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What is a simple tech tip that changed how you use your computer or other devices in a significant way?

Looking to accumulate some great tips on this topic!

If your tip involves specific software, ideally it should be FOSS (free or open source).

260 comments

  1. [29]
    CriticalBear
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    Cursor control via sliding your finger on the space bar of an android keyboard. I dread texting less. Might be an IPhone thing too, I dunno.
    • Exemplary

    Cursor control via sliding your finger on the space bar of an android keyboard. I dread texting less. Might be an IPhone thing too, I dunno.

    111 votes
    1. [8]
      Akir
      Link Parent
      iOS and iPadOS both have this as well.

      iOS and iPadOS both have this as well.

      27 votes
      1. [4]
        Octofox
        Link Parent
        Another huge feature is that if you use a macbook as well, copy/paste works between devices if you have the same icloud account on both.

        Another huge feature is that if you use a macbook as well, copy/paste works between devices if you have the same icloud account on both.

        15 votes
        1. EgoEimi
          Link Parent
          On this, I highly recommend Dropover for macOS. Cheap @ $5 for lifetime purchase Very well-made and polished Simple and minimal Assists in moving images, text snippets, and files across windows...

          On this, I highly recommend Dropover for macOS.

          • Cheap @ $5 for lifetime purchase
          • Very well-made and polished
          • Simple and minimal
          • Assists in moving images, text snippets, and files across windows
            • When you have something selected, a 'shelf' appears
            • You can choose to drop your file or whatever in that shelf
            • Then that shelf persists across windows and screens for you to drag the file or whatever out and into the new context
          2 votes
      2. [2]
        DangerChips
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        Wait, what!? I literally made this comment to try this out. Just hold onto the space bar for a moment and you can slide the cursor around (up/down, left/right) This is a game changer for me thank you!

        Wait, what!? I literally made this comment to try this out. Just hold onto the space bar for a moment and you can slide the cursor around (up/down, left/right) This is a game changer for me thank you!

        7 votes
        1. Oslypsis
          Link Parent
          Currently replying to this to test it out, as well. Holy wow, what an actual improvement to texting.

          Currently replying to this to test it out, as well.

          Holy wow, what an actual improvement to texting.

      3. jzimbel
        Link Parent
        It used to be much better with 3D Touch :( You’d do one hard press (anywhere on the keyboard, not just the space bar!) to start moving the cursor, and then if you did another hard press it would...

        It used to be much better with 3D Touch :(

        You’d do one hard press (anywhere on the keyboard, not just the space bar!) to start moving the cursor, and then if you did another hard press it would start highlighting from that location. Super useful, super disappointing that they dropped 3D Touch if only for this one feature.

        3 votes
    2. [2]
      dreamless_patio
      Link Parent
      You can also swipe left off the delete button to delete word by word!

      You can also swipe left off the delete button to delete word by word!

      20 votes
    3. GobiasIndustries
      Link Parent
      As someone with sausage fingers who can never insert a cursor in the right spot on a phone, you just changed my life!

      As someone with sausage fingers who can never insert a cursor in the right spot on a phone, you just changed my life!

      18 votes
    4. [3]
      draconicrose
      Link Parent
      That's because the default keyboard is usually Google's Gboard, which has this feature and other neat gestures (like swiping the backspace to delete a word). So it should be available on any phone...

      That's because the default keyboard is usually Google's Gboard, which has this feature and other neat gestures (like swiping the backspace to delete a word). So it should be available on any phone that can install it. If more cursor control is needed, there is an edit mode the user can access by pressing the 4 squares on the top left and tapping "text editing".

      9 votes
      1. [2]
        yooman
        Link Parent
        Thank you for the tip on this "text editing" view! Holy crap. I absolutely hate trying to paste something into a specific place in some text I've already written, because tapping and holding...

        Thank you for the tip on this "text editing" view! Holy crap. I absolutely hate trying to paste something into a specific place in some text I've already written, because tapping and holding selects things to paste over. Just having a button to paste at the cursor is fantastic.

        3 votes
        1. draconicrose
          Link Parent
          You're welcome! Glad it's useful for someone, sometimes you really need that level of control and it's relatively well hidden from users :(

          You're welcome! Glad it's useful for someone, sometimes you really need that level of control and it's relatively well hidden from users :(

          1 vote
    5. prostetnicjeltz
      Link Parent
      TIL. Can't believe that this isn't as known. Can confirm it works with Microsoft SwiftKey too!!

      TIL. Can't believe that this isn't as known. Can confirm it works with Microsoft SwiftKey too!!

      4 votes
    6. mild_takes
      Link Parent
      IIRC on the iPad two fingers on the keyboard does this in 2d instead of 1d.

      IIRC on the iPad two fingers on the keyboard does this in 2d instead of 1d.

      3 votes
    7. [6]
      dsh
      Link Parent
      This has never worked for me on iOS (maybe because I have swipe typing enabled?) My friend showed it to me and it just didn't work.

      This has never worked for me on iOS (maybe because I have swipe typing enabled?) My friend showed it to me and it just didn't work.

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        smoontjes
        Link Parent
        Don't know what swipe typing is but do you hold the spacebar down for a second first? It should give a little vibration/haptic and then you should be good

        Don't know what swipe typing is but do you hold the spacebar down for a second first? It should give a little vibration/haptic and then you should be good

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          dsh
          Link Parent
          swipe typing is a godsend for typing on a touchscreen with just a single thumb. But your advice worked! Thank you!

          swipe typing is a godsend for typing on a touchscreen with just a single thumb.

          But your advice worked! Thank you!

          2 votes
      2. [2]
        jwong
        Link Parent
        If your phone is really old, it would have force-touch to enable. So you would have to push a bit harder on space bar until the Taptic bump kicks in. On modern phones, Force Touch is gone. So you...

        If your phone is really old, it would have force-touch to enable. So you would have to push a bit harder on space bar until the Taptic bump kicks in.

        On modern phones, Force Touch is gone. So you just need to hold on the space bar a bit to activate.

        2 votes
        1. yooman
          Link Parent
          Ah I didn't realize iOS had gotten rid of force touch (Android guy here). Kind of a shame, I always thought there could be some neat use cases for it, but I guess they never landed one. Solution...

          Ah I didn't realize iOS had gotten rid of force touch (Android guy here). Kind of a shame, I always thought there could be some neat use cases for it, but I guess they never landed one. Solution in search of a problem. Like the MacBook touch bar (I still have one on my work mac and cannot wait until they let me replace it)

          1 vote
    8. updawg
      Link Parent
      I often find that to be harder than just tapping where I want to type and maybe needing to retype a character or two. I'm also finding now that swiping off of backspace is not really working. Like...

      I often find that to be harder than just tapping where I want to type and maybe needing to retype a character or two. I'm also finding now that swiping off of backspace is not really working. Like maybe 1/10 tries.

    9. [2]
      shinigami
      Link Parent
      This was going to be a game changer, but when I tried this, I couldn't get it to work. I think it's from the fact that I have multiple languages on my keyboard.

      This was going to be a game changer, but when I tried this, I couldn't get it to work. I think it's from the fact that I have multiple languages on my keyboard.

      1. KeepCalmAndScream
        Link Parent
        I have multiple languages installed too. Start sliding quickly. Don't hold down on the same spot of the spacebar for too long, otherwise it'll bring up the list of installed keyboards.

        I have multiple languages installed too. Start sliding quickly. Don't hold down on the same spot of the spacebar for too long, otherwise it'll bring up the list of installed keyboards.

        2 votes
    10. CannibalisticApple
      Link Parent
      To add to this, multiple keyboards have this feature, not just the default and Google keyboards! When I switched keyboards, this was the biggest thing I looked for. Not all keyboards I tried had...

      To add to this, multiple keyboards have this feature, not just the default and Google keyboards! When I switched keyboards, this was the biggest thing I looked for. Not all keyboards I tried had it, but most did. The one I use, SwiftKey, originally didn't have the cursor when I first tried it (or, well, it sorta did if you split the keyboard, which was just clunky), but they eventually added it.

      So if you're experimenting with keyboards and find one you like but is missing this crucial feature, keep an eye out to see if they add it in later. Once you start using the space bar cursor, not having it feels pretty much unusable, and I think it's a common sentiment that designers are taking into consideration.

    11. slashtab
      Link Parent
      This is life changing. How am I learning about this now?!

      This is life changing. How am I learning about this now?!

    12. knocklessmonster
      Link Parent
      Oh wow, that's great. I started this comment just to test it but it really solves the problem of scrolling through text.

      Oh wow, that's great. I started this comment just to test it but it really solves the problem of scrolling through text.

  2. [7]
    0x29A
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    An absolutely huge one for me that seems to work on multiple OS's (Linux + Win at least): Hold Alt when trying to select text with your mouse. It allows you to more easily select text that is part...

    An absolutely huge one for me that seems to work on multiple OS's (Linux + Win at least):

    Hold Alt when trying to select text with your mouse. It allows you to more easily select text that is part of a link or otherwise styled in a way that is difficult to select easily (you can click directly in the middle of a link and drag to select text just as if it was NOT a link- it prevents the link from being clicked or dragged itself).

    It doesn't work on absolutely everything (some things that look like links but are buttons, etc) but it has saved me so many frustrations

    96 votes
    1. [4]
      EnigmaNL
      Link Parent
      Thank you. How did I not know this? Selecting text from hyperlinks is annoying, but this totally fixes that!

      Thank you. How did I not know this? Selecting text from hyperlinks is annoying, but this totally fixes that!

      10 votes
      1. [3]
        0x29A
        Link Parent
        I felt the same way when I found out. It was another thread like this somewhere else that introduced me to this trick in the past couple of years. Little things like this should be...

        I felt the same way when I found out. It was another thread like this somewhere else that introduced me to this trick in the past couple of years. Little things like this should be advertised/publicized more- definitely a sign of a flaw somewhere that we live our whole tech lives without knowing tricks like this

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          blivet
          Link Parent
          Yeah, I get that way back when, computer users were more likely to explore and try out key combinations just to see if anything interesting happened, but nowadays an individual user works with so...

          Yeah, I get that way back when, computer users were more likely to explore and try out key combinations just to see if anything interesting happened, but nowadays an individual user works with so many devices, operating systems, and apps that they just don’t have time to devote to digging into things for curiosity’s sake.

          2 votes
          1. slashtab
            Link Parent
            I do this, randomly use key combinations. It is always exciting to find something new on your own.

            I do this, randomly use key combinations. It is always exciting to find something new on your own.

    2. slashtab
      Link Parent
      On your smartphone, hold the CapsLock key for same effect. TIL that this key act as Shift, Capslock and Alt. This is exciting.

      On your smartphone, hold the CapsLock key for same effect. TIL that this key act as Shift, Capslock and Alt. This is exciting.

      2 votes
    3. Gramage
      Link Parent
      Can confirm it works on macOS as well. I had no idea. Very useful!

      Can confirm it works on macOS as well. I had no idea. Very useful!

      2 votes
  3. [27]
    Artren
    Link
    Control + Shift + Esc opens the Task Manager without needing to use Ctrl Alt Del. Surprised how many folks don't know this.

    Control + Shift + Esc opens the Task Manager without needing to use Ctrl Alt Del. Surprised how many folks don't know this.

    68 votes
    1. [12]
      bendvis
      Link Parent
      Similarly, Win+V will bring up a history of what you've copied and let you select one to paste. It has to be enabled first, but you'll get an option to enable it the first time you press Win+V....

      Similarly, Win+V will bring up a history of what you've copied and let you select one to paste. It has to be enabled first, but you'll get an option to enable it the first time you press Win+V.

      Also, Win+. or Win+; will bring up an emoji menu. 👍

      29 votes
      1. [9]
        jakeinator21
        Link Parent
        And Win+Shift+S will automatically let you screenshot a portion of your screen and open it for editing. I used to have Snipping Tool pinned to my taskbar on every computer I used, but Win+Shift+S...

        And Win+Shift+S will automatically let you screenshot a portion of your screen and open it for editing. I used to have Snipping Tool pinned to my taskbar on every computer I used, but Win+Shift+S totally eliminated the need for that.

        17 votes
        1. [5]
          RheingoldRiver
          Link Parent
          I can't recommend https://getsharex.com/ enough as a screenshotting tool. You can set up hotkeys for things like: Capture region and save locally Capture region and save to host Capture free...

          I can't recommend https://getsharex.com/ enough as a screenshotting tool. You can set up hotkeys for things like:

          • Capture region and save locally
          • Capture region and save to host
          • Capture free region, predefined region, previous region (the last is really good for step-by-step screenshots)
          • Copy the hex value of the current pixel
          • Open a color picker
          • Screen record

          And when you take a region screencap, you get a bunch of editing tools that basically give you mspaint on top of your desktop so you can annotate the screenshot with text, shapes, arrows, numbered steps, freehand drawing, etc.

