LIFE HACK: THE COOL THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR COMPUTER COULD DO

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I have had the privilege of working in some really cool IT offices and one of the things I did at that time was market and sell computers. When a client walks in, they want to know all the cool things a computer can do and you have to impress – you the marketer has to impress the client.

In this article, we will be looking at cool features our computers have. These features are not tied to any particular brand, model or operating system. They exist in pretty much every computer and guaranteed, they will make our computers more fun to use.


RECOVER DELETED FILES

Deleting a file and pressing Ctrl+Z almost immediately is one thing. But have you ever deleted a file only to realize you need it five days later…or 5 months later? Luckily for you there is a way to recover files you have deleted mistakenly or otherwise and all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this article to find out how… kidding.

As long as you remember the folder where the file was saved, go to it and right-click. Select ‘restore previous versions’ and you will see a dialog box. If you are on lady luck’s good side (actually this has nothing to do with luck), you would be able to get your file back by opening any of the previous versions which show up on your screen.

SCREEN GRAB

Yes you read that right; your PC can screen grab. If you use a smart phone (yes BlackBerry is included…sadly) then you know there is a way to take a snapshot of whatever you have on your screen and no one needs to tell us that this feature is priceless.

For people like me who use PCs a lot, we have often wished for such a time when we would be able to take snapshots of what we are doing. Unbeknownst to many, this feature has been available and we didn’t even know (well that is the meaning of the word unbeknownst).

How do you do that? Simple (but no so simple), there is a button on your PC keyboard with the words ‘print screen’ or ‘prt sc’ inscribed on it. All you have to do is click on it…well that’s not all; once you click on it, open an application such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint and ‘paste’ it there.

AUTOMATICALLY SAVE GOOGLE IMAGES

How many people like to go to images for their Google? (You know what I meant to say…don’t laugh). If you find yourself image-hunting on Google, you would see that you need to right click and then click on ‘save image’ or ‘save image as’ or in some cases ‘copy image’ before you are asked what location you would like to keep it and yadi yadi yada…

I have good news which can shorten this process. You want to hear it (or read it)? Once you see the images which appeal to you on Google, hold down the ‘alt’ button and click on this image…after that… well that’s it – the image is automatically saved on your computer; and you time is saved as well.

SET ALARMS

I know we all have phones phones which  do alarms but if you are a heavy… and I mean heavy PC user, then it is nothing strange to forget your phone at times.

You should take a break from using the PC at least once in every two hours but we don’t always remember that so how about we set an alarm? On the PC.

The first thing you are to do is to hit the windows button and type ‘task scheduler’ in the search bar. Once it opens, you find that you can set multiple reminders, give them names, and even choose the kind of music which plays when that time comes. What I like to do is to tell the computer to go off when I have been working for two hours straight.

THE MATRIX EFFECT

Type the following code, save the file as .bat, open the saved file and see the Matrix magic! (You can find the saved file by performing a simple search in start menu).

@echo off
color 02
:start
echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%
goto start

CONCLUSION

Every day, there are new tricks added to our PC capabilities and these features are meant to make our PC usage more interesting. I hope you picked up a thing or two from what you’ve seen in this article and if you have more life-saving tricks our PCs can perform, let’s see them in the comments section.

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