How to disable JavaScript in Chrome

A common hack to get around pop-ups that block websites e.g. sign-in or sign-up prompts is to disable JavaScript. The prompt appears because of it and if you disable it from running in your browser, it will no longer be able to block access to the website. While it’s easy to just tell someone to block JavaScript, it’s a little more complicated explaining how to do it. JavaScript is disabled on a per-tab basis and you have to do it each time you need to block a sign-in prompt or any other type of prompt. It’s not like a switch that you can toggle on or off. Here’s how you can disable JavaScript in Chrome.

Disable JavaScript in Chrome

Open Chrome and go to a new tab. Click the more options button at the top right (the one with three dots), and from the menu, select More Tools>Developer Tools. Alternatively, you can tap the F12 key or the Ctrl+Shift+I key to open Developer Tools in Chrome.

Once the Developer Tools, or the developer console is open, click the more options button (again, three dots), and select the Run Command option or, just tap the Ctrl+Shift+P keyboard shortcut. This will activate the command input field.

In the field, enter Javascript. You will see a small list of commands that you can execute one of which will be ‘Debugger Disable JaveScript’. Use the arrow keys to select it, and tap Enter (try the neat screenshot tool while you’re at it).

JavaScript will be disabled in that tab. You will see a yellow exclamation mark on the ‘Sources’ tab to indicate that it is disabled. You can now visit the website that shows you obtrusive pop-ups and they will not load. Any other website that you navigate to in that tab will also have JavaScript disabled. Reloading the tab will not enable it. If you’d like to run JavaScript on the website, all you have to do is open it in a new tab.

You’re probably wondering if there is an easier, one-click method that can do this for you but there isn’t. Extensions aren’t normally allowed to change anything in the developer console, and for good reason. If they’re able to manipulate the developer console, it is possible they will inject something malicious in a webpage. It’s far too risky to allow it. You will have to disable JavaScript manually whenever you need to. It’s not hard once you learn the steps and run through them a few times. For the most part, you can rely on keyboard shortcuts.

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How to download videos posted to Reddit

Reddit posts can be text-based, links, photos, and of course videos. Most videos that are shared on Reddit are shared from a different service e.g. YouTube, Streamable, LiveLeak, or something similar. In some cases though, videos are uploaded to Reddit directly. It makes it a little harder to share them without the link to the original post which is easily available but may not be everyone’s favorite way to share it. In that case, you can download videos posted to Reddit, and share them so long as you’re not plagiarizing anything and giving due credit. Here’s how.

Download videos from Reddit

Much like there are web apps that let you download videos from Twitter, there are also apps that do the same for Reddit. You can take your pick but we recommend Reddit video downloader. The web app is free but if you want desktop apps, you will have to donate something. You can get both Windows and Mac apps for $10.

Visit Reddit Video Downloader and paste the link to the Reddit post you want to download a video from. Click the orange arrow button and the video will load in the web app.

You can play the video if you want, or click the Download button. This will open the video in a new tab. Right-click it and select the save as option in the context menu. The video saves in the MP4 format.

This is a web app and technically, it should work on a mobile device as well but on iOS, there doesn’t seem to be any way to get a save as option in Safari or in Chrome. If you’d like to download a video posted to Reddit on your mobile phone, use this app but when you get to the Download button, you will see a ‘Copy video URL’ button there as well. Click that to copy the video’s URL and then open VLC player on your phone.

Go to the Network tab and tap the ‘Downloads’ option. Paste the URL and tap on Download. The file will download and you can use a file manager on your phone to access it. On Android, you can go to the Storage option in the Settings app to explore files on your device. On iOS, open the Files app and go to the VLC folder.

The video will be there and you can open/play it in any app you want. It will still be in MP4 format which media players generally support. You can also play it in VLC player if you want.

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How to view and save the console log in a browser

When you interact with a website, there’s a lot going on behind the UI that you see. For everything that you click on, the website communicates with a server to show you the information that you want. When a website doesn’t respond the way it should, you need to examine what went wrong and one of the things you’ll look at is the messages/requests that were sent and received. You can do this through a web console that is a feature on some browsers. Specifically, you can do this in Chrome and all other Chromium-based browsers like Edge or Opera. The process will be the same so we’re going to show you how to do it in Chrome.

View and save console log

Open the browser and navigate to the website you’d like to view all sent/received requests for. Use the website until it throws an error or it reacts in a way it shouldn’t e.g. you click on ‘Sign in’ and it takes you to its home page.

