How To Set Notifications To Deliver Quietly For An App On iOS 12

All app notifications aren’t the same. A notification from Candy Crush isn’t as important as an email. Up until now, iOS users have had the option to turn off notifications from less important apps, and allow only those that they cannot afford to miss. With iOS 12, Apple gives users a new way to get notifications that is far less distracting. For less important apps, you can choose to have notifications delivered quietly. What this means is that the notification will not appear on your lock screen, and on your home screen if your phone is unlocked. It will however appear in the notification center. Your screen won’t turn on as often saving battery life, and it will be less distracting, Here’s how to enable deliver quietly for an app.

This setting is set on a per-app basis. You can quickly enable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, or you can enable it from the Settings app.

Deliver Quietly From Notification Center

To enable, or disable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, you must have a notification from the app present there. Swipe down to open the Notification Center and swipe left on the app’s notification. Tap the Manage button. From the menu that appears, tap Deliver Quietly.

To disable Deliver Quietly, again swipe down and open the Notification Center. Swipe left on the notification and tap Manage. From the menu, select Deliver Prominently.

Deliver Quietly From Settings App

Open the Settings app and go to Notifications. Tap the app you want to enable or disable Deliver Quietly for. An app, by default, can deliver notifications to your lock screen, to the notification center, and to your home screen.

If you disable delivering notifications to the lock screen and to the home screen i.e., banner, you will have enabled deliver quietly for that app. To disable it, enable all three types of notifications for the app.

Apple is changing a few things with notifications in iOS 12. You can group notifications by type on iOS 12, and you can choose where they’re delivered.

Delivering notifications quietly will reduce distractions for users but they won’t miss notifications. They can always be checked from the notification center. Where this will reduce distractions, it will also help your device’s battery last longer. If your screen isn’t waking up for unimportant notifications, the battery will last longer. You’re not going to double your battery life but it will help.

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How To Increase Or Decrease Desktop Icon Spacing On Windows 10

Desktop icons on Windows 10 can be resized. You can make them smaller, or bigger. You can also align them properly in a grid layout. If you don’t like the grid, you can move them anywhere you like by disabling snap to grid. This is all great but when you resize desktop icons, the grid doesn’t change. If your icons are too big, there will be very little space between them. If your icons are really small, they’re will be enough space between them to add another entire row of icons. The grid doesn’t change much with the icon size, you can increase or decrease desktop icon spacing to make it more suitable for the icons.

To change desktop icon spacing, you need to edit the Windows registry. This is my desktop with fairly large icons. You can see there’s very little space between the individual icons.

Desktop Icon Spacing

Open the run box with the Win + R keyboard shortcut. In the run box, type regedit to open the Windows Registry.

Go to the following location in the Windows Registry.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

With the grid, you need to change the difference between the rows of the grid, and the columns. That means there are two values you have to edit. Each value manages a different aspect of the grid. The IconSpacing value will change spacing between columns, and IconVerticalSpacing will change spaces between rows.

By default, the value for both is set to -1128 but it may be different depending on your screen’s resolution.

You can change it to anything between -480 and -2780. -480 is the least amount of space you can have between icon rows and columns, and -2780 is the maximum amount of space you can have between them. You will have to experiment with the numbers to see which looks best. After each change you have to restart your system for the new value to be applied.

The following is what you get when you have large desktop icons, and spacing set to -1500.

You don’t have to set the same value for both registry values. You might want more space between rows than you want between columns so it’s fine if the values don’t match each other. You will need to remember, or write down, the default value of both registry values if you ever want to reset the grid to its default size.

Changing these values will not break anything; you can still align icons to the grid though it’s worth mentioning that with more space between the grid lines, you might end up with more space between the Taskbar and the bottom row of icons than you’re normally used to.

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How To Disable Thin Scroll Bars On Windows 10

Windows 10 goes through lots of changes, big and small, with its feature updates. With these updates, new features like Timeline are added but they also add cosmetic changes like integrating fluent design in more apps. One small cosmetic change that Microsoft made was to the scroll bars. You can see them in the Settings app. When your mouse isn’t hovering over the scrollbars, they’re thin lines. If you find them impractical to use, you can disable thin scroll bars in Windows 10 from the Settings app.

Disable Thin Scroll Bars

Open the Settings app and go to the Ease of Access group of settings. Select the Display tab and scroll down to the Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows switch. Turn it off and the thin bars will never appear again. By default, you’ll always see the thick scroll bars that you’re used to seeing in other apps, and that were the default on older versions of Windows 10.

This setting is well hidden. It ought to be in the Personalization group of settings where you find most miscellaneous settings like this e.g., importing or exporting themes. Most users might be unaware that you can disable thin scroll bars altogether but the setting is there.

