Windows 10: tips and tricks

Windows 10: tips and tricks

1. Speak to Cortana

Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant, in the vein of Siri and Google Now, and with Windows 10 it’s breaking out from Windows Phone on to desktops, laptops and tablets. You can turn Cortana on and tweak its settings from the Start menu, then use your voice or the search box on the taskbar to run Web queries, set reminders for yourself, check the weather forecast and more. 
It’s available in the US now and coming to other parts of the world soon — to test it out in advance, set the system region and language to US in the Time and Language section in Settings.

2. Log in with a finger press

Microsoft has added a new feature called Windows Hello to its newest operating system: it lets you log in using facial recognition, a fingerprint or even an iris scan, if your computer has the necessary hardware attached. To change the way you gain access to your machine, go to the Settings app, then follow the Accounts link and choose Sign-in options from the menu on the left. The options listed will vary depending on the various bits of tech attached to your computer, but new laptops and desktops made specifically for Windows 10 should include at least some of the new options.

3. Save on battery use

For laptop users, Windows 10 comes with an official Battery saver feature for the first time, which you can find in the System section of Settings (there’s also an estimate of how long your battery is likely to last). You can turn the Battery saver mode on or off manually, or have it kick in automatically when your battery gets down to a certain level — click the Battery saver settings link to change this level from the default 20%, and to specify certain apps that are exempt from the various power-saving features. 

4. Add extra desktops


Windows 10 brings with it native support for “virtual” desktops — that means you can set up your app windows across a series of desktops rather than sticking with one (the taskbar and desktop shortcuts remain constant). You could have one desktop for work and one for entertainment, for example. Click or tap the Task View button (next to search on the taskbar) or press Windows Key+Tab on the keyboard to view, create and remove virtual desktops. You can also click on the individual app thumbnails to switch between them.

5. Snap to corners


Sticking with the theme of screen layouts and organisation, Microsoft has upgraded the window snapping function introduced with Windows 8: as well as snapping windows to either side of the display, you can now snap them into the corners too. To try it, drag an open window into the corner of the display; you can also hold down the Windows Key and tap the cursor keys if you prefer. If you like having your Windows 10 apps precisely arranged and want to make full use of your screen’s resolution, it’s a handy feature.

6. Save maps for offline use


This is a tip that’s more useful on smartphones, but tablets and laptops can benefit from it as well: Windows 10 lets you save maps to your device in case you should lose a Wi-Fi or data connection while you’re trying to scout out the nearby area. Head to the Settings app then choose System and Offline maps to choose which maps to download (each region comes with an estimate of how much storage space will be taken up). You can then launch and use the Maps app whether or not you can get online.

7. Analyse the hard drive


Windows 10 brings with it a new interface for viewing the contents of your hard drive, making it much easier for you to see how all of those gigabytes are being used. From the Settings app, click or tap on System, pick the Storage option and choose the drive you want to take a closer look at — the next screen breaks up used storage space into pictures, documents, videos, email, music and so on, provided all of this content is saved into the appropriate folders. Click or tap on a particular entry in the list for more details.

8. Fix default app associations

The default app for a particular file type is the one that opens when you double-click on a file saved in that format (so Word opens for .doc files, for example). The Windows 10 upgrade process can break some of these associations, and the easiest way to get them back is by opening the Settings app from the Start menu and following the System link. Head to the Default apps page and you can make any necessary changes, as well as resetting file associations back to their “Microsoft recommended” ones if required.

9. Access the alternative Start menu

Right-click on the Start menu button to bring up an alternative one — it’s not quite as user-friendly but it offers quick access to some of the most important areas of the system, including the Device Manager utility, the command prompt window and the old legacy Control Panel. You can access the Task Manager as well as the system search and the Run box from here too. This alternative menu was available in Windows 8 as well, and you can also launch it by pressing Windows Key+X.

 10. Turn off Wi-Fi sharing

One of the more controversial new features in Windows 10 is Wi-Fi Sense, which lets you automatically share Wi-Fi passwords with your contacts on Facebook and Skype. The idea is that they can quickly get online when they visit your home or office, but some have expressed misgivings about the feature. To turn it off, or just take a closer look, head into the Network & Internet section of Settings, then select Manage Wi-Fi settings. At the bottom of the screen you can turn sharing on or off for all of the networks your computer regularly connects to.


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Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones Rs 10000 to Rs 20000

 Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones Rs 10000 to Rs 20000
8 Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones Rs 10000 to 20000
Full HD (1920*1080) resolution is optimal resolution you can have in your next smartphone. Most of the smartphones in the range of Rs. 10,000 to 15,000 have the HD (1280*720) resolution.

While the latest smartphones like Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 or Google Nexus 6P have the 2K ( 2560*1440) or 1440P resolution.

The full HD resolution has more pixels per inch like a 5 inch smartphone with HD display will have 293 Pixels per Inch (PPI) while a Full HD mobile will have 440 Pixels per Inch (PPI) while a 2K smartphone display will have 587 PPI. Better the pixels per inch , better is the text, video , image display on the smartphone, beyond 400 PPI difference is less noticeable.

