6 out of 10 People Ignore These Simple Computer Tips
You might be a rockstar of PC tips and trick, but there is a large, really large group of people who don’t know few simple PC tips that can save time or effort on a daily basis. Few people are just ignorant and don’t use them. I have shared earlier some stupid windows 7 Tricks which people really didn’t know about. Here are some common but not so common tips shared by my friend Asif Ahmed of Techtip which you can apply for productive computing.
1. Automate Scrolling Facebook Timeline
When you are browsing your Facebook timeline, you keep scrolling down using either the down arrow or the mouse wheel. Simply clicking the mouse wheel, you can set autoscroll, set the scroll speed by placing the pointer away from the scroll point. It is very useful for reading long form articles or just browsing through Facebook.
You may also try pressing Space bar to scroll down.
2. Find anything on Webpage Instantly
Many people still try to find a particular word by reading out the whole page of text. Ctrl + F works on any kind of document file and can save a huge amount of time and effort.
3. Browser Based Keyboard Shortcuts
It surely does take a lifetime to switch between tabs in browsers but a simple shortcut (Ctrl + Tab) can make it easy when you are on a laptop and the touchpad isn’t very convenient. There are other shortcuts like Ctrl + T opens new tab, Ctrl + W closes the current tab and so on.
4. Sending .exe Files in Email
Few email services don’t allow attaching .exe files, and you stop trying further. But if you change the extension of your file to something else, say .jpg or .png, you can send it over email and instruct the recipient to change the file extension back to .exe. Or you can also zip the file using Winrar or Winzip. You can also send multiple files at once by zipping them together.
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5. Favorite or Most Used Programs on Taskbar
If you use few programs very frequently, it is a good idea to pin them to taskbar so that you can get them without leaving the app you’re working on. What many people do is, minimize the app they are working on, go to desktop or start menu and launch the program. Launching another app from taskbar just takes one step.
6. Take Full Control of Small Screen Laptops
Assuming you do not use a 17 inch laptop, just a simple trick will get you little more screen space. Taskbar is very important, the reason I have mentioned above, but you don’t need to see it all the time, better to auto hide it.
7. Stop Typing Google.com to Search
There are people who still type google.com in Google Chrome address bar and then do a search, I am on a mission to tell everyone that they can directly search from the address bar, this is now being offered by other popular browsers as well.
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8. Using Google More than Search Engine
You can save so much time by using this, many people know about it but they still don’t use it, type Movies in ‘city name’ and you get the movies playing in cinemas, You can also get currency conversions (‘$23 in rupee’) , simple and complex calculations ( type ‘calculator’) and so on.
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There are many more tips which can make your tech life easy but are not being used by many people, if you know any such tip which you want to share with other readers, please leave them in the comment below.
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