How to Add Alt Text to Facebook Images

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 18, 2022

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices using Facebook. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.

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Use the Mobile App

To add alt text to an image you are uploading using the Facebook mobile app, first, open the app on your smartphone, compose a new Facebook post, then select a photo from your device to upload. In the post preview, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Next, a menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Here, tap the Edit Alt Text option. See the below image:

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Selecting Edit Alt Text option

Now, you will be on the Change Alt Text screen. In the text box below your image, enter the text that accurately describes the image you are posting. Then, tap Done. See the following image:

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Entering Alt Text and saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

Use the Desktop App

You can also add alt text to your images on Facebook from your computer. First, launch Facebook from any browser of your choice and then begin creating a new post with an image. Next, in the post preview, click Edit in the top left-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Now, the Photo Detail window will appear. Here, click Alternative text at the bottom of the menu in the left-hand pane. See the below image:

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Selecting Alternative Text option

Next, the Alternative text menu will expand. Click the bubble next to the Custom Alt Text option to select it, and then enter the alt text for your image in the text box. See the following image:

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Entering your custom Alternative text

Now, click the blue Save button at the bottom of the window. Refer to the below image:

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Saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

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How to Overlay Images in Microsoft Word

Working with images in Microsoft Word is not necessarily difficult, but there are some tricks to positioning your pictures. If you have two or more images that you want to overlap with each other, this post will show you how.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 13, 2022

Working with images in Microsoft Word is not necessarily difficult, but there are some tricks to positioning your pictures. If you have two or more images that you want to overlap with each other, this post will show you how.

This is for devices using Microsoft Word

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Adjust Image Layout

First, launch Microsoft Word and insert an image. You must be sure you are using a supported layout option. You can check this in three different ways.

  • Select the image and click the Layout Options icon that appears to the right of it.
  • Select the image, go to the Picture Format tab that appears, and click the Wrap Text drop-down arrow.
  • Right-click the image and move your cursor to Wrap Text to display the options in the pop-out menu.

Refer to the below image :

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Selecting Wrap Text option

Next, as to layout options, select Square, Tight, Through, or one of the others; whichever works best for your document. Note! In Line with Text will not work. See the below image:

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Selecting a Layout

Allow Images to Overlap

Now, you may notice when you drag an image close to another in your Word document, you cannot place it on top of another. The other picture may suddenly move out of the way to make room for the one you are dragging.

In order to overlay images in Word, you need to enable this option for each picture you want in the group.

  • Select the image, click the Layout Options icon on the right, and click See More at the bottom.
  • Select the image, go to the Picture Format tab, click Position, and pick More Layout Options.

See the following image:

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Selecting See more options

Next, when the Layout window opens, you should be on the Position tab. But if not, select it. At the bottom of the window below Options, check the box to Allow Overlap, then click OK. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling Allow overlap

Now, insert another image(s) and place it next to or below the original image. Make sure you enable the overlap option for each image that you want to overlay.

Overlay Images

Once all of the above is in place, simply drag your images and overlap them as you please.

If you want a particular picture to be on top, right-click or go to the Picture Format tab and choose to Bring Forward or Bring to Front depending on the number of images you are using and how you want them positioned. See the below image:

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Selecting Bring to Front option

You can take similar action if you want an image in the back. Right-click or go to the Picture Format tab and choose to Send Backward or Send to Back. See the following image:

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Selecting Send to Back option

Next, your final overlapped images will look similar to the below image where we are using the Bring to Front option:

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The finished overlapping images

Overlapping images in Word is not too hard, as you can see. But it’s one of those hidden tricks that can make working with pictures much easier just like placing text on top of an image. I wish I knew about this trick before now.

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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:

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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 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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Selecting the A icon to see more options

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

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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.

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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 Use Apple Notes in a Browser

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute.

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December 22, 2021

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute. Let’s explore how to use Apple Notes on the web.

This is for devices using Notes on iCloud

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Turn on iCloud Sync for Notes

If you use Apple Notes on an Apple device, first ensure you have iCloud sync enabled so that new notes and changes are pushed to all of your devices. This should be enabled by default, but it’s a good idea to check.

