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hen you copy text from any source, programs will usually include any formatting that comes with it. To paste this as plain text, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of the standard Ctrl + V, and the system will paste unformatted text. This also works on Mac: Cmd + Shift + V.

Even surge protectors can be overwhelmed during electrical storms, and we've seen the results first-hand—fried motherboards, processors, hard drives and power supplies. If you're experiencing a heavy-duty electrical storm, unplug your computer from the wall socket—just in case. And buy a laptop to use until the crisis passes.


There are a number of ways to jump right to the address bar from anywhere in browser. Pressing Ctrl + L, F6, or Alt + D all accomplish this goal.

You can shave off a couple of seconds typing in a URL by simply click Ctrl + Enter after you type the name of the site. Need .net instead of .com? Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead.

Tapping the space bar on a website will scroll down in full page chunks and hitting shift + space will take you back up. 

To reset to the default Window size of your web page after zooming: Press Ctrl + 0.

Delete the names of your bookmarks leaving only the icon so they take up less space on the toolbar. In Chrome: right click the bookmark > edit > delete the name and save.

To copy links quicker, right click the link like usual but tap E on your keyboard to copy the link.

Use the browser magnifier to adjust a website for more comfortable reading. Ctrl/Cmd + (plus/minus sign) does the trick. To reset to the default zoom level use Ctrl + 0.


To rename a file quickly, right-clicking and selecting rename is not very efficient. Instead, press F2 while a file is selected to change its name. To alter the name of another file, type Tab without deselecting the current file. On Macs, hitting Enter will rename (which may sound counter-intuitive to Windows users) while Cmd + O is used to open.


 Lock your computer easily and keep prying eyes off your computer when you step away.  Windows + L will lock your system right away, requiring a password (when you've set one) to log in again.

On macOS, use Cmd + Option + Power to log off. On the latest revision of macOS (High Sierra) a quicker option to simply lock the screen was added which works using the shortcut Cmd + Ctrl + Q.

 Scan suspicious files with VirusTotal.  If you're worried about a file being infected, you can go to,  upload it to have it checked by a few dozen antivirus engines from the cloud. Often times, someone has already uploaded the same file, sparing you the wait.

Virus makers love peer-to-peer file-sharing services. They then name their virus "Angelina Jolie Wallpapers" or something similar and upload it. Then millions of people download it, launch it, and wonder why their computers are infected with viruses. Download with caution, and always use antivirus software.