          And it's FOSS!

          16 votes
          1. [2]
            All_your_base
            Link Parent
            Shoutout to "Lightshot" which I discovered recently. Intuitive, small footprint. Press prntsc (PrintScreen) button, mouse drag to capture region, cntl-c, and done. Extremely easy to box and arrow...

            Shoutout to "Lightshot" which I discovered recently. Intuitive, small footprint. Press prntsc (PrintScreen) button, mouse drag to capture region, cntl-c, and done. Extremely easy to box and arrow if needed.

            Snip tool made easy.

            2 votes
            1. xRyo
              Link Parent
              ive been using it for years. it can also creat a link to the image which is great way to quickly share images with other people with fewer clicks

              ive been using it for years. it can also creat a link to the image which is great way to quickly share images with other people with fewer clicks

              1 vote
          2. Marq
            Link Parent
            Yep, I've used more corporate-like ones and I always go back to ShareX. It works. It's configurable. And it just kinda does it all. Couldn't ask for more out of it.

            Yep, I've used more corporate-like ones and I always go back to ShareX. It works. It's configurable. And it just kinda does it all. Couldn't ask for more out of it.

          3. Arknata
            Link Parent
            For people that doesn't need the many features of ShareX, and just need to take a partial screenshot, you can set snipping tool to start with prntscr button. This is a good alternative to...

            For people that doesn't need the many features of ShareX, and just need to take a partial screenshot, you can set snipping tool to start with prntscr button.

            This is a good alternative to photographing your screen with your phone which I still found a lot of people do.

            Disclaimer: I haven't tried the linked tutorial myself, but such simple tutorial shouldn't be misleading, hopefully.

        2. Isaac
          Link Parent
          I set this up as a custom shortcut before a Windows update made the exact same thing native. I felt a weird sympatico moment with Microsoft devs. In fact, I only discovered it because I used it...

          I set this up as a custom shortcut before a Windows update made the exact same thing native. I felt a weird sympatico moment with Microsoft devs. In fact, I only discovered it because I used it out of muscle memory when it dawned on me that I hadn't set it up on the particular PC I was using that day.

          3 votes
        3. bendvis
          Link Parent
          I do wish the snipping tool had the ability to add basic text :(

          I do wish the snipping tool had the ability to add basic text :(

          1 vote
        4. Artren
          Link Parent
          I use this hundreds of times a day at work. Saves me so much time.

          I use this hundreds of times a day at work. Saves me so much time.

          1 vote
      2. merry-cherry
        Link Parent
        Note that you have to enable it first. So if you want to start having it as a backup, use the key command now to enable it.

        Note that you have to enable it first. So if you want to start having it as a backup, use the key command now to enable it.

        1 vote
      3. yooman
        Link Parent
        Tip to remember Win+; for emojis: think of the winky face emoticon ;)

        Tip to remember Win+; for emojis: think of the winky face emoticon ;)

        1 vote
    2. [5]
      EnigmaNL
      Link Parent
      While that is true, it doesn't always serve the same purpose. Ctrl + Shift + Esc is not a system interrupt, where Ctrl+Alt+Del is. That means when something is truly frozen and blocking the screen...

      While that is true, it doesn't always serve the same purpose. Ctrl + Shift + Esc is not a system interrupt, where Ctrl+Alt+Del is. That means when something is truly frozen and blocking the screen (like a game running in full screen mode) you won't be able to bring up the task manager and you'd need to use Ctrl+Alt+Del instead.

      18 votes
      1. [3]
        Artren
        Link Parent
        That's true! Though with a lot of folks having multiple monitors it's fixed that issue for them without a full system interrupt.

        That's true! Though with a lot of folks having multiple monitors it's fixed that issue for them without a full system interrupt.

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          Protected
          Link Parent
          Probably because most modern games in modern versions of windows are running in borderless windows instead of true fullscreen. It's very convenient.

          Probably because most modern games in modern versions of windows are running in borderless windows instead of true fullscreen. It's very convenient.

          4 votes
          1. Artren
            Link Parent
            Definitely. I never run games in Full screen anymore. It's too inconvenient to tab put to check Discord/do something else.

            Definitely. I never run games in Full screen anymore. It's too inconvenient to tab put to check Discord/do something else.

            3 votes
      2. Arknata
        Link Parent
        Also, set it so that task manager is always on top. I found that it helps with some softwares.

        Also, set it so that task manager is always on top. I found that it helps with some softwares.

        1 vote
    3. [3]
      shrike
      Link Parent
      And Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Win-L will open LinkedIn. Seriously.

      And Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Win-L will open LinkedIn.

      Seriously.

      6 votes
      1. Artren
        Link Parent
        Haha yes. I read that article posted the other day and tried it. Worked on my personal computer, and my work laptop. Not sure how often I'll use that.. But it's there!

        Haha yes. I read that article posted the other day and tried it. Worked on my personal computer, and my work laptop. Not sure how often I'll use that.. But it's there!

        1 vote
      2. xRyo
        Link Parent
        its honestly easier to just look it up than getting my hand all scrunched up like a velociraptor to bring that up.

        its honestly easier to just look it up than getting my hand all scrunched up like a velociraptor to bring that up.

        1 vote
    4. ZeroOneenOoreZ
      Link Parent
      Right clicking on the task bar will also give you the option to launch the task manager.

      Right clicking on the task bar will also give you the option to launch the task manager.

      5 votes
    5. [5]
      draconicrose
      Link Parent
      People probably don't know that because it's a relatively recent thing. Used to be that ctrl + alt + del brought up the task manager.

      People probably don't know that because it's a relatively recent thing. Used to be that ctrl + alt + del brought up the task manager.

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        dfx
        Link Parent
        It’s been like that since Windows Vista, which was released over 16 years ago.

        It’s been like that since Windows Vista, which was released over 16 years ago.

        9 votes
        1. draconicrose
          Link Parent
          I would like to ask time to stop going by so fast, please and thank you. It feels recent to me because I started on Win 95.

          I would like to ask time to stop going by so fast, please and thank you. It feels recent to me because I started on Win 95.

          5 votes
        2. Apocalypto
          Link Parent
          Granted 16 years is a while, but on the other hand that was in the early 2000's, which was yesterday.

          Granted 16 years is a while, but on the other hand that was in the early 2000's, which was yesterday.

          3 votes
        3. pseudolobster
          Link Parent
          Just tested this on an XP machine. Confirmed it works. I'm 90% sure it also works on 2000. Fun side note, in windows 3.1 you could open the task manager by double clicking the desktop. In windows...

          Just tested this on an XP machine. Confirmed it works. I'm 90% sure it also works on 2000.

          Fun side note, in windows 3.1 you could open the task manager by double clicking the desktop. In windows 9x if you somehow killed explorer.exe that would still work.

          Another hold-out from windows 3 and before is there used to be no "X" button on the top right of windows to close them. You'd need to double-click the "-" menu in the top left corner of the window. This still works today in win11.

          1 vote
  4. [9]
    Halfdan
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    I think e-readers are quite revolutionary for reading. It's not as much the e-ink display, although it's nice, but more having a space without the usual online distractions.

    I think e-readers are quite revolutionary for reading. It's not as much the e-ink display, although it's nice, but more having a space without the usual online distractions.

    42 votes
    1. [7]
      Minori
      (edited )
      Link Parent
      Maybe I'm just the wrong person for e-readers, but I haven't figured out how to get a feeling of progress with ebooks. A lot of the books I read are very technical nonfiction where I need the...

      Maybe I'm just the wrong person for e-readers, but I haven't figured out how to get a feeling of progress with ebooks. A lot of the books I read are very technical nonfiction where I need the motivation that comes from seeing my bookmark progress through a heavy tome. Though, I love the nightlight features for night time reading!

      5 votes
      1. [4]
        nostromoo
        Link Parent
        I have mine set to show percentage at the bottom of the page. It's not quite as nice a visual motivator as seeing an irl bookmark but after a bit it works pretty much the same for me.

        I have mine set to show percentage at the bottom of the page. It's not quite as nice a visual motivator as seeing an irl bookmark but after a bit it works pretty much the same for me.

        12 votes
        1. yooman
          Link Parent
          To add to this (at least on my Kindle) you can tap that lower left corner where the percentage is to toggle between percentage of book complete, minutes left in chapter (based on how fast you flip...

          To add to this (at least on my Kindle) you can tap that lower left corner where the percentage is to toggle between percentage of book complete, minutes left in chapter (based on how fast you flip pages), minutes to end of book, or hidden. I usually leave it on minutes left in chapter to motivate myself to "just read another 10 minutes" when I'm ready to stop

          1 vote
        2. [2]
          ctindel
          Link Parent
          I actually prefer this because I can set a goal to read 5% or 10% of the book every day.

          I actually prefer this because I can set a goal to read 5% or 10% of the book every day.

      2. shrike
        Link Parent
        I've set my kindle to show "minutes until end of chapter", because I can't just quickly browse forward to see how many pages are left.

        I've set my kindle to show "minutes until end of chapter", because I can't just quickly browse forward to see how many pages are left.

        7 votes
      3. asciipip
        Link Parent
        I use KOReader for ebooks. It's got a configurable bottom status bar. Here's what mine looks like. The horizontal bar shows my progress through the book, with chapters indicated by the dark ticks....

        I use KOReader for ebooks. It's got a configurable bottom status bar. Here's what mine looks like. The horizontal bar shows my progress through the book, with chapters indicated by the dark ticks.

        For completeness, I'll note the information I have in the lower-right of the screen is: book title, chapter title, book percent completion, estimated reading time to finish the book, estimated reading time to finish the current chapter, battery level, and current time.

        2 votes
    2. draconicrose
      Link Parent
      Absolutely seconding this. Getting an ereader was the best thing I did for my reading habit. Even if I have my phone and I'm messaging someone it just feels much better to have that separation...

      Absolutely seconding this. Getting an ereader was the best thing I did for my reading habit. Even if I have my phone and I'm messaging someone it just feels much better to have that separation instead of switching apps and the wider screen is much more comfortable for long text.

      3 votes
  5. [25]
    All_your_base
    Link
    Add these extensions to your browser: uBlock Origin, Ghostery, and NoScript NoScipt does take a bit of work while you white list sites, but together those three take care of most trackers, ads,...

    Add these extensions to your browser: uBlock Origin, Ghostery, and NoScript

    NoScipt does take a bit of work while you white list sites, but together those three take care of most trackers, ads, popups, etc. unless you decide to allow them.

    41 votes
    1. anadem
      Link Parent
      emphasis on 'Origin' .. the one which doesn't include Origin in its name is NOT what to get ETA: and use Firefox not Google Chrome or MS Edge

      uBlock Origin

      emphasis on 'Origin' .. the one which doesn't include Origin in its name is NOT what to get

      ETA: and use Firefox not Google Chrome or MS Edge

      57 votes
    2. [7]
      merry-cherry
      Link Parent
      I wouldn't advise NoScript unless your tech savvy. It will break a ton of websites.

      I wouldn't advise NoScript unless your tech savvy. It will break a ton of websites.

      28 votes
      1. [6]
        All_your_base
        Link Parent
        Controlled break, that's the whole point really, to remove the flotsam. But yes, I wouldn't really recommend it to the average grandma.

        Controlled break, that's the whole point really, to remove the flotsam.

        But yes, I wouldn't really recommend it to the average grandma.

        6 votes
        1. merry-cherry
          Link Parent
          Things can break in very odd ways though, and you might not suspect your extensions. I find Privacy Badger really screws up some site's SSO. I've learned this to be the case over time, but for a...

          Things can break in very odd ways though, and you might not suspect your extensions. I find Privacy Badger really screws up some site's SSO. I've learned this to be the case over time, but for a while I could not figure out what the hell was breaking it. Still, when it does break, it just leads me to disabling Privacy Badger as I'm just not invested enough to spend 30 minutes carefully adjusting permissions until it just barely works. Similarly, not many people are going to carefully curate their NoScript such that it maintains functionality whilst disabling whatever it is you're trying to disable.

          8 votes
        2. blivet
          Link Parent
          I find that even uBlock Origin by itself breaks functionality on a lot of sites, particularly registration and login on financial sites for some reason.

          I find that even uBlock Origin by itself breaks functionality on a lot of sites, particularly registration and login on financial sites for some reason.

          5 votes
        3. [3]
          yooman
          Link Parent
          Software engineer here, not an average grandma, I tried wrangling NoScript for a while and it drove me insane. Often made just trying to use the web feel like work. Not worth it for me personally

          Software engineer here, not an average grandma, I tried wrangling NoScript for a while and it drove me insane. Often made just trying to use the web feel like work. Not worth it for me personally

          5 votes
          1. [2]
            All_your_base
            Link Parent
            I'll grant you it's not for everyone, but I got used to it and you learn what to let through and what to leave blocked. It's amazing how much clutter it hides. It seems from below comments that...

