Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

When you send a handwritten message in the Messages app on your iPhone, it’s added to the recent list of messages so you can use it again. However, if you don’t want certain messages stored in the list, or don’t want to see them at all, there is a way to delete them.

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If you’ve accidentally turned on Caps Lock too many times–we’ve all been there–here is a solution. You can add an indicator to the top panel that shows the status of the Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock keys, that notifys you when one of them is pressed.

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We live in a very high-tech world. We walk around with our heads bowed down to our phones tapping away on the screens. But have we lost the art of handwriting? Not completely. iOS 10 has taken one more step towards incorporating handwriting into our daily communications.

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You can use either PC Settings or the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer size and color, and we’ll show you both ways. The PC Settings method can be used in Windows 10 and 8, and the Control Panel method can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

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In the earlier days of the Apple Watch, when you needed to enter text, you had to either use a canned response, an emoji, a doodle, or speak your message aloud and hope the watch would transcribe it correctly. However, that has changed with watchOS 3.

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By default, the numbers on numbered lists are left-aligned in the space allotted for the numbering. However, aligning them to the center or the right (pictured on the right above) is easy, and we’ll show you how.

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If you spend any time in the Terminal at all, you probably use the mkdir command to create a directory, and then the cd command to change to that directory right after. However, there is a way to do both of those actions with one command.

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Changing the type of numbers used in a numbered list is easy, but what if you want to change the formatting on just the numbers–say, make the numbers bold, but not the text? It’s not obvious how to do that, but it can be done.

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iOS’ Notes app provides a convenient way to remember the great ideas you come up with and all the things you have to do. The app has evolved over the years, and iOS 10 adds even more features–including collaboration.

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If you’re working with files in the Terminal and switching back and forth between two directories, we’re about to save you some time. There is a shortcut command that allows you to toggle between two directories on the command line.

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Over time, you’ve subscribed to all kinds of mailing lists and now your inbox is overrun with emails you don’t want anymore. The Mail app in iOS 10 has added a really easy way to unsubscribe from mailing lists.

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Safari’s Split View is a new feature in iOS 10 that allows you to view two Safari windows side-by-side on your iPad. It’s similar to the Split View feature that was added to iOS 9, but specifically for Safari.

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The images you send in iMessage can use up precious bandwidth and space on your phone. However, iOS 10 now provides a way to reduce the size of images sent, if you don’t need a full quality photo.

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The “Define” feature in iOS has been renamed to “Look Up” in iOS 10, and has been enhanced to provide more than just definitions. Look Up now presents you with results from the App Store, Apple Music, websites, and Wikipedia.

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iOS has had a visual voicemail menu since the beginning, allowing you to browse and listen to voicemails without calling a number. Now, iOS 10 enhances visual voicemail by transcribing them, so you can read your voicemails too.

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By default, iMessage sends a read receipt back to the sender, so they can see when you’ve read their message. You can turn this feature off completely, but what if you want to send read receipts to some people but not others?

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In iOS 10, Safari supports an unlimited number of tabs. However, if you find yourself with too many tabs open and want to start fresh, there’s a shortcut to close all your tabs at once.

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By default, new Terminal windows open to your Home directory. However, if there’s another directory you use often that you want immediate access to when you open the Terminal, there’s an easy way to set this up.

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If other people use your Linux PC from time to time, you can hide files and folders from prying eyes. But if they know the obvious way to view hidden files, you can use a more secretive method: compress those files and hide them in an innocent looking image file.

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By default, when you create a new workbook in Excel, the row height and column width is always the same for all cells. However, you can easily change the height and width for one or more rows and columns.

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You logged into your Facebook account on your friend’s computer, and you’re not sure if you logged out. Or maybe you’re worried someone else has your password. Thankfully, Facebook tracks where you’re logged in, so you can see every device logged into your account, and end any sessions you don’t want active.

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If you use Linux, you know how useful the command line can be for working with files, installing software, and launching programs. But it can be even more efficient if you run multiple commands at once.

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You probably know you can create and edit documents with Google Docs, but you can edit more than just .doc files. Google Drive can also convert any PDF, JPG, PNG, or GIF into a document with fully editable text. Here’s how.

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Bookmarks in Word allow you to assign names to text and mark positions in your files so you can more easily navigate long documents. Think of bookmarks in Word like bookmarks you put in books to mark your place.

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If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and iCloud Drive to share and back up files, you can add them to the Send To context menu in Windows for quicker file moving.

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