How to Cancel Audible in 6 Easy Steps

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Where can you ask Jeremy Irons, Jake Gyllenhaal,  Bryan Cranston, and Kate Winslet to whisper in your ear? Amazon’s Audible is the world’s largest seller of audiobooks. Is that making you think twice about cancelling your Audible subscription? Even then, let’s see how to cancel an Audible subscription in a few easy steps. If you are an audiobook lover, then”Is Audible worth it?” is a legitimate question. You also might have your own genuine reason to cancel your Audible account. Is it any of the ones below? Reasons for Cancelling an Audible Subscription Audible has a lot of pros for audiobook…

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Where can you ask Jeremy Irons, Jake Gyllenhaal,  Bryan Cranston, and Kate Winslet to whisper in your ear? Amazon’s Audible is the world’s largest seller of audiobooks. Is that making you think twice about cancelling your Audible subscription? Even then, let’s see how to cancel an Audible subscription in a few easy steps.

If you are an audiobook lover, then”Is Audible worth it?” is a legitimate question. You also might have your own genuine reason to cancel your Audible account. Is it any of the ones below?

Reasons for Cancelling an Audible Subscription

Audible has a lot of pros for audiobook lovers. But there could be a few personal negatives for you too. One of them might be your main reason.

  • The Audible monthly subscription is too high for the single monthly credit.
  • You dislike Audible’s recommendation system as it does not surface the titles you need.
  • The reason for using the app has changed: For instance, you drove a lot earlier and now you don’t.
  • You comprehend more when you read rather than listen.
  • There are cheaper alternatives to Audible audiobooks.

Your reason might not be on the above shortlist, but Audible makes it easy to cancel a subscription in a few clicks.

How to Cancel an Audible Subscription

With your reason decided, you can set out to cancel your Audible subscription. We will look at the simple step-by-step process first and then get into a few more guidelines that you should be aware of.

  1. Log into the Audible desktop site. You cannot cancel a subscription from the  Audible phone or tablet app.
  2. Click on the dropdown arrow next to your name and select Account Details.
    Log into the Audible desktop site.
  3. Click Cancel membership at the bottom of the “View membership details” section.
    Click Cancel membership
  4. In the next screen, Audible asks you for a feedback on the reasons for the cancellation. Explain your reasons and click the Cancel Membership button.
    Audible Cancellation Feedback
  5. Depending on your location and reasons for cancellation, Amazon might offer you an alternative. For instance, it might suggest a pre-paid membership plan instead of a recurring plan. It can also offer you a “special” plan in an effort to indude you to stay on. Continue the cancellation steps if you are not interested in the service.
    Audible offer
  6. Sign again into Amazon Audible to confirm your cancellation. After you cancel, an automated email will be sent to you as proof of your cancellation.

Any problems? Head to the Customer Service page and contact the support desk.

Before You Cancel Your Audible Subscription

Before you hit the orange cancel button, read through these points. Amazon also highlights them on its Help page.

  • You can cancel the monthly recurring plan only. Prepaid plans cannot be cancelled as they will just expire.
  • Cancel your membership from the desktop site. Audible does not allow you to cancel any plans from the mobile apps. But you can use the desktop versions in Chrome and Safari to access the site and go through the process.
  • Unused credits are also cancelled with the subscription. Make sure to use them before you cancel. You cannot transfer them to anyone else.
  • Keep listening to your audiobook collection. You retain the use of your old audiobook library and can download them again.
  • Cancel before the next billing cycle. Manage all your online subscriptions and cancel it before the next payment cycle starts. Also, cancel your subscription if you are in the trial period if you do not want to be billed when the trial ends.
  • You can still purchase Audible books. But you won’t be able to take advantage of special discounts, deals, and special Audible features like an audiobook exchange or returns.

5 Alternatives to Canceling Your Audible Account

The one-month Audible trial period with your choice of books is the ideal first step to see if it’s for you. But let’s say you have waded in and now are unsure about your commitment to the service. One of the most common reasons is lack of time.

You can give it one more shot before you take the nuclear option with a few suggested steps.

  1. Switchover to a lower priced plan. Tailor your subscription to your listening habits. Audible offers several membership plans and the option to switch plans anytime. Click the Switch Membership button located below “Your Membership” section.
    Audible Membership Plans
  2. Take a hiatus. Some marketplaces (like U.S and U.K) will allow you to put your membership on hold. But only if you have a monthly recurring plan. Also, an account can be on hold only once every 12 months. This hold can be anywhere between one to three months. You won’t be charged a membership fee, but you will also not receive any new credits or free access to audio shows.
  3. Try it with a special offer. As I explained before, Audible can sometimes offer you a special package when you go through the cancellation steps. It can be an incentive to build an audiobook listening habit for another three months at a good discount. After all, a good motivational audiobook can even change your life in little ways.
  4. Use an Audible Promotional Code. Promotional codes can help you to reduce the membership fees and help extend your association with the service. Search for Amazon promotional codes.
  5. Tune others into Family Library Sharing. You can set up an Amazon Household Library and share your audiobooks.

Saying Goodbye to Audible

Audible Cancellation Mail

Maybe, it’s time to cut the cord. Maybe, you haven’t had the good luck to cobble together a few hours for an audiobook. But sometimes the cancellation process itself is so daunting with that difficult to find button. The good news is that Amazon makes it easy to let go. Though, it does make a last-ditch attempt to hold on to you. And it does use a simple blue “text” button instead of a flaring red one!

If it’s not the issue of membership cost with you, then look into some of these Audible insider tips. They might help you maximize the credits you have lying around before you jump out.

