How To Play Xbox Game Pass Games On Your PC

Being able to play Xbox Game Pass PC Games is one of the best features of Xbox’s subscription service, but figuring out how to actually do that can be a bit confusing. There are some extra steps you’ll need to take before you can get started.

Thankfully, the whole process will only take a few minutes if you follow this guide, so you should be ready to play the latest Xbox Game Pass games in no time.

Make sure you have signed up to the right Xbox Game Pass subscription first, you’ll need Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass PC to get access to games on your PC.

Guide To Playing Xbox Game Pass Games On PC

  • To get started, you must first download the Xbox beta app. You can do this by visiting the official Xbox website
  • When you’re there, click the download the app button. Run the downloaded file.
  • Click I have read and accept the Microsoft Software License Terms and then click Install. The installation process should take just a few minutes. Once the app has installed, click Let’s Go
  • After, click Take Me To The Games – you will see a brand new user interface exclusively used for Xbox Game Pass games. 
  • Before you get started, check the top right corner. You should see the account you have signed into here. If you’re on the wrong account, click here and click sign out – after, you’ll have an option to sign into the right account. Usually this will happen because Xbox will automatically assign you an Xbox account that links to your standard Microsoft account, which may be different to the one you’ve been using on the Xbox.
  • If you haven’t signed up to Xbox Game Pass yet, you should also see a promotional image in the banner carousel at the top of the app. You can click that to sign up. 
  • After that, you can click on any Xbox Game Pass game in the UI or search for specific games and click the tile for each game to play them. Note that you’ll need to download each game before you play them. You’ll find information like game file size and category when you click the game tile.

If you’d prefer to buy games instead of signing up for the Xbox Game Pass subscription simply click the Store button at the top of the Xbox Game Pass PC app. Here you’ll see all of the games available for purchase. 

You’ll notice the library is larger than the “free with Xbox Game Pass” library. However, icons will be shown when a game is also available in the Xbox Game Pass so that you don’t waste money on otherwise free Xbox Game Pass games if you do decide to subscribe.

How Do I Cancel My Xbox Game Pass Subscription?

If you decide you don’t want to use the Xbox Game Pass subscription anymore, you can cancel it quickly with the steps provided below. Remember that any previously installed Xbox Game Pass games will not work until you subscribe again.

  • Visit account.microsoft.com and click Sign In at the top right.
  • On the next page, click Manage under Xbox Game Pass in the Subscriptions tile.
  • Next, click Cancel. You will now have the option to cancel. See below for more information.

When you cancel, you will have two options to choose from. You can either

  • Cancel but keep the Game Pass for the remainder of your active subscription.
  • Cancel and get a partial refund based on the remaining time of your subscription. 

Once you have cancelled, you must resubscribe to get the benefits of the Xbox Game Pass again. If you have purchased any games directly from the store, you’ll still have access to those.

How Can I Play Xbox Game Pass Games Without Downloading Them?

Right now, Microsoft is building a live game streaming service called Project xCloud. With this, you’ll be able to sign up to Xbox Game Pass and stream games directly from the cloud. This means you can play right away, without downloading them.

However, right now Project xCloud is available for preview on a very limited basis. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here but note that you may not get accepted straight away, if at all. In the future, Project xCloud will be available to the public and you’ll be able to access all of its features by signing up to Xbox Game Pass or by purchasing games on the Xbox app.

What Games Are Available On Xbox Game Pass PC?

The list of Xbox Game Pass games is always growing, but right now it boasts over 100 titles from a range of reputable video game developers and publishers. 

We have a small list of some of the best titles below, but you can click the link to see even more games.

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
  • Dead By Daylight
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Dishonored 2
  • Gears 5 Ultimate Edition 
  • Blair Witch
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Metro Exodus
  • More than 100 More Games 

Xbox Game Pass PC will also be the home of all upcoming first party exclusives, such as the highly anticipated Halo Infinite.

