4 ways to perfect your Netflix experienceThese tips from CNET's Dan Graziano could greatly improve your viewing experience on Netflix.
Let's face it, watching Netflix on a laptop isn't as convenient as watching on a TV. Besides the smaller screen, one of the biggest pains is the lack of a remote control. It can be annoying to have to click the mouse or the trackpad to play the video or pause it, but, you actually don't have to do this. There's a handful of keyboard shortcuts that simplify everything. Pressing Enter or the space key will toggle pause and play. The left arrow can be held to rewind, and the right arrow to fast-forward. Pressing the up arrow will increase the volume, while the down arrow will lower it. And pressing the M key will mute the video. Movies and TV shows are frequently coming and going from Netflix. Here at CNet we have an excellent theory that tells you exactly when these shows are departing. But, if you don't have time to tune in, you can check the My List section on the Netflix website. From here you can view and organize all the shows you want to watch. The list even displays when the show is about to leave the service. This one should be a no-brainer for a lot of you. But if you share an account with a few different people and are sick and tired of seeing recommendations for things like My Little Pony, make sure you have set up profiles for each user. You can have up to five profiles for a single Netflix account. Having your own profile will keep your list, ratings, and personalized suggestions separate from your friends, and it'll take away a lot of that clutter that's in the Netflix interface. You should also remember to always rate the movies and TV shows you've watched. This will help make Netflix recommendations a lot more accurate. I find I waste a lot of time simply looking for a movie or TV show I wanna watch. Well, that was until I found my new favorite tool. If you just want a quick recommendation try What is on Netflix.com. The site shows recently added and new content to Netflix and has a list of top ranked movies, [UNKNOWN] from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. There's even a random pick tool to help you out when you just can't decide what to watch. And there you have it. Four tips that I hope will improve your Netflix experience. Feel free to share with me some of your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section below. Or by reaching out to me on twitter. As always, you can find more content like this by heading over to Howto. CNet.com. I'm Dan Graziano for CNet. Thanks for watching.