Computers Tips & Tricks Everyone shoud be aware of ??

Computers Tips & Tricks Everyone shoud be aware of ??

 

Many hardcore computer users may consider themselves above learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to improve their PC skills and we bet that you will find at least one useful thing here that you did not know before.
We have compiled some of the most useful computer tricks that you should take advantage of. The ultimate goal is to help you be more productive by eliminating valuable seconds from your workflow. Of course, you can always pass on these tips to your less experienced friends and family to help them become better PC users.
The original Tips and tricks guide was published in 2013. Since then we have reviewed the article, we have extracted some tips that are no longer relevant and we have added many more that we consider essential in this list. The original guide was also very Windows-centric, and it continues to be somewhat, however, we have added a large number of macOS equivalents and information related to shortcuts generally used by advanced desktop users. 

General tricks


Return a closed tab We have dedicated a section to web browsing below, but it is too useful to lose it. Accidentally closed a tab? Simply press Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the most recent closed tab and return to what you were doing (Cmd + Shift + T on Mac).
Window adjustment and multiple monitor control Pressing the Windows key + arrow keys will make a window fit quickly on either side of any of the monitors. Alternatively, pressing Shift + Windows Key + Arrows will cause the window to jump to the other monitor. While pressing Windows + P it will allow you to quickly configure a second screen or projector.
As mentioned above, in macOS, we are in favor of harnessing the power of Mission Control to manage virtual desktops, switch between applications and reach a maximum on your desktop. Although Mac is not compatible with the window that comes out of the box, a $ 0.99 application called Magnet is highly recommended.

Files with password protection

 A simple way to block access to certain files is to create an encrypted file. Most likely, you have already installed a copy of 7-Zip, WinRAR or The Unarchiver (Mac) or some equivalent. Create a new file, select encrypt its content and password protect.

Undo everyone to correct those small mistakes Did you know that you can undo almost any action? Ctrl + Z is the last hot key, and you probably already knew, however, keep in mind that undo not only applies to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can press Ctrl + Z to put it back where it was (Ctrl + Y will do what you undo).

YouTube keyboard shortcuts

 If you thought that using the space bar to pause a YouTube video was effective (except when the focus is elsewhere and it does not work), try using K to pause, while J and L will step back / forward 10 seconds. M works to mute. Super practical.
Screenshot as you want it to say Simply pressing the print screen on your keyboard is the easiest way to capture a screenshot. But Windows and macOS provide several other forms of screen capture, many of which are better options. But then, he's taking a screenshot and making notes. We love Monosnap for doing that thanks to its simplicity, speed and cross-platform support.

Windows Power user menu You can open a quick list of users of advanced users in Windows by right clicking on the lower left of the start button in Windows 8 and 10 that opens a shortcut menu with shortcuts to power options, the viewer of events, device manager and soon. This menu can also be accessed by pressing the Windows + X key.
Easily extract images from a Word file (.docx) Change the file name from .docx to .zip and open the file. The images will be in one of the directories.

Search / delete large files wasting space 

You can use a handy tool called Space Sniffer to easily find which files and folders take up more space on your disk. From there, you can delete them and open up a lot of storage space. Other Windows alternatives (free) include WinDirStat and TreeSize. In macOS you can use Finder or Siri to find large files without a third-party application, but we like to use GrandPerspective.

Delete the Windows.old folder

 If you have a lot of free space and do not care about clutter, you can simply ignore the folder and it should be automatically deleted 30 days after the update. But if you have little storage space, you can use Windows' own tools to remove it easily.
Here, in the Windows File Explorer, type "cmd" in the address bar and the command prompt in that directory will open.
Reduce the number of programs that run at startup If your PC takes too long to boot, it's probably because you have too many programs running at startup. It is easy to reduce these and will make your PC launch noticeably faster. Be sure to investigate what you are disconnecting, since some third-party processes that you have installed may need some processes.

    Windows: 

open the task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and go to the home tab to configure what programs you want to start with your system.

