How to get battery full alerts in Chrome

Battery charge alerts are pretty useful for monitoring the health of your battery. In cases where you’re dealing with an if-fy battery, or you need to check if your battery is charging too quickly, it helps to know when the battery has reached a full charge. You can use various apps and scripts to get battery full alerts but if you use Chrome, an extension called Battreminder can send those alerts as well.

The advantage of using a browser extension is that it doesn’t matter which OS you’re using. The extension uses your OS’ native notifications system. If you use a Chromebook, chances are high that this will work with it as well.

Battery full alerts

Install Battreminder from the Chrome Web Store. It adds an icon next to the URL bar that will tell you what the current battery percentage is.

Once your battery is fully charged, you will get an alert telling you your battery is full.

The extension doesn’t pester you with notifications. You will get one alert, and it’s up to you to unplug your laptop, or let it remain connected to a power supply. The extension also cannot be programmed to give you alerts when your battery reaches certain charge levels. It’s a one-trick pony though, if you’re using a Chromebook, you will like what it can do.

Needless to say this extension only works so long as you have the Chrome browser open. If you want it to continue working after you’ve closed Chrome, you can enable background apps to run in Chrome. To do so, open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. Select Settings from the menu that opens. On the Settings screen, scroll to the bottom and expand the Advanced settings.

Under Advanced Settings, scroll down to the System section and enable the “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” option. After you’ve enabled this option, you will continue to get full battery alerts via Chrome even if the browser isn’t running. You will also see Chrome as a running process in whichever task manager you use on your desktop. Additionally, Chrome will show a system tray icon to indicate that it’s running in the background. The browser will obviously consume system resources but the impact will be far less than if you had the browser open with multiple tabs, and other extensions actively working.

We don’t advise that you use this extension to gauge whether or not your battery is healthy. It is a battery monitoring tool and nothing more.

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How to schedule messages on Slack

Slack is one the best messaging apps targeting work places. Most people know it as the fun messaging app where you can send GIFs but it’s actually really great at finding and retrieving links and images that have been shared over various channels. There’s also the fact that it’s highly customizeable with the right Slack app. If you need to schedule messages on Slack, you can do so with a free app called Timy.

Schedule messages on Slack

Timy can schedule messages up to twenty-four hours in advance, but not more. Obviously, it’s limited by how far ahead a message can be scheduled. Additionally, the app will actually schedule and send a message that you compose when you schedule it. It does not act as a reminder service to send a particular message.

Add Timy to your workspace on Slack. It’s free so feel free to take it for a test run even if you’re skeptical about it meeting your needs.

Once you’ve added Timy to your workspace, you need to understand how it works. Like most Slack apps, it works via simple commands. You can schedule messages to be sent at a particular time, or after a certain amount of time e.g., after two hours.

Syntax

/send [your message] at Time

or

/send [your message] in time period

Example

/send this is a test message at 12:15am
/send this is a test message in 1h

Enter the schedule message command, and the message in the channel you want to send it on. For example, if you have a lunch channel that you want to send a message to minutes before or after lunch, you should use Timy in that channel.

Cancel scheduled message

You may change your mind about sending a message after you’ve scheduled it. To view all messages that are currently scheduled, enter the following command;

/list all

This will list only messages that have not yet been delivered. If a message hasn’t already been delivered, you will be able to cancel it.  You can execute this command in any channel and you will be able to see all your scheduled messages, and cancel them. The list will not tell you who a scheduled message is meant to be sent to.

You can include emoji in your messages and but you cannot use other commands in your message for example, if you have a Slack app that you can use to find GIFs, it won’t work. Timy works only for text based messages. You will be able to send links but you won’t be able to send images or files.

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How To Remove LinkedIn Requests By Keyword In Chrome

LinkedIn is a social network that had potential. There still isn’t anything quite like it and it’s basically an untapped niche that Microsoft is trying to run into the ground. On average, users can expect to get lots of irrelevant network requests including ones that are spam. There’s also no shortage of sales pitches being sent to your inbox. Leave Me Alone is a Chrome extension that was built to deal with LinkedIn spam. It allows you to remove LinkedIn requests and contacts by keyword.

Remove LinkedIn Requests

Install Leave Me Alone – LinkedIn connections cleaner from the Chrome web store and click the extension’s icon next to the URL bar. From the menu that opens, click the little cog wheel button at the top right.

This will take you to the list of keywords the extension uses to filter and remove connections and requests. Anyone who uses these words in their profile will be removed however, you have the option to exclude some of the words and even add your own.

