Browser Tips and Tricks

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1. Clear the Cache

“Cache” can refer to many things in computing, but in Internet terms it applies to the temporary storage of web pages and images; it helps to reduce bandwidth usage, server load, and lag. Sites can be loaded from the cache as long as certain conditions are met.

Did you know there is an even faster way? Just press Ctrl + Shift + T and the tab will magically reappear. You can use the shortcut multiple times to open a succession of your closed tabs.

2. Load “Dead” Webpages

You might find that one of your favorite sites has gone offline. This can happen for any number of reasons – perhaps the domain was not renewed or the company went into administration.

If this happens to you, try pasting the link into archive.org. They often have old cached versions of sites available.

3. Highlight the URL

Using keyboard shortcuts can often be faster than using a mouse. We all know the commands for cut, copy, and paste, but this is another great one to add to your repertoire.

Press Ctrl + L to automatically select and highlight the current site’s URL. It’s really useful for quickly sharing links or copying them into a new tab.

4. Turn Text into a Web Address

If you enter plain text into your browser’s search box and hit Enter, you’ll be presented with a list of search results from your search provider of choice.

If you know the URL of the site you want to visit, you can save yourself a few keystrokes by pressing Ctrl + Enter – it’ll wrap your entered text with a www. and a .com.

5. Cycle Between Tabs

ALT + Tab is one of the most common keyboard shortcuts on Windows, it will let you flick between the various programs that are currently open.

Did you know that browsers have a similar function for cycling between you open tabs? Ctrl + Tab will move you one tab to the right, while Ctrl + Shift + Tab will move you one tab to the left.

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On Chrome and Firefox you can also use Ctrl + 1-8 to jump straight to a tab, with the number used corresponding to the order of tabs on the top of your screen.

6. Reddit Slideshow

Reddit is a hugely popular online bulletin board, with subreddits dedicated to almost every topic imaginable.

If you’re browsing a picture-based subreddit such as EarthPorn, add a P after the word Reddit in the URL, turning the address from this www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn into this www.redditp.com/r/EarthPorn.

All the pictures in the subreddit will be shown in slideshow format. It even has settings that will allow you tweak the speed at which the pictures change.

7. Reverse Image Search

Maybe you’ve got a cool image somewhere on your computer, but you can’t remember where you got it from.

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If so, try out Google’s reverse image search. Head to images.google.com and either click the camera icon in the search bar or drag and drop an image from your computer.

8. Turn Your Browser into a Notepad

Not got a pen and paper handy? No problem.

Save this code as a bookmark and you’ll be able to use your browser’s window as an on-the-fly notepad:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

(Note: You cannot save your notes, so don’t accidentally close the window before you’ve copied your text to a more secure place.)

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9. Use Google.com

In case you missed it, Google recently removed the google.com/ncr feature. “NCR” stood for “No Country Redirect” – it allowed you to search the US-version of Google without being redirected to your local version.

The feature still exists, just head to Google.com and look for the Use Google.com link in the bottom right-hand corner.

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