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How to Use Google Docs in Dark Mode

How to Use Google Docs in Dark Mode

By default, Google Docs uses the light theme, but the dark mode is ideal when using your device at night or in low light. Dark mode is one way to reduce eye strain besides using a blue light filter or adjusting brightness on your screen without draining your device’s battery.

This guide explains how to use Google Docs in dark mode on desktop and mobile devices. Make sure you enable dark mode on Online Tech Tips by clicking the toggle at the top right!

How to Enable Dark Mode in Google Docs

Google Docs lacks a built-in way to turn on and use dark mode or night theme on desktop. If you’re using a Chrome browser, the dark mode feature is hidden behind a Chrome flag, which allows you to access various browser customizations and test out potentially upcoming Chrome features.

Note: Chrome flags may not be available to everyone, and the flags may affect your browser’s performance

Also, changing this flag will affect every website you visit, so just be aware of that. Every website will be forced into dark mode, whether the sites support it or not. Personally, it was a bit too much for me as it made Gmail completely black and a bunch of other sites I tend to use. Below, I link to a couple of alternatives that you can use just for Google Docs itself. 

  1. Type chrome://flags in the address bar on Chrome browser and press Enter
  1. Type Force Dark Mode in the search box.
  1. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu next to Force Dark Mode for Web Contents.
  1. Save any work on your browser and then select Relaunch to apply the changes.
  1. When the Google Docs site reopens, it will be in dark mode, and the font color will be white.

Alternatively, you can install a third-party browser extension to get dark mode in Google Docs. Dark Mode and Google Docs Dark Mode are among the best Chrome extensions to enable dark mode on desktops as they’re easy to use without complicated setups. If you’re using the Firefox browser, you can try the Darkdocs browser add-on to darken Google Docs.

  1. Open Chrome browser, go to the Dark Mode Chrome extension page, and select Add to Chrome.
  1. Select Add extension.
  1. Select the white toggle button at the top right side of the screen to enable or disable dark mode.

Enable Dark Mode in Google Docs on Android Devices

The Google Docs app on your Android device allows you to switch between light and dark modes. You can enable system-wide dark mode across apps on your Android device, but if you only want dark mode on Google Docs, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Google Docs and tap Menu.
  1. Tap Settings
  1. Tap Choose theme.
  1. Select Dark to use Google Docs in dark mode. 

Enable Dark Mode in Google Docs on iOS Devices 

You can also use Google Docs in dark mode on your iPhone or iPad. Google added dark mode for G Suite on iOS, which includes Google Sheets and Google Slides. 

All G Suite users, both professional or personal, can now use dark mode on their iPhone or iPad devices with the latest version of Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 

  1. Open Google Docs app on your iPhone.  
  2. Tap Menu at the top left side of the screen. 
  3. Tap Settings.
  1. Tap Theme.
  1. Select Dark.

The dark theme automatically adjusts your documents to fit the theme, thereby improving how you view your work.

Enable Dark Mode for Easier Readability 

Now that you’re using Google Docs in dark mode check out more tips on using Google Docs, like inserting a signature or changing to landscape orientation to format wider documents like posters or presentation slides.

If you like Google Docs in dark mode, you can read our article on how to enable dark mode in Windows 10, dark mode on macOS, dark mode for YouTube, and dark mode for a bunch of Google apps on Android.

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How to Fix Delay or Lag When Typing in Windows

How to Fix Delay or Lag When Typing in Windows

Having characters appear on the screen seconds after you press them on the keyboard can slow you down and reduce your productivity. Many factors make typing feel out of sync on Windows devices. A slow computer, faulty USB ports, outdated keyboard drivers, and misconfigured keyboard settings are a few of the reasons for keyboard lag.

Let’s explore ten troubleshooting steps that can fix keyboard delay when typing. 

Close Unused Apps

Your keyboard’s response time may begin to lag when your computer is running slow. More precisely, when it’s low on core system resources (CPU and/or RAM). Close unused applications and check if that improves the keyboard input speed.

