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[MODIFIED] Google Chrome : Add Button to Scroll to Top of Long Web Pages

Access the menu and search boxes at the top of long webpages browsed in Google Chrome with this shortcut button.

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

When browsing a large web page such as a Wikipedia article or a list of Facebook posts in Google Chrome, if you need to jump back to the top of the page to use the site's menu, search features, or sign-in boxes, does scrolling take too much time?

While pressing Ctrl + Home immediately jumps to the top of the current web page, not everyone remembers this keyboard shortcut. With the "Scroll to Top" extension, you can add to Google Chrome's toolbar a red up-arrow that performs this same feat....


Google Gmail : Show Maps Automatically in Emails Instead of Copying and Pasting

If you often receive addresses via Google Gmail, why copy and paste them into a Google Maps window?

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

Depending on your electronic mail habits, you may have contacts that often need to send addresses to your Gmail account. When you get these addresses and need to view them on a map, would you rather A) copy and paste the addresses into a new browser tab running Google Maps, or B) have Gmail show the maps automatically inside the e-mail messages?

If your answer is "B", there is a Google Labs extension that will do just that, and it's easy to set up:...


Windows 8 : Shrink the Taskbar Buttons

Is the Windows 8.1 Taskbar useful but taking too much space on the Desktop? Shrink it down!

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

If you run Windows 8.1 in "Desktop" mode, you probably make frequent use of the Taskbar. While the buttons provide quick access to applications, some people need every inch of screen real-estate that they can get and would rather the Taskbar take less room, but still be instantly accessible and onscreen at all times. There's a quick way to shrink the buttons, and thus the Taskbar:

1. Right-click an empty part of the Taskbar, selecting "Properties"....


[MODIFIED] Sites to Browse - DVDs - Movies : Learn to Talk like Yoda

Talk like Yoda, you should read this tip about how you can.

April 15, 2014, at 4:56 P.M. EDT

"With scissors never run. Bookmark the MalekTips webpage, you should. Of the Force beware the Dark side."

Advice like this can only be provided by the Jedi Master, Yoda. While it is doubtful you will ever learn how to wield a lightsaber like him, you can at least talk like him with the "Yoda-Speak Generator". Simply type your comment into the box and press the "Convert to Yoda-Speak" button, and presto. Appear as if Yoda spoke it himself, your text will. Yes, hmmm....


[MODIFIED] Internet Explorer 11 : Allow Some Websites to Show Popups

Tell IE11 that banking, electronic mail, intranet, or other trusted websites should always allow pop-up windows to be shown.

April 13, 2014, at 4:18 P.M. EDT

By default, Internet Explorer 11 attempts to block all pop-up windows from appearing, assuming most pop-ups are nuisance advertisements you don't want to see. There are cases, however, where you want pop-ups to show, and if you perform an action that initiates a pop-up, IE11 may ask if you want the site to let the pop-up window appear.

If you are performing online banking activities, reading electronic mail, or viewing sites on your corporate intranet, you may grow tired of seeing these warnings and just want the browser to allow pop-ups to always appear. You can configure Internet Explorer 11 to allow pop-ups on a site-by-site basis by doing the following:...


[MODIFIED] Internet Explorer 11 : Hide Pictures to Speed up Web Browsing

On a low-speed Internet connection or paying for bandwidth? Configure IE11 to stop showing pictures.

April 13, 2014, at 4:18 P.M. EDT

Are you performing research on the Internet with Internet Explorer 11 on a slow Wi-Fi connection at a coffee shop? Or, perhaps you're using a mobile broadband service that will throttle down your speed, or at worst stop working, if you consume too much bandwidth? If so, you can configure IE11 to stop showing images to cut down on data transfer.

1. If you are using Windows 8.1 and have Internet Explorer 11 open in "Metro" mode, close it. With the latest version of Windows 8.1 you can just move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen until an "X" appears at the top-right, then click it. Now open Internet Explorer 11 in the Desktop mode (WIN + D, then click Internet Explorer on the Taskbar)....


[MODIFIED] Google Chrome : Clear Browsing Data including Cookies, Flash Cookies, Cache, History, and Saved Passwords

For privacy, clear the data Google Chrome stores regarding your browsing history.

April 7, 2014, at 11:31 A.M. EDT

Even though Google Chrome supports "Incognito" browsing where history information is not kept and cookies are removed after browsing (press CTRL + SHIFT + N to open an "Incognito" window), you might accidentally forget to use this mode. You might also wish to remember cookies for a few hours while checking e-mail, chatting on social networking, or accessing your bank account online, then later decide to clear your tracks for privacy.

Google Chrome supports a feature where without the use of any extensions, you can clear browsing and download histories, the cache, cookies, Flash cookies, saved passwords, saved form data, and/or other details....


[MODIFIED] Mozilla Firefox - Misc : Organize Downloads Better by Saving Them Where You Want

Force Mozilla Firefox to save downloaded files to a folder of your choosing.

April 6, 2014, at 1:55 P.M. EDT

Many people are fine with Mozilla Firefox downloading files to the standard Downloads folder. However, if you grab many different types of files it may make things easier to save files in different places. Store downloaded DRM-free music in one folder, game demos in another, backups of work documents from Google Docs in yet another location, etc. Making this Firefox configuration change is easy.

1. Access the Firefox Options dialog box. You can either click the Firefox logo button and choose "Options" - "Options", but I prefer just pressing ALT + T, then the letter O....


[MODIFIED] Google Gmail : Add a Smiling Face or other Emoji (Emoticon)

Brighten up your email with emoticons such as smiling faces, weather symbols, and food items.

April 5, 2014, at 12:18 P.M. EDT

Need another way to express yourself when sending e-mail via Google Gmail, and changing the text color just won't do?

You can insert all sorts of emoji / emoticons, such as smilies, stars, exclamation points, and mini clip-art of objects such as a computer, cell phone, or baseball. Some even animate such as laughing faces, dancing hearts, and ringing bells! Inserting emoticons is simple:...


Google : Look Inside Google's Data Centers

Get an inside peek at Google's data centers and the people who keep them operational.

October 17, 2012, at 2:08 P.M. EDT

Though many large enterprises may choose to keep information about their data centers private for security and competitive advantage reasons, Google has opened their doors at the site "Where the Internet Lives".

For those interested in Google's inner workings, this website offers a gallery of images focusing on technology (routers, water cooling pipes, cables), the people behind the data centers (fixing cooling systems, diagnosing computer issues, maintaining power generators), and the locations (including Ohio, Oregon, and Finland)....


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