Increasing productivity is the name of the game whether you’re working on professional or personal projects. Learning your computer’s shortcuts and hacks can save time and sanity. There are about a trillion shortcuts out there, but the following seven are pretty awesome no matter what you use your computer for. Be a productivity powerhouse with these shortcuts and Mac hacks…
Screenshots are a really simple way to capture images on your screen. You can take a quick snap of the exact area you’d like a .jpg of. This comes in handy when you’re remotely guiding someone through a computer process, or to simply capture an image you’d like to keep or share later. Let’s say you’re having a funny chat with someone, you can take a screenshot of the convo. Please use this power for good, not evil.
Quick Link (Command+k)
This works in most applications including Gmail. Just highlight the area you’d like to link, and use the command+k shortcut to add your link. The steps to really quickly add links are command+k, command+v, enter. And voila! Your link is ready to go.
Select All (Command+a)
So this one seems pretty basic, but you’d be surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t), just how many people forget about this shortcut and wind up manually selecting thing like pictures or files.
Reopen a Tab (Command+Shift+t)
We all do it, close that tab on accident and have no idea how we found it. You can either look through your browser history or your can simply use the command+shift+t shortcut to automatically open the last tab that was closed. This is actually a Chrome thing, but if you’re on a Mac, let’s face it…you’re likely using Chrome.
Another simple shortcut that has saved so many lives…well at least a lot of work anyways. Let’s say you just accidently erased half of your graduation speech…you freeze…that didn’t just happen! Have no fear, command+z is here to undo whatever stupid thing you just did. Many use this as just a Word command, but it also works in many other applications.
Ah, command+f! The time saver of all time savers. Instead of playing eye spy every time you need to locate something, just use this shortcut to search whatever page you’re on quickly and easily. A small search box will appear in the upper right hand corner, enter your search terms and you will see them highlighted. Boom!
This isn’t technically a shortcut, but rather a setting -a very important setting. If you don’t know what hot corners are, they quickly become the bane of your online existence. However, when you set them up, they’re a lifesaver! When you move your cursor to the corners of your screen, certain actions happen like clearing your screen or showing all open windows -whatever you set up hot corners to do. Click here for step-by-step instructions to set up hot corners, from a great blog, HeresTheThing.com.
Now go, be that productive person you always knew you could be, and come back to the Friendly PC blog every week for fresh new tech tips and info. Actually, here’s another hack…if you highlight this URL and drag it just a few centimeters down to the grey area under your search bar, it is saved there for easy future access.