When typing an Internet address you do not need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit Computer Hope you could just type google.com and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you're visiting a .com address you can type google and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full http://www.google.com address.
Shortcuts for other domains
shift + enter = .net
cntrl + shift + enter = .org
2. Use Internet search engines to their full potential
Make sure to get the most out of every search result. If you're not finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, if you were searching for 'Cool Tricks' this actually searches for pages that contain both computer and help and not necessarily pages that have computer and help next to each other. If you search for "Cool Tricks" with the quotes around the search query this will only return pages that actually have computer and help next to each other.
3. Internet browser shortcuts
- Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or - to zoom in or zoom out.You can also do by holding Ctrl key and scroll upward or downward!
- Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
- Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
- Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return back to the normal view.
- Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
- Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you're looking at.
4. Take advantage of multiple tab browsing
Take full advantage of tabbed browsing in all Internet browsers today. While reading any web page if you come across a link you may be interested in open that link in a new tab so it can be viewed later. A new tab can be opened by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link or if you have a mouse with a wheel click the link with the middle mouse button.
5. Use online services
There are hundreds of free online services that can help make using your computer easier, more productive, and more enjoyable. Such as Google services, Dropbox etc.