Summary

Hopefully you now know how to use Xbox Game Pass on PC and perhaps you’ve learned a few other useful pieces of information along the way too.

Do you have any more questions or thoughts about Xbox Game Pass? Feel free to share them in the comments section.

What Font Is This? Tools To Identify a Font On a Page

Want to grab a font from an image or text? There are some surprisingly powerful tools available that can do all of the work for you. Once you know what font it is, you can then look online to download it and you’ll be able to use it with your usual word processing apps.

These tools aren’t always perfect at getting the exact font you’re looking for, but instead you’ll find a range of results that are very similar to the font you’ve scanned. Sometimes you can find the exact font too, but either way it’s much better than trying to search hopelessly online for a specific font name.

We’ll take a look at some font finder tools, then explain how you can install the fonts to your computer too.

The Best Font Finder Tools

Before we list the best font finder tools to discover the font, here is a quick tip for getting your font ready for scanning. 

If you want to scan font from a PDF, document or web page, take a screenshot of the page as opposed to copying and pasting the text itself. If it’s text in a photo, you can crop out most of the background so that you’re left with just the font.

Next, follow the steps mentioned below for either of these font finder tools we have included.

What The Font by Myfonts

Visit the link above, click and drag your photo into the box, and Myfonts will identify any text in the image. Then, simply click to drag around the text you’d like to scan. 

What The Font does a great job at finding text in an image, so in almost all cases you should see that the text is automatically highlighted. If not, you can use the drag tool to highlight the text manually. Once you do this, click the blue arrow to identify your font. 

Like mentioned earlier, the font may not always be recognized immediately, but you’ll get a range of options. In our testing, What The Font found the right font, but placed it second in the list. 

Many of the options here are very similar and you can enter your own text to see how the font will appear. We’ll explain later how you can find free variants of these fonts and also install it to your computer.

Font Matcherator by Fontspring

We found that What The Font was a more user friendly font scanner and worked accurately more often. For example, the darker images shown earlier could be detected by What The Font, but not by Fontspring. However, if What The Font isn’t working as intended, you can try Font Matcherator by Fontspring. 

Visit the link above and drag your image into the box on the Font Matcherator website. Click and drag to surround the text with the marked box. If text is found, you will see red boxes outlining the text. Once you’re happy with the results, click the green Matcherate it button.

The end result may not be as accurate as you’d hope, but you should still see fonts that look similar to the one you scanned.

How to Download Free Fonts Online

You’ve found a font you like and have the name, but don’t want to pay $20 to $100 for it? Thankfully there are alternatives. Many font creators will create free versions of their fonts and you can find them online. 

To do this, visit dafont then search for your font name in the search bar. 

Once you’ve found the font, click the download button. Pay attention to the usage rights. Usually, these fonts are available for free for personal use, but you must pay the author for commercial usage rights.

If you cannot find your font here, you can go back to What The Font or Font Matcherator to find the name of a similar font. It may take some time to search around for an available font, but it can be worth it if you’re only using it for personal use. 

If you need the font for commercial use, it’s best to purchase them off of websites like Myfonts or fonts.com. If you can’t find a font you like, you could always create your own font.

Once you’ve downloaded your font, it should be in a .zip file. Extract the .zip file with an archive tool and then browse to the location of the unzipped contents. Double click to run the .otf file and then click the install button. 

You will now find the font available in most apps. This will include Microsoft Word, Photoshop, and most other popular programs that have some sort of word processing and font selector. On Mac, double click to install the .ttf file and then click the Install Font button when prompted.

How to Add Fonts in Adobe Creative Cloud

You can find a variety of free fonts to install to your Adobe Creative Cloud apps with just a few clicks. 

First open Adobe Creative Cloud. Next, click the italic f icon in the top right and then click Browse All Fonts. A new page will open in your browser. Sign into your Adobe account if you haven’t already, and you’ll have access to a powerful font search engine.

Browse through the categories or search for a specific font name, font family, or font creator. Once you’ve found a font, double click it and you’ll find yourself on a new page where you can click to activate each font. Click the activate button and the font will be available in your Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

What Font Is This?

