25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 24: How To Print Coupons

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far into our 25 Days of Time Saving Computer Tips series and haven’t shared yet how to print coupons. (Eek!)  This is one of those things that will save you so much time while hunting down deals on the computer, and while I’m no expert, there are ways to make your life easier.

 

Here we go. 😉

  1. Sign up for all the basic coupon sites before printing coupons.  Different coupon sites offer different methods of printing, so I recommend installing the coupon printers at Coupons.comSmart Source, Hopster and Red Plum to access the majority of coupons available.  Once you’ve installed the coupon printer, you *should* have no problems printing your coupons.
  2. All of the sites that I mentioned above are safe for your computer.  If you’re ever unsure if a website is safe for you to use, always use your good judgement!  But coupons posted here on Passionate Penny Pincher are ones that we feel are safe for you to use, and print ourselves.
  3. If you’re having problems printing coupons, try a different browser. I’ve had better luck printing most coupons with Google Chrome, however for the life of me I can’t get Red Plum coupons to print (ughhhh!)  If you’re having issues in Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer or Moxilla Firefox, and hopefully one will work for you.  (I can print Red Plum coupons in Internet Explorer without any problems.)
  4. If you’re still having problems printing coupons you may want to try downloading an updated version of Java to your computer.
  5. Most of the major coupon websites have filters that will make finding your coupons easier.  For example, on Coupons.com, you can choose which coupons you’re looking for by selecting a category in the left sidebar.  Smart Source coupons are very easy to locate because they allow you to sort by manufacturer or product to find just what you’re looking for (I love that!)  When you go to a new coupon site, be sure to look over the entire page to find any hints on how to filter your coupons and make searching a little easier.

Please remember that as you’re printing coupons, you may never (ever, ever, never), copy a printable coupon.  Typically a manufacturer allows you to print two of each coupon, so by clicking your back button after printing the first coupon you’ll be allowed a second print.  However, most printable coupons have separate bar codes, and manufacturers are only required to reimburse a store for one coupon per bar code.  Learn more about ethical coupon usage HERE.

 

What questions do you have about printing coupons?  And, more importantly, if you know any great tips on how to print coupons, this not-so-technologically-advancedpenny-pincher would love for you to share them!

 

New to using coupons?  Start HERE.

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25 TIme Saving Computer Tips Day 22: Use Google As Your Calculator

Ready for another new computer trick to make your life just a little easier? Here’s just a fun little trick that you may not know, and is a great way to quickly do math without pulling up your calculator while using the internet!

 

 

If you need to do some math quickly, just type your equation into Google, and it will automatically pull up your sum. Try it out and let me know what you think – and save time pulling out a calculator when you’re in a hurry!

 

*(Note that you do need to put spaces in between your numbers for the Google calculator to work.)

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Cute Logos On Facebook (Any Other Ideas?)

Okie dokie, I don’t know that this is really a “time-saving” tip, but if you’re on Facebook and always wonder how people make super cute logos on comments, these tips are for you! I’m so technologically behind that these have taken me forever to learn, so maybe they’ll help you out too. 😉

 

Facebook has some special things you can do (pretty easily), but you’ve got to learn the right codes to do them. Here are a few you probably see all the time, and they might come in handy when you “love” something instead of just like it! 😉

 

Facebook Tricks:

Make a smiley face (three different options) –        🙂    🙂  =)

Make a sad face (three different options)-       🙁  🙁  =(

Make a heart-     <3

Tag a person in a post (this took me forever to figure out!)-    type the “@” symbol before their name

Since I’m not incredibly savvy when it comes to the cute codes, I would love to hear other suggestions on different items to add to the list.  If you know any, take a minute and share your favorites in the comments section!

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Use Bookmarks To Easily Find What You’re Looking For

Do you use bookmarks on your computer? If not, you will love them as they’ll help you to easily access the websites and pages you love most every day! 

 

So, what are bookmarks? Bookmarks are pages you can add to your browser (I’m sure they work in Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer – let me know if I’m missing any), and they’ll allow you to essentially “tape” that page to the top of your browser so you can find it when you need it again.

 

The kinds of pages I love to bookmark are the ones that I use frequently – including Coupons.com, the coupon database, Amazon, PPP Facebook page, my email accounts, my Feedly feed, PPP posts that are set in drafts, and (of course) Passionate Penny Pincher. 😉 It saves me a ton of time to easily see the pages I really need, and not waste time searching down a page when I can quickly access it from anywhere!

