MacOS got dark mode a few years ago in Mojave, allowing Mac users to apply a dark theme across apps. Android 10 got a systemwide dark mode setting last year, making it drop-dead easy to go dark in the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. And iPhones and iPads got a dark theme in iOS 13 and iPadOS.
You can dim the lights in Windows 10 as well, if you want to conserve a bit of battery life or lessen the strain on your eyes, or if you just like how a darker color palette looks on Microsoft’s OS. (Though it turns out shifting the colors on your screen may not be so critical to good sleep hygiene, after all.)
You can make dark mode the default look of the Windows 10 operating system, as well as for many Windows apps. Some older Windows apps such as Task Manager, however, won’t adopt the change to dark.
If you want to apply dark mode across Windows 10 and its apps, here’s how.
Turn on dark mode on Windows 10
Here’s how to apply a dark theme to Windows 10.
1. From the Start menu, open Settings.
2. Tap Personalization, and then over in the left navigation pane, tap Colors.
3. Under the label Choose your default Windows mode, turn on the Dark button.
You may need to choose Custom from the Choose your color menu to see the dark mode choice.
Turn on dark mode for Windows 10 apps
If you want to apply a darker color palette across Windows 10 apps, here’s how.
1. From the Start menu again, open Settings.
2. Tap Personalization, and then over on the left tap Colors.
3. Under the label Choose your default app mode, turn on the Dark button.
Again, you may need to choose Custom from the Choose your color menu to see the dark mode choice.
And, if you want to apply the dark theme broadly — across Windows 10 and its apps — you can select Dark from the Choose your color menu.
Turn on dark mode in individual Windows 10 apps
If an app doesn’t adopt the dark theme after you’ve turned it on in Windows 10 settings, you may need to adjust that app’s individual preference for how it applies the Windows default theme.
1. Head to where the app keeps its appearance settings.
In the Mail app, for example, tap the Settings gear in the bottom left corner and then tap Personalization over on the right. In the new Edge browser, tap the the three-dot menu to the right of the menu bar, tap Settings, and then tap Appearance.
2. Now, check that the app’s appearance preference is set to adopt the Windows 10 default theme.
For example, In Mail’s Personalization settings, tap Use my Windows mode. In Edge’s Appearance settings, from the Theme menu, choose System default.
How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call
Zoom is an easy-to-use videoconferencing tool with a generous free tier. With people around the world isolating indoors to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus, it has never been more popular.
But its popularity has also attracted trolls. The phenomenon of “Zoombombing,” in which an uninvited guest uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast porn and shock videos, has been on the rise. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allow anyone to join. Trolls have been collecting these links and sharing them in private chat groups, and then signing on to other people’s calls to cause mischief.
There’s an easy way to stop this from happening, but Zoom makes it needlessly difficult to find. If you schedule a meeting from the web interface, you won’t see the option to disable screen sharing. Instead:
- Click on “Settings” in the left-hand menu
- Scroll down to “Screen sharing” and under “Who can share?” click “Host Only”
- Click on “Save”
Once you save your settings, future meetings that you start will have sharing disabled by default.
If you forget to change the setting before you start your meeting, there’s a way to modify your settings after it starts:
- Once your Zoom meeting is running, click the caret to the right of the green “Share Screen” button in the center of the bottom row of icons
- Click “Advanced Sharing Options…”
- A dialog box will pop up allowing you to switch screen sharing availability from all participants to the host only.
And what if you’re creating a meeting from your mobile device?
To disable screen sharing after you’ve started your meeting:
- Tap the More (…) button at the bottom right corner of the screen
- Tap “Meeting Settings”
- If you’re using an iPhone, scroll down to “Allow Participants to Share” and switch the toggle off. If you’re using an Android phone, find “Lock Share” and switch the toggle on.
3 Things To Do Stay Safe On Houseparty App
Following the novel coronavirus pandemic that has forced many countries across the globe to announce a lockdown, people have been exploring different ways to keep in touch with friends and family.
