How to hide Quick Access from File Explorer on Windows 10

Quick Access is a virtual location on your PC that builds up over time to show you folders you’ve been accessing a lot. You can pin your more frequently accessed folders to Quick Access. Much like you would bookmark a website in your web browser, pinning an item to Quick Access is like bookmarking a location in File Explorer. While the feature is useful, it may not be for everyone. If you’d like to hide Quick Access from File Explorer, you can do so with a simple registry edit.

Hide Quick Access from File Explorer

We’re going to edit the registry via Command Prompt which means you don’t have to use the registry editor. We have instructions for doing it from the registry editor as well.

Open Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following command.

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Once you run the command, you need to restart File Explorer. You can do this from the Task Manager. Select Windows Explorer and click the Restart button.

To get Quick Access back, run the following command in an elevated Command Prompt window. Once again, you will need to restart File Explorer to apply the change.

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /v HubMode /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

If you’d like to make this change via the registry editor, you have to first open it. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. Enter ‘regedit’ and tap the Enter key.

In the registry editor, go to the following key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Right-click the Explorer key and select New>DWORD (32-bit) value from the context menu. Name this value HubMode. Double-click it and in the value data box, enter 1. Restart File Explorer and Quick Access will be hidden. To unhide it, change the value of the HubMode value to 0.

Remember that you’re only hiding Quick Access, you aren’t disabling it. It still exists as a feature on Windows 10 and when you unhide it, any and all folders that you pinned to it will still be there. Quick Access is one of two locations that File Explorer can open to by default but it tends to show folders based on your use. This means that it’s always going to change. If that’s what bothers you, you can pin the folders you access often, and explicitly blacklist folders you don’t want Quick Access to show you. The blacklist feature isn’t very well documented but it’s a simple way to keep certain folders out of Quick Access.

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How to fix ‘Sorry, we could not sign you in to Google – IMAP’ in Outlook for Office 365

Outlook can be configured for a Gmail account. In fact, it’s come a long way in making the set up process much easier. On Windows 10, the Outlook version that comes with Office 365 only asks that you sign in with your Gmail account. You no longer have to be bothered with selecting the port, or entering a server address like before.While the set up process is simple, it still involves communicating with Google’s servers and sometimes, the connection fails to establish. If you’re trying to sign into your Gmail account in Outlook but keep getting the ‘Sorry, we could not sign you into Google – IMAP’ error, there’s a setting in Outlook you have to change.

Fix ‘Sorry, we could not sign you in to Google – IMAP’

Open Outlook and dismiss the sign-in window that you get. It tends to keep popping up so dismiss it each time it does until it stops appearing. Go to File>Office Account, select Account Settings and click the Manage Settings button under your account.

You’re going to see a whole bunch of settings here, some of which will be greyed out/inactive. They appear to be settings related to data that is shared with Outlook but one of them is responsible for the error you’re seeing. Look for a setting called ‘Connected experiences’ or ‘All connected experiences’. Enable it, and click OK. You will have to restart Outlook.

When you launch Outlook, you will again get the sign-in prompt. Go ahead and enter your Gmail email and password and this time Outlook will be able to log you in without any problems.

Outlook is an advanced email client that’s been around for years. It used to be complicated to set it up, so much so that you might actually have someone from IT come and do it for you. The set up process has since been simplified but in doing so, Microsoft has not removed any features. They just look different and as such, cause different sorts of problems if a setting isn’t configured correctly. There’s also the fact that for some time, Outlook and Gmail did not play nice with each other. Signing into Gmail from Outlook was often blocked because Gmail didn’t treat Outlook as a secure app.

Outlook has fixed most of the problems it had with setting up an email account but smaller errors like this will pop up now and then. Fixing them isn’t that hard if you know what you’re looking for.

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How to download YouTube videos on iOS

Downloading YouTube videos on iOS is harder than you think it would be. It’s easy on a desktop OS but there aren’t any reliable apps that do the job and web apps don’t work that well on iOS. Thankfully, there are Shortcuts that make it easier. You have to find one that works well enough to take the pain out of the whole process and we recommend Just Another YouTube Downloader. It can download YouTube videos as videos, or just the audio. The videos can be saved to the Photos app/camera roll, and the audio files are saved to the Files app.

Download YouTube videos

Download the Just Another YouTube Downloader shortcut. It’s not available in the Shortcuts gallery which means it’s from an untrusted source. You will have to allow shortcuts from untrusted sources from the Settings app.

Once the shortcut has been installed, you need to open a YouTube video. You can do this from the YouTube app or in any browser on your device. Tap the share button and then tap ‘More’ from the action sheet. Select JAYD.

You will be redirected to the shortcut and asked to pick how you want to download the video i.e., as a video or an audio file. It gets a little slow here; the shortcut will now download the video. The ‘Network’ step will show you the download progress. Once the file has downloaded, you will be able to preview it i.e., play the video or the audio file. Tap the share button on the preview screen and save it. If it’s a video, the share options will have an option to save it to the camera roll, and an audio file will have an option to save it to the Files app.

If you’re looking for a way to move the audio file to the Music app, you’re out of luck. There’s no way to add music or audio files to the Music app unless you use iTunes or Finder.

This shortcut requires that you’re running iOS 13 so while older versions of iOS have the Shortcuts app, this shortcut won’t work on them. That’s not a lot of devices since the iPhone 6S and later can all be updated to iOS 13.

