Computer Tricks

 
Computers have simplified our life to a great extent. Things that were impossible earlier can now be completed instantly thanks to computers. But, does this mean that a PC is all work and no play?

Obviously not! Here are some of the best tricks you can try out on your Windows based computer.
 

1.Make your computer speak what you type:

You can use your PC's built in features and some VBScript magic to create a simple program that will make your computer speak whatever you input to it. What are you waiting for? 

Have you ever wondered how can you make your computer speak whatever you input to it like in the movies? Would it not be fun? If only it was possible! Rejoice, because now it is possible. Well, if you wish to know how to do this, then you have come to the right place. With this trick, you can create a script in Windows which will make your computer speak whatever you input to it.

To create one such talk script, follow the steps given below:-

Steps:

1.Open notepad.

2.Copy and paste the exact code given below:

Dim Message, Speak
          Message=InputBox("Enter text","Speak")
          Set Speak=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
          Speak.Speak Message

3.Click on File Menu, Save As, select All Types in Save As Type option, and save the file as Speak.vbs or "*.vbs".(Note.Copy only the above content and remove all other things such as e.g. try webnode....etc

4.  Double click on the saved file, a window will open like the one in the image. Enter some text in enter text column and click  OK.

Now your Computer will speak / talk what you typed in Step 4. Try it yourself.

Windows Compatibility: This VBS  file can be executed on all versions of Windows including Windows XP,Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Personal Experience: I personally showed this trick to many of my friends and they were literally left awestruck. You too can impress your friends by making your PC talk and be the Computer Wiz.

2.Find your computer's gender:

Want to know if your PC is a male or a female? Simple. Try the previous trick to know if your computer is a 'he' or a 'she'. 

On a serious note, this depends upon the voice you have selected in Microsoft Text to Speech options.

3.Make a keyboard disco:

Use some VBScript coding to create a live disco using the LED keys on your keyboard.

Keyboards usually have small LEDs which indicate whether different types of locks are activated or not. Here is a trick to use the lights of your keyboard in a more creative manner in Windows.

This trick uses a simple Visual Basic Script which when activated makes your Scroll lock, Caps lock and Num lock LEDs flash in a cool rhythmic way which gives the perception of a live disco on your keyboard.                                       

 
 

 

 

 

 

To make your own live disco, follow the steps given below:-

1. Open Notepad.
2. Copy paste the exact code given below:-

Set wshShell =wscript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
do
wscript.sleep 100
wshshell.sendkeys "{CAPSLOCK}"
wshshell.sendkeys "{NUMLOCK}"
wshshell.sendkeys "{SCROLLLOCK}"
loop

3. Save the file as Disco.vbs or "*.vbs".

Double click on the Saved file to see the LED lights on your keyboard go crazy and make your own cool disco.

This trick has been tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and found to be working perfectly.

You can disable the keyboard disco by starting Task Manager and ending the wscript.exe process.

4.Use Keyboard shortcuts to get work done in no time:

Use some amazingly useful keyboard shortcuts to greatly increase your efficiency when working on a Windows computer.

While most of us are already aware of obvious keyboard shortcuts like “Alt+F4” and “Ctrl+C”, there are some obscure shortcuts which most of us tend to overlook. These keyboard shortcuts are not only useful for the average PC user but for advanced users as well. This article contains many such amazing keyboard shortcuts which if used properly could save a lot of time and effort. So let's get started.

Windows key + D: This shortcut is the keyboard equivalent of “Show the Desktop”. It is useful for quickly minimizing every open window when someone walks in and you are doing some private work.

Keyboard Shortcuts Windows

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: This shortcut directly opens the Task manager  instead of using Alt + Ctrl + Del.

Shift + Click for Yes to All and No to All: If you have a lot of dialog boxes asking yes and no question, just shift+click Yes or No on one to yes all or no all.
Ctrl + Click: This shortcut is useful for opening a link in a background tab. This is useful when you have to load a page without leaving the current one.

Alt + Print Scrn: takes the screenshot of the current active window as opposed to just Print Screen which takes the screenshot of the entire screen.

Ctrl + C on an error display message to copy its contents: Suppose your computer is giving an error message and you want to copy its contents to send to the support guy, what do you do? Just press Ctrl+C while the dialog box is highlighted and its contents will be copied to your clipboard.

Ctrl + T: This keyboard shortcut opens a new tab in internet browsers.

Ctrl + Shift + T: Reopens the last closed tab.

Ctrl + Shift + N: This shortcut opens a new incognito window in Google Chrome.

Ctrl + Shift + P: Opens a new private window in Mozilla Firefox

Alt + Enter after writing the domain name in the address bar of your browser to insert .com automatically.

Shift + Enter inserts .net domain name extension.

Ctrl + W: This shortcut closes the current tab in your browser quickly.