            I'll grant you it's not for everyone, but I got used to it and you learn what to let through and what to leave blocked. It's amazing how much clutter it hides.

            It seems from below comments that uBO will do the same thing. I may give it a whirl later, but right now I don't feel like another learning curve.

            2 votes
            1. Gummy
              Link Parent
              Having used both it feels like ubo does most of what I would want from no script with 95% less manual work on my part. I understand the appeal of no script, but at some point you have to ask how...

              Having used both it feels like ubo does most of what I would want from no script with 95% less manual work on my part. I understand the appeal of no script, but at some point you have to ask how much the hassle is really worth. I can visit dozens of sites a day and when 80% of them are completely broken from an addon it doesn't feel worth it.

              1 vote
    3. [8]
      vord
      Link Parent
      I'll throw out Ad Nauseum as an alternative to uBlock, which also "clicks" the ad, forcing advertisers to pay out and muddling the effectiveness of data and ad campaigns. Ad buyers will see higher...

      I'll throw out Ad Nauseum as an alternative to uBlock, which also "clicks" the ad, forcing advertisers to pay out and muddling the effectiveness of data and ad campaigns.

      Ad buyers will see higher costs with less to show for it.

      24 votes
      1. [5]
        updawg
        Link Parent
        I don't think every single advertisement deserves that. I do manually click on ads in Google results when the ads are exactly what I search for. For example, if I search for "Acme Products, Inc....

        I don't think every single advertisement deserves that. I do manually click on ads in Google results when the ads are exactly what I search for. For example, if I search for "Acme Products, Inc. Simultron 437x Limited Edition 3" and Acme Products, Inc. Has an ad for the Simultron 437x Limited Edition 3, I will click on that ad because those donkeys are actually paying Google to advertise the thing that is already going to be the first result anyway.

        6 votes
        1. [2]
          vord
          (edited )
          Link Parent
          Thats your perogative, though you've effectively done the same as me without the addon IMO. But I'm morally opppsed to all unsolicited marketing, so anything (within reason) that makes that less...

          Thats your perogative, though you've effectively done the same as me without the addon IMO. But I'm morally opppsed to all unsolicited marketing, so anything (within reason) that makes that less desirable is a moral good in my eyes.

          Including vandalising billboards. Black paint rollers are a good use.

          9 votes
          1. Curiouser
            Link Parent
            Preach. Avoiding being slapped upside the head by marketing is practically a religious calling for me, at this point. Black paint rollers all around!

            Preach.

            Avoiding being slapped upside the head by marketing is practically a religious calling for me, at this point.

            Black paint rollers all around!

            3 votes
        2. [2]
          NoblePath
          Link Parent
          Suddenly I want one if these.

          Acme Products, Inc. Simultron 437x Limited Edition 3

          Suddenly I want one if these.

          3 votes
          1. ThrowdoBaggins
            Link Parent
            Product placement is always more powerful than I give it credit for…

            Product placement is always more powerful than I give it credit for…

            3 votes
      2. [2]
        onekuosora
        Link Parent
        If I recall this was removed from google play store or something like that years ago. Makes some sense due to potential ethical issues breaking ToS and whatever, but is there any further...

        If I recall this was removed from google play store or something like that years ago. Makes some sense due to potential ethical issues breaking ToS and whatever, but is there any further information on how safe this actually is to use?

        5 votes
        1. vord
          (edited )
          Link Parent
          The authors are pretty reputable, from the page shown. They acknowledge there is some risk from their technique if there's a malicious ad, IIRC.

          The authors are pretty reputable, from the page shown. They acknowledge there is some risk from their technique if there's a malicious ad, IIRC.

          4 votes
    4. [3]
      babypuncher
      Link Parent
      I think all of this can be accomplished just using uBlock Origin

      I think all of this can be accomplished just using uBlock Origin

      18 votes
      1. [2]
        admicos
        Link Parent
        yup. ghostery is completely unnecessary with uBO (and/or firefox strict mode) noscript can be replaced with https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Blocking-mode:-medium-mode, with a different...

        yup.

        ghostery is completely unnecessary with uBO (and/or firefox strict mode)
        noscript can be replaced with https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Blocking-mode:-medium-mode, with a different setting (still inside uBO) to block all JS by default

        5 votes
        1. kjw
          Link Parent
          Recently I found out Librewolf FAQ which helped me to understand and simplify my browser plugin setup: https://librewolf.net/docs/faq/ They mention uBlock Origin's medium mode alongside other tips...

          Recently I found out Librewolf FAQ which helped me to understand and simplify my browser plugin setup: https://librewolf.net/docs/faq/
          They mention uBlock Origin's medium mode alongside other tips on browser privacy.

          1 vote
    5. [3]
      Minty
      Link Parent
      I block JS by default using uBO, never really got the point of NoScript. Is there a difference?

      I block JS by default using uBO, never really got the point of NoScript. Is there a difference?

      13 votes
      1. [2]
        All_your_base
        Link Parent
        I guess depends on how thorough you want to be. NoScript blacklists everything by default. It takes a bit more work in the beginning, but worth it IMHO. Just as an example, here is what NoScript...

        I guess depends on how thorough you want to be. NoScript blacklists everything by default. It takes a bit more work in the beginning, but worth it IMHO.

        Just as an example, here is what NoScript shows for BBC.com/news. I let through the top 3, and block everything else:

        …bbc.com
        …bbc.co.uk
        …bbci.co.uk
        …adsafeprotected.com
        …chartbeat.com
        …covatic.io
        …dotmetrics.net
        …doubleclick.net
        …edigitalsurvey.com
        …gscontxt.net
        …imrworldwide.com
        …permutive.com
        …privacy-mgmt.com
        …scorecardresearch.com
        …the-ozone-project.com
        …tinypass.com
        …webcontentassessor.com
        …zephr.com

        8 votes
        1. admicos
          Link Parent
          uBO can do the same thing https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Blocking-mode:-medium-mode (+ disable all js by default, which is in a different place in the settings menu)

          I guess depends on how thorough you want to be. NoScript blacklists everything by default. It takes a bit more work in the beginning, but worth it IMHO.

          uBO can do the same thing
          https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Blocking-mode:-medium-mode (+ disable all js by default, which is in a different place in the settings menu)

          5 votes
    6. fxgn
      Link Parent
      NoScript and Ghostery are completely unneeded, you can easily configure uBO to do the same things

      NoScript and Ghostery are completely unneeded, you can easily configure uBO to do the same things

      5 votes
  6. [10]
    Minty
    Link
    PowerToys on Windows should be preinstalled. Hotkey OCR, FancyZones, PowerRename, hotkey remapping, more previews... and that's like 10% of the features. Also, Everything by Voidtools. Possibly...

    PowerToys on Windows should be preinstalled. Hotkey OCR, FancyZones, PowerRename, hotkey remapping, more previews... and that's like 10% of the features.

    Also, Everything by Voidtools. Possibly combined with EverythingToolbar. Fastest search tool around. I have it mapped to alt+space, so it's almost like a single key access to, well, everything.

    38 votes
    1. [5]
      All_your_base
      Link Parent
      PowerRename is phenomenally helpful.

      PowerRename is phenomenally helpful.

      5 votes
      1. [2]
        Drupe
        Link Parent
        I've never used PowerRename specifically, but I'm glad you gave it a shout out. Bulk rename tools like these are a must for me and I recommend anyone that wants to rename multiple files even...

        I've never used PowerRename specifically, but I'm glad you gave it a shout out. Bulk rename tools like these are a must for me and I recommend anyone that wants to rename multiple files even occupationally to install a tool like this.

        I'm on Linux and I thought I'd share the tool(s) I use for this for my fellow Linux users on Tildes, as I use it quite often:

        I use nnn as one of my file managers on my system. It may look simple, but it is actually a very powerful file manager that has a mass rename functionality build in. When I want to rename multiple files in a directory, I open that directory in nnn and press the r-key. nnn will then almost instantly open a list of the files in my default text editor, which is Neovim in my case.

        Like nnn, Neovim looks old-fashioned and simple, but it is very powerful once you learn how to use it. In Neovim, I can edit the filenames with the power of Neovim (and all of my regular Neovim plugins and configurations). It automatically renames the changed files once I save the "text file", so if I make a mistake I can simply cancel by exiting without saving.

        There are a LOT of ways to do this on Linux, but this is the way I do it. There are many file managers, both in the terminal and with a GUI, with similar functionality. Some have it build in, some have plug-ins available. I would recommend anyone on Linux to check if their preferred file manager is one of those. Alternatively, there are also stand-alone tools available and you could even do it with a simple script.

        3 votes
        1. All_your_base
          Link Parent
          I have to regularly rename configuration files so they work with specific tools. PowerRename took a tedious task and reduced it to cntl-a, cntl-r, replace all.

          I have to regularly rename configuration files so they work with specific tools. PowerRename took a tedious task and reduced it to cntl-a, cntl-r, replace all.

      2. [2]
        RobotOverlord525
        Link Parent
        If I may ask, what is your use case? Why do you find it so helpful? I seem to recall trying it out a long, long time ago. I can't even remember what I was using it for. But I'm curious if I missed...

        If I may ask, what is your use case? Why do you find it so helpful?

        I seem to recall trying it out a long, long time ago. I can't even remember what I was using it for. But I'm curious if I missed out on something when I tried it.

        2 votes
        1. greyfire
          Link Parent
          Not OP, but I use it to rename all my automatically-named photos when I archive them in date-organized storage, because the IMG_ prefixing doesn't fit the pattern. Trivial to use a regex to rename...

          Not OP, but I use it to rename all my automatically-named photos when I archive them in date-organized storage, because the IMG_ prefixing doesn't fit the pattern. Trivial to use a regex to rename them all at once.

          4 votes
    2. bln
      Link Parent
      Powertools also includes a tool to paste without formatting. I set mine up on Ctrl+Shift+V. Very useful.

      Powertools also includes a tool to paste without formatting. I set mine up on Ctrl+Shift+V. Very useful.

      2 votes
    3. nothis
      Link Parent
      https://learn.microsoft.com/windows/powertoys/paste-as-plain-text Holy crap. This actually exists. It's one (annoying) mouse click but it's definitely worth the time to install for me! I'm going...

      https://learn.microsoft.com/windows/powertoys/paste-as-plain-text

      Holy crap. This actually exists. It's one (annoying) mouse click but it's definitely worth the time to install for me!

      I'm going through the list and so much of this shit should be standard in Windows, you weren't kidding, wow!

      2 votes
    4. [2]
      Trobador
      Link Parent
      I went a step further and edited the registry remapped the calculator key on my keyboard to open Everything instead. It's a complete life changer.

      I went a step further and edited the registry remapped the calculator key on my keyboard to open Everything instead. It's a complete life changer.

      1 vote
      1. Minty
        Link Parent
        On my keyboard the calculator "key" is Fn + F11, so that's not really an option :p

        On my keyboard the calculator "key" is Fn + F11, so that's not really an option :p

  7. [12]
    MykeeBee
    Link
    ninite.com is the first place I head to on a fresh install of Windows. It bundles software of your choice into one installer and downloads it one go. It also strips out any additional extras such...

    ninite.com is the first place I head to on a fresh install of Windows. It bundles software of your choice into one installer and downloads it one go. It also strips out any additional extras such as trial versions of anti-virus software that you don't want nor need.

    35 votes
    1. [10]
      vord
      Link Parent
      In this vein, Chocolatey is a fantastic package manger that also keeps things up to date.

      In this vein, Chocolatey is a fantastic package manger that also keeps things up to date.

      13 votes
      1. [9]
        meatrocket
        Link Parent
        win-get is a native Windows option as well.

        win-get is a native Windows option as well.

        11 votes
        1. [8]
          Eji1700
          Link Parent
          For those wondering why you would use this, it makes it trivial to update all of your programs at once. That way they’re ready to use when you open them and not requiring 30 more updates

          For those wondering why you would use this, it makes it trivial to update all of your programs at once. That way they’re ready to use when you open them and not requiring 30 more updates

          8 votes
          1. sparksbet
            Link Parent
            It seems so strange to me that people wonder why you would use something like this, when it's the main way to install and update things on linux (apt or yum depending on distro) and a popular way...

            It seems so strange to me that people wonder why you would use something like this, when it's the main way to install and update things on linux (apt or yum depending on distro) and a popular way to do the same on iOS (homebrew)

            1 vote
          2. [5]
            EnigmaNL
            Link Parent
            Win-Get is pretty great indeed, sadly there still are some applications that don't play nice with it. Like Logitech G-Hub for example. There's a 50% chance it breaks when it gets updated through...

