How to fix Night Shift not working on external monitors on macOS

Macs, whether they’re Macbooks or iMacs, or a Mac Mini are used with external monitors. The features on macOS tend to work almost flawlessly if you’re using Apple manufactured hardware but anything that hasn’t been manufactured by Apple, or that doesn’t carry its stamp of approval may, or may not work with all of macOS’ features. Night Shift is a feature that was added a while ago to reduce blue/white light on the screen by tinting it a warm color. It’s a great feature but it seems that it doesn’t always work with external monitors. Here’s how you can fix Night Shift not working on external monitors.

Fix Night Shift for external monitors

There are three different ways you can fix this problem. It is highly unlikely that it is a hardware related problem so unless you have an exceptionally old, square monitor, Night Shift should work on your external monitors.

Connect/disconnect monitor

The first fix you should try, and this tends to have a high success rate, is to disconnect the monitor from your Mac, and then connect it again. Make sure Night Shift is turned on when you do this. When you connect the external monitor again, it should be tinted a warmer color. To that end, you should also examine the cable and any connectors you’re using to connect the monitor to the Mac. If they’re damaged, they may be interfering with the feature.

Clamshell mode

This fix is solely for MacBooks. Run the MacBook in clamshell or closed-display mode. This often leads to Night Shift being triggered on the external monitor. Once Night Shift starts working with the external monitor, you can run your MacBook with the lid open if you want.

Nocturnal

Nocturnal is a free, open-source app that allows you to control Night Shift from the menu bar. It can basically turn on Night Shift without you having to go through the System Preferences app and it works great with external monitors. Download Nocturnal and run it. Allow it to tint your external monitor and let it run for a while. Disable it, and then enable Night Shift. This will likely fix Night Shift not working with the external monitor. You can remove the app if you want but it does give you a great, quick way to manage the tint of the screen directly from the menu bar so there’s no harm keeping it around.

One of the three fixes here should force enable Night Shift on your external monitor. If the first trick is what did the job but you have to keep repeating the step each time you boot to your desktop, you should try getting new cables/connectors.

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How to send files over a P2P connection from a browser

If you have to share files remotely i.e., the person you want to share a file with isn’t on the same network as you, you will have to use an intermediary service. Often, users either email files, or upload them to cloud drives and then share a link to them. While these methods work and are great because they provide a ‘holding area’ for the file(s) until it has been downloaded, it may not suit everyone. If you prefer direct transfer between computers, you’re looking for P2P transfer. Generally speaking, this sort of transfer is possible but for end-users, it’s not the easiest to set up which is why we recommend using ToffeeShare.

ToffeeShare works in your browser; you upload files and share a link with whoever you want to send the files to. Your browser must remain open and you cannot refresh or close the tab the transfer is active in until it is complete. The file itself isn’t stored online.

Send files over P2P

Visit ToffeeShare, and add the files you want to share.

Once the file(s) are added, ToffeeShare gives you a link to share and a QR code that you can scan making it a pretty simple way to transfer files to a smartphone. On that note, ToffeeShare also works great on a mobile browser. You cannot close the tab that the transfer is active in but you can minimize the window, or navigate away from the tab to a different one. The web app works in all modern browsers.

As for how long it takes to complete the transfer, it depends on the file size. Remember that your file is still being sent via the internet and your own connection speed, as well the connection speed of your recipient will play a role in how fast the transfer is.

ToffeeShare sends files securely, in fact, it uses end-to-end encryption. There are no limits to how big a file you can share.

This isn’t the first app of its kind. In fact, we reviewed a few like it in the past but file sharing apps like this tend to have a brief life in most cases. They’re useful but don’t tend to hold out in terms of profitability and end up shutting down. Let’s hope this one holds out. The file-sharing space is crowded with lots of cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox but not enough P2P transfer services.

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How to back up and restore a Firefox profile on Windows 10

Firefox, like any browser, has to save files to your system. These files comprise of cookies, bookmarks, add-ons, your history, and more. Firefox can create and maintain multiple profiles and you will find folders for these profiles in the AppData folder. Firefox can be refreshed from a built-in option in the browser. If you’re doing a Firefox refresh, you might want to back up your profile so you can restore it later. Simple Firefox Backup is a simple GUI utility that can back up and restore a Firefox profile.

Back up Firefox profile

Backing up a Firefox profile isn’t hard. In fact, you can do it without a tool but it’s just easier with it. If you’re looking to back it up manually, open the AppData folder in your user profile folder, and go to the following location.

\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

Copy the profile folders in this location to a safe place and the back up has been created.

If you prefer to use Simple Firefox Backup, download and run it.

Restore Firefox profile

If you backed up the profile manually, open your user folder and go to the following location again. Paste them here and restart Firefox.

