How to Highlight Blank or Error Cells in Excel

Spotting things in a spreadsheet can be much quicker when you nightlight them. With conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel, you can make finding blank cells or formula errors easier.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 26, 2021

Spotting things in a spreadsheet can be much quicker when you highlight them. With conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel, you can make finding blank cells or formula errors easier. Let’s explore how this feature works.

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Highlight Blank Cells

When you have a spreadsheet full of data that you expect to fill every cell, you can easily overlook cells that are left empty.

First, open the sheet and select the cells where you want to apply the formatting. Next, go to the Home tab and click Conditional Formatting in the Styles group of the Ribbon. Now, choose New Rule. Refer to below image:

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Select New Rule option

Next, in the New Formatting Rule window that appears, click Format only cells that contain under Select a Rule Type at the top. See below image:

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Select a Rule Type option

Now, at the bottom, pick Blanks in the Format only cells with drop-down box. Next, click Format to the lower right of the preview to select how to format the blank cells. See following image:

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Select Format Cells with blanks

Now, in the Format Cells window, use the tabs at the top for Font, Border, and Fill to choose your formatting. Click OK. For our example, we are using Fill to color our blank cells bright yellow. Refer to below image:

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Select choose a Fill color

You will be back on the New Formatting Rule window, where you will see a preview of the formatting for blank cells. If you are happy with it, click OK to apply the conditional formatting. See below image:

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Save your changes

You should then see any empty cells in the range that you selected highlighted with the formatting that you picked. See following image:

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Your final result

Highlight Error Cells

Even though Microsoft Excel does a decent job of of pointing errors out to you, they might not be noticeable if you have a large sheet to scroll through. To make sure that you see the errors quickly, conditional formatting is the way to go.

You will actually follow the same process that you used in the previous section to highlight blanks, but with one difference.

First, switch to the Home tab, click Conditional Formatting, and then choose New Rule. Refer to below image:

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Select New Rule option

Next, in the New Formatting Rule window, pick Format only cells that contain at the top. But this time, pick Errors in the Format only cells with drop-down box at the bottom. Now, click Format to choose the formatting. See below image:

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Select Format for errors

For this example, adjust the Font options to make the cells with errors bold and red. Click OK. After you pick the formatting, click OK again to apply the rule. See following image:

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Select formatting for errors

Now, those errors will be very visible! Refer to below image:

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Your final result

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How to Use Advanced Search to Find Tweets

Twitter has tons of information that flows by faster than we can comprehend. Fortunately, it’s possible to search for tweets using various parameters.

5RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 5, 2021

Twitter has tons of information that flows by faster than we can comprehend. Fortunately, it’s possible to search for tweets using various parameters. Let’s explore this feature.

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Search Tweets by Dates Range

Twitter provides both a mobile and a desktop browser Advanced Search page that lets you search for tweets posted within a certain date range. If you are on a mobile device, open your browser and click here for mobile. For the desktop browser, open your browser and click here for desktop.

Now, on the Advanced Search page, scroll all the way down to the bottom to the Dates section. There, you will find two parameters: From and To. Refer to below image:

Accessing Dates section

Next, choose your desired month, day, and year for each parameter. Here’s what they do:

  • From: Set this to find tweets posted after midnight (12:00 a.m.) on this date.
  • To: Set this to find tweets posted up until midnight (12:00 a.m.) on this date.

While this sounds simple, using the parameters can be confusing. For example, if you want to find tweets only from May 20, 2021, you would set From to “May 20, 2021” and To to “May 21, 2021.” You will get tweets posted between midnight on May 20 until midnight on May 21. You would not set both fields to the same date. See below image:

Setting From and To date

Similarly, if you wanted to find only tweets from the month of May 2021, you would set From to “May 1, 2021” and To to “June 1, 2021.” That way, your search will cover all 31 days of May.

Now, scroll up and enter another parameter, such as a search term in the Words section, or an account name in the Accounts section. Next, click Search when you are done. See following image for an Account search:

Search an Account

When you see the results, you can further sort them by different criteria using tabs located just below the search bar. Top shows the matching tweets with the most engagements. Latest shows all matching tweets in reverse chronological order. Refer to below image for the Latest using my domain name:

Display Latest posts for an Account

See below image for my Top posts using my Twitter name:

Display Top posts for a Twitter name

If you need to do another search, just revisit Twitter’s advanced search page and search again. It includes many parameters that allow you to narrow down tweets on certain dates, people, photos, videos, and much more.

