How To Sync Chrome History With Timeline On Windows 10

Windows Timeline is a fairly new feature. It’s available on the stable version of Windows 10 however, it’s still missing a few essential features such as the ability to exclude certain apps or files from showing up in Timeline. The feature works otherwise but apps need to add support for it, and few have. Chrome doesn’t support it but there’s an extension you can use to sync Chrome history with Timeline on Windows 10

The extension is still being developed which means it will have bugs. It’s a little rough around the edges and it isn’t available in the Chrome web store yet but it works. Installing it is a little different but not too complicated.

Sync Chrome History With Timeline

The only complicated part is installing the extension. First, visit the Github page and download the extension files in zipped format. Extract them on your PC.

Next, open Chrome and go to the Extension’s page. Turn on Developer Mode. Next, click the Load Unpacked option. Select the extracted extension folder, and it will be installed.

Once installed, the extension will add a W button next to the URL bar. Click it, and sign in with your Microsoft account. It has to be the same one that you use on your desktop. We should warn you that since this extension is in its very early stages of development, there is no privacy policy for it available and it will have access to your information. If you have concerns about this, know that the app is open source. If you’re still not comfortable with it then it is best to wait out using it until it makes it to the Chrome web store.

If you’re good to go with it, allow it to sign in and start using Chrome. The history sync works if you have a tab open for at least 30 seconds. Your browsing history will start showing up in Timeline and other PCs that you have Timeline enabled on.

If your history doesn’t start showing up, it might be a good idea to restart your system. The extension is bound to be buggy so if it doesn’t work right away, you can keep an eye on the extension and wait until it’s more stable.

If it does work, you will still have to sign in when your session expires. This is something that the developer is working on and the UI will be improved.

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How To Reduce Background Noise In A Recording On Windows 10

Studio recording takes a lot of equipment. On top of all that, you need a room with good acoustics and no noisy neighbors. If you’re not looking for studio quiet, but just something that doesn’t sound terrible, you can get that at home. The bit of noise that you do record can be reduced or eliminated with software. Here’s how you can reduce background noise in a recording on Windows 10.

There are great paid apps that can do this but for our purpose, we’re going with a free and exceptionally popular app called Audacity that can do a lot of things, such as record speaker output, and reduce background noise. If you’ve already bought an app for editing sound files, check to see if it has a noise reduction feature and you can compare the results.

Reduce Background Noise

This works best if your recording has a bit of quiet in it at some point. By quiet, we mean there’s no voice. The noise will be there regardless if you’re speaking or not.

Download Audacity, install, and run it. Add the voice file to the app. The wave pattern will show you which parts are quiet. Use your mouse and click and drag over a quiet part to select it.

Go to Effects>Noise Reduction. In the window that opens, click Get Noise Profile, and then click Ok.

Next, select the part of the sound file that has the voice over. Repeat the same process as above; go to Effects>Noise Reduction and again, click Get Noise Profile. You can change the noise reduction level if you want, as well as play with the other two settings. Once you’re done, click Ok. The file’s wave pattern will change after the noise has been reduced. Play it and you will notice an obvious difference.

Once you’re satisfied with the result, go to File>Export and select a format to export it to.

You may want an app that does everything from video editing to sound editing but an app like that would be too resource hungry, not to mention ridiculously complex to learn and use. Audacity is one of the most popular audio editing apps in the market and it’s free. The price tag isn’t the best reason to use it though; it’s a capable app that’s been around for years.

If your sound file is too quiet after the noise reduction, you can check out the Amplify effect that Audacity has to make it louder. The noise will not be amplified, of course. Your preferred audio or video editor might have a similar setting. Check which gives you the best results.

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How To Set A Default App By File Type On Windows 10 1803

Every major Windows 10 update always does one thing; moves a few settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app. With Windows 10 1803, the Control Panel section that allowed users to set default apps by file types is gone. When you click that now deprecated option, you’re taken to the Settings app. When you click the button that allows you to select an app, you either have a few UWP apps to choose from, or you can go to the Microsoft store and download one from there. Here’s how you can get around the limitation and set a default app by file type on Windows 10 1803.

Default Apps By File Type

What you basically need is to get to a menu that lets you choose an app already installed on your system and set it as the default app. If the defaults weren’t already assigned when you installed the app there is a pretty simple way to do it.

You need to find the file type that you want to set the default for. If you already have it, that’s one step out of the way but if you don’t have one, there’s an easy work around to getting it.

Create a Notepad file, and change its extension to the one you want to associate a default app with.

Once you’ve created the file, right-click it and select the Open With option. The menu you see will be a familiar one. Scroll through the list of apps and at the bottom you will see a ‘Look for another app on this PC’ option and select the app you want to associate with it. Once you’re done, select the ‘Always use this app to open files’ option.

