Computer Life Hacks 101

Date: Thursday, 25th February 2016 | Category: , , , ,

We’ve gone round the studio today and put together our five best computer life hacks we think everyone should know

Snip happy

Number one has to be the snipping tool. This is by far the most under-rated tool there is (in our opinion). If you want to just select part of the screen simply use this then either copy, paste, save or edit the area.

To find this on a Windows computer go to ‘Start’ then search for ‘Snipping tool’. Then all you have to do is drag the cursor over the area you want to select.

On a Mac it’s ‘Command’, ‘Shift’ and ‘4’ to bring up the tool.

Drag and drop

Don’t waste time right clicking, ‘copy’, right clicking, ‘paste’; simply drag and drop any image or document file where you want it.

On Windows hold the ‘Control’ key and on Mac it’s the ‘Alt’ key.

Freeze frame

We all know how to press the pause button on a YouTube video, and most people know hitting the space bar can also do the trick, that is unless you have not yet clicked on the video, in which case the space bar will take you to the bottom of the page.

Did you know though that clicking the ‘K’ button will pause (or play) no matter where you are on the screen? ‘J’ will send the video back 10 seconds and ‘L’ will take you forward 10 seconds.

Move over

Clicking the ‘Windows’ button at the same time as an arrow key will move your window to that side of the screen.

If you want to move it over to another monitor use ‘Windows’, ‘Shift’ and an arrow key or simply drag and drop for that!

Unfortunately this is only a Windows trick and does not work on Mac.

Lock down

Need to quickly lock down your computer? No need for ‘Control’, ‘Alt’, ‘Delete’, simply press the ‘Windows’ button and ‘L’.

On a Mac you have to click ‘Command’, ‘Option’ and ‘Eject’ (or ‘Power’ if your computer doesn’t have an optical drive).

Do you have any tips or tricks to share? We’d love to hear them! Leave us a comment or tweet us @PhewUK.