Technology is supposed to make life easier, but sometimes all it does is complicate things. All these apps and accessories can make you feel disorganized. Want to make life easier? Try these awesome technology-based life hacks that will make you feel like a boss the next time you use your laptop or iPad. Many of these are great for everyday life.
1. Ever have the need to quickly jot down something you found online, but don’t have Word or another word processor handy?
Just type “data:text/html,
” into the address bar and your browser instantly turns into a notepad. Bookmark it and rename it as Notepad and you’ll have it handy for the future. How cool is that?
2. Do you ever go into a login page (like for Facebook or a credit card company) and see those dots in the password field?
There is a way to change those dots to text by changing the password input type to text. Just right click on the page and select “Inspect.” You’ll see a developer page that allows you to edit the code. Where it says “input type=password,” change the word “password” to “text.” This is a trick that most web developers know, so learn this trick and you’ll seem like a big shot computer programming expert.
3. I’m always afraid of emails accidentally getting sent before I’m done with them, so I implement this tip already and hopefully you will too for peace of mind.
4. Can’t afford the $500 or more that it costs to purchase a full version of Photoshop?
Get the same photo editing elements for free with the application SumoPaint.
5. Need help holding all your computer cords?
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Enlist the help of a Lego figurine. If you have kids, you’re sure to find one around the home. You can also use Legos to create keychains and hooks so you won’t have to spend hours hunting for your keys ever again.
6. Are you one of those families where everyone in the house has multiple tech devices?
It can be frustrating to see them all strewn all over the house. Keep them all organized by putting a power strip in the top drawer of a desk or night stand. Your phones and tablets will be together in one place and fully charged.
7. If you have meals at your computer, you’re bound to deposit some crumbs onto the keyboard.
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Those cans of air designed to clean keyboards don’t always do the job. Instead, rely on your trusty Post-It notes to keep the keys operating smoothly. Simply run the sticky side between the keys to remove gunk.
8. Does the back of your computer look like a tangle of wires?
I know mine does. If you’re looking to better organize your wires, use large binder clips. Just clip them to the end of your desk and place a wire through each one to keep them all from tangling.
9. Phone chargers can bend and break from overuse.
To prevent this from happening, find an old pen and remove the spring. Wrap this spring around the cord of your phone charger and you’ll protect it from breakage.
10. Who doesn’t love emojis?
You might think they’re reserved for texts only, but you can actually use them for many purposes on your phone, from alarms to contacts to app folders.
11. A keyboard with a broken foot can be annoying, but luckily there’s a quick fix.
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Use a binder clip as a replacement and you’ll be back to normal typing in no time.
12. I keep a drawer full of batteries, and while they should all be brand new and fully charged, occasionally some dead batteries seem to make their way in there.
If you don’t have a battery tester, you can easily check to see how much power your battery has by doing a drop test. Simply drop it from a few inches. If it bounces, it’s dead. If it barely moves, you’ve got a fully-charged battery.
13. Find the perfect image but it’s covered in text?
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You can magically edit, copy, and paste text that is trapped within an image thanks to a cool browser extension called Project Naptha.
14. Should you have chicken or beef for dinner tonight? Which one has more calories?
You can easily find out thanks to Google. Simply Google “[food] vs [food]” (for example, chicken vs beef) and the foods’ nutritional values will show on the screen, so you can easily compare.
15. If you love pizza, this tip will come in handy.
Just click here and see all the coupon codes for pizza in your area. No more having to check the website of each pizza place in your neighborhood. You can also check out coupon pages for Pizza Hut, Domino's, Little Caesar's, Papa Murphy's, and Papa John's to get the best value for your pizza.
16. Want to install multiple programs on your computer, but don’t have time to babysit your computer and go through all the setup screens?
Use Ninite. Just choose the apps you want, click a button and off you go. No junk or toolbars, just the apps you want.
17. Honey is a must-have for online shoppers.
This program automatically applies any coupon codes when you check out, so you no longer have to hunt for codes on deal sites. So you’ll never have to second-guess; let Honey do all the hard work of saving you money.
Of course, one place you can always count on to find the best coupons every day is DealsPlus.
18. Tired of shopping on eBay because everything you want has dozens of bids and is now out of your price range?
Find hidden gems with the site FatFingers. This site uncovers items that have no bids because they have typos, making it difficult for buyers to find them. Just click your country, enter a search term and view all the relevant results.
19. Tired of cookie cutter gifts?
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Find tons of unique and ultra-cool items at This is Why I’m Broke. There is such a variety of products to choose from. There are many gifts for under $20, but others are very pricey and reserved for the rich, like The Water Jet Pack, which will set you back $68,500.
20. It can be a pain to constantly type your email address.
A quick fix: set “@@” as the shortcut and you could save valuable minutes every day.
These are just a few ways to save time and make your tech life a lot less complicated – and we could all use more time and less stress.