Using a computer is a necessary skill for just about everyone. If you use a computer, you’ve likely learned some basics that help with general navigation. In fact, most of us who operate a computer have basic skills that are necessary and useful in the normal day-to-day navigation of a computer.
Those who are more familiar with computers are a bit more daring and through trial and error learn bigger and better ways to use the computer. Those users who struggle a bit more with computer use often sign up for classes on basic computer usage and learn necessary tools of how to operate their computers.
No matter the skill level though, computer users are often left missing some great skills that prove helpful in turning the average user into someone who can use the computer like a pro. So we took some time to look into ways to navigate the web, hacks for Windows users as well as for Mac users, and other nifty tips so you too can use your computer like a pro!
Using the web is usually pretty user friendly. Most of the time users can navigate from one page to another without major issue. Here are some great tips that will help you use the website even more efficiently than before:
- Highlight the address bar of your web browser by pressing Alt + D. Now you can just start typing the name of the site you want to visit.
- When filling in an order form, skip scrolling through the massively long list of states to get to the one you want. Instead, type the first letter of the state to select it. If you get the wrong state, press the same key again. (For example: press W once, you’ll get Washington again, press W again, you’ll get West Virginia!)
- Did you get an error message in a program or on your computer? Use Google to search for the error. You’ll find out what the error means. Just be careful to have a pro fix the problem to avoid complications.
- If you have a long Web address to share but find it is confusing to read or hard to fit on posts (like on Twitter) you can use certain sites to shorten the URL. Two sites for example as Bit.ly or goo.gl will convert the web address to something more compact and easier to read.
- Need a definition? Need a different word? No need to look for the dictionary or thesaurus, simply use google. To get a definition just type “define” and the word you wish to define. For the thesaurus, simply type “thesaurus” and the word you are searching and you will be given the information you wish to have.
- Bring back a closed tab that you accidently closed. Just press CTRL+Shift+T to reopen the most recently closed tab.
Mac users, these tips are for you! There are quite a few features that Mac computers offer and knowing these things can help you improve how you use your Mac:
- When you buy something online, no need to print the confirmation page! Instead, choose Print, and from the PDF pop-up menu, choose “Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder.” This will give you a PDF copy saved in a folder called Web Receipts in your Documents.
- Put an icon into the Trash just by highlighting the icon then press Command-Delete. From the trash, if you right click the deleted item and select “Put Back” it will restore the item to its original location.
- Anything you print, you can turn into a PDF document. Chose the Print command, but instead of choosing Print, click the PDF pop-up menu and choose “Save as PDF.”
- You can view most documents without opening a program to do it. At the desktop, highlight the icon and then tap the Space bar. This is a fantastic way to preview photos, but also great for Office documents, PDF files, movies, sounds, etc.
Windows computer users, these tips are just for you to help make life a bit easier when working on your computer:
- Windows logo key. This little key is amazing and can do lots of things to make using your computer easier. If you press windows + F you can search, widows + D will take you to your desktop, press Windows + D and it brings everything back up. Windows + L will lock your computer.
- Need an antivirus? Of course you do, Microsoft offers great security programs that are loaded as part of your computer’s operating system. Best part of all, they’re free!
- Typing ALT + F4 will allow you to close a program that is running. This can save time if you want to close something quickly. Just be sure you want to close a program before you hit the buttons. If closing something you were working in, be sure to save any changes before closing it!
As you expand your knowledge in using computers, you may find yourself wishing for a little more help in knowing how to best use your computer. Let us help! CompuTime, a locally owned and operated business, has been around for 20 years. Our technicians are knowledgeable and always willing to help. We can schedule a technician to come to you and take time to show you how to use your computer!