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How to Use Spoiler Formatting for Messages in Telegram

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How to Use Spoiler Formatting for Messages in Telegram

 

Photo of a message with spoiler formatting in Telegram app on iPhone.

How to Format Messages With Spoilers in Telegram for Desktop

Telegram offers the same interface for its desktop for Windows, Mac, and Linux. So applying the spoiler formatting to words or messages is similar, except for the keyboard shortcuts.

First, launch the Telegram app and head to the Group or Channel where you want to post the message with spoilers.

In the message composing filed, type out a message. Then, select the word(s) you want to format. Right-click on it to bring up the menu and select “Formatting.”

Right-click on the selected words to bring up the menu and choose "Formatting" in Telegram app for desktop.

Then, select “Spoiler.” You can press Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows and Cmd+Shift+P on Mac to apply the spoilers formatting quickly.

Select "Spoiler" from the formatting menu in Telegram app for desktop.

Hit Enter to send your message. The words selected with spoilers formatting will appear grayed-out on Windows and blacked out on Mac.

Message with spoiler formatting in Telegram for desktop.

How to Format Messages With Spoilers in Telegram for Mobile

It’s a bit tricky to apply spoilers formatting for messages in Telegram for Android, iPhone, or iPad. You’ll need to navigate through the formatting menu that pops up when you long press on text.

To get started, open the Telegram app on your mobile device.

Head to the group or channel where you want to post a message with spoilers formatting. Type the message and press and hold on the word(s) you want to format, and the built-in formatting menu will appear.

On Android, simply tap “Spoiler” to apply the formatting to the selected phrase.

Select "Spoiler" from formatting options in Telegram for Android.

Things are a little different on iPhone and iPad. In the formatting menu that appears, tap on the “BIU” option to open other formatting options.

Tap the "BIU" option in formatting options in Telegram for iPhone.

Next, tap “Spoiler” from the formatting options.

Select "Spoiler" option from formatting menu in Telegram for iPhone.

Tap on the Send button to send your message and it’ll appear with an animation showing a grainy cloud.

Message and reply with spoiler formatting in Telegram for iPhone

That’s it! 

Things to do with a Trim Video in a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

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Things to do with a Trim Video in a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

 

Reset or Edit the Trimmed Video

If you change your mind about how you’ve trimmed a video, you can reset it back to its original state or edit where you trimmed it.

Select the video, go to the Playback tab, and click “Trim Video” as you did initially.

You’ll notice that the Trim Video settings are exactly as they were when you trimmed the video. This allows you to adjust as needed.

Edit a trimmed video

To reset the video to its original length, simply slide the green start marker all the way to the left and the red end marker all the way to the right. Click “OK” to play the full-length video in your presentation.

Reset a trimmed video

Save a Trimmed Video

Maybe you’ve trimmed a video in PowerPoint that you want to save for use outside of that application. You can save the file after you compress it and then use that trimmed video as you please.

Warning: After you compress the video using the steps below, only the trimmed portion will appear on your slide.

Select File > Info from the PowerPoint menu. Next to Compress Media, you’ll see all media in the current slideshow including the trimmed video. If you have other video or audio files, the compression process applies to all files.

View the media files and trimmed video

Click “Compress Media” and choose the level of compression.

Choose a compression level

You’ll see a small dialog box appear as the process takes place. Click “Close” when it finishes.

Compression progress and complete dialog box

Return to the slide containing the trimmed and now compressed video. Right-click it and choose “Save Media As.”

Select Save Media As

Pick a location to save the video, give it a different name if you like, and click “Save.”

Pick a location to Save the file

If you want to undo the compression process for your media files, return to File > Info > Compress Media and choose “Undo.”

Select Undo

Trimming a long video to play only the portion you need in your PowerPoint presentation is an easy process. Plus, you can keep your original video intact and save time from using a separate tool.

Trim a Video in a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

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Trim a Video in a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

 Microsoft PowerPoint logo

Trim a Video in PowerPoint

You can add the video to your PowerPoint slideshow on whichever slide you need and in whatever place you want. You can even resize the video and adjust the volume and other playback options before you trim it.

