Top 10 Internet Computer Tricks
We all browse the internet every day and there are several things we all can do to make navigating the internet a little easier. I show you top 10 internet computer tricks and tips for use on the internet that some of you may already know along with some that you wish you knew sooner. Most of these tips and tricks will help to increase your productivity and I’ll show you some fun stuff as well.
Take advantage of tabbed browsing
While reading an article or browsing a web page , you may come across a link that interested to you. Any link another page can be opened in a new tab. So it doesn’t interrupt your reading. To perform this action hold down the Ctrl 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.
don’t need the http:// portion of a web page
When entering an Internet address you do not need to type http:// or even www in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit Computer Hope, you could type computerhope.com and press Enter. To make things even quicker, if you are visiting a .com address you can type computer hope and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full https://www.computerhope.com address.
Quickly move between the fields of a web page
If you fill out an online form, e-mail, or other text fields, you can quickly move between the fields by pressing the Tab or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, 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 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 Cntrl+l to move the cursor into the address bar.
- Hold down the Ctrl and press the + or - to increase and decrease the size of text. cntrl+0 resets the text.
- Press the backspace or press Alt+left arrow to go back a page.
- Press F5 or cntrl+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 cntrl+B to open your Internet bookmarks.
- Press cntrl+F to open the find box to search for text in the web page you are reading.
Use online services
Hundreds of free online services available, that help make using your computer easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.
Make sure your browser and its plugins are up-to-date
An Internet browser can have many plugins that give it additional functionality. For example, Adobe flash is a great way to bring movies and other animated content to the Internet. Keeping these plugins up-to-date is vital for your computer stability and also security.
Install plugins and add-ons
All alternative browsers also have a large community of volunteers who develop add-ons and plugins that can be added into the browser. Each browser has hundreds of add-ons that do such things like show the current weather in your browser window, changing its color, and adding additional functionality.
Try alternative browsers
Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer, with Microsoft Windows this is Internet Explorer. There are many great alternative browsers that are all free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include.
Use Internet search engines to their full potential
Get the most out of every search result. If you are not finding what you want, try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, searching for ‘computer help’ without quotes returns results with “computer” and “help” anywhere on the page. However, if you search for “computer help” with the quotes it only return pages with “computer” and “help” next to each other.
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