The thin scroll bars only appear in most stock apps i.e. the Settings app, Edge, Grove, Photos, Movies & TV, etc. This setting will not affect Chrome, VLC, or Netflix. Most UWP apps don’t support this new UI change that was added in 1709, no desktop apps support it, not even the Control Panel.

Ease of Access

If you look under the Ease of Access group of settings, you’ll find there are quite a few useful switches and options there that might make using your system much easier. For example, if you have an older system or a conservative amount of RAM, you might want to disable animations on Windows 10. There’s a built-in switch that lets you do just that but it’s under Ease of Access, on the Display tab. If you don’t like the animations, you can turn them off with just a switch. There’s no need for third party apps or messing with the Windows Registry.

If you’ve ever wanted Mono audio on your PC, you can go to the Audio tab under Ease of Access and enable a switch to get it. This group of settings is a treasure trove of useful stuff that you might not think existed at all so it’s definitely worth checking out.

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How To View Your Hotspot Connection Speed On Windows 10

On Windows 10, it’s ridiculously easy to create a hotspot. The Action Center has a toggle for it, you can change the password from the Settings app, and you can limit the connection to WiFi or Bluetooth. The Task Manager on Windows 10 tells you how much data speed you’re getting via your WiFi but when you enable the hotspot on your system, you can also view the hotspot connection speed.

Hotspot Connection Speed

First turn on the hotspot, and make sure that a device is connected to it. It must be using the connection for you to get the speed of the connection.

Open the Task Manager and go to the Performance tab. This is where you can see how your CPU, RAM, Disk, and GPU is performing and of course your WiFI adapter. When you enable the hotspot, you will see two WiFi entries here.

To differentiate between your WiFi network card, and your virtual hotspot, you need to select the WiFi graph and check which one says Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter at the top right. If it reads Intel, then that’s not the one you’re looking for.

Once you’ve found the right WiFi adapter, look for the Send and Receive fields. They will tell you how much speed your hotspot connection is giving.

If you look closely at the WiFi adapter listed in the left column, you will notice that the summary of information includes the speed information but it’s instantaneous. The graph will tell you how much speed you’re connection gives for as long as it’s connected.

You won’t be able to see how much data is being consumed, nor will you be able to tell how many devices are connected to the hotspot. If you need to know how many devices are connected, you need only open the Action Center and look at the toggle for Mobile Hotspot. You can connect up to 8 devices to your PC’s hotspot and the toggle will tell you how many, out of the 8, you’ve connected.

If you want more insight on the connection you can try a third-party app or, you can install one on the device that’s connected to your PC’s hotspot. The information can help troubleshoot problems you might be having with your PC’s hotspot and it’s also a quick way to look up the IPv4 and IPv6 address for your virtual adapter. You can also tell what the connection strength is, and copy the information if you want.

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How To Name Voice Memos By Location On iOS

iOS has a Voice Memo app which, as you can probably guess by the name, can create voice memos. The app appears to be simple and for the most part it is. There are a few basic editing functions and the app can save to a lossless format. By default, it saves recordings with a numbered name i.e., Recording 1, Recording 2, Recording 3, etc. This may make it harder to tell which recording is which. If you record memos in different places i.e., at work, at home, or at the park, you can name voice memos by location.

Name Voice Memos By Location

Open the Settings app and tap the Voice Memos app. In order to name voice memos by location, the app must have access to your location. Tap the Location option at the top and allow the app to use your location while you’re using the app.

Once you’ve done that, scroll further down and tap Default Name. Change it from ‘Recording Number’ to ‘Current Location’.

The next voice memo you record will be named after your current location. If you record multiple voice memos in the same location, the file will be numbered after the location. The files will be named Location, Location 2, Location 3, etc.

For the voice memo to be named after a precise location, Apple Maps must have your area mapped out reasonably well. If it isn’t, the voice memos will normally just be named after your city and they will likely be far less useful than if they had your actual location or a nearby landmark at the very least.

Rename Voice Memo

You can always change the name later if you want. If you’re wondering how to edit the name of a voice memo, it’s pretty easy. To edit the voice memo’s name, select it and tap the three dots button. In the menu that opens, tap Edit. This will open a fairly complicated looking panel that lets you crop the file, among other things. Tap the name of the voice memo and you will be able to edit it.

You can edit the name of a voice memo regardless if it’a named by number or by location. If you’re having problems keeping track of your recordings with both naming schemes, you should try and make a habit of renaming them the second you create them. It may not always be convenient but it’s worth it to keep track of your voice memos.

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