The Internet has become like the universe; nobody really knows where it starts and where it ends. Nowadays many desktop applications can run right on your browser. Take, for instance, Skype for Web.
Then there are a plethora of productive things you can do online, such as shopping, learning, catching up with family and friends among other things. So there is no reason little things like having to operate with a mouth should slow you down, even if it is just for half a minute.
The essential Browser Keyboard Shortcuts you must know
If you spend most of your time using the computer, then you probably know how fast using the mouse gets boring and tedious. The same goes to if you spend most of your time online, your browser becomes your gateway to the Internet, and knowing how to open and close that gate fast could save you time and spare your concentration for something else.
First and foremost, users on Windows can open the three most popular browsers by pressing the following keys on their keyboard ‘Windows Key + R’ and type the name of the browser they want to use and press Enter key.
To open Google Chrome – type chrome, to open Mozilla Firefox – type Firefox and to open Opera Browser – type opera and hit the Enter key.
Now that you have your browser open (Chrome, Firefox or Opera) below are some browser keyboard shortcuts that ought to be basic to everyone:
Ctrl + L / Alt + D: moves the cursor to the browser’s address bar
Ctrl and + or –: the former zooms in while the latter zooms out the size of the text
Ctrl + 0: this resets the text to their original size
Ctrl + R or F5: refreshes or reloads the web page
F11: Press one to make the browser Window full screen and press again to return to standard view
Ctrl + F or F3: opens the ‘Find Box’ where you can search for particular text within the web page currently being read
Ctrl + T: move to the next open tab on the same browser Window, if you press Shift while at it, you will move to the previously open tab
Ctrl + Shift + T :Open the just closed tab
Ctrl + W: Close the particular webpage you are currently viewing
Ctrl + U: this trick is for power users interested in knowing the source code of the webpage you are viewing
The above are just but a few browser shortcuts; there are many others not included in this list. If you know of one that has not been included. Feel free to share with others in the comment section below.