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Get Better On PC & Mac: Follow These 10 Simple, Useful Tricks for Higher Productivity

Get Better On PC & Mac: Follow These 10 Simple, Useful Tricks for Higher Productivity
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Are you working hard every day to get better? Reaching goals?

Recently I’ve had a conversation with an older guy who owns a pawn shop. He started to complain about business not doing well, how he lacks ideas and the drive, how he’s demoralized and overwhelmed by the technology advancement. “We can’t adapt so quickly to the new stuff like you youngsters. We’re slowly being discarded,” he told me while trying to persuade me to buy a used Mac, which he couldn’t use and understand well.

How are you doing in the tech compartment?

The technology today really progresses quickly. And many might feel left behind, or frightened to compete in this fast-paced world. Take the modern work atmosphere for example. New and improved technologies are a must nowadays ‒ if you can’t cope with the latest tech or apps, you’re outdated. Being outdated might put you in a bad position or bring you trouble. That’s why I’m sharing some tips that will help you use both Mac & Windows machine better and easier.

If you’re not as good in the tech section and you’re trying to fit in the new work environment, this is the post for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bit older. It doesn’t have to be that tough. You can do it. Start using these 10 tips and you’ll get better on PC & Mac in no time!

1. Quickly hide or close a lot of running apps.

There are many reasons to open a lot of folders at the same time. It could be either to transfer files from one to another or to rearrange your folders simply through the partitions. If not managed well, your screen can get stacked with a bunch of folders which might just confuse you instead of making you more productive. To navigate more easily through folders that you need, it is advisable that you close or hide the ones that are redundant at the moment.

The question is: how to do it?

Get Better On PC & Mac - quickly close an app

    For Mac OS: press and hold the command button ⌘ and keep pressing the Tab key. By doing this, you will list the apps and for the those you wish to close, you just have to press Q key, while for those that you want to hide, press the H key.

    2. Type quickly with your voice with a “hidden” Dictation app.

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    Get Better On PC & Mac - type with your voice

      If you need something written down and you’re not skilled with typing, the Dictation app could prove to be very useful. You can find the Dictation app in System Preferences within the Apple menu. To start writing with your voice, press the (fn) button (located in the upper left corner of a standard Mac keyboard), start talking and after you have finished, press the (fn) button again and your speech will be converted to text.

      The best feature of this app is that you can use it while offline, which makes it convenient while traveling. That is if you don’t mind the strange looks you’ll be getting while talking to yourself. This program offers its users the option to edit occasional mistakes that are known to happen when dictating to a computer. It remembers the changes and guarantees an improved experience each time you use it. While this feature is still new to the Windows OS, it works surprisingly well on Mac.

      If the dictation app is disabled on your PC (this happens often), it is easy to enable it by going to Settings > Dictation and Speech. If the box next to the “Enhanced Dictation” is unchecked, make sure to check the box, close the settings and you are ready to go!

      No more being embarrassed for not being able to type like a machine.

      3. Switching fast on a dual-monitor.

      Get Better On PC & Mac - switching between two monitors

        Dual-monitor setup is common in offices nowadays; it brings more screen real estate into your workspace and enables you to have/do more. Programmers and designers enjoy these benefits the most.

        For example, if you have opened Adobe Photoshop on the left screen and Adobe Illustrator on the right, you will probably reach a point when you want to transfer something from one program to another, i.e. from one monitor to the other.

        All you have to do is to press the Windows button together with the (Shift) and left arrow (ß) and this will instantly switch you to the left monitor. The procedure is fairly similar when going to the right, except this time you’ll be using the right arrow key (à) and that’s it. Also, if your monitors are connected correctly, you can hold your file with the left mouse click and drag it to the other monitor. Simple as that.

        This problem has an even easier solution on a Mac. Pressing ⌘ and F1 at the same does the trick with newer generations of Mac computers. For older versions, your best bet would be to click manually on the dormant monitor before sliding back and forth.

        4. Install Windows on your Mac PC.

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        Get Better On PC & Mac - Install Windows On Mac

          Some programs don’t work as good on Windows as on Mac. Some programs are Windows-only. If you don’t want to waste your time by emulating an entirely different OS, the solution is dual boot – install Windows on your Mac. This is perfectly legal, don’t worry. Installing Windows on a Mac PC could be a difficult task for some people; if you’re willing to go for it, check out the detailed guide that will take you through the process effortlessly.

          Before you start with the installation, you will need to have an Intel-based Mac,Microsoft Windows version 8 or higher OS media or (ISO) disk image and at least 55 GB of free disk space on your Mac. Do not forget to check the system requirements for the Windows OS that you are trying to install on your Mac as the requirements will have a massive impact on both the installation process and the functionality of Windows OS.

          5. Hide and display the Start menu whenever you need it.

          Get Better On PC & Mac - hide taskbar

            You might have seen this on a colleague’s computer, and got confused. No Start menu at all? What’s wrong?

            This is just an auto-hide option that Windows offers to its users. To enable it, you just right-click on the taskbar and go to Properties. Check the “Auto-Hide Taskbar” option and hit “Apply” button. By doing this, your taskbar will “disappear” but should you need it, press the Windows key, and it will appear together with the search option. Same goes with the mouse hover.

            This option is very popular among the programming community since using this option allows programs to be fully opened without displaying the taskbar on the bottom. Of course, whenever you feel like having your taskbar at the bottom again, follow the same steps but uncheck the “Auto-Hide Taskbar” and check the “Lock the Taskbar” option.