            Win-Get is pretty great indeed, sadly there still are some applications that don't play nice with it. Like Logitech G-Hub for example. There's a 50% chance it breaks when it gets updated through Win-Get so I had to exclude it.

            1. [3]
              Eji1700
              Link Parent
              Yeah 100% true. Things are getting better but its still every so often that something i want to install through it isnt there or just fails miserably.

              Yeah 100% true. Things are getting better but its still every so often that something i want to install through it isnt there or just fails miserably.

              1. [2]
                EnigmaNL
                Link Parent
                Hopefully soon we can just do winget upgrade --all without giving it a second thought. We're not entirely there yet!

                Hopefully soon we can just do winget upgrade --all without giving it a second thought. We're not entirely there yet!

                1 vote
                1. Eji1700
                  Link Parent
                  Meh I usually get away with it. Open a terminal in admin and let it do is thing. I was working on a script that would specifically the two that can only be done by passing the id directly but...

                  Meh I usually get away with it. Open a terminal in admin and let it do is thing.
                  I was working on a script that would specifically the two that can only be done by passing the id directly but haven’t finished

            2. Chinpokomon
              Link Parent
              My order is winget, scoop, then chocolatey. They each have their advantages.

              My order is winget, scoop, then chocolatey. They each have their advantages.

          3. Chinpokomon
            Link Parent
            And not just the apps you've installed through winget. It's good for all the apps on your system.

            And not just the apps you've installed through winget. It's good for all the apps on your system.

    2. jherazob
      Link Parent
      Wow, Ninite still exists, i used that A LOT way back then when i did support, don't miss it though :P

      Wow, Ninite still exists, i used that A LOT way back then when i did support, don't miss it though :P

      2 votes
  8. [14]
    chris-evelyn
    Link
    In Bash: Learning about !$. (Substitutes the last argument of the previous command.) There lots of other cool shortcuts in Bash, but this is the first one I learned and I think my most used. And...

    In Bash: Learning about !$. (Substitutes the last argument of the previous command.)

    There lots of other cool shortcuts in Bash, but this is the first one I learned and I think my most used.
    And it made me actively look for more, starting my journey towards becoming the Linux witch I am today.

    28 votes
    1. [6]
      arch_mage
      Link Parent
      Another handy Bash shortcut to add: !! substitutes the entire previous command For example: sudo !! reruns the previous command with sudo, in case you forget. It's super handy.

      Another handy Bash shortcut to add:
      !! substitutes the entire previous command

      For example: sudo !! reruns the previous command with sudo, in case you forget. It's super handy.

      13 votes
      1. [3]
        skullkid2424
        Link Parent
        One of my favorite little .bashrc tweaks is alias 'fuck'='sudo !!' Fun way to deal with forgetting to sudo something

        One of my favorite little .bashrc tweaks is alias 'fuck'='sudo !!'

        Fun way to deal with forgetting to sudo something

        25 votes
        1. not_a_whale
          Link Parent
          Some Bash interface aliases have trouble appending sudo in by design. you will get a message similar to sudo: !!: command not found So instead you can use the history functions with alias...

          Some Bash interface aliases have trouble appending sudo in by design. you will get a message similar to
          sudo: !!: command not found
          So instead you can use the history functions with
          alias please='sudo $(fc -ln -1)'
          This took me a few tries to figure out the first time I did it so might as well post it here in case someone else has an issue.

          3 votes
      2. tauon
        Link Parent
        Similarly, a good while ago I learned about thefuck: Re-run the previous command, but without the typo or other small mistake in it. Pretty funny of a concept, though I’ve never tried the software...

        Similarly, a good while ago I learned about thefuck: Re-run the previous command, but without the typo or other small mistake in it. Pretty funny of a concept, though I’ve never tried the software myself.

        2 votes
      3. chris-evelyn
        Link Parent
        Yep. I didn‘t use sudo back then, but now that one climbed up to a close second place.

        Yep. I didn‘t use sudo back then, but now that one climbed up to a close second place.

    2. [4]
      lou
      Link Parent
      As a regular user I used so much bash over the years just by copying and altering previously existing code. I even took a bash course online once, but I seem to have forgotten everything as soon...

      As a regular user I used so much bash over the years just by copying and altering previously existing code. I even took a bash course online once, but I seem to have forgotten everything as soon as I finished it :P

      9 votes
      1. [3]
        Amarok
        (edited )
        Link Parent
        I took advanced classes on unix command line tools at a university that included Bash/Awk/Sed then used them daily for a decade at work and I still have that same problem. It's kinda hard to hang...

        I took advanced classes on unix command line tools at a university that included Bash/Awk/Sed then used them daily for a decade at work and I still have that same problem. It's kinda hard to hang on to the crunchy technical bits when you don't use them every single day anymore. That's why we have cheat sheets and quick command references. Nothing wrong with pinning a little reminder to the cork board above your desk.

        There's command-line-fu as well, for when you invent a gem (or need one) and want to share it. Yes, that's a social media site just for sharing unix commands with other unix-heads.

        Remember Apple users, you've got this built in to MacOS even if you've never used it. The shell is still there, and it still slaps.

        10 votes
        1. [2]
          hushbucket
          Link Parent
          Love the descriptor haha. I feel what it means through context but I must admit I'm not sure i fully understand it. I assume it's an eating effort analogy. Crunchy things take more work to break...

          crunchy technical bits

          Love the descriptor haha. I feel what it means through context but I must admit I'm not sure i fully understand it. I assume it's an eating effort analogy. Crunchy things take more work to break down before swallowing. You need to chew on it longer. What comes to mind for you when you use it?

          1 vote
          1. Amarok
            Link Parent
            Command syntax is the definition of precise. Every little character matters, how you chain commands together matters, and the unix toolset is so powerful you can in fact write entire programs...

            Command syntax is the definition of precise. Every little character matters, how you chain commands together matters, and the unix toolset is so powerful you can in fact write entire programs using the bash shell and command line utilities. If there's an operation to be performed on a computer, there's a small unix command built just to do that one thing really well... and it's sitting there with hundreds of friends. What seems so simple becomes quite complex as you chain parts of it together. That's what I think of as 'crunch.' If I were to go with a cooking analogy, crunchy recipes have an awful lot more ingredients and are harder to get right. Eggs are easy, making a ragu of beef takes more work.

            I used tar on the daily. Haven't touched it in years. I won't remember what the hell -zxvf does even though it's in my muscle memory unless I take a moment to read the man page. I know Bash supports a dozen ways to manipulate the command structure and even pass in parameters from previous commands, but I will still need to check that cheat sheet from time to time to make sure I can pin down the syntax I need to use.

            5 votes
    3. asciipip
      Link Parent
      That was one of the many little things I learned from UNIX Power Tools that have really benefited me over the years. !$ in particular is great, and the book is full of tons of other useful things....

      That was one of the many little things I learned from UNIX Power Tools that have really benefited me over the years. !$ in particular is great, and the book is full of tons of other useful things. The latest edition of the book is from 2009, but most of it is still pretty relevant.

      3 votes
    4. overbyte
      Link Parent
      I learned about process substitution while cleaning up our scripts at work and make them log things consistently. Instead of having to call a function to append a file we can put out a line at the...

      I learned about process substitution while cleaning up our scripts at work and make them log things consistently. Instead of having to call a function to append a file we can put out a line at the start like

      exec > >(tee ${LOGFILE}) 2>&1
      

      To log everything to the screen and file, or change it slightly if we need stderr on a separate file.

      2 votes
    5. qob
      Link Parent
      I find it easier to press alt+., which does the same thing. Also, in zsh, this snippet allows you to duplicate the previous argument in the current command line, which makes renaming long paths to...

      I find it easier to press alt+., which does the same thing.

      Also, in zsh, this snippet allows you to duplicate the previous argument in the current command line, which makes renaming long paths to something slightly different much easier.

      autoload -U copy-earlier-word
      zle -N copy-earlier-word
      bindkey "\e/" copy-earlier-word
      
      1 vote
  9. [12]
    Narry
    Link
    The three biggest game changers for me were: Middle mouse click on web links, and on tabs in most browsers. Middle mouse click the links to open in new tabs, but on the tabs it closes them without...

    The three biggest game changers for me were:

    Middle mouse click on web links, and on tabs in most browsers. Middle mouse click the links to open in new tabs, but on the tabs it closes them without having to open them first. Very useful if I want to close a tab without forcing my browser to reload the contents.

    Windows 10 with the Snip & Sketch tool, hit Win Key + Shift + S to bring up the snipping tool to take custom screenshots. On Mac (works for sure on macOS 15+ and maybe others) use Command + Shift + 5 for a similar tool that Snip & Sketch was possibly inspired by. On Linux you’d need to install something like Spectacle, and custom assign the keyboard shortcut to something useful.

    On macOS the spotlight bar. Command + Spacebar. So strong is the impulse that my Linux machine has its search bar tied to that shortcut as well. On Windows it’s Win Key + S.

    I use those daily and so automatically I had to think hard to figure out that they’re not how I have always used the computer.

    Apologies if anything here is misspelled, my phone thinks it’s the boss of me and that it can spell better than I can. Usually it’s right, but it’s a shite guesser.

    17 votes
    1. [2]
      syllo
      Link Parent
      Middle mouse click is pretty much my default way to interacting with most links, I love it so much (ctrl+click on windows and cmd+click on mac also works if you don't have a mouse/middle click) To...

      Middle mouse click is pretty much my default way to interacting with most links, I love it so much (ctrl+click on windows and cmd+click on mac also works if you don't have a mouse/middle click)

      To add onto it though, you can also middle mouse click on the refresh button, or forward/back buttons, which will also open it another tab. Great for when there are links that automatically open in the same tab or don't let you open in another tab, or if you want to go back to google search results while keeping the current tab open.

      9 votes
      1. Narry
        Link Parent
        See this is why I spoke up, I was hoping for neat tricks I didn't know about. I knew that if I long-hold the back button on Firefox it'll bring up a list of prior pages and I can middle-click one...

        See this is why I spoke up, I was hoping for neat tricks I didn't know about. I knew that if I long-hold the back button on Firefox it'll bring up a list of prior pages and I can middle-click one to bring it up into a new tab, but I didn't know about middle-clicking it or the refesh button. Thank you.

        3 votes
    2. [3]
      RheingoldRiver
      Link Parent
      Extra protip: With the extension MouseGestures (actually might be called Gestureify now or something), you can config it so that right-click-drag-up on a link = open in new tab (focused) and...

      Middle mouse click on web links, and on tabs in most browsers. Middle mouse click the links to open in new tabs, but on the tabs it closes them without having to open them first. Very useful if I want to close a tab without forcing my browser to reload the contents.

      Extra protip: With the extension MouseGestures (actually might be called Gestureify now or something), you can config it so that right-click-drag-up on a link = open in new tab (focused) and right-click-drag-down on a link = open in new tab (unfocused). If you need both functionalities with some frequency, it's pretty amazingly useful.

      4 votes
      1. Narry
        Link Parent
        Very good to know, thank you. I did some playing around and found that on Firefox, if I do: Shift + LMB = Open Link in new Window. Shift + MMB = Open Link in new Tab (Focused) Just in case you...

        Very good to know, thank you. I did some playing around and found that on Firefox, if I do:

        Shift + LMB = Open Link in new Window.
        Shift + MMB = Open Link in new Tab (Focused)

        Just in case you ever find youself without your extension for some reason (on a friend or work computer or something.) Don't know if they work on Chrome, though.

        3 votes
      2. CptBluebear
        Link Parent
        I stuck with Opera as a browser for far longer than necessary because they had built in mouse gestures. It wasn't until Gesturefy that I really switched to Firefox. It makes browsing so much more...

        I stuck with Opera as a browser for far longer than necessary because they had built in mouse gestures. It wasn't until Gesturefy that I really switched to Firefox. It makes browsing so much more relaxed.

        1 vote
    3. [3]
      vord
      Link Parent
      Another good Mozilla mouse click: Long pressing on refresh button, something like 5 seconds, reloads the page without using cache. It's a good first step if something is wonky on a page.

      Another good Mozilla mouse click:

      Long pressing on refresh button, something like 5 seconds, reloads the page without using cache. It's a good first step if something is wonky on a page.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        ibatt
        Link Parent
        You can also use ctrl+shift+r to refresh a page without cached files. ctrl+r or F5 simply refreshes and reloads already cached files.

        You can also use ctrl+shift+r to refresh a page without cached files.

        ctrl+r or F5 simply refreshes and reloads already cached files.

        3 votes
    4. [3]
      mild_takes
      Link Parent
      Do you find that the search function is better on Linux? I heard people complain that windows likes to search the web. On MacOS I personally found that its great on a fresh install and gets worse...