When you’re ready, select the video to display the Playback tab. In the Editing section of the ribbon, click “Trim Video.”

Trim Video on the Playback tab

This opens a small editing window for you to trim the clip. You can enter the start and end times for the portion of the video you want to keep, use the markers to select the start and endpoints, or a bit of both.

If you know the exact start and end times, you can enter those into the corresponding boxes. You can also use the arrows on the sides of the boxes to adjust the times in smaller increments.

Enter the Start and End Times

In addition, you can use the start and end time markers directly below the video to choose the portion you want to keep. Slide the green marker to set the start time and the red marker to set the end time.

Slide the start and end markers

You may also use a combination of these tools to pinpoint the exact spots to start and stop the video. Press the Play button and then press Pause when you see the time you want. You can then enter that time into the Start Time or End Time box depending on which part you want to keep or move one of the markers to that spot.

Press Pause

If you can only play a specific duration of the video due to time constraints, you can verify that by viewing the duration on the top right after you trim it.

View the Duration

When you have the section of the video you want all set, click “OK.”

You’ll see the video on your slide update to only play that portion you kept during the trim process.

How to Close Apps on an iPhone 12

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How to Close Apps on an iPhone 12

 iPhone outline with grey screen on a blue background hero

Only Close Malfunctioning Apps

As mentioned above, you don’t usually need to close your iPhone apps manually. Apple’s iOS operating system handles system resources automatically. So while you might want to close your suspended apps on a regular basis, doing that can slow down your iPhone experience and potentially hurt your battery life.

Still, there are times when you might need to force close a malfunctioning app or restart one completely for troubleshooting reasons. In that case, it’s OK to force apps to restart occasionally.

How to Force an App to Close on iPhone 12

To close an app on your iPhone 12, you first need to bring up the app switcher. To do so, swipe upward from the bottom edge of the screen until you reach the middle. When you get there, pause and lift your finger.

It’s a little tricky at first, but if you do it successfully, you’ll see thumbnail images that represent the apps currently open (or suspended) on your iPhone.

Swipe through the apps, left or right, until you find the thumbnail of the app you want to close. To close it, quickly flick the thumbnail upward with your finger.

In iPhone app switcher, swipe upward on the app thumbnails to close the apps.

The thumbnail will vanish, and the app will close completely. Feel free to repeat this upward swipe on any other apps you’d like to close.

Clear Search History on Instagram on Desktop

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Clear Search History on Instagram on Desktop

 

Clear Search History on Instagram on Desktop

On a desktop computer like Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook, use the Instagram website to clear your search history.

First, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Instagram site. On the site, log in to your account.

In Instagram’s top-right corner, click your profile icon.

In the profile menu that opens, click “Settings.”

Select "Settings" from the menu.

On the settings page, in the left sidebar, click “Privacy and Security.”

Choose "Privacy and Security" from the left sidebar.

In the pane on the right, under “Account Data,” click “View Account Data.”

Select "View Account Data" on the right.

In the “Account Activity” section, beneath “Search History,” click “View All.”

Click "View All" beneath "Search History."

Your entire search history will be presented. To clear this, at the top of the page, click “Clear Search History.”

Click "Clear Search History" at the top of the page.

A “Clear Search History” prompt will open. Click “Clear All” to proceed.

Click "Clear All" in the prompt.

And your Instagram search history is now all cleared. Happy browsing!

Clear Search History on Instagram on Smartphone

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Clear Search History on Instagram on Smartphone

Instagram logo.

Clear Search History on Instagram on Mobile

On your iPhone or Android phone, use the Instagram app to clear your search history.

To start, launch the Instagram app on your phone. In the app’s bottom-right corner, tap your profile icon.

On the profile page, in the top-right corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

Tap the hamburger menu.

In the hamburger menu, tap “Settings.”

Choose "Settings" from the menu.

On the “Settings” page that opens, tap “Security.”

Select "Security" on the "Settings" page.

You are now on the “Security” page. If you are on an Android phone, tap the “Search History” option. If you are on an iPhone, tap “Clear Search History.”

Tap "Search History" on the "Security" page.

