8 Easy Computer Hacks

Eight easy hacks for you to use on your computer. Save time and increase your productivity!

1. Find out all the information Google knows about you.

Google will provide you with all the information they have collected on you. You can see this by checking out the:

History – Your entire Google search history.
Ads – What Google thinks your interests are and the ads they are serving you based on those interests.
Location History – The places where you used Google to do anything.
Takeout – Here, you can export every piece of information Google knows about you.
Dashboard – An activity page that tells you about all the Google services you are using.
YouTube search history – YouTube also saves all of your searches.
Permissions – You can see here what permissions you gave to the extensions and sites you use.

2. Disable Facebook’s video autoplay option.
Annoyed by the continuous stream of autoplay videos bombarding you on Facebook? No worries. You can disable that option by going to facebook.com/settings. On the left side of the screen you’ll see ‘Videos’ – click on it and you’ll be presented with an option to turn off autoplay.

3. Have a YouTube video on repeat.
By replacing “youtube” in any YouTube link with “listenonrepeat”, you can loop a video. Like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZiNtbgm9oM >http://listenonrepeat.com/watch?v=IZiNtbgm9om.

4. Make Chrome a PDF reader.
Just drag the PDF file into Chrome, and you can read it there. Easy peasy.

5. Automatic brightness adjustment.
A nifty little app called f.lux alters the brightness of your screen to your environment to ease eye strain and help you sleep better. Download the app here: https://justgetflux.com/

According to f.lux: “It makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.” There is no mobile version but here are a few alternatives: Brilliance, Break for eyes, Occies, Moonlight. Just download them from the Apple App Store.

6. Instant reverse image search.
Instead of having to save the picture and loading it back into the Google Image Search tab, you can simply hold S and right-click on the image. Once you do, a drop-down menu will appear, and you can select “Search Google for Image.” (Works only in Chrome)

7. Clear your cache really easily.
Simply click control, shift and R at the same time, and refresh a page. This will allow you to view a webpage with a cleared cache.

8. Quick 5 shortcuts to aid your productivity.

(Windows)

• Alt-tab: Switch between windows.
• Alt-F4: Close a window.
• Ctrl-tab: Switch between a browser and Excel tabs.
• Ctrl-F4: Close a tab.
• Ctrl-Z: Undo.

(Mac)

• Command-tab: switch between open applications, not windows.
You need to use command-tilde (~) to switch between windows of one application.
• Command-W: Close a window.
• Press ⌘ + Option and the right arrow together to go to the next tab. Press ⌘ + Option and the left arrow together to go to the previous tab. Press Ctrl + Tab to scroll through your tabs.
• Command-Z: Undo
• Command-Y: use QuickLook to preview items.

And there you go! No sweat no fuss. Just quick solutions!

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