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Netflix tricks you need to know

Netflix tricks you need to know
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If you're streaming online videos to watch TV shows or movies, there's a good chance you use Netflix.

It's the largest streaming service around, with 81 million subscribers. One reason it's so popular is because of how easy it is to use on your TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

It's great. But, like a lot of things, Netflix is better when you know its secret shortcuts and tricks.

That isn't to say you can't improve your Netflix experience. We've told you before about three tricks you can use to improve your video quality and recommendations.

Now, I'm going to give you eight more tricks that will take your Netflix experience up a notch, from improving your recommendations even more to saving money while you travel.

1. Easily find Netflix originals

There's too much to watch on Netflix. We know the feeling. You can scroll through its menu all day and night, and still find yourself searching for something to watch.

Here's one must-know shortcut. You can see all of Netflix's original shows on one screen. (See red arrow in photo below.)

Here's how: Type "Netflix" into the search bar on the Netflix home page.

Netflix tricks

2. Avoid spoilers

If you like to binge on your favorite TV shows, whether it's "House of Cards" or "Orange is the New Black," there's nothing worse than reading about the season finale when you're still on episode one. How many times have your favorite shows been ruined by spoiled endings?

It's understandable. You can't help but read about your shows on social media sites, fan sites and news sites like CNN or Fox News.

There's a solution that'll keep many spoilers at bay. If you use Google's Chrome for surfing the web, the extension Flix Plus will prevent written articles or photographs that'll give away a show's ending.

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