In this article, we taught you how to find fonts online by scanning a single image. You’ve also learned how to find the font names online to download, as well as how to install them on your Windows PC or Mac. 

Do you still have more questions? If you do, feel free to share them in the comments section.

How To Unzip & Open Files On Android

Not all PC files work on your Android smartphone or tablet, but there are some exceptions. For example, you can unzip any archive files. Most smartphones these days have built-in file managers with unzip tools but if they don’t, you can certainly find a file manager in the app store that can unzip files for you.

Let’s take a look at how to unzip files and open them when using your Android smartphone or tablet. 

How To Unzip Files On Android

For this guide, we will assume your Android smartphone doesn’t have a file manager with zipping capabilities. If you already have a file manager installed, you can try to repeat these steps with the pre-installed app.

  • First, visit the Google Play Store and download Files by Google
  • Once installed, open Files by Google. 
  • Give the app access to your storage when it asks for permissions. 
  • Next, tap the Browse button at the bottom of the app.
  • Locate the folder the zip file is saved in. If you downloaded it from the internet, it’s likely to be in the downloads folder. Find the zip file and tap the extract button. 
  • Once extracted, a pop-up menu will appear, telling you what files have been extracted. You can choose to delete the ZIP file here to save space on your smartphone. By default, the ZIP file will stay on your phone even though you’ve already extracted the files. 
  • After that, tap Finished.

How To Create Zip Files On Android

Creating Zip files is also possible on Android, so long as you download an app with the right functionality. 

Unfortunately most of the apps that offer this function aren’t exactly amongst the best Android apps available. Searching for zip apps is a minefield of intrusive ads, apps that crash or barely function, or apps that require unnecessary permissions to run, which strikes obvious privacy concerns.

Be careful when downloading these apps. For this guide, we recommend ZArchiver, which is ad-free, and only requests permissions to access files, as it should. ZArchiver doesn’t come without some bugs and issues, but it works most of the time.

  • Once you’ve installed ZArchiver, open the app. You’ll see a simple file navigator. Locate the folder that contains the files you’d like to zip.
  • Next, tap the three dots at the top and then select Create
  • After, select Create Archive
  • Choose the archive file type – go with .zip if you’re unsure – and then choose a name. 
  • Next, click OK. You can then tap to select multiple files for your zip folder. 
  • Once you’ve selected your files, tap the green tick at the bottom of the screen. If it was successful, you’ll see a message pop up saying archive successfully created and you’ll find the new archive file in the folder you created it in.

Why Should I Zip Files?

When you compress files into a .zip file, you are making it far easier to send and transfer multiple files at once. A single .zip file can include hundreds of other files and folders, which would be a nightmare to send individually.

On top of this, .zip files actually reduce the overall file size of your content. This means that you can store your files in compressed .zip files and save space on your storage. It becomes faster to send zipped files and it’s faster to download them because of the compression that takes place. Don’t worry, though – once a zip file is uncompressed, you’ll get all of your files in their original quality.

If you do transfer a lot of .zip files, make sure to delete the archives after uncompressing, because otherwise you’ll have both the .zip file contents and the original .zip, both of which will take up space on your storage.

The Best Zip and Unzip Apps for Android

We already suggested Zarchiver, but there are many alternative apps for compressing and decompressing files on Android. 

As mentioned earlier, many of these have intrusive ads or ask for unnecessary app permissions. We have picked out two of the most reasonable options available so that you can stay away from an otherwise frustrating experience with these types of apps.

RAR by RARLAB

RAR is an app published by RARLAB, the same company responsible for the most popular zip tool online – WinRAR. Unlike WinRAR, the RAR Android app isn’t freeware. Instead, you get ads that appear as you use the app and you can pay to remove them. It’s not a one-time payment, either. Instead, you must pay $0.99 per year.

