Top 10 Computer Tricks Every Geek Should Know

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We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore every nook and cranny of our system and make everything easier. Here are ten ways to do just that.

10. Find New Uses for the Programs You Already Have

Chances are, you’ve probably already found a few awesome tools and added them to your productivity arsenal, but most programs can be used for more than just their inteded purpose. Cloud storage tools like Dropbox, for example, are also great for monitoring your home computer, printing files from afar, and even downloading stuff with BitTorrent. Savvy folks can use Gmail to store files in the cloud or find out if someone’s stolen your laptop. Any tool can become multipurpose if you know its ins and outs.

9. Use the Command Line Like a Ninja

Using the command line isn’t as exciting as it looks in the movies, but it can be a very useful tool (in fact, some tools are just better in the command line). It’s pretty easy to learn, too—check out our command line primer for beginners to learn some basic commands. Once you’ve got that down, read up on the best shortcuts that help you navigate the command line like a ninja. Those guides apply to UNIX-based systems like Linux and OS X, but if you’re a Windows user you can grab something like Cygwin to get a similar experience (or, if you want a more Windows-centric tool, try Powershell).

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