10 top time-saving tech tips | David Pogue August 30, 2018 – Posted in: Videos

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Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast
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I’ve noticed something interesting about society and culture.
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Everything risky requires a license.
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So, learning to drive, owning a gun, getting married.
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There’s a certain —
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(Laughter)
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That’s true in everything risky, except technology.
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For some reason, there’s no standard syllabus,
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there’s no basic course.
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They just sort of give you your computer and then kick you out of the nest.
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You’re supposed to learn this stuff — how?
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Just by osmosis.
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Nobody ever sits down and tells you, “This is how it works.”
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So today I’m going to tell you ten things
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that you thought everybody knew, but it turns out they don’t.
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First of all, on the web, if you want to scroll down,
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don’t pick up the mouse and use the scroll bar.
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That’s a terrible waste of time.
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Do that only if you’re paid by the hour.
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Instead, hit the space bar.
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The space bar scrolls down one page.
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Hold down the Shift key to scroll back up again.
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So, space bar to scroll down one page; works in every browser,
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in every kind of computer.
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Also on the web, when you’re filling in one of these forms like your addresses,
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I assume you know that you can hit the Tab key
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to jump from box to box to box.
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But what about the pop-up menu where you put in your state?
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Don’t open the pop-up menu.
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That’s a terrible waste of calories.
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Type the first letter of your state over and over and over.
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So if you want Connecticut, go, C, C, C.
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If you want Texas, go T, T, and you jump right to that thing
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without even opening the pop-up menu.
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Also on the web, when the text is too small,
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what you do is hold down the Control key and hit plus, plus, plus.
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You make the text larger with each tap.
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Works on every computer, every web browser,
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or minus, minus, to get smaller again.
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If you’re on the Mac, it might be Command instead.
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When you’re typing on your Blackberry, Android, iPhone,
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don’t bother switching layouts to the punctuation layout
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to hit the period and then a space,
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then try to capitalize the next letter.
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Just hit the space bar twice.
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The phone puts the period, the space, and the capital for you.
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Go space, space.
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It is totally amazing.
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Also when it comes to cell phones, on all phones,
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if you want to redial somebody that you’ve dialed before,
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all you have to do is hit the call button,
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and it puts the last phone number into the box for you,
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and at that point you can hit call again to actually dial it.
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No need to go to the recent calls list if you’re trying to call somebody
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just hit the call button again.
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Something that drives me crazy:
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When I call you and leave a message on your voice mail,
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I hear you saying, “Leave a message,”
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and then I get these 15 seconds of freaking instructions,
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like we haven’t had answering machines for 45 years!
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(Laughter)
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I’m not bitter.
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(Laughter)
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So it turns out there’s a keyboard shortcut
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that lets you jump directly to the beep like this.
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Phone: At the tone, please…
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(Beep)
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David Pogue: Unfortunately, the carriers didn’t adopt
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the same keystroke, so it’s different by carrier,
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so it devolves upon you to learn the keystroke
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for the person you’re calling.
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I didn’t say these were going to be perfect.
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So most of you think of Google
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as something that lets you look up a web page,
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but it is also a dictionary.
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Type the word “define” and the word you want to know.
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You don’t even have to click anything.
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There’s the definition as you type.
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It’s also a complete FAA database.
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Type the name of the airline and the flight.
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It shows you where the flight is, the gate, the terminal,
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how long until it lands.
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You don’t need an app.
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It’s also unit and currency conversion.
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Again, you don’t have to click one of the results.
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Just type it into the box, and there’s your answer.
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While we’re talking about text —
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When you want to highlight —
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this is just an example —
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(Laughter)
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When you want to highlight a word,
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please don’t waste your life dragging across it
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with the mouse like a newbie.
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Double click the word.
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Watch “200” — I go double-click,
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it neatly selects just that word.
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Also, don’t delete what you’ve highlighted.
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You can just type over it.
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This is in every program.
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Also, you can go double-click, drag,
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to highlight in one-word increments as you drag.
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Much more precise.
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Again, don’t bother deleting.
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Just type over it.
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(Laughter)
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Shutter lag is the time between your pressing the shutter button
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and the moment the camera actually snaps.
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It’s extremely frustrating on any camera under $1,000.
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(Camera click)
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(Laughter)
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So, that’s because the camera needs time to calculate the focus and exposure,
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but if you pre-focus with a half-press,
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leave your finger down —
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no shutter lag!
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You get it every time.
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I’ve just turned your $50 camera into a $1,000 camera with that trick.
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And finally, it often happens that you’re giving a talk,
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and for some reason, the audience is looking at the slide
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instead of at you!
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(Laughter)
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So when that happens — this works in Keynote, PowerPoint,
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it works in every program — all you do is hit the letter B key,
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B for blackout, to black out the slide, make everybody look at you,
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and then when you’re ready to go on, you hit B again,
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and if you’re really on a roll, you can hit the W key for “whiteout,”
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and you white out the slide,
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and then you can hit W again to un-blank it.
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So I know I went super fast.
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If you missed anything, I’ll be happy to send you the list of these tips.
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In the meantime, congratulations.
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You all get your California Technology License.
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Have a great day.
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(Applause)