How to disable hardware acceleration Chrome

Chrome, and browsers in general, are able to interact with and use other peripherals connected to your system. The mouse and keyboard are obvious examples but a browser can also access your mic, speakers, and webcam if you allow it to. Some browsers also support hardware acceleration which allows them to offload processing to specialized hardware e.g., if you’re doing something that’s graphics-intensive0, Chrome can use the GPU instead of being limited to the onboard graphics card.

A browser that is able to use hardware acceleration is able to run better and support more powerful web apps. That said, a browser’s primary purpose is to load websites, and sometimes, its ability to use hardware acceleration gets in the way of loading a website properly e.g., some users report getting a blank screen when playing YouTube videos in Chrome.

Disable hardware acceleration Chrome

Chrome has a built-in switch that allows users to disable hardware acceleration.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the more options (three dots) button at the top right.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Click ‘Advanced’ on the settings screen.
  5. Scroll down to the System section.
  6. Turn the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ switch off.
  7. Restart the browser.

Other Chromium-based browsers

Other Chromium-based browsers support hardware acceleration as well. Like Chrome, you can disable hardware acceleration in them.

  1. Open the settings page/panel for the browser.
  2. Go to Advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down to the System section.
  4. Look for, and turn off the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ switch.
  5. Restart the browser.

Disable hardware acceleration in other apps

Plenty of other apps support hardware acceleration. These are normally apps that may need to use additional processing power e.g. animation apps, video editors, powerful image editors, etc. Not all apps can or have support for hardware acceleration but those that do have support for it will also have an option to turn it off. Look in the app’s settings and you will find an option to turn it off.

Conclusion

Hardware acceleration allows apps to perform better. Think of games that, by default, will always utilize the GPU to render the game. With other apps, hardware acceleration allows them to make use of the GPU (or the sound card), whenever they need to. These apps do run into trouble though when they try to offload the processing. Sometimes, the app has a bug, sometimes the OS doesn’t play nice, and sometimes, just the offloading process is too much and the app may crash. If you have trouble getting it to work, you might be better off without it. The app may take longer to complete a task, but it will be able to do so without crashing.

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How to link to text on a web page in Chrome

Some web pages e.g., everything on Wikipedia, allow users to link directly to a heading in an entry. When a link like that is shared, the person opening it is taken to the section that was linked to. They do not have to scroll and find what it was you wanted to share. This is possible because the web pages are making use of HTML tags within the page. Not many websites do that and it only works with headings.

If you use Google Chrome, a new extension by Google allows you to link to a specific text bit on a page. No THML tags needed.

Link to text on a web page

To link to text on a web page, follow the steps below.

  1. Install the Link to Text Fragment extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Visit the web page you want to generate a link for.
  3. Select the text with your cursor, and then right-click the highlighted text.
  4. From the context menu, select ‘Copy link to selected text’.
  5. Share the link and when opened in a Chromium-based browser, it will scroll the page to the linked text. The linked text will be highlighted. 
  6. The browser that the link is opened in does not need to have the extension installed but it must be Chromium-based.

Limitations

The links don’t work in non-Chromium browsers e.g., Firefox and Safari. If the link is opened on a non-Chromium browser, it will simply open the webpage.

The extension also doesn’t work with HTML formatted text e.g., if a heading tag has been applied to a string of text, you won’t be able to generate a link to it. Likewise, the extension doesn’t work if you select text within a text editor and it won’t work in Google Docs because the right-click context menu will show document editing options and not the Chrome context menu options.

Conclusion

This extension modifies the link with a tag that can be read by Chromium-based browsers. It isn’t modifying the webpage but the link is definitely changing. At the end of each link, ‘#menu-header-menu-1:~:text=’ is added, followed by the text that you selected. If you select a particularly long text snipped, your link can get quite long. It’s a good idea to select smaller snippets of text. Usually, just the start of a snippet is enough because it will point users to the right paragraph, and line. The links can be shared online and they could be exceptionally useful when teaching/learning online.

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How to save an email message

Email is an online service; this means that an online server is responsible for sending/delivering messages, and that your messages reside on the server. When you read email, the message is downloaded to your email reader. The copy you get may be temporary, and it may only load when the message is accessed. It may also be an offline copy which means it will stay on your device unless you delete it but it can only be read via the app/client you’re using.

The concept can be a bit confusing but if you need to save an email message, there are a few methods that you can use.

Save email message

There are four different ways to save an email message. All these methods can be used for almost any type of email account provided you’re willing to use a different app for the job if/when needed.

Archiving: Archiving allows you to keep an email but still move it out of your main inbox. This feature is available on Gmail and Outlook though other services may have it as well. Most desktop email clients will have an archive feature. An archived email still lives on the service’s servers. In order to access an archived email, you must have access to your email account. All attachments and email headers are saved.