That’s about all it takes. You can delete the fake file that you created. Repeat this for all file types that you need to associate an app for. It’s a tedious way of doing things but that’s the only way there is. Microsoft seems to have made something that was simple a little more complicated and that’s not a surprise. It’s trying to simplify settings but the casualties keep piling on.

It doesn’t seem like Microsoft knows that the Control Panel doesn’t have to be killed off bit by bit. The Settings app can exist with it and offer users the easier interface they need to tweak their system. If everything from the Control Panel moves to the Settings app, it’s just a new app for users to learn their way around but without all the options the Control Panel had.

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How To Create A System Restore Point On Windows 10

A System Restore point is backup of the system’s settings which includes installed apps, the Windows Registry, and system files. It’s incredibly useful for when something breaks on your system e.g., after you update to a new version of Windows 10. You can use a system restore point to return to a previously stable state. Here’s how you can create a system restore point on Windows 10.

System Restore Point

You will need administrative rights to create a system restore point on Windows 10.

Open File Explorer and in the navigation bar on the left, right-click This PC and select Properties from the context menu. In the Properties window that opens, look at the options on the left, and click Advanced System Settings.

Enable System Protection

On the System Settings window, go to the System Protection tab. The System Protection tab will list all the drives that are currently configured on your system. You can create a system restore point for each drive but in most cases, creating one for the Windows drive is enough.

Select the Windows drive i.e., the drive that Windows 10 is installed on, and click the Configure button.

Select the Turn on system protection option, and then allocate space that can be taken up by these restore points. Typically, 500 MB is enough but to be on the safe side, you can allocate up to 1 GB of space if you have it. Set the space by dragging the Max Usage slider. Click Apply, and close the window.

Create Restore Point

Next, return to the System Properties window, and click the Create button at the bottom to create a system restore point for the selected disk. Give it a name, and the restore point will be created. The restore point takes only a few minutes to create. The date is added to restore point automatically so don’t include it in the name.

Restore To System Restore Point

To restore your system to a restore point, you need to open this same System Settings window, select the drive you want to restore, and click the System Restore button. This will open a window where, after you click Next, you will see a list of the restore points that have been created. Each restore point is time stamped and all you need to do is select which one you want to restore to. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your system.

Delete Restore Point

If you want to delete all restore points that you’ve created, click the Configure button on the System properties window, and click the Delete button at the bottom to delete all restore points.

To delete individual restore points, open Command Prompt with administrative rights.

Type the following command to list all restore points.

vssadmin list shadows

The restore points are not listed with the name you gave them. Instead, they have a shadow copy ID, and the date they were created on. That’s how you can tell which restore point is which. Note down the ID of the restore point you want to delete.

Run the following command to delete the shadow copy i.e., restore point.

vssadmin delete shadows /shadow=(shadow copy ID)

Example

vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={87d856bc-bbf4-4f05-a2f0-9e3accf3477f}

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How To Message From Your Desktop To Your Android Phone

Phones are useful but they’re also a distraction which is why we’re always looking to minimize how much they can distract us. Messages are one reason we often pick up our phones, and after that we end up checking other apps. To minimize this particular distraction, Google has a web version of its Messages app. You can use it from your web browser and Message from your desktop to your Android phone.

The web app basically routes the messages to the Messages app on your phone, and the message is sent. All messages that are sent to you are likewise synced to the desktop. You do need a SIM card in your phone to send the message and both your phone and desktop need an active internet connection to sync messages.

Messages For Web

The Messages app for web is a web app that you have to connect to your Android phone in order for it to work. It connects by scanning a QR code. The app will give you a code when you visit it.

Messages On Android

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Messages app. Open the app and tap the more options button. The menu ought to have a ‘Messages for web’ option. Tap it, and it will take you to the scan code screen. Tap the Scan QR Code button, and scan the code the web app gave you.

Sending & Receiving Messages

Once the app is connected, you can start messaging from your desktop. The message takes a little time to send. It’s sent from your desktop to your phone, and then from your phone to your intended recipient. Likewise, your messages might be a little late to arrive on your desktop from your phone.

If you’re using a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox, you can enable desktop notifications and minimize the window you have Messages for Web open in. When you have a new message, the web app will send you a desktop notification.

Like its Android counterpart, the web app lets you send pictures, stickers, and emoji. The messages are time stamped, and your contacts’ name sync with the synced message threads so you’re not just looking at numbers when you send and receive messages. You can start a conversation with any of your contacts even if you don’t have an active message thread with them.

The web app requires an active connection to your phone for it to work.

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