Quickly scan your Gmail inbox with website favicons

There’s a neat little Chrome extension for Gmail that technology blogger Amit Agarwal recently released called Gmail Sender Icons. It adds a slight visual tweak to Gmail that makes it easier to see which company or website has sent you a message. The extension places a small tile before an email’s subject line with the favicon and name of the originating website.

Agarwal’s basic idea for the extension is to help differentiate between seeing an email from Bob Johnson from Microsoft and Bob Johnson from Acme Widgets. But there are other uses for it as well. If a scam email claiming to be from Twitter happens to get through Google’s filters, you should be able to see that it was actually from Scamwebsite.net and not Twitter.com.

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Gmail Sender Icons in action.

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Three ways to restrict OneDrive uploads in Windows 10

Sometimes you just don’t want OneDrive to do its job and start uploading and syncing files at will. This can be for any number of reasons, but the top two are usually because you’re doing a resource-intensive operation like gaming or your internet connection isn’t the fastest.

During those moments you have three relatively easy options for dealing with OneDrive in Windows 10: Shut it down until later, pause file syncing for a preset period, or slow down the sync speed to free up bandwidth resources.

For all of these tips we’re going to access the OneDrive app for Windows 10 from the notifications area. Click the upward-facing arrow on the far right of the taskbar and look for the OneDrive icon (a pair of white clouds).

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How to show the taskbar on only one display in Windows 10

Windows 10 has some nice features for multimonitor setups. One of which is the ability to display the taskbar on only one monitor. Changing this setting really comes down to preference. 

Sure, there are some good reasons to keep the taskbar on both monitors. Since the Anniversary Update, for example, the taskbar clock is displayed on both monitors. For gamers or people watching a movie that creates an easy way to keep an eye on the time.

Nevertheless, some people prefer the cleaner look of having the taskbar on a single display. In Windows 10, this is really easy to set up, but first let’s make sure we’ve got the right display chosen as your main monitor. Once you’ve switched, the taskbar will only show up on your primary display.

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How to judge the time commitment of your next video game

One of the most crucial skills for success is proper time management. It’s vital that we use our time as effectively as possible. In that spirit, I offer a tip that will help you make some important decisions concerning the time you dedicate to the great pastime of playing video games.

Today’s AAA titles vary wildly in the time they take to complete. You could spend more than a hundred hours getting through The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt or less than a day on a game like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

The appeal of a game’s size depends on your own personal preferences, and your interest in a particular game or series. Nevertheless, it’s still valuable to know how much time a given game entails.

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How to browse Netflix's hidden categories

There’s nothing like a good Netflix-themed browser add-on to brighten up your experience on the PC. There’s a great new extension for Chrome that does just that called Netflix Categories.

In general, Netflix does a great job of suggesting what you should watch next. But there are times when you want to see what secret gems might be hiding in Netflix’s catalog—recommendations be damned. That’s where this new Chrome extension comes in: It uncovers numerous movie and TV show categories you wouldn’t otherwise see.

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Netflix Categories in action.

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Gmail is dumping Windows XP and Vista, now what?

Life isn’t getting any easier for holdouts on Windows XP and Vista. Google recently announced that Gmail would stop supporting Chrome version 53 and lower by the end of 2017. The move specifically impacts XP and Vista since Google capped support for both of those systems at Chrome v49.

So what does this all mean for XP and Vista users? Is Gmail going to stop working in Chrome? Not exactly, but it could suck a whole lot more.

The first thing that will happen, Google says, is that starting on Wednesday, February 8, a banner will appear at the top of Gmail encouraging users to upgrade their version of Chrome. That’s obviously not going to happen if you can’t upgrade because you’re limited to Chrome 49. 

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How to switch to Chrome's Material Design settings page for an easier experience

Google is still hard at work on developing its Material Design overhaul for Chrome on PCs. About a year ago, we looked at how you can activate Material Design for Chrome’s settings page, and a few other parts of the browser. If you haven’t made that switch yet, I’d suggest that now is a good time to do it.

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Chrome’s Material Design settings page.

A year ago, the Material Design look for the settings page was nice, but it wasn’t anything to get excited about. That has since changed.

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