13 Computer Tips And Tricks You Should Know

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13 Computer Tips & Tricks You Should Know..

1. Keyboard shortcuts that’ll come in handy in word processors

CTRL C: Copy


CTRL V: Paste

CTRL Z: Undo

CTRL Y: Redo

CTRL B: Bold

CTRL U: Underline

CTRL I: Italicize

Remember, if you have a Mac, the CTRL button press is substituted with the Command button on your computer.

2. Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts

F2: Edits cells

Shift Space: Selects whole lines

Ctrl Space: Selects whole columns

Ctrl Plus: Insert cell

Ctrl Minus: Delete cell

Ctrl 1: Edits the cell format

3. Keyboard shortcuts for internet browsers

CTRL N: New window

CTRL T: New tab

CTRL Shift T: Reopen last closed tab

CTRL Shift W: Close all open tabs, browser

CTRL W: Close current tab

CTRL Plus: Zoom in

CTRL Minus: Zoom out

CTRL 0: Resets zoom to default

CTRL F: Find in page

4. Take a screenshot

On Macs, CMD Shift 3 takes a photo of the entire screen, or you can press the Print Screen button on your Windows keyboard for PCs, and the screenshot can be pasted into any photo-editing software, like Paint or Photoshop.

On Macs, CMD Shift 4 lets you use your mouse and select a portion of your screen to take a screenshot of. On the PC, you can use the Snipping Tool — a program in Windows — to select a specific area of your screen to take a screenshot.

5. Easily search websites

In Google Chrome, when filling in a web address, for example www.youtube.com, press TAB instead of ENTER and you can perform your search on the site from the address bar.

6. New computer? No problem!

Use Ninite.com to download commonly installed programs all at once when setting up a new computer. The service is free, but unfortunately it only works for PCs.

7. Download VLC

Speaking of installing programs, we highly recommend VLC for all computers. The free and open-sourced software makes it easy to play practically any file format you throw at it. You can download it here. The app works with Mac, PC, Linux, Android, and iOS!

8. Take advantage of Facebook’s powerful search engine

You can type in a person’s phone number in the Facebook search bar to oftentimes see their name. This comes in handy for checking into the background of someone you’re meeting up with to complete a Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace transaction.

On Facebook, you can also type in extremely specific search queries to network.

For instance, type “My friends of friends who live in Cape Town” to find mutual friends when you move to a new city.

Or, you can find new concert buddies by typing in “My friends who like Name of Artist.”

You can even see who your friends of friends are at a company you’re applying to by typing “My friends of friends who work at Google.”

9. Use Shoutkey.com to easily share links to people

Link shortener sites like bit.ly are convenient and common, but there’s an even better link shortener site that you probably haven’t heard of. It’s called ShoutKey.

Other link shortener sites’ URLS are case-sensitive and difficult to read on a whiteboard or PowerPoint presentation. Not to mention, they’re practically impossible to say out loud. “Oh, just go to bit dot l y slash x g capital H r 2132.”

ShoutKey will randomly select a word to use that it places at the end of a Shoutkey.com link that’s easily shareable and shout-able.

10. Use Pushbullet to send files, links, and text between devices

Pushbullet is an app and extension that brings all your devices together. It lets you easily send messages and reminders from your computer to your smartphone, and share links and files to different devices. So, if you take a screenshot or picture on your smartphone, you can easily ‘push’ it to your laptop to edit it in Photoshop. The service is free, and it works with iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices.

11. Use the OneTab extension to get your tab addiction under control

OneTab is arguably the best Chrome or Firefox extension you can download. The extension places a small button on your toolbar that, when pressed, converts all your open tabs into a list that you can easily open and access later. Or, you can export your tabs as a list of URLs to share with others. The extension saves up to 95% of your computer’s memory, because your browser is no longer running all those tabs. Goodbye spinning wheel of death!

12. Disable autoplay videos in Chrome

Another quick Chrome tip: You can now turn off autoplay videos! 🙌

In the Chrome address bar, paste this: chrome://flags/

On your keyboard press CTRL F (or Command F on a Mac)

Type autoplay

Click the dropdown menu and set it to “document user activation required”

13. Clean out your inbox much faster

If you’re buried under thousands of emails in your Gmail inbox, we think you’re going to love this search string.

In the search bar, type the following, then press enter. in:inbox is:unread -category:promotions

This will make it easy to delete a bunch of email from brands and stores that are trying to sell you something.

Another bonus email tip that works for all email clients: Just make a filter for the word “unsubscribe” in your email. This will make it easy to unsubscribe to those pesky emails that never stop coming. If you’re new to creating filters, here’s how you can do it in Gmail or Outlook.

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