How to Reveal One Line at a Time in Microsoft PowerPoint

Set up the Animations in PowerPoint

Go to the slide with the text you want to animate and select the first line you want to make appear by dragging your cursor through it.

Select a line of text in PowerPoint

Head to the Animations tab and click the arrow on the bottom of the animation collection. This displays all available effects. Choose one of the Entrance animation effects. You can use an option like Appear, Fly In, or Float In for something subtle or go all out with Grow & Turn, Swivel, or Bounce.

Pick an Entrance effect

You should see a brief preview of the animation. If not, click “Preview” on the left side of the ribbon. You can also automatically see each animation you apply or edit. Click the Preview arrow and select “AutoPreview” to put a checkmark next to it.

Preview animations

Select each additional line you want to animate, one at a time, and apply the animation as you did with the first line. You can use the same effect or choose a different one if you like. You’ll see each line numbered with the order in which the animations appear.

Animated lines in PowerPoint

Customize the Animations

Now that you have the initial animations set up, it’s time to customize the Effect Options, Start action, and optionally the Duration.

Change the Effect Options

Depending on the Entrance animation you select, you may have additional settings for the effect. For instance, you can choose a direction for the effects such as from the top, bottom, right, or left for the Fly In animation or up or down for the Float In effect.

  • Select each animation and click the Effect Options drop-down arrow. Then choose the direction for the animation.

Select an Effect Option

If the Effect Options button is grayed out, then there are no available options for that particular animation per line.

Effect Options grayed out

Select a Start Action

If your plan is to reveal one line at a time in PowerPoint to speak more about each of those lines, then you probably want complete control as to when they display. To do this, select an animated line and go to the Timing section of the ribbon on the Animations tab.

In the Start drop-down list, pick “On Click.” Do the same for each animated line on the slide. Using this option, each line will appear only when you click the slide.

Pick a Start action

If you prefer to simply display one line at a time without any additional action, select “On Click” for the first line to start the slide animations and “After Previous” for the subsequent lines. Using this option, each animated line will display one at a time automatically.

You can also use the Delay box directly below the Duration box to add a number of seconds for the time between animations when using “After Previous.”

Select After Previous and add a Delay

Note: If you use additional animations on the slide such as revealing images or other objects, be sure to order your animations as you want them to appear with the lines.

Adjust the Duration

Another customization you may want to make is for the Duration. Each animation has a default timing for how long the effect plays from start to finish. You can change this by using the Duration box in the Timing section of the ribbon on the Animations tab.

Either enter a number in seconds or use the arrows to increase or decrease the speed of the animation.

Adjust the Duration

Use the Animation Pane

In addition to customizing your animations with the ribbon, you can use the Animation Pane. This is a side panel that lets you change the Start action, edit the Effect Options, remove an effect, or reorder your animations.

On the Animations tab, click “Animation Pane” in the Advanced Animation section of the ribbon.

Click Animation Pane in the ribbon

You’ll see the sidebar display with your current slide animations listed in order. Select and drag or use the arrows at the top to rearrange them or click the arrow to the right of an animation to make edits.

Use the Animation Pane

To close the Animation Pane, click the X on the top right of it or deselect the Animation Pane button in the ribbon.Whether you want a dramatic effect or a useful one for expanding on talking points, you can easily reveal one line at a time on a PowerPoint slide.

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How to Unlink Facebook and Instagram

Unsync Facebook and Instagram Accounts on Desktop

On your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Instagram website to unlink your accounts.

  • To start, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Instagram site. Log in to your account on the site.
  • Once you are logged in, in Instagram’s top-right corner, click your profile picture.

Click the profile picture on Instagram.

From the menu that opens, select “Settings.”

Click "Settings" in the menu.

On the settings page, in the lower-left corner, click “Accounts Center.”

Select "Accounts Center."

On the “Accounts & Profiles” page that opens, you will see your linked accounts. Here, click the Facebook account that you want to unsync.

Choose the Facebook profile.

You will see a small window for your Facebook account. At the bottom of this window, click “Remove From Accounts Center.”

Select "Remove From Accounts Center" at the bottom of the window.

A prompt will appear asking to confirm your choice. Click “Continue.”

Click "Continue" in the prompt.

And your Instagram and Facebook accounts are now unlinked. You are all set.

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How to Set Your Default Email App on Windows 10

Sending emails in Windows 10 is easy with the right email client, but what if you click an email link and the wrong app opens? Luckily, it’s easy to select a default email app in Windows 10’s Settings app.

  • First, open Settings by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard. Or open the Start menu and click the gear icon on the left.

  • In Settings, click “Apps.”

In Windows Settings, select "Apps."

