How to increase text size in Chrome without zoom

Chrome has a zoom feature which can zoom in on an entire website. The feature works for entire domains which means once you zoom in on a website, all other pages you access will also be zoomed in. The problem with this feature is that it doesn’t always work well. Often, you end up with overlapping elements. Images, ads, headings, and iFrames don’t play nice with the feature. If you use zoom just to get larger text, you should know you can easily increase text size in Chrome without Zoom.

Increase text size in Chrome

In order to increase text size in Chrome, you need to install an extension called Advanced Font Settings. This extension has not been developed by Google however, Chrome does recommend that you use it under the Appearance settings. Install Advanced Font Settings, right-click its icon next to the URL bar, and select ‘Options’ from the menu.

The extension’s options not only let you change the font size but also change the font that is used. You have three different font sizes to customize; the proportional font size, the size of fixed width fonts (whenever used by a website), and the minimum font size. Change it to whatever you want and then click the Apply button at the bottom.

The font size will update for all websites including the Chrome settings pages. It doesn’t change the font size for the tabs which is a shame.

This trick might still lead to text overlapping, especially if you select a particularly large font size however, other elements won’t overlap each other. As you can imagine, images, ads, buttons, iframes, etc., are more of a problem when they overlap then text.

You can set the zoom to zero and the font will still be larger.

On its own Chrome lets you choose the size of font with far more restrictions. You can make it small, very small, large, or very large. The default is set to Medium and is also the recommended font size.

You can try the default options first but they may still result in overlapping text. This is an unfortunate side-effect of changing the font size. Websites are built with a wide range pf displays and their resolutions in mind. They’re meant to display correctly even if you have a low or high resolution however, it does reach its limit. When that limit is crossed i.e., when the font size is set abnormally high, text overlaps.

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How to reduce Chrome RAM usage

Chrome used to be the best browser in the market. The reason its market share quickly grew and that of Internet Explorer shrank was because Chrome was light, it was fast, and it had a clean interface. Today, only that last bit holds true. The browser has become something of a RAM sponge and people consider switching to Firefox which has improved a great deal over the years. The only problem is, Chrome is a difficult browser to quit. If you’re unable to force yourself to use a different browser but would like to reduce Chrome RAM usage, you’re going to have to use an extension called Tab Suspender.

Reduce Chrome RAM usage

If you leave Chrome open with just one or two tabs, it will still end up consuming quite a bit of RAM. The tabs may not even have anything open that requires more RAM but the browser will still consume too much of it.

The screenshot below is for a Chrome instance with only two tabs open, one of which is a Chrome Web Store page. Though it’s not consuming the outrageous amount of RAM most people get, it’s still a bit too much for what is open in Chrome.

To ‘fix’ this, you need to install an extension called Tab Suspender. This extension basically suspends a tab that isn’t actively being used.

Install Tab Suspender. When you install it, it will take your through basic configuration which allows you to set the criteria for suspending tabs. It can suspend them after a period of inactivity which you decide when the extension is set up. It can also suspend them if it deems that you’re not using a tab any more though you have to opt-in for this type of suspension.

Last, you can also suspend a tab any time you want from the extension’s button next to the URL bar.

Tab suspension basically unloads a tab. For the most part, this is a good way to save on RAM. The tab is reloaded automatically when you visit it so you’re not losing the URL you had open. There is one shortcoming with this. If a tab is suspended, and it happens to contain unsaved e.g., an unsaved document or email draft, it is possible that the data will be lost.

If you’re working with Google Docs or Gmail, your data is saved automatically but not all services auto-save. In this case, you can whitelist the tab so that it isn’t suspended.

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How to automatically delete Google account data

Google is rather omnipresent; it owns the most popular search engine, it owns the most popular web browser (Chrome), it owns the most popular email service (Gmail), it owns the most popular video sharing website (YouTube), and then there’s Google Maps. Between these services, Google has a lot of your data; where you go, what you search for, what you watch, and who you talk to. It keeps all your data until you delete it but as of a recent change, you can automatically delete Google account data after 3 or 18 months. Here’s how.

Automatically delete Google account data

This feature is available for both Google and G Suite accounts.

Visit this link in your preferred browser. Sign in to your Google account if you aren’t already signed in. This will take you to the Activity Controls page. Click the Manage Activity option.

On the next screen, look for and click Web & App activity. Under it, you will see that your web and app activity is being tracked and by default it is set to save until you delete it yourself. Under this option, you will see a new one called “Choose to delete automatically”. Click it.

You will see a pop up that gives you two options for automatically deleting your data. The options are for deleting data after 18 months, and after 3 months. Those are the only two options there are. Select one to automatically delete Google data.

