For some people, IT is like a second language, and one that comes naturally. But for the rest of us, it can often be confusing to try to get to know the ins and outs of something that seems so foreign. However, there are some tech tasks are actually a lot easier than you might think—and you don’t have to be a tech genius to accomplish them. Here are 10 such tasks that will make your life much easier.
1. Keyboard Shortcuts
When you watch the tech people getting things done in the movies, how often do you laugh as you see them tapping away at their keyboards, with seemingly no pattern or purpose? Well you might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of clever things that you can do with your keyboard, using simple shortcuts. A few useful ones include Ctrl+S (save), Ctrl+F (find), Ctrl+T (open a new browser tab), and Ctrl+P (print).
2. Creating a PDF File
Knowing how to create a PDF file is an important skill, as you need them for any legal documents or other documents that you do not want to be altered by someone else. It is also incredibly easy to convert word to pdf. All you have to do is download the right software.
3. Backing up Your Files
Backing up your computer files is an important way to make sure that you don’t lose any important information that you have stored on your PC, and it is very easy to do. You can do it by either buying an external hard drive and putting all of your important files on there, or you can also do this by backing them up with an online cloud service. Doing this will protect your files in the case of your computer crashing or receiving a damaging virus.
4. Find Lost Emails
We have all experienced that moment of panic when we accidentally delete that important email and do not know how to retrieve it. However, most email services keep hold of your deleted mail for a designated period of time before disposing of it permanently. And if you use Outlook, you can edit your search options to check deleted mail as well, which means that you do not have to spend hours trawling through masses of deleted mail to find one important message.
5. Secure Your Wi-Fi
An unsecured Wi-Fi network can cause you security problems, or at the very least, slow your network speed. Securing it with a password is easier than you may think. You can do it in a few minutes by following this simple guide to help you make sure that your home network is safe.
6. Hook Your Computer Up to Your TV
There are a number of obvious benefits to hooking up your computer to your television. Not only can you take advantage of a bigger or an extra screen, but you can use it to watch online streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu on your television. It is also one of the easiest tasks to accomplish, using either an HDMI or a VGA cable.
7. Using an iPad as a Laptop
There are certain things that dissuade Many people are dissuaded from investing in the average tablet because they worry that they might not be able to accomplish the same tasks that a laptop is able to. However, tablets are much cheaper than laptops, and you can actually just pay a little bit more on a few accessories to convert your tablet into the next best thing. For example, you can buy a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and a cover with a stand, and fill your tablet with apps for things such as word processing, printing, and other tasks that a laptop can accomplish.
8. Speeding up Your Computer
As computers age, it is natural that the use of memory can cause them to run slower than is optimal. However, you do not have to grudgingly accept this, and you can speed things up easily by doing a few simple things. First, an overabundance of applications can significantly slow down startup, and might be one of the most avoidable problems. You can also speed things up by freeing up space. This can be done by transferring your files onto an external hard drive.
9. Editing Photos
It doesn’t have to take a professional to produce a professional-looking photo shoot. With easily obtainable software, you can now edit your digital photos until they are exactly what you want them to be.
10. Everything Else
If you are not very technologically savvy, you probably feel as though you have driven your one “techy” friend insane with all of your questions about your computer. But what you perhaps didn’t realize is that you can do just about everything yourself. Most tech tasks are relatively easy to accomplish by even the most technologically challenged user. Using the right combination of words, you can find out how to do just about anything using a search engine, and you can often find accompanying tutorials on YouTube.