  • In Apps, click “Default Apps” in the sidebar. In the Default Apps section, click the icon located just below “Email.” This will allow you to select a new email client that you’d like to use as default.

  • In the “Choose an App” menu that pops up, click the name of the email app you’d like to use as default for opening or sending emails.

In "Choose an App," select the email app name.

After that, close Settings, and you’re all set. The next time you click an email link, the default email app you chose will open.

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How to Enable Low Power Mode on Mac

What Does Low Power Mode Do on Mac?

As previously mentioned, Low Power Mode reduces energy consumption by turning down screen brightness and reducing processor clock speed on a Mac. The screen appears dimmer, and the performance of apps becomes slower than usual on Mac.

It aims to make Mac operate more quietly and is somewhat similar to Low Power Mode on iPhone. Unfortunately, you don’t get to pick a specific battery percentage threshold for the Low Power Mode to kick in automatically on Mac.

Which Macs Support Low Power Mode?

Apple includes Low Power Mode in macOS 12 Monterey or later update running on the MacBook (Early 2016 and later) and MacBook Pro (Early 2016 and later). As of December 2021, none of the Apple MacBook Air models support Low Power Mode. That might change in the future.

How to Enable Low Power Mode on Mac

You can use Low Power Mode while using your Mac on battery and plugged into a power adapter. To get started, click the Apple menu in the top-left corner and select “System Preferences.”

Click the Apple menu in top-left corner, and select "System Preferences" on Mac.

In System Preferences, click “Battery.”

Select the "Battery" section in the "System Preferences."

In Battery preferences, look in the left sidebar and select “Battery” again. Next, check the box beside “Low Power Mode” in the right-hand pane.

Select the "Battery" menu and check the box for "Low Power Mode."

If you want to use Low Power Mode while your Mac is charging, click the “Power Adapter” menu in the sidebar. Next, check the box beside “Low Power Mode.”

Select the "Power Adapter" menu and check the box for "Low Power Mode."

At any time, you can click the Battery icon in the corner of the menu bar, and it will show if Low Power Mode is enabled or not. To disable Low Power Mode, you’ll need to visit the Battery menu or Power Adapter menu in System Preferences again to uncheck the box for “Low Power Mode.”

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Touch ID Not Working on Your MacBook? Here’s What To Do

How Touch ID Can Go Wrong

There are two ways that Touch ID can cause you trouble. The first issue is that Touch ID may appear to act normally, but won’t recognize your fingerprints. This can happen for several reasons, but most of these are easy to solve.

The second issue is that Touch ID won’t work at all. For example, you might see a message that you’ve reached your fingerprint limit for Touch ID, even if you haven’t added any at all. You may also see a message that Touch ID enrollment failed when trying to add fingerprints. These issues can happen for a few reasons, but they usually involve either the Touch ID sensor itself or your Mac’s Secure Enclave. Fixing these takes a little more effort, but is still usually relatively simple.

Basic Touch ID Fixes

If Touch ID seems to be working normally but isn’t recognizing your fingerprint, the first thing to try is cleaning the sensor. You can use a clean, dry cloth or electronic wipes to clean the sensor. Just to be sure, you can also wash your hands. Just make sure to wait until they’re dry to try using Touch ID again.

Has Touch ID started acting up after a recent update? If so, try updating macOS again to see if this resolves your issue. Click the Apple Icon in the top-right of the screen, then select System Preferences. Click “Software Updates” and macOS will automatically check for updates.

macOS Software Update menu

One final simple fix to try is adding another fingerprint. Open System Preferences, then go to Touch ID. Select “Add Fingerprint” and follow the prompts to add your fingerprint.

Add a Touch ID fingerprint on macOS

Test Touch ID in Safe Mode

To determine whether Touch ID is working properly on your Mac, you can restart in Safe Mode to see if Touch ID works there. This is a simple process to try, though the steps are slightly different if you’re using a Mac with an Apple Silicon chip like the M1.

Restarting in Safe Mode on an Intel Mac

If your computer is on, click the Apple Menu in the top-right and select Restart. If it’s off, touch the power button.

Select the restart option in macOS

As the computer powers on, hold the Shift button. When you see the login prompt, let go of shift and log into your Mac.

Restarting in Safe Mode on an Apple Silicon Mac

Shut down your Mac. Now press and hold the power button. Keep holding the button until you see a window of startup options. Select your startup disk (there’s usually only one), then hold Shift and click “Continue in Safe Mode.”

Once you’ve restarted in Safe Mode, go to the Touch ID settings System Preferences and try adding a fingerprint. If this works, restart your Mac as normal and see if the problem persists.