 

What’s the trick?

Bookmarks for your web browser

 

How to use it?

Depending on what browser you use, you should be able to fairly easily set up bookmarks by dragging them to the bookmark section of your browser. To make things simple, here are a few tutorials to get you started:

When should you use it?

If you have websites that you visit daily (or want to be reminded to check out daily), add them to your bookmark bar so that you don’t waste time searching and those pages pop up quickly for you. 

Do you have certain sites bookmarked that you check up on each day? I’d love to know which ones you use ~ it definitely helps so much for me to easily access the pages I use daily as I’m here on the computer, and I’d love to hear how they work for you too!

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Easily Zoom In and Out

Here’s a super easy computer tip that you may or may not know, but can come in handy (especially if you’re getting old like me and the words on your computer screen are sometimes just too small!) 

 

With a simple click of your command keys, you can make the words and images on your computer screen bigger or smaller, which can come in oh-so handy sometimes. (I thought everyone knew this one, but a friend of mine actually called and asked me for the tip a few days ago because she’d accidentally made her font all tiny!)

 

What’s the trick?

Use Ctrl + to zoom in (on Mac computers use Command +)

Or use Ctrl  – to zoom out (on Mac computers use Command -)

 

What does it do?

Allows you to easily zoom in or out of the computer screen that you’re on

When should you use it?

Goodness – I use it for seeing font that is too small, looking closely at a picture (especially for a coupon deal) to see what the size of a specific item is, and any other time I need to see sizes on pictures that are too small to figure out!

Was this one that you already knew about? Try it out and let me know what you think, and share any other tips that you have in the comment section so I can share those too!

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Use Time Tracker To Monitor Time Online

Are you ready for another time saving computer tip? I took last week off (we were traveling while my kids were on Spring Break and I knew I wouldn’t have time to keep up with everything), but I’m so ready to start these again!

 

I am really excited about the new trick I just found today, and think it will help you stay more focused when spending time online. I’ve found recently that I am spending way too much time online distracted by information on the internet, and have been looking for a way to stay focused here on my work, so I can get off the computer and actually have time for life. (Anyone else with me?)  Unfortunately all too often my biggest time waster isn’t the computer, it’s my choices, so this is a great way to monitor time online.

This little Extension available for Google Chrome or Firefox sets a timer that allows you to see exactly how much time you’re spending on each website you visit daily. For me, just knowing that the clock is ticking is highly motivating to keep myself on track!

 

If you’re new to Google Extensions, they’re the little logos above that help me manage just about everything I do online. I’ll share more about those later this week, but for now when you add Time Tracker to Google Chrome, you’ll see the little timer above on your page, and when clicking on it you can see exactly how much time you’ve spent (or wasted ~ eek?) each day.

 

If you use Firefox as your web browser, go HERE to download the version for Firefox to your computer. Those are the only two browsers that I know of that support this program, but already I can see how much more efficient I am just by knowing that something’s tracking me!

What’s the trick?

Time Tracker for Firefox

Time Tracker for Google Chrome

 

What does it do?

Allows you to monitor how much time you’ve spent on various websites while online 

When should you use it?

If you struggle with staying on track online, this will help keep you focused and monitor your time. It’s also great to have if you have children who spend time on your computer, as you can see exactly where they’re spending their time!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

 

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Days of Computer Time Saving Tricks: Store Coupon Matchups On Phone Or Printable List

 

{To sign up to get this free Favado app, start HERE.  Signing up through this link helps make Favado possible for you ~ thanks so much guys! I’ve been using it along with our 10 Minute TargetKroger and Publix Printable Lists and it takes me less than 15 minutes to get ready for a trip to the store using coupons!}

 

If you spend a lot of time planning for your grocery trip (and it overwhelms you like it sometimes does me too), here’s one more tip on how to (easily!) save money and time!  Be sure to check out last night’s tip as well ~ I promise you can save money without spending a ton of time preparing to shop each week.

Here are a few things to get you started:

You can select which stores you shop most frequently and find the sales at your favorite store.

