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28 time-saving tricks for Google, Facebook and other sites

Time-saving tricks for your favourite websites

You may be using Google, YouTube, Facebook and other websites every day, but are you using them to their full potential? We've put together 28 tips to ensure you speed up your internet abilities.


Entertainment extras: YouTube, Flickr, iTunes and Xbox Live

Download YouTube
Watch online videos away from the internet by downloading them to your PC.

The simplest methods usually work best for non-commercial video, such as random YouTube home movies.

At time of writing, I got StreamTransport to save videos. Play clips back with VLC.

Watch high-quality YouTube
Bump up the resolution in supported clips. Just click the number and arrow in the play bar; it's likely 360p by default. Pick a higher number for the best quality.

Link straight to part of a YouTube clip
Instead of sending people to the beginning of a clip, you can create a link that plays from a spot in the middle that you choose. Just add #t=[number]m[number]s to the end of the URL to begin that many seconds in.

Initiate console game downloads
Microsoft's Xbox Live site might seem superfluous on a PC.

However, you can queue up downloads and activate purchases through your computer, and when you log in back on the console, they'll transfer automatically.

Upload to Flickr through email
Instead of manually uploading photos, you can send them through email.

This can work well from an old mobile phone to quickly send pictures from a PC.

In the Emails & Notifications tab of the Account options, click Create an upload-to-flickr email address to configure the feature.

Search and link to iTunes content in a browser
The iTunes store lives in its own application, but you can access specific apps, songs, searches, or anything else with a URL.

To search, try http://itunes.com/[search term] such as http://itunes.com/evernote.

If your search comes up with a single result (as in this example), you'll jump to that page within iTunes.

To copy a direct URL to an iTunes store page, right-click an item within iTunes, and choose Copy Link.

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