Lots of experts say a HD screen for smartphone is enough or a FHD is enough and human eye can’t differentiate. There are counter views to this theory as well that we find that high resolution screens are easier to read and text appears more clear and there is no pixellation of text/images on higher resolution screens.
While moving from a HD or lower resolution to FHD you will find your reading experience much better, if you currently own a device with HD or lower resolution.
Latest Bonus Addition 

1). Asus Zenfone 2

Price Rs. 14,999
Asus Zenphone 2
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones  –  The latest Addition to our list of Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones is the Zenphone 2.  The Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the best buy deals below 15K with Full-HD screen with a pixel density of 403 Ppi.
The smartphone has a 5.5 inch screen with Full HD display protected by Corning’s gorilla glass 4,
The Zenfone 2 allows you to take control over the display with its set of inbuilt display modes like reading Mode which allows better readability, vivid mode for better color contrast and also includes custom mode to set Hue and Saturation for the display.
The phone is powered by Intel 3560 processor and 2 GB RAM. there’s also a 4 GB RAM version and it’s the first smartphone to come with 4 GB RAM.
The phone runs on Asus’s Zen UI on top of Android lollipop 5.0 The Zenfone 2 got a 16 MP Primary camera with dual tone LED flash and a 5 MP front facing camera with selfie panorama mode for taking wide angle selfies
Key specs of Asus Zenfone 2
  • Processor – Intel 3560 for 2 GB version, Intel 3580 for 4GB version.
  • RAM – 2 GB/4 GB RAM.
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 Full HD Display.
  • Screen Size – 5.5 inch IPS LCD display.
  • Storage – 16 GB expandable via micro-SD.
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera.
  • Front Camera –  5 MP camera.
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.0.
  • Battery Capacity  – 3000 mAh.
  • Dual Sim – Yes
  • 4G LTE Support – Yes
  1. Low Price – Great FHD Display , Ideal for gaming.
  2. Full HD Display, Good battery Life.
  1. Smartphone is a bit bulky.
Related – All best Smartphones with 4 GB RAM India – Android Unleashed.

1) Micromax Turbo A250

Price Rs. 14,900
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones – It is one of the top selling smartphones in the price range of Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 15,000.  Compared to some of the cheaper smartphones like the Yureka Plus and the Lenovo K3 Note which also comes with Full HD 1080P display the Micromax Turbo A250 boasts of a better build quality and user experience.
The smartphone has a great Full HD Display with a 5.0 inch screen which translated in to a very high pixel density of 440 PPI. Reading and watching videos is a delight on the Micromax Turbo A250 smartphone.
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones
Key Specifications for Micromax Turbo
  • Processor – 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT 6589T Quad Core Processor.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 Full HD Display.
  • Screen Size – 5 inch screen with 440 PPI.
  • Storage – 16 GB non expandable memory.
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP Camera with Autofocus and led flash.
  • Front Camera –  5 MP camera for taking selfies.
  • Operating System – Android Jelly Bean Upgrade able to Android Kitkat.
  • Battery Capacity  – 2000 mAH
  • Dual Sim – Yes
  • Connectivity – 2G /3G.
  1. Low Price – Cheapest smartphone with Full HD Display.
  2. Full HD Display, Good processor and 2 GB RAM.
  1. Lack of Android Lollipop.
  2. Modest Battery Life.

2) XOLO Q3000

Price Rs. 13,999
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones
Having the low price tag in the list of Full HD smartphone the Xolo Q3000 got a 5.7 inch screen and a 4000 mAh battery to perfectly match the power consumption of its 1080p display.
Since the display is stretched over a large screen the Xolo Q300 have little less pixel density of 386ppi compared to other Full HD smartphones. But still it’s hard to notice the difference.
The processor is a 1.5 GHz MediaTek Quad core and comes with 2 GB RAM. The internal storage got 16 GB space and can be expandable upto 32 GB  via microSD slot.
The Xolo Q300 also have 13 MP camera at the rear and a 5 MP camera at front. The phone still runs on Android Kit-Kat with Hive UI on top. The phone doesn’t have 4G and only have basic connectivity options like 3G and EDGE
Key Specifications for Xolo Q3000
  • Processor – 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT 6589T Quad Core Processor.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 Full HD Display.
  • Screen Size – 5.7 inch IPS LCD display.
  • Storage – 16 GB expandable to 32 GB via Micro SD card.
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera with BSI 2 Sensor.
  • Front Camera –  5 MP camera for taking selfies.
  • Operating System – Android Jelly Bean Upgrade able to Android Kitkat.
  • Battery Capacity  – 4000 mAH
  • Dual Sim – Yes
  • USB OTG (On the go) Enabled.
  • Connectivity – 2G /3G
  1. Low Price – Low priced Full HD Display.
  2. Great Battery Life with massive 4000 mAh battery capacity, Full HD 1080P Display, Good processor.
  1. Lack of Android Lollipop.
  2. Lacks 4G connectivity.
Xolo Q3000 is a great phablet if you wish to buy a 5.7 inch smartphone with excellent display and great battery capacity Xolo Q3000 is a good affordable mobile.

3) Huawei Honor 6

Price Rs. 14,999
Huawei honor 6 HD image
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones  – The honor 6 features a 5 inch screen with Full HD JDI display. The JDI display offers better visiblity under sunlight so you don’t need to shade the screen with hands while using it out doors.
The screen is protected with corning’s gorilla glass 3 with anti-fingerprint coating to reduce smudges and finger imprints. The honor 6 have thin side bezels with a screen to body ratio of 75.7%.
The phone got a good set of hardware, the processor is Octa-core clocked at 1.7 GHz which is combined with 3GB RAM for seamless multitasking.
The camera includes Sony’s BSI sensor with 13 megapixel resolution and for the front it has a 5 megapixel sensor.
The phone packs a 3000 mAh battery with ultra power saving mode allowing 10% charge to last for a day.
Key Specifications for Huawei Honor 6
  • Processor – 1.7 GHz  Kirin 920 Octa-core Processor.
  • RAM – 3 GB RAM
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 Full HD Display.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD display
  • Pixel Density – 441 PPI
  • Storage – 16 GB expandable to 64 GB via Micro SD card.
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera with Sony’s fourth generation stacked BSI sensor.
  • Front Camera –  5 MP camera for taking selfies.
  • Operating System –  Android Kitkat with Emotion UI 2.3 , upgradable to UI 3.0.
  • Battery Capacity  – 3000 mAH
  • Dual Sim – Yes
  • USB OTG (On the go) Enabled.
  • Connectivity – 2G /3G/4G
  1. Great Design, 4G LTE Support.
  2. Great Battery Life with huge 3000 mAh battery capacity, excellent processor and 3 GB Ram is overkill.
  1. Lack of Android Lollipop.
Beautiful design, very easy to hold and use Honor 6 is a great performance smartphone at a good price, with 1920*1080 screen, excellent for reading, net surfing and watching movies.

