Navigating a computer can be daunting for many, but with the right shortcuts and tricks, it can become a breeze. Recently, 27 Reddit users shared their favorite computer tricks that make their daily tasks easier and faster. Are you tired of waiting for your computer to catch up with your commands? Do you want to optimize your computer’s performance with shortcuts, Here are the best computer tricks everyone should know.
Whatever you type into the URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing control + enter.
2. An easy way to browse photos on a subreddit hands-free.
When viewing picture based subreddits, add a “p” into the url like so: redditp.com/r/subreddit to get a picture slideshow of the posts on that subreddit. This is particularly useful when you want to browse a picture based subreddit ahemhands-free.
3. A shortcut to downloading music.
Type -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “weezer” into a google search bar.
And for other searches, replace “weezer” with whatever you’re looking for. It finds music downloads on public ftp and http sites.
Hold S and right click an image to do reverse image search in Chrome.
The Wadsworth constant, which was proposed by /u/wadsworth, states that the first 30% of any YouTube instructional video is skippable. YouTube added it as a feature. Tutorial video? Add ?wadsworth=1 to the end of the URL and skip the awkward introduction by the host about their hobbies, genetic history, what they had for breakfast, and the explanation you could have gathered from the video’s title.
ctrl + shift + T
Opens up the last tab you closed.
Most of the good ones are gone, but, holding control makes your cursor move by full words, instead of by characters.
So CTRL + backspace will delete the entire previous word. CTRL + arrow keys will jump to the start of the previous word.
CTRL + L highlights the url/address bar in Chrome.
If a YouTube video is marked as private I’m pretty sure you can gain access simply by deleting the “watch?” In the URL.
I didn’t include this before because I never personally tried it, but I’ve heard that if you remove the “?” In a New York Times online URL you can avoid having to buy a subscription or whatever they want you to pay for.
Don’t hit control+alt+delete, hit control+shift+escape to go directly to the task manager.
One weird trick is pressing ESC to halt animated GIFs that are distracting. Animators hate me.
So many don’t know about alt-tab, which lets you switch between open applications quickly. It changed my life.
Putting the following into a favorite/shortcut on the toolbar re-enables browser right click. Good for sites that disable it to stop you stealing pictures, or if their own right click context menu is buggy.
I’m positive everyone knows this, but ctrl + shift + n opens up an incognito mode tab on chrome. You can browse freely being sure that nothing of what you do is saved in browsing or downloads history. No cookies either.
CTRL + SHIFT + R = Clear cache and then refresh page.
If certain subreddits are blocked at your school or work you can type the subreddit name with a + at the end of it.
Plug-ins make your internet experience 100x better:
- YouTube Center: allows you to customize YouTube to your liking, auto HD, remove annotations, and other annoying things that normal people have to adjust every time they watch a video.
- Imagus: allows you to view images by just hovering over the link. Works great for reddit.
- AdBlock: Everyone should know about this already. Blocks ads. Allows you to whitelist sites that have tasteful, non-intrusive ads (like reddit).
Tired of hitting spacebar to pause a YouTube video and having it scroll down a page instead? Hit “k” instead.
For websites like washingtonpost.com that allow you a certain number of free stories per month before you hit a paywall, just delete the cookies from the site and it will reset your count. Alternatively, you can browse it in incognito mode.
If you Google a UPS tracking number, it will link you right to the tracking page for your package.
When searching things in Google, you can type a minus sign and then the word you don’t want (-stuff) to remove that word from the search.
Googling “do a barrel roll” results in a barrel roll on Google.
Youtube video or website not available in your country? Try https://hola.org/lets you proxy from a different country really easily.
A lot of people probably already know this, but…
Go to Google. Type in Atari Breakout. Go to Images.
Try searching “tilt” in the address bar in chrome…
Google engineers must have fun. :)
Always check retailmenot.com for coupons before buying anything online.
Run into an old, dead link? Copy the url to archive.org… they often have a preserved copy.
These 27 computer tricks can make your daily tasks simpler and faster. By using shortcuts and plug-ins, you can save time and avoid frustration. Try them out and see how they can improve your computer experience.