You can also reference this guide on boosting Windows’ speed to learn why your PC slows down and how to fix performance issues.

Troubleshoot the Keyboard Connection

If you’re using a wired external keyboard, make sure the cable is tightly plugged into your PC’s USB port. Unplug the keyboard and plug it back into the port, or switch the keyboard to a different USB port. You could also use the keyboard on another computer. If the typing delay persists, the keyboard is probably faulty.

Other USB accessories can also interfere with your keyboard connection and cause it to lag. Unplug other USB devices connected to your PC and check if that fixes delays in typing speed.

For wireless keyboards, ensure the USB receiver/dongle is plugged correctly into your computer. If you have connected it to a USB hub, plug it directly into your computer. Additionally, check that the keyboard’s battery isn’t low. Otherwise, plug the keyboard into a power source or replace its batteries. 

Also, ensure the keyboard is near the dongle/receiver or your computer. This also applies to Bluetooth-powered keyboards. Using a wireless keyboard several yards away from your PC could lead to input delay.

Disable Filter Keys

Do you often press a key multiple times before your PC receives the input? Does your computer fail to register keystrokes when you press a key briefly? You might have activated “Filter Keys” by accident; holding the right Shift key for 8 seconds enables the feature. Filter Keys prevent unwanted keystrokes by decreasing the keyboard input speed.

Microsoft designed the Filter Keys functionality to make typing easier for users with neurological disabilities like hand tremors or stiffness. If Filter Keys is active on your computer, turn it off and check if that normalizes the keyboard response speed.

1. Open the Windows Settings menu select Ease of Access.

2. Scroll through the sidebar and select Keyboard.

3. In the keyboard settings menu, toggle off Filter Keys and uncheck “Allow the shortcut key to start Filter Keys.”

Alternatively, launch the Control Panel, select Ease of Access Center, and select Make the computer easier to use.

Uncheck the Turn on Filter Keys option and click OK to save then change.

Run Windows Hardware Troubleshooter

Windows can fix itself sometimes depending on the nature of the problem. Windows 10 ships with a built-in troubleshooting tool that can diagnose and fix delays in typing with your PC’s keyboard. Use this tool to resolve problems with a particular key or the entire keyboard.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Keyboard and select the Run the troubleshooter button.

Wait for the troubleshooting to scan your computer—that could take about 1-5 minutes—and follow the instructions on the next page. Try the next recommendation if the troubleshooter doesn’t detect any problem with your keyboard. 

Reboot Your Computer

Close all apps and documents (so you don’t lose unsaved changes) and restart your computer. If you’re using an external or wireless keyboard, disconnect it from your PC before performing a reboot. Plug or reconnect the keyboard when your PC comes back on and see if that resolves the typing delay. 

Update Keyboard Driver

Device drivers determine how the internal and external hardware components of your PC (e.g. display, keyboard, speakers, disk drives, etc.) communicate with Windows. A device may malfunction if its driver is outdated.

If your keyboard delays the input of keystrokes when typing, head to the Windows Device Manager and check if the keyboard driver is updated. 

1. Right-click the Start menu icon (or press Windows key + X) and select Device Manager.

2. Expand the Keyboards category, right-click the keyboard driver, and select Update device.

3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

Connect your PC to the internet for the best result. Wait till Windows completes the check and install any available driver update. If Windows says you have the latest driver version, uninstall the driver (see the steps below) and try again.

Reinstall Keyboard Driver

You may experience delays when typing if your PC’s keyboard driver is corrupt or incompatible with the keyboard. Fix this by uninstalling the driver; Windows will install a fresh copy afterward. 

1. Launch the Device Manager, right-click the keyboard driver, and select Uninstall device.

2. Select Uninstall on the confirmation prompt to proceed.

3. To reinstall the keyboard driver, select Action on the Device Manager’s menu bar and select Scan for hardware changes.

Rebooting your PC will also reinstall the keyboard driver.

Modify Keyboard Properties

One good thing about Windows is that it offers extensive customization options. If the delay occurs when you hold a key or press it multiple times, follow the steps below to adjust your keyboard’s “Character repeat settings.”

