Productivity 212: Internet Browsing Shortcuts

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Productivity 211: Near-Universal Computer Shortcuts

Web Browser Shortcuts

Scroll down a whole page as you’re reading

  • SPACE

Turn Fullscreen Mode on and off

  • F11

Open a new tab

  • CTRL + T

Close the current tab

  • CTRL + F4
  • CTRL + W

Open a link in a new tab

  • CTRL + [Left Click]

Open a link in a new tab and go directly to it

  • CTRL + SHIFT + [Left Click]

Open a browser tab you just closed (with all its previous “back” pages intact)

  • CTRL + SHIFT + T

Go backward and forward through previous web pages you’ve visited

  • ALT + LEFT / ALT + RIGHT

Cycle left and right between tabs

  • CTRL + PAGE UP / CTRL + PAGE DOWN
  • CTRL + TAB / CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Select a tab corresponding to the order on the screen

  • CTRL + [#]

Go back to your homepage

  • ALT + HOME

Bring up a web search box

  • CTRL + L
  • ALT + D

Add www. and .com to the front and back of what you just typed in the web search box

  • CTRL + ENTER

Reload a page

  • F5

Reload a page that seems to be frozen

  • CTRL + F5

Stop a web page from loading

  • ESC

Bookmark a web page

  • CTRL + D

Bring up your web history

  • CTRL + H

Bring up a prompt to clear your browsing history

  • CTRL + SHIFT + DEL

Bring up your downloads history

  • CTRL + J

Cycle forward and backward between tabs

  • CTRL + TAB / CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Paste something from the Internet with a prompt to choose what to copy

  • CTRL + ALT + V

Other Tricks

Type in “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” in your URL bar to have a quick place to type something

Press F5 to refresh the browser to skip listening to an advertisement

  • Also, sometimes by clicking the ad’s link and going back to the video or song you can skip the advertisement

Keep a frequently used tab open by right-clicking it and selecting it from the menu to pin it

Most browsers have an Incognito Mode or Private Window that won’t save any information on the computer you’re using

Next: Productivity 213: Google Shortcuts