Search Tweets by Date Range Using Inline Parameters

Another way of searching for tweets from a specific date or dates is using inline search parameters that you type directly into the search box in the Twitter app or on the Twitter website.

Here are three parameters that you can use:

Note! the following are just examples, not for literal input.

  • From: Find tweets posted only by this Twitter account. For example: from:raymondxxx  or from:techsavvy.
  • Since: Find tweets posted since 12:00 a.m. on this date. The date format is YYYY-MM-DD. For example: since:2021-05-01.
  • Until: Find tweets posted until 12:00 a.m. on this date. The date format is YYYY-MM-DD. For example: until:2021-06-01.

For example, if you would like to see all tweets posted by the “techsavvy” Twitter account between May 1, 2021 and June 1, 2021, you would type the following into the Twitter search box:

from:techsavvy until:2021-06-01 since:2021-05-01

If you wanted to find all posts about “Safari” by “raymondxxx” posted on May 15, 2021, you would enter:

safari from:raymondxxx since:2021-05-15 until:2021-05-16

And so on. This kind of quick inline search can be quite powerful once you get the syntax of the date format. You can also find embarrassing old tweets and delete them.

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How to Pin/Unpin a Twitter Tweet

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

If you use Twitter regularly, you may occasionally post a message that gains attention with other users or that you want to stand out from the rest of your feed.

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

Pinning tweets to the top of your Twitter profile will not take more than a few seconds, and you can unpin a tweet or choose a new one to pin in its place at any time. Let’s explore how to do this.

Note! You can only have one pinned tweet at a time. Pinning a new tweet will unpin any tweet you already have pinned.

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Pin a Tweet

Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android allow you to pin tweets to your profile. You can also do this on your desktop.

First, open the Twitter app. Make sure you are logged in to your account.

Next, in the top-left corner of the app, tap the three horizontal lines. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Twitter menu

In the menu that opens, select Profile. See below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Your Twitter profile opens. Now, scroll down and find the tweet to pin.

When you find the tweet, at the top-right corner of that tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. See following image:

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Accessing the Tweet menu

From the menu that pops up from the bottom of your phone’s screen, select Pin to profile. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Pin tweet to your Profile

Select Pin in the prompt that appears in the middle of your phone’s screen. See below image:

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Pin your tweet

Your selected tweet is now pinned to your profile page. See following image:

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Your pinned tweet

Unpin a Tweet

To unpin the tweet, scroll to the top of your profile page in Twitter’s mobile app. Then, at the top-right corner of the pinned tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your tweet menu

In the menu that appears from the bottom of your phone’s screen, tap Unpin from profile. See below image:

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Accessing Unpin tweet from your Profile

Select Unpin in the prompt. See following image:

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Unpin your tweet

And your tweet disappears from the top area of your Twitter profile.

It’s easy to pin and unpin tweets on Twitter, and you should make use of this feature to display your most important tweet at the top of your profile page.

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Five Real Life Samples of Malware

Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

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Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

To be fair, a lot of malicious programs do not look like anything at all. A virus, for example, tries its best to hide from view while infecting other files and computers. A bot sits quietly on your computer until it gets orders from the command and control center to spew some spam or participate in a DDoS attack on a major website. Trojans, by contrast, appear to be useful, legitimate programs, putting up a pretty façade to hide background activities like stealing your personal data. And when ransomware hollers for your attention, it’s bad news.

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The Horror of Ransomware

If a ransomware attack hits your computer, you will not know it at first. The ransomware stays out of sight, quietly encrypting your important files. Once the dirty work is done, the malware totally demands your attention with its ransom note. The perpetrators promise that if you pay the specified ransom (usually in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency) you will get your files back, but if they take your money and run, you do not have any recourse. You really do not want a direct encounter with ransomware.

Malware Bundled

Sometimes the problem with an installation is notthe program itself, but the software that’s bundled with it. You may find completely legitimate software—even antivirus programs; bundled with adware, spyware, or other unwanted trash. In a case like that, the security vendor is not to blame. A third party created the deceptive bundle. AppEsteem is a young company with a mission to expose these deceptors and to warn legitimate companies when they stray too far toward the dark side of bundling.