    Windows 7 and earlier versions:

 open execution (Windows key + R) and enter msconfig to access a window with a similar start section.

    macOS:

 go to System Preferences> Users and Groups> Select your user and click on the Login Items tab. You can remove or hide the startup applications from here.
Windows hidden in the "god mode" folder Windows offers a centralized Control Panel for all operating system configurations, making it easy for users to adjust everything from the desktop background to the configuration of a VPN. To enter this mode, create a new folder with this exact name (copy and paste it): God mode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder icon will change to a style icon in the Control Panel, and you can jump and change all kinds of
 
 

Typing Tricks


Paste the plain text of what was copied When copying text from any source, the programs generally include any format that accompanies it. To paste this as plain text, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of the standard Ctrl + V, and the system will paste plain text. This also works on Mac: Cmd + Shift + V.
Keep in mind that many but not all programs follow this parameter, particularly Microsoft programs such as Word or Outlook, which is annoying. There are some alternatives that go beyond copying and pasting into Notepad: 1) Ctrl + Alt + V will show a 'paste special' dialog box. 2) Ctrl + space bar will delete the format in the text already pasted. 3) Download Puretext and choose a quick key to always paste plain text with it.
Delete a whole word Instead of deleting a single letter, pressing Ctrl + Backspace will remove the entire word behind the cursor. This makes deleting text faster if you ruin a whole word.
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next or previous word Manually moving the cursor while typing is a great way to make your work take longer than you need. To speed up the process, move the cursor with keyboard shortcuts. To move it to the beginning of the previous word, use Ctrl + Left arrow. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use Ctrl + Right arrow. In macOS you can achieve the same with the Option key. To select words / paragraphs while advancing, hold down the Shift + Ctrl + Arrow keys (up or down will select full text bodies).
Make sub and superscript text If you need to make sub or superscript text (think exponents for superscript), press Ctrl + = for subscript and Ctrl + Shift + = for superscript.
Use the Windows character map to identify and create foreign symbols Search the "Character Map" in the Start menu and you will find a utility that allows you to copy all imaginable characters and even provide an Alt + Numpad code for later use. For example, the sign of the euro (€) can be done with Alt + 0128.

Keyboard shortcuts


Open the task manager directly. If you want to skip the interruption that occurs when you press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and jump directly to the task manager, pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc will execute directly.
Using the Spotlight Windows built-in search is not useless, but it is certainly not reliable and slow. On the other hand, MacOS Spotlight is brilliant. Press Cmd + space bar to open an application by typing only the first 2-3 letters of its name, search for files or even make calculations
 

Interrupting all processes Ctrl + Alt + Delete used to be a common PC shortcut, and almost all advanced users are familiar with it. The important thing to keep in mind is that it interrupts all processes, including the one that bogs down your system, which can mean the difference between the need to restart or not. In macOS, you can also invoke the Force Output dialog using Cmd + Shift + Esc.
Cycle through open windows Pressing Alt + Tab allows you to go through the currently open windows (Alt + Shift + Tab will scroll backwards). This makes the change from one process to another fast and without problems. In macOS, the shortcut is Cmd + Tab.
Start programs with their own keyboard shortcuts Right click on the shortcut to any application in Windows, go to the properties and in the shortcut tab you should see a "shortcut key" field where you can type your preferred start combination . It should also be noted that if you click on the "advanced" options in the shortcut tab, you can configure it to run as an administrator, which is particularly useful for creating a shortcut to an elevated command prompt. This could be configured to start with the Ctrl + Alt + Numpad 1 keys, for example.

Close the current program.

  Writing Alt + F4 will close the program that is running. This is useful, since it allows you to spend time on the "X" and click. People often use this as a joke, telling them to press Alt + F4 to solve a problem. Do not be fooled unless you want to close what you are doing.

Minimize all windows Sometimes you have many things running and you want everything to disappear so you can access the desktop. Simply pressing the Windows + D key will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time by pressing the minimize button for each window. It should be noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there is no undo, so Windows + D is the most favorable approach. In macOS, we are in favor of harnessing the power of Mission Control to manage virtual desktops, switch between applications and reach a maximum on your desktop.
 
 

You can use the menu key on the keyboard to right-click.

  Not all keyboards have the key (as shown above), but many do. When you press the button, you will right click on what you have in focus / selected in Windows.

