As a computer user, there are some helpful computer tricks that you should know and ought to be using. Every day as I use my computer, I find most of these tricks very helpful and they make my work simpler. It is possible to be using your computer every day but you do not know some of the most helpful tricks that actually your computer can do. Examples include some of the shortcuts on your keyboard that you may not be knowing about, and what you do is just to go through long processes that you could cut through with shortcuts.
Examples include some of the shortcuts on your keyboard that you may not be knowing about, and what you do is just to go through long processes that you could cut through with shortcuts.
In this article, I intend to bring to you the most helpful computer tricks on your computer that you most probably never knew about yet every computer user should know them. You can try them out and it will be amazing to know what your computer is capable of doing.
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Well, here are the most helpful computer tricks that you should know.
1. Keyboard shortcuts
It is very true that some of the common shortcuts like Ctrl+S and Ctrl+C are used by most people, however, it is also very true that there are quite a number of other keyboard shortcuts that most people do not use or even have an idea about yet they could be very helpful and make the work easy. Here is a list of useful keyboard shortcuts that you should start using on your computer.
- Ctrl+P helps in printing the current page.
- Ctrl+H makes the history appear on your browser.
- Windows key+M minimises all the open windows.
- Ctrl+Click to open a link in a background tab. This is useful when you have to load a page without leaving the current one.
- Ctrl+T opens a new tab in Internet browsers.
- Ctrl+K adds a hyperlink to a bit of selected text.
- Alt+Space bar opens the menu tab for any active window.
- Shift+Delete permanently deletes a file instead of sending it to the Recycle Bin first.
- Windows Key+L shortcut can lock your computer directly.
- Ctrl+Backspace deletes the last word you have typed.
- Ctrl+Shift+P opens a new private window in Mozilla Firefox.
- Alt+Enter after writing the domain name in the address bar inserts .com automatically.
- Shift+Enter inserts .net domain name extension.
- Ctrl+W closes the current tab in your browser quickly.
2. Command prompt
Command Prompt is not usually used by most people on their computers. Something funny is that some people do not even know that it exists (I also did not know it existed till I started using it). However, I came to realise that command prompt is one of the most powerful tools in windows.
Command prompt performs many computer tricks that you probably never knew about. Today I intend to discuss these amazing tricks that you can use with command prompt. You can use the command prompt on your computer to do the following.
- Know your IP address, DNS Server’s address and a lot more about your Internet Connection
I use Command Prompt a lot while checking my internet connection. You can check your internet connection too. Just open command prompt, type ping google.com –t (depending on what you are using) and then press enter. This will show you whether your internet is stable or not. Also, command prompt can let you know your IP address. What you have to do is just to type
What you have to do is just to type ipconfig/ in the command prompt and then press return. With your IP address and DNS server. Another special thing about command prompt is that it will also avail you with more information that includes your primary DNS suffix, your hostname and many others.
- Cake folders that you cannot delete
There are times when you accidentally delete important folders that you never want to lose. With command prompt, you can make undeletable folders so that you do away with such accidental cases of deleting important folders.
- Know if your neighbours are using your WiFi connection
If you never knew this, then you ought to know that Command Prompt can let you know if someone is using your Wi-Fi connection. You can always get that person that is connecting to your area network connection and using your Wi-Fi.
Here is how to do it.
Open your browser and visit http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 depending on your router ip address.
After, you need to find the tab that has “attached devices” or something similar to attached devices.
Find the computer name, IP address and MAC Address
Now, compare it with those displayed by your router in
Step 2. If you notice some strange devices, then someone in your neighbourhood has been sneaking in and stealing your internet connection.
To control this, you will need to add or change your password.
- Get to know if someone is hacking or unknowingly accessing your computer
Using command prompt, you can get to know if someone is hacking into your computer, then you can put up measures to protect your data.
Here what you do is,
Perform netstat -a and the command prompt will return a list of computers that your computer is connected to.
When the results display, Proto column gives the type of data transmission taking place (TCP or UDP),
Local address column gives the port with which your computer is connected to an external computer and the Foreign Address column gives the external computer you are connected to along with the port being used for the connection.
State gives the state of the connection (whether a connection is actually established, or waiting for transmission or is “Timed Out”).
3. Recover permanently deleted files in Windows
When a scenario happens when you want to restore a file in windows that you deleted but need to use, then using your computer you can actually recover it. Some of the soft wares that you can use to recover permanently deleted files include Pandora Recovery, Recuva and many others.
4. Use your Keyboard as Mouse
It is also possible to use your keyboard as a mouse on your computer. However, you can even do the opposite and use the mouse as a keyboard. All you have to do is,
Open Ease of Access Center by clicking the Start button, going to Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Ease of Access Center.
Click Make the mouse easier to use.
Under Control the mouse with the keyboard, tick the Turn on Mouse Keys check box.
This will help you use your keyboard as a mouse.
5. Disable USB ports
There are times when someone uses your computer out of your consent, they insert their flash discs or any other disks. So you want to stop this?, you can actually disable your computers USB ports. By this way, you can prevent others from using their flash drivers on your computer. You can follow the following steps to disable USB ports.
- Click on Start.
- Click on Run. If you cannot find RUN, type it in the search box.
- Type “regedit” without quotes. This will launch the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbstor.
- In the work area, double click on Start.
- In the Value Data box, enter 4.
- Click on OK.
- Close Registry Editor and refresh your desktop.
It should be known, however, that when you disable your USB ports, you will also not be able to use them. Therefore, to be able to use them, you will need to re-enable them. You can do this by entering 3 in the Value Data box in Step 6.
There are many more help computer tricks that am unaware of. Share with me in the comment box below those you think would have been added onto this list. Otherwise, I hope you found one that will be of use to you from the above discussion.
Last Updated: 14th Nov 2017