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6 Smart Ways To Use the Facebook Save Button

6 Smart Ways To Use the Facebook Save Button

Facebook recently introduced a new save feature to their service that allows you to save links for later viewing. It is clearly designed to compete with features like Save to Evernote or the application Pocket. It’s available on both the mobile and desktop versions of the site (and the apps!) and you can find it by clicking the little arrow at the top right corner of any post with a link. If you’re wondering how to use it or some fun uses for the Facebook Save button, we’ll outline some ideas here!

1. Save it to read later

Sometimes you’re just browsing around waiting for something to happen. You may be in line at the movie theater or at a restaurant. You may see a fun link you want to follow and engage with but it’s almost your turn. You can use the Save button to save the link so you can view it later when you have more time. You may also want to wait to share something until later (waiting until a friend saw a movie to share your favorite movie review). Facebook’s Save feature’s primary function is to let you save it to read later and that’s a good user for it.

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2. Bookmark your favorite stuff

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    As a blogger, my bookmarks are ridiculous. There are probably a thousand links in my bookmarks that range from everything to reference material to gif websites. Not everyone is a blogger but everyone has stuff they wish they’d bookmarked. Facebook Save isn’t just good for saving things to read later but it’s also good just for saving things on a more permanent basis. If you found a link you just can’t live life without, why not save it to Facebook and have it whenever you need it?

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    3. Create a playlist or wishlist of music

    Since Facebook also lets you save music, you can use it to compile a list of new (or old if you’re into that) music for you to purchase or look more into later. There is a lot of music out there and between your friends recommending you stuff, new stuff coming out, and things like Pandora, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. You can use the Facebook save button to create a wishlist and playlist to help you remember to check out that new band.

    4. Save event locations to share later

    Who hasn’t been in this situation? You’re getting ready to go somewhere and someone has told you where it was before and you simply forgot. You can now save locations using the save button and that means you’ll never forget where an event is again. That is, as long as it’s shared somewhere on Facebook!

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    5. View stuff on different platforms

    Despite the fact that it’s 2014, there are still a lot of sites that aren’t mobile friendly. They have a lot of un-optimized pieces, it doesn’t load well on mobile, and it’s a real pain to make it look good. Use the Facebook Save button to save it in the Facebook app so that you can view the page in all its glory the next time you’re on a laptop or desktop.

    6. Eventually, you may create a collection for your friends to use

    For the time being, the saved stuff is private unless you decide to share it. However, we live in the digital age and Facebook is working as hard as it can to make everything you do public anyway. There’s a chance this feature will evolve into something your friends can view (anyone remember Notes?). Why not have a nice selection of awesome stuff for them to eventually, probably see?

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    It’s a brand new feature so there are probably some things that need worked out. We’re sure they’ll add new features and make it easier to save things. Of course, the feature could get cancelled altogether. If that’s the case, enjoy it while you can! It’s not the world’s most useful tool, but it can be quite helpful sometimes.

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    Published on September 20, 2018

    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

    Minimizing Tabs

    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

    Incognito Mode

    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

    Save Webpages as PDF Files

    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

    Open Recently-closed Tabs

    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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    Solve Mathematical Problems

    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

    Play Media Files

    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

    Stay Focus(e)d

    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

    Grammarly for Editing

    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

    Loom

    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

    Chrome Calendar Extension

    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

    Final Thoughts

    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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