Many of us spend much of our time a day on a computer. It’s not uncommon to have to use one for your career, and even if not, heading home and managing accounts, our schedule, keeping up with old friends, or simply learning something new is usually all conveniently found on the computer nowadays.
But while we’re a long way from dial-up internet and floppy discs, even in 2019 computers can have problems or small inconveniences that can aggravate you or simply stall progress, which is the last thing you want after a heavy workday. Thankfully, there are tools to make your computing experience easier for yourself, tools that can help you feel more comfortable in using them daily. Not only will you be better equipped to manage your normal responsibilities with those tools, but you make be able to branch out and enjoy doing something you never thought possible.
For example, adjusting your settings might help you work from device to device with ease, or perhaps save the notes you need for later. With that in mind, let us consider how you can make the computing experience easier:
Organize Your Files
Indexing your files can be done in most modern operating systems automatically, but even then, it’s important to organize them well. Placing them in named folders and subfolders, dating certain documents, placing only essential documents on your desktop in the form of a shortcut and not the actual file, learning how to cloud backup those files after saving them and also making USB or physical backups can ensure that your files are where you need them, when you need them, how you need them, and all this even in the face of potentially losing them.
Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
You might find that simply interacting with a computer takes its precious time, particularly in certain complex programs. Learning keyboard shortcuts can often help you with this to an extensive degree. For example, learning how to force quit an application without losing your other work can be important. If in a complex and creative program such as Photoshop, learning the keyboard shortcuts for the brush, crop, lasso and color pallette tools (just to scratch the very surface,) can help you save valuable time, and ensure that you’re face to face with your creativity from the get go.
Learning keyboard shortcuts can often work from program to program, but they will all define this differently, so don’t be afraid to get to grips with this and cement that in your head over time.
Learn To Touch Type
Touch typing is where you place your fingers in a balanced and symmetrical line on the keyboard, allowing you to use your fingers in the quickest and most efficient manner when typing words. Not only can this help you use all your fingers, but that will naturally raise your WPM (words per minute,) and you’ll heavily reduce the risk of hand injuries from typing too long. This is a great idea for those who suffer from issues such as carpal tunnel.
With this advice, we hope you can make the computing experience easier for yourself.