How to Use Text to Speech Tools

Reading is great, but sometimes you want or need to listen. Let your computer or phone do the reading for you.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 23, 2022

Reading is great, but sometimes you want or need to listen. Let your computer or phone do the reading for you. Let’s explore some tools to do this.

This is for the mobile or desktop

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Some people struggle with reading text on a screen, or physically can not. Others might want their computer to read something to them aloud while they do something else. There are plenty of reasons to use a text-to-speech tool, also called a “screen reader”.

Although there are standalone text-to-speech apps, you probably do not need them. That’s because every operating system, and several well-known pieces of software, offer a text-to-speech feature, and they are all quite good.

Spoken Content for iPhone

The iPhone’s text-to-speech feature is very easy to use. First, to turn it on, head to:

Settings > Accessibiltu > Spoken Content

and enable Speak Selection and Speak Screen. Once enabled, any text you highlight in any application will have a Speak option, which you tap to activate. We have highlighted some text from the Notes app to be read to us. Refer to the below image:

Spoken Content for iPhone

Read Aloud for Browsers

Read Aloud is an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge that can read whatever website you currently have open. First, you will need to download the extension. After downloading, in Chrome, right-click on some highlighted text and choose the Read aloud selected text option. See the below image:

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Read Aloud for browsers

Immersive Reader for Office and Edge

Microsoft Office applications have a built-in text-to-speech feature but it’s a little hard to find. First, in any document, click the Immersive Reader tab. If you do not see it, search for it, and from then on it should appear in your interface permanently. Highlight some text, then right-click and select Read Aloud to hear your document read back to you with the corresponding word highlighted as it goes. Immersive Reader is perfect for copy editing and reviewing long documents. See the following image:

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Immersive Reader for Office

Microsoft Edge has this feature, too. Highlight some text, then right-click and select Real aloud selection. Refer to the below image:

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Immersive Reader for Edge

Natural Reader

First, download the mobile version (ours is for the iPhone). Then head to

NaturalReaders.com/online (note the plural in the URL)

and paste some text, highlighting it to hear it read on a mobile device. See the below image:

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Natural Reader on mobile

You can also drag documents into your browser window if you prefer. Natural Reader has a variety of voices, and you can control the speed of reading. Just click the Gear icon on the upper right-hand corner for options. See the following image:

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Natural Reader options

You can upgrade for features like a Chrome extension, OCR for scanned documents, higher quality voices, and the ability to create MP3 files; these features cost $9.99 a month. The paid version also supports uploading documents, including Microsoft Word, Apple’s Pages, and even image files with text on them. The free version is perfect for quick listening. Refer to the below image for an example of listening to a webpage:

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Natural Reader for web pages

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How to Turn Off/On Live Captions in Google Chrome

Are you not a big fan of Google Chrome’s Live Captions, which displays the text version of your media files? If so, it’s easy to turn this feature off/on both temporarily and permanently.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 16, 2022

Are you not a big fan of Google Chrome’s Live Captions, which displays the text version of your media files? If so, it’s easy to turn this feature off/on both temporarily and permanently. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices using Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Temporary Disable Live Captions

You can turn off Chrome’s Live Captions for a specific playback session while keeping it enabled for all other sessions.

First, open a video containing a voice. The speaker’s voice will be displayed as Live Captions. To close this Live Captions, in the top right-hand corner of Chrome’s Live Captions box, click the “X” icon. Note! We are assuming the Live Captions option has been disabled (see below section). Refer to the below image:

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Live Caption being displayed

Live Captions will immediately disappear from your screen, and you can enjoy your media playback without any interruptions.

Permanently Stop Live Captions

If you do not wish to see live captions for any of your media playbacks in Chrome, turn the feature OFF permanently and it will not bother you anymore.

First, from Chrome’s top right-hand corner, select the three dots icon (the Menu icon). See the below image:

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Selecting the Menu icon

Next, in the Menu box, click Settings. See the following image:

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Selecting Settings

Now, on the Settings screen, from the left sidebar, select Advanced. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Advanced

Next, in the expanded Advanced menu, click Accessibility. See the below image:

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Selecting Accessibility

Now, on the right, in the Accessibility pane, toggle the Live Caption option to OFF. See the following image:

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Disable Live Caption

If you want to enable the option again, toggle the Live Caption option to ON. You may see the message “Speech files downloaded” below the Live Caption. Refer to the below image:

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Enable Live Caption

Going forward, Chrome will not display any captions for your media playbacks in the browser.