Price Rs. 14,999
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones  – Samsung galaxy S4 is a true premium smartphone which you can buy cheaper now after the recent price drop from Rs. 19,999 to Rs. 15,999. The smartphone has one of the best build quality in this price range. The rear 13 meag-pixel camera is fantastic and offers great picture clarity compared to some of the cheaper 13 Megapixel camera smartphones.

The display is one of the best with superior Super AMOLED screen which are usually expensive to manufacture compared to the low cost IPS LCD displays found on cheaper smartphone. You may feel that you are paying a bit extra of the Galaxy S4 but again you get a better brand, better service and reach of distribution with Samsung.

Key Specifications for Samsung Galaxy S4 True Falgship
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.6 GHz quad and 1.2 GHz quad core processors.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 FHD super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch Super AMOLED
  • Storage – 16 GB expandable to 32 GB via Micro SD card.
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP primary camera with auto focus, flash, zero shutter lag.
  • Front Camera –  2 MP camera for taking selfies.
  • Operating System – Android Kitkat, Upgradable to Android Lollipop.
  • Battery Capacity  – 2600 mAH
  • Dual Sim – No
  • Connectivity – 2G /3G/HSPA.
  1. Currently available on a great discounted price earlier was Rs. 26,500.
  2. Great Build Quality, balanced smartphone with excellent hardware and software optimization, Excellent camera.
  1. Lacks 4G connectivity
The next smartphone on the list of Best Full HD 1080P smartphones is the Lenovo Vibe X2.

5) Lenovo Vibe X2

Price Rs. 15,499
8 Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones Rs 10000 to 20000
Best Full HD 1080P Smartphones  -v The lenovo Vibe X2 is a performance beast with it’s mighty Mediatek Processor 6595M. The smartphone was earlier priced at Rs. 19,999 which has now dropped to Rs. 15,499 which actually makes it a great deal for buyers

The Vibe X2’s Full HD screen measures 5 inches and is protected by Corning’s gorilla glass 3.
The phone comes with an unique layered design, in which each hardware sections like display, processor, camera and battery are layered separately and combined to form a stack.
The vibe X2 is the first smartphone to come with a layered design
Key Specifications for Lenovo Vibe X2
  • Processor – 2.0 GHz MediaTek 6595 M True Octa Core Processor.
  • GPU – Power VR G6200; 450MHz Speed.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM
  • Display Resolution – 1920*1080 IPS LCD touchscreen.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch
  • Storage – 32 GB non expandable storage
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP primary camera with auto focus, flash, zero shutter lag.
  • Front Camera –  5 MP camera for taking selfies.
  • Operating System – Android Kitkat, with Lenovo UI.
  • Battery Capacity  – 2300 mAH
  • Dual Sim – Yes
  • Weight – 120 grams, only 7.2 mm thick
  • Connectivity – 2G /3G/HSPA/4G LTE.
  1. Most Powerful 2.0 Ghz MTK 6595 , smartphone is excellent for gaming.
  2. Very light weight weighs only 120 grams and thin stylish device measuring 7.2 mm.
  3. Good internal Storage of 32 GB.

  1. Modest Battery Life.

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List of 40 FREE Educational Websites

List of 40 FREE Educational Websites

  1. ALISON - over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
  2. COURSERA - Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
  3. The University of Reddit - The free university of Reddit.
  4. UDACITY - Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics.
  5. MIT Open CourseWare - Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you'd expect from MIT.
  6. Open Culture - Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
  7. No Excuse List - Huge list of websites to learn from.
  8. Open YALE Courses - Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required.
  9. Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
  10. Zooniverse - Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
  11. TUFTS Open CourseWare - Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts' course offerings demonstrate the University's strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
  12. How Stuff Works? - More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
  13. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware - The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
  14. VideoLectures.NET - the title says it all - amazing video lectures on many topics.
  15. TED - Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
  16. Shodor - A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive - a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
  17. Udemy FREE Courses - hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
  18. Maths & Science - Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.
  19. - Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
  20. iTunes U - Apple's free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations and audio lectures.
  21. Liberty Classroom - Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it...
  22. Drawspace - Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
  23. Codeacademy - Easy way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
  24. Duke U - Duke offers variety of free courses on iTunesU.
  25. Scitable - A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
  26. My own business - Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
  27. Kutztown University's free courses - The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania's Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business courses online. Kutztown's courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
  28. Open Learn - Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
  29. Free Computer Books - Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
  30. Academic Earth - Free video lectures from the world's top scholars.
  31. American Sign Language Browser - Teach yourself sign language online.
  32. BBC Languages - Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
  33. unplugthetv – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch.
  34. Lifehacker – Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
  35. JustinGuitar – Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
  36. DuoLingo – Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
  37. Layers Magazine - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
  38. Creative Flow - list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
  39. Open2study - Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
  40. OEDb - Choose from over 10,000 free online classes.

Please leave a comment with any other good links that you wish to be added to the list, let's get together, make the ultimate educational list and help others beat the system too.
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Gmail Tricks Everyone Should Know

Gmail Tricks Everyone Should Know
Gmail is one of the most popular email service providers available on the world wide web. It’s definitely become the top email service provider leaving behind other email giants like Yahoo! and Outlook in the race. 

Gmail being one of the simplest and easy to use email service doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any advanced features. There are many amazing features that are hidden in plain sight. If you want to enhance your Gmail experience then you must definitely learn all the amazing hidden features that the service has to offer. We bring you 19 Cool Gmail tricks that will definitely alleviate your email experience when using Gmail.

1. Enable Personal Level Indicators

If you want to know whether an email was sent only to you, a group of people, or a complete mailing list then you need to turn on the “Personal Level Indicator” feature in your Gmail account. In order to turn on the Personal Level Indicator follow the steps below.
  • Click the gear icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
  • In the General tab, scroll down to find Personal Level Indicators.
  • Click Show Indicators to enable the feature in your account.

