It is impossible to think about our daily routine without computers and the internet nowadays. Almost all jobs around the world involve computer tasks and communications between coworkers are done through internet messengers. Also, there are statistics that over 89% of homes in the US have computers in their households.
Having computers and surfing on the internet has now became something very essential and natural in our lives. For computer and laptop users, their devices mandatorily have internet connection. But for things that people constantly use, computers and the internet are sometimes difficult to use! Everyone experiences computer rage now and then. Whether it’s about freezes, unexpected shutdowns, spam mail, popups, the struggle to Google the thing that you’re looking for or one of millions of other things, the information age is downright annoying.
Here are useful tips to use computres and the internet more easily! It will show you the best and fastest ways to navigate your computer and the internet. It will be SO handy that you’ll be surprised how you’ve handled your computer before knowing these tips!
Accidentally Closed A Tab? Hit Ctrl/Command, Shift And T!
We’ve all closed a tab and struggled to remember what the exact url of the page was when we needed it back. If you accidentally just closed a tab, most web browsers will reopen it if you press Ctrl, Shift and T on a PC or Command, Shift and T on a Mac.
Want To Open A New Tab In Lightening Speed? Hit Ctrl/Command and T
This is just like the last trick except without hitting Shift when you’re pressing Ctrl/Command and T.
Want To Charge Your Laptop Faster? Put It On Airplane Mode
If you’re not using the internet, then this can be a real timesaver! Things like WiFi and Bluetooth have an effect on your laptop’s charge speed. Putting the device on airplane mode fixes this, meaning that you can be on the go faster!
Turn Night Shift Mode On, Or Download The App That Does It
Computer screens have been hurting eyes for years. Luckily, many computers now have in built applications to reduce a screen’s brightness in accordance with the time of day. If your computer doesn’t have this, then you can install a free app that’ll do it for you. It’s called f.lux and can be found here.
Computer Too Slow? It Might Be Because Your Desktop Is Crammed
Filling your desktop with folders can slow down a computer’s RAM. Sort the folders on the desktop into their own folders in Documents to fix this!
Internet Running Slow? It Could Be Because Someone’s Stealing WiFi
Over one third of Americans have tried to steal someone else’s WiFi. And having lots of people on a network can mean that the internet gets slower for everyone. To see if anyone is on your WiFi who you don’t want on it, use this app. If there are devices that you don’t know, then change the WiFi password to something hard (i.e. not “password”)
Permanently Deleted Files Can Be Undeleted
Did you accidentally delete a treasured photograph forever? Well it turns out that you didn’t. Recuva can find them again!
Have Your Computer Talk Back To You As You Type
We all make mistakes as we type. Some of them we don’t catch right away. But making your computer talk back what you’re typing can help. This can make you look less stupid online and cut down on time spent going over your documents. To make your computer speak, you just need to paste this text into Notepad and save it.
Password Protect Your Important Files
Just like your Facebook account and your computer itself, individual files can be protected with passwords. There are a range of applications that you can download to do this. Here’s a really good one, called Folder Protect.
Mouse Not Working? Turn The Keyboard Into A Mouse
Mice are incredibly useful tools for navigating a computer, until they aren’t. If your mouse stops working or runs out of batteries, you can still use your computer with ease. Just go to Windows’s Control Panel and find the Ease of Access section. Inside this, there is another section called Ease of Access Center. Click on this. Go to the tab called Mouse and tick the box that says Use MouseKeys. If your keyboard has a numeric keypad, then you can also plress Alt, Shift and Num Lock. This will make the arrow buttons on your keypad into a mouse.
Make A Tab Unclosable In Seconds
It’s always annoying to accidentally close a tab that you needed. But if you right click a tab and scroll down to Pin Tab, then it will become unclosable until you select Unpin Tab in exactly the same way!
Shush a Tab Instantly
If you’re trying to watch a YouTube video and you open up another tab and it starts playing sound, then that’s incredibly annoying! But instead of pausing your video, going into the other tab and looking for what is making the noise, you can just right click a tab and press Mute site.
Can’t Work Out What To Tip? Just Type (Or Speak) It Into Google
Working out a tip can be frustrating at the best of times. When you have to split it among bunch of different people, then it can become an impossible task! But Google has a built in tip calculator that even divides it by the number of people. Why did they even teach math in school when Google can just do it for you!?
Use Your Web Browser As A Notepad
Instead of opening up Microsoft Word, just type notes into your web browser. There are a couple of ways to do this. The easiest is to just type data:text/html, <html contenteditable> into the address bar. This works for all web browsers. However, these notes don’t save. For something that saves, if you use Google Chrome, you can install this extension.
Use Google As A Timer
Google is the easiest way to set a timer. You can just say “Ok Google” to your computer or phone and tell it to set a timer for however long you want.
Make YouTube Easier To Navigate With TV Mode
YouTube is a great site, but it can look cluttered sometimes. However, you can make it look smoother if, after you go to the home page, you just add /TV onto YouTube’s web url and press enter.
Is It Hard To Read Text On A Web Browser? Just Zoom In
Pressing Ctrl and + makes your web browser zoom in. You can keep zooming in until you get to 500% greater than the web page’s normal size. To zoom out, just press Ctrl and -.
