According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.
Who would have ever thought you would be able to send (and receive) money using email. With Google’s Gmail, you can. When composing an email in Gmail, at the bottom, you will see a “$” sign. If you click on that “$’ sign you will be walked through the process of sending money where a Google Pay, Debit or Bank Account is required. You can send the money to any email recipient, does not have to be another Gmail account, and it is free so long as you have one of the three bank accounts as mentioned. The first time a recipient receives money through Gmail, they will need to add a debit card to transfer the money to. After that first time, whenever someone sends money through Gmail, it will automatically and seamlessly transfer to that card. You can also “request” money using the Gmail ‘$” feature, as well.
Here’s how to change your Gmail password in a few easy steps.
Create a Gmail signature
An email signature is text, like your contact information or a favorite quote, that’s automatically added at the end of Gmail messages as a footer. This text can be formatted and graphics can be added to really make the signature stand out.
Add or change a signature
You can put up to 10,000 characters in your signature.
- Open Gmail.
- In the top right, click Settings Settings.
- In the “Signature” section, add your signature text in the box. If you want, you can format your message by adding an image or changing the text style.
- At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes
With Gmail, you can not only enable keyboard shortcuts, but create custom combinations to make your experience as efficient as possible. How do you do this? Let’s find out.
Gmail has become a very powerful web email application that has many features that we often fail to use. One such feature is the “right mouse click” context menu.
When Gmail is open, if you “right mouse click” on any email that is listed you will be presented with a context menu that is very powerful and will be of great benefit to you productivity-wise.
You can do such things, on the fly, such as:
- Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
- Archive, Delete, Mark as unread, Snooze emails
- Move, Label or Mute emails
- Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)
You can also use this menu when selecting multiple emails at a time to perform batch operations. For example, you could select 5 emails, right mouse click and label them all the same; or move them all together into a specific folder…
Getting a rampant amount of email from a specific sender in Gmail? If so, simply block them. When you block the nuisance sender, their emails sent to you will land in your spam folder.
Follow the instructions below to block a sender in Gmail. You can use the same steps to unblock them, as well.
When you block a sender, messages they send will go to your Spam folder.
- On your computer, go to Gmail.
- Open the message.
- In the top right, click More .
- Click Block [sender].
Today, many of us have multiple Gmail Accounts (i.e. personal account, work account, account for shopping purposes, etc…). Here is a line of instruction that will help you toggle between these accounts while in your default (main) account without having to go through the task of signing in and out of each account.
- Open your browser and sign into your Gmail account.
- Click on your profile picture, located in the upper right-hand side of your Gmail dashboard screen. If you do not have a profile picture setup, what you will be looking for is the circular icon at the top right side of the Gmail window. When you click on this a new window will pop up.
- Click on the “add account” button within that new window.
- Enter your second Gmail address in the box and type in that account’s password.
- Click on “sign in.”
- Repeat as many times as necessary.
Once all of your Gmail accounts are linked, you can switch between your accounts by clicking on your profile picture and selecting the account you wish to access from the drop-down menu that appears.
The best way I have found to save a Gmail message to you computer (in its’ original format) is to do this:
In Gmail, open the message you desire to save to your computer.
At the top of the message (right side) you will see a printer icon. Click on that icon.
When the “Print” window pops up, click on the drop-down box next to “Destination” and select “Save to PDF”, then click on “Save”, and you will be prompted to save the result to your computer. The saved file will be in the “PDF” file format.
Note: There is also another option on the drop-down menu where you can also “Save to Google Drive” that is handy when you do not want to save the file to the computer that you are working on.
Gmail users, the NEW “schedule” email option is now rolling out. Go into your Gmail, click on compose, enter a recipient’s email address and if you go to the bottom left corner where it displays the send button (see below) you will see a small down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Schedule Send”. From that point forward it is self-explanatory. You can then select a date and time that you wish for the email to be sent.
I am thinking of scheduling and sending an email for far out in the future, beyond my demise, to let everyone know, I am spiritually still with them and that there is Gmail in Heaven.
Wow… How Gmail (and Us) have evolved. I worked in IT at a time when the internet was ramping up and online services were in their infancy. My very first email account was a Hotmail account, that I still have to this day, and AOL was a favorite of many people. What was your first email account?
With its launch on April 1, 2004, many people thought Gmail was an elaborate April Fool’s prank. It was anything but that, and the past 15 years have proven how serious Google is about email.
I am hoping this feature hits our Gmail Accounts that we privately use at home. The feature will allow you to compose an email and schedule it to send later.
Write now, send later
We understand that work can often carry over to non-business hours, but it’s important to be considerate of everyone’s downtime. We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being, so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent. Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient’s inbox at a later date and time.
Gmail on mobile is coming your way with a new look and material design where you can quickly view attachments (like photos) without having to actually open the email. You will also find it easier to switch between more than one Gmail account. Just like on the web, if an email looks suspicious, you will receive the red alert.
With these new options, you can take even more actions, directly from a message, in your inbox such as:
- Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
- Search for all emails from a sender
- Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)
- Open multiple emails in multiple new windows at the same time
- Easily add a label or move an email
I did not know this feature was even there until I read the article at one of my favorite sites (I Love Free Software). Yes, you can now send secure, self-destructing emails in Gmail using what is called confidential mode. I encourage you to learn how to use this feature by following the tutorial that is provided by clicking on the source link below.
This tutorial explains how to send secure and self destructing emails in Gmail using confidential mode. This is a new feature of Gmail which has come with its new interface. While composing an email in Gmail, you can turn on confidential mode in a single click. After that, you can set expiration time of the email using the preset options (expire in 1 day, 3 months, 1 week, 1 month, or 5 years). Apart from that, it also provides passcode feature to securely send that particular self destructing email.
