Browsing and Typing Faster
TRY THESE TIPS TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND SPEED UP YOUR WORK-FLOW THROUGHOUT YOUR BUSINESS DAY.
Seconds can turn into minutes and hours, during your busy workday. Take a moment to learn these helpful tricks and tips that will save you precious time when browsing websites, editing your work and fixing mistakes. All faster than you can say control, alt, delete.
WEB BROWSING TRICKS
Automatically Add www. and .com to a URL
You can shave off a couple of seconds typing in a URL by simply click CTRL + Enter after you type the name of the site. Need .net instead of .com, press CTRL + Shift + Enter instead.
Jump to Browser’s Address Bar
There are several ways to jump right to the address bar from anywhere in your browser. Pressing CTRL + L, F6, and ALT + D all accomplish this goal.
REOPEN A CLOSED TAB
Accidentally closed a tab? Simply press CTRL + Shift + T to reopen the most recently closed tab and get back to what you were doing.
OPEN A PRIVATE BROWSER WINDOW
Sometimes you don’t want your browser to save cookies and history, like when shopping for gifts on a shared computer (of course!). Pressing CTRL + Shift + N will launch a new private window in Chrome, CTRL + Shift + P will do it in Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Delete a Word Instead of a Letter
Press CTRL + BKSP to delete the word directly behind the cursor. This makes deleting text quicker if you need to delete lots of text at once.
MOVE THE CURSOR BY WORD
Moving the cursor one character at a time while working is a great way to waste time. To speed the process, move the cursor around with keyboard shortcuts. To move it to the beginning of the previous word, use CTRL + Left Arrow. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use CTRL + Right Arrow. In OS X you can accomplish the same using the Option key.
Copy the Active Window to Clipboard Normally, the Print Screen key copies the entire display (or two displays if you have them) to the clipboard. ALT + Print Screen will copy only the currently active window to the clipboard. Whether taking a screenshot to diagnose a problem, or just because you want to show something to a friend, this one often comes in handy.
FIX LITTLE MISTAKES QUICKLY
Did you know you can undo almost any action? CTRL + Z is the ultimate hot key. You may have known about this tip already, however note that undo doesn’t just apply to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit CTRL + Z to bring it right back to where it was.
CYCLE THROUGH OPEN WINDOWS
Pressing ALT+TAB allows you to cycle through currently open windows. This makes switching back and forth between running processes quick and painless. If you want a more stylish method of cycling through open programs, Windows + TAB will do the job for you.
CLOSE THE CURRENT PROGRAM
Typing ALT + F4 will close the current program that you’re running. This is useful as it saves you time mousing over to the “X” and clicking. People will often use this as a joke, telling you to press ALT + F4 to fix a problem. Don’t fall for it unless you want to close what you are doing.
MINIMIZE ALL WINDOWS
Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away fast so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. It should be noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there is no undoing, so Windows + D is the favorable approach.
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