How to e-File Income tax return in incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in from Form 16 for AY 2016-17.

Income tax return - e-fileFiling income tax return in Government site incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in is very easy and here are the steps to do it for salaryholders who has no income from business, income from more than one house, income from capital gains, income from abroad etc. You have to file your returns by July 31st of every year and you have to remit any additional income tax payable through OLTAS/ bank by 31st July. Now it is just one week to go. As per rule, every Indian who has income prior to deduction of 80C have to file income tax. Income tax rates for AY 2016-17 (FY 2015-16) for individuals of age upto 60 years are as follows. The corresponding rates for others and more information can be found here.

Tax Brackets (for individuals of age up to 60 lakhs as on 31.03.2016) Tax %
Income up to Rs.2,50,000/- Nil
Income from Rs.2,50,000 to 5,00,000/- 10%
Income from Rs.5,00,000 – 10,00,000/- 20%
Income from Rs. 10,00,000/- 30%

Moreover, you have to pay a surcharge and cess of 3% on this tax. For individuals with annual income up to Rs.5,00,000/- there is a rebate upto Rs.2000/-.

This article is on how to e-file your income tax return using your Form 16 for AY 2016-17, various things to consider in filing in the website, tips & tricks, how to obtain Form 26 AS, how to remit self assessment tax and the benefits of filing the return by yourself.

Benefits of filing the return by yourself

  • Income tax filing is simple
  • It will take less than 10 minutes in your second year filing
  • You can provide more accurate data than your tax practitioner
  • Since you are filing your own data, you will be more conscious and hence errors will be less
  • You can avoid fraudulent attempts by third party tax filers
  • Save the money for filing the return

How to file Income tax return through incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in with your Form 16

  1. Documents/ Data you need to file the income tax return

    • Form 16
    • Account numbers & IFSC Code for all your bank accounts
    • Aadhaar Number (not mandatory)
    • Access to your e-mail id and mobile
    • Form 26 AS, optional (see below)
  2. Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in Login with your login ID (PAN number), date of birth & password. Enter the characters shown in the image and click on login.If you have manually in the past and are using the site for the first time,
      • click ‘Register new user’.
      • You need to have to your PAN card handy, to enter your last name correctly (if you have abbreviations in surname). Make sure you have access to your e-mail account and mobile.
      • Enter the details sought and click continue.
      • Enter your address, e-mail address and phone number, secret questions and answers, password etc.in the next screen.
      • You will be given an activation link in your e-mail address and a pin number in your mobile.
      • Click on the activation link in your e-mail and enter the pin from the mobile message, when prompted.).
      • Continue login to the site.
    • If you have got it filed with a tax practitioner last year, here is how to get your own password and login.

      • click ‘Login Here’
      • Click on ‘Forgot Password’ seen on right of ‘Login’ button
      • enter your pan number as user ID. Enter the captcha number as shown in the box provided. Click continue.reset password 1
      • In the next screen, Select using OTP (PINS) option.reset password
      • In the next screen, enter your e-mail and mobile number. Get other details from your Form 26 AS and click validate.reset password 2
      • You will get a validation link in your e-mail and an OTP pin in your mobile
      • Click on the link and on the page appears enter the OTP  from your mobile.
      • Now you can input your own password so that you can login to the site.

     

  3. Click on the link ‘Quick e-file ITR’ from the link

    on the left side menu.

    quick file ITR

  4. Specify the ITR Form and Assessment year
    Select ‘ITR-1’ as your ITR Form Name and 2016-17 as Assessment year. Select ‘From PAN Database’ if you are filing returns for the first time otherwise select ‘From Previous Return Filed’. Select ‘No’ for Do you want to digitally sign? (If you do have digital signature in your system select Yes). Click Submit.file IT return
  5. Select ‘Personal Information’ tab and fill in the personal details

    IT Return - personal particulars

    Fill the following details, if not automatically filled or if the details available are different.

    • First Name
    • Middle Name
    • Status – select ‘I –Individual‘
    • Address Details
    • e-mail id
    • phone number
    • Employer category – Government/ PSU/ Private
    • Tax status – select tax refundable
    • Resident status – If you are living in India or not an NRI select ‘RES- Resident’
    • Select ‘On or before Due date’ for item A22
    • Select ‘Original’ if you have not submitted return for AY 2016-17 earlier
    • Select ‘No’ for iitem A23 if you are not governed by Portuguese Civil Code. If you do not know about Portuguese Civil code, put No
    • Entering Aadhar no is not mandatory
    • Click on ‘Save Draft’ button
    • Click on the forward button on the right side or select ‘Income details’ tab on the top
  6. Select ‘Income Details’ tab and fill in the details

    IT Return - income details

    Fill the following details

    • Enter income from salary as per your form 16  (after adding amount of perquisites, deducting professional tax paid, deducting HRA deduction)
    • If you have income/loss from house property, Select ‘Self occupied/ rented out’ for type of house property. Enter the income in the cell B2 (in case loss, put – sign before the amount eg.-123456) . Learn how to calculate income/ loss on house property from here.
    • Enter income from other sources including income from Fixed deposit with bank and other incomes
    • Under deductions, enter the details as given in your Form 16
      • 80C –Tax saver Mutual funds, insurance premium for tax saving, PF, 5 year fixed deposit (tax saver) in bank etc., if any
      • 80CCD – investment in NPS Employee contribution, if any
      • 80CCD(1B) – voluntary contribution in NPS, if any
      • 80 CCD(2) – Employer contribution in NPS, if any
      • etc.
    • Click on ‘Save Draft’ button
    • Click on the forward button on the right side or select ‘Tax details’ tab on the top

     

  7. Select ‘Tax Details’ Tab and enter details

    IT Return - tax details

    • Ensure that the TDS by your employer is reflected in the tab.
    • Check whether any other TDS is also reflected in the tab. Ensure that thee corresponding income is included in income from other sources.
    • If you have paid self assessment tax, enter the details under ‘Sch IT – Details of Advanced Tax and Self Assessment Tax Payments’
    • Click on ‘Save Draft’ button
    • Click on the forward button on the right side or select ‘Taxed paid and Verification’ tab on the top

     

  8. Select ‘Tax paid and Verification’ tab and enter the details

     

    • Verify the taxes paid and the refund amount. IT Return - Tax verification
    • If there is any amount showing as taxes payable   pay using OLTAS method (see below). Then add the payment details under Self Assessment tax as mentioned above.
    • Enter the bank account details (IFSC code, account no. & account type) where salary is credited under D21(a) ‘Bank account in which refund if any shall be credited’. No. of bank accounts may be entered under D21 and other bank account details (IFSC code, account no. & account type) may also be entered.
    • Insert your fathers’ name and name of place under ‘verification’ heading.
    • Once check all the tabs and data, then click on Submit.

