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Tricks and tips for the internet

Philip Brooks suggests some tricks and tips to brighten your internet usage
Philip Brooks suggests some tricks and tips to brighten your internet usage

Try the following tricks and tips to heighten your Internet experience...

Tabbed browsing

When browsing a website and you spot a link that interests you, you can open this link in a new tab so as not to interrupt your reading. Hold down the Ctrl Key and left-click on the link. Alternatively, if your mouse has a wheel, click the wheel on the link. To open a new blank tab, press Ctrl + T.

http:// and www

When entering an Internet address, you don’t need to type http:// or even www in the URL bar.

Move between the fields of a web page

If you are filling out an online form or other text field, press the Tab key to move to the next field and Shift + Tab to move back a field. This also applies to buttons: Press the Tab key to highlight a button, then press the space bar or Enter to “push” the button.

Know your Internet browser shortcuts (Internet Explorer & Firefox)

There are dozens of shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers, such as:

Alt + D or Ctrl + L will move the cursor into the address bar.

Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or - to increase or decrease the size of text. Ctrl + 0 will reset the text.

Press the backspace key or press Alt + left arrow to go back a page.

Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.

Press Ctrl + F to open the find box to search for text within the web page you are reading.

Use Internet search engines to their full potential

If you can’t find what you want, try putting the text in quotes. For example, searching for ‘computer help’ without quotes returns results with “computer” and “help” anywhere on the page. However, if you search for “computer help” with the quotes, it will only return pages with “computer” and “help” next to each other.

Try alternative browsers

Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer. However there are other alternative browsers that are free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include. Our favourites are Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Make sure your browser is up-to-date

Keeping your Internet browser up-to-date is important for both security and ensuring that web pages load properly. Most providers should automatically download updates and prompt you when they are ready to install.

And now for some fun ones:

Go to google.com, type “do a barrel roll” in the search bar, hit return and watch it roll!!

Go to google.com, select images, then type “Atari breakout” into the search bar…

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