Even browsing the internet can be made faster and easier if you know the right shortcuts!
You don't need the http:// portion of a web page: When typing an Internet address there is no need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit ebay you could just type ebay.com and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you're visiting a .com address you can type ebay and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full http://www.ebay.com address.
You can move quickly 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 the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, if you are filling out your name and the next field is your e-mail address you can press the Tab key to switch to the e-mail field.
Pro Tip: This tip also applies to the buttons, if you press tab (assuming the button and page have been created correctly) the button should be selected and will allow you to press the space bar or enter key to push the button.
Pro Tip: If you have a drop-down box that lists countries or states, you can click that box and then press the first letter of the state or country you are looking for. For example, in a drop-down box of States in Australia you could press 'v' on the keyboard to quickly scroll to Victoria
Use Internet search engines to their full potential: Make sure you get the most out of every search. If you're not finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, if you were searching for 'computer help' this actually searches for pages that contain both computer and help and not necessarily pages that have computer and help next to each other. If you search for "computer help" with the quotes around the search query this will only return pages that actually have computer and help next to each other.
Pro Tip: Many new computer users don't realise that in every search box you can press the enter key instead of having to move the mouse button over to the Search button.
Know your Internet browser shortcuts: There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Here are some of the my top Internet browser shortcuts.
- Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or - to increase and decrease the size of text.
- Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
- Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
- Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen.
- Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
- Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you're looking at.
Take advantage of tabbed browsing: While reading any web page if you come across a link you may be interested in open that link in a new tab so it can be viewed later. A new tab can be opened by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link or if you have a mouse with a wheel click the link with the middle mouse button.
Try other browsers: Most computer users use the default browser that comes with the computer which in most cases is Internet Explorer. There are several other really effective browsers that are all free to download and use and have features your current browser does not include. Below are a few of my favorites. Try them out if you are sick of the one you are using now! They mostly have import features that allow you to bring all of your current favorites into the new browser so you can begin to enjoy the new one with relative ease.
Install plugins and add-ons: Each of the above browsers also have a large community of volunteers who develop add-ons and plugins that can be added into the browser. Each of these browsers have hundreds of thousands of these add-ons that can do such things as giving you live weather in your browser window, changing its color, and adding additional functionality. Have a search for all of the great add-ons and pick whatever takes your fancy.
Remember that the internet browser is a tool that is supposed to make your experience better, so get in there and try something new if you feel the browser could be doing more for you.
I hope you enjoy your internet browsing even more with these handy tips.