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How to Check If a Link Is Spam or Safe to Click

Cybercriminals leverage links to infect and ravage people’s devices with viruses and malware

Previously, it was easy to tell a suspicious email or link because of the typos and poor grammar in the messages. Today, creators of these phishing emails and unsolicited links do their best to make them look as genuine as possible with the aim of getting more people to click their links.

Whether you received a link in a text message, email via social media, or messaging apps, a link checker can confirm whether the link is safe or dangerous. Link checkers analyze links for any security issues and alert you if the link takes you to safety risks like compromised sites, malware, and ransomware.

How to Check if a Link Is Safe

Here are some link checkers you can use to protect your device and confidential data. 

1. Norton Safe Web

Norton Safe Web analyzes links for any security or safety problems to see how they will affect you and your device. This way, you’ll know how safe a website is before viewing it. 

The link checker also gives you a summary of security issues it detects after analyzing the website that’s linked. You can see whether the website has any computer or identity threats and view proof of safety validation. This is especially important if you’re making digital purchases because it will protect your personal and financial data on the site.

To scan a link, paste the URL into the search field and select the search button. 

Norton Safe Web will scan the URL and display a rating based on different tags. A green OK tag means the link is safe, yellow or orange means caution, while a red tag means the link isn’t safe.

If a link is rated Caution (yellow or orange), it means the site may have a small number of annoyances and threats, but it’s not considered dangerous enough to warrant a warning. Even then, open the link with caution. 

Norton Safe Web also displays community reviews about the site so you can read what other users are saying about it and add your own voice to the reviews thread.

Norton Safe Web also offers the Safe Search and Home Page Chrome extensions, which also test links for safety before you click them.

2. Google Transparency Report

Google’s Transparency Report leverages Google’s Safe Browsing technology to examine billions of links every day looking for unsafe sites. The site uncovers thousands of new unsafe sites, many of which are legitimate but compromised. This can happen when a site is infected with a virus even when the site owner may not realize it.

To check if a link is safe or dangerous, plug it into the free online tool, and if the link checker detects an unsafe site, it will display a warning. The tool also displays warnings in your browser or on Google Search. 

3. URLVoid

URLVoid is a website reputation checker that helps you detect potentially malicious websites. The service can gauge a link or website’s online reputation and safety, identify if it’s ever been involved in a phishing or malware incident, and detect any malicious or fraudulent behavior. 

URLVoid filters links across more than 30 online website reputation and blacklist engines. You also get a safety report that contains website details, including IP address, domain creation date, server location, and blacklist status.

4. ScanURL

ScanURL helps inform you of potentially scammy, suspicious, or dangerous sites so you can browse the web more safely. The service checks for malware, phishing, viruses, and poor reputation using third-party services like Web of Trust, Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic, and Phish Tank. 

Although ScanURL is ad-supported, it delivers good results that indicate whether or not you should visit the site. 

If ScanURL lists the site as dangerous, avoid it. You can also let other users know where you saw the link and what makes you suspicious of it so that they can avoid it as well.

To use the tool, enter the URL you want to check in the checking field, type a nickname, comment, and then select the Check this URL button to start the scan. 

Once the result page loads, you can copy the permanent URL.

Note: ScanURL doesn’t follow redirected or shortened URLs.

5. PhishTank

PhishTank is a data and information clearing house that works differently from other link checkers as it focuses mainly on phishing sites

The tool checks any link that you suspect is a phishing site and if the link is already in the tool’s database, you’ll get instant results. 

To use PhishTank, enter the URL of the site into the search field and select the Is it a phish button. 

If PhishTank identifies the site as a phishing site, you’ll get an alert and a tracking number. You can also track the status of your submissions and verify links submitted by other users.

6. VirusTotal

VirusTotal is a handy online tool that analyzes suspicious URLs and files to detect different types of malware. You can enter a link and VirusTotal will scan the entire page for malicious links. 

The tool uses various antivirus engines to scan the site and give you instant results whether you’re using a computer or mobile device. You can also scan a file, archives like ZIP and RAR of up to 550MB, a domain, or an IP address.

VirusTotal also offers a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer so you can scan links or files for viruses before downloading them. 

General Safety Tips for Avoiding Suspicious Links 

If a link looks suspicious, here are a few tips to help you tell whether it’s safe or dangerous:

  • If the URL seems too short, you can use a browser plugin or CheckShortURL to inspect the short link and reveal its true intended destination. 
  • Check with your bank or financial institution before opening any unsolicited emails purporting to be from your bank.
  • Use a URL Decoder to decode links with strange character strings that some malware distributors use to mask the destination of phishing sites or malware. The URL decoding tool will reveal the link’s real destination.
  • Enable active or real-time scanning options in your antivirus or antimalware software to catch malware before it gets into your computer or device.
  • Keep your antivirus or antimalware software up to date with the latest virus definitions so it can catch the latest threats that may infect your device. You can set the software to auto-update regularly and check the date of the last update to ensure that the updates actually take place.

Test a Suspicious Link Without Clicking It

Whether you’re using a computer or mobile device, there’s a strong chance that you’ve received a text message or email that’s attempting to get your personal data. With a link checker, you can double-check the URL without clicking on it and check whether it’s safe or dangerous to protect your information and devices. 

Do you have a favorite tool that checks suspicious links for malware or phishing? Tell us about it in a comment.


How to Calculate Variance in Excel

So you’ve been asked to calculate variance using Excel, but you aren’t sure what that means or how to do it. Don’t worry, it’s an easy concept and even easier process. You’ll be a variance pro in no time!

What Is Variance?

“Variance” is a way to measure the average distance from the mean. The “mean” is the sum of all values in a dataset divided by the number of values. Variance gives us an idea of whether the values in that data set tend, on average, to stick uniformly to the mean or scatter all over the place.

Mathematically, variance isn’t that complex:

  1. Calculate the mean of a set of values. To calculate the mean, take the sum of all the values divided by the number of values.
  2. Take every value in your set and subtract it from the mean.
  3. Square the resulting values (to cancel out negative numbers).
  4. Add all the squared values together.
  5. Calculate the mean of the squared values to get the variance.

So as you can see, it’s not a hard value to calculate. However, if you have hundreds or thousands of values, it would take forever to do manually. So it’s a good thing that Excel can automate the process!

What Do You Use Variance For?

Variance by itself has a number of uses. From a purely statistical perspective, it’s a good shorthand way to express how spread out a set of data is. Investors use variance to estimate the risk of a given investment.

