for access and syncing across virtually all popular platforms from Windows and Mac to mobile operating systems. The browser extensions, of which there are several, offer even more capabilities. Now the company has rolled out version 6 of its Web Clipper for Chrome and completely revamped the user interface along with adding new features, some of which were borrowed from its other extensions in an effort to unify the platform.

Web Clipper allows the user to easily grab information while surfing the web, handily saving it to notebooks contained within Evernote, making it accessible later across a variety of mediums.

Web Clipper is one of Evernote’s oldest extensions, but it certainly appears to be one of the newest, thanks to a completely revamped user interface that now sprawls down the right side of the screen, looking much like the Windows 8/8.1 Charms menu and bringing along the new features with it.

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The UI, however, is the first, and most prominent feature contained within this update. It is still accessed in the same old way – simply click the icon located in the tool bar at the top the web browser.

The sleek new black bar contains a brief list of menu items, followed by icons, the option to add tags and a brand new share feature that lets you include your friends in the fun.

Bookmark has been added to version 6 of Web Clipper. As the name implies, notes created will contain a snippet of the page and the URL, making it easily referencable in the future. Handy, because I, for one, have clipped many notes only to not be able find the source again when I needed it.

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In the past, there has been a separate extension called Clearly. While that still exists, some of its features are now a part of Web Clipper. Clearly strips out extraneous parts of a page, leaving just a simple text document, allowing for easier reading.

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Clearly was not the only extension whose functionality was rolled into version 6 of Web Clipper for Chrome. Skitch also makes an appearance, adding the ability to overlay shapes, arrows and text on top of the page you’re viewing, much as any photo editor can do.

To accomplish this, a Markup section has been added to the menu, containing a highlighter, marker, arrow, type, stamp and pixelator. Simply snap your image and then choose the tool you wish to use. If you change your mind, hit ESC and you’ll return to the original page.

Sharing, which I mentioned above, is also present, letting you easily send content via email or to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Click the Share button at the bottom of the menu.

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Evernote is a superior app for grabbing all sorts of useful information while traveling the web, especially when doing research. The one knock I have had on it has been the number of different extensions needed to do all you want. With version 6 of the add-on, Web Clipper begins the task of uniting these various services, bringing in elements of Clearly and Skitch, as well as adding more features, while managing to keep the service from feeling or looking bloated.

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Split Screen Layouts and View Tabs Side by Side in Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/split-screen-layouts-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/split-screen-layouts-chrome/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:25:24 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80769 Won't it be great if you can split the screen in Chrome so you can view two tabs at the same time? Tab Resize allows you to split screen easily and quickly.

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tab-resize-chromeThere are tons of reason why you need to load multiple tabs in a browser, and one of them is probably because you need to refer to information from two (or more) websites. However, with the current tabs architecture, you will have to switch between the tabs to view the information. Won’t it be great if you can split the screen layout and arrange the tabs side by side so you can view two (or more) tabs at the same time? A nifty Chrome extension called Tab Resize lets you use multiple tabs next to one another quickly and more intuitively than doing it yourself.

1. Head on over to the Chrome Web Store and install Tab Resize.

The nice thing about Tab Resize is that it only needs access to your tabs and browsing history to work.

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2. Once installed, if you right-click the Tab Resize icon in the top right toolbar, you’ll be able to either hide the icon or uninstall the extension as necessary.

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3. Left-clicking the Tab Resize icon will open its options.

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You have five standard tab resize options available: 1×2, 2×1, 1×3, 3×1 and 2×2.

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Regardless of how many tabs you have open, Tab Resize will only resize the number you selected starting with the tab currently selected and going to the right until it reaches the maximum number of tabs for the layout.

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4. If you only want a single tab resized, and you want it to use a standard layout, click on “Single Tab.”

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Single tab resizing will only occur for the tab currently selected.

5. Clicking on any layout will automatically change Chrome’s tabs to it.

Once the tabs are set, you can grab a hold of them to move them around if necessary. You can also move them back into the primary browser window you’re using.

