How to Install, Manage, and Delete Fonts on Your PC

If you have recently found some terrific fonts that you want to use on your Windows system, then getting them installed may not be something that you are familiar with. Today we show you how to manage those fonts with ease.
Installing Fonts in Windows 7 & Vista
Installing fonts in Windows 7 and Vista is extremely easy. Just right click on the font files and select Install.

A small window will appear showing the progress on adding the new fonts to your system. Your new fonts will be ready to use as soon as this window auto-closes.

Viewing, Deleting, & Managing Fonts in Windows 7 & Vista
If you want to view, delete, or perform other actions with the fonts on your system then the Control Panel is the place to start. While similar there are small differences between 7 and Vista. For Windows 7 open your Control Panel, go to Appearance and Personalization, then click on Preview, delete, or show and hide fonts.

In Windows 7 the Fonts Folder will open in the same Control Panel window. Once there you can view what the font will look like, delete it, or even hide it if desired.

The easiest way in Windows Vista is to open the Control Panel and type fonts in the search blank. Once the Fonts listing appears click on View installed fonts. The Fonts Folder will open in a new window.

One difference between Windows Vista and 7 is that you cannot hide fonts in Vista, otherwise both are the same for managing your fonts.

Font viewing for Windows 7 and Vista is exactly the same right down to the font information located at the top of the window.

Installing Fonts in Windows XP
Working with fonts in Windows XP is a bit different when it comes to adding new fonts. To get started go to the Control Panel, then Appearance and Themes and look for the Fonts Link on the left side. Click on the Fonts Links to access the Fonts Folder on your system.

You will do all of the installing, viewing, deleting, or other font functions from this window. To install a new font in XP go to the File Menu and select Install New Font.

A new window will appear where you will browse to the location of the fonts that you want to install. Select one or multiple font files and click OK.

As with 7 and Vista a small progress window will appear while your new fonts are being installed.

Viewing, Deleting, & Managing Fonts in Windows
This part of managing fonts in XP is the same as in 7 and Vista, just right click on the chosen font to view, delete, or print it.

Viewing fonts is very similar to 7 and Vista except for the top portion of the window. Notice that there is an extra line of information provided for the font (i.e. “font brand” & e-mail address).

Managing the fonts on your system is quick and easy to do once you get started. After you have those new fonts installed then you can really have fun creating unique documents for yourself, your family, and friends.
If you are on Ubuntu check out our article on how to add Microsoft core fonts to Ubuntu.

Beginner: How to Create, Manage, and Share Calendars in Outlook 2013

Unless you’re living a life free of responsibilities, the sun probably rises and settles on your daily calendar. If you don’t know what’s going on a daily basis, you can quickly find yourself lost in a maze of missed appointments and surprise meetings.
Let’s talk about Outlook’s Calendars because outside of e-mail, (perhaps even more so at times), being organized and productive relies on the ability to manage events and get stuff done. One of the things that Outlook does with great aplomb, perhaps better than most other applications, is calendaring. Outlook’s calendar functions are second-to-none when it comes to creating, modifying, and sharing events.
This article will focus primarily on the simple stuff. We’ll show you how to create and manage your calendars, add appointments, meetings, and also share them with others in your address book for easy collaboration. By the time we’re done, we’ll show how beyond using Outlook for the basics like e-mail or contacts and address books, you can incorporate the calendar into your busy life and improve your home or small office.


Calendar Basics

Whenever you use Outlook, you’ll have its calendaring capabilities at your disposal. Even if you don’t have an email account set up, you can still use Outlook for the rest of its features. The calendar works best, however, if you can take advantage of its collaborative capabilities, so using an email account assures you’re able to send meeting invites and receive attendee notifications.
Regardless, here’s your basic, everyday calendar, i.e. the default calendar associated with your default Outlook profile. This is the monthly view, but you can use the functions on the Arrange tab to change the view.

For example, below is the work week view (versus the whole week view). It’s very simple, with the weather (you can set it to your town), and a search box. If you have any meetings or appointments, you’d see them here, and you can skip to the previous or following week by clicking the “Previous Appointment” or “Next Appointment” buttons, respectively, along the calendar edges.

Let’s move on a bit and focus on how to change your calendar’s arrangement to better suit your specific or particular needs.

Flexing Your Calendar’s Muscle

You can do quite a bit to change your calendar’s arrangement and appearance. If you check out the View tab below, you see a whole assortment of styles that you can employ for a calendar that suits your organizational needs.