For example, by taking a stock’s value over a period of time and calculating its variance, you’ll get a good idea of its volatility in the past. Under the assumption that the past predicts the future, it would mean that something with low variance is safer and more predictable.

You can also compare the variances of something across different time periods. This can help detect when another hidden factor is influencing something, changing its variance.

Variance is also strongly-related to another statistic known as the standard deviation. Remember that the values used to calculate variance are squared. This means that variance is not expressed in the same unit of the original value. The standard deviation requires taking the square root of variance to return the value to its original unit. So if the data was in kilograms then the standard deviation is as well.

Choosing Between Population and Sample Variance

There are two subtypes of variance with slightly different formulas in Excel. Which one you should choose depends on your data. If your data includes the entire “population” then you should use population variance. In this case “population” means that you have every value for every member of the target population group. 

For example, if you’re looking at the weight of left-handed people, then the population includes every individual on Earth who’s left-handed. If you’ve weighed them all, you’d use population variance. 

Of course, in real life we usually settle for a smaller sample from a larger population. In which case you’d use sample variance. Population variance is still practical with smaller populations. For example, a company may have a few hundred or few thousand employees with data on each employee. They represent a “population” in the statistical sense.

Choosing the Right Variance Formula

There are three sample variance formulas and three population variance formulas in Excel:

  • VAR, VAR.S and VARA for sample variance.
  • VARP, VAR.P and VARPA for population variance.

You can ignore VAR and VARP. These are outdated and are only around for compatibility with legacy spreadsheets.

That leaves VAR.S and VAR.P, which are for calculating the variance of a set of numerical values and VARA and VARPA, which include text strings.

VARA and VARPA will convert any text string to the numerical value 0, with the exception of “TRUE” and “FALSE”. These are converted to 1 and 0 respectively.

The biggest difference is that VAR.S and VAR.P skip over any non-numerical values. This excludes those cases from the total number of values, which means the mean value will be different, because you’re dividing by a smaller number of cases to get the mean.

How to Calculate Variance in Excel

All you need to calculate variance in Excel is a set of values. We’re going to use VAR.S in the example below, but the formula and methods are exactly the same regardless of which variance formula you use:

  1. Assuming you have a range or discrete set of values ready, select the empty cell of your choice.
  1. In the formula field, type =VAR.S(XX:YY) where the X and Y values are replaced by the first and last cell numbers of the range.
  1. Press Enter to complete the calculation.

Alternatively, you can specify specific values, in which case the formula looks like =VAR.S(1,2,3,4). With the numbers replaced with whatever you need to calculate the variance of. You can enter up to 254 values manually like this, but unless you only have a handful of values it’s almost always better to enter your data in a cell range and then use the cell range version of the formula discussed above.

You Can Excel at, Er, Excel

Calculating variance is a useful trick to know for anyone who needs to do some statistical work in Excel. But if any of the Excel terminology we used in this article was confusing, consider checking out Microsoft Excel Basics Tutorial – Learning How to Use Excel.

If, on the other hand, you’re ready for more, check out Add a Linear Regression Trendline to an Excel Scatter Plot so you can visualize variance or any other aspect of your data set in relation to the arithmetic mean.


How to Convert WebP to GIF on Windows or Mac

Modern websites are responsive and appealing to view, but their biggest advantage is speed. The faster a page (and all of its assets) loads, the better the user experience. That’s why web developers are ditching old image file formats like PNG, GIF, and JPG, for web-friendly alternatives like Google’s own WebP.

Unfortunately, it remains difficult to edit or view WebP files in most major image editors. The best way to manipulate a WebP file is to convert it to the commonly-used GIF format instead, which you can use for both animated and static images. If you want to convert WebP to GIF, here’s what you need to do.

What Is a WebP file?

Developed by Google, WebP is a file format created to help reduce the size of image assets on web pages without reducing the overall quality by too much.  WebP files are up to 26% smaller than equivalent PNG files, while JPG files can be reduced in size by over 30%.

This helps reduce the time it takes to load web pages, especially on asset-heavy pages with a large number of images. This allows you to quickly speed up your website. WebP files can also replace GIF files for animated images, compressing the contents by up to 64% versus traditional GIFs.

All major web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge support the WebP file format. However, if you want to view WebP files elsewhere (for example, on your smartphone or outside your browser), you may need to convert the file to another commonly-used format. 

This is especially true if you’re looking to edit the file, as most image editors lack direct support for WebP files. If you’re dealing with an animated WebP file, for example, you can convert WebP to GIF on your Windows PC or Mac using the steps below.

How to Convert WebP to GIF on PC or Mac Using Photoshop

If you’re an Adobe Photoshop user, you can’t edit a WebP file directly without first adding WebP support using a third-party plugin called WebPShop. This will allow you to open the file, modify the image directly, and convert it to a more widely-supported format like GIF.

If you want to convert WebP to GIF using Photoshop, here’s what you’ll need to do. These steps have been written with Photoshop 2021 in mind, but may work for older versions of the software. 

Installing the WebPShop Plugin

  1. To install the WebPShop plugin, you’ll need to first download the latest version from GitHub for your operating system.
  1. If you’re using a Mac, first unzip the installation file by locating the file in the Finder app and double-clicking it. The file will be extracted automatically. Windows users can skip this step.
  1. Windows users will need to move the plugin file (in the 8bi file format) to the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2021\Plug-ins\ folder to install it. Mac users will need to move the file (in the plugin file format) to Applications/Adobe Photoshop/Plug-ins/ instead.
  1. Mac users will need to authorize access to the plugin. Open the Terminal app to do this and type sudo xattr -r -d /Applications/Adobe\ Photoshop\ 2021/Plug-ins/WebPShop.plugin to allow this. Windows users can skip this step.
  1. If Photoshop is already open on your PC or Mac, close it and re-open it to activate the plugin.

Converting WebP to GIF using Photoshop

Once you’ve installed the WebPShop plugin, you can open your image file in Photoshop to convert it from WebP to GIF.

  1. To do this, open Photoshop and select File > Open to locate your file. If the plugin is active, you should be able to select and open files in the WebP format. If you can’t, repeat the steps above to ensure the plugin is installed and activated correctly.
  1. At this point, your WebP file should open in Photoshop for you to view and edit. If you’re opening an animated WebP file, each frame will appear in the Layers tab, allowing you to select and edit these individually. When you’re ready to convert the WebP file to GIF, select File > Export > Export As.
  1. In the Export As menu, select GIF from the Format drop-down menu in the top-right. If you want to scale your GIF file up or down, use the Scale drop-down menu below it. Make any other changes to your file as required.
  1. To export the file, select Export in the bottom-right, then select a suitable file name and save location for your GIF file. 

