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 . . .

 

 

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 . . .

 

 

25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 10: A Few More Command Keys

Ready for a few new easy tricks to make your internet surfing go a little more smoothly? I’ve held off this week sharing more command keys (because I know that can be overwhelming), but here are a couple more that are worth adding to your list.

 

What are the tricks?

F5 reload the page

F11 makes the screen a full screen (doesn’t work on a Mac)

Ctrl + T opens a new tab in your web page

 

 

What does it do?

F5 is probably my favorite – it will easily refresh the page for you in a hurry!

 

When should you use it?

F5 is GREAT if there’s an online freebie you want to get but there are only a few minutes to grab it. If you’re on a site that’s giving away 100 items for example but the site isn’t loading, you can click F5 to easily refresh the page and hopefully get one of the freebies more quickly!

Your turn now! Go try these new keys 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 . . .

 

 

 

 

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!

 


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

 

 

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 . . .

 

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 . . .

 

 

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 . . .

 

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 . . .

 

 

 

 

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 . . .

 

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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