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40 Things You Could Do On The Web But Never Really Knew About It

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“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”, this is one of the most famous Albert Einstein quotes. What he said holds a lot of relevance in the present times. The internet or the web may be a fickle place, but there are a lot of hidden goods on it.

Nowadays most of the people around the world use the internet. If you are reading this, then this is also made possible because of the internet. Even if you use the web on a daily basis, it is possible that you could have missed out on a lot of things. Even if you think that you know all about it, there is a big probability that you do not know about the things that we are going to present on this list. You might be surprised that you still have not used the web in the most efficient manner. And these things are not some pansy wansy tricks. They make your work easier and quicker. Don’t believe us? Just have a look –

1. Google Timer

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Google Timer is one of the most useful of online devices. It helps you with your waking up woes in the morning. But how do you summon it? It is simple. Just search Google Timer in Google and it would give you a timer with alarm. Google has a lot of hidden rats in its cellar. Great tools, though!

2. Moving the cursor

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First, you could do it with multiple clicks of the mouse. Now there are many shortcuts on the mobile. If you need to add a word or a letter in the middle of a search query on the browser, then click and hold the space bar. It would let move the cursor to the right, left, up, or down. Isn’t that a cool thing?

3. Direct Mp3 links

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Direct Mp3 links help you in searching all types of mp3 files on the web. The search query like the one shown above in the box would give the direct Mp3 links. Isn’t the World Wide Web a great place to be in? Full of convenience!

4. Notepad

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Notepads can be quite useful for web developers or for people who love to take down instant notes. But did you know that your Chrome browser can be used as a Notepad too? All you need to do is paste, data:text/html, <htmlcontenteditable> to the address bar.

5. Subtitles In VLC

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If you use VLC medic player for playing movies and other video files, then here is another cool trick. If you want subtitles for the movie, then renaming the Subtitle File as same as the movie name in VLC will load subtitles automatically every time you open the movie. Now, isn’t that some cool info?

6. Hidden Password

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Handling hidden passwords is a messy affair. You know, we have a shortcut for this one too? If you have been into web development and coding, then you would know this trick for sure. There is an Inspect element tab in the right-click drop-down menu. Did you know that it allows you peep in the hidden browser passwords? If you are able to master this hack, then you know whom to thank.

7. Direct Into Chrome

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Google Chrome is one heck of a browser. You can do so many things with it. There are many files that you can play directly in Chrome, especially if it is a video. By dragging and dropping the mp4 file (or any other video file) directly into the tab in the browser, you can play it and watch it in peace. Believe me when I say that it is glitch-free than other media players. And it consumes less memory too!

8. Deleting accounts From Multiple Social Media Accounts

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If you are net savvy, then you know that deleting accounts across Social Media accounts can take quite some time and effort. Visit the website, justdelete.me, and your accounts on multiple websites would be deleted in one go. As easier as it gets.

9. Have You Been Hacked?

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Have you been hacked? Yes, many times. Especially the social accounts, they are so vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Enter your email in the search box of the website, have I been pwned, and it would tell you whether you have you been hacked or not?

10. Creating GIFs

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Creating GIF is an easy job these days. Thanks to the online GIF converters. But there’s an even easier way. Convert the YouTube videos to GIF by adding gif before the ‘youtube’ in the URL. Even the ones with zero knowledge about computers would be able to do it.

11. Pinning Tabs

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Pinning tabs is another cool way to avoid closing the tabs accidentally. Once you pin them, there is no way in hell that you close a tab by mistake. Not until you actually unpin. All you need to do is right-click on the tab head and select the option Pin Tab from the drop-down menu.

12. Reopening A Tab

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This one is also a keyboard shortcut for reopening a tab. All you need to do is press Ctrl+Shift+T. Press these three keys simultaneously and your last closed tab would be reopened. There are many times when we close a tab by mistake. This is for those times.

13. Editing In Paint

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Here is a big shortcut that really works. If you perform editing in MS-Paint, then you need to paste the image URL directly to open it and edit in Paint. No more downloading and opening it. You will save some time if you are performing batch editing of images.

14. F6

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If you take some time and notice the keyboard of your system, then you will notice a dozen keys over the numeric ones which have alpha-numeric notations. These are called function keys and they have a specific action. F6 is one of the function keys which is used to directly access the address bar. Now isn’t this a neat trick?

15. Translations

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Translation is one of the most important things for content that has multilingual aspects. Google also has a translation tool. But it has more than one use. Paste the text you have typed in Google Translate. It is the best way to find your mistakes.

16. Online coupons

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Nowadays life runs smoothly on discounts. If you are not using online coupons for shopping over the web, then you are a big nutcase. There is a website, JoinHoney.com. It would automatically apply coupon codes for certain products when the users go shopping online.

17. Location-Based Search

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If you do not like location-based searches, and you are infuriated by being redirected to country-specific Google search page, then there’s  http://google.com/ncr, which would be your knight in shining armor. We are sure this URL will be able to serve your purpose.

18. Space

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Would you love to travel to space, that too without leaving the house? Yes, you do not need those SpaceX rockets or NASA Launchers to travel above the stratosphere. All you need to do is visit the URL https://www.google.com/sky/. This would take to the interstellar space from the convenience of your own system.

19. Under Cover Browsing

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Undercover mode is immensely important if you are browsing those NSFW websites. So Google and other browsers allow you to browse the web in privacy. By pressing Ctrl, Shift and N key simultaneously would activate the Incognito mode. 

20. SMS online

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You want to send an SMS online, but you do not have any balance. Then what do you do? Have a look at the picture. The URLs mentioned above will allow you to send SMS via the internet. Whether the contents of the message have text or have both text and images, you will be able to send it through these websites.

