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Listen, I know there is people on TikTok share good advice, but there is also a lot of bad advice. Financial tips and tricks? Yes, look elsewhere; 63% of it is misleading.

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It’s not surprising why. On a platform with only seconds to grab someone’s attention, creators have to make big promises to get views. Following that advice can hurt you in many ways: Looking at you, get rich quick.

Let’s skip the clickbait and hype. I’ve got 15 tech tips to make life smoother.

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The best photo also goes: You may be tempted to change your TV’s picture mode to Game for sports. Don’t do it, that’s for video games. The best scenario for football? Cinema either Movie. Sports mode It’s generally too bright, making the game look washed out.

Before accepting the Terms and Conditions: Wear Ctrl + F on your Windows keyboard or Command + F on a Mac to perform a quick search for buzzwords like “sell,” “partners,” and “affiliates.” Pay attention to vague words and phrases like “may,” which could indicate that they are getting complicated with their information.

Do more things: Drag a window to the left or right edge to snap it place in windows. Shake one window to minimize all the others you have open. On a Mac, press and hold the button option Place your cursor over the green “expand” button at the top of a window and move it to the side.

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Planning your summer? Campsites in top-tier national parks are booked up months or even a year in advance. If you wish to obtain a cancellation, please check the website. Bell. Scans reservations in national parks, state parks, and national forests every 45 seconds. Mmm, cupcakes.

File Cleanup: Let’s say you have separate PDF files that should all be in a single PDF. In Adobe Acrobat, go to Tools > Combine files to merge multiple PDF files into a single file. Don’t pay for Adobe? Without sweating. Here’s a free site I like for editing PDF files.

Tuesday at 10 a.m.: Stop going back and forth via email or text to schedule a meeting. Yon Google Calendarclick Create > Appointment calendar and set your calendar for all the hours you are free. Hit Next, then you will get a link to share. Send it and your recipient can choose the time that best suits you both. Nice.

Do you receive an unknown call? Type the phone number into Google, Bing or Yahoo in quotes to get an accurate match. The results often include websites, forums, or consumer complaint boards where that number may have been reported. While you’re at it, file a report in reportfraud.ftc.gov. Think of it as community service.

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Decipher the symbols: The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) tells you how to pronounce words, but it is not easy to read for most people. Example: The French location of Finistère is pronounced phonetically as fɪnɪˈstɛər. As? On Wikipedia, hover over an IPA pronunciation to see how they are said in plain English.

Remains and waste: You are in the water and you see something floating in the distance. Report it to boatwatch.org. You can report anything you find on a beach, shoreline, or waterway, which can help with search and recovery efforts, accident investigations, and cleanups.

Tech anger is real: Don’t throw your computer out the window because your username and password combination won’t work. First, check that you haven’t added a space at the end. You won’t see it, but it’s a common cause of those “wrong password” errors.

Clean your documents: An easy way to keep things nice and organized is to have different sections start on their own page. Instead of pressing Enter over and over again, try this: In a Word or Google document, place the cursor before where you want to split the text, and then press Ctrl + Enter (Windows) or Command + Enter (Mac).

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Photo illustration hands typing on a computer keyboard. (Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

“I wanted to respond”: As with email, you can mark a text as unread, which can make it easier for you to remember to reply. On iPhone, simply swipe right in a conversation to mark it as unread. On Android, touch and hold a conversation, tap the three pointsso Mark it as unread.

Keyboard Master: On a PC, press the windows key + a number to start or switch to the corresponding program on the taskbar. Yes, you can move programs (just click, hold and drag), so you can easily keep your browser in first place, for example.

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Stop, collaborate and listen: Use Spotify? Open one of your playlists, then click three point menu. Select Collaborative Playlist. Now, friends you send it to can add songs to your playlist. Don’t blame me if you send it to someone with questionable music taste.

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The Spotify logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York on May 3, 2018. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo)

Make AI smarter: Do you want ChatGPT? or Bard to write you an email, but the tone is not right. Just give clear instructions for what you want. Example: “You are an expert in tenant law. Your landlord is not fixing the air conditioner. Write him an email letting him know that he must take care of it within seven days.” Just remember, AI is not a lawyer, even if it can talk like one.

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