How to disable animated GIF images in Google+ or elsewhere

Those with slow internet connection find it really annoying when their Google+ stream keeps on loading…and loading….and loading indefinitely, due to the overhauling numbers of animated GIF photos shared by users on g+. Some animated GIF images are really awesome & funny, but they may become boring after some time.

disable animated image

You can try stopping this animated image after you’ve read the instructions for your browser below.

If these Animated GIF pictures are annoying you, or making your Google Plus experience sluggish & slower, then follow the steps to disable or stop them in your web browser:

Google Chrome

Open Google Chrome & install this extension called Paused which will do the trick for you! No more animated GIFs to trouble your browsing experience.

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

The simplest way: Press the Esc key on your keyboard to stop any animated GIF while browsing anywhere, not only in Google+!



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Image by Dirkstoop

No need for any plugins or scripts, the ESC key rocks! 🙂

Internet Explorer

Follow the simple steps below:

  • From the menu bar, click on Tools & choose Internet Options.
  • Now choose Advanced tab & scroll down to Multimedia category.
  • Simply un-check Play Animations in webpages & click OK.


disable animated images in Internet explorer



Note that in some cases, pressing the Esc key will do the trick 😉


Simply Press F12 & un-tick Enable Animated Images.

disable animated images in opera

After learning the method for your browser, you can test it on the animated image displayed at the top of this page.

Did this tutorial solved your problem for animated GIFs? Leave your views in the comments below 🙂

5 awesome free online image editors

For long, Adobe Photoshop CS5 has been the king of easy & in-depth image editing, and . But some new photo editing tools have started emerging that allow you to customize your photos online, no need to download heavy Adobe softwares and pay for them, these online tools are very easy to use, allow sufficient editing options and yeah, are totally free.

1. Photoshop Express

Photoshop is among the most popular image editing softwares, today. Well, I think its the best, even online. Adobe allows you to use some of the basic features of Photoshop online for free, in an amazing dark interface with so much simplicity & yet a variety of controls, that even a caveman can produce marvelous cave paintings :p.

Photo editing screenshot in Photoshop Express online

Above image was edited using Adobe Photoshop Express (PSE), that’s what Photoshop’s online image editor is called. You can add text, frames, stickers, apply a variety of effects with in-depth control & what not. PSE has also got apps for iOS & Android to allow editing on-the-go.

2. Picnik

You must have heard or used Picnik somewhere, it’s that popular. It has a really great variety of Free & Premium editing features with great efficiency & control, enough to make Photoshop (let’s call it PS from now on) sweat.

Photo editing screenshot in Picnik

They’ve got everything from color effects & frames, to stickers & special effects. What I really liked were seasonal settings that allow you to add Halloween pumpkins or Christmas presents to you photo as per the season.

 3. Pixlr

When I opened Pixlr’s free image editor online for the first time, I got to the help menu & saw about, to check had I really opened Pixlr, or is it Photoshop! Pixlr editor’s interface is very much like Adobe Photoshop, as you can clearly see in the screenshot below.

Photo editing screenshot in Pixlr

Apart from the interface, many of its features also resemble Photoshop. It’s got a navigator, allows you to create layers, see history, has a toolbox with similar tools like the Magic Wand in PS. Pixlr has even got a Filter menu where you can find great effects, yup like PS again. But then, it’s a great tool for rookie editors.

4. FotoFlexer

In a very primitive interface, you get a fairly good variety of editing options. In FotoFlexer, you can even add animated objects, like a sparkling butterfly or star, or insert your friend’s face into that of a wrestler, or….say a donkey 😉

Photo editing screenshot in fotoflexer

It allows you to edit settings like contrast & color balance, you may add text or stickers, add borders, make a poster out of your picture, or do loads of other things. What needs improvement is the interface & more in-detail control of its features.

5. Avairy

Aviary editor has a simple yet effective interface with merely 16 editing options. It also sports 4 image effects that are pretty good, but lack user-control, they’re more of a one-touch image effects.

Photo editing screenshot in aviary

The mainstream 16 options are very basic and don’t provide for extensive editing, but are very useful. I could effortlessly touch-up my flower image shown above to bring in more colors & the stickers provide a good makeover with that hat & mustache, no?

Aviary also provides extensions for Chrome & Firefox that allow you to edit any picture while browsing, with just a right click on the image. You don’t need to leave the page as the editor opens up in a lightbox. Though the extension editor is quite slow, it serves the purpose.

Did I miss out on your favorite online photo editor? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Increase page load speed [Part 1]: with Google Instant Pages

Page loading speed is an important factor when it comes to fighting the Google Panda updates, apart from the benefits of a faster loading website. In its objective to make the web faster, Google has introduced Instant Pages in its search engine & its browser Google Chrome.

What is Instant Pages?

Whenever you search for something on Google, via Chrome, it automatically pre-loads the first result in background if Google thinks that this is exactly what you are searching for. This makes that site open faster, how faster? Instantly, yeah, it loads up in 0.00 seconds! See this video below where Google explains Instant Pages:

 How to add instant pages to you site/blog


For WordPress

Just add the following script in header.php

<?php if (is_archive()) { ?>
<!-- Instant Pages for Google Chrome -->
 <link rel="prerender" href="<?php echo get_next_posts_page_link(); ?>">
<?php } ?>
 For other websites

Add the following script before the closing head tag: </head>

<link rel="prerender" href="YOUR SITE URL HERE">

Be sure to change ‘YOUR SITE URL HERE’ to URL of the page you put this on.

