Simple hacks to make your time online more productive

By August 8, 2019 TechEasy

With so much of time being spent online, it is really very useful to know and use short cuts or hacks to save time as well as simplify your online routine. The way we are consuming online time, all this means a better life in general. No, its not an exaggeration. In the article below, you will find a few selected short cuts/hacks from a very long list compiled by the author. Team RetyrSmart

Simple hacks to make your time online more productive

Download YouTube videos

You can download any YouTube video just by typing “ss” before the “youtube” part of a video’s URL link in your address bar. Here’s an example for Justin Bieber’s Sorry music video:

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Download –

Not only can you choose from different file types but also any resolution up to the original quality. Just remember downloading copyrighted content from the internet is illegal.

Proof your writing with ease

If you’re writing an essay or a long bit of content and need some proofreading, using Google Translate is one easy solution. Simply input your text and click the speaker to hear it read aloud. This will help you easily find errors in your work and check it makes sense.

Shortcut for pausing a YouTube video

We think little tricks are fun, too. For instance, when you press K or spacebar while watching a video on YouTube, it will pause or play the video. How neat is that? And it works regardless of where you clicked last on the page.

There are other shortcut keys too:

  • Press J to rewinds 10 seconds
  • Press L to fast-forward 10 seconds
  • F puts you into full-screen
  • Home takes you to the start of the video
  • M mutes the sound
  • Up and down arrows turn the volume up and down

Use emoji on desktops

If you thought emoji were limited to mobile devices, think again. You can use them on desktop, too.

For Mac: Press control+command+space bar to get the emoji menu.

For PC: The latest version of Chrome has an emoji menu. Simply right-click anywhere you can type and click “Emoji” in the menu to access all the available emojis.

Use your keyboard to scroll on web pages

This trick might be well-known, but we thought it was still worth including: Use the space bar to scroll down on any webpage. You can even hold the shift key and the space bar at the same time to scroll up.

Spelling, grammar and definition help

If you’d like a little extra help when writing online, then we’d highly recommend Grammarly. This tool gives you tips and suggestions for grammar, spelling and general sentence construction whatever you’re doing on the web.

You can even double-click a word to highlight it and get suggested other words to use instead. There’s a Google Chrome plugin to ensure you can easily edit text whatever website you’re on. And it’s free!

Quickly re-open a closed tab

If you just accidentally closed an important tab in your browser, you can easily re-open it by pressing command+shift+t on a Mac or control+shift+t on Windows PC. This can be used multiple times too, so keep pressing to open all the tabs you’ve closed recently. It even works after you’ve entirely closed and re-opened your browser too.

No internet? Play a game

When your internet connection goes out and the Google Chrome browser gives you an error page, press the spacebar to start a T-Rex game. At least you won’t be bored while you wait to get online again. If you find your internet returns and ruins your game, no need to worry, you can carry on online here.

Use Google to find your Android

Google offers an Android device manager that lets you find a lost or stolen device, but you can also Google “find my phone” to locate your Android device. Just remember you must be logged into the Google account associated with your Android.

Find the perfect username

Want to check whether a username is taken or available on popular sites? Just use It even checks domain names.

To read the exhaustive list of tech hacks Click Here


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