How to disable the Downloads bar in Chrome

When you download files in Chrome, a bar appears at the bottom of the window. It shows the file that’s downloading and its download progress. You can close this bar by clicking the close button at the right corner. It won’t impact the download. The file will continue to download and you can open the Downloads page in Chrome (Ctrl+J) to view download progress. If the bar bothers you and you don’t want to close it each time you download a file, you can disable the Downloads bar in Chrome with an extension.

Disable the Downloads bar

In order to disable the Downloads bar in Chrome, you need to install the Always Clear Downloads extension. This extension can do two things; it can clear your Downloads list, and it can hide the Downloads bar. If you don’t want the Downloads list to be cleared, you should change its setting first.

To stop the extension from clearing downloads, uncheck the ‘Clear downloads every few seconds’ option. To hide the Downloads bar, enable the ‘Disable download shelf option’.

That’s really all you need to do. The next time you download a file, you will no longer see the downloads bar. The download will start normally, and you will still see the green progress indicator on the Chrome taskbar icon.

If you want the extension to also clear your downloads, you should enable the ‘Clear downloads every few seconds’ option and specify how often the downloads are cleared. By default, the extension clears downloads every ten seconds. This might be too often but you can change it. Unfortunately, you can only specify the time in seconds so if you want the downloads to clear after every 24 hours, you’re going to have to enter 86,400. To clear them weekly, the number gets bigger, 604800.

A while back, there was a more popular extension for hiding the downloads bar but it has since disappeared from the Chrome web store. The reason is likely that Chrome disabled the API the extension used to hide it. Chrome has undergone quite a design change and it’s likely that during the process, the old extension broke. This one works with the latest version of Chrome. There are others like it but they focus on clearing the Downloads list which, again, Chrome doesn’t let you do by default.

The good thing about this extension though is that it doesn’t force you to also clear downloads. You can use just one feature and leave the other unused.

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How to save clipboard image to file on Windows 10

Windows 10 added a new feature where, if you tap the Win+Printscreen keys, a screenshot is captured and saved to a folder called Screenshots in the Picture library. This is by far the easiest way to capture a full screen screenshot of practically anything. The PrintScreen key, when tapped on its own, also captures your screen but the image goes to your clipboard. It’s not saved as a file unless you paste it into an image editor. This is tedious so if you want a quicker way to save a clipboard image to a file on Windows 10, a free app called Paste InTo File will do the trick.

Clipboard image to file

Download and install Paste InTo File. When you install the app, it asks for permission to add itself to the context menu. Allow it to add itself to the context menu to make it easier to use. Once you’ve done that, it will ask where you want to save the file to when you save it from your clipboard.

This does point to a shortcoming of the app i.e., you can only save it to a certain directory. You can change the directory each time you paste a file from the context menu but it adds an extra step.

To save a clipboard image to a file, right-click anywhere and select the Paste into file option. In the window that opens, you can change where the file is saved, what file extension it’s saved with, and the file name it is saved with. If you don’t want to change anything, simply click the Save button and the image will be saved.

This app doesn’t just work with images copied to your clipboard after you’ve tapped the PrintScreen key. If you right-click an image in your browser or in a word processor, and copy it to your clipboard, you can use Paste into file to save it.

You should also know that as of Windows 10 1809, you can recall your clipboard history past the one item that’s currently saved to it. You of course have to enable clipboard history but once you’ve done that, you can use it with this app to recall and save to file any image that you copied to your clipboard.

This isn’t a simple one-click solution however, it is much easier than opening an app like Paint, pasting the file, and saving it. Paint’s save dialog for a new file is itself a bit tedious.

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How to change the keyboard shortcut in an AutoHotKey script

Any time you need to do something on your system with a keyboard shortcut, AutoHotKey is often the go to solution. That’s not to say AutoHotKey can do everything with just a few keystrokes. You do have to write a script and the app has its limitations but for what it can do, it works great. If you know how to write an AutoHotKey script, then setting a keyboard shortcut for it isn’t a problem. If you’re unfamiliar with writing these scripts and need to change the keyboard shortcut in an AutoHotKey script, it’s pretty easy to do.

Check out this script for managing brightness levels.