     

  9. Verification of Income Tax Return

    e-verify return

    • If you have linked Aadhar number in this income tax return and if your current mobile number was given at the time of taking your aadhar card,
      • you may generate aadhar OTP to e-verify the return.
      • Enter the OTP that you received in you mobile phone to complete the verification
    • If you have access to your bank account through online banking and if you had given your PAN number while applying for the bank account,
      • you may select Option 2- I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-verify my return. verify return - continue
      • Choose your bank from the list of banks given.
        efiling 4
      • Login to your bank account. (for illustration purpose, the procedure with SBI is given below)
      • In the home page of your homepage, select ‘Login to e-filing’.
        login to efiling from online banking
      • Select the bank account and click submit
        login e filing 2
      • An OTP/ High Security Password will be sent to your mobile by bank, enter the OTP received in your mobile, in the box provided.login efiling 4
      • After entering the OTP, you will be directed to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in from the following screen. Click on continue.verify 7
      • Click on ‘e-file’ entry on the top menu bar>>select ‘e-verify return’verify return
      • Click on ‘e-verify’ link on the right corresponding to AY 2016-17 .e-verify
      • You will be asked to confirm to e-verify your return. Click continue.everify 5
      • Filing of return is over. Skip step 11
    • If you cannot use aadhar based e-verification and bank account based e-verification, choose the last option – Send the signed acknowledgement to CPC
      • Download the file
      • Open the file with password (see step 10 below)
      • send the acknowledgement to CPC, after filling the details of your name, father’s name, place and date and putting your sign on it (in the address given at the bottom of the acknowledgement) through normal post.

     

  10. Take a printout of your acknowledgement

    Password is your pan number in lowercase followed by your date of birth in ddmmyyyy format. If your pan number ABCDE1234F and your date of birth is 12/34/5678 then your password will be abcde1234f12345678

  11. Send signed acknowledgement to CPC, if not e-verified

    If you have e-verified your return, do not send the acknowledgement to CPC (in the address given at the bottom of the acknowledgement).
    If you have not e-verified your return, send the acknowledgement to CPC, after filling the details of your name, father’s name, place and date and putting your sign on it (in the address given at the bottom of the acknowledgement).

 

Form 26 AS and how to obtain it

Form 26 AS provides information on TDS credited in your PAN account from your employer, TDS deducted by your bank on fixed deposits, TDS deducted on income from other sources. Since you have to include your other income also while filing the income tax return, it is always advised to take the Form 26 AS before filing the income tax return.

  • Login to incometaxindiaefliling.gov.in (if you are using the site for first time, please see step 2 above)
  • Click Form 26 AS (Tax Credit) on the left side menu

    View Form 26 AS

  • Click confirm on the next screen
  • On the next screen, tick ‘I agree to the usage and acceptance of Form 16/16A generated from 26 AS’ and click on Proceed
    Form 26 AS - Agree
  • Click the link – View Tax Credit (Form 26AS) – located near to the bottom of the page
    View Form 26 AS - 3
  • In the next screen, select assessment year as 2016-17 and select HTML/ PDF. If you have selected HTML, scroll down to see your Form 26 AS statement. If you have opted for PDF file, the file will be downloaded. The password will be your date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy.
    Form 26 AS - 4

How to File Self Assessment Tax through OLTAS

To file self assessment tax through OLTAS, you need to have online banking facility. If you do not have internet banking facility, go to any bank, fill in the respective form and remit it. Proceed to step 8 below. Here are the steps to file self assessment tax through OLTAS.

  1. Get Total taxes paid and interest payable amount from ‘Income Details’ tab and ‘taxes paid and verification’ tabs of income tax return page in step 6 above. Get the taxes paid and cess paid from your Form 16.
    1. D8.’Balance Tax After Relief’ (BTAR) in ‘Income details’ tab is the total of taxes & cess
    2. Total taxes & cess to be paid (TCTBP)= BTAR – taxes paid in form 16 – cess paid in form 16
    3. Total tax to be paid before TDS on other income (TTBP)=TCTBP/1.03 (since 3% is surcharge & cess on tax)
    4. tax to be paid=Total tax to be paid before TDS on other income – TDS on other income
    5. cess to be paid = TCTBP-TTBP
    6. Interest amount is available in ‘Income details’tab
  2. Go to e-payment site of Income tax Department (click here)
  3. Click on ‘Challan No./ITNS 280’ for payment of income tax
  4. In the e-payment page
    1. Select ‘(0021)INCOME-TAX (OTHER THAN COMPANIES)’
    2. Enter PAN number
    3. Enter Assessment year as 2016-17
    4. Enter address, e-mail & Phone number
    5. Select ‘300 – Self Assessment Tax’
    6. Select your bank
    7. Enter the captcha codes shown in the box given under it
    8. Click on proceed
  5. In the next page, your name will be displayed, verify the particulars entered by you and proceed to bank site for payment of interest
  6. Login to online banking
  7. Input the details of tax, surcharge, interest to be paid calculated in  1 (D,E &F) and follow the guidelines.
  8. After payment, you will get the details to input under ‘self assessment tax’ in ‘Tax Details’ Tab of Income tax return page as specified in step 7 above.
  9. Input the Self Assessment Tax in the ‘Tax Details’ tab check the ‘Tax paid and Verification’ tab and ensure tax to be paid is zero. Then complete the filing.

Happy filing!!!.

PS: The author took atmost care for correctness of steps and calculation, the readers are advised to verify themselves the entries need to be made to file income tax return.

Best smartphones in India under Rs.10000/- and under Rs.12000/- compared & recommendations

Smartphones are now an essential part of our life that we spend at least 5 hours per day with it. But these phones are getting outdated or becoming unusable every 2-3 years. New models of smartphones, both Indian and Chinese make, are entering the market. Newer versions of Android, latest is Nougat, are being released by Google. Processors, memory modules and other electronic components are becoming faster and cheaper and newer apps require more memory space in the phone. More over our ‘always busy’ lives require faster and efficient devices.

Comparison

Smartphones can be classified into four.

  1. Smartphones for those who use them only for calls and messaging. They can have low end devices costing around Rs.5000-9000/-.
  2. Smartphones for normal users who tries to utilize their mobile devices for all their needs – calls, messaging, Whatsapp,  word processing, gaming, social media, e-mails, fund transfer, reading books and articles, internet browsing, e-commerce, navigation, listening to music, watching videos etc. The cost of smartphones range from Rs.9000/- – Rs.15000/-
  3. Smartphones for those who do heavy gaming and those who want more powerful phones at lower cost. These range from Rs.15000 – Rs.25000/-
  4. Smartphones for those who consider as a prestige symbol. These phones may have better features but not worth the incremental cost of the device.The cost of these smartphones range from Rs.25000/- and upwards. This category also contain lower cost phones by big brands but with lesser features comparable to category 2 phones with a price margin of around Rs.3000-5000/- .

The following classification of smartphones is made for phones in the second category mentioned above where features/price is the highest . i.e. with latest features in the price range below Rs.15000/-.

