5 Quick and Easy Life Hacks – Computer Related

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5 Quick Computer-Related Life Hacks to Make Life a Bit Simpler

Today’s Daily Smartening is a bit different. Instead of learning about a topic, today we’ll learn 5 computer-related life hacks that (hopefully!) you didn’t know about.

Let me know if you think it’s useful!

Here we go:

1.  See What Google Knows About You on Your Computer

Google collects information about you and then uses it to serve you “relevant” ads as you surf the web.

Check and see what Google thinks about you with these steps:

  1. Go to https://adssettings.google.com/. That will open up the ad profile that was created for your browser on your computer by Google.
  2. It will show you which age and gender Google thinks are you are, and it lists all your interests. You can edit your preferences there or even turn off personalized ads altogether.
  3. If you go to the bottom and click on AdChoices, you will see all the ad companies that serve ads to you, and you can opt out of whichever ones you don’t want to see ads from.
  4. To have fun, go to your friend’s computers and compare their results with yours. 😊

2.   Easily Undo Annoying CAPSLOCK Mistakes in Word

I don’t know if this happens to you, but it happens to me all the time. You’re typing really fast when you look up and see that you accidentally hit the CAPSLOCK button. Now you have a whole line of text that you have to erase and re-type! Grrrr..

Well, if you’re working in Microsoft Word and it happens to you, simply highlight the capitalized text and hit “SHIFT F3”. Every time you hit “SHIFT F3” you will cycle between all caps and all lowercase letters.

To remove formatting from text that you copy and paste from somewhere else into Word, highlight it and hit CTRL SPACEBAR.

Now if I could just find a way to undo the all-caps problem in Whatsapp!

3.  Easily Get and/or Change Text on Images You Find Online

This is a handy tip if you like to re-use images you find online. Unfortunately, though, this only works with the Chrome browser.

  1. Go to http://projectnaptha.com/ and install the Chrome Extension.
  2. Then, whenever you see an image online with text in it, you can copy the text so you can paste it into another document, email, or other picture. You can also replace the text with your own text or translate it into a different language.
  3. Highlight the text in your chosen picture, right-click, then select “Translate > Modify Text”.
  4. Then, you can either print-screen the image and open it in your photo-editing program, screenshot it with LightShot (awesome Chrome extension!), or even right-click and “Save image as…”.
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4. Use Grammarly

Okay, you probably know about this one because the ads are all over the Internet, but it’s seriously useful so I’m including it. Install Grammarly. If you use Chrome, there’s a chrome extension. There is also an .exe program download for your computer and other add-ins, like a Microsoft Word Grammarly extension.

Whenever you type documents, emails – whatever, Grammarly will automatically check for spelling and grammar mistakes. It lets you correct the errors with a simple click. VERY useful! It will find errors you easily overlook.

5.  Send Yourself Letters in the Future

You may or may not find this useful. I use Google Calendar for events and get reminders for those, but I like email. I check my emails often throughout the day, every day.

FutureMe lets you send emails in the future, and there are a lot of reasons why this could be useful.

For example, the New Year is almost here, so maybe I will write myself an email detailing all the major events that happened to me this year. I will write down the main goals I want to accomplish before December 31, 2018. Then I set it to be emailed to me on Dec. 31, 2018. What a surprise it will be next year when I get the email and look back to see where I was and whether or not I accomplished what I wanted to.

I could send letters to my children dated 5 years from now just saying how much I love them, what they mean to me, and reminding them of silly things they did when they were little.

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