After a few seconds, your newly converted GIF file will appear in your chosen save location. You can then open it on your PC or Mac using an image viewer app such as Microsoft Photos (for Windows) or Preview (for Mac).

How to Convert WebP to GIF Files Online

If you don’t have Photoshop installed (or you run another operating system like Linux), you can quickly convert WebP to GIF files using online conversion services instead.

These services require you to upload your image to a server where the conversion process can be performed for you. We advise against this for any personal image files you have, however. While most web services suggest they don’t store the images, that isn’t guaranteed.

Various online services exist for this service, but one of the most commonly used is, which has an online WebP to GIF conversion tool that you can use for free.

  1. To convert your WebP files, open the Ezgif WebP to GIF conversion tool in your web browser. Select Choose file to locate your WebP file or, if you want to convert a file online, paste the web URL for the file in the box provided. Select Upload to begin the upload process.
  1. After the upload process is completed, you’ll see a preview of the animated or static WebP file. To complete the conversion process, select the Convert to GIF button underneath.
  1. After a few moments, the converted GIF file will appear in the Animated GIF section underneath. To save the converted file to your PC or Mac, select the Save button in the menu.

Editing Images on Windows and Mac

WebP files are great for the web, but they’re difficult to open, view, and edit elsewhere. If you convert WebP files to GIFs, you’ll be able to open and share your files more widely. You can then use Photoshop or an alternative editor like GIMP to manipulate your GIF layers and make further changes.

If you’re a Photoshop newbie, you could vectorize your image files to make them easier to scale up or down in size or use Photoshop’s powerful editing tools to cut out objects from photos. When you’re finished, you can even add a watermark to your images, allowing you to safely share your creations online.


What Is Microsoft MyAnalytics and How to Use It?

Getting access to data about your work habits can give you an extra leg up when it comes to improving productivity. MyAnalytics is Microsoft’s platform for delivering data-driven insights into your work habits. It can help you stay focused and work smarter.

We’ll walk you through the MyAnalytics dashboard where you can find insights into your work patterns and tips on how to work smarter, not harder. We’ll also show you how to build new work patterns like setting aside time each workday to focus on your most important work. 

MyAnalytics Plans and Supported Browsers 

You’ll get access to different elements of MyAnalytics depending on which Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft 365 plan you have. Elements can include the MyAnalytics dashboard, weekly email digests, inline suggestions, and the Insights add-in for Outlook.

Currently, you can use the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to access the MyAnalytics dashboard, as well as Internet Explorer version 10 or 11 or Microsoft Edge.

The MyAnalytics Dashboard

Access the MyAnalytics Dashboard by logging into your Microsoft 365 account and selecting MyAnalytics from the app drawer. If you don’t see MyAnalytics in the list of apps, select the All Apps link.

The main MyAnalytics dashboard consists of four sections and displays information about your work habits over the previous four weeks. We’ll discuss how each section gives you productivity insights so you can react accordingly and improve your productivity and maybe even your mental health.

You can explore each section in more detail by selecting it in the MyAnalytics menu on the left.


The Focus section on the dashboard tells you how much time you have had outside of meetings, emails, chats, and calls to focus on your work. 

If, like many people, you block out time on your Outlook calendar to get work done, MyAnalytics will count that as time available to focus. In other words, as long as you haven’t invited any other attendees for that appointment on your calendar, MyAnalytics knows it was work time. If you mark time as “Out of Office” on your Outlook calendar, MyAnalytics won’t include it in its calculation of time you had to focus.

MyAnalytics reminds you that focus time matters because “it can take up to 23 minutes to refocus after checking just one email or chat.”

Increasing Your Focus Time

Select the Make more time to focus link, and MyAnalytics will walk you through the steps to schedule more focus time on your calendar. You’ll be asked how much focus time you’d like to schedule every day and during what time of day you want to reserve time. Options range from one to four hours a day in the mornings or afternoons. 

You can opt to mute Microsoft Teams notifications during focus time, which is recommended since, after all, the focus time you schedule should be free from distractions.

If you do choose to silence Teams notifications during your focus time, your status will change to “Focusing” during that time and then will revert back to your previous status once the scheduled focus time is over. 

You will, however, continue to receive notifications of messages from your priority contacts. Designate your priority contacts by going to Settings in Teams and selecting Privacy > Manage priority access

MyAnalytics displays your weekly average time available to focus along with a four-week trend so you can see if your focus time is increasing. 

MyAnalytics will also give you some productivity insights and suggestions about your work habits. 

For example, if you read new emails as soon as they land in your inbox during work hours, MyAnalytics might suggest that you only check your inbox once an hour.


The Network section of the MyAnalytics dashboard is all about the people you work with.

Select Network in the menu on the left, and MyAnalytics will show you how many people you collaborated with in the last four weeks and in the past twelve months. You can also look through your top collaborators and sort them by active, external, new, and important.

If you want to be reminded of tasks and unread emails from important people, you can mark which of your contacts are “important” on this page.


MyAnalytics’ section on Wellbeing is intended to help you disconnect and recharge from work. 

Selecting Wellbeing from the MyAnalytics menu will take you to a page where you can dive into your wellbeing statistics. You’ll see information about how many days you went without working outside your regular working hours. MyAnalytics calls time outside of the working day “quiet hours.” 

You’ll see a pie chart of disruptions to your quiet hours and what kinds of activities were the cause of those disruptions. You can think about how to protect time during your workday so you don’t have to work when you should be relaxing.


The MyAnalytics section on Collaboration helps you figure out if the time you spend working with colleagues could be more productive. It shows you how much time you spend working with others, whether that’s in meetings, chats, or calls or in emails.

You’ll learn more about your meeting habits, including how many meetings were scheduled at the last minute and the percentage of online meetings you weren’t late to. MyAnalytics can even tell you how often you open emails and chats during online meetings.

You can also see information on your communication habits, like how many emails you sent and read during the last four weeks.

This information can help you make decisions about whether you’re spending your time productively.

Privacy and How to Turn Off MyAnalytics

Microsoft says that no one else can see your data besides you. That means that neither your manager nor your IT department staff—even the systems administrator—can see your MyAnalytics information, you still might want to completely turn off MyAnalytics. Fortunately, opting out of MyAnalytics is really easy.

From any MyAnalytics page, select the Settings icon next to your profile pic in the top-right corner of the page. 