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12 Striking Dark Wallpaper Sites That Are Perfect for Your Desktop

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The computer desktop is a personal space, and so you get to do it up with your choice of wallpapers. Desktop wallpapers reveal something about our natures. The kind of mood you are in. Science says that the choice of colors affect how we think and feel. Maybe also light or the absence of it. So how do you feel about dark desktop wallpapers? The obvious benefit of using dark backgrounds on your desktop is that all your icons and folders stand out in contrast. They make text easier to read. For instance, a dark motivational wallpaper spotlights the inspiring message…

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The computer desktop is a personal space, and so you get to do it up with your choice of wallpapers. Desktop wallpapers reveal something about our natures. The kind of mood you are in. Science says that the choice of colors affect how we think and feel. Maybe also light or the absence of it. So how do you feel about dark desktop wallpapers?

The obvious benefit of using dark backgrounds on your desktop is that all your icons and folders stand out in contrast. They make text easier to read. For instance, a dark motivational wallpaper spotlights the inspiring message scribbled on it.

So let’s look at a few high-quality free dark-themed wallpapers for your desktop.

1. Wallpapers Craft

Dark Wallpapers from WallpaperCraft

The better wallpaper sites allow you to choose a wallpaper according to your screen resolution. They also have multiple categories for you to choose from. Wallpapers Craft could be on the shortlist. The catalog of dark wallpapers gives you 1000+ wallpapers to choose from. Sort them by the number of downloads or ratings for the best pick.

I am partial to the light, sky, stars background you see in the above screenshot.

Download: Light, Sky, Stars Wallpaper

2. Pexels

Grey Shark Wallpaper

You can create your own desktop wallpapers. I suppose designing dark wallpapers is easier than most. Take a dark background and then customize it with your own motivational message or a reminder.

One of my favorite sites to go for dark backgrounds is Pexels. Take this photo of a grey shark for instance. The download button will let you pick from four resolutions or a custom one (which can warp the photo).

Download: Grey Shark Wallpaper

3. Wallpapers Wide

Gothic Lion Dark Wallpaper

Come here to grab wallpapers in every category you can think of. Also available are Retina wallpapers and backgrounds for dual or triple monitor setups. Set the aspect ratio and resolution filters as you go hunting.

Download: Gothic Lion

4. Unsplash

Observing Space Desktop Wallpaper

Unsplash is another popular stock photography website. It has carved its own special place in the hearts of wallpaper hunters. The collection of dark photos I linked to is just one example of the sets you can expect to find. You can also pick from this excellent collection of black wallpapers.

Search the site with a keyword like “dark photos” or “dark desktop wallpapers” or something more specific. Every photo you find on Unsplash is licensed under Creative Commons Zero.

Download: Observing Space

5. InterfaceLIFT

InterfaceLIFT Dark Desktop Wallpaper

The navigation and the ease with which you can find wallpapers makes one come back here. For instance, I can find a wallpaper of the exact hue and a resolution that fits my device. The site also automatically detects this resolution for you. And did I mention that this is also one of the larger wallpaper sites out there?

Download: Empire of the Lights

6. WallHaven

Dark Forest Wallpaper from WallHaven

Go to this excellent wallpaper site and browse the “dark” tag. The treasure trove of 4000+ wallpapers covers landscapes, portraits, and fantasy art. Try this sight of a dark forest on your desktop. Does it pull you in?

Download: Dark Forest Wallpaper

7. Adorable Wallpapers

Dark Knight Wallpaper

This wallpaper site has a good collection of dark wallpapers. I stumbled on to this site when hunting for high-definition Dark Knight wallpapers. Everything about this caped crusader is dark and the popularity of his movies (and film posters) ensures that people will peek over your shoulder at your display.

Download: Dark Knight Wallpapers (55 in total)

8. Psiu Puxa

Deep Space Starburst

You can set a real-time photo of the Earth as your desktop background. But go just a few million miles more into deep space for genuine space photos that are just right as dark desktop wallpapers.

This site brings you handpicked wallpapers from all over the universe thanks to photos sourced from NASA and other space agencies. Dig into the collection and gather a few from the darkest corners of the galaxies.

Download: Deep Space

9. HD Wallpapers

Darth Vader Dark Wallpaper

HDWallpapers.net is a huge repository of desktop wallpapers. A separate “Dark” wallpaper category isn’t on the list but you can easily find a few gems with the search box. The multiple resolutions on offer makes sure that all your devices are well-covered. Why not use a common wallpaper for all of them?

Download: Darth Vader Lighting a Cigarette

10. jmd.im

Black Wallpaper

The initials belong to multidisciplinary designer Jean-Marc Denis. He has created a small but stunning wallpaper series of black images by juxtaposing space, scale, textures, shapes, camera angles, and light. You can download all of them in a single ZIP file.

Use them on your desktop or Android phone. If you like minimalist desktop setups, you will love these.

Download: Black VII

11. Wllppr

Monochrome Wallpaper

This wallpaper community site can cover your desktop, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Search for dark wallpapers and use the high resolution (4k and 5k) wallpapers to customize your devices. Pick the right device first with the sidebar filter first.

Download: Monochrome dune

12. DeviantArt

Evil Desktop Wallpaper

Type “dark wallpaper” into the DeviantArt search bar and you will be flooded with 100,000+ results to wade through. For your own sake try a more precise search on the world’s largest online art community. The downside is that you might not always get it in your resolution. The upside is that you have more than enough to choose from.

Download: Evil Wallpaper

Plenty More Dark Wallpapers to Choose From

These are just a few of the well-known wallpaper sites you can bookmark. You can beachcomb with these Google Images hacks too. It can be a great jump point to chase down the right desktop background.

