Have you explored your laptop? By that, I mean, thoroughly explore it to know the other things that it can do for you? If the answer is no, you’re in for a big surprise because your laptop can do so many other things.
Take a trip off the beaten track to some of the lesser-known features and options available to you—from expanding your screen space, to improving system security.
Let’s start. Did you know that your laptop can go dark? Yes, it can. Here’s how.
Dark mode is everywhere these days, pretty much, and Windows and macOS have joined in. Automatic dark-mode-on-a-schedule is arriving later this year in macOS Catalina, but on macOS Mojave you can enable it manually by opening System Preferences from the Apple menu, then choosing General and Dark.
Windows user? Click the settings cog on the Start menu, then select Personalization, Colors, and Dark (under the Choose your default app mode heading). These changes should affect both the operating system and the various apps running on top of it, at least in most cases.
For the gamers out there, I’m sure you already that it’s possible to stream games from your console to your laptop. The things is, your parents might not know about it. So, this is an FYI for parents out there who think their kids are always studying on their laptop.
Laptops have been able to stream games from a PS4 or Xbox One on the same wifi network for a long time (way before Google Stadia arrived).
Another awesome thing your laptop can do is that it can pin websites to the dock or taskbar.
As well as pinning apps to the dock or taskbar (delete as appropriate), you can also pin websites that you frequently visit for speedy access—a sort of upgrade to the bookmarking system already available in your browser.
Mac users can just drag down a URL from the address bar in Safari to the far right-hand side of the dock. If you’re on Windows, it’s most easily done from Microsoft Edge: Open the program’s menu then choose Pin this page to the taskbar. In the new Edge, it’s under More tools and Pin to taskbar.
Did you know that your laptop can also receive messages from your phone? Yes, it can!
This will be second nature if you own a Mac and an iPhone—all you need is the same Apple ID and the Messages app—but it’s also possible to send SMS messages from Android through the Your Phone app that’s part of Windows (search for it from the taskbar). Put the companion app on your Android device and you can read and send messages from the desktop.
If you need to send texts from Android on a Mac, the Android Messages web interface is probably your