The installer shown here offers a free player for FLV video files. Along with the player you are privileged to receive a shady Adware program masquerading as a coupon browser. There’s a checkbox that says you agree to its terms; uncheck the box and you can not proceed. No video player for you! The best thing that can happen with this kind of bundling is that you’re forced to install a program you did not want. Mostly it’s worse than that, because the bundled bonus is malware. Refer to below image:

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Bundled Malware

Now here’s something handy; a multi-utility install program. If you read Russian, you know it’s “the fastest and most convenient way to install programs.” Just check the boxes for the ones you want and turn the installer loose. The list includes browsers, messenger programs, video players, even antivirus utilities. But when you install them, you also get a dose of malware. See below image:

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Utility Pack Malware

Trojan Horses

Here, we have a sharp-looking utility designed, apparently, to ensure that your PC does not limp along with old, outdated drivers. However, if you try to update any drivers, or back up your existing drivers, you must pay. This is a model used both by some legitimate programs and by rogue antivirus scareware utilities. Lucky you, though: there’s a promotional price that ends today. Its overt activities are just a wee bit suspicious. See following image:

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Driver Malware

Want to get into smartphone repair? This set of tools and manuals looks like it might be a big help. Alas, you ca not see just what you’re getting until you pay for your registration. While you are perusing schematics, it collects personal information behind the scenes and takes orders for further unwanted activity from a remote command and control server. Refer to below image:

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Smartphone Malware

You probably do not know this, but the EXE files that represent programs on your Windows computer are also called PE files, short for Portable Executable. Every PE file starts with an extensive header that contains a ton of information telling Windows about the program. Malware researchers learn a lot by digging into that header. See below image:

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Portable Executable Malware

Lets Hope You Don’t See These

As you can see, malicious programs, like legitimate programs, run the gamut from sad-looking attempts to totally professional ones. With any luck, and with powerful, up-to-date antivirus protection, these images are the only malware you will ever see. Malware is just one of many threats to your devices and private information.

The best utility for finding Malware on your device is Malwarebytes, download here.

Email/Phone Scams

A few reminders to keep the bad guys away in your emails and phone calls:

  • Do not click that link. Instead hover your mouse over each element of the email and look for anything suspicious. If suspicious, do not click that link – per my son, VP at True Digital Security.
  • Do not open emails from FedX, USPS, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Cox Communications, Thank You, SSA, or VA if you have no dealings with them. They will contact you by mail not by phone.
  • Do not give out personal informati0n over the phone. If you need to contact someone, you initiate the call.
  • Never buy gift cards or give out their serial number.
  • If your Userid or Password has been leaked in a data breech, change them as soon as possible.

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Arthur C Clarke

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What’s Coming in iOS and iPadOS 15

Apple in June 2021 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which is set to be released in the fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

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In June 2021 Apple introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which is set to be released in the fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

This is for devices running iOS and iPadOS 15

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Notifications have been redesigned in iOS 15, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps. To reduce distraction, a notification summary collects notifications together for delivery at an appropriate time and arranges notifications by priority.

Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a certain time. When a user’s Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status will be displayed to others in Messages. iOS will suggest a Focus for different occasions, such as work hours or winding down for bed, using on-device intelligence, but users can also create a custom Focus. When a Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to other Apple devices.

Safari features a completely new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and give more focus to a webpage’s content. There is a new, compact tab bar that floats at the bottom of the screen so users can easily swipe between tabs. Tab Groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them at any time across devices. There is also a customizable start page and web extensions for the first time.

The Maps app now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly enhanced details, showing buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and more. There is a new city-driving experience with added road details and improved Transit features, such as pinned favorite lines, notifications to disembark, and walking directions.

iOS 15 brings voice isolation and Spatial Audio to FaceTime calls so that voices appear to sound as if they are coming from where the person is located on the screen.

FaceTime also supports Portrait mode and offers a new grid view to see more faces at the same time. SharePlay is a new feature that allows users to share media together in sync during a FaceTime call. Users can also generate shareable links to a scheduled FaceTime call, which can also be opened in Android and Windows devices.

The Weather app has been redesigned in iOS 15, showing more graphical displays of weather data, full-screen maps, and dynamic layouts that change based on weather conditions. Totally new animated backgrounds can now more accurately reflect the sun’s position and current precipitation, and there are notifications to highlight when rain or snow starts and stops.

The Wallet app adds support for new key types in iOS 15, such as homes, offices, or hotel rooms. Later this year, customers in participating U.S. states will be able to add a driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app.

The Photos app features a major update to Memories with a new design and an interactive interface. Memories how supports integration with Apple Music, using on-device intelligence to offer song suggestions for personalized Memories.

Live Text is a new feature that uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in a photo that users can search for, highlight, and copy it. Spotlight can now search for photos by location, people, scenes, objects, and text. Spotlight now offers web image search and richer results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies. Enhanced results for contacts show recent conversations, shared photos, and even their location if shared through Find My.

iOS 15 also introduces new privacy measures, such as processing Siri requests directly on the iPhone, which has the added benefit of better responsiveness, Mail Privacy Protection to stop senders knowing if an email has been opened and detecting a recipient’s IP address, and an App Privacy Report view to show how often apps use the permissions they have been granted.

