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Best Browsing Tips And Tricks Everyone Should Be Using

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Browsing Tips

Almost everyone in one way or the other browses the internet for information. Using some browsing tips and tricks will go along way in enhancing your browsing experience.

Whether you are an I.T. power user or computer novice, you will find these browsing tips and tricks very useful.

Web Browsing Tips

Bounce to the address bar There are a number of ways to jump right to the address bar from anywhere in the browser. Pressing  the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + L, F6, and Alt + D all accomplish this goal.

Automatically add www. and .com to a URL Save  some seconds typing in a URL by simply clicking Ctrl + Enter after you type the name of the site.   Need .net instead of .com? Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead.

Browsing Tips
Automatically add www. and .com to a URL

Navigate through open tabs Pressing Ctrl + Tab while in a browser will move between each one (Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go backwards). This can be much faster than moving the mouse and clicking on a tab. Ctrl + Num (1, 2, 3, 4, n..) will also take you to certain tab in that numeric order. Ctrl + 9 always brings you to the very last tab, even if it’s beyond the ninth one.

Scroll through pages with the spacebar Tapping the spacebar on a website will scroll down the page and hitting shift + space will take you to the top of the page.

Instant image search (Chrome only) If you hold down the “S” key and right click on an image, it will open an image search on a new tab.

Use private browsing  Pressing Ctrl + Shift + N will launch a new private in Chrome, Ctrl + Shift + P will do it in Firefox and Internet Explorer. Private browsing is useful if you don’t want your browsing history and cookies saved in the computer browser.

Browsing Tips
Example of private browsing using google chrome.

Zoom In, Reset Zoom Use the browser magnifier to adjust a website for more comfortable reading. Pressing Ctrl/Cmd + (plus/minus sign) will zoom in a web page whiles Ctrl + 0.reset to the default zoom level.

Copy links quicker Right click the link like usual but tap E on your keyboard to copy the link.

Use the scroll wheel Pressing your middle mouse button by clicking on links automatically open them in a new tab/window, also clicking the scroll wheel button on a tab closes it.

Icon-only bookmarks on your toolbar You can delete the name of your bookmarks leaving only the icon so they take up less space on the toolbar. In Chrome: right click the bookmark > edit > delete the name and save.

Back to a page: Press the backspace key or press Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.

Refreshing a page: Press F5 or Ctrl+R to refresh or reload a web page.

Full Screen: Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.

Bookmarks: Press Ctrl+B to open your Internet bookmarks.

Searching for a text: Press Ctrl+F to open the find box to search for text within the web page you are reading.

Pin Tabs
This is a trick that can only be accessed by people who uses chrome and Firefox. These two browsers let you display your favorite pages throughout the day by simply right clicking on the tab then choosing the “Pin Tab Option”.

Restore a Tab
If you accidentally close a tab, all you have to do is to navigate to your browser’s history and reload it from the “Recently Closed Tabs” list.

Browsing Tips
Opening recently closed page

Turn Your Browser into a Notepad
Don’t a pen and paper to write down notes? Worry not.
Save this code as a bookmark and you’ll be able to use your browser’s window a notepad:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>


Using these browsing tips and tricks on a daily basis will most certainly make your time on the computer more enjoyable, or at least more practical.

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