On Facebook, videos that are directly uploaded to the site now play automatically. Because of a feature introduced earlier to mobile devices, users looked for ways to stop videos from playing automatically on YouTube. With the implementation of auto-play on computer web browsers, people will be more inclined to upload videos to Facebook instead of posting links to videos. Although the videos that automatically play are on mute, they can be annoying at times, especially when you consider the unnecessary data and extra RAM they require from your computer.
Luckily, there is a way to prevent videos from automatically playing. This article will guide you through the steps in disabling the auto-play feature on Facebook.
You can spend hours fiddling with color and lighting settings, or you can use the built-in Enhance and Filter tools in Windows 10 to tweak your photos with a few mouse clicks. You have less control over the final image when you let Photos do the fine-tuning for you, but it sure is a quick and easy fix. I have found that the enhance tool does a good job of producing an image with deeper colors, and I like the option for quickly making a picture black and white. Read on to discover how to use these features.
Sometimes photos turn out either too bright or too dark due to the camera’s exposure settings. With digital photography, these photo errors can be corrected after the fact using editing software like the Windows 10 built-in Photos app. There are two main settings to tweak when dealing with overexposed and underexposed pictures: brightness and contrast. Editing the brightness will result in all the pixels in your photo becoming lighter or darker. Increasing the contrast will simultaneously make the whites whiter and the blacks blacker, while decreasing the contrast will move them towards equilibrium. The goal is usually to balance the brightness and contrast to make a natural looking image. Using the steps in this tutorial, you can fine-tune the brightness and contrast settings on your Photos app to create impressive pictures.
Do you have a picture that is great except for the glaring red zit on your face? Is there a thin telephone wire interrupting your otherwise perfect landscape snapshot? Both of these problems can be fixed using the retouch tool in the Windows 10 Photos app.
While app notifications are useful in many ways, there are times when their appearance on screen is not welcome. For example, if you are giving a presentation, incoming notifications may cause quite a distraction. If inappropriate, the content of the notifications may ruin your presentation and leave you struggling to fix an awkward situation. To avoid this issue, make sure that all notifications are hidden when presentation mode is on. This could be accomplished by manually turning off notifications for all your apps and then turning everything back on when the presentation is finished. However, there is a quicker way to complete this task in Windows 10 with just one click. Continue reading to find out how.
Red eye is a common phenomenon in low light photography. When the flash is too close to the lens on your camera (which is often the case with phone and compact cameras), the camera will capture light reflecting off your retinas in a way that makes them look spooky red. Fortunately, the Windows 10 built-in Photos app comes with a red eye correction tool that is easy to use. Read on to find out how.
If you are interested in the science behind red eye, check out this article by allaboutvision.com.
By default, all apps downloaded from the Windows Store will be updated automatically if updates are available. This feature may seem useful at first because users do not have to do anything to keep their apps up-to-date. However, it can potentially download unwanted updates without the user’s consent. Similar to updates for mobile apps, updates for PC apps may contain breaking changes, such as a feature removal, that not all users want. If the automatic update feature is on, users will lose the current version of their apps, and the features that they love could disappear. Additionally, newer versions of apps may contain bugs that cause them to stop functioning completely. These problems can be stopped by disabling the automatic update feature in the Store app. Continue reading to find out how to do it.
The Windows 10 Photos app comes with intuitive photo editing tools that make it easy to give your pictures an artistic flair. Two of my favorites are the Vignette and Selective focus effects. Vignette creates a black or white tinted edging to your photo that creates the effect of your image fading into the background without a definite border. The Selective focus effect allows you choose one part of your photo to stay in focus while blurring the rest. The steps in this tutorial explain how to use both options to create eye-catching photos.
By default, all apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store will be installed to the C drive. This has been the case since Windows 8. However, in Windows 10, you are able to change the default location where apps will be installed and their data saved. Changing the installation location can be helpful when your system drive is running out of space, which happens often because of massive Windows updates and because of all the temporary data that is created by your collection of apps. Continue reading to find out how.
Do you find yourself constantly squinting at your computer screen or craning your neck to get a better look? This will put a considerable amount of strain on your neck and back that could cause permanent damage over time and give you more than your fair share of headaches in the short term. You have the option to change your display settings to make everything bigger by lowering the resolution. (Read how here.) However, this makes everything slightly blurry. Fortunately, Windows has a built-in magnifier that can be used to increase the size of a portion of your screen temporarily without sacrificing resolution everywhere. Getting used to the magnifier takes a little while, but it is well worth the effort to avoid unnecessary physical strain.
Magnifier has not changed in quite a while, so this tutorial should be valid for Windows 7, 8, and 10 computers.