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These Netflix Easter Eggs Will Up Your Streaming Game 

Ah, Netflix — our great nation’s favorite pastime (no, really — given the number of hours people logged watching it in 2015, we’d say that’s a more than fair statement). As it turns out, there’s actually more to Netflix-ing than, well, Netflix and chilling — a whole lot more.


1. Buh-Bye Buffering: Know how there’s absolutely nothing more annoying than getting to that oh-so-pivotal point in a movie when your Internet suddenly decides to crap out? Suddenly everyone’s mouth is lagging a full 30 seconds behind their lines, making it nearly impossible to enjoy, or worse, you get the (gasp!) dreaded buffering wheel of death. We hate that, but it turns out, we’ve been suffering for null — all we ever needed to do was hit shift + alt on a PC or shift + option + click on a Mac. This brings up a super secret menu that will allow you to manually adjust bandwidth, as well as the audio and video synchronization. No PC? No problem! Simply bust out those old school Nintendo skills (remember resetting your device then pressing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, up, up, up, up?). Easy, peasy!

2. Hellooooo, Subtitles: Okay, so this one isn’t exactly rocket science, but if you don’t normally explore your profile settings, you might not be aware that you can actually make those puny little subtitles life-size (or at the very least, legible), by making a simple switch. Under your account, your profile and finally, subtitle appearance, you can change both the size and the color of your captions to one that’s better suited to your needs.

3. Maximize Quality: If you want the most bang for your buck, studies have shown that it’s best to do your binging at unpopular viewing times. You’re far more likely to get a clear picture in the daytime or wee hours than at 9 pm, when everyone and their brother (or sister!) is trying to stream Orange Is the New Black. Just sayin.’

4. Shortcuts Galore: The laissez-faire among us will appreciate this “less is more” approach to ‘flixing, which involves a few pro PC shortcuts. Why drag a mouse (or your finger) around when you can simply hit the spacebar or enter in place of a play/pause? (You can also use the “pg up”/”pg dn” buttons if you’re so inclined to do the same thing). Try an “F” for a big screen and “esc” to exit. Shift + left arrow will get you a rewind, while shift + (you guessed it!) will get you a fast forward. Up and down control the volume, and “m” is for mute. Those lucky enough to be set up with an Apple TV can have even more fun with the remote — a double up push will get you a thumbnail preview, while a double down will launch a progress bar, complete with film chapters.

Do you have Netflix hacks of your own? Share them with us on @BritandCo!

(h/t The Telegraph, photo via Getty)

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*