            When it comes to Mac OS, the taskbar is, of course, known as a dock and you can hide it if you wish to. The Dock icon within the System Preferences opens up a window where you can check a box to hide the dock automatically.

            6. Preview any file.

            Get Better On PC & Mac - Previewing folders

              If you are one of the Mac owners, did you know that you can preview any type of file, even the Photoshop files and videos? Select the desired file that you wish to preview, and press and hold the spacebar. You stop previewing the file by releasing the spacebar. Feel free to preview any adjacent files by simply using your keyboard arrows while holding space.

              This feature is perfect for all of you who are into photography since finding the right one could be a bit tiresome without the preview option. This feature enables you to go quickly through the pictures and selected the ones you like and separate them from the folder that you are previewing. The same thing is available with videos, as long as the video format fulfills the requirements of this excellent feature.

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              If you’re on Windows, you’re limited to the preview pane which can be turned on in the folders settings. If you want to enable it, click on “Organize”, head to “Layout” and select the preview pane to show. Same goes for Windows versions from 7 and above.

              Get Better On PC & Mac -previewing files on Windows

                7. Force quit an app.

                Get Better On PC & Mac - force quit an app

                  At some point, all of us have faced with the “Application has stopped working” and a frozen screen, which made us try the various options just to make it go away. Struggling with this kind of a problem is common for novices, but there is a quick, professional solution.

                  One of the easiest ways to make the application force quit on Mac is to press the Command key together with the Option and Escape. By doing this, the “Force quit application window” will appear and all you have to do is to select the desired app that you wish to close and force quit it. It can be compared to the more famous Windows option which utilizes the Ctrl+Alt+Delete buttons. When you use this command on a Windows machine, Windows Task Manager will open, where you can see the apps that run at the moment and quickly find the one which misbehaves.

                  Sometimes an app can get pretty stubborn in its disobedience to close. In those cases, you can apply different, advanced ways to force quit an app on Mac. When you look into them further, you won’t have problems with stubborn apps. Overall, make sure you’re running latest drivers and official apps, which usually don’t misbehave.

                  8. Disable notification pop-ups.

                  tips for Windows & Mac - Turn off the notificaitons

                    If you are presenting something to your class or you need your PowerPoint for an important business meeting, the last thing you want is to get distracted by the meaningless notifications that always find their way to pop up in the right corner at the most unwilling time. There is an easy way to disable these annoying pop-ups. Press and hold the (⌥) button and then press the “Notification Center” icon in the menu bar.

                    Once you have done this, you will see that the icon color is changing from gray to black, which means that all notifications won’t arrive until you turn that option back on. If this didn’t work for you, and you still see some of the notifications appearing on your screen, make sure to check out a detailed guide to see if you did everything that is needed.

                    If you have a Windows OS, notifications are disabled inside All Settings > System > Notifications and Actions (Windows 10). For Windows 7, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Notification Area Icons and customize which apps you want on your notification tray.

                    9. Change brightness and volume quickly.

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                    tips for Windows & Mac - Brightness and volume

                      Another cool shortcut that is good to know is how to modify the level of brightness on your Mac quickly as well as to turn down the volume fast, as it may come handy in some situations. If you are watching some content that is way too bright press the shift key (⇧) + Option key (⌥), and a small window will pop up where you can set up the brightness. Don’t forget to look after your eyes, especially if you are pulling long hours sitting in front of a computer.

                      When it comes to the adjustment of sound on your computer, it can be quite irritating if your main speaker is out of your reach. To turn down the volume, without the need to stretch yourself across the desk, you have to press and hold the shift key (⇧) and use the scroll on your mouse. By doing this, a small sound window will appear allowing you to see and adjust the current volume level of your speakers.

                      Windows users, you have to click on a small notification tray and change the sound there. If you’re on a laptop, there are keys for both brightness and sound adjustment on the keyboard.

                      10. Create your own keyboard shortcut.

                      Creating Own Keyboarrd shortcut

                        In the world of computers, automation and shortcuts form a killer combo. Every professional computer user has them; these bad boys make us several times more productive and make our computers work exactly like we want them to. Windows users have the privilege with this possibility, as Mac users can’t enjoy it in full swing (Yosemite adds app shortcuts to the keyboard, which gets Mac users pretty close to this function).

                        In order to make your own keyboard shortcut in Windows, you’ll need a desktop shortcut first. To do this, you need to right-click and select the “Create Shortcut” option. Then, choose the app or folder you’d like to have a shortcut for, and press “Apply.” Once you’ve made sure you have the shortcut on your desktop right click on it and go to Properties. After the new window has appeared, select the “Shortcut Key” line and in that blank space put whichever key you want, for example, K button. By doing this you are ready to go, your shortcut will be created, and you can access it by pressing the [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [K] buttons.

                        This one might help a lot for you to look more tech-savvy.

                        You can stay current.

                        Computers can help us a lot if we understand them and use them properly. The key to being current and productive, is persistence, routine, and positive attitude. Nothing is that tough that you can’t beat it. Especially some operating systems. You can do it.

                        Start using these tips today and edge the competition!

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                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                          84 write random letter

                            85 use a rubberband

                              86 dorm smell bad

                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                      91 iron inside out

                                        92 old newspaper

                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                            keep a card like this

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                                                94 soap bar

                                                  95 make a hole

                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                    38

                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                            50

                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                        58

                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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