Then select the Settings link under MyAnalytics. From there, you can choose to turn off MyAnalytics entirely, toggle the dashboard on or off, subscribe to a weekly digest email, or get the Insights Outlook add-in.

All in all, Microsoft’s MyAnalytics can give you valuable information about the way you work. After that, it’s up to you to use that information to improve your performance and reduce stress.


How to Fix Netflix Error Code NW-2-5

If you’re facing issues with your Netflix streaming, you can usually trace the problem to an issue with your connection. Netflix doesn’t like you streaming using a VPN, using browsers that lack DRM support, or using outdated apps or devices. One of the most common Netflix errors you’ll see, however, is the Netflix error code NW-2-5.

This error code is a sign of a serious issue that points to a problem with your device connecting to Netflix’s servers. It could be caused by a broken WiFi or Ethernet connection, a server outage, or deeper issues with your ISP. If you’re seeing Netflix error code NW-2-5, you can troubleshoot the problem by following the steps below.

What Is Netflix Error Code NW-2-5?

Netflix error code NW-2-5 is caused by a connection issue that prevents the Netflix app or website from communicating with the Netflix servers. If it can’t connect, it can’t stream, resulting in the NW-2-5 error message or a similar error, such as a generic “network error” message or a more specific error code (eg. M7111-1101).

This error is often caused by a local issue. For instance, if your connection is broken in some way, Netflix won’t be able to stream. This could be an ISP outage, a disconnected WiFi or broken cable, or an issue with your ISP’s DNS servers, which are required to match domain names (such as to server IP addresses.

In rare cases, a Netflix outage could be behind the problem. You may see another error message in these circumstances, but an NW-2-5 message is likely. If you want to check if this is the case, visit the Netflix status page first before you begin troubleshooting.

While you’re most likely to see an NW-2-5 error code on a smart TV, you could also see it on any other Netflix-supported device, from games consoles to smartphones.

If you’re unsure how to troubleshoot and fix the problem, you can follow the steps below to do so.

Restart Your Device

Before you try a more drastic fix, you should attempt to restart your device. Switching it off and on again might seem like an IT helpdesk cliché, but it’s a good way to quickly reset your connection to Netflix’s servers and restart a crashed or broken Netflix app.

You can do this using your device’s own restart procedure. If you want to ensure that your device fully restarts, however, make sure to safely switch the device off and disconnect the power for several seconds before switching it back on again.

After restarting your device, repeat the steps that resulted in the Netflix error code NW-2-5 message appearing. If the problem isn’t fixed, continue with the steps below.

Check Your Network and Internet Connection

As an NW-2-5 error code usually points to a connection issue, the problem is likely to be closer to home. You’ll need to check that your network connection is working properly if this is the case.

This is a two-part step, as you’ll need to confirm that your device’s connection to your local network is stable and working properly first. Start by checking that you’re connected to your network router using WiFi or wired ethernet cable without any possible WiFi interference or cable breakages. 

If you’re using WiFi, move closer to your router to ensure the fastest speeds and most stable connection.

Most Netflix-capable devices (such as smart TVs) have a network diagnostic test you can perform to double-check your connection is working, so consult with your user manual for more information.

If your network connection is working, your next step is to check the connection between your local network and your internet service provider (ISP). You can quickly check this by using another device on your local network to test it out. For example, use your PC to visit the Netflix website or use another device to load the Netflix app.

If the internet connection isn’t working, double-check whether or not you can resolve the problem yourself by restarting your modem and checking that all cables (including your internet cabling) are connected correctly. If you can’t resolve the issue, consult your ISP for additional support and possible repair options.

In a Netflix connection emergency, you could set up a WiFi hotspot using your smartphone and use your mobile data connection to stream Netflix instead. You’ll need to check whether your network provider allows this, however, and ensure you have a sufficiently large data allowance to stream Netflix without extra charges.

Switch to a Public DNS Server

In order to read this article, your web browser uses the DNS (Domain Name System) service to convert the domain name ( to the correct web server hosting this page. DNS servers are made available by your internet service provider to ensure you can load websites and web-based services.

Netflix is no different—without DNS, the Netflix app or website wouldn’t be able to load at all. Unfortunately, DNS servers provided by ISP are sometimes left as an afterthought, with outages common and issues left unresolved. If that’s the case, you’ll need to switch to a public DNS server.

Public DNS servers are offered by a number of public sector organizations and tech businesses, including Google, to bypass problematic ISP DNS servers. If your ISP’s DNS servers are slow or broken, you can use a public DNS server like Google’s and instead to bypass the issue.

You can change your DNS provider in Windows using the Settings menu, while Mac users can use the System Preferences app to do so. The steps for switching DNS servers on “smart” devices like a TV, however, will vary, depending on the manufacturer and model.

If you’re unsure, check your device’s user manual for more information on how to do this.

Check if Your Connection Allows Streaming

In certain areas of the world, internet service providers will actively attempt to throttle or stop you from streaming from Netflix and its competitors, causing the NW-2-5 error message to appear.

This is usually seen in areas where the ISP network is badly maintained, oversubscribed, or lacks the bandwidth capacity to handle multiple users streaming at once. It can also happen on certain types of connections, such as mobile data connections, where the available bandwidth is limited. 

Some nations will also block Netflix by choice for political or social reasons, where Netflix content is deemed unsuitable for viewing.

Unfortunately, there isn’t really an easy way to fix this problem on your own. While you could use a virtual private network (VPN) to disguise your network traffic in some cases, VPN connections may face throttling and blocking attempts in areas where streaming is usually blocked or throttled. 

If you’re unsure whether or not this is the case, speak to your ISP in the first instance to check whether or not Netflix traffic is being blocked or throttled, as well as research online to investigate your ISP’s position on streaming. You may need to look at switching to another provider to bypass the issue (where this is possible).

Request Support from Your ISP (or Netflix)

If you’re sure that your device, network setup, and internet connection are all working  properly, you should request help from your ISP for further support and investigation.

An internet service provider is able to run more detailed tests on your connection. If there’s an issue with the connection between your local network and Netflix, the ISP should be able to determine if the problem is caused by an issue on their end (such as the faulty DNS servers we mentioned previously).

If the fault can’t be traced, you should also speak to Netflix’s customer support. Netflix may be able to troubleshoot the problem to a certain bug or issue with an app on your device and issue a fix, for instance. 

You can visit the Netflix help center webpage to request additional support using the live chat system or telephone helpline, depending on your location.

Resolving Common Netflix Issues

If you’re seeing a Netflix error code NW-2-5 message, the most common cause is a problem with your internet connection. If your connection is intermittent or unstable, you may need to look at using an alternative connection or speak to your ISP to request additional support.

