Browser Tricks

Posted: February 5, 2013

Double Clicks

Today, I’ll offer a couple of tricks for your browsers.
First, a reader named Ivan asked a question regarding placing website links onto his desktop. Though many people use the bookmark tool in their browsers, apparently some — such as Ivan and myself — enjoy a few on their desktops as well.
There are several ways to do this; but I think this is the easiest.
Open the browser and go to the site you would like to save to the desktop; make sure it’s sized so you can see your desktop.
Directly to the left of the “http://” sequence in the URL — the bar where you enter website addresses — there should be a small icon for the site. Left-click the icon and drag it to your desktop.
Voilà! You now have an icon for that site on your desktop. Close the browser; double-click the icon to test it. You should return directly to the page you were on before.
For those who are more adventurous, try selecting “Properties.” Click on the tabs to explore the options. You will likely find a place to change the icon, the web address, the link text and a couple of other items.
Go ahead and try. If you really mess it up, you can just delete it and create it all over again.
The next trick is one I discovered about a week or so ago, and have been using often since. I might call this one, “The Super Browser Trick.”
Have you ever been browsing the web and just wanted to jot down a quick note? You may open Notepad, WordPad or even Word to type it.
This can be rather time consuming, so wouldn’t it be neat if you could just type a note in your browser and save it for later? Well, you can!
Copy this text exactly, but do not include the quote marks: “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>”. Paste the text into the browser’s address bar and press “Enter.”
An empty white page should be before you. Click the page; start typing any notes you like.
Hopefully, you are using a tabbed browser so you can click back and forth from one page and back to write ideas. You can also copy and paste text from another site.
If you want to save the notes once you are done, you can. Depending on which browser you use, find the “Save” command in the menu and save the file. Note: You cannot save the notes by dragging the icon to the desktop, as we discussed before.
I have read it works in all browsers except Microsoft Internet Explorer. I have found it very useful in Firefox and Google Chrome; however, like they say, it will not work in MSIE, at least not for me.
Remember to send questions: I like to dedicate the column to answering them from time to time.

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