How to change the Gmail attachment icon to show file type

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Gmail, as long as I can remember, has always displayed a paperclip icon next to the date/time of an e-mail indicating a file is attached to that particular e-mail. While the basic indicator of an attachment is great, it would be nice to have a heads up of what kind of file is attached, especially if you are expecting a specific type of document from someone. With a Chrome extension called Attachment Icons for Gmail, getting alerted to type of file attached is possible.

Visit the Chrome Web Store to install the extension; it's free and … Read more

How to get Android's Roboto font on your computer

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When working on Ice Cream Sandwich, Google aimed to create a font made specifically for high-resolution screens. The end result was Roboto. Up until now, Roboto was limited to Android devices running ICS. Late last week, Google posted it for all to download and use on their personal computer.

You can download a ZIP file containing all 16 variations of the font by visiting the Android Design site.

After downloading the font files, you can either open each design's file and install it to your system or by adding the files to your system's Font folder. … Read more

Three free services for creating instant Web sites

One of the fastest ways to share multiple documents with a lot of people is to convert the related files into a mini-Web site. Free site-creation services do all the heavy lifting.

Insta-site services range from the no-muss, no-fuss Page-o-rama to the business-focused features of Google Sites. If you can do without advanced features, Weebly's drag-and-drop approach to page design lets you create a fairly sophisticated mini-site in just minutes.

With Google Sites and Weebly, you paste text and images into prefab page templates. As you create new pages, site-navigation links are generated automatically. Page-o-rama is merely an online … Read more

Five Pinterest tips to heighten your pinning addiction

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If Tumblr and StumbleUpon had a baby, they would likely give birth to Pinterest.

The new social networking site, which lets you grab things--photos, videos, and blog posts--from around the Web and "Pin" them, is quickly claiming the social lives of Internet users.

Aside from being a fun and effective way to discover new content on the Web, Pinterest might eventually replace traditional bookmarks, as the site offers a more attractive, visual way to scrapbook stuff you find on the Net.

And men, you're welcomed, too. Although the cutesy-looking Web site is attracting mostly females, … Read more

How to gather contact information with Postable

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Managing a large address book can be tedious, but it doesn't have to be. Usually when you send out requests for contact information you'll have to scour the e-mail you get back for all the pieces of info you're currently missing. With Postable, you can have contacts edit their own information by sharing a link with them, and then export all of the collected information right to your own address book. Here's how to get started:

First you'll need to head to Postable.com and sign up for an account. Hopefully OAuth support … Read more

How to pause videos to watch later in Chrome

Quick, the boss is coming! Or, crap the baby is awake! For times when a YouTube viewing session gets interrupted, Pause For Later is a handy Chrome extension that will save your spot, letting you close your YouTube window or tab and pick up later at the exact spot where you left off. It saves the video and your spot to the Pause For Later Website, where you can go and resume your viewing when your schedule allows.

When you install Pause For Later, it adds a pause button to Chrome's toolbar. When you are viewing a YouTube clip and need to pause the video, instead of hitting pause on the YouTube player itself, click the pause button Pause For Later installed in the Chrome toolbar. You will then be taken to your list of paused videos on the the Pause For Later Website. (For your initial pause, you'll need to sign up for a free account.)… Read more

Customize and enhance Chrome's start tab

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Many of us have tricked-out home pages, but if you don't want to spend a lot of time and energy on it, the Chrome extension Start can add functionality to your start tabs without much effort. Here's how to use it: 

Install Start here. Click the wrench icon in the upper right, then select Options, then click Extensions in the left sidebar, then click Options for Start.If you want an RSS feed or bundle on your new tabs, follow the directions to create one, then add the URL. Click Advanced to set … Read more

Originally posted at How To

By Rob Lightner

How to view Facebook photos, Pinterest-style

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Pinterest has an attractive photo layout using panels, which makes browsing pinned links and photos a pleasure and highly addictive. Friendsheet is a new Web app that can display your photos in a similar layout.

1. To Pinterest-ize your Facebook photos, go to Friendsheet and click on the Login with Facebook button.

2. When prompted, click the blue Go To App button, then authorize the Facebook app.

3. After the app has been given permission, Friendsheet will display your photos in the new layout.

4. Clicking on photos enlarges them and allows you to Like the photo and … Read more

Seven hidden, superuseful Facebook features

We're all Facebook pros. With the average user spending 8 hours per month on the insanely addictive social network, it's no surprise we're quick to pick up Facebook's incessant changes and updates.

In the mess of Facebook's perpetual construction zone, you might have missed some hidden, key features that make using the service that much easier. Most of these tricks were gathered over time, and have now become a part of my regular Facebook routine.

1. Sign in with your username (unique URL). Instead of typing out your entire e-mail address each time you sign … Read more

Enable Chrome extensions automatically for preset sites

If you've dived deeply into Chrome extensions, you know how powerful they can be, and also how much they can eat up memory. Extension Automation reins them in by enabling them only for particular sites. Here's how to use it: 

Install Extension Automation here. On any page, click the gear-shaped Extension Automation icon to enable particular extensions for that site. Note that the first time you do this for any extension, you automatically disable it for other sites, so you may want to take care of your favorite sites all at once.  You can also … Read more

Originally posted at How To

By Rob Lightner