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10 Facebook Tricks You Need To Know But Probably Never Knew

10 Facebook Tricks You Need To Know But Probably Never Knew

Facebook; most of us use it almost everyday, doing pretty much the same things over and over again. Updating statuses, checking out friends’ profiles, downloading and uploading pictures and the occasional messaging, group chatting etc.

But, while most of us use Facebook everyday, the fact is that most of us also haven’t really tinkered with how all the above things in Facebook can be done a bit differently, more easily, more conveniently and maybe with a little less time and effort.

Here are 10 Facebook usage tricks that we believe will definitely help you enjoy a new and better Facebook experience.

1. Change your Status Update Font in Facebook

The next time you post your status update, do something cool and change your update’s font.

By default, Facebook gives you only one font. It is nice but everyone uses the same font! Where is the fun in that!

Head over to this Facebook font page changer page on the web. Once there, type in your update and then copy paste one of the funky styles you see, right into your status update page in Facebook. Your updates can then look like this!

change facebook font for status update

    2. Sync your Facebook Calendar with Google Calendar

    You would probably call your Google Calendar your secretary, wouldn’t you? That is how important Google Calendar has become for most people. Have you unsuccessfully tried to link one of your Facebook calendar events to your Google Calendar?

    It is actually a piece of cake! Follow the steps below.

    Go to Events in Facebook. Choose the upcoming tab and then click on the Options tab. Once there, you can choose the export event option, like shown below.

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    adding facebook calendar entry to google calendar

      Once you have copied the address, head on over to your Google Calendar. On the left hand tab, you will see an option called Other Calendars. Click on the drop down arrow next to it and then choose “Add by URL” as shown below.

      adding facebook event to google calendar

        That’s it. Your Facebook Calendar event is now neatly synced into your Google Calendar, with all the details you had on Facebook.

        3. Stump your Friends with a “Blank” comment!

        The next time one of your favorite Facebook friends post a status update, you can head on over to their post and leave a blank comment. They will be stumped.

        They will surely ask you what you intended to type after seeing your blank comment, like below.This little prank can be a great conversation starter if you think about it!

        To leave a blank comment, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and then type “0173”. Then, release all keys and press enter. You just left a puzzling blank comment!

        blank comment in facebook

          4. Stop Facebook from Tracking Your Every Move

          Did you know that advertisers on Facebook can target ads that will only show to you? Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

          The truth of the matter is that it is happening as you read this. Since Facebook is free, it makes money by making its massive user base available for targeted advertising, something that earns them billions.

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          using facebook disconnect

            If you would rather not be a statistic that is constantly tracked by Facebook, install Facebook Disconnect, available for both Chrome and Firefox.

            Enabling these extensions is pretty self-explanatory and, once activated, you can be assured that the relentless tracking from Facebook would have stopped.

            5. Choose Who Sees You Online on Chat?

            By default, when you are online and on chat, your name will have a green circle next to it, indicating that you are online and ready to chat away.

            While you might be in the mood to chat with just some people on your FB friend list, chat initiations from certain friends or just acquaintances can rather be more of a nuisance. Once again, just like how you can selectively share your status updates with certain people, you can choose to be shown as online in chat only for some people.

            Click on the little Settings gear icon on the right hand corner in the small Chat window that you see at the bottom of Facebook.

            Chat advanced settings facebook

              Once there, enter people that you want to be seen as available to chat with or leave out people who you don’t want to see you as online. Then, save the new settings and enjoy Facebook chat only with people you actually want to chat with!

              Facebook chat settings edit

                6. Block Facebook Ads with a Chrome Extension

                Do Facebook ads annoy you? Do they distract your otherwise enjoyable Facebook experience? After all, who wants to see a weight loss ad when you are looking at your friend’s awesome adventure vacation photo album?

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                Thankfully, the Facebook AdBlock extension in Chrome makes blocking Facebook ads real easy. Just install the extension and activate it to enjoy a ad-free experience, like the screenshot shown below!

                Facebook ad blocker

                  7. Get Customized Facebook Activity Summary in Your Email

                  This is a particularly good tip for those who are addicted to Facebook.Have you ever wished that there was a way you could maybe get a quick day end summary about what happened on Facebook, instead of logging into Facebook itself several times a day?

