Computing is enjoyable. Complicated, in a way; but fun. Here are a few Easy Computer tricks you can rev up your computer game even higher. No matter your level of tech-savviness (Is that even a word?); you could always try these for fun.
Make your Computer speak to you
Your computer can say to you whatever you want it to. With this easy trick, have fun impressing your friends. And all you need is the notepad. Follow these steps and you’re good to go:
- Open Notepad.
- Copy and paste the exact code given below.
|Dim Message, Speak
- Click on File Menu, Save As, select All Types in Save as Type option, and save the file as Speak.vbs or “*.vbs”.
- Double click on the saved file, a window will open like the one in the image. Enter some text in enter text column and click OK.
Your Computer will now speak out what you type in Step 4. Try it.
Have fun with Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are fun. Even if you aren’t too geeky, you can memorize a few shortcuts so you can whiz your way through your computer. Here are a few to help you get started.
- PressF2 to rename any file or Folder.
- PressCtrl+Shift+N to Create New Folder, this one is very handy.
- PressCtrl+W to close currently opened tab of browser.
- PressCtrl+Shift+T to open recently closed tab(s) of browser. Also helpful in recovering bunch of tabs if it was closed accidentally.
- PressAlt+Tab to switch between currently opened programs.
- PressCtrl+Tab to switch between currently opened tabs in a programs (like tabs in a browser).
- PressCtrl+PgUp or Ctrl+PgDown to switch between left or right currently opened tabs respectively.
- PressCtrl + [1, 2, 3, 4,.. or 9] to switch between respective tabs opened in browser.
- PressTAB after typing name of any website in chrome address bar to directly search on that website. E.g. Press Tab after typing com and now you can search via yahoo’s search engine directly.
- PressCtrl+Shift+Esc instead of Ctrl+Alt+Del to open task manager.
Clear your cache, the simplest way.
A keyboard shortcut but we had to separate this one. When your browser’s slowing down, you don’t have to fuss.
CTRL + SHIFT + R = Clear cache and refresh the page. Child’s play! Isn’t it?
Password Protected Folders
Protect your folders with passwords—without any new application or add-on.
- Right click on FOLDER.
- Click on SEND TO.
- Click on COMPRESSED ZIPPED FOLDER.
- A new zip folder is created by doing so.
- DELETE original folder ( folder without zip)
- OPEN the zip folder.
- Right click in blank area.
- Click on ADD A PASSWORD.
- Add password and confirm it.
Need access to paywall sites?
There are a few websites like newscientist.com and Washingtonpost.com that only allow you a certain number of free stories per month before you hit a paywall. This doesn’t have to stop you from taking the benefits, though. Just delete the cookies from the site and it will reset your count. Alternatively, you can also browse it in incognito mode. (Yes, it’s not only for…you know!)
Right-click disabled site? No problem.
You have searched the whole World Wide Web for your research and you finally find what you exactly need. However, it has right-click disabled and you can’t copy stuff from there? And typing all that stuff is just too painstaking. Don’t you worry, and look no further. Putting the following into a favorite/shortcut on the toolbar re-enables browser right click.
Want a website blocked? Without added software?
You can block a site by using Internet Explorer 5 or Higher Version. Just follow these directions and it should be done:
1. Open Internet explorer
2. Click on Tools
3. Click on Internet Options
4. Click on the Privacy tab
5. Under the Privacy window, Click Sites
6. Type in the site address that you want to Block and Click OK.
This technique only blocks on one site at a time. If you want to block multiple sites and categories, use Parental control software.
Revive that dead website. I mean, access it.
So you found a website that seems to contain the info you severely need. But it is offline and you cannot seem to access it. Copy the URL to archive.org. They often have a preserved copy.
A Browser Notepad!
Need a notepad in Chrome or Firefox? Copy and paste this into the address bar:
You’ll open a new tab that you can write in. You can even save it. Okay, we know you have a notepad in your PC. But it’s still too cool to not try.
Tired of that boring GIF?
GIFs are pretty great but it does get boring when it goes again and again. So you just want it to stop and have your peace. Why worry? Just press Escape and that distracting GIF comes to a halt. Could it have been any easier?
So, here ends our list of easy computer hacks. These are a drop in the endless ocean of computer hacks. Yes, we know. Send us your comments and we’ll be writing more on this topic shortly.