You might have been using your computer in the least productive way. Here I’ve compiled some cool and helpful tips and tricks that will boost your productivity and save your time and effort.
The first thing is keyboard shortcuts. Yeah, the mouse is cool, but the keyboard is way cooler. Keyboard shortcuts just not only gets your job done quickly but also improves the efficiency.
Windows Key Shortcuts
|Displays or hides the Start screen|
|Opens notification and Action Center|
|Minimizes all windows|
|Restore all windows|
|Opens Microsoft Explorer|
|Opens on screen keyboard|
|View all virtual desktops at a glance|
|Opens the run window|
|Opens the system properties window|
|Locks the computer|
|Opens power user task menu|
| ||Opens Cortana|
|Opens Windows Ink workspace|
|Opens projector menu|
|Temporarily peak at the desktop|
|Opens Magnifier and zooms in/out|
Run Command Shortcuts
First, open the Run window by hitting
R shortcut and type in the following commands. These commands can be quite useful, so it’s worth remembering.
|Opens Character map|
|Opens Command prompt|
|Opens Control panel|
|Opens Firefox (if installed)|
|Opens Google chrome (if installed)|
|Opens Microsoft Word|
|Opens Microsoft Excel|
|Opens Microsoft Powerpoint|
|Opens Microsoft Outlook|
|Opens Windows media player|
|Opens Microsoft Paint|
|Opens On-screen keyboard|
|Opens Disk cleanup utility|
|Opens Date and Time properties|
|Opens Internet properties|
|Log out windows|
|Opens Registry editor|
|Opens Task Manager|
|Opens System configuration|
|View System information and DirectX information|
|Opens Add / Remove program|
|Opens Administrative tools|
|Opens Disk management|
|Opens Disk partition|
|Opens Temporary folder|
(Note: Delete the contents of the temporary folder)
|Go to the top of the page|
|Go to the end of the page|
|Open a new tab|
|Close current tab|
|Bookmark all open tabs|
|Open new browser window|
|Open page source|
|Restore original size|
|Switch to the first tab|
|Switch to the last tab|
|Opens the search bar in the address bar|
|Starts the Find utility|
|Highlights the text in the address bar|
|Moves through each of the open tabs|
|Print the page|
|Opens the Clear browsing history window|
|Full screen mode|
|Open Developer menu|
|Trick 1: Just type in the name of the website in the address bar on a browser and press |
|Toggle Play / Pause the video|
|Go back 5 seconds|
|Go back 10 seconds|
|Go forward 5 seconds|
|Go forward 10 seconds|
|Skip to a particular section of the video (eg. 5 goes to midpoint of the video)|
|Restart the video|
|Exit Full-screen mode|
|Go to the beginning of the video|
|Go to the end of the video|
|Mute / Unmute video|
|Turn Captions on / off|
|Cycle through options for caption background color|
|Trick 1: Left click on the video and click on ‘Loop‘ to repeat the video.|
|Trick 2: Left click on the video and click on ‘Stat for nerds‘ to view dropped frames of video, current frame, video dimensions and others.|
|Trick 3: Convert a YouTube video into a GIF, by adding ‘gif‘ before youtube in the URL, i.e. www.gifyoutube.com|
|Trick 4: Download any YouTube videos simply by placing ‘ss‘ at the beginning of the video link, i.e. www.ssyoutube.com/…|
Visit Google Password.
Are you like, “Woah!”? Remove passwords which you think, Google should not remember or which can harm you if your account is hacked.
This feature really helps me to remember my old passwords or password on a website which I don’t visit frequently. It saves me from the trouble of clicking forgot the password.
If you want to find out which website you visited on which particular day then, Google History will help you to get those data.
Google Maps Timeline
Do you want to remember where you were on a particular day at that particular time? Visit Google Maps Timeline.
God Mode is a shortcut to access all the operating system’s control settings from within a single folder. Here’s a tutorial on How to Enable God Mode on your computer.
All your life you have been using the shortcut
Delete to open the window and select Task Manager while you can directly open Task Manager by using the shortcut
Turn off ads in uTorrent
uTorrent is the most popular and frequent application you use when you wish to download a movie, games, music and other applications. Most of us use the free version and are annoyed by the ad banners that keeps displaying on it. So here’s a way to disable the ads and offers.
To turn off ads and offers:
Open uTorrent > Options > Preferences > Advanced.
You will see the following window.
Here you’ll find a large list of flags for the app and a filter box. Search for and disable the following flags:
Reverse Image Search
Most of you might know about the ‘search by image’ option in Google where you can upload an image and search the web for it. But you can directly search for the image in reverse to know exactly where it came from.
Right Click on the image to reverse search the image.
To avoid spam from certain websites, use disposable temporary email services to sign up for the stuff.
Below are few of the services offering temporary email facility:
Quickly Launch a New Instance of the Program
The taskbar icons can also be used to quickly launch a second (or third, fourth, …) instance of a program.
Just hold down
Shift and open the program by left clicking on the mouse and you will get a new, clean version of the software.
Use Mouse Scroll Wheel to Open the Link in New Browser
Have you ever wondered the purpose of the middle wheel on the mouse except for scrolling? Click on any link with the middle wheel and the link opens in a new tab.
I will be adding more tricks in the coming days. If you know some more tricks and shortcuts, then you can comment down below. I would really appreciate that. Please share this blog so that other people can also learn about it.