PC tips and tricks you should know
PC tips and tricks you should know

Most hardcore computer users may consider themselves more than learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to sharpen your skills on PC, and we bet you'll find at least one useful thing you never knew before. We've compiled the easiest computer tricks you should take advantage of. The ultimate goal is to help you get more productive by shaving precious seconds off your workflow. In fact, you can always help your not-so-familiar friends and family with these tips to become better PC users.

The original tips and tricks guide was republished in 2013. Since we edited the article, we've removed some tips that are no longer relevant and add more to our list. The original guide is also very Windows-centric, and it is still ongoing, but we have added a lot of information about MacOS replicas and shortcuts that are commonly used by desktop power users.

Simple Tricks

Bring back the closed tab:
we've dedicated a section below for web browsing, but it's very useful. Close tab accidentally? Press Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen the recently closed tab and retrieve what you are doing (Cmd+Shift+T on Mac).

Window Snapping and Multiple Monitor Control:
Windows can quickly snap to both sides of the monitor by pressing the Windows key+arrow keys. Alternatively, pressing the Shift+Windows key+arrow will jump the window to another monitor. You can quickly set up a second display or projector by pressing Windows+P.
As mentioned earlier, we leverage the power of mission control to manage virtual desktops in MacOS, switch between applications, and grow on your desktop beautifully. However, Max does not support Windows Snapping, but a $ 0.99 app called Magneto is highly recommended.

Password Protect Files:
A simple way to lock access to certain files to create an encrypted archive. Odds are you've already installed a copy of 7-Zip, WinRAR, or AnarchyLower (Mac) or equivalent. Create a new archive, choose to encrypt its contents, and keep them secure.

Undo everywhere to fix those little mistakes:
Did you know that almost anything can be undone? Ctrl+Z is the ultimate hotkey, and make sure you already know about it, however, note that undoing does not apply to type. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can press Ctrl+Z (Ctrl+Y to undo it) to move it back to where it was.

YouTube Keyboard Shortcut:
If you think the use of the spacebar to stop YouTube videos(unless the focus is elsewhere and it doesn't work), try using K instead of stopping, but J and L go back / forth for 10 seconds. Om works as mute. Super Work.

Find your Wi-Fi password:
On Windows, go to "Network and Sharing Center". Right-click on the Wi-Fi network connection icon> Wireless Properties. Click on the Show Characters box to show your Wi-Fi password.

  • All passwords in macOS are stored in the kitchen app. Use Spotlight to find "Kitchen Access". Open the app and find your Wi-Fi network name in the list of saved credentials. Double-click it to show your password, and then click on the box(it requires your OS-level password).
Receive Clipboard Manager:
Once you've become accustomed to relying on Clipboard Manager, productivity boost works the same way when you become more efficient with multiple monitors or virtual desktops. We have a store dedicated to it, but in a nutshell, try Clipclip for Windows. Use Flycat for MacOS.

Screenshot like you mean it:
Hitting the print screen on your keyboard is the easiest way to capture a screenshot. But Windows and macOS offer screenshots in many other ways, many of which are good options. But, the screenshot is catching up and commenting.

Hold a picture of your phone:
How many times have you found that you want to snap a picture on your PC and transfer it to your workflow?

  • Mac users have made it easy for Apple macOS / iPhone owners with a continuation camera. In any supported app, go to the top menu: Edit> Insert from your iPhone or iPad> Select "Take a photo" or "Scan the document". It activates the camera on your iPhone, takes photos and it automatically appears on your desktop.
  • Windows Microsoft has developed a side project to do this with iOS and Android phones, but it is unfortunately not well managed. Two good options are Airdroid and Portal, or sync with Dropbox or Google Photos.

Windows Power User Menu:
By right-clicking on the left-hand side of the Start button on Windows 8 and 10, you can open a quick list of common Power User destinations in Windows, which opens the context menu with shortcuts to Power Options, Event Viewer, Device Manager, and so on. So. This menu is also accessed by pressing Windows Key+X.

Turn on 'Night Mode' on all your devices:
If you work often at night or just like reading on the screen before going to bed, this can be a game-changer. We recommend using F.lux on both Mac and Windows, but both operating systems already have some built-in support. The same goes for your mobile devices.

Find / Eliminate Large Files Wasting Space:
You can use the Space Sniper tool to easily find out which files and folders are taking up too much space on your drive. From there, you can remove them and open up a ton of storage space. Other Windows options include (free) Winderstat and Treasize. On macOS, you can use Finder or Siri to find large files with a third-party app, but we prefer to use GrandSphere.

Delete the Windows.old folder:
If you have too much free space and ignore the undesirable, you can ignore the folder and it will be automatically deleted 30 days after the update. If you are tied up for storage space, you can use your Windows tools to remove it easily.

Command Prompt:
In Windows File Explorer, type "cmd" in the address bar and it opens the command prompt in that directory.

Typing Tricks

Paste the plain text from the copied text:
When you copy text from a source, the program usually has any formatting that comes with it. To paste this into plain text, press Ctrl+Shift+V instead of standard Ctrl+V, and paste without distorting the system text. It also works on Mac: Cmd+Shift+V.
Most but not all programs follow this parameter, notably Microsoft programs such as Word or LoTook, which is annoying. There are some options beyond copying and pasting on Notepad:
  • Ctrl+Alt+V displays the 'Paste Special' dialog box.
  • Ctrl+Spacebar removes the formatting on the already pasted text.
  • Download PureText and always choose a hotkey to paste plain text with it.

Delete the entire word:
Pressing Ctrl+Backspace instead of deleting the letter will remove the whole word behind the cursor. If you search the entire world, it will remove the text quickly.

Move the cursor to the next or previous word:
Manually moving the cursor as you type is a good way to take more time. To speed up the process, move the cursor with the keyboard shortcut. To move to the beginning of the previous word, use the Ctrl+Left arrow. To move to the beginning of the next word, use the Ctrl+Right arrow. On macOS, you can achieve this using the Option key. To select words/paragraphs as you go, hold down the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow(selects the entire body of the text above or below).

Emoji Keyboard:
If you are accustomed to using emoji, be aware that desktop OS mobiles support natively. On Windows, press Windows Key+.(Period) and macOS CMD+Control(Ctrl)+Spacebar. Using all the expressions you will see an ever-moving emoji panel.

Creating Sub and Superscript Text:
If you need to create Sub or Superscript Text (Exponential to Superscript), press Ctrl+= for Subscript, and Ctrl+Shift+= for Superscript.

Use the Windows Character Map to identify and create foreign symbols:
Search the Start menu for "Character Map" and find a utility that allows you to visualize each character and an alt for later use. +Numpad also provides code. For example, the Euro symbol (€) can be created with Alt+0128.

That'll be all for this part, stay tuned for the next part of this whole topic. Using these tips and tricks on a regular basis will make your time on the computer more enjoyable or at least practical.
So, did you learn something you didn’t know before?