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Drag-and-drop is more useful than you might think. Here are three browser-based tasks that are made easier with this simple feature.

1. Start a Web search with selected text.

Have you ever stumbled across a peculiar word or phrase (e.g. in your desktop feed reader) that you wanted to look up on the Web? All you need to do is select the text and drag it to your browser’s address bar. This automatically runs a search for the word using your browser’s default search engine.

Note: On Firefox, you’ll need to hit Enter afterwards to activate the search.

2. Open links in separate tabs.


To open links in a new tab, you might be one of those people who right-clicks and selects Open Link in New Tab. Or maybe you click on links with your scrollwheel 3 Mouse Scrollwheel Tricks to Improve Your Web Browsing 3 Mouse Scrollwheel Tricks to Improve Your Web Browsing These three mouse tricks will turn you into a web browsing pro. Read More , which is definitely faster. But did you know that you can also drag links to the tab bar to do the same thing?

Holding down Ctrl and clicking links works, too. Four ways to do the same exact action.

3. Quickly bookmark links.

Did you just spot an interesting link on some Web page and want to save it for later? Here’s a quick way to add it to your bookmarks: drag the link and drop it onto the bookmarks bar. It’s as easy as that.

I have tested these three tips in Chrome and Firefox, but they should also work in Opera, Safari, and other mainstream browsers. You should also know that there are many other tricks hidden in your browser 6 Customization Tricks Only Possible In Firefox 6 Customization Tricks Only Possible In Firefox Firefox is a great browsers for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is how it can be customized. Here are a few important tricks that prove you should be using Firefox. Read More . Have fun discovering them!

Now, how about introducing us to your favorite drag-and-drop tricks in the browser? We’re listening.

Image Credit: 3D Drag and Drop Button by Curioso via Shutterstock

  1. ringhalg
    November 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I often drag and drop images from the desktop or a website to Google's image search to search by image.

    In Chrome and Firefox, if you select some text, right-click on the selection and click on "Search Google for...", it will search Google for the selected text. It will be different if you are using a different default search engine. In Firefox, I have an addon that allows me to choose which search engine to use.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 10, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks for pointing that one out, ringhalg. It didn't work for me as expected though.

  2. Peter Buyze
    November 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    "Open link in separate tab" in Chrome:
    * to open the tab but not go there @ the same time: CTRL+left click
    * to open the tab & go there @ the same time: CTRL+Shift+left click

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Good reminders, Peter, especially that second one about adding the Shift key. Thanks!

  3. Jean-Christophe Kleinbourg
    November 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I wished that at least one of these features would work with Microsoft Edge, but not. The lack of drag and drop functionality of Edge is astounding... :/

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Unfortunately, Edge does feel unfinished in many ways, Jean-Christophe. Let's hope they add some of those features that we consider must-haves for browsers :)

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