Basically, you can use the printable list feature here on any of our store coupon matchups to easily print off the deals you need, edit your list, and print the coupons you’ll want to use. But, if you’re like me (and spend way too many hauling kids around to extracurricular activities), you can use the Favado App to pull up all the deals on our grocery lists, right on your phone!

Add items to your mobile shopping list.

Email yourself the coupons that you’ll want to print before you shop & even share your list with friends.  

Cross things off while you’re shopping (love that!)

And even find extra ways to save while you’re shopping.

Here’s how to sign up and get yours:

  1. First, you must go HERE to sign up and create your account.
  2. Then watch for your confirmation email (it should come within a minute or two.)
  3. Once you’ve created your account, you can download the app in you phone’s app store.

 

Let me know if it helps, and as a favor to me, please sign up through this link before downloading it to your phone (I know it’s an extra step, but I do appreciate the help so much!)  

 

Have you tried out Favado before? I really have enjoyed using it to find the best prices at my store each week, compare the prices on specific items, and keep my list all in one place without having to print extra information. And, I love that you can email the list to yourself so you can print the coupons once you’re back at home!  Go HERE to try it out yourself, and let me know what you think.

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Quickly Prepare For Grocery Trips (Part 1)

If you’re crazy busy and overwhelmed by all you have to keep up with every day, tonight’s Time Saving Computer Tip is for you! While I love pinching pennies, adore saving money, and get oh-so-excited about the next deal, I’m pretty limited on the amount of time I spend hunting down grocery sales and coupon matchups before I shop.

 

So, I have two little tricks that I use which save me a ton of time penny-pinching, and might help you out too!  I’ll share my first favorite tip tonight, and stop back tomorrow for my second suggestion which also helps me out a ton.

The very first thing I do prior to grocery shopping, is look over our 10-Minute-or-Less Lists. My friend Shannon and I realized awhile ago that we could put together a list for you including most of the coupons pre-clipped ahead of time for you.  (Because hunting down the deals through a huge ad and going back and forth between dozens of coupon websites made us crazy too!) Basically, before I head to the store I check out these lists, print my coupons, and then go shopping. While you won’t be an Extreme Couponer using these lists alone, it will drastically reduce the time you spend clipping coupons, and save you quite a bit of money along the way.

 

(See how I switched over to using primarily printable coupons last year, which is still working out well for me right now as I just don’t have time to spend a lot of time organizing coupons!)

 

If you’re new to these lists, basically we include all the printable coupons in one quick list so that you can easily scan through and get the discounts you need. Included in the list is the item, sales price of the item, and link to the coupon so that you can save without spending too much time looking for deals! My favorite part of the list is that all of the Coupons.com coupons are pre-clipped for you  ~ just click one button to get the complete list, then re-fresh your page once those coupons have printed to get a second set of savings.

 

How easy is that? 😉

What’s the trick?

10 Minute or Less Printable Coupon Lists

 

What does it do?

Lets you easily print the coupons for specific stores that PPP covers

 

When should you use it?

Before heading out to shop! Here are the lists that we currently offer:

 

Have you tried these lists out before here on PPP? My friend Shannon puts a lot (a lot!) of time into these, and we really hope that they’re beneficial for you. If you’ve tried them out before,we’d love to know if they’ve worked for you!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!
Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Computer Time Saving Tricks: Control + P

Ready for another (easy) time saving computer tip! This one is so simple and you just might already know it, but it’s one I tend to forget about (and can come in so handy!)

 

When you’re browsing the internet, if you see something you want to print (like a recipe, deal scenario, or photo to remember), click Ctrl + P (Command +P for Mac users), and you’ll automatically get a pop up to print whatever you’re looking for!

 

What’s the trick?

Ctrl + P (or Command + P on Mac computers)

 

What does it do?

Allows you to print whatever screen you’re looking at

 

When should you use it?

If you’re looking at something you’d like to print, click Command + P and you’ll easily get a pop up to print exactly what you see on the screen. It’s great for recipes, keeping up with a deal scenario that’s overwhelming, or easily accessing information that you don’t want to lose. 

One trick you’ll want to remember is that the computer will automatically pull up your entire screen (and odds are you don’t want to waste all that ink and paper.) Once  you’ve pulled up the information that you want to print, change the pages to select only the pages you need, and skip the headers and footers so that you don’t waste any ink on those if you don’t need them.