Occasionally, RAR will freeze or force stop, usually when trying to call in ads. But when it works, the functionality and UI of RAR is very straightforward. Simply tap to select files, archives, or folders, then tap the archive or decompress buttons at the top. There is also a trash button for deleting files. 

RAR doesn’t request any unnecessary permissions. 

WinZip – Zip UnZip Tool By WinZip Computing

With WinZip, you will see ads at the bottom of the display, which can be removed with a single $1.49 purchase. This also gives you access to cloud backups via Google Drive, Dropbox and ZipShare.

For usage, simply long-press files and folders in the file browser, then tap the zip button at the bottom of the display. You can also create new folders to organize files, and unzipping is as easy as long pressing the archive and tapping unzip.

Overall, the functionality on WinZip is a little more advanced than RAR. You can quickly send .zip files via mail from within the app, and the folder creation in-app. The only frustrating issue is that WinZip will start you at the root directory of your phone each time you create a new archive, which means you’ll need to tap through multiple folders in some cases, to get back to your previous folder.

WinZip doesn’t request any unnecessary permissions, so you won’t need to worry about any major privacy concerns.

Summary

As you can see, unzipping and opening files on Android is very straightforward. So long as you download a reliable app, you shouldn’t run into any issues. 

We hope that this article has helped you to learn how to unzip files on Android. Do you have any questions about archiving apps on Android? Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and we will engage with you there.

How to Create Custom T-Shirts for Free To Buy or Sell

Did you know you can create custom t-shirts online with zero upfront cost and zero stock? Websites like Teespring, Redbubble, and Zazzle will let you create a free store page and they’ll print and ship your designs across the world for free.

They’ll take a cut of the profits, of course, but it beats investing in stock or manufacturing costs. It can also be a great way to customize your own clothing to wear yourself too. 

Whether you’re looking to start your own brand, sell merchandise, or create custom clothes to wear, this guide will take you through everything you need to know.

Teespring vs Redbubble vs Zazzle – Which is Better?

There are dozens of custom merchandise websites now, but we’ve picked out three titans that offer easy signups and creation – Teespring, Redbubble and Zazzle. We will compare prices, royalties, and merchandise creator tools between these three websites below.

Zazzle – Complex Designer, Low Profits

Zazzle is the best platform for making not just custom t-shirts, but all sorts of products. With Zazzle, you can choose to print your design on hundreds of products from shirts and hoodies to custom skateboards and playing cards. 

When it comes to making t-shirt designs, the tool on Zazzle can be quite complex. The system works similarly to Canva, a free online image creation tool. For us, we found the Zazzle creator page to work perfectly for creating something like posters or photo frames, but it felt like the t-shirt design feature was an afterthought. 

There is less help for ensuring everything lines up and no details about what the print quality will be like, which is a feature competitors do offer.

Royalties on Zazzle aren’t great. The base price for a basic custom t-shirt is $17.95 and you must add royalties on top of that. The recommended royalty rates are between 5% and 10%. With this, you’d make between $0.90 and $1.90 per t-shirt.

Redbubble – Simple Designer, Low Profits

Redbubble also has a larger selection of products, and it’s very straightforward to use. Create an account, and add a banner and information about your store from your profile page. From there, you can upload images and they will be directly added to any products you choose. 

This has some issues, because you have to create the design outside of the website and upload it directly. You can’t add multiple images at once. When you add images they’ll be shown on a preview of your custom t-shirt or product. Some may prefer this approach, but being able to add elements and adjust them on the design before finishing is a lot easier.

Pricing on Redbubble changes, but at the time of writing we found t-shirt prices start at £12.70 ($16.48). You can add your own margins on top of that – a 10% margin would make the retail price of the cheapest t-shirt option to be £13.76 ($17.86) and you’d make £1.06 ($1.38). Very similar to Zazzle’s offering.

Teespring – Simple Designer, Reasonable Profits

Teespring has a designer that’s similar to Zazzle’s, but more straightforward. Simply upload images and add text. As you do so, the images and text will show on the t-shirt. You can click to move, rotate, and resize all elements. 