Instagram will open your search history page. To delete this history, then at the top of the page, tap “Clear All.”

Tap "Clear All" on the "Search History" page.

In the “Clear Search History” prompt, tap “Clear All” again.

Warning: Make sure you really want to delete your search history as you can’t restore it once it is removed.

Tap "Clear All" in the prompt.

And that’s it. Your Instagram search history is now empty. 

Pin Conversations in the Messages App on iPhone and iPad

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Pin Conversations in the Messages App on iPhone and iPad

 

Pinned conversations in Messages app on iPhone

The easiest way to pin a message is to open the “Messages” app and then swipe right on a conversation to reveal the “Pin” button. Tap the “Pin” icon to instantly pin the conversation to the top of the screen.

Tap Pin button from swipe menu

You can also tap and hold on a conversation from the Messages app home page to preview it and see more options. From here, select the “Pin (Contact Name)” option to pin the conversation.

Tap Pin Contact Name from Menu

To quickly unpin a conversation, tap and hold the display picture to reveal options.

Tap and hold on a pinned contact

From here, choose the “Unpin (Contact Name)” option.

Tap Unpin contact name

You can also pin and unpin multiple conversations at the same time. To do this, tap the “Edit” button from the top toolbar.

Tap Edit button from Messages app

Here, choose the “Edit Pins” option.

Tap Edit Pins

Now, tap the “Pin” icon next to a conversation to pin it.

Tap Pin to Pin the contact

And when you’re done seeing the chat at the top of the Messages app, tap the “-” minus icon next to a conversation to unpin it.

And that’s how easy it is to pin and unpin conversations in the Messages app.

Pin Someone on Snapchat

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Pin Someone on Snapchat

 

Snapchat welcome screen on an iPhone X

Pin a Conversation With Someone on Snapchat

To pin a conversation, first, open Snapchat on your iPhone. In the bottom bar of the app, tap “Chat” (a bubble icon).

Tap "Chat" in Snapchat.

On the “Chat” screen, tap and hold the conversation you want to pin.

Select the chat to pin.

In the menu that opens, tap “Chat Settings.”

Tap "Chat Settings" in the menu.

In the “Chat Settings” menu, tap “Pin Conversation.”

Select "Pin Conversation" from the menu.

And your selected chat is now pinned to the top of the “Chat” screen. Next to this chat, you will see a pin icon.

A pinned chat in Snapchat.

Enjoy quick access to your favorite chats!

If you use Google Chat, you can pin conversations in that service as well.

Unpin a Conversation With Someone on Snapchat

To unpin a chat and remove it from the top of the “Chat” screen, first, open Snapchat on your iPhone. In the app’s bottom bar, tap the “Chat” option (a bubble icon).

Tap "Chat" in Snapchat.

On the “Chat” page, tap and hold the pinned chat to unpin.

Select the chat to unpin.

In the menu that appears, tap “Chat Settings.”

Select "Chat Settings" from the menu.

In the “Chat Settings” menu, select “Unpin Conversation.”

Tap "Unpin Conversation."

And that’s it. Your selected conversation is no longer pinned.

Change the Pinned Conversation Icon on Snapchat

If you do not like the default icon used for pinned chats, replace it with any other icon of your choice. You can always revert back to the default icon.

To do so, first, open Snapchat on your iPhone. In the app’s top-left corner, tap your profile icon.

On the profile page, in the top-right corner, tap “Settings” (a gear icon).

Tap "Settings" on the profile page.

On the “Settings” page, scroll down to the “Additional Services” section. Then tap “Manage.”

Select "Manage" on the "Settings" page.

In the “Manage” menu, tap “Friend Emojis.”

Tap "Friend Emojis" on the "Manage" screen.

At the bottom of the “Friend Emojis” screen, tap “Pinned Conversation.”

Select "Pinned Conversation" on the "Friend Emojis" page.

You now have various icons on your screen. To make an icon the default for pinned chats, tap that icon on this screen. Snapchat will immediately start using that icon for your pinned conversations.

To go back, in the app’s top-left corner, tap the back-arrow icon.

And you are all set.