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How to Find and Delete Old Gmail Emails

Cleaning up your inbox is a chore most of us do not enjoy. But if you do not stay on top of things, you can end up with a mess of outdated, unneeded emails.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 26, 2022

Cleaning up your Inbox is a chore most of us do not enjoy. But if you do not stay on top of things, you can end up with a mess of outdated, unneeded emails. Let’s explore how to remedy this situation in Gmail.

This is for devices using Gmail. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Find Old Emails

Gmail offers a handy Search feature that lets you find emails from or to specific people, or with a particular word in the subject line. But to find emails older than a certain number of years, months, or days, all you need is the Search box.

First. at the top of Gmail, enter the following into the Search box to find emails older than one year. Refer to the below image:

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Gmail Search

Next, you can replace the 1 with a different number to find emails older than two, three, four, or more years.

In addition, you can use a different timeframe. To find emails older than a certain number of months or days, use these expressions:

older_than:1m
older_than:1d

Again, replace the 1 with the number of months (m) or days (d) and see your results.

Find Emails in Label Folders

If you use Gmail labels, you will see the folders for those labels in the left-hand navigation. So if you want to clean up one or two, you can use the above search expressions within those as well.

Now, select a label’s folder on the left. You will then see that expression pop into the Search field. See the below image:

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Search a Labeled folder

Next, select the inserted phrase, type a space, and then one of the older_than expressions above right after it. In the screenshot below, we search our Important label (folder) for emails older than one day. See the following image:

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Search a Labeled folder with a specified time range

Filter Further

The nice part about using the above search expressions, aside from seeing old emails quickly, is that you can filter your results further.

Now, after you search, you will see several buttons across the top. These let you filter your search results by things like Has Attachment, From, To, and Is Unread. Refer to the below image:

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Filter your Search

Next, select one of these filters to narrow down your search results. This is ideal if you want to find only those old emails with attachments, for example, but still, hang onto some others you might need.

Now, to remove a filter after you apply it, just click it again. To do a more in-depth search, click the Show search options icon at the top of your screen. See the below image:

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Selecting Search options

Next, the Search options will be displayed. Just enter your criteria for the search and, when finished, click the Search button. See the following image:

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Your search options

Delete the Emails

After you find those outdated emails, have filtered or reviewed them, and are ready to delete them.

Now, confirm that the emails you see are the ones you want to remove. If so, check the box on the left of the top toolbar. This selects all emails and you can see the total number selected at the bottom. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to Delete all emails

Next, if you prefer to limit the selection, you can use the arrow next to the checkbox to pick an option like Read, Unread, Starred, or Unstarred. See the below image:

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Limit your deletion

Now, when you are ready, click the Trash can icon in the toolbar to delete the emails. Up to 50 emails will be deleted at a time. See the following image:

Note: You may need to expand More to see the Trash folder.

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Moving your emails to Trash

Next, you will not be asked to confirm this action! So if you mistakenly delete an email, head to the Trash folder in the left-hand sidebar. Select the email and then move it where you want such as your Inbox or a Label’s folder.

Keep in mind that emails in the Trash are automatically deleted for good after 30 days.

Related

How to Bulk Delete Emails in Gmail

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How to Save Google Chrome Passwords

Google Chrome can save your website passwords and help you automatically fill them the next time you visit your sites.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 13, 2022

Google Chrome can save your website passwords and help you automatically fill them the next time you visit your sites.

There are several ways to turn on the password saving feature in Chrome. Note that Chrome syncs your passwords with your Google account, which means if you enable Chrome to save passwords on one device, that change automatically applies to all your signed-in devices. Let’s explore this feature on both desktop and mobile devices.

This is for desktop and mobile running Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10 and iPhone XR

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Save Passwords on Desktop

To enable Chrome’s password manager on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, first, open Chrome on your computer.

Next, in Chrome’s top right-hand corner, click the three dots (the Menu icon). Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Menu icon

Now, from the three-dots Menu icon, select the Settings option. See the below image:

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Accessing the Settings option

Next, on the left sidebar of the Settings page, click the Autofill option. See the following image:

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Accessing the Autofill option

Now, on the right of the Autofill section, click the Passwords option. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Passwords option

Next, toggle the Offer to save passwords option to ON at the top of the Passwords page. See the below image:

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Enable Offer to save passwords

Note! If you decide you do not want password prompts, just toggle the Offer to save passwords to OFF.

From now on, when you log in to a site in Chrome on any of your devices, the browser will ask you to save your password for that site. 