6. At any time you can revert to your original by clicking “Undo.”

This will revert to the layout you used before, so if you’ve resized several times, you may need to manually set Chrome back up the way you want.

7. Open up Tab Resize again and click “Custom.”

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This is where you can create custom screen layouts to use within Chrome. You’re only limited by how big your monitor is, so think creatively.

8. Once you set the rows and columns for the layout, click “Save” and it’ll now appear when you left-click the Tab Resize icon.

9. If you want to delete all your custom layouts, click “Delete.”

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10. You’ll be asked to confirm getting rid of them, so click “Apply” to continue.

This’ll leave you with the default layouts that came when you installed Tab Resize into Chrome.

The only con to this Chrome extension is that Tab Resize doesn’t work on multiple monitors. This is because Chrome doesn’t detect that you’re using more than one monitor so the feature can’t be implemented until the browser allows that type of detection.

Anything that can help users multi-task in Chrome is a good addition to the browser. Tab Resize allows you to work side-by-side with Chrome tabs the way Google should’ve integrated it to begin with. Maybe one day they will add the feature but for now, Tab Resize can get you by.

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10 Best New Chrome Packaged Apps Available In The Chrome Web Storehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/10-best-chrome-packaged-apps/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/10-best-chrome-packaged-apps/#respond Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:50:26 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80598 Google released the new Chrome packaged apps that can run as a native desktop app. Here are ten useful Chrome apps that are worth checking out.

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NewChromeApps-thumbLast week, Google rolled out a section in the Chrome Web Store dedicated to a new kind of app, the Chrome packaged apps that we’ve known were coming for quite a while now. This isn’t the first time a packaged app has landed in the Chrome Web Store, but it’s the first time Google has attracted users to them as a new breed of app. This software still relies on web technologies, but they run off your computer natively and do not need an internet connection to function.

Below I have handpicked ten Chrome apps that are worth checking out, especially if you’re using a Chromebook. Some of these apps are useful replacements for traditional tools, sync with online services, are simply fun to use, or otherwise just make your life more convenient.

Chrome packaged apps - Keep

At this point, Keep needs little introduction. It’s a simple note-taking app that replicates the experience of using sticky notes. This app doesn’t offer the functionality of more established offerings, like Evernote and Springpad, but it doesn’t come with the complexity either. Keep is nice both windowed or full-screened, making it a handy note-taking companion and potential replacement for a text editor. If Keep’s online synching is overkill, though, there’s always…

Chrome packaged apps - Text

Text is a text editor for Chrome that’s simple enough to take notes in but capable enough to write code with. It’s the barebones app for writing text that people expect operating systems to ship with, but with a few extra features built in, such as the ability to have multiple files open at once and switch between them using the sidebar.

Chrome packaged apps - Workflowy

If you’ve used Workflowy online before, then you know what to expect here. It’s a simplistic and immensely useful service for taking notes and writing plans in a way that tries to replicate how our brains actually work. The Workflowy Chrome app makes it painless to take notes using outlines that can go as deep and as long as you wish.

Chrome packaged apps - Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the first item on this list that isn’t much of a text editor, though it does have support for taking notes, and it offers an attractive interface for keeping it all organized. But first and foremost, this is a to-do list tracker, and it’s a great way to stay organized.

Chrome packaged apps - PocketIf your web browser is constantly filled with tabs that have been left open for days, Pocket might just be the tool you need. Rather than leaving those articles you want to read later open in your browser, save them to Pocket. You can then open up the new Chrome app whenever you’re ready to get around to them.

Chrome packaged apps - Pixlr

Pixlr Touch-Up isn’t exactly an alternative to Microsoft Paint, as it’s geared more towards photo editing than image manipulation. Still, it gets the job done, offering the basic cropping and blurring tools that are useful in a pinch.

Chrome packaged apps - Sketchpad

Unlike Pixlr Touch-Up, Sketchpad 3.1 is an tool aimed at editing both basic images and SVG files. If you want to create art from scratch, Sketchpad gives you the tools to do so.

