5 Computer Tips and Tricks Every Non-Tech Person Should Know

 Are you the kind of person who can’t do much on a computer besides firing it up? These computer tips and tricks are for you.

 No tech knowledge? No problem!

There are a number of factors like age, socioeconomic status, and education level that contribute to what experts call the digital divide or the difference between tech know-how and tech no-how.

The good news is that it's never too late to learn. Start out by mastering these five computer tips and tricks.

1. Copy/Paste

If you're looking to move blocks of text from one program to another, you have two options. You can manually cut and paste the text using your mouse, or use this awesome hack and save yourself time.

To copy text, begin by highlighting the selection you'd like to move. Next, hit 'Ctrl+C' on Windows or 'Command+C' on a Mac.

Then, head over to the desired text field and press 'Ctrl+V' on Windows or 'Command+V' on a Mac.

Just like that, you've moved your text from one area to another without losing your original content. This is great for checking text against proofreading programs or translating content from another language.

2. File Conversion

There are dozens of types of computer files, from the common ones like JPG or PDF to more obscure ones like XML and ASPX.

But not every program supports every file type. Sometimes you may need to convert a file in order to open it.

While the task might sound like a nightmare, it's actually pretty easy.

Let's say you're looking to move an aspx file to pdf.

You can either download some free file conversion software or manually change the extension in the 'Save as' menu of your favorite program.

Note that this won't always guarantee results. And you may lose certain elements of the file like fonts or headers. But for the most part, this is an easy way to open almost any file.

3. Manage Multiple Windows

Sometimes one window isn't enough. Sometimes you want to watch Netflix and work at the same time.

We've got your back!

To manage multiple windows, you'll need one simple shortcut.

On a Windows PC, you'll want to hit 'Alt-Tab' on your keyboard. This will bring up each program you have open. Select the programs you're looking for and drag them to either side of the screen.

On a Mac, you'll just need to hit the F3 key on your keyboard.

4. Close a Frozen Program

'Ctrl+Alt+Delete' may be one of the oldest computer tricks, but it's still one of the most important.

If you're using an older computer or your hard drive is nearing full capacity, programs may crash from time to time and become unresponsive.

Don't do a hard rest on your computer. This can potentially damage your files or even corrupt your operating system.

5. Stay Safe
 
Both Windows and Mac PCs have the ability to store your passwords so you won't have to manually input them each time you want to log into your favorite site.
It's tempting to use these. However, we don't recommend it.

If your computer gets stolen or someone hacks into your system, you're giving them free access to all of your valuable info.

We recommend turning these features off. It may mean remembering more passwords, but it's worth it to keep your data safe.

Computer Tips and Tricks For Every 21st Century Digital Boy and Girl

These computer tips and tricks are so easy that anyone can use them. Be sure to incorporate them into your computer time for a faster, smoother computing experience.
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