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Useful Browser and Internet Search Tips

There are good, bad, and worse computer habits. The worst habits are those things that directly expose a computer to unwanted forces like power surges, electricity outages, viruses, spyware, spam, and phishing attacks. Bad computer habits are those habits that we would consider as time 'guzzlers'. We will be looking at some useful Internet and Internet browser tips that could help you save you some time each day and help you to cut back on some of the bad computer habits.

Search tips

Use Quotes for a More Specific Search

When you search for a keyword and you are not getting what you want, you can use a quotation mark to achieve a breakthrough. A quotation mark around the keywords you are looking for on a search engine helps to better filter the search engine results rendered. This is so because if I use the words 'computer too slow', without the quotation marks, the search engine will simply flood me with all indexed pages with the same keywords no matter how they are arranged. With the quotation marks, I'm almost 100% sure the results would point to sites that have the exact keywords 'computer too slow' and not 'slow too computer' or 'too slow computer'.

Lose the http://www

Do you know you can enter the URL of a website without the World Wide Web (www) prefix? You can also lose the communication standard 'http://'. So, the next time you want to visit this site, simply type in It is faster and saves a little bit of time when compared to typing the entire

Browser Tips

Find the Right Browser For You

It doesn't hurt to install more than 1 browser on your computer at one time. Among all of them, FireFox and IE are the two most popular browsers. The five major browsers are all great, but each of them is unique when it comes to features and feel. You may be able to improve your browsing experience by choosing the browser that is right for you.

Add a Toolbar for Faster Searching

If you find yourself searching Google, Bing, or Yahoo very often, why not add the Google/Bing/Yahoo Toolbar to your browser. These toolbars include a search box. By adding the toolbar, you can cut out the intermediate step of having to go to the search engine first before searching.

Fill out forms faster

When filling out a form on the Internet, it can be quite a hassle to use the mouse to get to the next form box, especially when it is a long form. Therefore, one tip is that you can simply click on the Tab key to get to the next form box. For example, when logging into a site you can click in the username box, type your username, click tab, enter your password, and then hit the enter key. This is a lot quicker than having to use the mouse multiple times.

Useful Browser Shortcuts

Instead of spending a truckload of time searching for a single name or keyword among thousands of words on a Website, you can simply hold down the keyboard keys 'CTRL' and 'F' at the same time. This pops up a search box. From this box, you can search for the name or keyword you are looking for. You can use Ctrl+B to access or add bookmarks. F5 lets you refresh a page. To remove all distractions and make your Internet browser display on full screen, click F11. You can also increase or decrease the font size of a Web Site page by holding down the Ctrl key and then pressing '-' to decrease or '+' to increase.

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