If you can’t stream on Netflix properly, you could consider downloading shows and movies from Netflix elsewhere for offline viewing. Once you’re up and running, you can enjoy some of the best Netflix original series and movies it has to offer, or you could switch to an alternative streaming service like Amazon Prime instead.


What is Caret Browsing and How to Use It

You’re probably scrolling through this page with your touchpad, external mouse, stylus, or your fingers. But what if we told you there’s another interesting way to go through web pages on your browser?

It’s called “Caret Browsing” and we’ll show you how to use the feature on popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Brave, and Internet Explorer. Other commonly-used browsers like Safari and Opera don’t support the feature.

What Is Caret Browsing?

The term “Caret Browsing” (also called “Caret Navigation”) simply describes an alternative way of navigating and reading web pages on your browser. It involves using the direction or arrow keys (also called Cursor keys) on your keyboard to select texts and move through web pages.

You’ll find this method useful if you have a faulty mouse, trackpad, or stylus. You could also use this feature just for the fun of it.

How to Enable Caret Browsing

All you need to activate Caret Browsing is a single keypress. For Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, the option to enable Caret Browsing also sits in the browser’s settings menu. Below, you’ll learn how to activate Caret Browsing on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and the Brave browser.

Enable Caret Browsing in Google Chrome

There are two ways to activate Caret Browsing in Google Chrome: using a hotkey or from Chrome’s Accessibility menu. Press F7 on your keyboard or head to Settings > Advanced > Accessibility and toggle on Navigate pages with a text cursor.

Quick Tip: Paste chrome://settings/accessibility in Chrome’s address bar and press Enter to launch the browser’s Accessibility menu quickly. Afterward, toggle on the option that reads Navigate pages with a text cursor.

Note that enabling Caret Browsing will activate the feature for all active Chrome tabs and windows. Select Turn On on the confirmation prompt to proceed.

Enable Caret Browsing in Firefox

Press F7 on any Firefox tab and select Yes on the confirmation prompt. That’s the only way to enable Caret Browsing on the browser. Unlike Chrome, Firefox lacks an option within the Settings menu to activate Caret Browsing.

Enable Caret Browsing in Microsoft Edge

Like Firefox, pressing the F7 hotkey is the only way to trigger Caret Browsing in Microsoft Edge. Afterward, select Turn On to activate the feature.

Enable Caret Browsing in Internet Explorer

Until Microsoft pulls the plug on Internet Explorer in June 2022, the browser still works perfectly. It’s also one of the few browsers that supports Caret Browsing. Launch Internet Explorer, press F7 on any tab, and select Yes on the confirmation prompt.

Alternatively, click the gear icon on the tab bar (or press Alt + X), select File, and select Caret browsing.

Enable Caret Browsing on Brave

Brave is a privacy-focused web browser that’s built on the Chromium engine. If Brave is your primary web browser, simply press F7 on your keyboard to activate Caret Navigation. On the confirmation prompt that pops up on the screen, select Turn On to finish.

How to Use Caret Browsing

Activating Caret Browsing is easy. However, using the feature might take some time getting used to if you aren’t keyboard-savvy. Let’s look at how the feature works.

Navigating Web Pages in Caret Browsing Mode

After enabling Caret Browsing, you should see a blinking cursor somewhere on the current web page. The arrow up and arrow down keys will move the cursor to the previous and next line accordingly. On the other hand, the left and right arrow keys will move the cursor one step to the left and right.

Opening Links in Caret Browsing Mode

Depending on the website you visit, Chrome will highlight links with a border when you move the cursor to the link’s anchor text. Press Enter (or Return for Mac) on the highlighted text to open the link in the same tab.

To open a link in a new background tab while using Caret Browsing, press Control + Enter (on Windows) or Command + Return (for macOS). Pressing Control + Shift + Enter (on Windows) or Command + Shift + Return (on macOS) will open the link in a new foreground/active tab.

If you wish to open a link in a new window, move the cursor to the link’s anchor text and press Shift + Enter (or Shift + Return for Mac).

Selecting Texts in Caret Browsing Mode 

To copy texts in Caret Browsing mode, you’ll need to highlight the text you want to copy. Move the cursor to the location of the text, hold Shift on the keyboard and press the left or right arrow keys to highlight texts letter-by-letter in the specified direction.

Pressing Shift and the arrow-up or arrow-down keys will highlight text horizontally in line-by-line style.

You can highlight text word-by-word using the Alt + Shift + Right/Left arrow keys on your Windows PC or Option + Shift + Left/Right arrow keys on Mac.

It’s also possible to highlight an entire paragraph. 

On a Windows device, move the cursor to the beginning of the paragraph and press Alt + Shift + Arrow Down or Control + Shift + Arrow Down (on Internet Explorer). For Mac, the shortcut is Option + Shift + Arrow Down

Alternatively, move the cursor to the end of the paragraph and press Option + Shift + Arrow Up (on Mac) or Alt + Shift + Arrow Up (on Windows).

Internet Explorer has a different shortcut for selecting a paragraph at once. Press Control + Shift + Arrow Down or Control + Shift + Arrow Up to highlight a paragraph in a downward or upward direction, respectively.

Press Control + C (or Command + C for Mac) to copy the highlighted text.

How to Disable Caret Browsing

Want to return to navigating web pages with your mouse, stylus, or touchscreen? Pressing F7 on your keyboard will disable Caret Browsing for all web browsers mentioned in this article. 

For Chrome, head to the Accessibility menu (Settings > Accessibility) and toggle off Navigate pages with a text cursor.  

On Internet Explorer, click the Tools (the gear icon) on the tab bar and deselect Caret browsing

If you’re having difficulties using Caret Browsing, make sure the browser supports the feature. Additionally, update your browser to the latest version and try again. Let us know if you have any questions using the comments section below.


Top 30 Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Tons of Time

Gmail is an essential part of online communication. There are quite a few tips and tricks that can improve your user experience on Gmail. You can learn how to block unwanted emails, organize your inbox, or schedule and send group emails

However, if you want to become a real power user, you’ll need to learn to use Gmail keyboard shortcuts. Not only will it save you time, but it will also boost your overall productivity. Find some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts below and learn how to enable them in Gmail. 

How to Enable Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Before you can start using keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, you first need to enable them in your account Settings. The instructions are the same no matter which browser you use to access Gmail.

