How to Control Text in Google Chrome

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it.

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it. Let’s explore how to do this.

Chrome includes a feature called Zoom that allows you to quickly make text and images bigger or smaller on any website. You can zoom a web page from anywhere between 25% and 500% of its usual size.

When you navigate away from a page, Chrome will remember your zoom level for that website when you come back to it.

This is for devices using Google Chrome

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First, open Chrome on your devuce,.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Press Ctrl and + (plus) to zoom in
  • Press Ctrl and (minus) to zoom out
  • Press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the default size, normally 100%

Method 2: Using the Mouse

Press and hold the Ctrl key and rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse. Depending on which direction you spin the wheel, the text will become larger or smaller.

Method 3: Using the Menu

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

In the Zoom section, select the + (plus) button to increase the size of text and images. Select the (minus) button to decrease the size of text and images. See below image:

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Selecting a Zoom level

Press the Esc key to hide the menu.

Reset Zoom

One way is to use any of the zoom methods listed above to set the zoom level to 100%.

Another way is to select the magnifying glass icon in the address bar (this will only appear if you are zoomed to a level other than 100%), then select Reset. If you dont see the magnifying glass (normally due to numerous icons), just press and hold the Ctrl key while pressing the + (plus) or (minus) key or mouse scroll. See following image;

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Resetting the Zoom

Set a Custom Default

You can customise the default zoom level used by the Google Chrome browser. This way, text and images will always appear larger or smaller whenever you use the browser. To do so:

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

Select Settings from the menu. See below image;

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Accessing the Settings

In the search box at the top of the Settings page, type “page zoom”. See following image:

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Using the Settings search box

Under the Appearance options, select the drop-down menu for Page zoom and choose a new default zoom level. Refer to below image:

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Selecting a custome Zoom level

That’s it. Now you can make your Chrome browsing easier on your eyes.

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How to Close Safari Tabs

The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

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The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

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To chose all your tabs or the current one is not obvious. Here’s how to close these open tabs in Safari.

  • Tap on the Safari icon to open
  • In the lower right hand corner you will see an icon represented by two rectangles.
  • Press down on the icon and hold
  • You will see several options. Tap “Close All xxx Tabs” where xxx is a number
  • Confirm you want to close the tabs

Your tabs will now be closed. That it’s.

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How to Navigate Outlook’s New Search Feature

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

This is for devices running Outlook. Screenshots are from Office 365

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The Search Box

Refer to below image for the new Search box:

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The new Search box

First, you will notice the Search box is bigger and longer. Also, Microsoft has added two keyboard shortcuts; CNTL+E and ALT+Q for those people who favor the keyboard over a mouse.

Now when you click inside the Search box or use a keyboard shortcut, a menu appears that shows recent searches, people and actions. See following image:

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The Search box menu

The menu is in a fixed position and covers up a lot of tools found on the Search tab ribbon. If you want to access these tools you have click on a blank space outside the Search results. See below image:

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Click off the Search box

Using the Search Box

As you type in the Search box, the menu will filter down search terms, people, and actions to match what you type. This is the biggest change in Microsoft Search: it no longer just searches through email. The new feature searches everything in Outlook, including Outlook functionality.

If you want to know how to edit emails, type “edit” in the Search box and, below any emails that match the word, the menu will display relevant commands. Refer to below image:

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The Search box actions

Filter Your Search

Unlike the old Search, Outlook now has a much better and easier user interface for filtering your search. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Search box and a simple search menu appears. See following image:

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The Search box filters

Type into these filters and Outlook will automatically add the correct syntax to the Search box (as noted below). You no longer need to remember the right commands to type. Refer to below image:

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Setting up a filter

You are not limited to the default search fields, now you can change the default search fields as well. Just click Add More Options. This will bring up additional options you can turn on or off. Click Apply when you’re done.See below image:

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More Search options

The Search Command

If you’re not a fan of the new dropdown, the Search tab on the ribbon is still there, although now it only appears when you click into the Search box, then click on a blank space in the ribbon. See following image:

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The Search command

The new Search has more power and functionality than the old Search box and provides more screen space for your actual emails. It’s a definite improvement. Enjoy the new Search feature.

