5 Time-Saving Websites & Apps for the Best Shortcuts

Time is the most precious commodity. We can’t create more time, so the best we can do is to save it. Through shortcuts and hacks, these websites and apps will help save time in many activities, and it all adds up.

Technology is all about speed, isn’t it? It helps us do things faster, or enables shortcuts that get the more done in less time. The internet is here to help you gain information faster by summarizing books or YouTube videos, or level-up your computer usage by learning keyboard shortcuts. It’s all about saving time and making the best use of it.

1. Sipreads (Web): Free Book Summaries by Real People

Sipreads offers free book summaries written by real people of personal development and start-up books

Don’t have the time to read a full book, but still want to know its best ideas? Sipreads is a free newsletter by two people who read books and summarize their salient points. Basile Samel and Ali Salah send one new book every week, while you can browse some of the previous summaries on the website.

Sipreads focuses on self-learning books, so you won’t find a summary of the latest Dan Brown novel here. Some of the famous titles already covered include Atomic Habits, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, The Start-up of You, and How to Win Friends and Influence People. Nuggets of personal development wisdom in short time is the goal here.

The summaries are usually seven to ten minute reads. Both Basile and Ali have a concise writing style that turns the book’s major points into something like a Medium article, full of sub-headers and bullet points. And if you find that it works for you, then you can go read the full book. But you’re never left out of the conversation when people start discussing the book.

2. Summarize the Internet (Web): Linguistic AI Summarizes Any Online Article

Summarize the internet is the smartest way to get a short summary of a long article, removing all the fluff and reducing it to 50% or less of the original

Writers on the internet often drone on and fluff up their writing with unnecessary words to lengthen the material and make it seem more authoritative, like this sentence. Don Patrick wants to cut the fat and give you an instant summary of any article with his AI extension.

Summarize the Internet isn’t the first extension offering this, but it takes a different approach. Patrick, an amateur language programmer with a deep interest in AI, ditched statistical methods and came up with a combination of word choice, sentence weaving, and story flow. As he explains, the target was for the summarizer to extract what the writer found important, minus what the reader finds unimportant (like introductions, examples, speculation, etc.)

After trying a few of these summary-making extensions, I can say Summarize the Internet is better at drawing out important points than others. Typically, a good article reduces to 50%, while a weak article reduces to 30% of its original length. While the extension’s pop-up pane is open, you can skim the main article in the tab too, in case you want to cross-reference.

Download: Summarize the internet for Chrome | Firefox (Free)

3. FizzD (Chrome): Summarize YouTube Videos Into Chapters and Highlights

FizzD uses AI to analyze YouTube videos and turn them into chapters, highlights, and key concepts for easier browsing

Someone links you to a long YouTube video. Is it actually interesting or useful? FizzD uses AI to go through the video and summarize it into chapters, highlights, and key concepts, so you can browse a video like it was an article with sub-headers.

Once you install the extension, you’ll see a “Fizz It” button next to the Share and Save buttons under the video. Click it and wait for a minute for FizzD to work its magic. Soon, the video will have a few yellow dots, marking what FizzD thinks are chapters within the long video. Hover over a dot to see the chapter title, and click to jump to it.

In the top-right corner of the video pane, you’ll see two new overlays: Highlights and Key Concepts.

Highlights is a text summary of the main points of the video, but you can’t use them as timestamps. Key Concepts show up as blue dot timestamps, so you can see where one of the main subjects was discussed in different chapters.

FizzD is a fascinating implementation of AI in videos. It doesn’t work with every YouTube video and seems to be at its best in educational videos like TED talks and webinars.

Download: Fizzd for Chrome (Free)

4. Use the Keyboard (Web): Gorgeous Collection of Best Keyboard Shortcuts

Use The Keyboard is a gorgeous collection of keyboard shortcuts for the most popular online and offline apps in 2020

Stop reaching for your mouse or trackpad to go from one window to another. Just press Alt+Tab (or Command+Tab) to switch windows. The most amount of time you can save on a computer is by learning keyboard shortcuts like this.

Use the Keyboard (UTK) is a gorgeous collection of keyboard shortcuts for the most-used programs, apps, and websites in 2020. It includes guides for software like Zoom, Slack, Gmail, Notion, Chrome, Netflix, Trello, and a bunch of other offline and online apps that you use on a daily basis.

It’s especially nice that the guide includes web apps because often such keyboard shortcut guides ignore them and you have to rely on browser shortcuts alone.

With one switch, UTK can flip between Windows and macOS shortcuts. You can also check the original reference for any sheet of shortcuts, which usually comes from the developer’s official notes. UTK’s neat and tidy interface is fantastic to look at, and you might want to convert it into PDFs to print.

