#1: Okay, so this isnt a computer hack, but it belongs so well start with it: Apple shortcuts. (On your Apple device, go into Settings -> Keyboard, or something like that). For example here are some of my shortcuts:
- $$ is the 12 or 15 digit library code to reserve books online
- && is my email address, a long one, and rather convenient for commenting on blogs and such.
- @@ is my blog link, for commenting and emailing, and everything else. Much better to type "@@" than http://majesticgoldenrose.weebly.com/
#2: Use the alt shortcut keys on your computer. I'm saving this for another post, but these are the paste, undo, save, print, bold etc keyboard functions. Google them, there are *so many*....
#3: Get one of the electrical things you can use to plus in 6 things into one outlet for USBs. Its worth it.
When you are trying to use your keyboard, mouse, headphone/ microphone, backup-drive, and a few flash drives, and charge a MP3 player, graphing calculator, and at least one camera... some extra ports can be handy.
#4: Use the right hand corner of your screen to go directly to the desktop. Its the little box to the right of the date.
#5: Upload images from the internet by pasting the URL in the file name box. I use this in iPiccy all the time.
#6: Forget about Pinterest. Let me explain:
I have thousands of blogs and videos and such saved in folders on my computer. Finding any one link is very convenient by searching by name for it. Here is how it works:
Open up a new folder (I call mine "explore" and then have folder/boards within that) and open the website or image you want to save. To the left of the website URL in the address bar, there is a globe (or sometimes lock) and drag that into your folder. You can do the same with an image, by dragging it into the folder.
To pull it up again, click the link and it will open in your default browser. Images will be image files. Quick, easy, and no distractions.
#7: Windows Speech Recognition. But I already talked about this one; you can read about it here. I use this a lot to type up essays. Instead of typing anything, I read it to my computer. No looking back and forth, no typos. Its nice.
#8: Search efficiently.
Don't you just hate when you are looking for something and get 237,000 hits, but can't find the one you want?
- If you want a pdf, when you use your search engine end your entry with filetype:pdf
- If you want a link on a specific website, say amazon, end your search with site:amazon.com
- If you want to search for 2 words as one keyword, use quotes "cell phone" or "potato chips"
And, use Bing. They'll pay you $5 a month or more if you search with them if you make an account.
Also a search engine is also a calculator, translator, weather forecaster, converter, periodic-table-knower, etc. Thats pretty handy.
What did I miss?