Tap the F12 key, or tap the Ctrl+Shift+I keyboard shortcut, or go to the browser’s settings menu and look for Developer Tools. In Chrome, you have to click the more options button and go to More tools>Developer Tools.

The tools will open at the bottom, or the side, splitting the current tab. The developer tools have lots of little tabs. Look for the Console tab and select it.

The log will already be populated with every request that was sent between the website and the server it communicates with. You just have to save it all. Right-click inside the console, and select the ‘Save as’ option. A save file dialog box will open. Select where you want to save the file, and you’re done.

The file will have the LOG file extension but it is a text file so you can view it with Notepad, or any other text editor of your choice. If you’re experiencing trouble on a website, this file can help troubleshoot it. In the event the problem is specific to a browser, e.g., a website fails to respond in Firefox but works fine in Chrome, you’re going to need a different way to get the log. A lot of people use a paid tool called Charles Proxy. It’s been around a while and has become the go-to tool for viewing network traffic. You can look for a free alternative; there’s Fiddler that is free. These tools tend to be a little complicated to set up which is why browser consoles are so much better.

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How to automatically forward emails from a specific address in Gmail

You can add forwarding to an email account where every email that is sent to a particular account is automatically sent to a different one. This applies to all emails however if you want to automatically forward messages from a specific address, but not all of them, Gmail has a built-in tool for the job.

Forward emails from a specific address

Open Gmail and go to a message from the email/sender you want to forward all messages from. Click the more options button (the three dots), and select the ‘Filter messages like these’. In the panel that opens, click the ‘Create Filter’ button.

On the next panel, enable the ‘Forward it to’ option and click ‘add forwarding address’. You will be taken to the settings tab where you can enter an email to forward messages to. Enter one and then access the inbox of the email address you just entered. You will get an email asking to confirm it as a forwarding address. Go ahead and confirm the address and add the filter all over again. This time, the email that you entered and set up as a forwarding address will be listed in the dropdown. Select it, and create the filter.

Any time you want to turn off forwarding for the email address, you’re going to have to go to your Gmail settings. Click the gear icon on the Gmail page and select Settings from the menu. Select the Filters and Blocked addresses tab and remove the filter for the email address.

As for forwarding, when it works it allows the message to arrive in your inbox and you can read it from there. At the same time, the same message is also sent to the address you set up for forwarding. You can read it on either one. If you’d like to disable alerts for messages from that particular email in Gmail, you can add a filter to it that will automatically archive it for you.

This feature seems basic but you’ll find it’s absent even on the best, most powerful desktop email clients. Outlook for one doesn’t seem to have a simple way to forward messages from a particular email address. As for the web interface of other email services, they have a lot of catching up to do even if they don’t add an address-specific forwarding feature.

Remember that if you cannot access the inbox of an email address, and confirm the request to forward emails to it, you cannot set forwarding up. You will have to use a different email address.

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How to mute an email address in Gmail

Gmail has a feature that lets you mute an email thread or conversation. This allows you to disable notifications for emails that you’re a recipient of but that have nothing to do with you. The messages still arrive in your inbox and you can go read them whenever you want. This mute feature only works for an email thread. If you want to mute an email address so that you no longer get alerts when you get an email from it, but you don’t want to mark it as spam or block it, you’re going to have to get creative with filters and maybe also use a label.

Mute an email address

Open Gmail and open a message from the sender you want to mute emails from. Click the more options (three dots) button and from the menu, select the ‘Filter messages like this’ option.

In the options panel that opens, click the ‘Create Filter’ button.

The options panel will change to show you what the filter can do. To mute emails from the email address, you need to select the ‘Skip the Inbox (Archive it)’ option. This will automatically archive the message and you won’t get alerts for it. The message will not be marked as a read message though so if you want it to also be marked as read, select the ‘Mark as read’ option.

Finally, you need to be proactive about any future scenarios where you might need to go back and read these messages. To make it simple to find them all, sort them to a folder. Select the ‘Apply the label’ option and open the dropdown next to it. Select an existing label, or create a new one. It’s up to you. You can enable other options in this panel if you want but these three are sufficient for what we’re trying to do. Click ‘Create filter’ and you will no longer be bothered with emails from that particular address.

You should practice a little caution when you use filters like this. They are best applied to emails that send automated messages but you can use them on any type of sender/email address.

If at any time you want to remove the filter, you need to click the cogwheel button on Gmail’s web interface and select Settings from the menu. Go to the ‘Filters and blocked addresses’ tab and delete the filter that targets the email you want to get new message alerts for.

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