 

Your turn now! Go try Command + P out, and let me know what you think.

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Computer Time Saving Tips: Control + L

This little trick is so simple, but I thought you all would enjoy it because I just learned it today and I’m so excited about it! You know how sometimes you’re on a website and want to flip over to a new page? This handy trick will help you out.

All you do is hit Ctrl + L (on a Mac you’ll use Command + L ) and automatically your cursor will jump to the browser bar so you can search another site. I think I might just like this one almost as well as Ctrl + F (definitely be sure to figure that one out!), and maybe it’ll help you too. 😉

What’s the trick?

Ctrl + L (or Command + L on Mac computers)

 

What does it do?

Allows you to move your cursor immediately to your browser bar so you can search something new

 

When should you use it?

It’s a great way to easily go to a new site without having to wiggle your mouse around, and should come in handy if you use the computer much!

Did any of you know about Ctrl + L before? I’m pretty excited about this one and think it will definitely help speed up my time here on the computer, so I’m super excited to find it and would love for you to try it out too!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!
Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Try Out Feedly

Ready for a few new easy tricks to make your internet surfing go a little more smoothly? Tonight’s tip is one of those that makes checking out my favorite blogs so simple, and it may save you some time too!

 

I use Feedly to organize all of the frugal blogs I follow, as well as several of my favorite food bloggers, home bloggers and how-to-blog bloggers. All of the sites that I read are categorized by their content – so if it’s a lazy day and I just want to see fun decorating ideas, I click on only my home and family category. And, if I’m looking for a deal, all of my favorite frugal sites are easily accessible to!

 

 

If you want to try out Feedly, you can check it out HERE, and if you’d like to follow Passionate Penny Pincher on Feedly (I’d love for you to!), just search for me on the “What Would You Like To Read” page (this should be the link, but in case that doesn’t work you should be able to hunt PPP down pretty easily.)

 

 

What’s the trick?

Feedly

 

What does it do?

Allows you to easily keep up with all your favorite blogs and websites, so that you have a daily feed including any updated deals on in one easy list

 

When should you use it?

Feedly is fantastic to use if you typically use several websites throughout the day for saving money, or if you have special blogs you love to keep up with but sometimes don’t remember to check them frequently!

Have you tried Feedly or another feed reader?  I’d love to know if they’ve been helpful for you – and any other tips that you have would be great to know too!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!
Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Unroll Me

Ready for another new computer trick that will completely change your inbox? This is (maybe?) one of my favorite tips – at least my favorite when it comes to getting control of your emails.

Sign up for Unroll.me and they will unsubscribe you to any unnecessary emails that are cluttering up your inbox, with just a few clicks. I started this a few months ago when a friend mentioned it on Facebook, and basically they’ll go through your current emails, let you know which ones are there so you can unsubscribe with a quick click, and you can either choose to keep getting all your emails like you normally do, or “roll them up” into one daily email.

What’s the trick?

Unroll.me

What does it do?

It allows you to “unroll” from dozens (hundreds?) of emails easily all at one time, and then continues to give you updates on emails you may no longer be interested in seeing each day.

 

When should you use it?

This has literally decluttered my inbox by probably 90%, and instead of scrolling through dozens of emails every day I get the ones I want delivered to my inbox, “rollup” the ones I just want to keep in one place, and it’s taken me off the list for so many retailers.  If you’ve been overwhelmed by your inbox too, I highly recommend it!  Go HERE to get started. 

 

Have you tried out Unroll.me before? I’d love to hear your thoughts – it’s definitely saved me a ton of time online each week!

 


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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 8: Snipping Tool


 

Ready for another new computer trick to just make your online time go a little more smoothly? This little trick is just something that’s most likely built into your PC, so you might as well take advantage of it.

 

It’s your “snipping tool”, and basically it allows you to create a screen shot of anything on the page. It’s been awhile since I’ve used it on a PC (I use Command + Shift + 4 on my Mac to create a screen shot), so I’m going to do the best I can explaining it to you.

 

 

What’s the trick?

Snipping Tool

 

What does it do?

It takes a screen shot of either entire page that you’re looking at or whatever portion of the page you’d like to save

 

How do I use it?
 On a PC, open snipping tool by typing in “snipping tool” in the little blue window button in the bottom left-hand of your computer screen. If your computer has them, it should pop right up! Read more tips on how to use them over HERE.  (If you use a Mac, pressing Command + Shift +4 at the same time will do the same thing.)
When should you use it?

