How to Clear Chrome Data

Every once in a while you should delete Chrome’s data for faster load times and to correct erratic behavior. If this is your first time to do this, be patient, it may take a minute or so.

If you’re trying to fix loading or formatting issues to improve your browsing experience on Google Chrome, clearing your data is an excellent place to start.

For example, if Chrome is slow or unresponsive or you change a document like deleting a sentence but the sentence is still there after saving the document, its time to clear your Chrome browser data. Before doing this, log out or exit your running applications. If an application’s behavior is erratic, its recommended you log out instead of just exiting the program.

This is for Google Chrome on multiple platforms

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What Happens When your Data is Deleted?

When you visit a website, it will save (or remember) certain information on your hard or SSD drive. Cookies save a user’s browsing data and cache (stored information) helps webpages load more quickly by remembering images, videos, text and other parts of the webpage from your last visit instead of reloading everything with each visit.

When you clear your data, all information gets deleted. You control how much data is deleted. The load time of previously visited sites will increase because Chrome needs to load the content of the webpage again.

Clearing Chrome’s Data

To clear your data in Chrome, you’ll need to access the browser’s Settings menu. There are three different ways to do this.

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The first way is to click the three vertical dots icon (the hamburger icon) in the top-right corner of the screen, hovering over the More Tools option and then selecting Clear Browsing Data. Refer to below image:

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Clear your browing data option

In the above image, you may notice the shortcut key. To go straight to the page to clear your data, hold and press down on the Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys.

The third way is to enter chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar. See following image:

Alternate way to clear your browsing data

Now, the Clear Browsing Data window will be displayed.

The first thing you’ll do here is select the Time range for deleting the data. Click the drop down arrow next to Time range to expand the menu, then select the desired Time range; the default is All Time. It is recommended you use the default Time range. See below image:

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Selecting your time range for clearing your data

Next, check the four boxes next to Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and 0ther site data and Cached images and files. If you want to clear passwords (not recommended), then checkmark Passwords and other sign-in data. Checking this box will force you to re-enter passwords you have setup before entering a website(s). Refer to below image:

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Selecting your options for clearing data

Now click the Clear Data button to clear your data. See following image:

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The last option for clearing your data

The process of clearing your data will take a litte while. If this is the first time, it may take several minutes, just be patient.

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How to Find Your Windows 10 Product Key

I recently read a post about finding your Microsoft Windows 10 product key. Microsoft likes to hide it but there are occasions you need to know the key. The key is a 25-characters code, making it virtually impossible to remember.

This is for Windows XP through 10 devices

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That post gave a long command to use and a complicated Visual Basic Script (vbs) from an unknown author to be saved as a text file to run. To make things even more complicated, using two methods, the author showed two different keys. But there is a pain free way to find the key that I posted about using Belarc Advisor. This free software program is among the best to provide a detailed inventory of your device’s hardware and software.

Here is the link for installing and running the free Belarc Advisor program.

Scroll down the report till you see the Software Licenses section. There you will find your Windows product key plus other software keys. See below image:

Belarc Advisor Software Keys

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How to Zip and UnZip Files for iPhone or iPad

The Files app got a huge upgrade with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and its support for external storage. One of the new things was the native support for Zip files. You’ll no longer need to download third-party apps and shuffle between different apps just to open a Zip file.

Note! The naming convention of zip or compressed, and unzip or uncompressed, are interchangeable. Your original files are left unchanged.

The main reason for compressing your photos or documents is to reduce the file size to send as an email attachment. Without the Zip capability, the file could be too large for emailing.

This is for iPhone/iPad running iOS 13 or higher

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Creating a Zip File

To compress files, you’ll first need to add them to the Files app. You can do this easily using the Share sheet feature.

In this example, we’ll walk you through the process of ziping and unziping photos from the Photos app, but it will work using any other type of document.

Note! Your original photos or documents are left unchanged. They are just being compressed to a different location.

