Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
The complete Google Chrome audio muting guide
Sometimes you want to see and hear audio and video in your browser, sometimes you don't. Most of us don't want to see or hear auto play audio or video advertisements - the ones that start automatically where there's often no pause button that will stop or mute the ad, leaving you the option of hearing and/or seeing the whole advertisement,closing the page the video is playing on or muting the system volume. If you use Google Chrome, here are all the ways you can mute, block, and control playback on web sites.
How to Rebuild a Broken Icon Cache in Windows 7, 8, 10
Every now and then the icons on my desktop and some of the folders in File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7) turn into black squares. This stems from the icon cache becoming corrupted. There are a few ways to fix it. You can delete the icon cache manually, you can delete it using the command prompt, or you can use a program or batch file to delete the icon cache. I've been using the batch file to clear the icon cache for several months now and have been happy with how it works. The instructions for the batch file say to reboot your computer after using it, but for whatever reason, executing the batch file causes the desktop icons to show up again on my system so I wait to reboot.
- Clearing the icon cache manually: Clear Icons Cache – Guide for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
- Clearing the icon cache using the command prompt: How to Rebuild a Broken Icon Cache in Windows 7, 8, 10
- Download Rebuild Icon Cache here: Rebuild Icon Cache (the article says it's for Windows 10, but the batch file works fine in Windows 8.1. Windows 7 users can find the appropriate batch file here)
Master Patch List for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
Susan Bradley (aka the Patch Lady) maintains a detailed list of the patches (updates) issued by Microsoft each month, along with recommendations on whether to install them (or not) along with any issues or tips on each patch. Each patch has a link to its Microsoft Knowledge Base website. If you want to be up to date on what's going on with Windows Update this is a great place to check. I like to wait for some time to pass before I download any updates and this site helps me decide when to install run updates. No testing is done on the weekend so it may be a few days before any recommendations come out on any given patch.
If you're running Windows 10 and want some control over the Windows Update process, I like and use Windows Update MiniTool.You can download it from Major Geeks (where there's a video on how to use it) and there's a good overview of what it does here.
7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Your Email Inbox
Here's a list of interesting things you can do with your email Inbox. Send text messages, upload files, post to social media, start a video call (Gmail only),
control your smart home, recall email (Gmail and Outlook only) and storing files are all covered. I've only tried a few of these but the ones I tested worked fine. It's not listed but if you have an amazon account and use a Kindle you can send documents to your Kindle as an email attachment. Some of the supported formats you can send to a Kindle are Word docs (.doc and .docx), HTML files, PDF files, JPG, MOBI and more.
(Note: site contains some inline ads that may be confusing)
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