  1. Open Gmail in your browser and log into your account.
  2. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to access the Quick settings menu.
  1. Select See all settings.
  1. Scroll down to the Keyboard shortcuts section and select Keyboard shortcuts on
  1. Scroll down and select Save Changes to confirm. 

You’ve now enabled keyboard shortcuts and can use them in your Gmail account.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Creating Emails in Gmail

Composing new emails and email replies is something that takes up most of your time when working in Gmail. By using the following Gmail keyboard shortcuts you can create, send, forward, and reply to emails quicker.

  1. Create a new email  

C – the C key opens the New Message window. 

  1. Create a new email in a full-screen mode  

D – the D key opens the New Message window in full-screen in a new browser tab. 

  1. Send an email 

Ctrl + Enter (for Windows) or Cmd + Enter (for Mac) – this will send an open email. 

  1. Forward and email 

F – the F key will forward an open email

  1. Reply to an email 

R – the R key opens the reply window. 

  1. Reply to all 

A – if you need to reply to all recipients of an email at once, use the A key. 

  1. Move around the New Message window 

Tab or Shift + Tab – when composing an email, use these shortcuts to jump back and forth from one field of the New Message window to another. 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Organizing Your Email

Another big task that people dread is sorting your Gmail messages and organizing your inbox. The following shortcuts will help you navigate through the messages and manage your inbox more effectively. 

  1. Scroll down 

J – use the J key to scroll down your email list.

  1. Scroll up  

K – use the K key to scroll up your email list.

  1. Scroll down in an email thread  

N – the N key is handy when you need to scroll through an email thread with multiple conversations. 

  1. Mark an email as Unread 

Shift + U – when you don’t have time to deal with an email but don’t want to lose it in a pile of other messages, use this shortcut to mark it as Unread. For this shortcut to work you first need to open the email or select it from the list. 

  1. Mark an email as Important 

Shift + = – go one step further and mark a conversation as Important to make sure you don’t lose it. Open an email or select it from the list, then use the shortcut. 

  1. Find an email  

/ – use the / key to quickly find an email by placing your cursor into the search bar. 

  1. Archive an email  

E – open an email or select it from the list, then use the E key to archive it. 

  1. Delete an email 

Shift + 3 – open an email or select it from the list, then use this shortcut to move it to Trash. 

  1. Select multiple emails in a row 

Shift – when you need to select a bunch of emails at once (like when you need to delete them, or mark as Read/Unread), select the first email, then press and hold the Shift key while selecting the rest of the emails. 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Text Formatting

When composing an email, you often need to emphasize certain parts to bring the recipient’s attention to them. You can easily accomplish that in Gmail with the special keyboard shortcuts for text formatting. 

  1. Bold text  

Ctrl + B (for Windows) or Cmd + B (for Mac) – to get the bolded text effect, highlight the text that you wish to bold, then use the shortcut.

  1. Italicize text 

Ctrl + I (for Windows) or Cmd + I (for Mac) – to get the italicized text effect, highlight the text that you wish to italicize, then use the shortcut.

  1. Underline text 

Ctrl + U (for Windows) or Cmd + U (for Mac) – to get the underlined text effect, highlight the text that you wish to underline, then use the shortcut.

If you wish to undo any of the formatting, simply highlight the text and use the same shortcut again. Alternatively, you can use the following keyboard shortcut:

  1. Undo last action 

Ctrl + Z (for Windows) or Cmd + Z (for Mac) – to cancel (undo) the previous action. 

  1. Insert a numbered list 

Ctrl + Shift + 7 (for Windows) or Cmd + Shift + 7 (for Mac) – to add a numbered list to your email, place the cursor where you want your list to start and use the shortcut.

  1. Insert a hyperlink 

Ctrl + K (for Windows) or Cmd + K (for Mac) – when you need to insert a URL into your email, highlight the text and use the shortcut to insert the hyperlink.

  1. Insert bullet points 

Ctrl + Shift + 8 (for Windows) or Cmd + Shift + 8 (for Mac) – to add bullet points to your email, place the cursor where you want the list of bullet points to start and use the shortcut. 

The “Go to” Keyboard Shortcuts

If you don’t feel like memorizing too many shortcuts, you can limit yourself to the Go to set of Gmail shortcuts. The Go to shortcuts speed up the process of navigating Gmail tremendously. You can use them to jump from one folder to the other in just a couple of clicks. Note that with these shortcuts, you need to press the individual keys separately (one by one) rather than at the same time.

  1. Go to Inbox 

G + I – use this shortcut to open Inbox. 

  1. Go to Starred conversations 

G + S – use this shortcut to go to your starred emails in Gmail. 

  1. Go to Sent messages 

G + T – use this shortcut to open your Sent messages. 

  1. Go to Drafts 

G + D – use this shortcut to jump to the list of your email Drafts. 

  1. Go to All mail 

G + A – use this shortcut to see all of your emails on the same page.

  1. Go to Contacts 

G + C – use this shortcut to open your contact list. 

  1. Go to Tasks 

G + K – use this shortcut to open Google Tasks. 

Where to Find the Rest of the Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail

While knowing these shortcuts can save you a lot of time, memorizing all of them at once seems like a difficult and unnecessary task. That’s not to mention these aren’t all of them, and there are many more keyboard shortcuts that you as a Gmail user might find helpful. 

Luckily, there’s a master keyboard shortcut that you can use to open the list with all of the keyboard shortcuts in Gmail. It is Shift + ?. This will open a cheat sheet on top of your Gmail page with all of the shortcuts. 

Have you used keyboard shortcuts for working in Gmail before? What are some of your favorite shortcuts? Share your experience using shortcuts in Gmail in the comments section below. 


What Are the Classic Editions of Retro Game Consoles?

Retro gaming consoles, such as the NES, Playstation One, or Sega Genesis, have seen a rise in popularity over the years. This has led quite a few of the companies who created these consoles to remake them into smaller novelty editions, usually called “Classic” or “Mini” editions. 

Although these consoles look similar to their original counterparts in many ways, they are different in how they function. If you’re trying to decide whether to buy a Classic edition of a console or to buy the actual retro console it is emulating, you should know the differences before you buy either one. 

Both console versions have pros and cons. In this article, you’ll find the differences between each type of console, as well as a rundown of the features of the most popular classic consoles. 

The Differences Between a Classic Edition and Original Console

The main thing you should know about Classic edition consoles is that they don’t operate like an actual console. Instead, they are plug-and-play systems that come with preloaded games. 

This means you’ll only be able to play the games that come loaded onto the Classic edition console, and you can’t buy any more. The Classic console doesn’t have any of the same operations as an original console in this regard. (People have figured out, though, how to add more games to the NES classic console digitally.) 