Redmi Note 3 16 GB Meizu M3 Note LeEco Le 1s Eco Redmi Note 3 32 GB LeEco Le 2 Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 Mi Max
Display Size 5.5 in 5.5 in 5.5 in 5.5 in 5.5 in 5.5 in 5.5 in 6.44 in
Display Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Other Display features 401 PPI, IPS, Sunlight Display, Night Mode, Reading Mode 403 ppi, 2.5D Glass 403 PPI, IPS Display, 10-point Multi-touch 401 PPI, IPS, Sunlight Display, Night Mode, Reading Mode 403 PPI, IPS Display, 10-point Multi-touch, Blue Light Filter 403 PPI, IPS,10-point Multi-touch IPS, 10-point Multi-touch 342 PPI, IPS Display, Sunlight Display, Reading Mode, 2.5D Glass
Sim slot Dual Sim, GSM + LTE Dual Sim, LTE + LTE Dual Sim, LTE + LTE Dual Sim, GSM + LTE Dual Sim, LTE + LTE Dual Sim, LTE + LTE Dual Sim, LTE + LTE Dual Sim (GSM + LTE)
Camera (rear/ front) 16 MP/ 5 MP 13 MP/5MP 13 MP/5MP 16 MP/ 5 MP 16 MP/8 MP 13 MP/5MP 13 MP/5MP 16 MP/5MP
Flash Two Tone LED Two Tone LED Single LED Two Tone LED Two Tone LED Two Tone LED Two Tone LED Two Tone LED
Bluetooth v4.1 v4.0 v4.1 v4.1 v4.1 v4.0 v4.0 v4.2
Navigation A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps A-GPS, with Google Maps A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps
Sensors Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, eCompass, Accelerometer, Infrared Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall sensor Hall sensor, Gravity sensor, proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Digital compass Magnetometer, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Infrared Sensor Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, eCompass, Accelerometer, Infrared Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall sensor Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Magnetometer, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Gyroscope, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor Accelerometer, eCompass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, eCompass, Accelerometer / Gravity Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor
Fingerprint scanner Yes, (0.3 sec Unlock) Yes (0.2 sec unlock) Yes Yes, (0.3 sec Unlock) Yes Yes No Yes
Battery 4000 mAh Li Iron Polymer 4100 mAh Li Iron Polymer 3000 mAh Li Iron Polymer 4000 mAh Li Iron Polymer 3000 mAh Li Iron Polymer Quickcharge 2.0 3300 mAh Li Iron Polymer Quickcharge 2.0 3000 mAh Li Iron Polymer 4850 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
weight 164 g 163 g 170 g 164 g 153 g 159 g 170 g 203 g
size (w,l,d) 76x150x8.65 mm 75.5 x 153.6 x 8.2 mm 74.2×151.1×7.6 mm 76x150x8.65 mm 74.2×151.1×7.7 mm 76.45×153.67 x 9.14 mm 77.2×152.5×10.8 mm 88.3×173.1×7.5 mm
Memory 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM
Expandable to 32 GB (hybrid slot) 128 GB (hybrid slot) 32 GB 32 GB (hybrid slot) 32 GB 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB (hybrid slot)
OS Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop) Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Android v6 (Marshmallow) Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Android v5 (Lollipop) Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor 1.8 GHz + Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 64-bit Helio P10 processor with 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A53 + 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex octa-core 1.85 GHz + MediaTek Helio X10, Octa Core 1.8 GHz + Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 64-bit 1.8 GHz + Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa Core Mediatek 6753 Octa Core 1.3 Ghz CPU 1.5 GHz + Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Octa Core 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core
Metal Body Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Polycarbonate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 3 3 3 4 3
FM Radio Yes No Yes Yes
Price (Rs.) 9999 9999 9999 11999 11999 11999 12999 14999

 

Notes:

  1. The features of the phones are sourced from online portals Amazon.in, flipkart.com and websites of these mobile phones.
  2. Hybrid slot means the second sim slot can either hold a sim or the memory card. (no separate memory card slot)
  3. Blank cells mean the author do not know the availability of said feature in the particular phone.
  4. Display –The most convenient screen size is 5.5 in. We have included one smartphone with higher size to those who read a lot in their smartphones. The higher the pixels, the better the display.
  5. Infrared sensor – Some smartphones with this feature can act as TV remote as well.
  6. Finger print scanner – no need to remember the codes.
  7. Battery – Lithium Iron Batteries are good. 4000 mAh may last two days.
  8. Memory – Apps are getting fattier after including more and more features. Multiple apps running at the same time and in the background requires more RAM. 2GB RAM is enough for a normal user except for a gamer who may need 3 GB RAM. 16 GB is enough for a normal user.  32 GB memory is enough for a heavy user. You can forget memory cards from now onwards.
  9. Processor – Snapdragon 650 is far faster than Snapdragon 615
  10. Corning Gorilla Glass provides better resistance to screen breakage
  11. It is highly recommended to buy good quality covers for these mobile phones so as to avoid damage due to accidental falls.

Which smartphone to buy: Our recommendations

As  per the AnTuTu (most popular smartphone benchmarking app) report for the first half year 2016, Redmi Note 3 secured 5th rank worldwide, 1st in India, China and many other countries.

 

Redmi Note 3

Redmi Note 3

 

Redmi Note 3 is packed with the best features in this category and their earlier models are also great success. It has a powerful processor, comparatively good camera, good sound quality, almost all sensors, good display, lower price, long lasting battery etc.Hence,

under Rs.12000/- category, we recommend Redmi Note 3 32 GB version and

under Rs.10000/- category, we recommend Redmi Note 3 16 GB version.

Click the following links to purchase/ register for these smartphones.

Click the following links to purchase good quality covers for these smartphones.

Even if the phones are not available, register now. We feel that it’s worth the wait.

Thank you for reading.

50+ Tips to improve your internet browsing using Google Chrome – Part 3 of 5 – tips on tab/ window management

Top 50+ tips for Google Chrome organised into five parts. Part 1 and 2 of the article can be accessed from the following links.

part 1 – tips on Google Chrome bookmarks.
Part 2 – tips on chrome extensions

Part 3 – tips on tab/ window management starts below.

  1. Tab/ window Management tips

    1. Move to next tab by pressing CTRL+Tab. Move to previous tab by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
    2. Open a new tab either by pressing CTRL+T or by pressing the new tab icon on the right side of existing tabs.Google Chrome - New tab
    3. CTRL+N starts a new window with a blank tab.
    4. Incognito mode allows you to browse without leaving any reference in your browser’s history, cookie store, or search history after you’ve closed the incognito window. CTRL+Shift + N starts a new incognito window with a blank tab or select ‘New Incognito window’ from chrome menu..  Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be kept. However, going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your server & service provider.

