Monday, January 24, 2011

Learn your browser shortcuts

Time spent learning the shortcuts of software one regularly uses usually has a good return on investment. But it is easy to keep using the software the way one always has, so periodically I take a few minutes to look at the shortcuts of a program I use a lot and see which ones would be handy to know.

I just looked at the shortcuts for Chrome, and here are some of the new ones I learned that seemed most useful to me:

Ctrl+Shift+T Reopens the last tab you've closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you've closed.

Ctrl+PgDown Switches to the next tab.

Ctrl+PgUp Switches to the previous tab.

Ctrl+H Opens the History page. (I didn't even know about the history page - Great!)

Ctrl+Enter Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL. (I usually type in the address in the address bar without the www. and .com, Google it, and then click. This saves a step. Nice.)

Ctrl+L Highlights the URL. (Great when you want to copy the URL)

F11 Opens your page in full-screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full-screen.

Ctrl and +, or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel up. Enlarges everything on the page.

Ctrl and -, or press Ctrl and scroll your mousewheel down. Makes everything on the page smaller.

Space bar Scrolls down the web page.

Press Ctrl and click a link: Opens the link in a new tab in the background .

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