Technology is made to cater to our everyday lives- from cell phones to laptops, you can do almost anything with just a push of a button or a tap on the screen. However, you can go far beyond with these gadgets. You do not even need to be a tech whiz to pull them off. Below, we have rounded up some lifehacks to assist you in navigating your devices, troubleshooting, or simply improving your technological knowledge.
1. Use Headphones and Mic in One Port
How do you connect a headset mic to a device with only one port? All of this can be very perplexing to the uninitiated. So, let us bring you through the fundamentals. First, take notice of the words 'TS,' 'TRS,' and 'TRRS.' These letters denote the various types of cables or cords used to transfer acoustic input between devices.
They are located at the very tip of your earplug, as well as the wires that connect to your Xiaomi phone to listen to music. Understanding the operations and distinctions between them is a good starting point for determining how well they work with your device. It is wise to know that not all audio jacks are the same and can potentially damage your device.
2. Proofread with Google Translate
Reading the sentences out loud is said to be one of the best ways to determine errors in your entries, essays, or articles. A better tactic is to have someone else read your work aloud. But this cannot be done if you are surrounded by people at work.
Fortunately, this is where Google Translate comes in. All you have to do is snug on an earphone and paste your words in the section provided. The system will then do its magic with little to no effort on your best. And the best thing is, it is completely free of charge and easy to use!
3. Keyboard Shortcuts
What is the purpose of that fancy keyboard for your HP laptop if you do not know how to use it well? You can do just about everything with only a keyboard. If you are on a website or program, simply use the Tab button to navigate between sections or paragraphs. Use the arrow on your keyboard's left side to scroll Down, Left, or Right.
If you want to make searching easier, click Win+S, or open the File Explorer interface by pressing the Win+E buttons. Click the Enter button to verify your choices and Esc to exit menus and dialogues. Here are some hacks most people are unaware of: use the Space button to scroll down lengthy pages and Space+Shift to scroll back up.
4. DIY Cord Protector
If you wish to live a great lifestyle while also being on a budget, we got your back. Try DIYing! DIY homeowners can save more than you think. Take cords, for example. Surely you have experienced the frustration of being unable to charge your devices due to a frayed or worn-out charging cord.
When such a situation strikes, most will resort to buying anew, which would cost roughly around $10.99. But you can lower the cost by using your 3-metre shoelace. Begin by placing the shoelace behind your cable, then proceed to make a double half knot. In the end, it should resemble a DNA strand. And it works just as well as the expensive ones, if not even better!
5. Convert Wiki Pages into an eBook
With nearly 2 million published articles, Wikipedia is a treasure trove of valuable information. If you want to store the data offline, here is how you can download it into an eBook. Begin by collecting the
necessary information, then go to the Print/Export option on the left side of the page and click the "Create a book" link.
Once done, pick and organise the pages you wish to generate into an eBook by clicking on the "Start book creator" button. If you have completed all of the steps above. Click the "Manage your book" option, which allows you to give your book a title and a subtitle, and you are done! Simple and easy.
6. Game on Chrome
No internet? Worry not. Instead of staying idle, you can play a game. If you have been using Chrome for a while, you might already know the game by now. But for those who do not know, the game is relatively simple. Simply press the space bar to get started.
To jump over, click the Up button. Likewise, press the Down button to duck beneath obstacles. But now, imagine you are so close to winning, and the internet suddenly is back up. Again, fret not. Go to chrome://dino/, and you can resume playing!
Minor technological niggles may appear insignificant at the time. However, in the grand scheme of things, they can result in a great deal of stress and wasted energy. By implementing some of the hacks above, you will then realize how easy life really is and will no longer remember the life before it.