[Tip] How To Enable Extra Large Thumbnails In Windows Explorer

Yes, we have heard questions from readers who would like to see big thumbnails of the photos and other files which they see in windows explorer in a folder, as they want to have a better idea about a file or photo without opening the same.

Extra Large Display Thumbnails

On the other hand there are times we have got queries from users when they are not able to video thumbnails in windows. Today we are going to share another tip on thumbnails and this time we will tell you how you can simple enable extra large thumbnails for any folder items which you see in windows explorer and that too without installing any third party software as well.

Preview Extra Large Size Thumbnails in Windows

Normally when you views some photos or other files types, you can have different views of these files in folder like detail, tiles list and so on and you can change display type by clicking an icon which toggle on windows explorer in between different file display modes.

Toggle File Display Modes

Different display modes which can be set for any kind of files in a folder in windows explorer are mentioned in the snapshot below which includes Large and Medium icons.

File Display Modes

One of these modes which is on the top which says Extra Large Icons makes the thumbnails of the files appear in windows explorer much larger and gives better preview in case you have photos in a folder.

extra large icons

But you will have to explicitly select this display mode and by clicking the down arrow over the file icons display mode button.


This kind of display mode can be really suitable for the photos and other items like videos files so that you get a better preview of the photo or video without playing the same.

Windows Computer As WiFi Router To Access Internet On Phone and Other Devices

Now a days the phones are coming equipped with 4G LTE but still in most of the people have not got 3G. There are two main reasons behind that Costly 3G handsets and Costly 3g data plans. But in these two reasons also the costly handset reason is not an issue as most of us now a days have handsets which support 3G and also they are very cheap and come of all segments of  users. Since its 3G and speed is fast hence people tend to browse more and hence it gets used up more and suddenly our usage that was 400 MB on 2G jumps to 1GB on 3G.

But most of us now a days have laptops which are equipped with 3G sticks through which we use internet on them. Now some of us may think that we use our laptop for almost the whole day then why can’t we use its internet on our phone. And today I have got the answer to that yes you can use its internet on your phone using Connectify Pro, the software is paid but its really worth the money however you can also use the free version with some limitations.

Access Internet On Phone Using Laptop WiFi Internet

This software will use the internet running on your laptop and then create a Wifi hotspot using the Wifi of your laptop. Now you can connect your phone to this wifi hotspot of your laptop and start browsing the internet on your phone using the internet of your laptop. Also the Wifi hotspot created by this tool is really secure to avoid its misuse so that only the person who knows the password to it can connect to it.


After you will download and install the software there will an icon created for the software in the system tray. You can access the software from this icon. Once you will click on this icon the above screen will open. As you can see that the application has four tabs Settings, Clients, Services and History.


In the settings you will get all the options to create the hotspot. First you can name you hotspot connection in the Hostspot Name text box. You should also choose the password of your choice and enter it in the Password text box. Then in the internet dropdown you will get various options and you can select the option that is suitable to you. Below that in the Security Mode select the Ad-Hoc, WEP in order to enforce password on your Hotspot.


In the Clients tab you can see all the devices that are currently connected to your hotspot and are using your internet. Using this you can keep a tab incase someone tries to use your hotspot.


This software can also be used to connect two computers or laptops and when they are connected you can share the files using this feature in File Sharing simply by drag and drop.


In the last tab i.e. you can check what all devices connected to your hotspot in case you are not able to keep a tab during work so that you can know if some used your hotspot without your knowledge.


This is a very simple software, but can be very useful for many users. If you have a related software to share or something else about any other thing or in case the above procedure does not work for you then please let us know through our comments section at the end of the page, also let us know if this software is helpful for you.


Add Light or Brightness In Dark Light Shot Videos

There are times when you may find out that the video you recorded with your camera is quite dark and does not have much light which makes it difficult for you to see the things inside the video. You may feel that there is no way you can make a video brighter unless you shoot the video again in better light conditions.

Add Light In Dark Video

This may surprise you but just like you can enhance photos which are dark similarly there are software’s which can edit a video and increase the light in the video by increasing the brightness in the video. One such simple free tool is Windows Live Movie Maker which comes for free and can be freely downloaded and used.

Windows live movie maker is a basic video editing software with no brainer options and a simple easy to understand interface which anyone can use. You can edit video or photo file in almost most of the popular formats but not in RAW.

Once you have downloaded and installed windows live writer you can start it and then drag and drop the video file which you want to edit and add light or increase the brightness in the video so that objects in the video appear more clear to eyes.

A dark video added in live movie maker without any modification looks like as you see in the screenshot below.

Add Light In Movie Maker In Video Editing

and in order to add the light to the video you will need to click text which says brightness and then move the slider towards right.

Control Brightness In Live Movie Maker

Once you increase the brightness using this option, you will notice a noticeable difference in light in the video thumbnail visible windows live writer.

Add More Light In Video Editing In Live Movie Maker

Now once you have set a custom level of brightness on a particular video frame, it will appear all over the video, now you just need to save this video as a new file and the final video processed and saved by live writer will have better light conditions.

In order to produce the final video, you will need to save the video with a new name or same name in other folder by selecting the save option and quality of the video as shown in the image below.