Open the Photos app and navigate to the album containing your photos. From there, tap on the Select button in upper right hand corner and select the Photos you want to compress by tapping on them. Refer to below image:

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Selecting photos from the Photos album to be compressed

Next, tap the Share button in lower left hand corner. See below image:

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Selecting the Share button in bottom left hand corner

From the Share sheet, tap on the Save to Files option. See following image:

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Selecting the Save to Files option

Choose the On My iPhone or On My iPad option. Refer to below image:

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Setlecting the location of your compressed photos

Here you can select an existing folder or create a new one, then tap the Save option. You will see a message at top of the screen displaying number of items, the folder name and On My iPhone or On My iPad location. See below image:

iPhone Zip 4
Selecting the folder of your compressed photos
Accessing the Files App

Navigate to the Files app and open the folder or location where you saved the photos. Then tap the Select button and select all the photos. Next, tap on the hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in lower right hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Selecting all your photos and tapping the hamburger icon in lower right hand corner

In the context pop-up menu, tap on the Compress button. See below image:

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Choosing the Compress option from the context pop-up menu

You will see a new file labeled Archive.zip in the same folder. Refer to below image:

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Creating the default Zip file of your compressed photos
Renaming the Zip File

To rename the Zip file, tap and hold on it until the see its Context pop-up menu. See below image:

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Selecting the Rename option

Now, tap on the Rename option and type in a new name, then tap Done. See following image:

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Renaming the default Zip file name

Your new compressed file will now be displayed. Refer to below image:

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Viewing your new Zip file

Now you are able to send the Zip file as an email attachment or to a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive to share with others.

Choosing Another Location to Save Your Files

For future downloads, you might want to change your default storage location. The downloaded files, by default, are saved to the Downloads folder in iCloud Drive in the Files app. This is a great option if you have a paid iCloud storage plan because it allows your downloaded files to sync across all your devices. But if you’re on the free 5GB plan, you might not have space for storing large files, even if they are compressed.

Thankfully, you can change the default location to local or on-line storage. To do this on your smartdevice:

  1. Open Settings app
  2. Navigate to Safari
  3. Select Downloads
  4. Tap on the Other option to select any folder from the local storage (or from a cloud storage option). Note! The default is the Downloads folder. For our example, we are using the default location and folder. See below image:
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Selecting where to save your iPhone downloads

Unzip your File

The process of unzipping an archive in the Files app is relative easy.

Again, you’ll need the Zip file to be in the Files app. You can follow the same process we did in the previous section to add a Zip file to the Files app.

Navigate to the location where you saved the Zip file. Refer to below image:

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Location of your saved Zip file

Tap and hold on the file name. Select the Uncompress option from the context pop-up menu. See following image:

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Selecting the Uncompress option from the context pop-up menu

You will see a new folder with the same name as the Zip file. Tap on it to see the contents of the Zip file. Your photos are now unzipped. See below image:

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The unzipped files

You have successfully compressed and uncompressed your photos.

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How to Insert and Use a Custom Word Footer in Three Clicks

Over the past few months, I have researched on how to do this, create a footer that I can use repeatly without doing a manual insert of footer elements. I finally found an article on how to partly do this. In my example, we are going in inset a document footer with the latest date on the left, the document name in the middle and the page number on the right. Yes, it will take a little time but it’s worth the one-time investment. You will save time and effort in using this feature.

If you’ve got a favorite document footer like mine, you can save that using the Quick Parts feature of Microsoft Word. What a lot of users don’t know is that Quick Parts can be saved under different categories to be accessible under different menus.

Let’s use my favorite footer as an example. I’ve constructed one in a blank document using a three column table: the left column has the current Date, the middle column contains the File Name and the right column shows “Page X of Y“. Also, I’ve turned off the borders in the table; those lines you see are simply the grid lines that display in Word.

This is for Word for Office 365 PCs and Macs that support Quick Parts. Other versions of Word will be similar.