Chrome packaged apps - Google-Plus-Photos

The Google+ Photos Chrome app pulls down your photos backed up to Google’s servers and displays them in a grid that provides a more pleasant viewing experience than that of using the site directly. It’s limited in its functionality, as it doesn’t support exporting or sharing to anything other than Google+, but it’s still one of the best ways to view any photos you’ve saved to the site.

Chrome packaged apps - 500

500px is one of the first apps Google used to show off the gorgeous display on the Chromebook Pixel, and while the app took a while to enter the Play Store, it doesn’t disappoint. The interface is clean and intuitive, and the photos are as beautiful as you would expect.

Chrome packaged apps - Time

This last app isn’t going to blow your mind with fancy features or an alluring interface, but that makes it no less useful. Timer can function as both a stopwatch and an alarm clock. It’s easy to use, and it does its job well.

Most of the Chrome Web Store is still filled with the “old” type of Chrome app, glorified bookmarks that essentially just point to web addresses, but there are more “packaged” Chrome apps available than just those I’ve listed above. If I didn’t list your favorite new Chrome app, feel free to share it with us in the comments below.

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3 Ways to Allow Guest Users on Google Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/allow-guest-users-on-google-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/allow-guest-users-on-google-chrome/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:25:33 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80119 If you're using Chrome and don't feel like letting people poking into your privacy, here are some ways to set up guest users account in Google Chrome.

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chromeguest-thumbOnce in awhile, people who visit your house might need to use your computer’s browser for a bit. This gets especially annoying for two reasons: It feels a little invasive when people take control of your computer, and their browsing history and other details get mixed in with yours. Your guest might also have reservations about logging into a website, creating a session on your browser. If you’re using Chrome, there are a few ways around this – some that may take some effort, and others that are nearly effortless. Each method is ideal for its own uses. Let’s explore them!

This one’s practically a no-brainer. If you’re going to have another user, you might as well give them an account. Of course, this isn’t exactly the kind of effort you should put in for someone who’s just using your computer this one time. A new user account is ideal for when you have someone living with you who uses your computer regularly.

To add a new user, first go to Chrome’s settings, then scroll down to “Users.” Once you’re there, click on “Add new user.”

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Once you’re in the dialog, you’ll get to name the user and even create a desktop shortcut for this person. This new user will have their own browsing history, cache, cookies, download history, and all the other goodies you have. Nothing says “I care about you enough to give you your own environment on my computer” like setting up a new Chrome just for that special someone.

Maybe you’re not intent of letting people use the rest of the computer. Instead, you’d like to restrict access only to the browser. Chrome includes a feature that allows you to do exactly this, displaying the browser in full screen. To start up Chrome in kiosk mode, right-click the shortcut you normally use to launch the application and click “Properties.” Once you’re in the dialog, add “--kiosk” to the end of the path within the “Target” field and click “OK.”

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To add to this, you can also put a URL right after the “--kiosk” string. It will open Chrome with whatever URL you have there loaded. This is especially ideal for small businesses that give the public access to some of their computers.

Unfortunately, using kiosk mode doesn’t create a separate set of data. It’ll be using the browser’s cumulative history, cookies, and cache. To get around this, use what you learned in the first section (creating a new user) and modify the desktop shortcut for that user to start up in kiosk mode. Also, to exit Chrome, press “Alt+F4.”

You might already be aware of this, but I’m still going to talk about it: Chrome has a mode that doesn’t save any history, any cookies, or any other related data within the active window. Known as “incognito” mode, this allows you to quickly set up the browser for someone who doesn’t want to save any login sessions or history of what they were doing on your computer. Let’s say a friend comes to visit but he’s afraid to leave his Facebook account logged in after he’s done. Incognito mode is awesome for these situations.

To set up incognito mode, all you have to do is press “Ctrl+Shift+N” while Chrome is open. It will automatically open a new incognito window. To open Chrome in incognito mode, you need to pin its shortcut to your taskbar. This works only in Windows 7 and above. Right-click the pinned shortcut and click “New incognito window.”

