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How to Delete an Extra Page in Microsoft Word

You’ve just finished working on a Microsoft Word document. Upon giving it a quick scan before printing, you notice an extra page has sneaked its way in. No big deal; just delete it, right? Perhaps not. Extra pages can be surprisingly tricky, so let’s learn how to delete a page in Word.

If the standard methods to delete a page fail—what can you do? Today, we’re going to explain how to delete a blank page in Word. Then, we will look at a few solutions you can try if it doesn’t work.

How to Delete a Page in Word: Use the “Go To” Box

Let’s assume you don’t want to spend the next five minutes mashing the backspace button or trying to do some excessively precise mouse-work. You can use the “Go To” search feature in Find and Replace to make the process simple.

On Windows

Go To Search in Microsoft Word

Use these instructions if you’re running Windows:

  1. Click anywhere on the page you want to remove
  2. Press CTRL + G.
  3. The Find and Replace box will appear.
  4. In the left-hand panel, select Page.
  5. In the Enter Page Number field, type page.
  6. When you’re ready, hit Enter.
  7. The page you want to delete will now be selected
  8. Press the Delete button on your keyboard.

On macOS

The instructions to delete a Word page on macOS are similar:

  1. Click anywhere on the page you want to remove.
  2. Press CTRL + Option + G.
  3. Select Page in the Find and Replace box.
  4. Type page in the Enter Page Number box.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Press Delete.

Because both methods rely on Word’s Go To function, you could also use a + or to jump straight to the page in question.

For example, if the page you want to delete is 12 pages above the one you’re currently looking at, typing -12 in the Enter page number box will take you there. This saves you from scrolling through multiple pages of long documents to find the one you want to remove.

Use the Navigation Pane to Delete a Page in Word

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It’s easy to accidentally create a blank page in Word—for instance, pressing the Page Down button will instantly bump you down one page.

If the document has lots of blank pages and your scrolling finger is getting tired, you need to turn to the Navigation Pane. To activate it, go to View > Show and tick the box next to the Navigation Pane option.

A new panel will appear on the left of the screen. By default, it will show any page headers that are in your document. However, if you click on the Pages tab, you and scroll through the thumbnails of the pages.

Clicking on a thumbnail will take you to the page within the document. From there, you can delete it as needed.

Remove a Page in Word: Troubleshooting

It’s not uncommon to see users complaining that they cannot delete a page in Word. The problem appears especially common when the blank page appears at the end of a document, but it could happen anywhere.

How can you fix it?

1. Document Margins

margins in word

An overly large page margin could be stopping you from deleting an extra page in Word. Again, it’s the type of problem you might not even notice if you’d caught a menu button my mistake.

To check, go to Layout > Margins and either choose one of the default options or enter a custom selection.

2. Paragraph Marks

paragraph marks word

If you turn on formatting marks in Word, you’ll be able to see what’s going on with your document.

To enable them, go to Home > Paragraph and click on the Show Paragraph Mark icon. Alternatively, press CTRL + *.

Once enabled, scan the blank page for paragraph marks. If you see any, delete them. Paragraph marks are hidden features in Word and sometimes you have to reveal them to solve any problems in your document.

3. Page Breaks

If your blank page is in the middle of a document rather than at the end, an errant page break is almost certainly to blame.

Turning on the paragraph marks in the method detailed above will also let you see the page breaks. Remove the page breaks and it will help to get rid of the blank page in Word as well.

4. Tables

A quirk of the way Microsoft Word works means that if your document ends with a table, Word will automatically enter a paragraph mark after it. If the table also falls at the bottom of a page, this can force an extra page to be created.

It’s impossible to delete the final mark, but there is a workaround that means you won’t need to adjust the size of the table itself. Just highlight the paragraph mark and change the font size to 1.

If the mark is still there, highlight it with the cursor, right-click, and select Paragraph in the context menu. Click on the Indents and Spacing tab and change all the spacing to zero.

And if somehow the page is still there, you can try hiding the paragraph entirely. Go to Home > Font click on the small arrow in the lower-right corner to open the pop-out menu. Locate the Effects section on the Fonts tab and mark the checkbox next to Hidden.

5. Section Breaks

page setup word

Section breaks are essential to denote the start and end of sections of different formatting within the same document.

As such, if a section break is causing a blank page, proceed with caution. You don’t necessarily want to outright delete it, as doing so could cause major formatting issues elsewhere.

The correct approach is to set the section break to Continuous. To make the change, click just after the break you want to alter, then go to Layout > Page Setup on the ribbon and launch the pop-out menu.

In the layout tab, change the Section start option to Continuous.

6. Printer Settings

If you’re getting blank pages when you print a document, but you don’t see any on-screen, your printer settings are probably to blame.

Covering every printer is beyond the scope of this article, but you should head to your printer’s Preferences page and look for the Separator page option.

Learn More About Microsoft Word

If you’ve learned something new from this article, you’ll love some of our other in-depth coverage of Microsoft Word and Office 365.

To get started, why not discover how to add and format endnotes and footnotes?

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How to Group Watch Plex Together With Friends Online

The growth of movie downloading paired with the crippling consequences of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic means fewer people than ever are watching movies with their friends. People just don’t go to theaters any more.

That’s had a knock-on effect on the social aspect of movie watching. Going to see a brand new movie in a packed cinema can be an exhilarating experience. You don’t get that experience sat on your sofa.

Thankfully, it’s possible to watch Plex together with your friends. The functionality is available from directly within the app using Watch Together, or from a third-party tool called SyncLounge.

Plex’s Watch Together Feature

First, let’s take a look at the native Plex tool for watching videos with friends. Called Watch Together, it’s officially still in the experimental stage. However, the feature appears to work flawlessly and the interface is easy to use. It definitely gets the MakeUseOf stamp of approval.

