We’ve compiled some of the most handy computer tricks you should be taking advantage of. The ultimate goal is to help you become more productive by shaving valuable seconds off your workflow. Of course, you can always pass along these tips to your not-so-savvy friends and family members to help them become better PC users as well.
1. Know Your Computer’s Hidden Features
Every operating system has hidden things lying under the hood, you just have to know where to look. Windows users should check out the hidden features of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, while Mac users should peruse the hidden features of OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Yosemite, and Mavericks. If you want to find even more, you can often find them in Windows’ Registry or in OS X’s terminal. System tweakers like Ultimate Windows Tweaker, Ony X for Mac, and Ubuntu Tweak are also great places to find secret features.
2. Keyboard Shortcuts
- CTRL C: Copy
- CTRL X: Cut
- 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.
3. Computer Security Tricks
Lock your computer if you get up Sick of your “friends” going onto your computer at work or home and posting things on your Facebook/Twitter page on your behalf? It’s certainly an annoyance, but an easy one to prevent.
Windows + L will lock your system right away, requiring a password (if you’ve set one) to log in again. On macOS use Cmd + Option + Power to log off. On the latest revision of High Sierra a quicker option to simply lock the screen was added which works using the shortcut Cmd+ Ctrl + Q
4. Web Browsing Tricks
Jump to address bar There are a number of ways to jump right to the address bar from anywhere in browser. Pressing Ctrl + L, F6, and Alt + D all accomplish this goal.
Automatically add WWW. and .com to a URL You can shave off a couple of seconds typing in a URL by simply click Ctrl + Enter after you type the name of the site. Need .net instead of .com? Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead.
5. How To Minimize All Programs
Do you have a lot of programs running and you want to minimize all go to the desktop but you don’t want to be clicking around minimizing all of them one after the other?
It can be a pain in the ass if the programs are many, I know that.
Use Windows Key + D to minimize all the whole programs at once.
You can also use Windows Key + M but the difference is that Windows D maximize the programs again if you press it twice.
Windows M will only minimize all the programs but cannot maximize them back