You’ll know you’re in incognito mode when you see a shady looking guy on the top left-hand corner of the window, like this:

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Once you’ve figured out what you’re going to do, make sure you teach these techniques to your friends. It’s a sign of respect to give each person a unique private browsing experience as much as it is important to keep your own data private. Have a question about this? Post a comment!

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Font Changer Lets You Change Every Font on the Webhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/change-every-font-on-the-web/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/change-every-font-on-the-web/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:25:46 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79893 Fonts play an important part of a website. If a particular website has font that irks you, you can now make use of Font Changer to change the font on the Web.

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font-changer-chromeEvery web site takes advantage of different fonts to help make the user experience better for a given theme. Depending on your eye sight, comfort level and how long you spend on the Web, fonts can actually drive you away from your favorite web sites and blogs. Font Changer for Chrome lets you control how fonts look across the Web and individual web sites.

1. Install Font Changer from the Google Chrome Web Store.

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It’s important to note that Font Changer needs access to your entire browsing history to work properly. This may not be okay for some Web users, so proceed with caution.

Font Changer will be available in the toolbar to the right of your browser.

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2. Left-clicking on the icon will allow you to remove it from Chrome but other than that, everything else is customized by right-clicking the icon.

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3. Right-click the “Font Changer icon.”

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Font Changer has three setting levels: Global Settings, Custom Settings and No Settings.

4. Click on “Global Settings” to set fonts for your entire browsing experience. These will apply to every web site you visit.

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6. From here, you can set four different font values: Name, Style, Weight and Size.

Font Name allows you to set the font. Since this extension uses Google Web Fonts, you have a variety to choose from.

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The Font Style section allows you to configure the style of the font, like italic, oblique etc.

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You can also change the font weight from normal to, bold, bolder or lighter. Again, options may change based on the Font Name.

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The default font size for most browser is 16px, but if you find that is too big/small for you, you can set the size in the “Font Size” section. Some fonts may look better at small a small px whereas others may look clearer at a larger one. Font Size may need you to tinker with it more frequently than any other settings in our experience.

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7. Click “Done” once you set your font values.

8. If you have any web sites open, you’ll need to refresh them to get the font changes to take over.

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From here on out, as long as you set up Global Settings, every web site will convert to the font settings you select.

By using Custom Settings, you can change font settings for individual pages which can come in handy for those web sites that drive you nuts by using specific fonts that bother your eyes.

The No Settings option completely turns off Font Changes in Chrome but still leave it installed.

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Font Changer is a truly remarkable extension that gives users complete control over the fonts in Chrome. If you find yourself shying away from visiting your favorite web sites or blogs because of poor font use, Font Changer is for you.

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Setting Up Chrome User Settings and a Look at Parental Controlshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/setting-up-chrome-user-settings/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/setting-up-chrome-user-settings/#respond Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:25:05 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79820 Do you know that you can create new user for Google Chrome? The latest version also comes with Parental Controls feature. Let check it out.

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chrome-user-settings-thumbThe User Settings option in Google Chrome is a useful feature that allows you to setup user account for various users, but it has been overlooked by many users, despite that it has been around since late 2011. However, with recent news that parental controls (actually titled “Managed User Controls”) will also be coming to this feature of the browser (in fact, it is now active in the latest Chrome-Canary builds), it seems a good time to take a look at how to setup and manage this feature and take a first look at the Managed User Controls you can expect soon.

We will start with what you can do now – User Settings. This provides excellent management over the web browser, allowing you to setup other household members with separate user experiences.

To access it, go to the Settings page of Google Chrome and scroll down till you see the “Users” section. From here, you will spot three buttons – “Add new user”, “Delete this user” and “Import bookmarks and settings”.

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Click “Add new user”. You will find options, albeit very few of them, to configure for the new account. You can enter a name for the person and choose an icon for them, although the choices are limited and this can not be customized. A desktop shortcut for this sign-on can also be created, and this option is ticked by default.

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Once created, the new user will appear in the box above and clicking on them will allow you to edit or delete them. If they have a Google account, you can also import bookmarks and settings to their account.