Save Passwords on Mobile

First, open Chrome on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Next, tap the three dots (the Menu icon) in Chrome on your device. If you are on Android, these dots are in Chrome’s top right-hand corner. If you are on an iPhone or iPad, you will find the Menu icon in the bottom right-hand corner. See the following image:

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Accessing the Menu icon

Now, in the menu that opens, tap the Settings option. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Settings option

Next, in the Basics section of the Settings page, tap the Passwords option. See the below image:

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Accessing the Passwords option

Now, on the Passwords page, toggle the Save Passwords option to ON. See the following image:

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Enable Save Passwords

Save Passwords Using Password Manager Site

To use this method, first, open a web browser on your device and access the Google Password Manager site. Log in to the site with the same Google account that you use in Chrome.

Now, when the Password Manager site opens, in the top right-hand corner, click the password options (the gear icon). Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Password options

Next, the Settings page will open. Here, at the top, toggle the Offer to save passwords option to ON. See the below image:

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Enable Offer to sasve passwords

From now on, no matter what method you used above, Chrome will start prompting you to save passwords on all your signed-in devices. 

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How to Turn Off the Prompt “Sign In With Google”

Some websites show you a “Sign in with Google” prompt to help you quickly sign in to that website. If you would like to avoid this prompt, there’s an easy way to disable it from your Google account’s Settings menu

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 7, 2022

Some websites show you a “Sign in with Google” prompt to help you quickly sign in to that website. If you would like to avoid this prompt, there’s an easy way to disable it from your Google account’s Settings menu. Let’s see how this is done.

This is for devices using Google. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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The “Sign in with Google” prompt is tied to your Google account and not to a particular web browser. This means that you will need to disable the prompt in your account to prevent it from appearing across all your web browsers, including both desktop and mobile browsers.

First, open your Google My Account site in a web browser on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Then, log in to your Google account if you have not already done so.

Next, when the site loads, first, select Security in the left sidebar. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Security option

Now, on the Security page, scroll down to the Signing in to other sites section. Here, click the Signing in with Google option. See the below image:

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Selecting Google sign in

On the next page, under the Signing in with Google section, toggle OFF the Google Account sign-in prompts. See the following image:

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Disable Google sign in

Now, you will see an Updated message in the lower left-hand corner of your browser telling you that your settings are saved. Refer to the below image:

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Your updated change notification

Note: If you are logged in to multiple Google accounts in your web browser, repeat the above process for each account to get rid of the Sign in with Google prompt.

If you want to reverse this action, simply repeat the above steps and toggle ON the Google Account sign-in prompts.

From now on, you will not see the Sign in with Google prompt on any website.

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How to Drag and Drop Browser Links to Desktop

In four major browsers; Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari; on Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can easily drag and drop a shortcut link to a website straight to your desktop.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
JMarch 1, 2022

In four major browsers; Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari; on Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can easily drag and drop a shortcut link to a website straight to your desktop. Let’s see how easily this is done.

This is for PCs, Macs, and web browsers. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Create Shortcut Using Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

To create a desktop web shortcut, first open a Chrome, Edge, or Firefox browser window and navigate to the site you want to create a shortcut from. In the address bar at the top of the window, click and drag the Padlock icon (located to the left of the address) out of the browser window, or drag and drop the URL address onto your desktop. Refer to the below image:

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Drag to create a shortcut on the desktop

Next, as soon as you click and drag, you will see the title or address of the website besides your pointer. When you are hovering over the desktop, release your mouse button, and a shortcut icon will be created. To use the shortcut, double-click it at any time, and the site will open in your default browser.

This shortcut does not have to stay on your desktop either; you can move it to any folder on your PC.

Create Shortcut Using Safari on Mac

To make a desktop web shortcut on a Mac, first, open a Safari browser window and navigate to the site you want to create a shortcut to.

Next, in that window, hover your mouse cursor over the address bar at the top of the window, and a small Plus (“+”) icon will appear on the far left side. Click and drag the Plus icon onto your desktop and release your mouse or trackpad button. A shortcut icon will appear. See the below image:

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Drag to create a shortcut on Mac

Now, you can double-click the shortcut icon, and your default browser app will open and automatically load the website stored in the link.

By the way, this is not the only drag-and-drop trick you can do with browsers. Most browsers also allow you to drag tabs between open windows of the same browser.

