Manage your Chrome extensions
Add-ons bring useful tools to Chrome and enhance your enjoyment of the web, but having too many can overload your browser and slow it down. It may seem self-defeating to add yet another extension to tackle this problem, but Context sorts your add-ons into groups, so you can just activate the ones you need for a particular task, quickly and efficiently. 1 Install Context and the add-on’s Options page will load in a new tab. The main list shows all your available add-ons. 1 First, drag and drop the add-ons that you always want to be available to the section marked ‘Alwaysenabled extensions’. 2 3 An add-on can be placed in more than one group. When you install a new add-on, Context displays a pop-up where you can choose which groups to add it to. To enable a group, open a new tab, select Context’s icon 1 in your toolbar and click the appropriate button. 2 5 When viewing the add-ons in a group, you can select individual ones to enable or disable them. 1 The group’s icon turns orange to show that some but not all of its add-ons are active. Right-click Context’s icon in the toolbar to open its Options menu. 2 Click New Context and choose a name 1 and icon 2 for your first collection. If you’d prefer the group to use the icon of the first add-on, tick the box. 3 Click Create and repeat this process as necessary, then drag and drop your add-ons to the different groups and click Save. 4 To enable multiple groups at once, click their respective ‘+’ buttons 1 (the ‘-’ button disables them). A green bar is displayed 2 when a group is enabled. Click ‘All extensions’ 3 to enable all your add-ons. Click the right arrow 4 to view all the add-ons in a group. 6 Click ‘Additional options’ 1 and tick the box to make Context support apps as well as add-ons. 2 The ‘Configuration import/export/sync’ menu 3 lets you save your configuration to the server, so you can sync it to Chrome on your other PCS.
If you’re running Windows 10, then you already have tools for controlling your PC with your voice. Cortana, which began life on Windows phones, debuted in the first build of Windows 10 and has become increasingly more powerful in each major update of the operating system. You can ask her to perform various tasks, such as opening apps, searching the web, performing calculations, identifying songs as they play and composing and sending emails – all using just your voice.
The Creators Update introduced additional features to Cortana including the ability to lock your PC, and raise and lower the volume. The digital assistant is also supposed to be able to turn off, restart or send your PC to sleep, although these options don’t currently work on our updated PCS. Presumably
they’ll be added in a future update. If you ask Cortana to do one of the unsupported tasks (“Cortana, shut down my PC”) she will provide information on how to do it manually.
A new feature introduced in the Anniversary Update was a full-screen option for Cortana on the Lock screen, which let you ask questions or set new reminders without having to unlock your device first. The Creators Update expands this to the Desktop. If your PC is unlocked and has been idle for a while, you can say, “Hey, Cortana” and it will open in full-screen mode, allowing you to interact with your PC from across the room. To make sure Cortana can hear you, open the Settings and tick ‘ Respond when anyone says “Hey Cortana”’. If this isn’t ticked, Cortana will attempt to recognise just your voice before responding, which doesn’t work well at a distance.
If you don’t currently have the Creators Update (the roll-out is ongoing and will take a while to reach older, potentially less compatible PCS) and you try to use a voice command that’s not available – such as asking Cortana to raise or lower the volume – you’ll see a message stating: “Sorry, I can’t do this for you right now. Check back again after future updates.”
We show you how to get started with Cortana in our Mini Workshop, below. Set up Windows 10 with Cortana One of the features introduced in the Creators Update is a new tool that lets you use Cortana to set up the operating system exactly how you want it on a new device or following a reinstall. If you agree to this, Cortana will ask you a series of yes/no questions during setup that you can respond to using your voice (provided you have a working microphone).
If you’re not sure about something, you can ask Cortana for help.
Cortana now helps you to set up Windows 10 as you’re installing it
Cortana can open any app on your computer – you just have to ask
In Settings, you can choose to get warnings from other Windows devices