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Lets get started.

Navigate to the the Insert tab, then to the Header option. Head to the bottom of the options and select Edit Footer. Your footer will be activated with the pointer in the left hand column.

Once again, go to the Insert tab, then select the Table option. Highlight the first 3 columns with your pointer. You will see 3 x 1 table description at top of your screen. Now, just click on the third grid element in the first row and the table will be inserted into your footer. See following image:

Word Footer A
Selecting the table to be inserted for the custom footer

Inserting Current Date

In the first column of the footer table, type in the text Date: (there is one space after the text) then navigate to the Insert tab and click on the Date & Time option in the Text group. Select your date format and click OK. See below image:

Word Footer 3
Selecting the current Date format to be inserted into your custom footer

Inserting File Name

Now, hit the Tab key once, or move your pointer to the middle column. Again, go to the the Insert tab, then to the Footer option. Navigate to the bottom of the options and select Edit Footer. In the Insert group, select Document Info, then select File Name.

UPDATE: If you do not see Document Info, in the Search box type in “Add document info” and follow its steps.

Refet to below image:

Word Footer H
Selecting the File Name to be inserted

Note! For demo purposes, I named this example document as &Filename. See below image:

Word Footer I
Showing the inserteed Date and File Name for your custom footer

Inserting Page Number

Now, tab once more or position your pointer in the right column. Once again, from the Insert tab, select Page Number from the Header & Footer group. Next, hoover your pointer over Current Position and select Bold Numbers under the Page X of Y group. Refer to below image:

Word Footer B
Inserting the Page Number as bold text for Page X of Y into your custom footer

Your footer elements will look similar to the following image:

Word Footer C
Showing all elements for your custom footer

Formatting the Custom Footer

Now, you may want to align your footer elements. In my example, I am aligning the File Name to be centered. For the Page Number, I am choosing right justified. The Date is already left justified. At this point, you can change the font and/or font size and other formatting options. You may want to change font size for File Name to allow for long document names. Refer to below image:

Word Footer D
Aligning the footer elements for your custom footer

Next, lets remove the borders for our footer table. Right click on the “+” sign located to the left of the table, then select Table Properties. See below image:

Word Footer E
Accessing the Table Properties for your custom footer

Now, select Borders and Shadings option. Under the Borders tab, select the None option, then click OK, then click OK again to remove the borders. Refer to below image:

Word Footer F
Removing the borders for your custom footer

Your final footer result will be similar to the following image:

Word Footer G
The final result of your custom footer

If you make a mistake, start from the miscue or start from stratch. As you can see, there are a lot of manual steps. So, instead of repeating all of the above just to insert a footer, we can easily access our favorite footer by using the Quick Parts feature.

Setting Up the Quick Part Feature

Highlight the footer with your pointer or click on the “+“sign located to the left of the table. Next, navigate back to the Insert tab. Select the Quick Parts option in the Text group. Then choose Save Selection to Quick Park Gallery. See below image:

Word Footer K
Saving your custom footer to Quick Parts

Give the Footer a unique name, mine is My Best Footer. In the Gallery drop-down box, select Footers. In the Category drop-down box, select General. Now, give the footer a Description. When you are finished, click OK. Refer to below image:

Word Footer L
Setting up the custom footer building block

Now your favorite footer will be an available selection whenever you click Footer on the Insert tab. Refer to following image:

Word Footer M
Displaying your custom footer entry

Using Your Custom Footer

To try out your custom footer, open a blank document. Navigate to the Insert tab (click one), select the Footer option (click two). Locate your recent entry and click on it (click three). Your footer selection will be inserted. And you only used three clicks! See below image:

Word Footer N
Inserting your custom footer into a document

There are a whole bunch of other Quick Parts Galleries available for you to save your favorite snippets in. For example, you could have a Quick Parts that inserts your “ Initials _____” on the last page of a draft. Another Quick Parts would be creating and inserting your favorite Watermark.

