The INTERNET is a big place, and navigating it can be daunting. Try out our top tips for not getting lost in cyber-space.
1. Use INTERNET search engines
2. Bookmark pages
Different browsers have different ways of bookmarking pages, but they’re all usually accessed near the top of your browser. If you’re using Internet Explorer, look for the Favorites menu, if you’re using Chrome or Firefox look for the star symbol by the address bar. A simple click will do the rest. Alternatively, pressing CTRL and D on your keyboard, will bring up the bookmark menu whichever browser you are using.
When you want to revisit the page, simply go to your bookmark / favorite menu and you will find the page saved.
3. Upgrade your browser
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4. User browser shortcuts
- CTRL F: brings up a search box allowing you to search for a specific word on a page
- CTRL D: bookmarks a page
- CTRL P: prints whatever you have selected
- CTRL T: opens a new tab
- CTRL W: closes window
- CTRL +: zooms in
- CTRL -: zooms out
- Alt Home: returns you to your homepage
- F5: refreshes or reloads the page that you are on
- F11: lets you toggle between full and regular screen mode, a particularly useful shortcut if you are using multiple windows
Get to know your browser shortcuts and surf the web more effectively.
5. Keep browser plugins updated
6. Use tabbed browsing
7. Update your antivirus
8. Use ‘Tab’ to jump between fields
Whilst a mouse is an undeniably useful device, it’s not always necessary. In fact, not using a mouse can save you a great deal of time. If you’re filling in fields on a web page, rather than clicking on each field in order, simply press ‘Tab’; this will jump between the fields for you. Clicking tab enough times will cycle back to the beginning of the web-page. You can also use the up and down arrows to select things in drop down menus, saving you even more time.
9. Drop the http:// and www. prefixes
10. Search direct from your browser
We’ve already covered search engines and how useful they can be to the modern Internet browser, but typing in the address of a search engine can really eat up a lot of time. To create a truly streamlined browsing experience, why not access the search engine of your choice directly from your browser. You can do this in two ways; the first way is through a customizable home screen, like the one offered by Google, which gives you the option of having a search engine on your homepage. The other is by customizing your browser to give you a search bar of your choice.
Drop down list of search engines