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When browsing articles and blogs on the web, you may want to copy a headline or a phrase that has a link. Usually, when following the usual copy-and-paste method, the highlighted phrase will paste along with the link, especially when you paste it into a word processor or an HTML editor. This can be an annoyance, particularly when you only want to copy and paste the text and not the link.

While there are many workarounds to this, there is a quicker, easier approach to the problem. Instead of copying and pasting text with links and then removing them later, there’s a way to remove the link before you start copying.

A Firefox add-on called Link Stun enables you to temporarily disable links in highlighted text so you can copy and paste them as plain text. Here’s how it works:

1. First, you’ll have to download and install the add-on. After installing, you’ll need to restart Firefox.

Once restarted, you may browse into a web page of your choice and activate Link Stun using the context menu.

Also, any font style that applies for a linked text will disappear when selecting Link Stun. For instance, a link in Wikipedia entries is usually in blue. When Link Stun is activated, the text becomes black.

3. Highlight the text and copy and paste as normal.

This is how the text looked when pasted to a Word file:

It should be noted, though, that the copied text will still maintain formatting properties, i.e., font size and style. You will need to manually change this should you need a different text format.

Link Stun is particularly useful when removing links from footnotes before copying them into your own text document. It’s also handy when you need to copy a long list of text without copying the links as well, such as a database or archive page.

While there isn’t a way to “stun” multiple links in one go, this is still possible by manually disabling links one by one. This lessens the convenience, but it’s well worth the effort.

There’s also no option in the context menu to re-enable the links. You would have to reload the page to get the links back into the text.

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How To Get Yahoo Mail Notifications In Firefox

While most email users find Gmail to be their go-to email service provider, most of us still maintain a Yahoo account since it’s been around longer than Gmail. Also, some users still prefer Yahoo’s interface simply because it’s what they’re used to.

If you use Yahoo Mail for most of your email correspondence, then there is a quicker, more compact way of tracking your emails within your browser. Fastest Notifier for Yahoo Mail is an add-on for Firefox that lets you check your Yahoo mail and receive Yahoo mail notifications from the browser’s add-on bar.

The add-on does not require a restart after installation, so you immediately see the Yahoo icon on the top-right corner of the browser. The number of unread emails appear in red on top of the icon.

You should then see your inbox, and unread messages will be listed on top of the page in bold letters.

You can batch edit messages and delete, move to another folder, or mark them as spam from the buttons located at the bottom of the inbox.

Note that opened email messages will be marked as read, and these changes will reflect on the notifier icon. A clear Yahoo icon (without red numbers) means that there are no new messages at the moment.

Other than accessing the Yahoo inbox, you can also access your Yahoo Contacts and Calendar from this tool.

Since this add-on has access to your Yahoo Contacts, you can use this to add recipients to your email.

Fastest Notifier for Yahoo, as the name implies, notifies you of new Yahoo email in a timely manner. It takes under a minute from the time an email is received to get notified using this add-on.

Surprisingly, the ability to compose a new message and reply to existing ones are added features that make the add-on even more useful. Due to the limited space provided when viewing and composing emails, this interface is suited more towards quick email scanning and writing short replies.

Nevertheless, for notification alone, this add-on does the job without the fuss of a lengthy set-up process. It’s fast and anyone can do it.

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How To Format Text In Photoshop (Complete Guide)

Learning how to format text in Photoshop is one of the most essential skills for graphic design work in the program. After all, what good is it to create a piece of text if you don’t know how to format it as you want? Luckily, learning how to do this is very simple.

So in this tutorial, I will walk you through not only the Character Panel but also ways to format text with the Type Tool and the Paragraph Panel as well.

Understanding The Paragraph & The Character Panels In Photoshop 

The Type Tool, Paragraph panel, and Character panel are the most important Photoshop functions when using text. 

All three functions offer great formatting features to help ensure a professional typographic design in Photoshop. It’s good to know what each function offers.

The Options Bar 

I want to first discuss the Options Bar. This is the first port of call after selecting the Type Tool (T). There are minimal text formatting options here, but they might come in handy.

When the Type Tool is selected, the Options Bar will display various settings at the top of your Photoshop window. 

There are dropdown menus for font choice and font styles, a font size menu, paragraph alignment options, and a color swatch.

All of the settings in the Options Bar are also available, along with more, within the Character and Paragraph panels.

The Paragraph Panel 

The Paragraph panel is used for formatting paragraph text. This is best for adjusting large amounts of body text to fit into your design. 

When enabled, the Paragraph panel button appears on the vertical toolbar on the right-hand side of the workspace, alongside other panels that you can choose to display, making it easy to hide or show when needed.

Within the Paragraph panel, there are the three alignment options for left, center, and right like the ones found in the Options Bar. Next to those are four justification options to justify text: left, center, right, and all. 

The other settings in the Paragraph panel are for setting left and right margins and indents, adding spaces before or after paragraphs, and adding hyphenation for long words. Each of these settings helps you present your text in ways to best fit the space provided while retaining readability and a professional standard. 

The Character Panel 

The Character panel is similar to the Paragraph panel, only its tools focus on settings for the characters within the text rather than the text as a whole. 