Keyboard shortcut in AHK script

The keyboard shortcut in an AHK script is declared at the very start. The line looks like this;

Space & t::

The bit before the two colons is the keyboard shortcut. The above shortcut uses the space bar and the ‘t’ key however it’s separated by the & key. This isn’t how all keyboard shortcuts are written though but all shortcuts end with the two colons.

Space bar

To use only the space bar as a keyboard shortcut, you have to enter;

Space

To use it in combination with a letter key, you need to enter;

Space & [letter]

Example

Space & t

Tab, Escape, Backspace, and Enter

For these four keys, the same rule as the space bar applies. To declare any of the four keys as a shortcut or part of a shortcut, simply enter its name;

Tab key: Tab

Escape key: Escape

Backspace key: Backspace

Enter key: Enter

To combine these keys with another key, use & to separate it.

Examples

Tab & t

Escape & e

Backspace & b

Enter & e

Ctrl key

There are two ways to use the Ctrl key. You can enter Control or you can use the symbol: ^. When you use Control to declare the shortcut, the syntax is a bit different for combining it with other keys.

Examples

Control & t

^t

If you want to differentiate between left and right control keys, you can use the following;

Left Control key: <^

Right Control key:^>

Alt key

To use the Alt key, you can use either Alt or !. The examples below will illustrate how to combine it with other keys.

Examples

Alt & t

!t

Shift key

The Shift key can be used in a shortcut by declaring it as Shift or using the + symbol. For the left shift key, use <+ and for the right shift key, use +>.

Examples

Shift & t

+t

You should know that AutoHotKey has extensive documentation available for shortcuts. Symbols for just about every key have been explained although the documentation lacks in examples.

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What are Office Intelligent Services and Should You Turn Them Off?

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Microsoft’s core Office 365 client apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—all contain a setting that lets you enable “Office Intelligent Services.” So, what are these, why are they turned on, and should you turn them off? Let’s find out.

If you have an Office 365 subscription then in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook there is a section in File > Options > General called “Office intelligent services.” (If you’ve just purchased Office as a stand-alone set of apps without an O365 subscription then this section won’t be available to you.)

"Enable Services" checkbox

The single checkbox, “Enable Services,” works across all of these apps, so it’s turned on or off for all apps; there’s no individual selection. Turning it on in any app will turn it on in every app, and likewise turning it off in any app will turn it off in every app.

What are Office Intelligent Services?

Put simply, Office Intelligent Services (OIS) are dynamic, cloud-based services that provide useful extra functions to make your work better. As an example, Microsoft offers a translation feature that will translate a section of text or a whole document. This is an OIS feature that is only available for O365 users who have the “Enable Services” checkbox switched on.

Other OIS features include a data visualization tool for Excel, a PowerPoint design helper, a “smart lookup” tool to help you find information about a subject, and the ability to dictate text rather than typing it. There are quite a few other services as well, and Microsoft regularly adds more.

Note: To use some of the other services, you need to keep another default value switched on, as well. In Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook, open File > Options > Trust Center and click “Trust Center Settings.”

go to File, Options, Trust Center and then click Trust Center Settings button

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Google is Going to Buy Fossil’s Smartwatch Tech for $40 Million

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Google is an ad company at heart but has been focusing on its hardware game more and more as of late. Today Fossil announced plans to sell its smartwatch tech to Google for a cool $40 million.

While details of the sale are still very light, the path is pretty clear: Google wants what Fossil has for to bolster Wear OS. Fossil has been one of the only companies to consistently release good Wear OS devices, with the latest being one of the few to currently use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 chipset that was specifically designed for Wear OS.

The sale is for more than just that, however, as Fossil apparently has some top secret smartwatch junk in development. That was likely enough to push Google over the edge and offer to buy the tech, and Fossil was happy to make a deal.

This could potentially lead to a long-rumored-but-never-seen Pixel Watch, which Wear OD lovers have been longing for since whispers of such a product first started trickling out. That’s no guarantee, of course, but it seems more likely than ever with the acquisition.

So what is to happen to Fossil’s smartwatch releases? That’s not totally clear, but the company says it will “continue to unlock growth in wearables” alongside Google, whatever that means. All in all, Google is not only getting Fossil’s secret tech, but a small group of its employees for that dollars. Hopefully, this will work out as well for the company as well as buying part of HTC has.

via Techcrunch