Who Can Use Plex’s Watch Together?

plex watch together users

While Plex’s Watch Together feature remains in beta, it’s free to use for all Plex users. However, this may change when it’s launched officially. Plex’s own documentation appears to suggest that Watch Together will remain free if you only want to stream content from Plex’s free, in-house, ad-supported streaming service. However, if you want to stream content from your own library, it seems likely that you’ll need to subscribe to Plex Pass.

At the time of writing, you’ll need to have an Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, or Roku device to be able to use Watch Together. You cannot use Watch Together from the web app.

How Many People Can Tune In Using Watch Together?

plex watch together lobby

Officially, Plex hasn’t named a limit of the number of users (although we’re sure one exists).

In practice, however, the amount who can sync content together will depend on the Plex Media Server’s hardware, your network connection, your disk speed, and the video quality.

Confused? Here’s how Plex describes the user limit:

“If your Plex Media Server and network could not handle that number of users streaming things individually all at the same time, then it would also not be able to support them for Watch Together.”

Beware, trying to add too many users will lead to playback issues and the video will be unwatchable.

How to Use Watch Together on Plex

plex watch together episode

Assuming you’re using one of the supported devices, you’ll need to hit the More button (three horizontal dots) on a video’s pre-play screen, then select Watch Together from the list of options.

Next, you need to add people to your Watch Together session. You can only invite Plex users who you are “Friends” with. When you’re ready, click on the names of the friends you want to add and hit Done. To add a new friend, go to Settings > Users and Sharing > Share Libraries and enter the username or email address of the person you want to connect with.

(NB: If you just added a new friend and don’t see them in the list, you will need to restart your app to refresh the screen.)

If you’re being invited to someone else’s Plex Watch Together session, you’ll see a Watch Together row appear at the top of your app’s home screen, along with the video that’s been loaded by the host.

As users accept invitations, they’ll all appear together in a lobby. Once everyone has arrived, the host can begin playback. Only the host can control play/pause functionality once the video has started. Hosts also have sole control over different audio streams and subtitle tracks.

SyncLounge

synclounge plex

Formerly called Plex Together, SyncLounge is another great way to watch Plex together with friends.

Like Plex’s official Watch Together tool, SyncLounge will sync up your individual Plex apps so that you’re all watching the same footage at the same time.

SyncLounge Features

SyncLounge has some features that are not yet available in the official tool. For example, you can hide your Plex username when you sign into a room, you can rejoin recent rooms, and you can automatically play the next episodes when you’re binge-watching TV with friends.

We also really like the app’s user status indicators. Each user has a colored ring around their profile picture to denote sync distance, and you can even see the type of Plex client they are using if you hover over their name.

How to Use SyncLounge for Plex

synclounge sign in plex

To begin, click the Get Started link on the Sync Lounge website and enter your Plex login details. If you don’t fancy handing over your credentials, you can download the app from GitHub and run it directly on your own server.

Hosts will need to create a room and invite other people to join them. Invitees just need to accept the invite when it arrives.

Like Watch Together, only hosts can play and pause the video, change the subtitles, and change the audio.

Signing Out of SyncLounge

Don’t worry, SyncLounge isn’t the type of app that requires you to revoke access if you ever stop using it; your Plex user details are not held on the developer’s servers.

Plex’s Watch Together vs. SyncLounge

SyncLounge has some benefits over Plex’s official Watch Together tool.

Firstly, you don’t need to be “Plex buddies” to sync your content. Secondly, the Plex servers of every person connected to the room are available, thus creating a super-repo of content.

The danger, of course, is that Plex might pull the plug on the backend API that makes a third-party app possible, especially once its own Watch Together feature comes out of beta.

Longterm, we’d assume Plex’s backing of its in-house tool will help to establish it as the better product, but for now, it’s easy to make the case for SyncLounge instead.

How to Watch Other Video Apps Together With Friends

Plex isn’t the only app that lets you watch content in sync with your friends far away. Netflix subscribers should check out how to use the Netflix Party Chrome extension, and there are also plenty of ways to watch YouTube with far-away friends.

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How to Organize Your Plex Library Using Collections

If your media collection is growing out of control, it may be time to organize your Plex library.

Content collections are a criminally underused part of the Plex app. Not only do they have massive organizational benefits, but you can also use them to customize the way your libraries look by using artwork and other metadata.

However, before you can use Plex collections, you need to understand how to enable them on your libraries, how to view them, and how to edit them. And some of the settings aren’t too easy to find.

Here’s how to organize your Plex library using collections…

How to Enable Plex Collections

plex enable collections

Before you can organize your Plex library, you need to enable Plex collections for each individual library on your Plex server. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open the Plex Media Server app (you cannot enable collections from a Plex Media Player app).
  2. Locate the list of your Plex libraries on the left-hand side of the window.
  3. Find the library on which you want to enable collections.
  4. Hover over the library name and click the three vertical dots that appear on the right.
  5. Using the popup menu, navigate to Manage Library > Edit.
  6. Select Advanced in the left-hand panel.
  7. Scroll down to Collections.
  8. Set the option to either Hide items which are in collections or Show collections and their items.
  9. Hit Save Changes.

There’s an important difference between Hide items which are in collections and Show collections and their items.

The first option will prevent items that you’ve added to collections from showing in the main library; only the collection itself will show as a single item. The second option will show both the collection and each individual item within the collection in your library.

How to Create a New Collection

Once you’ve enabled collections in your library, it’s time to make a new collection and start adding content.

To make a new collection, navigate to the preplay screen of the first movie, TV series, or episode you want to add, then click on the Edit button.

plex edit

On the Edit screen, click on Tags in the left-hand panel, then scroll down to Collections.

In the text-entry field, type the name you want to call your new collection and click Add [collection name] in the popup box below the field. When you’re ready, hit Save Changes.

plex create collection

(NB: Collections are locked to the library on which you created them. You cannot add content from two different libraries to the same collection.)

How to Add More Videos to a Collection

Once you’ve created a collection, it’s time to start adding more videos to it.

Two methods are available. You can either repeat the steps above to add content on a case-by-case basis, or you can use multi-select to add videos to your collection in bulk. For most people, multi-select will be the way to go as it’s a lot faster.

