3 tools that easily unsubscribe you from emails

We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to cluttering our inboxes with unwanted email, thanks to our zeal for email subscriptions. And in this time of heightened civil activity, many of us have added political emails to our already unwieldy collection of daily deals, newsletters, and alerts. The bulk of these messages languish in our inboxes unread and obscuring the really important one that require our action.

Fortunately, there are a few tools to help you prune these offenders without having to scroll message by message through your inbox. Give one of these a try.

Unroll.me

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How to get notifications of specific Gmail messages on your Android phone

While it’s true that being a slave to your email is bad for your productivity, there are messages that require an immediate response. But you don’t have to keep an eagle eye on your inbox to stay on top of them. If you use Gmail and an Android phone, you can set up notifications for specific emails so you’ll be alerted the minute its received. Here’s how.

Create a filter

Although the goal here is to receive notification of specific emails on your phone, you need to set up the process in Gmail’s web client.

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4 of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity

You might think an app launcher is a frivolous addition to your Windows desktop, but this tool offers big advantages over the Start menu or taskbar. Not only does it keep your favorite programs front-and-center for easy access, the best launchers also allow you to quickly find and open files, add calendar items to your to-do list, search the web, and more—all without ever touching your mouse.

Here are four of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity.

Launchy

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3 Windows text expanders that take the tedium out of typing

How much of your work day do you spend typing the same phrases over and over again? Things like your company’s address or a signature or a boilerplate paragraph in a document. No matter how fleet fingered a typist you are, that repetition wastes time.

This is where a text expansion app can help. These programs let you insert commonly used phrases and other chunks of text using shortcuts so you don’t have to type out every character. While each shortcut may only shave seconds of your work time, it can quickly add up to hours of saved effort over the course of a week.

Text expansion apps use a few basic mechanisms to make typing less tedious:

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Excel logical formulas: 8 simple IF statements to get started

Excel functions, or formulas, lie at the heart of the application’s deep well of capabilities. Today we’ll tackle IF statements, a string of commands that determine whether a condition is met or not. Just like a yes-no question, if the specified condition is true, Excel returns one user-determined value and, if false, it returns another.

The IF statement is also known as a logical formula: IF, then, else. If something is true, then do this, else/otherwise do that. For example, if it’s raining, then close the windows, else/otherwise leave the windows open.

The syntax (or sentence structure; that is, the way the commands are organized in the formula) of an Excel IF statement is: =IF(logic_test, value_if true, value_if_false). IF statements are used in all programming languages and, although the syntax may vary slightly, the function provides the same results.

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How to make Word custom bullet points to enhance your documents

Word’s bullet point function is essential for breaking up vast piles of text, especially if you can’t use graphics or photos in your documents. Word’s standard list of bullets will cover many situations, but making custom bullet points can add polish or humor to your content. 

Create your document first and use placeholders for your bullets, such as asterisks or hyphens. (Tip: Use bullets for your lists when the items in the series are of equal importance. Use numbers if the items in the list are prioritized.)

Once the document is complete, experiment with different bullet designs. We’ll start with Word’s default bullets to introduce the process. 

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4 ways to block political posts on Facebook

The deluge of political rants, memes, and arguments in your Facebook feed is hardly ending—if anything, it’s getting louder. Whether you participate in these posts, just seeing them is proven to be wearing and stressful, and can ultimately be a drain on your productivity.

You don’t necessarily have to swear off social media completely to get relief, nor do you have to start a campaign of “unfriending” folks with offending opinions. There are several free browser add-ons that will help you purge your feed of politics—or at least keep it out of sight long enough to get your work done. Here are a few of the best.

Remove All Politics From Facebook

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