                  NutshellMail does exactly that. It works for Facebook and Twitter as well! What is really likable about Nutshell Mail is that you get to heavily customize what sort of alerts you want to receive from Facebook.

                  nutshell facebook account emails

                    For instance, you can choose to get email alerts from only certain friends, about tagged photos, about messages, about notifications, about certain Facebook pages and also about specific elements from your News Feed. It even allows you to select the maximum number of items per email, for each subsection that you select.

                    Once you set it up, your email will be a great way to catch up on Facebook. Depending on what you see in your email, you can then skip logging into Facebook, something that might otherwise result in a lot of time wasted with Facebook browsing.

                    8. Stop the Over Sharers

                    Some people go just a bit too far with their constant status updates. Just woke up, had breakfast, had lunch, with friends, going to bed, etc, etc! It never ends.

                    If you have had it with friends like this, there is a way to stop the over sharing. Well, technically you can’t stop them from over sharing, but you have a choice to block out there updates. You will still remain their friends and they won’t know that you have chosen not to see their updates.

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                    On the little down arrow on the top right hand corner of a post, click on Unfollow “Person’s Name” to stop their updates in your feed.

                    unfollow facebook oversharers

                      9. Retrieve messages from long lost friends, or maybe the creeps!

                      Not a lot of people know of this but Facebook has an automatic filtering system when it comes to your messages. While messages from your friends get a prominent notifications, messages from people who are not on your contact list and with whom you don’t have any mutual friends will silently go into the “Other” folder, without any notifications.

                      In all probability, this folder will contain messages like promotions, spam and maybe even the odd creepy messages from stalkers, with the latter being probable if you are a woman. But, once in a while, you will see a message from a dear friend you might have completely lost track of, in this “Other” folder. Doesn’t hurt to check it out once in a while, just for this reason.

                      Facebook messages from others

                        10. Delete Facebook Account for Good!

                        Facebook is great for billions of people. For some though, it might have just become a nuisance. If you are the type that never uses your Facebook account and never plan to again, it makes sense to completely delete your account and not just let your profile catch dust out there, somewhere in cyberspace.

                        To completely delete your account and go off the Facebook radar, choose one of the following options. Go to Settings > Security > Deactivate your Account. Once there, you will see a bunch of reasons why you want to deactivate your account. Choose one that suits you and then deactivate account. If you own Facebook pages, you will get a warning saying that such pages will be deactivated as well, unless of course you assign some people as admins.

                        how to deactivate facebook account

                          While deactivating your Facebook account, you can still choose to receive emails if you get tagged, if you get invited to groups etc. Check or uncheck this box based on your preference and then confirm deactivation to get off Facebook for good.

                          Featured photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via flickr.com

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                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                          Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                          Or even better:

                          What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                          You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                          Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                          How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                          The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                          In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                          • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                          • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                          • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                          As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                          Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                          Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                          But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                          his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                          5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                          Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                          But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                          1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                          2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                          3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                          4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                          5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                          Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                          There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                          • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                          • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                          • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                          • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                          Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                          With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                          25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                          Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                          1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                          If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                          2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                          If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                          If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                          3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                          Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                          =sum(

                          …and then press F3.

                          When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                          4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                          Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                          =match(

                          …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                          When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                          But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                          5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                          If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                          • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                          • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                          • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                          • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                          • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                          6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                          By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                          The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                          For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                          A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                          7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                          When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                          8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                          When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                          9. Use filtering

                          Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                          It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                          To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                          10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                          Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                          Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                          To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                          11. See formula results with F9

                          If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                          Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                          12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                          If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                          13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                          Here’s how to use EDATE:

                          =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                          =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                          14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                          Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                          =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                          =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                          15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                          TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                          16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                          In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                          17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                          When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                          And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                          18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                          If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                          19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                          Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                          You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                          20. Use data validation

                          This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                          • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                          • Create drop-down lists;
                          • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                          21. Use conditional formatting

                          It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                          22. Use formula auditing

                          This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                          The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                          23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                          Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                          It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                          24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                          INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                          25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                          OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                          The bottom line

                          As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                          That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                          If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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