Once you’ve customized the keywords to suit your network and industry, click the extension’s icon and select either the Clean your LinkedIn Invitations or Clean your LinkedIn Connections option.

When you click either of these options, you’re taken to the request or connections manager on LinkedIn. Once you’re on the respective page for the item you want to clean up, click the extension’s icon again and click the Leave me alone button to begin the purge.

We should warn you that you ought to be careful which keywords you use to remove connections and requests. Some keywords are common within certain industries and while you may be using them to remove spam connections, they may also be in use by real, useful connections which you may lose.

Leave Me Alone is a useful tool however, that doesn’t mean you can use it without being careful on your own part. The extension is only going to match words to profiles and requests, and remove them. It can’t tell which of your connections are spam and which are useful. It’s up to you to provide the right keywords, and to not take risks with keywords that might result in useful connections being removed.

The extension is open source and under active development so perhaps it will add additional features such as filtering requests by date, or by number of connections, or how many connections you have in common.

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How To Fix Downloading The Attachment Is Disabled In Gmail

Gmail isn’t just great at preventing spam from making it into your inbox, it’s also pretty good at keeping you safe from harmful attachments. You probably know that you cannot send EXE files or scripts over Gmail. If you receive any such file over Gmail, you will see the error message ‘Downloading the attachment is disabled’. This is of course to prevent your system from being infected however, sometimes that attachment is safe and you do need to download it. Here’s how you can do just that.

Desktop Email Client

In order to download an email attachment that has been blocked by Gmail, you need to have a desktop email client installed on your system. This isn’t going to be a problem since all major operating systems have a default email client. Windows 10 has Mail, macOS has Mail, and most Linux distributions have Thunderbird. Your desktop email client must be configured i.e., you must have an email account duly added to it.

Download Disabled Email Attachment

Open Gmail in your browser and open the message with the blocked attachment. Click the more options button next to the reply button and from the menu, select Show Original.

This will open the email in a new tab/window. Click the Download Original button, and make sure you change the file extension that the message is saved in from TXT to EML.

Once the message has been saved, double click to open it. It should open with your desktop email client. If it doesn’t, drag and drop the message onto the email client, or look for the Open file option in your client.

Right-click the attachment and select either the Open, or Save option. You ought to be able to download the file, and extract it if you need to.

If you often receive files that Gmail blocks, consider using a different method for sharing them. You can always use cloud storage services that allow these types of files. There is no way to turn the blocking feature off in Gmail so you either need to come up with a different method for sharing the files, or you need to stop using the Gmail web interface and move to  a desktop client that you can connect your Gmail account to.

We must caution you of course to never download an attachment that Gmail has blocked unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. Even after downloading it, it’s a good idea to let your anti-virus take a look at it before you access it.

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How To Disable Switch To Tab Suggestions In Chrome

Chrome 69 came with quite a few changes. It’s rare for a single new version of the browser to have this many changes. Normally, Google spaces them out. In Chrome 69, the UI is different and you will notice that the Omnibar now offers you a ‘Switch to tab’ option when you search or enter a domain that you already have open in a different tab. You still have the option to open the domain in the current tab but if you find this new addition unnecessary, you can disable Switch to tab suggestions in Chrome.

Disable Switch To Tab

To disable switch to tab suggestions in Chrome, open a new tab and paste the following in the Omnibar.

chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

This should automatically take you to the Omnibox tab switch suggestions flag. Open the dropdown next to it and select the Disabled option. Relaunch Chrome and the Switch to tab suggestions ought to be gone.

This feature is meant to help you manage tabs, and open fewer ones if possible. Often, you might open a domain in a tab, and try and open it again in another one after a while. This happens most often when you have too many tabs open across multiple windows and you’re trying to access a domain that you use often.

The Switch to tab feature has existed in the form of third-party extensions for a long time. Users have found it to be useful so it makes sense for Chrome to add it. You aren’t forced to switch to the tab. If you click anywhere other than the Switch to tab button, you can still open the webpage in the current tab.

This feature works with domains and not specific URLs. If you, for example, have Reddit open in a tab, and you attempt to open it again in a different window, you won’t get the Switch to tab option. If however, you’re trying to access a subreddit in a different window when you already have it open in another, the Switch to tab option will show up. Perhaps it’s a bug, or perhaps Google meant for it to work this way. Either way, if you find it useful, you can continue to use it. If you think it’s unnecessary and you don’t want the Omnibar to change how it works, you can disable Switch to tab suggestions and not be bothered with it. Let’s hope Chrome doesn’t retire this flag.

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