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Remember Passwords

Recalling one password is difficult enough. So how do people remember passwords for multiple services (without writing them down or using the same password, of course)?

Simple: Use a secure password-management program such as LastPass. This utility supports multiple devices and browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It also works on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, WebOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices.

You can use LastPass to manage your passwords easily.
You can use LastPass to manage your passwords easily.
LastPass securely stores your passwords and login information on its cloud server, so you can store and access your details from anywhere.

To use LastPass, first download the program for your system (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) and install it. You'll need to choose a language, close your browser windows, and then create a LastPass account if you do not already have one.

Once LastPass is installed, it will prompt you to allow it to remember passwords whenever you log in to a service. You can also choose to make a website a favorite, require a password reprompt, or automatically log in to a site when you visit it through LastPass. If you use multiple computers or devices, you can download LastPass on each device, after which you'll never have to worry about remembering passwords again--except for your LastPass password, of course.

Save an Unclickable Image

Occasionally you'll run across an image on the Web that you can't right-click--sometimes you'll get a pop-up message instead, such as "This image is MINE! Don't take it!" If you still want to, um, take it (for totally innocent purposes, of course), you have a couple of ways to do so.

Windows 7 and Vista have a built-in screenshot utility called the Snipping Tool.
Windows 7 and Vista have a built-in screenshot utility called the Snipping Tool.
Take a screen capture: In Windows 7 or Vista, open the Snipping Tool (Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, Snipping Tool). Click the arrow next to the New button and select Rectangular Snip. Use your mouse to drag a rectangle around the picture you want to save.

Once you have "snipped" the picture, click Save Snip to store it.

If you see something that you want to capture quickly (for example, a video screen), and you don't have time to open the Snipping Tool, just press the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Windows will copy a screenshot of the entire desktop to the Clipboard. To access the screenshot, open a basic image editor (such as Paint) and paste (Ctrl-V) the image. Then crop it if necessary, and save.

If you're on a Mac, press Command-Shift-4. Your cursor will turn into crosshairs. Drag the crosshairs around the picture you wish to capture. When you let go of the mouse, the capture will save automatically to your desktop.

If you want to grab something quickly, and you don't mind having to crop later, press Command-Shift-3.

Grab it from the source code: If you'd rather not take a screen cap (perhaps the picture is too large to capture), you can save the image from the source code.

Some browsers let you directly pick out any media embedded in a Web page.
In Internet Explorer, go to View, Source, and find the address of the image in the source code. Copy the address and paste it into the URL bar. You should now be able to right-click and save the image, no problem.

In Firefox, go to Tools, Page Info and click the Media tab. You will see a list of the addresses of all the images and video on the Web page; clicking an address will preview the image. Simply find the image you want to save, click its address, and then click Save As…

In Safari, go to View, View Source, and find the address of the image in the source code. Copy and paste it to the URL bar, press Enter, and then right-click (or Ctrl-click) and save the image.

Restore a Tab You Accidentally Closed

This happens to me often: I'm trying to close a bunch of tabs quickly, but I end up hitting the X on one too many. Here's how to restore an accidentally closed tab.

In Internet Explorer, right-click an active tab and click Reopen closed tab. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl-Shift-T, which will bring up the last tab you closed. Keep doing this until you find your desired tab.

In Firefox, go to History, Recently Closed Tabs, and find the tab you closed. You can also press Ctrl-Shift-T.

In Chrome, right-click the tab strip and select Reopen closed tab. You can also press Ctrl-Shift-T.

In Safari, press Ctrl-Z. This key combo will bring up the last tab you closed. Keep doing this until you find your desired tab.

Print Only What You Want

Printing from the Web can be a hassle. More often than not, printing a Web page results in a ton of ink and paper wasted on images, links, and ads. Fortunately, you can eliminate unwanted print fodder--while still printing your original selection--by using a handy bookmarklet called Printliminator.

First, install the Printliminator bookmarklet in your browser by dragging it to your bookmarks bar.

Printliminator lets you make any page printer-friendly.
Printliminator lets you make any page printer-friendly.
Now, the next time you want to print a page, click the Printliminator bookmarklet instead of clicking Print. A small toolbar will appear in the left corner of your browser, offering four options: Remove All Graphics, Apply Print Stylesheet, Send to Printer, and Undo Last Action.

To remove the graphics on the Web page, select Remove All Graphics.

To take out certain elements of the Web page--for example, links or buttons--choose Apply Print Stylesheet. Printliminator will organize all of the printable elements into sections on the page. To remove any particular section, just drag your mouse over it, and a red box will appear around the section. Left-click the selection, and the objects in the box will disappear.

To correct a mistake, click the Undo Last Action button. When you've finally configured the page the way you want it to appear, and you're ready to print, click the Send to Printer button.

Keep Track of All Your Social Networks

It's hard to be a social networking master when there are so many of them. How are you supposed to update your LinkedIn status, tweet your latest StumbleUpon find to your Google+ followers, and track the YouTube video you uploaded an hour ago via Facebook chat, when you can manage only so many tabs? Use a social networking aggregator, that's how.

Yoono is an in-browser add-on that works with Firefox and Chrome. Yoono connects to all of your networks--including Facebook, Flickr, FourSquare, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, and even AIM chat--and places them in a huge sidebar in your browser window. All you have to do is check the sidebar to see what your friends across multiple networks are up to.

If you don't care so much about what your friends are doing, but you want to be able to share things with multiple networks simultaneously, check out Ping.fm. Through Ping.fm you can post to multiple social networks at once from within your browser window. Just sign up, add your social networks to your Ping.fm dashboard, and post away.

Finally, if you're in the market for a new browser, you can always check out RockMelt. This "social networking browser" features multiple sidebars that feed you status updates, Twitter notes, and other social news bits.

Have your own suggestions for dealing with Web annoyances? Leave them in the comments!

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