What we like over Zazzle’s designer is the quality checker. If you add images that are too low quality, Teespring will tell you. You can also quickly see if images are in line with each other.

For more complex custom t-shirt designs, Teespring will provide you the print template so you can line everything up perfectly.

Teespring deals with pricing a little differently. Instead of adding royalties on top of a base price, you can choose the retail price of your shirt and Teespring will calculate your profits. If you priced a T-shirt at $17.95, you would make $7.38 per t-shirt – far better than Redbubble and Zazzle.

With a lower base price on Teespring, you could buy your own custom t-shirt designs for cheaper, or make more profit with each sale.

How To Create Your Own Custom T-Shirts On Teespring

With more profits and a better designer built specifically for creating custom t-shirts, we’ve picked out Teespring for this guide. Below, we’ll explain how you can set up your own store and creating your own custom t-shirts to sell or buy for yourself.

  • To get started, first visit Teespring and click Start Designing in the top left. 
  • Go through the account creation process. 
  • Next, click Create & Sell and click Continue.
  • You’ll need to choose a store name – this will be your own custom URL for where you can list your custom products. 
  • Next, we’d suggest that you go back to the Teespring homepage. From here, click Start Designing again. 
  • Choose the product category and product you’d like to add your design to. For this guide, we’ll select Unisex/Men’s T-Shirts and then Classic Tee
  • Next, choose Buy if you’d like to buy the design for yourself, or Sell if you’d like to list it in your own store to sell later.

It’s now time to start creating your custom t-shirt design. We would highly recommend using image editing software to create your own designs and text in a font you like. Save each image as 300 DPI PNG files with transparent backgrounds. If you can’t afford Photoshop, try a free image editing alternative

Alternatively, look for free clipart online to use in your designs. You can find more guidance on this from Teespring here.

It’s best that you create separate images for each element or logo – for example, one image for a logo and one for text. Next, click add image on the Teespring creator page. On the right, you’ll now see the image on your t-shirt. Click and hold to drag the image to a new location. 

Each image you add will have separate controls for rotation, positioning, resizing and deletion. 

You will also have on-screen prompts to tell you the size of an element so that you can ensure duplicate elements are the same size, and on-screen prompts will tell you if the print quality will be good enough. If Teespring says that the image will be poor print quality, recreate the image with a higher resolution.

Once you’ve finished the design, choose the available colors and pricing on the left side. You cannot edit this later without contacting support so make sure you choose the colors you like. We advise not choosing t-shirt colors that are too similar to your design colors.

Next, click continue and add a description and URL for your custom t-shirt. Make sure to select the right visibility settings and choose to add it to the store you created earlier. Finally, click Publish listing and you’ll be able to find your t-shirt in your store.

If you make your own design to buy, you’ll skip over these last few steps and will have the option to buy it directly instead.

15 Google Search Features You May Not Know About

Google is the search tool that powers the internet, or at least a big portion of it. But over the years it has become more than just a search tool. Google is now filled with free features that you can make use of every day. 

Once you get started with our list of the best Google search features, you’ll soon realize that the scope of Google is almost endless. We’ve picked out some of the best features, but Google is constantly adding more features like this, without really ever announcing it.

Either way, these Google search features are undoubtedly going to add some convenience to your life or at least bring a bit of fun to you.

Check The Weather

Simply type weather into a Google search and you’ll get an 8-day weather report of your current location. You can see the expected temperatures, precipitation, weather patterns, humidity, and wind. 

If you have a trip planned, you can also search weather location to find the weather report for your destination. For example, a search term for ‘weather Los Angeles’ will return results for weather in LA.

You cannot search for weather results for more than 7 days, but you can type a specific month to find the average weather expectancy for that month. For example, ‘weather Los Angeles December’ will show you the average temperature and days of rainfall for December in past years.

