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6 Ways To Learn About An App’s Performance Before You Download It

6 Ways To Learn About An App’s Performance Before You Download It

Smartphone and tablet users understand the frustration of paying for a bad app.

There are over one million apps currently in Apple’s store with Google Play hot on its heels.There are a wide range of options to choose from no matter what kind of app you’re looking to purchase. Some of them will be perfect for your needs. Some of them will be bogus, difficult to use, or completely incompatible with your device.

Purchasing an app that doesn’t meet your satisfaction is the source of much frustration. Thankfully, there are quick steps that smartphone and tablet users can take to find out about an app’s performance before downloading it. These simple but effective tips mean you will never waste any of those hard-earned bucks again.

Read the Reviews

    There are many great third-party websites that are dedicated to checking out the hottest new additions to the app store so you don’t have to. The writers for these websites are not only highly knowledgeable about what makes a good app, they have tried plenty of competitors to understand which is the best in a particular category.

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    Find one of these trusted websites, which you can usually identify based on their social media followers or how thriving their commenting communities are, and search for the name of an app you may potentially download. They will be able to give you an informative break-down of the app’s performance, the pros and cons, and what it does better or worse than others on the market.

    Check the Rating

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      If you have been trawling the internet for reviews to no success, there is another simple method that will provide you with information about an app’s performance: customer ratings.

      The ratings left by users aren’t always as trustworthy, informative, or unbiased as those of critics. They will sometimes be faked by PR agencies to boost an app’s popularity. Furthermore, even the greatest apps ever made have their share of one-star reviews complaining about insignificant grievances. However, if there is an overload of low scores on an app, all of which point towards the same handful of flaws, you should steer clear. There’s obviously something wrong.

      See an App’s Performance in Action

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        There’s one thing that ratings and reviews cannot provide though: a glimpse at what the app is like in action. An article can tell you that it’s the most user-friendly financial app available. A user can say it’s the best weight loss app on the market. But how do you know? For moments like this, you need a video demonstration.

        Video demonstrations are commonplace on YouTube. Users will film their experiences with an app and narrate their thoughts and feelings about what makes it good or bad. If you are in doubt about an app, these video demonstrations provide you with a valuable glimpse at exactly what it does. Think about checking if there’s one available before you make a purchase you might later regret.

        Look for a ‘Lite’ Version

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          You have seen an app featured when you open up the store on your device. It sounds incredibly promising. Your finger is hovering over the ‘buy’ button, unsure whether or not to take a risk and try it out. But hold on one moment, because there might be a free version on the app store.

          Great developers, such as Namco Bandai and their Pac Man games as shown above, tend to release free versions of their app. These come on a try-before-you-buy basis, providing limited access and locking you out after a certain point. These are known as ‘lite’ versions.

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          A lite version symbolizes that the developers have nothing to hide. It shows that they are more than happy for you to try a handful of their features and see just how good the app’s performance is. It also means you can find out whether it’s correct for you before you hand over your card details and purchase the package in full.

          Find Out Who Made It

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            It’s very easy to spot the difference between a developer who makes good quality apps and a developer who is just looking for a quick buck. Therefore, the best way to discover whether an app is genuine or fake, top quality or a shoddy knock-off, is to trace it right back to its source.

            When you find an app, it will tell you the name of the individual or company responsible for making it. From there, you can have a look at their website and see what other apps they have made. If they have a long history of creating apps that are well received, you know it’s probably worth downloading. If not, it’s a good bet that something fishy is going on.

            Find When it Was Last Updated

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              One of the concerns you may have regarding an app’s performance is whether it will perform at all. There are a number of apps online that have been abandoned by their developers. As a result, they might not run on the latest operating systems or devices. One quick way to find out if this has happened is to look at when the app was last updated.

              If it hasn’t been updated for the last two or three years (like the game demonstrated above) it is a sign that you should look for a more up-to-date solution. You should, at the very least, do a little more digging and look at the most recent reviews before you install it.

              Featured photo credit: William Hook via flickr.com

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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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