A dark wallpaper or theme can squeeze more out of your battery if it’s an AMOLED (also known as OLED) display. Computer displays are usually LCD and the presence of the backlight negates any battery saving benefits. But a dark Windows theme (with a dark wallpaper included) can do its bit to reduce eye strain.

For me, the mysterious and murky look of a dark wallpaper is enough to appeal on its own. If you can find a dark wallpaper to inspire you every day, then it’s the best of all worlds.

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How to Find a Book Without Knowing the Title or Author

Sometimes you remember a book you read by its jacket. Sometimes by the actions of an obscure character. However, there are times when you can’t remember author or title. I am sure you have racked your brain trying to remember that book you loved reading. Book amnesia has affected us all at some time or another. If you are a book lover of any kind, expect to see (or ask) a question of this type one day: “Do you remember a mystery book that had something about a puppet master as a murderer?” Tracking down that long-lost book is like a…

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Sometimes you remember a book you read by its jacket. Sometimes by the actions of an obscure character. However, there are times when you can’t remember author or title.

I am sure you have racked your brain trying to remember that book you loved reading. Book amnesia has affected us all at some time or another. If you are a book lover of any kind, expect to see (or ask) a question of this type one day:

“Do you remember a mystery book that had something about a puppet master as a murderer?”

Tracking down that long-lost book is like a treasure hunt. In the old days, you could have asked the librarian. Today, search engines like Google have the librarian beat.

Here are some tips to help you find a book without knowing the title or author.

Start Your Book Search With Google

When you can’t (or even if you can) remember the name of a book, author, or the characters in it, Google or any other search engine should be your first port of call. What is true for any generic search is true when trying to find a book without knowing the name and the author too… it’s all about the keywords.

Use Google to Search for a Book

In case of a forgotten title or author, you have to remember anything you can use from the book. It could be the name of a character, a line of dialog, or even basic plot points. The more specific the phrase, the better the result. All rules of a normal search apply (for instance, for exact searches put it in quotes). Google auto-suggestions will also tell you if you are on the right track.

Tip: The search for a long-lost book is a good way to master advanced Google Search skills. For example, you can include or exclude specific keywords, search with an exact phrase, or use the wildcard operator to guess the name of a character.

Now Try Google Books Search

As an avid reader, you should have heard about the massive Google Books Library Project. It is the largest book cataloging project of its kind. Google Books Search works just like Google Search.

The difference is that the reference page displayed for your search result also contains extra information like various covers, tables of content, common terms and phrases, and popular passages from the book. You can view sample pages and check if this is the book you were searching for. Also, you can search within a book.

Use the Advanced Google Search Page with filters like subject, publisher, language, publication date, ISBN and ISSN numbers (you aren’t going to remember these two).

Advanced Book Search

Experiment with keywords and wildcard operators to grab a clue. Even if you do not find the book you’re looking for, you might come across a reference which could then lead you to the answer.

Other Catalogs You Can Use for Your Book Search

There are some search engines which are more specialized for book searches.

BookFinder

Book Finder Search

BookFinder is an advanced search engine (Click on Show more options) which taps into the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers worldwide. Try a keyword search or, if you can recall it, restrict your query by the publication year.

WorldCat

WorldCat

WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. You can search the worldwide database of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries. Search for a book and then locate it at a nearby library. Membership of the library allows you to check out the item online. Try the Advanced Search with unique filters like Audience and Languages.

Peek into WorldCat Genres (or Fictional Finder) which helps you browse through fiction genres for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, locations, and more, ranked by popularity in the world’s libraries.

The Library of Congress

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress (LOC) is the world’s largest library and today it also hosts a huge digital collection. An online book search through its catalog of 167 million items that include books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources shouldn’t take too long. And to top it all, the LOC has a friendly Ask A Librarian form for queries.

Also, check out the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) search tool which is another Library of Congress utility.

Tap Into Amazon Search

Amazon started life as an online bookstore. It remains the leading category by sales with millions of titles in stock at any one time. If Amazon doesn’t sell the book you are looking for, then it’s probably no longer available (or just a figment of your imagination). The basic search bar can get you close to the book with a keyword. But the real spadework can be done by Amazon’s Advanced Book Search.

Amazon Advanced Search for Books

Amazon does not have an official list of advanced search operators. But it does display a few search tips on the above page. The API documentation also lists a few power searches you can try out for your book. Go through the documentation by clicking on “Next”. For instance, experimenting with the [title-begins] keyword could return close hits.

The trick is to cut through the clutter of Amazon search results. Try this neat Amazon advanced search tool called JungleSearch.net to which can help you fetch hidden Amazon search results too.

And if all fails, then do a site search with Google. You might just get lucky. For example:

“Rachel Childs”+journalist site:amazon.com

Search Inside the Book

Amazon not only matches your keywords to titles and authors but also on every word inside a book. You can discover if this is the exact book you are looking for by clicking the Look Inside link and going through the preview pages. Use the Search Inside This Book field to look for sentences, key phrases, and even citations.

Ask for Help From Online Book Communities

Any website which helps you discover your next book will have an online community behind it. Tap into the collective memory of book lovers on these recommended book platforms.

Goodreads

Goodreads

Goodreads is an Amazon subsidiary. As such, you can expect the knowledge base to be just as vast. This social network for book nerds has discussion boards on a variety of topics.

You can go to any genre-specific group and ask for help. But it might be worth trying these two first:

Abe Books: BookSleuth

Abe Books -- BookSleuth

The appropriately named BookSleuth is another good hunting ground for forgotten titles. Use the community forum that is organized by genre, and provide as many details as you can for the members to help you out.

