Top 5 Internet tips and tricks

When surfing the Internet many people wander along without really knowing how to get where they want to go. Here I have compiled a list of top tips to help you get more out of your Internet browsing.

  1. Use Multi tabbing

Multitabbing is a great way to view multiple webpages in the one browser quickly and easily. You can open webpages in new tabs, and switch between them by clicking the tabs you want to view. To open a new blank tab, click on ‘File’ in the top menu then ‘New Tab’ button on the tab row or press CTRL+T, or right mouse click ‘New Tab’. To open a new tab from a link on a webpage, press CTRL as you click the link, or right-click the link and then click ‘Open in New Tab’.  You can then close the new button by simply clicking on the x located within the tab.

  1. http:// is not needed

When typing an Internet address you don’t need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you want to visit Your Time magazine you could just type yourtimemagazine.com.au and the Internet is smart enough to find the page.

  1. Quickly move between the fields of a web page

If you’re filling out an online form or e-mail, you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, if you’re 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.

  1. Get the most out of every search result.

If you’re having trouble finding what you want, try using quotation marks around the text. For example, if you use quotation marks when searching for “Your Time magazine” the search query will return pages that actually have Your Time magazine as grouped words within the website rather then treated as separate words.

  1. Know your Internet browser shortcuts.

There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used to quickly navigate around your Internet browser.

  • Pressing keys Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar so you can quickly perform a another search or type in an internet address.
  • Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text.
  • Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
  • Each browser is different so if these don’t work for your browser, you can simply look at each menu and to the right of each menu item will be the keyboard shortcut you can use.

I hope this helps you find what you are looking for without having to wander through the Internet aimlessly.

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