It seems Google would like to keep your data for at least 3 months. The data is needed to suggest content, among other things. You do have the option to delete it manually and if you want, you can do it everyday. It’s tedious to say the least but if you don’t want any of the data to stay with Google too long, this is your only option.

You can do this in your browser, or from the Google app on your Android. Go to the Settings screen and look under Privacy. For some reason, this same feature isn’t available on the Google for iOS app. It will likely roll out to the app but it will take quite a while.

If you don’t see this option under your Google Web & App activity section, give it a few days, or weeks. Google announced this feature on May 1, 2019 and some users were able to use it right away. For others, the feature is still rolling out.

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How to fix add-ons disabled in Firefox

A bug has affected add-ons in Firefox causing them to be disabled. The problem is being caused by security certificate expiring. This certificate is used to sign quite a few add-ons and since it has expired, the add-ons are being disabled. There are two fixes for the add-ons disabled in Firefox problem. A hotfix by Mozilla, and one that other Firefox users are suggesting. Both work, so take your pick.

Fix add-ons disabled in Firefox

Do not uninstall the add-ons or your browser. Doing so will not fix the problem and may cause you to lose data saved by the add-on. There is no fix available yet for Firefox Android from Mozilla though you can try the alternative fix for the mobile version of the browser.

Mozilla Hotfix

The hotfix is being applied by Mozilla but you will need to make one small change to your Firefox settings. Open Firefox and click the hamburger button at the top right. Select Options from the context menu. Select Privacy & Security from the tabs on the left. Scroll down to the Firefox Data Collection and Use section.

Under this section, you will find an option called ‘Allow Firefox to run and install studies’. According to Firefox, it can take up to 6 ours for the fix to be applied.

To check if it has been applied, type about:studies in the URL bar and tap enter. Look for a study named hotfix-reset-xpi-verification-timestampe-1548973 . If it is listed there, the fix is working.

Disable signature enforcement

This alternative fix is basically to disable signature enforcement. Open Firefox and paste the following in the URL bar.

about:config

Accept the warning and then use the search bar to look for the following preference;

xpinstall.signatures.required

Double-click to set its value to False. Restart Firefox to be safe.

Caution

This fix comes with a risk. You should change it back the second Firefox resolves the problem and in the meantime, you should not install any new add-ons. Signature enforcement is important to make sure the add-ons you are installing are from a trusted source and have been verified by Firefox.

Temporarily load add-ons

This fix is a bit complicated to apply. Click the hamburger icon and select Help from the menu. Go to Troubleshooting information. Scroll down to the Profile Folder field and copy its path to your clipboard.

Next, enter the following in the URL bar;

about:debugging

Click Load Temporary Add-on button and navigate to your profile folder. Inside the folder, you will see an Extensions folder. Select the XPI files in this folder. You will have to select and load them one by one. The XPI files are add-ons.

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How to unsubscribe to spam in Gmail

Gmail has always been good at detecting spam and making sure it never appears in your inbox. There are always exceptions. Gmail has an intelligent algorithm that identifies spam but spammers tend to wise up quickly and manage to fool it. It is an ever evolving process but Gmail manages to stay on top of it. If spam makes it your inbox, you can mark it as spam and Gmail will (eventually) stop it from appearing in your inbox. You can also unsubscribe to spam in Gmail if it’s coming from a service. Here’s how.

Unsubscribe to spam

Spam can come from a service. This often happens when your email has been used to sign you up for a service. A good service will always ask that you confirm an account but we’re talking about services that spam and they don’t tend to confirm much.

To unsubscribe to spam in Gmail, open your inbox and select a message from the service that has been spamming you. Click the spam button at the top and you will see a message asking if you want to unsubscribe to the service as well.

Click the Report spam & unsubscribe button and the message will be marked as spam, and you will be unsubscribed from receiving more messages from the same domain.

Remember that not every spam message originates from a service so the unsubscribe option may not appear for all of them.

This won’t remove the spam messages that are already in your inbox, at least not right away. It will only remove the one that you marked as spam. It will also prevent subsequent messages from making it to your inbox. You can choose to delete the other, older messages in bulk, or mark them as spam in bulk. To do that, select them all and click the spam button.

Spam, and spammers can be tricky. You may mark a message as spam but they have your email so the messages could come back from a different domain. That doesn’t mean the spam filter isn’t working. If nothing, Google is great at fighting spam. There’s a good chance that even with a different domain, the message won’t make it back to your inbox because Gmail will learn the language, and the message pattern that was used in the message.

It seems this feature isn’t available in the Gmail apps for iOS and Android, which is odd. The unsubscribe feature in Gmail is somewhat new but it should have been integrated into the iOS and Android apps by now.

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