Some of the tools in the Character panel are similar to those found in the Options Bar. Standard type settings like font type, font style, font size, and color are found in both. 

But there are some tools that you can only find in the Character panel, and they can be helpful with formatting your text, such as leading, kerning, and tracking, as well as vertical and horizontal scaling tools.

You’ll also find some extra font styles like bold, italics, underline, strikethrough, and superscript to add some style to your text. Under the font styles are further stylish offerings of ligatures — if the font includes them — as well as a language tool to avoid spelling errors. 

How To Align Text In Photoshop 

Text alignment sets which edge the text always starts from and is usually based on how the language is read — for example, English is read left-to-right, so most text is left-aligned to allow for easier reading. 

As I’ve previously mentioned, you can find the three alignment options in both the Options Bar when the Type Tool is selected as well as any time you open the Paragraph panel.

Align Text Using The Options Bar 

To set the alignment using the Options bar, select the Type Tool (T). 

Then in the Options Bar, select one of the three alignment options — right, center, or left-aligned — to align your text.

Standard alignment for most English text is aligned flush left and ragged right.

Align Text Using The Paragraph Panel

You can also use the Paragraph panel to align text. The benefit of using this instead of the Options Bar is that you can open the Paragraph panel even when using another tool, which is helpful if you need to make a quick change and then carry on with the previous tool.

First, in the Layers panel, select your text layer. If you have multiple text layers, you can select all the text layers you wish to apply the same alignment to.

The direction aligns the text flush to the chosen side giving the other side a ragged edge. 

The center-aligned text has a ragged edge on both edges.

Justify Text Using The Paragraph Panel

Next to the alignment options are the justification options which are different from alignment. Justified text horizontally fills the text box which gives flush text on both sides. To ensure both sides of text have flush edges, unlike the ragged edge that comes from using non-justified text, extra gaps may appear in between words. 

The left, right, or center-justified text options only move the last line — known as the orphan or widow — of text to either direction. 

How To Center Text To Objects In Photoshop 

You can center your texts to objects or the canvas itself, to create a center-balanced design. Whether your object is a shape, image, or even another text box, it’s easy to center it to your text.

This technique is best done with point text rather than paragraph text; using paragraph text will center from the text box, which may not be the center of your text itself. Using point text will center on the true center of the text. 

I will show you how to center text to an object; I’m using the Ellipse tool (U) for my shape.

Then select the Move Tool (V) which will bring up alignment options in the Options Bar.

You can also align the text or an image to the center of the canvas in the same way as long as you select the Background layer in the Layers panel along with the other layer you want to align.

How To Indent Paragraphs In Photoshop 

Using the Paragraph panel, you can format indents and margins to your written paragraphs. These are an important part of layout design and are very easy to implement. 

In the Paragraph panel, change the indent setting to set a paragraph indent, which moves the first line of text inwards. 

To create separate paragraphs, press Enter on your keyboard and the indent will appear at the beginning of all paragraphs. You can also set a specific spacing above paragraphs by changing the point value.

How To Edit Character & Line Spacing In Photoshop 

You can use the Character panel to edit spacing between text including individual characters or whole words. There are three main ways to edit spacing: kerning, tracking, and leading. Changing any of these three adds to the finer details of your text formatting, so what are these settings for?

What Is Kerning? 

Kerning determines the space between individual letters in a word. Sometimes the gaps between letters in a standard font look unnaturally large or small which negatively affects the readability of a word. You can see the inconsistent spacing between the letters d, i, and p in my example below.

In the Character panel, adjust the kerning settings up or down until you’re satisfied. 

The result after kerning is often subtle, but it can make a huge difference in the finer details of text formatting.

What Is Tracking?

Tracking determines an entire word’s spacing, rather than individual spaces. Sometimes adjusting the tracking can help with fitting words into a small space without changing the font size. 

Adjusting the tracking rather than the font size keeps your design elements balanced and saves you from having to redesign your text.

Tracking is, again, found in the Character panel. 

To apply tracking, highlight the word you wish to affect. You can apply tracking to letter groups, full words, or groups of words. Whatever is highlighted will be affected.

I set the tracking to -50, which has decreased the spacing of the highlighted word. Now it’s narrow enough that it fits at the end of the previous line. You can use tracking as an artistic effect with tight or loose spacing or for functional uses, like my example.

What Is Leading?

Leading determines the spaces between lines of text. When writing a paragraph, you may need more or less space between lines for better readability or design style.

You can change the leading to affect all the lines or you can highlight an individual line to increase or decrease the space above it. Leading only affects the space above the highlighted line, not the space below it. 

The Leading setting is found in the Character panel above tracking.

Default leading is set to auto for any given font. But if your paragraph has multiple font sizes, you’ll have to manually change the leading.

Leading values are the same as font-size values. The dropdown menu has a list of point sizes. 

Highlight any lines of text you wish to change the spacing between, and choose a leading value in the dropdown menu. 

How To Wrap Text In Adobe Indesign (Step

Images are at the heart of many good InDesign layouts, but you don’t have to be stuck with boring old rectangles. Adobe InDesign has a great set of tools for creating complex text wraps that help integrate your visual and typographic elements into a more dynamic layout. 