While UTK serves apps, it doesn’t have shortcuts for operating systems. So make sure you check out our master list of all essential Windows keyboard shortcuts, which you can also download for free.

5. The Skullery and Hurry The Food Up (Web): Quick Recipes Without Fluff

The Skullery is a no-nonsense recipe website without long preambles, and essential cooking tools built in

The internet is full of food writers sharing recipes, but there’s always a long preamble, right? The mood they were in, some story about how the recipe was handed down, and all those things you don’t need. These two recipe websites are about cooking quickly without wasting time.

The Skullery simply gives you recipes quickly. No registration, no meandering preambles, it’s all about cooking immediately. Your browser will remember favorites, you can change measures on-the-fly without going to another converter, and you can quickly browse or search for anything. The recipe has step-by-step instructions, which you can cross-off within the browser app too. It just works.

Hurry The Food Up is a vegetarian cooking blog with a time-oriented approach. Speed is key here, with most recipes being under 30 minutes. And yes, that includes both prep time and cook time. Choose your type of diet, time, and meal course to filter the recipes. Hurry The Food Up is also available as an app on Android.

Download: Hurry The Food Up for Android (Free)

Save More Time by Learning to Manage It

These apps are excellent time-saving shortcuts to many of the things you do daily. But technology is only going to go so far in freeing up time for you. If you truly want to squeeze more out of your daily 24 hours, you need to learn time management and set goals.

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Missing or Broken Mouse? Operate Windows With Only Your Keyboard

If your mouse is broken, don’t despair. Your computer’s mouse may seem like an essential peripheral, but it’s actually not necessary for using your PC. If you don’t have a working mouse around (or if you just feel like learning some new keyboard tricks) you can use your Windows computer entirely from the keyboard.

While it might not be as efficient as the mouse operations you’re used to, knowing how to use your computer without a mouse may come in handy someday. Meanwhile, learning these keyboard shortcuts will help you be more productive anytime.

How to Open Programs Without a Mouse

Launching programs without touching your mouse is easy. Windows has quick shortcuts for accessing your Start menu, Taskbar, and desktop.

Accessing and Using the Start Menu

Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu. As soon as it’s open, type part of a program’s name to search for it. Press Enter to launch the highlighted program, or use the arrow keys to select another entry first.

With the Start menu open, you can also press the Tab key to move around the different sections of the menu. Use the arrow keys to navigate around and Enter to open menus. Using this, you can access the power menu to shut down your system, log out, and similar.

Start Menu Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the Taskbar Without a Mouse

To launch or switch to an app on your Taskbar, press the Windows key and a number key at the same time. For example, if the leftmost taskbar icon is Chrome, pressing Win + 1 will launch or switch to it. Win + 2 will do the same for the second icon, and so on. Win + 0 will open the 10th icon, but you can’t use this shortcut for any icons beyond that.

Press Win + B to focus the cursor on the System Tray, which is the section of icons at the bottom-right of the screen.

Access Desktop Icons Without a Mouse

Press Win + D to show the desktop (which hides all open windows). Once your desktop is in focus, use the arrow keys to select a desktop icon and press Enter to launch it. You can press Win + D again to restore your minimized programs.

Managing Program Windows Without a Mouse

While you likely use the mouse to manage open windows, you can easily manage them with a few keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a list of the most useful ones:

  • Close a program: Alt + F4
  • Restore/minimize a window: Win + down arrow. Pressing this once will restore down a maximized window and minimize it if pressed again.
  • Maximize a window: Win + up arrow.
  • Snap a window to half of your screen: Win + left or Win + right
  • Move a window: Press and release Alt + Space, then press M to select the Move option. Use the arrow keys to move the window, then press Enter when done.
  • Resize a window: Press and release Alt + Space, then press S to select the Size option. Use the arrow keys to resize the window, and press Enter when you’re satisfied.

Windows Notepad Move Shortcut

  • Switch between open windows: Alt + Tab
  • Open the Task View: Win + Tab
  • Switch virtual desktops: Ctrl + Win + Left/right

Using Apps With the Keyboard

The exact controls for controlling a piece of software will depend on the app, but there are a few general tips that apply to most programs. See our massive guide to Windows keyboard shortcuts for more help.

Press the Tab key to move the focus between elements in a window. This will usually select different text fields or buttons. When you want to activate the highlighted option or button, use Enter (sometimes Space) to activate it. To move the focus in reverse, use Shift + Tab. In some apps, like browsers, Ctrl + Tab will cycle through open tabs.

You can also often use the arrow keys to switch between buttons and options in a window. Keep in mind that this won’t work if your cursor is currently in a text entry field; press Tab to get your cursor out of it.