Check out the following calendar. We’ve made some minor changes to its appearance. For one, you can change the color, which is a subtle but nice touch.

The View tab lets you add several other views to accentuate the mode you’re in. For example, there’s the To-Do Bar, which lets you add calendars, people, and tasks to the right-hand column (see above). This To-Do Bar is customizable to the mode you’re in, so even if you’ve got the tasks and calendar enabled, as in the above screenshot, if you switch to your inbox, you will need to re-enable the To-Do Bar.
It’s a good idea to play around with the View tab in each mode because they’ll not all be exactly the same. For example, the Reading Pane isn’t much use in the calendar view, but it’s definitely a great addition to you inbox.

Similarly, check out a daily calendar view with the Daily Task View enabled. You can see here you daily calendar with your due tasks below.

We’ll talk a great deal more about tasks in an upcoming article, but now let’s focus on everything you might want to know about appointments and meetings.

Adding Appointments and Meetings

Let’s look at setting up appointments and meetings. In the following example, we’re organizing a pizza party. The subject of course, is the nature of the appointment, and while a pizza party isn’t necessarily an “appointment,” you get the idea. You can then add other specifics such as where the pizza party is taking place, and its start and end times.

There’s a lot of space (technically unlimited) to add notes, instructions, or directions to the event. Of course, it’s not much of a party if you don’t have other people there. So we’ll need to invite some attendees. Once you invite people, it’s no longer considered an appointment. Instead, Outlook changes it to a meeting. In the following screenshot, we see our new appointment turned meeting.
You can type in names by hand, or click the “To” button to add attendees from your address book. If you haven’t set up an address book yet, we can tell you how to add and manage contacts as well as import contacts from other sources, like Gmail.

You can cut straight to the chase and simply click “New Meeting” from the Ribbon’s Home tab. When you’re inviting attendees, you have the option of requesting further Response Options.

If you request a response (rather than simply putting the word out and leaving it at that), then invitees will have a chance to RSVP. Note, this works wonderfully with a Microsoft product such as an e-mail account, where you’re given response options directly in the message.

In Gmail, you’ll be able to act on an invite in pretty much the same way. However you respond, it will be sent to the event organizer and automatically added to their Outlook.

Now that we’re clear on appointments and meetings, we’ll move on to modifying and canceling them because change is inevitable, and sometimes our best laid plans fall through.

Modifying or Canceling Meetings and Tracking Responses

Something has come up, and we need to move our pizza party to Saturday night. This is no problem for us but what about our attendees? Well, their plans are entirely up to them, but Outlook at least makes it easy to alert them to changes.
To modify a meeting and alert your attendees, first open the event from your Outlook calendar and make the changes you need. In this case, we’re just moving the meeting back one day. Note, that you can click “Send Update” and your invitees will be updated on the change.

At this point, if any attendees had previously accepted your invitation, they will need to re-accept it.
Now might be a good time to show how to track your meeting’s progress. Click the “Tracking” button and from here you can see your meeting’s progress. Right now, only one invitee has accepted so maybe this Saturday isn’t such a good time.

Uh oh, again something has just come up and we need to cancel the meeting. Simply click the “Cancel Meeting” button. Your invite will now change and you will get a “Send Cancelation” button to click and send out the bad news.

It’s as easy as that, your previous invitees will receive an updated email and the event will be removed from your Outlook calendar.


With your appointments-turned-meetings entered and saved, you’ll see it on your calendar. When you hover over it, you’ll see the pertinent details. At this point, if everything is good, you can leave it and move on to other things.

If, however, you want to change or delete it, you can open it by either double-clicking it or using the appropriate action on the Ribbon, which here is the “Open” button.

You can also access many of the same ribbon controls from the right-click context menu.

With your meeting or appointment open, note the Options tab, which will let you affect some changes such as changing your status (Busy, Tentative, Out of Office, etc.), set a reminder, change the time zone, and finally set the event as a recurring one.

Recurring events are common, such as a weekly meeting or quarterly earnings event, or just lunch with a friend, so it’s good to know how to set them. As you can see from the screenshot, this should be pretty easy to work out. You can set the time of the appointment, the pattern, and of course the range or how long the recurrence will occur.

You see in the following image, we’ve set up a recurring event for every Monday at 1:00pm, which will continue indefinitely.

It’s important to remember that while meetings and appointments do have several key differences, they still look and can be modified the same way, so all the options you see for appointments will be the same for meetings.

