How to Turn on Captions in Siri on iPhone and iPad

The all-new compact Siri interface, available with iOS and iPadOS 14, renders just a small animated orb at the display bottom along with a compact, banner-style response that slides into view.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 13, 2021

The all-new compact Siri interface, available with iOS and iPadOS 14, renders just a small animated orb at the display bottom along with a compact, banner-style response that slides into view. Lets explore how this is done with a few simple steps.

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That’s an improvement over Siri in earlier iOS version that would take up the whole display. To keep the interface as minimal as possible, Siri in iOS and iPadOS 14 does not show Caption for spoken text nor does it display a live transcription of what you have spoken.

Thankfully, you can easily enable Siri Captions on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Doing so will help you verify that you have heard Siri’s response correctly.

Enable Siri Captions

First, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

Siri 1
Selecting the Settings app

Next, in Settings, tap Siri & Search. See below image:

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Selecting Siri & Search option

Now, in Siri & Search, scroll down and tap Siri Responses. See following image:

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Selecting Siri Responses option

Next, in Siri Responses, toggle the switch beside Always Show Siri Captions into the ON position.

Note! if you have trouble seeing toggle colors, you can turn on toggle labels in Settings as well. Refer to below image:

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Toggle on Captions

Now, close Settings. Launch Siri and ask it a question. If your phone is not silenced, Siri will speak the response, and you will see the same response written on the screen in the form of a Caption. See below image:

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Your Siri Caption

Disable Siri Captions

If you ever want to disable the Captions, revisit

Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Responses

and toggle Always Show Siri Captions to OFF.

Note! you will still see Siri’s responses as Captions if your device is set to silent mode and you have Spoken Responses in Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Responses set to When Silent Mode is OFF.

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How to Use Incognito Mode in Google Search on iPhone and iPad

Incognito Mode is a common feature in web browsers that allows you to use the web somewhat anonymously. On an iPhone or iPad, if you are using the Google app as a web browser instead of Safari or Chrome, you can browse in Incognito.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 6, 2021

Incognito Mode is a common feature in web browsers that allows you to use the web somewhat anonymously. On an iPhone or iPad, if you are using the Google app as a web browser instead of Safari or Chrome, you can browse in Incognito.

The Google app for the iPhone and iPad offers an all-in-one experience. All of the searching and browsing results happens within the app. It’s essentially a mini-browser of its own but you may not want your activity recorded. Let’s setup this feature.

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First, open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s Spotlight Search (your first screen) to locate the app if you can not find it on your Home page or App Library. Refer to below image:

Search 1
Accessing Google app

Next, tap your Profile icon in the top right-hand corner. See below image:

Search 2
Accessing your Profile

Now, select Turn on Incognito from the drop-down menu. See following image:

Search 3
Enabling Incognito

Next, you will see a screen saying you are in Incognito Mode . You can now do searches and browse the Internet without the activity being saved to your account. Refer to below image:

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In Incognito Mode

To reset Incognito Mode, return to the Google App’s home page and tap the Turn Off button. See below image:

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Turn off Incognito Mode

And that’s it. Just like Incognito Mode in a browser, your search and browsing history will not be saved to your account. This is a nice little trick to know if you find yourself using the Google app like a browser a lot.

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How to Pin/UnPin a Facebook Post

What does it mean to pin a post on Facebook? A pinned post is a status update that you manually select to stay at the top of your page’s timeline, meaning it will not slip down as you continue to add other posts to your page.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 5, 2021

What does it mean to pin a post on Facebook? A pinned post is a status update that you manually select to stay at the top of your page’s timeline, meaning it will not slip down as you continue to add other posts to your page. Let’s explore how to do this.

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You can only have one post pinned to your profile at a time. If you try to pin a second post, that second post gets pinned and the first post gets unpinned.

Pin to Your Profile

First, launch a web browser on your computer and access the Facebook site. Next, log in to your account and in the top right-hand corner of the site, click your profile icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Now, on your profile page that opens, find the post you want to pin. At the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. See below image:

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Selecting the 3 dots menu

Next, from the three-dots menu, select Pin post. See following image:

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Selecting to Pin your post

And immediately, Facebook will pin the selected post to the top of your profile page. Scroll up your profile and your pinned post will appear there. Refer to below image:

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Your pinned post

To unpin a pinned post, from the top right-hand corner of the pinned post, select the three dots menu and click Unpin post in the menu. See below image:

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Selecting to Unpin your post

Facebook will remove the post from the top of your profile page. It will continue to appear at its original location in your profile, though. Now, refresh the page or exit Facebook.