To use a program’s menus, which almost always appear at the top of the window under the title bar, hit the Alt key. You’ll see certain letters in the menu bar show as underlined; press that key to activate the corresponding option.

For example, in the below screenshot for Firefox, after pressing Alt, tap the H key to open the Help menu, then A to show the About Firefox dialog. If you prefer, you can also navigate using the arrow keys.

Firefox Menu Shortcut

While most Windows programs use this menu system, not all do. Chrome is a notable exception; Alt + E will open Chrome’s three-dot menu. From there, you can use the underlined letters or arrow keys to access its elements.

You can perform a right-click at the current location of the cursor with the keyboard, but this isn’t consistent across apps. Some will activate a right-click with Shift + F10. Others use Ctrl + Shift + F10, but some don’t work with either.

If your keyboard has a menu key, which looks like a dropdown menu and usually appears at the bottom-right of the keyboard by Ctrl, you can also use this to right-click.

Working With Text Using Just a Keyboard

These text editing shortcuts can help even if you’re a big mouse user. Because your fingers are already on the keyboard when you’re entering text, using keyboard shortcuts instead of reaching for your mouse can speed your workflow up.

  • To scroll up or down in a document or webpage, press the Page Up or Page Down keys.
    • To jump to the top or bottom of the page, use the Home or End keys. Inside a text box, these will move the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line.
  • You can move the cursor by using the arrow keys.
    • To move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time, hold Ctrl as you press the arrow keys.
    • To jump to the beginning or end of a text field, use Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End.
  • Use Ctrl + Backspace or Ctrl + Del to erase a word at a time instead of single characters.
  • To select text, hold Shift while you use the arrow keys. For faster selection, combine Shift with the above key combos to quickly select a large amount of text. For example, Ctrl + Shift + End will select all the text from the cursor position to the end of the document.
  • Use Ctrl + A to select everything in the current text box or on the current page.
  • With your text selected, press Ctrl + C to copy it or Ctrl + X to cut it. Later, use Ctrl + V to paste at the cursor’s current location.
  • Ctrl + Z will undo your last action, while Ctrl + Y will redo an undone action.

How to Move the Mouse Cursor Without a Mouse

If the above keyboard shortcuts don’t work for something you need to do, try the Mouse Keys feature in Windows. Mouse Keys allows you to control the on-screen mouse cursor with the number pad at the right side of your keyboard.

To enable Mouse Keys, press the left Alt, left Shift, and NumLock keys at the same time. You should hear a sound and see a prompt for the feature; press Enter to confirm.

Mouse Keys Windows

If you turned off this shortcut combination in the past, you’ll need to access the Mouse Keys options manually. You can do this via either the Settings app or the Control Panel, but it’s more convenient through Settings. To change it, press Win + I to open the Settings panel. Hit Tab to focus your cursor in the list of categories, then use the arrow keys to select Ease of Access and hit Enter.

Next, hit Tab again to move the focus to the left sidebar. Use the arrow keys to scroll to the Interaction section and select Mouse. Then hit Tab again to turn the Turn on Mouse Keys option. Now you can use the number pad keys to move the mouse cursor as long as Num Lock is on; press 5 to left-click.

Once it’s on, hit Tab again if you want to change any of the options, including the pointer speed.

Windows Mouse Keys Settings

Broken Mouse? The Keyboard Works Just Fine

Now you know how to navigate Windows with just a mouse. There are other useful shortcuts, but these ones will help you navigate to most places in Windows. Don’t forget that you can use Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the Windows security screen, which has shortcuts for Ease of Access options, the power menu, and other useful tools.

If you need a new mouse, check out our mouse buying guide for some advice.

Read the full article: Missing or Broken Mouse? Operate Windows With Only Your Keyboard


7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know

WhatsApp Web is the easy way to use WhatsApp on any computer in the world, as long as you have your phone to sign in. Once you know how to use WhatsApp Web on your PC, these tips and tricks will make WhatsApp Web even better.

Now that you know the basics of using WhatsApp Web, including what it can and can’t do, it’s time to enhance WhatsApp Web with some simple tips and tricks…

1. Learn WhatsApp Web’s Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts for WhatsApp Web

In order to take full advantage of using WhatsApp Web on your computer, you need to learn some keyboard shortcuts. These can make you a typing ninja who does everything a bit faster. Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that work in WhatsApp Web:

  • Ctrl + N: Start new chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + ]: Next chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + [: Previous chat
  • Ctrl + E: Archive chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute chat
  • Ctrl + Backspace: Delete chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark as unread
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group
  • Ctrl + P: Open profile status

Apart from these, you can also employ all of the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + Shift + Equals to zoom and enlarge text. The same goes for Mac keyboard shortcuts too, of course.

