How To Disable The New Chrome Interface

Chrome has been threatening a new UI for quite a while now and now that Chrome 69 is out, the interface has arrived. The design isn’t bad but telling tabs apart isn’t as easy as it used to be. This is because, among other things, the Windows accent color is now displayed on the entire title bar, even on the background tabs. The speed dial on the new tab page has also changed. The thumbnail previews are gone. If you don’t like it, you can disable the new Chrome interface.

Disable The New Chrome Interface

This solution comes via Lifehacker. Open Chrome and paste the following in the URL bar.

chrome://flags/

This will open the Chrome Flags page. In the search bar, enter the following.

UI Layout for the browser's top chrome

Open the dropdown next to it, and select Normal. You will need to restart Chrome but there’s a Relaunch button that makes it easy. This will restore the look of the title bar and maybe one or two other things. What isn’t changed back to the old version is how the New Tab page looks.

The new design can’t be disabled fully. You may not like the New Tab page either but you can now save ten websites to the speed dial and you can edit them so it’s not all bad. That said, you can disable the new design of the New Tab page. To do so, return to the Chrome Flags page and search for the following.

New Tab Page Material Design Icons

Open the dropdown next to it, and set it to Enabled. Relaunch the browser and you will have the old look of the New Tab page back.

With the old design back, your speed dial is reduced to eight websites that are based on the websites you most frequently visit. If you accidentally delete one, getting it back is a bit complicated so while you may want to get the old look of the title bar back, keeping the new New Tab page around is probably a better choice.

Unfortunately, you can’t  get thumbnails back if you want to keep the new design. The old design brings them back. The new design makes use of the favicons or logos of a website which shouldn’t be a problem since, by default, the speed dial is still made up of your most frequently visited websites and you ought to be able to recognize the logo for it.

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How To Use VLC To Review Security Camera Footage

If you have a home security system, it very likely has a dashboard that allows you to view the feedback from various cameras, manage your cameras, and back up any footage you want. A good dashboard will also give you an option to playback the footage that’s been recorded, and a really good dashboard will allow you to manipulate playback so that it’s easier to review security camera footage. If it doesn’t, you can always use VLC player.

VLC player may be built for watching media but it has tools such as playback speed control and zoom that makes it a reasonably good, free app for reviewing security camera footage.

Review Security Camera Footage

There are two basic thigns you need to review security camera footage; control over playback speed, and the ability to zoom in on a specific area of the footage.

Playback Speed

You can manage playback speed in VLC by right-clicking inside the media player, and going to Playback>Speed and selecting to speed up or slow down playback. The speed is increased or decreased by 0.10.

Using the menu to increase of decrease speed is rather tedious so use the ] key to speed it up, and the [ key to slow it down.

Zoom

If you need to zoom in on a part of the video, there’s an interactive tool that lets you do just that. Open the video you want to watch and go to Tools>Effects and Filters. On the window that opens, go to the Video Effects tab and then the Geometry tab. On the Geometry tab, enable Interactive Zoom.

Close the window and return to your footage. A small widow will appear in the upper left corner allowing you to choose which part of the video you want to zoom in on. Below this window, you will see a little arc that you can click to increase or decrease the zoom.

To hide the small window, click the VLC Zoom Hide option under it.

Adding Markers

You can always write down event times on a piece of paper while you’re reviewing footage but VLC has a bookmark feature that allows you to mark times in the video. To add a bookmark, use the Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut, and click Create on the window that opens.

We should mention that regardless which app you use to review security camera footage, there is no such thing that can enhance it like they can in CSI. Also, the more you zoom, the worse the quality will get.

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How To Change The Search Engine In Windows Search On Windows 10

The search feature on Windows 10 includes web search. Since it’s a stock feature, it uses Bing and sends all search queries to Edge because they are both owned by Microsoft. There’s no setting that allows you to change the search engine that is used, and you have to use an app called EdgeDeflector to force Windows 10 to open the search in your default browser. To get Windows search to use a different search engine and your default browser you have to use the EdgeDeflector app with an add-on or extension in your browser that can redirect searches from Bing to Google. SearchDeflector is a refined version of EdgeDeflector that allows you to change the search engine in Windows search and also set which browser it should use.

This app gives users more options both in terms of which search engine they can set in Windows search, and which browser they can use. Generally speaking, apps and extensions that do this target Google as the search engine and work only for Chrome and Firefox. If you use a different browser like Opera, you may not have much choice.

Search Engine In Windows Search

Download and install SearchDeflector. During the installation process, a Command Prompt window will open asking you to pick which browser it is you want to use to display search results. The options include Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer however, you can also specify the path to the EXE of whichever browser you use. This means you can use virtually any browser, no matter how obscure and niche it is.

Once you’ve selected and confirmed which browser you want to use, you have to select the search engine. The listed options include Bing, Google, Yahoo, and Github but you can also specify any other search engine you use by entering its search URL via the custom URL option. Again, this means you can use any search engine in Windows Search.

Once you’re done, the app will confirm the parameters you’ve set. If you ever want to change them again, you have to run the app’s EXE file and change your options during the setup process.

The app works great on the current version of Windows 10 i.e., 1083 however, the next major feature update is not far from being released and this functionality might break. The app is under active development though so you can count on it being made compatible with the new version in case anything does break.

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How To Record Skype Calls With The New Native Recording Feature

Skype has been the go-to app for making videos calls, both personal and professional, for years. Users have always looked for ways to record Skype calls and the solutions ranged from simple to complex depending on your recording needs, and whether you were recording on your desktop or mobile.

Skype has finally made everything to do with recording a call simple. A native recording feature has been implemented on all versions of its app that allows you to record a call, both audio and video. For Windows 10 users who aren’t using the beta version of the Skype app, the feature will take a few more days to roll out.

Record Skype Calls

The new feature is available right now on the Skype app for macOS, and the iOS and Android apps. Since we have access to the beta version of Skype, we will show you how it works on Windows 10 as well. We strongly recommend that you read the legal warning at the end of this post.

Desktop

Open the Skype app on your Mac or Windows 10 PC. Select a contact that you want to call. You can record both an audio and a video call.

Once the call is in progress, click the plus button at the far right on the bottom bar. From the menu that opens, select the Start Recording option.

Mobile

Update the Skype app to the latest version. Open it and initiate a call. Once the call is in progress, tap the plus button and from the menu that opens, tap Start Recording.

Skype Recording Rules

When you start recording a call in Skype, whether it’s audio or video, everyone in the call is alerted that you’re doing so. When you finish the recording, everyone is sent a copy of it. The copy is removed after 30 days.

The recording will include all video, shared screens, and complete audio.

Legal Concerns

Before you use this feature, make sure you know what the law in your area says about recording calls. While Skype does notify everyone that they are being recording, the notification alone may not be enough for it to be legal. The recipients only consent to it by not exiting the call. Additionally, it may also be illegal to record calls regardless if everyone consents to it, and knows they are being recorded. If you’re making the recording for a legal purpose, make sure the circumstances in which you record it allow for it be of use to you later on.

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