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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

20 Awesome Screensavers that Make your Desktop Delightful

20 Awesome Screensavers that Make your Desktop Delightful

Screensavers were originally designed to save your monitor from screen burn in the beginning days of computers.  These days they’re used much less often, but there are still some great screensavers out there for those of us looking for something interesting to look at while our computer is locked.  Here are some of the most interesting, creative, and just plain awesome screensavers from around the web to make your desktop more delightful:

1.  NES Screensaver (Free)

This screensaver collects 60 ROMS from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Choose a title that tickles your fancy and play a quick video game while your computer takes a quick break.

2.  The Beatles – Love (Free)

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    Who doesn’t love The Beatles? Based on the Cirque Du Soleil show of the same name, this screensaver is a psychedelic throwback to the days when John Lennon was still around to remind us that all we really need in life is love.

    3.  Blue Screen of Death & System Boot Screens (Free)

    Blue Screen of Death

      For the masochists in the crowd, Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich created a screensaver based on the infamous Blue Screen of Death.  This screensaver cycles between various Blue Screen messages and Windows load screens so you can enjoy the geek version of nails on a chalkboard every time you leave your computer idle.

      4. Surveillance Cameras (Free)

      Surveillance Camera

        This screensaver is a guilty pleasure for voyeurs and privacy advocates alike. Your screen is divided into 4 sections, with each one displaying a live surveillance video feed from a selection of over 600 from around the world. Turn it on and feel like Tony Montana monitoring your Cuban cocaine palace without fear of assassination.

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        5.  HAL 9000 (Free/$5)

        There are a lot of Sci-Fi screensavers out there.  The HAL 9000 simulator, based on the supercomputer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, is easily the coolest. With multiple monitors, the experience gets even cooler. Don’t be surprised if your computer wakes up in the middle of the night to start questioning your humanity.

        6.  Game of Thrones (Free)

        Lord-Eddard-Stark-Game-of-Thrones

          Game of Thrones is one of the hottest shows out there right now. HBO’s official screensaver brings great pictures of characters and scenes from the show to your desktop. It’s a must have for any fan of the Ice and Fire series.

          7.  Sim Aquarium (Free)

          Aquarium

            It would be nice to have the guys from Tanked! create a customized aquarium in your house, but most of us can’t afford it. On top of it, there’s feeding the fish, checking the water, cleaning the tank; it’s a lot of work. Instead, download the Sim Aquarium screensaver and enjoy all the benefits with none of the work.

            8.  Zombies (Free/$9.95 to remove ads)

            Zombie Screensaver

              Every so often, we all get frustrated with our desktop. The 3D zombie screensaver comes to the rescue! Once activated, an army of zombies will crowd your desktop, destroying windows, eating icons, and causing general chaos. Take that, essay I didn’t want to finish and video game I can’t beat! 

              9.  Earth (Free)

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                You don’t even have to leave your desk to get the view astronauts spend their entire lives training to see. This 3D earth screensaver is awe inspiring.

                10.  Electric Sheep (Free)

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                  This screensaver from Electric Sheep is a bit confusing, but a lot of fun. When your desktop goes to sleep, your computer creates a “sheep” and begins communicating with other sheep to create some spectacular 3D artwork. It’s colorful, ever changing, and great for appeasing your inner Van Gogh.

                  11.  Fireplace (Free)

                  3d_fireplace_screensaver

                    One of the best parts about Christmas is the TV stations that turn their channel into a 24 hour fireplace for the family to gather around and enjoy. This screensaver recreates that magic on your desktop any time your computer goes to sleep with 4 different fireplace styles.

                    12. Wikipedia (Free)

                    Wikipedia

                      If you can’t get enough of browsing Wikipedia articles, this is the screensaver for you. Once activated, this screensaver presents a random Wikipedia article every 30 seconds or so. It’s not the prettiest screensaver out there, but it’s definitely one of the most informative.

                      13.  Don’t Touch My Computer (Free)

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                        If your computer is in a public place (or you have roommates/family who snoop when you’re around), this screensaver is a great answer. An animated guard dog sits on your screen. Every time someone touches the mouse or keyboard, the dog barks and growls at the intruder to scare them away.

                        14.  Twingly (Free)

                        twingly

                          Twingly is a great screensaver for those who love to read blogs. It is a visualization of real time worldwide blogging activity. Find a blog that looks interesting to you, click, and read away.

                          15.  BOINC/SETI @ Home (Free)

                          boinc seti

                            BOINC is a project set up by UC Berkeley that allows you to donate your computer’s processing power during idle time to contribute to curing disease, study global warming and other types of scientific research. My personal favorite is the SETI @ Home project, which gives you access to the data being collected in our search for extraterrestrial life. Very cool.

                            16.  Space Travel (Free)

                            Space Travel Screensaver 1.0

                              If you’re tired of looking at data and need more visual stimulation, The Space Travel Screensaver takes you on a visual journey from Earth to the surface of the moon through the Martian atmosphere, around Jupiter, and ending at the rings of Saturn. The trip is breathtaking and worth a look.

                              17.  Waterfall (Free)

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                              Waterfall Screensaver

                                If fire doesn’t relax you, perhaps water does. This waterfall scene creates an exotic and relaxing atmosphere for you to kick your feet up and relax without having to book a trip to an exotic locale.

                                18.  Screenstagram (Free)

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                                  Instagram addicts (90 million users strong) will love this screensaver that turns your Instagram feed into various photo presentations. If you’re a photo junkie, this is the screensaver for you.

                                  19.  Harry Potter (Free)

                                  hogwarts

                                    The Harry Potter book and movie series may be over, but that doesn’t mean it can’t live on in spirit. This screensaver shows Hogwarts in all its glory, complete with flying bats, wizards, and owls.

                                    20.  Cats (Free)

                                    Cats Screensaver

                                      Rotating pictures of adorable kittens playing, complete with music and sound effects. If you can even say the word kittens without a smile, you’re a monster!

                                      Now pull away from your computer and do something productive.

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                                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                      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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