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Who doesn’t love a good timesaver? In this post, we compiled useful productivity tips and tools that help you speed up routine tasks, enhance your development workflow, and stay organized.
Sometimes it’s the little productivity hacks that turn out to be the most precious. A shortcut or tool that saves only a few seconds of your time but that makes you wonder how you could have gotten along without it.
In this post, we compiled productivity tips and tools to help you in your day-to-day work. You’ll find shortcuts to speed up routine tasks, tools and cheatsheets to enhance your development workflow, as well as ideas and little helpers to stay organized and improve communication with your team. Only things we found useful and that we hope will make your workflow more efficient, too.
Opening a new GitHub issue, searching Slack messages, showing your calendar schedule and jumping on a Zoom call — the Slapdash command bar makes daily tasks like these a lot quicker. It works similarly to Spotlight on Mac, except it also supports your cloud apps.
Too many open tabs? OneTab helps reduce tab clutter. The browser extension (available for and Firefox) converts all your open tabs into a list. When you need to access them again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. In case you want to share your tabs with others or keep them for future reference, OneTab also comes with a feature that lets you upload the list into a web page. Less clutter, less CPU load.
MacOS Screen Capture Tips
If you’re on a Mac and are frequently taking screenshots, Corey Ginnivan has 14 useful tips for you that take your screen capturing workflow to the next level. After all, the macOS screen capture feature is much more powerful than you might have thought.
Corey posted 14 tweets, each with a shortcut, tip, or trick. He starts off with the classic of capturing the entire screen and moves on to some more advanced features. Did you know, for example, that Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 captures a selection to your clipboard so that you can paste the image right where you need it, to a design tool, for example? Or that you can remove that annoying floating thumbnail that appears on your screen every time you’ve taken a screenshot? To do so, hit Cmd + Shift + 5 and deselect “Show Floating Thumbnail” in “Options”. Gold!
App Productivity Hacks
How often do you find yourself lost between menus and features of your text editing applications? For VS Code and DevTools, we’ve learned to love Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + P, a keyboard shortcut that prompts a command palette with a smart autocomplete and search. If you are editing text in Google Docs or Dropbox Paper, and find yourself lost within all the features and settings, there is a shortcut to save you plenty of hassle as well.
For Google Docs or Sheets, Option/Alt + / brings up search where you can start typing features, fonts or any other fine controls. And in Dropbox Paper, the shortcut / opens a search area to look for your documents. In general, take a look at all the keyboard shortcuts for your favorite tool — chances are high that a handy keyboard shortcut is waiting for you there as well.
For more handy shortcuts like these be sure to also check out productivity.so. Curated by Lukas Klinser and Dennis Müller, the library collects productivity hacks that help you uncover the hidden 1% in your favorite tools. Each tip comes with a short explanation, sometimes even with a video of how it works and which apps on which platforms support it. Productivity superpowers for every day.
Setting Up A Development Workflow On Mac
Setting up a development environment on a new computer can be confusing, not only if you’re new to programming. Together with contributors from the web community, Sourabh Bajaj published a comprehensive guide that helps you get the job done with ease.
The guide is a reference for everyone who wants to set up an environment or install new languages or libraries on a Mac. From Homebrew to Node, Python, C++, Ruby, and a lot more, it takes you step by step through everything you need to know to get things up and running. Contributions to the guide are welcome.
AI-Powered Code Completion For Mac
Have you ever wished you could code without having to worry about memorizing function calls and other basic syntax? Well, good news, Kite makes it possible. The tool uses the latest developments in machine learning to offload repetitive parts of programming and support you with fast, context-aware completions of your code.
Available for free for Mac, Kite works with 16 code editors and 16 languages to help you code faster and stay in the flow. In fact, it’s possible to cut keystrokes by as much as 47%. Kite also includes documentation lookup for Python that lets you view Python docs with just one click or mouse-hover.
View Source Code On Mobile
The keyboard shortcut to view the source code of a page is every developer’s best friend, right? Well, at least on desktop devices. Viewing the source on mobile usually involves quite some fiddling around. If you’ve been looking for a simple solution for when you’re on the go, Adam Newbold’s site View Source is for you.
To view a page’s source code, paste the URL into the search bar of View Source, and it’ll fetch and display the source code for you — with syntax highlighting and numbered lines. You can even define if you want to wrap lines or tidy the markup for a better overview. One for the bookmarks.