July 21, 2024

14 Computer Tricks You Wish You Learned Sooner

Published July 21, 2023, 4:15 p.m. by Monica Louis

There are 3 types of computer users: the ones who use their mouse, those who use their keyboard, and those who prefer talking to Cortana or Siri. No matter which category you fall into, you can’t deny the immense usefulness of certain shortcuts and hacks that reveal the unknown possibilities your computer always had. These smart tricks improve your everyday computer experience and give an absolute boost in your productivity and in your security.

We collected 14 computer hacks that will be massively helpful to anyone using their computer for fun or business.


1. Ctrl + T opens a new tab 0:54

2. Ask Google about any problem you’re facing before going to a PC expert 1:24

3. For currency conversions, use the Google search bar instead of a calculator 1:57

4. A laptop battery charges faster when in airplane mode 2:27

5. Download any Google image automatically by pressing Alt and clicking on it 2:57

6. Hide your IP address so that nobody sees what you’re doing 3:29

7. Download “f.lux” to make your computer’s screen brightness adjust automatically to its surroundings 3:57

8. A clean desktop means a faster computer 4:35

9. Find out who’s stealing your Wi-Fi 5:04

10. You can recover deleted files even if you’ve emptied the recycle bin 5:37

11. If you notice these signs, your computer has been hacked 6:14

12. Windows + C enables you to start talking to Cortana 6:49

13. Ctrl + Q quits your web browser 7:30

14. Ctrl + I turns the text style into italics 7:55

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- Opening new tabs is an action that you do countless times during the day. Instead of doing it manually with your mouse, you can simply press “ctrl” and the letter T and a new tab will open.

- You can type your problem into the Google search bar and read what Microsoft or the various tech forums have to tell you.

- If you’re traveling abroad and you need to see how much money you will get with the exchange, you can simply write down the amount of money and the currencies of the country where you’re traveling.

- When your laptop is on airplane mode it means that many features, like your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, are disabled. This takes some pressure off your battery and allows it to charge faster than if operating normally.

- You can simply push “alt” and then left click on an image and it will be automatically saved on your computer in your Downloads folder.

- There are various ways that can hide your IP address and make your browsing invisible. You need to install a good VPN on your internet browser so that it changes your real location.

- Most computers have the night shift mode, which adjusts the brightness during the night.

- If you are having problems with your computer’s speed, it might be the fact that your desktop is full of icons. Instead of having a folder for every little thing on your desktop, you can create one folder and organize everything in there.

- If you don’t just want to change your password, but also find out who the thief (or thieves) are, then you can download Who Is on My Wi-Fi and maybe go confront them.

- Deleting files and then emptying the recycling bin can prove to be very frustrating. What you can do is download recuva, which is the top program to recover permanently deleted files.

-Millions of people get hacked every day and you might be one of them at some point. Seeing your antivirus being turned off is one of the first serious signs.

- Another tremendously useful shortcut is the one that exits your web browser. In this case, you press “ctrl” and then the letter Q.

- When combining the “ctrl” key and the letter I there are various things that can happen in a total of 147 different programs. However, the most ordinary and common use of the combo is to turn text in Word and other text editing programs from normal style into italics.

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