How to Drag Tabs Between Browser Windows

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How to View Chrome Saved Credit Card Numbers

If you need to check, update, or delete your credit card numbers saved by Google Chrome’s Autofill feature, it’s easy to do so using the browser’s payment method settings.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 10, 2022

If you need to check, update, or delete your credit card numbers saved by Google Chrome’s Autofill feature, it’s easy to do so using the browser’s payment method settings. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for devices running Google Chrome

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First, open Google Chrome on your Mac, PC, or Linux computer. In any Chrome window, click the three vertical dots button in the top right-hand corner. In the menu, click Settings. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, click the Autofill option in the sidebar, and select Payment methods. See the below image:

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Accessing Payment methods

Now, look for a subsection also called Payment methods near the bottom of the window. If Chrome has previously saved any credit cards, they will be listed here. To see more information on any card, click the three-dots button beside it. See the following image:

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Accessing more information about the card

Next, in the small menu, select the Edit option. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing to Edit the card

Now, in the Edit card pop-up window, you can see the full number of the credit card, its expiration date, the name on the card, and the card’s nickname. See the below image:

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Editing the card information and Save your change(s)

While on the card’s edit screen, you can make changes to the stored card information if necessary, or copy and paste the information to another destination. When you are done making changes, click Save. If you have a problem saving your card information, you will see a small pop-up window at the bottom center of the screen regarding an error.

Back on the Payment methods screen, if you would like to add a new credit card that Chrome will use in Autofill, click the Add button. Or if you would like to delete a credit card saved in Google Chrome, click the three-dots button beside the card in the list and select the Remove option. See the following image:

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Add a new card or remove an existing one

Next, close the Settings tab, and you are good to go. Any time you need to refer to your stored cards again, just revisit Google Chrome:

Settings > Autofill > Payment Methods

Managing Google Pay

If you are logged into a Google account in Chrome and have a credit card linked to Google Pay, you will see it listed. Google Pay is primarily used for mobile payments with your credit, debit, or loyalty cards. You can tap your phone to contactless readers to make payments.  Open:

Settings > Autofill > Payment methods

To view details about a Google Pay-linked card, click the icon beside it (that looks like a square with an arrow inside it), and the Google Pay website will open. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing a Google Pay credit card

Now, if you have a balance on the card, you will not be able to view the entire credit card number like you can with a card that was stored by Autofill locally (see section above). But you can view the last four digits and expiration date. See the below image where we are on the Google Pay website but we do not have an account balance:

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The Google Pay website

You can also add or remove a stored card on the Google Pay website by clicking Remove or Add Payment Method.

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How to Clear Chrome Browsing History on iPhone and iPad

The browsing history in Google Chrome for iOS and iPadOS helps you easily get back to your favorite sites. But if you need to clear out a portion of the history on your iPhone or iPad, it’s easy.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 9, 2022

The browsing history in Google Chrome for iOS and iPadOS helps you easily get back to your favorite sites. But if you need to clear out a portion of the history on your iPhone or iPad, it’s easy. Let’s explore how to do this.

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Clear Chrome Browsing History

Clearing the browsing history in Safari, the browser for iPhone and iPad is relatively simple, but it is not exactly intuitive. Fortunately, clearing the browsing history in Google Chrome is even easier than in Safari, since you can do it directly within the browser.

First, tap the three-dot icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the browser and select History from the pop-up list. (If you are on the Start page, you can tap the History icon below the Search bar). Refer to the below image where we are selecting History from the pop-up list:

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Accessing History option

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap Clear Browsing Data… to begin clearing your history. See the below image:

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Accessing Clear Browsing Data option

Now, select the time range at the top of the page. This ranges from the last hour to all of your browsing history. See the following image:

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Setting a Time Range

Next, once you have selected the period you wish to delete, check over the data that you are going to delete. By default, Browsing History, Cookies and Site Data, and Cached Images are selected. You can select or deselect these as you see fit. Once you have made your selections, tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the screen. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting what information to clear

Now, select this option again in the pop-up dialog at the bottom of the screen to finish clearing your history. See the below image:

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Selecting Clear Browsing Data once again

Keep in mind that clearing browsing history in Chrome for iPhone and iPad does not always clear browsing history in the desktop version of the browser. To make sure your history is fully clear, take a look at some guides on how to clear your browsing history in any browser.

Don’t Delete Everything

As we touched on above, you do not have to delete all of your browsing history. By selecting the right time range, you can delete your history only from the last hour or the last day. See the following image:

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Selecting a Time Range

You also do not need to delete all the data selected by default. For example, you may want to delete all of your website history but do not want to log into sites over again. To accomplish this, just deselect Cookies, Site Data when you are clearing your history.

You can also choose to delete more than what is selected by default. For example, if you’re preparing an iPad for your kids, you might not want your passwords saved. In this case, check Saved Passwords when clearing your history.

Browse Incognito Mode

If you find yourself frequently clearing your browsing history, it could be that you are not making enough use of private browsing, or Incognito Mode.

