The Best Third-Party Alexa Skills on the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo can do a lot of neat stuff, but its built-in features are just the tip of the iceberg. With third-party “Skills”, you can add further capabilities to the Echo, like adding events to your Google Calendar and even ordering pizza. There are over 1,000 third-party Skills that you can enable for your Amazon Echo, and the number continues ... Read More »

How to Change the Speed and Resolution of Recorded Movies on the iPhone

If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, you can change the speed and resolution at which your phone captures recorded video and slow motion video. If you prefer to use less storage and really only look at your videos on your phone, a lower resolution can help you save space. If you want higher resolution captures and smoother video, ... Read More »

How to Create a Shortcut or Context Menu Item for Nearly Any Windows Setting

It’s not too hard to browse through Windows’ settings to find what you need, but if there’s a setting you access frequently, why not make it a little easier on yourself? Windows exposes a number of useful settings through Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) that you can use to create a shortcut or context menu item for quick access to that setting. What ... Read More »

How to Stop a Paragraph from Splitting Between Pages in Microsoft Word

When you type in Word, paragraphs flow smoothly from one page to the next, and page breaks are automatically inserted when needed. However, what if you want to keep a certain paragraph together and not split the paragraphs between two pages? There’s a simple fix for this. Why not just insert a manual page break before the paragraph? As you edit ... Read More »

What to Do When Windows Shows Two Different Drive Letters for the Same Disk

It’s a somewhat rare problem, but on occasion, Windows might display the same hard disk or partition twice using different drive letters. Thankfully, there’s usually a simple solution. This is almost always the result of either a user or program having created a virtual drive that maps to your real drive. These virtual drives are not like drives created with ... Read More »

The Easiest Ways to Create Animated GIFs on Any Platform

Animated GIFs are everyone’s new favorite way of expressing themselves. They’ve become the moving equivalent of the emoticon, so it can be helpful to know how to create your own. The GIF and its animated cousin have been around for almost 30 years. GIFs, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format, are no longer widely used for still images, but the animated variant has overwhelmingly ... Read More »

How to Get Android N Features on Your Phone Now with N-Ify

Android N will bring a lot of new, innovative, and useful tools to Android, but if you don’t have a modern Nexus device, then it’s hard to say how long you’ll be waiting to get your hands on some of these new goodies. Fortunately, if you’re running a rooted device with the Xposed framework installed, getting many of N’s new ... Read More »

What Is “Compatibility Mode” in Microsoft Office?

When you open a document created in an older version of Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint in a modern version of Office, you may see “Compatibility Mode” appear after the name of the document in the titlebar. This changes the way the document appears and prevents you from using some modern features. This normally isn’t something you should worry about–Office does ... Read More »

How to Add a Shortcut to Google Keyboard’s Settings in Andorid’s App Drawer

Google Keyboard has a ton of customization options, but every tweak requires a trip to its Settings menu. While there’s an easy way to access this menu from the keyboard itself, there’s also another way: through the app’s icon in the app drawer. Unfortunately, this isn’t enabled by default—but with one last trip into the Settings menu, a simple switch ... Read More »

How to Enable the Status Bar and Word Wrap at the Same Time in Notepad

The status bar in Windows’ Notepad displays the current line number and column number of the cursor location. However, if you find that the  Status Bar option on the View menu is grayed out, it may be because you have Word Wrap enabled. If you’ve enabled word wrap, which keeps your columns restricted to the Notepad window, you cannot also enable the ... Read More »