There are dozens of tweaks and changes for other apps, such as user-created tagsmentions, and an Activity view in the Notes app, TrendsWalking Steadiness, and a new sharing tab in the Health app, a systemwide Shared with You feature for highlighting content that has been shared in Messages conversations, and a new For All of You row in the TV app to suggest entertainment for the whole household.

iOS 15 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later, which means it runs on all devices able to run iOS 14, and will be released this fall, 2021.

As you have read, lots of new features. Look forward to learning about iOS 15 in upcoming TechSavvy.Life blog posts.

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How to Change the Default Fonts in Your Chrome Browser

While changing your browser’s font may not be a pressing issue, sometimes it is fun to make a change. We going to explore how to change the default fonts in Google Chrome.

While changing your browser’s font may not be a pressing issue, sometimes it is fun to make a change. We going to explore how to change the default fonts in Google Chrome.

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Changing Chrome’s Fonts

In order to change the fonts in Google Chrome, you will need to access your Customize Fonts section. First, open your Chrome browser. Next, click on the three 3-dot (hamburger icon) in the upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Chrome menu

Now, click on Settings. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, click on the Appearance tab in the sidebar. Now, scroll down until you get to the Customize Fonts section and click on it. See following image:

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Accessing your customize fonts section from the Appearance tab

Now, you can change all your font settings. Just click on each drop-down box and select a font from the listing. It is recommended you write down the default fonts in case you want to revert to the original ones. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the drop-down boxes to change your fonts

When finished, exit Settings and restart your Chrome browser for the changes to take effect.

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If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.

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How to Turn On Safer Browsing in Google Chrome

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool.

With Safe Browsing, you get alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing, or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites.

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool. Let’s explore how to turn on this feature.

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Enhanced Safe Browsing Explained

Safe Browsing is a list of dangerous URLs that is maintained by Google and used to protect users from malicious sites. Enhanced Safe Browsing builds upon this feature with some additional tools.

With Enhanced Safe Browsing enabled, Chrome shares even more browsing data with Google. This allows for threat assessments to be more accurate and proactive, though it does present a privacy concern in itself. You are letting Google monitor your browsing.

Per Google’s description, Enhanced Safe Browsing enables the following:

  • It predicts and warns you about dangerous events before they happen.
  • It keeps you safe on Chrome and may be used to improve your security in other Google apps when you are signed in.
  • It improves security for you and everyone on the web.
  • It warns you if passwords are exposed in a data breach.

Enable This Feature

The feature is available for Chrome on the desktop and Android. It is not available for iPhone and iPad. The process for enabling it is very similar on both platforms.

First, launch Chrome. Next, select the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon in the top-right corner of Chrome. Now, choose Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Selecting Settings

Next, go to the Privacy and Security section. See below image:

Accessing Privacy and security option

Now, on the desktop, click Security. On the Android, it is called Safe Browsing. See following image:

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Accessing the Security option

Next, click or tap on the radio button to enable Enhanced protection. Refer to below image:

Enabling Enhanced protection

Now, exit Settings. You are finished. You will not notice anything different in your everyday browsing, but you will now have better protection. In the event that something is amiss, Google Chrome will give you a warning.

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How to Force Chrome to Always Open Previously Open Tabs

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

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First, launch Chrome. In any window, click the three vertical dots button (the hamburger icon) in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, select On startup option in the sidebar. See below image:

Selecting On startup option

Now, in the On startup section, select the radio button beside Continue where you left off. See following image:

Enabling opening your previous tabs

You can also force Chrome to launch with a set of your favorite pages. In the same On startup page in Chrome Settings just select Open a specific page or set of pages instead. Refer to below image where you can open the browser to Chrome apps using the text of chrome://apps/.

Enabling open to a specific page

Here you will see your Google (and non Google) apps. Yes, you can add third party apps to your opening Chrome apps page. See below image:

Your Google apps screen

If you want Chrome to always open with a fresh, empty browser state, you can head back to this screen and select Open the New Tab page instead.

After that, close Settings, The next time you restart Chrome, all of your tabs will open again exactly where you left off.

Note! If you were browsing through Incognito (private mode) and you lose your tabs, Chrome will not remember them.

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How to Change Google Assistant’s Voice

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

With a few simple steps, you can change the voice on all of your Google-powered devices, including your Chromebook and smartphones. Here’s the simple guide on how to change the Google Assistant’s voice.