LibraryThing: Name That Book

LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a less hip, more cerebral alternative to Goodreads. Start a new topic for your specific search in this community group and enter all of the book details you can remember.

Last but Not Least: Social Networks!

By now, you should have got either the book or your memory back. If not, your search has probably reached a frustrating hurdle because the book-loving masses haven’t been able to rescue you yet. It’s time to broaden your scope with an SOS on your social network of choice.

Facebook

The social network isn’t only for finding long lost friends. You can also call upon the wisdom of the crowd to help you find that elusive book. Your own social circle might be too limited, so broaden your search using book clubs.

Mark Zuckerberg started A Year of Books, and now it has close to 800,000 followers. Even smaller public groups like Books are worth a try. You just have to shout above the noise.

Twitter

Start with a Twitter search. Hashtags are what makes micro-blogging work, but a generic #books or #bibliophile hashtag might be too broad. Try to plug the specific genre into a hashtag search (e.g. #DarkFantasy or #UrbanFantasy) to narrow your results, and/or when you ask for help.

Quora

Quora

The Q&A site could be the largest gathering of “experts” outside Facebook and Twitter. The best thing about Quora is that you can expect a quality response. Take the answer in the screenshot for example.

Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange Search for Books

A potpourri of 168 Q&A communities makes up Stack Exchange. Stack Overflow might be the most popular with programmers but there are niche communities for Ebooks and Literature. Then, you can also go into a genre-specific community and drop a question. Sci-Fi and Fantasy is popular.

Reddit

You couldn’t have thought of a better name for a subreddit on books than Tip of My Tongue. Just scan your eyes down the solved answers with the green tag to understand the power of collective memory. Also, try other subreddits like What’s That Book, Books, and printSF when you can only remember the cover.

Can You Now Find That Lost Book?

The web relies on the kindness of strangers. The good thing is that book lovers are everywhere and the fraternity is amazingly co-operative. We can always find them closeted together in some group or community.

So, the next time you have a memory blackout try to recall any vague detail of the book.

Go back in time to remember any physical feature or illustration. Try to bring up some associated memories—what were you doing when you were reading that book? How old were you? Was it a gift or did you borrow it?

Believe me, every tiny shred of information helps. But the best tip I can offer to every book lover is this—make a reading list and keep it organized!

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8 Formatting Tips for Perfect Tables in Microsoft Word

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You just cannot create beautiful Microsoft Word documents by cutting corners on tables. On Microsoft Word, tables are essential formatting tools. Microsoft Office has made it easier to create and format basic tables in Word for Office 365, Word 2019,  Word 2016, and Word 2013.Unlock the “Essential Microsoft Office Shortcuts” cheat sheet now!This will sign you up to our newsletterEnter your EmailUnlockRead our privacy policy We haven’t covered tables as much as we would have liked to. It’s time to correct that as the number of people asking questions on how to format tables properly is piling up. Maybe these eight table tips can be an…

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You just cannot create beautiful Microsoft Word documents by cutting corners on tables. On Microsoft Word, tables are essential formatting tools. Microsoft Office has made it easier to create and format basic tables in Word for Office 365, Word 2019,  Word 2016, and Word 2013.

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We haven’t covered tables as much as we would have liked to. It’s time to correct that as the number of people asking questions on how to format tables properly is piling up. Maybe these eight table tips can be an appetizer.

1. How to Make a Table in Word

Using tables and even changing them on the fly according to the data has become far easier in the newer versions of Word like Microsoft Word 2019 and Office 365. Intuitive formatting features give you finer (and quicker) control over how a table looks. But first head to the Ribbon > Insert > Table > Insert Table for making your first table.

It gives you five options for creating your first table.

The quickest way to start is with Quick Tables. The built-in designs save you from the lack of design skills. You can modify the designs by adding your own rows and columns or deleting the ones you don’t need.

Microsoft Word-Insert Table

Another quick way to create a table in Word is the Insert Control feature. You can create a new column or row with one click. Hover the mouse over a table. A bar appears right outside your table between two existing columns or rows. click on it when it appears, and a new column or row will be inserted at that position.

Microsoft Word-Table-Insert ControlWhen you want to move or order a row around, use the combination of Alt+Shift+Up Arrow and Alt+Shift+Down Arrow to order the row up or down. Move contiguous rows by selecting them all first.

How to Position Your Table on the Page?

Right-click on the table and select Table Properties from the context menu. The Table Properties dialog box is for precise control over the data and its display. Control the size, alignment, and indentation of the table.

By default, Word aligns a table on the left. If you want to center a table on the page, select the Table tab. Click on Alignment > Center.

The Indent from left figure controls the distance of the table from the left margin.

Microsoft Word-Table Properties

Position the table according to the text around it for a visually aesthetic look. Wrap text around tables by dragging it by the handle. The text wrapping changes automatically from None to Around. From the Table Positioning dialog box, you can set the Distance from surrounding text for each side of the table.

Microsoft Word-Position Table

Select Move with Text if the text is directly related to the table data. The table is vertically aligned to the related paragraph around it. If the table data applies to the whole document, you can keep the option unchecked.

2. Use the Ruler

Sizing tables and positioning them accurately is an art in itself. If you need precise measurements to size your rows and columns—use the ruler.

Use Microsoft Word Ruler to Position Tables

Hover the mouse over a border. When the double-arrow pointer appears, click the border and hold down the ALT key. Microsoft Word shows specific measurements on the ruler. Move the rows and columns to fit your measurements.

3. Convert Text to Table (and Vice Versa)

Tabular data gives information its structure. It would have been frustrating if Word didn’t have something to handle non-tabular data. You can convert data to tables instantly from the Insert Table command.

