Useful tips for your laptop and smartphone
Using your computer or smartphone has probably become the most natural thing you do, but that does not mean you know everything there is to know about your device. Many of the usual tasks you perform may have an easier way of performing them. Here are three nifty tricks you should try:
Scrolling on your web browser
When browsing on any web browser, scrolling using the mouse is easy, but that’s not the only way to scroll. A simpler, more effective way to scroll, particularly if you are using a laptop, is to press the space bar to scroll down, or press shift and the space bar to scroll up. This is a great way to put a lot less strain on your mouse scroll wheel and it eliminates the need for the scroll bar if you’re using a laptop touchpad.
Web pages can sometimes be a little too small or too big; it would be nice to be able to adjust the size to your needs. Fortunately, there are a few keyboard shortcuts that fix this problem. If you want to zoom into a window, all you have to do is hold down the CTRL key and press the “+” key. With every “+” press, the window will zoom in by an order of magnitude, usually 10 – 15%. Zooming out is pretty much the same; you just press the “-“ key instead of “+”. Pressing CTRL and “0” will restore the original size. This works for both PC and Mac computers. Another method on a computer is holding down the CTRL key and using your mouse’s scroll wheel.
Smartphone users can easily redial the last number they dialled by pressing the green Call button on the phone screen. This will instantly bring up the last dialled number, so you don’t have to go through the entire list of dialled, received or missed calls.