Do you enjoy being online, reading blogs, looking at helpful websites or getting inspired on Pinterest? If you are on the computer much at all, there are few helpful tricks that will make your life easier. These aren’t rocket science, but they are little tips that some people just don’t know.
How to print your screen: If you are making a purchase and have a receipt showing on the screen, you may want to make sure you keep a copy of that screen. Sure, they may send me the receipt in your email box, but sometimes I just want to make sure I don’t lose it.
To actually print the screen, you will need to click the prt sc button and then open a new window in either word or paint. Then, you hit the paste button, or hit the ctrl button while holding down the letter v. This will paste your screen into the new window.
Hint: On some keyboards you will need to click the fn (function) button typically found on the bottom left of your keyboard. If you click the fn and prt sc button together, you will usually get the screen copied as well.
Refresh your screen: If you are working on a website or blog and want to make sure you are seeing the most current information on the site, you might need to refresh your screen. To do this, you can click either the F5 button above your number pad or re-click on the address in the top bar of your computer screen.
Sometimes your computer will just load the page you saw the last time you visited that site. Refreshing your screen will load the page with the latest information.
Streamline your email: Many people get very frustrated with the volume of emails hitting their inbox on a daily basis. I have three email addresses that I use. The first one is my personal account that I use for family and friends. The second email address is for my blog and business contacts. The third email I use when I sign up for coupons, deals or newsletters.
I rarely check the third account. It basically is just for junk and spam. By having three email accounts, I try to keep my personal account uncluttered.
If you get to the point that you are just overwhelmed with email, then maybe you should just start fresh. Create a brand new account on gmail or hotmail and only share it with people you really want to hear from. You can send those contacts a notice letting them know you are moving to a new account.
Subscribe to what’s important: If you have blogs, stores, companies or websites you want to follow on a regular basis, consider subscribing to their email newsletters. Most sites will offer a very easy email subscription option.
You simply type in your email address and then confirm the request when you get it in your email account. That way, you will get a daily email telling you everything that has been posted new on the site.
This is a great option for blogs that you really like but don’t have time to visit on a daily basis. ou can see what is being posted and only click on the link if it interests you.
What are the best tips and tricks that make your online life easier? I’d love to hear!
Sharon Williams blogs about hobbies and life at Hobbies on a Budget. (www. hobbiesonabudget.com)