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How to Use the Weather App on Your iPhone Lock Screen

There’s a hidden feature to view the weather report on your iPhone lock screen. This feature is built-in on an Android device.

There’s a hidden feature to view the weather report on your iPhone lock screen. This feature is built-in on an Android device. Let’s explore how to enable this on your iPhone.

We are going to use the Do Not Disturb Scheduled option available in iOS 12 and later. When enabled, you will see the weather report on the first tap of the lock screen after the Do Not Disturb time has passed. The Do Not Disturb feature automatically mutes all incoming notifications.

This is for the iPhone with iOS 12+

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Open the Settings app, go to Do Not Disturb section. Next, toggle the Scheduled option. Set the From and To time. Important! You want to set the “To” time frame to 10-15 minutes before you wake up. Finally, toggle the Dim Lock Screen. Refer to below image:

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Setting the Do Not Disturb time frame

We are dimming the lock screen and sending all new notifications to the Notifications Center until the Do Not Disturb schedule is over.

Let’s go back to Settings and tap the Privacy option. Now, tap the Location Services option. Next, scroll down to the Weather app. See below image:

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The Weather app

Now, tap the While Using the App button to enable. This gives the Weather app permission to see your location, so it show you the weather report. See following image:

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Setting permission for the Weather app

The next morning, after the Do Not Disturb time has passed, you will see the day’s weather report on your lock screen. Refer to below image:

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The Weather screenshot

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Covid -19 Contact Tracing Is Coming on Your Smartphone

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

The piece that is missing, for now, is authorized apps from your health authorities. This is where you’ll report any sickness. Apple and Google are not releasing apps; they are collaborating to allow these apps to work across iOS and Android to collect data and send out alerts.

The following guidelines are for the iPhone. Android devices will be similar.

This is for iPhone and Android smartphones. Screenshots are from the iPhone

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What Is Contact Tracing

Conventional contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to measure and slow the spread of infectious diseases. It requires manually gathering information from infected individuals about the people they have previously been in contact with. These people can then be notified by public health authorities to take appropriate safety measures, such as undertaking self-quarantine and getting tested to break the chain of transmission. While this process will continue to be important to contact tracing efforts, systems that are being developed can alleviate some of the challenges with this process.

First there is a significant organizational burden from a manual process, as many public health workers are needed to perform these tasks. Second, the process can be slow as it requires finding and interviewing infected individuals and then reaching out and talking to their high risk contacts; all of whom may not be able to remember or know all of the people that they came in contact with in the past days to weeks.

The contact tracing is called “COVID-19 Exposure Logging” and is automatically turned off. When contact tracing apps are installed, you can enable the feature.

Setting Up On iPhone

First, launch Settings. Refer to below image:

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The Settings icon

Next, scroll down to the Privacy option and tap it. See below image:

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The Privacy option

Now, tap the Health option. See following image:

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The Health option

You wil see the COVID-19 Exposure Logging option; just tap it. Refer to below image:


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COVID-19 Exposure Logging option

How It Works

Once enabled, users’ devices will regularly send out a beacon via Bluetooth that includes a random Bluetooth identifier; basically, a string of random numbers (IDs) that are not tied to a user’s identity and change every 10-20 minutes for additional protection. Other phones will be listening for these beacons and broadcasting theirs as well. When each phone receives another beacon, it will record and securely store that beacon on the device. Refer to below diagram:

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Contact Tracing Diagram

At least once per day, the system will download a list of the keys for the beacons that have been verified as belonging to people confirmed as positive for COVID-19. Each device will check the list of beacons it has recorded against the list downloaded from the server. If there is a match between the beacons stored on the device and the positive diagnosis list, the user may be notified and advised on steps to take next. See below diagram:

Contact Tracing Diagram 2
Contact Tracing Diagram

Active Apps

Now, scroll down to the Active App section. Here you will find your installed apps that works with contact tracing. Once available from local, state or federal authorities, you will need to install the apps then they will appear here. (As of this writing, there is one app available from Center for Disease Control; for a list of States that will participate or have an app available, click here . See below image:

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Active Apps for contact tracing that are installed

For these apps to work, you will need your phone’s Bluetooth and location tracking features turned on, though your actual physical location is not tracked; the apps will not know where in the world you are or how many times you have left the house today. They’ll only know which random IDs your phone has come into contact with.