Select the text. Go to Ribbon > Insert > Table > Insert Table

Microsoft Word Convert Text to Table

Microsoft Word determines the required number of rows and columns by considering the text separators and then auto-fits the contents. The Convert Text to Table dialog box allows you more control if the previous operation doesn’t work out right. You can also choose how to fit the contents of the table on the page.

Specify rows and columns for table.

You can specify how Microsoft Word should separate the data into rows and columns. Paragraph, tabs, commas, or any other delimiting character. This allows you to easily import non-tabular data from CSV files or plain TXT files and convert them into formatted tables.

Convert Table to Text

Engineer the reverse process if someone asks you to send them files with comma separated values or any other delineator. Select the entire table by clicking the “move” handle above the table.

Go to Ribbon > Table Tools > Layout > In the Data Group, click Convert to Text.

Convert table to text.

Simple text can be boring. When you have the chance, convert your table of data to a more visual chart instead with one of the underused features in Microsoft Word.

4. Auto-Fill Column Numbers

Microsoft Excel makes auto-filling a sequence of numbers very easy. Microsoft Word does not and you may have to resort to a manual job. There is a simpler way.

Create a new column for the serial numbers if it does not exist. Select this column by positioning the mouse over the column.

With the column selected, go to Home > Paragraph > Click the Numbering button for inserting a numbered list.

Insert Numbers in Tables

A number sequence is inserted in the column automatically.

5. Freeze Those Tables!

Microsoft Word tables change their dimension to accommodate new data. There may be times when you do not want the table to change size at all, even when new data is inserted. That is—“freeze” the size of cells.

The first step is to specify a fixed size for the cells. Go to Table Properties > Row > Enter a value in the Specify height box. For Row height is select Exactly from the dropdown.

Freeze Tables in Microsoft Word

Now, select the Table tab > click the Options button > uncheck the Automatically Resize to Fit Contents check box.

Microsoft Word - Do Not Resize Table

Click OK twice to exit the Table Properties dialog box.

This also solves the problem of inserting an image into a cell without the cell expanding to accommodate the image. If the image is bigger than the available space in the cell, it gets cropped to fit within the cell.

6. Change Rows Into Columns in a Table

There are situations where you have to change rows into columns and columns into rows. One possible scenario is where the number of columns exceeds the page margin. Switching columns around to rows and vice-versa is called transposition.

The bad news is that Word does not have an inbuilt method for handling this yet. Microsoft suggests that you copy-paste your table into Microsoft Excel and use its Transpose command. The transposed table can now be copy-pasted back into Microsoft Word.

Change Rows Into Columns in a Table

Dann shows how easy it is in Excel with this short tutorial on switching rows into columns. Also, take the help of Microsoft’s Support Page if you run into a problem using the Transpose command.

7. Paste Perfect Excel Tables into Gmail

You will find a use for this simple workaround. By default, Gmail does not retain the spreadsheet format when you paste from Microsoft Excel. To email tabular data without sending it as a separate attachment, use Microsoft Word as a bridge.

Paste Perfect Excel Tables into Gmail

Select and copy-paste the Microsoft Excel table to a Microsoft Word document with the source formatting. Now, copy-paste from Microsoft Word to Gmail. As you can see from the screenshot, the problem is solved. You might have to tweak the more heavily formatted tables slightly, but most of the formatting is retained.

8. Reuse Your Tables to Save Time

You can save a lot of time by re-using tables when you create professional reports and documents. Save empty table formats and insert new data when required. With this quick save, you won’t have to recreate the layout from scratch for new data.

Select a table. Go to Ribbon > Insert > Text group > click Quick Parts > Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.

Save to Quick Parts

After you save a selection to the Quick Part Gallery, you can reuse the selection by clicking Quick Parts and choosing the selection from the gallery.

Use the Building Blocks Organizer to preview any table you created. You can also edit properties and delete the tables from here. 

Do Microsoft Word Tables Confuse You?

These tips aren’t enough to cover the scope of tables in our everyday work. I haven’t talked about the role of the Design tab in creating eye-catching tables. That is a topic in itself. But it is one of the lesser areas to get confused over thanks to the visual help in that tab.

Tables are one common area between Microsoft Word and Excel. Microsoft Excel is for power managing tabular data, but doing them well in both is an essential Microsoft Office skill. Use them at every opportunity.

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How to Get a Satellite View of Your House Using Google Earth

Google Earth (and Google Maps) is the easiest way to get a satellite view of your house and neighborhood. The virtual globe of Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps, aerial photos, and of course the Google search engine. This gives us a fascinating application that enables anyone to view nearly any part of the world and get instant geographic information for that area. Google Earth used to come in Free and Pro flavors, but Google Earth is now completely free to download on desktops, and you can even use it in the Chrome web browser and on Android or iOS. In this article,…

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Google Earth (and Google Maps) is the easiest way to get a satellite view of your house and neighborhood.

The virtual globe of Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps, aerial photos, and of course the Google search engine. This gives us a fascinating application that enables anyone to view nearly any part of the world and get instant geographic information for that area.

Google Earth used to come in Free and Pro flavors, but Google Earth is now completely free to download on desktops, and you can even use it in the Chrome web browser and on Android or iOS. In this article, we’ll show you how to take advantage of Google Earth’s high-resolution graphics and satellite images.

Google Earth Satellite View vs. Google Maps

Google Earth and Google Maps use the same satellite/aerial and street view imagery to give you some amazing data on our planet. Few things like searching, and directions are also similar in both.

But there are important differences too.

Google Earth is a 3D virtual globe while Google Maps is used more like a 2D map even though it has 3D features. Also, Google Maps is a more powerful local tool. Google Maps allows you to find and share directions and explore your locality with a fine-toothed comb. It also keeps this information synced across all your devices.

