How to mass delete Facebook posts

Not every Facebook post should live past a few hours. You can always go back and delete something that you’re not too proud of but if you have one too many posts that you need to delete, there’s a faster way to mass delete Facebook posts.

Delete Facebook posts

Open your web browser on your desktop and sign into Facebook. Go to your profile and just below the cover picture and your profile tabs, you will see a ‘Manage Posts’ button. Click it and select the posts you want to delete. You can select up to  50 posts in one go.

Select the ones you want to delete however, you cannot delete a photo that is currently set as your profile picture so if you select it, the delete option will not be available. Once you’ve selected the posts you want to remove, or you’ve reached the fifty post limit, click the Next button on the bar at the bottom.

A menu will pop up with options to hide posts, remove tags, and delete posts. Select the Delete option, and click Done to delete the posts.

You cannot recover a post once it’s been deleted so be careful what you remove. If it’s a photo, and it’s important to you, make sure you have it backed up somewhere first.

You can of course hide posts if you’re not sure about deleting them. The option is there on the same menu and you can hide posts in bulk so remember that you have that option.

You can also mass delete Facebook posts from the Facebook apps. Open the app, and tap the hamburger tab. At the top, tap your profile. Scroll down until you find the Manage Posts option. It should be below your friends list. Tap it and select the posts you want to delete. The app doesn’t tell you that you can only select fifty posts at a time but it’s safe to assume the same rules apply on your phone. Once you’ve selected the posts you want to delete, tap the Delete button at the bottom.

Like the desktop website, you can also hide the posts or remove tags from them in bulk. Again, nothing that you delete can be recovered so if you’re deleting photos, back them up if they’re important to you.

Both the mobile apps and the desktop website have filters that you can use to narrow down the posts and select them more easily.

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How to use Chrome picture in picture mode

Picture in picture mode is useful and Chrome’s just added it. You can now play most videos in a floating player outside of Chrome. This is a feature that was added in Chrome 70 so if you haven’t updated your browser just yet, this is a good reason to. Here’s how you can use Chrome picture in picture mode.

Chrome picture in picture mode

The Chrome picture in picture mode works most reliably on YouTube but it ought to, on principal, work on other websites as well. It didn’t seem to work on Facebook but there’s a solution for that.

Open a YouTube video and right-click on the player. This will open the video’s context menu which is not what you need. Right-click a second time on the video player and you will see  a different menu altogether. Select the Picture in picture option.

This will open the video in a floating player that you can drag to any corner of your screen. You should not close the original tab that you opened the video from. You will notice that the tab shows you the video is playing in Picture in Picture mode.

Now if this isn’t working on some websites, you can fix it with an extension called Picture-in-Picture. Install it from the Chrome web store. Open the website that picture in picture won’t work on. Play the video, and then click the extension’s icon next to the URL bar. This ought to play the video in picture in picture mode though, since you used the extension to enable it, the video will continue to play in the original tab. That means you will have two versions of the video playing and you will need to manually pause it in the tab.

This is a pretty impressive new feature. Safari has had it for a while but Safari, as a browser, works only on macOS whereas Chrome is available for both macOS and Windows.

If you don’t see the Picture in picture option in the context menu, you might want to resize the Chrome window so that it isn’t maximized. That ought to do the trick. The video will be pinned to the top of your desktop which means it will also obscure any apps that you’re using. You can pause the video from the floating video player. You can also resize the floating player to a considerably large size.

If you like Chrome’s picture in picture mode, you should check out Compact View which lets you use Windows 10’s mini view for almost any video player.

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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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