Check for Exposure

To see if the option is working, tap on Exposure Checks. See following image:

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Accessing Exposure Checks option

Now, you will see the following image about any exposure within the last 14 days. Refer to below image:

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Checking to see if you have been exposed

The Fine Print

Now, tap the Back button then tap on the Learn More blue link. See below image:

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Accessing the Terms andConditions

Information on Exposure Notifications & Privacy terms and conditions will be displayed. See following image:

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The Terms and Conditions for contact tracing and exposure

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How to Save a Microsoft Edge Web Page as a PDF

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Microsoft Edge without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Microsoft Edge without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

This is for Windows 10 PCs, Macs and other devices that support Microsoft Edge

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First, open Edge and navigate to a web page you would like to save as a PDF. In the upper right hand corner, click on the hamburger icon (the one with three dots). Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

In the pop-up menu, select Print. See below image:

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The Edge Print option

The Print window will open that contains a preview of what the page will look like saved as a PDF file. Select Printer from the drop-down menu, then select Save as PDF. See following image:

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Edge’s Save as PDF option

Use the Pages option to save certain pages (for example, only the first page like in my example or a range of pages). If you would like to change the orientation of the PDF file from portrait (the default) to landscape, click on the Layout option.

When you are done with your options, click on the Save button at the bottom of the page. Refer to below image:

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Edge’s Save your changes option

The Save As dialog box will open. Enter the path where you want to save your PDF file and rename the file, if necessary. Click Save to save your file. See following image:

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Edge’s Save the PDF file

Your web page(s) will be saved as a PDF file in the location you have chosen.

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How to Make the iPhone More Readable on the Web

Most of the content you read on your iPhone is likely on the web. There are some hidden features that can make your reading a more enjoyable experience.

Most of the content you read on your iPhone is likely on the web. There are some hidden features that can make your reading a more enjoyable experience.

I am legally blind in one eye and have a hard time seeing the big E. I wear one contact to aid my sight. This post is of special interest to me and hope it’s of help to you.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 13+

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Safari Reader View

We know that Safari is the default browser for the iPhone. It comes as a standard app and for a reason. The app has a Reader View, unlike third-party apps. This view reformats web pages making them easier to read. It removes all the distractions and just shows you the content.

Some browsers might offer Reader View but the popular browser Google Chrome doesn’t.

When you land on a web page or similar content, the address bar will display Reader View Available for 2-3 seconds. If you tap on the icon in upper left hand corner, you will enter Reader View immediately. Refer to below image:

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Reader View available for this site

If you are fast, tap and hold “AA” for a second to jump straight to Reader View. If you miss it, you can tap the “AA” in the address bar and choose Show Reader View. See below image:

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Shoe Reader View

While you’re in Reader View, you can tap “AA” again to see some options. Tap the smaller “A” to shrink the text, or the larger “A” to enlarge it.

For more options, tap the “AA” again. Refer to below image:

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Reader Virw options

Here you can change the Font from the list that appears and change screen color from white to black. See following image for the font list:

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Available fonts

Also, you can access the settings for the website by tapping Website Settings. Here, you can enable Use Reader Automatically. This forces Safari to enter Reader View whenever you visit any page on that domain in the future. Click Done when finished. See below image:

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Available Website settings

When you change these settings, they’ll change for all the websites you view in Reader View. To get back to the original webpage, tap “AA” again, and then choose Hide Reader View (refer to third image above)..

