Sunday, July 5, 2015

my OS customizations


This is an on-going list of standard customizations to make my online life smoother.

Browsers (Chrome/Firefox)
  1. Generic references/settings
    1. Startup: show tabs from last use
    2. Home page:  Blank or Google
    3. Download
      1. Default download folder: Desktop
      2. Prompt for each download
  2. Plugins (and allow in incognito)
    1. Ad blocker: uBlock Origin
    2. Image Zoom: Imagus
      1. Imagus is cross browser
      2. alternatives are Thumbnail plus for Firefox or Hover Zoom Hover Zoom+ for Chrome
    3. Add to Pocket
    4. Reload Page:
      1. Chrome: Reload Monkey
      2. Firefox
    5. Honey
  3. Firefox specific settings (about:config)
    1. Disable disk caching (with sufficient RAM or running on USB/flash/SSD)
      1.  browser.cache.disk.enable;false
    2. Disable close with last tab
      1. browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab;false
    3. Enable Tracking Protection
      1. privacy.trackingprotection.enabled;true
  4. Chrome specific settings
    1. Enable Click-To-Play
      1. Settings > Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Plug-ins > "Click to play"
    2. Chrome flags (chrome://flags/) (from Gizmodo)
      1. Enable download resumption
      2. Download status in Notification Center
  5. Linux Mint specific
    1. change search engine to Google

Windows

  1. Windows
    1. Make the keyboard easier to use: Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys
  2. Windows 10:
    1. Turn on fast startup (from lifehacker.com)
      1. Start > “Power options” > “Choose what the power buttons do” > “Change settings that are currently unavailable.” > “Shutdown settings”: “Turn on fast startup”
    2. Turn on Find My Device (from Tech Times)
      1. Start > Update and Security
      2. This option is only available from Build 1511 (Nov 2015)


Outlook 2013

  1. File > Options > Mail
    1. Replies and forwards
      1. Open replies and forwards in a new window
    2. Save messages
      1. Check: When replying to a message that is not in the Inbox, save the reply in the same folder
  2. File > Options > Advanced
    1. Start Outlook in this folder:
    2. Reading Pane: Uncheck
      1. Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane
      2. Mark item as read when selection changes
  3. File > Options > Search
    1. Include results only from: All mailbox
    2. Uncheck: Improve search speed by limiting the number of results shown

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