1. Press Windows key + R to launch the Windows Run box.

2. Type or paste control keyboard in the dialog box and click OK.

3. Adjust the “Repeat delay” or “Repeat rate” slider to fix the delay when typing. Before you do so, here’s what both options mean:

  • Repeat delay: This describes how long you have to hold down a key before Windows repeats the input on your screen.
  • Repeat rate: This option describes the speed at which you want Windows to repeat the keystroke input when you hold a key.

To fix keyboard delay when typing, increase the “Repeat rate” (from Slow to Fast) and shorten the “Repeat delay” (from Long to Short). Note that fast repeat rate and short repeat delay could also lead to unintentional duplication of keystrokes. Experiment with these options until you find the perfect balance.

4. Click the blank dialog box and hold down any key to test the keyboard repeat rate before closing the window. Select OK to save the changes.

Troubleshoot Wi-Fi Interference

You may experience lag when typing on a wireless keyboard if your Wi-Fi router is close to your computer. That’s because the signal from your router may interfere with the Bluetooth keyboard’s signal. To prevent this, you can either disable Wi-Fi or move your PC away from the router. That fixed the issue for some Windows 10 users.

Perform a Clean Reboot

Several system (and third-party) apps and services start up automatically when you boot your computer. While some of these services help your PC function, they can sometimes slow down your PC and other apps.

A clean boot will load Windows with only essential apps, drivers, and programs. That may resolve the conflict and help you determine if an app or service is responsible for the lag when typing. Refer to this guide on performing a clean boot in Windows 10 to learn more.

Check for Dirt and Hardware Damages

Your keyboard may fail to register key presses if there’s dirt, dust, or other foreign material stuck underneath the keys. The problem could also be due to physical damage to the keyboard or your PC’s memory module.

Clean the keyboard, and if you can, take out your PC’s memory module and plug them back in properly. We recommend taking your computer to an authorized service center to get these done. Don’t try to do it yourself so you don’t further damage the keyboard and other device components. 

Enjoy Lag-Free Typing

Should the keyboard delay persist, try resetting the keyboard’s settings to factory default. You could also try performing a system restore if the problem started after installing a new driver, OS update, or third-party software.

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How to Fix “Media Is Write Protected” in Windows

How to Fix “Media Is Write Protected” in Windows

Write protection is a feature that intends to prevent users from accidentally deleting or altering data on a disk or other storage devices. Unfortunately, sometimes Windows refuses to work with a drive because it detects it as write protected when it shouldn’t be.

The good news is that there are various fixes for the “Media is Write Protected” error in Windows. Let’s have a look, starting with the most obvious fixes.

Check Your Media for a Write Protection Switch

If you’re having trouble formatting or writing to a USB flash drive, SD card or similar external storage device, check for a write protection switch. This is a physical sliding switch that can be toggled on and off, as shown in the picture above.

If it was accidentally pushed into the write protection position, you won’t be able to format or write to the drive till you toggle it back. Be sure to eject the drive first before toggling the switch!

Removing Write Protection from Files and Folders

If your problem is write protection of specific files and not the entire disk, it’s easy to fix:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  1. Navigate to the files and/or folders that are write protected.
  2. Select the files and/or folders.
  1. Right-click on your selection and select Properties.
  1. Under the General tab, make sure the box labeled Read-Only is unchecked.
  1. Select Apply and then OK.

If you’ve selected a folder that contains other files and folders, you’ll be asked to confirm that the attribute change should also be applied to all files and folders inside the primary folder.

Run a Disk Scan

One good bit of housekeeping to do before you start messing around with the guts of your operating system is to do a physical scan of the drive in question. If the disk is damaged or corrupted, that may cause a write protection error.

To run a full disk scan in Windows:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  1. Right-click on the drive you want to scan and select Properties.
  1. Go to the Tools tab.
  1. Select Check.
  1. Select Scan and Repair Drive.

If the scan detects and repairs any problems on the drive, try to use the drive again.