Tap and hold “AA” to return to the originally formatted website. Safari will remember your choice for future visits. If the dialog box is still visible, just tap outside the box and it will disappear.

Safari Web Page to PDF or Print

You can save pages as readable PDF documents or print them. To save as PDF:

  1. Enable Reader View
  2. Tap Share
  3. Tap Options on upper part of screen
  4. Tap PDF
  5. Tap Done
  6. Select Save to Files from the Actions list

This also works to print via Share > Print.

Make Text Easier to Read

If you’d like to make text easier to read across your whole system, rather than having to rely on Reader View, your iPhone also includes a lot of accessibility options. For these options:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Display and Text Size

See following image:

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Setting the text

Bold Text option makes text easier to read without increasing its size. However, you can also tap Larger Text, and then slide the slider to increase text size. Any apps that use Dynamic Type (like most of the content on Facebook, Twitter and news stories) will apply this setting.

Button Shapes places the outline of a button beneath any text that is also a button. This can help with readability and navigation. Other options you might want to enable include:

  1. Increase Contrast – Makes text easier to read by increasing the contrast between the foreground and background
  2. Smart Invert – Inverts the color scheme (except on media, like photos and videos)
  3. Classic Invert – The same as Smart Invert, except it also inverts the color scheme on media

Ensure that Auto Brightness is enabled to save battery and improve performance. Refer to below image:

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Other settings

Let iPhone Read to You

Do you want to listen instead of reading? Apple’s phones and tablets include an accessibility option that will read the current screen, web page or copied text aloud. While this is an accessibility feature for the visually impaired, it has broader applications for handling written content.

To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Spoken Content
  4. Enable Speak Selection and Speak Screen

See following image:

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Setting iPhone speech

Speak Selection toggle allows you to highlight text, and then tap Speak button to read the text . Speak Screen toggle will read the entire screen aloud whenever you swipe down from the top with two fingers. If this is proving to be probmatic as it is for me, see next paragraph for another method. Additionally, you will want to adjust SPEAKING RATE by moving the slider. See below image:

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Setting the Speaking Rate

To have the Speak Screen playback controller visible, enable Speach Controller. Instead of swiping your fingers, just tap the playback button to read your content. You can drag and reposition this small box anywhere you want it. Tap it to see options to silence speech, skip backward or forward through an article, pause the speaking or increase/decrease the speed at which the text is being read. Refer to below image:

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The speech playback controls

If you wish to highlight the content as it reads, enable the Highlight Content button and adjust its options. See below image:

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Other options

Tap Voices to customize the voices you hear. Most voice selections require a download. The default, English, will mirror your current Siri settings. Refer to below image:

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The Speak Screen feature works best when paired with Reader View. In regular view, your iPhone will also read descriptive image text, menu items, adverts, and other things that can be distracting. By triggering Reader View first, you can cut straight to the content.

Speak Screen works intuitively based on whatever is currently on the screen. For example, if you’re reading an article, and you are halfway through, triggering Speak Screen will begin reading based on how far down the page you are. The same is true for social feeds, like Facebook or Twitter.

Ask Siri for News

You can just say “give me the news” to Siri at any time to see and hear a list of headlines from the News app. You can also launch the News app (or your favorite alternative), and then have your iPhone read aloud with Speak Screen or Speak Selection. See below image:

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Asking Siri for the news

Siri will give you an alternative news source to switch to, if available, and it will be remembered the next time you ask for an update.

Enable Different Modes

Using your iPhone at night in a dark room became a lot more pleasant with the arrival of Dark Mode on iOS 13+. To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Display and Brightness
  3. Choose Automatic to enable when it gets dark outside
  4. Set Options to your preference

Below the Dark Mode setting option is a toggle for True Tone. If you enable this setting, your iPhone will automatically adjust the white balance onscreen to reflect your ambient environment. This means the screen will look a lot more natural. True Tone makes reading less jarring, particularly under fluorescent or incandescent lighting.

Finally, Night Shift removes blue light from the screen to simulate the setting sun, which might help your body naturally switch off at the end of the day.

