May 19

Tricks and Shortcuts for Ease of Use of Computers

Many people who call themselves computer wizards might think that they know every aspect of computers, including tricks and shortcuts. However, there are many more new ways that no one can learn them all on the go. This article helps one sharpen his/her skills while using computers some that you have encountered before and others that didn’t know at all.

Common Actions

How to open up a tab that has been closed: One might be working on a tab and accidentally closes it. Do not worry, simply press the keys Ctrl + Shift + T at the same time to reopen it on Windows operating system. On Macs operating system, however, to reopen a recently closed tab, use Cmd + Shift + T.

In computers using windows operating system, pressing Windows key simultaneously with Arrow keys causes the window to snap towards the sides of the monitor. Furthermore, pressing Shift, Windows Key and Arrow keys simultaneously causes the window to move to the other monitor. While to set up a projector or another display, press Windows Key plus P. Unlike Windows operating system, MacOS does not allow snapping of windows out of the box. However, Magnet, an app costing $0.99 can help users of MacOS perform window snapping.

Wondering how to protect files with a password? The simplest way to achieve this is creating an archive that is encrypted. This can be achieved by installing a copy of WinRAR, 7-Zip or the MacOS,s The Unarchiver. One creates a new archive, selects encrypt contents and adds a password to protect the files.

While using computers, users might, at one point, wish to undo what they have done, maybe to fix errors. It is possible to undo just every action performed on a computer. The renowned way is to press Ctrl simultaneously with Z. it should be noted that this function does not only apply to typing, for instance, if one deletes or moves a file accidentally, all he/she has to do is to press the two keys and is good to go. Similarly, Ctrl + Y will redo the action.

Pressing Print Screen is not the only way of taking a screenshot of the window. There are a variety of ways in both MacOS and Windows. These ranges from Monosnap to the snipping tool in windows.

On Windows Power User Menu, one is able to open common power user destinations by right-clicking the start button on the bottom left in Windows 10 and 8. This action will open a context menu that has power options shortcuts. The menu can also be accessed by pressing Windows Key and X at the same time.

One of the tricks I bet one will find unique is extracting images from a .docx or word file. To achieve this, change the name of the file to .zip from .docx, save it and open the file. One of the directories will be containing the picture from that document.

Storage space, being a valuable resource in computers, should never be wasted. Whenever there are large files that waste this resource, one needs to find and delete them. Space Sniffer is a tool that can help in identifying them. One is then required to delete them. Others include using TreeSize and WinDirStat on Windows. Siri and UseFinder can be used on MacOS. For more storage, one is advised to delete the Windows. old folder to free up some space.

Tricks for typing

To paste a plain text of what has been copied, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of the popular Ctrl + V. The same can be achieved on MacOS by pressing Cmd + Shift + V.

To delete an entire typed document, one does not require to delete letter by letter, instead, press Ctrl and Backspace simultaneously. To make super or subscript, press Ctrl + Shift += and Ctrl += for subscript respectively.

Shortcuts for Keyboard

Open a task manager by typing Ctrl + Alt + Del or by keying in Ctrl + Shift + Esc. The first option is also used to interrupt computer processes. In MacOS, we use Cmd + Shift + Esc.

Pressing Alt + Tab helps computer users to move from one open window to the other. To move backward, key in Alt + Shift + Tab. In MacOS, use Cmd + Tab. On the other hand, Alt + F4 will close a running program. To minimize all programs, use Windows Key + D. to close a current tab, use Ctrl + W.

Tricks for Browsing

To automatically add .com and www. to a link, press Ctrl + Enter after the website’s name. For computer users browsing using Chrome, to instantly search an image, hold down S and click on the photo. In addition, Chrome will open a private window for browsing if users type Ctrl + Shift + N. For Firefox, use Ctrl + Shift + P. Press Alt + D, Ctrl + L or F6 to jump to the address bar.

Security Tricks

Use Windows + L to lock the system. Use Cmd + Option + Power on MacOS to lock. These are some of the tricks, among others that computers users should be known for their ease of use.



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Posted May 19, 2018 by Arthur Torres in category "Computers