How-To Geek https://www.howtogeek.com For Geeks, By Geeks Wed, 24 May 2017 20:05:02 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 How to Turn Off (or Customize) Sound Effects in Windows https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-off-windows-explorer-click-sounds-in-windows-vista/ Wed, 24 May 2017 16:04:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-off-windows-explorer-click-sounds-in-windows-vista/

Windows plays a startup sound and other sound effects regularly, and they can get obnoxious. They’re especially annoying on Windows 7, where Windows plays a click sound every time you switch folders in Windows Explorer. You can disable them entirely—or even set custom sound effects, if you prefer.

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How to Change the Color of an Entire Room with Philips Hue https://www.howtogeek.com/308225/how-to-change-the-color-of-an-entire-room-with-philips-hue/ Wed, 24 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308225

In the Philips Hue app, if you tap on a room, you can control each individual bulb separately. But if you want to change the color of an entire room of lights all at once, there’s a quick shortcut that makes this easy to do.

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Geek Trivia: In World War II, A Nazi Submarine Was Accidentally Sunk By? https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/in-world-war-ii-a-nazi-submarine-was-accidentally-sunk-by/ Wed, 24 May 2017 17:37:17 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick https://www.howtogeek.com/?post_type=trivia&p=308050

In World War II, A Nazi Submarine Was Accidentally Sunk By?

  1. Mating Whales
  2. An Improperly Operated Toilet
  3. A Sub-Sea Landslide
  4. Ball Lightning

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How to Use Gmail’s Keyboard Shortcuts in macOS Mail https://www.howtogeek.com/307860/how-to-use-gmails-keyboard-shortcuts-in-macos-mail/ Wed, 24 May 2017 17:13:00 +0000 Justin Pot https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307860

Do you like the idea of Mail, the default email client in macOS, but find yourself unable to actually use it because of how much you love Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts? Me too. I’ve used Macs for years, but I’ve never given the default email program a chance, even though it’s lightweight, speedy, and nicely integrated into the OS. I want to press “e” to archive an email, or “#” to delete one, and j or k to browse emails.

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How to Use Stringify’s “Modes” to Run More Complex Flows https://www.howtogeek.com/307900/how-to-use-stringifys-modes-to-run-more-complex-flows/ Wed, 24 May 2017 16:34:00 +0000 Eric Ravenscraft https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307900

Stringify is an incredibly powerful automation tool that connects your favorite web apps and smart home gadgets. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at one of its more advanced features called Mode. This “Thing” allows you to run several Flows at once based on whether you’re home or away from the house, and whether you’re awake or asleep.

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The Best (and Worst) PC Parts to Buy Refurbished https://www.howtogeek.com/308521/the-best-and-worst-pc-parts-to-buy-refurbished/ Wed, 24 May 2017 14:24:00 +0000 Michael Crider https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308521

Part of the appeal of assembling your own desktop PC is saving a lot of money versus the same parts in a pre-built machine. That kind of thrifty attitude can extend to buying refurbished parts…which is where things tend to get a little iffy. Some parts can be had for less with relative safety, and others not so much.

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The Best (and Worst) Things About the Samsung Galaxy S8 https://www.howtogeek.com/307618/the-best-and-worst-things-about-the-samsung-galaxy-s8/ Wed, 24 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Cameron Summerson https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307618

The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s newest flagship phone, a triumphant return to the spotlight after the disastrous Note 7. There’s a lot to love about the latest from Android’s largest manufacturer, but there’s also a lot to dislike. Let’s talk about it.

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How to Mute Someone’s Instagram Story https://www.howtogeek.com/308127/how-to-mute-someone%e2%80%99s-instagram-story/ Wed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Harry Guinness https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308127

Instagram’s new Story feature is…divisive. I’m a big fan, but other members of the How-To Geek team think they’re just a waste of screen real estate. Or maybe there are just annoying people you want to follow on Instagram, but not see everything they post to their Story. In that case, the best thing to do is mute them. Here’s how.

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What Are the $GetCurrent and $SysReset Folders, and Can You Delete Them? https://www.howtogeek.com/308301/what-are-the-getcurrent-and-sysreset-folders-and-can-you-delete-them/ Wed, 24 May 2017 10:40:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308301

Windows 10 automatically creates the $GetCurrent and $SysReset folders in your C:\ drive in certain situations. These folders can use gigabytes of space, but what do they do, and can you delete them?

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Can I Control My Laptop’s Charging Cycles to Extend the Battery’s Life? https://www.howtogeek.com/308509/can-i-control-my-lapotps-charging-cycles-to-extend-the-batterys-life/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:04:26 +0000 Akemi Iwaya https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308509

When it comes to taking care of the batteries in our laptops, it can be a bit of a trick at times, like how high and low we should allow the charge and discharge levels to be, for example. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a concerned reader’s question.