To get started, highlight all of the videos in your collection that you want to add, then click on the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the Plex app.

plex multi-edit

In the Edit window, go to Tags > Collections and start to type the collection’s name. The field should auto-populate. You can add a video/series to more than one collection within the same library.

How to Browse Plex Collections

plex library view

As long as you’ve enabled collections in the way we outlined at the beginning of the article, you’ll see them appear in-line in your library. However, even if you left that setting on Disabled, you can still see your collections for a given library by clicking on the drop-down tab at the top of the Plex window.

The tab has three viewing options—Recommended, Library, and Collections. Needless to say, you need to choose the latter.

When you click on a collection, you will be able to see all of the content that’s held within it.

How to Customize a Plex Collection

edit collection plex

Now it’s time to customize your Plex collection. All of the same metadata fields are available that you’d find if you were editing the data of a standalone TV series or movie.

To start customizing, click on the collection’s name to open the pre-play screen, then hit the Edit icon. The four options in the left-hand panel that you need to pay attention to are General, Poster, Background, and Advanced.

  • General: Change the sort title of your collection and add a text summary of its contents.
  • Poster: With a bit of planning, you can make your collection posters look uber-slick. For example, why not use standardized fonts or iconography so that they all have the same style on your TV screen? If you don’t change the poster, it will default to the first item in your collection.
  • Background: You can set a background image to appear on the pre-play and buffering screens.
  • Advanced: This lets you override the default library settings for collection visibility and choose the order in which content appears within the collection.

Collections can also be shared with other users on a case-by-case basis, even if the library they are a part of is not shared.

Collections vs. Libraries

collection custom art plex

Finally, a quick note on when to use a collection versus when to use a library.

It’s perhaps easiest to think of collections as sub-libraries. For example, you wouldn’t want to group your TV shows and movies into a single library; there’s a clear delineation and it would play havoc with Plex’s automatic metadata import tool.

However, it wouldn’t make sense to spin out Brad Pitt movies into their own library; you’d want them to be part of your wider film library. In these cases, a collection makes sense.

The area that most often falls under the microscope in the library versus collections debate is kids’ content. There’s no right answer, but keep in mind that you can restrict access to videos based on content rating, as long as you’ve taken the time to set it up correctly on each video (Edit > General > Content Rating).

Learn More About Using Plex

Only a small fraction of Plex users make use of the app’s full range of features. Remember, you can now use Plex to watch live TV for free and use Watch Together to host Plex viewing parties.

And to learn more about customizing Plex, check out our list of hidden Plex settings you should be using.

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20 Private and Hidden Roku Channels You Should Install Now

Roku devices come in a variety of different models and specifications, but at their core, they all operate in the same way: you add channels and watch the content you want.

There are two sources of Roku channels. One is the Roku Channel Store; it offers more than enough free Roku channels to keep you entertained. However, the Roku really comes into its own when you start adding private or hidden channels.

Keep reading to learn how to add private Roku channels and discover the best hidden Roku channels you can install right now.

How Do You Add Private or Hidden Channels to Roku?

Before you can add a private channel to your Roku box, you’ll need two things:

  • The channel’s code (we have included the codes in our list below)
  • A Roku account (set one up for free on the Roku website)

Once you have created an account and know the channel code, it’s easy to start adding channels.

To begin, head to your account portal and click Add a channel with a code. Insert the code, accept the on-screen confirmation, and you’re done.

The channel should immediately appear at the bottom of the channel list on your Roku’s home screen. If it doesn’t, you can force a refresh by going to Settings > System > System Update > Check Now on the device.

(NB: Some private Roku channels are restricted to certain countries or regions.)

1. RokuCast (CL9D5D)

RokuCast lets you stream HTML5 content from the Chrome browser on your computer to your Roku device. You’ll need the Chrome extension and this private Roku channel to make it work.

2. El Cartel TV (chibchombiatv)

El Cartel TV offers dozens of live TV channels from South America, with a particular focus on Colombian channels.

Popular channels such as TeleSUR, Canal Capital, and Canal Uno are all available.

3. AOL On (aol)

AOL On Roku channel

AOL On offers content from 17 TV networks, including BBC News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, ET Online, Food Network, and HGTV.

It used to be in the regular channel store, but is now only available as a private channel.

4. EuroRoku (296XJKP)

EuroRoku is a paid private Roku channel that provides access to 24/7 streams of European TV stations.

The service costs $15/month and offers more than 300 channels, including networks from France, Germany, Bulgaria, Moldova, Spain, Holland, and Belgium.

5. Armchair Tourist (ArmchairTourist)

Branded as “Free HD Wallpaper for your Television,” Armchair Tourist is a live stream of tourist hotspots around the world. Each stream has a four-digit code that you can enter of the Armchair Tourist website for more information about the location in question.

6. FOX Business (FOXBIZ)

FOX Business Roku channel

Along with Bloomberg and CNBC, FOX Business is one of the three big American news networks about finance, business, and global markets.

7. RokuMovies (zb34ac)

Not to be confused with the official The Roku Channel, RokuMovies focuses on bringing you the world’s strangest and most outlandish low-budget films.

Give it a try if you like giant monsters and forgotten kung-fu flicks with ridiculous storylines.

8. Video Games (T6PH2V)

If you love video game walkthroughs, give this channel a try. It includes complete playthroughs of nine classic video games from 1988 to 2004.

The games available include The Legend of Zelda; A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Metroid.

9. DISHWorld (DISHWorld)

DISHWorld Roku channel

Owned by Sling, DISHWorld is an international TV service that lets you watch live TV in more than 15 languages. In addition to the private Roku channel, the app is also available as an APK for Android.

10. Pro Guitar Lessons TV (ProGuitar)

Feeling creative? It might be time to learn a musical instrument. Of course, the web has no shortage of free resources for musical beginners, but Pro Guitar Lessons TV is worth adding to your list.

