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25 Best Google Chrome Extensions to Change Your Internet Experience

25 Best Google Chrome Extensions to Change Your Internet Experience

I am, by no means, a Google fan boy–I have a Samsung laptop and an iPhone (that, for some odd reason, asks me if it should trust the laptop every time I plug it in). Although I’ll never be able to justify dropping anywhere near four digits on Glass, Chrome has been my browser of choice for years now. That’s because Firefox reminds me too much of Netscape Navigator, Safari sucks, Opera is sluggish, and WTF is Internet Explorer?!?

If you’ve never tried Chrome, it’s fast, sleek, and searching on the Omnibar is so easy that once you go Chrome, you’ll never go home (or roam). Here are the best Google Chrome extensions; the ones that will change the way you browse the internet.

1. Search by Image

With all the fancy gadgets and software, people forget that web search is what Google specializes in. This unique extension increases the effectiveness of your search bar by incorporating Google Goggles. No longer do you need to waste time typing–just drag a picture into the search bar and experience the future of the Internet.

 

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    This extension adds this camera button to all Google search bars in Chrome

    2. Surf

    Torrents are necessary for security and research. Thanks to the NSA monitoring, its become one of the most secure digital file transfer methods. This BitTorrent extension allows you to search and download educational torrents from across the web all within your Chrome Browser. This means you don’t need a torrent program, although I always keep a couple handy, just in case, because you just never know who will try to impede on your educational tools.

    Just click the button, ignore the ads that always come with torrent browsers, and you’ll be well on your way to Tortuga. Be sure to pair this with PeerBlock and other encryption and anonymizing tools to protect your educational research from being leaked.

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      Torrents are a great research tool…I hear they have videos and music and video games to enhance your presentations…

      3. Cloudy

      No matter what anyone tells you, it’s a good idea to get your head into the clouds. Cloudy is a great Chrome extension for Gmail users to add files via any cloud service (Dropbox, Evernote, Instagram, etc). Sending attachments just got a whole lot easier.

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        Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

        4.  TooManyTabs

        Power-users are aware of the browser’s biggest drawback–tabbed browsing eats up your computer’s memory. You’ll notice it when you’re connecting to your preferred game server and the video you’re processing starts to stutter. Shutting down Chrome used to be the only way to resolve this. TooManyTabs gives you the power to tackles this issue by suspending unused tabs, or allowing you to organize, label, delete, and so much more.

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          Now’s a good time to concentrate on Auschwitz because Tab is too commercial…
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          5. Chrome Remote Desktop

          Windows has a few remote desktop sharing services available, but most of them have been integrated into other services or only work on other Windows machines. Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is a quick and easy way to access any device from your Chrome browser. It’s great for troubleshooting friends, colleagues, family members, or whoever else you know who still thinks Internet Explorer is a real browser.

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            Let me connect you to someone with a PhD in India making a fraction my salary so you can talk down to him instead…

            6. Text Mode

            Tired of flashy web pages burning your retinas with overly bright pictures, pre-loading videos, and all the other overlapping garbage? Use Text Mode to browse the worldwide web in text-only mode. It comes in extra handy if you crack, track, and warez.

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              Censor the Internet the way you see fit…

              7. Hover Zoom

              You can’t see enough detail in thumbnails, but some sites make enlarging them such a pain. This handy app shows the full size pics behind thumbnails on the most popular image sites (Facebook included) just by hovering your mouse over them. Now you can stop squinting to see whether or not that guy has his hand on your girlfriend.

               

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                Do you have this in a share size? Do I get a discount if I buy 2?

                8. Chime

                Get the features of your phone on your desktop, with desktop notifications for Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Foursquare, and more. Never be late to the party or miss a message again with Chime. It’s a great tool for those who love being in all the loops without having to get all loopy.

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                  The Internet Is People!!! It’s PEOPLE!!!

                  9. RSS Feed Reader

                  This is my RSS feed reader. It’s basic and to the point with no frills. As opposed to just having normal bookmarks (which you’ll also still have), this app is basically like bookmarking the site and being notified of any updates. It’s a great way for bloggers, news junkies, gossips, paparazzi, students, and business pros to surf efficiently through daily tasks.

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                    This isn’t actually a screenshot of my real feed reader, because privacy…

                    10. ScribeFire

                    Serious bloggers know what a pain it can be to keep track of all the logins and formats for every blog you post on. ScribeFire allows you to manage everything from one spot.

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                      It’s not a bad text editor…

                      11. AdBlock Plus

                      Keep your cookies safely tucked away (from everyone but Google and the government) in your cookie jar with AdBlock Plus. It doesn’t make you anonymous, but it stops those annoying banner ads (although nothing else). Think of this as your backup pistol in an first person shooter game; it’s basically just there for last-case scenarios in which you’re on the ground bleeding to death and fending off zombies while waiting for your partner to revive you. You’ll still want a ray gun or knife.

                       

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                        12. Evernote Web Clipper

                        Evernote is everything we wished Microsoft and IBM were making all this time with their productivity suites. Get the Evernote app to create notes (with time/date/gps stamps), Evernote Hello to import business cards into your contact list, and Web Clipper to save web research into your Evernote account with one-click.

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                          13. StumbleUpon

                          After millennia of searching, mankind finally has an answer to a question that’s plagued us: what do you get someone who has everything? The answer is StumbleUpon–the Chrome extension gives you that thumbs down button you always wished Facebook has, but for the entirety of the Internet (there’s a thumbs up button too).

