It Takes only 7 SHORTCUTS to Become a Lightning Fast User

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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

mouse-scroll-tip.jpg 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.

Quick Searches

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.

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How to:

  • 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.

Using Google as unit converter

OpenDNS

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.

OpenDNS

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.

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Comments (45)
  • Dheeraj

    to move screen wants up then up arrow key, wants down then down

  • Rachel

    Another way to find things within a page is also to use Ctrl + F and type your keyword into the taskbar that comes up from the bottom of the window.

    • prajesh

      For Firefox………..tool>option>Advanced tab>general tab> then check on ‘search for text when i start typing’ will make ctrl + f more easier, you dont even have to press those shortcuts…..start typing for what you want..(cursor should not be in any text area)
      Also Alt + left arrow and Alt + right arrow will do the work of Back and Forward in firefox and in IE

  • tom markham

    What effect does the “Open DNS” trick have on my current ISP? It seems so easy and effective that it must be a violation of some existing agreement.
    Thank you for the shortcuts!

    • colinnwn

      The only effect of openDNS on your ISP is that it reduces the load on their servers. DNS is required to make the web work (it converts google.com to its IP address 74.14.205.100), but it isn’t a real value add, so ISPs throw the minimum required amount of resources and servers into it. OpenDNS is an organization dedicated to providing fast DNS queries for free. Using OpenDNS shouldn’t violate your ISP agreements, and if it does you have an unethical ISP.

      It isn’t kosher that some ISPs intercept DNS queries to other servers and redirect them to their own. As another pointed out, this is only so they can spy on you. Now it isn’t cool to ISP B if you pay ISP A for your internet service, and configure your computer to use ISP B’s DNS servers. But all companies that have a problem with this should have already configured their servers to only respond to DNS requests inside their own ISP range.

  • Rich

    Ctrl+L takes you straight to the address bar.

  • Tina

    Yay! I “passed this test” with 6 out of 7 points, didn’t know about the Open DNS one. Thanks Aibek! :)

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