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How to Download Recordings from Your Netgear Arlo Cameras https://www.howtogeek.com/307643/how-to-download-recordings-from-your-netgear-arlo-cameras/ Tue, 23 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307643

Netgear’s Arlo camera system automatically records video whenever motion is detected, and you can view those video recordings in the Arlo app. But you can also download recordings directly to your phone so that you can share or view it however you’d like.

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Geek Trivia: The First Live Action Film With No Human Characters Was? https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-first-live-action-film-with-no-human-characters-was/ Tue, 23 May 2017 17:37:06 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick https://www.howtogeek.com/?post_type=trivia&p=308284

The First Live Action Film With No Human Characters Was?

  1. The Dark Crystal
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  3. The Labyrinth
  4. The Great Muppet Caper

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How to Add Custom Buttons to the MacBook Pro Touch Bar https://www.howtogeek.com/307468/how-to-add-custom-buttons-to-the-macbook-pro-touch-bar/ Tue, 23 May 2017 17:13:00 +0000 Justin Pot https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307468

Is there a button, or piece of information, you wish you could add to the Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro? You can, and we’ll show you how to do it.

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The Best Apps to Use With Automatic Pro https://www.howtogeek.com/307703/the-best-apps-to-use-with-automatic-pro/ Tue, 23 May 2017 16:34:00 +0000 Eric Ravenscraft https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307703

Automatic Pro is a powerful app and OBD-II adapter that lets you monitor your car from afar, log your trips, and even get assistance in an accident. Best of all, you can expand its capabilities by connecting it to third-party apps and services designed to enhance what Automatic Pro already does. Some of them are pretty niche, but these are the ones that are probably worth your time.

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card? https://www.howtogeek.com/307993/is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-a-new-nvidia-or-amd-graphics-card/ Tue, 23 May 2017 14:24:00 +0000 Michael Crider https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307993

A few years ago, people were predicting the death of PC gaming as we know it. Those people are feasting on an abundance of humble pie, as PC games remain a cornerstone of the industry: digital delivery gives us more variety than ever before, and even the relatively niche market of performance gaming hardware has never been more healthy. But even the most humble of PC gamers needs a graphics card (well, sort of), and it’s one of the most frequent upgrades gamers make. But is now a good time to buy one?

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How to Play Bluetooth Audio from Only a Specific App on the Galaxy S8 https://www.howtogeek.com/307267/how-to-play-bluetooth-audio-from-only-a-specific-app-on-the-galaxy-s8/ Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Cameron Summerson https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307267

Bluetooth 5.0 is so cool. It lets you do things with Bluetooth audio that have been on our wish lists for a long time—like separate the audio from a specific app (say, Music) and only play it over a Bluetooth connection, keeping other media audio (like navigation sounds) on the phone.

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Five Awesome Spotify Features for Crafting Perfect Playlists https://www.howtogeek.com/307841/five-awesome-spotify-features-for-crafting-perfect-playlists/ Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Harry Guinness https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307841

I love Spotify. I listen to hundreds of hours of music with it every year. While there are great tools like the Daily Mixes that make it easy to find music to listen to, sometimes you just want a playlist of your own design. With almost every song you could ever want at your fingertips, however, putting together an awesome playlist can be tricky. How do you remember all the songs you want to add? Here’s some useful Spotify features that can help.

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How Long Will Microsoft Support My Version of Windows With Security Updates? https://www.howtogeek.com/308290/how-long-will-microsoft-support-my-version-of-windows-with-security-updates/ Tue, 23 May 2017 10:40:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=308290

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack demonstrates the importance of automatic security updates. No matter how careful you are, malware could exploit a security hole over the network and gain control of your system—unless you install security patches.

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Never Buy $40 HDMI Cables: They’re No Better Than the Cheap Ones https://www.howtogeek.com/93952/save-a-bundle-by-skipping-the-expensive-hdmi-cables/ Mon, 22 May 2017 16:04:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick http://www.howtogeek.com/news/?p=4952

When it comes to setting up your home media center, be it modest TV with a sound bar or a 60″ 4K HDTV monster with premium surround sound, splash all the cash you want on the TV and speakers—but don’t spend...

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How to Delete Conversations in the Alexa App https://www.howtogeek.com/307831/how-to-delete-conversations-in-the-alexa-app/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd https://www.howtogeek.com/?p=307831

If you want to keep your conversations list in the Alexa app from getting out of control, here’s how to delete certain conversations that you’re no longer participating in.

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