3 handy image tools you can use in File Explorer

Believe it or not, File Explorer has a few handy image tools that can make your life easier. They’re nothing exciting—we’re not talking about hidden image-editing here. Nevertheless, these tools are helpful to know about in a pinch.

All three of these tools exist under the Manage tab when you open a folder in File Explorer that contains images. The Manage tab will not appear if you’re looking at a folder with just documents or other file types.

These features are available on Windows 8 and up.

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How to find out what Facebook knows about you

We’ve all heard stories about how much Facebook knows about us (or thinks it does) from following our activities on the internet, cataloging our likes, and getting us to share information on the social network. ProPublica even built a Chrome extension to help you find some of this information.

But if you want to know how Facebook perceives you, you don’t need a Chrome extension. All you have to do is visit your ad preferences on Facebook. This page is accessible from a mobile device, but it’s much easier to manage on a full-screen PC.


Facebook’s ad preferences page.

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How to shut down your PC at a set time

I prefer to shut down my PC at the end of the day. There I said it. I know that puts me into one of two camps in the world of PC users. So be it. The trouble is that I often forget to turn off my PC after work. Since I work at home I get distracted by dinner, the kids, a visitor...whatever.

A handy way to make sure your PC shuts down at a preferred time is to automate the process with a simple program. There are many apps that can do this, but two programs in particular make the job especially easy: RTG Ninja Shutdown and Simple Shutdown Timer.

Turn it off, like a ninja

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Get more Edge extensions by installing beta versions

Microsoft is making a really weird choice with Edge extensions right now. The company is testing new additions within the Windows Insider program before releasing the extensions to mainstream Windows users. That means new extensions are slow to come to the Windows Store. Hopefully, this is only a short-term strategy for Microsoft as it figures out how make extensions work in Edge.

Nevertheless, you can still install unreleased Edge extensions, as long as you can get them to open in the Store. Recently, I installed Tampermonkey and Turn off the Lights in Edge even though they’re not officially available in the Windows Store.

If you’re not familiar with them, Tampermonkey is a popular user script extension that can add unofficial features or different looks to websites. You can use Tampermonkey to add a black theme for Facebook, for example, or remove “soft” paywalls on certain news websites. Turn off the Lights, meanwhile, dims extraneous parts of a website like YouTube or Vimeo when you’re not viewing a video in full screen mode.

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How to stop failing Windows Updates from bothering you

There’s a bug going around that’s affecting some Windows 10 Anniversary Update users (including me), making it impossible to install update KB3194496 from September. Microsoft says it’s working on a fix that will roll out soon. Until then, I’m stuck as Windows will try and download and install the update every time I want to reboot or shut down my laptop.


Luckily, there’s an easy way to hide that Windows update until Microsoft gets its act together. 

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This Chrome extension mutes all tabs unless you whitelist them

There’s nothing I hate more than autoplay audio and video when I land on a site. Yes, I know, “insert irony here,” but that’s why I’m certain you’ll love today’s tip about a new Chrome extension called Silent Site Sound Blocker (currently in public beta).

Chrome and Firefox took a great first step by adding sound icons to tabs playing audio or video, and then giving us the ability to mute them. However, that still takes some effort, and really using a computer is all about automating repetitive tasks. I mean, why bother searching for that sound icon on one of numerous tabs when a Chrome extension can mute it for you? That’s exactly what Silent Site Sound Blocker does.

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How to use 'Training for Google Apps' as your personal tech support

Google’s services from Gmail to Drive are packed with all kinds of surprising features. Most of us know the basics, such as sending an email, formatting a word-processing document, and editing a few cells on a spreadsheet. But sometimes even the biggest Google services fan needs a little help.


The Training for Google Apps icon.

That’s where a handy Chrome extension by Google called Training for Google Apps comes in. A result of Google’s purchase of enterprising training company Synergyse in May, Training for Google Apps adds an interactive, step-by-step guide for each Google service. The extension will guide you in how to use all kinds of features from composing an email in Gmail to using Google Forms.

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