Ctrl + Backspace: This shortcut deletes the last word you have typed. It is useful in case you typed in a wrong word and want to delete it quickly.

Ctrl + Left/Right arrow key: This shortcut allows you to move the cursor one word at a time instead of the default one character at a time.

Ctrl  + +: This shortcut allows you to zoom in web pages in web browsers. Useful when text on a web page is too small to read properly. Ctrl+Scroll wheel can also zoom in documents, file thumbnails and icons in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Ctrl + -: This shortcut does the reverse of the previous shortcut.

Ctrl + 0: Reset the webpage's zoom.

Windows key + M: Minimizes all the open windows.

Ctrl + L: This shortcut allows you to quickly jump to the address bar of your web browser.

Windows key + Pause/Break: Quickly open the system properties dialog box. 

Ctrl + Shift + Del: This shortcut opens the option to delete your browser's history, cookies, cache and other details that it stores while you browse the internet. This shortcut is extremely useful for the privacy conscious.

Windows key + L: This shortcut locks your computer.

Alt + Select: This shortcut allows you to select rectangular blocks of text in Word processors, something that is not possible with simple select.

F2: Allows you to rename the selected file.

Holding Shift: while inserting a device with removable storage prevents automatic run.

Ctrl + F: This keyboard shortcut opens the Find option in any program.

Ctrl + S: If you are working on a software and want to quickly save your progress, this shortcut will come in handy.

Ctrl + Home and Ctrl + End: Useful for quickly going to the top and bottom of a page.

Ctrl + P: Useful for printing the current page.

Space Bar: While viewing a web page in a browser, pressing space bar moves the page down.

Alt + Tab: Useful for quickly cycling between running applications. Press along with Shift to cycle backwards.

Ctrl + Tab: Cycle between tabs in your browser.

Ctrl + F5: Clears the cache and refreshes the current tab.

Shift + Right Click: Open alternate right click options.

Alt + Double Click: Open the file's properties. Alt+Enter can also be used for this.

These are some keyboard shortcuts that I found extremely useful.

5.Funny Tricks:

1.Just type google gravity in google search and click on i m feeling lucky and watch the fun.

2.Type Do a barrel roll and google will perform a barrel roll.

3.Want to see how google will look hacked?...jst type google hacker in the search bar and click on i m feeling lucky option.

4.Epic.Make google's font size bigger.Type Epic in google search bar and se the Epic-ness.

  • Also try Google's small brother-"weenie google".It makes the font size shorter.

5.Once in a Blue moon:

Ever wondered how much is 'once in a blue moon'? You must have heard this phrase often but Google calculator will give you the exact value of this phrase and surprisingly, it denotes frequency rather than time. Go search Google for this to get "1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz" as the answer.

6.Answer to the Ultimate Question Of Life, the universe and everything:

Google is omniscient. Even the "answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything" is known to Google. Just search Google for the above phrase and Google calculator will give you an answer. What are you waiting for? Just go to Google and find the true meaning of life.

[Pause to give you the time to search] 

Surprised by the answer (42)? This is a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a popular novel based on a radio show (by the same name) of the late seventies. Google engineers surprised you with these tricks, didn't they?

Note: The above tricks will work only if u turn off the "instant search" feature from google settings

6.Colorize your boring computer folders.

Everyone wants to make their desktop and laptop cool. So, here is also such a most impressive and lovely trick for you. Learn – How to change color of Windows 7 folders. Yes guys, you can colorise your win 7 folders to make your Windows desktop more impressive. For this you need to use a software named Folder Colorizer.

Colorize Folders

Click here to download the software.

7.How to update your video card drivers:(New)

Video card drivers are important for all computers because they tell the operating system (Windows 7) how to operate your video card. Updating your video card drivers is sometimes required when one wants to run a game which demands a more up to date driver. It’s very important to choose the right drivers for your video card otherwise your computer may crash. By following these simple instruction you too can update your video card drivers.

1.Press start and go to control panel.

  • At the top right corner of the screen you should see a "view by" selection.

  •  If it's not there set to large icons do so.

2.Click on "Device Manager" .

  • In this menu you should see a section called "Display adapters" click on it.

3.Now right click on video card shown and select "Update Driver Software.

4.Then select Search automatically.

  • If Windows 7 found a driver, restart your computer.

5.To update the drivers manually,write down the name of the video card from the "Device Manager" menu under "Display adapters".

6.Go to manufacturer's website.Some of the main manufacturer's websites are given below:

Nvidia-http://www.nvidia.com/content/global/global.php

AMD-http://www.amd.com/us/Pages/AMDHomePage.aspx

Alienware-http://www.alienware.com/

7.Search for a Driver or Download section.

8.Enter your video card's information.

9.Download the driver to a location you will remember.

10.Run the download and follow the on-screen instructions.

11.Restart you PC

WARNING:

  • Choose the right drivers for your video card model otherwise your computer may crash on reboot.

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