Attaching a File or Document to a Calendar item

Let’s imagine you’ve made an appointment, such as to take your pet to the vet, or to get your oil changed, and in either case, you have a document or image you want to attach to it so you don’t forget.
In the following example, we’re getting our oil changed finally, and we’ve got a coupon for it. You could print out the coupon and try to remember it beforehand, or you could simply attach it to the appointment so when Outlook reminds you, the coupon is right there so you can print it while you’re thinking about it.

In order to do this, you want to click the “Attach File” and then browse to the location where it is saved. You can either insert the file as is, paste it inline as text, or insert the location of the file as a hyperlink. In this instance, we’re just going to attach the PDF as is.

Of course, this is going to be a highly useful feature if you need to share documents for a business meeting, send out study materials to students, or whenever the situation might call for supplementary information.

Managing and Sharing Calendars

Managing calendars will let you accomplish two things. You can open calendars from various sources, and you can create and save calendar groups.

If you click the “Open Calendar” button, you can create a calendar from several sources including from the Internet, or you can create a blank calendar. One advantage of creating a blank calendar is that you’re able to keep your work and home life separate.

In the following screenshot, you see several calendars have been created, and we’ve also created a special group for work. You can actually drag events from one calendar to another; you see how we have an entry for a weekly meeting in the two calendar we’ve selected to show.

Being able to drag events across calendars means that if you’ve spent time adding an appointment or meeting, if you later decide it needs to be on a different calendar, you don’t need to recreate the events.
Finally, you can share calendars, which should be pretty self-explanatory, of note though is the ability to e-mail a calendar. We covered this briefly in a previous article, this is simply another way to accomplish it. Here in the following screenshot, you see what happens when you use this option.

You can specify which calendar you share, the date range (from a single day to the whole calendar), level of details to share (simple availability, limited, and full details), and then there’s a few Advanced options you can use.

Sharing in this way means that you can quickly, easily, and seamlessly disseminate your calendar information with other Outlook users, as well as integrate calendars sent to you.

Calendar Options

There’s quite a few calendar options to sort through (though not quite as many as with e-mail). Most of these options are intended to configure the calendar to work more effectively with your professional and personal needs.

For example, you can change your work hours and work week, add holidays, change the time zone, set the default color, and even choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius. Work your way through them at your leisure and try out what works best for you.
The calendar features in Outlook are top-notch and if you work in an organization with a central Exchange server, then you’re likely familiar with how you can collaborate on shared calendars, see events, and more. All of this seamlessly works within your own local Outlook installation for added power and convenience.
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At home, it’s nice to have a calendar with so many features in the same program. There’s no need to switch from an e-mail app to your calendar app, you can schedule events and quickly invite participants with just a few clicks of the mouse button, and much more.
But, that’s enough talking from us. Why don’t we hear from you now? Let us know your thoughts or lend your comments in our discussion forum.

How to Check, Manage, and Clear Data/Cache Stored by Google Play Services

Your phone stores a wealth of information such as apps you download, websites you visit, and searches you perform. Clearing out the caches and data for apps will clear out this information, however, you must clear the cache and data for each app separately.
However, apps such as Gmail, Search, Chrome, and the various Google Play apps are all included in Google Play Services. The caches and data for these apps can be managed in one place. We’ll show you how to manage data stored by Google Play Services on Google devices and Samsung devices.


On a Google device, such as a Nexus 7, swipe down from the right side of the notification bar at the top of the screen and touch the “Settings” button.

In the “Device” section of the “Settings” screen, touch “Apps.”

There are three sections of the Apps screen: “Downloaded,” “Running,” and “All”. Swipe the headings to the right or left to move among the sections. Scroll down and find the “Google Play services” app under “Downloaded”, which is the default heading that displays, and touch it.

On the “App info” screen for “Google Play services,” touch “Manage space” to manage the store for your Google Play services account.

The “Google Play services storage” screen displays. To manage the search data for your Google Play apps, touch the “Manage search data” button under “Search Data.”

The “Search Data” screen displays listing the space usage by app. To clear the cache or data for a specific app, touch the app name in the list.

On the “App info” screen, you can clear the data for the app by touching the “Clear data” button in the “Storage” section.

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A dialog box displays warning you that all of this app’s data will be deleted permanently.
NOTE: This is not recommended unless you want to reset an app or are uninstalling an app.
If you are sure you want to delete the app’s data, touch “OK” or touch “Cancel” to avoid deleting this data.