These tools are easy to learn but take some time and practice to master, so let’s take a quick look at how they work. 

How to Wrap Text Around an Image in InDesign

Wrapping your text around shapes and images is extremely easy in InDesign, especially if you’re working with a simple shape such as a rectangular photo or graphic. 

For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to assume that you’ve already inserted the object you want to wrap text around, but if you’re not sure how to, you can check out my tutorial about how to insert images in InDesign.

Step 1: Select the object you want to wrap and make sure that it’s overlapping a text frame (this isn’t actually necessary, but it can help you to gauge the results of your text wrap settings). 

Step 2: In the Control panel that runs across the top of the main document window, locate the text wrap section, as highlighted below. 

These four buttons control the basic text wrap options in InDesign. Clockwise from the top left, they are: No text wrap, Wrap around bounding box, Wrap around object shape, and Jump object. 

The Text Wrap panel allows you to adjust the same four wrap options but also gives you some customization options about how close your text will fit around the wrapped object. 

You can also restrict wrapping to certain areas and customize the wrapping contours with a range of different options. 

Last but not least, you can also invert the whole wrap so that your text is only visible overtop of your image.

Content-Aware Text Wrapping in InDesign

One of the most appealing new features of InDesign’s text wrapping toolkit is the ability to use Photoshop’s Select Subject algorithm directly within InDesign to create an extremely accurate custom path for your text wrap edge. 

If you’re not familiar with this tool from Photoshop, it’s a machine-learning trick that does exactly what the name suggests: it analyzes your image and creates a selection around what it considers to be the main subject. 

To create a custom wrap around the subject in an image, you’ll need to be working with an image that has a fairly clear distinction between the background and the main subject. The Select Subject algorithm is pretty good, but it sometimes gets lost in more complex images. 

With your object selected, enable the Wrap around object shape option in the Text Wrap panel. In the Contour Options section, choose Select Subject from the dropdown menu. 

InDesign will think for a second or ten, depending on the complexity of the image and your CPU, and then you’ll see a new path appear in light blue around the subject of your image. 

I think the implementation of this process is still a bit rough from a user experience perspective, but the results are good, as you can see in the example above.

Advanced Text Wraps 

If you like the sound of custom text wraps but you want even more flexibility, InDesign can also read clipping masks and alpha channels from any file format that supports them and then use them as text wrap guides. 

Place your image, and enable the Wrap around object shape option in the Text Wrap panel. In the Contour Options section, select the appropriate option for your image. If InDesign hasn’t detected your clipping path, Photoshop path, or alpha channel, then the corresponding option will be unavailable. 

A Note About InDesign Clipping Paths

InDesign can also make its own clipping masks using a slightly more complex process than the newer Select Subject option. It’s less capable, and it forces you to remove the background of your image, but it may still be useful if the fancy modern version isn’t working for you.

Select your image object, and press the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Shift + K (use Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K on a PC) to open the Clipping Path dialog. 

The clipping path generated with this method can then be used in the Contour Options section of the Text Wrap menu. While it’s not quite as simple as Select Subject, it can offer a better wrap on certain images, and it allows you to isolate a subject from its background without having to rely on an external image editor. 

FAQs

How to wrap text around a table in InDesign?

InDesign allows you to wrap text around a table very easily, it’s just that the Control panel doesn’t update to display the text wrap options automatically when you have a table selected. Instead, you’ll need to work with the Text Wrap panel directly.

How to remove text wrapping in InDesign?

There are a couple of different reasons to stop text wrap in InDesign, and so there are a couple of different methods to apply.

You can also set a specific text frame to ignore text wrap settings. Select your text frame, and press Command + B (use Ctrl + B if you’re using InDesign on a PC) to open the Text Frame Options dialog. Check the box at the bottom labeled Ignore Text Wrap.  

A Final Word

Happy text wrapping!

How To Save Links Into A Google Spreadsheet In Chrome

Installing and using Citable

Upon installing the extension, you will find a quotation mark icon on the top-right corner of the browser.

Repeat the same process for each webpage you want to cite as your source.

If you are researching a different topic, you can create another document so you can separate sources accordingly.

Kim Barloso

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How To Download Multiple Files By Selecting Links In Chrome

There are some tools, however, that focus on doing only one or two things at a time. Such is the case with the Chrome extension, uSelect iDownload.

As indicated, you can draw a rectangle around the links you want to select. This will highlight the links in yellow. From there you can either hit Enter to open the selected links in the same window, “Shift + Enter” to open in a new window, or “Alt + Enter” to download them.

If you need to scroll down or simply want to get rid of the pop-up box, you can hold down the H key.

Note that not all links may download files as expected. The link would need to be a direct file source, not a link to another page, otherwise the download might just be the HTML of that page and not the file itself.

Make sure the shortcut keys you specify is not already being used by Chrome or any other extension.

uSelect is a great way to save time on downloading multiple files, but it’s also made for websites that display links to actual source files. Selecting files is made easy with simply dragging a rectangle around them as opposed to highlighting each and every link.

Kim Barloso

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