Save HTML: This works for any email that you can access in your browser. You’re basically saving the web view of the email. The attachments and email header information may not save with it. You can open the saved file in any browser.

Download offline: This method works within email clients like Outlook 365, Thunderbird, Mail etc. The email will be saved to your local disk but will only be accessible through the email client that it is saved in. You don’t need access to the email account since the file is already on your system.

Save as EML: An EML file is an email that has been exported, attachments and all. The file can easily be moved to other systems and read on them. You do not need access to your email account to read an EML file.

1. Archive an email

  1. Open the email you want to archive in your email client of choice, or in your browser.
  2. Look for an archive button and click it. The email will be archived. Depending on how your email service/client works, it may not be moved out of the inbox.

2. Save HTML

  1. Access your email message in your web browser.
  2. Open the message in its own individual window if the web service has the option to do s. Allow the email to load and if images are blocked in a message, load them first.
  3. Tap Ctrl+S in the browser window/tab the email is open in, and save the file.
  4. You can view the message any time by double-clicking the HTML file and opening it in the browser of your choice.

3. Download offline

This is basically a setting that’s applied to all incoming emails in an email client. The email client you use may or may not have this feature but most desktop email clients do.

  1. Open your email client, and go to its settings.
  2. Look for an option to save emails or keep them offline.
  3. For Outlook 365, you can go to File>Info>Account Settings>Account Settings.
  4. Select your email account on the email tab, and click Change.
  5. Use the ‘Keep email offline’ slider and set it to ‘All’.

4. Save as EML

An email can be saved in EML format from a desktop client, and from a web portal. For email that you view via a web portal e.g., Gmail, you need to figure out how to view the original message and not the HTML version that you normally see.

  1. Open the original message in your browser. In Gmail, you can click the more options button and select Show Original.
  2. On the original message view, look for and click the ‘Download Original’ option to save the email as EML.
  3. If your web-based email does not have an option to view or download the original message, configure the email on a desktop email client. On Windows 10, you can use Mail.
  4. Open the message in Mail and click the more options (three dots) button and select Save as.
  5. Select where you want to save the message and it will be saved as an EML file.

Conclusion

Saving email messages offline is easy to do and opening them is just as easy. In many cases, this is the simplest method you can use to attach an email to another email. If there’s an important email you think you’ll need later, saving it offline or to your local disk might be a good idea. If you’re saving email from a work email account, make sure you aren’t violating any workplace policies that bar you from doing so.

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Can’t Hear Anyone On Discord, Audio Not Working (FIXED)

Discord is a communication tool that has a large user-base in the gaming community. In fact, most people assume that it’s built specifically to cater to gamers. Its support for various servers makes people think that it is suited only for large communities that use it to connect with even larger audiences again making it perfect for gaming communities for popular titles like Fortnight. It can in fact be used for all sorts of communication needs, and not just for gaming.

Can’t Hear Anyone On Discord

Discord is a very capable communications app; it supports every communication tool that you can find on other popular apps like Skype and Microsoft Teams. It has channels like Slack to keep conversations organized by topic and it has audio and video calling.

Discord works with whichever audio output device is connected to your system. There is no special set-up needed to make calls with Discord. In fact, when you install the app, or open it, it can automatically detect the default hardware that’s set for audio output on your system, and switch to using it. That said, sometimes the hardware or the app can run into problems and you can’t hear people over a call.

Discord No Sound: Basic checks

Before you troubleshoot the audio device and settings on your system, it’s a good idea to check a few basic things and rule them out;

  1. If you’re using external speakers that are plugged into the headphone jack, make sure that they are turned on. Some speakers have an on/off switch while others do not.
  2. Check if you can hear other sounds; system sounds from your OS and audio alerts for new notifications/messages in Discord should all play through your speakers/headphones.
  3. Play audio in another app; try your browser, another communication app like Skype, or play a video in VLC player.
  4. Make sure the audio output device you want to use is being detected/used by the system. On Windows 10, you can click the speaker icon in the system tray to check and change the audio device from the dropdown.
  5. Restart the Discord app, and for good measure, restart the system as well.

If your system passes the above basic checks but you cannot hear people in Discord, try the fixes below.

1. Change default communication device

Discord is a communication app and on Windows 10, users can set an audio device as the default communication device to use for these types of apps.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Go to Hardware and Sound>Sound.
  3. Select the Playback tab.
  4. Right-click your headphones and select ‘Set as default communication device’.
  5. Restart the Discord app.

Note: Speakers generally cannot be set as the default communication device but if you’re using line-in speakers or external ones, you should still check if they can be set as the default communication device.

2. Use Legacy audio subsystem

The audio problem in Discord might have to do with an old, outdated, and possibly unsupported audio device. Fortunately, Discord has a setting that allows it to work well with old, outdated hardware.

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Go to the app’s settings.
  3. Select the Voice and Video tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Audio Subsystem dropdown.
  5. Select Legacy and relaunch the app when prompted to.