2. Type and Search Emojis With a Keyboard

Instant messaging feels incomplete without emojis. But it takes forever to change from the keyboard to the mouse, click the emoji icon next to the text box, and then find the right emoji. There’s a faster WhatsApp Web trick for keyboard warriors.

While in the regular text box, type colon (Shift + ;/: Key) followed by the first two letters of the emotion you want to express. You will get a prompt of matching emojis that change with each letter you type.

:th will show this:

add emojis quickly in WhatsApp Web

:thu will show this:

type a colon followed by letters to see emoji previews in WhatsApp Web

Use the keyboard’s arrow keys to switch back and forth between the emojis displayed. Press Enter to accept.

You can also access the emojis, stickers, and GIFs button by pressing Shift+Tab when in any chat window. This will highlight the emoji icon, so press Enter to bring up the emojis, stickers, and GIFs menu. Press Tab and Shift+Tab to cycle through the three choices. Navigate within their menu with the arrow keys.

It’s a much faster way to type, and it will help if you familiarize yourself with the emoji to English dictionary.

3. Auto-Change Emoticons to Emojis (or Not)

Whatsapp Web auto-changes a set of text emoticons to emojis as a great keyboard shortcut

Some emojis don’t need the colon-and-type trick above because one of the best features of WhatsApp Web is to auto-convert them from the classic text emoticons. A helpful redditor extracted the full list of auto-converted emoticons, pictured above.

Again, learning these WhatsApp Web shortcuts for the keyboard will make your typing much faster if you practice them regularly.

That said, this auto-conversion can be annoying for some people, so there’s an easy fix to keep them as emoticons. All you need is a userscript called WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.

  1. Install Tampermonkey, a cross-platform userscript manager, on your browser of choice.
  2. Go to WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.
  3. Click the blue Install button.
  4. Refresh the WhatsApp Web tab in your browser.

Please note, this will show emoticon characters on your screen, but the recipient will still see them as emojis.

4. Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on the Same PC

How to use multiple WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer at the same time

Some people have two phones with separate WhatsApp accounts, or maybe you use a dual-SIM phone with multiple WhatsApp apps. If you want to run two WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer, you can’t just open two tabs in Chrome and sign in separately.

The best WhatsApp Web trick to use multiple accounts is to open an incognito window or different browser. So if you have one account signed into Chrome, start a new window in Incognito Mode, or fire up a second browser and go to WhatsApp Web through that. Log in as you normally would, using your other account to read the QR code.

In Incognito Mode, you can use WhatsApp Web for an hour before it automatically logs you out.

5. Read Messages Without Blue Tick Notifications

Use this WhatsApp Web trick to read messages without the blue ticks to notify the other user

As long as you have those blue tick marks enabled, people can see the exact time you read their text. You can switch off Read Receipts on your phone if you want to disable this, but there’s a cool WhatsApp Web trick to get around this.

If you are talking with someone on WhatsApp and want to read their messages without them getting a read receipt, here’s what you do:

  1. Open the chat in your WhatsApp Web window.
  2. Open a Notepad file (or any other window), and change its size so that you can see the full WhatsApp Web chat in the background.
  3. Click in the Notepad file and keep your cursor there. This is the critical step, as the computer thinks you are working in a different window.
  4. Messages will load in the background chat window, which you can see, without being marked as read with the blue ticks. Right now, they will be double grey ticks, meaning the messages are received by you, but not read.
  5. When you’re OK with marking them as read, click the WhatsApp Web chat window and those ticks will instantly turn blue.

The limitation of this method is that you can only read the content of one chat at a time. But how often do you really need to use this WhatsApp Web trick anyway?

6. Get WAToolkit Extension for Message Previews

WAToolkit is a Chrome Extension that makes up for missing WhatsApp Web features

In WAToolkit, Chrome users have an excellent extension to add extra features to WhatsApp Web. It adds two cool tricks to built-in WhatsApp Web features, including one that lets you again read conversations without triggering the Read Receipt.

  1. Background Notifications: When you get a new message in WhatsApp, you no longer need to switch to the WhatsApp Web tab to read it. The WAToolkit icon’s badge shows how many unread messages you have. Hover over the icon and you’ll be able to preview the messages, without registering them as having been read in your main chat.
  2. Full-Width Chat Bubbles: By default, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch a person’s chat bubble across the full width of the chat window. That’s why you get multi-line texts when it would easily fit in a single line of your wide desktop window. WAToolkit fixes this by changing the text bubbles to full-width.