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Clicking on “Import bookmarks and settings” produces a box with everything checked by default. This will include browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords and search engines.

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Now that this fairly easy step is covered, it is time to move on to what you can expect from Chrome in the very near future – or now, if you choose to run the nightly experimental builds known as “Canary”.

The new settings are not there right away, you will have to enable them. To do this, point the browser to “chrome://flags“. You can scroll down and look for it, but it’s much easier to simply hit “Ctrl + F” and type “managed”, then enable “Supervised Users”. Now search for another flag named “New Profile Management System” and enable this one as well

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Now, let’s revisit the Users section in Settings and, once again click “Add new user” to see what is now there that is different from the above image.

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As you can see in the above image, there is now an extra box at the bottom of the screen which, when checked, enables the new account to be a “supervised user”. The admin will be able to restrict usage for this person in various ways, those have not yet been added, so its unclear, at this early stage, just what this will be. It seems likely that certain web sites will be disabled.

Given that the feature is still experimental, even in Canary, means it is a ways off, but is at least on the way. Hopefully, when it is fully finished, users will have fairly good control over these managed accounts, and be able to pick and choose what they wish to disable for any given person. For now, at least, you can give your family members their own accounts to customize as they see fit.

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Remove Cookies Per Tab with Tab Cookies for Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/remove-cookies-per-tab-for-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/remove-cookies-per-tab-for-chrome/#respond Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:50:36 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79541 Browser cookies are generally harmless but for those don't want web sites to access to your personal information, you can now remove cookies in Chrome on a per-tab basis.

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TabCookies-thumbBrowser cookies are text files saved on computers that contain information of the websites you visited. Cookies can be harmless but for those don’t want web sites to access to information like your browser type, how long you were at a web site and even your login data, cookies can pose an issue. Tab Cookies for Chrome allows you to pick and choose what cookies are saved on a per tab basis and can help eliminate what web sites get to keep what in your browser.

Before you install Tab Cookies from the Chrome Web Store, make sure you’ve saved any work in your browser. By default, once installed, Tab Cookies will automatically clear the cookies in your open tabs. If you’re logged into an account or working on something on the Web, you’ll have to log back in.

There’s no fancy installation process here. When finished, you’ll be able to use Tab Cookies right away. You’ll see a cookie in your address bar. This is Tab Cookies.

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1. Clicking the cookie will let you save the cookies in that tab for as long as you keep that cookie checked when visiting that web site.

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Anytime you close a tab, Tab Cookie will automatically clear the cookies stored within it if you haven’t enabled it.

2. Clicking the cookie again will stop saving your cookies and automatically clear the cookies stored in it at that time.

3. Tab Cookie has no real options to work with, but if you want to uninstall it, right-click the cookie and click “Remove from Chrome.”

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1. If you want to remove cookies manually, click on the “Settings icon” in the top right-hand corner of Chrome.

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2. Click on “Settings.”

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3. Scroll all the way down until you see “Show advanced settings….” Click it.

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4. The Privacy options will be the first settings you see. Click “Content settings….”

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From here, you can manage how Chrome deals with cookies in your browser.

5. Depending on the type of Web surfing you do, you may want Chrome to save cookies or you may not. Once you choose an option, Chrome will automatically save your settings.

6. You can further manage your cookies through exceptions by adding web sites that are exempt from your selection above.

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Simply add the URL into the Hostname pattern box, choose the behavior for the cookie and you’ve added an exception.

7. You’re also able to access all saved cookie data in Chrome, too.

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You’re able to search through cookies, along with remove them individually. You can even remove them all from here as well.

8. If you don’t want to delete your cookies after going through them one-by-one, click “Clear browsing data….”

9. Make sure the checkbox next to “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” is checked.

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You can also choose to delete other personal information stored within Chrome.

10. Once you’ve made your choices, click “Clear browsing data.”

It’ll take Chrome a few seconds to do this, and then your cookies will be deleted from your browser.

Cookies can be bothersome to Web users and extensions like Tab Cookies make it easier to deal with them on a case-by-case basis. If you use Chrome, you can manually clear cookies any time you want or use Tab Cookies to manage them tab-by-tab.