(>) Single arrow means that the email was sent to you and a group of other people. (>>) Double arrow means that the email was only sent to your email address. No arrow means that the email was sent to a mailing list.

2. Undo Sent Emails

This is one of the most amazing feature Google has introduced for Gmail accounts. You can now undo send within Gmail. It means that after sending an email you can actually cancel it so that the recipient doesn’t get your email at all. This comes in really handy when you send an email to the wrong person or when you make a mistake within your email and want to rectify. Enabling this feature can save you from making any blunders. Undo Send gives you up to 30 seconds to cancel the sent email. Follow the steps below to enable Undo Send feature in your Gmail.
  • Click the gear icon and go to Settings.
  • In the General Tab, find the Undo Send feature and enable it.
  • You can also choose the cancellation period which suits you.
  • Save changes to enable the feature in your Gmail.

3. Add Your Emails to Tasks

Sometimes you just don’t feel like responding to emails right away. If that’s the case with you then you need to make sure that you respond to the emails within a proper time frame otherwise you risk never responding to the email at all. You don’t need an alarm clock to remind you that an email requires your attention. You can add the email to Tasks that will regularly remind you about all the emails that are in your Tasks list. To add an email to the Tasks list follow the steps below.
  • Select any email (or multiple emails).
  • Click the “More” button on top.
  • Click “Add to Tasks” and your emails will be added to the task list.
  • To check your Tasks list, click the “Gmail” drop-down menu in the top left and select Tasks to open the list.

4. Read Gmail Offline

How many times have you wished to read your emails even when you don’t have an active internet connection? If you have wished for it at many occasions then you will be glad to know that you can actually read all your emails offline. All you have to do is install the Gmail Offline extension in Google Chrome and you can start reading all your emails offline. To install and enable Gmail offline follow the steps below.
  • Go to Settings and Click the Offline tab.
  • Click Install Gmail Offline and let it install.
  • Once installed, let it sync all your emails for Offline viewing and you are all set for Gmail Offline.

5. Import Mail and Contacts From Other Accounts

If you want to use only one Gmail account for all your email needs then you will be surprised to know that you can actually ditch all your other email accounts in favor of Gmail. You can also Import all the emails and contacts from your other accounts before ditching them. To Import Mail and Contacts just follow the steps below.
  • Go to Settings > Accounts and Import
  • Click Import mail and contacts
  • Follow the instructions for different email service providers
  • Enjoy all your mails and contacts in one place

6. Clean Up Longer Replies

When you keep sending and receiving emails in a single thread then the responses can get pretty messy quickly. A longer thread of replies can be very irritating when you want to find a specific response and quote it. However, Gmail has a new feature that lets you select specific sentences and quote them in your reply instead of the whole email. Just highlight the text that you are referring to and hit reply to send an email with the quoted text. To enable Quote Selected text feature follow the steps below.
  • Go to Settings > Labs
  • Enable Quote Selected Text by clicking it
  • Save changes and you’re done.

7. Canned Responses Make it Easier to Reply Quickly

If you find yourself sending the same email over and over again then you should not be doing it manually. Gmail has a great feature called “Canned Responses” that lets you add custom email templates in the library and send them to anyone with just one click. You don’t have to write the same emails over and over again when you can just send it with a single click.
  • Go to Settings > Labs
  • Enable Canned Responses by clicking it.
  • Save your changes.
When composing an email, just click the more options button and select your preferred canned response. You can also set-up filters to send automatic canned responses.

8. Send Email from Another Email Addresses

With this Gmail trick, you can also send email from multiple other email accounts directly from inside Gmail without having to open other email services individually. Follow the steps below to enable this feature.
  • Head over to Settings > Accounts and Import
  • Click “Add another email address you own”
  • Add your email address and you will be able to send email via the new address as well.

9. Schedule and Track Your emails

This should have been a built-in feature in Gmail but unfortunately it isn’t. However, you can install the amazing Boomerang plugin to help you schedule your emails and also keep track of your emails. You can schedule your emails and Boomerang will send it exactly at the date and time that you specify.

You can also request receipts which means that you will receive a notification when your email is opened and read by the recipient Once installed you will get a “Send Later” button to schedule your emails and a “request receipt and track clicks” button to know if your emails have been read or opened.
You can also use SideKick by Hubspot to track email opens.

10. Enable Send and Archive button

If you want to unclutter your inbox and archive all the emails that you have already replied to then you should enable the Send and Archive feature in Gmail. This will move all the emails you have responded to the archives. Keeps your inbox clean.
  • Go to Settings > General
  • Click “Show Send and Archive button in replies”
  • Save your changes.

11. Advanced Search

If you want to search something specific in your Gmail inbox then you can use the advanced search feature. Just click the grey drop-down arrow in front of the search box and a new menu with advanced search features pops-up. You can now search specific emails by including the keywords in the boxes. There are other search keywords that will help you narrow down your search.
There are numerous other keywords that you can add to your searches to narrow them down and pinpoint that specific email you’re looking for. Learn more about all the keywords here.

12. Add Beautiful Themes to Your Inbox

If just changing the feel of your inbox isn’t enough then you can also change the complete theme of your Gmail inbox. Click the gear icon and then choose Themes. You can choose from hundreds of beautiful themes or upload your own photo and use it as your inbox theme.

13. Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time

You can save a lot of time by using keyboard shortcuts in Gmail to make thing quicker and simpler. Press Shift + ? to open a pop-up with all the keyboard shortcuts and click Enable to use all these shortcuts in your Gmail inbox.

14. Authentication Icon for Verified Senders

Many scammers and spammers try to send emails by faking reputable sources. If you want to make sure that your emails are actually from authentic sources then enable “Authentication Icon for verified senders”. Go to Settings > Labs and enable this feature for your Gmail inbox.

