It’s time to level up your computer IQ with more tricks that come in handy and will make your digital life easier. Follow along for instructions on everything from tracking down an image through Google to managing your browser tabs.
1. Do a reverse image search
Google’s Chrome browser is full of interesting features that might not be obvious at first. One easily overlooked option is the informative “reverse image search.” Let’s say you’ve stumbled across an image online and you would like to find it in a larger size, would like to try to track down its origin, or want to find similar images. Reverse image search acts like a regular Google search but uses an image instead of text.
On a PC, right-click on an image and choose “Search Google for image” from the pop-up menu. Depending on how you have your Mac set up, you may be able to access the menu by tapping two fingers on your touchpad or by holding down “control” when you click with your mouse. This opens a new tab with options to find other sizes of that image along with a collection of visually similar images. Google also includes its best guess as to what the image depicts.
2. Re-open a closed browser tab
It happens all the time. You have a dozen tabs open in your browser. You mouse over them, click, and accidentally close the wrong tab. You could open up your browser’s history and re-open the tab from there, but there’s a more efficient way to do it. Just hit Ctrl +Shift + T on your PC or Command + Shift + T on your Mac to automatically reopen the tab you just closed. Now you can get back to your browsing without missing a beat.
3. Share your Android phone with Guest Mode
So your friend or your kid wants to borrow your phone to look something up online. You can share your hardware without sharing all of your private information, too. Most up-to-date smartphones let you get at the Android Guest Mode feature by pulling down from the top. Touch your user icon in the upper right-hand corner, then tap it again to access the “User” screen. You should see your own profile along with the option to “Add guest.” Click on that and the phone will switch into Guest Mode.
Guest Mode allows the user access to just the basic phone functions, like the Chrome browser, but hides your contacts, internet history, and personal data. You can switch back to your regular profile through the same method you used to turn on Guest Mode.
4. Snap photos with the volume button
Make your smartphone and tablet photography a little easier on yourself by using the physical volume button on the side to take photos. This can be a lot easier than hunting around for the right place to tap on the touchscreen. The volume button trick works for many iOS and Android devices. It’s especially useful when you’re taking selfies with your phone’s front-facing camera and the screen is out of view.
5. Stop autoplay videos on YouTube
A lot of people don’t realize that you don’t have to let YouTube run rampant over your online-video-viewing experience by queuing up an endless string of autoplaying videos. Fortunately, it’s an easy (though subtle) fix.
The next time you play a YouTube video in your browser, look for the small Autoplay toggle switch on the right-hand side of the screen. Toggle it to the off position and it will go gray and YouTube won’t automatically play another video when the one you’re watching is done. Just hit the switch to turn the feature back on if you prefer. For more YouTube power user tips, click here to check out our Komando guide.