21. Finding phone

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Finding phones when they are not in your possession requires a lot of effort. Most of the time, we are unable to find the phone, even when it is in the house. So, technically it is lost, but you can’t report it. So what do you do? There’s an easy way out. All you have to do is search,” Find My Phone” in Google and your phone would be located instantly.

22. Handling A Phone

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Handling phones is a pain in the rear. All you need to do is follow this simple procedure. Use the Android Device Manager. It would allow your phone ring even if it is in silent mode, erase the data on it, or lock your device remotely. That is awesome.

23. Creating A Book

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Creating a book seems to be like something of a tall order, but if you believe me, it is not daunting as it looks. All you need to do is visit the website, Wikipedia. You can create a book with Index page and contents from a Wikipedia article by clicking on the link as shown in the picture.

24. Bored? Then Play A Video Game On Google

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Feeling bored? You need to pass your time. But don’t have simply to do any damn thing. If you have Google, then allow it to solve your boredom woes. All you need to do is jump to Google images and search Atari Breakout. The favorite game of yesteryears will appear on your screen. All you need to do is use your mouse or keyboard to play.

25. The Barrel Roll

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Here is one more trick that you could do with Google. You can make Google behave like a puppy.  All you need to do is type,” Do a barrel roll” in the Google search panel and see the magic. Google will do as you have instructed it to do.  

26. Shaking YouTube

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Shaking YouTube? Sounds scary, no? Although it is something that is turbulent or chaotic, it is none of these. It is just one of those unique features which make the video platform so unique. But what does it actually do? Just shake up YouTube by typing Do the Harlem Shake in the YouTube search bar.

27. Task Manager

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Accessing the Task Manager on your desktop has a keyboard shortcut. But did you know that Chrome also has a Task Manager? What, you have never heard of it? By pressing Shift + Esc, you would be able to access Chrome’s Task Manager. And if you are a Microsoft Edge user, then also you can use the same keyboard. It is a Google Chrome clone after all.

28. Middle-Click Or The Scroll Button

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If you thought that the scroll button didn’t serve any purpose apart from scrolling, then you were so wrong. It performs an action called the Middle Click operation. It helps you to close a tab instantly without having to click on the closing icon of a tab. Just press the middle button on the mouse and see the magic.

29. Sharing Wi-Fi

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Sharing Wi-Fi is an extremely complicated job for those who are not tech geeks. So, is there any easy way out? Yes, there is. For sharing Wi-Fi easily with your friends, get the QR code and share it. Now, isn’t that a cool trick? This way you do not have to fidget the connectivity settings of your device. But you achieved what you aspired for, didn’t you?  

30. YouTube Hotkeys

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YouTube hotkeys are hot as hell. You can even use it to access the controls of videos via the keyboard. To pause a video, you need to press K. And for skipping 10 seconds backward and forward, press J and L respectively.

31. Downloading The Audio Of The YouTube Video

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Downloading the audio of YouTube videos is a messy job. You need to have an online video to audio converter at your disposal. If you want to do it easily, with minimal steps then you need to replace “youtube” with “listentoyoutube” in the URL and paste it in the address bar to download the audio of the YouTube video and to download the YouTube video, replace “youtube” with “ssyoutube” in the URL.

32. Gone Beyond The Limit

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Gone beyond the limit is another way to skip all the browsing restrictions placed on the. Be it the age restriction or the user’s regional restrictions, it helps to bypass all of them. All you need to do is replace “youtube” with “nsfwyoutube” and paste it in the address bar to bypass the age restriction on videos.

33. Skipping On YouTube

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Skipping on YouTube is another shortcut to view YouTube videos without the ads. And yes, you do not need to install any ad-blocker for that. All you need to do is replace “youtube” with “youtubeskip” in the URL and, paste it in the address bar to disable ads. So, do you feel like a cool web expert now?

34. Listen On Repeat

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If you like to listen to music videos on repeats, then we have one cool trick for you. For this, you need to replace “youtube” with “listenonrepeat” in the URL bar. The video would repeat itself automatically.

35. Making GIFs

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Did you know that making Gifs from YouTube is easy? No, you do not need an online converter. Here, allow us to give you an easy way to do that. If you replace “youtube” with “gifyoutube” in the URL, then the YouTube video would be converted into gif format. Now, how was that? Easy? Tell us in the comments box below.

36. Know If A Particular Website Is Safe

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To check whether a particular site is a malware phishing website, just copy and paste http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=example.com into the address bar before the address. You will know whether visiting the website is a good deal or not?

37. Logging Out Of Facebook Remotely

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If you are using multiple devices for accessing Facebook, then this one is for you. All you need to do is, click on Settings on your Facebook account -> Security -> Where You’re Logged In. Select the session you want to end. Click Log Out.

38. Google Search For Synonyms

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If you are a writer, then here is one heck of a trick for you. You always require synonyms while spinning an article. If you hate accessing Thesaurus all the time or are unsatisfied using the Thesaurus that MS-Word provides, then you can use Google’s search engine for a thorough job. What do you need to do?  All you need is just put a “~” before the word you want to find it for.

39. Search For Words In A Text

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There are many times we want to search for something on Google, but we can’t recall the entire thing. If you are using Google, then you need not worry. If you need to search for specific words in your larger search, Google has made this easy. All you need to do is type “allintext” before the search query.

40. Searching For Words In Titles

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Searching can consume a lot of time and effort. But if you can narrow your field of search, then you can specify that in Google too. If you are looking for pages with specific titles, type “allintitle” before the text you are searching for. You can also type “intitle” before the text that you are searching for.

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