      Do you find that the search function is better on Linux? I heard people complain that windows likes to search the web. On MacOS I personally found that its great on a fresh install and gets worse over time to the point where it just no longer pulls up the specific app I'm typing. On Linux I seem to get consistent results.

      1 vote
      1. Narry
        Link Parent
        I find that on Linux I do get pretty consistent results, yeah. But my results aren't awful on macOS I think because I use it almost exclusively for launching applications and doing quick math...

        I find that on Linux I do get pretty consistent results, yeah. But my results aren't awful on macOS I think because I use it almost exclusively for launching applications and doing quick math (when I'm not directly talking to my HomePod mini and making it do the math for me. Faster to say "Hey Siri, what's 48 ounces divided by 16?" or "Hey Siri, what's $12.95 divided by 8?")

        I do find on macOS, however, that if say I'm wanting to go straight to my Bluetooth preferences, I need to type "blue" and then wait a moment for it to make the right decision, as it inevitably tries to instantly bring up the Bluetooth File Exchange app. But if I pause a moment it always selects the System Preference instead.

        For Windows, almost the only thing I use the Win Key + S to bring up is something I want to see on the web anyway.

        2 votes
      2. Trobador
        Link Parent
        Linux isn't an OS in itself, so it doesn't come with a file search, and whether or not it's better will depend on the file index/search utility you pick... but it's generally better than Windows'...

        Linux isn't an OS in itself, so it doesn't come with a file search, and whether or not it's better will depend on the file index/search utility you pick... but it's generally better than Windows' default.

        KDE includes Baloo, which works well but commonly breaks for some reason, so I tend to rely on locate instead which is a manual command line controlled option

        1 vote
  10. [7]
    mild_takes
    Link
    Syncthing + keepassxc changed how I mange files and passwords.

    Syncthing + keepassxc changed how I mange files and passwords.

    16 votes
    1. [2]
      FrankGrimes
      Link Parent
      Is KeepassXC an offshoot of Keypass? I use the later synced with google drive.

      Is KeepassXC an offshoot of Keypass? I use the later synced with google drive.

      1. mild_takes
        Link Parent
        Yes. My understanding is that they were unhappy with how keepass and keepassX (another fork) weren't really getting updates. As for the differences in practice, IDK. KeepassXC is able to generate...

        Yes. My understanding is that they were unhappy with how keepass and keepassX (another fork) weren't really getting updates.

        As for the differences in practice, IDK. KeepassXC is able to generate those one time codes, has browser integration (don't care), and supposedly you can use it in the command line some how??? The big one is that apparently keepassx and xc are built from the get go to be cross platform.

    2. [4]
      Promonk
      Link Parent
      I can't use KeePass, as my brain reads it as "keep ass."

      I can't use KeePass, as my brain reads it as "keep ass."

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        onekuosora
        Link Parent
        Alternatively I am suddenly more interested. On a more serious note I should probably look into a password manager solution again as last time I looked (and was disappointed) was several years...

        Alternatively I am suddenly more interested.

        On a more serious note I should probably look into a password manager solution again as last time I looked (and was disappointed) was several years ago. I assume there have been enhancements to the usability and security since but if not I guess I'll just keep going with the good ol' piece of paper with a bunch of passwords, lol.

        3 votes
        1. Promonk
          Link Parent
          I use BitWarden for my primary desktop and Android phone. No complaints.

          I use BitWarden for my primary desktop and Android phone. No complaints.

          3 votes
      2. 0x29A
        Link Parent
        Use it for only NSFW passwords and then it's thematic :)

        Use it for only NSFW passwords and then it's thematic :)

        1 vote
  11. [5]
    BeanBurrito
    Link
    Good old Ctrl Z for bailing out of many mistakes. It undoes the last thing you did.

    Good old Ctrl Z for bailing out of many mistakes.

    It undoes the last thing you did.

    15 votes
    1. [4]
      Isaac
      Link Parent
      And depending on the program, Ctrl+Shift+Z or Ctrl+Y to undo the undo if you want what you did back

      And depending on the program, Ctrl+Shift+Z or Ctrl+Y to undo the undo if you want what you did back

      7 votes
      1. Kind_of_Ben
        Link Parent
        I believe they call "undoing the undo" "redo" haha

        I believe they call "undoing the undo" "redo" haha

        5 votes
      2. adorac
        Link Parent
        Or Cmd+Z and Cmd+Shift+Z if you're on Mac.

        Or Cmd+Z and Cmd+Shift+Z if you're on Mac.

        2 votes
      3. BeanBurrito
        (edited )
        Link Parent
        I've been lucky that Ctrl Z works on the distros of Linux I have used as well as windows.

        I've been lucky that Ctrl Z works on the distros of Linux I have used as well as windows.

  12. [14]
    gzrrt
    Link
    At some point it clicked for me that the best setup is to create 10 virtual desktops (works on all three major OSes and pretty much every Linux DE) and assign each one a numeric keyboard shortcut....

    At some point it clicked for me that the best setup is to create 10 virtual desktops (works on all three major OSes and pretty much every Linux DE) and assign each one a numeric keyboard shortcut. After that, you give each one a dedicated function- e.g. Alt+1 is always going to get a text editor, Alt+2 always gets a web browser, Alt+3 always gets a music player, etc.

    Feels great to always know exactly where everything is, and no more need to ever Alt-tab through programs again.

    15 votes
    1. [3]
      failuer
      Link Parent
      You’re in dangerous territory! Check out tiling window managers - dwm and awesomewm were prevalent when I used them but there may be some new and improved ones these days.

      You’re in dangerous territory! Check out tiling window managers - dwm and awesomewm were prevalent when I used them but there may be some new and improved ones these days.

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        gzrrt
        Link Parent
        I don't usually use tiling WMs anymore- mostly out of laziness and having to hop around between OSes- but I'd highly recommend sway to the uninitiated (it's basically i3 for wayland). Definitely...

        I don't usually use tiling WMs anymore- mostly out of laziness and having to hop around between OSes- but I'd highly recommend sway to the uninitiated (it's basically i3 for wayland). Definitely the main reason I've been 'stuck' with this specific workflow

        edit: hyprland loooks pretty fun too, but I haven't tried it

        1. crdpa
          Link Parent
          Just don't get in touch with the hyprland community. They are pretty toxic.

          Just don't get in touch with the hyprland community. They are pretty toxic.

    2. [2]
      scrubby
      Link Parent
      How do you accomplish the keyboard shortcut to a given virtual desktop in Windows? I had to move back to windows from Linux with DWM when I setup a second monitor and couldn't have variable...

      How do you accomplish the keyboard shortcut to a given virtual desktop in Windows?

      I had to move back to windows from Linux with DWM when I setup a second monitor and couldn't have variable refresh rate in games anymore and one huge thing I miss is the ALT+# shortcuts to virtual desktops.

      2 votes
      1. gzrrt
        Link Parent
        I haven't used Windows in a couple of years, and (like most things) the process is a little more involved there, but worth it to get a sane workflow IMO. I'm pretty sure I got it working via an...

        I haven't used Windows in a couple of years, and (like most things) the process is a little more involved there, but worth it to get a sane workflow IMO. I'm pretty sure I got it working via an autohotkey script. If I can track a specific one down later on, I'll add one to this thread

    3. [4]
      happimess
      Link Parent
      How do you accomplish this in OSX? AFAIK you must switch through them in order, and the OS sometimes silently reorders your virtual desktops.

      How do you accomplish this in OSX? AFAIK you must switch through them in order, and the OS sometimes silently reorders your virtual desktops.

      2 votes
      1. onyxleopard
        Link Parent
        There is a system setting to disable virtual desktop reordering. (I don’t know why this is the default behavior.)

        There is a system setting to disable virtual desktop reordering. (I don’t know why this is the default behavior.)

        1 vote
      2. [2]
        gzrrt
        Link Parent
        First you should go to System Preferences > Desktop & Dock > Mission Control, and uncheck 'Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use'. To avoid going through them in order, once...

        First you should go to System Preferences > Desktop & Dock > Mission Control, and uncheck 'Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use'.

        To avoid going through them in order, once you've set up 10 desktops you should be able to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > 'Keyboard Shortcuts', and look for the 'Mission Control' option, where you can assign a shortcut to each one individually.

        edit: turning on 'reduce motion' also helps. Kind of infuriatingly it's impossible to disable the fade / transition effect between desktops altogether in macOS, though.

        1 vote
        1. happimess
          Link Parent
          Thanks for the detailed reply. I'll give this a try

          Thanks for the detailed reply. I'll give this a try

    4. [4]
      Kind_of_Ben
      Link Parent
      Is there any significant increased CPU load from having multiple desktops going all the time?

      Is there any significant increased CPU load from having multiple desktops going all the time?

      1 vote
      1. vord
        Link Parent
        On linux, not that I've noticed. I don't know the technical ins and outs, but performance is no worse using virtual desktops than with just a single. It's not spawning multiple processes or...

        On linux, not that I've noticed. I don't know the technical ins and outs, but performance is no worse using virtual desktops than with just a single.

        It's not spawning multiple processes or anything like that.

        4 votes
      2. spit-evil-olive-tips
        Link Parent
        short answer: nope. use virtual desktops as much as you want, without worrying about any performance impact. long answer: if you have N applications open, with all but 1 in the background, the...

        short answer: nope. use virtual desktops as much as you want, without worrying about any performance impact.

        long answer:

        if you have N applications open, with all but 1 in the background, the most significant hit will be on your RAM, rather than your CPU. an app in the background (assuming it's well-behaved) should use minimal to no CPU, but it'll tend to use the same amount of RAM (unless the app goes out of its way to unload things from memory, but this incurs the performance penalty of having to load them again when the app is foregrounded, so it's not done often)

        with those N apps open, the performance difference (both in terms of CPU and RAM) between having them all open on one desktop vs. spread across multiple virtual desktops is going to be negligible.

        there are some ways in which it might actually be a tiny bit faster. there's a part of the desktop called the compositor, and it's responsible for rendering overlapping windows, among other things. it only needs to consider windows on the current virtual desktop, so its job would get slightly easier if you had only 2 windows on a given desktop rather than 20 or 200.

        4 votes
      3. gzrrt
        Link Parent
        Not AFAIK, think it's just more of a fancy way to hide and show windows. Would just make sure not to leave too many extraneous programs running

        Not AFAIK, think it's just more of a fancy way to hide and show windows. Would just make sure not to leave too many extraneous programs running

        1 vote
  13. [8]
    Sodliddesu
    Link
    Windows + D will take you back to your desktop and minimize all windows. Good if you've got a pesky game that won't let you click away for some reason. Also, you can navigate the task manager with...

    Windows + D will take you back to your desktop and minimize all windows. Good if you've got a pesky game that won't let you click away for some reason.

    Also, you can navigate the task manager with the arrow keys and hit delete to end a program. More than once I've used the alt tab preview window and the arrow keys to kill particularly meddlesome programs that go full screen.

    Also, in Firefox, Ctrl + W to kill a tab, Ctrl + T for a new tab and Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the last closed tab.

    14 votes
    1. [2]
      Spore_Prince
      Link Parent
      I'll also add Windows + V which opens a clipboard of your previous copied items that you can then easily paste. I use this a lot at work doing batch copies of items I need from one location and...

      I'll also add Windows + V which opens a clipboard of your previous copied items that you can then easily paste. I use this a lot at work doing batch copies of items I need from one location and paste them over using Windows + V.

      5 votes
      1. Promonk
        Link Parent
        This feature can be turned off, so you may need to go digging in settings to activate it.

        This feature can be turned off, so you may need to go digging in settings to activate it.

    2. Perhaps
      Link Parent
      I came here to specifically mention CTRL + shift + T to reopen closed tabs. I think it works across most, if not all, web browsers.

      I came here to specifically mention CTRL + shift + T to reopen closed tabs. I think it works across most, if not all, web browsers.

      1 vote
    3. [3]
      yuke
      Link Parent
      what's the difference between using Win+D and Win+M ? don't they both minimize all windows or am I missing something that happens after they get minimized

      what's the difference between using Win+D and Win+M ?
      don't they both minimize all windows or am I missing something that happens after they get minimized

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        Sodliddesu
        Link Parent
        Win + D says "we're going to the desktop, buckle up." And the windows go down or invisible. Win + M says "All windows that can minimize, please minimize." And if a window chooses not to minimize...

        Win + D says "we're going to the desktop, buckle up." And the windows go down or invisible.

        Win + M says "All windows that can minimize, please minimize." And if a window chooses not to minimize it will still be there and such.

        Plus, Win + D is all left hand. M is farther over.

        2 votes
        1. yuke
          Link Parent
          ahh ok, makes sense. thanks!

          ahh ok, makes sense. thanks!

