Work­shop 4

Man­age your Chrome ex­ten­sions

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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

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