Google Earth and its satellite imagery may look the same when you compare it with Google Maps. Both have the satellite layer. But it offers an important distinction: a better set of Layers.

Thanks to the Voyager feature inside Google Earth, you can explore interesting cultures and our planet’s nature in all its glory.

In short: When you want to go from Point A to Point B, use Google Maps. When you want to explore the world in all its high-resolution 3D glory, use Google Earth.

Launch Google Earth for some fun virtual trips, and then tap into its many practical benefits.

1. View Your House With Google Earth

Satellite View of Your House

The virtual trips allow you to visit any country on Earth. But you will still go on it to find your own house. You can fly down from outer space and zoom down to the street level.

To find your own house:

  1. Go to the search box on the top left and enter your address.
  2. Double-click your address in the search results. Google Earth will fly you to your neighborhood.
  3. Drag the pegman icon to access Street View and get an up-close look at your home.

You can search any location by address, business name, latitude-longitude coordinates, keywords, and locale name. If it’s a new neighborhood, you can walk around virtually and get to know the services and businesses around your locality.

Google Earth also thinks that you head straight to your home to take in a satellite view. That’s why they took this idea and created a unique storytelling project called This is Home.

But instead of staying put at your own house and thereabouts, why not go over to the House Lannister uninvited with one of the many free virtual trips on Google Earth.

2. Take Virtual Trips From Your Couch

Google Earth Virtual Tour

Google Earth is made for exploration and geographic discoveries. There are fascinating virtual tours on Google Earth.

So you can take a walking tour of Winterfell or jump to King’s Landing without murdering everyone in sight for the Iron Throne. The Game of Thrones virtual tour with 33 locations is one of the more fun activities you can do with the high-resolution satellite imagery on Google Earth.

It’s more scenic on Google Maps Street View, but Google Earth doesn’t lag behind with panoramic 360 degree tours too.

3. Measure Distances Big and Small

Measure Distance on Google Earth Aerial View

You are looking at the aerial view of your home on Google Earth. Maybe, now you would like to measure the plot of land it is standing on or calculate a nearby parcel you have your eyes on. Instead of manually stretching the tape, use Google Earth’s Measure Tool to do it in a few minutes.

On Google Earth Pro you can use lines and shapes to check distances and estimate elevations. For instance, you can use the elevation information to plan hikes around your countryside.

On Google Earth for Chrome, Android and iOS you can use the Measure Tool to calculate the perimeter or distance of between points on the map (see screenshot).

4. Use Historical View to Go Back to the Past

Google Earth Historical Imagery

Google Earth Pro has a slider tucked away on the toolbar that works like a time machine. Imagine you are looking at the satellite view of your house or any other location and would like to see how it looked in the past. You can do three things to access historical imagery for the location.

  1. Go to the menu and select View > Historical Imagery.
  2. Click the Historical Imagery button on the toolbar (a clock with an arrow pointing counterclockwise).
  3. Click on the date in the lower left corner of the Google Earth window. Google Earth will jump to the oldest historical imagery available.

5. See a Satellite View of the Weather

Global Weather Map on Google Earth

Did you know that you can look at weather patterns on a global scale on Google Earth? You can get near real-time data for temperature, wind speed, and precipitation.

  1. Open Google Earth for Chrome (also in Android or iOS).
  2. On the left panel, click the icon for Voyager.
  3. In the list of categories, click on Layers.
  4. Scroll down the tiles and choose Current Weather Radar. You can also click on other tiles like Current Global Temperature, Global Wind Speed, or 24-Hour Global Precipitation.

Combine it with Google Maps, and it may be the only weather app you need.

6. Monitor Natural Disasters in Near Real Time

Google Earth Crisis Map

Google created a product called the Google Crisis Map to help people stay aware of developing natural disasters like hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, and more.

The crisis map uses Google Maps technology to make this information easily available in almost real time on any device with a browser. The crisis map also collates the information spread across multiple agencies and makes it easier to understand for the layman. Of course, it won’t offer you a satellite view of your house in real time but you can at least estimate the precautions you need to take as the disaster flows or ebbs.

You can use the crisis map as a standalone product or even download some layers as KML files to view them on Google Earth. For a more detailed walkthrough, head over to the Google Help Page.

Search Google Earth for the Best Views

Browsing Google Earth can be addictive. In fact, many creative uses have come out of this freewheeling browsing. For instance, Google Faces is an unofficial project that tries to spot “faces” hidden in the topography of our planet. Google Earth VR will soon enable you to take a virtual vacation.

For even more Google Earth fun, take a crack at these Google Maps games.

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11 Free Photoshop Brushes to Make Your Photos Stand Out

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 comes with a revamped brush panel. Unfortunately, there are just four default brush panels, meaning photographers and digital artists may feel short changed. However, one of the “hidden” goodies is from Kyle T. Webster. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership then you can download and use the 1000-brush strong megapack made by the international award-winning illustrator. Then, there are tons of free Photoshop brushes you can find on the web. In this article, we uncover Photoshop brushes specifically made for photographers. 1. Bokeh Brushes Bokeh is a photography effect that is created by an out-of-focus background. Portrait…

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Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 comes with a revamped brush panel. Unfortunately, there are just four default brush panels, meaning photographers and digital artists may feel short changed.

However, one of the “hidden” goodies is from Kyle T. Webster. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership then you can download and use the 1000-brush strong megapack made by the international award-winning illustrator. Then, there are tons of free Photoshop brushes you can find on the web.

In this article, we uncover Photoshop brushes specifically made for photographers.

