Best hidden features of popular apps?
June 20, 2013 7:38 AM   Subscribe

I recently downloaded MeatText () because of Troika's comment in this post () on the blue, tried it out, and the person I tried it out on replied "How is this better than Google Maps"? Turns out GMaps for mobile has a similar feature but its pretty well hidden. I had no idea it existed. What are some other features or functions of popular apps (web, mobile, tablet, or other) that may be hidden or just unnoticed that you find particularly useful?
posted by AceRock to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
The Gmail Labs "Undo Send", which gives you a 30s window to cancel sending an email, great for those typos that you don't see until you've clicked Send.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:46 AM on June 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

On my Android phone, within the Contacts list, sliding left to right calls the contact, right to left texts them.
posted by bricksNmortar at 9:25 AM on June 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

The MeFi contact form. It is buried on the bottom right of this screen.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:43 AM on June 20, 2013

In Mailbox for iOS, you can swipe the bar under your mail to archive/delete all items in your inbox.
posted by Lowwen at 12:00 PM on June 20, 2013

It's not an app per se, but in my experience very few people know about the IMDB Common search feature and will pull up two different pages and manually scan them to figure out the name of that guy in both, for example.
posted by itsonreserve at 12:04 PM on June 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

Shift command tab in Chrome will restore the last closed tab. Probably shift alt tab in windows.
posted by condour75 at 1:54 PM on June 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Safari on the iPhone will now define a word for you if you hold-select it. It may not be new, but I just noticed it.
posted by soelo at 4:02 PM on June 20, 2013

probably shift alt tab in windows.

Actually it's ctrl + shift + t, and it works in Firefox (and internet explorer) too
posted by trialex at 7:16 PM on June 20, 2013

Oh yeah I meant command shift t, sorry!
posted by condour75 at 7:29 PM on June 20, 2013

Shift+Space will go up a page in your browser.
On Windows there are a ton of short-cuts using the Windows key, but my favorite is Windows+L to lock your computer.
posted by Eddie Mars at 6:56 AM on June 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

How did I not know about shift+space? thank you for changing my life.
posted by about_time at 7:54 PM on June 21, 2013

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