Touch the “Clear cache” in the “Cache” section to clear the cache for the selected app. No dialog box displays; the size of the cache above the “Clear cache” button decreases.

Some apps with Google Drive integration store files on your device to improve performance and allow you to use the apps offline. To clear these files, touch the “Clear” button under “Local Drive storage.”

The “Clear all data” dialog box displays warning you about deleting these files. There may be some pending changes you can lose if they have not been uploaded to the Google Drive server yet. If you are ready to delete these files, touch “OK.” This can be useful if you’re having trouble with files syncing to Google Drive.

If you want to clear all the data stored by “Google Play services,” touch the “Clear all data” under “Total storage.” Again, a dialog box displays warning you that all the data for all of the “Google Play services” apps will be deleted permanently.
NOTE: This is not recommended unless you want to reset an app or are uninstalling an app.
If you are sure you want to delete the app’s data, touch “OK,” or touch “Cancel” to avoid deleting this data.
NOTE: If you have an Android Wear device, use the “Manage wearable storage” button to manage data stored by apps to replicate data to a wearable device.
When you’re done clearing cache and/or data for “Google Play services,” touch the “Back” button on your device to return to the “App info” screen.

To clear the cache for all Google Play services apps, touch the “Clear cache” button on the “App info” screen for “Google Play services.”

To access the “App info” screen for “Google Play services” on a Samsung device, swipe down from the notification bar at the top of the screen and touch the settings, or gear, button in the upper-right corner.

On the “Settings” screen, touch “Applications.”

The “Applications” screen displays. Touch “Application manager.”

From here, the procedure is the same as on a Google device.
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You can also clear your search and apps history in the Google Play Store, clear your Google search history and clear your browser history in various popular browsers on Android.

Beginner: How to Create, Manage, and Assign Categories in Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 lets you assign categories to stuff and customize said categories. The thing about categories is that they’re universal across Outlook, and can you assign each category to a keyboard combination. So, you can categorize email, calendar events, and notes with a couple quick key strokes.

Over the past few months we’ve talked a great deal about Outlook 2013 and its various parts. We’ve talked about mastering its most important features such as how to compose and send email as well as creating and managing contacts and even importing your Gmail contacts. We’ve also covered Outlook’s other stuff, like how you can create task lists to keep you well, on task. And of course, there’s the all important calendar, which is essential for anyone who wants to effectively keep a schedule.
What this all means is that you can do a great deal with it to help better manage you busy work and even personal life. Before we close out our look at Outlook 2013, however, we felt we should just briefly cover two remaining aspects we feel worth point out: categories and search.


About Those Categories

To customize your categories, click the “Categorize” button and then choose “All Categories…” from the drop-down menu. Using this dialog, you can create new categories, delete old ones, rename, change colors, and assign shortcut keys.

Notice in the following screenshot, how we’ve assigned “CTRL+F2” to the blue category.

Now, for example, you can apply categories to anything you want. Take our silly example below, we have our task to “live la vida loca” and we’ve marked it with Personal (purple) and Urgent (red) categories.

Remember this very helpful tip: once you assign shortcut keys to your categories, and you’ve committed your categories to memory, they can make quick work out of organizing mail, appointments, and other Outlook items.
For example, here’s an email header from a message in our inbox, we’ve marked it with the Work category. From now on, if we need to look for this specific message, we can use categories to filter out unrelated messages.

Be aware also that you can quickly mark tasks, emails, and other Outlook items quickly with a default category, such as in the following screenshot. Here we’ve marked several tasks as URGENT simply by clicking on the little box in the CATEGORIES column.

It’s clear that categories can be very helpful, and they’re a largely unheralded feature in Outlook. Learn to use them effectively, and you’ll be able to keep all your stuff organized in its related category areas.

Simple Searching in Outlook

Let’s wrap this up by briefly talking about searching for items in Outlook. We mean this to mainly apply to mail, but search extends throughout the application. When you click on the search pane, such as in the inbox (or any other mail folder), the Ribbon will change to give you a plethora of search tools.

Why is all this stuff here? Simply, the more ways you can search for a message, the better your chances of finding it. See here in the following screenshot, we click the “Subject” button, and we can fill in the appropriate space with what we want the subject to contain. In this instance, we want to find any subjects concerning “Work.”

Note, the results that pop up are actually Tasks, which demonstrates how Outlook returns search results from everything it stores.
If maximizing your search skills in Outlook interests you, you can cut through the clutter quickly by taking a little time and trying out the Search ribbon’s options. Keep in mind that if your results are too wide and varied, you can always refine your scope using the appropriately-titled Scope tools.