Goodness – for everything! Your screenshots are great to have when working on projects with your children, trying to easily save something to your computer, or even copying and pasting information into a document without actually copying the words over. 

 

Your turn now! Go try out that snipping tool feature and let me know what you think. 😉

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

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25 Days of Time Saving Computer Tips Day 7: PicMonkey

Ready for another new computer trick to just make your online time happier? I’ve got to admit that this one may not save you tons of time, but oh-my-heavens, it’s just the most fun little site and I had to share it with you.

 

Picmonkey is the (easy!) site that I use for photo editing. I’m about as photo-shop-challenged as they come (I thought surely I could figure it out and bought a few years ago until I finally gave up), so when I was introduced to PicMonkey at a conference I just fell in love!

 

For a long time I just used the free version (and think most folks will be fine with that.) Because I use it so much to edit photos for recipes as well as I eventually did pay to get a few extra features and signed up for the year  (The extra features cost $33 per year or you can try it out on a month-by-month basis for $4.95.  If you choose to use the links above to try it the paid for version I do make a small commission – I appreciate that but really think the free one is great too!) Here’s a peek at what it does to my plain jane pictures  ~

 

It turns this . . .

Into this . . .

Not only does it allow you to add wording and logos, it also lets you resize the picture you’re currently using, change the shading on it, brighten it, and even make yourself a little skinnier with the “nip and tuck” feature in personal pictures. 😉  love it, and use it almost daily here on PPP, but you could also even use it to edit your Christmas cards! (Oh, and it makes photo collages too. Such fun!)

 

What’s the trick?

PicMonkey 

 

What does it do?

Adds logos to photos, allows photo editing, re-sizes pictures, lets you create collages and so much more.

 

When should you use it?

I use it daily for photos here on PPP, but you could also use it to create Christmas cards or birthday invitations and then just get the pictures developed like a regular print. 

 

Your turn now! Go try out Pic Monkey and let me know what you think ~ I know you’re gonna love it. 😉

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share,leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 5: More Favorite Command Keys

Ready for a few more computer tricks to just make your online time go more smoothly? Here are a few more basic command keys that should help you out, these seem like tiny tricks but they really can help you stay get more done in a shorter amount of time!

 

 

More Favorite Basic Command Keys

 

What are the tricks?

Ctrl + Z Undoes anything you just did. So, if you typed in the wrong information on something, just click Ctrl + Z and it will undo it!

 

Ctrl + Y Redoes anything you just undid 😉 So, if you thought you wanted to get rid of something but then changed your mind, just click Ctrl+ Y and it will all pop back up

 

Ctrl + A Highlights everything inside a box that you’re working in (I use this one all the time – both for blogging and personal work!  Once you’ve highlighted all the text, you can easily click Ctrl + C to copy it and then Ctrl + V to paste the information wherever you need. Love it!

 

Alt + Tab (a new one for me!) closes all your windows, but press alt + tab again and they’ll pop right up again for you! (Mac users, use Function + F11 to get the same thing)

 

When should you use these?

As a blogger, I use these often to just make my work go more quickly (especially Ctrl + A – I love that I can easily copy an entire page of work without having to scroll up and down to highlight everything!) And, as a mom, goodness gracious I use these even more often when copying my child’s school work from one form to another, or even when sharing something with friends on Facebook. It’s amazing how much simpler these little codes can make your life!

Your turn now! Try out these new commands if you haven’t used them before, and tell me what you think!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!
Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Coffee Shop White Noise (really?)

Ready for another new computer trick make your computer time more peaceful? I actually was just reminded of this one when I was working on a big project yesterday and all three of my kids were home playing. Because it was so noisy I couldn’t focus on what I was doing, until I remembered this handy app!

Coffitivity is a website (or app) that you can pull up and it runs white “coffee shop” noise in the background for you. While I work during the day without any noise at all, when my kids are home there’s no way I can focus with them racing around nearby! (I get distracted very easily, and if they’re just playing and don’t need me for what they’re doing, I sometimes have to get in extra work when they’re home.) Coffitivity allows me to hear them if they need me (don’t worry), 😉 but it also helps to soften the squealing while their playing a game or just running around being kids. I love it, and definitely recommend checking into it if you work from home (or even are just trying to organize your coupons.)