1. Bokeh Brushes

Bokeh Brush

Bokeh is a photography effect that is created by an out-of-focus background. Portrait photographs commonly rely on these blurred specular highlights behind the headshot. A good bokeh needs a lens with at least an f/2.8 aperture, but what if you want to add a bokeh in post-processing?

You can create a blurred background in Adobe Photoshop. Or you can use this free bokeh brush set to manufacture a creative effect. This freebie set of 92 brushes is free for commercial use.

2. Grunge Brushes

Free Subtle Grunge Brushes

The grunge effect harks back to the early days of tintype photography and film which followed it. The vintage effect can be easily re-created in Adobe Photoshop with layer masks and a tintype texture.

You can use these free subtle grunge brushes to give your photos an aged look. The brushes can be used to frame the photos or add subtle textures.

If you are looking for more grunge brushes, then this set of vintage grunge brushes by alex16 on Deviant Art isn’t bad either.

3. Lens Flare Brushes

Lens Flare Brushes

This single category of Photoshop brushes that imitate different sources of light may justify an article of its own. There is such variety. Take your pick from lens flares to sunbursts, from light swirls to lightning bolts.

For now, we will just download and use these free lens flare brushes. The 15 high quality lens optical flares and stars brushes are 2500 pixels+ in size and should be just right against a dark background. Just remember to use them with attribution.

4. Lightning Brushes

Lightning Bolt Brushes

Have you ever tried to take a photograph of a lightning bolt? It’s an exercise in patience and precision. Lightning is unpredictable. And you must think about your own safety first. The easier option is to use a stroke of a lightning brush on your photo. It’s not as rewarding though.

These 40 high-resolution lightning bolt Photoshop brushes are good enough. And they might help you apply realistic effects to your photos.

5. Skin Brushes

Free Skin Brush Set

You can use these to change skin tone, airbrush any blemishes, or even add stubble. But use them subtly for retouching portraits or any other photograph. The combination pack has three brush sets and is meant for non-commercial use. You can also download the three sets separately.

6. Hair Brushes

Free Adobe Photoshop Hair Brush Set

Like skin tone brushes, hair brushes are also useful for subtle retouching. Hair selections can be difficult. So try a hair brush to finetune your profile photo in Photoshop. For instance, you can use a specific brush to create facial hair. Or retouch parts of a headshot masked from its background.

You can create your own hair brush in Photoshop too, but these free downloads give you a starter pack to work with. The 10 high-resolution graphics can be used in any color. Use them for free with attribution. Also, look around the site for other hair brush sets.

7. Smoke Brushes

Free Smoke Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

Long tendrils of wispy smoke against a black or white background makes an eye catching image. It’s one of those cool project ideas for newbie photographers. You will need gear like an external flash, tripod, a reflector, a black cloth, and a few incense sticks to make it happen. But it’s too much bother when you need to add a quick smoke effect.

These 10 smoke brushes for Photoshop can get you there for the price of an email signup.

8. Fog Brushes

Fog Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

This set of 106 fog brushes can be used as transparent overlays with any image. You can give them any color with Photoshop’s color tool. Use them on landscapes or even for double exposure portraits.

The set is available on Gumroad and is free for commercial use. You can also name your own price and help the developer.

9. Cloud Brushes

Adobe Photoshop Cloud Brush Set

A sunny landscape photo always looks more beautiful with a few patches of clouds. Clouds can also lend mood to landscape photos or be the objects of attention if you want to try some exposure blending.

This photorealistic set of nine cloud brushes hosted on Deviantart offer a nice mix of heavier puffy clouds as well as wispy, mist-like clouds.

This set of 17 free high-resolution cloud brushes on FudgeGraphics.com is worth a download too.

10. Tree Brushes

Adobe Photoshop Free Tree Brush Set

When we are talking about landscape photography, then why leave out the more natural elements. Adobe Photoshop CC has a cool Tree Filter that adds realistic trees. But flatter tree brushes can not only help you frame a shot but also create interesting silhouettes.

The brush set has nine different brushes and can be useful for making flat wallpapers as the artist intends. If you are looking for more variety, then try a search on 123Brushes for their free tree brush packs.

11. Logo Brushes

Badge shape logo brush for Adobe Photoshop

You can take a neat font, any shape, or a calligraphic brush and create a cool logo in Photoshop. You can search for vector shapes too. But logo brushes for Photoshop are a shortcut if you don’t want to make your own custom logo brush.

You will find a rich set of logo brushes that will give you more options to play around with. Pick one and make your own custom watermark for your images. Another alternative is to search for a brush with the kind of shape you are looking for.

Create Your Own Photoshop Brushes Now

Custom brushes are used mostly by digital artists. But as the above roster shows, photographers can also find a few benefits.

The sheer variety of free Photoshop brushes on offer across the web is because it’s not too difficult to create your own. So why not create your own custom Photoshop brushes and share them on the web so that others can use them in their work.

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How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

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PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document. Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it. How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10 The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any…

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pdf-files

PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document.

Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it.

How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any app that has a print feature. You can find it in the Print dialog of the applications. Also note that “extracting a page from a PDF” keeps the original PDF document intact. The extracted pages are “copied” as a separate PDF and saved in your desired location.

The process is simple. We are using Google Chrome to open and extract the PDF pages:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to extract pages from with a program that supports PDF. Browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge are ideal candidates. Even Microsoft Word can do the job.
  2. Go to the Print dialog or hit the universal shortcut key Ctrl + P. You can also right-click and select Print from the context menu.
  3. In the Print dialog, set your printer to Microsoft Print to PDF.
    Microsoft Print to PDF in Chrome
  4. In the Pages section, select the option for entering a page range and enter the page number which you want to extract. For instance, if you want to extract Page 7 of a PDF file, enter 7 in the box. If you want to extract a few non-consecutive pages like page 7 and 11, enter 7, 11 in the box.
  5. Click Print and browse to the location where you want to save the file.

