Top 10 Useful Tips for ChatGPT 4.0 Beginners

Prioritize your questions: GPT-4 currently has a cap of 25 messages every 3 hours  It’s essential to focus on the most crucial and relevant inquiries to maximize the value of your interaction with ChatGPT 4.0.  Think of this as a Genie in a bottle granting you limited wishes!  After you have used all 25 questions, then ChatGPT cuts you off the 4.0 version and offers to continue the conversation with ChatGPT3.5, which is not as powerful.

By the way, you can see what model of ChatGPT you are using by scrolling all the way to the top.

What is the limit on the word count in the command prompt?: To get the most accurate and relevant responses, aim to keep your input between 300-500 characters. This will allow ChatGPT 4.0 to focus on the essential aspects of your query. Tip:  Sometimes I write my questions first in a google doc and count the characters.

Provide context in each chat: Remember that ChatGPT 4.0 doesn’t share information between sessions, so it’s important to include any necessary context or background within each conversation.  In other words, you can have several chats saved, but it will know about data that you fed in other chats.

Cross-check important information: While ChatGPT 4.0 is generally reliable, it’s still important to verify critical details or facts with other reputable sources to ensure accuracy.  It has given me incorrect information on several occasions.  For example, I was doing some preliminary research for my daughter to determine which Universities offer a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Design, Art or Product Prototyping.  It started making us degree titles and URL links that did not exist, but the Universities do.  For example:

Columbia UniversityBachelor of Science in Engineering with a focus on Creative Machines

If’s something that needs to be factual, then ask ChatGPT to include a URL link to the source when it provides the reply.

Format data into a table:  As you can see from above, you can ask it to provide a nicely format table and even sort by a column!  From here you can copy and paste into excel or Google sheets.

Mind the knowledge gap: ChatGPT 4.0’s knowledge is limited up to a certain year (September 2021), so be aware that more recent developments or information may not be available in its responses.  It doesn’t know what has happened after 2021!

No internet access: Remember that ChatGPT 4.0 cannot access external data or browse the internet during your interaction. It can only provide information based on its pre-existing knowledge.  So don’t bother asking it to follow a url link. (I just saved you from using a wish!) For example, if you ask ChatGPT 3.5 about Chat GPT 4.0 it sounds almost betrayed because it is unaware of a new release!

Utilize step-by-step guidance: When looking for help with a process or task, ask ChatGPT 4.0 for step-by-step instructions. This can help you better understand and complete the task at hand.  Here is an example for you to try out:

I am trying to copy transcript text from an awesome youtube video, but when I paste it into google docs, its also inserts he times stamps and lines.  Can you write apps script for google docs extension what will remove the times stamps and extra spaces and lines.  And format it into nice paragraphs without changing the words?  If I paste this:
let's talk a little bit about Generation
X the generations so terrifying they
couldn't even give it a [ __ ] name”

I would like it to look like this:

“I’d like e a  “Let's talk a little bit about Generation X. The generation so terrifying they couldn't even give it a [ __ ] name”

Keep privacy in mind: While ChatGPT 4.0 doesn’t share data between sessions, it’s always a good idea to avoid sharing sensitive personal information during your conversations.

Organize your chats or sessions.  If you are going to start asking questions on a new topic or start building a new code model, don’t be tempted to ask random questions in a well thought out conversation and get into the habit of starting a new chat.   If you don’t resist the temptation of asking an unrelated topic question, you will end up with a messy mountain of long responses and this makes it difficult to find some info later on.

You don’t need to retype a similar question.  You can go back to the original question and edit it in the command prompt by clicking on the little pencil icon and then “Regenerate response”.

It knows many languages: ChatGPT 4.0 can interact in multiple languages, so feel free to let your Spanish-speaking Gramma have a seat at the computer to test it’s multilingual capabilities by posing questions or prompts in languages other than English and about historical facts about Mexico!  If you can spare some of your 25 questions, this interaction will undoubtedly give you some interesting entertainment.

Experiment with creative prompts: ChatGPT 4.0 can be used for more than just factual inquiries. Test its capabilities by asking for creative ideas, storytelling, or brainstorming sessions. The only limitation is your imagination! If you still don’t have any ideas, you can find some powerful ChatGPT 4.0 command prompts for you to try out and to get your creative flow going:

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