How to turn off web notifications in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

Push notifications for the web can be a great convenience, but have you ever regretted agreeing to receive alerts from a specific website? I know I have. Today, we’re going to look at how to cancel web notifications from websites or services that you no longer want hitting your browser.

Take for example my own experience with Facebook. I like checking Facebook, but I don’t need alerts from the social network on my PC. I’d rather get those on my phone. But I still want alerts from WhatsApp and Twitter to come through my browser.

Here’s how you can disable specific web notifications on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

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The easiest fix for missing green check marks in OneDrive

An important part of using cloud sync services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive is knowing when a file or folder is saved to the cloud. If you don’t know that status it’s difficult to know if the file will be available on your other devices. That’s why when those little green check marks that indicate a successful sync disappear from OneDrive it can be frustrating.

We’re going to outline the easiest (as well as the hardest) way to fix this problem for OneDrive, but first it’s important to understand what’s going on.

Those little green check marks (and the companion red x’s and blue circles) are called icon overlays. The problem is that Windows programs are competing for just 11 icon overlay spots—there are actually 15 spots but Windows keeps four for the system.

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How to set up photo reminders in Cortana in Windows 10

There are just two weeks to go until Windows 10’s Anniversary Update rolls out to a PC, tablet, or phone (don’t laugh) near you. To help familiarize you with the big update here’s another nice little feature included in the new version of Windows 10: photo reminders in Cortana.

We recently touched on this in our coverage of the new Sticky Notes app, and its added Cortana smarts. When you use Sticky Notes to create a Cortana reminder it includes a snapshot of the note you created.

Cortana in the Anniversary Update will also let you add any image you like to your reminders. This may seem superfluous, but there are many ways it could come in handy.

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How to remove your email address from Windows 10's login screen

We’re just weeks away from the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, which includes all kinds of new features. But along with all the big stuff like better inking and a beefed up Cortana, there are also small touches that many people will appreciate.

Today we’re going to look at a new nice touch that controls what kind of information you display on the sign-in screen, specifically your email address.

Right now, when you land on the login screen on a Windows 10 PC it displays your name and the email address associated with your Microsoft account. When you’re at home that’s no big deal, but you may not want that information displayed where someone might sneak a peek, such as at a coffee shop or in a business meeting.

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How to use Cortana-friendly Sticky Notes in Windows 10 to keep track of tasks

One of the most interesting features of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is the beefed-up inking capability. Particularly when combined with Cortana, which can turn handwriting into actionable tasks such as reminders.

It’s a neat feature, and you don’t have to be a stylus-wielding user to take advantage of it. Even someone with a keyboard and mouse can use Cortana’s smarts in collaboration with the new Sticky Notes app.

Here’s a preview of this new functionality, and how it currently works in the latest Insider Preview Build of the Anniversary Update, before the new bits roll out to our PCs on August 2.

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How to access your Chrome apps without the apps launcher

In March, Google put an end to its attempted invasion of the Windows desktop by killing the Chrome Apps Launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The company said at the time it would remove the launcher in July.

The app launcher was an icon on the Windows taskbar that contained links to all your installed Chrome apps. The feature made it easier to get at your installed Chrome apps— say, Google Drive, Maps, or Gmail—without launching the full Chrome browser. Google said it decided to give up on the feature because most users prefer to launch Chrome apps from the browser anyway.

If you’re not clear on the difference, Chrome apps are not the same as browser extensions. Chrome apps are designed to function as stand-alone programs. They are built on the Chrome platform, but exist in their own window separate from the Chrome browser. 

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How to use Facebook's new save and share Chrome extensions

Recently, I talked about how you could use Facebook’s save feature to bookmark interesting content you find on the social network for viewing or reading later. That feature, however, only covered items you found on Facebook.

Now, Facebook has released two new Chrome extensions. The first lets you save articles and videos you find online outside of Facebook, while the second shares items straight to Facebook similar to how you’d share items on a smartphone.

Save to Facebook for Chrome

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