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25 Hidden iOS 8 Tips & Tricks That You’ll Regret Not Knowing Now

25 Hidden iOS 8 Tips & Tricks That You’ll Regret Not Knowing Now

iOS 8 comes out, and brings tons of awesome features. Now, it provides you with more powerful photo editing, more convenient voice message editing, more intelligent keyboard typing, and healthy track. It even opens to third-party keyboard apps, and enables to integrate Touch ID with some apps. All of these bring more friendly and useful experience to enjoy iOS life. However, that’s not the end. Actually, they’re many useful but hidden tips and tricks. I searched the internet and tested it on my own, here I cover 25 iOS 8 tips and tricks to show you how surprising it is.

1. Check Battery Usage

Your battery drains in an alarming rate, which forces you to charge iPhone, iPad or iPod touch frequently. Don’t worry. iOS 8 helps to monitor battery usage and tells you which apps drain your battery most. Just go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.

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    2. Recover Deleted Photos

    Have you accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Don’t panic. iOS 8 brings the deleted photos back effortlessly. Tap Photos app and you will see a Recently Deleted album. This album temporarily contains photos that have been deleted recently. It keeps these photos for 30 days. Thus, you’d better recover your wanted photos before the deadline.

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      3. Purchase Songs via Siri

      As you know, iOS 8 enables Siri to listen to the song that is playing and recognize it via Shazam. That’s not all that Siri can do. Now, Siri offers a URL to buy the song from iTunes Store. How convenient and intellectual it is.

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        4. FaceTime Call Waiting

        iOS 8 brings call waiting to FaceTime. That means, when you’re busy on FaceTime with your friends, you have the choice to reject the incoming phone call or end your current call for the new one.

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          5. WiFi Calling

          Are you a T-Mobile customer? Good news for you. Now, you don’t have to depend on T-Mobile cell tower coverage to make and receive phone calls. Instead, iOS 8 gives you the ability to make and receive phone calls over Wi-Fi. Just tap Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calls > turn on Allow WiFi Calls.

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            6. DuckDuckGo Search

            Fed up with Google search due to its tracking your searching? You have another choice. iOS 8 introduces DuckDuckGo, which protects your privacy to its extreme. To use it, you just need to tap Settings > Safari > Search Engine > Set DuckDuckGo as the default search engine.

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              7. Travel Time Notifications

              How long it will take to reach your wanted destination? When will you get to your appointment? iOS 8 gives you an answer on the calendar, so you don’t overbook. Tough as it is, it makes your trips more convenient.

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                8. Hide Predictive Keyboard

                It offers a brilliant feature that it can predict what words you want to type next. It’s convenient, but sometimes you might find it annoying. If so, you can hide the predictive keyboard by tapping the predictive words downwards. Whenever you need, you can tap upward to get them back.

                08hide-predictive-keyboard

                  9. Rearrange the Share Icons

                  Want to share interesting or funny photos with your friends, but the share icons are too many? Now, there is a way out, which gives you the power to rearrange the share icons to any placement simply by tapping, holding and dragging.

                  09rearrange-share-icons

                    10. Lunar calendar support

                    If you’re a Chinese, I’m sure you love this fantastic feature. It brings Lunar calendar for you. That is to say, now you’re able to pay close attention to all the Chinese traditional holidays, Chinese birthday and make arrangement in advance. To use Lunar calendar, you should tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > go to CALENDARS section > Alternative Calendars > tick Chinese.

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                      11. Emergency Contact and Medical ID

                      Thanks to the In Case of Emergency feature of iOS 8, anybody has easy access to your emergency contact info and media ID without unlocking your iPhone. To set it up, tap Health app. Tap Media ID, the icon at the lower right corner to create your medical information. Then, tap Create Medical ID to enter your information, including birthday medical condition, medication, emergency contact, blood type, height, weight and more.