Remember, you can also use Google Chrome extensions in Opera and other browsers.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

7. Enable Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web

Dark WhatsApp Web extension for Chrome enables and disables Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web in one click

Dark Mode is a hidden WhatsApp Web feature that the company hasn’t yet launched to the public. You will find articles online about how to change the code in a browser tab to enable Dark Mode, and it’s not too hard, but might seem daunting for some.

But the easier way is to download the Dark WhatsApp Web extension. It’s a neat WhatsApp Web shortcut to implement exactly what the code changes bring about, but without all that hassle. With one click, you can switch Dark Mode on and off in WhatsApp Web.

Download: Dark WhatsApp Web for Chrome (Free)

You Can Also Use WhatsApp Web on Apple Devices

All of these tips and tricks require you to use WhatsApp Web on a desktop computer, ideally through the Google Chrome web browser.

However, you can also trick your Apple devices into working with WhatsApp Web, so here’s how to use WhatsApp Web on your iPad.

Read the full article: 7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know


Keyboard shortcuts for Slack on Mac

If you and your team use Slack for team communication, these keyboard shortcuts for Slack on Mac can help you perform actions faster.

The Most Useful Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

Mouse clicks are extremely inefficient, which is why the first thing every Gmail pro learns is how to manage everything using only the keyboard.

When these Gmail keyboard shortcuts become second nature, your productivity will skyrocket. Fortunately, there aren’t that many you need to know. The best part is, you can discover the most important Gmail keyboard shortcuts in the cheat sheet below!

FREE DOWNLOAD: This cheat sheet is available as a downloadable PDF from our distribution partner, TradePub. You will have to complete a short form to access it for the first time only. Download The Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet.

Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail

Quick Navigation
G, then AGo to All Mail
G, then CGo to Contacts
G, then DGo to Drafts
G, then IGo to Inbox
G, then KGo to Tasks
G, then SGo to Starred Conversations
G, then TGo to Sent Messages
G, then BGo to Snoozed Messages
G, then LGo to label...
Reading Messages
XSelect conversation
AReply all
MMute conversation
NNext message in open conversation
PPrevious message in open conversation
SToggle star
ZUndo last action
!Report as spam
, (Comma)Move focus to toolbar
- (Minus)Mark as not important
= (Equals)Mark as important
; (Semicolon)Expand entire conversation
: (Colon)Collapse entire conversation
[Archive conversation and go to previous message
]Archive conversation and go to next message
Shift + AReply all in a new window
Shift + FForward in a new window
Shift + IMark as read
Shift + UMark as unread
Shift + NUpdate conversation
Shift + RReply in a new window
Shift + TAdd conversation to Tasks
CCompose message
Ctrl + KInsert a link
Ctrl + MOpen spelling suggestions
Ctrl + EnterSend
Shift + Ctrl + BAdd BCC recipients
Shift + Ctrl + CAdd CC recipients
Ctrl + BBold
Ctrl + IItalics
Ctrl + UUnderline
Ctrl + [Indent less
Ctrl + ]Indent more
Ctrl + Remove formatting
Shift + Ctrl + 7Numbered list
Shift + Ctrl + 8Bulleted list
Shift + Ctrl + 9Quote
Shift + Ctrl + EAlign center
Shift + Ctrl + LAlign left
Shift + Ctrl + RAlign right

Discover the Best Gmail Extensions

Once you’ve mastered these Gmail keyboard shortcuts, you can take your email efficiency one step further by installing some of these Gmail productivity browser extensions. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Read the full article: The Most Useful Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know


iPadOS 13.5.5 Code Shows Development Of iPad Keyboard Shortcuts To Replicate Function Keys

iPadOS 13.5.5 code shows the development of iPad keyboard shortcuts to replicate function keys on an iPad. Here are the details.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Automator on Mac

In order for you to focus on the workflows you’re creating, take a look at this list of keyboard shortcuts for Automator on Mac.

22 Essential iPhone Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Apple’s mobile devices are great productivity machines, brimming with apps for getting work done on the go. You might be using intelligent email apps and smart task management apps, but have you considered upgrading your iOS keyboard game?

There are small tricks for the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad that end up saving a lot of time, taps, and frustration down the line. If you type a lot on your iPhone or iPad, here are all the best keyboard tips and tricks for you to learn.

1. Use QuickPath to Type With Swipes

QuickPath swipe line on iPhone keyboard

The QuickPath feature on your iPhone keyboard makes it possible to type faster than ever by swiping instead of tapping. All you need to do is swipe from one letter to the next until you’ve spelled an entire word, then lift your finger to make it appear onscreen.

If QuickPath misinterprets your swipes, tap the delete button once to delete the entire word. Then swipe it out again or start tapping to type as usual.

