How to hide all animated GIFs in Facebook comments

This seems rather suitable for those musing on New Year and resolutions. No more GIFs, many of which still seem to get past GIF-blockers in the form of other formats.

How to hide all animated GIFs in Facebook comments:

This blocking option has been in the FBP Web browser addon since v.29.0 (May 2019), though it’s well-hidden. It’s found in the “Font, Colour & Design” section of the FBP options screen, where almost no-one would think to look for it.

1. Install FBP and re-start the Web browser. Visit Facebook, locate the icon at the top of the Facebook page that launches the FBP control panel.

2. Find and open the “Font, Colour & Design” section on the left-hand side.

3. Tick “Hide Animated Gifs”. Save settings, and exit the control panel.

4. Reload your Web browser and test on an especially annoying Facebook Group. A blank space should replace the animated GIF.


Related: How to stop YouTube’s new animated ‘thumbnail previews’.

Merge multiple folders of the same name

How to easily merge multiple folders of the same name, using only Windows Explorer.

You have a folder structure that looks something like this:

ResultsSet1
   | Data
         |Photos
         |Meta
         |Location
ResultsSet2
   | Data
         |Photos
         |Meta
         |Location
ResultsSet3
   | Data
         |Photos
         |Meta
         |Location

You want to extract and merge just the “Data” folders. Each sub-folder should follow along and also be merged with its brethren.

1. If your folder structure is inside a .ZIP or .RAR, then extract. Then open up Windows Explorer and go to the top-level view for your target folders.

2. Make a new empty folder there called “Data”, to sit high among the ResultsSet1, ResultsSet2, ResultsSet3 etc folders.

3. Keyword-search for “Data” using Windows Explorer, and constrain the search to just your target folders.

4. Shift-select the results (they should be all the sub-folders named “Data”), then right-click to copy them.

5. Paste them into the top level of your target folder set. Window will spot the empty “Data” folder you just made, and merge in all the pasted “Data” folders.

You end up with a single amalgamated…

   | Data
         |Photos
         |Meta
         |Location

This takes advantage of a Windows 8 feature where copy-pasting folders of the same name will cause an automatic merge operation. This operation will interrupt the user only with a query about replacement of any duplicate files.

Thus there is no need for use of the Windows command-line, Windows PowerShell, 7-Zip or third-party freeware to accomplish such a basic “copy and combine” operation on folders of the same name.

Remove spam “Likes” from WordPress posts

How to remove spam “Likes” from WordPress posts:

1. “Edit” the post in question, in the usual Post Editor.

2. Look over on the right-hand sidebar, and scroll down.

3. There’s a “Likes and Shares” tab in the Post Editor. Uncheck the “Show Likes” check-box.

4. Scroll back up the sidebar, and click the “Update” button.

This works on both free and hosted WordPress blogs. Be aware that the above is using the Classic Editor, and things may look a little different if the newer Editor interface is being used.

You can also turn off Avatars (personal icons), if those are too spammy. The check-box for that is in: Dashboard | Settings | Discussion | Avatars | Avatar Display.