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How to Encrypt Your Gmail Message and Protect Your Privacyhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/encrypt-gmail-message/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/encrypt-gmail-message/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:25:53 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79840 If you are really concern about the privacy of your email, you should really consider encrypt your Gmail message so even Google can't view it.

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encrypt-gmail-iconIn the wake of the PRISM event and the statement that Google make “Gmail users have no reasonable expectation that their communications are confidential“, perhaps it is really time for us to wake up and start to take the privacy issue more seriously. We have discussed plenty of privacy precautions and measures that you can take, but we never really discuss about securing your email, particularly Gmail privacy.

Google doesn’t encrypt your message by default. In fact, it will even scan your mail content so as to serve you related ads. If you are planning to fix things up on your own, there is a Chrome extension – Secure Gmail, that allows you to encrypt your email.

Note: Secure Gmail is only available for Google Chrome.

1. In Google Chrome, install the Secure Gmail extension.

2. If you are already logged in to Gmail, refresh the browser. If not, login to Gmail. You should see a “Lock” icon beside the Compose button. Click on it.

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3. A new secured Compose window will pop up. You can now compose your message like you usually do. Notice that at the bottom, it shows a “Save failed” icon when Gmail attempts to save a draft of your message. This shows that your draft message is not saved in Google server.

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4. When you are done composing your message, click the “Send Encrypted” button. A dialog box will pop up to prompt you to enter the password for this message. The recipients will have to enter this password to decrypt the message.

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5. This is what the recipient will see when they open the encrypted message.

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6. To view the message, the recipient have to click the “Decrypt message with password” link and enter the password. If they did not have the Secure Gmail installed, there will also be a prompt for them to install the extension.

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At the moment, using Secure Gmail can be rather cumbersome as it is available only for Google Chrome and both you and the recipients need to have the extension installed. However, for encrypting Gmail message, this is currently the best solution you can get.

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Add Events to Google Calendar From Anywhere in the Webhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/add-events-google-calendar-from-web/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/add-events-google-calendar-from-web/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:25:43 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79544 One of the biggest complaints about Google Calendar is that you can't add events to Google Calendar without visiting the site. With Spot – Calendar's Best Friend, you will be able to add events to Google Calendar, whenever you come across one anywhere in the Web.

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Spot allows you to add events to google calendar from anywhere in the webOne of the biggest complaints from Google Calendar users is that they can’t add events to Google Calendar without visiting the calendar site. If you come across an event on a website, you will have to login to your Google Calendar page to be able to add the event. With Spot – Calendar’s Best Friend, you can add events this way through Chrome. Spot is easy to use and does more than just add events from a web site.

1. Head over to the Chrome Web Store and install the Spot – Calendar’s Best Friend extension.

2. A new web page will open up asking you to connect Google Calendar to the new extension. Click “Connect your Google Calendar” to do so.

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3. You’ll need to click “Accept” to give Calendar’s Best Friend access to your Calendar.

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4. You’ll see an icon appear in the right-hand toolbar. You’ll use this to interact with Spot. Right-click it and click “Manage.”

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5. You can enable, disable or uninstall Spot at any time from here.

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6. Left-click on the toolbar icon for Calendar’s Best Friend.

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You can get help with the extension at any time by clicking “Help.”

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7. Click on “View Calendar” to open your Google Calendar in the Spot interface.

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From here, you’re able to see upcoming events, create new ones, and view Calendar and even search for specific appointments.

8. By clicking “Create event,” you can add a new entry to your Google Calendar through the extension.

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Simply fill in the what, when it starts, when it ends and where it is then click “Add to calendar.”

If you keep the “Submit to SpotOn.it” checked, this will post your event to the Web and it will be publicly accessible by others. We recommend unchecking this before adding any event through Spot.

When you visit a web site that has dates, times and events on it, you’ll see the icon in the right-hand light up. This means the extension has found events you can add to your Google Calendar.