      Incognito mode- Google Chrome

    5. Duplicate a tab by either selecting ‘Duplicate’ from tab right click menu or by dragging the site info icon (shown at the beginning of the address bar) and dropping on to the empty space on the right of tab strip.Google Chrome - Duplicate a tab
    6. Move a tab to a new chrome window, by clicking and dragging the tab downwards to just below the tab strip.Google Chrome - Split window
    7. Similarly you can merge windows by selecting the tab (if more than one tab is to be selected, Press CTRL and click on each tab) and drag it to the desired Chrome window.Google Chrome - Merge windows
    8. Rearrange tabs by just dragging a page tab (if you want to move more tabs at once use CTRL and press another tab) over other tabs.Google Chrome - tab reorder
    9. Move a tab in one Chrome window to another by just dragging that tab to the destination chrome window.Google Chrome - Transfer tabs across chrome windows
    10. Use CTRL+W to close the current tab
    11. Use CTRL + SHIFT + W to close all tabs / current Chrome window
    12. Use CTRL + SHIFT + Q to close all Chrome windows
    13. Reopen recently closed webpage(s) with CTRL+SHIFT +T  or choosing from from Chrome menu>>’History’ list. If you have logged to your Google account in your browser, your recent webpages from your mobile devices also will be displayed in the History.Google Chrome - restore closed tabs
    14. You can open webpages automatically with Chrome Browser by adding those links in Chrome Settings (click on hamburger icon) >>Settings>>On startup>>Set Pages.Google Chrome - Open tabs at startup
    15. To open a number of webpages simultaneously, make a bookmark folder with these page bookmarks. Right click on the folder and select ‘Open all bookmarks’Google Chrome - Open all bookmarks
    16. Open a link in a new tab in the background by pressing down CTRL key while clicking (Left button) on the links. This is particularly helpful for opening a number of links from a single webpage in the background without loosing the focus.Google Chrome - open link in bakground in another tab
    17. Open a link in new tab and go to the new tab by pressing down CTRL+SHIFT key while clicking (Left button) on the link.Google Chrome - open link in new tab and open it
    18. Open a link in new window by pressing down SHIFT key while clicking (Left button) on the link.
    19. Long click on the forward/ backward arrow or right click will give you a list of pages you have visited. You can go forth/ back by clicking on the list items.Google Chrome - tab history
    20. To go to the previous page visited by you, click the backward arrow on the tab strip or press Backspace or ALT + LEFT arrow key. To go to the next page visited by you, click the forward arrow or press SHIFT+Backspace or ALT + RIGHT arrow key.Google Chrome - go backward or forward webpags
    21. Open a new webpage in another tab without leaving the current tab. You just press F6 or highlight the entire address in the address bar. Start typing the new web address and then press ALT + ENTER. A new tab will be opened with the web address.Google Chrome - open new tab from current address bar
    22. You can pin  open tabs to reduce the tab to just the icon, leaving much space on the tab strip. Right click on the tab and select ‘Pin tabs’.Google Chrome - Pin tabs
    23. Unable to load a webpage for long time? Press CTRL+SHIFT+R instead of CTRL +R to reload/ refresh the page. This can be used when you suspect that the local cache copy is displayed instead of the live website.

Click here to view part 1 – tips on Google Chrome bookmarks.
Click here to view part 2 – tips on chrome extensions

Part 4 of the top 50+ tips for Google Chrome with Downloading/ saving & viewing/ screen tips & Part 5 with Search Tips, Miscellaneous tips & summary keyboard shortcuts will be posted soon.

Thank you for reading.

50+ Tips to improve your internet browsing using Google Chrome – Part 2 of 5 – tips on Chrome Extensions

Top 50+ tips for Google Chrome organised into five parts. Please click here to view part 1 of the article about tips on Google Chrome bookmarks.

Part 2 – tips on chrome extensions starts below.

    1. Tips on Chrome Extensions

      1. 8 must – install Extensions for  Google Chrome that definitely aid your internet browsing. You can read more about them, by clicking on the extension names.
        1. Google Dictionary – understand the meaning of unknown words
        2. Adblock – remove ads from webpages
        3. Print Friendly & PDF – print webpages more efficiently without images and unnecessary stuff
        4. Eye-care – take periodic off-screen time
        5. Download Master – download multiple items from the current webpage
        6. Google Input Tools – type effortlessly in native languages
        7. Awesome screenshot – take screenshots of webpages
        8. StayFocusd – avoid distractions to your work
      2. Extension icons can be rearranged by dragging the icons over other icons as in the case of tab arrangement.Rearrange extension icons in Google Chrome
      3. Just click at the right boundary of the Omnibox (search box) and drag to the right, to hide the extension icons. The extension icons will spill over to the chrome menu below. These icons will appear in the first line of the Chrome menu.Spill over extension icons - Google chrome

      4. Instead of moving all the icons to chrome menu, you can selectively move individual extension icons. To do this, first click on the extension icon, then drag and keep the mouse over the chrome menu icon (also called hamburger icon or three line icon) for some time without releasing, then release the mouse in the empty first line in the chrome menu.Google Chrome - move individual extension icons
      5. To quickly go to Extensions page, right click on any extension icon and select ‘manage extensions’ from the menu. Otherwise, press CTRL+H and then click on Extensions on the left side menu.Manage extensions - Google Chrome
      6. You can delete any extension in the Extension page. Select the trash bin icon.Google Chrome - Delete extension
      7. If you feel that an extension will be useful in the future, install it now and keep it in hibernation  by unchecking the enabled check box in Extensions page. When you want to use it, just enable it and use. You can save a lot of memory by doing so. for eg. You require ‘Download Master’ extension only when you need to download multiple files, so you can keep it deactivated and enable only on need basis.Google chrome - deactivate an extension
      8. To hide an extension icon in chrome menu, right click on the icon and select ‘ Hide in chrome menu’. But to re-enable the icon, you need to re-install the extension. A better way is to spill over these icons to chrome menu as given in C & D above.Google Chrome - extensions - hide icon
      9. You can allow some extensions like – Google Dictionary, Adblock, Print friendly and PDF to work in incognito mode also. Select ‘Allow in incognito’ in Extensions page.extension in incognito mode- Google chrome
      10. Annoyed of seeing an image/ advertisement/ section on a webpage? Install the extension ‘Adblock’ (see 2.A above), then select ‘’Adblock’>>’Block an ad on this page’ from right click menu. On prompt, select the item that you do not want to see. You can slide the scroll bar in the pop up window, to adjust your level of blocking.Google Chrome - Remove an ad

 

Click here to view part 1 of the top 50+ tips for Google Chrome with tips on bookmarks

Click here to view part 3 with tips on on tab/ window management

Part 4 with Downloading/ saving & viewing/ screen tips & Part 5 with Search Tips, Miscellaneous tips & summary keyboard shortcuts will be posted soon.

Thank you for reading.

 

12 free offline Android Apps for Malayalees

Malayalees (Malayalam speaking people especially from Kerala) like me will benefit by using the following apps in your Android smartphones. The apks for these apps can be downloaded from Google Play Store for free and can be used without internet.

Smartphone penetration particularly Android based smartphones is increasing at a large pace in Kerala. Kerala is one of the biggest markets for online marketing giants like amazon.in, flipkart.com, snapdeal.com etc. If you are wondering which phone to buy, I recommend Mi Note 4 (costs currently Rs.11,999/-) or Lenovo Note K3 (cost currenly Rs.9,999/-) in amazon.in.

The following are the android apps that we are talking about.