15. Last Account Activity

If you are suspicious that someone else might have access to your account and reading your emails then you can easily check your account’s activity to see if anyone else has been accessing your account without your knowledge. Scroll down on the main page and you will find “Last account activity: x minutes ago”, click “Details” to open up a new pop-up window where you can see every IP and device that has been used to access your account. You can also sign-out all other devices from this window.

16. Get Rid of Emails Taking up Extra Space

If you’re running low on your Gmail storage space and don’t want to invest in extra storage then you can actually get back some of your storage space by deleting emails that have larger attachments. You can initiate a search “has:attachment  size:5mb” to find all the emails that have an attachment of 5 MB or larger. You can mass delete all these emails to save some storage space in your account.

17. Enable Vacation Auto Responder

When you’re out of town or don’t have access to the internet for any reason then you can turn on the Auto responder feature in Gmail to reply to all the emails with a simple template specified by you. To turn on Vacation Auto Responder follow the steps below.
  • Head over to Settings > General
  • Scroll down to find Vacation Auto responder and turn it on
  • Insert your personalized email message that will be sent to all the incoming emails as a reply.
  • Save your changes and you’re done.

18. Let Others Access your Gmail Account

When you are too busy to check your emails and reply to them you can actually let other people access your account and perform these tasks without having to give them your personal details (password). You can add other email accounts in your Gmail to let them read all your emails and reply on your behalf. This Gmail trick comes in very handy when you’re too busy to check your inbox.
  • Go to Settings > Accounts and Import
  • Click “Add another account” next to “Grant access to your account”
  • Follow the steps to add another account and give it access to your Gmail.

19. Gmail Mail Merge

When you want to send the same message to all your recipients but also want to give it a personalized touch by addressing each recipient with their first and last name then you have to do it manually. However, you can use the Yet Another Mail Merge to send personalized emails to all your recipients automatically. All you have to do is create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets with the prefix, first name, last name, and email address of your recipients and this amazing extension will automatically personalize your email for each person by fetching the data from Google Sheets.
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How Does Google Make Money? The Most Expensive Keywords in AdWords

How Does Google Make Money? The Most Expensive Keywords in AdWords
How does Google make its money? On the heels of Google's blow-out Q2 2011 earnings announcement last week, we wanted to find out the most expensive keywords - what keywords demand the highest costs per click and are most competitive in terms of high search volume.
Since the vast majority of Google's profits come from AdWords advertising, these high CPC keyword categories are responsible for a large part of Google's profits. The results of our research are illustrated in an infographic of the most expensive keywords. (Click the image to enlarge the google adwords keywords infographic.)

Table of Contents:

The 20 most expensive keywords categories with the highest search volume (i.e. the most used keywords) and highest costs per click, thereby netting Google the most money, are:
  1. Insurance (example keywords in this category include "buy car insurance online" and "auto insurance price quotes")
  2. Loans (example keywords include "consolidate graduate student loans" and "cheapest homeowner loans")
  3. Mortgage (example keywords include “refinanced second mortgages” and “remortgage with bad credit”)
  4. Attorney (example keywords include “personal injury attorney” and “dui defense attorney”)
  5. Credit (example keywords include “home equity line of credit” and “bad credit home buyer”)
  6. Lawyer ("personal  injury lawyer," "criminal defense lawyer)
  7. Donate ("car donation centers," "donating a used car")
  8. Degree ("criminal justice degrees online," "psychology bachelors degree online")
  9. Hosting ("hosting ms exchange," "managed web hosting solution")
  10. Claim ("personal injury claim," "accident claims no win no fee")
  11. Conference Call ("best conference call service," "conference calls toll free")
  12. Trading ("cheap online trading," "stock trades online")
  13. Software ("crm software programs," "help desk software cheap")
  14. Recovery ("raid server data recovery," "hard drive recovery laptop")
  15. Transfer ("zero apr balance transfer," "credit card balance transfer zero interest")
  16. Gas/Electricity ("business electricity price comparison," "switch gas and electricity suppliers")
  17. Classes ("criminal justice online classes," "online classes business administration")
  18. Rehab ("alcohol rehab centers," "crack rehab centers")
  19. Treatment ("mesothelioma treatment options," "drug treatment centers")
  20. Cord Blood ("cordblood bank," "store umbilical cord blood")
We found that that 97% of Google's revenue comes from advertising on Google sites. In the last four quarters alone (Q3 2010-Q2 2011), Google brought in $32.2 billion in total advertising revenue.

Google CPC: Google's Highest Cost Per Click Keywords

Google AdWords is a dynamic, auction-based marketplace where advertisers bid on keywords to compete for top ad placement. The minimum bid per keyword is 5 cents, but this research shows that in highly competitive categories, Google can make up to $50 per click from PPC keyword bids. Despite a diversified product portfolio, advertising on Google sites accounts for the vast majority of its billions in annual revenue.
The google adword keyword categories with the highest volumes and costs represent businesses with very high lifetime customer value – in other words, these industries can afford to pay a lot to acquire a new customer. These most expensive keywords comprise businesses such as lawsuits, mortgage applications, and server hosting. Some high-volume keyword categories have lower CPCs because advertisers have slimmer margins to expend on PPC advertising.

The Most Expensive Keywords: Survey Methodology

We compiled data from our own trillion-keyword database and the Google Keyword Tool to determine the top 10,000 most expensive English-language keywords over a 90-day period. This keyword list was then organized into categories by theme, such as "Insurance." The largest keyword categories were determined by weighting the number of keywords within each category, as well as the estimated monthly search volume and average cost per click for each keyword.

