8 Things to Do After Installing Mozilla Firefox Browser

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A fox on a treeThough Google Chrome is the leading player when it comes to web browser share, Firefox has its user base with millions of users across the globe. I prefer Firefox over Google Chrome. The primary reason is that it's better in memory consumption and doesn't collect tons of diagnostic data when compared to Chrome. So, if you're thinking about giving it a go, here's a guide that'll help you configure it the first time you install it to get the best possible web browsing experience. The steps mentioned below ensure you get the essential browser settings—right—with a sprinkle of some of the essential add-ons which enhance your privacy and security. Depending on your exact needs you may choose to skip some of the settings discussed here, but overall I'll highly recommend keeping the privacy settings, intact. If you're looking to use the developer edition of Firefox, the settings mentioned below are more or less the same for that too. So, let's configure our new Firefox installation in a few easy steps.
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How to Block Websites Without an External Application

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A stop sign on a blue wooden panelEvery day millions of internet users supposed to do some meaningful work spend hundreds and thousands of hours wasting their time browsing aimlessly. Most of the time, they're aware of the fact but just couldn't resist it. That's why several specialized application popped up on the internet that enables you to easily block websites. Some of these applications are self-contained software while others are available in the form of browser extensions. But, this guide is not about these applications. If you're looking to block websites without investing in these apps, you can do so at the operating system level on your own. Though it's not very technical, one still needs to be familiar with basic file editing to get things done. I use this technique for the websites I want to block permanently. For example, domains collecting unnecessary telemetry or diagnostic data. The steps mentioned below are more or less the same for all Windows versions differing only in paths to use, if applicable.
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10 Tools and Services to Create Social Media Images

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Colorful social media iconsWith the diversification of social media platforms, we get plenty of options to connect with the world in different forms. Almost each of these platform supports sharing of images to the connections. And, all of them have different image sizes and layouts required to best fit with their sharing process. Tech-savvy users can easily format the image as required by a specific social media platform. But, generally, we all are not capable of doing so on our own. That's where dedicated tools and services come into play. These tools help you create the right kind of image required for a specific social media platform. Some of them are free while others use a freemium model. Professionals can use the latter one with a paid tier while causal users get enough to fulfill their needs through a free plan. I use 2 to 3 such services for both Facebook and Twitter and each of these services helps me create better and visually appealing tweets and posts. Let's get started and check out these image creation tools and services.
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How to Use Google Blogger as an RSS Feed Reader

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Cardboard jigsaw puzzleWe all love to subscribe to blogs and websites to get the favorite content in our inboxes. There are two primary ways to get it. The first one is email subscription which is fairly common among people who let's say are not so tech-savvy. The other popular way is to subscribe via RSS feed URLs. It's only possible for the websites offering RSS feed as an option for their readers. There are dozens of web-based as well as standalone feed reading applications one can use on his device. I use one of them, but, recently I discovered that Google's Blogger platform can also be used as a feed reader. Though it may not have a plethora of options a dedicated applications offers, it's good enough for most users. This simple guide will help you get familiar with this feature. If you're running your blogs on Blogger, you can subscribe and read your favorite blogs without ever leaving your blogging dashboard. This not only saves your time but also ends your reliance on an application. Let's see how Blogger is used as a feed reader.
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10 Best Microsoft Excel Add-Ins for Professionals

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A white power plug against an orange backgroundSpreadsheet software is one of the applications, professionals use most across the globe. And, Microsoft Excel is of such applications. Though the application itself is quite powerful and advanced users can convert it into almost a full-fledged finance management system, there are still some features and functions which require an add-on or a plugin. Through scripting, one can implement a lot of features without any need for a plugin, but an average user isn't familiar with scripting. That's where Excel add-ins come into play. A good percentage of these plugins bring functionalities of some of the best external services right into your spreadsheet. And, the rest of the plugins enhance the function of the application itself. The add-ins we've included here are thoroughly tested and can be used without any issues. All these add-ons can be used with Excel version 2016 and above. They may not work with the older versions. So, let's get started and quickly check out some of the best Microsoft Excel add-ins.
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How to Add Custom Design Options Within Your Blogger Template

