13 Tech Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

If there’s one thing that never changes, it’s that we’re constantly on the prowl for ways to do things better…faster…more easily…more efficiently. Putting it plainly, we want life hacks – little tips and tricks that help us squeeze the most out of our lives.

Technology gives us nearly endless possibilities for such hacks. They’re often little-known tricks written into coding that only the experts might know about or uncover.

  • To scroll sideways on a page, hold down the shift key and scroll the mouse wheel.
  • Need a quick definition? Prepend “define:” to your google search terms.
  • Want to easily access all Windows features and options in a single interface? Create a new folder on your desktop and name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. You will then have all the windows options and settings at your disposal.
  • Don’t have a microphone for your pc? Plug your headphones into the microphone jack for a makeshift solution.
  • Save Powerpoint presentations in .PPS instead of .PPT; this will open your presentation in slideshow mode.
  • If your printer is out of black ink, change your font color to #010101 to print at 99% gray.
  • Tired of searching for the mute button on an autoplay ad when you visit a website? In Google Chrome, you can type “chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting” in the browsers address bar. This will give you the option to enable/disable an audio indicator on the browser tab. Once enabled you simply click the audio indicator to mute any sound on the page.
  • Take a selfie with your headphones! With your smartphones camera turned on, connect your headphones and use the volume up (+) button on the cord to snap a picture.
  • You don’t have to type a period while typing on your smartphone. Simply tapping the spacebar twice will automatically add a period and the following space.
  • Accidentally closed the wrong tab? Quickly re-open a closed tab by pressing control +shift+ t (command + shift+ t on a mac)
  • Need to quickly minimize all open desktop applications? Pressing windows + d will minimize all open applications. Pressing windows + d again will then restore all applications.
  • Paste copied text without the formatting. Press control + shift + v (command + shift + v on a mac) to paste copied text without the formatting.
  • Saving an excel file with a .xlsb will shrink the file size by half or more.

Enjoy your more efficient day!