Tips for Bidding in a Super-Competitive, Expensive Google Adword Key word Niche

If you or your client are struggling to compete in a high-volume, high-CPC keyword category such as the most expensive keywords identified in this study, the PPC best practices are the same as always, except of course, the stakes are 1000x higher if you’re paying on average $50 per click vs. $0.05 per click. Here are a few tips to consider:
  • Quality Score: High Quality Scores can help lower your average Google CPC. Tools like the Keyword Niche Finder and Keyword Grouper to break up larger keyword lists into smaller, more targeted lists which will enable you to write more targeted ad text and landing pages which should help improve relevancy and Quality Score.
  • Be Specific: Target specific, 3-5 word keywords. Use a keyword tool to generate specific keyword ideas, and use keyword match types to ensure you’re only paying for keywords that are very specific to your business.
  • Use Negative Keywords: Use a negative keyword tool to help figure out what kinds of words you’re likely to be matched against and weed out keywords that aren’t relevant to your business.
  • Be Relevant
  • Landing Page Optimization: The average conversion rate for just about anything on AdWords is around 2%. But we often see landing pages converting at the 20% or even 30% range. The key to landing page optimization is to keep trying out different types of offers and testing how people respond to them.
  • Grade Your AdWords Account For Free: Use the AdWords Grader to get a free, instant audit of your AdWords Account to see how your AdWords account stacks up to the competition.
Google CPC

More AdWords PPC Keyword Bid Info

Visit the "Where's Google Making Its Money?" infographic for the full list of the top 20 most expensive Google CPC keyword categories and to embed the graphic on your own site.
Update (July 22, 2011): Check out the follow-up article to this study: Where's Mesothelioma, What Is Cord Blood & Other FAQs About Our Most Expensive Keywords Study.
Update (July 27, 2011): Click here to download a PDF version of this infographic.

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Free Backlink Generator, Search Engine Submission and Bulk Ping Service

Free Backlink Generator, Search Engine Submission and Bulk Ping Service is a service free of charge and geared towards SEO professionals, webmasters and internet marketers. It has a limited server capacity that allows on average ~5 parallel users. In case of a connection interruption, the site is designed to automatically re-connect and continue the submission process after the last successfull entry. All URL's are evaluated and verified before submission in order to avoid spam and/or illegal activity. provides you at the submissions end with a PDF report that lists results summarized as well as in greater detail. If you like this service, please share and spread the word. Thanks! :) is a multi-URL, multi-submission service. It will expose your URL's to a huge amount of web-crawlers/spiders and speed up the time of getting listed and indexed on search engines. does submission of multiple URL's in three categories: Pseudo Search Engine, XML-RPC Ping Service and Pseudo Backlinks.

Pseudo Search Engine Submission: It enters your URL's in the respective search engine search bar. Typically these entries get stored in an internal database and evaluated later on. A direct URL entry increases your chance to get your site noticed and then crawled by a spider.

XML-RPC Ping Service Submission: Submits your URL directly to a wide list of blog listing services that keep track of the current web ecosphere. An XML-RPC submission increases your chance to get crawled and noticed by the important services, leading to a potentially faster indexing of your content.

Pseudo Backlink Submission: Creates simple lookup requests on internet service related websites like Info, Statistics, About or Whois domains about your URL. After the submission, an URL gets usually added to an internal DB that itself gets crawled in short intervals by search spiders.

A "Bulk" is a generalized term for a submission to one of the services. passively assists in search engine indexing. Search engine indexing is the process of a search engine (e.g. Google) collecting, parsing and storing data for the later use by itself. Search engine spiders ("Crawlers"), are the means how the index retrieves information. Spiders visit websites and send the content found to the index. This "Index" is the place where all the collected data is stored. It provides the results for entered search queries. Pages that are stored within the index can appear on the search results page.

Without the index a search engine would be required to conduct a tremendous effort each time a search query is initiated. To ensure that it is not missing something, the search engine would have to search every web page and piece of information it has access to. The index is therefore the central element to keep web search feasible.

As the web grows, the index does so too: Google's index was estimated to be as big as 100 million (!) gigabytes in mid-2015. The index's architecture consists of 2 major components: "Design" is about how data is stored, "Structure" about how data is accessed and processed. Both determine the way the crawler's input is written to the index: Into account are taken the file format (html,pdf,...), language detected and meta data available. A SE like Google will also look into compressed archives as ZIP or RAR.

A user entering a search query orders the index to output a given amount of matched entries towards the next higher layer where "Ranking" takes place. Ranking is the process of sorting the results in order to display the most relevant on top. At Google, ranking is based on 6 major categories:

Site Qualitye.g. PageRank, Bounce Rate, Unique visitors
FreshnessEspecially important on events happening right now
Safe SearchRemoves adult, spam and harmful websites
User ContextTakes into account a users search history and location
TranslationTailors results according to a users language
Universal SearchDecides on coresponding news, images, videos or maps

Google does also a manual evaluation of search results (called "Precision Search", processing a volume of ~40.000 sites/year). After ranking is complete, results are being shown to the user. assists you in the first step, namely notifying the SE spiders to crawl your site. is a service free of charge and geared towards SEO professionals, webmasters and internet marketers. It has a limited server capacity that allows on average ~5 parallel users. In case of a connection interruption, the site is designed to automatically re-connect and continue the submission process after the last successfull entry. All URL's are evaluated and verified before submission in order to avoid spam and/or illegal activity. provides you at the submissions end with a PDF report that lists results summarized as well as in greater detail. If you like this service, please share and spread the word. Thanks! :)


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Top hidden features tips and tricks of Windows 10A

Top hidden features tips and tricks of Windows 10A

Windows 10 is out and millions of people are already running it, let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. If you’re still on the fence, take note: You really do want Windows 10, despite a lot of the gripes we’ve shared over the past several months. It’s worth getting on the list for (or downloading the Windows 10 ISO directly). 

It combines the best of Windows 8 — super-fast startup, improved security — with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures.

And if you’re a computer nut like me, tweaking the OS is always the fun part. Discovering and implementing power user tips are my favorite part of getting a major new version of an OS. I still remember back when DOS 5.0 came out, and I was running DOS 3.3, and I got to try all these new things to optimize my 286. And when I upgraded from Windows/286 to Windows 3.0, I felt like my life had changed. (We’ve come a long way.) Nostalgia aside, here’s what you need to know to amp up your Windows 10 install and take it to the next level.

