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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Delete all emails

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

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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:

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Selecting your Trash emails

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

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Selecting to empty your Trash emails

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

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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:

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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:

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Deleting Spam emails

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How to Create an Instagram Photo Post From a PC or Mac

Instagram is primarily used on smartphones, but you can also use it in a desktop browser on Windows or Mac. For years that meant only viewing your feed and messages, but it can also be used to upload photos too.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 5, 2022

Instagram is primarily used on smartphones, but you can also use it in a desktop browser on Windows or Mac. For years that meant only viewing your feed and messages, but it can also be used to upload photos too.

As of October of 2021, Instagram added the long-awaited ability to post to Instagram from the website. You get nearly all of the same filters and editing tools that you can find in the iPhone and Android app, too. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for Windows, PC, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook using Instagram

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First, head on over to Instagram.com in a web browser such as Google Chrome or Safari. Sign in with your Instagram account if you are not already signed in. Refer to the below image:

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Signing in to your Instagram account

Next, click the plus “+” icon in the upper right-hand corner. See the below image:

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Selecting to add a photo

Now, click Select From Computer and choose a photo from the file manager. See the following image:

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Selecting a photo from your device

Next, there are a couple of options where you can adjust the Aspect Ratio, Zoom in on the photo, or Add more photos to create a slideshow. In our example, we made no adjustments. Click Next when the photo is ready. Refer to the below image:

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Optionally adjust your photo

Now, you can choose a Filter or make some other adjustments to the photo. Click Next when the photo looks good. In our example, we set the Filter to Juno and increased the Temperature setting. See the below image:

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Optional adjustments you can make

Next, write a Caption in the text box, add a Location if desired, and click Share. See the following image:

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Setting a caption and location

Now, you will be given a message about successfully sharing your Instagram post. Refer to the below image:

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Post shared message

Your photo post will now be displayed on your Instagram account. Notice the warmer color and background from the original above. See the below image:

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Your photo post on Instagram

You can now post photos to your Instagram feed right from your Windows PC, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS computer. This is especially useful for uploading photos that you have transferred onto your computer,

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How to Create a QR Code in Google Chrome

With Google Chrome’s built-in QR code option on your desktop, you can make QR codes for any sites and web pages you visit in the browser. When others scan them, they will be taken to the site.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 23, 2021

With Google Chrome’s built-in QR code option on your desktop, you can make QR codes for any sites and web pages you visit in the browser. When others scan them, they will be taken to the site. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook running Chrome

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There are many reasons to generate QR codes for websites. The main reason is to add a QR code to your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, emails, and more. Chrome lets you save the QR codes as images, so you can basically use them anywhere you want.

Since Chrome has a built-in QR code generator, you do not have to install any third-party extensions to get the job done.

First, launch Chrome on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer. Then access the website you want to turn into a QR code.

At the top of Chrome, click the address bar to reveal the QR code option. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the website

Next, in the far right of the address bar, you will now see various icons. Click the Create QR Code For This Page icon (which is a partial square icon with four small squares). If the icon is missing, click the Zoom icon and click Reset. See the below image:

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Selecting the QR icon

Now, Chrome will open a Scan QR Code pop-up with your generated QR code in it. You can now scan this QR code from your iPhone or Android phone. See the following image:

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Your generated QR code

Next, to save this QR code as an image to your computer, at the bottom-right-hand corner of the Scan QR Code pop-up window, click Download. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to Download the QR code

Now, you will see your computer’s standard Save As window. Select a folder to save your QR code image in, type a name for the image, and click Save. See the below image:

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Saving the QR code

And that’s all there is to making QR codes in Chrome on the desktop. A nice feature of Chrome.

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How to Check Your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Not sure if you have sufficient funds to buy that item on Amazon? If so, it’s easy to check your gift card balance on both the Amazon website and the Amazon mobile app, as well as the history of cards you have redeemed. Let’s find out.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 21, 2021

Not sure if you have sufficient funds to buy that item on Amazon? If so, it’s easy to check your gift card balance on both the Amazon website and the Amazon mobile app, as well as the history of cards you have redeemed. Let’s find out.

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Use the Amazon Website

If you are on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the official Amazon website to see the available gift card balance in your account.

First, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Amazon site. Sign in to your account on the site.