Run a Full Malware Scan

Certain malware may write protect drives to prevent their own deletion. It’s not the most likely reason you’re getting the write protection error, but since a malware scan is quick and easy to do, it’s worth performing one anyway.

If removing the malware from the system or disk doesn’t fix the issue follow the steps mentioned below to return the drive to normal.

Check System Files for Corruption

The final piece of essential prep work when trying to make a drive writable again is to run the System File Checker (SFC). This will compare all of your crucial system files to the gold standard originals. If any files have been altered or corrupted, pristine new versions will be downloaded and installed.

Check out Use These Command Prompt Commands to Fix or Repair Corrupt Files for instructions on how to use SFC.

Use Advanced Formatting Tools

If all you want to do is format a drive, but you’re being blocked by write protection, then the answer may be to use a formatting utility with a little more muscle. Many users swear by the HP USB Formatting Tool to bully write protected external disks into cooperating. 

It’s also one of the few utilities that lets you format large disks into FAT32 format, something that’s necessary from time to time. Bear in mind that you need to run this app with administrator privileges for it to work. Results are reportedly mixed, but the following solutions are a little more complex, so if you want to take a chance with a formatting utility app first this is one option.

Remove Write Protection With DiskPart

DiskPart is a powerful command line utility in Windows that can remove attributes from entire disks or specific partitions.

  1. First, insert the USB drive that is write protected, if applicable.
  1. Open the Start Menu and type diskpart.
  1. Select the diskpart run command from the results.
  1. If you’re asked for administrator permissions, say yes.
  1. At the command line for DiskPart, type list disk and press Enter.
  1. Look for your USB disk in the list of drives, make a note of its disk number. You’ll need it shortly!
  2. Now, type select disk #, but replace the # with the correct disk number. Then press Enter.
  1. Type attributes disk clear readonly and then press the Enter key.
  1. After receiving the confirmation message, type Exit and press Enter.

Remove Write Protection with Regedit

Sometimes a drive is marked as write protected and you’ll get the “Media is Write Protected” error because the corresponding value in the Windows registry is incorrect. If possible, avoid messing around in your registry. If this is your last resort, please consider backing up your registry in case something goes wrong. 

With that being said, here’s how to remove write protection from a USB drive in Windows:

  1. Insert the drive you want to modify into a USB port.
  1. Open the Start Menu and type Registry Editor.
  1. Select Registry Editor from the results.
  1. In the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > StorageDevicePolicies.
  1. Double-click WriteProtect. This will open the Edit DWORD window.
  1. Look for the Value data box, then enter 0 as the new value.
  1. Select OK and close the registry editor.
  1. Restart your computer and check the disk again.

What if there is no StorageDevicePolicies value to change?

Creating StorageDevicePolicies 

If you’re unlucky enough not to have the right registry value to change, you’re just going to have to make it yourself. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

  1. Open the Registry Editor as detailed above.
  1. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control.
  1. Right-click in an empty area of the right-hand pane and select New > Key.
  2. Name the new key StorageDevicePolicies and press Enter to confirm.
  1. Select StorageDevicePolicies.
  1. Again, right-click in the empty space of the right hand pane and select New > DWORD(32-bit) Value.
  1. Name the new DWORD value WriteProtect and press Enter to confirm.
  1. Double-click WriteProtect. This will open the Edit DWORD window.
  1. Look for the Value data box, then enter 0 as the new value.
  1. Select OK and close the registry editor.
  1. Restart your computer and check the disk again.

Phew! Hopefully this last resort will solved the “Media is Write Protected” issue in Windows for you!

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'Cinematic Moments' uses machine learning to animate images in Google Photos

'Cinematic Moments' uses machine learning to animate images in Google Photos

During Google’s I/O event Tuesday, Vice President of Google Photos Shimrit Ben-Yair showed how the company is using machine learning to make Google Photos better. One improvement builds upon “Cinematic Photos,” a feature launched last year that adds a three-dimensional effect to images. From this foundation, Google created “Cinematic Moments.”…

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