  1. Adukkala Dictionary

    Adukkala Dictionary app (1)Adukkala Dictionary app (3)Adukkala Dictionary app (2)

    Adukkala Dictionary is an app that includes recipes in Malayalam Language. It is mentioned that the app is a compilation of recipes posted in and by the members of facebook group – Ammachiyude adukkala.  It has a large database of Kerala cuisine explained in great detail and in simple language. It is very helpful for our smartphone generation to cook without using any cooking books and without leaving the smartphone from their hands. The recipes are displayed as menu items.The recipes are classified into breakfast, rice – biriyani items, snacks, pickles, chutneys, vegetable items, egg items, nadan items, fish items, chemmeen items, kanava items, kallumakkaya items, njandu items, beef items, mutton items, pork items, chicken items, duck items and masala powders. Second compilation of recipes is available as another app. Install Adukkala Dictionary app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Aduakkala Dictionary apk - Android App

  2. Ammachiyude Adukkala

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    Ammachiyude Adukkala is also a compilation of recipes posted in and by the members of facebook group – Ammachiyude adukkala.  It has more recipes than Adukkala Dictionary. Kerala cuisine recipes are given in great detail. The recipes are displayed as tiles with an illustrative image of the item. The issue with this app is that the cache size is very high (about 109 MB). The recipe has separate section for thattukada recipes,bachelor recipes, Palajarangal, among other categories. Install Ammachiyude Adukkala app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Ammachiyude adukkala - android app

     

  3. Plingd

    Plingd Android app (5)Plingd Android app (3)Plingd Android app (4)Plingd app will help you to play and/ or download Malayalam film songs, Kavithakal and album songs to Android smartphone free of cost. Movie songs from most films from 2013 including latest movie Kammattipadam are available in the app. Also songs are sorted according to new releases, trending, top charts, top movies, movies year wise from 2013, actors & actresses (Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salman, Parvathy, etc.), singers (Shreya Ghosal, Chithra, Venugopal etc.), music directors. You can create playlists. Songs are of having good quality. Songs are downloaded in own format and is playable offline using the app. The app can be used for free for a limited time. Install Plingd app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Plingd - Android app

  4. Google Handwriting Input

    Google Handwriting Input appGoogle Handwriting Input app 2

    Google Handwriting Input app is a keyboard app that can replace the default Android keyboard and lets you input words in English and in native languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil etc.in your Android phone just by writing the words instead of clicking on alphabet keys. Data can be entered in Malayalam in Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger, messaging and other apps. To learn how to use Google Handwriting Input, please read this article –how to type in Malayalam in Whatsapp in Android using Google handwriting input. Install Google Handwriting Input app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.Google Handwriting Input- Android keyboard app

  5. Orchid English-Malayalam & Malayalam – English Dictionary

    Orchid Malayalam Dictionary app (3)Orchid Malayalam Dictionary app (4)Orchid Malayalam Dictionary app (5)

    Orchid dictionary features Malayalam to English Dictionary, useful words in English, proverbs etc. besides English to Malayalam Dictionary. When you type letters of a word one by one for getting its meaning, matching words with meanings will be displayed instantly saving plenty of time. You can improve your knowledge in English by studying the English versions of your favourite Malayalam proverbs and the English words for different type of buildings and others. Install Orchid English – Malayalam Dictionary app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    orchid.malayalam_dictionary - Android app

  6. Olam

    Olam Android app

    Olam –  is another English to Malayalam Dictionary (web version is available at olam.in). Here you have to type the entire word to get its meaning. Install Olam app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Olam - android app Google play

  7. Sreshta Krishi

    Sreshta Krishi - android app (1)Sreshta Krishi - android app (2)Sreshta Krishi - android app (3)Sreshta Krishi - android app (4)

    Sreshta Krishi app is a reference guide app for urban agriculture loving people and provides details of 17 types of crops, season to plant, how to plant, how to manure, and other details. The diseases that may come to plants and harmful pests are also described with remedial measures. A separate section is there for friendly insects.  Install Sreshta Krishi app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.
    Sreshta Krishi - android app
  8. Malayalam Lyrics Guru

    Malayalam Lyrics Guru - android App (1)Malayalam Lyrics Guru - android App (3)Malayalam Lyrics Guru - android App (2)

The app features lyrics of about 100+ Malayalam Movie songs, 10+ folklore songs (nadan pattukal), 8 lullaby songs (tharattu pattukal), poetries etc. These are available offline. Lyrics of new songs from Kammattippadam, Muddugow, adupuliyattam, Valleem thetti pulleem thetti, Jacobinte sorgarajyam, Action Hero Biju, Premam, Kali etc. are currently available.Install Malayalam Lyrics Guru app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

 Malayalam Lyrics Guru - android app

9,10,11,12. Read about Malayalam apps for Holy Mass (RC &LC), Holy Bible (POC & KJV), Christian Prayers, Way of Cross, Lyrics of Christian Devotional songs here.

I currently use these apps in my Android Smartphone and I recommend these apps to you out there.

Thank you for reading.

7 free offline Android apps for Christians

This article is about seven free Android apps that can be used offline in your Android smartphone  – Holy Bible, Prayers, Holy Mass, Way of Cross, Lyrics of songs etc.  You do not need to carry bulky and multiple books in your journey. You can access these books in your mobile and access it wherever you are. Most of these apps are particularly helpful for Roman & Latin Catholics.

  1. POC Bible (Malayalam)

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    The most important book for Christians is Holy Bible. POC version of Holy Bible (Malayalam) is available in this app. You can read all the books in the old and new testament in this app. The size of text can be changed by touching two fingers together in the app and then pressing the  + / – symbols that appear in the bottom of the app. You can also search for a particular word in the bible in the app. Install POC Bible app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    POC Bible - Android app

  2. King James Bible (English)

    King James Bible - Android App (1)King James Bible - Android App (2)King James Bible - Android App (4)King James Bible - Android App (3)

    This app is Holy Bible in English language (King James version). The app has many unique features. The app shows many Quotes of the day. You can keep track of your progress. You can also search for words in the Holy Bible. You can also keep bookmarks and make notes in the app. Install King James Bible app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    King James Bible - Android app- Google playstore

  3. Syro Malabar sabhayude yamaprardhanakal (Malayalam)

    Screenshot_2016-05-08-14-27-58_thumbSyro-Malabar---yamaprardhanakal-app-[5]Syro-Malabar---yamaprardhanakal-app-[2]

    All the yamaprardhanas including Sapra, Ramsa etc. of Syro Malabar Sect are available in this app. The size of text can be changed by touching two fingers together in the app and then move one finger towards/ away from the other finger. Install ‘Syro Malabar Sabhayude yama prarthanakal’ app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Syro Malabar Yaama prarthanakal - Android app
  4. Syro Malabar Holy Mass (Malayalam & English)

    Syro-Malabar-app-2_thumbSyro-Malabar-app-4_thumbSyro-Malabar-app-1_thumbSyro Malabar Holy Mass is available in Malayalam as well as in English in this app. Select Holy Qurbana from the front screen. Then select ‘participant’  in the next screen and select ‘celebrate’. Malayalam and English versions can be switched between by pressing the button (A) on the top right. Office for the dead (Marichavarkku vendiyulla cheriya office) and Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help (Nithyasahayamathavinte navanal) are also available in the app in English as well as in Malayalam. Install ‘Syro Malabar Holy Mass’ app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Syro Malabar Holy Mass - Android App
  5. Latin Mass (English)

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    Latin mass (English) is available in another app – Holy Mass. You can have night version also (with dark background). Install Latin Mass app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Holy Mass - Latin - Android app

  6. Malayalam Prarthanakal

    Prarthanakal app Android (4)Prarthanakal app Android (5)Prarthanakal app Android (2)Prarthanakal app Android (6)

    This app can fulfill almost all our daily prayer requirements including way of cross (kurisinte vazhi) –old & new, Novenakal, Japamalakal, marichavarkkuvendiyulla office –Syro Malabar & Latin, Mathavinte vanakkamasam etc. This app also include the basic prayers that we studied for our first Holy Communion including kurishadayalam, sworgasthanaya pithave, nanma niranja mariyame, vishwasa pramanam, kumpasarathinulla japam, japamala, karunakontha, vaidikarkkuvendiyulla prarthana and others. Sankeerthanangal (Psalms) 6, 7, 51, 91, 121 & 18 are available. Puthanpana 1,2,11 & 12 chapters are available. Install Prarthanakal app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Malayalam Prarthanakal - Android app

  7. Suvisesha Geethangal (Malayalam)

    Suvisesha Geethangal - Android App (1)Suvisesha Geethangal - Android App (2)Suvisesha Geethangal - Android App (3)

    Suvisesha Geethangal app has lyrics of about 250 Christian Devotional songs. Lyrics of almost all the old popular songs are included in the app. The songs are listed alphabetically and can be selected from the catalogue. Day/ night mode available and can be changed from options>> More. The app is developed by the same developer who developed Adukkala Dictionary. Install Suvisesha Geethangal app in your Android phone from here (Google Playstore) or scan the QR code given below.