2. Drag and Drop the Cursor

Drag and drop cursor in Notes app

You often need to move the cursor on your iPhone or iPad to start typing somewhere new. Apple makes it easy to do so by allowing you to drag and drop the cursor wherever you want it, no matter which app you’re using.

3. Use Trackpad Mode for Better Cursor Control

3D touch keyboard trackpad mode

Tap and hold on the Space button to make the keyboard transform into a trackpad. Without lifting your finger, slide across this trackpad area to move the cursor exactly where you want it to be, including the middle of a word.

You can even use this keyboard trick mode to select text on your iPhone or iPad screen. While moving the cursor, tap with a second finger to start selecting text.

If your iPhone supports 3D Touch, press firmly to enter trackpad mode anywhere on the keyboard, without needing to hold the space button. Squeeze again to start selecting text.

On an iPad, enter trackpad mode by moving two fingers across the keyboard. You can’t select text at the same time with this method, unfortunately.

4. Double or Triple-Tap to Select

Selected text in Notes app

Double-tap to select a single word or triple-tap to select the entire paragraph. After you do so, use the popup menu to edit the text. This iOS and iPadOS keyboard tip makes it easy to select text to copy and cut from your iPhone or iPad.

5. Pinch to Copy, Cut, and Paste

Copy alert from Notes app

Pinch in with three fingers to copy the selected text on your iPhone or iPad. Then pinch a second time to cut the selection. After moving the cursor somewhere new, pinch out with three fingers to paste your selection.

These keyboard gesture tricks are easiest to use on an iPad, where you have more space. If you have an iPad Pro, there are other Smart Keyboard shortcuts you can use to copy and paste as well.

6. Copy and Paste With the Universal Clipboard

If you use multiple Apple devices—an iPhone and an iPad, for example—you can use the universal clipboard to copy text from one device and paste it to the other. There’s nothing special you need to do for this; simply use the standard copy and paste functions on each device.

If it doesn’t work, make sure both devices are connected to the same network with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. Also, make sure they’re both using the same Apple ID account.

7. Swipe to Undo and Redo

Undo alert from Notes app

If you make a mistake while typing, swipe from right-to-left with three fingers to undo your last action. You can do this multiple times to keep undoing the last edits you made or the last words you typed.

If you accidentally use undo too many times, swipe from left-to-right with three fingers to redo instead.

8. Shake to Undo

shake to undo

Swiping with three fingers can be fiddly on a small iPhone screen. Fortunately, you can also shake your entire iPhone or iPad to undo as well. You need to do this with a bit of vigor. After you do so, a popup appears to ask if you’d like to undo your last action.

9. Replace a Double Space With a Period

You don’t have to go into the punctuation keyboard after typing a sentence—simply double-tap the Space button to automatically type a period. This simple keyboard trick makes it much easier to type long paragraphs quickly on your iPhone or iPad.

10. Shift Key Tricks on Your iPhone and iPad Keyboard

shifty key gesture

Swipe directly from the Shift key to the letter you want to capitalize. To use this trick on an iPad, you need to make the keyboard smaller, but once you do so you can access other characters with it as well.

You can also tap on the Shift key twice to turn on Caps Lock for your iPhone or iPad keyboard, shown by an extra line on the Shift icon. Alternatively, tap and hold on the Shift key with one finger while tapping on the letter you want to capitalize with another.

11. Swipe Across From Numbers and Punctuation

numeric key swipe gesture

When typing on your iPhone or iPad, you should see a 123 or an ABC button in the bottom-left corner for alternative keyboards. To quickly type a number, punctuation mark, or letter, just swipe from this button to the character you want.

This is a super quick trick for typing numbers and punctuation on your iPhone without switching keyboards.

12. Pull Down for Alternate Characters on iPad

iPad keyboard pulling down to number

On an iPad, you should see gray numbers and punctuation marks above each letter on the keyboard. Simply swipe down on a letter and release to type the gray character instead of the black one. This tip makes it simple to type numbers and punctuation marks on an iPad keyboard.

13. Tap and Hold on a Letter for More Options

Alternate characters for letter A on iPhone keyboard

Foreign languages frequently use accented characters or alternative punctuation marks that you rarely find in English. The easiest way to type these characters on an iPhone or iPad keyboard is to tap and hold on a letter, revealing all the available variations.

That might include accented versions of a particular letter (à, á, and â) or alternative punctuation marks (¿, ¡, and €). You can also use this keyboard trick to change the color of your iPhone and iPad emojis.

