And in one post, a Redditor asked fellow users what computer tricks everyone should know. People submitted a wealth of tricks for Macs, PCs, web browsers, specific sites like YouTube, programs like Excel, and more. What they all had in common was that using them makes your computer life a whole lot easier and more fun.
We looked through the tricks and found the best 14, which are a mixture of useful and mischievous.
Here they are:
Get back that tab you accidentally closed.
If you want to get back a tab you closed, just press "Control" (or "Command" on Mac), plus "Shift," plus "T," and it will magically reappear.
Only screenshot the part of the screen you want.
For Mac: "Command," plus "Shift," plus "4" brings up the tool. Then you just drag the area you want.
For Windows: Just go to "Start" and then "Snipping Tool."
Easily repeat your last command in Excel.
Here's an example given on Reddit: "If you select a cell and highlight it yellow, you can then highlight any other selected cell(s) yellow by pressing F4."
Open a link in a new browser tab with one click.
Make a copy of a file by just dragging it.
Reverse search an image in Chrome.
Pause YouTube with one click, or skip backward and forward 10 seconds.
Most people know you can hit the space bar to pause a YouTube video, but sometimes this causes it to scroll down the page if you haven't already clicked on the video. If you press "K," this will play (or pause) the video every time.
Hitting the "J" key will cause you to go backward 10 seconds, while hitting the "L" key will make you go forward 10 seconds.
Move your window to any side of the screen, or to the next monitor.
Similarly, "Windows," plus "Shift," plus one of the arrows will move your window into whatever monitor is that way (right, for example).
Unfortunately, this only works for Windows machines.
Clear you cache in seconds.
Lock your computer in seconds.
On a Windows machine, hit "Windows," plus "L" to lock your computer. This can be fun for pranks.
On a Mac click "Command," plus "Option," plus "Eject." (Or "Power" if your computer doesn't have an optical drive.)
Freak people out by rotating their screen.
Turn your browser window into a simple text editor.
If you want to bring up a basic text editor you can type in, just paste this into the address bar in your browser:
data:text/html, <title>Text Editor</title><body contenteditable style="font-size:2rem;font-family:georgia;line-height:1.4;max-width:60rem;margin:0 auto;padding:4rem;">
Edit what you Chrome browser looks like.
If you want to play a trick on someone, and send them a fake screenshot of something that never existed, there's an easy way in Chrome. First you bring up the console by pressing "F12."
Then you enter: document.designMode = "on"
After this, you can edit any of the text that appears on the screen.
Reset your browser so it's not zoomed in.
"Control" (or "Command" on Mac) plus "0" resets it to default
"Control" (or "Command" on Mac) plus "+" zooms in
"Control" (or "Command" on Mac) plus "-" zooms out