Finally, if you feel the need for power and ultimate control over you searching, try using the Advanced Find form found by clicking the “Search Tools” button in the Options section.

Using the Advanced Find form is far and away the best, no-nonsense way to search Outlook, but whatever method you use, we’re sure you’ll figure out how to find your stuff in no time at all.

Search Options

Outlook works with Windows Search, which we wrote a whole series on a little while back. These options affect how items are searched both in Windows and within Outlook.

Note, if you click “Indexing Options…” you will open the Indexing Options control panel, where you can adjust how or whether Outlook is indexed by the Windows Search indexer. The rest of these options deal primarily search results, such as how they are displayed and from where results are shown.
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Categories and search are two unheralded features you can add to your Outlook repertoire, which will round our your Office experience rather nicely. If you use Outlook extensively, and you get a lot of email, create many calendar appointments, or generate long task lists, then being able to not only organize them is important, but then having the ability to search for anything, especially if you know what you’re looking for is invaluable.

How to Silence, Manage, and Conceal Notifications on Your Apple Watch

One of the principle appeals of a smartwatch is easy wrist-based notifications but things can get a little out of control. Read on as we show you how to tweak your Apple Watch notifications to your liking.

How Do Apple Watch Notifications Work?

Before we dive into actually managing your Apple Watch notifications, let’s run through a quick overview of how the notifications function by default so you’ve got a solid understanding of the notifications and what you may or may not want to modify.
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By default your Apple Watch will mirror all notifications from your iPhone. Whatever you’ve configured on the iPhone side of things (“Yes, I want Twitter notifications; no, I don’t want Facebook alerts”) will simply pass along to the Apple Watch. Whatever notifications are turned on when you pair your Apple Watch are cloned and when you install new apps whatever notification settings you select upon installation are also mirrored.
When your iPhone is unlocked and you’re using it no notifications are passed on to your Apple Watch as the assumption is you’re looking at your iPhone and wrist-based notification is not required. When your Apple Watch is off your wrist, locked, or in Do Not Disturb mode all notifications are also silenced at the watch level and remain on your iPhone.
When your iPhone is sleeping or locked and your Apple Watch is on your wrist, unlocked, and Do Not Disturb Mode is disabled, all notifications are transferred from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to properly alert you.
In the following sections we’ll take a peek at how to temporarily silence notifications, how to manage notifications (both in mirror mode and watch mode), and how to make your notifications more private so they don’t reveal their contents (messages, pictures, and so on) without your acknowledgement.

How to Silence Your Apple Watch

While you can permanently silence individual notifications sometimes you just need to quiet things down until the meeting is over. There are a couple ways to silence your Apple Watch; let’s run through the different methods and you’ll be armed with the right trick for the right environment the next time you need to keep your wrist from chirping.


Silent Mode and Cover to Mute

The first, and most literal, way to silence your Apple Watch is to mute the volume with the Silent Mode. You can access the mute/Silent Mode function one of two ways. You can swipe down on your watchface to open up your Glances and then open the Settings Glance where you’ll find a crossed-out bell icon. Press the bell icon and you enable Silent Mode.
The alternative way to mute the watch is to click on the crown, opening up the Settings menu, and navigate to Settings -> Sounds and Haptic. There you can both adjust the volume of the alerts and toggle the Mute function on.

There’s one very neat trick you’ll need to use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to enable (but it’s totally worth it the minor effort): cover to mute. Open up the Apple Watch app and navigate to Sound & Haptics in the main settings list.
Within Sound & Haptics toggle “Cover to Mute” on. Now, should a loud notification interrupt your meeting, you can perform the very natural motion of covering up your watch with your other hand and that action will mute the notification.

Do Not Disturb Mode

Conveniently, because the Apple Watch is so tightly integrated with the iPhone, you can turn on Do Not Disturb Mode on either the watch or the phone and it automatically mirrors between the two devices. (This also means if you’ve set a Do Not Disturb schedule on your iPhone it will automatically extend to your watch too.)
To enable Do Not Disturb from your Apple Watch swipe down from the main screen to access your Glances and use the quick access button on the Settings Glance. You can also swipe up on your iPhone’s screen to access the Control Center and tap the Do Not Disturb icon there too.
Do Not Disturb Mode should be considered a quieter, but not silent, solution; whatever adjustments you’ve made to the Do Not Disturb settings on your iPhone will be used by your watch (e.g. if you’ve told Do Not Disturb to allow phone calls from your Favorites contact list then your watch will allow them too).