11. Food Matters TV (foodmatterstv)

Foodies need to install Food Matters TV. It has a selection of videos covering cooking shows, recipes, diets, healthy eating, and more.

12. Happy Kids (HappyKids)

Happy Kids Roku channel

Happy Kids TV offers a broad mix of kids programming, including music, rhymes, activity guides, and some popular kids’ TV shows and movies.

13. Relaxation Channel (Relax)

Soothing sounds paired with stunning imagery, the Relaxation Channel is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a peaceful few hours to themselves.

14. Kinda Classics (GK9NH5Z)

Kinda Classics is one of the secret Roku channels that everyone needs to have on their device. It offers a wide range of classic shows and movies from around the world.

15. Emby (Emby)

Emby

Emby is an open-source alternative to media center apps such as Plex and Kodi.

If you’d like to learn more about how the app stacks up against its two rivals, check out our comparison of Emby, Plex, and Kodi.

16. Silent Night (SilentNight)

Silent Night is the first of two hidden Roku channels on our list that caters to silent movie fans. They both offer a different selection of films, so complement each other well.

17. Harvest Eating (harvest)

Another private channel for foodies, Harvest focuses on providing recipes using fruit and vegetables that are in-season during a particular time of year.

18. 5ik.TV (5ikTV)

5ikTV Roku channel

5ik.TV lets you watch live TV channels from the Far East, including China, Japan, and South Korea. The channel’s interface isn’t in English, but if you can recognize the logos of TV networks in the region, it’s relatively easy to navigate to the content you want to watch.

19. Spanish Time (spanishtime)

If you speak Spanish and would like to keep abreast of the latest goings-on in Latin America, you could subscribe to Spanish Time for $9.99/month.

It offers more than 150 live streaming channels from across the region, including all of the biggest networks in Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. There’s also a broad selection of miscellaneous Spanish-language sports and entertainment channels.

20. Silent Movies (RLQXKG)

French movie The Artist might have cleaned up at the 2012 Oscars, but the real heyday of silent film was back in the 1920s.

The Silent Movies channel lets you relive the glory days of Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton.

How to Install Even More Roku Channels

Private Roku channels have something for everyone. If you’re not using them, you’re going to restrict your enjoyment and limit the potential of your Roku device. But they are only one piece of the puzzle.

To learn more about how to get the most out of your Roku device, here’s how to watch local channels on Roku for free.

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The 16 Best Documentaries on Netflix in 2020

It should come as no surprise that Netflix features an enormous number of documentaries in its catalog. Sadly, a lot of them simply aren’t worth watching. Hidden among the endless options, however, are some must-see documentaries.

So, whether you’re looking for war documentaries, space documentaries, sports documentaries, or something else entirely, keep reading. These are the best documentaries on Netflix that you can watch right now. All of which will enlighten and entertain you.

The Best War Documentaries on Netflix

Unfortunately, documentary makers have no shortage of material when it comes to wars. Many of the most important conflicts of recent centuries have a show about them on Netflix.

1. The Vietnam War

This 10-part documentary tells the story of the United States’ controversial 19-year conflict in Vietnam.

It features testimonies from more than 80 witnesses from both sides, never-seen-before video footage, and runs for more than 17 hours in total.

2. World War II in Colour

World War II in Colour is a British documentary that includes a vast amount of real video footage from the battlefields, cities, and oceans that saw action during World War II.

It has 13 episodes in total, covering everything from the North African campaign to the Japanese invasion of China.

3. November 13: Attack on Paris

November 13: Attack on Paris is a Netflix original about the terror attacks in the French capital during November 2015. The three-part series documents the timeline of that traumatic day.

For more options, have a look at our full list of war documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Space Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to be dazzled by scientific ingenuity rather than human suffering, check out some of the top Netflix documentaries about space and the universe instead.

4. A Year in Space

A Year in Space is a 12-part Netflix docuseries that follows American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko during their year-long stay on the International Space Station.

It follows their mission from takeoff to touchdown, providing a fascinating insight into zero-gravity life and the scientific work that goes on while in orbit.

5. The Search for Life in Space

The Search for Life in Space is a short 32-minute documentary about how humans are searching for signs of life beyond our planet. It’s doesn’t go into complex details, so it’s perfect for anyone who may not have the same level of background knowledge as a seasoned universe fanatic.

For more content about the universe, make sure to also check out the best space documentaries on Amazon.

The Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

If you’d prefer to learn about Earth-based lifeforms, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the best documentaries on Netflix cover the natural world.

6. Dancing With the Birds

Narrated by the ever-lovable Stephen Fry, Dancing With The Birds follows majestic birds as they try to find a mate.

Fry’s commentary adds an element of humor to what is already a fascinating subject matter, making this one of the most enjoyable nature documentaries ever made.

7. Chasing Coral

Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They’ve been around for 485 million years and support more than one-quarter of all marine species; the NOAA National Ocean Service calls them “the rainforests of the sea.”

The climate emergency means coral is now dying at a faster rate than ever. This documentary investigates the devastating impact that coral death is having on our planet and our lives.

We’ve written about the best nature documentaries on Netflix if these couple of suggestions aren’t enough to satisfy you.

The Best BBC Documentaries on Netflix

The British television network is one of the foremost documentary makers in the world.

8. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman

Aardman Animations—creators of the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run—started life as a tiny animation studio in Bristol, England. A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman tracks the studio from its humble beginnings to its status as a company with more than $1 billion in revenue.

In addition to A Grand Night In, many more of the best BBC documentaries are available on Netflix. Check out our list to learn more.

The Best Travel Documentaries on Netflix

The “new normal” means it could be a while before many people feel comfortable getting on a plane again. After all, why bother when you can travel anywhere in the world from your own sofa thanks to Netflix?!

9. Dark Tourist

Tourism isn’t only about beaches and all-inclusive buffets. If you’d like to learn about the grittier side of the world, check out Dark Tourist.

New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier investigates some of the weirder travel spots you’ll find, including Pablo Escobar-themed trips in Colombia and nuclear disaster tourism in Japan.

