How To Open Screen Sketch With Print Screen On Windows 10

Windows has long been criticized for not having a good screenshot tool. Compared to macOS, it still lacks in a lot of areas. Windows does have the Snipping tool, and it’s been a part of Windows since before Windows 7. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy to open as a screenshot tool ought to be. In Windows 10, Microsoft added the Win+Print Screen keyboard shortcut that takes a screenshot and saves it automatically. It’s been a great addition and come the next feature update, you will have a far better screenshot tool called Screen Sketch. By default, the Screen Sketch tool opens from the Action Center, or via the Win+Shift+S keyboard shortcut. It’s hardly intuitive. You can open Screen Sketch with Print Screen though. All you have to do is tweak a little setting.

This feature is only available on Windows 10 Insider Build 17704. It will be part of the next major feature update which is expected to arrive in fall this year. If you want to try it out yourself, you need to join the Windows 10 Insider Program.

Screen Sketch Print Screen

Open the Settings app and go to the Ease of Access group of settings. Go to the Keyboard tab. Scroll down to the section called Print Screen Shortcut. Here, turn on the Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping.

Screen snipping refers the new Screen Sketch app that Microsoft is adding. It’s available in the Microsoft Store now but unless you’re part of the Insider program, you won’t be able to download it.

The change in the keyboard shortcut might require a system restart. If it doesn’t start working right away, restart your system and the change ought to take affect.

This in no way replaces the Win+Print Screen keyboard shortcut, nor does it interfere with the feature. You can still use the Win+Print Screen keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to your Pictures folder.

The new Screen Sketch tool is going to be replacing the Snipping tool which, as nice as it was, needs to retire. The Screen Sketch app lets you screenshot a specific area of your screen, crop screenshots, draw and annotate them, and more. It seems to be missing a feature that allows users to take a time delayed screenshot which is rather essential. Perhaps by the time the feature rolls out to the stable channel, this shortcoming will have been addressed. If not, most people will continue using third-party screenshot tools like they always have.

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How To Download IGTV Videos?

Instagram has a new feature that lets users create their own channels, and share videos with their followers. It’s called Instagram TV i.e. IGTV and it’s supposed to be TV made for the phone with a special focus on vertical videos. Anyone can create a channel, and whatever is broadcast is available for the masses to view from inside the Instagram app. If you like a particular video, you can download IGTV videos. There’s no built-in tool in the Instagram app to download IGTV videos. Instead, you have to utilize a third-party tool.

We should warn you that while you may want to save an IGTV video offline to view later, you should not download it with the intent to redistribute it as your own.

Download IGTV Videos

In order to download IGTV videos, you first need a link to the video you want to download. You can get this link from the Instagram app. Open IGTV, and select which channel you want to watch. Pick the video you want to download, and play it. On the video, there’s a three dot button. Tap it, and from the menu, select Copy Link.

The link will be copied to your clipboard and it’s up to you to make it accessible on your desktop.

Visit a web app called IGTV Downloader and paste the link you just copied in the search bar, and tap Search. Click the Download Now button, and the video will download as an MP4 file which can be played on practically any device. 

If you’re on Android, this web app has an Android app that allows you to download IGTV videos on your phone without having to go to your desktop. The process is the same; copy a link to the video and paste it in the app. With Android, you can download videos to your camera roll.

There are apps that let you download Instagram videos and photos posted by accounts. They’ve been around for a long time, almost since the first year the app was released. It’s no surprise that an app for downloading IGTV videos has been developed so quickly. There will likely be more like it and perhaps some will make it easier to get the link to the video.

IGTV isn’t available on Instagram’s web version which is still very bare compared to the apps. It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to access IGTV from the web so there’s no easier way to get a link to an IGTV video.

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How To Get A QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

QR codes were fairly popular at one time for sharing information quickly. They haven’t exactly gone out of style but you don’t find popular apps supporting them. Instead, apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat have their own branded codes. Essentially, these branded codes are fancy QR codes that make it easier to add people. LinkedIn has added a new feature that lets you share a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, and scan a QR code for someone else’s profile.

QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

This feature was added as an app update. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the LinkedIn app.

Open the LinkedIn app and tap the search bar. You will see a ‘Scan code to connect’ option. Tap it.

This will take you directly to the code scanner. You might have to grant the app access to your camera first. Once you’re on the code scanner screen, you can point your phone at a QR code for a LinkedIn profile. If you have it saved to your camera roll, tap the ‘Scan from photos’ option.

To get a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, switch to the My Code tab. Here, you can share your QR code, or save it as photo to your camera roll.