Related

How to Pin/Unpin a Twitter Tweet

Pin to Your Page

In addition to your personal profile, you can pin a post to your Facebook page, too.

First, access your page and find a post to pin. (Note! I am doing this on my business page using my iPhone). Next, at the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. See following image:

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Selecting the 3 dots menu

Now, from the three-dots menu, select Pin to Top. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Pin your post

Next, Facebook will add your selected post to the top of the page.

To remove the post from the top of the page, from the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. Next, from the menu that opens, select “Unpin from Top. See below image:

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Selecting to Unpin your post

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Steve Jobs

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How to Crop Photos on iPhone and iPad

The stock Photos app for iOS and iPadOS comes with a built-in editing tool that can let you automatically resize a pic. Besides, you can also get rid of the unwanted parts manually to ensure there is no blemish. You do not need any photo editing apps to rotate, crop, or straighten your photos. 

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 22, 2021

There could be all sorts of reasons why you would like to crop photos on your iPhone and iPad. Maybe you are not pleased with the actual size of the image or want to make it perfectly fit a frame.

The stock Photos app for iOS and iPadOS comes with a built-in editing tool that can let you automatically resize a photo. Besides, you can also get rid of the unwanted parts manually to ensure there is no blemish. You do not need any photo editing apps to rotate, crop, or straighten your photos.

However, the best part is that you can go back to the original size just in case the end result does not turn out as expected. Let’s see how this is done.

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Crop Your Photo

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to the photo that you want to crop. In the top right-hand corner, tap the Edit button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Edit a photo

Now, in the photo editing view, you will see the bottom toolbar. Tap the Crop button which looks like a box with arrows around it. See below image:

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Selecting the Crop button

Next, you will see the image surrounded by a white frame. Swipe in from any edge to crop the image. You can do this from all corners. Just, lift your finger to see the cropped image. See following image:

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Cropping a photo

Now, you can also crop the image using a specific aspect ratio if you need the photo to be a perfect square. Tap the Aspect Ratio button in the top toolbar which looks like overlapping boxes. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Aspect Ratio button to crop a photo

Next, you can choose the Aspect Ratio (such as “4:3” or “16:9”) or switch between the Portrait and Landscape formats.

Even after selecting the Aspect Ratio, you can continue to crop the image. The difference is that now, the Aspect Ratio will be locked. If you do not want to use the Aspect Ratio feature, choose the Original option. See below image:

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Selecting an Aspect Ratio

Now, if you are satisfied with the crop dimensions, tap the Done button in the bottom toolbar on iPhone. See following image:

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Selecting the Done button

Your photo will be cropped, and the result displayed on the screen. Refer to below image:

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Original on left, cropped on right

Do not forget that you can share the photo with your friends using the Share button in the bottom toolbar which looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. See below image:

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Selecting the Share icon

Undo Your Crop

All edits in the Photos app are non-destructive. This means that you can revert any photo to its original state.

First, open the photo in the Photos app. Tap the Edit button in the top right-hand corner. See following image:

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Selecting the Edit button

Now, in the bottom right-hand corner on iPhone, tap the Revert button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Revert button

Next, in the pop-up, choose the Revert to Original option. See below image:

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Revert your photo back to the original

Now, your photo will be back to its original form!

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How to Check if Chrome 93 is Installed

Google Chrome 93 is officially here. There is plenty to be excited about. For example, with Chrome 93, progressive web apps (PWAs) feel a lot more like native desktop apps, as clicking on a link can open an associated web app. There’s also improved multi-screen support for web apps, making this an update web app users will love.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
JSeptember 21, 2021

Google Chrome 93 is officially here. There is plenty to be excited about. For example, with Chrome 93, progressive web apps (PWAs) feel a lot more like native desktop apps, as clicking on a link can open an associated web app. There’s also improved multi-screen support for web apps, making this an update web app users will love. Let’s explore how to install Chrome 93.

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Some new features are related to recently closed tabs, a Material You theme for Android 12, a new Google Search UI on Android, the ability to sync Two-Factor OTP codes across devices (a true game-changer), the ability to use note-taking apps right from the browser, a new context menu on iPhone, and so much more.

Chrome 93 will now also show Google Drive documents on the New Tab page. The suggested documents will appear in a card underneath the Search Bar, allowing you to easily access recently edited Google Docs or Sheets.