The Android Gmail app just picked up yet another feature from its site-based big brother. As of version 8.7 and forward, Gmail for Android can now undo sent emails.
So far, I am liking the changes… Read More…
Open Gmail and hover your mouse over an email that you want to snooze. You will see a little clock icon. Click it and you will see a few preset options for how long the email should be snoozed. You can set a custom option by clicking Pick Date and Time. You will get a calendar and a time field where you can select how long i.e. what day and at what time you want to be reminded of the message.
Source: How To Snooze Emails In Gmail
The check is in the mail; or, Gmail that is…
By integrating more deeply with Google, PayPal now allow you to seamlessly make payments in the likes of Gmail, YouTube, Google Pay and Google Store. As there is support for any service that makes use of Google Pay, users will also be able to make peer-to-peer payments.
With the recent redesign, Google was able to build this offline functionality right into the web app. Users can now write, search, and delete/archive messages when they have no connectivity, with these changes syncing back when an internet connection is regained.
If you haven’t already done so, you need to upgrade and try the NEW Gmail interface on the web. So far, I am loving it. Here is a good article (see source link below) by Inc. that will give you the skinny on what to expect; and, that getting to the new interface is only a couple mouse clicks away.
To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.
Here is a quick rundown of the new Gmail, straight from the horse’s mouth… To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.
Best new feature, I like, is the panel on the right side of the Gmail window that allows you quick access to your Tasks, Google Calendar and Google Keep…
Click the source link below to learn more…
As reported by TechCrunch: “Today, Google is launching the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a few new ones, too. With those new features, which we first reported earlier this month, the company is also introducing a refreshed design for the service, though if you’ve used Gmail before, you’ll feel right at home”.
Been reading this everywhere in the tech news about the new design coming to Gmail, with some cool and really sensible features. Follow the source link below to learn more about this (with screenshots) at Ars Technica.
Red alert, people! Gmail is being redesigned. Google sent out an email to G Suite administrators warning them a “fresh, clean look” would be coming to Gmail.com soon. Shortly after the email went out, leaked pictures of the design were posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we have a ton of pictures to obsess over….
Gmail on the web, Android and iOS can now convert text to interactive links whenever a phone number, address or email is detected. If a phone number is detected in Gmail, you can now click on the phone number and the default phone app will launch to initiate the call. If a postal mailing address is detected in Gmail, you can now click on the address and Google Maps will be launched. If an email address is detected in Gmail, you can now click on the email address and the default email app will launch. The objective of this new feature is to save you time from having to copy/paste this information from one application to another.
SOURCE: G Suites Updates Blog
As I continue to work on my project of How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App, I am sure learning a lot about Gmail. For example, I wanted to know if you can remove the “FWD” in the subject line in a forwarded Gmail? I could see where this could be useful; especially, when you don’t want the recipient (such as a customer) to know that it was an email you received from someone else and then forwarded it to them. In my case, where I am using one of my Gmail accounts exclusively as a note-taking app, by removing the “FWD” would help me clean up any notes I had edited (forwarded) and ultimately would give the appearance of a true note-taking app (such as Evernote, OneNote, and Simple Note).
After some exploring, I found that you can easily remove the “FWD”. You just have to look for it. When you forward a Gmail you will notice a small box (see screenshot) with an arrow pointing to the right (which indicates it is a forwarded Gmail) and beside that arrow, you will see a small arrow pointing downward. Click on that arrow and a drop-down menu will appear. On that menu, click on “Edit Subject”. After you click on “Edit Subject” you will be permitted to edit the subject of the email; for which you can remove the “FWD” and actually change the subject line to anything you want. Also, after you have completed editing the subject line, go into the body of the email and remove any other extraneous text that you typically would see in a forwarded email. Once you get this cleaned up, the recipient will never know the email was forwarded.
This is sort of a repost of two things that go hand-in-hand… I recently posted the article, “How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App“; AND ALSO, back in December posted the article, “FireShot – Google Chrome Extension to Take Screenshots“.
My project of customizing and using a Gmail account solely as a note taking app is working better than I ever anticipated and better than the other note-taking apps I was using (such as Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote). I don’t see me going back to anything else. Just too many benefits with using the Gmail platform…
One benefit that I am taking advantage of is the FREE version of the Fireshot browser extension which allows you to capture an entire web page, the visible part of a page or a specific part of a page (that you can select). Where the benefit to me with this is that Fireshot has an option where you can use Gmail to send whatever it is that you clipped (in the PDF, PNG or JPEG formats). I prefer the PDF format due that after the conversion is made, the links in the captured page are active. Many of the other note taking apps have browser extensions that allow you to clip web site text, pictures, pages, etc… I can now do the same (and better) by using Fireshot to email web content to my Gmail Note Taking account. Fireshot is available as an extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera or IE.
I currently have 4 different Gmail accounts that I access for 4 different purposes… One of these accounts, I wanted to directly access via a web link, is an account that I am using for note taking purposes (see the article on this). After doing some research you can link multiple Gmail accounts together through your main account, for which I already do; however, I wanted to create a web link that would take me directly to my note taking account, so that I could add that link to my Start.me home page. Start.me is an awesome way to organize, access and quickly launch your favorite bookmarks on your own customized home page. I have been using Start.me for several years.
After doing some research, to set a specific Gmail account to open via a web link, you should use the following link:
replacing USERNAME@DOMAIN.COM with the email account address.
This currently is working well, unless Google changes something. In the event you are not logged into the account, you will be prompted to login as normal.
Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote are the note-taking apps that we all hear about. I have accounts with all three and have used them extensively; however, I just cannot get settled with any of them. I initially started out with a free Evernote account; then, Evernote ended up limiting what a free user could do. OneNote, great note-taking app; however, I was never completely satisfied with the app, due to its’ slowness (in loading and performing searches). Simplenote, which is text based only (with some markup language) is ok if all you want to do is save text-based notes.
After using all three of these, I kept thinking, there has to be a better way. This is when I came up with the idea of creating and using a Gmail account specifically for note-taking (or note keeping). Think about it. anything you find on the internet can be sent directly to a Gmail account; plus, on my Android phone, I can share (or send) just about anything to a Gmail account (i.e. scanned documents, photos, etc…). Gmail also has the labeling feature built-in where hierarchical note categories can be created (or labeled); plus, it has the ability to create rich text based notes (using the email editor). The real clincher with this is Gmail’s (Google’s) powerful search capabilities, 15GB of storage, and the ability to attach documents using Google Docs. I have been working with this idea and the key point in making it work is that the account should be strictly used for note-taking (or note keeping) purposes only; and, not for daily email purposes. In other words, my Gmail note-taking account is a completely separate account from my main Gmail account.
Below are the steps I took to create (in appearance) my own personal note taking (or note keeping) app using a Gmail account as the container to store stuff (notes, pics, docs, etc…) that are important to me.
Step 1: Create a new account at Gmail.com. Give the account a name that you will recognize for note-taking purposes.
For example, “firstname.lastname@example.org” …
Step 2: Once the account has been created, one of the first things I did was change the theme so that it stood out. Go to the “cogged gear” icon, at the top right side of the Gmail window and click on “Themes”. The theme I selected was one called “High Contrast”, which gives it the look of a note-taking (or note keeping) app — (see screenshot below).
Step 3: Go to the “cogged gear” icon and click on settings.
Step 4: Under the “General” tab, scroll down and turn the “Conversation View” to “off” and if you like, scroll down to “My Picture” and add a profile picture. In my case, I used a notebook icon. When done, scroll to the bottom and click on “save settings.
Step 5: Go back into the “Settings” and under the “Labels” tab, hide all labels with the exception of the “inbox” and “drafts” labels. Scroll down to the “Create Labels” section. This is where you can create your own label categories. You can always add or remove labels, in the future, from this section.
Step 6: Under the “Inbox” tab go to the categories section and “uncheck” the categories that are shown; then, scroll to the bottom and and click on “save settings”.
Step 7: Go back into the “Settings” and under the “Labs” tab scroll until you see “Preview Pane”. Once found, click on “Enable” to activate the “Preview Pane”; then, scroll down and click on “Save Settings” which will return you to the main Gmail screen.
Step 8: We’re almost done… Now that you have activated the “Preview Pane”, you will see a toggle icon (for the Preview Pane) with a down arrow. Click on the down arrow and select “vertical Split”.
After completing the aforementioned step, your Gmail note-taking app should look something like this:
When composing a new note, within your Gmail note-taking account, click on “Compose” to draft your note. When finished drafting your note send the note back to yourself. Once it lands in the inbox, assign a label to it. I also use my main everyday Gmail account and my Android Smartphone to send important stuff to my Gmail note-taking account. Another point to make is that I do not move anything from the inbox; unless, I am deleting (or archiving) a note
To draft an existing note, I search for the note, click on “Forward”, make my changes, then forward it back to my Gmail note-taking account; then, I delete the original. When I see that a note has FWD that tells me at one point it has been changed.
In the end, as I continue to work with this, I am finding that the concept of customizing and using a Gmail account as a note-taking app has far exceeded my expectations…
A feature that I activated in Gmail, many moons ago (back in 2015), is the “Undo Send” feature. You can activate “Undo Send” in your Gmail settings by clicking on the “gear icon” (top right side), then click “Settings”; then, scroll down until you see “Undo Send”. Click in the box, next to “Enable Undo Send” and then select the delay time before the email is sent. In my case I selected the maximum setting of 30 seconds. MAKE SURE you then scroll to the bottom of settings screen and click on “Save Settings”.
Now that you have activated this feature, when you go to send an email, at the top of the screen you will see what is displayed in the screenshot below, with the option to “undo”. If you click on “undo”, the email will not be sent.
I highly recommend that you activate this feature. I don’t know how many times, using that feature, that I have canceled sending an email, to make a correction and/or had second thoughts about sending the email.
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A forgotten feature (or app) in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 is the Windows screen capture utility, called the “Snipping Tool”. Personally, I use a third party screen capture utility called FSCapture; but, there are more times than I can remember where I was away from my computer (such as at work) and needed to quickly capture something on the screen and did not have FSCapture available.
If you are not familiar with the “Snipping Tool”; it is a built-in Windows Accessory (software app), once launched, that gives you the ability to take a snapshot of anything you see on your screen, whether it be full screen or just a specific region of the screen. After you take the screenshot, you can then save it to various graphic file formats (such as PNG, JPG GIF), that can be inserted in a document, sent via email, archived, etc… As a blogger, I would be lost without a screen capture utility and my productivity (and presentation) would diminish.
Typically, on Windows 10, the tool can be found under the Windows Accessories folder on the Start Menu; however, here is several ways to get to it, using the search box, on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7:
For Windows 10 – Select the Start button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 – Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7 – Select the Start button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture. After you are satisfied with the result, simply save it to the file format you desire.
GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
WannaCry: here’s what we know now about the outbreak – There’s no question that Friday’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which spread like wildfire, was bad. Its ability to spread like a worm by exploiting a Microsoft vulnerability was certainly new ground for a ransomware campaign. But along the way, there’s been a lot of fear and hype. Perspective is in order… READ MORE
Windows Repair Toolbox – (Almost) everything you need to repair Windows problems in one small handy tool… READ MORE
The MP3 format is officially dead – the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – the German agency that invented the audio format and licenses some patents for it – has officially terminated its licensing program… READ MORE
YouTube TV adds AMC, BBC America, and 5 new channels to its basic $35 package – YouTube TV launched earlier last month in five major markets around the U.S. Today, the cord-cutting solution from Google is adding seven new cable networks to its basic $35 package… READ MORE
Samsung Chromebook Pro Convertible Touch Screen Laptop, 12.3 – Very popular Chromebook that has turned into a #1 Best Seller at Amazon. Appears that they can’t keep them on the shelf. Check back often to see when they become available again… READ MORE
Upgrade already! If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re a menace to society – And if you’re an IT pro with decision-making capacity in an organization that continues to use XP, you should be fired… READ MORE
Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 3.9.31 – An all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions… READ MORE
Gmail: Everything you need to know! – Here’s everything you need to know… READ MORE
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I’ve been seeing article’s today to indicate that you can now send and receive money with Gmail for Android AND that this feature has been available on the web version of Gmail for some time.
I did not know, until today, that there was an option in Gmail to transfer money. From what I understand, a Google Wallet account is required.
On the web version, to send money to another recipient, see the following steps. For other options, such as receiving money, click on the source link below for further instructions.
Send money with Gmail
- Open Gmail.
- Click the Compose button.
- Enter the email address of the person you want to send money to.
- Add a subject and message text (optional).
- Click the $ icon (£ for UK users).
- Enter the amount you want to send and choose a payment method or add a new one.
- Click Review.
- Click Attach.
- Look over your message one more time and click Send.
To learn more about sending & receiving money using Gmail, click on the source link below…
To learn more about sending money using the Android version of Gmail — CLICK HERE …
Many of us at home rely on Google’s Gmail, as our email service provider. Gmail, for me, has been a very reliable service; however, I do often think, what would happen if my account was hacked and I lost years and years of accumulated emails???
To give some level of comfort there is a software solution called “Upsafe Gmail Backup” that gives you the ability to backup your email and even the option to restore email(s) that you may have deleted. All backups are stored local to a folder on your computer. The first time you run the software, the backup may take awhile depending on the amount of emails you have stored in your Gmail account. Subsequent backups are incremental and are much faster.
To get a feel how “Upsafe Gmail Backup” works, check out the video below. If further interested in taking a look at this and trying, click on the source link below.
Backup your mailbox with our free Upsafe solution. Restore your Gmail emails even when you deleted them from your trash box. Download it for free now!
Source: Upsafe Free Gmail backup
When I use my personal Gmail account, from Google Chrome, I typically log into two other Gmail sub-accounts that I can easily access or toggle to, from my main account. The problem I run into with this is that one of the sub-accounts I use I often need to get to Google Drive and a Google Website (Blogger) that is associated with that account. Google will not allow me to “EASILY” access those services from a sub-account when logged into my main account. As a result, I would typically have to log out of my main account and then log back into Gmail for the sub-account.
A workaround for this that I now use, is to go to the Google Chrome Menu (top right corner) and click on “New Incognito Window”. From the incognito window I simply log into the account I need to access (to get to Google Drive and the Blogger site) to perform the tasks that I need to perform. Since I am in an incognito window, I don’t have to log out of my main account and lose the login credentials for the other two sub accounts.
If you are wondering what the “Incognito Mode” is in Google Chrome???
“Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet in private without Chrome saving the sites you visit. You can switch between an Incognito window and any regular Chrome browsing windows you have open. You’ll only be in Incognito mode when you’re using the Incognito window”.
This Gmail Phishing attack (see source link below) has been making tech news and is very important that you are made aware. It has been known by Google since March of 2016. This deceptive sneaky attack is currently only targeting Gmail accounts. The cybercriminals trick you into giving away your Google or Gmail Login Credentials. It is even fooling those who are tech-savvy and very familiar with phishing schemes.
Once an account has been compromised, the attackers immediately access it and start targeting the victim’s contacts.
Gmail phishing attack: cybercriminals use cleverly designed URLs and they immediately access the hacked accounts
Gmail is no exception when it comes to the plethora of search operators that it supports to assist you with finding that elusive email that literally can be buried in thousands and thousands of emails. Below you will find a handy graphic that I want to share with you that illustrates all the known search operators. I received this graphic in my government work email account and thought I would share it with you here on the blog.
A search operator (sometimes referred to as a search parameter) is a character or string of characters used in a search engine query to narrow the focus of the search. [source: Whatis.com].
To apply one of the search operators, you simply enter the search operator parameter (or command) in the Gmail search box for whatever it is you need to track or narrow down. For example, let’s say I wanted to find all unread emails in my account. I would simply enter in the search box, is:unread from the list below and like magic, all unread emails will instantly appear.
I’ve been on quite a few computers here recently and have noticed that many people are Gmail users. One thing I noticed is that they do not keep a cleaned out inbox. I have pointed out it is a good thing to archive the emails and get them out of the inbox. By archiving the emails you are simply sending to them to the “All Mail” folder or tag; therefore, they are not deleted. By archiving your mail you will immediately discover that WOW factor where you will start to feel organized…
The problem is if you have thousands of emails to archive. Gmail will only allow you to select a certain number to archive at a time (which is usually 50 or 100). You can go this route, but it literally could take you hours to clean out your inbox and archive your mail.