    Suvishesha geethangal - android app

I currently use most of these apps in my Android Smartphone and I recommend these apps to you out there.

Thank you for reading.

50th post!

Its time of celebration for us as we have hit half century in terms of articles published. We appreciate all our readers out there for your kind visit and reading of our articles. We started this blog to share our knowledge in Microsoft Excel with the world outside. After some time, we were wondering on what topics we would continue updating this blog; we feared our efforts to write articles will stop eventually due to dearth of topics. But it so happens that whenever we finish an article, we have at least two other topics in pipeline. When we got access to technological developments like Windows 7, Windows 10, Android etc., we got several farm fresh topics on which either there was no article or we found that we could write a better article. Some of the articles are originated following queries from our friends, I like to name a few of them – Anoop, Vinu, Ravishankar, Hari, … We are also thankful to Alpha for the guest post we have in their site smartmobtech.com. We read a lot of articles through feedly and we sometimes get a spark for a new article from there also.

It is also amazing to see that for some search keywords, our articles come in first page itself in Google Search, as shown below.

Another Neighbourhood Techie on Google Search - May 2016

As we reached our 50th post, we like to look back to our posts 1-50.We classified these posts into eight categories – Android (7 posts), Blog update (5), Book review (3), Day to day life (5), Finance (2), Google Chrome (2), Microsoft Excel (17) and Microsoft Windows (9). Here they are.

Android

39 . Best launcher for Jelly Bean OS in your Android smartphone, 2015
36 . Type in Malayalam using Swiftkey keyboard in Whatsapp, 2015
35 . Type in Malayalam in Whatsapp using Google Handwriting Input, 2015
33 . How to have a clear android homesceen, 2015
31 . The best ‘value for money’ smart phone available in India, 2015
30 . My first Android app – Bank Interest Calculator, 2015
27 . 11 tips to increase battery backup time of your android phone, 2015

Blog update

50.  50th post!, 2016
43 . 25000 page views !!!- Thank you, 2016
40 . Yet another landmark – 11111 views!!!, 2015
38 . 5000 views for ‘Another Neighbourhood Techie’….Thank you …, 2015
21 . Statistical data on visitors to  jacksonjose.wordpress.com, 2014

Book Review

46 . ‘The 24 Hour Turn Around’, 2016
37 . ‘You can get it if you really want’, 2015
34 . ‘Outliers-the story of success’, 2015

Day to day life

45 . 5 easy methods to drink adequate water everyday, 2016
32 . Repair a continuously leaking/ dripping toilet tank/ cistern, 2015
28 . Repair an analog weighing scale, 2015
14 . Repair a TV remote control damaged from leaked battery cells, 2014
2 .  Things to check on taking a house for rent, 2011

Finance

42 . Why you need to make DIRECT investment in Mutual Funds, 2016
41 . Best performing Tax Saving (ELSS) Mutual Funds in India, 2016

Google Chrome

49. 50+ Chrome tips – part 1 of 1 – bookmark tips, 2016
44 . 8 must – install Extensions for your Google Chrome, 2016

Microsoft Excel

24 . How to make SUMIFS & COUNTIFS to work with Excel 2003, 2015
23 . 51 Mouse Tricks/ Tips/ productivity hacks for Microsoft Excel, 2015
22 . ‘Jacros for Excel’ the ultimate add-in for Microsoft Excel, 2015
20 . How to show Ampersand (&) in Microsoft Excel Ribbon, 2014
19 . Invalidate a Ribbon Control in Excel Add-in, 2014
18 . Show a userform on top of the existing userform – Excel VBA, 2014
17 . How to make a copy of a userform in Excel VBA, 2014
15 . A better serial number for Excel, 2014
13 . How to add better serial numbers in Excel, 2014
12 . Shift Initials to the end of names in a list using an Excel Macro, 2013
11 . Count from a list when there are composite entries in a cell, 2013
10 . Type Indian Rupee Symbol in Microsoft Word/ Excel etc., 2013
9 . Solve Password Protected Excel 2007 Addin Automatically Disabled Problem, 2013
5 . Change date format in excel from ddmmyyyy to dd/mm/yyyy, 2012
4 . Sort a no. of columns in Excel using Macros, 2011
3 . Working with time in MS Excel, 2011
1 . Get Back Gridlines in Excel, 2011

Microsoft Windows

48 . 10 steps to boot Windows 10 PC faster – Part 2 of 2, 2016
47 . 10 steps to boot Windows 10 PC faster – Part 1 of 2, 2016
29 . Fix wifi connected but no internet access issue in windows 7, 2015
26 . Print scanned image of a portion of a page as a full page, 2015
25 . Print double-side with HP Deskjet 840C Inkjet printer, 2015
16 . Consolidate all files in several folders to a single folder, 2014
8 . Solved: Unhide all folders in a flash drive affected by virus, 2013
7 . 3 utilities to speed up boot of Windows vista / windows 7 PC, 2012
6 . Solved: Cable Unplugged Issue in Linux dual boot systems, 2012

The following chart displays the frequency of our postings. Number of articles per year is increasing and is a positive omen.

no. of posts - chart - Another Neighbourhood techie

Some of the topics in the garage are leaked.

  1. How to use Whatsapp in your computer
  2. More Chrome hacks for the power user
  3. Best Note taking apps for Android Smartphones
  4. Best productivity apps for Android
  5. How to repair an overheating reciprocating water pump
  6. Software tools that help you to prepare a free wordpress.com blog post

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50+ Tips to improve your internet browsing using Google Chrome – Part 1 of 5–Bookmark tips

Google chrome is currently the best and most widely used internet browser. New & updated browsers like Vivaldi, Microsoft Edge, Firefox 40, etc. came but still its Google chrome, that has the highest and growing market share. Google has looked into its main issue of high memory usage and has improved memory consumption since its version 45.

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Here we list the top  50+ Google Chrome tips/ hacks for you to make your internet browsing smart and fast using Google Chrome. For easy reading, we have organised the entire article into following five parts.

Part 1- bookmark tips
Part 2- tips on extensions
Part 3- tab/ window management tips
Part 4- Downloading/ saving & viewing/ screen tips
Part 5- Search Tips, Miscellaneous tips & keyboard shortcuts.