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                        12. Powerful Text Editing in Notes

                        Now, Notes app in this new iOS enables you to personalize and color your own editing style. You can apply italics, bold and underline to a word, phrase and even a whole paragraph. It’s not just about words. You can even add any photo to the note you’re editing.

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                          13. Hey, Siri

                          Just say “Hey, Siri”, and Siri will be launched. You can do it as long as your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is on and is being charged. It brings great convenience for you when you want to speak to Siri. To set it up, you can tap Settings > General > Siri > turn on Allow “Hey Siri”.

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                            14. Send Video Messages

                            Stop getting everybody on FaceTime to share videos! Now, you can quickly send a video via messages. Go to Messages app and tap camera-like icon on the left. Choose Tale Photo or Video and then make a video clip and tap Use Video. Then, tap Send to send the video to anybody else.

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                              15. Camera Self-timer

                              Self-timer helps to take better selfie. Tap Camera app and slide to PHOTO mode. Tap the clock-like icon and you get 3 choices. You can delay the photo-taking for 3s or 10s. If you don’t want it, tap Off.

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                                16. Hide Photo

                                Have taken some photos, and want to keep it secret? Hide them. iOS 8 gives you the power to hide any photo you don’t want to expose. Just tap Photos app, and then tap and hold any photo. In the pop-up notice, tap Hide > Hide Photo. The photo will disappear. However, you must know that the photo you hide can be seen from Album. To let nobody see the photo, I think you’d better back it up and permanently delete it with some third-party tool, like SafeEraser.

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                                  17. Separate Controls for Focus and Exposure

                                  Finally, separate controls for focus and exposure come out with this OS. When you’re taking a photo and tap the screen, a yellow square and a small sun icon appear. Drag your finger up and down, and exposure lever will be up and down too. When you slide your finger up and down, the small sun will be up and down. By doing this, you can freely darken or lighten the brightness.

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                                    18. Favorite Photo

                                    It makes it very handy to add photos to your Favorite album. To make it, just tap Photos app and tap any photo. A heart-like icon appears at the bottom. Go tap it. Then, the photo will be in your Favorite album.

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                                      19. Quick Website Search

                                      The Quick Website Search feature allows Safari to use the smart search box to search within websites automatically. For example, enter “Wiki” in the address bar, and then correct Wikipedia website will appear in the search results. Tap it to easily access to the website.

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                                        20. Mark Messages as Read

                                        Too many unread messages stuck in the Message app? The new feature enables you to mark all unread messages as read. Just tap Messages app and tap Edit at the upper left corner. Go to the lower left corner and tap Read All.

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                                          21. Request Desktop Site

                                          Usually when you visit a website on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the server automatically serves a mobile-optimized webpage. What if you want to browse a desktop website on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? It gives you an answer. Now, the Request Desktop Website feature is built into Safari. Launch Safari and enter a website in the address box. In the pull-down menu, choose Request Desktop Site.

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                                            22. Grayscale Mode

                                            It’s cool that Grayscale Mode finally comes out. This accessibility feature lets you watch your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in a temperate situation. To set it up, you just need to tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn on Grayscale.

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                                              23. Add RSS Feeds to Safari

                                              You’re able to subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari. The RSS feeds will appear in the Share Links tab. Just launch Safari and visit any website that you want to subscribe to. Tap Bookmarks icon and tap @ icon. Go to the lower right corner and tap Subscription and tap Add Current Site.

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                                                24. Disable Notifications for Annoying Apps

                                                Feel annoyed because some apps keep sending you useless notifications? Now, you don’t have to suffer anymore. It empowers you to disable notifications for an app. Go to Settings > Notifications > Tap any App > turn off Allow Notifications.

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                                                  25. See All Details in Messages

                                                  It adds a new Details feature, which allows you to see all attachments in a conversation, like photos and videos. This makes it extremely easy for you to delete the large files to free up space. Besides, it also lets you share your location with your friends.

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                                                    All in all, there might be some flaws in this new version, but more new features outweigh the downsides.

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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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