The workaround solution to this problem is this — Courtesy of Peter Bonez — Data Science in the Nation’s Capital
- Enter in:inbox into the search bar
- Press the search button or press return to run the search
- Click on the small down arrow on the search bar and select Create filter with this search
- Click OK when warned that the filter will not apply to new mail
- Select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Also apply filter to X matching conversations.
- Click Create Filter
IMPORTANT: Gmail will think for a moment, then poof! your inbox will be empty, with all your mail tucked away safely in your archive. It’s a good idea to delete the filter you just created to avoid unwanted behavior. Just navigate Settings –> Filter and delete the in:Inbox filter.
Where To Get Windows 10 Update Details – Windows 10, like all previous Windows versions, is recipient to numerous updates that are circulated by Microsoft. These updates are necessary to improve the operating system and keep our computers safe. Microsoft, this past week, beginning with the February 9th update, announced that they have launched a web site detailing the contents of the Windows 10 updates. The site will regularly refresh, as new updates are released. According to Microsoft, “You’ll see a summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details”… If you are someone who is into troubleshooting computer problems, knowing where and how to get to this site may be helpful. I don’t know about you; but, I have seen updates go awry and actually cause problems. Knowing the contents of these updates will be a helpful in solving these problems. To get to the Windows 10 Update History web site — CLICK HERE.
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A NEW Gmail Feature To Make Email Safer – When using Gmail, if you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message. What this is basically telling you is that the email, while in transit, is not encrypted and if intercepted could be read. To learn more about this feature, visit the Official Gmail Blog.
Microsoft Garage – The Outlet For Experimental Projects – One of my passions is software (especially FREE software). As a matter of fact; trying, testing, and learning about software paved my way into information technology (as a hobby and career). If you are like me and love software (and apps), make sure you check out Microsoft Garage where you will find Workbench Projects (with many being, not only Windows based, but Apple and Android based).
(courtesy of The Meta Picture)
Farbar Tools To Fight Malware – Farbar is a malware fighter who helps people with malware removal on a variety of security forums. He has incorporated his own experience and other malware fighters into some useful tools to assist helpers in removing malware.
A Gravity Defying Levitating Bluetooth Speaker – The ICEORB Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker is one of the Amazon Launchpad products that is a floating Speaker Orb spinning above a magnetic base… Am I buying one of these? No, but this is pretty cool…
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My Reset Experience With Windows 10 – I recently performed a reset on my Windows 10 based computer and found the experience to be quite positive. I thought I would share some pointers with you so that if you have to perform a reset, it is not a scary experience. Even though the reset preserves your personal files, I highly recommend that you always have a backup of any files on your computer that you cannot live without.
To get to the reset option in Windows 10, click on the Windows Start button (bottom left corner), go to Settings > Update & security > Reset this PC > Get started and choose an option. The option I chose was to reinstall Windows 10 and keep my personal files. This option will reinstall Windows 10 and keep your personal files; will remove the apps and drivers that you originally installed; will remove the changes made to any settings (and return them to the default settings); and, will remove any apps that the PC manufacturer installed (Note: If your PC came with Windows 10, the apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.). After I launched the reset on my PC, it was pretty much hands free; and, what I really liked was that following the reset, Windows 10 generated a html page on my desktop titled “removed apps” that listed all of the programs I originally had installed on my computer. I had already written down what I wanted to re-install, but this list came in quite handy. In the end, the reset took approximately a half hour to 45 minutes and I can honestly say my computer is cleaner and faster.
How To Mark All Your Unread Gmail’s As Being Read – After performing a reset on my Windows 10 computer, I found myself motivated to do some housecleaning in my Gmail account. One of the issues I ran into was that I had hundreds of email’s that I did not read. As a result, I needed and wanted to mark those emails, as being read. The problem with this is that Gmail will only allow you to bulk select only a certain number of emails. This is where I started thinking, “there has to be a way to mark all the emails in my account as being read”. After performing some online research, I found an article at a site called Chron, titled “How to Mark an Entire Gmail Inbox as Read“. By using the Google Search box in your email as a filter to generate all unread messages, and following the step-by-step instructions, at Chron, you can easily mark hundreds (or thousands) of unread emails and change them to read.
A Simple Program To Troubleshoot Network-Related Problems – If you manage a network, Win Network Tools may be helpful. The program provides a graphical interface (or launcher) of common command line tools that are built into Windows (that are typically run from the command prompt) and some other options (such as Speed Test) that will launch a site to test out your connection speed. What would be nice is if this program had a “portable app” option readily available for the tech toolbox. I did find that if I installed the program, and copied the “WinNetworkTools.exe” to another location (such as a flash drive) I was still able to run the program. I then uninstalled it from the computer. Nice concept… May contact the developer to suggest the portable app idea.
Checker Plus for Gmail – You do not know what you are missing if you do not have Checker Plus for Gmail installed (as a Google Chrome extension). In my opinion, this is probably one of the best (and most useful) extensions available. I currently use this to monitor 4 different Gmail accounts and the best part is that you can set this to run in the background so that you will get notifications when an email arrives. If you have Chrome installed, get this one…
Shield Your Electronics From Electrical Power Surges – When Christmas rolls around many of you may be installing new electronic equipment. What we have a tendency to forget is to purchase a surge protector to help protect the equipment from power surges. I went on the hunt to find what I think is a good investment and came up with the Tripp Lite 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 25ft Cord Right Angle Plug 1440 Joules . This Tripp Lite Surge Protector has a 1440 joule surge suppression rating with EMI/RFI line noise filtering to help components perform at their peak while extending their lifespan; 8 outlets with 3 specially designed to accommodate transformer plugs without blocking other outlets; an extra-long 25 foot cord with space-saving right angle plug; diagnostic LEDs that alerts you to the protection and grounding status; convenient built-in outlet safety covers to protect young children from possible harm and prevent dust from eroding internal components; and, a lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance for connected devices. On top of this, to support my opinion on this, this surge protector is carrying a 5-Star rating.
