How To Take Back A Friend Request On Facebook

You can send a friend request to other people on Facebook. It is up to other person to accept it and sometimes, they just let friend requests sit. This means your request is still pending; it’s there and it’s not going to be accepted. In such cases, you have the option to take back a friend request. You might have decided that you’re tired of waiting for your ‘friend’ to accept the request, and you’d like to rescind the invitation.

Take Back A Friend Request

Visit Facebook on your desktop browser. Click the Friend request button at the top right, and in the menu that open, click ‘See all’ at the bottom. This will take you to a list of all your pending friend requests. There’s an option on this page called ‘View sent requests’. Click it.

You will see all the people you’ve sent a friend request to. Hover the mouse over the ‘Friend Request Sent’ button and a menu will open. In the menu, click the ‘Cancel Request’ option.

On the Facebook apps, and go to the hamburger tab i.e., the one with the three lines icon. Scroll down and tap Friends. The Friends screen has tabs of its own. Go to the Outgoing tab. The Outgoing tab will list all the people you’ve sent friend requests to. Tap the ‘undo’ button under a request to take it back.

The person you sent the friend request to won’t know you took it back unless they compulsively check their pending friend requests to see who’s on it, and they notice one request is gone. If you send them a request again, they will be notified of the new request which means they will be able to work out what happened with the original request if they remember that you sent it before.

We should warn you not to abuse the feature. It’s fine to want to take a friend request back if it’s been sitting too long but to use the feature to repeatedly remind someone they have a friend request from you isn’t a good idea and probably borders on crazy. It might even be illegal in some countries but that’s just a guess. If you keep revoking and re-sending a friend request, it’s possible the person you send the request to will report you to Facebook or Facebook will take notice and maybe ban your account.

On that same note, if you’re tired of getting friend requests from someone, just block them.

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How To Add Transparency And Reduce Opacity For An Image

When we say an image is transparent, it usually means that the white parts in the image are empty. If you were to add that image on top of another one, the image below it would be visible through the transparent areas. Image transparency isn’t just an attribute of an image’s background. It’s an attribute of the whole image. Parts of it may be completely transparent and parts of it may have reduced opacity. Here’s how you can add transparency and reduce opacity for an image.

If you’re familiar with apps like Photoshop and Gimp, or Paint.net, i.e., you know how to use them and understand how layers work, you can use any of them to add transparency to an image. If you need something simple, you can use an online app called Canva.

Reduce Opacity For An Image

Canva is a web app that helps users create images for book covers, banner ads, and profile headers, among other things.

Visit Canva and sign up for a free account. The main dashboard will give you a bunch of templates to choose from for your project but you don’t need any of them. Instead, look for and click on the Use Custom Dimensions button at the top right. In the box that opens, enter the width and height of the image you want to reduce the opacity for.

To get the width and height for an image, you can use an app like IrfanView, or you can right-click the image and select Properties from the context menu. In the Properties window, go to the Details tab to view the image’s dimensions.

Once you’ve created the new canvas, click the Uploads option in the column on the left. Select and upload the image you want to add transparency to.

Once the image has been uploaded, click the transparency button at the top right. It’s the one with a checkered box icon next to the link button. Use the slider to add transparency and make the image less opaque. Once you’re done, click the Download button. Save it as a PNG file.

The image you get will not be 100% opaque. What this means is that when you add it on top of another image, the image below it will be visible through it. This is the kind of image you need if you plan to use it as a watermark. The transparent image will be visible but any text and image in a document will still be legible.

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How To Access Twitter Bookmarks On Your Desktop

Twitter added a bookmarks feature to its apps a while back. The feature allows you to save a tweet to a dedicated section of the app. It’s better than retweeting it, or liking it. The bookmarks section can get cluttered too if you aren’t careful but it is better than going the retweet and/or favorite route. Unfortunately, this feature is restricted to the apps. Not only can you not bookmark tweets from the web version, you also can’t access them. Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple work around; Twitter mobile.

Access Twitter Bookmarks

Twitter bookmarks may not be part of the desktop version of the website but they have been integrated in the mobile web version. If you need to access Twitter bookmarks on your desktop, visit the mobile version of Twitter.

Sign in on the mobile version and click your profile picture at the top. A menu will open with a Bookmarks option. Click it to view all your bookmarked tweets. It goes without saying that if you need to bookmark a tweet from your desktop, this is the way to do it.

Scroll to the bottom of a tweet and click the Share button. A menu will open with an option to bookmark the tweet.

Twitter not adding this option to the desktop version of their website is ridiculous. The bookmark feature is useful; with so many tweets in a user’s timeline, and a fairly large number of retweets, quotes tweets, and liked tweets, keeping track of a few tweets or a good thread isn’t easy. The point isn’t just to give it a social boost but to be able to read it again when you need to.

Users might make do with messaging a tweet to someone but that gets other people involved and it’s hardly convenient to use. It wouldn’t take much to add this feature to the desktop version of the website. Considering how Twitter is changing the way third-party apps can use its API, effectively making some of the best ones obsolete, it should give users a better experience.

If you find this an inconvenient way to access Twitter bookmarks on your desktop, you can always use the bookmarks feature in your browser. Browsers have a sync feature that allows you to sync your bookmarks between different desktops and even mobile devices. You can create a dedicated folder for the tweets you bookmark and prevent them from mixing with everything else you’ve bookmarked. This only works if you don’t use the Twitter app on your phone much, or at all.

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How To Control Video Playback Speed On Any Website In Chrome

You can speed up, or slow down video playback on YouTube. Video playback speed controls aren’t a standard feature on media players. Only the most feature-rich media players, like VLC player, let you control video playback speed. With the feature this rare on desktop media players, it’s bound to be uncommon on the web. Outside of YouTube, websites that let users upload, and watch videos don’t commonly have a speed control feature. If you use Chrome, theĀ Video Speed Controller – With Hotkeys extension can add video playback speed controls to any website.

Video Playback Speed

Download theĀ Video Speed Controller extension and visit a website that lets you play a video e.g., Facebook. The extension will add a speedometer icon next to the URL bar. Play a video and click the extension’s button. It has three different speeds; 0.5x Speed which will reduce the speed by half, 1.5x which will speed it up by half, and 2x which will play it back at twice the speed.

The extension also supports keyboard shortcuts that you can use to speed up, or slow down the video’s playback speed. The shortcuts all use the arrow keys on your keyboard and most keyboards have these keys. If you have a smaller keyboard, you might be missing these keys and there’s no option to edit/change them.

If your internet connection isn’t the most reliable, and you’re watching a video in HD or in any resolution that isn’t SD, playing it at a faster speed may result in choppy playback. This doesn’t have to do with the extension. The extension can only speed up video playback, it can’t make the video load faster. If the video is choppy when you play it, allow it buffer completely and then play it.

You can change the playback speed any time i.e., if you’re watching a video at 2x speed, you can return to the normal speed from the extension’s menu, or by using the Shift + Down Arrow key. The extension does not remember the playback speed for a domain. If you watch a video on Facebook at twice the speed, and watch a different one later it will play at its normal speed. Not even YouTube remembers playback speeds.

The extension is great if you watch videos on Facebook which can, at times, have long, unnecessary intros. Facebook isn’t home to the same type of videos as YouTube i.e. tutorials where you just want to get to the point but that doesn’t mean they’re worth watching from start to finish. A lot of them are just click bait.

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