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5 digital tricks you'll use almost every day

5 digital tricks you'll use almost every day
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Did you know that the quickest way to open a link on a Web page in a new window or tab is to click the link with the middle button on your mouse? If you're a laptop person, in Windows, press the Control button and click the link. On a Mac, use the Command button and click the link.

There are plenty of great time- and effort-saving tricks in the digital world that not a lot of people know. I've rounded up five that you'll love. Enjoy!

1. A cool way to control your phone

Any smartphone or tablet usually includes a set of earbud headphones. Apple and sometimes Samsung include ones with inline controls. These have buttons on the earbud cord that let do a bunch of great things without forcing you to reach for your phone or tablet.

Usually there are three buttons - one for volume up, one for volume down and one in the center for play/pause. But, these buttons do much more.

On Apple gadgets, pressing the center play/pause button twice, for example, jumps to the next song and three times jumps back a song. Pressing twice and holding will fast forward a song, while pressing three times and holding will rewind a song.

The buttons aren't just for music, though. Press and hold the center button to get Siri's help without taking your phone out of your pocket.

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