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32 Free Image Sources For Your Blog

32 Free Image Sources For Your Blog

When it comes to writing online, the photos you use can make or break a post! To ensure your site is as beautiful as it is inspirational here are 34 free image sources you can use:

1. Dreamstime

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    Frequently updated and completely free, all Dreamstime requires is for you to make an account, free of charge.

    2. Free Images

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      With an impressive gallery of over 350,000 pictures, Free Images is worth the slightly lengthy sign-up process.

      3. Free Digital Photos

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        With absolutely loads of free images ready for the taking, all that’s required of you is that you’ll occasionally need to credit a photographer.

        4. Free Range Stock

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          Free registration is compulsory, but the high-quality photos will be worth the sign-up.

          5. ImageFree

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            With a mixture of free and paid for images, you’re bound to find the right image on ImageFree.

            6. IM Free

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              These stylish and handpicked photos will look great on anyone’s site.

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              7. Morguefile 

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                Photographers from around the world have contributed these photos for anyone to use, so why not reward their generosity by using their works of art!

                8. Free Photos Bank

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                  No log in required so you can start downloading images instantly!

                  9. Public Domain Pictures

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                    After a quick signing up process you will have access to an extensive gallery of amateur photography.

                    10. Pixabay

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                      Over 310,000 free photos and illustrations that you can use anywhere!

                      11. Stockvault

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                        Designers, students and photographers can all share their photos and illustrations on Stockvault and you are welcome to download any of them for free.

                        12. Bigfoto

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                          If you’re looking for a specific country or city, then Bigfoto will almost certainly give you relevant, free images for you to use.

                          13. Ancestry Images

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                            Maps, prints and photos that span back throughout history!

                            14. Gratisography

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                              A personal favourite of mine, Gratisography is easy to use and their gallery is perhaps the most interesting one on this entire list.

                              15. Rgbstock

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                                Register with one click and download any of these creative photographs and graphic designs.

                                16. Death To The Stock Photo

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                                  High-quality photos are sent to your email monthly, all they need is an address!

                                  17. Hubspot

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                                    Like Death To The Stock Photo, marketing platform Hubspot will send you premium standard photo collections that you can use anywhere!

                                    18. FreeMediaGoo

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                                      If you have a specific need such as beaches or forests, then chances are FreeMediaGoo can help you out.

                                      19. iStock

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                                        With a new selection of free photos available every week, iStock is almost certain to have what you need and all you have to do us sign-up.

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                                        20. Little Visuals

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                                          Seven unique, high resolution photos delivered to you every seven days: Little Visuals is a must-have tool for any blogger.

                                          21. PicJumbo

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                                            No cost, no registration: just high-quality photography you can use anywhere!

                                            22. PickUpImage

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                                              If you want some high-resolution photos of mother nature at work then this is the site for you.

                                              23. New Old Stock

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                                                Vintage photography from the free archives!

                                                24. Superfamous

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                                                  Superfamous is the online gallery of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter, as long as you give him credit then you are free to use his photography.

                                                  25. Unsplash

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                                                    Ten photos are added to Unsplash every ten days, and their existing gallery is extremely impressive. No sign up and completely free, Unsplash is an incredible site.

                                                    26. Wikimedia Commons

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                                                      With over 21 million media files, you are almost certainly going to find everything you need for your blog on Wikimedia Commons.

                                                      27. Compfight

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                                                        Using the Flickr search engine and API, Compfight will supply you with all the relevant Flickr images you need free of charge.

                                                        28. Creative Commons Search

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                                                          The creative commons equivalent of Google: you’re bound to find anything you need using CC search!

                                                          29. Foter

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                                                            Use Fotor to look through every Flickr photo and find one of their 228 million stock images!

                                                            30. Photopin

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                                                              Another way to get your hands on one of the millions of CC Flickr images online!

                                                              31. StockPhotos.io

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                                                                Over 25,000 free photos all displayed in in Pinterest-esque fashion.

                                                                32. Canva

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                                                                  Last but certainly not least is Canva! Using their tools you can accompany beautiful free images (or your own!) with beautiful fonts to create stylish feature images or even posters!

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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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