3. Check in-app volume

Discord has its own volume controls for both audio input and output. If the volume is set to zero in the app, you won’t be able to hear anything.

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Go to the app’s settings.
  3. Select the Voice and Video tab.
  4. Make sure the volume for the input and output device is not set to zero, or it’s not set too low.

4. Update and refresh Discord

It is possible that Discord is running into problems. It may be a fluke that can’t be fixed with a restart or it may be a bug with the app.

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Tap the Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut.
  3. The Discord app interface will go blank and reload. Check if the sound starts working.
  4. If the sound still isn’t working, close Discord and open it again. The app will check for and install updates when it next launches. Check if the sound is working now.

5. Change primary audio input/output device

The audio input/output device is set at the system level and is generally inherited by the app. If your sound troubles persist, try changing the primary audio input/out device.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the System group of settings.
  3. Select the Sound tab.
  4. Open the dropdown under the Output section, and select your headphones (or another audio device).
  5. Scroll down to the Input section and repeat the above.
  6. Restart Discord.
  7. Go to Discord’s settings.
  8. Select the Voice and video tab.
  9. Open the Input Device and Output Device dropdowns, and select the same audio device that you selected in the Settings app.
  10. Restart the app one more time.

6. Reinstall Discord

If the sound problem in Discord stems from a bug in the app, it is possible that the same bug is preventing it from updating. In that case, installing the app fresh is a good way to fix problems.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Select Discord, and click Uninstall.
  4. Once Discord has been uninstalled, download it again, and install the app.
  5. Sign in with your account, and try a voice or video call.

7. Try Discord Web

Discord has a very capable web app. Like its desktop version, the web app can also make audio and video calls. If the audio problems persist on the desktop version of the app, consider using the web app.

8. Troubleshoot system audio

It is possible that Windows 10 is unable to detect your headphones which is why Discord is unable to use them. If that’s the case, you need to move your troubleshooting to the system. We have a few fixes that you can try out if there is no sound from headphones on your Windows 10 system. Go through them all and fix your system’s audio problem. The problems in the Discord app should resolve themselves.

Conclusion

Discord is a stable app that’s been around for a few years now. It generally tends to run well with little to no problems. In fact, another really great thing about this app is that despite being feature-rich, it is easy to set up. Connecting to servers and initiating or receiving calls is as simple as it gets. If you’re consistently facing audio problems in Discord, the fixes listed above should be able to sort them out.

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How to delete posts on Facebook

Facebook allows users to post status updates, photos, videos, and links. Users have the option to limit the audience for a Facebook post and the audience can be set on a per-post or per-update basis. It gives users fine-grain control over who can see what.

Delete posts on Facebook

While it is incredibly easy to limit the audience of a post, you may still regret posting something to your profile. The good news is, you can delete anything and everything that you’ve ever posted to Facebook.

Facebook posts can be deleted from the web and from Facebook’s mobile apps. In both cases, a user can only delete posts that they have made, or something that has been posted to their profile. A user cannot delete a post that another user has made on their own profile.

Want to delete Facebook? Here’s how.

Delete posts on Facebook – Profile page

To delete a post on Facebook from your desktop browser follow these steps.

  1. Visit Facebook and login to your account.
  2. Go to your Profile by clicking your name/profile picture at the top right.
  3. On your profile page, look for the post you want to delete.
  4. Click the more options button at the top right of a post.
  5. Select Delete post from the menu.
  6. Confirm you want to delete the post.

Delete posts on Facebook – Activity log

If you want to delete posts on Facebook as well as remove reactions and comments, doing it from the Activity Manager will be quicker than doing it from your profile page.

  1. Visit Facebook in your browser and log in.
  2. Click the arrow at the top right, and select Settings and Privacy > Activity Log.
  3. On the bar on the left, look through your Facebook activity. Click the more options button (three dots) next to an activity, and select the remove/delete option.

Delete post on Facebook mobile – Profile tab

You do not need to be on a desktop system to delete posts on Facebook. If you have the Facebook app installed on your iPhone or Android phone, you can delete posts from it as well.

  1. Open the Facebook app and go to your profile tab.
  2. Go through the posts and tap the more options (three dots) button at the top right of a post.
  3. Select Delete from the menu.

Delete posts on Facebook mobile – Activity Manager

This is the only method that is available, at present, for deleting posts on Facebook in bulk.

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Go to the Menu tab (the one with three lines).
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section, and tap Activity Log.
  5. Tap Manage Activity at the top.
  6. Tap ‘Your Posts’ on the menu.
  7. Select all the posts you want to delete and tap Recycle Bin.

Conclusion

Deleting a Facebook post will remove all traces of it from your profile however, if someone has saved something e.g. a photo or video that you posted, you won’t be able to do anything about it. If a post that you made has been shared by others, deleting it will also delete the shared post.

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