How to disable Messages from Firefox on the new tab page

Firefox has a data syncing feature much like Chrome’s syncing feature. Unlike Chrome’s syncing feature, Firefox requires that you create a special account for it. You cannot just use the Gmail account or any other account to sync your Firefox data across devices. Not a lot of people use Firefox sync so it seems reasonable that Mozilla would advertise the feature and its many other services. That’s exactly what it’s doing on the new tab page by showing you ‘Messages from Firefox’. Here’s how you can disable them.

Disable Messages from Firefox

Open Firefox and you’ll see a message at the bottom of the new tab page. Each new tab will have a message though it may be different on each tab.

To get rid of it, click the more options button at the top right, and select Options from the menu. On the Options page, select the ‘Home’ tab from the column on the left. Scroll down to the ‘Snippets’ section, and uncheck the ‘Updates from Mozilla and Firefox’ option. That’s all you need to do.

When you open a new tab page, the message will be gone from the bottom.

This is not the first time that Firefox has tried to use the new tab page to advertise a service. The only difference is, this time it’s advertising its own service. You will see messages promoting Firefox sync, add-ons, and maybe even its VPN service.

Before, Firefox was displaying ads for a cloud service that it did not own. The ads were said to be experimental at the time and users were unhappy about it because it was basically an ad on the new tab page. At the time, Firefox said it was an experiment but it seems this experiment was not benched. It’s still active but the ads are now simple messages that promote Firefox’s own services thereby falling into a sort of grey area for ads.

Objectively, this is no different than other browsers advertising themselves. Every time you visit the Microsoft website from a browser that isn’t Edge, you will see a banner at the top encouraging you to use Edge. Browsers still compete for market share. For many, the ‘browser wars’ may have ended with Chrome coming out on top but browser technology continues to evolve. Chrome has turned into a RAM hog, and Edge is now built on Chromium. A lot has changed and it is possible that a browser that’s better than Chrome unseats it at some point, hence the aggressive advertising.

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How to send emails as attachments in Gmail

Gmail is rolling out a new feature for G Suite users; the ability to send multiple emails as attachments in an email. This new feature will not roll out to ordinary Gmail users but the new feature is actually just an improved, more convenient way to send multiple emails as attachments. User have long been able to do this, regardless if they’re G Suite users or Gmail users. If you’re looking to send emails as attachments in Gmail, here’s what you need to do.

Send emails as attachments in Gmail

To attach an email in another email, you need to first download it. This is something that you can easily do from inside Gmail. Open the email that you want to attach. Click the more options button (three dots), and from the menu, select ‘Download message’.

A file will download to your local drive with the same name as the email subject and the EML file extension. It will include everything in the email, including all attachments. If you want to preview it before you send it, you can open it in Mail on Windows 10, and the Mail app on macOS, or any other desktop email client that you have.

Download all the emails that you want to attach to your message. Open a new compose message window, click the attachment icon, and select the EML files like you would any other file from your local disk. Click Send after you’ve composed your message, or schedule when you want to send the email.

When your recipient receives the message, the images in it may be blocked as a safety measure but unblocking them is as simple as clicking an option to do so. The message will look exactly the way it did when it arrived in your inbox, timestamps and all.

The new feature that’s being added in G Suite makes it so that users do not have to download an email first. It allows them to select the emails that they want to attach and attach them from the more options menu. The new feature is basically a more convenient way to attach emails. The functionality has been there for ages. It’s possible the feature might inspire someone to develop an extension to do the job for ordinary Gmail users.

You should know that the EML file that you download from Gmail can also be attached to emails sent from other email services and even from desktop email clients. EML is an email file format and most, if not all, email apps support it.

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How to import bookmarks from a text file to a browser

Browsers have their own built-in tools for importing and exporting bookmarks. Often, you can import bookmarks directly from a browser without needing to export them first. The browsers tend to play nice with each other but if you happen to have a long list of links in a simple text file, you’ll find no browser can read it.

Here’s a ridiculously simple but slightly time-consuming way to import bookmarks from a text file to a browser.

Import bookmarks from a text file

Browsers cannot import bookmarks from a text file but, they can import them from an HTML file and we’re going to create one from the text file we have on hand. It is a very simple process and you don’t need anything other than Chrome and an extension called Export Tabs.

This is going to be tedious but it works. Open the text file and open every single link in it in Chrome. Install the Export Tabs extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once the links are all open, click the extension’s icon and select ‘Download HTML’.

Save the HTML file and it will have each link, with its title formatted and ready to be imported in any browser that supports importing from HTML.

Open the browser you want to import the links as bookmarks to. Go to its bookmarks manager. In Firefox e.g., you have to tap Ctrl+Shift+B to open it. Click the Import button, and select the HTML file import option.