    4. saturnV
      Link Parent
      also ctrl-shift-n in firefox opens up the last closed tab in the last closed window, but opens incognito mode in chrome. (ctrl-shift-p opens private windows in firefox)

      also ctrl-shift-n in firefox opens up the last closed tab in the last closed window, but opens incognito mode in chrome. (ctrl-shift-p opens private windows in firefox)

  14. [3]
    winther
    (edited )
    Link
    Adding the vimium browser extension. Makes navigating every webpage with scrolling, searching and "clicking" links using vim-like shortcuts. Mostly aimed at vim users, but I think it can be used...

    Adding the vimium browser extension. Makes navigating every webpage with scrolling, searching and "clicking" links using vim-like shortcuts. Mostly aimed at vim users, but I think it can be used by everyone who is interested in using the mouse less. Simply press f will create little highlights of all links on the page and then you can type the 2-3 letters for that specific link or button you want to press. Super effective.

    13 votes
    1. [2]
      gzrrt
      Link Parent
      There's only one downside to vimium, which is that once in a blue moon you'll get stuck using someone else's browser (which doesn't have it installed). Basically impossible to live without it now

      There's only one downside to vimium, which is that once in a blue moon you'll get stuck using someone else's browser (which doesn't have it installed). Basically impossible to live without it now

      8 votes
      1. tobii
        Link Parent
        I can't live without it anymore... I recently sent :w! as an email because I was using outlook from the browser.

        I can't live without it anymore... I recently sent :w! as an email because I was using outlook from the browser.

        5 votes
  15. [14]
    Halfdan
    Link
    Last year I decided that the only online stuff I would do on my mobile was note taking. Saves me a lot of wasted time.

    Last year I decided that the only online stuff I would do on my mobile was note taking. Saves me a lot of wasted time.

    11 votes
    1. [6]
      FarraigePlaisteach
      Link Parent
      Is that a big change from how you used your phone before?

      Is that a big change from how you used your phone before?

      3 votes
      1. [5]
        Halfdan
        Link Parent
        Not much, but I had a habbit of pulling the phone out and scrolling Reddit whenever I didn't knew what to do with myself. So in the start I had a lot of moment where I took out my phone out on...

        Not much, but I had a habbit of pulling the phone out and scrolling Reddit whenever I didn't knew what to do with myself. So in the start I had a lot of moment where I took out my phone out on autopilot, looked at it realizing I weren't doing that anymore, and put it away again.

        2 votes
        1. mayonuki
          Link Parent
          What do you do to pass time now? I find myself ok doing nothing and feeling bored again but I’m curious if you have some other things you do? Also do you use your phone to listen to music or podcasts?

          What do you do to pass time now? I find myself ok doing nothing and feeling bored again but I’m curious if you have some other things you do? Also do you use your phone to listen to music or podcasts?

          1 vote
        2. [3]
          kjw
          Link Parent
          How did you force yourself not to use mobile for anything else than note taking? What were your first days like?

          How did you force yourself not to use mobile for anything else than note taking? What were your first days like?

          1. [2]
            Halfdan
            Link Parent
            It helped that I'm fairly old-school; I never understood the appeal of using a specific app to access a website, rather than just use a single browser. So I only had to cut my access to Firefox. I...

            It helped that I'm fairly old-school; I never understood the appeal of using a specific app to access a website, rather than just use a single browser. So I only had to cut my access to Firefox. I stuffed the Firefox icon into an overstuffed folder and placed that folder in a desktop two swipes away. I also removed the colors from my phone to make it more boring. So when my hand automatically took out my mobile, I noticed the lack of a browser, and was reminded that I just didn't do this anymore. If I needed to search for something, I could just make a note and do it later when I was at my PC.

            I have now put the color back, since I prefer to see my photos correctly when I take them.

            1 vote
            1. kjw
              Link Parent
              i also do this, I love that feature. I'd love to set some theme, e.g. Gruvbox for everything in the phone. However I also turn it off sometimes, when I want to look at or take some photos. Using...

              I also removed the colors from my phone to make it more boring.

              i also do this, I love that feature. I'd love to set some theme, e.g. Gruvbox for everything in the phone. However I also turn it off sometimes, when I want to look at or take some photos.

              Using Kiss Launcher I think I have made it some trouble to use apps, however I still use them.
              And for many websites I also just use mobile browser, not dedicated apps.

              I struggle with messaging apps, I don't want to use SMS, I prefer more secure messaging. So far I've recently set 30 minutes delay between notifications, it works to some extent, I'm experimenting with it.

    2. [5]
      DiggWasCool
      Link Parent
      What a minute... You're saying you don't do anything at all on your mobile phone besides note taking? Did I read that right?

      What a minute... You're saying you don't do anything at all on your mobile phone besides note taking? Did I read that right?

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        mayonuki
        Link Parent
        My interpretation is no web browsing or apps. Texting, calling, and note taking

        My interpretation is no web browsing or apps. Texting, calling, and note taking

        1 vote
        1. DiggWasCool
          Link Parent
          Seems reasonable. I've read their other replies and you were correct. That person uses their phone for a few other things. When they first posted that message, I took it as they only use their...

          Seems reasonable. I've read their other replies and you were correct. That person uses their phone for a few other things. When they first posted that message, I took it as they only use their phone for note taking and nothing else.

      2. [2]
        Halfdan
        Link Parent
        Well, I also use it to take photos and sometimes for SMS and phone calls.

        Well, I also use it to take photos and sometimes for SMS and phone calls.

        1 vote
        1. DiggWasCool
          Link Parent
          Oh okay. Got it. So not just as a note taking machine but an occasional phone call, a text message, and maybe picture here or there. When I first read your original message, I thought you stopped...

          Oh okay. Got it. So not just as a note taking machine but an occasional phone call, a text message, and maybe picture here or there.

          When I first read your original message, I thought you stopped using it for anything but note taking. And I thought to myself "how much note taking does this person do if all they use their phone is for note taking?"

          Thanks for clarifying!

    3. [2]
      fxgn
      Link Parent
      Why are you using an online notes app?

      Why are you using an online notes app?

      1. Halfdan
        Link Parent
        It's awful practical to access my notes with both my phone and my PC. Also, I still haven't gotten a solid backup system, so having it stored in the cloud is nice.

        It's awful practical to access my notes with both my phone and my PC. Also, I still haven't gotten a solid backup system, so having it stored in the cloud is nice.

        1 vote
  16. [2]
    ignorabimus
    Link
    Take regular breaks. Ideally have one day a week where you don't use your computer/phone at all.

    Take regular breaks. Ideally have one day a week where you don't use your computer/phone at all.

    11 votes
    1. ThrowdoBaggins
      Link Parent
      I should get back to this — I regularly had a rule with no phone/computer/etc on Sundays before lunchtime, and looking back it was great! Thanks for the reminder/inspiration, I’ll see if I can get...

      I should get back to this — I regularly had a rule with no phone/computer/etc on Sundays before lunchtime, and looking back it was great! Thanks for the reminder/inspiration, I’ll see if I can get back in the habit!

      2 votes
  17. [3]
    Eji1700
    Link
    Basic hotkey text stuff: Ctrl + left/right will navigate text faster by jumping to the end/beginning of a word. Up/Down can be used to jump to the start/end of a line (sometimes). Home/End for...

    Basic hotkey text stuff:
    Ctrl + left/right will navigate text faster by jumping to the end/beginning of a word. Up/Down can be used to jump to the start/end of a line (sometimes).
    Home/End for jumping to the beginning/end of a line (this is easier on keyboards that have them in useful to reach areas).
    Ctrl + Home/End to jump to the beginning/end of a file.
    Hold shift while doing these to quickly select blocks of text.
    Ctrl + Backspace/Delete to delete an entire word at a time rather than character by character.

    Other Stuff:
    Windows + TAB is like alt + Tab but often better. Lets you very quickly see all your open windows, some history, and manage multiple desktops (something I should also use more).
    Windows + Up/down/left/right to move windows around the screen and quickly get them in the positions you need.

    PowerToys:
    Pretty much everyone should at least look into this . It's a microsoft package of useful tools that don't come with Windows by default. It's still being developed so there's the occasional hiccup, but at the bare minimum Power Rename and FancyZones are powerful.

    Keyboard manager is also quite useful for mapping the capslock key to control (you can put caps lock on the old control or somewhere else if you really think you need it).

    Note if you find yourself liking the idea of powertoys run but hate that it's horribly unperformant I recommend looking into Flow Launcher or Fluent Search.

    10 votes
    1. lackofaname
      Link Parent
      Add Shift into this mix to highlight-select whole words/lines at a time that you want to interact with. Shift + L/R arrow = highlight 1 character at a time Ctrl + Shift + L/R arrow = highlight 1...

      Ctrl + left/right will navigate text faster by jumping to the end/beginning of a word. Up/Down can be used to jump to the start/end of a line (sometimes).

      Add Shift into this mix to highlight-select whole words/lines at a time that you want to interact with.

      Shift + L/R arrow = highlight 1 character at a time
      Ctrl + Shift + L/R arrow = highlight 1 word at a time
      Both Shift + Up/Down and Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down = highlight whole line at a time

      2 votes
    2. Reapy
      (edited )
      Link Parent
      Seconding powertoys fancyzones. Really great and I use it everyday at work. I have a meeting mode and work mode that I swap between with the hot keys (CTRL + WIN + ALT + <number>) that is very...

      Seconding powertoys fancyzones. Really great and I use it everyday at work. I have a meeting mode and work mode that I swap between with the hot keys (CTRL + WIN + ALT + <number>) that is very useful.

      I am going to take a look at Flow Launcher / Fluent Search as I do love the ctrl space but it doesn't find EVERYTHING you want it to. Stuff I normally would start -> run doesn't work in the powertoys run for example. EDIT I looked at flow launcher and love it, a lot of awesome features here on the bar!

      Also didn't know about win TAB and that is reall nice, I think i'm goin to think a lot about a multiple desktops, though I don't like to have everything open at once that i'm not doing. Idea is appealing though, I have a few dev modes I have to go into and a desktop for each one would be a little smoother.

      2 votes
  18. [4]
    Amarok
    Link
    Try out Windows' hidden God Mode feature. Create an empty folder on your Windows desktop, and rename it as follows: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Now open the folder, and forget...

    Try out Windows' hidden God Mode feature.

    Create an empty folder on your Windows desktop, and rename it as follows:

    GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    Now open the folder, and forget that shoddy 'control panel' even exists.

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      mild_takes
      Link Parent
      So what does it do?

      So what does it do?

      5 votes
  19. [3]
    spit-evil-olive-tips
    Link
    if you use the terminal in Linux (or OS X or Windows Subsystem for Linux) I recommend installing fish and making it your default shell with chsh -s a killer feature fish has is that it's friendly...

    if you use the terminal in Linux (or OS X or Windows Subsystem for Linux) I recommend installing fish and making it your default shell with chsh -s

    a killer feature fish has is that it's friendly and usable out-of-the-box, with no customization required. the other custom shell that a lot of people like is zsh, but generally the first thing you do with zsh is install oh-my-zsh, which is a sort of package manager specifically for your shell configuration, and then install various plugins people have written. if this appeals to you then by all means have at it, but if you want your shell to be usable without having to do a bunch of customization and installing plugins, fish is perfect.

    if you've ever tried to do simple customization in bash, you'll probably be blown away by how user-friendly fish is. for example, want colors in your prompt?

    in bash, for example:

    export PS1="\[\e[32m\][\[\e[m\]\[\e[31m\]\u\[\e[m\]\[\e[33m\]@\[\e[m\]\[\e[32m\]\h\[\e[m\]:\[\e[36m\]\w\[\e[m\]\[\e[32m\]]\[\e[m\]\[\e[32;47m\]\\$\[\e[m\] "
    

    meanwhile, in fish:

    function fish_prompt
        set_color purple
        date "+%m/%d/%y"
        set_color F00
        echo (pwd) '>' (set_color normal)
    end
    

    (this is a bit apples-to-oranges, because the prompts don't show the same thing, but it gives you a taste for how much more pleasant fish can be to work with)

    9 votes
    1. sparksbet
      Link Parent
      I use fish on my personal computer but zsh on my work laptop, and I think it's INCREDIBLY relevant to point out that fish isn't directly compatible with bash scripting the way bash and zsh are --...

      I use fish on my personal computer but zsh on my work laptop, and I think it's INCREDIBLY relevant to point out that fish isn't directly compatible with bash scripting the way bash and zsh are -- so if you copy-paste bash commands into a fish shell they may not work without translating them to fish's language or finagling to run that command in bash. This is the main reason I went with zsh on my work computer when I already had fish on my PC -- that plus some difficulties getting environment variables to stick properly using fish's commands on my PC in the past.

      And also that equivalents to oh-my-zsh exist for fish -- there is oh-my-fish for those who want something that helps easily set themes and the like.

