For better or for worse, computers are a big part of our daily work lives. They can help us do our jobs faster, but sometimes we aren’t using them as officially as we could be. Here are 5 simple tricks to help you save time on the computer at work.
- Reopen Closed Tabs: One of the most frustrating moments when working on a computer is when you close a web browser tab that you don’t remember how to find. Rather than searching through the web or through your browser history, just press “control” (“command” on Mac) + “shift” + “T” to reopen the last tab you closed.
- Lock Your Computer Quickly: Locking your computer is a great way to keep your computer safe, and should always be done when working in public places. To lock a PC, simply press the “Windows” button and the “L” key together to lock the screen. On a Mac, press “Command” + “Option” + “eject” or “power”, depending on whether or not your Mac has an eject button.
- Save Your Laptop Battery: With many laptops, especially older models, using a laptop when it is not plugged in can feel like a race against the clock. When you don’t have access to a charger, simply turn on “Battery Saver” on a PC or “Energy Saver” on a Mac. These will stop drawing power from nonessential sources (such as apps running the in background) and will dim the screen brightness in order to extend your battery life.
- Drag Files to Copy Them: On a PC, hold down the “control” key while you click and drag your file to the copy’s desired location. This will create a copy of the file at the location you select, rather than moving the file itself. Similarly, on a Mac, hold down “alt/option” key while you drag a file to create a copy.