Edit Your Custom Footer Properties

Navigate to the Insert tab. Select the Quick Parts option in the Text group. Then choose the Building Blocks Organizer option. Next, locate and click on your custom footer entry. Then, click on the Edit Prolerties tab. Here you can change the custom Name, the Gallery, the Category, etc. Its best to leave the Gallery set to Footers and Category set to General.

UPDATE: To make your custom footer float to the top, select enter a new Category, and label it Alpha instead of selecting General.

Once you are finished, click OK. Refer to below image:

Word Footer P
Editing your custom footer properties

Delete Your Custom Footer

Navigate back to the Insert tab. Select the Quick Parts option in the Text group. Then choose Building Blocks Organizer option. Next, locate and click on your custom footer entry. Then, click on the Delete tab. To complete the deletion process, click OK. See following image:

Word Footer O
Deleting your custom footer

When you Exit Microsoft Word, you will see the following screen. Make sure you click Save to save your custom footer in the Building Blocks.dotx file, where your custom footer is stored. This is easy to overlook. If you don’t Save, you will lose your custom footer or any other snippet you created during your Word session.

Word Footer Q
Your final dialog box upon exiting Word. You must click Save to save your work.

You have successfully created, inserted, edited and deleted a custom footer.

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How to Add Slide Numbers to Your PowerPoint Presentation

In PowerPoint, it’s hard to remember what slide number you are presenting. As an aid, we can add the slide number to our slides.

One way, we could manually add a number using a text box. But what if you added or deleted a slide? This would require you to manually update your slide numbers; a time consuming and error prone task.

Instead, you can have the slide numbers update automatically on all your hidden and active slides. By default, your slide numbers appear in your slide footer, but you can move and format them.

This is for PowerPoint for Office 365 Windows and Mac versions. Other versions of PowerPoint will be similar.

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Adding Slide Numbers

Open a PowerPoint presentation with several slides to see the feature. Click the Insert tab. In the Text section, click the Header & Footer icon. See below image:

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Text dialog box

The Header & Footer options box will open. Refer to below image:

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Slide Header and Footer options

Under the Slide option, place a check in the Slide number checkbox. To add your slide number to all of your slides, select Apply to All button. Refer to below image:

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Checkmarking the Slide Number option

Your slide number will appear in the bottom right corner. Note! The number place holder will be small. See following image:

PowerPoint Slide Numbers 4
Sliode Number placeholder

Remove Slide Numbers

To remove your slide numbers, follow the steps above. In the Header & Footer options options box, simply uncheck the Slide number checkbox. Then click Apply to All button. Your slide numbers will be removed.

Format Slide Numbers

We are going to use PowerPoint Slide Master to make the slide number in a different font, color, size or position.

To do this, click View from the main menu, then select Slide Master. This will load the Slide Master editing box. You will see the slide number box in its default position at the bottom right section of the slide. See following image:

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Accessing the Slide Master

Note! You could add a text box with the word “Slide” next to the slide number; this is not shown.

When you move or apply a different font, size or color, it will apply to all your slides.

To edit the text box, select the box then select the Home tab. See below image:

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Selecting the Home tab for editing

Then you can use the available options in the Font and Paragraph sections to format the number like choosing Bold, Underline, etc. I have set the number to be Bold and made the font size bigger. See below image:

PowerPoint Slide Numbers 7
Editing the Slide Number placeholder

Once you have finished editing, return back to the Slide Master tab and click Close Master View button. Refer to below image:

PowerPoint Slide Numbers 8
Closing the Slide Master

Be sure to Save your presentation with the automatic slide numbering feature.

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How to add Rolling Credits to your Powerpoint presentation

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How to Save your PDF to iPhone or iPad

As you are browsing the web, you may come across a PDF file you want to save for later viewing. Let’s examine how to do this.