10. National Parks Adventure

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes viewers on a tour of remarkable spots in the National Parks of the United States. The documentary covers Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. The entire documentary uses IMAX 3D cinematography.

To learn more, have a look at our complete list of the best travel documentaries on Netflix.

The Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix

True crime documentaries on Netflix have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

11. Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is arguably the Netflix documentary that kicked off the renewed interest in the genre.

It tells the story of Steven Avery. Avery was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 18 years in jail, only to be found guilty of a different murder upon his exoneration and release. Despite doubts around the second conviction, he remains in jail to this day.

12. Amanda Knox

One of the most famous convictions of the 21st century occurred in Italy in 2007.

American exchange student, Amanda Knox, was found guilty of killing a fellow student, Meredith Kercher, in a trial littered with controversies. Rumors of police incompetence, evidence tampering, and false testimonies circulated for years after Knox’s conviction. The Italian supreme court eventually overturned the decision in 2015.

This documentary tells the story of the night of the murder and the subsequent media frenzy surrounding the court proceedings.

The Best Sports Documentaries on Netflix

Some of the best documentaries on Netflix fall into the sports category.

13. Senna

Ayrton Senna is widely believed to be the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. He won three world titles before being killed in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. He was 34 years old.

This docufilm charts his life and death.

14. The Last Dance

An obvious inclusion, the Netflix docuseries tells the story of NBA legend, Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, and Phil Jackson all feature.

The Best Music Documentaries on Netflix

And finally, a couple of brilliant music documentaries for you to watch.

15. Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane is about the life of the jazz icon, John Coltrane. Coltrane was one of the world’s foremost saxophonists before he succumbed to liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40.

His legend lives on to this day.

16. Hip-Hop Evolution

Spread over four seasons, the Canadian docuseries explores the rise of hip-hop.

The series starts in the 1970s with Grandmaster Flash, then goes on to cover all of the major stars and storylines through to the early 2000s and the rise of 50 Cent.

More Netflix Shows Worth Watching

Documentaries form a large chunk of the Netflix library. And if you dig down into a specific genre, you’ll be able to find some niche content to suit your tastes.

And once you have watched all of the best documentaries on Netflix and want to watch something a little different, we recommend checking out the best interactive Netflix shows instead.

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6 Super Secure Paid Antivirus Apps for Mac in 2020

Don’t believe everything you read online—Mac computers can get viruses. Sure, there might be a lower level of risk than on a Windows machine, but the threat is unquestionably large enough to require a high-quality antivirus app.

Several free antivirus apps exist, but if you want to make sure you have the best level of protection available, you need a paid app.

Here are the best paid antivirus apps for macOS in 2020.

1. Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac

Trend Micro has been a leading name in the antivirus world for many years. The company offers a range of solutions for desktop and mobile operating systems.

Two macOS packages are available: Maximum Security for Mac ($80/year) and Antivirus for Mac ($50/year). They have some key differences.

For example, the Maximum Security plan supports up to five devices, includes Trend Micro’s Pay Guard feature (for online payments), has a built-in password manager, and can protect both desktop and mobile devices.

In contrast, Antivirus for Mac is aimed at people who only want to protect a single macOS machine; only one device is allowed.

Both plans protect against ransomware, email scams, and social media privacy issues.

2. Avast Premium Security

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Avast Premium Security has three plans available for Mac users.

The basic package ($70/year) will only protect a single macOS machine; the $90/year premium plan can protect up to 10 devices and lets you register PCs, Macs, iOS, and Android devices.

The top plan—called Ultimate—costs $100/year and adds Avast SecureLine VPN. We don’t recommend using this plan. There are better paid VPNs available that cost less than the $10 difference between the Premium and Ultimate plans.

Savvy MakeUseOf readers will know that Avast also has a free antivirus plan—but there are some critical differences between the paid and free versions. Most notably, the free app does not protect you against ransomware, phishing scams, webcam spying, or online payment threats.

3. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Kaspersky has an overwhelming number of paid antivirus plans available, but most Mac users will want to decide between Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security.

The Internet Security package includes protection against viruses and ransomware, webcam hacks, and online payment threats. It can be installed on both desktop and mobile devices.

If you opt for the Total Security plan, you’ll get everything included in the cheaper plan, plus a suite of tools aimed at keeping kids safe. The tool includes a “bad content” blocker and a GPS tracker. This package also comes with a password manager and backup software.

Perhaps the most significant selling point of Kaspersky, however, is the ability to choose how many devices you want to protect, meaning you’re not going to end up paying for protection you don’t use. Internet Security starts at $35/year for one device, and incrementally increases to $55/year for five devices. Total Security runs from $40/year to $60/year.

4. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

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Bitdefender’s Mac product isn’t as comprehensive as its Windows solution, but it’s still one of the best paid antivirus suites for Mac. It also outperforms many of its competitors in AV-TEST’s independent antivirus testing, scoring full marks for protection, performance, and usability in the most recent round of results (June 2020).

We especially like some of Bitdefender’s dedicated Mac features. For example, the company’s Time Machine Protection tool adds an extra layer of security to your backups, ensuring you don’t fall victim to backup-based ransomware issues.

There’s also an adware blocker, a browser extension that can assess a site’s security on-the-fly, anti-phishing protection, and even cross-platform virus detection.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac costs $60/year and can protect up to three Mac computers. It will not cover iOS mobile devices.

5. Airo

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The four paid Mac antivirus apps we’ve looked at so far are all part of a wider product line-up from their respective companies. Airo is different—it is the only company on our list that focuses exclusively on antivirus for Mac; it does not make products for Windows or mobile devices.

Airo’s suite, which costs $50/year, includes real-time threat detection and prevention, a safe browsing tool to protect against phishing scams, and support for up to five computers.

And don’t worry, just because Airo is a less-recognizable name, it still managed to bag a perfect score when AV-TEST most recently (at the time of writing) tested the suite in December 2019.