Airplane Mode

If you’re super paranoid (or your boss is super unamused by interruptions) you can always go for a full network kill switch and toggle on Airplane Mode. Like Silent Mode and Do Not Disturb Mode, you can toggle Airplane Mode from the Settings Glance on your watch. Unlike Do Not Disturb Mode, however, it isn’t mirrored between devices. Airplane Mode is toggled independently for both the Apple Watch and the iPhone.

How to Manage Your Notifications

Temporarily silencing notifications is one thing but sometimes you no longer want the notification at all. There are two ways to deal with notification overload on your Apple Watch: from the iPhone settings and from the Apple Watch app’s settings menu.

Adjust the iPhone’s Notifications

The first way to manage your notifications involves simultaneously adjusting your notifications on both your iPhone and Apple Watch by making sweeping adjustments to the the notifications of both through the iPhone’s Settings menu via Settings -> Notifications.

Recall that the default state is that all iPhone notification settings are mirrored to your Apple Watch. If you adjust the degree of notification in the iPhone Settings then the notification to the Apple Watch will also be adjusted. If you turn off a notification at the iPhone level then it won’t even be available for adjustment on the Apple Watch.

Adjust the Apple Watch’s Notifications

Within the Apple Watch application on the iPhone (not on the watch itself) you can toggle notifications off as well as fine tune the notifications specifically for the watch.
The core Apple applications like the Calendar, Mail, and Reminders apps can all be custom tweaked within the Apple Watch app to customize the notification experience. You can either leave them as “Mirror my iPhone” or you, on a app-by-app basis make adjustments. Let’s say, for example, you wanted to see your upcoming calendar events but you didn’t want to get an alert on your wrist every time an attendee confirmed they were coming. You could adjust that setting on the iPhone but that would remove the notifications on both the phone and watch.

Instead you can hop into the Apple Watch app and make the adjustment by selecting the Calendar app and checking “Custom”. This in turn will bring up notification options just for the watch which you can adjust to your liking.
While that customization works for the core iOS apps it doesn’t work for third party apps like Facebook. For third party apps the toggle is binary: either you get all the notifications from the iPhone or you get none.

How to Make Your Notifications Private

The final bit of notification tweaking we’ll highlight before we end our notification tutorial is a terribly handy tweak. By default when you get a notification on your Apple Watch it shows what the notification is. If your friend texts you a work-inappropriate picture, for example, the preview of that picture pops right up on the face of your Apple Watch where coworkers who don’t share your particular sense of humor could see it.

This is where Notification Privacy comes in. When Notification Privacy is enabled you still receive a visual alert on the watch but the contents of the alert are not revealed until you tap on the screen to confirm you wish to see it.
In the example above you can see the privacy function in action: when I received a message from fellow How-To Geek writer Matt Klein I was still notified that I had a message from him but the contents of the message weren’t displayed until I tapped screen. Other apps provide even less information. When you get a Gmail notification, for example, it’s just the Gmail logo and you have to tap on it to see the message.
While it does add in an extra layer and bit of friction to your notification system it is a great compromise between no notifications and having the contents of your notifications visible to everyone.

With just a little tweaking and a lot of taking advantage of the streamlined notification system found in the Apple Watch you’ll have your notifications wrangled and just right in no time.

How to Create, Manage, and Delete Alarms Using Siri

Siri is actually pretty useful for all kinds of things, from searching for things to identifying songs. You can also use her to create, delete, and change alarms in your clock app. Here’s how it works.
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Create an Alarm

To create a new alarm with Siri, just press and hold the Home button to activate her, or say “Hey Siri if you have her set to respond to your voice. When she’s listening, you can say things like:

  • “Set an alarm for 6:30 pm”
  • “Set an alarm on weekdays at 6:45 am”
  • “Set an alarm on weekends at 9:00 am”
  • “Set an alarm in 45 minutes”

You can also say “wake me” or “wake me up” instead of “set an alarm” for any of those commands. When you tell her what alarm to set, Siri will respond with a confirmation where you also can turn the alarm on or off.

If you want to create an alarm with a label, you can do that too. Just say something like “Set an alarm to call my son at 3 tomorrow afternoon” or “Set an alarm in 45 minutes call my son,” where you replace the words “call my son” with whatever you want.

