Tech Tip: Part 2

There are many useful tips and shortcuts that can make your tech life easier. I have already discussed the tech shortcuts I use the most in my daily life. David Pogue, founder of Yahoo Tech, shared 10 clever tech tips in his 2013 Ted Talk. In the video below, he discussed some really cool tips for computer, smartphone, and camera users. You may know many of these tricks, but I’m sure you’ll learn something new.

 Since I am not a fan of watching informational videos with no text, I have included an abridged list David Pogue’s tips. My $0.02 are in italic.

1. Scrolling- When you’re on the web and you want to scroll down, don’t pick up the mouse and use the scroll bar. Instead, hit the space bar. The space bar scrolls down one page. Hold down the Shift key and space bar to scroll back up again. Why didn’t I know this!

2. Online Forms – Hit the tab key to go from box to box. For the pop-up menu for your state, don’t open it. Type the first letter of your state over and over and over. So if you want Connecticut, go, C, C, C. If you want Texas, go T, T, and you jump right to that thing without even opening the pop-up menu.

3. Changing Text Size- When the text is too small, hold down the Control key and hit plus, plus, plus. You make the text larger with each tap. It works on every computer, every web browser, or minus, minus, minus to get smaller again. If you’re on the Mac, it might be Command instead. To go back to default text size, hold down the Control key and hit the number 0.

4. Typing on Cell Phones- When you’re typing on your Blackberry, Android, iPhone, just hit the space bar twice to put a period at the end of a sentence. Go space, space and the phone puts the period, the space, and the capital for you. 

5. Redialing- If you want to redial somebody that you’ve dialed before, all you have to do is hit the call button.  The last phone number should appear. At that point you can hit call again to actually dial the number.

6. Keyboard Shortcuts to Skip Voice Mail Prompts

Verizon: *

AT&T and T-Mobile:  #

Sprint: 1

7. Google Shortcuts – You think of Google as something that lets you look up a webpage, but it is also a dictionary. Type the word “define” and then the word you want to know. You don’t even have to click anything. 

Google is also a complete FAA database. Type the name of the airline and the flight. It shows you where the flight is, the gate, the terminal, how long till it lands.  It’s also a unit and currency conversion. Again, you don’t have to click one of the results. Just type it into the box, and there’s your answer.

I know I do!

I know I do!

 8. Highlighting Text – When you want to highlight a word, please don’t waste your life dragging across it with the mouse like a newbie. Double click the word. Also, don’t delete what you’ve highlighted. You can just type over it. This is in every program. Also, you can go double click, drag to highlight in one-word increments as you drag. Much more precise. Again, don’t bother deleting. Just type over it.

9. Shutter Lag- Shutter lag is the time between your pressing the shutter button and the moment the camera actually snaps. That’s because the camera needs time to calculate the focus and the exposure, but if you pre-focus with a half-press, leave your finger down, no shutter lag! 

10. Presentations – All you do is hit the letter B key, B for blackout, to black out the slide and make everybody look at you, and then when you’re ready to go on, you hit B again, and if you’re really on a roll, you can hit the W key for whiteout, and you white out the slide, and then you can hit W again to unblank it.


David Pogue: 10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips Transcript


9 thoughts on “Tech Tip: Part 2

  1. Thanks for the abridged list. I’m not big on watching videos and reading it was much quicker and more effective for me. 🙂

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