5. Norton 360

Norton 360 comes in five different versions. The standard plan ($80/year) protects one device from standard web threats. In contrast, the most expensive package (Ultimate Plus, $350/year), lets you register an unlimited number of computers and mobile devices, and extends the coverage to both your online privacy and your identity.

For the best balance between cost and features, consider the Deluxe plan. It costs $100/year and supports up to five Macs and iOS mobile devices.

The package includes dark web monitoring, 50GB of cloud backup storage space, a password manager, parental controls, and protection against webcam attacks.

6. ESET Cyber Security for Mac

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Our last entry is ESET Cyber Security for Mac. Two paid plans for Mac are on offer: ESET Cyber Security and ESET Cyber Security Pro.

The basic plan ($50/year) will cover you against malware, ransomware, and network hackers on one device. You can add extra devices for $10/year per device.

If you sign up for the ESET Cyber Security Pro plan instead, you’ll also get protection on your non-macOS devices, such as Windows and Linux computers and Android smartphones.

One of ESET Cyber Security’s best features is its low draw on system resources. Antivirus suites are notorious power hogs, but ESET slashes the consumption by ditching popups, scheduling maintenance for overnight, and offering a battery-saving mode.

Which Is the Best Paid Antivirus for Mac?

It’s a near-impossible question to answer. You need to think about the features you want, the number of devices on which you want to run your antivirus, and how much you’re willing to pay.

If you had to push us, we’d probably opt for ESET or Kaspersky, but make sure you do your own research before committing. Remember, almost all paid antivirus will offer a free trial.

If you’d like to learn more about Mac security, make sure you check out our other articles on the best free antivirus apps for Mac and our analysis of the controversial MacKeeper security tool.

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Plex Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

If you have a large collection of locally-saved media, you need to be using Plex. It is the best way to keep your digital movies and TV shows organized.

Plex is available on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and all the major streaming platforms. You can use it to import artwork and other metadata, display subtitles, play multiple audio tracks, automatically organize your content into collections, and more. The app even has support for live TV, DVR, and personalized news.

Each version of the Plex app operates slightly differently. Today, we want to focus on the desktop app for Windows and Mac. Specifically, we’re going to introduce you to some of the most useful Plex keyboard shortcuts. After all, no one wants to be fiddling around with a mouse just to change the volume in the middle of a movie.

The shortcuts are split into three sections: Navigation, Playback, and Troubleshooting. Some shortcuts use the same hotkeys, depending on which mode you’re in.

(Note: Replace Control with Cmd if you’re using a macOS machine.)

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Plex Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

ShortcutAction
App Navigation
Left ArrowNavigate left
Right ArrowNavigate right
Up ArrowNavigate up
Down ArrowNavigate down
EnterSelect
SpaceSelect
EscBack
BackspaceBack
DeleteBack
PStart playback off highlighted item
WToggle played/unplayed status
Shift + F11Enter/exit fullscreen mode (Windows)
Cmd + Control + FEnter/exit fullscreen mode (Mac)
Win + Down ArrowMinimize Plex (Windows)
Cmd + MMinimize Plex (Mac)
Alt + F4Quit app
Control + QQuit app
Playback
EnterAccess menu
+Volume up
-Volume down
PPause/play
Right ArrowSkip back 10 seconds
Left ArrowJump forward 10 seconds
Up ArrowJump forward 10 minutes
Down arrowSkip back 10 minutes
XCancel playback
BBack
HStop playback and return to home screen
HomePlay previous item in queue
EndPlay next item in queue
ZCycle though aspect ratios
ASwitch to next audio stream
Control + AReturn to previous audio stream
LSwitch to next subtitles
Control + LSwitch to previous subtitles
SToggle subtitles on/off
Alt + AIncrease audio delay
Alt + Shift + ADecrease audio delay
Alt + SIncrease subtitle delay
Alt + Shift + SDecrease subtitle delay
Troubleshooting
Control + Shift + RReload app
Control + Shift + DShow debug information

How to Do More With Plex

If you’re still not sure about the benefits of using Plex, check out some of our other content, like how to watch live TV on Plex and the best Plex clients.

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How Lifetime Access to Rosetta Stone Is Cheaper Than You Think

Social distancing means we’re all spending more time in the house than ever… But once you’ve played every board game you own, replayed the entire Halo series on Xbox, and turned your backyard into botanical gardens, what else are supposed to do with your time?

Perhaps this is the moment to spread your wings and learn something new? If you’re itching for some projects to get stuck into, check out our social distancing subscription bundle.

What’s Included?

We’ve teamed up with our partners to offer MUO readers a mega saving on three premium apps:

  • Rosetta Stone
  • KeepSolid VPN Unlimited
  • 12min Premium Micro Book Library

Combined, the apps are worth nearly $850. As a MakeUseOf reader, you can pick up the entire bundle for just $199—a 76 percent discount on the regular price.

Why Use Rosetta Stone?

Rosetta Stone is one of the most comprehensive language-learning suites in the world. It caters for all levels and comes with a variety of learning aids. The program’s aim is to make you absorb your target language in the same way that you do when you’re a child.

In total, 24 languages are offered on the platform, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Russian.

This deal gives you lifetime access to all 24 languages on both desktop and mobile.

You’ll also be able to practice your pronunciation with Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent speech recognition technology and, when you feel comfortable enough, use the advanced speech engine to compare your accent with native speakers.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

The lockdown has meant we’ve all been binge-watching TV and movies more than ever. That’s where the next tool in the bundle—KeepSolid VPN Unlimited—is useful.

As any regular MakeUseOf reader knows, using a VPN lets you bypass geoblocking that streaming services put in place. It means you can access the Netflix catalog from another country, stream live TV from BBC iPlayer if you’re based outside the UK, and even sign up for paid subscriptions with video-on-demand providers from elsewhere in the world.

Of course, a VPN is also an essential security tool. You can protect yourself on public Wi-Fi, prevent your ISP and local government from seeing your web traffic, and encrypt all your internet data.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has servers in more than 80 countries and supports the major VPN protocols such as IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPSec.