Its recommended you enable all five (Automatic, Options, Dark Mode, True Tone and Night Shift) options. Refer to below image:

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Enable readable options

Keep in mind that Night Shift will also change how your photos and videos are displayed until you turn it off again, so we recommend no serious editing when it’s enabled.

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How to Save a Google Chrome Web Page as a PDF

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Google Chrome without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Google Chrome without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

This is for Windows 10 PCs, Macs and other devices that support Google Chrome

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First, open Chrome and navigate to a web page you would like to save as a PDF. In the upper right hand corner, click on the hamburger icon (the one with three dots). Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

In the pop-up menu, select Print. See below image:

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The Chrome Print option

The Print window will open. From here, select Destination, then click on Save as PDF. See following image:

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Chrome’s Save as PDF option

Use the Pages option to save certain pages (for example, only the first page like in my example or a range of pages). If you would like to change the orientation of the PDF file from portrait (the default) to landscape, click on the Layout option.

When you are done with your options, click on the Save button at the bottom of the page. Refer to below image:

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Chrome’s Save your changes option

The Save As dialog box will open. Enter the path where you want to save your PDF file and rename the file, if necessary. Click Save to save your file. See following image:

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Chrome’s Save the PDF file

Your web page(s) will be saved as a PDF file in the location you have chosen.

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How to Use an Email Expire Date in Microsoft Outlook

Outlook lets you add an expiration date to email you send or receive. Once the expiration date has passed the email will be displayed with different formatting, a strikethrough, and you can use Outlook’s built-in tools to manage expired email automatically.

Outlook lets you add an expiration date to email you send or receive. Once the expiration date has passed the email will be displayed with different formatting, a strikethrough, and you can use Outlook’s built-in tools to manage expired email automatically.

This is for Microsoft Outlook 2010 and later. Screenshots are from Microsoft 365 Outlook

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Set an Expire Date for a Sent Email

To add an expiration date to an email you’re sending, you need to open the Properties window for the email.

Open Outlook and compose a message. Then click on Options. Next, in the More Options Group click on Message Options. The Propeties window will be displayed. Now, in the Delivery Options Group, checkmark Expires after and set the Date and Time you wish for the email to expire. Refer to below image:

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Settring Expire Date for a sent email

Outlook has a formatting rule for expired emails. This rule can be found under the Conditional Formatting dialog. The dialog box is displayed from the View tab, then select View Settings. Next, select Conditional Formatting option. The email that has expired has a grey font and the text has a strikethrough. See below image:

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Setting Expire date formatting

This formatting rule will be applied to the receiptents’s Outlook as well as other web apps, like GMail. Now, click OK twice to close the dialog boxes.

For demonstration purposes, I am backdating the email to show the strikethrough formatting when I open the email. Now, close the Properties window and send the email. You will get a prompt saying the Expire Date has passed if backdating or if the date has actually passed, just click Yes. It can still be opened but the strikethrough gives a visual indication that the email is no longer relevant. See following image:

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The sent email with formatting

Set an Expire Date for All Messages You Send

You can setup Outlook to automatically add an expiration date of some number of days after the message is sent.

Double-click to open the message. Next, click on File then Options. Next, click on the Mail tab. Under the Send Messages Group, checkmark Mark messages as expired after this many days and set the days you wish for the email to expire. Click OK to save your change. Refer to below image:

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Setting the Expire Date for all emails you send

Delete An Expired Email

To delete an expired email. Just select the strikethrough emails and click the Delete icon in the ribbon or press the Del key. You could also show the expired emails by adding a column to a folder that shows the expiration date.

If you have turned on Outlook auto archive feature, then you can delete emails automatically based on expire date.

Open the AutoArchives window by File > Options > Advanced. Select the option AutoArchive Settings. Checkmark the option Run AutoArchive every 14 days (the default). Select OK twice to save your change. See following image:

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Setting the AutoArchive feature

When this option is enabled, emails will be deleted or moved (depending on other settings) when the date has passed.