9. Click on the Spot icon.

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The drop-down menu will populate with all the events the extension captures from the web page. The only downfall so far of this extension is that it doesn’t seem to correlate the data on the page to how it would fill into what Google Calendar needs to create an entry. In this case, we’re looking at the Denver Broncos football schedule, and while the dates and start times are right for kick off, it doesn’t show who they’re playing.

10. Click on any of the events on a web page. This’ll open the create event screen filled in with details from the event as it appears on the page.

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This is where you see how the data from the page fills out entries in Google Calendar as we discussed above. We’ll need to tweak some of these details so we have a complete calendar entry.

11. When you’re finished editing the details, click “Add to calendar.”

12. Click on “See it there now” after adding the event to see what it looks like on Google Calendar.

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From here, you can edit the entry further if necessary and now it’ll appear on Google Calendar for you to refer to as you go about your day.

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If you’re looking for a way to quickly add events to Google Calendar from anywhere in the Web (and you are using Chrome), Spot – Calendar’s Best Friend is the one for you. Not only can you add events from a web site, but you can also create your own events and check your calendar right from Chrome without heading over to Google Calendar.

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Five Cool Things You Didn’t Know Chrome OS Could Dohttp://www.maketecheasier.com/five-cool-things-about-chrome-os/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/five-cool-things-about-chrome-os/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:50:27 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79418 There are quite a few features that can be enabled in the experimental section of Chrome OS. Want to change which side of the screen your launcher is on? Wish your touchpad supported more gestures? Read on to find out about five great features Chrome OS already supports that are buried away under its settings.

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ChromeFlags-thumbThere are quite a few features that can be enabled in the experimental section of Google Chrome that are specific to Chrome OS. Some things may make it into the official version some day, but they’re available to tinker with now, and they really change how much you can do with your Chromebook. Want to change which side of the screen your launcher is on? Wish your touchpad supported more gestures? Read on to find out about five great features Chrome OS already supports that are buried away under its settings.

To get started, you need to open a new tab page and type “chrome:flags” in the omnibar.

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Some users simply hate having their launcher on the bottom side of the screen. Ubuntu ships with its dock pinned to the left. Many Mac OS X users move their dock to the side to take better advantage of their high-resolution widescreen displays. Windows may be known for getting much of the world used to having a taskbar at the bottom, but it has long supported the ability to move it around to any of the four available sides. To enable this feature in Chrome OS, search for the “Show launcher alignment menu” option. Once enabled, right click anywhere on the launcher and select “Launcher position” to pick where you want the launcher to be.

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Chrome’s built-in full-screen mode is already pretty immersive, except when it’s time to switch to another tab. Then you must exit full-screen mode, click on another tab, and re-activate it. This can be somewhat jarring. An alternative is to search for and enable “Immersive fullscreen.” After restarting, a thin white strip will appear along the top of your screen, indicating how many tabs are open and where to position your mouse to switch between them. This is akin to the launcher’s behavior when it’s set to auto-hide. When combined with 3-finger tab scrolling, users rarely need to view anything other than the content they hold dear.

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While Chrome OS now has a dedicated window manager capable of supporting many windows at a time, the platform began as a browser that couldn’t be windowed. While it’s understandable why the switch was made, some users were just fine with Chrome OS functioning exactly as it was. It may not be possible to replicate the old version of the OS, but users can still partake in a permanently maximized browsing experience. Just search for “automatic window maximization.” While some apps will still open in windows, such as the calculator and the camera, most will only open maximized from now on. The maximize button will also disappear from the titlebar, so it will be impossible to window these windows without resetting the flag back to normal.

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Chromebooks have a dedicated search key that pulls up an app menu with a search bar on top. By default, typing in this box will bring up installed apps along with general search results. To remove those results, enable “apps only search for app list.” This makes it easier to fire up apps, and given that the location bar within the browser also searches google when a full URL isn’t typed in, performing web queries is already quick and easy to do.

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Chrome OS supports switching between tabs using a 3-finger swipe gesture on devices with appropriate hardware. This feature comes out of the box, but there’s another similar gesture that’s still buried away. Search for “workspace scrubbing” to enable the ability to switch between windows using a 3-finger swipe.