Once again, this deal will bag you a lifetime subscription.

12min Premium Micro Book Library

The final lifetime subscription in our social distancing bundle is 12min Premium Micro Book Library.

One of the curious truths about 2020’s lockdown is that while we might all be spending more time in our homes, many of us also have less free time than ever. Anyone with kids knows what we’re talking about.

If you’re a book lover who’s not had time to read any new material in 2020, 12min Premium Micro Book Library might offer a solution. The app’s specialty is providing digestible overviews of long books. In theory, each overview only takes 12 minutes to read. Audio and text versions are available.

In total, more than 380 overviews are on the platform, with 30+ new titles added every month.

Make Social Distancing Fun!

More knowledge, more entertainment, more security. The perfect lockdown combination. If you’d like to get lifetime access to these three premium apps, make sure you grab the bundle while it’s still available—the deal expires on August 15th, 2020.

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10 Cool Math Games for Kids

The mere mention of math is enough to strike fear into the hearts of adults around the world. For thousands of people, the thought of doing annual tax returns, applying for a mortgage, or even just helping children with their homework can bring them out in cold sweats and leave them running for the nearest calculator.

Luckily there are phone apps to help adults get better at math. The long-term solution, however, is to engage children with mathematics from a young age, making use of tools, cool math games, and apps that make the process of learning arithmetic fun rather than arduous. So, to help parents and children alike, here are the best cool math games for kids.

1. BBC School Radio—Maths (Ages 3-11)

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The BBC has always produced a wide range of high-quality learning materials across a broad selection of topics for both adults and children. And its language-learning services are especially well-renowned. The BBC School Radio series covers most subjects that children encounter in primary school, including math.

There are five fun math games for kids available: “Counting Songs” (ages 3-5), “Numbertime” (ages 5-7), “Megamaths” (ages 7-9), “Maths Challenge” (ages 9-11), “Maths Challenge 1” (ages 9-11), and “Maths Challenge 2” (ages 9-11). Each series has an emphasis on engagement and building confidence, rather than long, drawn-out lectures. Children are rewarded with token achievements and plenty of praise as they progress.

Each game can also be downloaded as a podcast, so your child won’t be stuck in front of the computer while they are playing the games—which makes them perfect for long car journeys or flights.

2. Grand Prix Multiplication (Ages 8-9)

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Grand Prix Multiplication is just one of the hundreds of cool math games available on Math Playground.

Math Playground divides its games into six categories: Add and Subtract, Multiply and Divide, Fractions, Shapes and Graphs, Pre-Algebra, and Money and Time. All of the games are highly interactive and offer some form of competition against other players. Each game even has a leaderboard, if your kids enjoy that sense of accomplishment.

As a teacher, you’ll also be able to see information about how each game connects to the curriculum for its associated level.

(NB: Not all games on Math Playground are free to play.)

3. Prodigy Math (Ages 6-14)

Prodigy Math offers curriculum-aligned math games and other content for kids between first and eighth grade.

It is free to make an account as both a student and a parent. As a parent, a free account lets you see how many questions your child has answered, the grade level they are performing at, and the areas where they need to improve. You can also set learning goals and offer rewards, as well as access a range of reports and performance data.

A premium membership unlocks more games. It costs $4.99 per month, per child.

4. Underwater Counting (Ages 2-5)

underwater counting

This tablet-friendly game is as simple as it sounds—a way to help very young children become comfortable with using the numbers 1-10. It has two difficulty levels which can be used to match the game to the child’s existing ability, and it’s designed to help them both recognize and use numbers correctly.

The game is based around a treasure hunt; as the children correctly answer questions an on-screen scuba diver gets closer to discovering the hidden gold. Children must answer 10 questions correctly to complete the game.

5. Khan Academy Kids (Ages 2-7)

Khan Academy Kids is a free app that’s available on Google Play, the Apple App Store, and the Amazon Appstore.

The program doesn’t only cover math. It has been designed to teach early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while simultaneously encouraging creativity and building social skills. It also offers plenty of tools for teachers and parents, allowing them to monitor a child’s progress.

Make sure you also check out the Khan Academy Early Math YouTube channel. The video lectures will help to provide a theoretical background for the concepts the kids are learning in the online math games.

6. One Step Equation (Ages 10-14)

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Algebra might be a child’s biggest mathematical fear, but this basketball-themed game hopes to make it more fun than simply staring at a chalkboard all day.

The player has to answer an algebra question, which then gives them a chance to make a basket. You to click the moving basketball to catch it, and if successful, your player will dunk it. Questions progress in difficulty as the game progresses.

One Step Equation supports two players, so your kids can practice against their siblings, or you can even get involved yourself to brush up on some of those long-forgotten formulas!

7. Mathventure (Ages 5-16)

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Mathventure is one of the many fun math games for kids on the Coolmath Games site. This specific game requires you to solve equations as you move around a giant math universe.

If you dig a little deeper on the site, you will be able to find a large number of games covering everything from basic arithmetic to Sudoku. Games are subdivided into Strategy, Skill, Number, and Trivia.

Coolmath Games also has educational games across other categories, including science, history, geography, and word games.

8. Number Conundrum Decimals (Ages 10-12)

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Another game from Math Playground, Number Conundrum Decimals requires players to build a tower of answers using fractions and decimals. Each block’s answer is the sum of the two numbers directly below it. The game develops the player’s skill in adding and subtracting fractions and working with different numerators and denominators.

Again, the difficulty increases as players move up through the levels.

9. Math Games (Ages 3-14)

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Math Games hosts a range of fun math puzzles for kids between pre-kindergarten and eighth grade. In total, more than 1,000 games are available on the platform.

Unlike many of these cool math games, you can browse games by skill. More than 20 skills are listed, including geometry, ratios, estimation, money, and more.

Some of the games require a premium membership to be able to play. You can pick up a subscription for as little as $3.75/month if you pay annually.

