Using a web-browser has become a common part of our day, these 5 simple Internet Browser hacks will have you browsing the Internet liked a seasoned pro!
Take full advantage of tabbed browsing on all Internet browsers.
When reading an article or browsing a website, you may come across a link that interests you. Any link to another page can be opened in a new tab so it does not interrupt your reading. To do this, hold down the Ctrl key and left-click the link. If you have a mouse with a wheel, click the link by depressing the wheel instead of rolling it. Either of the methods opens a link in a new window.
You don’t need the http:// portion of a web page.
When you type an Internet address you don’t need to type http:// or even www! If you wanted to visit Afrihost you could just type Afrihost.com and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you are visiting a .com address you can type Afrihost and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full http://www.afrihost.com address.
Quickly move between the fields of a web page.
If you are filling out an online form, e-mail, or other text field you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. In the example form below you can click in the “First Name” field type anything and press tab to switch to the next field.
Know your Internet browser shortcuts.
There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Below are a few of our top suggested internet browser shortcuts.
- Press Alt + D or Ctrl + L to move the cursor into the address bar.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or –to increase and decrease the size of text. Ctrl + 0 will reset the text.
- Press the backspace key or press Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
- Press F5 or Ctrl + R to refresh or reload a web page.
- Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.
- Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
- Press Ctrl + F to open the find box to search for text within the web page you are reading.
Use Internet search engines to their full potential.
Get the most out of every search result. If you aren’t finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. Searching for ‘computer help’ without quotes returns results with “computer” and “help” anywhere on the page. If you search for “computer help” with the quotes it only return pages with “computer” and “help” next to each other.