How to Clear Chrome Data

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

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

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

This is for Google Chrome on multiple platforms

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What Happens When your Data is Deleted?

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

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

Clearing Chrome’s Data

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

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

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Clear your browing data option

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

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

Alternate way to clear your browsing data

Now, the Clear Browsing Data window will be displayed.

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

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Selecting your time range for clearing your data

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

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Selecting your options for clearing data

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

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The last option for clearing your data

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

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How to Pin a Website to Windows 10 Taskbar or Start Menu

This post will show you how to allow easy access to your favorite websites. We will discuss adding a desktop shortcut for any website to your Windows 10 Taskbar or Start Menu.

This is for Windows 10 devices

Using Google Chrome

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Create Shortcut
  • In the popup menu, change the name of the shortcut, if desired
  • Click Create. See below image:
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Creating Desktop shortcut for pinning

This will create a desktop shortcut. Refer to below image for my techsavve.life shortcut at the bottom:

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If you select the option Open in window, Chrome will open the page in its own window.

  • Right click on the shortcut and either click Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar. Once you have pinned the website for one or both ways, you can delete the desktop shortcut.

Using the new Microsoft Edge

The new Microsoft Chromium based browser works similar to Google Chrome. Yes, Microsoft has embraced the Chrome browser, even the version number is the same.

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Settings and more icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Pin to taskbar

The new Edge has a new feature called Launch taskbar pinning wizard. It is located just below Pin to taskbar in the menu dialog box.

  • Click the wizard. Edge will guide you through a short menu that lets you pin the most popular websites and Microsoft web apps to your taskbar. See below image for the first of the three screen wizard:
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The Pin to to the taskbar wizard, one of three screens

Note! The new Edge does not have the feature Pin to Start

The Classic Edge

The classic version of Edge came with the original version of Windows 10. If you have yet to update to the new Edge, then use the following for pinning:

To pin the website to the Taskbar:

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Click Pin this page to the taskbar

To pin the website to the Start menu:

  • Navigate to the website you want to pin
  • Click the Menu icon (the one with the 3 dots) in upper right hand corner
  • Hover your mouse over More Tools
  • Click Pin this page to Start

You can now delete any created desktop shortcut(s).

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Online Conferencing Solutions

In this Coronavirus pandemic, many people are working from home. Our local TV news and weather people have live audio and video streaming from their homes for the daily news broadcast. Working from home has become the new norm.

This will continue after the crisis is over. Instead of going to an office or to a clients location, you will collaborate through an audio and video service.

I researched some web sites for the top call services. They have a similar mix of apps, just in a different order. Some of the web sites have organizations I never heard of. So, I like the ranking from Office Watch. Click here to read their review.

This is for modern web browsers and apps on Apple, Android and Microsoft platforms

Their top seven online call services are as follows:

  1. FaceTime – handles up to 32 people
  2. Skype – up to 50 people
  3. WhatsApp – handles 4 people
  4. Signal – one-on-one calls only
  5. Zoom and Meetings – up to 100 people for the free version; 1000 for their enterprise paid version
  6. Microsoft Teams and Live Events – can handle 4 participates, up to 10,000 for the paid version
  7. Google Hangouts – up to 150 people

I recommend Facetime or Skype for a small busines; Zoom for a medium business; and Zoom Meetings for a large enterprise. Facetime and basic Zoom are free. Click here to read the review of their rankings.

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How to Setup Contacts in Zoom

Is your business using Zoom for collaboration during the Coronavirus outbreak? Zoom has become a key tool for working at home and a top choice for vittual meetings. Zoom is free for one-on-one calls that last as long as you like. For three or more people, your calls are limited to 40 minutes. Zoom also has a paid version for an enterprise; it can handle 1000 people.There’s also a plan for small and medium businesses that supports up to 300 participates per call..

Click here for a detailed review of Zoom from PCMag Labs

Click here for setup and install of Zoom from Office Watch

Zoom Meeting’s free account is generous. You can host up to 100 people on a call for free and you can see as many as 49 people on an active call in a gallery-style view. There’s no limit on how many meetings you can host. 