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Google recently added an optional setting in Gmail that will allow you to auto delay sending an email, for a period of 5-10-20 or 30 seconds, so that if you have second thoughts (after hitting “send”) you can retract or undo the sending process. This sort of option had been available through the Google Labs, but many people are not familiar with the labs’ options or add-ons; therefore, Google has made this a permanently embedded option in the Gmail settings.
To get to the undo settings, click on the cog wheel on the top right side of your Gmail and click on “Settings”. Under the “General” tab, you will find “Undo Send” (see screenshot below). Click the box next to “Enable Undo Send”; then select the amount of time for the “Send cancellation period”. After you have made your changes, scroll down and click on “Save Changes”.
Also, now that you know how to get into the Gmail settings, go back into the settings you will find a tab that is labelled “Labs”. Some pretty neat add-ons are available there.
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You can try out the preview of the new Google Contacts page. My first visit, it took a bit for the page to load; but, once it did I liked the cleaner user interface. Supposedly the NEW interface will be made available in the coming weeks through out Gmail accounts. To see the preview, and give credit where credit is due, visit the Android Police page by clicking the “read more” link below.
To learn more:
Anyone who has used Android and Google services for long enough will probably notice how much junk has accumulated in their contacts. There’s a new version of Google Contacts in the works to fix that, and you can try a preview of it right now. Unless you have a Google Apps account. Duh…. [READ MORE]
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When I see a five star rating at the Google Chrome Web Store I know it has to be something good. If you are a Google Chrome browser fan and use Gmail then you must download the Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Gmail.
Before I go further, if you click this link (Checker Plus for Gmail) you will be taken to the Chrome Web Store; however, if you want to meet the author of this fantastic creation and learn more in detail about this extension, CLICK HERE … The author’s main site also provides a forum, frequently asked questions, and other goodies that is an indicator (as a software reviewer) that the author is serious about what they do (as a trusted developer) and will continue to develop and fine tune their work. I can’t get over how good this extension is…
Due to this browser extension being very featured rich, I am going to cut to the chase and post the highlights, features and video (verbatim) as posted on the author’s site (see below); but there is one feature that I really love and that is you can configure Checker Plus for Gmail to read an incoming email to you (which is very unique).
I encourage you to take a look at this extension. It is definitely number one on my list of Chrome browser extensions at this time and is now added to my list of “Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without“…
- The fastest and easiest way to manage multiple email accounts
- One of the highest rated Chrome extensions – featured many times on PCWorld
- Trusted developer of many extensions – more than one million satisfied users worldwide
- Lots of features, options and updates – just read the version changes in the logs below
- Personal tech support from me (the developer) – very fast response times, 5-30 minutes
- Supports “Inbox by Gmail”
- I’ll add your suggestions
- Safer – requires less permissions and only access to Google Mail’s website
- See the people emailing you just like in the Gmail chat notification, with an option to show their contact photos or your assigned photos for them.
- Voice notification: If you get an email while you’re busy watching a movie or cooking dinner this extension can optionally read it out loud ie. “Jason says, dinner at my place”. It’s great for the visually impaired.
- Option to monitor any Gmail or custom labels
- Option to run in background when Google Chrome is closed and still get new email alerts
- Zoom in and out of emails which have large images
- Popup mail preview window to read, archive, mark as read or delete emails without leaving the current tab (or option to go directly to your Gmail tab)
- Can also be used as a widget for the extension “Awesome New Tab Page” (ANTP) which supports multiple accounts
- Desktop sound or voice notifications when new mail arrives (or add your own sounds)
- Support for multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts
- Option to open “Mail to” links in your Gmail instead of your regular mail client
- This Gmail notifier has more than 10 different icon sets, choose your favorite!
- You change the generated voice by adding TTS (text to speech) voice extensions
- The fast way to inbox zero. Yes that’s a thing.
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This is something I know will excite many people. Google is gearing up to handle all of your email accounts with Gmail (for Android). From what I am reading you will be able to setup Gmail (when the new version is released) to pull in mail from other external accounts you may have (such as Outlook and Yahoo).
…the new Gmail will be able to handle email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Outlook, switching between them with either a simple swipe or by touching the account drop down. Here’s the new onboarding video Gmail will show for returning users upgrading to the new version. Source: Android Police
There are many Google account holders (i.e. Gmail) that are unaware of Google’s 2-Step Logon Verification Process. I have been using 2-Step Verification for over a year and I feel much more at ease knowing that my Google Account is at a much higher level of protection from the account being stolen or compromised.
If you use Gmail, I encourage you to take advantage of the 2-Step Verification process. It may seem like it is more trouble than it is worth; but, imagine what would happen if your account was compromised (and, really once you get the hang of it, you will like it).
2-Step Verification provides layered protection. With 2-Step Verification, you will protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone). Your phone is used to acquire verification codes, either by a text message, a voice call, or Google’s mobile app. Each code can only be used once. If a bad guy hacks through your password layer, the bad guy cannot access your account without a verification code.
To learn more about Google’s 2-Step Verification, I encourage you to get started [HERE]…
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive – If you have an older PC and you are looking for a performance boost, that gives you faster speed with capacity, you may want to take a look one of Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drives.