The shortcut works but it can be a bit unreliable with downloading videos as audio files. If you run the shortcut and it takes you back to the YouTube app or your browser, you’re going to have to run it again. The download only happens when the Shortcut app is in focus.

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How to block ads via DNS on Linux

It has long been possible to block advertisements in Firefox on Linux, as well as other web browsers. However, blocking ads directly in the web browser leaves you still having to deal with ads in other apps that have them but do not have any add-on or plug-in support for disabling them.

If you’re tired of apps like Skype and others displaying annoying advertisements, it is possible to get rid of them by blocking ads through the DNS system in Linux. Here’s how it works.

What is DNS?

DNS stands for “Domain Name System.” It is the internet’s phonebook and keeps records of every website’s IP address. In modern web browsers, domain names translate to IPs, which are looked up through DNS.

As DNS is the primary way internet users find IP addresses, it can be used as a filtering system by disallowing access to IP addresses in DNS that are known to serve advertisements.

How to block ads via DNS in Linux

There are quite a few public DNS services that promise to filter out advertisements on all of your devices. However, in this guide, we will be focusing on  Adguard. Why? It’s a free product and is known to work on Linux quite well. They specifically mention Ubuntu and take the Linux platform seriously.

Note: dislike using the Adguard DNS advertisement filtering service? If you’re savvy with the Raspberry Pi and networking, consider setting up Pi-Hole. It’s an application that anyone can install on the Raspberry Pi to turn it into their own private advertisement DNS filtering system, much like Adguard.

Gnome Shell

Find the network icon on the panel and click on it. Keep in mind that if you are using Ethernet, the icon will be a wired one. On Wi-Fi, it will be a Wi-Fi logo.

Upon clicking on the network icon in the Gnome Shell panel, you will reveal an options menu. In this options menu, click the arrow next to “Wired Connection” or “Wireless Connection.”

After clicking on “Wired Connection” or “Wireless Connection” in the menu, click “Wired Settings” or “Wireless Settings” with the mouse to launch Gnome’s network configuration tool. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Inside of the Gnome Network settings, locate the “Wired” or “Wireless” area of the window. Then, click on the gear icon next to it.

Step 2: Upon clicking the gear icon, you will see a new window appear. This window is your default connection profile.

Note: Once again, If you are using an Ethernet connection, the window will say “Wired,” and if you are using Wi-Fi, the window will say “Wireless.”

Step 3: Locate the IPv4 tab, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 4: Find the “DNS” section and locate the “Automatic” slider. Then, click the slider to the off position to disable automatic DNS.

Step 5: Click on the text box with the mouse. Then, enter the following IP addresses in the box.

176.103.130.130, 176.103.130.131

Click the “Apply” button to save the changes to IPv4, and reboot your PC. When you log back in, you will be using Adguard adblocking DNS.

KDE Plasma 5

Locate the network icon in the panel and click on it with the mouse. From there, find the gear icon, and select it to access the KDE Plasma 5 network settings. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Select your primary connection on the left-hand side of the app. If you use an Ethernet connection, you will see “Wired connect.” Wi-Fi users will see their connection under “Wi-Fi”.

Step 2: After selecting your primary network connection, locate the IPv4 tab, and click on it with the mouse. The IPv4 area in KDE Plasma 5 is where users can change DNS settings.

Step 3: Find “Method” in the IPv4 area and change it to “Automatic (Only addresses)”.

Step 4: Locate the “DNS Servers” area and click on the menu next to it with the mouse.

Step 5: When you click on the menu next to the “DNS Servers” area, a pop-up window will appear. In this menu, write out the first Adguard IP address into the text box, and click the “Add” button.

176.103.130.130

Step 6: After adding the first DNS IP address, write out the second Adguard IP address into the text box, and click the “Add” button.

176.103.130.131

Step 7: Click the “Apply” button with the mouse to apply the changes and close the window.

Once your DNS settings are changed to Adguard, reboot. When you log back in, you’ll be blocking ads over DNS!

Mate/XFCE4/Etc

To block advertisements over DNS on Mate, XFCE4, and other desktop environments that use the “nm-applet” tool to manage network connections, start by clicking on the network icon to reveal your network menu. Then, select the “Edit connections” option and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1:  Find the default network connection used on your Linux PC, and select it with the mouse.

Step 2: Click on the gear icon at the bottom-left to edit the connection.

Step 3: When you’ve selected the gear icon, it will open up a settings window for the connection you selected. In this settings window, locate the “IPv4 Settings” tab, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 4: Locate the “Additional DNS servers” box, and select it with the mouse. Then, add in the Adguard DNS servers below.

176.103.130.130

176.103.130.131

When all DNS servers are added, click on the “Save” button to save the changes. Then, restart your Linux PC. When the PC finishes restarting, your Mate or XFCE4 PC will be blocking ads via DNS!

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Fun Ways That The Average Person Can Use Custom QR Codes Every Day

Wondering how to use QR codes? It’s simple! You can use a custom QR code to store an unlimited amount of data, photos, and videos in one place and share it with a unique audience. See our favorite ways to use QR codes for your pet’s ID tag, your own luggage tags, custom business cards, your job resume & cover letter, and house-for-sale flyers, and more!