Five time-saving technology tips

These little-known technology tips will help you to use any computer like a pro

Five time-saving technology tips

These little-known technology tips will help you to use any computer like a pro. Even if you think you’re tech-savvy, we bet there’s at least one tip in here you didn’t know.

When scrolling on the web, don’t pick up the mouse and use the scroll wheel – it’s a waste of time. Instead, hit the Spacebar to scroll down exactly one page. To go back up, hold down the Shift key, then hit the Spacebar.

When filling in forms on the web, such as your address, hit the Tab key to move from box to box. When you come to a drop-down menu, such as choosing your country of residence, don’t use the mouse to open it. Instead, when you have tabbed across to it, type the first letter of the country you want – if you keep pressing A it will sort through the countries beginning with A, eventually bringing you to Australia.

To increase the size of text on the web, hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and press the + key. To make it smaller again hold down the Ctrl key and press the - key. If you are using a Mac, replace the Control key with the Command key.

When highlighting a word, don’t drag your cursor over it. To highlight a single word, simply double click it. If you wish to delete highlighted text, don’t bother hitting the Delete key. Instead, simply start typing – the highlighted text will automatically be overwritten.

Google is not just a search tool – it is also a dictionary. Type ‘Define’, followed by the word you want defined, and Google will give you an answer. You can also use Google as a unit and currency converter. For example, typing ‘1AUD to USD’ will give you the current conversion rate from Australian Dollars to US dollars. You can also try ‘3.4 cups to tablespoons’ to get a unit conversion – this is very handy when cooking.

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    4th Jul 2013
    You learn something new every day! Thanks for these tips - very helpful.
    4th Jul 2013
    Wow! Loved I this article. The only tip I knew was #2. Thank you very much. I had so much fun testing them all out! Not that I was a doubting Thomas or anthing!!!
    Alida Talbot
    4th Jul 2013
    good isn't it, just goes to show how you learn from your mistakes, some of these I learnt by default
    4th Jul 2013
    I think the one I use the most is Ctrl+P for printing
    Young Simmo
    4th Jul 2013
    Here's a few tricks I have printed and laminated and sitting just behind my screen. CTRL+C and CTRL+V are the two I use every day.

    Keyboad Shortcut Result in Windows® XP - General

    CTRL+A Selects all the items in the active window
    CTRL+C Copies the item or items to the Clipboard and can be pasted using CTRL and V
    CTRL+F Displays the Find all files dialog box
    CTRL+G Displays the Go to folder dialog box
    CTRL+N Displays the New dialog box
    CTRL+O Displays the Print dialog box
    CTRL+P Displays the Print dialog box
    CTRL+S Displays the Save dialog box
    CTRL+V Pastes the copied item or items from the Clipboard
    CTRL+X Cuts the item or items selected to the Clipboard
    CTRL+Z Undoes the last action
    CTRL+F4 Closes the active document window
    CTRL while dragging an item Copy the selected item
    CTRL+ SHIFT with arrow keys Highlight a block of text
    CTRL+ ESC Display the Start menu
    CTRL+F6 Opens the next document window in the active application
    29th Jul 2013
    This was like that Australian Expression ..GREAT !!..Thanks

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