If you are not aware, Chrome OS is rich with features, even if some of them aren’t quite ready for prime time. It’s generally safe to toggle these without breaking your device. Tinker away, and feel free to share with us other cool features that you find.

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15 Clocks For Telling Time Within Google Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/15-clocks-for-telling-time-within-google-chrome/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/15-clocks-for-telling-time-within-google-chrome/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:25:59 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=78666 Your computer came with a clock that is functional enough, but there are so many more ways you could have your computer tell you the time. The Chrome Web Store is filled with various clock apps and extensions. Here are 15 options that might just add an extra bit of excitement to how you check what time it is.

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ChromeClocks-thumbYour computer came with a clock most likely in the bottom-right or top-right corner of the screen. This clock is functional enough, but there are so many more ways you could have your computer tell you the time. The Chrome Web Store is filled to the brim with various clock apps, extensions, and websites. Here are fifteen options that might just add an extra bit of excitement to how you check what time it is.

ChromeClocks-Clock

Clock does more than tell time. The app comes with both a stopwatch and a countdown timer, and it’s all packed into a small window that can rest comfortably at the corner of any computer screen.

Clock

ChromeClocks-AwesomeClock

This clock displays the time in major cities around the world, and it tucks them away in a clickable icon in the Chrome toolbar.

Awesome Clock

ChromeClocks-BrowserClock

Browser Clock is a basic choice for sticking a clock in your Chrome toolbar. It’s pretty straghtforward – just click to see the time and date.

Browser Clock

ChromeClocks-ClockExtension

Just like the last option, this extension pops an analog clock in the Chrome toolbar, and the only catch is that some users will have to train their eyes to glance up instead of down.

Clock

ChromeClocks-ClockForGoogleChrome

This is another clock that fits comfortably in the toolbar. It comes with a nice set of options, allowing users to change the format of the time and the color of the clock itself.

Clock for Google Chrome

ChromeClocks-CoolClock

This option defaults to a digital clock. It is tucked away in the toolbar, but clicking it can reveal a calendar, stopwatch, timer, and all manner of goodies.

Cool Clock

ChromeClocks-NewTabClock

This extension turns your new tab page into a giant clock that also displays the date. Changing colors and the font is as simple as right-clicking either on the background or the clock itself.

New Tab Clock

ChromeClocks-OrbitalClock

This clock not only tells the time and date, it alerts users to planetary events. Want to know how much time there is before sunrise, when to expect lunar noon, or the current speed of solar wind? You have rather niche interests, but this is the clock for you.

Orbital Clock

ChromeClocks-BirthdayClock

This clock is highly visual. It lists upcoming birthdays along the bottom of the screen and highlights whoever’s birthday falls on the current day. There is also integration with the FlikGift API, so users can send gifts to friends in just a few flicks.

The Birthday Clock

ChromeClocks-AnalogClock

Analog Clock is a full-screen clock for the people who prefer analog clocks and like for them to be big.

Analog Clock

ChromeClocks-BinaryClock

This is definitely not a clock for everyone. Still, if you want to tell the time using binary, here’s an option for you.

Binary Clock

ChromeClocks-DigitalClock

Digital Clock is a full-screen clock with customizable fonts and colors. Have your time as large as you want, as obnoxiously as you want it.

Digital Clock

ChromeClocks-EasyClock

All of these apps can display your current time, but Easy Clock puts multiple time zones within easy view.

Easy Clock

ChromeClocks-HTML5Clock

This is one of the simplest options on this list. It’s a giant analog clock created using HTML5. It’s basic and zippy. Enough said.

HTML5 Analog Clock

ChromeClocks-PolarClock

This is quite the unique and attractive option. Aside from being different, it also can display the time on tabs, work as an alarm clock, and display the weather.

Polar Clock

Clocks are easy to make, so there are a ton of options in the Chrome Web Store. If nothing here excites you, there’s still a chance there is something in the store that suits your fancy. If you would like to bring attention to your favorite Chrome clock, give it a shout out below.

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