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Unfortunately, you can’t use Siri to create an alarm using a custom sound. She will, however, create an alarm using whatever sound you set for the last alarm you created. It’s worth dropping in on your Clock app to check the sounds used for your alarms when you can, especially if you tend to use different sounds for different alarms or even a silent alarm for some things.

Delete an Alarm

You can also use Siri to delete alarms from your phone. Once she’s listening for your command, you can say something like “Delete my 3:00 alarm.” If Siri has any trouble distinguishing which alarm you mean, she’ll ask for clarification. You can tap the alarm to delete or tell Siri.

Of course, you can also be more specific in your request by saying something like “Delete my 3:00 am alarm.” When Siri can identify the alarm you mean with certainty, she’ll just go ahead and delete it without any confirmation needed.

You can also tell Siri to remove all alarms on your phone by saying “Delete all my alarms.” In this case, Siri will ask you to confirm your choice. Tell Siri “Confirm” or tap the Confirm button.

When you’re using Siri to delete alarms, just be careful that you’re deleting the right one. If you’re unsure, it’s usually better to just pop open the Clock app and do it manually.

Modify an Alarm

Siri also lets you modify an existing alarm by setting it to a new time. Note that you can’t change sounds, labels, or on what days the alarm recurs using Siri, only the time of an alarm. Just say something along the lines of “Change my 6:45 am alarm to 7:45 am.”

Again, it helps to be as specific as possible. If Siri can’t identify exactly the alarm you’re referring to, or if you use a command like “Change my alarms,” Siri will pop up a list of possible matches and ask you to confirm which alarm you want to change by tapping it.

If you need to make additional changes to alarms, you’ll need to open the Clocks app and do it manually. Or, you could use Siri to delete the alarm and then create a new one.

Turn Alarms On and Off

And finally, you can use Siri to turn your alarms on and off. You can turn off a select alarm by specifying something like “Turn off (or on) my 3PM alarm.”

You can also turn all your alarms off or on at once with a phrase like “Turn all my alarms off (or on).”

And there you have it. Siri offers a lot of ways to control your alarms. For some things, like modifying an alarm’s settings, it’s probably easier to just use the Clock app. But you have to admit, being able to create alarms by voice is nice if you’re driving or can’t use your hands for whatever reason. And turning off all your alarms at once is pretty handy, too.

How to Install, Manage, and Use iMessage Apps

Not only was iMessage the most heavily updated app in the iOS 10 release, but it got more than just a facelift. Now, tucked away in iMessage, is a whole app ecosystem just waiting for you to tap into it.


Apps? In iMessage?

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Once upon a time, iMessage was a simple little affair. It fixed some of the shortcomings of SMS by extending message length, making it simple to send multimedia attachments, and routing the whole affair securely through Apple’s servers. With the release of iOS 10, however, the days of iMessage being a slightly better version of text messaging are long gone. Now the app is so packed with features it has morphed into something more akin to its own little social platform, like Snapchat.
Among the smaller improvements–like simple tapback message replies and an intuitive live camera preview right in iMessage–there’s a huge change: apps. iMessage now has its own mini ecosystem of apps, some intended just for iMessage and some extensions and integrations of bigger apps into the messaging platform.
These apps allow you to do a wide variety of things right within iMessage. They range from trivial (like slap stickers of your favorite video game characters on your messages) to downright practical (sending money to a friend right within the chat app).
If not for all the hoopla surrounding the change, however, it would be pretty easy to overlook it. Let’s take a look at where the apps are tucked away in iMessage and how to manage and use them.

How to Locate, Install, and Remove iMessage Apps

To get started with iMessage apps we’ll, naturally, open up iMessage. Open up (or create) a message to one of your contacts, preferably a friend who will understand if you send random App related stuff in the process of following our tutorial (sadly, you can’t putter around in the following menus on a blank “New Message” addresses to no one).
With the message open, look at the bottom of the screen for the three icons, seen below. Click on the third icon with the App Store logo. (Note: If you don’t see them and the text box is full width with the on-screen keyboard open, you need to tab the little gray arrow to expand the icon tray).

In the resulting screen, you’ll see the recently used/suggested app tools (you can see the Mario sticker we recently used hanging out in the corner). Down at the bottom you’ll find three icons. From right to left: the up arrow will expand the selection to show you more options, the middle icon indicates what app display panel you’re on (most recent, followed by dots indicating how many pages of apps you have, much like the iOS Home Screen itself), and finally, the icon we’re most interested in at the moment: the iMessage app store icon. Click on the icon that looks like four small ovals grouped together to continue.