Go Backwards And Forwards On The Web With Hotkeys
You don’t need to drag the mouse to the backwards and forwards buttons on the top let of the screen. Instead, you can just press Alt and the left arrow and Alt and the right arrow.
Reload A Page Without Using The Mouse
Just hit Ctrl and R, and the page will reload.
Play Videos On Your Web Browser
Instead of using a media player to play videos, you can just drag the video into Google Chrome, and it will start playing. Chrome only plays AVI, MPEG and MP4 video files. It also plays MP3 audio files.
Play Built In Games In Google
Google has a number of games built into its search function. That means that you don’t need to open Solitaire outside of your web browser any more, as it’s in Google. If you’re bored of Solitaire, then just type in Tic-Tac-Toe, Pac-Man or a range of other games to get playing instantly!
View Your Password To Make Sure That It’s Right
When you’re creating a new account on a website and it asks you to type in a password, the text will just appear as little dots. If you want to make sure that you’re typing the right thing in, then you can check. You need to right click in the password box, click Inspect element. It should highlight to you the part of the page that has the coding for the password. Then, where it says type=”password” you just need to change password to say text. This sound complex, but it’s actually really easy once you try it once.
Did You Accidentally Hit Undo? Redo The Undo In A Second
Just press ctrl and Y and the undo will reverse.
Worried About Whether A Site Is Safe To Visit? Check It With Google
Sometimes you can’t tell whether or not a site is safe to browse. Luckily, Google has your back. Just type this into the web browser:http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=
and then add site that you’re worried about after the equal sign. Google will tell you whether or not it thinks it’s safe and how it has assessed this score.
Make Gifs From YouTube Videos With Very Little Effort
Just go to the YouTube video that you want to convert, type in gif before youtube in the url and hit enter. You’ll be taken to a page on Gifs.com that will allow you to convert any part of the video into a gif.
Just Paste An Image’s URL Into Paint To Open It
Instead of copying the image or saving the image from the internet, you can just copy its URL, go to Paint, press file and open, and then paste the url into the text box that appears.
Delete Whole Words With Ctrl Backspace
Instead of deleting every single letter, you can hold down ctrl when typing to remove an entire word. All those seconds saved backspacing will add up eventually!
There’s A Task Manager In Chrome
Sometimes Google Chrome will start playing up. Instead of shutting the whole thing down, you can just hit Shift and Esc to bring up Chrome’s Task Manager. This will allow you to shut down parts of Chrome instead of everything!
Windows Task Manager Can Be Opened Really Easily
Instead of going to a lock screen, you can just hit Crtl, Shift and Esc to bring up Task Manager in a second.
Got Tons Of Stuff Open On Your Page? Minimize Everything With One Click
Just click on the window that you want to stay open and shake it while continuing to click. This will minimize all the other windows.
Need To Show Someone How To Do Something? Windows Has Just The Tool
If you type PSR into your computer’s search bar (the one next to the windows button on Windows 10,) you can open an app that records every action that you take on a computer. You can then show these steps to anyone to show them how to do something in exactly the right way.
Find The Words On A Page Instantly
If you hit Ctrl and F, then a box appears that allows you to type in any word or phrase. The web browser or application that you’re using will then locate the uses of that word or phrase and let you find them instantly. This is built in to most softwares that have words in them! Software that lets you change the text in a document, like Word, also lets you change the typed in word or phrase throughout the document instantly.
Use Google To Search The Contents Of Only A Specific Website
If you type into Google the website that you want to visit, for example, www.facebook.com, and then hit tab instead of enter you will be able to type in a specific search. The search results that show up will only be from the website that you typed in beforehand. This only works for some sites, however!
Forgotten The Words To A Famous Phrase? Google Will Tell You
If you’re trying to remember something famous that someone once said, it can be difficult to remember every word. However, if you go to Google, type in a quotation mark, type in the words of the phrase that you remember, put in asterisk to replace forgotten words and end it with another quotation mark, the Google search should tell you what that phrase was.
Keep Getting Distracted Online? Lock Out The Distracting Sites For A While
If you find yourself being drawn to Facebook, Twitter and other sites that can easily drain away an entire day’s productivity, then there’s good news. There are applications that you can install that allow you to lock access to those sites for periods of time, allowing you to get on with work. Stay Focused is one such application which can be installed into Google Chrome.
Perform A Quick Reverse Image Search
If you want to see all of the sites that an image appears on, then place the mouse icon over the image, press S and right click. A new Google search tab will appear showing all of the times that that image has been used recently.
Remove Unwanted Google Searches Easily
If you Google something and the thing that you’re looking for doesn’t show up, then look at the results that do come up. If the results all feature a word that you don’t want included, then go back to the search and add that word with the minus symbol, meaning -, before the word. The search will then filter out any articles that use that word.
Stop Videos From Autoplaying On Facebook
Autoplaying videos can be so distracting. But there’s an easy way to get past this. Just go to Facebook.com/settings and then click Video and then press Off. Not more autoplaying videos.
Cheat Through Life By Corrupting Files
Now this is sneaky. You can upload a file to Corrupt-a-File.net, which deliberately breaks a file. You can claim that the file got corrupted without your knowledge to play for some extra time.
Turn Your Phone Into A Remote For Your PC
Install Microsoft Remote Desktop into your phone and computer.
And those are the best of the best internet and computer time saving tricks! Enjoy all that extra free time!