      6 votes
    2. stimularity
      Link Parent
      I'm another fish fan here. I find myself using lots of Linux instances and I'm too lazy to set up ZSH. Fish has most of what I need out of the box, the biggest being auto complete. I know I could...

      I'm another fish fan here. I find myself using lots of Linux instances and I'm too lazy to set up ZSH. Fish has most of what I need out of the box, the biggest being auto complete. I know I could set up some insane bashrc, configure tmux, zsh, make neovim like an ide and all I would need to do is copy a few files. But I'm lazy and I don't want to end up so specialized that I can't bounce from system to system.

      1 vote
  20. cla
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    I would say homebrewfor MacOS. What a delight.

    I would say homebrewfor MacOS. What a delight.

    8 votes
  21. ButteredToast
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    macOS text navigation key shortcuts, which are available in practically every text field in every app (aside from a few oddballs like Blender), as listed here. They're good with standard...

    macOS text navigation key shortcuts, which are available in practically every text field in every app (aside from a few oddballs like Blender), as listed here.

    They're good with standard keyboards, but even better when combined with HHKB/Tsangan layout keyboards. You can get about anywhere in any text editor while barely moving your hands from the home row.

    6 votes
  22. [2]
    gpl
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    In a terminal on Mac you can access the system clipboard with pbcopy, which I find to be very convenient. For example, to copy the contents of a file to the clipboard to you can run pbcopy <...

    In a terminal on Mac you can access the system clipboard with pbcopy, which I find to be very convenient. For example, to copy the contents of a file to the clipboard to you can run

    pbcopy < example.txt

    Or you can capture the output of a command, like

    tail -n 10 example.txt | pbcopy

    to just take the last 10 lines of a file. I find this particularly useful as you can paste from the system clipboard into a ssh terminal. Sometimes its easier to do this rather than sftp a file to a remote host, especially if you already have a ssh tunnel open.

    6 votes
    1. text_garden
      Link Parent
      On a similar note, there's xsel for X11 users, but the three X11 selections that basically represent three different clipboards make it a bit of a mess. By default it operates on the PRIMARY...

      On a similar note, there's xsel for X11 users, but the three X11 selections that basically represent three different clipboards make it a bit of a mess. By default it operates on the PRIMARY selection (the one you paste by middle click or shift+insert) but the -b flag makes it operate on CLIPBOARD selection (the one used for ctrl+c/v in most applications).

      1 vote
  23. vord
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    For the Linux users, setting up a ZRAM swap is a great first-level swap. It uses a portion of your RAM to compress pages., which is typically faster to recover from than even NVME swaps on a...

    For the Linux users, setting up a ZRAM swap is a great first-level swap. It uses a portion of your RAM to compress pages., which is typically faster to recover from than even NVME swaps on a modern CPU. Even better for stuff like Pis where RAM is premium and SD cards are extra slow.

    Especially the way I use Firefox, I've found this immensely helpful.

    6 votes
  24. [4]
    Bobito
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    Everything by voidtools stays on my taskbar right next to windows search. it searches all of your drives instantly for any type of file or folder name that matches your input text. super useful...

    Everything by voidtools stays on my taskbar right next to windows search. it searches all of your drives instantly for any type of file or folder name that matches your input text. super useful since windows search is absolutely abhorrent, even after removing telemetry and whatnot.

    SuperF4 by Stefan Sundin to truly alt F4 in current decade by ctrl+alt+F4. perfect for software that wont let you normally alt F4 for whatever reason. super lightweight and no/low impact on startup.

    Lightshot as others have mentioned is worth another mention. also super lightweight.

    wiztree deserves an honorable mention for storage management and visualization.

    6 votes
    1. JakeTheDog
      Link Parent
      100%! This changed how I manage my files, since sometimes certain objects could arguably fit in multiple categories/folders. Now I just treat filenames like a set of tags, i.e. a very descriptive...

      Everything by voidtools stays on my taskbar right next to windows search. it searches all of your drives instantly for any type of file or folder name that matches your input text. super useful since windows search is absolutely abhorrent, even after removing telemetry and whatnot.

      100%! This changed how I manage my files, since sometimes certain objects could arguably fit in multiple categories/folders. Now I just treat filenames like a set of tags, i.e. a very descriptive file name, and then use Everything to search exactly what I need. Ends up saving me a boat load of time.

      It also helped me a few times when I quickly fill up my drive and need to delete large files (super fast indexing to find the largest files) or if I want to consolidate multiple files with similar names/tags into one folder.

      1 vote
    2. lou
      Link Parent
      It is hard to understand why Windows doesn't ship with this, or why can't Microsoft do better. Everything is excellent.

      Everything by voidtools

      It is hard to understand why Windows doesn't ship with this, or why can't Microsoft do better.

      Everything is excellent.

      1 vote
    3. imperator
      Link Parent
      Does it work with network drives and OneDrive?

      Does it work with network drives and OneDrive?

  25. [6]
    drannex
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    More of a psychological/philosophical thing - if it's not shipped as an obfuscated binary, then its open source, and free to be hacked on for your personal use. This stretches the concept of "open...

    More of a psychological/philosophical thing - if it's not shipped as an obfuscated binary, then its open source, and free to be hacked on for your personal use.

    This stretches the concept of "open source" and enters, obviously, possibly unethical hacking territory but opened my eyes to what I feel comfortable using.

    5 votes
    1. [5]
      slashtab
      Link Parent
      You clearly have no idea what you're talking about

      You clearly have no idea what you're talking about

      2 votes
      1. [4]
        ThrowdoBaggins
        Link Parent
        I’m also not sure what they’re talking about — would you be willing to give a quick summary of what they’re saying in layman’s terms, and your counter argument why you think they’re wrong?

        I’m also not sure what they’re talking about — would you be willing to give a quick summary of what they’re saying in layman’s terms, and your counter argument why you think they’re wrong?

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          DrStone
          Link Parent
          I had a different reading of it than slashtab. It sounded like drannex was saying that they treat everything as “open source” and ripe for personal modification regardless of whether it is...

          I had a different reading of it than slashtab. It sounded like drannex was saying that they treat everything as “open source” and ripe for personal modification regardless of whether it is licensed/released as open source as long as they can find something usable (e.g. decompiling/disassembling binaries if the source isn’t public).

          That’s why they said that their view stretches the definition of “open source” and allows (possibly unethical) unintended hacking, but gives them more power and freedom over the applications they run.

          2 votes
          1. ThrowdoBaggins
            Link Parent
            Ah, okay, yeah that was my interpretation too, which is why I was confused by slashtab’s initial response. But now that they’ve clarified, their response is more understandable. For what it’s...

            Ah, okay, yeah that was my interpretation too, which is why I was confused by slashtab’s initial response. But now that they’ve clarified, their response is more understandable.

            For what it’s worth, I’m not sure who I agree with — I’ve never dig into code and altered it, but I can totally see the argument that “I bought this hardware, I choose what software runs on it and what I want it to do” and therefore at least on a local machine, “I bought this software to pull apart the useful bits and turn it into something else”

            I understand the physical limitations (because ones and zeroes can be infinitely copied without detriment to the original code) but I really think there should be something like a First Sale Doctrine for software. If I buy a physical car, I can rip it apart and tinker with the engine to change its behaviour all I want, and I feel like there should be something similar with digital.

            1 vote
        2. slashtab
          Link Parent
          From what I've understood, that person thinks a locked down, private property is more safe than a open source application/package, that is not the case. mere, obfuscating the application as a...

          From what I've understood, that person thinks a locked down, private property is more safe than a open source application/package, that is not the case. mere, obfuscating the application as a blob, doesn't make it safer than open source. Open source code are open for public to view and test, it's community driven. The more user, the better. Even when mega companies want better product, they open source their project.

          1 vote
  26. overbyte
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    Windows: Ctrl + Shift + click shortcut on taskbar to Run as Admin Steam: this is familiar to anyone who tinkered with Proton, but %COMMAND% represents the default game executable that gets...

    Windows: Ctrl + Shift + click shortcut on taskbar to Run as Admin

    Steam: this is familiar to anyone who tinkered with Proton, but %COMMAND% represents the default game executable that gets launched by Steam. So if you want to run a loader beforehand, you can set the launch options to something like this (as an example, to enable the Starfield Script Extender)

    "E:\games\steam\steamapps\common\Starfield\sfse_loader.exe" -- %COMMAND%
    

    Kubernetes: pods backed by a controller have a randomly generated suffix. If you don't need to be specific in connecting to my-app-124abc or my-app-xyz134 then you can use the controller:

    kubectl exec -it deploy/my-app -- bash
    

    Same with port forward, you can do it against the service:

    kubectl port-forward service/my-app 8080:8080
    

    Other: Making aliases for things you repeatedly type, saves a few seconds of typing but it still adds up. It's platform and tool-specific, so my gitconfig for example has aliases like

    # compact log
    l = log --oneline -n 10 --graph --abbrev-commit
    
    # compare and undo against last commit
    dh = diff HEAD~1 HEAD
    undo = !git reset HEAD~1 --mixed
    
    # Hard and extra-hard resets
    reh = reset --hard
    rehh = "!r() { git reset --hard origin/$1; }; r"
    
    5 votes
  27. [2]
    BeanBurrito
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    Being able to tile windows just by moving them to the edge of the screen (Linux Mint21.1 with the Cinnamon5.6.6 desktop). I can have the PDF of a text book or an instruction video on one side and...

    Being able to tile windows just by moving them to the edge of the screen (Linux Mint21.1 with the Cinnamon5.6.6 desktop).

    I can have the PDF of a text book or an instruction video on one side and an open Google Docs on the other side to take notes. A LOT nicer ( and with more advantages ) then studying in the old days with a text book and loose leaf paper laying flat on my desk.

    4 votes
    1. Isaac
      Link Parent
      This is also native in Windows now, but I think Mint+Cinnamon did it first. With a 21:9 monitor it's as good as two screens.

      This is also native in Windows now, but I think Mint+Cinnamon did it first.

      With a 21:9 monitor it's as good as two screens.

      2 votes
  28. toshi
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    On Youtube, Shift + > speeds up a video (and Shift + < will slow it back down). With a little practice it becomes easy to follow along with many videos at 2x speed. A UCLA study shows that...

    On Youtube, Shift + > speeds up a video (and Shift + < will slow it back down). With a little practice it becomes easy to follow along with many videos at 2x speed. A UCLA study shows that information retention can stay high even at high playback speeds. This can save an incredible amount of time. I like it so much that I've installed a browser plugin to be able to watch videos at speeds beyond 2x.

    4 votes
  29. [2]
    foxensly
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    Having a clipboard manager (there's lots of them out there - but Alfred for Mac is great, and as others have mentioned Windows has one that's built in that needs to be enabled) is a game changer....

    Having a clipboard manager (there's lots of them out there - but Alfred for Mac is great, and as others have mentioned Windows has one that's built in that needs to be enabled) is a game changer.

    Option+Command+Escape on Mac opens the force-quit window for all apps (including if you need to reset finder for some reason). Rarely needed, but a life-safer when you do.

    4 votes
    1. JuDGe3690
      Link Parent
      This was exactly going to be my tip. I can't believe I didn't use one in undergrad, but I use it extensively now that I'm in law school (being able to copy text, title, link, etc., then paste from...

      Having a clipboard manager

      This was exactly going to be my tip. I can't believe I didn't use one in undergrad, but I use it extensively now that I'm in law school (being able to copy text, title, link, etc., then paste from the menu is so great).

      I personally use Clipy, a free open-source fork of the now-defunct ClipMenu. It's lightweight, mostly only handles plain text, but I also use it to strip rich text formatting when pasting, without having to remember a clumsy Word shortcut (or in some applications that don't have a native plain-text paste option).

      2 votes
  30. [2]
    Gunbudder
    Link
    One that I use constantly but never see mentioned is win+shift+left or right which will send the currently selected window to the same relative coordinates to the monitor either left or right....

    One that I use constantly but never see mentioned is win+shift+left or right which will send the currently selected window to the same relative coordinates to the monitor either left or right. This can be used to recover lost task managers that are stuck on dead monitors or to just quickly shuffle windows around without the mouse.

    4 votes
    1. chiliedogg
      Link Parent
      Without the shift, it will snap the window to the left or right side of the current screen. Use "win+up" to maximize.

      Without the shift, it will snap the window to the left or right side of the current screen. Use "win+up" to maximize.

      2 votes
  31. draconicrose
    Link
    Less of a specific tech tip and more of a best-practices kind of thing: learn the most common keyboard shortcuts for every program you use daily! Keeping this in mind and taking the time to learn...

    Less of a specific tech tip and more of a best-practices kind of thing: learn the most common keyboard shortcuts for every program you use daily!