Roll a Dice 

Type Roll Dice into Google and press search to get an advanced dice rolling tool. You are given the tools to add as many dice to your roll as possible, as well as 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 20 sided dice. You can also add a value directly to your dice roll and when you press the roll button you’ll see the overall value immediately.

Calculate Arithmetic

Google Search also backs up as a calculator. Type your calculation directly into the search bar to get a quick confirmation. In many browsers, the results will be shown directly in the search bar so you won’t even need to press search.

If you want a more advanced calculator, search for calculator in Google and a tool with more features will appear. You can use functions and even create graphs with this calculator.

Convert any Units of Measurement

Need to know how many centimeters are in an inch? Or what about the conversion for pounds and kilograms? Or maybe you want to know exactly how many ml is in a cup of water. Simply type your unit and amount, followed by ‘in converted value’. For example, 1 cup in ml will return a result for how many milliliters are in one US cup.

This Google search feature works for any units used for temperature, area, length, volume, time, fuel consumption, speed, mass, and digital storage.

Pick Colors and Translate Color Codes

Whether you’re looking for the hex code for a specific color, or want to be able to convert hex into RGB, HMYK, HSV, or HSL, simply search for color picker in Google and a color picker tool will appear.

You can click and drag on the picker to choose a color, or type any color code you have and all codes will be updated automatically for you to copy.

Create a Metronome at Any Beat

Google will let you create a metronome at any beat you select. All you must do is search Google for metronome, select your beats per minute, and then press play.

Quick Meditation

Need to take a moment to breathe and destress? Type breathing exercise into Google and click search. You’ll be given a 1 minute breathing exercise to follow.

Click play and the on-screen prompts will tell you when to breathe in and when to breathe out. Perhaps not as in-depth as meditation apps, but it’ll be enough to help you take a quick breather.

Search Royalty Free and Creative Commons Images

If you want to find images you can use and edit for your own commercial use, go to Google Images and make a search for an image. Next, click Tools and then click Usage Rights. Select an option that suits you and Google will return relevant results with the right licenses.

Play Games

You can now find games to play directly within Google search results. The easiest way to get this feature to work is to search play snake. An in-search game of snake will be available for you to play immediately. 

However, you can also click the drop-down arrow underneath Snake to find other games such as PAC-MAN, Tic Tac Toe, Solitaire, and Minesweeper. Of course, you can always use Google to search for other online games too.

Quickly Work Out Waiter Tips

If you’re in a panic to calculate a tip for your waiter, search tip calculator on Google and a calculator will return. You can enter your bill total and then enter the percentage you’d like to tip.

If you want to split the tip between a group, you can also add more people and the calculator will tell you the amount needed per person.

Convert Currency and Track Rates

You can convert any currency value by typing your current value in your current currency, followed by another currency. For example 10 USD GBP will return a calculation for the current conversion for 10 US Dollars to Great British Pounds. Please note that this information is based on Morningstar and does not reflect the rates your bank may offer.

You can also see history up to 5 years for any two currencies, and even search for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Start a Timer

Search for start timer and you’ll be given a Google search feature that can create a timer or a stopwatch. With the timer, you can set your own time and a sound will play once the timer hits zero.

Find the Time of Sunset or Sunrise in Your Area

Want to find the time that the sun rises or sets in your area? Simply search for sunset time or sunrise time. You can also search for specific locations. For example, sunset time Singapore will tell you the expected time of sunset in Singapore. 

Find Movies, Shows, and Songs Like your Favorites

Want to find a movie, TV show, or song like your favorites? Simply type songs/shows/movies like batman into Google and you’ll get relevant results. Replace Batman with whatever song, show, or movie you like.

Find Travel and Distance Information

Want to know how to get from point A to point B? Type location A to location B and Google will tell you the best way to get there, how to get there, and how long it will take. Google uses a variety of factors including public transport information and Google maps data to create a detailed travel path.

If you’re using this Google search feature for mere curiosity, try this – distance between location A and Location B and Google will tell you how many miles or kilometers are between two points of the Earth.