GodMode Windows 10

Set up GodMode

The awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that puts lots of settings together in one place. To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a special icon that when you click on it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.

Windows 10 Virtual Machine

Task view and virtual desktops

One of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. The fact that it finally handles them at all, out of the box, is a great step, since Mac OS X and Linux users have had that capability for a long time. It lets you set up a series of tasks and windows on your desktop, your email and Twitter window on another, and a third for general Web browsing and research. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right. (Click to read more on Task View and Virtual Desktops.)

Configure privacy settings

When you’re first setting up Windows 10, make sure to select a Custom install so you can modify the privacy settings, instead of going with the Express install. (If you already installed it, no worries; you can fix it all in Settings). Otherwise you’ll find yourself agreeing to all sorts of private data sharing — and while Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it’s not a free product in and of itself — so there’s no reason to share your personal information when it’s not required.

Make the desktop more stylish

Windows 10 lets you personalize your desktop more thoroughly than before. Head to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and choose Show color on task bar and Start Menu. You can also tell it to automatically pick a color from your wallpaper and apply it underneath icons of open apps, and you can remove the Start Menu’s translucent option.

Print to PDF

You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. Another long overdue feature makes it in under the radar.

Make sure WiFi Sense is off

You may feel differently about this, but I certainly don’t like the idea of allowing access to my WiFi network unless I specifically give out the password. Here’s how to make sure your computer isn’t doing that — and if it is, how to turn it off.

Schedule Windows updates

Instead of getting ambushed whenever Microsoft decides to push out a patch, you can schedule restarts to install updates by going to Start > Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. You can do this for future updates as well by selecting Notify to Schedule Restart.

Run it in a virtual machine

If you’re thinking of taking the Windows 10 plunge, but don’t want to disturb your machine that’s currently running just fine, here’s how to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine first. Note that this is different than the virtual desktops I mentioned above; it’s virtualizing the entire OS within another OS (your existing one).

Explorer Home Tab Quick Access Windows 10

Windows Explorer Home tab and Quick Access

Windows Explorer windows are a lot more useful this time around, thanks to a new Home tab (pictured above). It makes file copies a cinch. If you look at the top left of the window, you’ll see a new Quick Access group that lets you navigate to recently accessed folders. That makes it much easier to maintain a fast workflow as you navigate around your computer’s file system. And while File Explorer defaults to the Quick Access view, if you don’t like it, you can set it back to This PC by choosing View > Options > Open File Explorer > This PC.

Start Menu Clip Windows 10

Customize the Start Menu

The new Start Menu is such a huge improvement over what came with Windows 8.1 that it’s almost impossible to describe the relief. It combines the best elements of Windows 7 and Windows 8. And it’s also fully customizable. You can resize tiles in the Start menu by right-clicking them and choosing Resize, and then selecting a size from the pop-up menu. You can also unpin them or uninstall them completely. I admit the first thing I did is unpin all of Microsoft’s tiles and then shrink the size of the menu so it looks a lot like Windows 7 (pictured).
For a while, during some of the Windows 10 Technical Preview builds, you could pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar, which makes it a bit more like OS X. Unfortunately, that functionality seems to be gone in the release version, though you can still pin it to the Start Menu as a tile.

Command prompt tweaks

A lot of Windows 10 utilities underneath the service still look the same as they did in Windows 7 and Windows 8. But one of the hidden tweaks is in the Command Prompt — head over to Properties and you’ll suddenly find you can enable a host of customizations, including a transparent background, resizing the window, and word wrap.

Battery saver

If you’re on a laptop and your battery is running low, Windows 10 is smart enough to begin throttling back background services and other threads so that you can squeeze the last bit of battery life out of your machine. To enable Battery Saver, click the Start menu, and head to Settings | System | Battery Saver.

Background scrolling

Ever notice how when you hover your mouse cursor over a window and try and scroll, you still can’t, because the window wasn’t active? Turn this feature on in Settings | Devices | Mouse and Touchpad and you’ll be able to do just that.

Keyboard shortcuts

Here are some keyboard shortcuts you may want to be aware of — ones that will really help your daily workflow:
  • Windows Key-Tab (Task View)
  • Windows Key-Right-Up (Moves app to top right quadrant)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-D (new virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana listening)
  • Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (closes virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)OneDrive

OneDrive integration

Free cloud storage is a godsend these days, and Microsoft makes it super easy in Windows 10 with OneDrive. You can use it to store files for mobile device access from iOS or Android, and you can even set it to let you access any file on your PC remotely — not just the ones you drag over to your OneDrive folder.

Amp up Cortana

If you’ve got a laptop, or a desktop with a microphone attached, click the search field and select the Notebook icon on the left. Then click Settings and click “Let Cortana respond to “Hey Cortana.” Now Cortana will listen for your commands. Cortana can also use Google instead of Bing, even though Microsoft really wants you to use the latter. Install the Chrometana extension in Chrome, or just install Firefox and make that your default browser; both will accomplish the task of removing Bing from Cortana’s brain.

Use Maps offline

The new Maps app lets you work offline (Remember those old Microsoft Maps programs?); click Settings > Download or Update Maps, and then select the continent and country you want.

Xbox Streaming

Windows 10 finally shows some real Xbox integration, and you can use it to log into your Xbox Live account. But more importantly, you can use it to stream Xbox One games locally on your PC. You’ll have to enable it first on the Xbox One under Settings | Preferences | Allow game streaming, and then on the PC in the Xbox application. (Interestingly, Microsoft is also going the other way and adding keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox One — not that you’ll need that, since you’ve already got a PC.)

Control Panel Windows 10

Record games and app videos

You can now record videos of apps or games using the Game DVR function. Press the Windows Key + G, click ‘Yes, this is a game box,’ and then you’ll see options to manipulate the recording.