Part 1 is here..

  1. Effectively organise your bookmarks

    1. Enable bookmarks bar. It will be shown just below your address bar to easily access your bookmarks from any tab. Press CTRL+SHIFT+B to toggle (show/ hide) the bookmarks bar.Google Chrome - Toggle Bookmarks bar
    2. Most frequently used bookmarks can be added to the bookmarks bar as ‘icons only’ so that you can save a lot of real estate in the bookmarks bar. For this, right click a bookmark, select ‘Edit’, then just remove the name of the bookmark and then ‘Save’. In the picture below, I have added bookmarks of Google Home page, Google Maps, IRCTC, intranet in icon-only mode.Google Chrome - bookmark as icons only
    3. Add other bookmarks in easily identifiable folders in the bookmarks toolbar.  In the picture below, I have clubbed various e-mail accounts in ‘Mail’ folder, newspaper bookmarks in ‘News’ folder etc.Google Chrome bookmarks
    4. Bookmark your current webpage by pressing CTRL+D or by pressing the star at the end of address bar.  (If the star is in yellow colour, it means that the page is already bookmarked). You can specify the folder where you want to keep the bookmark, rename the bookmark or delete the bookmark by clicking on this yellow star.Google Chrome - edit bookmark from Bookmark bar
    5. Bookmark current page by clicking and dragging the page icon in the address bar to the bookmarks bar. If you want to put the bookmark in a folder, click and drag the page icon, move it over to the desired folder name, keep for a while  till the existing bookmarks in that folder are displayed below and then  move to the desired location and release.Google Chrome - Create bookmarks
    6. Bookmark all opened webpages  in a separate folder by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D. This is particularly useful when you want to close chrome to resume later. When you want to revisit these webpages, right click on this folder name in the bookmark bar and select ‘open all bookmarks’.Google Chrome - Save all tabs as bookmarks
    7. Sign In with your Gmail account to get the bookmarks and history sync across devices. You can specify bookmarks to sync in ‘Settings’>> ‘Advanced Sync Settings’Google Chrome - advanced sync settings
    8. To make a shortcut of the current tab in your Desktop, click on Settings button on the right and select ‘more tools’ >> ‘Add to desktop’Google Chrome - add shortcut to desktopshortcut in desktop
    9. To convert an entire web Page to an image from your browser, you can use a bookmarklet from http://www.sciweavers.org/. You can add the bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar. When you want to get a webpage as an image file, open the page in a tab and simply click on this bookmarklet.Google Chrome - bookmarklet
    10. You can access your mobile bookmarks from your Android chrome browser in ‘Bookmarks Manager’ . You can create direct access to it from the Bookmarks bar in the following way. Select Mobile Bookmarks in Bookmarks Manager and then bookmark the page using CTRL +D or using the White Star on the right corner of the search box. Select folder as ‘Bookmarks bar’ in the dialog box.Google Chrome - Mobile Bookmarks
      To open a bookmark from mobile bookmarks, drag the mobile bookmark icon created now to a new tab location and release. Now you can see all your mobile bookmarks synced from your Android device.Google chrome - open moble bookmarks in desktop
    11. You can sort bookmarks in the Bookmark Manager window. Select the folder which you want to sort, in the left pane. Its contents will be displayed in the second column. Click on ‘organize’ and then select ‘ Reorder by title’Google Chrome - sort bookmarks 
    12. You can rearrange the relative position of bookmarks in a folder/ or in the Bookmark Bar and by clicking and dragging a bookmark to required position.Google Chrome - rearrange bookmarks 
    13. You can move multiple bookmarks from one folder to another in the bookmarks bar in the Bookmark Manager. You can use CTRL key (press down CTRL key while selecting the bookmarks one by one) to select more than one bookmarks that are not contiguous or use SHIFT key (select first bookmark to move, then select the last one to move while pressing down SHIFT key) to select more than one bookmarks that are contiguous.

      Google Chrome - bookmarks manager
    14. You can toggle (turn on/off) the Google apps bookmark by right clicking on an empty space on the bookmark bar (or on the Apps Shortcut, if shown) and select/ unselect ‘Show App shortcut’Google Chrome - add or remove app shortcut

Click here to view part 2 of the top 50+ tips for Google Chrome with tips on extensions

Click here to view part 3 with tips on on tab/ window management

Part 4 with Downloading/ saving & viewing/ screen tips & Part 5 with Search Tips, Miscellaneous tips & summary keyboard shortcuts will be posted soon.

Thank you for reading.

10 steps to boot Windows 10 PC faster – Part 2 of 2

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You can read part 1 here. Part 2 continues below.

6. Reduced the look and feel to improve performance

  • Right click ‘My PC’/ ‘My computer’ and select ‘Properties’Windows 10 - changing visual effects improve performance
  • Then in the new window, select ‘Advanced System Properties’ on left side menu
  • From ‘Advanced’ tab in the new window, select ‘Settings’ under ‘Performance’ group.
  • Under ‘Visual Effects’ tab, select ‘custom’ and unselect items, that you do not need. The features that I disabled can be seen here.

7. Changed Hotmail Login to Local login and disabled Syncing

Go to Settings >> Accounts>>Your e-mail and accounts

Though this does not have much effect on startup time, you could avoid synchronization of settings from internet after login.

Go to Settings >> Accounts>>Sync your settings

Change Sync settings to off.

8. Changed privacy & other options

Go to Settings >>Privacy

Menu Turned off     Windows 10 - turn off Reason
General all privacy options I do not use advertising feature option
Location location I do not use location based windows services
Camera Camera I do not have apps using it
Microphone Microphone I do not have microphone
Account Info Account Info I do not have apps using it
Contacts App connector I do not use
Calendar Calendar I use calendar in my mobile phone
Call History Call history I do not use
E-mail E-mail I use Microsoft outlook & browser based mail services
Messaging Messaging I do not use
Radios Radios I do not use
Feedback & diagnosis Windows ask my feedback – never Send device data to Microsoft – basic
Background apps Calendar, maps, one note, people, phone, photos, store & voice recorder I do not use these windows default apps

9. Changed System display settings

Go to Settings >>Display

Menu Turned off Windows 10 - turn off Reason
Notifications ‘Show me tips about windows’, ‘show notifications on the lock screen’, ‘show alarms, reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen’ I do not use advertising feature option
Notifications Select which icons appear on taskbar – all except volume, network and power Hidden app icons will be available from the up arrow in the taskbar.
Notifications Turn system icons on or off’ – ‘Input Indicator’ and ‘Location’ I have not disabled ‘Action Center’, so that I can adjust the brightness based on light available in the room.
Tablet Mode Make windows more touch friendly

10. Other general Windows 10 speedup tweaks

  • The number of applications you have on your computer slows down your boot up. Go to Settings>>System>>Apps & Features and then uninstall applications that you no longer needed.
  • Remove the icons/ files in the desktop. Put your big files/ folders in some other drives instead of desktop. Shortcuts to these files/ folders can be put in desktop for fast access.
  • C drive should have free space of at least 2-4 GB. Save your files in Drives D-F other than in C drive.
  • Attempt disk clean up of C drive. Right click on C Drive, select properties.  Click on ‘Disk cleanup’. You can select Temporary internet files, Offline webpages, System archived windows error reporting, System queued windows error reporting, Recycle bin, Temporary files, Thumbnails etc.
  • Do optimize C Drive. Right click on C Drive, select ‘properties’.  Click on ‘Tools’, then  on ‘Optimize’. In the coming window, select C Drive and click on ‘Analyze’ first. If fragmentation >10%, click on ‘optimize’.
  • Remove the tiles that you no longer need from the start menu. Select the tile that you want to remove, right click then select ‘unpin from start’.
  • Registry cleaning will also help. I recommend ccleaner from www.piriform.com and do registry cleaning once a month.

