Geek, Lifehacks, Tech

Technology Hacks You Need To Know

Technology has a hugely important role in our everyday lives. We all use technology in one form or another each day and we rely on it in many different ways. One of the things we are going to look at today is how we can use technology to make our life easier, and as part of this we are going to list some of the easiest hacks you need to make your life easy this year.

1. Re-open a closed tab

How to Restore Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge

We’ve all had a moment when we have been browsing where we have been browsing online and suddenly we’ve closed a tab by accident. This can be a huge annoyance and it is something which is irritating if you have just been looking at a dress or specific product. But did you know that you can save a tab which you recently closed and use it once again? To do this all you need to do is hold Ctrl+Shift+T and your tab will open up once again!

2. Create Gifs from YouTube videos

If you have ever wondered how people make Gifs to send to their friends and family, fear not because we have got the solution for you. To create a Gif for your friends, you can use a funny video on YouTube. There is a website called which you can visit and this will allow you to find the YouTube video you want, and create a small Gif clips from it. It’s simple and it will make you an asset to your friend’s group chat!

3. Quickly scroll up

If you are trying to scroll through a piece of content to something which is at the bottom of the page, you may already be aware that by pressing the space bar and scrolling down, you will be able to scroll down page by page. But what if you are at the bottom of a huge page and you want to scroll back to the top? Well, press the space key AND the Shift key and this will allow you to start scrolling up super quickly.

4. Charge your iPhone faster

If you have ever had the issue where you’ve been rushing out of the door with no charge on your phone or ipad, you’ll love this next trick. First of all make sure to remove your ipad mini case or phone case, and then in settings, place the device in Airplane Mode. This mode stops your phone from roaming and using power as it charges. This means that your phone will charge much quicker which can make all the difference in the world.  

5. Compress Excel files

8 Ways to Reduce Excel File Size (that actually work)

One of the things which you might notice the most if you are working a lot using your technology is the size of excel files and how annoying it can be when trying to send them to coworkers. Trying to send a large excel file over email can be a nightmare and it can be a bit of a losing battle. However if you compress your excel sheet you will be able to send this over email and this will make things much easier for you. Simply save a regular excel file with a .xlsb extension and this will format the workbook os that it only takes up about 50% of the size.  

6. Deleting cookies

One of the tricks which companies will always use online for repeat customers is to up the prices of products and service using cookies. If you have cookies enabled on your computer, companies will use the knowledge of where you have previously visited to bump up prices of products you look at often. They essentially create a mask pag over the real online page to make you pay more than other people. If you want to be able to save some money make sure that you delete your cookies and browser history before you intend to buy something online. This way you will get the best price and you won’t be ripped off.  

7. How to print when low on black ink

If you have a super urgent document to print but you don’t think you will have enough black ink to use for this, it is important for you to use this clever technique. Instead of printing as Black, change your HEX font colour to #010101 for a super dark grey. This won’t use anywhere near as much ink and can be a lifesaver.

8. Listen to video game music for productivity

If you are struggling feeling productive day after day and you have a pretty big project to get done within a short time span; one unconventional way to make you more productive is to listen to some video game music. Video game music is designed to help pep you up for a mission and set a tone for success, and listening to upbeat music like this can be exactly what you need if you need to get something done!

9. Stop an annoying alarm

If you have a roommate who never gets up on time and has loads of alarms going off in their bedroom, it can feel as if you will never get the sleep you need because they will always let their alarm ring and ring. However there is a smart way for you to stop their smartphone from ringing and all you need to do is call them and then hang up. The alarm will stop and you can get some much needed sleep!

10. Reverse image search

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

Have you ever seen those annoying posts on Facebook where someone is praying for a person and you just don’t think it is legitimate? Well, you can put the mystery to bed and know once and for all with a reverse image search! When you do this you will see the true origin of a picture and it means you won’t be lied to again. This is handy for any situation online and can save you a lot of money and time.

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