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December 2019

Add a "real" search box to Google Chrome's New Tab Page

Google's Chrome web browser displays a search field on the New Tab Page of the web browser by default. Users of the web browser may have noticed three things: first, that the search field is not displayed if most search engines are selected, second, that customization options are only provided if Google is selected as the search provider, and third, that the search field is fake.

Note: If you select Bing Search, you may notice that the search field is not fake. It works just like the search box on the Bing homepage.

Media Player Classic MPC-HC 1.9.0 update brings dark theme support

The developers of the Media Player Classic application MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) have released version 1.9.0 of the media player for all supported operating systems.

Downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems are provided on the official GitHub download page of the project. The built-in update checker, if enabled, should inform users about the new version as well.

Jsoft PDF Reducer is a freeware tool for compressing PDFs and editing them

Many email services have a file size limitation for attachments. While people get around it by using cloud services or by splitting a file into multiple parts and sending multiple emails, sometimes reducing the file size may offer a better solution both for the sender and recipient.

Quota may also be important in corporate environments and reducing the size of files could go a long way in making sure that quotas are not exceeded.

Enables mouse gestures in Firefox with the Gesturefy extension

Mouse gestures were a popular feature in Opera (classic) back in the days when Opera still relied on its own Presto engine and Chrome did not even exist. These simple shortcuts can save you a few clicks and in turn a few seconds, and they may also be used to control some functionality with just the mouse.

How to install display color profiles on Windows 10

I bought a new computer monitor recently for a Windows 10 device; my first 4K monitor, LG 27UD59-W, with a resolution of 3840x2160. Setup worked fine and the monitor was detected properly right away. When I checked the graphics settings, I noticed that Windows 10 continued to use the color profile of the old computer monitor, a full HD HP display.

Since I'm probably not the only one who runs into this, I thought it would be nice to write down the steps that I undertook to install the right color profile for the new monitor on the Windows 10 machine.