10 digital tricks you’ll wish you knew before now

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Remember the keyboard shortcuts that you could take with a keyboard of the computer? The use of a certain combination of CNTL, ALT, and FN, you could quickly scroll through documents, open and close programs, and move elements around.

They still exist, of course. Here is a whole bunch of Facebook keyboard shortcuts that you never knew existed.

Today, with so many tricks, niches, and the keyboard shortcuts, which are special operations look downright old-fashioned. Many activities are well-known, and most of them are small and frivolous.

Don’t get me wrong. It is fun to find a treasure trove of classic arcade games on your Android device.

Some of the tricks remain obscure, and they can change your life. You might find using one of the following operations every day, but only if you realize that it exists. To bring you up to speed, here are 10 of my favorite tech tricks – what they are for, how to use them, and the manner in which they will experience.

In the meantime, here is a list of useful tricks, especially for the iPad, and here are some more only for Android.

1. Use your voice instead of typing

Since the advent of computers, typing was the only way to get business done. Now, you can give your fingers a break, and notes dictate while you walk, to reply to messages while you’re cooking, the preparation of a literary masterpiece, while you are in bed – the possibilities are endless.

You don’t even need to download a separate app. Your iPhone or Android-keyboard has a built-in speech-to-text function. Take the keyboard of your phone, tap the mic icon and dictate away.

If your phone has built-in transcriber is to basic, you can get more features with apps such as Dragon Everywhere for iOS and Android, or TranscribeMe, also available for iOS and Android.

You can make use of Google’s transcriber to dictate documents in Google Docs. Open a new document in Google Docs, and how to enable Voice Typing in the tools menu. Then begin dictating. Voice Typing recognizes commands like “comma”, “period” and “new paragraph.”

2. Care routines with the help of Amazon, Alexa, Google, or Assistant

Ever wanted to automate a series of tasks with a single command? That is the reason why Assistant Google and Amazon’s Alexa are equipped with “Routines.”

For example, you can say “Alexa, I’m home!” and Alexa, you can greet, put on your living room smart lights, read the daily news than playing a specific playlist.

Or you can say “Alexa, good night” and her answer back with “sweet dreams,” then lock the doors, turn the thermostat to a certain temperature, turn off all the lights and play white noise to lull you to sleep. You can configure scheduled routines and your virtual assistant to perform sets of actions that you take every day.

Related: Yes, you can listen to what Alexa records.

To create a routine in the Alexa app, go to the menu and tap Routines. Tap on the + sign to start a new series. Select “When this happens”, then you can choose the trigger. The trigger can be a sentence, a diagram or a motion sensor event. Then select “Add action” to start the construction of the routine. To wrap it up, select the device you want to activate the routine, and then tap Create.

For Google Home Routines, tap “Menu” in the upper left corner of your Google Home app. Tap More Settings>>Routines.

Under “When,” then tap “Add commands” give your trigger phrase, and then click OK. To add an action, tap on the “Add action” under “My Assistant must …” If you want to plan a routine, tap on “Set time and day” under “When” in place of.

3. Post on Instagram from a computer

Instagram has come a long way. The app is originally designed for casual snapshots, always cut square, that did the Instamatic cameras of the past few decades. They have long shed those strict parameters, but one thing remains challenging: how to post on Instagram from a desktop or laptop.

One way is to first post a picture to an other form of social media (such as Facebook or Twitter), then download the photo to your phone or tablet, and then posting it on Instagram.

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But you can also directly with Google Chrome. The process is a bit complicated, but it is the easiest way to your high quality DSLR or mirrorless images on the platform.

1. Open Chrome.

2. Go to the Instagram website

3. Click with the right mouse button anywhere on the page

4. Hit Inspect

5. If the new screen is displayed, press the small “boxes” in the top middle, just above the coding

This should show you the same screen you see on your phone. You can choose which type of display you prefer to use an iPhone, Galaxy Nexus and other devices. You

see the same features on the bottom, including the “Plus” sign, which will allow you to upload .jpg files from your desktop, or even a picture.

4. Speed up podcasts

You can speed-read an ebook, and you can scrub through a video. But a lot of podcast listeners don’t realize that they can accelerate their listening and because the recording is digital, you don’t lose much fidelity. You should pay more attention, but you can zip through a slow episode, or consume a long conversation without missing a word.