This is for smartdevices using Google. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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First, open the Google Assistant app from your iPhone App Library. Hold, swipe right, and release using the Dots bar at the bottom or swipe left all the way to open the App Library. Refer to below image:

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Using the Dots bar

Next, at the top of your screen you will see a Search box. See below image:

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The App Library screen

Now, in the Search bar, type in google assistant and tap the app to open. See following image:

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The Google Assistant app

Here you will see a list of things you can do with the app. Locate the Assistant voice option and tap it. Refer to below image:

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The Assistant Voice option

The default voice will be displayed, usually Red. At the bottom of your screen you will see the list of devices supporting this voice. See below image:

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Selecting the Red voice, the default

To change the voice setting, just swipe the Dots bar to highlight one or tap a color bubble to hear a voice sample. After your selection, that voice will remain as your Google Assistant Voice setting. See following image;

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Selecting the Amber voice

Google Assistant also has the option to assume a variety of celebrity voices, giving you some very unique options for your voice assistant. The range of celebrity voices available continues to grow, but popular options currently include John Legend and Issa Rae.

You may have found the celebrity voice options when looking at the voice settings we mentioned earlier, but there’s an, easier way to give your Google Home a celebrity voice. All you have to do is say, “Hey Google, talk like John Legend,” or whoever you prefer, and the voice assistant will address you in that voice until you tell it otherwise. All voices are not available in all areas.

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How to Auto-Delete Your Google History Activities

Google collects and remembers “tons” of information about your activity, including your web, search, YouTube, and location history. Google auto-deletes for new users after 18 months but it will remember history forever if you previously enabled this feature with the default options.

Google collects and remembers “tons” of information about your activity, including your web, search, YouTube, and location history. Google auto-deletes for new users after 18 months but it will remember history forever if you previously enabled this feature with the default options.

As an existing user, you have four options in making Google delete your data; after 36 months, 18 months, 3 months, or stop activity collection entirely. The options are buried in Google Settings.

This is for devices running Google. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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Note! Google uses this history to personalize your experience, including your web search results and recommendations. Deleting it will make your Google experience less “personalized.”

Let’s explore how to set up this auto-delete function..

Control Web and App Activity

First, launch Google and tap your profile photo. Refer to below image:

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Launch Google

Now, tap the Google Account settings option See below image:

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Accessing Google Account option

Next, scroll down to Privacy & personalization section and tap Manage your data & personalization. See following image:

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Accessing your data and personalization link

Now, scroll down to Activity controls section. Here, tap the Web & App Activity option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Web & App Activity section

Next, toggle to On the Web & App Activity toggle. Next, tap the Auto-delete (Off) switch to turn in On. See below image:

Enabling Auto-delete by its link

Now, select one of four options. See following image where I selected Auto -delete activity older than 18 months and tap the Next button:

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Selecting one of four options for Auto-delete

A Confirmation screen will be displayed. Just tap the Confirm button in lower right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Confirming your selection

Now, you will see a Preference saved dialog box. Just tap Got It text in lower right-hand corner. See below image:

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Saving your preference

Control Location and YouTube Activity

Next, go back to Activity controls section and repeat above steps for Location History and YouTube History.

Let’s say you Search, read articles, watch videos, or see photos on ‘drones’. Google will send out ad links for ‘drones’, this is called ‘ad personalization’. Through these sponsored ads is one way Google makes money. You can turn off these ads but at the expense of a ‘depersonalization experience’.

Control Ad Personalization

Now, go back to Activity controls and scroll down a little till you see the Ad personalization section and tap the Go to ad settings link. See following image:

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Selecting your ad settings link

Next, toggle the Ad personalization switch to ON. Refer to below image:

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Enabling your Ad personalization

Here you will see a listing of companies/others who are using ad personalization. See below image where I selected WooCommerce:

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Selecting a targeted ad

Now, you will be presented a dialog box to Turn off or Close. Next, tap the Turn off button to no longer see this company/others targeted ads. See following image:

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Turning off your targeted ad

Now, a confirmation dialog box appears where you have to tap the Turn off button again. Google makes you go through ‘hoops’ to reduce their ads. Refer to below image:

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Your confirmation for turning off the targeted ad

Really, Turn Off Ads?

Google is making you go through a myriad of selections. Notice the text that states turning off your selected ad will stay off for at least 90 days. Your selected ad will stay off for this period, then guess what, the ad comes back! Google wants to make money off these ads; they do not want you to turn them off. See above image.

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