With the above changes, the new HP laptop boots in 20-25 seconds, old Sony laptop (contains five times the number of applications in HP laptop) boots in 30-35 sec.

For more Windows 10 tweaks, you can use Ultimate Windows Tweaker from www.thewindowsclub.com.

Thank you for reading.

10 steps to boot Windows 10 PC faster – Part 1 of 2

Windows 10This article is about how I made my Windows 10 PC to boot up within 25 seconds. I have upgraded (free upgrade) my PC from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Pro few days before. I was very happy with my Windows 8.1 in that it boots up in just 20 seconds. But when I upgraded to Windows 10, it was very frustrating to see that my PC takes more than a minute to boot up as in the age of Windows XP & Windows 7. Then I found a lot of new Windows Apps installed along with Windows 10 and I thought of applying some speed up tweaks. I improved the speed of an HP ProBook (Intel Core I5-5200 U CPU @2.20 GHz 2.20 GHz, 4.00 GB RAM, 64 Bit Windows OS, 500 GB HDD) runs Windows 10 Pro v1511 (upgraded from Windows 8.1) and a Sony Vaio (Intel Core™2 Duo CPU 2.20 GHz 2.20 GHz, 4.00 GB RAM, 64 Bit Windows OS, 500 GB HDD) runs Windows 10 Home v1511 (upgraded from Windows 7 Home).

Windows 10 has a built-in fast start -up option. To check the status of this setting, follow these steps

  • Go to Control Panel >> Click on ‘Power Options’
  • Click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ on the left pane
  • Click  on’ Change setting that are currently unavailable’
  • Enable ‘ Turn on fast start-up’ under shutdown settings

By default, this setting is turned on.

I have done the following additional activities to further reduce the boot up time of Windows 10. It may also speed up the PC/ laptop also. I recommend you to create a system restore point before attempting these changes in your system.

1. Uninstalled unwanted windows default Apps

I have uninstalled the following default apps by right clicking on the app tile/ menu item in the start menu. Windows 10 uninstall apps from start menu

  • Sway
  • Microsoft wifi
  • Phone companion
  • Skype video
  • Get Started
  • 3D builder

I uninstalled the following apps by going to Windows Powershell ISE as it cannot be uninstalled directly from the tile menu.

  • Xbox
  • Weather
  • Groove Music. (I am using VLC media player for playing audio & video.)
  • Music & TV

To uninstall these apps, go to ‘Windows Powershell ISE’ in start menu, right click, select ‘more’, then select ‘Run as administrator’. In the next window of ‘Windows Powershell ISE’, type (or copy and paste) the following and press Enter key at each command prompt to remove the apps, as shown in the picture

. Windows 10 - remove xbox, groove, video, weather apps

Xbox Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Music & TV Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Groove Music Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Weather Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

2. Removed the lock screen

The advantage of removing the lock screen is that we can go to login screen bypassing the lock screen.

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  • Press Windows +R keys together to get Run window
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter key to open ‘Local group policy editor’ window
  • Go to ‘Computer configuration’>>’Administrative Templates’>>’All settings’
  • Doubleclick on ‘Do not display the lock screen’ entry, Select ‘Enable’ Press OK.

Windows 10 Home edition do not have gpedit.msc. Here you have to use a registry tweak. More details and the steps for this can be found out from here.

3. Changed to No GUI

Removing GUI during booting up may save some boot time.

  • Press Windows+R keys together to get Run window
  • Type msconfig and press enter
  • In the ‘System configuration’ window, select ‘boot’ and select ‘No GUI boot’ and press OK

4. Removed startup apps

I used two methods to remove startup apps. One is using ‘Task Manager’ app of Windows.

  • Press Windows +X keys together Windows 10 - disable startup items - task manager
  • In the popup, select ‘Task Manager’
  • Select ‘Startup’ tab
  • Disable items that you do not need. I have disabled ‘Google chrome’

The other way is using ‘Autoruns’ software from Microsoft. The steps are given below.

  • Install autoruns from Microsoft website.
  • Open ‘Autoruns’ in administrative mode. Right click on the ‘autoruns.exe’ and select ‘Run as administrator’. In the ‘User Account Control’ dialog, select Yes.
  • Check out items that you are sure you don’t require.
  • You can safely remove the following
    • You can safely remove items that show ‘File not found’ in the image path column
    • Since I do not use Windows Mail, I removed all items related with windows Mail
    • Linc Browser Helper
    • Lync click to call
    • One Note related entries like OneNote Linked Notes, Send to OneNote
    • Adobe acrobat update task
    • Adobe reader speed launcher Windows 10 - remove startup items - autoruns
    • Adobe ARM
    • SunJavaUpdateSched
    • OneDrive (I am not using it)
    • Wordweb (I do not use it frequently)
    • Youtube downloader toolbar (I am using www.downvids.net)
    • Brothersoft Extreme toolbar
    • RealUpgrade launcher
    • Mozilla Maintenance
    • All entries with Windows Live in the description column ( I am not using it)

5. Changed the startup preference of various services

  • Press Windows+R keys together to get Run window
  • Type services.msc and press enter
  • Find the names of services given below. Double click or select the service and press Enter key to open the properties
  • Change the ‘startup type’ as shown below and press OK.
Changed to Service Name
Manual Application Development
ASP.NET State Service
Branch Cache
Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
Device Association Service
Dmwappushsvc
Intel(R) Capability Licensing Service TCP IP Interface
Intel(R) Content Protection HECI Service
Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface Service
Microsoft Office ClickToRun Service
Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service
Office Source Engine
Offline Files
Program capability assistant service
Security Center
Server
Soda PDF 8, Soda PDF 8 CrashHandler, Soda PDF 8 Creator & Soda PDF 8 Manager
Visual Studio Standard Collector Service
Windows Defender Service
WWAN AutoConfig
Automatic (delayed start) Application Host Helper Service
ASP.NET State Service
BtDevManager
Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
Distributed Link Tracking client
HP SI Service
Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface Service
Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel Service
Intel(R) Integrated Clock Controller Service – Intel(R) ICCS
Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service
IP Helper
Message queuing
Net.Msmq Listener Adapter
Net.Pipe Listener Adapter
Net.tcp Listener Adapter
Network store interface service
Disabled Adobe Acrobat Update Service *
Adobe LM Service *
AllJoyn Router Service
Downloaded Maps Manager
Retail Demo Service
Validity VCS Fingerprint Service **
Windows Time
Xbox Live Auth Manager
Xbox Live Game Save
Xbox Live Networking Service

* I am annoyed with Acrobat readers’ update requests. I am satisfied with current application.
** I do not have fingerprint scanner

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