Close the current window / tab Stick to move all the way up to that X button? Press Ctrl + W and the current window will close. (Do not do it now, or you'll miss the rest of the tricks!)

Open the system information window This is much faster than digging this in the traditional way ... Simply press Windows + Pause / Pause and the System Information panel will be ready to go. This could be the only use of the pause / pause key you will find, so enjoy it!
 

Use your keyboard to start programs in the Windows taskbar. Touch the Windows key + the number that corresponds to the position of the program is a quick way to open them. For example, if Chrome was the second icon in your taskbar and that's what I wanted to open, I would press the Windows + 2 key.
Use your keyboard to navigate the icons in the system tray Touching the Windows + B key will automatically select the area of ​​the system tray, at which point you just have to highlight something with the arrow keys and press enter to open it .
Enable copy and paste at the Windows command prompt While you are retouching with the shortcut of the command prompt, if you right click on> Properties> Options> and check the box next to "Quick edit mode", you can select text with left click, copy with enter and paste with right click.

Web browsing tricks


Jump to the address bar There are several ways to go directly to the address bar from anywhere in the browser. By pressing Ctrl + L, F6 and Alt + D, everyone achieves this goal.
Automatically add www and .com to a URL You can subtract a few seconds by typing a URL by simply pressing Ctrl + Enter after entering the name of the site. Do you need .net instead of .com? Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead.
 

Cycle through the open tabs Pressing Ctrl + Tab while in a browser will move from one to another (Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go back). This can be much faster than moving the mouse and clicking on a tab. Ctrl + Num (1, 2, 3, 4, n ..) will also take you to a certain tab in that numerical order. Ctrl + 9 always takes you to the last tab, even if it's beyond the ninth.
Scroll through the pages with the spacebar When you touch the space bar on a website, it will scroll down in full page fragments and pressing uppercase + space will take you back.

Instant image search (Chrome only) If you hold down the "S" key and right click on an image, an image search will open in a new tab.


Use private browsing 

Uses for not having cookies and saved history are obvious for certain activities, such as buying gifts on a shared computer (of course!). Pressing Ctrl + Shift + N will open a new private window in Chrome, Ctrl + Shift + P will do so in Firefox and Internet Explorer. 

Turn your browser into a notepad Write this in the address bar and write notes. Alternately, although not so fast. Use Google Keep or Gmail's copywriting email to write notes and have them saved in the cloud as you type and progress.
Bookmarks of only icons in your toolbar You can remove the name of your bookmarks by leaving only the icon so that they occupy less space in the toolbar. In Chrome: right click on the bookmark> edit> delete the name and save.
Use the scroll wheel Place the middle mouse button to use by clicking on the links to open them automatically in a new tab / window. Also, if you use the scroll wheel button in a tab, it will close.
Copy links faster Right click on the link as usual, but tap E on your keyboard to copy the link.
Make the content editable. Open the console in Chrome or Firefox (right click, Inspect). In the console, enter the command document.designMode = "on" that will allow you to edit any text on the screen.
Zoom in, Reset Zoom Use the browser's magnifying glass to adjust a website and get a more comfortable reading. Ctrl / Cmd + (plus / minus sign) does the trick. To reset the default zoom level, use Ctrl + 0.

File management tricks


Change the name of a file quickly Right-click and select change the name is not very efficient. Instead, press F2 while selecting a file to change its name. To modify the name of another file, type Tab without deselecting the current file. On Mac, pressing Enter will change its name (which may sound counterintuitive to Windows users) while Cmd + O is used to open.
Backing up the cloud important files If you are working on a critical project, make sure you do not perform a local backup only. Services like Dropbox, Google Drive or any of the other popular cloud storage solutions will do the job for you in the background. Of course, you can also throw the files into a USB drive or external hard drive to make them more secure, but the cloud backup can be done without problems.
 

Rename the files sequentially in Windows or Mac.

 Actually, you do not need to download any program to perform a batch file name change. Instead, you can select all the files you want to change, right-click on the first one in the list, select change name (or use F2) and enter the name. This will automatically change all other files with the same root name with a suffix: (1), (2), and so on.

