How to Install Pop!_OS on Windows 10 Through Hyper-V

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Pop!_OS desktop screenshotThough one can dual boot Windows and Linux, running the latter in a virtual machine is a much convenient option if you're looking to use it occasionally for casual browsing or testing purposes. Today, we're going to learn to install Pop!_OS on a Windows 10 PC with the help of a native Hyper-V virtual machine manager. This Linux distribution is built on top of Ubuntu and is actively developed by System76, a company famous for its custom-built Linux computers. No matter which Linux distribution you've used in the past, this one is going to be on your favorites list, right from day one. The user interface and features specific to this distro are quite good. Before you decide to go ahead with this, make sure you have a computer with enough power to smoothly run a virtual machine. A minimum of dual-core 64-bit processor and at least 8 GB RAM with 3 to 4 GB reserved for the virtual machine is what I recommend for a smooth experience. Anything less will result in a poor and sluggish experience.
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How to Create and Automate Custom Tasks on an Android Smartphone

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Android logo against a dark backgroundThough an average user may never feel the need to create custom tasks on an Android smartphone, savvy ones do want an easy way to do so. These custom tasks can range from a custom notification upon an SMS arrival from a specific number to a multi-step task involving several common tasks grouped linearly. Natively, Android doesn't provide an option or a way to create such custom tasks. But, there are several specialized apps made specifically for this purpose. Almost all of them provide extremely flexible options to create a multi-step custom task without meddling with any kind of code. I've handpicked some of the best ones and have tested them thoroughly before including them in the list. Initially, you may struggle to create custom tasks through these apps as it may sometimes feel, a bit overwhelming. But, after creating a couple of custom tasks, you'll get hold of it and then the sky is the limit. While creating tasks through these apps, make sure you do not mess with your phone's system settings.
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How to Sync Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet With Google Sheets File

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A Google sheet illustrationThough one can use more than one office application suites that are online and are offered either for free or as a SaaS service, some people still prefer the good old office desktop applications. One such popular spreadsheet application is Microsoft Excel. If you're working in an environment that requires sharing of your Excel spreadsheet with other people, one of the best ways to do this is to sync it with a connected Google Sheets file. There are several ways to do it. Some of the methods are relatively easy, while others involve a substantial amount of code fiddling. I'll try to avoid the second scenario to enable you to set up the syncing process in an easy manner. Here I must tell you that the methods shown below may not set up automated syncing. You may need to press the button within your Excel application to complete the syncing process. These methodologies may not work with the online Office 365 office suite. It is targeted at desktop excel software and Google Sheets. Let's learn how to configure this file syncing system.
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10 Best WordPress Gutenberg Plugins for Advanced Content Blocks

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If you're a Gutenberg user and struggle to format and create different content types, many content block plugins enable you to do exactly that. Through them, you can easily format and display different types of content sections without any hassle. Some of these plugins focus on a specific type of content while others offer a collection of different types of advanced content blocks. These plugins are best suited for professionals who're looking to create specialized content sections rather than just plain blog posts. I've been using some of these blocks on my clients' sites and these extensions enabled them to use Gutenberg, the way they wanted to. Most of the free versions of these plugins are powerful enough to cater to the needs of general users. But, if you're looking for some advanced functionality, a pro version of some of these content blocks gives you all the power you need. While trying these content block plugins, make sure you're using a private test page or post to ensure things do not break on a live site.
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10 Best Services to Create Temporary Email Addresses

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Email app icon in a smartphoneAlmost every internet user has an email address. It's a necessity as it is often used to receive notifications and information related to various services used by us daily. But, sometimes we just don't want to share our primary email address. That's where temporary email addresses are of great importance. These email addresses expire automatically after a specified period and are best suited for a one-time short communication session. Although almost every popular email service allows you to create aliases, they still expose your primary email address to the intended recipient. Today, we're going to see some of the best services offering temporary email addresses to its user base. Almost each of these services is free-to-use and gives you ample options to use the temporary email address effectively without revealing the actual address. Before you use these services, be aware that delivery reliability should not be considered as good as regular email services. So, let's get started and check out these services and tools.
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2 Ways to Prevent Indexing of Blogger Archive and Search Pages

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Google Analytics dashboardBlogger archive pages are of different types and can be a source of content duplication if you're publishing articles as a whole instead of excerpts on these pages. By default, the indexing of these pages is turned on. Some of the blog owners prefer indexing of these pages while others do not. I do not prefer the indexing of these pages. All I want is the homepage, the static pages, and of course simple post pages in the search engine database. And, for that, I've blocked the indexing of both the search and archive pages on this blog. If you want the same, you can too do it in two different ways. The first way is dead simple while the other one requires some code fiddling. We'll take a look at both these methods. When I blocked my archive pages in the past, the first method was not available at that time. Nowadays, the dashboard has been updated with many useful options. And, preventing indexing of select pages is one of the available options. You can apply these settings on the live blog as it won't hinder traffic at all.
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How to See and Delete Diagnostic Data Collected by Windows 10

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A laptop screen with a line chart with a black backgroundPrivacy is one of the biggest concerns among netizens. Nowadays, almost every popular application implements some type of data collection (a.k.a telemetry) system in the name of improving and enhancing the software. But, we as general users either are not aware of this functionality or just don't know what data is being collected. If you're a Windows 10 user, you must know that a ton of diagnostic data is generated and passed on to Microsoft for so-called improving the operating system. If you're not comfortable with it and want to stop it altogether, there's no easy way to do it. The operating system does provide some options to limit this functionality but there's nothing to stop it completely. This guide is all about viewing this diagnostic data and selectively deleting it. The application to do all this is provided by Microsoft but most of us are not aware of it. If you find this a bit technical, you may choose to completely omit it. So, let's get started and manage the diagnostic data collected by Windows 10.
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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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