    Keeping this in mind and taking the time to learn has made using programs a lot quicker and smoother. After a while, you start to realize that similar programs tend to use the same hotkeys for the same or similar functionality and that makes having to use other software a lot easier and smoother.

    Just not having to navigate menus looking for a something is a godsend.

    Incidentally, if the program you're using has a menu search feature, learn the hotkey to bring it up even if you don't learn any other. This is especially good for big programs like editors.

    3 votes
  32. [2]
    raccoona_nongrata
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    This is more one for a work environment for those doing a lot of data entry and processing; I bound ctrl+c, ctrl+v and Enter as mouse macros on my mouse side buttons and it has made my workflow so...

    This is more one for a work environment for those doing a lot of data entry and processing;

    I bound ctrl+c, ctrl+v and Enter as mouse macros on my mouse side buttons and it has made my workflow so much easier. Navigating excel, copying and searching text, editing forms etc.

    I can copy text, paste it and then hit enter all with one hand and it just flows so much better.

    3 votes
    1. draconicrose
      Link Parent
      This is a good one. I personally only have enter on the mouse but for copy and pasting a lot of stuff it's so good. Left half handles the tabbing and copy pasting while right handles placement and...

      This is a good one. I personally only have enter on the mouse but for copy and pasting a lot of stuff it's so good. Left half handles the tabbing and copy pasting while right handles placement and entering.

      1 vote
  33. [3]
    Apocalypto
    (edited )
    Link
    Holding in Ctrl allows you to scroll side to side without one of those fancy mice that can scroll side to side Edit: Holding in *Shift

    Holding in Ctrl allows you to scroll side to side without one of those fancy mice that can scroll side to side

    Edit: Holding in *Shift

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      Thomas_Stiles
      Link Parent
      Isn't it SHIFT ?

      Isn't it SHIFT ?

      2 votes
      1. Apocalypto
        Link Parent
        No, I am infallible so anything I say is automatically the truth

        No, I am infallible so anything I say is automatically the truth

        2 votes
  34. PetitPrince
    Link
    Mouse gestures are neat for web browsing, people should try it. I use Gesturefy with the following mapping: ← : previous →: next ↑: new tab ↓: close tab < : previous tab > : next tab ^ : go to top...

    Mouse gestures are neat for web browsing, people should try it.

    I use Gesturefy with the following mapping:

    ← : previous
    →: next
    ↑: new tab
    ↓: close tab
    < : previous tab
    > : next tab
    ^ : go to top
    v : go to bottom

    3 votes
  35. lou
    (edited )
    Link
    If you're on Windows and have Autohotkey version 1 installed, you can ask GPT to generate Autohotkey code to do anything you want. Application specific keybindings, text expansion, all kinds of...

    If you're on Windows and have Autohotkey version 1 installed, you can ask GPT to generate Autohotkey code to do anything you want. Application specific keybindings, text expansion, all kinds of automation and conditional behavior. Just copy, paste, and run. This changed the way I interact with Windows by a great margin.

    I have a bunch of code running for all kinds of things, with no knowledge whatsoever of Autohotkey scripting.

    I'm sure Linux users can have a similar experience generating shell code. There's a program called Autokey that is the same for Linux, but in my experience it was hit or miss.

    Just be careful about online games, since Autohotkey could be flagged as cheating.

    2 votes
  36. [3]
    Plik
    Link
    Not so much software related, but if you have a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop that you use a stylus with a lot, buy a bluetooth keyboard (ThinkPad bluetooth keyboard with the clit mouse is awesome,...

    Not so much software related, but if you have a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop that you use a stylus with a lot, buy a bluetooth keyboard (ThinkPad bluetooth keyboard with the clit mouse is awesome, there are other off brand keyboards that have built in touch pads too), and ditch the detachable keyboard.

    This lets you leave the tablet at a reasonable writing/drawing angle, but still gives you easy access to a keyboard rather than having to constantly adjust the stand angle between typing and drawing positions.

    If you learn to control the mouse with your off hand, you can write with your dominant hand, while using keyboard short cuts and the keyboard mouse to screenshot, copy/paste, and annotate much more quickly.

    I use this setup daily with OneNote to annotate diagrams, create reference pages for projects I am working on like drone pinouts before soldering, reference images/drawings for 3D models in Blender, and layout game mechanic/scripting ideas in Unity.

    I am really hoping the Asus and Lenovo folding Windows tablets take off (and decrease in price), because I believe this is an incredibly powerful portable setup for artists, designers, engineers, students, and teachers. Basically anyone who needs to write/sketch and markup images and type can benefit from this.

    2 votes
  37. [2]
    KeepCalmAndScream
    Link
    On Windows, I use Deskpins to force a window to remain topmost, even when it's not active.

    On Windows, I use Deskpins to force a window to remain topmost, even when it's not active.

    2 votes
    1. raptorbuddha
      Link Parent
      Ooooh this will be great to keep my hardware monitor on top! Thanks!!!

      Ooooh this will be great to keep my hardware monitor on top! Thanks!!!

      2 votes
  38. [2]
    saturnV
    Link
    (For browsers) Ctrl-1 through 8 go to tabs 1 to 8, and ctrl-9 goes to the last tab in the window. Ctrl-tab and ctrl-shift-tab go forwards and backwards one tab

    (For browsers) Ctrl-1 through 8 go to tabs 1 to 8, and ctrl-9 goes to the last tab in the window. Ctrl-tab and ctrl-shift-tab go forwards and backwards one tab

    2 votes
    1. spit-evil-olive-tips
      Link Parent
      ctrl-page-up/down work for this as well and ctrl-shift-page up/down can be used to move a tab to the left or the right in the tab bar

      Ctrl-tab and ctrl-shift-tab go forwards and backwards one tab

      ctrl-page-up/down work for this as well

      and ctrl-shift-page up/down can be used to move a tab to the left or the right in the tab bar

      1 vote
  39. CannibalisticApple
    Link
    I'm mostly seeing browser and Windows or Linux, so here's a couple tricks for Mac! I said this in a comment to someone else, but I'll reiterate it here: Mac has a neat feature called Scroll to...

    I'm mostly seeing browser and Windows or Linux, so here's a couple tricks for Mac!

    I said this in a comment to someone else, but I'll reiterate it here: Mac has a neat feature called Scroll to Zoom. You hold the command button and scroll, and the screen zooms in on the cursor. Much more controlled than just zooming in text, and it doesn't change anything on the page since it's basically a magnifying glass. Looks like you need to enable it in your settings, but it's great!

    Another one I use surprisingly often is the keyboard shortcut to invert colors. Looking it up, you also need to enable this one in Keyboard under accessibility and the shortcut is Control + Option + Command + 8, but I changed it on mine to just be Command + , (comma) since it's more convenient. It's good when I'm browsing sites late at night that don't have a dark mode, or have a dark mode I don't like too much. Heck, I'm using the Love Dark theme on here because it reminds me of how DeviantArt looked inverted years and years ago.

    One more: sometimes, highlighting images can make some details clearer. I don't have any specific examples I can give, but it's usually helpful with "dark on dark" type details, if you get what I mean. I think the highlight is applied in a "screen"/overlay fashion, which does surprisingly help.

    2 votes
  40. [2]
    Checkmate
    Link
    Cmd tab to cycle through open applications. I think it's alt tab on windows.

    Cmd tab to cycle through open applications.

    I think it's alt tab on windows.

    2 votes
    1. adorac
      Link Parent
      In that vein, Cmd+` and Cmd+Shift+` let you cycle through individual windows of an application.

      In that vein, Cmd+` and Cmd+Shift+` let you cycle through individual windows of an application.

      1 vote
  41. [2]
    Chinpokomon
    Link
    Use PowerShell everywhere. I have two work machines, my Windows machine it is natural to use PowerShell out of the box, but make sure to install 7+ since 5 is what ships in Windows. It is also my...

    Use PowerShell everywhere. I have two work machines, my Windows machine it is natural to use PowerShell out of the box, but make sure to install 7+ since 5 is what ships in Windows. It is also my default shell for my Mac. Aside from some custom tweaks, I am able to use most of my profile on Windows directly on my Mac, including my Oh-My-Posh prompt. Lastly in my Windows Subsystem for Linux Debian installation, PowerShell is also my default shell there. Being able to use the same shell across all my devices, with a shell which is a programming language in its own right, I can tackle most tasks which might take more effort to program and I can do so without concentrating as much about what system I'm using at the time.

    2 votes
    1. Apocalypto
      Link Parent
      My bio attests to the fact that I love powershell. It has saved me so much time (and probably cost me even more, but at least I have more fun that way) It really drives home for me how much and...

      My bio attests to the fact that I love powershell.
      It has saved me so much time (and probably cost me even more, but at least I have more fun that way)

      It really drives home for me how much and how versatile of a tool a computer is.

  42. crdpa
    Link
    Fish shell as already mentioned. The most used by me is disabling caps lock and make it work as Ctrl. Caps lock is useless. Bonus tip: install keyd (Linux) and make caps lock work as Ctrl when...

    Fish shell as already mentioned.

    The most used by me is disabling caps lock and make it work as Ctrl. Caps lock is useless.

    Bonus tip: install keyd (Linux) and make caps lock work as Ctrl when holding and ESC when pressed.

    2 votes
  43. mordae
    Link
    Hmm, probably to run vimtutor.

    Hmm, probably to run vimtutor.

    1 vote
  44. [2]
    prostetnicjeltz
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    Less simple but gamechanging was using AutoHotkey on Windows. I have a few very simple scripts set up for a bunch of things: text expansion (useful if you need to send templated message responses)...

    Less simple but gamechanging was using AutoHotkey on Windows. I have a few very simple scripts set up for a bunch of things:

    • text expansion (useful if you need to send templated message responses)
    • stripping the formatting from formatted text (like if you are copying something from a website into Microsoft Word)
    • custom shortcut keys (I have one set up specifically for my browsers where ctrl-shift enter adds www and .net to a Url in the url bar

    The possibilities are literally endless, and the scripting is pretty straightforward.

    1 vote
    1. raptorbuddha
      Link Parent
      I use this for a custom shortcut to a batch file that just puts the computer to sleep after x number of minutes. Sleep Button so I can watch tv on my PC as I go to sleep and not worry about it...

      I use this for a custom shortcut to a batch file that just puts the computer to sleep after x number of minutes. Sleep Button so I can watch tv on my PC as I go to sleep and not worry about it being on all night.

      1 vote
  45. Oslypsis
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    Setting up a windows computer on my Mac via BootCamp. All I have to do is restart the computer and hold alt to switch between OS's. Now I can play PC games and port all my minecraft java packs to...

    Setting up a windows computer on my Mac via BootCamp. All I have to do is restart the computer and hold alt to switch between OS's. Now I can play PC games and port all my minecraft java packs to bedrock!

    1 vote
  46. text_garden
    Link
    The compose key in X11. This lets you enter characters that are not on the keyboard using character sequences. For example, to type Ä, I type my compose key (right alt) followed by " followed by...

    The compose key in X11. This lets you enter characters that are not on the keyboard using character sequences. For example, to type Ä, I type my compose key (right alt) followed by " followed by A. The US English layout works best for me because of the curly/square brackets and semicolon are where my native layout puts åäö, so having these characters easily and intuitively available by other means is great.

    This is also possible with Windows using WinCompose.

    1 vote
  47. [3]
    vagueallusion
    Link
    For Mac OS: Command+ the minus or plus symbol will increase or decrease size of text on almost everything. At work I caught one of the old guard using a magnifying glass to read a computer screen....

    For Mac OS:

    Command+ the minus or plus symbol will increase or decrease size of text on almost everything.

    At work I caught one of the old guard using a magnifying glass to read a computer screen. It was rather adorable to be honest but still a facepalm moment.

    Does Windows have a similar shortcut?

    1. saturnV
      Link Parent
      ctrl+ and ctrl- do the same on ChromeOS. ctrl-shift-plus and ctrl-shift- (or ctrl-scroll) work in browsers for zoom level, which most of the time gets the same job done, unless there's fancy...

      ctrl+ and ctrl- do the same on ChromeOS. ctrl-shift-plus and ctrl-shift- (or ctrl-scroll) work in browsers for zoom level, which most of the time gets the same job done, unless there's fancy rescaling.

    2. CannibalisticApple
      Link Parent
      Mac also has a related feature that your coworker might appreciate: Scroll to Zoom. You hold the command button and scroll, and the screen zooms in on the cursor. Much more controlled, and doesn't...

      Mac also has a related feature that your coworker might appreciate: Scroll to Zoom. You hold the command button and scroll, and the screen zooms in on the cursor. Much more controlled, and doesn't change anything on the page since it's basically a magnifying glass.

      Looks like it may need to be enabled in settings first, but it's one of the best features. I use it pretty often.