                          If you don’t know what StumbleUpon is, imagine the Internet as a radio station; just input your preferences, and discover why so many of us would rather stumble across the web than browse it. My name’s Versability, if you need a friend.

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                            Just click stumble, thumbs a page up or down, and repeat…you’ve never had this much fun online…

                            14. Buffer

                            Social media mavens will love Buffer; it allows you to schedule posts to the Big Three of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) directly from your browser. Now you can time your thoughts with SEO trends, or to spread your thoughts out over a week and stop stressing. Either way, you’ll be socially interacting on auto-pilot online while actually getting work done IRL. Autobots, FTW!

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                              You wouldn’t believe how long I spent removing any trace of my tabs from this screenshot of my personal Facebook page to show you a button…

                              15. StayFocusd

                              Sometimes, all these shiny websites distracting you from your work is the last thing you need. StayFocusd allows you to temporarily block yourself from accessing certain websites to focus on working. Look at the screenshot–it’s a very simple concept. Get back to work and give us money.

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                              You know you wish you thought of this first. It’s great for those who resolved to stop incessantly checking Facebook, Twitter, play video games, watch movies, yada, yada, yada.

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                                Raise your hand if you wish your job was to tell people to get to work…

                                16. Lazarus: Form Recovery

                                This little extension autosaves everything you type, so that if your browser crashes after you submit a form, you can recover all of your data! No more panic if you see an error message after 30 minutes of carefully crafting a long form entry.

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                                  Hate filling out forms? Fill out this form to tell us why, and someone will get back to you at our earliest convenience…

                                  17. Honey

                                  Honey the movie is a horrible Glitter remake that replaces Mariah Carey’s singing with Jessica Alba’s dancing. Honey the app automatically inputs discount, savings, and coupon codes whenever you shop online (and they’re available). If you shop online, you’ll want Honey; it’s the easiest gold you’ll ever save. I keep singing the Archies in my head, “awww…honey, honey.”

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                                    “Not the bees! Not the bees! My eyes!” – Ah Muzan Cab

                                    18. Hola! Unblocker

                                    Love playing games, watching movies, socializing, and accessing other questionable material at work? They may not let you download iTunes, but this great productive Chrome Browser works so much better than Internet Explorer. Now you can add Hola! Unblocker and bypass those corporate firewalls.

                                    #Protip – if you have issues downloading at work, download it at home, and bring it to work on a disk, USB, or any other format you have available. You can also email it to yourself. Sooner or later, you’ll find a way to slip it on your computer.

                                    Hola! Unblocker integrates a VPN proxy directly into your Chrome browser. This unlocks a slew of possibilities, including, as stated on their site “bypassing censorship.” This is a helpful extension for accessing American sites from other countries as well; you don’t really think about how hard it is to access American internet from abroad until you have to do it. When it happens, you’ll be happy you understand VPNs and Proxies.

                                    As a bonus slacker tool, Excel is capable of running video games (Tetris, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc) within spreadsheets. That’s all I’ll say, for now.

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                                      19. BugMeNot

                                      Ever wondered how Anonymous stays anonymous online? One way is by creating shared public logins to social media accounts. The BugMeNot Chrome extension will create shared and anonymized logins to a variety of popular posting sites. You’ll never know who’s logging in and posting what, but you’ll still have ultimate control.

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                                      This concept is how YourAnonNews and all the other Anon accounts work (along with a variety of group/shared accounts on Twitter). It’s also a great way to bypass using your Facebook account to login to commenting sites (thus not giving them your personal info).

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                                        Go away, son, you bug me…

                                        20. Shareaholic

                                        If you pride yourself on always knowing and sharing the latest memes and other assorted online happenings, Shareaholic is for you. It basically adds all those like buttons for all your favorite sites so you can share anything anywhere in the blink of an eye within your browser. Sharing isn’t a real addiction though; you’re just a gossip.

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                                          My name is (state your name), and I’m a sharaholic…

                                          21. HTTPS Everywhere

                                          The Electronic Frontier Foundation and TOR Project have come up with some great projects for the internet, and HTTPS Everywhere is one of those underrated strokes of genius that came from a collaboration of the two. When you connect to the web normally, you connect through HTTP, but this handy extension reroutes everything through the more secure HTTPS instead.

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                                            Security is no joking matter…

                                            22. Translate

                                            Translate is another of Google’s innovative programs I recommend having on every device and browser you own. The ability to translate content comes in handy throughout regular conversation more often than you’d think. It’s also a fun to catch differences by translating phrases back and forth. Knowing other languages is never a bad thing, but skip the expensive Rosetta Stone, and learn with this freebie.

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                                              Ich bin ein Berliner…DAS BOOT!!!

                                              23. Bit.ly

                                              Shorter links are useless until they aren’t. Bit.ly makes that easy.

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                                                It’s not the size that counts; it’s how you use it…

                                                24. View Thru

                                                While Bit.ly shortens URLs, View Thru shows the full length link, so you can see where it leads before clicking it. #ProTip – Most trackers track you by tricking you into clicking a link. Just hover your mouse over a link and see where it really goes.

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                                                  #Protip – the easiest way to track someone is through an IP address, and link shorteners are great ways to hide trackers…

                                                  25. Awesome New Tab Page

                                                  Imagine you had your phone’s interface on your desktop. Now imagine yourself having Windows 8 within a browser. Last, imagine downloading an extension that’s all that and a bag of peanuts.

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                                                    Undo all that privacy and security you just set up…for convenience…

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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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