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While viewing the PDF file in Safari, tap on the Share button. The Share button resembles a rectangle with an up arrow. On an iPhone, the button will be at the bottom of the screen. For an iPad, the Share button is located just to the right of the browser’s address bar. See following image for the iPhone location:

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The Share icon at bottom center of the screen

Ways to Save Your File

After tapping the Share button, you will see a list of ways to share or save the file, including sending the file to others by a text message or email. Refer to below image:

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Ways to share your file

Swipe down the list to find the app you want to open with. See following image:

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More ways to save your file. Showing the Save to Files option

Use Built-In Apps

You may want to chose the built-in apps like Books or Files. If you want to use Books, the file will be available in the Books app. If you chose Files, then chose your save location.

Use Outside Services

Some people prefer to save their file to an outside service like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. The choice is up to you.

My Example

For my example, I am saving the file using the Files option to the PDF folder on the iCloud Drive. Refer to below image:

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Saveing the file to iCloud Drive using the PDF folder

Later, if you chose the Files app, you will see the PDF file you just downloaded; same for the Books app. See following image on my choosing the Files app:

Chosing the Files App

PDF Save 6
Getting ready to open the PDF file

As you have seen, you have a lot of choices, thanks to Apple engineers.

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How to Pin a Drive to Your Taskbar

We know we can pin Apps to the taskbar. But did you know you can pin your drives, both local and network drives. Instead of opening File Explorer and choosing a drive which requires two clicks, this can be done in one click from your taskbar.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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Create a Shortcut for a Drive

Create a shortuct by a right click on the desktop. Then select New followed by Shortcut from the menu. Refer to below image:

Pin a Drive 1
Creating a shortcut

The shortcut wizard will appear. (If the wizard does not appear, you will have to manually edit the Shortcut tab.) In the field Type the location of the item, enter explorer C:\. See below image:

Pin a Drive 2
The first screen of the shortcut wizard

Click Next. Assign a name to the shortcut like Drive C. See following image:

Pin a Drive 3
The second screen of the shortcut wizard

To complete the wizard, click Finish. The shortcut will be displayed on your desktop. Right click on the the desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu to preview the shortcut. Notice the Target and Start in fields have been updated. See below image:

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Setting up a shortcut for drive C

Change the Icon for the Shortcut

Again, right click on the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu. Go to the Shortcut tab and select Change Icon. You will see an Address field that denotes the default location of the icon. To change this, enter C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll in the field. Refer to below image:

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Changing the default location for the icon

Click OK. Look through the icons and choose the drive icon. You could also use your own custom icon. See following image:

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Choosing the drive icon

Click OK to select the icon. Then click OK again to save your changes. Then right click on your desktop shortcut and select Pin to taskbar and/or Pin to Start from the context menu. See below image for the final result of pinning Drive C to the taskbar:

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Drive C example pinned to the taskbar

From your taskbar, click the drive icon to open File Explorer for the designated drive. You may now delete the desktop shortcut.

If you are pinning multiple drives, it’s a good idea to use custom icons. If you go with the default icons, they will all look the same. You could hover your mouse over a pinned drive to reveal which drive will open or use a custom icon. Another idea is to remember which drive is which. To make the icons stand out, you could separate the pinned drives from your other apps by using taskbar dividers.

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Using Zoom During the COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a summary of Zoom posts I have blogged about over the past few weeks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home using Zoom for video/audio conferencing. If you take some time, you can make the video meeting a smooth experience for all participants. The host of the Zoom meeting has the responsiblity to setup and run the meeting. By exploring the following blog posts, you can achieve your goal of hosting a successful meeting, making it easy for the participants to join the video conference and keeping the Zoom troll attacks at a minimum.