When you are listening to a podcast, there is a player on the bottom of the screen. You might have to swipe up to see it. On Apple’s Podcasts app, for example, there is a number in the lower left corner. The default is 1x and this option you can hear the podcast at normal speed.

Related: Need suggestions for podcasts? I have it good here.

Speed listeners can tap on this button to change the playback speed 1 1/2x or 2x. There is also the possibility for 1/2x speed playback. I’m not quite sure when you would actually want to listen to a podcast is very, very, very slowly, but it is there if you need him.

5. Make a crop of a screenshot on a Mac

Savvy Mac users, press CMD+Shift+3, that is the shortcut for a full screen shot. But if you want to cut out large portions of the image, to hide certain parts of your desktop, or because it distracts from what you want to focus on, you can edit in an app such as Photos or PicMonkey, or you can make use of this trick.

Hit CMD+Shift+4 and your cursor changes into a +. Click and drag to draw the area of the screen you want to capture. Voila! You can use the additional editing.

Learn how to take a screenshot on your Android phone, your iPhone and a free program for the Pc that allows you to capture screenshots.

6. Sharing a YouTube video at a certain point where you want someone to view it

If you see something in a YouTube video that you want to share on a certain location, you can create a link directly to that moment.

Click on the “Share” button under the video. Look for a checkbox below the link. The automatically the time in which you are currently the video stopped.

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You can stick with this time, or even choose a different time. Then just copy the link and share on your preferred service via social media or e-mail to a friend. When someone views the link of the YouTube video automatically skip right to the point that you have chosen. Convenient, eh?

7. A copy of everything you have posted on Facebook

With all the privacy issues of the company by the last time, hordes of people are deactivating their Facebook accounts. But what do you do with all your status updates, photos, videos and shares that you’ve accumulated over the years – this digital scrapbook of your life?

There is a way to save your Facebook data and make it available to download.

Here is how:

1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to “Settings” >> “Settings & Privacy.”

2. Scroll down and then select “Download Your Information”

3. In the next section, you can select (or deselect) the categories you want to include in your data download. It is quite extensive, so choose wisely. Of course, the more categories you choose, the larger the file size will be.

Once you have checked all of the categories and the date range that you want, select “Create File.” (HTML, and the average quality of the media is good for the most people.)

Your archive file can be massive, and it may take days before it becomes available. (Facebook will send you an email informing you that your file is ready for download.)

8. Post on multiple social media accounts at the same time

Has you juggling several social media accounts at the same time? You might find you cross-posting on different platforms at the same time to save time. It is terribly inefficient to keep copying and paste the same status update on multiple sites, right?

Save time managing your social media tools such as Buffer, Hootsuite or IFTTT. With their ability to post on different sites at once (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) they can quickly spread a social media message, which is especially valuable for event planners and branding campaigns.

Set up your post, add links, photos or videos, choose your platform, then please post. It is that simple. For the power user, these instruments have even plans and analytics to measure how effective your messages are.

For casual use, both Buffer and Hootsuite have free plans that are good for three social media accounts. On the other hand, professionals who want to manage eight profiles and can opt for their paid plans.

9. Check your translation

Online translation is more powerful than ever, and it is especially useful for the English-friendly languages such as French and German. But it is not wise to rely on Google or Facebook the translator without double-checking that the translation makes sense – especially for important communication with academic officers or potential business partners.

How do you do this without learning fluent Greek, or Japanese? By translating your English text into another language, then in English.

For example, I could translate the following phrases in Albanian: “Three weeks from now, I will come in your capital and would like to rent a red convertible.” If I have the translation, I copy and paste the Albanian text and reversing the languages. Translated into English, you get: “Three weeks from now, I will come in your capital, and I would like for the rent of a red state.”

Stand? Apparently is one of those words that can be easily confused. But if you have the meaning of the original message as a “red convertible,” your message must be clear.

10. Take a picture of your phone and find it on the web

Ever looked at an online picture, and you just had to know more details about it? Maybe you are looking for the location, the date from which this is taken, a better resolution or different angles of the subject.

A Google Images reverse search acts as a normal Google search, the use of an image instead of text. You can even search reverse faces or profile pictures to dig up more information about an individual.

To do this, head on over to Google Image search tool, click on the little camera icon, then upload (or on the photos web address), and let Google walk.

Related: take a look at No. 7 for-image search tips in this list of the 7 digital tricks that you’ll actually use.

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