First, on an iPhone or iPad, you can do this under:

Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud

and enabling the Apple Notes setting. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling iCloud Notes sync

On a Mac, this can be turned on under:

System Preferences > Apple ID

and checkmark the Notes setting.

When making notes, make sure that you are placing them in your iCloud folders since it’s possible to have offline folders too that are device-specific. See the below image:

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Ensuring Notes are under iCloud

Once enabled, new notes will be placed in iCloud by default.

Access Notes in a Browser via iCloud

Next, with your Mac, iPhone, and iPad now syncing Apple Notes to iCloud, you can access them using a web browser by heading to iCloud.com and logging in with your Apple ID. See the following image:

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Signing in to iCloud.com

Now, you may need to pass a two-factor authentication check, so make sure you choose to Trust this computer if you want to log in faster in the future. You should only trust personal computers and smartphones that you own, and never trust a computer or device that you share with others. Refer to the below image:

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Trusting your device

Next, once you are in, click on Notes to see a web-based version of the Apple Notes app. You can use this to access and edit existing notes, create new ones, and share with other iCloud users. See the below image:

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Selecting iCloud Notes on the web

While you can access locked notes by entering your Apple ID password, you can not apply a lock to existing or new notes. See the following image for a listing of your Notes:

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Listing of your iCloud Notes

Turn iCloud Into an App on Windows or Android

Now, you can keep Apple Notes open in its own pinned tab, but it may be more convenient to turn the web app into an application or shortcut you can run from your Start menu or Android home screen.

  • Windows users can do this using Chrome or Edge, pin it to your Taskbar, and apply a custom icon if you like. You will need to log in from time to time, but as long as you Trust your browser when entering the two-factor authentication code this process will not be quite as tedious.
  • Android users can also do this using Chrome, which places a shortcut on your home screen.

Next, you will receive a message about signing in to iCloud from a browser. Refer to the below image:

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Apple message

Apple Notes is just one service you can take advantage of using a browser thanks to iCloud’s web interface.

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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.

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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 Make Guest Optional for Google Calendar Events

Not everyone you invite to a meeting may be a required guest. There might be someone that you want to give the choice to attend. Google Calendar provides the ability to make attendees optional, but it’s not obvious.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 9, 2021

Not everyone you invite to a meeting may be a required guest. There might be someone that you want to give the choice to attend. Google Calendar provides the ability to make attendees optional, but it’s not obvious.

It could be your supervisor, a coworker who may not be available, or someone else with an interest in the meeting. By marking them optional, they can decide for themselves if they should or want to attend. And you can make guests optional at the time you create the Google Calendar event or afterward.

This is for devices using Google Calendar

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When Creating the Event

First, launch Google Calendar and sign in if necessary. When you click to create a new event in Google Calendar, you see a small pop-up window to add all the details including your attendees. But you will not spot the optional feature for your guests immediately.

Next, hover your cursor over the attendee’s name or email address after you add it. To the right, you will see a gray contact (person) icon. Click that icon to mark your guest as optional. Refer to the below image:

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Marking a guest as Optional

Now, the icon will appear white indicating the Optional status. You can click it again to make the guest required. See the below image:

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Guest is Optional

After Creating the Event

If you have already created the event, you can still make an attendee optional. Select the event on your Google Calendar to open the small detail window and then click the pencil icon to edit it. See the following image:

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Selecting to Edit the event

Next, on the event detail screen, hover your cursor over the attendee you want to make optional in the Guests section. To the right, click the gray contact icon. Refer to the below image:

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Marking a guest as Optional

Now, click Save at the top to apply your change. See the below image:

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Save your changes

Next, the icon turns white and shows you the person is optional. If you want to make the attendee required again, just click that icon and hit Save. See the following image:

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Guest is Optional

What Guest See

When you make an attendee optional for your event, the word Optional appears below their name. Anyone in the list of guests without the word Optional is required. Refer to the below image:

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Viewing guests who are Optional

If you are setting up a meeting, conference call, or video call in Google Calendar and have certain guests that may want to attend but are not required to, you can easily use the Optional feature.

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