Find the original Control Panel (and other goodies)

The new Settings panel is easy to navigate and makes more sense than the crufty old Control Panel, but you’ll still need the latter to access some deeper options in the system. It’s easy to call up, even though it’s hidden; just right click on the Start button on the bottom left of the screen and choose it from the pop-up menu, or type Control Panel in the Search bar at the bottom left in the taskbar. When you right-click the Start button, you’ll see all kinds of useful things there, such as Computer Management and Disk Management; for what it’s worth, those options bring you right back to the familiar Windows 7-style apps in each case.

Tone down Notifications

Notifications are a giant pain in Windows 10; there’s just too many of them, and some are unnecessary. Turn ’em off by heading to Start > Settings > System > Notifications and actions, and turn off Windows tips and specific app notifications (you’ll need to scroll down for the latter).

Fix the Office ads

Are you sick of the occasional Office ads that pop up on the desktop? So are we. To kill them, right-click on Get Office in the Start Menu and uninstall it.

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Best European Cities to Visit in 2016

Best European Cities to Visit in 2016

Europe is a fabulous, bustling continent, full of culture, quirkiness and charisma. It is home to many extraordinary countries with fantastic cities that you simply cannot miss out on.
Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year's #3 Travelers' Choice Destination in the World, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city's mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.

10. Berlin, Germany.

Best European Cities Berlin-Germany

This city has been underrated because of the disputes Germany has had, but rest assured, the city is one not to be missed. The hot summers and freezing cold winters attract many a tourist but the city itself is the main attraction. From the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, the story of Germany is beautifully carved into the architecture of this marvellous city. The nightlife is a big hit with tourists as well, causing quite a stir across Europe. Berlin is simply unmissable for travellers of all ages.

9. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Amagertorv central square in Copenhagen Denmark

The Danish capital is definitely a great destination for the typical traveller. The old style city is beautiful, complete with a picturesque coastal view of the quaint little city, renowned worldwide for its beauty, tranquility and serenity. Copenhagen is bursting full of gorgeous gardens and intriguing castles, but it is the historical mysteries the really puts this city on the map. The Danes are home to some fantastic museums, monuments and architectural delights to interest everyone. From The Little Mermaid to the Nyhavn, Copenhagen is not to be overlooked.

8. London, England.

London England Skyline

The British capital is an energetic, hyper active city, full of lights and laughter. You can enjoy shopping experiences that are unforgettable with the likes of Oxford Street fulfilling all your dreams. Buckingham Palace is a fab view for all the monarchy lovers while the Tower of London is a great place for anyone wanting a frightening history class. The traditional English food with afternoon tea is a hilarious experience for any foreign traveller. From the fashion industry to the blissful reality that is London, you will be sure to love your English adventure.

7. Athens, Greece.

Monastiraki Square and Tzistarakis Mosque in Athens Greece

This beautiful city is a superb city for any new traveler. It hosts a wide range of things to do, especially if you love history, like me. From the Parthenon to the Acropolis, the ancient Greeks were centuries ahead of their time and their wondrous architecture still stands today. Tours of the city are common as well with taxis and shuttle buses being the main means of transport. For the more traditional travelers, there is a wide range of stunning beaches to visit and soak up the sun. Greece is a travelers must.

6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch capital is bursting full of character, charm and beauty. From cycles along the colourful streets to a ride along the canal, it truly is a gorgeous city. You can explore wonders such as the Anne Frank House to the Vondelpark and beyond. This vibrant, quirky city has to be a hit with any traveller. The Rijksmuseum is a fantastic opportunity to submerse yourself in an interesting history lesson while the Artis Zoo is fantastic experience for everyone. Amsterdam is top of the class in best European cities.

5. Dublin, Ireland.

Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Irish capital is a fantastic city, full of fun and laughter. It is full of exciting things to do, especially for the pub-goers from hundreds of puns to a tour around the Guinness factory. The streets are packed full of vibrant music from buskers and is stuffed full of great items for all the family. The city hosts lots of fabulous restaurants for you to enjoy which a classy view of the River Liffey. The Irish will charm you into one of the best holidays of your life.

4. Paris, France.

Paris, France Must-See Attractions

This marvellous city has been a hit in Europe for centuries. From the towering Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is a city full of surprises around every corner. The French are famed for this fabulous food and womanising attitude and is a must for anybody wanting to go on a romantic break. Sitting on the river Seine, Paris is one of the most breath-taking cities Europe has on display, and it must be a first on your European road trip.

3. Budapest, Hungary.

Szecheny Bath Budapest Hungary

The Hungarian capital has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its natural charm and historical significance making it a must for any interested traveller. The old city vibe is swarming in this magical city. From historical buildings and museums to fun tours on bicycles and Segways, there’s a side to Budapest that everyone can explore. It has been made very prominent to in recent times after George Ezra’s hit song ‘Budapest’. The many speciality museums are becoming a hit with travellers as you can now explore what it was like living in a Jewish country during World War Two. This marvellous city has so much to offer and has to be a must in everyone’s bucket list.

2. Rome, Italy.

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Italy’s capital is home to some of the most brilliant wonders Europe has to offer from fantastic food to amazing architectural wonders to the cheeky Italian charm, there is a Rome for everybody. Rome has been cited as they most beautiful European city, which also hosts the world’s smallest nation, the Vatican City. From the amazing Colosseum and Pantheon to the many churches and tours, this city is a place you have to visit.

1. Kraków, Poland.

Kraków, Poland

Poland’s hidden gem is one of the greatest cities ever to appear. This amazing city is a must for any traveller, of all ages. From the dazzling Main Square, complete with St. Mary’s Basilica to the enormous shopping malls, it truly is spectacular. The quaint little streets offer many fun items and there are tours in the city and to places like the notorious Nazi camp, Auschwitz. This astonishing city is one of the best Europe has to offer with its vibrant personality and illustrated history. Kraków, in one word, is majestic.

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