14. Disable QuickType for More Space

Predictive option in Keyboard settings on iPhone

Alongside auto-correct, the keyboard in iOS and iPadOS also has a predictive text feature that Apple calls QuickType. It appears at the top of the keyboard showing three words it thinks you want to type. Tap one of these words at any time so you don’t need to finish typing it, or disable the feature entirely to get more space on your screen.

To disable the QuickType predictions, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and turn off Predictive. This keyboard secret is particularly useful on devices with a smaller screen, like the iPhone SE.

15. Create Custom Text Replacement Shortcuts

text replacement

With Text Replacement, you can expand text shortcuts into complete words, phrases, or sentences that you type frequently. This could be your email address, your postal address, or any boilerplate text you find yourself using a lot.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and go to General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Tap the Add (+) button and type out the complete phrase along with the shortcut you want to use. Be sure to make your shortcut unique, so you won’t type it by mistake.

Next time you’re using the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad, type out the shortcut then hit Space to make it expand into the complete phrase.

16. Reject Autocorrect Replacements

Popup showing alternate spellings for a word

Your iPhone or iPad automatically corrects misspelled words as you type, often doing such a good job that you don’t even notice. But it isn’t perfect. Sometimes autocorrect replaces a word it thinks you spelled wrong with something totally different.

To undo these autocorrect mistakes, tap the Delete button until you get back to the replaced word. A popup menu appears with alternative replacements, including what you originally typed on the left. Tap any of the options to use that word instead.

17. Use the Microphone to Dictate Text

Dictation keyboard on iPhone

Why type when you can speak to your iPhone or iPad instead? Both iOS and iPadOS have a built-in dictation feature in the keyboard that works impressively well, even when you aren’t connected to the internet.

While the keyboard is open, tap on the Microphone icon in the bottom-right corner and start dictating. When you’re finished, tap the Keyboard icon to stop. Your iPhone or iPad underlines any words that might be wrong in blue.

18. Look Up Dictionary Definitions

You can look up the definition of a word you just typed without leaving your app using this handy iPhone and iPad trick. All you need to do is double-tap to select a word, then tap Look Up from the popup menu.

It’s also possible to do this when reading in the Books app or browsing the web in Safari. In fact, there are lots of other hidden Safari tricks like this you could learn as well.

19. Try Landscape Mode on Plus-Sized iPhones

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If you’re using an iPhone Plus model, turn your iPhone sideways to use the keyboard in landscape mode. Alongside the regular set of keys, this also lets you cut, copy, paste, and access formatting tools right alongside the keyboard.

20. Enable One-Handed Typing

One-handed keyboard on iPhone

If you’ve ever struggled to reach across the keyboard while using your iPhone with one hand, this is the trick for you. The one-handed keyboard shifts the keyboard to the left or right of your screen, making it easier to reach with a single hand.

Tap and hold the Keyboard or Emoji icon in the bottom-left corner to reveal a popup menu, then tap the left or right-handed keyboard at the bottom.

After your keyboard moves to the side of the screen, tap the large arrow that appears to move it back to the center when you’re finished.

21. Shrink, Move, and Split the iPad Keyboard

Small keyboard on iPad

Pinch in with two fingers on the center of the keyboard to shrink to an iPhone-sized keyboard. Drag and drop using the bar at the bottom to move this keyboard anywhere on the screen. And pinch out to go back to normal. You can also swipe to type using QuickPath on this smaller keyboard.

Alternatively, to split your iPad keyboard in two, pinch out with two fingers from the center of the keyboard. It should separate into two halves—one at either side of the screen—letting you type with your thumbs. Pinch the two halves together to go back to normal.

22. Hide the Keyboard

Sometimes the keyboard appears when you don’t need it. When this happens, it takes up half the screen and makes it difficult to see what’s beneath. Simply swipe down from the center of your iPhone or iPad screen to hide the keyboard in these situations.

Do More With Third-Party iPhone Keyboards

All these tips and tricks make the iPhone and iPad keyboard pretty awesome, but it’s not the only option. There are plenty of third-party keyboards available to download from the App Store which add completely new typing options as well.

Google’s Gboard keyboard has an integrated Google search bar. Fleksy lets you use gestures to type. And Chroma injects exciting colors to your keyboard. Find out more about these keyboards and more in our rundown of the best iPhone keyboard apps.

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Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Visual Studio Code

Microsoft Visual Studio Code debuted only a few years ago, but it has quickly become one of the most popular text editors available. Its combination of a simple user interface with powerful IDE-like features makes it especially popular with programmers, but it’s just as useful for writers and anyone who manipulates text files.

Visual Studio Code supports nearly every programming language that exists. If support isn’t built-in, you can add it through the app’s extension browser. VS Code even has native features to support collaborative programming. Plus, it has plenty of keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate the app interface effortlessly.