Multiple extracted pages are saved as a single PDF document. To separate them as different documents you need to extract them one by one.

The ability to extract PDF pages is useful in many everyday scenarios, just like these free tools that help you edit PDF files anywhere.

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How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

pdf-files

PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document. Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it. How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10 The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any…

Read the full article: How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

pdf-files

PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document.

Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it.

How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any app that has a print feature. You can find it in the Print dialog of the applications. Also note that “extracting a page from a PDF” keeps the original PDF document intact. The extracted pages are “copied” as a separate PDF and saved in your desired location.

The process is simple. We are using Google Chrome to open and extract the PDF pages:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to extract pages from with a program that supports PDF. Browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge are ideal candidates. Even Microsoft Word can do the job.
  2. Go to the Print dialog or hit the universal shortcut key Ctrl + P. You can also right-click and select Print from the context menu.
  3. In the Print dialog, set your printer to Microsoft Print to PDF.
    Microsoft Print to PDF in Chrome
  4. In the Pages section, select the option for entering a page range and enter the page number which you want to extract. For instance, if you want to extract Page 7 of a PDF file, enter 7 in the box. If you want to extract a few non-consecutive pages like page 7 and 11, enter 7, 11 in the box.
  5. Click Print and browse to the location where you want to save the file.

Multiple extracted pages are saved as a single PDF document. To separate them as different documents you need to extract them one by one.

The ability to extract PDF pages is useful in many everyday scenarios, just like these free tools that help you edit PDF files anywhere.

Read the full article: How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

How to Remember Video Playback Position in VLC to Resume Later

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What happens when you stop watching a movie midway through and return to it later? Fast-forwarding to the exact spot you left off isn’t always easy. Fortunately, VLC Media Player offers a nifty solution: bookmarks. Bookmarks in VLC are used to remember the current playback position in a video and allow you to resume from that point at a later time. Several media players offer this feature, but VLC is unique in that it also lets you create custom bookmarks. Resume Playback From Last Played Position in VLC A certain VLC setting lets you to play the last 100 videos…

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What happens when you stop watching a movie midway through and return to it later? Fast-forwarding to the exact spot you left off isn’t always easy. Fortunately, VLC Media Player offers a nifty solution: bookmarks.

Bookmarks in VLC are used to remember the current playback position in a video and allow you to resume from that point at a later time. Several media players offer this feature, but VLC is unique in that it also lets you create custom bookmarks.

Resume Playback From Last Played Position in VLC

A certain VLC setting lets you to play the last 100 videos exactly from the last played position the last time those videos were opened:

  1. Open the VLC Player. Go to Tools > Preferences (or use the Ctrl + P shortcut).
  2. On the Interface screen, go down to the choices for Continue playback?
    Resume Playback in VLC
  3. Click the dropdown and select Always. Now, whenever you open a partially watched video, it will resume playback from the point you left off.

But what if you want to bookmark specific points in a media file?

How to Use Custom Bookmarks in VLC Player

VLC Media Player has a custom bookmark feature which you can use to save your chosen video positions in the player. You can then instantly go to these points and resume playback from there.

  1. Go to Playback > Custom Bookmarks > Manager. Alternatively, use the Ctrl + B shortcut key to open the Edit Bookmarks box.
  2. Click the Create button and an instant bookmark will be created for the position of the video file. You can create multiple bookmarks for different positions in a video. To resume playback, click on the bookmark in the box access it from the list displayed under Custom Bookmarks.
    Custom Bookmarks in VLC
  3. Click Delete and the bookmark will be erased. Clear removes all the bookmarks you have set for the video.

The only problem? Custom bookmarks are session specific. If you shut down the player, or the computer, then the custom bookmarks disappear. But thanks to the VideoLAN community, an extension called Moments’ Tracker can solve this vexing issue. This extension is just one of the powerful ways to extend the utility of VLC Player.

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How to Use Microsoft Bing for Answers to Coding Problems

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Pre-written code snippets can be like little building blocks that help you meet programming deadlines, especially when those code snippets are modular and abstract The Code Sample Answer feature in Microsoft Bing is a search aid that helps you find the exact piece of code for your needs. How to Use Code Sample Answers in Microsoft Bing Type your programming query in Bing’s search box. The search engine’s advanced algorithm will extract the code snippet (if available) from any indexed article, forum discussion, or online documentation. The answer is displayed in the search result with a link to the source article. Bing uses…

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Pre-written code snippets can be like little building blocks that help you meet programming deadlines, especially when those code snippets are modular and abstract

The Code Sample Answer feature in Microsoft Bing is a search aid that helps you find the exact piece of code for your needs.

How to Use Code Sample Answers in Microsoft Bing

Type your programming query in Bing’s search box. The search engine’s advanced algorithm will extract the code snippet (if available) from any indexed article, forum discussion, or online documentation. The answer is displayed in the search result with a link to the source article.

Bing Code Search

Bing uses natural language processing and is smart enough to differentiate between a code query and a non-code query. The Bing blog also says that this search feature works for languages outside of the Microsoft family. So, do try it out for any languages you are working with.

You cannot use Google to find direct answers to your code queries yet. DuckDuckGo can return a code snippet embedded in the search results, but I’m not sure about the scope and limitations of DuckDuckGo’s own feature.

There are many code snippers sites on the web. Even then, Microsoft Bing gives developers and those learning to code another way to find code samples and re-use them in their own programming projects.

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