The hybrid drives by Seagate set aside approximately 6GB’s of ultra-fast NAND flash (same as used for SSD technology) to store the most frequently used data. What this means is that, as you use the computer, the hybrid drive learns what data you use frequently and stores it on the SSD side of the drive. As this happens over time you will notice that the load times of those frequently used application are greatly reduced. System boot times and system responsiveness are also noticeably improved using the hybrid form factor.
The Seagate® Desktop SSHD is designed to work in any standard desktop system. Unlike other hybrid solutions, there are no special drivers or software to install and configure. It installs and works just like a hard drive – only faster!
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[HOW TO] How to Upgrade a Desktop Hard Drive With Solid State Hybrid Drive Technology – The process of upgrading your desktop drive to a Seagate® Desktop SSHD is simpler than you might expect. There are three essential steps involved with the upgrade process… @Seagate
[FREE EBOOKS] 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever – Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog
[GMAIL] 5 Free Gmail Tracking Services To Get Read Receipt for Gmail – Here’s a listing of five free Gmail tracking services. These email tracking services keep tabs on your sent emails (sent via Gmail) and notify you (via different methods) when the recipient(s) open/read those emails… @I Love Free Software
[HOT TECH NEWS] The Popular WinPatrol System Monitoring Software Changes Hands – I couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the founder of Ruiware, LLC and Scotty’s new best friend, Bret Lowry. He’s younger with more energy but still has almost 30 years experience developing software… @Bits From Bill
[WEB BROWSER NEWS] Chrome rockets past Firefox in browser arena – Google’s Chrome continues to shoot past Firefox among the desktop browser crowd, according to the latest stats from Web tracker Net Applications… @c|net
[WINDOWS APP] Pushbullet Windows App Gets Right-Click File Push Capability – You know all about Pushbullet by now – it’s that file/text/notification/everything else pushing app that’s so outrageously useful that you have to wonder why it’s free. Today there’s a treat rolling out to Pushbullet users on Windows in particular, and it makes sending files to your devices mega-easy. Just right-click and send.. @Android Police
[SECURITY] Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – This article contains a comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. The few non-free programs on this list are included because they are of high merit (in our opinion) and lack a comparable free alternative. This list also includes links to webpages that contain security-related information… @gizmo’s
[FREE SOFTWARE] MagicArchiver – Free Solutions for Archive Processing – A free archive processing utility. It provides a free and complete solution for manipulating archives. It is completely free for commercial and personal use… @MagicArchiver
[CLOUD COMPUTING] Here is the online application for cutting music – It allows you to effortlessly cut out a desired musical fragment from an MP3 file or a file in other formats, in order, for example to set it up as a customized ringtone for your mobile phone… @Online Audio Cutter
[UTILITIES] A software toolbox for your solid state drive hardware – Many of the top manufacturers of solid state drives have a software “toolbox” to go along with the hardware to configure the best performance. Sometimes a manufacturer only provides firmware updates, which are warned to be done at your own risk… @404 Tech Support
[HOW TO] 3 Ways To Directly Boot To Desktop In Windows 8 – Here are 3 ways to boot directly to Windows 8 desktop, when you login to Windows 8 PC… @I Love Free Software
[SECURITY] Microsoft Account protection: Login and security tips – Here are a few things you can do to help protect your Microsoft Account… @The Windows Club
[HOT TECH NEWS] Microsoft Announces Major Changes to Office 365 for Small and Midsized Businesses – In October, Microsoft will replace its Office 365subscriptions for small and midsized businesses with versions that are more affordable, more flexible, and provide more value. Existing customers will be able to take advantage of the new offerings—and the new pricing—starting October 1 or when they upgrade in the months ahead… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows
THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:
GMAIL USERS — Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet. If you do not like the idea of anyone and everyone contacting you here is HOW TO OPT OUT OF THIS NEW FEATURE TO CONTROL WHO CAN EMAIL YOU…
A PASSWORD GENERATOR that will generate passwords that you just may be able remember…
WINDOWS 8.2 RUMORED to be right around the corner. Codename Threshold…
If you are like me, I really do not bother with the Metro screen on Windows 8 and really wish I could turn it “off” altogether (which you can’t); however, here is HOW TO STAY IN DESKTOP MODE IN WINDOWS 8…
We all love Evernote on our PC’s, Phones and Tablets; however, YOU NEED TO GIVE SIMPLENOTE A TRY. I currently have this installed on all of my Android devices and can access the web based version from my PC…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK features a teacher who teaches K-8 technology covering everything from mouse skills to Photoshop, teaching students to teaching teachers, creating curriculum to implementing it, basing lessons on guidelines from IB to Common Core. You would think I was still a student, due this is by far one of my favorite sites…
THIS WEEK’S TECH PRODUCT PICK is cans of compressed air that you can use to clean your tech devices such as computers, printers, tablets, notebooks, etc…
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GMAIL: How To Control Who Can Email You
Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet. If you are concerned about privacy, here is how to control who can email you…
Control who can email you
You can control who can email you this way by changing your settings in Gmail.
- Open Gmail on a computer.
- Click the gear in the top right.
- Select Settings.
- Scroll down to the Email via Google+ section (stay in the “General” tab).
- Click the drop-down menu and choose Anyone on Google+, Extended circles,Circles or No one.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Pafwert is a password generator with a difference. Instead of just churning out random junk like “dml&$s2j” or “lBH6-aa5”, it uses some intelligence to produce secure passwords which you just might be able to remember.
Launch the program, click Suggest, and you’ll be presented with twelve possible passwords… GET IT HERE
Windows Threshold (8.2): what we know so far
Microsoft is already planning the next major round of updates to Windows 8 – the follow up to Windows 8.1, codenamed “Threshold”
The next major round of updates to Windows 8 is called “Threshold”, according to Windows watcher Mary Jo Foley, who reports that the codename was mentioned in an internal email from Microsoft’s head of OS Terry Myerson.
