Tips, Tricks, and How-To's
The Tips and Tricks section includes quick tips, how-to guides, and introductions to interesting apps and websites. A special emphasis is placed on productivity tips and applications. These are generally posted every Tuesday and Friday.
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Do you need to create a link to a specific quote on a website? Many websites have anchors (#) to link to certain headers but how about specific words?
With Citebite, you can easily link to a specific part of a website and have the quote you’re sharing highlighted. If the quote appears more than …
Are you tired of your Windows screensaver? Or maybe you want something nice and simple without any fancy animations? Want to create your own screensaver using just text files and source code?
With a free tool called CodeSaver, you can now turn any text file into your screensaver.
After installing the application, browse to your …
Do you need to send someone a message online but don’t want it to be saved permanently somewhere (like their inbox)? Wouldn’t it be great to send a message that would self-destruct once its viewed?
With QuickForget.com, you can send anonymous self-destructing messages securely online.
No account registration is required as this is all intended …
Are you using Firefox? Want to make the current active tab stand out from the rest? This is especially useful if you have lots of tabs of the same site open (same favicon).
This is easily done with extensions such as Tab Mix Plus, but suppose you don’t want to install another extension. Here are three methods to make the current tab stand out using the browser chrome stylesheet.
Do you browse the internet on your iOS device? As you know, Safari on iOS is capable of displaying full webpages, exactly how they display on the desktop (Flash support aside).
Ever come across a site that serves you a different version of their website specifically designed for your device? Sometimes, this is great, but …
Are you opening too many applications on Windows? Is your taskbar getting too cluttered with open applications?
With a free tool called HideIt, you can easily minimize any application into the system tray (or notification area) to hide the clutter. This can be useful for keeping the main taskbar area clean or hiding certain applications …
Are you a Windows user? Do you find the plain white background of Windows Explorer too boring? Want to add a bit of color to Windows Explorer or possibly even have a different color or background for each folder?
With a free utility called Windows 7 Folder Background Changer, you can.
Despite the name, the application works with both Windows Vista and Windows 7. In both systems, the program must be run as an administrator through the right click menu.