9 Awesome Internet Hacks to Simplify Your Life

9 Awesome Internet Hacks to Simplify Your Life

A majority of the population is now connected to the internet, more than ever before. The United Nations agency that oversees international communications estimates that there are more than 3.2 billion devices connected to the internet, at any given time. We cannot imagine a life without the internet. It helps us connect to our friends and family members via social networks, but the internet is more than just chit chatting. Even if we use it every day, there are things that will help us utilize and use the internet in an efficient way. Here, we are listing some tips and tricks, that are sure to save you time.

1. Moving the text cursor using “space bar”.

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We chat with our friends every day through text messages, apps and social media. Sometimes, our text can be long and errors can occur. The inbuilt dictionary in your mobile phone detects the mistakes and underlines them, so that you can go back and fix them. However, when the number of words are too long, it gets hard to maneuver around and get to the exact point using our touch screens. So, here’s a trick that will help you get to the exact point without much effort.

  • Step 1: Press and hold the “space bar”.
  • Step 2: Move the cursor up, down or sideways to the desired point to make changes.

This is a simple, yet effective step that can surely save us a lot of time.

2. Moving the text cursor using the in-built “magnifying glass”.

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The second trick can also be used to fix errors in text. In order to activate the in-built magnifying glass on your iPhone, click and hold your phone on the text space. In a second or two, the phone automatically invokes a magnifier, which you can use to move and enlarge texts. You can also use it to move around to the point where you have made a mistake.

  • Step 1: Press and hold the “text area”.
  • Step 2: Move to the point using the magnifying glass to fix error.

3. Creating strong password.

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Today, criminals are using the latest techniques to steal identity and passwords. Since most of us have many online accounts, it becomes hard to remember passwords linked to each individual account. So, we often have the habit of choosing a password that we can relate to. This is something we should avoid completely since someone who is determined to steal your information can easily guesstimate it. In order to make a password really strong, here are some tips.

  • Step 1: Make your password, a really long one.
  • Step 2: Use accented characters or special characters.
  • Step 3: Do not reuse passwords.
  • Step 4: Do not store passwords in your browser.
  • Step 5: Always use two-factor authentication, which requires an automated text or email alert in order to sign in.
  • Step 6: Remember, everything is broken.

4. Searching incomplete phrases on Google.

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It’s sometimes hard to remember a particular quote, phrase, proverb or lyric, that we have heard once or twice. So, we have the habit of typing whatever we can remember from a song in Google, hoping that the search engine would give us the expected result. However, there’s a trick that can actually get you the right song, proverb or lyric, when you are unsure of the complete sentence. Of course Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You”, is extremely popular and well known. But, suppose that you heard the song once but didn’t remember it completely.

If you input “All I want for is you”, in your search tab, you would get a completely different result. However, if you input “all I want for *is you*”(including quotation marks and asterisk symbols), Google will recognize the missing part and return the song for you. Clever!

5. Use emoji on desktop web.

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The first emoji was created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. Since then, we have been using them to convey our emotions to our friends and family members. Although it is widely believed that emojis are only available on phones, they can also be accessed in a PC or Mac without an external app. For years, most of us have been copying them from other websites or Google, then pasting it in our email conversations or blogs. But did you know that there is a simple shortcut to access these fun emojis?

In any open text field, simply press command and control and space together on Mac to bring up the emoji characters panel. On Windows computers, go to the task bar > toolbar > touch keyboard, and choose the smiley key. For Windows users, the trick is only compatible with certain browsers and sometimes depends on the operating system. For Mac users, the trick is available for anyone using OS X 10.8 or older.

6. Use Google search to find synonyms easily.

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Most of us use websites such as Grammarly or Thesaurus to find synonyms of a word. It can sometimes be time consuming since we have to make a search for the website first, then visit the website and enter the word to find the synonym. There’s in fact an easier way to find synonyms for any words using a simple trick. Google recently made it available for users to find synonyms easily, just by using the symbol “~” before the text. In English, the symbol is sometimes referred to as “approximately”. Just put the “~” symbol before a word and Google will give you all the substitutes in the front page itself.

7. Use Twitter soft block to get rid of a user without offending them.

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Twitter has a pretty good function in the mute button. The button allows you to remain following an account but hides its tweets and retweets from your own timeline. Basically, you are ridding a person from your Twitter experience, without offending them by unfollowing. People do not know when you mute them, however, when muting is not enough, there’s an unofficial option that can help; which is known as “the soft block”.

The trick forces a person to unfollow you by blocking and immediately unblocking them.  Once they are unfollowing, your tweets and retweets will no longer appear in their timeline; making you less visible, and so drawing less engagement from this person.

8. Search for words in a text.

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When you are searching for something specific, use this trick to find specific words from the large search area. Google had made this trick available for us so that it highlights the exact word as per our request. In order to find a word from your search (in this example we are searching for healthy snacks that include chocolate in them), search with the keyword “intext” before the text that you are looking for. This not only highlights the words, but also finds pages where the word appears in the text.

9. Search for words in titles.

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When searching for something or someone in a particular location, use “location:place” after your search text. This limits your search result to the most accurate and desired result; thus reducing time to find a desired website or article.

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