How to Reset Touch ID on macOS

There are two ways to reset Touch ID settings on a MacBook Pro. Both are relatively easy to do, but one has some risks you’ll want to be aware of.

Reset Your Mac’s SMC

Resetting your Mac’s system management controller (SMC) can fix a variety of problems and won’t cause any issues with your system. The steps are simple.

Shut Down menu option on macOS

Shut down your Mac by going to the Apple menu and choosing Shut Down. Now press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds, then release it. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button to turn on your Mac again.

Clear Your Mac’s Secure Enclave Data

Though it does carry some risks, clearing your Secure Enclave data can resolve your Touch ID issues.

Warning: If your Mac uses Apple’s T2 security chip, this will likely erase all data on your Mac, including all of your files. If you proceed, make sure you’re positive that your Mac does not use the T2 chip or that you have all of your data backed up.

Reboot your Mac into recovery mode by selecting Restart from the Apple menu and holding down the “R” key while it restarts. Once you’re in recovery mode, open a terminal by going to Utilities > Terminal.

Open the terminal in macOS

Run the following command:

xartutil --erase-all

Now, restart your computer and try adding a fingerprint to Touch ID.

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How to Choose When Windows 11 Turns Off Your Screen

Thanks to Windows 11, you can save energy, extend a portable PC’s battery life, and lengthen your screen’s lifespan if you configure your monitor or screen to automatically turn off after a certain period of time. Here’s how to set it up.

  • First, launch the Settings app by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard. Or right-click the Start button and select “Settings” in the menu.

In Windows 11, right-click the Start button and select "Settings."

In Settings, select “System” in the sidebar, then click “Power & Battery.”

Click "System" in the sidebar, then select "Power & Battery."

In Power and Battery options, click “Screen and Sleep” to expand the section if necessary.

Expand the "Screen and Sleep" section.

The “Screen and Sleep” menu will reveal two to four options, depending on the type of PC you have. If you’re on a battery-powered tablet PC or laptop, you’ll see four options. If you’re using a desktop PC, you’ll see only two options.

To set how long it takes for your screen to turn off (if your PC is inactive), click the drop-down menu beside “On battery power, turn my screen off after” and select a time period, such as “5 minutes.”Similarly, use the drop-down menu labeled “When plugged in, turn my screen off after” to choose a screen turn-off time for when your computer is hooked to a steady power supply. If you never want the screen to turn off, select “Never.”

Using the drop-down menus, choose a time for when you want your Windows 11 PC to turn off its screen.

On this same page, you can also configure your PC to go to sleep after a certain time period as well, if you’d like. Sleeping is a special low-power state where your computer stops running tasks but can be resumed quickly when you need it.

When you’re done, close Settings. From now on, when your PC sits idle for the length of time you specified, your monitor or screen will turn off automatically. To turn it back on, wiggle your mouse, tap your screen, or tap a key like the space bar.

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How to Enable Dark Mode on Google Search

Turn On Dark Mode on Google Search on Desktop

On your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, you can use any modern web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Edge to use Google Search’s dark mode.

  • To enable the mode, first, launch a web browser on your computer. In the browser, access the Google site.
  • At the bottom-right corner of the Google site, click “Settings.”

Click "Settings" in the bottom-right corner on Google Search on desktop.

From the menu that opens, select “Search Settings.”

Note: You can directly click “Dark Theme: Off” in the “Settings” menu to activate the mode, but Google might remove this option in the future.

Select "Search Settings" from the "Settings" menu on Google Search on desktop.

On the “Search Settings” page that opens, in the left sidebar, click “Appearance.”

Click "Appearance" on the "Search Settings" page on Google Search on desktop.

You’re now on the “Appearance” page. Here, in the “Turn Dark Theme On or Off” section, enable the “Dark Theme” option. Then, at the bottom of this section, click “Save.”

Tip: If you ever want to disable dark mode, select the “Light Theme” option.

Enable the "Dark Theme" option on the "Appearance" page on Google Search on desktop.

You’ll see a prompt in your web browser. Click “OK” in this prompt.

Click "OK" in the prompt on Google Search on desktop.

And that’s it. Google Search’s dark mode is now activated, and you will notice the Google homepage and the search result pages are all dark now.

Google Search on desktop in dark mode.

Dark mode is available on a lot of devices out there, including Windows 10, Windows 11, Mac, and even Ubuntu.

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How to Cancel Your YouTube TV Subscription

How to Cancel YouTube TV From the Web

The easiest way to unsubscribe from YouTube TV is from the streaming service’s desktop website using your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux computer. Once the page loads, click on your avatar in the top-right corner of the site.

Click you YouTube TV avatar in the top-right corner

Select the “Settings” button from the drop-down menu.

