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Showing posts with label Tips n Tricks. Show all posts

Have you Tried Smart Reply in Gmail?



Smart reply can save your valuable time



Well that's another cool feature from Google. And I think it's almost magical. It's a great sign of artificial intelligence! Starting from May 2017, hopefully this option will get huge popularity and will do much better in the coming days . . .



What is Smart Reply Actually?

When you use your Gmail App on Android or iOS operating system you may see some automatic reply options at the bottom of an email. Look at the examples below: 



What for?

Think about a situation. You're going somewhere and you're in a hurry. You've a bag in one hand and that time you got a message from one of your friends. Maybe the message is not very crucial but you've to answer something. 


In these situations Smart Reply is really helpful to save your time and effort. You can simply open the message and tap on any of the suggested replies. 




Example 1


3 Replies below the Message


When you open a message you will see three automatic reply suggestions. If you tap on any of them, then the tapped text will be prepared as your reply. If you are in a hurry or if you don't need to add anything else you can hit the send button. 



Example 2


Smart Replies Samples


Look at this message. This message could be replied by simple Yes/No answer. But smart reply is offering much better answer to this message. 



Example 3



Smartly Reply to Email Message



Look at the third one. Some messages are really tough to answer smartly. But still Smart Reply tries to ease your task. 


If someone ask for your new contact number then how do Google know it? Though Google can find existing contact numbers from your profile but they left the answer on you. 



Smart Reply is Automatically Enabled

Just from the beginning, smart reply is enabled in your Gmail app by default. Still if you don't get this option or if you would like to turn this feature off, then you can follow the steps below: 

  1. Open Gmail app in your Smartphone. (Make sure you're signed in)
  2. Tab on the Menu button () from upper left corner. 
  3. Scroll down and choose Settings. 
  4. Now choose your email address. 
  5. Get the Smart Reply option as shown in the image below - 

Turn Smart Reply option on or off


From here you can turn this feature on or off. 




Some Facts about Smart Reply

  • Not every message will include smart replies.
  • Primarily it's only available for English language.
  • It's available for Gmail App, Inbox and Allo messaging app.
  • Smart reply works with Android and iOS operating systems.
  • Smart replies may not be accurate every time.


See how to use smart reply . . .




Work with Smart Replies in Gmail





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Merge PDF Files Online!



Combine PDF Files



Sometimes you may need to combine some PDF files. And there are many offline and online tools available to do this task. But I prefer simple drag and drop online tool to merge my PDF documents. Let's do it . . .



I would like to introduce you Small PDF to merge PDF files. This is really a great and simple tool to work with your PDF files. 






How to Merge PDF Files?
  1. Go to the above URL. 
  2. Hit on the Choose File button.
  3. Now select your PDF files and immediately they will be uploading. If you need to add more files then hit on the  button. 
  4. Hit on the MERGE PDF button to combine your PDF files.
  5. Once the merging is complete your file will be ready to download. 


Combine Multiple PDF Files into Single File




Tips!
  • Small PDF can also merge your PDF files which are stored in your Google Drive and Dropbox account.
  • You can also store your merged documents in Google Drive and Dropbox. 



Hope this will help you all. See you in the next topic . . . 



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Log in to Multiple Accounts on your Phone!




Manage Multiple Accounts @ Same Time




When I was a kid, I used to watch a famous Australian TV series named Spellbinder. The primary focus of this TV series was on parallel world which is almost impossible in real life. I liked it so much and wished to be in a parallel world like spellbinder that time. But in my Android Phone I can visit a parallel world!


With Parallel Space you can create a parallel world on your Android phone. It's very simple. You just need to install this app on your phone and then choose some apps which you need to sign in with a different account. 


With the help of this app, you can sign in to multiple accounts at the same time in the same device. 


About the App
  • Name: Parallel Space
  • Category: Personalization
  • User Rating: 4.6
  • Age Rating: 3+
  • System Requirements: Android 4.0.3 or later
  • Developer: LBE Tech



When to Use?

Apps like Hangout, Messenger, WhatsApp, IMO or Facebook Lite need to be signed in before you can use them. In such applications you can't operate multiple accounts at the same time. 

But if you have multiple accounts for Google, Facebook or any other services, then you may need to sign in to both accounts at the same time. In this situation you can use the magic of parallel world.



How to Use?

Simply download the app from Google Play and install it on your phone. After installing this app, you've to manually select the apps which you need to use with multiple accounts at the same time.