\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

If you used Simple Firefox Backup, run the app again and click the Restore button. If you have Firefox open, you will have to close it before the profile can be restored. Once restored, you can open Firefox and you’ll find everything from your bookmarks, history, and even the speed dial has been restored.

Firefox has a data sync feature but if you prefer not to use it, you can take a back up of your profile locally.

With profiles and the data they contain, you do run the risk of adding back corrupt data to a fresh installation. If adding the profile data back results in problems with Firefox, you might have to forgo using the profile data. Try backing up just the essentials e.g, export your bookmarks from within Firefox.

If you’ve made changes to the Firefox preferences, you will lose them even if you back up the Profile folder. They aren’t always backed up but there are ways to sync it and it will require using Firefox sync.

Browsers have a lot of our data, even if it’s just stored locally. Bookmarks are important but there is also lots of autofill data, your browsing data, and in some cases, even cookies. If you use Firefox and have been holding off on using the sync feature, you should consider signing up for it. There’s too much data there to lose.

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How to get clocks for multiple time zones on the menu bar on macOS

macOS displays the time in the menu bar and while you can choose any time zone for the system clock, you can only add one clock to the menu bar. If your work has you split between different time zones, the single clock in the menu bar will be inadequate. To fill the gap, you need an app that can give you more clocks and there’s no shortage of them, paid and free. We recommend using Clocker to get clocks for multiple time zones because the app also lets you create reminders for these time zones, effectively taking the work out of calculating the time difference yourself. It’s also free.

Need multiple clocks on Windows 10? There’s a built-in feature that can add them.

Clocks for multiple time zones

Download Clocker from the Mac App store. The app will ask for access to the Reminders app and the Calendar app so that you can create reminders in other time zones.

To add a clock, click the plus button in the app’s preferences and enter the name of a city. It will show up in the search results and you can add it. By default, the clocks appear in a menu and to view the menu, you have to click Clocker’s icon in the menu bar.

If you’d like a clock to show up on the menu bar without clicking anything, select the ‘Favorite’ box next to it.

To create reminders in one of the time zones you’ve configured, click the app icon or the clock in the menu bar. In the pop-up that opens, click the three dots button next to a clock and create your reminder. Once you create it, the reminder will appear in the Reminders app, and when you next open this pop-up, it will also appear under the respective clock.

Clocker is feature-rich; it supports the light and dark theme, and it can match the theme to whatever is set on an OS level. There are plenty of customization options for the clock that’s added to the menu bar, and you can even change the size of the text which is always great.

Clocker checks most, if not all, boxes for a good clock app. It’s amazing that this app is free and is actually better than a lot of paid options. You can add as many clocks directly to the menu bar as you want. All you have to do is favorite the clock. macOS might limit them if the space on the menu bar runs out but Clocker gives users the option to view the time in a ‘compact’ mode which manages to squeeze the time, and the location it’s for onto two lines.

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How to always run Command Prompt and PowerShell as Admin on Windows 10

Command Prompt and PowerShell can be run with admin rights, and with normal user rights. It goes without saying that if you run either of these command lines with admin rights, you can execute higher-level commands. With normal user rights, the commands that you can execute in either Command Prompt or PowerShell are tame. In many cases, you might even be blocked from running scripts. If you often need to open either or both these apps with admin rights and would like to skip using the context menu to do it, you can have Command Prompt and PowerShell always run as admin.

Limitations

This trick will work for a specific shortcut to Command Prompt and PowerShell. You must always use that shortcut to open these apps. Any other shortcut that you use¬†or any other method that you use to open them will not result in them opening with admin rights. While, in theory, you can change this behavior for any and all instances of Command Prompt and PowerShell, it isn’t a good idea to do so since it will involve taking ownership of the EXEs for both apps, and that may lead to additional problems down the line.

To keep it simple, either pin Command Prompt and/or PowerShell to the Start Menu or, pin them to the taskbar.

Run Command Prompt as Admin

If you’ve pinned Command Prompt to the Start menu, right-click the tile and go to More>Open File Location. Right-click the Command Prompt shortcut that opens in a new folder. If you have a simple desktop shortcut, you can just right-click it provided you will always be using that shortcut to open Command Prompt.

Go to the Shortcut tab, and click Advanced. Select the ‘Run as administrator’ option, and click OK. Now, the next time you use this shortcut or tile to open Command Prompt, it will open with admin rights. You will still see the UAC prompt.

Run PowerShell as Admin

To always open PowerShell as admin, you will use more or less the same method that you did for Command Prompt. Locate the shortcut that you want to use to open PowerShell. Right-click it and select Properties from the context menu. Go to the Shortcut tab and click the Advanced button. Select the ‘Run as administrator’ option, and click OK, and then Apply. That’s all you need to do. Every time you use that same shortcut to open PowerShell, it will open with admin rights. You will still get the UAC prompt before the app actually opens.

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