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20 Computer Tricks to Save Your Energy and Your Data

You have been typing up some text when you suddenly see some mumbo-jumbo appear on the screen. You save a web link to read a page later and then you find out that it's gone. You work hard on an essay and don't save it before the computer battery dies. If you have ever been in situations like these, we have good news for you — soon, you will forget about them once and for all.

Bright Side is sharing tricks that ensure you won't lose any important data and save time when doing everyday tasks on the computer. And don't forget about the great bonus waiting for you at the end of the article.

The Internet

1. To reopen a recently closed tab:

  • Windows - Ctrl + Shift + T
  • macOS - Cmd + Shift + T

2. To save a webpage as a PDF:

  • Windows - Ctrl + P, then choose "Save as a PDF"
  • macOS - Cmd + P, then choose "Save as a PDF" in the drop-down menu

3. It's easy to find a specific book in Google: open the advanced search and choose the necessary file format — PDF, DOC, RTF, DjVu.

4. To learn the time in any city, type "time+city" into the search engine.

5. To learn the currency exchange rate, type "900 dollars in euros" into the search engine.

6. To use Google as a calculator: type in the desired number and plus, minus and other symbols and press "Enter".

7. To restore the address of the current webpage in the search field in case you make a mistake while typing, press "Esc".

Social media

8. If 140 symbols on Twitter are not enough for you to express something, use Twishort, TwitLonger or Tall Tweets.

9. To save the Facebook pages you like to look at them later: choose "Save Link" at the top of the page. To return to the article, open "Saved" in the menu.

10. If you don't know the e-mail of the person you are interested in, you can send an e-mail to their Facebook address — The network will redirect the message to the e-mail the account is registered with.

Working with documents

11. Find a lost document and any other file or launch a program:

  • Windows - Win + R, enter request
  • macOS - Cmd + Space (Spotlight), enter request

12. To change the font size in Word:

  • Windows - Shift + F3
  • macOS - Shift + F3

13. To save an open file:

  • Windows - Ctrl + S
  • macOS - Cmd + S

14. To cancel the previous action:

  • Windows - Ctrl + Z
  • macOS - Cmd + Z

15. To repeat an action:

  • Windows - Ctrl + Y
  • macOS - Cmd + Y

16. Google Docs is a great tool for people who work with text a lot. All documents are saved every second and you can edit them from any device.

17. Punto Switcher is a program that changes the typing language by recognizing the necessary language. This makes writing and editing text much easier and faster.


18. To find a deleted page or find out what a website looked like previously, you can use the web time-travel machine.

19. To delete a Facebook account in case of death, you should go to "Settings" — "General" — "Manage Account" — "Your Legacy Contact" and choose "Request account deletion".

20. The little bumps on the keyboard help you position your hands on the keyboard in the right way without looking. So, your index fingers should be on keys "F" and "J" for blind typing.

Which of these tricks seemed the most useful? Tell us in the comment section below!

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