For the desktop:

How to Easily Open Chrome to Incognito Mode

For the iPhone or iPad:
  • Open your Google App and sign in, if necessary
  • Tap your Profile icon
  • Select Turn on Incognito from the drop-down menu

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It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

Warren Buffett

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How to Bulk Delete Emails in Gmail

Want to wipe your Gmail inbox clean? Using Gmail’s bulk delete option, you can delete all emails from your Gmail account at once in just a few clicks.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 11, 2022

Want to wipe your Gmail inbox clean? Using Gmail’s bulk delete option, you can delete all emails from your Gmail account at once in just a few clicks.

If you use the Gmail app on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you can not delete all emails at once on your device. This means you will have to rely on the Gmail site to purge your inbox. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook using Gmail

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Deleting all your emails does not delete your Gmail account. You can still send and receive emails after you have deleted all your existing emails.

First, open a web browser on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer and access the Gmail site. Log in to your Gmail account on the site if not already logged in.

Next, in the sidebar on the left, click All Mail. If you do not see this option, click More to reveal the option. Refer to the below image:

Gmail 1
Accessing All Mail option

Now, in the pane on the right, you will see all your Gmail emails, including your archived emails. To delete these emails, you will have to first select all these emails. This is done by clicking the Select option (a square icon) at the top of the Gmail interface. See the below image:

Gmail 2
Selecting up to 50 emails

Once check-marked, up to the default (50) emails will be highlighted for deletion.

Next, to select the emails that are not on this page, at the top of the emails list, click the Select all X conversations in All Mail, where “X” is the number of emails in the All Mail folder. See the following image:

Gmail 3
Selecting to delete all emails

Now, all your emails are now selected. To start deleting them, at the top of the Gmail interface, click the Delete option (the trash icon). Refer to the below image:

Gmail 4
Delete all emails

Next, you will see a Confirm bulk action pop-up message. Here, click OK. See the below image:

Gmail 5
Confirming the deletion

Now, Gmail will start deleting and moving your emails to the Trash folder. To remove your emails for good, you will have to empty the Trash. To do so, in Gmail’s left sidebar, click the Trash folder. See the following image:

Gmail 6
Selecting your Trash emails

In the pane on the right, at the top, click Empty Trash now. Refer to the below image:

Gmail 7
Selecting to empty your Trash emails

Next, in the Confirm deleting messages pop-up message that opens, click OK. See the below image:

Gmail 8
Confirm the deletion

You will receive a cute message from Google about how their servers “feel”. (By the way, servers have no “feelings”). See the following image:

Gmail 10
The servers are “feeling unloved”

Now, all your emails except for the ones in the Spam folder are now deleted.

Next, to clear the spam emails, in Gmail’s left sidebar, click Spam. Then, in the pane on the right, click Delete all spam messages now. Refer to the below image:

Gmail 9
Deleting Spam emails

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If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.

Tom Peters

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How to Use Chrome’s Reader Mode

Most web browsers have a built-in Reader Mode that converts web pages into a more reader-friendly view. Strangely, Google Chrome does not have this feature; unless you know how to find it.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 6, 2022

Most web browsers have a built-in Reader Mode that converts web pages into a more reader-friendly view. Strangely, Google Chrome does not have this feature; unless you know how to find it. Let’s explore this hidden feature.

This is for desktop devices using Google Chrome

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Google Chrome has included a hidden Reader Mode since all the way back to version 75. However, it’s never been upgraded to a stable, standard feature. Even Microsoft Edge, which is also based on Chromium, has a Reader Mode.

First, we will need to enable a Chrome feature flag. Open the Chrome browser on your computer and type:

chrome://flags

in the address bar, then click Enter. Refer to the below image:

Reader 1
Accessing Chrome flags

Next, search for Reader Mode in the text box at the top and enable the flag titled Enable Reader Mode. See the below image:

Reader 2
Enabling Reader Mode

Now, after enabling the flag, see the Relaunch text at the bottom of the screen and restart Chrome to apply the change. See the following image:

Reader 3
Relaunch Chrome message

Next, when you visit a webpage that has a lot of text, you will see a little book icon on the right side of the address bar. Click it to switch to Reader Mode.

You can also click:

Menu > Enter Reader Mode

to activate it. Refer to the below image:

Reader 4
Activate Reader Mode

Now, you are looking at a much simpler, less cluttered view of the webpage. Images still appear, but ads and a few other items are removed. To adjust the view, click the A icon in the top right. See the below image:

Reader 5
Selecting the A icon to see more options

Next, you can change the font, text size, and background color. See the following image:

Reader 6
Your options

That’s all there is to it! You can now minimize distractions while reading long articles in Chrome. It’s strange that Google has kept this a hidden feature for years, but now you know how to enable it yourself.

Quote For the Day

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Stephen Covey

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