This if for a PCs and Macs browsers and smartdevices that support Zoom

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Following are my blog links for a Zoom video/audio meeting:

How to Setup Contacts in Zoom

How to Record a Zoom Meeting

How to Join a Zoom Meeting Without Installing the App

How to Hide and Unhide a Zoom Video

Nine Tips to Stabilize a Zoom Meeting

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Eight Ways for Better Battery Life in iOS 13

For most users, battery life can last most all day on modern iOS devices. However, you can change some iOS 13 settings to maximize the most of your battery usage.

This is for iOS devices iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 and above. Some tips can be applied in earlier versions.

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Disable Dynamic Wallpapers on Your iOS Device

Dynamic Wallpapers was a fun UI feature that was added to iOS 7, but it drains battery life. If you use Dynamic Wallpapers and experience issues with battery life, you might want to disable the app and pick a standard background image by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Stills
  3. Select a solid color, then set it as the Home Screen background and Lock Screen background.

Note: Selecting the solid black wallpaper on an OLED screen will cause the device to use less power. Solid black pixels do not use power to display the screen.

Use Dark Mode on Your Device

Using Dark Mode can increase the battery life on OLED devices because it swaps out the white backgrounds for dark backgrounds that use less battery life as mentioned above. To enable Dark Mode follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Display & Brightness
  3. Change the Appearance from Light to Dark

Disable Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake was introduced with the iPhone X as a way to view the Lock Screen Notifications by raising your iPhone into portrait mode. This is a great feature, but it can cause your screen to turn on throughout the day and drain your battery life. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to Display & Brightness
  3. Disable the option for Raise To Wake

With this feature disabled, you can still tap the screen to turn it on, but raising it will not cause the screen to turn on.

Disable Background App Refresh on Cellular

Background App Refresh is a great feature in iOS that allows apps to update in the background so that the next time you launch an app, everything is already loaded.

While you shouldn’t disable this feature for all apps, it’s good to review the apps that do use it and disable any that aren’t regularly used so they aren’t wasting battery life.

To check which apps are using Background App Refresh, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to General > Background App Refresh
  3. Disable this feature for any apps in this list that aren’t frequently used

When Background App Refresh is disabled and you quit an app that’s in this list, it will no longer download data in the backgroud; instead, you must open the app for it to download new content.

Background App Refresh has a feature that allows apps to use it only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, not when you’re running on cellular data. To enable Wi-Fi-only Background App Refresh, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to General > Background App Refresh > Background App Refresh
  3. Select Wi-Fi instead of the default Wi-Fi & Cellular

Ensuring that apps use Background App Refresh only when on Wi-Fi means it will not use battery-draining cellular data to perform the requests.

Disable Motion Effects on Your iOS Device

Disabling motion effects means that the cute animations throughout iOS and third-party apps won’t be as prominent, but if you can live without them, you can save battery life.

To disable motion effects, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to Accessibility > Motion
  3. Enable the option for Reduce Motion

Manage Bluetooth Connections on Your iOS Device

If you have multiple Bluetooth devices connected to your iOS device and are not using them, it may be a good opportunity to review the items and remove any you’re not currently using.

Follow these steps to review and remove Bluetooth devices:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Bluetooth, and tap the “i” next to the connected devices you wish to disconnect
  3. Tap Forget This Device (or Disconnect), if available

You can also turn Bluetooth off completely by following these steps\:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Toggle the switch to OFF 

Manage Location Settings on Your iOS Device

Location and the use of GPS to track your device for various apps can be a huge battery hog, and iOS 13 includes a new way to manage these settings.

It’s worthwhile to manage your loccation settings in apps to ensure only those that need to use your location have access to do so.

To review and manage location tracking follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Tap Location Services

You should check and control the location tracking for each individual app. Remember that disabling Location Services may hinder the apps functionally.

Place Your iPhone Face Down When Not in Use 

This is more of a tip than a setting change. Starting with the iPhone 6, Apple made its iPhones so that if you turn one face down it will keep the screen from lighting up upon notifications, which helps prevent battery drain.

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Nine Tips to Stablize a Zoom Meeting

Internet trolls are crashing Zoom video conferences and flooding them with inappropriate content. Here are some ways to stablize your meetings and keep Zoom running smoothly.