First, you can check for an update by going to the three-dot menu hamburger icon on the top-right of Chrome. Next, click Help followed by About Google Chrome. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the About option

Now, the Chrome Settings window open. If Chrome is outdated, it will automatically download and install the latest version. See below image:

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Your Chrome version

Now, close Chrome and restart the app.

If you are on iPhone or Android, update the app as you would for any other application.

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How to Add a Web Page to Chrome’s Reading List for iPhone and iPad

The Reading List is a similar concept to bookmarks but intended for reading material that you find online. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chrome on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The feature is not available on Android.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 15, 2021

The Reading List is a similar concept to bookmarks but intended for reading material that you find online. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chrome on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The feature is not available on Android. For this blog post, we will explore this feature for the iPhone and iPad.

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Chrome for iPhone and iPad has two different ways to add web pages to your Reading List. It can either be done from Chrome or from another app.

Method 1 – Within Chrome

First, find a page to save for later, and then tap the Share icon in the address bar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Next, select Read Later from the menu. See below image:

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Selecting Read Later option

That’s it! The page is now in your Reading List.

Method 2 – Use an App

The second method allows you to add things to the list from outside of Chrome. Now, find a news article or story that you would like to read later in any app. In our example, we are using Apple News. Next, find the Share icon in the app and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Now, find Chrome in the app row and select it. If you do not see Chrome, tap the three-dot More menu. Refer to below image:

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Finding the Chrome app

Now, find Chrome from the app list and tap it. See below image:

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Selecting Chrome app

Next, from the Chrome menu, tap Read Later. See following image:

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Selecting Read Later option

To access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, first, open Chrome and tap the three-dot Menu icon at the bottom. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Menu icon

Next, select Reading List from the menu. You will notice a number that indicates unread pages. See below image:

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Accessing Reading List option

Now, the Reading List will open with Unread pages at the top and Pages You’ve Read at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check are ready to read offline. See following image:

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Your Reading List

Next, tap Edit in the bottom corner to manage the list. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Edit your Reading List

From here, you can select pages and delete or mark them as read. See below image:

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Selecting Delete or Mark as Read option

The Reading List is a nice, simple alternative to apps that provide similar services. It all happens right inside of Chrome without any additional software.

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How to Add an iPhone Contact to Your Home Screen

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 8, 2021

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app. Let’s explore how this is done.

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There are basically two different actions that can be associated with contact Shortcuts. You can have the Shortcut give you the option of how you want to contact the person; Message, Call, FaceTime; or it can jump straight into one of those. We will be covering the first option.

Create the Shortcut

First, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

Shortcuts 1
Accessing your Shortcuts app

Next, go to All Shortcuts See below image:

Shortcuts 2
Find All Shortcuts

Now, switch to the Gallery tab in the bottom bar. See following image:

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Open the Gallery of Shortcuts

Add the Contact

Next, do a search for Contact, and select the Contact on Home Screen shortcut. Refer to below image:

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Search for a contact

Now, tap the Add Shortcut button. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut

On the next screen is where you will select a person for the Shortcut. Tap the “+” button. See following image.

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Selecting to add a contact

Now, find the person you want to use for the Shortcut in your contacts list. Refer to below image:

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Locate a contact

Next, tap Done to finish. See below image:

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Finish the setup

View the Newly Added Shortcut

Now, go back to the My Shortcuts tab, and you will see the newly added Shortcut. Touch and hold to bring up some options. See following image:

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View your Shortcut

Next, select Details from the menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Details for the Shortcut

Add to Home Screen and Customize

Now, select Add to Home Screen. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut to your Home screend

Next, tap the text to enter the name that you would see under the icon on the Home screen. See following image:

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Label the Shortcut icon

Now, select the icon to choose a photo for it or the other two options. Refer to below image:

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Select a photo for the contact

Next, once you are done customizing the icon, tap Add in the top right-hand corner. See below image:

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Finish customizing

Now, the icon will be added to your Home screen. When you tap it, a menu with communication choices will appear. Simply do this for all of your favorite people! See following image:

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Your Shortcut in action

Quote For the Day

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

Richard P Feynman

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How to Highlight Blank or Error Cells in Excel

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

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 26, 2021

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

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Highlight Blank Cells

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

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

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Select New Rule option

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

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Select a Rule Type option

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

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Select Format Cells with blanks

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

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Select choose a Fill color

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

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Save your changes

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

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Your final result

Highlight Error Cells

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

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

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

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Select New Rule option

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

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Select Format for errors

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

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Select formatting for errors

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

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Your final result

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The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing

Isaac Asimov

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How to Use Reminders on iPhone and iPad

The Reminders app has seen significant improvements with iOS 13 and iOS 14. Earlier it was a simple application with basic functionalities. Now, Reminders is laden with robust features that let you add subtasks, images, and more! iOS 14.5 even lets you print reminders and sort them accordingly.