For example, you can add the following apps:
  • Gmail
  • Hangout
  • IMO
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Lite
  • Messenger
  • Viber
  • or any other apps that require sign in



Add or Remove Apps to Parallel Space



Finally, you just need to choose the app from parallel space and sign in there. And you will be able to operate multiple accounts at the same time. 



Download Parallel Space from Google Play




Thanks to Mr. Jamal Ahmed for sharing this useful apps with me. 


I think Fake ID users are gonna love this app! 😉




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Blogger Introduced Special Characters


Default option for using special characters on blogger



From now you can choose and insert your desired special characters in your blog post. Recently Blogger has added this option in its post editor. It offers several fonts and categories of special characters. 


While writing a new blog post you may need some special characters. Or sometimes you may need emoticons to share your feelings with the readers. To fulfil your need, blogger has added a new feature named - Insert special characters 👌


You will get this option at the editing toolbar and it's very next to the Insert a video option. Look at the image below - 


Special Characters option on blogger



Simply click on the marked icon and you will get the following dialogue box - 


Using Special Characters option on post editor



Using this dialogue box you can search your required characters from different categories. You can also search a character by keyword or by name. 


Another useful search method is also available - drawing. Yes! You can manually draw the your character in the blank box. And this dialogue box will automatically find the desired symbol for you. 


For example, few days back, I was trying to insert a symbol in one of my posts. It is called vertical ellipsis ( ). But that time the name of this symbol was unknown to me. Then I just drew the symbol and it appears in the list. Look at the image below - 

Draw and find your desired special characters


You just need to draw the symbol in the right side box. And the similar symbols will appear on the left. Isn't it really handy?! 


So guys, hope this trick will be of great use for you. See you in the next topic . . .





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Play Dinosaur Game on Google Chrome!!




Google Chrome Dinosaur Game




Google is full of surprising stuffs. Couple of days ago I was trying to open a website on my android phone. But it was not loading due to the connection problem. Unintentionally I touched the T Rex dinosaur icon and wow! I never imagined that it's an amazing game for passing time! 



This game was added to Google Chrome at the end of 2014. But I feel surprised thinking that I've discovered it after a long time! 



How to get this game?

This game will automatically appear on your chrome browser when a website is loading due to the connection error. Or you can also play this game through your chrome browser after disconnecting your Internet. 

You will get a screen like this - 


T-Rex Game Screen on Google Chrome


If you're on mobile then tap on the dinosaur icon. In case of Desktop or Laptop you've to press the spacebar to run the game. 



How to Play?

Playing this game is as easy as pressing your keyboard spacebar or tapping on mobile screen. Today I give it to my 03 years old nephew to play this game. And she looked really happy while playing this game.


After pressing space or tapping on screen, the dinosaur will start running. Then you it will face trees and birds. You've to press space or tap on your screen to jump over the obstacles. 


After playing for sometimes your screen will turn into night mode. And then it will be back into normal mode again. 


The more you run, the higher will be the score. Remember that, there is no way to save your score. 



What about the page that was loading?

Suppose you were trying to visit www.markspcsolution.com and it was not loading for connection issues. Then you started playing the T-Rex game. If you get your net connection back during the game, then the game will stop automatically and chrome will directly take you to the website. 


Hope all of you will enjoy playing this game when you're having trouble to connect to the internet. 




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How to Remove Google Account from Android Device?



Remove Google Accounts from Android Device



You may find it really difficult to remove your Google Account from an android device. Suppose you've purchased a new phone and gonna handover the old one to someone else. In that case you must remove your Google Account (Or other accounts) from that device. Let's see how to do it . . .



Applies to:

  • When you're gonna handover your phone to someone else
  • When an unnecessary account needs to be removed from your device



Note:

This tutorial is prepared based on the settings of Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime. So when you try to follow this post, you may not get the options exactly as written here. 



Removing Google Account from Android Device



Removing Online Accounts from Android Device

  1. Go to the Settings option of your Device.
  2. Choose Accounts. (It may have different names. In Samsung J2 Prime, this option is named as Cloud and accounts)
  3. Again you may find another Accounts option. Or you may be taken directly to your Accounts list.
  4. Here you will see your accounts that are already signed in to this device. Choose an account that you wanna remove.
  5. Now tap on the Settings button ⋮ ) and choose Remove Account. That's it.