Differences Between Classic Edition and Original Game Consoles

The following are the key differences between the original consoles and the classic edition consoles that manufacturers offer.

  • Classic edition consoles are much smaller than the original consoles, although the controllers tend to be the same size as the original. 
  • Display screens are a lot different than the original consoles. Typically you’ll have a main screen where you can choose from all the games built into the console. This looks a lot different from the original console’s start-up screen where you can only insert one game at a time. 

Similarities Between Classic Edition and Original Game Consoles

How are classic edition game consoles and original game consoles similar? Here are the ways: 

  • The design and color scheme of Classic consoles are the same as the originals. 
  • The games you can play on Classic editions are the same ones you can play on the original console, just an emulated version. 
  • The controllers work the same way as they do on original consoles, so there’s no need to get used to a new controller layout. 

Here are some of the most popular Classic edition consoles that have been released, and the features each one of them has compared to their older console. 

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic console was the one that inspired other companies to create Classic editions for their own consoles. So in a way, it set the standard for what buyers expect from Classic consoles. The NES Classic comes with 30 games preloaded onto the system and with a full-size NES controller to play these games. 


  • The display for the NES Classic is designed more for newer televisions. You also have a choice of different display styles such as the CRT filter or having the games at a 4:3 ratio. 
  • The buttons on the console (except the power button) perform different functions than the original console, and the cartridge tray on the NES Classic isn’t functional.
  • Games come preloaded on the NES Classic console.

It’s a decent console if you’re just looking to play the popular NES games of the time and want a cheaper option than buying the full original console.

SNES Classic Edition

This Classic console is pretty much the same idea as the Classic NES, with just a few differences. There are 20 pre-loaded games you can play on the SNES Classic, and instead of just one Classic controller, this one comes with two. This is to allow you to play some of the multiplayer games that come on the system. 


  • Exclusive to the SNES Classic are some display options such as being able to rewind your game, or setting a themed frame around your screen. 
  • The buttons on the Classic console (except the power button) perform different functions compared to the original console, and the cartridge holder is non-functional.
  • Games come preloaded.

The SNES Classic version is likely going to be a cheaper buy than an original SNES, so if you want the SNES experience, it’s a good choice. 

Playstation Classic

Sony also decided to get in on the Classic console bandwagon with their own version of the PS1 console. It’s also miniature-sized, and works like a plug-and-play system with 20 pre-loaded games. 


  • Like other Classic consoles, it has a very different interface to the original system, where you choose from the multiple pre-loaded games available. 
  • This Classic console is not able to play any physical Playstation games. 
  • The buttons on the console don’t do exactly the same things as the original, besides the power button. The disc tray also isn’t functional.
  • Games come preloaded. 

When it comes to the Playstation Classic, there are some mixed reviews. It’s more expensive than the NES or SNES Classic counterparts, yet some reviews of the console state that it seems not much attention was given to it as it runs rather cheaply. 

SEGA Genesis Mini

Instead of being called a Classic console, this iteration of the SEGA Genesis is simply called the Mini, which is a bit less confusing as it accurately describes at least the size difference between the two consoles. This console typically sells for $79.99, about the same as the Playstation Classic and a good bit more expensive than the Nintendo Classic consoles. 


  • Plug-and-play, with 40 pre-loaded games and two included controllers. 
  • Buttons (besides power) perform different functions than the original console, and the cartridge holder is non-functional. 
  • Includes USB power adapter. 

You may be able to find an original SEGA Genesis for the same price or cheaper, so it’s up to you whether you want the authentic experience or just want an easy way to play some popular SEGA titles. 

Are They Worth Buying?

When it comes down to it, it depends what exactly you’re looking for. There’s no beating the nostalgic feeling of playing the real original consoles, and using physical cartridges or discs. However, as it becomes more and more difficult to find these retro consoles, Classic editions become more appealing. 

The main drawback is the limited library of games, as there are definitely plenty of hidden gems you can only play with the original consoles. Yet if you’re just looking to relive some popular favorites, the Classic editions are great for this. 

The smaller sizes can also be a plus to save space on your TV stand, as well as already having the library of games included digitally, so there’s no need to store physical copies. 

Classic edition consoles are a legitimate way of playing old favorites, so they can certainly be worth buying if that’s the most you want out of them. 


How to Automatically Backup a Word Document to OneDrive

Few things in life are worse than losing a Word document you’ve spent hours slaving over. Even saving isn’t always enough if your hard drive crashes and you lose everything. The good news is that you can automatically back up Word documents to OneDrive.

OneDrive’s automatic backup feature gives you peace of mind. Thanks to redundant storage, you know that even if you lose your entire hard drive, the automatically-backed-up documents will be safe in the cloud, and you can access them through another machine.

How to Autosave Word Documents to OneDrive

Microsoft Word can integrate with OneDrive and automatically save documents there. Rather than try to backup a document, start your project the right way with automatic saves to the cloud. Not only does this protect you against the loss of a document, but it means you can access it from anywhere.

Follow these steps to automatically save Word documents to OneDrive:

  1. With your document open, go to File > Save As.
  1. Select OneDrive and the subfolder you want to save the document in.
  1. Select Save.
  1. In the Word document, toggle Autosave to the On position.

When you save a document to OneDrive, it will automatically enable Autosave. However, if you have a document that isn’t already saved to OneDrive and you toggle Autosave, it will prompt you to select a folder.

Select OneDrive in the screen that appears to automatically begin backing up your document to OneDrive. 

How to Automatically Back Up a Word Document to OneDrive

Follow the steps below to set up the automatic backups through OneDrive. 

  1. Click the OneDrive icon in your taskbar (the one that looks like a cloud).
  1. Select Help & Settings.
  1. Select Settings > Backup > Manage Backup. A new screen appears that allows you to choose which folders you want to back up. 
  1. Choose the Documents folder to back up Word documents. 
  2. Choose any other folders you want to back up and select Start Backup   all existing files will be stored in the cloud through OneDrive. Depending on the size of the files, this can take some time. 

OneDrive will automatically sync files as you work on them. Although you should be in the habit of hitting CTRL + S to save your progress as you work on a document, OneDrive will periodically upload the most recent version of the document to the cloud. 

Save new Word documents into the Documents folder, or they will not be backed up automatically.

You can check the status of a sync by hovering your cursor over the OneDrive icon in the taskbar. It will show the current progress of the upload and the time you will need for the initial backup. 

How OneDrive Organizes Files

By default, OneDrive shows files in the File Explorer. If you have more than one OneDrive account, the way files appear is a bit different.