It’s pretty empty in here. By default, iOS 10 only enabled Recents, the #images search (for all your iMessage GIF needs), and the Music iMessage app. No worries though, we’re about to liven things up in here. Tap on the “+” Store icon.

There you’ll find three navigation tabs. The featured tab, seen below, showcases the featured apps just like in the main App Store. The categories tab allows for browsing like “Games” and “Dining”. Finally the “Manage” tab allows you to manage which apps appear in iMessage. Let’s click on “Manage” now to get a head start on checking out iMessage apps.

There are a few things here you’ll want to pay attention to. First, rather than send you off searching for new apps, we brought you here to see if any of the existing apps on your iOS device already support iMessage. After all, what better place to start than with iMessage extensions of the apps you already know and love?
As you can see in the screenshot below, there are multiple apps available on my phone, including CARROT Weather and Yelp. Here you have two choices. You can manually toggle apps on and off, or you can toggle “Automatically Add Apps” on, which will ensure that in the future, when you download an app that has a companion iMessage app, it will add it automatically to iMessage.

While you can selectively toggle them, we’d recommend toggling “Automatically Add Apps” on, at least for now. As the iMessage App store is still in its infancy it makes sense to have your apps, as they update and potentially gain iMessage integration, automatically add themselves. Is this becomes a nuisance you can always return to this menu and toggle it off.
Don’t see a lot here in your existing apps queue? Don’t fret, you can pop right back into the Featured tab and browse about looking for something of interest. How about Confide, the privacy plugin for iMessage that offers hidden and disappearing messages? Search for it by name or head over to the Productivity category in the “Categories” tab and downloading it is as simple as downloading a regular app in the App Store: just click on the “Get” icon to download it.

Poke around for a bit, find a few additional apps, and then we’ll take a look at how to use them.
There’s one thing worth noting before we continue. While some iMessage apps, like the sticker packs, are completely standalone, iMessage apps that are essentially an extension of a bigger iOS application (like the Confide privacy iMessage app we just downloaded) will trigger the download of the full application. This means a tiny download for a sticker pack, but a potentially bigger download for apps like Confide, Kayak, Yelp, and others that require a full iOS app behind the iMessage app to function properly.

How to Use iMessage Apps

Using iMessage apps is pretty straightforward once you have your favorites picked out. In order to use your iMessage apps, tap the App icon from within an iMessage message. Then simply swipe back and forth between your apps until you locate one you want to use.

In this case, we’d like to share the weather forecast from the CARROT Weather iMessage app, so we click on the big “Share” icon. Every app varies slightly, but they’re all pretty intuitive: click and drag stickers, click to start a game of Words with Friends with your chat partner, etc.

In the case of CARROT, the elegant prose is entirely optional and you may delete it before sending–but who would want to?

How to Remove iMessage Apps

Removing iMessage apps is a simple affair. Open up a message again, tap on the iMessage app icon, and then again on the four ovals just as we did in the previous section. Now, instead of exploring the App Store, we’re going to press and hold on an app icon.

The app icons will begin to jiggle about, just like when you are deleting an regular app from your iOS device. Click on the X to remove them.
There’s an important note to make here: only the iMessage component is removed. In the case of a sticker pack, the sticker pack is simply removed from your device as it is an iMessage only application. In the case of iMessage apps that require iOS support (like aforementioned Confide), deleting the iMessage app does not uninstall the iOS app. It merely removes the app from iMessage and declutters your iMessage app panel. You will need to delete the host app the same way you would delete any other iOS app to complete the removal process.
Finally, if you remove the iMessage app and you want it back, you can go and locate it again in the App Store (in the case of standalone apps) or you can go back to the “Manage” tab we visited early in the tutorial–any helper iMessage app you’ve removed (but kept the host app on your iOS device) will still be there waiting for you to toggle it back on.

That’s all there is too it! If you’re happy with the current crop of iMessage Apps, then you’re off to the races. If you’re not so happy, we’d really encourage you to check back in on the state of affairs in a few months. When iOS 10 beta came out, the iMessage App store felt like a joke–there was nothing in it but a handful of dull, silly sticker packs. When iOS 10 was rolled out to the public, there were already hundreds of apps ready to go. In a matter of months, expect the little micro platform Apple is clearly carefully nurturing to explode in size and scope with an app or two for nearly everyone.