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Pecil crayons lying on a black tableBlogger users often complain about how hard it is to customize their blogger template. Naturally, everyone is not familiar with coding and generally, template editing is required to make such customizations. Fortunately, the blogger platform provides a handy way to enable you to make substantial design changes without ever touching the template code. But, again this requires you to make one-time changes to your template. It is done through variables supported by the blogger template. Once configured, you can make changes to the design from the visual template designer available in the dashboard. This tutorial is aimed at users or template designers who're familiar with HTML and CSS. You can use this feature to ensure the technically-challenged, when using templates designed by you, can do different types of design customizations with ease. If you have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can use this feature to add different types of customization options to your existing template.
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How to Migrate From WordPress to ClassicPress

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Dashboard screen of ClassicPressSince the inclusion of block-based Gutenberg editor within WordPress core, millions of users have switched to the Classic Editor plugin as they found this new editing system, hard to work with. Although Gutenberg developers are diligently working on improving its features based on user feedback, the adoption rate doesn't look promising. The bad news for classic editor fans is that the plugin they're using to replace the block system isn't going to be supported perpetually. What after that? Nobody knows that! Fortunately, there's a fork of WordPress which keeps the classic editor natively within the core and is available for general use. It's called ClassicPress. This tutorial will help you migrate from WordPress to ClassicPress. Remember, it's for self-hosted WordPress sites. If you're using hosted WordPress service, it's not going to work. The entire migration process is dead simple and even a technically challenged can do it, quite easily. So, let's get started and see how we can shift to ClassicPress in a few easy steps.
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How to Use Firefox Multi-Account Containers for Better Privacy and Security

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A collection of colorful envelops lying on a blue tablePrivacy and security are two of the most common concerns among netizens while browsing the internet. Fortunately, most modern browsers provide incognito mode or private browsing tabs which address this problem to some extent. But, you can augment these native browser security measures to further strengthen your privacy with the help of a plugin. This tutorial is focused on a Firefox extension, but, you can achieve the same on Google Chrome too. Remember, there's no silver bullet to complete privacy and security, but this extension can help you in keeping your activities—anonymous. Using this extension to its full extent requires a little bit of planning to divide your tasks into different categories. Once configured, you'll get better privacy for each category of browsing activities within a single web browser. I use this plugin daily as my default web browser is Firefox. So, let's get started and see how we can use the multi-account containers plugin for better security and privacy while browsing the internet.
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How to Use Multiple Desktops in Windows 10

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Multi-colored stacked planesThough most of us are happy with the primary desktop we work on, some of us need multiple instances of the same for different reasons. In the latter case, a user prefers to divide his PC sessions based on different categories, viz., work, entertainment, confidential, and more. And, that's where multiple desktops come into play. Fortunately, most modern desktop operating systems support this feature. And, in this article, we're going to focus on Windows 10 multiple desktop workflow. Those who're unfamiliar with this concept may find it a bit weird in the beginning. But, once you get hold of it, it's one of the best tools in your arsenal to keep your PC sessions segregated based on your interests. I often use it when working on my desktop though I prefer to use a single one while using a laptop and that too while on the go. Multiple desktops work on each version of Windows 10 and can be activated quite easily. Let's get started and see how to use and get the most out of multiple desktops on a Windows 10 device.
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10 Best Game Controllers for Your Console or PC

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A black wireless game controllerGaming joysticks or game controllers have transformed completely in recent years. Technology has helped in adding several features to modern gaming joysticks that were not possible earlier. Although most gaming consoles come with their joysticks, gamers often prefer to get a custom one that suits their needs. I prefer the same. Today, we're going to look at some of the best joysticks available for avid gamers. Some of these game controllers are wireless while others are wired. The difference in response latency of both the versions is almost negligible provided you're going for a good one. All the game controllers mentioned below are compatible with all the popular consoles and work seamlessly on major desktop operating systems too. It is quite difficult to choose from the list given below because each one of them is feature-packed giving you an array of options. Let's get started and check out these powerful joysticks to get the best gaming experience. Do share with us the one you liked and selected from the list.
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How to Spin Up a WordPress Site for Testing and Development