Settings > Accounts > Remove Accounts



Adding Accounts to Device

Similarly, you can also add your online accounts if necessary. Just follow the steps below:
  1. Go to your Phone Settings.
  2. Then choose Accounts.
  3. Tap on Add Account.
  4. Here you will see a list i.e. Google, imo, Messenger, Firefox Account etc. 
  5. Choose an account type that you need to add. 
  6. Now it will ask for your details i.e. username, password etc. 
  7. And then add the account completing the normal procedure . . .


Hope this will help you all . . .




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View Documents Side by Side . . .



View Documents Side by Side



If you work with different types of documents often you may need to compare those files side by side. Microsoft Office (for Word & Excel) has an option to view/ compare documents side by side. 


Applies to: 
  • Word 2003
  • Office 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016.



Compare Documents Side by Side | Word 2003

In Word 2003, you have to go to the Window Menu > Compare side by side . . .

Remember, two documents should be running to view side by side.



View Documents Side by Side | Office 2007 to 2016

This option is usually available for Word & Excel. But in case of PowerPoint, you can view two presentations side by side by Arrange All option from view menu. 


But in Word & Excel you will directly get this option - View Side by Side. 

To enjoy this opportunity, at first you've to open both files that need to be compared. Then follow the steps below:
  1. Go to the View Tab.
  2. Move to the Window Section.
  3. Choose View Side by Side.
  4. Also choose Synchronous Scrolling (If you need to scroll both documents at the same time).

Compare Side by Side in Office 2016


Follow the image above for better understanding. You can also try the Arrange All option. With this option, you can view two or more open windows at a time.


Hope this will help you all . . . 




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Save your Mobile Data by Background Data Restriction




Restring Background Data of your Mobile



Today's smartphones are designed to provide the best user experience. As soon as you turn on your mobile data all the updates will be coming automatically. And some programs will be running in the background. But for these services you may experience unnecessary data consumption. Today I'm gonna advice you to restrict background data to reduce the data consumption.




This option may vary from device to device. But the basic settings will be almost same I guess. This option is normally available in Network settings.


If you turn on this settings then no application will consume your mobile data in the background. And your mobile data will be active automatically when you run an application that requires Internet.. I think it's very handy to use.



How to Restrict Background Data?



Data Usage > Restrict Background Data




Follow the steps below with the help of above image -
  1. Go to the Settings > Data Usage.
  1. Hit on the 3 dotted option button as indicated by red circle.
  1. Choose Restrict background data.
  1. Finally you will get a confirmation message as below.
  1. Hit OK and you're done! 








Warning Message of Data Restriction




You will get two major benefits through enabling this settings: 

  • Save your mobile data 
  • Save your phone battery 

But the problem is, when you're downloading something, the download process will be interrupted when you close your program. In that case you should not restrict background data.



How to Remove the Restriction?


Removing the restriction is much easier. If you ever need to disable this settings you can follow the above steps again. Then you've to choose Allow background data.


Or you may see the restriction icon at the top of your phone screen. You can simply drop down the top bar and touch that option to remove data restriction.



Hope this post will be of good use. Thanks for visiting Marks PC . . .




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Use your Android Phone as Internet Modem



USB Tethering to Share Mobile Data



Using your mobile device as an Internet modem is not a new thing. But there are some problems such as a phone must be capable of using Internet and it should have a software to make it compatible with the operating system. If you're using an Android phone then you don't have that hassle. 


Today's phones are designed for better sharing. One of them is USB tethering. With this option you can share your mobile data with your PC I mean in a laptop, desktop or notebook computer. 



How to Connect to the Internet using Mobile?

To do so, you just need a data cable to connect your mobile to the computer. Normally, when you connect your phone to the computer, several options appear on phone screen. Such as - 
  • USB Storage
  • USB Tethering
  • Media Device
  • Camera
  • Charge Only
  • USB Virtual Drive

Our focus will be on USB Tethering. After connecting your phone, you should touch the tethering option. And within few seconds your device will be tethered. Then you will see your Internet icon active. 


Make sure you've turned on your mobile data. 


USB Tethering to Share Mobile Data


Some Phones are Different . . . 


Some phones have different settings. You may not get the tethering options after connecting the USB cable. In that case, you can check your network options. 


Settings > Network > USB Tethering


  • First, go to the Settings option.
  • Then Wireless & Networks > More
  • Tethering & Portable Hotspot
  • USB Tethering > Turn it on. 

The above steps may differ from brand to brand. But the basic settings are almost same. 