On Mac, you can do something similar. Select the files, then right-click and an option to change the name of the entire batch as a series appears.
 

Select multiple files using the keyboard To select a group of files using your keyboard, you can press Shift + Down arrow to select a single file or Shift + Page Down to select a large group of files at a time. Ctrl + A will select everything.
Right click to drag files and folders in Windows AND you will be presented with a context menu with options to move, copy, compress or create a shortcut.

Security advice


Lock your computer if it gets up Are you sick of your "friends" going to your computer at work or at home and posting things on your Facebook / Twitter page in your name? It is certainly a nuisance, but easy to prevent.
Windows + L will lock your system immediately, requiring a password (if you have configured one) to log in again.
In macOS use Cmd + Option + Power to close the session. In the latest revision of macOS (High Sierra), a faster option was added to simply block the screen, which works with the shortcut Cmd + Ctrl + Q.
 

Scan suspicious files with VirusTotal. If you are concerned that a file gets infected, you can upload it to VirusTotal for review by a few dozen cloud antivirus engines. Many times someone has already uploaded the same file, avoiding the wait.
See who logged into your router Software like Wireless Network Watcher makes it particularly easy and even has alarms when someone new appears. You can also do this by logging into your router (common router IP addresses) and looking for a list of wireless clients that should display the device name, your currently assigned IP address and your MAC address.
Permanently delete deleted data so that software like Recuva can not recover files / folders. Open a command prompt and enter encryption / w: C: to delete deleted files from your drive C: (change the letter to select another drive or folder). If you need to go the extra mile and use a file shredding program, see Eraser (Windows) and FileShredder (Mac).
Read installers Even major programs can install toolbars and other unwanted software pieces during installation. Take a few seconds to read each step and make sure you are not accepting to install more than the program you were really looking for. Too often, people simply press again and again, and end up with a browser covered in several search bars that simply are not necessary. In the worst case scenarios, these may have dire intentions.
Running programs on an infected PC Malware can prevent a computer from running certain programs. Renaming the .exe file can often override this. If that does not work, changing the extension to .com is another useful alternative, and the program will still be able to run despite the extension change.

Other tricks from third-party applications


Steam: moving games to another unit or partition Before software like Steam Mover is needed for this process, and although these third-party solutions should still work, Steam now offers the ability to store games in several units: Go to Steam> Settings> Downloads> Steam Library Folders, create a new Steam library folder in the new unit, then right click on a game already installed in the Steam library> Properties> Local Files tab> Move installation folder ...> Select the directory> Move folder.
 

Scan suspicious files with VirusTotal. If you're worried about a file becoming infected, you can upload it to VirusTotal for a few dozen antivirus engines in the cloud to review. Many times someone has already uploaded the same file, avoiding the wait.
See who logged into your router Software like Wireless Network Watcher makes it particularly easy and even has alarms when someone new appears. You can also do this by logging in to your router (common router IP addresses) and looking for a list of wireless clients that should display the device name, your currently assigned IP address and your MAC address.
Permanently erase the deleted data so that software like Recuva can not recover files / folders. Open a command prompt and enter encryption / w: C: to delete the deleted files from your drive C: (change the letter to select another drive or folder). If you need to go the extra mile and use a file shredding program, see Eraser (Windows) and FileShredder (Mac).
Read installers Even major programs can install toolbars and other unwanted pieces of software during installation. Take a few seconds to read each step and make sure you do not accept installing more than the program you were really looking for. Too often, people simply press again and again, and end up with a browser covered in several search bars that are simply not necessary. In the worst case, these can have terrible intentions.
Running programs on an infected PC Malware can prevent a computer from running certain programs. Renaming the .exe file can often override this. If that does not work, changing the extension to .com is another useful alternative, and the program will still be able to run despite the extension change.

Other tricks from third-party applications



Steam: 

 moving games to another unit or partition Before software like Steam Mover is needed for this process, and although these third-party solutions should still work, Steam now offers the ability to store games in several units: Go to Steam> Settings> Downloads> Steam Library Folders, create a new folder of the Steam library in the new unit, then right click on a game already installed in the Steam library> Properties> Local Files tab> Move installation folder ...> Select the directory> Move folder. 
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