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10 Time Saving Tech Tips


Who has time to read an owner’s manual? Here are 10 clever time-saving tech tips for the Web, smartphone and camera. We guarantee you won’t know at least one!


1. Scroll: There’s an easier way to scroll without using the mouse. Simply hit the *Spacebar to scroll down one page and then *shift + spacebar to scroll back up.


2. Fill-in-the-Blank: Filling out online forms are familiar, but did you know that you can hit the tab key to go from box to box. But what about the drop down “State” box. Instead of clicking and scrolling, type the first letter of your state over and over until you find your state’s abbreviation. For Texas, for example, you’ll type “T” twice.


3. Small Text: Having trouble reading the text on a webpage? Don’t bother getting out your glasses. Instead, press “+” with the “Control” key. Want to go smaller? Press “Control” and the “-” key.


4. Punctuation: Whether you’re on a Blackberry, Android, iPhone or other smartphone, don’t bother switching to the punctuation tab for a period. To end a sentence and start a new one, double tap on the space bar, which will automatically generate a period and capitalizes the next letter.


5. Redial: If you want to redial the most recent person you called, tap the “Call” or “Dial” key. (On a non-smartphone, this function opens a list of all recent numbers.)


6. Voicemail: Want to skip the instructions on how to leave a voicemail? By pressing the carrier’s interrupt key, you can skip right to the “beep” to leave your message. For Verizon the key is “*”, for AT&T and T-Mobile its “#” and for Sprint it’s the number “1.”


7. Google Hacks: Believe it or not, Google is more than search. Type in “Define” + any word and Google will deliver the definition as you type. To track a flight, type the name of the airline carrier and the flight number to see where the flight is and it’s expected arrival time. There’s also the unit and currency converter. Just type in exactly what you’d like to convert, such as “inches in 32 cm.”


8. Text Basics: When you want to highlight a word don’t drag, just double-click the word and it will select just that word. Also don’t bother deleting the word, just type over it! You can also double click and drag to select in one-word chunks or triple-click to highlight an entire paragraph.


9. Shutter Lag: Shutter Lag is the time between the moment you click the shoot button and when it takes the photo. That’s because the camera needs time to pre-focus. To eliminate the shutter lag completely (so that you don’t miss an action shot), half-press the shutter button to pre-focus.


10. Presentations: Do you give presentations at work? If you find people are paying more attention to the screen than to what you are saying, press the “B” button to blackout the screen.

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