Next, in Amazon’s top-right corner, hover your mouse over the Account & Lists menu to see an expanded menu. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Account & Lists menu option

Now, in the expanded menu, under Your Account, click Account. See the below image:

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Accessing Your Account

Next, on the Your Account page that opens, click Gift cards. See the following image:

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Accessing your Gift cards

Now, on the page that opens, right next to Your Gift Card Balance, you will see the gift card balance currently available in your account. Refer to the below image:

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Viewing your Gift Card balance

Note! You can redeem a gift card by clicking the Redeem a Gift Card button, entering the key, and clicking Apply to your balance button.

If you would like to view the values of gift cards that you have redeemed in your account, scroll down the page to see that information. See the following image:

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Viewing your Gift Card history

Use the Amazon Mobile App

If you are on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Amazon mobile app to check your gift card balance.

First, launch the Amazon app on your phone. Sign in to your account if you have not already. Then, at the bottom of the app, tap the user icon. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the User icon

Next, on the account page that opens, scroll down to the Gift Card Balance section. Here, you will see the gift card balance available to use in your Amazon account. See the below image:

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Viewing your Gift Card Balance

Now, to view the gift cards that you have added to your account so far, then next to Gift Card Balance, tap the Manage option. See the following image:

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Accessing to Manage your Gift Card

Note! You can redeem a gift card by clicking the Redeem Gift Card button, entering the key, and taping Apply to your balance button.

Next, scroll down the page to the Your Balance activity section. Here, you will see all your redeemed gift cards along with their values. Refer to the below image:

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Your Gift Card history

And that’s how you know if your gift card balance can buy a certain item on Amazon.

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How to Obtain a Link to a Photo or Video on Instagram

If you would like to share an Instagram photo or video outside the platform, you will have to get that item’s shareable link.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 16, 2021

If you would like to share an Instagram photo or video outside the platform, you will have to get that item’s shareable link. Let’s explore how to get these links from your Instagram account, on either desktop or mobile.

Note! You can not get links to photos or videos that are in a private Instagram account. For these accounts, Instagram does not offer the option to get a link.

This is for devices running Instagram

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The instructions to get a link to a photo or video on Instagram are the same for all Instagram-supported devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook computers, as well as iPhones and Android smartphones.

First, open Instagram and find the photo or video for which you want to get a shareable link. At the top-right corner of that item, click or tap the three dots Menu. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Menu

Next, choose Link on an iPhone or Copy Link on other devices. See the below image:

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Accessing the Link icon

Now, the link to your selected photo or video on Instagram will be copied to your device’s clipboard. Use the Paste option in any text field on your device to view your link. In our example, we pasted the link to the iPhone Notes app.

Your shareable Instagram link should look something like the following image:

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Your Instagram link

You may now send this link to your friends and family. They can click or tap it to access the photo or video on Instagram.

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How to Set Google Search Results Per Page

By default, when you search for something on Google, the site displays 10 results per page. If you would like to see more results, you can increase the results count from a Settings option on Google. (Note! As of this writing, this feature is only available for the desktop).

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 16, 2021

By default, when you search for something on Google, the site displays 10 results per page. If you would like to see more results, you can increase the results count from a Settings option on Google. (Note! As of this writing, this feature is only available for the desktop). In this blog post, we will show you how easily this is done.

This is for desktop devices using Google Search

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To view more search results without having to click the next page number for your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, first, open a web browser on your computer and access the Google site.

At the bottom right-hand corner of the Google site, click Settings. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Google Search Settings

Next, from the pop-up menu that opens, select Search settings. See the below image:

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Accessing Search settings option

Now, on the Search Settings page, from the left sidebar, select Search results. See the following image:

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Accessing Search results option

Next, on the right pane, you will see a Results per page slider. To increase the number of results per page, drag this slider to the right. Beneath the slider, you will see the number of search results you can enable on Google. Your options are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100. (Note! Your searches will be slower if you choose to display more results per page than the default). Refer to the below image:

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Setting the slider for the number of search results per page

Now, to save your changes, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click Save. See the below image:

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Save your changes

Next, in the prompt, Your preferences have been saved, click OK. See the following image:

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Confirming your changes

You will now see your selected number of search results per page on Google Search on your desktop. If you ever want to modify this option, you can head to the same menu and choose a new number.

Here is a helpful insight on using Google Search for you to consider. As of this writing, Chrome 95 has a bug in its Reading List option. To research, this or any other problem, start with the highest level then drill-down levels. For example, you would enter the following text for the search:

Google Chrome 95 Reading List option Add current tab is dimmed

The highest level is Google, next is Chrome 95, and so on. You will get better search results by following this guideline.

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