Set an Expire Date for Received Email

You can set an expiration date for a message you have received.

Double-click to open the message. You can not set an expiration date from the Reading Pane.

Select File then Properties. Under Delivery Options, checkmark the box Expires after amd se;ect a date and time for your message to expire. Then, click Close and the Save icon in the upper left hand corner of your message or click File > Save to save your change. Refer to below image:

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Setting Expire Date for received email

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How to Use iOS 13+ Printing

We are going to explore how to print to PDF while on the go, do custom printing options like labels and manage existing print jobs through AirPrint right on your iOS 13+ devices.

We are going to explore how to print to PDF while on the go, do custom printing options like labels and manage existing print jobs through AirPrint right on your iOS 13+ devices. iOS 13+ has a very robust printing subsystem that can allow you to export PDFs and more.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into how to print custom items like labels. We’ll also see how to print to PDF instead of paper and how to manage printer jobs and viewing ink supply levels.

iOS 13+ can handily help in this situation, and it works in any app that supports printing or sharing. We will be using Safari browser in our examples.

This is for Apple devices supporting iOS 13+

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Print to PDF

To print to PDF using any app that supports printing:

Select the Share (or Print) button in the app. When browsing in Safari, just tap the Share button in the bottom toolbar. Refer to below image:

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The Share ibutton

Next, scroll down and tap Print. See below image:

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The Print option

Using two fingers, pinch your fingers apart as if zooming on the Print Preview. This will generate a PDF and show a new view. Refer to below image:

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Print Preview

In this Print Preview PDF view, tap the Share button in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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The Share button

Select your choice to save the PDF to Files, send as an iMessage or an email. Refer to below image:

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The Save to Files option

Sharing a PDF from Print Preview is easy and works on all apps where printing is supported.

Printing Labels

For now, the only way to print labels for contacts is through third-party apps. This feature has been built-into Macs for years.

If you are using Avery Labels for printing contact sheets, there are two apps worth mentioning. Click on the links below to download from the Apple App Store.

Label Printer for $2.99 and the free Label Printer Lite.

Address Labels for CardLists for $1.99.

Both of these apps have numerous features. You can print multiple contacts or a single contact on a sheet, select templates from Avery and others, add a graphic to your labels, design your label, manually adjust alignment, and much more.

Managing Your Print Jobs and Ink Levels

You can check the ink or toner levels to ensure you have plenty for your print project. Once you have spooled a print job, you can monitor its status or cancel it.

Check Your Ink Levels

With iOS and iPadOS you are able to view your ink or toner levels without a computer. This is easily to do.

Select the Share (or Print) button in the app. Refer to image one above.

Next, scroll down and tap Print. Refer to image two above.

Now, tap the right hand arrow beside an available printer name. See following image:

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Selecting your printer

Select the “i” with an enclosed circle button beside the available printer name. Refer to below image:

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Your selected printer

If there is no printer listed, you do not have a wireless printer and/or lack support for the AirPrint feature; you may skip this section. Nearly all modern day printers support AirPrint.

You will now be viewing the Printer Info which contains ink levels, name and location (if supplied by the printer or printer server). See following image:

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Your printer ink levels

Viewing ink or toner levels can be done from the iOS or iPadOS Print Setup dialog in any app that supports it.

Manage Print Jobs

When you print with AirPrint, you are able to manage your print jobs. Once a print job has been started, you can look at the status of the job and/or cancel the job. This can be done by opening the App Switcher (double-tap the Home button if you have one). For Face ID devices, swipe up partially on the screen, hold, then release.

You’ll see the printer job app at the top of the screen. Just tap it to see the print details like how many pages are being printed and which page is active in the queue. Tap the Cancel Printing button to stop any active print jobs. See below image:

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An active print job

If the print queue is empty,, you will receive a message about no print jobs. Refer to below image:

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No active print jobs

When printing in IOS or iPadOS, a new app will appear in the App Switcher for non-Face ID and Face ID devices to manage print jobs.

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