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How to Get to Inbox Zero On Gmail

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Your parents never told you this, but one of the most satisfying moments of adulthood is when check your inbox and it shows zero unread messages. The salt-the-earth way to reach that goal is to manually check and delete each email you receive, but nobody wants to do that. An alternative would be to mark all of the existing messages as "read" so that the judgmental little number goes away and you can start from scratch...kind of. For most mobile and web apps, the process is pretty self-explanatory (Select All, then click "Mark All As Read"), but as the Houston Chronicle explains, Gmail users have to take a few more steps.

When using Gmail on a computer (or in desktop mode on a device):

  • Open the site as usual and navigate to the Inbox if it is not the default.
     
  • In the search field at the top of the page, type the words "label:inbox is:unread" and hit Enter.
     
  • The "More" dropdown menu above your emails should now say "Mark All As Read," but it can only process up to 100 at a time.
     
  • Instead, go to the "Select" box (just below the search field and to the left), and click it to select all of the shown messages.
     
  • Gmail will then show you a message above the emails that reads "Select all conversations that match this search." Click on that.
     
  • Now go back to the "More" dropdown and choose the "Mark All As Read" option. Select "OK," and you're done.

    Unfortunately, things are not that easy when it comes to the Gmail App on Android and iOS devices. Mobile app users have found that the option to select all unread messages to perform bulk actions simply does not exist. The only alternative is to select each message individually first, and then use the "Mark As Unread" button, but with hundreds or thousands of unread emails, that can be a daunting task.

    So mobile users either have to sign onto a computer and follow the method above, or wait and hope that the feature is added in the near future.

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    Finally! Windows Notepad Is Getting an Update for the First Time in Years
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    While some of Window's core programs have evolved dramatically over the years, or disappeared all together, Notepad has remained pretty basic. But as The Verge reports, the text-editing app is about to get a little fancier: Microsoft is updating it for the first time in years.

    Since it debuted in 1985, Notepad has become a popular platform for writing out code. One common complaint from programmers working in non-Windows coding language is that Notepad doesn't format line breaks properly, resulting in jumbled, messy text. Now, both Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) are supported in Notepad, making it even more accessible to developers.

    For the first time, users can zoom text by holding ctrl and scrolling the mouse wheel. They can also delete the last word in their document by pressing ctrl+backspace. On top of all that, the new update comes with a wrap-around find-and-replace feature, a default status bar with line and column numbers, and improved performance when handling large files.

    The arrow keys will be easier to navigate as well. You can now use the arrow keys to deselect text before moving the cursor. And if you ever want to look up a word online, Microsoft will allow you to connect directly to Bing through the app.

    The new Notepad update will be made available first to Windows Insiders through Windows 10 Insider Preview, then to everyone on the forthcoming update, codenamed Redstone 5, likely later this year.

    [h/t The Verge]

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    New Website Lets You Sift Through More Than 700,000 Items Found in Amsterdam's Canals
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    Amsterdam's canals are famous for hiding more than eight centuries of history in their mud. From 2003 to 2012, archaeologists had the rare opportunity to dig through an urban river that had been pumped dry, and now 99% Invisible reports that their discoveries are available to browse online.

    The new website, dubbed Below the Surface, was released with a book and a documentary of the same name. The project traces the efforts of an archaeological dig that worked parallel to the construction of Amsterdam's new North/South metro line. To bore the train tunnels, crews had to drain part of the River Amstel that runs through the city and dig up the area. Though the excavation wasn't originally intended as an archaeological project, the city used it as an opportunity to collect and preserve some of its history.

    About 800 years ago, a trading port popped up at the mouth of the River Amstel and the waterway become a bustling urban hub. Many of the artifacts that have been uncovered are from that era, while some are more contemporary, and one piece dates back to 4300 BCE. All 700,000 objects, which include, toys, coins, and weapons, are cataloged online.

    Visitors to the website can look through the collection by category. If you want to view items from the 1500s, for example, you can browse by time period. You also have the option to search by material, like stoneware, for example, and artifact type, like clothing.

    After exploring the database, you can learn more about its history in the Below the Surface documentary on Vimeo (English subtitles are coming soon).

    [h/t 99% Invisible]

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