If you get an error message while using a program you may find it really useful to copy the error message word-for-word into the clipboard, then paste the error message into Google. You might be surprised to find out how many people have had to deal with the exact error and have solved the problem.

It's amazing how many seemingly esoteric topics have been indexed by Google. There are of course other search engines that do a good job of locating information about software error messages, but Google seems to work best.

Below are some text editing and selection tips that can save you a lot of time as you use your computer on a day-to-day basis. Try them out and practice them until they become habit and you will help reduce your likelihood of repetitive stress injuries while improving your overall productivity.

Double-Click Words

Instead of click-dragging across the letters in a word to select a word, try double-clicking on the word. This can save a lot of repetitive hand and wrist movement that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Double-clicking a word is also much faster and more accurate than click-dragging.