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August 11, 2021

The Reminders app has seen significant improvements with iOS 13 and iOS 14. Earlier it was a simple application with basic functionalities. Now, Reminders is laden with robust features that let you add subtasks, images, and more! iOS 14.5 even lets you print reminders and sort them accordingly. Let’s explore some basic features.

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Before You Begin: Make sure iCloud Reminders are set up so that everything syncs across all your Apple devices.

On iPhone and iPad: Open:

Settings app → your name from the top → iCloud

and make sure the switch for Reminders is turned ON.

Add a List

First, open your Reminders app or use Spotlight Search (your very first screen) to locate it and open. Next, tap the Add List blue link in lower right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Reminders 5
Selecting Add List

Now, give the list a name and tap Done. See below image:

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Naming the Reminder

Add a Reminder

First, tap the New Reminder blue link at the bottom or tap a blank area on your screen and enter your reminder text. See following image:

Reminder 2
Selecting a New Reminder

Next, tap the Reminder, then tap the Info Circle icon to set your optional Details for the reminder. Refer to below image:

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Selecting more information for the Reminder

Now, after you have set your optional details like Date, Time, Location, and more, tap Done. See below image:

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Setting the Details options

Delete a Reminder

Tap the circle next to the reminder text and tap Done. A unique way to do this is just tap the circle, wait a moment, and your Reminder disappears. See following image:

Reminder 1
Delete a Reminder

View Your Reminders

Tap your Reminders icon, then tap your newly created list to view your Reminders. Refer to below image:

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Viewing your Reminders

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How to Free Up Space in Google Drive

It’s easy to run out of space on Google Drive, since it stores data across much of your Google account. Fortunately, it’s also easy to delete data and free up some storage. As you will see, I am running out of space. Let’s explore how to do this.

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August 10, 2021

It’s easy to run out of space on Google Drive, since it stores data across much of your Google account. Fortunately, it’s also easy to delete data and free up some storage. As you will see, I am running out of space. Let’s explore how to do this.

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

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If you use Google Drive to share large files, it’s quite easy to hit the 15GB free data limit on your Google account. While you can upgrade, for a price, it’s best to manually delete some data for more space first. After doing this, I upgraded to the 100GB plan, yet I am still out of space.

You will not need to spend hours combing through every nook and cranny in Google Drive. The website has a storage management feature that lists all your files, sorting them based on their file size.

First, open the Drive website in your browser.

You will see the Storage section at the bottom of the left sidebar. This will show you how much storage space you have left in your account. Now, click the Storage button. Refer to below image:

Drive 1
Your used Storage space

Next, you will see a list of all the large files in your account. Just click a file to select it. To select multiple files, hold the Command/Control key while selecting the file.

Now, to delete the file (or files), click the Remove button (the Trashcan icon) in the top toolbar. See below image:

Drive 2
Delete a file

Google Drive will remove the file and send it to the Trash.

If you want to find and open a folder where a particular file is saved (or find more files to delete), right-click and choose the Show File Location option. See following image:

Drive 3
Find more files

Next, you can select multiple files and use the Remove (Trashcan icon) in the toolbar to delete all the files at once. (You can use this method to delete entire folders as well.)

If you do not have a backup of the file that you are planning to delete, click the Download button in the right-click menu to download a copy of the file to your local storage. Refer to below image:

Drive 4
Download a file before deletion

Once you delete files like this, the files are no longer available in Google Drive, but you have not recovered any storage space yet. That’s because Google Drive does not actually delete the files for 30 days. So, if you change your mind, you have up to 30 days to recover the data.

If you want to reclaim the storage space, you will have to force Google Drive to permanently delete the data. To do this, go to the Trash or Bin section in the sidebar. See below image:

Drive 5
Accessing the Trash

Now, in the Trash, you will see a list of files that have yet to be deleted. To individually delete a file, right-click and choose the Delete Forever option. Or, click Empty Trash to delete all the files. See following image:

Drive 6
Delete your file(s)

Next, in the pop-up that appears, confirm using the Delete Forever button. Refer to below image:

Drive 7
Confirm to delete the file(s) forever

Now, all the files will be deleted. Once you reload the page, you will see that the storage space has been recovered.

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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

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