Save movie live writer


This is how you can add light in a video file which is dark and does not look good while playing to due less light, however this technique is a digital way to enhance the quality of the video. if you have a related tip to share or some how the above procedure does not work for you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this page trough the comment section, let us know if this tip is helpful for you.

Simple Guide To Send Free SMS From Gmail Chat To Mobile Phones in India

Yes, its now possible to send a free SMS from gmail using chat to your friend and he or she can reply the same, effective from 11th October 2012 gmail users send limited number of free SMS from gmail chat, for the start you each gmail user is given 50 free messages you can send to any Indian mobile phone.

Send SMS From Gmail

As if now following mobile network providers are supported

  • Aircel
  • IDEA
  • Loop Mobile
  • MTS
  • Reliance
  • Tata DoCoMo
  • Tata Indicom
  • Vodafone (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gujarat, A.P, Bihar, W.B. & A & N, Assam, N.E.)

How To Send Free SMS From Gmail [India]

In order to send a free SMS, you just need to type in the mobile phone number and then select the option which says send SMS message.

Send SMS To Mobile Number

In case you have selected a email id to send a SMS, it will ask you the mobile phone number, so for future you can save the mobile number with the selected email id of your friend.

Send SMS to Email ID

You can simply add the mobile phone number to that email id you selected

Mobile Phone Number To Add To Email

How to Increase SMS Credit In Gmail Chat

SMS credit is an allocation of SMS (text messages) that you’re able to send to a mobile phone:

  • Initially, you’re granted a credit of fifty messages.
  • Every time you send a message, your credit decreases by one.
  • Every time you receive an SMS message in Chat (for example when a phone user replies to one of your messages) your credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50.

If your SMS credit goes down to zero at any point, it will increase back up to one 24 hours later. So, you won’t ever be locked out of the system.

Please Note: When ever you are replying to a chat message sent from gmail from a mobile phone, the SMS charges apply as set by your mobile phone carrier provider.

Tip: Keep in mind that if you’d like a higher message credit, you can always send an SMS to your own phone, and then reply to that message multiple times. Every time you send a reply message, your SMS credit is increased by five. Effectively, you’re buying more messages by paying your phone company for these outgoing messages.

Commands For SMS Received From Gmail Chat

  • HELP: Text this command to any Gmail SMS number and you’ll get a response reminding you of some of the basics of SMS and a refresher of some of the other useful commands
  • STOP: This command will block all SMS messages from Gmail
  • START: Re-enables you to receive SMS messages from Gmail if you’re currently blocking them
  • BLOCK: Send to the code number for a particular contact to block messages from that specific person
  • UNBLOCK: Allows a blocked contact to send you SMS messages in the future


As we see the SMS messages from any mobile phone these days are not very costly, but sending SMS from gmail can be really handy when you don’t have access to your mobile phone or when you don’t want to type on mobile phone to send the messages, but it will really make sense when you add your friends phone number to gmail as contacts, we recommend you to sync your contacts with gmail for that.

Make Windows to Boot by default on Macbook with Bootcamp rather than Mac OS X

There is no doubt that Mac OS X is easier to use and adapt for a user then to learn windows, but some of the users who can’t afford a make are equally happy with windows as well, so there are many users who would buy a macbook because of its great design and hardware and then later installer windows on it with bootcamp.

One of my friend asked me the other day on how he can make windows boot in default, as every time he wants to boot in windows installed on his macbook with bootcamp software, he need to press the alt or option key at the time of boot of macbook so that mac os startup manager  shows up the default start up os you can boot into, there it shows windows and mac os x partition and here you he need to select windows to boot with windows on his macbook which is installed with bootcamp.

Mac OS X Startup Manager

Now unless you press Option key at the time of boot or before you hear the boot sound, it will by default will be booted in mac os even if you have windows installed and you may want to boot in windows. This is really annoying for most of the users, as they have to press a button at the right time just to boot in windows installed on their macbook or any other mac os x pc.

Boot In Windows 7 or 8 Without Pressing Option Key On Macbook or Any Other Macintosh PC

Please Note: In order to do this, make sure you have installed the bootcamp drivers as well in windows after installing it with using bootcamp software in mac os x.

Once you have installed the boot camp drivers for the version of windows you are running, you will see the Bootcamp Control Panel icon in the system tray in taskbar in windows.

Boot camp

Right click on this icon and select Bootcamp Control Panel

Boot camp control panel windows

Under bootcamp control panel, Under Startup disk tab click Bootcamp partition where you have windows installed and then select apply to set the bootcamp partition as target disk to boot by default.

Set widnows to boot by default on macbook

Next time you restart your macbook, it will boot in windows by default without you to press any key at the time of boot.

How To Boot In Mac OS X After Setting Windows For Default Boot

In order to boot with Mac OS X, you will need to now press the Alt or Option key to open up the Mac OS X startup manager which again allows you to choose the mac os x disk to boot into Mac OS X.


This is fairly simple tip, but could be really useful for many users out there, if you have a related tip to share or some how the above procedure does not work for you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this page trough the comment section, let us know if this tip is helpful for you.