Yes, it takes only 7 shortcuts, master them and you’ll defintiely be a lot faster. These 7 shortcuts are meant to make browsing and basic PC tasks easier. While couple of shortcuts are Firefox only, most should work pretty much on any browser.
Mouse Scroll Button
Anyone who spends a considerable amount of time on the web should find this shortcut absolutely invaluable. I am not sure about whether this works in IE 7, but if you use Firefox then you can use your mouse scroll button to open links in a new tab. It’s a finger-tip shortcut to the frequently used ‘right click -> Open Link in New Tab’ combination. Plus, since it’s at your finger tips it’s really easy to get used to it.
There are two things that makes Firefox my favorite, one is tabs and the other is quick searches. I am surprised by the amount of people who still don’t know about it. If you haven’t tried it before you should definitely do so now.
Firefox’s Quick Search functionality allows you to set up one-click acess to searching your favorite websites. Whether it’s Wikipedia, IMDB, Youtube… whatever, by setting up a Quick Search for any of these websites you will be able to search it rite from the address bar.
- 1. Go to the website you want to setup a quick search for.
- 2. Right click on the search field and select ‘Add a Keyword for this Search…’
- 3. Come up with a short word and enter it into ‘Keyword’ field.
- 4. Press OK.
- 5. Next time you want to search that website just go to the address bar and type-in the keyword and the search term.
Check out the video below, it sums up the whole idea quite well.
Open New Tab Window
Firefox only. Basically clicking on Ctrl+T opens a new blank tab. It’s also the easiest one to remember.
Using Google as unit converter
Need to convert USD to EUR ? Maybe miles to kilometers? Whatever the units are, you can instantly do it with Google. Just type-in your querry (“45 GBP in USD”, “31 miles in km”) as any other search term and search. Google will instantly convert entered units and show you the result.
Keeping a long story short, this one lets you speed-up and secure your web connection. There is nothing to download or install, all you need to do is open your connection settings and change the DNS servers to the ones provided by OpenDNS. For step-by-step howto and video demo see OpenDNS review here.
Show Desktop Shortcut
‘Windows Button + D’ collpases all active windows to the Taskbar. If at any given time you need to get to some icon on your desktop, that is the fastest way to get there.
Copy, Paste and Cut
These 3 shortcuts are the holy grail of a speedy user. They are a absolute must-know and work pretty much anywhere.
- Ctrl + C: Copy
- Ctrl + V: Paste
- Ctrl + X: Cut
Got another ground shattering shortcut ? Let us know in comments.