  1. After you sign into OneDrive and set up your backup, you can find your files in the File Explorer within Windows. 
  1. Click the File Explorer icon and then choose OneDrive from the list on the left. You will be able to see every document, picture, or other files you have backed up from your PC in OneDrive. 
  1. If you use two separate OneDrive accounts and access them both on a single machine, the files will appear with different naming schemes. 
  • You will find all of your personal files under OneDrive — Personal
  • All other files–for work or school–will appear under OneDrive — Company/School Name. 

How to Download Files From OneDrive

If the worst happens and you lose access to your computer (or you accidentally delete a file and need to re-download it from the cloud), it’s easy to do. 

  1. Go to and sign in with your account. You will then see every file that you’ve saved to your OneDrive account.
  1. Select a file and then look to the top of the screen. You’ll see an icon and the word Download. 
  1. Click that icon to save the file to the machine you are currently on. 
  1. This same method works if you need to download an entire folder. 

OneDrive Offers Automatic Protection

Hard drives fail. Computers are stolen. Enable automatic backups with OneDrive and take the time to understand how the program works. Then you can breathe easy knowing your important Word documents and other data are protected. 


How to Use Google Tasks – Getting Started Guide

There are plenty of task management apps out there designed specifically to skyrocket your productivity. However, you don’t always need a new app to stay on top of your tasks. Sometimes, a simple to-do list is enough. 

If you believe in “simpler is better,” then Google Tasks is the right choice for you. Since it’s built into Gmail and Google Calendar—two apps that you probably already use—you don’t need to install and get used to using it. Here’s everything you need to know about Google Tasks and how to make the most out of it. 

What Are Google Tasks? 

Google Tasks is Google’s digital version of your handwritten to-do list. Imagine a digital checklist with all the tasks you need to complete, plus the ability to add text notes and reminders to it. That’s Google Tasks in a nutshell. 

Google Tasks vs. Google Keep

If you’re already familiar with Google Keep, you might be wondering how Google Tasks is different. While a Google Keep to-do checklist can serve the same purpose, both Google apps cater to different users with different approaches to task management. 

Google Keep 

  • A better choice for the users who spend more time working with Google Docs
  • Great for those who prefer to visualize their tasks
  • Allows you to add media files to your to-do lists, as well as text, including images, web pages, transcription for your notes, and more

Google Tasks

  • Offers a better integration with Gmail and Google Calendar
  • A better pick for those who prefer a minimalistic design that doesn’t distract you from your tasks
  • Allows for text-only checklists

How to Access Google Tasks

You can use Google Tasks in your browser, on your computer, and on smartphones. 

On a mobile device, you can download a dedicated Google Tasks app for iOS and Android. With Google Tasks on your smartphone, you can access your to-do lists no matter where you are and what you’re doing. 

On the desktop, you can use Google Tasks in your browser. It’s built into Gmail and Google Calendar. Since it’s somewhat hidden in both apps, here’s how to access Google Tasks in Gmail and Google Calendar

  1. Open Gmail or Google Calendar in your browser.
  2. Sign into your account.
  3. Find the sidebar on the right side of the screen and select Tasks

For viewing Google Tasks in full-screen mode, you can install and use the free Google Chrome extension Full Screen for Google Tasks. It opens Google Tasks in a new tab and allows you to manage your tasks in full view. 

How to Use Google Tasks 

Google Tasks has a minimalistic design and a simple set of features. It allows you to create lists, add and remove tasks from them, add reminders, and share your tasks with other users. 

How to Add Tasks to Google Tasks 

To get started with Google Tasks, open the app in your browser or on your smartphone. 

Select Add a task and type in the title of your task. You can also add notes to your task under Details. To save your task, press the Enter key. You can go back and edit your task later. 

If it’s a big task that you want to divide into smaller parts, select Open menu on the right side of your task, then select Add a subtask. You can add as many subtasks to your task as you like. 

How to Add Google Tasks to Your Google Calendar

Your Google Tasks are automatically synced with Gmail and Google Calendar. To make your tasks appear in your Google Calendar, you need to add a date and time when creating or editing the task. 

Select the task, then choose the Date/time when you need to complete the task. Refresh the page, and you’ll see the task appear in Google Calendar in the time slot you chose. 

When adding a date and time, you can set your task to recur every day, every week, every month, or every year. To create a recurring task in Google Tasks, follow the path Add a task > Date/time > Repeat. Choose the time period for your recurring task and select Ok

The task will appear in Google Calendar automatically, even if you opened Google Tasks using Gmail, mobile app, or a Chrome extension. 

How to Organize Your Tasks

Once you’ve added a couple of titles in your to-do list in Google Tasks, you can start organizing them. Google Tasks allows you to create multiple lists for different projects. 

To create a new list of tasks, open Google Tasks and open the drop-down menu under My Tasks. Then select Create new list

Another way to organize your tasks is to move them around to make sure you remember which task you need to complete first. Rearranging your tasks inside the Google Tasks lists is simple. Select a task and drag it up or down. If you decide to change the order of tasks that have subtasks in them, you can do that too. 

You can also make subtasks into standalone tasks by dragging them out into the main list of tasks. 

If you need to see the upcoming tasks first, you can do it by tweaking the Sort by setting on Google Tasks. 

Select More > Sort by > Date to sort your tasks by their due date, with the latest tasks shown at the top. To go back to the original order, select More > Sort by > My Order

How to Add Reminders to Google Tasks

Since Google Tasks automatically adds the tasks to your Google Calendar, you’ll receive email notifications like a normal calendar event. 

If you’ve been using Reminders in Google Calendar and now started using Google Tasks as well, it makes sense to keep them in the same place for convenience. 

You can easily import your Calendar Reminders to Google Tasks by following the path Google Tasks > My Tasks (or another task list) > More (the three vertical dots on the right side) > Copy reminders to Tasks

You’ll see the confirmation box asking if you want to import Reminders to Tasks. Select Continue > Import reminders

You can then choose to either keep the reminders in your Google Tasks and Google Calendar or delete them from your Calendar after being copied. 

Create and Share Your Google Tasks 

There’s no in-built option to share your to-do lists in Google Tasks, but you can do it using the TasksBoard app. 

TasksBoard is a desktop app for Google Tasks that allows you to view your Google Tasks lists in the form of a task board, export your lists to Google Spreadsheet, and share your task lists with other people. 

Have you used Google Tasks before? If not, what’s your task management app, and what made you choose it? Share your experience with task managers in the comments below.