How to Hide Hidden Album in iOS 14

iOS Photos Application Icon

If you are an iOS user, you probably know you can hide photos in the Photos app, and still be able to see them in the Hidden album.

To hide a photo, simply tap on the Action button (Tap Action button and select Hide to hide photos) and then select Hide.

How to Hide Photo in iOS

Once a photo is hidden, it will disappear from the Library tab and it will only live in the Albums tab under Utilities in the Hidden album.

iOS Hidden Album

Hiding photos this way is good enough for most people. However, it is still easy for others to stumble upon what you’ve hidden when they look around in your Photos app.

In iOS 14, Apple is allowing users to also hide the Hidden album.

To hide the album, go to the Settings app, tap into Photos. Somewhere in the middle of all the settings available, you will see a toggle new to iOS 14 called Hidden Album.

iOS 14 New Feature - Hide Hidden Album in Photos

With the toggle turned on, the Hidden album will appear under Utilities in the Albums tab, so to really hide your photos, disable Hidden Album by turning the toggle off.

Interested in learning more about iOS 14? Check out this post! With Apple’s latest event scheduled for September 15th, we are also getting closer to the release date of iOS 14.

How to Clear Clipboard in Windows 10

How to Clear Clipboard in Windows 10

What is the clipboard?

Let’s suppose you’ve just copied a folder from a shared network drive and pasted it to wherever you needed to paste it. Now would be a good time to clear the clipboard.

The clipboard is where Windows stores what you’ve just copied.

Why is it a good idea to clear the clipboard?

Clearing the clipboard saves system resources and keeps your data secure, but for me, it’s more personal.

I have this bad case of OCD when working on a Windows machine. I would find myself constantly right-clicking and hitting Refresh. Only sometimes I’d hit Paste in accident and Windows would start moving whatever file or folder I had copied. It’s not pretty and canceling the copying and pasting on Windows always seems to take longer than necessary.

Back in the good old days of Windows 7, I used to be able to just press the Windows key, then type “clipbrd” and hit Enter to pull up the clipboard and empty it. For whatever reason, Microsoft decided to discontinue this in Windows 10, but luckily, the latest operating system from Microsoft still allows for the clipboard to be emptied. Here’s how.

How to clear the clipboard in Windows 10

Press Windows + R on the keyboard and type in the text below.

 cmd /c echo.|clip

Hit Enter and you’ll see the Command application quickly flashes on your screen. You’ve now successfully emptied the clipboard. Right-click on your desktop and you’ll see the “Paste” and “Paste shortcut” options are now grayed out.

Windows + R Command to Clear Clipboard

If you prefer the Command application, launch it and type in the command line below.

echo off | clip

Command Line to Clear Clipboard

Better still, you can save this command as a bat file and simply double click to run it when needed. It’ll do the same trick. Just type out the command in a new Text document and then save it with a “.bat” extension name and you are good to go.

How to Configure Safari Pop-up Windows on Mac

Safari Browser

Pop-up windows are trademarks of shady websites, but legit websites also use them. Whenever you get a pop-up window in Safari, by default the browser will block it and notify you. This can be very helpful if it’s a pop-up ad. On the other hand, if it’s a webpage that you need to get to, this is obviously counterproductive. In today’s post, we look at how to configure pop-up windows in Safari running on macOS Catalina.

How to Configure Safari Pop-up Windows

First, have Safari open and click on Safari in the Menu Bar and select Preferences. The keyboard shortcut for this is Command-Comma (⌘,).

Then, click on Websites, and to the left at the bottom, click on Pop-up Windows.

In the Pop-up Windows configuration screen, you’ll see Currently Open Websites and Configured Websites.

To configure pop-up windows for any of the websites, simply pick from one of three options – Block and Notify which is the default option, Block, and Allow.

To remove configuration you had previously saved, select the website and click on Remove at the bottom. 

Finally, if you would like to make changes to how Safari deals with pop-up windows when visiting other websites, choose one of the three options in the bottom right corner.

Configure Pop-up Windows for Safari on Mac

 

Back Tap – iOS 14 New Feature

iOS 14 Logo

In a recent post, we looked at a few of our favorite iOS 14 features. Now that iOS public beta 3 (18A5332f) is out, there is one more feature we love and that is Back Tap. This feature allows you to double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone to perform actions quickly.

Back Tap is built as an accessibility feature in iOS 14 and is turned off by default. To turn it on, go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch, and at the bottom, you’ll see Back Tap. Go into it and you’ll be able to choose what action to perform when you tap on the back of your iPhone twice or three times.

The list of available actions include:

System

App Switcher, Control Center, Home, Lock Screen, Mute, Notification Center, Reachability, Screenshot, Shake, Siri, Spotlight, Volume Down, Volume Up

Accessibility

Assistive Touch, Classic Invert, Magnifier, Smart Invert, Speak Screen, Voice Over, Zoom

Scroll Gestures

Scroll Up, Scroll Down

Shortcuts

Shortcuts you have set up in the Shortcuts app, and suggested shortcuts that come with iOS 14 public beta 3

I have the double tap set to open App Switcher and triple tap to run one of my shortcuts. iOS 14 public beta has been great so far, but Apple did take away my favorite 3D Touch feature which is force touching on the left bezel to activate App Switcher. Tapping on the back to switch apps is not as fast and intuitive as force touching on the bezel, but hey it’s something.

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. 

Back Tap in iOS 14 Public Beta 3

Use Shortcuts App to Change App Icons on iPhone

 

iOS Shortcuts App

With the release of iOS 12 in 2018, Apple introduced the Shortcuts app. This app allows users to set up shortcuts, automated actions that the user can ask Siri to perform. Because of the amount of work the user needs to put in, Shortcuts never became very popular. However, it does allow users to do things that normally would seem difficult. In our post today, we look at how to use the Shortcuts app to change app icons on the iPhone.

Before we start, I should state we are not really changing any app’s icon. Instead, what we are doing is creating shortcuts that point to apps. The shortcuts can have different icons and names than the apps they point to.

Using Shortcuts App to Change App Icons

    • First, launch the Shortcuts app. If you’ve never used the app before, it’s probably tucked away somewhere. Searching for it using Spotlight is usually the best and quickest way to find the app. 
    • Then, in the My Shortcuts screen, tap Add (Add navigation bar and tab bar icon) on the top right corner to create a new shortcut.
    • In the New Shortcut screen, tap Add Action, then tap Scripting and choose Open App. This allows you to see a full list of apps installed on your device.
    • Tap Choose to select the app you want to open with the shortcut and then tap Next on the top right corner.
    • Give the shortcut a name, preferably something short and descriptive. You’ll be using this name to tell Siri to run this shortcut. You can also change the app icon here by tapping the icon. Apple provides a number of colors and glyphs you can use. Tap Done once you’ve named the shortcut and selected the icon.
    • The shortcut should now appear in the My Shortcuts screen. Tap the shortcut to run, or tap the Menu button to make changes.
    • Once you are in the shortcut, tap the Menu button on the top right corner, or tap the Share button at the bottom to add the shortcut to Home Screen.
    • Voilà! You now have a new icon in the Home Screen. Next time you want to run the app, just simply tap the new icon you just created. The Shortcuts app will open and it will then launch your app. You can also ask Siri to run the shortcut.