(NB: You will need to temporarily enable Flash to play the games.)

10. 3D Shapes Ice Cream Attack (Ages 4-6)

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3D Shapes Ice Cream Attack is a geometry game that teaches children to identify 3D shapes and prevent the sun from melting their ice cream.

It is part of the Education.com games platform. It offers cool math games for children between pre-school and fifth grade. All the games come with related lesson guides that allow you to expand on the interactive element of the learning.

You will also find coding games, reading and writing games, and typing games available for free. You need to make an account to be able to play.

Get More Help With Your Math Skills

If you’d like to brush up on your own math skills, we’ve got you covered with some fantastic online resources.

Why not start by downloading some printable math worksheets so you can practice? And if you’re still not confident enough to do math unaided, you can always use Bing to solve complex math equations.

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The 7 Best Free File Explorers for Android

One of the best parts about using Android is the ability to quickly and easily navigate through your device’s file system. But which file manager app should you use? Google’s Files comes as part of stock Android, many manufacturers add their own file manager apps, and there are a ton of third-party options.

Let’s take a look at some of the best file explorer apps for your Android device.

1. X-plore File Manager

X-plore File Manager might have the look of an early 1990s Windows program, but it’s hands-down one of the best Android file explorers available.

You won’t find any of Google’s Material Design philosophy on show; X-plore puts functionality firmly at the top of its agenda. Its core feature is the dual-pane view. By splitting the screen in two and putting a file tree on each side, you can easily copy files between folders on your device.

The design also means you can move files between your device and external storage locations. The app supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive, OneDrive, WebDAV, MediaFire, and many more. You can also explore FTP, SMB, SQLite, ZIP, RAR, 7-Zip, and DLNA/UPnP locations.

X-plore File Manager will even let you explore system files without rooting your device (though you can’t edit the files without rooting). The app also has a hex viewer, plus a built-in viewer for videos, pictures, and audio files.

Download: X-plore File Manager (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Files by Google

Files is Google’s native Android file explorer. It has three core features: browsing files, cleaning junk and old files, and letting you share encrypted files and folders with nearby people without an internet connection.

The file management part of the app is not as feature-rich as others—you can’t dig down into root files, for example. Instead, the app is designed with ease-of-use in mind. Your content is divided into six categories (Downloads, Images, Videos, Audio, Documents, and Apps) regardless of where it’s stored on your phone. At the bottom, you’ll also see a link that allows you to explore your phone’s file hierarchy.

Files also benefits from its close integration with the Android operating system. It powers some of the app and storage management features in the Settings menu.

Download: Files by Google (Free)

3. FX File Explorer

FX File Explorer is one of the best file managers for Android if you’re a privacy fanatic. It’s completely free of ads, tracking, and data collection. The app requests various security permissions after installation, but these are optional and support some extra features—the app will still function without them.

Although the app comes complete with external media and root capabilities, you need to pay extra if you want network (FTP, SFTP, SMB, WebDAV) and cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync) capabilities. Even the root explorer requires an (albeit free) add-on.

FX File Explorer also has powerful file-sharing options. You can share over a Wi-Fi network or by using the company’s FX Connect app. The Connect app works over Wi-Fi Direct; you won’t need to use a wireless access point.

Download: FX File Explorer (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. Solid Explorer File Manager

We know this is a list of “free” apps, but Solid Explorer is one of the few paid-for file explorers that’s really worth the money.

It uses the same two-pane design seen in X-plore File Manager. Unlike X-plore, however, Solid File Explorer does adhere to Google’s Material Design approach. For people who care about aesthetics, this is the better option.

Each pane serves as a standalone file browser. You can drag and drop between them, making organization a breeze. Other drives, clients, and formats—such FTP, SFTP, WebDav, ZIP, TAR, and RAR—are supported. It also lets you connect Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and more.

Solid Explorer offers root accesses, plugins for more features, indexed searching, and drive statistics.

Download: Solid Explorer File Manager ($1.99, free trial available)

5. ASTRO File Manager

ASTRO File Manager has expanded beyond its original purpose. Today, it is more than a file explorer—the app also includes a storage cleaner, storage manager, and backup tool.

You should beware when using storage cleaners; many offer very little practical benefit and could even harm your device. Check our list of storage cleaners that actually work to make sure you’re not wasting your time.

Otherwise, the app’s interface is clear and intuitive. Navigating between internal memory, external memory, and other content such as podcasts, ringtones, and downloads is fast and easy. Features of the app include Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive synchronization, easy social media cache management, and the ability to access other locations on the same network.

Aside from file management, the process management and microSD card features are particularly useful. They help to give ASTRO a clear edge over some of its more straightforward rivals.

Download: ASTRO File Manager (Free)

6. Total Commander

Total Commander will no doubt be familiar to a lot of desktop users—the app has been a popular third-party file explorer for Windows since its initial release way back in 1993 (it was formerly called Windows Commander).

The app has a nice range of navigation tools beyond the typical cut, copy, and paste. For example, it can support bookmarks and file packaging, and has the ability to add customized buttons to the toolbar so you can fine-tune it to your own needs.

Features include the ability to copy and move whole subdirectories, a built-in text editor, a way to send files via Bluetooth, support for ZIP files, and plugins for FTP/SFTP clients, WebDAV, and LAN access.

Download: Total Commander (Free)

7. Amaze File Manager

Amaze File Manager is the only open source Android file explorer on our list. It uses a tabbed approach to file management, letting you work on multiple folders at the same time.

Other useful features include an app manager, a root explorer, AES file encryption, history, bookmarks, and a powerful search tool. It even comes with a built-in database reader, ZIP reader, APK reader, and text reader. Best of all, the app is entirely ad-free.

Download: Amaze File Manager (Free)

Download More Great Android Apps

Now you have plenty of tools for managing the files on your Android device. But file explorer apps are just one of the many productivity tools you’ll need to keep handy.

For more great Android tools, why not check out the best Android dictation apps and the best Android apps for music production?

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