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Clean your System Unit (CPU)



System Unit Maintenance




Dust is a crucial factor in your CPU service life. Accumulation of excessive dust may reduce its performance and even damage it fast. And you know it's little tough to purchase a new system. That's why cleaning the system unit is an important task for an user. 


Couple of weeks ago I clean up my system unit. And I also captured the pictures of my system. Today I'm gonna share my experience with you. 



Why Dust is Harmful?

We know dust is very harmful for human. But what's wrong with computer? Isn't it a machine. Yes it is. 

But you should know your CPU Main Board, RAM, Processor and other devices produce heat. And to be worked properly this heat should be released. But if there is too much dust in your system unit, then mother board and other devices can't release the heat properly. 

If you leave your CPU uncleaned for a long period then it will be damaged soon or you may experience a reduced performance. 



How Many Times it Needs to be Cleaned in a Year?

Well it depends. If your CPU is in a dusty place then I recommend to clean in every 03 months. 

If your place is less dusty then you should clean it 02 times in a year. And if the place is very neat and clean, then you can go for cleaning once in a year. 

Or you can simply open the cover and check how much dust is accumulated. If it looks like my CPU, then you should clean it immediately. 




CPU Casing Inside View
System Unit Inside



Get Ready with the Necessary Tools . . .

  • Wear Mask
  • Wear Gloves if necessary
  • A Blower (if available - not essential)
  • Two Paint Brush - Small & Medium
  • Star Screw Driver 
  • A Magnet (To avoid the loss of any screws)
  • A Piece of Soft Cloth
  • (Be careful about your eyes)

Blow Machine
Air Blower


Small Piece of Cloth and Two Brushes



Screw Driver & Magnet

Now you're ready to go for cleaning . . .



FIRST PHASE

  • Turn off your PC if it's running.
  • Disconnect the power. 
  • Unplug the USB Cables and other Power Cords from CPU.

Now keep your CPU in a open space. Put it over a mat to avoid any scratch in its body. Now gently clean its outside (CPU Case) with the soft cloth. 



SECOND PHASE

  • Open the case by removing screws. 
  • Look at the inside and inspect the scenario. 
  • Use blow machine to remove dust (if you have)
  • Use the medium size paint brush to clean dust. Gently brush the main board, CPU Fan, Power Supply, Hard Disk etc. Use cloth to remove them.
  • Use the thin paint brush to clean the narrow places.
  • Again use the blow machine (if you have)



THIRD PHASE | Handle with Care - Experts only!



(Use magnet to loss of any screw) 
  • Remove the RAM
  • Remove the ATX Cable
  • CPU Cooler has four screws. Each screw has plastic cover. Turn the screw heads as directed by arrow. Now pull each screw carefully. Open the power connection of CPU Fan and finally remove it from main board.


Core i3 CPU Fan
CPU Fan/ Cooler



Accumulated Dust in CPU Cooling Fan
CPU Fan - A Closer Look



  • Remove the power supplier from the casing.
  • Again use blow machine to clean each part separately. Or use your paint brushes to clean each of them properly.
  • Make sure you've completely removed dust from your main board. 
  • Don't try to open the power supplier box if you have no previous experience. It's little complicated. And any time there is a chance of disconnection of small cables. So, be careful.

Power Supplier with Dust
Power Supplier


Make sure the mother board and other devices are properly cleaned.



FOURTH PHASE | Assembling



  • Install the Power Supplier First. Make sure the screws have been inserted properly. Otherwise it may cause unpleasant noise while running the computer.
  • Insert the ATX cable properly. You must hear a click sound. 
  • Insert the RAM in the slot. Make sure you've got a click sound.
  • Before inserting CPU Fan over the processor, you can apply a thin layer of Thermal Grease if available. It's good for you cooling system. 
  • Turn the plastic heads of CPU Fan's Screws in opposite direction. Now push each of them one by one. Every pin will make a click sound if inserted properly. 

Make sure everything is installed properly. Check whether any screw left in the magnet. Now insert the CPU cover. Insert the cover screws. 

Insert all the cables properly and then power on your machine. 



Precautions 

I must say, this is not a game of child. There are some risks associated. You need to handle with care to avoid any accident. Improper handling may cause you injury and your machine might be damaged as well. 

Safety first! If you're not experienced enough, then don't try these all. Simply open the CPU cover and use blow machine. If you do this once in a month then you don't need to do the above tasks. 


Serve your machine and it will serve you . . . 






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