This if for a PCs and Macs browsers and smartdevices that support Zoom

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1. Close All Running Apps

Before you start your video conference call or join the on-line meeting, save your work and close all running apps. Too many open apps will slow down your computer while you’re on a video call. This is because the call requires a lot of resources, especially if you’re on a lightweight laptop.

2. Check the Speed of Your Browser

Before your call, use a speed test tool, like Fast.com or Speedtest.net, to test your internet speed. If you’re not getting enough speed, move closer to your Wi-Fi router or try some other tips to boost your Wi-Fi signal. You can also use one of these tools to speed up your internet connection. Minimum bandwidth is 600 Kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). You may need to call your internet service provider and/or upgrade your equipment, which would be the best choice, if your equipment does not meet the minimum.

If you run both programs, you will notice a signifance difference in the speed test. This is due to the time of day you run the test, servers they are using and its location. Hopefully, your equipment exceeds the minimum speed for a Zoom meeting.

Below are my results in running Speedtest for Windows (Note that I greatly exceed the minimum):

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Results in running SpeedTest on my browser

3. Test Your Audio and Video

You can also launch a test Zoom meeting anytime at zoom.us/test.  This will launch a meeting where you are the only participant (you can invite others).  This option lets you test your audio and video even if you don’t have the Zoom app installed.

See the article Joining A Test Meeting in the Zoom Help Center for more information about using the using the Zoom Test Meeting feature.

4. Mute Yourself When Not Speaking

When you’re in a video meeting with a lot of participants, it’s best to keep yourself muted. Only unmute yourself when you need to speak.

This eliminates any background noise on your end. Also, if anyone walks in the room and starts talking while you’re on a call, you won’t have to rush to find the mute button.

5. Never Use Your Personal Meeting ID

Each Zoom user has a personal meeting ID; think of it as your Zoom phone number. When creating a meeting, you can use your personal ID or generate a random one. You should always generate a random meeting ID.

If your personal meeting ID is leaked to the web, Zoom trolls are free to harass you with calls whenever they please. 

6. Always Use a Meeting Password

For a video meeting other than a large classroom, town hall or lecture meeting, passwords should be turned on. 

Make sure the password is kept safe. Zoom sends meeting passwords out to all invitees when invitations are sent. If you’re worried that someone unwanted may get the password, create the meeting without one set, update the meeting to add a password and send it out to invitees in a separate email or via another form of communication.

7. Set Join the Waiting Room Option

When you enable the waiting room for a Zoom meeting, each user who connects is put in a queue that the meeting host has to approve. If you don’t recognize someone in the waiting room, simply don’t let them in.

To enable this feature, navigate to Settings > In Meeting (Advanced), scroll down till you see the following option and toggle it to the On position. See below image:

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Setting Join Waiting Room option

8. Set Meeting Options

Under Meetings > Schedule a Meeting, set the following options:

  1. Video > Host to On
  2. Video > Participant to Off especially if your participates are using older equipment
  3. Audio set to Both
  4. Meeting Options set Emable waiting room to On. Set Record the meeting automatically on the local computer should only be set to On for the host. You don’t want each particpant to be recording and viewing at the same time. If a participate wants a recording, the host can send the video via email or some other form of communication.
  5. Always Save you changes. Refer to following image:
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Setting other options

9.Turn Off Screen Sharing

Zoom trolls need to be able to visually take over a meeting to be effective. Preventing anyone from sharing their screen aside from the meeting host stops them from being able to go on the attack.

Under Settings > In Meeting (Basic), scroll down till you see the Show Zoom windows during screen share and set the following options:

  1. Screen sharing, toggle to On
  2. Who can share, toggle Host Only to On
  3. Who can share when someone else is sharing, toggle Host Only to On
  4. Always Save your changes. Refer to below image:
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Setting screen share option

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