So, how do we setup our contacts with coworkers using Zoom? In this post we offer insight on how to do this.

This post is for Windows 7 or greater, iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or later, Android 4 or greater, Web browsers, Macs and the Zoom app or program

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Before you Begin

Of course, you have already setup the app. Linking to other people in Zoom is necessary before you can call them. A person has to be added to your Zoom contacts list and they have to add you before a call is made.

Zoom contacts are separate from Outlook and other contacts list.

Zoom links people by matching email addresses. Some people have multiple email addresses; for example, personal and work or different ones for different purposes or multiple old email addresses.

Which Email Address to Use?

Before adding a person to your contacts list it’s a good idea to check with them on which email address they use to login to Zoom.

To check, they can click on their Zoom Profile in the top right where their name and address is displayed. Refer to below image:

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Locate the correct email address

Invite a Contact

To link with someone, in the Zoom app, go to the Contacts section, then click the plus “+ “symbol. See following image:

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Linking a Zoom contact

Enter the email address of the contact you want to add to Zoom. See below image:

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Adding a Zoom contact

Then you have two options:

  1. Add Contact – sends a contact request to that person’s Zoom account.
  2. Copy Invitation – copies to your clipboard with web link.  Paste that into an email or instant message.

Refer to below image:

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Web address for the Zoom contact

There is no need to paste the entire text, change it to suit you. The web link is the important part to pass along. Make sure you include the whole web link; it’s a long link using multiple lines.

Accept a Contact Request

If a participate adds you to their Zoom contact list, you’ll see a pop-up alert. See following image:

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Pop-up box for a contact request

Or open your Zoom app/web page. Under Contacts look at Contact Requests.  The request will be displayed with options to Accept or Decline. Refer to below image:

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Accept or Decline a contact request

As you can see above, the Contact Requests you’ve made will also appear with their current status.

What to Do Next?

Now that you’ve linked with someone on Zoom, you can call them (voice, video, text, etc). If someone wants to invite you into a Zoom meeting, give them you Zoom linked email address.

That’s it on setting up your Zoom contacts. Try it out.

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How to Use Google Chrome Media Controls

Google Chrome is adding a new feature for controlling media within your Chrome browse on a desktop or laptop. Instead of trying to figure out where the video/sound is coming from, you can hear and/or see it in your Chrome browser. The update is rolling out gradually and is for Chrome version 79+. Instead of waiting for the update you can always go to the flags menu (see below) and manually trigger the new media playback controls.

This is for any device that uses Google Chrome.

Check Chrome Version

First, let’s check what version of Chrome you have; just follow these steps:

  • Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen, the one with 3 dots
  • Click on Help
  • Click on About Google Chrome

Your Chrome browser version number is displayed like the example below:

Chrome Version
Chrome version screen
  • Close Chrome

Update Chrome

If you have a lower a version than 79, let’s try to update by doing the following:

  • Open Chrome
  • Click on Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen, the one with the 3 dots
  • Click Update Google Chrome. Note! If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
  • Close Chrome

Setup Media Control

  • Open Chrome
  • Type in chrome://flags as the URL like the screenshot below:
Chrome URL for Flags
Chrome URL for flags
  • Type in Global Media Controls as your Search, like the example below:
Chrome Media Control Flag
  • Click on the Default drop down box and select Enabled
  • Click the Relaunch button in the lower right of the screen
  • Type in chrome://flags as the URL
  • Type in Global Media Controls as your Search

Your screen should show the Global Media Controls Enabled like the screen below:

Chrome Media Enabled
  • Close Chrome

After a browser restart, a Play button should show up whenever you have media playing.

If you don’t see the option, head to YouTube and play a video. A Play button should show up next to the address bar. Clicking on it will display the media content like title, source of the content, the play/pause and skip buttons.
This feature works for lots of websites to include Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Dailymotion and Microsoft.

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