Despite that nickname, many have already simply started referring to it as Windows 8.2… READ MORE
How to Stay in Desktop Mode on Your Windows 8 PC
Windows 8 has two environments: the full screen, touch-centric Windows Store App interface (also called Metro) and the Desktop interface, which looks and acts like Windows 7. If you install programs you used on previous versions of Windows (XP, Vista or 7), they will open in the Desktop environment. If you prefer this mode to Metro, it’s possible to work only or mainly in the Desktop. With Windows 8.1, you can skip seeing the Start screen altogether… READ MORE
The award-winning Simplenote is now available for Android. Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Your notes stay in sync with all of your devices for free.
The best way to learn about Simplenote is to try it. Once you’re up and running, visit simplenote.com to download it on other devices and start accessing your notes everywhere.
This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)
Top Ten Websites of 2013 – Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you which sites readers thought were the most helpful in their efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these ten, they had over 120,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree… READ MORE
3M Dust Remover – Compressed Gas Duster
- 3M Dust Remover
- Compressed Gas Duster
- Removes Dust & Lint in Home and Office
- Great for Silk Plants, Automobiles, Woodworking
- Great for Audio/Video, Household Items, Printers
WOT – WEB OF TRUST hits the 100 million download mark!!!
IMPORTANT TO KNOW – Did you know that taking a picture with your digital camera, tablet, or smartphone may be revealing the precise location where the picture was taken? Read the article below from TCAT Shelbyville to see why this can come back to haunt you…
NEW FEATURE IN GMAIL now gives you the ability to view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail
CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO YOUR TV with this slimport HDMI adapter. The phone has to be slimport or MyDP compatible to work. Your phone, in essence, turns your TV into a media center.
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WOT is celebrating 100.000.000 downloads!
WOT – Web of Trust is a browser add-on (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari) that serves as an aid in helping you determine what sites are safe and what sites potentially are not. I have used WOT since day one, through the thick and thin, and have come to rely on its’ purpose. Congratulation to the WOT team for reaching the 100 million milestone and for the FREE service that is provided to help protect us on the internet.
Watch Video To See WOT In Action
- Traffic light style icons guide you find trustworthy links on search engine results, social media, online email, and many popular sites
- You can leave your own ratings to help other web users stay safe
- Third-party trusted sources provide technical security
- It’s fast, free, and easy-to-use
- Interested to know how the WOT system works? Learn more here
Remove EXIF information from your pictures
Did you know that today’s digital cameras and smartphone cameras will implant into the EXIF data of the picture the lattitude and longitude of where the picture was taken? IMPORTANT – You need to read this article to learn about the consequences of this and what you can do to stop it.
Most people still don’t know that their tablet, camera or smartphone might be tagging their latitude and longitude. Why is this dangerous? It can show the location of where you or your family is at. It can give away corporate data or information that can harm your corporation… READ MORE
Attachments in Gmail,
now with the power of Google Drive
You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder. With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you’re on—computer, phone or tablet… READ MORE
Connect SlimPort (or MyDP) Enabled Smartphones And Tablets To TVs, Monitors, Notebooks And Projectors
This HDMI adapter connects SlimPort® or MyDP-enabled smartphones and tablets to TVs, monitors, notebooks and projectors with an HDMI connection. Capable of Full HD resolutions, this adapter displays the content of your mobile device on the big screen for all to share. Enjoy multi- screen productivity with the connection of a simple cable. Unlock the full power of your device for endless productivity and high definition entertainment… CHECK IT OUT HERE
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (All Of The Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts) – Into keyboard shortcuts? If so, then you will appreciate the list that Microsoft has compiled for us (for Windows 8). Below you will find how to get to the list and note that there is even a bigger list (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #2 – (Gmail For Android Getting A Cleaner Look) – I have tried several different Android email clients to pull down my mail and I don’t learn. I keep going back to the Gmail client. I can’t wait to see the new version on my phone (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #3 – (Backup And Image The Partitions On Your Computer): When you create an image of your disk partitions you are getting an exact copy of the disk at the time you create the image. To do this you need specialized software. Makes for an excellent backup strategy (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #4 – (A Highly Sophisticated Mouse): Check out the SteelSeries Sensei gaming mouse (SEE BELOW);
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New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT
With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can use the keyboard shortcuts you’re already using, and you’ll find new ones too. For example, the easiest way to search on the Start screen is to simply start typing. Not on the Start screen? Press the Windows logo key and you can quickly switch between Start and the app you’re in… READ MORE
NOTE: If you’re not familiar with keyboard shortcuts—or you’d like to see a list of shortcuts in one place—see the bigger list of keyboard shortcuts.
Cleaner Conversation View For Gmail On Android
Gmail for Android is getting a new, cleaner design for its conversation view. The update also includes a number of additional design tweaks such as checkmarks for multiple message selection so you can easily see what messages you are about to move, archive or delete… READ MORE
Backup Your Disk Partitions With Macrium Reflect
Macrium Reflect Free Edition enables you to create complete backups of your disk partitions, including operating system, installed programs and all your settings. Using disk images instead of simple file backups allows you to restore your system to the same state in the event of a system crash or hardware failure… GET IT HERE
SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Collection
Based off the critically acclaimed Xai gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei is a top of the line laser gaming mouse dedicated to suiting tournament level players. It features a highly sophisticated firmware that allows for multiple adjustments of the sensor functionality, as well as complex macros to customize the mouse to the user’s specific desires… CHECK IT OUT HERE