Finds of the Week: Search the Deep Web / Gmail preview pane / Use Windows 7 long term / Hide YouTube comments


Finds of the WeekFinds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Easily Search the Deep Web to Find What You Want
Here are some good suggestions for finding things that don't show up in Google. It explains that the Deep Web and the Dark Web aren't the same thing, provides a link to a list of Deep Web search engines, and other suggestions including using a different search engine than Google. Personally, I rarely use Google Search as I prefer to use search engines with more privacy. DuckDuckGo and Start Page are two good ones and can be set as your default search engines quite easily - usually through the Settings or Privacy areas in whatever browser you use.

How To Enable A Preview Pane In Gmail
Finally, a preview pane (similar to a vertical view in an email client) is available using the web interface for Gmail. If you're familiar with Gmail settings, you can enable the preview pane in Settings/Labs/Preview Pane, otherwise step by step directions are in this article. The Labs section of Gmail is where various experimental Gmail features can be enabled or disabled. Many have come and gone over the years, hopefully this one will stick around.

How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run
Windows 7 is still a favorite among millions of Windows 7 users, and Microsoft won't be ending security updates for Windows 7 until Jan. 14, 2020 though, though mainstream support (phone and online support) ended in January of last year. This article gives tips on how to keep your Windows 7 running smoothly. There are many details and good suggestions, including a full back up of Windows 7. While the article lists two different paid programs to back up a hard drive, I suggest having a look at out list of the Best Free Drive Cloning Software.

How To Hide YouTube Comments In Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari
Some people enjoy comments on larger sites like YouTube and some don't. If you'd rather not see comments on whatever YouTube videos you are viewing, here's how to hide them with browser add-ons and extensions. If you use Opera, and would prefer to use the Chrome extension, see our article on How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera.

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