Now just run over to Google, search for your URL & see the difference.

Running under any troubles? leave your feedback in the comments below:

5 Killer Chrome extensions for Facebook Lovers

Many of us spend more than half our online time on Facebook, even when we do work tending to Zero out there :P. Facebook has recently been rolling out changes and updates unlike anything, and some of these updates are getting negative response from users, consider the ticker news sidebar and new chat sidebar.

best chrome extensions for facebook

Here are 5 amazing extensions for Google Chrome users that will enhance your Facebook experience and make you enjoy every moment of it with your friends.

1.) Disable Facebook Ticker News Sidebar

facebook ticker sidebar hide logo

Almost everyone is hating this new rolling spy-your-friend sidebar. It’s way too intruding. There exists a Chrome extension which will remove the Ticker for good. Here is the extension.

 2.) Get back old Facebook Chat Sidebar

Get original, old facebook chat sidebar back from new one

The new Facebook chat sidebar shows friends that you most interact with, and how many of them are online-not all online friends. This extension will get you the old Facebook chat back. Add the extension here.

3.) Send Automatic Birthday Wishes

Send automatic birthday wishes on facebook

Got many friends and don’t know most of ’em? Here is a perfect extension for you which will bring all of your acquaintances closer to you. This extension will automatically detect which of your Facebook friends have their birthday as soon as you log into Facebook, and then send wishes to all of them, automatically.

Send automatic birthday wishes to facebook friends chrome extension

You can preset different types of wishes (like “Happy Birthday..!!” & “HaPpY BiRtHdAy..!!”) and the extension will randomly choose from them. You will also be notified of who all it sent wishes to. Get the extension here.

This extension no longer exists. 🙁

4.) Add emoticons to Facebook chat

add emoticons or smileys to facebook chat


This extension will add all available Facebook smileys or emoticons to a bar at the top of your chat window, including text formatting. This extension works with our trick on how to get back old Facebook chatbar. Get this extension here.

5.) Enlarge Facebook photos without opening them

View full size photos on facebook without opening them

Now you don’t need to click on a picture at Facebook to open it in full size. This extension will open the image in full size as soon as you hover your mouse over a photo. This will save time for loading a new page, and you will be able to view full size photos from the gallery itself, no need to open a new tab or window. Get this extension here.

Did you love my collection of Best extensions for Facebook? Got some more? Feel free to comment below 😉

[Update] Hide the new Facebook ticker sidebar

Yeah, I know that the new constantly updating & rolling ticker sidebar of Facebook at the right hand side is very very annoying. For people like me with more than 600 friends, its really frustrating to constant updates.


Simply click on a icon button at top-right corner of Facebook Ticker sidebar to hide it.

hide facebook ticker sidebar


So here is a secret trick that will disable that Ticker sidebar from your Facebook profile, just like we provided you a way to get back your old FB chat. No more talk, let the action begin 😉

Hide facebook ticker sidebar

Just follow the instructions below for your specific browser to hide that annoying Ticker sidebar.

Google Chrome

You just need to install a Chrome extension, in easy 1-2-3 steps:

  1. Click here to go to the extension page.
  2. Click the big blue button saying Add to Chrome and click install in the dialog box that appears.
    install chrome extension to hide facebook ticker sidebar
  3. Refresh your Facebook Home Page and Voila! the bar is gone 😉

Mozilla Firefox

  1.  Install this Greasemonkey script into Firefox, if you already haven’t. You will see a monkey face in upper-right corner of Firefox after installation.
    Greasemonkey logo
  2. Click here to download another script & install it into Firefox. (the scripts are in KBs, worry not 😉 )
  3. Restart Firefox and see the Facebook ticker bar vanish!


  1. Right-Click here and choose Save linked content as…. from the drop-down menu
  2. Save the file onto your desktop.
  3. Go to the desktop & rename the file so it ends with user.js  i.e. the downloaded script must be renamed to 93039.user.js from 93039.userscript image
  4. Now open Opera, go to Menu>Settings>Preferences or press Ctrl+F12.
  5.  Click on advanced tab & choose Content from left sidebar & click on button Javascript Options.
  6. Below the new dialog box that opens, click button Choose & browse to the desktop & click OK.
  7. Click OK to close all open dialog boxes and restart Opera, now open Facebook & your Ticker news sidebar must have vanished!

Apple Safari

On user request, for Mac users. Not tested by us:

  • Download & Install SIMBL. Exit Safari.
  • Download Greasekit & copy it to ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins. If no such folder exists, then create one.
  • Re-open Safari, if you did everything right, then you will see Greasekit in the menu bar.
  • Now, click here from Safari. Click Install when Safari asks you if you want to install this script.
  • You should now see Remove Facebook Right Column in the drop-down menu of Greasekit from menu bar.
  • Restart Safari & log into Facebook. The Ticker news sidebar should have disappeared.
These scripts above have been tested (except for Safari) and they work perfectly fine with the Facebook chat bar reversion script.
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