Every browser has dozens of keyboard shortcuts, but some shortcuts are more valuable than others. In fact, some are so revolutionary that you’ll wonder how you ever browsed the Web without them — similar to that feeling when tabbed browsing became a thing.
The Shift key plays a big role and it’s about to change your life.
Using the scrollwheel on your mouse — you do have one, don’t you? — is the easiest and most convenient way to browse the Web, but what do you do when you come across a page, textbox, or iframe that scrolls horizontally?
And horizontal scrolling is completely alien to how desktop browsers are constructed. I feel like if you do that your site is bad.
— gras nogut (@jefeonwuka) September 20, 2015
If your usual reaction is to roll your eyes and drag the scrollbar manually, try using Shift + Scrollwheel instead! It’s much quicker and easier.
If you’re like me, you probably have dozens of tabs open in your browser at any given time. Maybe you’re saving them to read later or you’re just really good at multitasking. The problem is when you accidentally close a tab before you mean to.
Ctrl + Shift + T is my friend a lot today… trigger happy tab closing
— Pete Handley (@ismepete) October 2, 2015
Most browsers support the Shift + Ctrl + T shortcut which reopens closed tabs one by one in reverse order. Hold down Shift + Ctrl and keep tapping the T key to keep opening tabs.
Did you know that the Spacebar key pages down on the page you’re currently viewing? A lot of people do this accidentally without realizing it.
Even fewer realize that Shift + Spacebar pages up. The next time you’re reading a long article or essay, try using the Spacebar to read. It’s more convenient than you think.
Got any Shift tricks to share? Tell us in the comments!
Image Credit: Shift Key Closeup by llaszlo via Shutterstock