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The computer shortcuts you didn’t know you needed

Control + C = Copy

Control + V = Paste

You mean you already knew those ones? Well darn. How about these 15 others, compiled from the finest minds (okay, "some" minds) of Reddit in a discussion of the best computer tricks and tips.

We've even thrown in a few of our own - because we paid far too much attention during our ICT lessons.

Now, to fabricate a scenario where you can act like a smug tit to someone in the office...

"Tim? Can you have a look at this Excel sheet a second...?"

  • The computer shortcuts you didn't know you needed

    Opening links

    To open a link in a new tab, click on it with the middle mouse button (often the mouse wheel).

    Some websites might not support this function, but most do. Like ours. Because it's awesome. 

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    Excel basics

    • F2 to edit a cell 
    • Shift + Space to select whole lines
    • Ctrl + Space to select whole column
    • Ctrl + Plus to insert cells
    • Ctrl + Minus to delete cells
    • Ctrl + 1 to edit cell format
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    Repeating commands

    Spending a long time in Excel? You'll need F4, which repeats the last command. 

    Select a cell and highlight it yellow, then highlight any other selected cell(s) and repeat it by pressing F4.

    Hours of your life saved. 

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    Snip snip

    Want to grab a specific part of a screen to copy to someone else? Use the Snip Tool (it should be in your Start menu).

    Drag a box over the section of the screen you want to copy and boom - paste it wherever you may please.

    No more cropping screen grabs like a noob. 

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    Shuffle your windows

    Want to move a window out of the way?

    Hold down the Windows button and any direction button, and the currently open window will shift in that direction. Useful for quickly minimising screens and the like. 

    What were you looking at, anyway?

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    Unleash the power of the Google console

    Want to find an image or specific piece of HTML in a website? Open the Google console by pressing F12.

    From here, you can view how a website is put together. To find all the images, head to 'Resources', then 'Frames', then 'Images'. 

    Now don't go stealing any photos you shouldn't, okay?

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    Extra YouTube controls

    K = Pause and play

    L = 10 second fast forward

    J = 10 second rewind

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    Quick lock

    Going somewhere and don't trust your colleagues not to start signing your email up to a bunch of spam accounts?

    Hit the Windows button and 'L' and it'll immediately lock your computer.

    Just be sure you've remembered what your password is.

    'Password1', right?

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    Image search

    Want to find an online image via Google?

    While in Chrome, hold down 'S' and right click the image. It'll search Google for the image and bring back a series of identical or similar results.

    Clever, eh?

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    Mess with websites

    Want to write anything you want into any website? Google Chrome lets you do just that.

    Hit F12 to open the Chrome Console.

    In the text space, write document.designMode = "on" and press Enter.

    Then start writing within the web page.

    It should be noted that this will only appear in your screen - but you can create all sorts of mayhem by taking screenshots of things that never really happened.

    Note: Don't believe everything you see on the Internet. This tool can allow anyone to make all sorts of claims that just aren't true. 

     

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    Zoom zoom zoom

    Control and '+' key = increases page zoom

    Control and '-' key = decreases page zoom

    Control and '0' key = resets zoom 

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    Emergency notebook

    Want to create an untraceable notebook?

    Open a new tab in your web browser and paste in the following: 

    data:text/html, <title>Text Editor</title><body contenteditable style="font-size:2rem;font-family:georgia;line-height:1.4;max-width:60rem;margin:0 auto;padding:4rem;">

    This will create a text editor notebook, letting you make quick notes without leaving your web browser. 

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    Simple Word selections

    Ctrl + arrow = moves cursor a whole word, rather than a single character

    Ctrl + Shift + arrow = selects whole words, rather than single characters

    Shift + Home = selects everything proceeding the cursor

    Shift + End = selects everything after the cursor 

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    Selecting windows

    Alt + Tab = switch quickly between windows you're currently running 

    Adding 'Shift' cycles the windows the other way

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    Quick scroll

    Does your mouse button have a clickable wheel?

    Then if you want to make quick progress through a page, rather than repeatedly scrolling the wheel, try holding down the wheel and moving the mouse up to scroll up, down to scroll down.

    Obvious? A lot of people don't know about it... You're just clever, okay?