While LinkedIn may have introduced QR codes for profiles so that it’s easier to add people, particularly at networking events, it goes without saying that these codes will replace the link to LinkedIn profiles people normally add to their CVs.

In the past, people have turned to QR code generators to create similar QR codes for pointing potential employers to their profiles. These codes are used on websites, visiting cards, CVs, and any other promotional material. LinkedIn is basically just catching up to how users share their profiles.

Since codes are so much easier to scan on phones, and you have to jump through hoops to scan a QR code on your desktop, this feature is only available on the LinkedIn smartphone apps. You can neither see your own QR code, nor scan one from the web interface. The scanning part makes sense but users ought to be able to save a QR code to their own LinkedIn profile from the web. Imagine working on your CV on your desktop and having to import the QR code from your phone. It’s not that big a deal to copy an image from the camera roll but it is annoying having to connect a device just to do it.

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How To Unlock OEM Unlock On Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8

Unlocking the bootloader on Android phones has become easy ever since Android 5.0. The Settings app has an option under Developer settings that let you unlock it with just a tap. This hold true for almost all Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Not 8 models are no different but there’s a bit of catch; you have to wait 7 days after registering your device to be able to unlock the bootloader. Assuming you bought either one of these devices and you do not want to wait a week to unlock the boatloader, there’s a little trick reported by XDA Developers that can unlock OEM Unlock on Samsung S8/S9/ Note 8 right away.

OEM Unlock On Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8

In order to unlock OEM Unlock on Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/Note 8 without having to wait an entire week, you need to change how time is set on the device, and how updates are received. Make sure you’ve already configured a Samsung and Google account on your device.

Open the Settings app and go to General Management. Here, look for Date and Time, and tap it. Disable Automatic date and time, and tap the Set Date option that becomes visible when you do.

Here, set the date to a day in the previous month. Make sure the date is at least over a week old.

Return to the main Settings app screen. You now need to enable Developer options. Tap About Phone, and find the build number for your device. Tap it seven times to enable developer options. Again, return to the main Settings app screen, and this time, tap Developer Options.

On the Developer Options screen, turn off the ‘Auto update system option’.

Again, return to the main Settings app screen and find and tap on Software Update. Disable Download updates automatically, and tap on Download Updates Manually. It may give you an error but that’s to be expected since the date is incorrect. Don’t worry about it and restart your phone.

Once you restart your phone, open the Settings app and go to Developer options. The OEM Unlock button should now be active.

This might seem like an annoying restriction but it’s possible that Samsung added it as a security measure. If your new phone is locked, and stolen, an unlocked bootloader makes it easier to get inside your phone and wipe it clean. It might also be there to prevent users from making any drastic changes to their device the second they get it.

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How To Turn Off Messaging For Group Members On Whatsapp

A Whatsapp group is always created to make communication with lots of people easier. Instead of individually messaging people, you can send the information to a group, and everyone gets it. Unfortunately, these groups spiral out of control. With so many members, the groups end up suffering from message overload. This happens with just about any messaging app and the groups created on it. Whatsapp has introduced a new feature to fight message overload. Group admins can turn off messaging for group members. This allows everyone in the group to read the messages that are sent, but only allows the admin to send them.

Messaging For Group Members

This new feature was added via an app update. Before you can enable it, you need to update the app to the latest version. There is an update available for both iOS and Android.

Once updated, open Whatsapp and select the group that you are the admin of. Tap the name of the group at the very top of the chat thread to go to its details screen. Scroll down and tap Group Settings.

On the Group Settings screen, tap ‘Send Messages’.

This will open a menu with two options; All Participants, and Only Admins. Tap the Only Admins option, and from that point forward, only group administrators will be able to send messages to the group. The entire group will be notified about this change.

This should dramatically decrease the amount of spam and off-topic messages that are sent to the group. It does turn the conversation into a one-sided one however, group administrators can change it whenever they want. If something that requires everyone’s participation is under discussion, the setting can be changed to allow everyone to message the group once again, and changed back.

Restricting messaging rights may seem like something that would make groups far less useful but they will ensure that members of a group never get the wrong information, and that they don’t have to scroll through lots of irrelevant messages to find the right one.

It’s hard to think of a messaging app that doesn’t have group messaging but not many of them give group admins much control over group activity. Messaging apps focus more on the messaging part and less on making sure they’re a useful platform for broadcasting information. Whatsapp does things very differently and it regularly introduces new features that help manage chat groups. For anyone that has to manage a particularly large group, Whatsapp is a better platform than most messaging apps.

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