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A person typing in front of a monitor wearing a black tshirtWhether you're a professional or a general WordPress user, at times, you may have wanted to test something on your website but backed off as it may break something on the live version. That's where a test site comes into play that is distinct and separate from your website. Some people prefer to create a local copy of a WordPress site on a computer to test something quickly while others look for an online solution. If you fall in the latter category, there are few solutions to fulfill your objective. Through these solutions, you can instantly create a test website that automatically disposes of itself after a certain period. It's the best way to test things on an isolated test WordPress site. The paid version of these tools lets you extend the life of your test website. Though in most cases, the free version is good enough for testing small things. I often use these tools to test some plugins for my clients before activating them on their live websites. Let's get started and check out these solutions for creating a test WordPress site.
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How to Record Telegram Voice Calls

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Telegram messenger appTelegram is one of the popular messaging apps used by millions of users. It's considered much safer and privacy-oriented than WhatsApp. If you regularly use it for making voice calls, at times, you may have wanted to record your conversations. Natively, the app doesn't support it. But, you can do so with an additional tool. And, that's what we'll learn to do. A call recording app that delivers crystal clear sound recordings with small file size is what a smartphone user looks for. Almost all messaging apps use the VOIP protocol to support a voice call. And that's what these call recording apps hook into to record a voice call. Almost every such app can record VOIP calls from different sources. So, it's not just Telegram, but other apps are also supported by these apps. So, essentially, you can use these solutions to record WhatsApp calls too. Make sure you test your call recording setup before using it on a genuine call. If you're using an old version of Android, the call recording feature may not work as expected.
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How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Web Activities

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An eye peeking from behind a torn green leafPrivacy and security are some of the biggest concerns of daily internet users. We share tons of information on the internet while using different websites during our typical browsing session. Most software giants like Facebook, Google, and others track user activities on the internet. They generally use it to serve them relevant ads. Generally, an average user is not aware of this fact. This user tracking device-independent. If you're logged in to your account on a specific device, you're going to get tracked. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to stop Google from tracking our web activities. And that too, not just on his services, but across the entire internet. Once configured, the settings will take effect on all the logged-in devices you're using with your Google account. So, if you want to stop the prying eyes of Google, and want a bit more privacy while surfing online, go ahead and see how to configure these tracking prevention settings. You may need to clear your browser's cache for these settings to take full effect.
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How to Stop Auto-Play of Videos in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

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A large red color video playback buttonMultimedia content is one of the primary types of content consumed by internet users all over the world. Nowadays, some websites—serving videos—choose to autoplay them for the visitor. This can be annoying for a good percentage of visitors. Reasons can be many! You simply just don't like it and want full control over video playback. Or, you have limited internet data, or you're visiting a NSFW website and just don't want autoplay of videos. Whatever the reason, in my opinion, except in some special cases, autoplay of videos isn't what's going to make most of your website visitors—happy. If you often get annoyed by this autoplay of videos, there's a way to stop it until you explicitly play them—at will. The following tutorial will help you block the autoplay of videos on some of the most popular modern web browsers viz., Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. It'll take just a couple of minutes to activate the autoplay of videos on all of these web browsers. Make sure to hard refresh the browsers after settings are fully done.
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How to Add Custom Ad Code to Blogger Archive Pages

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Custom layouts of blog entriesIt's a common perception that Google's Blogger platform is quite restrictive and doesn't offer much flexibility when compared with other blogging platforms. To some extent, it is true for technically challenged. But, if you're aware of the Blogger template system, you can do a lot more than what an average user is capable of. Today, we're going to learn about inserting custom code between Blogger archive page entries and that too based on different conditions. Most probably you're going to use this technique for inserting some kind of ad code between the entries, but, of course, you're free to insert just about any kind of custom code. The code snippets given below works with older templates. If you're using a new Blogger template system, these code snippets may not work. Try it on a demo blog before applying it to the real one. Apart from the conditions given here, you can create your own to insert custom code as per your requirements. Some of these snippets can be used on single post pages too.
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