 

 

Coffitivity

 

What does it do?

Creates a virtual “coffee shop” hum in the background so you can stay focused and get more done

 

When should you use it?

If you’ve got busy kids, or anything else noisy in the background, it helps dull the noise so you can stay focused (if that’s something you struggle with like I do in a noisy world!)

 

Your turn now! Go try it out and let me know what you think. 😉

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!
Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 3: Three Most Used Shortcut Keys

Ready for a few new computer tricks to make your life a little easier? Tonight we’re talking about the three most used computer shortcuts ~ because I don’t want to go any further without making sure you all have these down.  I feel almost silly sharing these (because I’m betting everyone already knows them!), but just in case there’s someone out there who hasn’t figured these out yet, I thought I’d better go ahead and share!

 

3 Top Used Command Keys

What are the tricks?

 

Ctrl + C  copies a highlighted item

Ctrl + X cuts a selected item

Ctrl + V pastes a selected item

 

When should you use these?

I use these all the time when working here on PPP, especially when filling out forms to get specific coupons or copying and pasting a code for a certain deal. They take a little time to memorize if you don’t know them already, but with a day of practice I’m betting you’ll get these down quickly!

 

Note: if you use a Mac, substitute the command button for the ctrl button

Your turn now! Go practice them over the next day if you haven’t learned them already, and let me know what you think! 

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 2: Sticky Notes

Ready for another new computer trick to just make your online time happier? I learned this little trick years ago, and it’s a great way to keep information that I need close at hand when working on the computer.

They’re called sticky notes, and just like you would create a real sticky note with pen and paper, you can easily have a virtual one available on your computer. Here we go . . . 

 

 

Sticky Notes

 

What’s the trick?

On your computer (with the exception of a Mac) type in “sticky notes” in the little blue window button in the bottom left-hand corner of your computer screen. If your computer has them, they’ll pop right up!  On a Mac computer, look up “stickies” (to easily look up something on a mac, click the command + space key at the same time and your spotlight box will open up.)

 

What does it do?

It adds a virtual “post it note” to your computer screen – so if you see something you want to save, or have a list of items you want to get done, you can keep all the information handy right there!

 

When should you use it?

I use it for my to-do lists as well as for codes that I frequently use. You can also use it to save a code (for example, if you’re making an online purchase but need to hang onto a certain code, stick it in your post it note so you don’t lose it!)

 

Your turn now! Go try out that sticky note feature and let me know what you think. 😉

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

 

 

 

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 1: The “Find” Button

I have such an exciting new 25 days series for you! If you’re like me (and not the most internet-savvy-geek on the block), you may get frustrated spending way too many hours online each looking for deals or reading your favorite blogs. So, for the month of March, I’ll be sharing a new series including 25 Time Saving Computer Tips which should help you save time as well as money!

 

Because I spend way more hours online than I care to admit each week, I’m constantly looking for ways to do things more quickly and efficiently.  And, thanks to a few years of blogging, there are quite a few tricks I’ve learned that really have made my life a little less stressful! Each night, watch for one more (easy!) tip, then spend the next day mastering it so you can save time too. Here’s tonight’s first trick (and quite possibly my all-time favorite):

 

 

Control + F Shortcut

 

What’s the trick?

Press control (or command if you use a Mac) + F at the same time

 

What does it do?

It will place a small box in the top of your screen that allows you to search for a specific word on the page you’re currently on.

 

When should you use it?

Looking for a certain coupon or item that you know was on a long list of deals? Type it in and the information will be highlighted on your page, so you don’t have to scan through a ton of information.

 

Any extra info?

On the right side of the screen you’ll see markers up and down the page that shows where that word was found. Scroll up and down to see it every time it was listed on the page!

Your turn now! Go try out that Ctrl+F feature like crazy if you haven’t before, and then tell me how much you love it. (I know you will!) My friend Shannon’s hubby taught it to her and me after we both got so frustrated when looking at a huge list of deals, and we both sing its praises at least once a week!

 

Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!

 

Note: Note that these will vary some by your browser – for ecample in Google Chrome, you’ll see the search box at the top however in Mozilla the search bar will pop up at the bottom. Let me know if you find anything else different using another browser!

 

 

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