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Chrome for Android - Seach Text in Web Page

Ctrl + F and type the text. That was quick and easy in a desktop Web browser. Here's how you search text in an open web page in a mobile browser like Chrome for Android -

1. Touch the three dots on top left of Chrome.

2. This opens up a menu. Touch the "Find in page" item.

3. That's all. Now type the text you want to find within that page.
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, November 14, 2015
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Forward Button in Chrome for Android

It is quite annoying while navigating web pages in a mobile browser like Chrome for Android when there is no straight way to hit the good old forward button that you find in desktop browsers.
Not that its missing in mobile Chrome; It just take two steps.

1. Click on the three dots in the top left of Chrome for Android.

2. This opens up the menu. See a button arrow icon? That's the forward button you want. Hit it and save some annoyance.

 That's all!
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, October 31, 2015
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Add Shortcuts to My Computer in Windows

Here's a tool to add folder or application shortcuts to your "My Computer" or "Control Panel" in Windows.
My Computer Manager is a free Windows app that lets you do that.

Add shortcuts to My Computer in Windows

To add shortcuts, just install the application and specify the location where the shortcut will be displayed.

Add shortcuts to My Computer in Windows

This can be handy if you want to access your favorite folders or files with few clicks; while keeping your desktop clean.

[Download My Computer Manager (Note: While downloading, I got it from the UK server. The US server seemed to be unavailable)]
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Set Multiple Homepages in Google Chrome

Setting more than one home page in Google Chrome is smooth and easy. Here's how to do it -

1. Click the wrench icon at the lop left of the browser and hit Options.
2. Click Basics tab.
3. In the On Startup section, click Open following pages option and enter the websites.

Set multiple homepages in Google Chrome

4. Now these sites will open every time you start Chrome.

To do this stuff in Firefox, here is how to set multiple home pages in Firefox.
Chillax and enjoy!

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Recover Deleted Data in Windows

Accidentally deleted an important file? Fret not, for these free Data Recovery software may save your day.

Recuva is a easy to use tool to recover deleted files. Just select a drive and hit the scan button. It then scans the drive to find files that are recoverable. Select any file and press the Recover button. 

Apart from your Windows PC, Recuva also recovers files deleted from your digital camera card, iPod, or MP3 player, damaged or formatted disks. 
Additionally, it can also securely delete files, making them unrecoverable by Recuva or any other software. A portable verion is also available.
Best of all, this whole stuff is free!
[Download Recuva]

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition
This tool recovers files from your computer, damaged or lost partitions, flash & pen drives, CD, DVD discs. However, finding a recoverable file requires you to navigate through several folders. Since this is not a completely "free" tool like Recuva, there are limitations, i.e you can only recover upto 1 GB of data in this free edition.
[Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition]

PC Inspector File Recovery & Restoration
These tools have been covered here before. Check the post on recovering deleted files for more details about them.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, December 04, 2011
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Highlight Duplicate Cells in Excel

Finding duplicate values in an Excel spreadsheet can often be painfully boring. But if you know how to do it, its actually quite easy. Here's the way to easily get it done.

How to Highlight Duplicate Cells in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010

1. Select the cells for which you want to find and highlight duplicate values.

2. In the Home tab, go to Conditional Formatting >> Highlight Cells Rules >> Duplicate Values...

3. The Duplicate values box appears. Select the color to apply for duplicate cells. Click Ok.

4. Bingo! The duplicates are now highlighted.

More Tips:
Freeze First Column and Row in Excel
Convert Rows-to-Columns and Columns-to-Rows in Excel

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Magazine is Broken iPad to One-Year-Old Baby

Here's a nice video of a one-year-old toddler who understands the touchscreen of an iPad, but gets confused when she tries to pinch and swipe a magazine and nothing happens.

This video was posted by Jean-Louis Costanza. And I found it on Techmeme.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Learn to Use Digital Camera in Manual Mode Online

Planning to buy a new DSLR Camera? DSLR cameras take better photos than the standard point-and-shoot digital cameras. The automatic mode in any DSLR camera does a decent job, but the quality of pictures can still be improved by using it in manual mode, especially in difficult conditions.

So that means you'll have to learn some basic stuff about taking photos in Manual mode. And here's an online Digital Camera Simulator to quickly get started.

It is a Flash application which lets you alter some basic settings in a digital camera like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Lighting, Distance of the subject etc. 
Besides Manual Mode, Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority modes are also provided.
The great thing about this is you can see the final result of the settings on the photo.
Oh! and the site also has some short descriptions of the photography jargon mentioned above. 
Check it out!

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, September 24, 2011
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