Tech tricks

February 2012

Check your past downloads in Chrome

2:06PM | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you download a lot of files through your web browser, you may need to look back through your past downloads. Here is how you do it in Chrome.

Turn Windows features on or off

2:59PM | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Customising a computer is all about getting rid of what you don’t like. And there may be some features in Windows you don’t really care for.

Switch to Gmail's old look

2:24PM | Monday, 13 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford You may have noticed Gmail has introduced a new visual style, allowing more room for messages and smoothing lines and edges. You may like it, but if not, there’s a way to temporarily switch back to the old look.

Keep tabs idle until selected in Firefox

2:44PM | Thursday, 9 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford One of the better features in new browsers is the ability to open all your tabs from your last session. But it’s also a hassle when they start loading all at once.

Create filters in Gmail

2:24PM | Wednesday, 8 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Sometimes, you need to create filters to make sure unwanted messages don’t clog your inbox.

Change your Gmail password

2:20PM | Monday, 6 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford This is something you should do regularly. Every six months, just check all your passwords and make sure you don’t need to change them. Most of the time you should as a precaution.

Open Tweetdeck profiles in web pages

2:07PM | Friday, 3 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you’re using Tweetdeck to handle all your Twitter traffic then you’ll know whenever you click on a user’s name, their profile shows up.

Turn off “important message” markers in Gmail

2:53PM | Thursday, 2 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford A while ago, Gmail brought in a feature that would mark the more important messages in your inbox with a yellow tag. By doing this it hoped to designate which messages required the highest priority for attention.

Work on Gmail offline

2:59PM | Wednesday, 1 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Gmail is a great way to keep track of your email, but if it goes offline you’ve nowhere to turn. That is, unless you install the Offline Gmail app.

January 2012

Turn on conversation view in Gmail

1:48PM | Monday, 30 January 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Using email for conversations means you often have to go back to earlier messages to see what you said. That can be a chore, unless you have conversation view turned on.