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9 Easy Browser Tips

browser tips, internet explorer tips, firefox tips, IE,shortcutsWhether your favorite Internet browser is Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Chrome, Opera or another, speed up your online activity with these keyboard shortcuts:

Quick Find on a Webpage

Once you click on a link from Google (Yahoo, Bing, etc.) search results, quickly search the content to discover if the webpage contains the content or phrase that you are looking for.

To find text on the current page:

  • [Ctrl] + F

Tricks for Fast Moves to a Website

Jump directly to the location/address bar and highlight that text:

  • [Alt] + D or [Ctrl] + L

Note: Depending on your version, only one of these shortcuts may work but on most versions of these browsers, these shortcuts are now interchangeable.

How many times a day do you click into your browser location/address bar and then type WWW [dot] SOMETHING [dot] COM? To automatically add www. before, and .com after what you're typing in the location/address bar and then go to that site:

  • [Ctrl] + [Enter]

For instance, to go to the Microsoft website, first move to the location/address bar, then type microsoft, and finally press [Ctrl] + [Enter].

By the way, the "http://" portion of a web address is assumed and is rarely needed when entering a web address.

To add the current webpage to your favorites/bookmarks:

  • [Ctrl] + D

Change Fonts for Better Reading

To make the screen fonts display bigger on a webpage:

  • [Ctrl] + + ([Ctrl] and the plus key)

To make the screen fonts display smaller on a webpage:

  • [Ctrl] + - ([Ctrl] and the minus key)

Even better, if you have a roller wheel on your mouse, hold down [Ctrl] and roll up or down to change the font and page size.

Navigate to Tabs and Windows

To open a new browser window:

  • [Ctrl] + N

To open a new tab (IE 7 or newer):

  • [Ctrl] + T

Hop among tabs within a browser window:

  • [Ctrl] + the tab number (tabs are ordered from left to right; numbers do not actually display)

For example, press [Ctrl] + 2 to move to the 2nd tab in your browser window.

Simplify your online work with these quick and easy browser shortcuts.

Dawn Bjork Buzbee, MCT, The Software Pro

Dawn Bjork Buzbee is The Software Pro and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist (MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of 8 books.

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