Browser Tricks, Part 2

Posted: February 12, 2013

Double Clicks

Last week, we looked at a couple browser tricks. That column was well received, so let’s look at a few more.
 
For quite a long while now, typing “www.” or “.com” has not been necessary in most web addresses /URLs. If you type the main domain name, for example, “dnronline” your browser’s address bar, and then press the Ctrl/Enter keys, your browser will automatically fill in the “www.” or “.com”.
 
In the same way, Shift/Enter gives you the “.net” and Ctrl/Shift/Enter yields the “.org” addresses. Add the Alt key to any of the above three combinations, and pages will open in a new tab in your browser.
 
Here are more Ctrl key combos and how they work in most browsers:
 
Do you ever have a hard time seeing text or graphics on a web page? If so, try the Ctrl/+ combo, which will make the page larger. Oops, have you made the page too big? Use the Ctrl/- keys to zoom out. Finally, to return to the default size, use Ctrl/ø. (The zero character.)
 
Here are some more:
 
- Ctrl/T: Opens a new tab
- Ctrl/N: Opens a new window
- Ctrl/Tab: View the next tab
- Ctrl/Shift/Tab: View the previous tab
- Ctrl/Left click (or middle click) on a link: Opens the linked page in new tab
- Ctrl/F: Search for text on the page
- Ctrl/R (or the “F5” key): Refresh the current web page
- Ctrl/I: Open your favorites
- Ctrl/D: Save a web page to Favorites
- Ctrl/H: Lists pages visited, or browser history
 
(Note: The above combinations are not case-sensitive).
 
Here are a few more for you to check out:
 
To move to the top of the page you are viewing, press the Home key. You can enter the End key to move to the bottom of a page.
 
Try the Backspace key when browsing multiple pages; it will go back one. Use the Shift/Backspace keys to move forward a page.
 
If you are reading a large article and want more reading room and fewer buttons, try the “F11” key. (An actual key, not a combo). To bring back the buttons and toolbars, press “F11” again.
 
Type “?” into your URL/address bar and press Enter. It will take you to your default search engine.
 
Here’s a Google trick for a single site search: To search only one site on the Internet for text, enter the search term(s) surrounded by double quote marks, then a space, “site:” and the site address.
 
For example, to search for this column on the DoubleClicks.info site, go to Google.com and enter “browser tricks” site:doubleclicks.info. For this trick to work, you must include double quotes around the text for which you are searching or your results may not be accurate.
 

Contact Ron Doyle at ron@doubleclicks.info.


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