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  Since Windows is the most popular OS here, why not have a tips section dedicated to us all just to help productivity. So consider some of these helpful hacks that fascinated me when I discovered them.
  • To lock files on your computer: Install 7-Zip or WinRAR. Open the program and then create a new archive. Select to encrypt its contents and password-protect them.

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  • Hold down the Windows key and then press any of the arrow keys to cause a window to snap to either direction on your screen. Essentially it is dividing your screen to aid multi-tasking for much better productivity. Hold down Shift and Windows and then use the arrow keys to shift the window to another screen. Holding the Windows key and pressing P, you will be able to set up another display provided a VGA or HDMI cable is connected.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Tto reopen a recently closed tab when using a browser. This comes in handy when your browser does not allow you to restore your old tabs especially after you lost power or your system gave out for any reason.
  • Ctrl+Zis the shortcut hacks for undoing whatever it is you need to. Ctrl+Y does the exact opposite-as in undoing the undoing.
  • While on YouTube, hit K to pause the video. L and J would automatically fast forward your video by 10 seconds or rewind by it by 10 seconds in that order.
  • If you forgot your Wi-Fi password then go to the “Network and Sharing Centre” and right-click on Wi-Fi connection icon> Wireless Properties. Click on Show Characters box to see your password.

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  • For a faster boot(as many running programs may slow booting) on Window 10, Open task manager or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the start-up tab and then configure which program you want to launch during booting.
  • “GodMode” is a feature on Windows that allows for a centralised control panel for OS settings hence making it that much easier to set just about anything on your system. To use this feature, create a new folder through File Explorer>Desktop with this exact name: God Mode.(ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C). The icon will automatically change to a control panel-ish icon and you will be able to make all kinds of changes to settings from there.
  • To paste any copied text in plain text form and not just formatted text (Ctrl+V), use Ctrl+Shift+V. this way the text will be pasted unformatted as would normally be the case
  • To delete an entire word, hold down Ctrl+Backspace. It will make deleting a lot faster as opposed to deleting a letter at a time.
  • Emojis are natively supported on PC and to access them hold down the Windows key +. (full stop/period). To move the cursor around without using the touchpad, use the Ctrl key+ arrow keys.
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This article was first published on 10th July 2020


Some call me David. Others, Emerie. Others, (unfortunate fellows) Biggie. I like to think that I have sense and that is why I write too. Otherwise, I draw and paint and sing (in the bathroom) and love to make people laugh. I love to understand how things work and that’s why I love DIY videos and YouTube of course. Follow me on Twitter @EmerieOkwara

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