Select the "Settings" button from the drop-down menu

Next, click the “Manage” button found next to the Base Plan listing.

Click the "Manage" button next to the Base Plan listing

YouTube TV is now going to start fighting to keep you as a customer. On this page, it will offer the option to pause your membership for several weeks instead of losing you altogether.

  • If you’re set on unsubscribing, select the “Cancel” link.

Select the "Cancel" link

Choose one of the provided reasons as to why you’re leaving the live TV service and then select the “Continue Canceling” button to proceed.

Choose an option for canceling and then click the "Continue Canceling" button

  • Be aware that if you choose “Other,” you will be asked to write an in-depth reason for your departure.
  • Finally, you can click the “Yes, Cancel” button to close your YouTube TV account permanently.

Click the "Yes, Cancel" button

How to Cancel YouTube TV From the Mobile App

If you don’t have your computer nearby, you can also unsubscribe from the YouTube TV app for Android. Unfortunately, the feature isn’t available on the iPhone or iPad app, but it can be done from the mobile website.

With the YouTube TV app open, tap on your avatar in the top-right corner of the interface.

Click you YouTube TV avatar in the top-right corner of the app

From the menu, select the “Settings” option.

Select the "Settings" option

Tap the “Membership” option.

Tap the "Membership" button

Select the “Manage” button found next to the Base Plan listing.

Tap the "Manage" button next to the Base Plan listing

If you’re having second thoughts about ending your subscription, you can choose to pause your membership for a set number of weeks. If not, tap the “Cancel” link to proceed.

Tap the "Cancel" link

Choose one of the preset reasons to share why you’re canceling your YouTube TV subscription.

Choose an option for why you are canceling

  • If you choose the “Other” option, you will be asked to write out an in-depth reason.
  • The streaming service will once again offer to pause your membership. Select the “Continue Canceling” button to advance.

YouTube TV will offer pausing your membership. Select the "Continue Canceling" button to proceed

You will be presented with the final cancellation screen. YouTube TV will list out everything you will miss out on if you unsubscribe from the service. Tap the “Yes, Cancel” button one last time to terminate your monthly subscription.

Tap the "Yes, Cancel" button

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How to Use Together Mode in Microsoft Teams on Web

Activate Together Mode on Edge and Chrome

Open the Microsoft Teams web app in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome and sign in. Select the “Meet Now” button to start a new meeting or hit the “Join” button to join an ongoing one.

Click the "Meet Now" button to create a new meeting or "Join" button to join an existing meeting in Microsoft Teams for the web.

Once you enter a meeting, select the Ellipses (three-dot menu) icon on the floating bar to get more options.

Select “Together Mode.” It might be labeled “Together Mode (Preview).”

Select "Together Mode" from the list of options.

Your default grid layout will switch to an auditorium-like scene showing every participant in a seat.

Together mode showing video call participants in virtual chairs setup.

Using Together Mode changes how you see other people in a meeting without letting them know. So this view is available to you, but if others want to see it, they will have to enable it on their side. That’s how you can turn video calls into fun and informal situations in Microsoft Teams in Edge or Chrome, at least for yourself.

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How to Choose Your Microphone on Windows 11

Switch Microphones from a Taskbar Shortcut

One of the quickest ways to select a different microphone in Windows 11 is by using a hidden taskbar shortcut. First, right-click the volume icon (the speaker) in the taskbar. In the small menu that pops up, select “Open Volume Mixer.”

Windows Settings will open to the System > Sound > Volume Mixer page. Under “Input Device,” click the drop-down menu and select the microphone that you want to use from the list.

In Volume Mixer, select a microphone with the "Input" drop-down menu.

After that, close Settings, and you’re ready to go. Note that if you need to switch audio outputs in Windows 11, there’s a different way to switch audio devices using the Quick Settings menu.

Switch Microphones from Windows Settings

Although we used Windows Settings in the last section, there’s another way to choose your audio input device in the Settings app. First, open Settings by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard. When Settings appears, select “System” in the sidebar, and then select “Sound.”

In Windows Settings, select "System," then "Sound."

Alternately, you can right-click the volume icon on the taskbar and select “Sound Settings.”

In Sound settings, scroll down to the “Input” section. Under “Choose a device for speaking or recording,” click the circular radio button beside the microphone or input device that you’d like to use.

In Sound Input settings, select a microphone with the radio buttons.

If the microphone that you want to select isn’t listed, try unplugging it and connecting it again (if possible), restarting your PC, or installing a driver from the microphone’s manufacturer.

Also, if you need to adjust the input level of your microphone or input device, use the “Volume” slider just below the microphone selection list. When you’re ready, close Settings—your changes have already been saved.

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