One of the apps that have come to the rescue for many is the Houseparty app. Houseparty is owned by Epic Games, the company behind popular battle royale game Fortnite.
Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat. On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in a group or one-on-one chats.
Recently, accusations surfaced on social media that the platform has led to other online accounts being hacked. Many uses alleged that their other online accounts including Netflix, eBay, Instagram and Spotify were being hacked thanks to the Houseparty app.
When signing up to Houseparty, users are able identify friends using phone contacts, as well as connect to Facebook and Snapchat to find and invite people on the platform.
The thing that really sets Houseparty apart from other apps is hinted at by its name. Anyone who’s friends with someone else in a chat can join – meaning that you’re likely to run into strangers – and it is not necessarily easy to lurk without being noticed.
Reacting to the hacking allegations, Houseparty put out a tweet to users saying all accounts are safe and that it does not collect passwords for other sites.
In a statement, the service said it has found “no evidence” of such a breach.
“We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts,” a spokeswoman said.
“As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform.
“Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple.”
In case you are one of those using Houseparty to stay social during this period of the coronavirus lockdown.
Lock sensitive chats
You are instantly on and live the moment you open your Houseparty app. With the way the app is structured, it means that anyone can join your for a conversation. The idea is like wandering into a houseparty and trying to see who is willing to have a chat. This same structure applies to everyone you are chatting with too so you could be in a serious conversation and without changes, another friend opts into that chat too.
To avoid this, the first thing you should note is to be careful of who you add on the app. Secondly, it is important to lock any conversation that you don’t want unexpected people jumping into. You can do this by clicking the little lock icon at the bottom of the chat once everyone you want to be online is available, but you need to remember to do that every time.
Turn off your notifications
As stated earlier, the minute you log on the app, Houseparty sends out a notification that you are online. As a user of Houseparty, you will both be sent plenty of notifications and have plenty of notifications sent about you and both can be very annoying. You can control your notifications by opening the app and clicking the smiley face in the corner of the screen – there, you’ll see the option to “Manage Notificatications”, and clicking that gives you the ability to stop them being sent when you open the app or being sent to you when somebody else does the same.
Another option to explore is to turn off notifications completely. You do this on both Android and iOS, but that will mean that you won’t even receive a notification if someone calls you, and you’ll still be sending out notifications to other people, too.
You can also change these settings on a per-person basis. If you scroll down a little on the notifications screen, you’ll see the option to “mute” or “ghost” any given person. Ghosting them means that they won’t see when you come online while muting somebody means you won’t get notifications when they come online.
Many people are unaware of this feature but one of the most useful features on Houseparty is that you can choose to sneak in. If you hold down the app icon, you’ll get the option to “sneak in” to Houseparty, meaning that you’ll open it up and be on the app without sending a notification to everyone.
Minecraft just unlocked free education content as a COVID-19 distraction
With the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of things have ground to a halt, including education in some places. Schools in many regions of the world are closed until the worst of the outbreak is over, with some universities and high schools switching to online instruction. In order to help keep the wheels of education turning, Mojang and Microsoft have launched a free collection of educational content for Minecraft on the Minecraft Marketplace.
“Educators around the world are doing everything they can to provide digital lessons for the half a billion students who are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mojang’s Sofia Dankis wrote on the Minecraft blog today. “This is not an easy task and we want to do our part to help keep young minds sharp and stimulated.”
Mojang has uploaded some lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition to the Minecraft Marketplace, which are free to download for everyone who owns the Bedrock Edition of the game (sorry, Java players). The lessons from the Minecraft team include the International Space Station and The Human Eye, but those Mojang-crafted missions make up only a small part of what’s on offer.
That’s because Mojang has also made 10 lessons from Marketplace community creators free as part of this promotion. The lessons give players the chance to explore Greek history, marine biology, bees, and even fractals, so this collection of 12 lessons covers a pretty wide range of topics.
All of them are free to download from the Marketplace until June 30th, 2020, giving you a little over three months to claim them. The full list of lessons can be viewed over on the Marketplace, and they’re compatible with any device that runs the Bedrock Edition of the game.
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