The New York Times number one tech columnist, David Pogue gave quite an interesting TED talk to simplify our interaction with technology. Here are the top 10 time saving tech tips he shared with us:
1- Don’t scroll with your mouse. Use the space bar on any browser. Every time you hit it, your browser scrolls down one page. If you hold the shift key while you press the space bar, it will scroll up.
2- When you’re filling out forms on the web, you can hit the tab key to jump from box to box. Now, when you get to the popup menu where you put your state, you don’t have to actually open that menu. Just hit type the first letter of your state over and over until it gets to the one you need. This also works for months of the year and everything you have in those popup menus.
3- If the text on the website you’re reading is too small, there’s a very quick solution. Just hold the crtl key while you press the plus sign and it will make the text bigger. To get the opposite effect, just hold ctrl key and press the minus sign.
4- Texting takes you longer than you’d like? This tip will definitely help you! Just hit space twice after you are done typing the sentence and forget about period and capital letters. The phone will do it for you!
5- Want to re dial your last call? Just hit the call button to get the number of your last call into the dial box, and then hit call again to make the call.
6- How tired are you of getting instructions on how to leave a message on your friend’s phone? There’s a way of bypassing those instructions and go straight to the beep. Every carrier has a different key, but you can learn them and save yourself from being annoyed one more time.
For Verizon, you just have to press *. For Sprint, press 1. For AT&T and T-mobile press the universal # key.
7- You can throw away your oxford dictionary now. Google can be your new dictionary! Just type “define”, followed by the word you are looking for and Google will show you the definition. You don’t even have to click on anything. It will just show you the definition as you type. You can also type in any airline flight and it will show you the status and other useful data as gate, ETA and such. And finally, you can also use it as a unit and currency converter.
8- On every word processor, there’s no need to drag the mouse over a word with the right button clicked and slide over it. You only have to click over the desired word to highlight it. After that, you don’t even have to delete it. You can just type over it!
9- Do you know what shutter lag is? You sure know it’s annoying, but do you know how to get rid of it? Shutter lag is the time your camera uses to calculate focus and exposure before it actually takes the picture. You can forget about it by half pressing the shutter a few seconds before taking the shot. That way, the camera will pre-focus and you can kiss shutter lag goodbye!
10- A useful tip for your presentations. In order to momentarily stop your presentation and black out the screen, you only have to press the “b” key. Hit it again and the screen will go back to where it was. Hit the “w” key instead, and you’ll white out the screen. This works on Keynote, PowerPoint and every presentation program.
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