And what’s more, you can discover the most useful VS Code keyboard shortcuts with this cheat sheet!

Because of the sheer number of users on Windows, that OS is the main focus of this cheat sheet. Don’t worry if you’re a Mac user though, as all of these keyboard shortcuts work on macOS as well. Simply use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key and the Option key instead of Alt. If any shortcuts vary more than that, we’ll mention both.

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The Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

On a Mac keyboard, replace Ctrl with Cmd and Alt with Option in the shortcuts.

Basic Functionality
Ctrl + Shift + POpen Command Palette
Ctrl + ,Open app settings
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + SDisplay keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + Shift + XSwitch to Extensions pane
Ctrl + NNew file
Ctrl + Shift + NNew window
¹Ctrl + F4Close file
Ctrl + Shift + WClose window
¹F11Toggle Full Screen mode
Ctrl + BToggle sidebar visibility
File Management
Ctrl + OOpen file
Ctrl + SSave file
Ctrl + Shift + SSave as…
Ctrl + K, SSave all files
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + WClose all
Ctrl + Shift + TReopen last closed
Editing Commands
Ctrl + CCopy selection or current line
Ctrl + XCut selection or current line
Ctrl + VPaste
Ctrl + Shift + KDelete line
HomeGo to beginning of line
EndGo to end of line
Ctrl + HomeGo to beginning of file
Ctrl + EndGo to end of file
Alt + Up / DownMove line up or down
Ctrl + ]Indent line
Ctrl + [Outdent line
Ctrl + /Comment out line
Shift + Alt + AComment out region
Ctrl + Shift + [Fold region
Ctrl + Shift + ]Unfold region
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + [Fold all subregions
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + ]Unfold all subregions
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + 0Fold all regions
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + JUnfold all regions
Editor Navigation
Ctrl + PGo to file
Ctrl + GGo to line
Ctrl + TShow all symbols
Ctrl + Shift + OGo to symbol
F8Go to next error or warning
Shift + F8Go to previous error or warning
Ctrl + Shift + MShow Problems panel
¹Alt + LeftGo back
¹Alt + RightGo forward
Find and Replace
Ctrl + FOpen Find dialog
Ctrl + HOpen Replace dialog
Ctrl + Shift + HReplace in files
¹F3Find next
¹Shift + F3Find previous
Alt + EnterSelect all matches for search term
Ctrl + DAdd current selection to Find match
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + DMove previous selection to next Find match
Selection and Multiple Cursors
Ctrl + LSelect current line
Ctrl + Shift + LSelect all instances of current selection
Ctrl + F2Select all matches of current word
¹Shift + Alt + Right ArrowExpand selection
¹Shift + Alt + Left ArrowShrink selection
Alt + ClickInsert cursor
Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow / Down ArrowInsert cursor above or below current line
Ctrl + UUndo last cursor
Shift + Alt + IInsert cursor at the end of each selected line
Split Editor Management
Ctrl + Split editor
Ctrl + 1 / 2 / 3Focus on editor pane 1, 2, or 3
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + Right Arrow / Left ArrowFocus on next / previous editor pane
¹Ctrl + Shift + PgUpMove editor left
¹Ctrl + Shift + PgDownMove editor right
Integrated Terminal
¹Ctrl + `Show integrated terminal
¹Ctrl + Shift + `Create new terminal instance
Ctrl + Up Arrow / Down ArrowScroll up / down
Ctrl + Home / EndScroll to top / bottom
macOS-Specific Shortcuts
Cmd + WClose file
Cmd + Ctrl + FToggle full screen
Cmd + -Go back
Cmd + Shift + -Go forward
Cmd + GFind next
Cmd + Shift + GFind previous
Cmd + Control + Shift + Right ArrowExpand selection
Cmd + Control + Shift + Left ArrowShrink selection
Cmd + K, Cmd + Shift + LeftMove editor left
Cmd + K, Cmd + Shift + RightMove editor right
Control + `Show integrated terminal
Control + Shift + `Create new terminal instance
¹The corresponding macOS shortcut is listed under the macOS-Specific Shortcuts section at the end of the cheat sheet.

Looking for More Ways to Make the Most of VS Code?

The keyboard shortcuts here will have you well on your way to becoming a Visual Studio Code power user. That said, there are many more ways that you can make the software even better-suited to your workflow.

For example, you can add countless features to the editor with extensions. If you’re looking for a starting point, take a look at our list of extensions to help make programming in VS Code even easier.

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Keyboard shortcuts for the Stocks app on Mac

Check out stories, add or remove symbols, and zip around the Stocks app on your Mac with this list of helpful keyboard shortcuts.