Select the HTML file that the Export Tabs extension created and they will all be imported. The title for each link will accompany each ‘bookmark’ but the favicons will not follow until you open each link in the browser you imported them to. This is because the HTML file that was created didn’t include them.

This method isn’t ideal since you’re not really importing directly from the text file but it works and requires the least amount of effort. Opening the links is most of the grunt work that you’ll be doing.

If you have a lot of links in a single text file, and opening them all at once will bring your system or Chrome to a standstill, you can open them in batches and create a separate HTML file for each batch. Each HTML file will have to be imported but the import will add the links on top of the previous ones, and will not remove the ones that have already been added.

As you can imagine, the bookmarks will be sorted to the default folder that the browser sets.

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How to disable Twitter infinite scroll in the browser

Twitter, like many social media services, has a timeline or feed. This feed loads older content by default the more you scroll down. You basically have a never-ending feed much like Facebook and Reddit. It makes it hard to actually stop browsing Twitter since there’s always something else to read. On the Twitter iOS and Android apps, the feed also reloads when there’s new content making it harder to put your phone away. You can disable the auto-refresh on the Twitter iOS and Android apps. On your desktop browser, you can use an extension/add-on to disable Twitter’s infinite scroll behavior.

Disable Twitter infinite scroll

In order to disable Twitter’s infinite scroll, you need to install an extension/add-on called Twitter Infinite Scroll Disabler which has about as descriptive a name as you can ask for. It’s available for both Chrome, and for Firefox.

Install it and when you reach the end of however many tweets have loaded so far in your timeline, you will see a ‘Show more’ option. Click it, and more tweets will load.

Twitter for web doesn’t automatically load new tweets. You still have to tap the the comma key to load new tweets. Twitter Infinite Scroll Disabler is quite restrictive when it comes to not showing tweets. It doesn’t stop at the tweets that may have already loaded. Instead, it draws the line at the visible tweets. This means that if you scroll further down, any tweets that did not fit inside the browser window will be hidden until you click ‘Show More’. In some cases, it will show more tweets e.g., when the tweets appear to have media attached and tend to take up more space on the screen.

Twitter Infinite Scroll Disabler is newly developed so as yet, it doesn’t have any options to change how many tweets are loaded by default. There’s also no keyboard shortcut support just yet for loading older tweets. It also doesn’t have a toggle option to enable/disable it on the fly which might be useful. Twitter is a social media platform but it’s not always a waste of time. Often it’s a good place to follow a trending topic which is why an on/off toggle can be useful.

Twitter Infinite Scroll Disabler is available for Chrome which means if you’re running the new Edge based on Chromium, you ought to be able to install the extension in it as well. The extension is not available for Safari on macOS.

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How to enable alerts for a sender in Gmail

Gmail does not send notifications for all emails that you get. If you’ve enabled tabbed inboxes in Gmail, you only get alerts for a message that arrives in the Primary inbox. This is normally really useful because it means you won’t get emails for social interactions i.e., every time someone mentions you on Twitter or likes a post on Facebook. You can generally turn off alerts for these inboxes. If you happen to have an email that keeps getting sorted to a different tab, you have two options. You can enable notifications for that tab and thus invite lots of useless alerts or, you can enable alerts for a sender by using a filter. We recommend the second option.

Enable alerts for Primary inbox

Before you start, make sure you have email alerts enabled for the Primary inbox. On your desktop, visit Gmail in your browser. Click the cogwheel button under your profile photo, and select Settings. On the Settings page, select the General tab and make sure you’ve enabled alerts for the Primary or default inbox.

On your smartphone, open the Gmail app and go to your account settings. You can do this by tapping the hamburger icon at the top. Scroll to the bottom of the navigation drawer. Select your account, and under General settings, tap Notifications. Make sure you’ve allowed notifications for emails that arrive in the Primary inbox.

Now that the alerts are set up, it’s time to create a filter for the sender. Open a message that you have received from the sender. Click the more options button and select ‘Filter messages like this’. Do not change anything in the dropdown that opens. It will add the sender’s email as the filtering criteria which is all you need. Click the ‘Create Filter’ button.

On the dropdown that opens, enable the ‘Categorize as: Primary’ option. If ‘Primary’ is not set in the dropdown, open it and select Primary. Click Create Filter.

From this point forward, all emails from that sender will be sent to the Primary inbox and since we’ve already enabled alerts for emails that arrive in the Primary inbox, the alerts will automatically be sent.

In theory, you can also train Gmail to just sort an email to the Primary inbox. To do this, you will have to open several different emails received from the sender and mark them as important. This should do the trick but since Gmail will apply an algorithm that looks at things other than the email, you may still end up missing alerts for certain messages. If that’s a risk you cannot take, we recommend using filters that are fail-safe.

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