Strengthen your email writing with this Chrome extension

If there's one thing that can make you look bad to your colleagues—I mean, besides that giant coffee stain on your shirt—it's weak writing. You know what I'm talking about. All those emails that start out, "I just wanted to check...", or "I'm no expert, but shouldn't it be...."

A new Chrome extension for Gmail called Just Not Sorry aims to help you make stronger statements in your email correspondence and eliminate all those weak qualifiers. The extension was designed with the intention of encouraging women in the corporate workplace to make stronger statements. But it can be used by anyone who needs help making their emails more direct and to the point.

You can download the extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once it's installed, all you have to do is log in to Gmail and you'll see the extension's icon in the address bar.

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How to retrieve Wi-Fi passwords saved on your PC

It's a good thing that Wi-Fi can bring so much magic into your house, it almost makes up for all the pains that come along with it. Almost.

One of the biggest pains of Wi-Fi is actually something that's self-inflicted: forgetting your network password. We've all been there. You take the advice of the security experts by creating a random, long Wi-Fi network password...and then promptly lose or forget that complicated password.

That's not a problem for any of the machines that were previously set up, but it could be an issue when you have guests or bring home a shiny, new Chromecast for your TV.

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How to change your computer name in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a lot of great things going for it, but one feature that deserves a big thumb's down is the randomly generated name it gives your PC during a clean install. Instead of letting you name your computer something memorable, Windows 10 tags it with a name that begins "DESKTOP" followed by a string of numbers and letters.

If you have more than one Windows 10 PC this can get confusing, fast. Is DESKTOP-2P57JKL the PC in the dining room or the one upstairs? Who knows?

Here's how to fix that.

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Force Block protects you against Star Wars spoilers

After more than a year of drone footage, teasers, and leaks, the Force finally awakens Friday with the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. But even the most ardent fans must schedule their first viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens around everyday life.

That means many of us, myself included, simply can't get to the theaters this Friday or even this weekend. That's a problem since the Internet is already rife with potential spoilers. Take an article recently published by The Guardian that talks about the new movie's plot holes and more. It shows that any site can bring down your carefully planned Star Wars information cocoon.

That's where a new Chrome extension called Force Block comes in. The new tool prevents you from seeing sites that could potentially spill the beans on the movie's plot or critical elements. As we all know, when it comes to spoilers you cannot unlearn what you have learned.

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2 easy ways to remotely access files on your PC

We’ve talked before about how syncing files across all your devices is only as useful as your ability to put the files you need in the right place. When that doesn’t happen, it’s handy to have a back-up plan for accessing critical files remotely.

Previously, we took a look a Chrome Remote Desktop as a potential solution. Here’s a look at two other ways you can get remote access using apps and services that might already be part of your everyday routine.

Phone to PC

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How to easily secure your web browsing with Hotspot Shield's free, unlimited proxy

Back in the spring we talked about TunnelBear for Chrome, an extension that adds an encrypted proxy to your browser. At the time, there weren’t many great options for Firefox, but since then Hotspot Shield rolled out its own free proxy add-ons for Firefox and Chrome.

Encrypted proxies are a fast and lightweight alternative to virtual private networks (VPNs). They don’t offer the full breadth of protection that VPNs do since a proxy only protects your browser. But if all you want to do is view the U.S. Netflix catalog overseas or protect your browsing on a public Wi-Fi network, then an encrypted proxy should work just fine.

The best part about Hotspot Shield is that its proxy is free to use with unlimited bandwidth—TunnelBear on Chrome limits free users to 500 megabytes per month.

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How to clear clutter and save ink when you print a webpage

Google started working on a great new print option for Chrome early in November called “simplify page.” This feature will strip out all the superfluous items on a page that you really don’t need to print, like ads, logos, and menu options. The result is not only easier to read, but also saves on costly printer ink.

Sadly, simplify page isn’t ready for prime time yet and is only available in Chrome beta right now.

But you don’t have to wait a few months or weeks for the feature to show up in Chrome to stop wasting printer ink. Here’s how to print a simplified page on Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

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